Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things

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This Is An Article

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(In a free paper).

Forget dangerous neighborhoods — are you living in a GUD?

Fearmongering at its very best with this cover.

The best part is actually the bottom feature that starts with Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari, and goes on to feature famous and fictional Chicago couples who do the “long-distance thing.” The Good Wife‘s Peter and Alicia Florrick are in there because he was in prison and all. Don’t forget about SGST favorite Giuliana Rancic and her equally adorable husband Bill.

Let’s All Be Inclusive, K?

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Even though I’m not a bronzed beauty. More NSFW images after the jump from Vogue Paris‘ June/July issue.

Also, FHM has gotten caught in an “Oops!” surrounding who’s a man, whether they’re allowed to be pretty, and if you should really call someone an “it.” This all surrounding Andrej Pejic, who they named the 98th hottest woman on earth.

You, Yes You

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Designer Michael Mulvey brings us:

The Battle Begins: Tampax vs. Kotex

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It appears that Tampax has not taken Kotex U‘s pretty ingenious marketing campaign lightly.

Apparently, the reason people are buying Kotex is because of the cute little black box! And yes, that is part of the appeal — Kotex has acknowledged that aesthetics matter, and they do. They’ve shaped part of their campaign around the concept of “redesigning feminine care“, and brought sassy Patricia Field on board. But most of the excitement has come from Kotex’s ability to profit off of the idiocy of previous tampon campaigns.

The irony of this ad is that Kotex has wrapped their entire campaign around the idea that traditional tampon advertising has nothing to do with what it’s actually like when a woman has her period, specifically, that she definitely does not want to run around in tiny, white clothing.

And part of the reason Kotex is doing so well, spurring Tampax to put out this boring and defensive ad, is that their website is actually helpful. Most importantly, they’re giving girls education and agency, instead of putting copy on their website like this:

“You’re already the go-to gal for advice about everything from hot guys to favorite jams. Why not use that good taste to help other girls by dishing what you like and dislike about Tampax?”

At the end of the day, Tampax is probably just bitter and angry that the coolest thing they have going for them is the character of “Mother Nature” who is always lurking just around the corner.

I’m Not Late To The Party

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Listen up: Bon Iver finally did something worth my full and undivided attention.

I Cant Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt Cover On Jimmy Fallon) – Bon Iver

This is pretty ageist of me, but I sometimes forget that older artists make videos and get a little shocked when I do see them. This is in no way a reference to this Bonnie Raitt video, as it was filmed in 1991, which was (guess what) 20 years ago. I think I detach the incredibly visual culture we live in now, where a pop song can be greatly enhanced by a good video, from the childhood I experienced where songs existed only on their own. Also I didn’t have cable then which meant no MTV and no BRUCE.

New Yorkers Don’t Stop For Nothing

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I love
1. How so many people walk on by without stopping. (This would be me; I always regret it when I stop)
2. How some people have to think about what they’re listening to and appear to lie/want to lie. (Also me)
3. Most of these songs. (Obviously me)

Red Shoes

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Louboutin is suing YSL, if you didn’t know, because they claim ownership of the red soled shoe. Over at The Awl, Rachelle Bergstein wrote a brief history of red shoes that nicely sums up why Louboutin should move on and pick a new battle. It also that reminded me of this painting my dad did:

And the song it was named after:
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes – Elvis Costello

It’s Hard To Create A Bracket With This Many Stellar Options

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I had big plans for my first season of The Bachelorette; I’d create a complicated bracket and gather the best and the brightest to vote (well, MC would do the bracket, as I couldn’t organize one to save my life). A bottle of SkinnyGirl, or perhaps pink champagne would go to the winner.

But as the first episode loomed, it because clear there were just too many options, and some research revealed that a real bracket won’t really be feasible until we get down to a more manageable number, say 8. So in the coming weeks, we’ll start to figure out our Best Bets, No Gos, and Eh candidates until the MADNESS becomes more obvious.

The Highlights (Some come with highlights)

Ellen Degeneres/Lesbian who looks like Justin Bieber

The three Josh Grobans

The Ashley of this season aka the next Bachelor, Ryan P.

Best subject of an accidental pun
Tim got wasted at the get-together and fell asleep. Ashley sent him home in a van, and was sad for him about this “wasted opportunity,” not even calling out the amazing pun she had just created. Ironically, he is a liquor distributor from Long Beach, so you think he’d be able to hold it together.

“Juicy Tips”
Nick was on the Yankees for a hot second and has a soul patch. Molly has dubbed him “Juicy Tips” for his steroid-enhanced figure and his lovely hair.

Quasimodo
Ames here managed to make it through, despite having a crooked face and telling us that he went to “Yale, which is in Connecticut.”

The Butcher
I don’t have a fancy name for him; he really is a butcher. But sadly, he’s back to New Jersey, where he can marry a girl who better not be a vegan (that’s not me, he really pondered whether or not the Bachelorette would eat meat with his Dad). I will miss his dramatic entrances and exits, and awesome looks towards the camera.

Too many J. Crews to count; we need more clothing line-related subdivisions

I obviously can’t claim myself a Bachelorette afficionado, but there a few things I’m concerned about this season. One is Bentley, the man whose parents are either rich or wanted to pretend to be. He was called out before the show as being a guy whose just about the fame. But for some reason, his relative good looks have charmed her, because if the excellent editing of the show’s promo tells us anything, he’s going to screw her over. In this episode alone, he told the cameras “Even though I’m not that attracted to [Ashley], I’m overly competitive.” In the promo, he says that he wishes The Bachelorette would have been Emily, and claims things would have been “different” if she had been.

I worry about Ashley’s potential for harm. In the premiere, she says to her 25 men “I hope you guys are happy it was me.” This doesn’t bode well; she doesn’t appear to be the confident woman she’s remade herself as. We also see a conversation between her and Chris where she essentially puts all the blame for her failed relationship with Brad on her own shoulders. This is the type of woman who isn’t ready to settle down, and instead is ready to get hurt by guys like Bentley. And it worries me, not because I know her or know anything, but because from my limited knowledge, this is a dialogue seen much more in seasons of The Bachelorette than The Bachelor. For example, Ali and the debacles that were Justin and Frank in the last season of this show.

This isn’t to say that women don’t go on the show for the same reason, only that there’s some sort of trend with Bachelorette’s being duped, or with the show’s producers wanting us to see them that way. I know it is the job of the editors to provide intrigue, but my viewing partners and I were not left with a particularly uplifting feeling at the end about this season. Though there were a few choice moments:

– Some baby man saying “If you cant take the heat, get out of the oven.” Why are you in an oven…

– A man wearing a Phantom of the Opera mask got the first rose! Perhaps this is a statement that looks don’t matter on what may society’s greatest example that they so, so do? Though when is the jig going to be up? It’s get to the point when Ashley is less intrigued and more creeped out. It’s also likely one of the other contestants will punch him in the face soon, because he never takes off the mask and that’s weird…

– West, from North Carolina, lost his wife of seven years when she died of seizure by drowning in the bathtub, and yes, he was the one who found her. Bentley, good luck, but this guy is Emily’s soul mate.

Control Your Urge For Plastic Surgery

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This Nosejob Eraser by Jackson Tan and Tanny Wong lets you easily create your ideal nose. Purchase here.

Smart Girls On Southport Part II

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Jessie took one for the team and got in there to see what Smart Girls really do…

Fun fact: Jessie and Emily saw this shirt separately and both felt the urge to document it. Smart Girls: They think alike when when they see stupid stuff.

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