Elizabeth Smart Will Never Watch Her Lifetime Movie Again: “It Was Terrifying”

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Anna Wintour Reveals Who She Would Never Invite Back to the Met Gala

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Hurley: Weinstein never asked me to massage him

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Shania Twain Was ‘Shattered’ by Divorce as She Battled Lyme Disease: ‘I Never Thought I Would Sing Again’

Shania Twain feared she would never sing again after a battle with Lyme disease affected her vocal cords and caused her to withdraw form the spotlight for over a decade.

The “That Don’t Impress Me Much” singer is opening up to 60 Minutes Australia about the toll the illness took on her, both physically and emotionally.

“I never thought I would sing again,” she said.

The 52-year-old singer had to fight to regain her singing voice from the damaging effects of dysphonia, the result of Lyme disease.

 

She also said that her divorce from Robert Lange after reports of infidelity left her “broken” as she fought for her health.

“I was shattered,” she said. “How many more traumatic moments can I take?’ she said.  “I wasn’t just broken, I was shattered.”

In July, Twain also opened up to PEOPLE about her battle with Lyme: “I was very scared for a little while that I wouldn’t sing again, ever. I went through that moment, but I found a way. I found a way to do it.”

Now, using her voice requires lengthy warmups and physical therapy that Twain described as “very, very difficult.”

Twain was away from the music scene for 15 years, as she worked to recover from the disease

Twain’s 2015 attempt at a final tour was plagued by health issues, as she was forced to cancel several dates due to a “respiratory infection.”

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Now, the singer is making another comeback. Twain recently announced the release of her latest album Now — her first in 15 years. She previously told PEOPLE that the self-penned project isn’t a comback,  it’s “a continuation. This is an evolution,” she said.
“It’s all about reflecting on what I’ve been through, owning what I’ve been through, not ignoring it and saying ‘forget about it, move on,’ ” she told PEOPLE. “I don’t want to forget about it. It’s made me who I am.”
The full interview will air on 60 Minutes Australia on Sunday.

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Pink and Reese Witherspoon Play “Never Have I Ever” With Ellen DeGeneres

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Books of The Times: ‘The Burning Girl,’ About Intense Pre-Teenage Friendship, Never Catches Fire

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The One Clothing Item You’d Never Expect To See Ashley Olsen Wear

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Discovery Responds To ‘Phelps Vs. Shark’ Backlash, Says Real Shark Was Never Promised

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The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express Has 3 New Grand Suites So You’ll Never Want to Leave the Train

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35 Reasons J.K. Rowling Should Never, Ever Leave Twitter

J.K. Rowling is the powerhouse behind the “Harry Potter” universe, and we love her for it. From the books to the films to the theme parks, you’d think a woman who has already given us so much couldn’t possibly give us any more.

But, au contraire, friends. Rowling’s Twitter presence has long been lauded, primarily for her ability to take down trolls and provide consistently humorous musings on the world.

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which first hit bookshelves back in 1997, we’ve decided to celebrate Mother Potter in the best way possible: Rounding up her most iconic tweets for our reading/retweeting pleasure. There are 35 of them. You’re welcome.

Her #relatable feelings of frustration that led to needing cake:

This classic response to a troll that does double duty as a song lyric:

These epic responses to/subtweets about trolls:

Her complete and utter vitriol toward President Donald Trump:

That time she wrote out “Expecto Patronum” for a fan’s tattoo:

When she’s frequently expressed her love for otters:

 

When she received a truly incredible mug for her birthday:

That time she served up some serious sass about women and sex (… and women everywhere started clapping):

When she admitted that killing all those people in the “Harry Potter” world was hard on her, too. Even Snape:

When she revealed the one thing that rivals Voldemort in terms of evilness — printers:

Those times she filled us in on the ups and downs of her writing life:

That time she said she doesn’t care if you think she’s a bitch:

When she referred to herself in the third person to declare that she loved the casting of a black Hermione in the “Cursed Child” play:

That time she said the phrase “penis hat”:

When she proved she’s ~ just like us ~:

J.K. Rowling ― never stop tweeting. Ever.

From June 1 to 30, HuffPost is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the very first “Harry Potter” book by reminiscing about all things Hogwarts. Accio childhood memories.

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Never Heard Of ‘Dry Drowning?’ What You Need To Know About The Deadly Condition

The Question: Dry drowning was recently ruled as the suspected cause of death for a 4-year-old boy from Texas. What is this medical condition and what are the signs that someone might be suffering from it?

The Answer: We don’t yet know what happened in the tragic case of the child in Texas, but drowning is an issue of heightened concern in the summer. 

About 3,500 people die per year in the U.S. due to unintentional drowning. One in five of those deaths is a child under the age of 14. And there’s a large disparity by race: African-American children between the ages of 5-19 are 5.5 times as likely to drown in swimming pools than their white peers.

But to understand any of the terminology about drowning ― and it is confusing ― it’s important to understand what happens when someone drowns. 

“Wet drowning,” which is drowning while submerged under water, is what most people think of when they hear the word “drowning.” This refers to when a spasm in the larynx ― a muscular organ in the throat  ― occurs and relaxes the opening to the throat’s airway, allowing water to enter the lungs. 

In the event of dry drowning, on the other hand, a laryngeal spasm also occurs, but the muscle at the top of the airway doesn’t completely relax, and so less water enters the lungs, according to Dr. Wassam Rahman, medical director of the emergency center at Johns Hopkin’s All Children’s Hospital. 

There’s no clinical difference in the outcome of wet versus dry, Rahman says. In both cases, without medical intervention, death is quick: The laryngeal spasm makes it hard to breathe and oxygen is cut off from the brain. Usually an autopsy determines if a death was wet or dry ― and one can quickly die in a body of water, or shortly after getting out of it, by dry drowning.

But there’s an additional danger with dry drowning ― it could lead to “secondary drowning,” a deadly and hard to spot condition if you don’t know what to look for.

“Suppose a child ducks their head and chokes on some water and is fine,” Rahman told HuffPost. “Then within 24 hours he starts to have some respiratory symptoms ― [secondary drowning] is a delayed [reaction].” 

During secondary drowning, a little bit of water gets inside the lungs from say, a near-drowning experience or even something as seemingly benign as being tossed around by waves. 

