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Feb 25, 2011

Birthday Faves: 11 Things You Can’t Get Away With in the Real World

If there’s one thing we all know (but often try to deny), it’s that college is basically it’s own little universe. It’s that beer-drinking, bar-hopping, Cliff Notes-reading, coffee-chugging “safe haven” between the comfort of your parents’ home and that place everybody calls “the real world.” And unfortunately, we all know that “real world” is much less exciting than MTV moguls would like us to believe.

Jan 18, 2010

Who Brushes Their Teeth With a Bottle of Jack?

OK, I've got one question and one question only... Who the F is Ke$ha??

Jan 15, 2010

Let’s Help Haiti

Here's a quick refresher: On January 13, 2010 (just two days ago), a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, devastating the country, crumbling their buildings and killing an estimated 50,000 people. Right now, Haitians have nothing: no food, no water, no shelter. Even their government has been destroyed, almost to the point of anarchy, according to some news reports.

Jan 8, 2010

Battle Of The Funny: Jay Leno vs. Conan O’Brien [POLL]

First it was Paris and Nicole. Then it was Edward and Jacob. Now, it's Conan and Leno. Yup, it seems the late night kings of comedy are splitting the country as they battle it out over air times.

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Jan 8, 2010

Closing the Gender Gap

The last decade brought about a wave of liberating changes for women. We stopped wearing pants. We (successfully?) raised children on our own (by choice, or by force). We kissed girls..and Russel Brand (and we liked it. A LOT.). We are so amazing, in fact, that men are starting to get a little jealous.

Don’t Trust Those Food Labels!

Be warned, ladies: Nutrition labels lie. A new study of meals from ten different popular food chains found that the actual calorie counts of those meals averaged 18 percent higher than what was advertised. I'm not very good at math, but I think that adds up to a LOT of extra cals.

The End of The LBD?

If you're like the majority of women, you've had it drilled into your head that the "little black dress" is the answer to all your wardrobe issues. It's listed in every "must-have" wardrobe list because it "looks soooo great on everyone!" But experts now say that in actuality, only 1 in 5 women look good in black.

Get Your DVRs Ready – TV is Back!

The holidays are over, winter break is in full swing (or completely over, for some of us) and we no longer have to rely on "MADE" re-runs to satiate our hunger for reality TV. Lots of our favorite (read: guiltiest pleasure) shows are coming back this month.

Jan 4, 2010

Eight Ways to Ruin a Good Relationship

Brace yourself, ladies: We are now entering Break up Season. According to a study released in 2007 by Yahoo!, this little span of time between the December holidays and Valentine's Day happens to be the period when most couples head to Splitsville. (Geez - Is it really that bad to have to buy someone some roses?!)

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Dec 30, 2009

Skinny Jeans Are Better Than Sex?

If there's one thing I know about Americans, it's that we've got our priorities straight. We choose McDonalds over home-cooked meals, use plastic over paper (an attempt to "Go Green?") and love fitting into our old jeans more than having sex. Wait, what?

Dec 30, 2009

Want a Job? Try These 10 Industries

No matter how often I search "high-paying magazine job" on, or how many fake ads I peruse on Craigslist, the harsh reality is that our economy still kinda sucks...and finding a job isn't easy for anybody (even a charming, well-educated woman like myself).

Dec 23, 2009

Tis Better To Give Than To Receive…Especially These Gifts

Oh, how I love Christmas morning. There's nothing quite like waking up to the smell of slow-roasting, honey-baked ham and my dad's own personal off-key rendition of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." But, let's be honest, as much as I love food/my family/blah blah blah, I (like most of you reading this) like getting presents the most.

Dec 23, 2009

Your “Ta Ta, 2009” To-Do List

Ah, the new year is upon us, ladies. I absolutely LOVE this time of year, when everything feels so fresh and full of promise (or is that just the fact that I finally have my mom to clean my dirty laundry?). But, as tempting as it is to delete the old year like last week's Nip/Tuck season finale, there are still some (very valuable) days left in 2009.

Nov 27, 2009

The Secret Designers of

Miss Nordstrom had swindled me into signing up for the real deal. Luckily, I only charged a good $110 to my new card (that's sarcasm), however, in an effort to ensure that I never get myself into this kind of debt debacle again, I decided to stick to buying from people who understand what it means to be a struggling artist. So, I turned to the online shopping portal Etsy – my favorite place to spend time (& cash) on the internet.

Aug 16, 2009

11 Things To Know When Living Off-Campus For The First Time

Not everybody is headin’ back to a cramped, 8x10 box that college officials have dubbed “ the dorm.” Nope—some of you ladies will find yourselves hunched over textbooks in more reasonably-sized quarters. Yes, I’m talking about off-campus houses and apartments!

Jul 30, 2009

Go Ahead, Be A Negative Nancy!

Lately, it seems like the whole freakin' world has been on a self-help kick. In recent years, the $11 billion dollar industry has flourished. It's provided us with "miracle" books like The Secret and an array of self-proclaimed internet self-help gurus (or trust fund babies with pink hair and Daddy's cash?) like Gala Darling.

Jul 11, 2009

Dealing With a Stage Five Clinger

Hanging out with someone new is always exciting. I absolutely thrive off those first few weeks of a budding relationship when all I can think about is the other person and wonder if he’s thinking about me, too. I love anxiously waiting for that phone call or text message after the first date that seals the deal that you two might have a future together

Jun 1, 2009

MTV’s True Life: Six Best Episodes Ever

I don’t know what it is about MTV, but I am addicted. Those crafty little sons of b*tches in Times Square know their target audience. They have me – and everyone else in the 12-30 age bracket – convinced that what we should really want to watch on TV are really attractive, dumb people saying really dumb (and totally unscripted) things.