I love weddings. I love the free food, the free booze, the dancing, the excuse to put on a poufy dress. But not every wedding is so lovable. Occasionally you get invited to a wedding that is far away or costs a lot of money to attend, which makes it not worth the cash or extra vacation time for you. But how can you take a pass on the wedding without offending the couple? More
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Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy – last year, feminist activist Shelby Knox urged a ‘girlcott’ of the store because she deemed T-shirt slogans like “Eat less” to be hurtful to women. But now they’re causing controversy in another way. An eagle-eyed reader emailed The Gloss when he noticed that several photos from the Urban website were shot in Israel. (Since then, Urban has posted a collection of photos from their Tel Aviv shoot as well as candids taken by models on their Facebook page.) While there’s certainly nothing wrong with using Israel’s storied landscape as a backdrop for their clothes, it rings false in light of the fact that Urban’s reputation in Israel isn’t the best. More
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Over the holidays, I watched a lot of wedding shows. A lot of them. There was Say Yes to the Dress and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and Bridezillas, and I loved every minute of it. But when you watch enough of those shows, certain themes start to emerge, and one in particular sat oddly with me: the repeated “I want to be treated like a princess/He’s the best husband in the world because he treats me like a princess” and so on. I know that most women have been fed tropes about being “princesses” since childhood (thanks a lot, Disney!), but the idea of a man treating me like a princess actually makes me want to marry him less. More
He’s the dirty-dog Ronnie to your perpetually-doormatty Sammi, and no matter how awful he is to you, you just can’t walk away. Almost every woman has or had one: the toxic ex. What is it about certain guys that sends otherwise smart, self-assured women careening headfirst into a bad relationship? While there’s no telling how women fall under the spell of these guys, there are some tried and true ways to extricate yourself from a poisonous relationship and, eventually, into one where you’re happy and respected. More
When I was a little kid, I loved having little pretend versions of my mom’s beauty products. I rubbed plastic lipstick on my mouth and fake blush on my cheeks. Some people might have freaked out at the idea of a little girl playing at being a grownup by trying to imitate adult standards of beauty, but I think I came out relatively un-warped. More
What’s in a name? A lot, if it’s something you want me to pour in my hair or smear on my face. These ten products have such absurd names it’s surprising anyone buys them. More
Modeling is an incredibly tough industry to make it in. However, there’s one almost-foolproof way for a model to go from making a living to making it big: hooking up with a high profile celebrity. Becoming arm candy for a successful actor, politician, or musician is a great way to boost name recognition – and start landing bigger campaigns. More
No one can be a supermodel forever. But what happens when a top-shelf model starts working less and starts getting fewer bookings? Or when she gets tired of having her picture taken and decides to pursue a new line of work? More
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One thing that high-end designers love to do is make one or two expensive accessories that still cost too much money but seem cheap compared to everything else in the store. One popular example are keychains – you may not be able to afford a Prada bag or Chanel dress, but perhaps you can leave the store with a branded keychain and at least feel like you own some kind of luxury item. Here’s a guide to some of the most absurd designer keychains -oh, sorry, “key fobs.” More
What should you buy the book nerd in your life? Not books – they have plenty. How about some of these cute literary accessories and tchotchkes?
Fashion can be a terrifying industry. When I first started attending fashion events in New York, I felt like no matter what I did it would be painfully obvious that I was a country bumpkin with bad style. Now that I’ve had some practice going to fashion events, I’ve picked up a couple of pointers that will work for anyone trying to fit in, no matter where you’re from or who you (don’t) know. More
A few weeks ago, Lilit spoke on a panel alongside Jezebel‘s Irin Carmon and Hit Detection‘s N’Gai Croal about cultures, subcultures, marketing, and bias online. The panel was part of Ketchum’s “Respect the Internet” conference. Part of the panel is … More
When I was taking cotillion classes as a kid, our teachers would reiterate that the point of etiquette was to be an equalizer. In other words, since we all knew what politenesses were expected of us in social situations, everyone would feel comfortable. However, that’s not the case. Different cultures have different standards of etiquette, and etiquette often becomes a way to quickly indicate who came from the ‘right’ background and who didn’t. While common etiquette united the kids in my social circle, anyone from a different background would have immediately given themselves away as an outsider when they didn’t grab the right fork or know the proper pleasantry to use. More