The only difference with secondary drowning is that in the hours following, the lungs respond to the trapped water by swelling, essentially starting to pool with the body’s own water, Rahman explained. Ultimately, the fluid in the lungs makes it hard for the body to produce oxygen. Oxygen blood levels eventually drop, which can cause a slowed heart rate and, in rare cases, cardiac arrest.

If a child develops a cough a couple of hours after swimming or submersion, or cannot catch his or her breath, something might be wrong, according to Rahman. 

Chest pain, vomiting, irritability or a drop in energy in the hours after swallowing a large amount of water can also be signs of secondary drowning, according to the American Osteopathic Association. 

If you see any of these signs, get medical attention immediately since patient outcome gets worse with the progression of time, Rahman notes.

And watch your kiddos when they’re in the pool or ocean: Drowning is the second most common cause of death by unintentional injury, behind car accidents, among children ages 1-4 years-old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For every child that dies from drowning, another five go to the emergency room for nonfatal submersion injuries, according to the CDC. Nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage, including long-term learning disabilities, memory impairment and the loss of basic cognitive function. 

Some of the top factors that influence drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, a lack of barriers, such as a pool fence, to prevent unsupervised water access and a lack of close supervision while swimming, according to the CDC. 

You can never have too many eyes on kids when they’re playing in the water. And learning CPR is a great skill. Seconds count: The more quickly CPR is started on a drowning victim, the better the chance their outcome will improve. 

“Ask Healthy Living” is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice. Please consult a qualified health care professional for personalized medical advice.

H/T CNN

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Most People Will Never Understand My Eating Disorder

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Kandi Burruss on Phaedra Parks After Real Housewives of Atlanta Drama: “We Can Never Talk Again”

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Terrifying Tornado Gives Couple A Proposal Story They’ll Never Forget

A storm chaser in Texas used a terrifying tornado as the perfect backdrop to a proposal.

Alex Bartholomew popped the question to girlfriend Britney Fox Cayton near McLean on Tuesday, as a twister struck the ground about a mile away. Fortunately, she said yes.

Bartholomew shared photographs on Facebook of the couple’s epic engagement, with the tornado visible in the background. They are now going viral:

”I was completely overjoyed when he asked me and could not help having tears in my eyes,” Cayton told HuffPost on Thursday. “I almost forgot about the tornado behind us because all I could see was him and how happy I felt in that moment.”

The two 25-year-olds have been together for just over 18 months. “He’s a storm chaser but I’ve been fascinated by it since we started dating,” Cayton said. “He’s been taking me out with him every chance we’ve had since.”

Bartholomew wrote on Facebook that he was “elated,” “ecstatic” and “overjoyed” at Cayton’s answer. “I seriously couldn’t ask for a better life and I can’t wait to spend it with her by my side,” he added.

The Tornado Intercept page on Facebook also shared footage of the memorable proposal online:

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Katy Perry Dressed Up As Guy Fieri, And You’ll Never Unsee The Result

Katy Perry makes an excellent double for Guy Fieri.

On Thursday, the singer styled her new blonde buzzcut into Fieri’s signature gelled spikes for a hilariously accurate post to commemorate unofficial National Look Alike Day.

“Happy #420, #nationallookalikeday and now #nevergettinglaidday,” Perry captioned the photo. 

happy #420, #nationallookalikeday and now #nevergettinglaidday @guyfieri

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While Fieri has yet to respond, Perry’s fans on Twitter reacted in amused bewilderment and pointed out a previous time she channeled the mayor of Flavortown with her concert getup. 

LOL. Keep that Fieri fire coming, Katy. 

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Goodbye? Adele says she may never tour again

She may have sold tens of millions of albums and filled arenas around the world, but Adele says she may never tour again.
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Donald Trump Will Never Get Bored Of This Spoof ‘Tonight Show’ Game

Here’s one board game that President Donald Trump will likely never tire of playing.

Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon’s spoof “The Blame Game” allows the commander in chief to always pass the buck elsewhere: 

“Just roll the dice to see who you should blame for your latest presidential failure,” says the voiceover for the parody product’s ad.

Check it out in the clip above.

 

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19 Places You Should Never, Ever Propose Marriage

There’s nothing more romantic than hearing the words “Will you marry me?” Unless, of course, those three words are uttered at McDonalds or some place similarly uninspired. Sorry, but no amount of Chicken McNuggets can redeem that situation. 

What other proposal locations should be avoided? Below, we’ve rounded up some of the funniest quips and real-life experiences from the trending Twitter hashtag #BadProposalLocations. 

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Baby Waits Just 40 Minutes for Liver Transplant: ‘I’ve Never Seen Anything This Fast’ Says Doctor

The parents of a baby born in July never expected how quickly their sick child would receive a liver transplant after they put him on the wait list.

Shortly after Daniel McCabe was born he was diagnosed with biliary atresia – a rare disorder that causes scarring in the liver and blocks the bile ducts. After receiving an evaluation at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, his condition quickly became dire, according to KTRK.

So on December 13, at 10:15 a.m., his mother, Melody McCabe, put her 5-month-old on the wait list for a new organ, expecting to wait a while for a match. Typically, it takes a child 86 days to find a donor liver.

“I think it was the best thing for him. He was deteriorating fairly rapidly, even for this disease. Usually it’s not so fast, and he really needed that liver as soon as possible,” pediatric liver specialist Dr. Saeed Mohammed told the news outlet.

It was just 40 minutes later when the doctor received a call saying they had a potential match.

“The doctor came into the room and he was very quiet, and it felt like he was quiet for a very long time and I was expecting bad news. And when he said, ‘He has a liver,’ I’m still in shock at how quickly that was,” Melody told KTRK.

Added Dr. Mohammed: “I’ve never seen anything this fast.”

Right as Daniel’s medical information was posted on the wait list, so was the deceased donors, the outlet reports. Because he was so sick, he was eligible to be matched right away.

He’s now doing very well as he recovers at the hospital and is expected to go home in February.


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You Should Never Wear Thumb Rings. It’s A Juju Thing.

In his book “Mystic’s Musings“, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has warned women to never wear any metal rings on their thumbs as it “will lead to attracting occult forms”.

Sadhguru, a name which means uneducated guru, is an Enlightened Yogi, Mystic, Humanitarian, New York Times Bestselling Author, and more than likely a genius.

So as much as I am a long term fan of fashion guru and thumb ring advocate, Rachel Zoe, (I love receiving her quarterly Box of Style and fashion advice via The Zoe Report) I am going to have to draw the line here.

