Topic: jillian engel

I Was Cursed When I Told Someone ‘Happy Birthday’

I Was Cursed When I Told Someone 'Happy Birthday'

I’m 22. Ok, I’ll admit it. Most of you are probably scoffing at me saying, “Ha. You child.” But I’m not embarrassed. I’m proud to be young. But I’m also afraid because I only have eight more years left to enjoy my 20s. Only eight. Actually less than that as we speak. I’m not saying 30 is old. It’s absolutely not. One hundred is old. Thirty is the new 20. Actually, these days it seems like 40 is the new 20 thanks to Demi Moore and cougars of the like. So turning 30 can’t be that bad. But really, before I continue to dig myself into a deeper hole of agism, I need to ask you something. If someone tells you they just turned 30 and you’re younger than they are how would you respond? More »

Post Grad Life IS Exactly What You Think it Is

Post Grad Life IS Exactly What You Think it Is

I never saw Alexis Bledel’s rom-com Post Grad partly because when it came out it was the summer before my senior year in college and not being in college was the last thing I wanted to think about. It still is. Even though, now I am officially Alexis Bledel minus the striking blue eyes and I have yet to have an affair with an incredibly handsome Brazillian man (thanks, IMDb). The movie is largely based on the stereotype that college grads live at home with their rents, are unemployed and are very depressed over the fact that they now have a degree and no way to prove it. More »

Poll: Should Cynthia Rowley Make Harmonicas?

Poll: Should Cynthia Rowley Make Harmonicas?

If I had a super power, I’d want it to be fearlessness. Why waste your time reading other people’s minds or hiding yourself with invisibility powers when you could do anything you wanted and not be afraid? No more being afraid of monsters in your closet or that you’re going to fall down the escalator head first or that everyone saw your underwear when your skirt blew up in the wind. But while superheroes still have fears (Superman and kryptonite, hello!), Cynthia Rowley does not and she makes sure people aren’t afraid to wear her clothes, either. She makes feminine and sophisticated clothing with a “tough-girl” edge without making people feel stupid. She put holes all over half her Spring 2011 collection for goodness sake and yet, people will still go out there and buy a hole-y dress from her. But of all her pieces from this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Rowley did happen to be afraid of one thing: that her geometric necklaces would look like harmonicas. More »

Gallery: Fashion Week Outtakes

Gallery: Fashion Week Outtakes

It’s only the second day of New York Fashion Week, but already models, designers and fashionistas alike are getting caught in the act. What act? The act of saying the “ch” in cheese when the photo is being snapped. Sometimes they look so evil (although often unintentionally) it’s as if they were about to say, “I’ll get you my pretty! And your little dog too!” More »

Gallery: Coolest College Courses We’ve Ever Heard Of

Gallery: Coolest College Courses We've Ever Heard Of

How’s that for alliteration? Yep. I learned how to master that in college. I learned how to do a lot of things in college. Thanks to my fine undergraduate education I received from Miami University (the one in Ohio, not by the beach) I now also know basic French, who Hunter S. Thompson is, how the Union won the war and a whole lot more about the Civil Rights movement from a class that was not about Civil Rights in the slightest. But apparently I missed out on some brilliant college courses being offered these days elsewhere. Yesterday, we posted that the University of Baltimore offers a class all about zombies. According to The Frisky, the University of Virginia is offering a class all about Lady Gaga. Our friends at Lemondrop say that you can now enroll in a Science of Luxury graduate program at the International University of Monaco (meaning you get to study all about Gucci and Versace in the south of France … sign me up!). Classes about Harry Potter are also now popping up in curricula across the country. I love Harry Potter! That class would have totally raised my GPA. But, now that I’ve graduated *tear* I can only live vicariously through those privileged students who can break up their monotonous course schedules of anatomy, geology and intro to sociology with super cool classes like these. More »

Gallery: Facebookers Say the Darndest Things

Gallery: Facebookers Say the Darndest Things

Facebook is a place where we can share our true feelings and thoughts with all our friends and family. We can update when we’re mad, when we’re sad, when we’re in love or when we’re in hate. Even though no one really cares how we feel, they still have to read about it on their news feeds. Unfortunately for some, they haven’t yet discovered the privacy settings and don’t realize they are sharing their innermost, eloquent thoughts with the entire world. Via Openbook, we have gathered some of the most beautifully said words in social networking. More »

10 Under $10: Hurricane Survival

10 Under $10: Hurricane Survival

It’s hurricane season, folks. Earl is already making his way down the East Coast and while he is going to be out there destroying rush hour and making the bottoms of our jeans all heavy and wet, we want to make the most of the rainy days ahead. Apparently rain boots don’t sell for under $10 anywhere, unless they’re fit for a child, so you’ll just have to make do of what we found for you to keep yourself busy when the torrential downpours begin. More »