You know, Curves? For Women? Been around since the days of Jazzercize and, just like that bygone fad, somehow ekes out an existence in strip malls and office suites across America? Ahem, I mean across the globe. As I learned from Sally, the “Coach” at my neighborhood Curves, the franchise exists on six continents. Yup!
“We’re not in Antarctica … yet,” Sally said with a wink.
I visited Curves because I am an intrepid explorer (read: restless dilettante) of exercise — you can sign up for a week’s free tryout on their website — but mainly to satisfy my curiosity. As in, WTF is up with Curves? I knew it [...]
Carol, Lauren, and Karley have all squatted. Some of them still do. The volatility of urban housing laws in their cities (mainly London and New York) means that they've come to represent different things in the whole landscape of “metropolitan youth” — but mostly they just think the cost of living is kind of silly. Here are their stories.
Carol Carol Sharks puts on parties and plays the band Hussle Club. She currently lives in Brooklyn. Where did you squat? I squatted for real on Mott Street. It was a huge loft that used to be a factory, it was about 5,000 square feet, and the [...]
Charlize, Angel Charlize Theron continues to blow me away. I enjoyed reading about her progress building soccer fields in Africa in “Charlize Theron: Goal-Getter” [July]. Did you know she has also narrated a video about a puppy-mill investigation by PETA? It was fascinating, and I sent it to everyone I know.
Katie Moore, Baltimore (InStyle, September 2010)
Well, I will say my doctor was a little surprised when I explained that the reason I broke both my hands at the same time was from clapping too hard alone in my house at the end of Charlize Theron’s latest movie, but, you know, it is what it is.
… From Charles Dickens' and Edward Caswall's recently rereleased Sketches of Young Gentlemen and Young Couples: With Sketches of Young Ladies by Edward Caswall. (The strange title has an interesting backstory.) For instance, the Extremely Natural Young Lady is "always doing some out-of-the-way-thing, that she might appear simple and girlish … She enjoys nothing so much as getting her gown torn and arranging her hair out of doors."
And then there's the Manly Young Lady, who, "should you sit next to her at dinner, ten to one but she puts you down half a dozen times at least." There's a dozen additional types of ladies — the Lazy Young [...]
At first Chick Beer seems a little hokey — it's a burpless light beer, for ladies — but then you realize it comes in a cardboard carrier that's indistinguishable from a purse, and that the bottles are wearing dresses, so if you glued googly eyes on them you'd have drinkable dolls on the go. The Village Voice interviews the dolls' inventor.
I was crestfallen when my vibrator broke — in the shower one morning it just refused to wriggle like it used to (water-resistant, not water-proof, as I later found out). But it did gave me an opportunity to buy a new one, so I asked some trusted lady friends for recommendations. And, as a firm believer in a woman’s right to get off, why should I keep this information to myself? So, if for some reason you don’t already own a vibrator — and every woman should — these are a few of our favorite things. (Also, happy National Sex Toy Day seven days ago!)
"Neither Jezebel or the Hairpin concerns itself with the harder to articulate, more insidious expectations about women’s behavior. Neither knows how to write for and about women without almost embarrassing itself in its eagerness to please. Jezebel is too painstakingly inoffensive to hurt anyone’s feelings. The Hairpin is too charmingly self-effacing to take itself seriously, too tirelessly entertaining to ever bore a visitor. They bake pies with low-hanging fruit: they are helpful, agreeable, relatable, and above all likable. … The internet, it turned out, was a place to make people like you: the world’s biggest slumber party, and the best place to trade tokens of slumber party intimacy — [...]
Look, it's a ladies basketball team from all the way back in — you guessed it — 1902! They look so charming and stylish. This whole collection of team photos makes me think we need to revisit our modern ideas about athletic gear. Wouldn't basketball be so much more romantic if we played in pantaloons?
Fashion writer Renata Espinosa ran into the only reason I ever watched The Hills, People's Revolution head, and author Kelly Cutrone at a fashion event last night and was delighted when the lady in black told her she'd be making a regular appearance on a "nationally syndicated talk show," further details of which aren't available yet. When Espinosa asked her what kinds of things she'll be talking about on the show, Cutrone was not — as most celebrity interview subjects usually are — short on ideas. At all!