Rachel is even quoted as saying “why are you asking me if I’ve read a book“. I’ve read the book, Rachel, it’s now up to you to stop just accessorising with gay abandon and enlighten your fashion followers!

Sadhguru and Rachel Zoe both share an affinity for snake jewelry. Spiritual seekers and Isha meditators can buy copper snake rings from Isha Shoppe USA to be worn only on the ring finger. Rachel Zoe has always adorned snake jewelry and encourages followers to stack, mix metals and wear snake rings on their thumbs on her website. Let’s see if she is boho enough to swap her over the top 6 carat bezel cut diamond wedding ring for a hand crafted consecrated copper snake ring which can be purchased for only US$ 8. That would be bananas.

Are 7 Of My Favourite Celebrities Accidentally Attracting Bad Juju?

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5. Kristen Stewart


6. Sofia Vergara

7. Rachel Zoe

Love you Rachel!

This article was originally posted on kristavandersharp.com and is republished here with permission.

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Designer Sophie Theallet Vows Never To Work With Melania Trump

In her eight years in the White House, Michelle Obama became a sweetheart of the fashion world, beloved by designers thrilled to dress her. For at least one of those industry stars, those days are gone.

French designer Sophie Theallet vowed never to dress incoming first lady Melania Trump in an open letter posted to her Twitter account Thursday night. 

Theallet, who is based in New York City and has designed collections for Lane Bryant, explained in the letter that her brand “stands against all discrimination and prejudice” and calls her runway shows, campaigns and celebrity dressings “a celebration of diversity and reflection of the world we live in.” 

In that spirit, she decided not to dress Trump. 

“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by,” wrote Theallet.

Theallet called her work with Obama, someone whose “values, actions and grace” resonate with her, “a highlight and an honor.” 

Obama wore and repeated Theallet’s designs over the years. One of the designs was even nearly cloned for a collection Theallet did with the Gap back in 2011.

It’s a bold move to weigh in on politics, one that Theallet said herself might not be wise. But she also called on her fellow designers to follow suit, reminding them that “integrity is our only true currency.”

Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether or not the future first lady even intends to be dressed by designers when her husband’s presidency begins in January. After all, she wore her own purchased clothing on the campaign trail. Business of Fashion recently declared “Fashion Will Learn To Love Melania Trump,” but InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown told the outlet her staff “have no plans” to cover Mrs. Trump.

Whatever happens in the future, this is certainly a big about-face from the last eight years.

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Taylor Swift, is that you?!

The singer recently stepped out in a look that’s so far from her signature crop top and circle skirt combo that it required a comically over-the-top double take. Is this the further influence of boyfriend Calvin Harris on her off-duty style? We investigate.

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Over the last couple of years, Swift’s ultra-feminine style (think: girlie matching sets, prim purses and glam heels) has become her signature. But lately, the 1989 singer been stepping out in looks that are so far from her go-to girly and frilly ensembles to much more dressed-down outfits. And it’s all culminated in this.

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Swift stepped out in a pair of itty-bitty denim shorts, an oversize camo-printed military jacket, an oversize black Saint Laurent bag and … a pair of sneakers! Yes, the queen of heels ditched her usual sky-high footwear for a toned-down (and comfortable) pair of Coachella-inspired, fringe Saint Laurent sneakers during a girlfriend get-together in Malibu.

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This isn’t the only look that supports our theory on Tay’s evolving style. A few weeks ago, she wore a show-stopping silver metallic two-piece set (technically still in her style wheelhouse) with sexy cutouts and a daringly high hemline. She teamed the form-fitting number with strappy black sandals and a Jimmy Choo burgundy chain-strap purse. (And we can’t forget her weekend filled with sheer, shimmery LBDS.)

But we’re still stuck on those jean shorts and fringed sneakers. Is she prepping for a Calvin Harris set at Coachella? Will we next see her in a crochet bikini top and Frye boots? We’ll find out this weekend.

What do you think of Taylor’s new style? Do you miss her circle skirts? Share below!

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What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, This American Life.

Each week, This American Life is broadcast to more than 1.7 million listeners across 500 different radio stations. For Glass, who is featured in almost every episode, the show has led to a wide range of opportunities including book deals, feature films, and appearances on popular television shows.

Of course, it wasn’t always that way.

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Glass started out at NPR as a 19-year-old intern. The next decade was filled with a lot of hard work and very little payoff as he worked as a reporter.

Fifteen years into his career, Glass finally began co-hosting his first show, which was called The Wild Room. The show was his idea, but Glass would later describe it by saying “one show would be horrible and two shows would be decent.” The Wild Room aired during a particularly unpopular Friday evening slot and in Glass’ words “it deserved its time slot.”

After struggling through two years of The Wild Room, Glass finally pitched the idea for This American Life and received meager funding to get it started. Over 15 years and millions of listeners later, the rest is history.

But here’s the part that I find really interesting.

Check out how Ira Glass describes his long struggle to create something noteworthy:

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, and I really wish somebody had told this to me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there is this gap. For the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good. It’s not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not that good.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people never get past that phase. They quit.

Everybody I know who does interesting, creative work they went through years where they had really good taste and they could tell that what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. Everybody goes through that.

And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.

I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It takes awhile. It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.
–Ira Glass

If you’d like to hear Glass say it himself, listen to the audio clip below.

The Thing That Got You Into The Game

We all have reasons for being pulled to the things we love.

When he was just a 19-year-old intern, Ira Glass had a taste for journalism and storytelling. He knew what good journalism looked like when it was done well. But it took him 17 years of work before he could start to do it well himself. And, as he says above, that was frustrating.

I think you and I face a similar type of battle.

  • Spend a year or two in the gym and you’ll start to recognize good technique, even if your own could use some work. This is something I’m struggling with right now. I know a great clean and jerk when I see one, but when I grab hold of the bar it’s still hard for me to pull it off.
  • Start writing consistently and you’ll begin to take notice when you read great work. But good luck trying to produce your own brilliant words. In the beginning, it can be difficult just to get something on the page. And even when you can hammer out sentences, young writers quickly learn that all words aren’t created equal. Even with consistent writing each week, I still feel like I fail to produce something of note.
  • Watch a dozen TED Talks and you’ll be able to point out what you like and don’t like about certain presenters, but jump up on stage yourself and the difficulty of captivating an audience — even for a minute or two — becomes quite apparent.

And so it goes for virtually any skill. There is always a gap between being an apprentice and being a craftsman. The apprentice has the taste, but not the skill. The craftsman has the taste and the skill.

It’s easier to recognize beauty than it is to create it. You’re good enough to know that what you’re doing isn’t good, but not good enough to produce something great. When you find yourself in this frustrating limbo, the challenge is to never forget what got you there in the first place. Remember that thing that got you into the game.

Your love. Your passion. Your taste. That’s the reason you’re here. You still belong, even if you don’t feel like it right now. Your taste can be killer even if your ability is questionable.

Commit to the process and you’ll become good enough, soon enough. Put in a volume of work. Close the gap.

What to Do Next

Developing skills that are as good as your taste comes down to habits. The ability to “fight your way through” as Glass says, hinges on your consistency to show up and do the work. Can you build the habits required to make small improvements day after day?

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but my hope is that I can help a little bit. I’ve spent the last year writing and researching the science of habit formation. Much of what I have learned (including strategies for becoming more consistent and improving your performance) is covered in my free 46-page guide called Transform Your Habits. It’s available for free to anyone who subscribes to my weekly newsletter.

If you haven’t already read it, you can download a copy here.

James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares science-based ideas for living a better life and building habits that stick. To get strategies for boosting your mental and physical performance by 10x, join his free newsletter.

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A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

It’s no secret that many women are smarter than men. Why? As a rule, women are not just naturally intuitive, but constantly challenged to solve problems relating to home, family, and career while men often have the luxury of delegating or ignoring such responsibilities. During an interview at the University of Colorado in Boulder, the most honorable Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted that:

I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’ve been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.

It’s easy to see why men would be shocked by Ginsburg’s reply. All one has to do is consider their behavior, as evidenced in these clips from 1957’s The Music Man and 1970’s Company.

Obviously, women see things differently (as evidenced in these two numbers from 1950’s Guys and Dolls and 1964’s Hello, Dolly!).

The battle of the sexes may be as old as time. But men often approach the battlefield armed with belligerence, brawn and bravado while women manage to bewitch, bother, and bewilder them with a potent combination of brains and beauty. In many historical periods men have automatically assumed power while women had to use whatever knowledge was available to gain and assert their power.

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A newly restored print of a 1920 comedy directed by Robert Thornby turned out to be one of the more delightful surprises at the 2015 San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Wikipedia offers the following summary of the plot of The Deadlier Sex:

Based upon a review in a film publication, Mary Willard (Blanche Sweet), who has taken control of her father’s interests after his death, has become so exasperated at the unscrupulous business practices of Harvey Judson (Mahlon Hamilton) that she has him kidnapped to teach him a lesson and protect her shareholders against him.

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Blanche Sweet as Mary Willard in The Deadlier Sex


When Harvey wakes up in the forest, he initially believes that robbery was the motive until he discovers that no money was taken. He tries to bribe his guide to take him to the nearest settlement but to no avail, and, after two fist fights with a Frenchman (Boris Karloff) who is also in love with Mary, eventually comes up with a scheme which leads to his discovery by his friends.

When Harvey finds that Mary was the cause of this, they argue and he accuses her of trying to ruin him. While on the way to the nearest train station they have an automobile crash that nearly kills them. At the station, after they are told that the government has seized their property, Mary and Harvey decide to work together in the future.

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Blanche Sweet as Mary Willard in The Deadlier Sex

After appearing on stages since she was four years old (Sweet started her career touring with Maurice Barrymore in The Battle of the Strong), the teenaged actress starred in D.W. Griffith’s 1914 film, Judith of Bethulia. Although set to appear in 1915’s The Birth of A Nation, she was replaced by Lillian Gish.

Shot on location in and around Truckee, California, Sweet later referred to The Deadlier Sex as one of the films “I knew I shouldn’t do.” Her characterization of Mary Willard as a sly, intelligent, resourceful, and cunning young businesswoman was a far cry from the stereotypical damsel in distress that was a staple of so many silent films.

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Blanche Sweet as Mary Willard in The Deadlier Sex

In addition to the young Boris Karloff’s portrayal of a macho trapper, The Deadlier Sex featured strong performances by Winter Hall as Mary’s father, Roy Laidlaw as Huntley Green, and Russell Simpson as Jim Willis. With live accompaniment by Guenter Buchwald, the film had a certain rustic charm.

Although Sweet was a major star in silent films (who even managed a brief transition to talkies), few of her films are available today. In 1930’s Show Girl in Hollywood, she introduced the song “There’s a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood,” whose lyrics read as follows:


You’re like a million others
Who seek the road to fame
But soon you’ll realize
It’s not an easy climb.
You’ll find like all the others
Whose dreams are just the same
The road is not as rosy
As Sunday papers claim.

There’s a tear for every smile in Hollywood
Every mile’s a weary mile in Hollywood
A million dreams are born with each day
A million dreams keep fading away
Like the spider and the fly is Hollywood
Where a broken-hearted sigh is understood
Though fortune seems to beckon to some
There’s a tear for every smile in Hollywood.

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While women may have felt oppressed for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, at least they didn’t have to fear a legal (and loathsome) form of rape known as the droit du seigneur. A purportedly popular practice in late Medieval Europe, droit du seigneur gave a feudal lord the right to take the virginity of his serfs’ daughters.

That practice is a pivotal plot point in 1778’s The Marriage of Figaro (a play by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that was adapted into a four-act opera buffa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1786). Not only must Susanna find a way to keep the Count Almaviva’s hands off her as she prepares to wed the Count’s servant, Figaro, she must also find a way to help her mistress (the Countess Almaviva) save her marriage from the embarrassment of the Count’s constant philandering.

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Luca Pisaroni as the lecherous Count Almaviva
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Add to the mix a horny page, a curious birthmark, a drunken gardener, a lusty old spinster who claims to have won the right to marry Figaro if he defaults on a loan, as well as a bitter old man who craves revenge for the way Figaro stole Rosina from under his roof (thus enabling her to marry the Count Almaviva) and you’ve got lots of mischief involving mistaken identities framed by a magical musical score.

As part of its 2015 summer season, the San Francisco Opera revived its 33-year-old production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, populating the cast with five former Adler Fellows (including conductor Patrick Summers), one current Adler Fellow (Maria Valdes as Barbarina), and a veteran of the Merola Opera Program who has performed with the company for more than four decades (John del Carlo).

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Figaro (Philippe Sly) and Susanna (Lisette Oropesa) in
Act I of Le Nozze di Figaro (Photo by: Cory Weaver)

The casting paid off in spades. Philippe Sly’s sonorous Figaro was far more athletic (and almost balletic) than what one usually encounters; as Susanna, Lisette Oropesa glowed with the charm and sparkle of a young woman in love (and sang rapturously as well). Luca Pisaroni’s Count Almaviva was a special delight, nicely balanced by Nadine Sierra’s portrayal of his Countess.

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Former Adler Fellow Nadine Sierra as the Countess Almaviva
in Le Nozze di Figaro (Photo by: Cory Weaver)

In comedic supporting roles, John Del Carlo scored strongly as Bartolo with Catherine Cook as a robust Marcellina. Greg Fedderly was a delightfully meddlesome Basilio while John Easterlin added to the fun as Don Curzio. Bojan Knezevi was a noticeably besotted Antonio.

At the performance I attended Angela Brower easily won over the audience as Cherubino. But what made the evening especially satisfying for me was the savvy stage direction by Robin Guarino, who added telling bits of body language for Figaro, Susanna, and Cherubino.

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Susanna (Lisette Oropesa) and Figaro (Philippe Sly) make up
in Act IV of Le Nozze di Figaro = (Photo by: Cory Weaver)

Looking back over the years, I recall that my first exposure to Le Nozze di Figaro took place sometime in the mid 1960s at the New York City Opera. That was nearly 15 years before surtitles began being projected above the proscenium in opera houses. Even when sung in English, I found it difficult to follow the plot.

These days, surtitles make it much easier for audiences to follow the text and understand the set-up for various sight gags. During one intermission, the house curtain was raised so that the audience could watch the stage crew change the scenery while a member of the company’s staff took live questions from a dedicated Twitter feed. Additional educational tools (like the following video) undoubtedly help those who are experiencing Mozart’s opera for the very first time.

Not only does today’s technology allow audiences to follow the story with surtitles, it also makes it possible for the San Francisco Opera to simulcast a live performance from the War Memorial Opera House to a packed baseball stadium across town at AT&T Park.

I was especially lucky at the performance I attended to be seated down front in the orchestra, where it was much easier to watch how certain artists (especially Luca Pisaroni) crafted their phrasing during arias and worked as part of an ensemble when required to do so by the dramatic shenanigans concocted by Beaumarchais. In an entertainment world that frequently bludgeons audiences into submission with overamplification, it’s a visceral joy to be able to hear an artist’s natural voice and experience a wide range of musical nuances.

Special credit goes to Maestro Patrick Summers, who led a beautiful performance of Mozart’s opera. The following clip offer some highlights from the San Francisco Opera’s production:

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Former “The Hills” star Heidi Montag has recreated one of Kim Kardashian’s most famous bikini photos.

Why? Could it be an attempt to stay relevant? Was it born out of a constant need for attention? 

Well, according to Us Weekly, the 28-year-old posed for the Kardashian-inspired pic in honor of her husband Spencer Pratt’s 32nd birthday.

That’s love, guys. That, right there, is love. 

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You’re getting married, congratulations! It’s bound to be one of the most special moments of your life. Before you say the “I dos,” though, a caveat: The list of things you’ll feel pressured to buy for your wedding will probably run the length of a football field (or two). 

Unless you have the sewing skills of a wizard, you’ll probably have to outsource the dress. Maybe you’re a highly motivated baking aficionado and will be making your own cake. If neither of these apply, don’t fret. You can still DIY your way to happily ever after—just do it with decor. For a dreamy outdoor wedding, make string lights using mini cupcake liners. Marble paper for placecards to perk up any table. Or dry pineapple flowers to one-up that open bar with the prettiest cocktails you ever did see. Here are 10 DIY wedding decor ideas to make your big day a little more you:

Pom-Fringed Table Runner by Laura Kaesshaefer

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A Centerpiece Made of Sticks & Leaves by Debra Szidon

 

Dried Pineapple Flowers by Anna Hezel 

 

Cocoa Pear Crisps Place Card Holder by gheanna 

 

Easy Flower Arrangments by Amanda Sims 

 

 

String Lights by Anna Hezel

 

Marbled Paper for Place Cards by Stephanie Fishwick 

 

More: If you’re in need of the perfect wedding gift, these make-and-take ideas won’t soon be forgotten! 

 

Hanging Japanese Moss Balls by Samantha Weiss-Hills

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Parchment Paper Votives by Anna Hezel

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Low-Budget, Unexpected Centerpieces by Paige Morse

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My Mentor Never Gave His Last Lecture

To millions of beloved readers, Jeff Zaslow was the advice columnist who replaced Ann Landers and the bestselling author who captured our hearts with moving books like The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch. But to me and countless other writers, Jeff was a devoted mentor who gave countless hours of his time and energy to help aspiring authors.

When I was in middle school, Jeff and his family moved in across the street from our house in Michigan. At a neighborhood barbecue, I was a shy, nerdy kid shooting baskets alone. Jeff walked over, introduced himself, and challenged me to a game of HORSE. He took a genuine interest in getting to know me, asking about my hobbies and crushes. Although we had just met, I had the uncanny sense that this new neighbor truly cared about me. Suspiciously, he lost that game of HORSE very, very badly.

Looking back, Jeff was the first adult who treated me like a peer, and it helped me come out of my shell. At the time, I had no idea that Jeff would become a mentor to me–or that I would enter the writing profession.

Two decades later, I decided to write my first book. In search of guidance on developing a proposal, I reached out to Jeff. Less than three hours later, his reply landed in my inbox. He invited me to call his cellphone any time, day or night. He asked me thoughtful questions and listened to my responses. I explained that I was interested in writing about why people help others. “You haven’t found the forest in the trees yet,” he confided, “but I think there’s potential for a book here.” He suggested trying to articulate my message in a single sentence. “What’s the big, surprising idea?”

Three days later, the answer hit me. The book was going to be about the surprising success of people like Jeff, who consistently helped others without expecting anything in return. Instead of achieving success and then giving back, is it possible that you could attain success by giving first? To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, if you use your candle to light mine, I get light without darkening you.

Months later, when I was preparing to meet with publishers, my heart was racing. Jeff kindly reviewed my pitch and boosted my confidence with a quip: “The little schnitzel across the street is going to be famous!”

Two weeks later, Jeff launched his latest book, The Magic Room. Despite being scheduled around the clock, he sent me a note to check in on how the meetings with publishers went. Just like the first time I met him, I was overwhelmed by the fact that he cared. He helped me choose the right publisher and added, “Here’s hoping you’re the next Malcolm Gladwell.”

When I started writing, I relied on Jeff’s work as a model for creating narratives that speak to readers’ hearts along with opening their minds, and his personal example as a reminder of what it meant to put other people first. There was the time in 1983 when he gave the croissant out of his mouth to a homeless person. There was the Zazz Bash, an annual singles party that he created for charity–and led to 78 marriages. In his books, he was always shining a spotlight on others. And there was the time when he ran into my dad at a local store. Jeff had just released a new book and had a stack of them sitting at home in our neighborhood. But Jeff marched up to the register and paid for a copy of his own book, autographing it so my dad didn’t have to wait for a signed edition.

Despite the fact that he gave advice for a living, Jeff never assumed that he knew the right course of action for anyone else. This humility was visible early in his career. In his late twenties, while writing a story for the Wall Street Journal about the contest to replace Ann Landers, he decided to enter it on a lark. When an interviewer told him he was underqualified, he replied: “I may be 28, but I have the wisdom of a 29-year-old.”

When students ask me how they can pay their mentors back, I challenge them to think about it differently. Mentoring is a gift, and their job is to receive it with gratitude. How can they show their mentors that they’ve made a difference?

In 2012, before I finished writing my book, Jeff lost his life in a tragic car accident. I missed the opportunity to tell him what an impact he had on me–not only as a writer, but as a role model for how to live a good life.

Jeff Zaslow never got the chance to give his own last lecture. I don’t know what he would have said, but I know how he would have made you feel. He would have dazzled you with humor, enlightened you with insight, and inspired you to pursue and savor the most meaningful moments in life.

I dedicated my book to him, but it seems that the most powerful way to honor Jeff’s memory is to share the wisdom that he imparted through his actions. He taught me four timeless lessons about mentoring:

1. Great mentors don’t give answers. They ask questions.

2. Great mentors are proactive, not reactive. They don’t just respond to outreach; they reach out to their mentees.

3. Great mentors see more potential in their mentees than their mentees see in themselves.

4. Great mentors focus on their mentees’ success, not on their own.

Since we lost Jeff, people have come out of the woodwork to share how much his generosity meant to them. Perhaps the most stirring was Brad Epstein, a healthcare executive. Seven years ago I worked on a project with Brad, not realizing that he knew Jeff. It turns out they were roommates in Orlando in their twenties.

“I miss the light he added to the world,” Brad wrote. “But I can see the glow from countless candles he lit.”

Thank your mentor before it’s too late. And then light as many candles as you can.

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Adam is a Wharton professor and the New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success. His free monthly newsletter on work and psychology is at www.giveandtake.com.

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It’s Never Love at First Draft

Why would anyone want to read the original manuscript of a young writer who subsequently wrote a world-renowned classic, except to trace the development of that writer? Why, upon reading it, would anyone ascribe meaning to that manuscript so as to diminish, question or require a re-thinking of the writer’s fabulously successful published work? That first manuscript served as a waystation on a young writer’s journey to produce her novel, nothing else. It merits no consideration in and of itself.

Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman was not given an offer for publication back when it was first submitted to its publisher nearly 50 years ago, for a simple, perfect, reason: It was not good enough. This status quo endured for another simple reason: Harper Lee did not want it published, and her circle of intimates honored her preferences. Most likely, she did not view it as worthy of publication. After all, it was simply a draft and Lee was a champion of great writing.

I can only see one reason why Lee’s Go Set A Watchman found its way to publication in 2015: The self-interest of Lee’s publisher, HarperCollins trumped the author’s own long-standing and well-known preference. It’s hard to believe Ms. Lee cares about money after all these years, although not at all hard to believe that, with the passing of her older sister less than a year ago, who also served her advocate and legal protector, Lee was bullied into agreeing to publication.

It’s easy to imagine why Tay Hohoff, Ms. Lee’s original editor at J.B. Lippincott, worked closely with the then-budding writer to develop the rough manuscript she submitted into a different story. Simply, Ms. Hohoff didn’t believe the original story was worthy of publication, but she believed in the writer’s promise. Ms. Lee had work to do. A lot. The original manuscript may have shared the same locale and some main characters as the published novel, but that’s it. Kudos to the writer, and likely the editor as well, for reshaping instead of abandoning those ingredients and combining them into a masterpiece.

Having recently completed the years-long process of writing a recently published book, I can easily imagine how Harper Lee’s experience as a new writer could have mirrored mine in some way. (Not for a moment would I delude myself by thinking my book’s future will mirror To Kill A Mockingbird.)

I don’t know how many short essays I wrote in the run-up to starting my memoir, some about topics that ended up in the book, many that didn’t. When I finally started writing the memoir itself, I spent a year stringing together sentences and paragraphs before I realized I didn’t know where the story was heading. I couldn’t move it forward. Everywhere I looked, it seemed the action doubled back on itself into a cycle of sameness. I needed help.

Luckily, I found some, in the shape of a writing coach/editor who knew her stuff. A writer so green I needed a formal introduction to phrases like “story arc” (when I first heard the phrase, I thought of rainbow colored paragraphs), I discovered much of the work with my editor, Kelley Eskridge, involved not just writing on my own, but researching ideas and backstory, sketching out possible themes and metaphors, talking, thinking, musing, debating, and yes, even some negotiating.

I’d written one hundred plus pages, tens of thousands of words, and after reading all that, Kelley didn’t know what my story was about. As it turned out, I didn’t either. Was it about rowing? My dysfunctional family? My relationship with my mother?

I probably tossed out more words during my writing process than made it into my memoir. I’m not the only writer for whom that may be true. Much of writing, it turns out, is rewriting.

Go Set A Watchman should not be viewed as another Harper Lee novel, nor even as a precursor to To Kill A Mockingbird. It represented a transitory stage of Lee’s thinking, certainly a stage that she devoted countless hours to constructing, but it was an unfinished product. It was neither well-written nor a gripping story. (I personally found myself bored and unable to connect to any of the characters). It was a draft that held a kernel of a great idea, that an experienced editor saw and helped a novice writer develop to the point of excellence. Maybe the experience killed off Lee’s interest in writing further; maybe the experience satisfied her to the point that she didn’t want to attempt another round; maybe her unpredictably wild success sent her scurrying into lifelong seclusion. We will never really know.

Here’s what we do know: To Kill A Mockingbird is an amazing novel. No matter what Go Set A Watchman says or doesn’t say, no matter how the characters who appear in both stories are presented or misrepresented, the real novel is the one that was originally published, not the one that was originally submitted. What emerged from that early draft, an accumulation of discussion, debate, deep thought, and who knows how many crumpled pages, crossed out words and sentences, deleted paragraphs, rewritten sections, was a masterpiece. That’s what we’ve been reading for nearly fifty years, and that’s all that deserves to be remembered, not the mercenary act of a self-interested publishing house that took advantage of an aging, vulnerable writer.

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More Stuff Hemingway Never Said

It must be wonderful to be dead and keep writing. I guess when you’re a genius, nothing can stop you.

Like Hemingway. He died in 1961 but he keeps writing all kinds of snappy lines. I just saw a new posthumous quote this week: “The first draft of anything is shit.” It’s all over the Internet.

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Imagine the excitement of the people hearing it at a writers conference séance when he transmitted that brilliant, ineffable wisdom to them from The Other Side!

Right.

But if you feel unhappy about your first draft, or you want to encourage someone who just showed you a draft that could be a lot better, why not attribute the maudlin line to a master like Hemingway for comfort? Or Faulkner or Neil Gaiman or J.K. Rowling or Stephen King or Anne Rice or any writer at all….

Hell, even Snooki might inspire some people because her name is on books, right? if they’re desperate enough?

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Here’s the thing. Quote-grabbers who are overly reliant on Google and Goodreads fall into the Famous Writer Quotation Trap all the time: they don’t bother checking for a source. They also don’t bother checking to see if there’s a web site which might list that quote as not being by the author. Yes, web sites like that really exist for famous writers.

Of course, there’s always Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations or The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations…. If you’re embarrassed to go old-school, you don’t have to tell anyone.

How bad does spreading bogus quotations get? Check out the lines below. People who seriously think they’re by Hemingway, well, they haven’t read him. And if they have read him, maybe they were multi-tasking at the time, or stoned, or really just don’t get Hemingway.

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When it comes to quoting someone, I like to follow Madonna’s advice, “Make sure a quote doesn’t bite you on the ass–unless that turns you on.”

(I made that up, of course)

Lev Raphael is the author of 25 quotable books in genres from memoir to mystery which you can find on Amazon.

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‘Frozen’ Has A Ridiculous/Hilarious Disclaimer You Probably Never Noticed

 

Nearly a year and half after Disney’s “Frozen” hit theaters, it’s still a cultural tour de force,  having grossed $ 1.2 billion worldwide at the box office, influencing the monikers of a generation to come, and just, well … whatever this is. 

Odds are you’ve seen it more than once, and you’ve likely asked someone if they wanted to build a snowman, but have you stuck around long enough to watch the entire credits roll? 

Our friends over at HuffPost Canada did, and they found that there’s a ridiculous/hilarious disclaimer that was probably tacked on, lest they be subject to the complaints of some MRAs or something. Kidding. Maybe. Enjoy.

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5 Things You’ll Never Hear Women Say To Catcallers

Whether it’s worth the time or potential risk to respond or not, it should surprise no one that women’s general reactions to catcalling are not favorable. In a new video, BuzzFeed Yellow decided to take a different angle: If and when women respond to street harassers, what would we never say?

BuzzFeed chose five common examples of street harassment and had women react in completely implausible ways. Like when a random guy offers a woman a ride and she says, “Yeah, I want a ride! Thank you so much for asking, complete and utter stranger!”

Note to catcallers: because every now and then, we need a reminder to smile — thanks for reminding us! (Is a thing we’ll never say.)

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Never Mind the Bullocks: One Girl's 10,000 km Adventure around India in the World's Cheapest Car

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Vanessa Able wanted a truly independent Indian adventure, but nothing prepared her for the noise, chaos and terror of driving 10,000 km around the subcontinent or for finding the love of her life.
Behind the wheel of a yellow Tata Nano (the world s cheapest car), Vanessa steers the reader through a hilarious, high-octane adventure. Taking any help she can get from loopy spiritual gurus to professional driving instructors, and even a divine insurance policy she drives her way around an alien road network through India s white-knuckle traffic where vehicle size, full-beam lights and roads that simply disappear seem to trump all common sense. Narrowly escaping death by truck, she learnsthe real rules of the road, the vehicle pecking order, what to do when the SH11T hits the fan and to appreciate the true kings of the dusty tarmac: the bullocks.
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Victoria Beckham Reveals the Spice Girl Outfit She’s Never Wearing Again

There’s no denying that today’s Victoria Beckham is one very, very stylish lady. But the VB of days gone by? Not necessarily. When the designer was known as the Spice Girls‘ Posh, she had plenty of outfits she’d likely cringe at now, including one that she won’t be bringing in as design inspiration any time soon.

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“I’m not sure that any of my particular looks from the ’90s will be inspiring. They will probably be horrifying [to] most of my team,” she told WWD. “I wouldn’t say my PVC catsuits would be reappearing, put it that way.”

There won’t be any reason to figure out what reformed Posh would wear today either, as Beckham squashes the forever-ongoing rumors of a reunion (sad!).

“I really support [them] in everything they do, and they’re so supportive of what I’m doing, but I couldn’t possibly do that,” she said of getting the band back together. “It was great when we did the Olympics, but I won’t be doing that anymore.”

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The proud mum also explained that for son Brooklyn, a burgeoning model, it’s about being so much more than a pretty face. “He’s just finished his GCSEs [U.K. high school exams], and so he’s done a couple of shoots. He loves photography and art, so for him when he does the occasional shoot, it’s more than just him having his picture taken.”

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‘Dancing With The Stars’ Alum Cheryl Burke Says She Never Mastered This Dance Move

Even after 18 seasons with “Dancing With The Stars,” professional ballroom dancer Cheryl Burke says there’s one dance move she hasn’t quite mastered yet.

In an interview with HuffPost Live on Wednesday, Burke revealed that for the upcoming finale episode of “I Can Do That,” she was tasked with performing signature choreography from the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, pushing her flexibility to the limit.

“Even as a dancer I can’t do the splits, and they’re famous for that drop split,” she told host Nancy Redd. “Yeah, my back is super flexible, but I’ve never been able to do a drop split. That was a lot of pain.”

Watch Burke attempt to nail the drop split in next week’s finale episode of the NBC show, which airs on Tuesday at 10 pm ET.

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Teen Who Was Told She Would Never Speak Is Now A Talented Singer

This young woman has something to sing about.

Born with a birth defect, Amber Simone Chinn was not expected to breathe, much less speak, on her own. But now, the 19-year-old is a powerful singer, and a video of her performing has gone viral, WGRZ reported.

Chinn was born with craniosynostosis — a defect in which the joints between the skull bones close prematurely — which led to a procedure at the age of 6 months, from which she was not expected to fully recover, the news outlet reported. Chinn’s parents were told she would never talk, but she beat the odds, calling her recovery a miracle.

At a friend’s graduation party earlier this month, Chinn was caught on camera singing by the pool. The video of her performing “The Worst,” by Jhene Akio, was uploaded to Facebook and has received over 2 million views as of Tuesday.

“It’s hard to grasp,” Chinn told WGRZ. “I have confidence, but I never thought me sitting by the pool, a random video would be so viral.”

Now, the young musician is a student at SUNY Buffalo State and is working with local music producers on an original song. On her GoFundMe page to create a music label, Chinn cites her performance of “The Worst” as a “music video about women empowerment and the need to confront and walk away from domestic abuse.”

Last December, another young woman shared a small musical moment to address a larger issue. Single mom Kimberly Henson uploaded a video of herself singing Sam Smith’s version of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” to her baby daughter. Overnight, she reached more than 20 million people on Facebook alone, WLTX reported. In January, she released an original song called “Tiny Hearts” to share her experiences as a single parent.

“I may have taken a different path and missed little things here and there,” Henson told The Huffington Post. “But coming home and being a little person’s superhero means a lot of more in the end.”

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Things My Dad Never Did

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All my life I’ve been impressed by my father’s accomplishments, but now something funny has happened — I realize I’m just as impressed by the things he’s never done.

He’s never served himself first at the table, or wasted a single morsel of food on his plate. (As he’ll turn 90 on his next birthday, this makes for quite a stack of plates.)

He’s never complained about the long hours he worked to support his family.

He’s never been a churchgoer, preferring to contemplate this nutty thing called life while out in the sunshine, clipping his hedges.

He’s never rooted for a sports team, cheered for any politician or been dazzled by things other people possess.

He’s never ordered a la carte, driven anywhere when he could walk instead, or used a power tool when a manual tool could get the job done.

He’s never gotten less than a month’s use out of a can of tennis balls, never treated an open bar as a chance to get loaded, never said “no” to a neighbor in need.

He’s never gone to bed without asking himself: “What did I accomplish today?”

Just one more “never,” my favorite of all — he never made me think anything I dreamed of doing was out of reach.

All these “nevers” translate to one “always.” Tony Carillo has always been there for his loved ones, having wasted none of his steam on the small stuff.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad. Never thought never could mean so much.

Charlie Carillo is a novelist and a TV producer. His website is www.charliecarillo.com.

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11 Things You Should Never Say To A Bridesmaid

1. “You can totally wear that dress again!” But after seeing 14 other women wear it at the same time, I’d actually rather burn it.

2. “You don’t want to upstage the bride.” Will deviating from the gold jewelry, nude pump, and pink manicure dress code really detract from the bright white bundle of tulle standing on the alter? Will it?!

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Little Boy Accidentally Tells His Mom What Every Parent Needs To Hear (But Never Does)

This cute kid note shows that a mistake can actually make something even better.

Title: Spending Time With You

Author: 8-year-old Adam

Recipient: Adam’s mom Andrea

The backstory: Adam gave his mom this card on Mother’s Day.

Mom’s reaction: Andrea called it her “favorite card of all time” when she shared the photo on Facebook. “I laughed when I read it, and he was very embarrassed that he made a mistake on the card,” she told The Huffington Post. “I explained that I loved it and I like spending time with him, but I also like getting a break and being alone too.”

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Dear Mom,

I love when you spend time with you.

<3 Adam

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The Everything Wedding Checklist Book: All You Need to Remember for a Day You’ll Never Forget

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The registry, invitations, reception, flowers, rings, place cards-how’s a girl to remember it all? During this insane time when every detail seems to take on a life of its own, you need help! The Everything Wedding Checklist Book, 3rd Edition provides solutions that target every bride’s greatest worry: “Did I forget something?” Loaded with timesaving tips, this handy guide keeps you on track and focused with checklists to help: Make tough budgeting choices; Determine wedding party responsibilities; Choose ceremony options; Figure out seating plans; Pack all that’s needed for the honeymoon. . and much, much more! This new edition even includes checklists for nontraditional weddings. With simple step-by-step checklists for each aspect of planning the wedding of your dreams, you won’t forget a single thing for your unforgettable day!

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7 Secrets of Shoppers Who Never Pay Full Price

A shopping addiction doesn’t have to be wallet-crippling—so long as you’re working it right and avoiding paying full price whenever possible. Immediate gratification—that gotta-have-that-now rush—is behind a lot of retail action, but if you’re patient enough, you just might reap the reward of crazy deals. Top shoppers know that scoring big is about a combination of waiting for sales, considering roundabout buying options, and stealthily stalking your target.

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Secret 1: Price Compare. It sounds obvious, but too many people commit to buying without investigating whether the same item is available elsewhere for less. Do it yourself by cross-checking the item at various online department stores or let tech do the legwork. Shopstyle is revered within shopping circles for the way it brings up multiple places an item is listed for sale—including the one that’s slashed by 30 percent.

Secret 2: Don’t Write Off Resale. Consignment and resale sites and apps are having a major moment, all to the benefit of shoppers who now have a multitude of places to shop for preowned pieces that have been vetted by teams of professionals for authenticity and condition.

Secret 3: Be Patient. If you’ve had your eye on a pair of shoes or bag that are classics available season after season, wait out that lusty, must-buy-now moment until any of the year’s dependable sales roll around (the same goes for general items without brand specifics you’re craving, like a pair of leather leggings or a black cashmere crewneck). Department stores typically run a big percentage-off-everything sale every quarter or so; when you see that publicized, get ready to shop.

Secret 4: Practice Your eBay Skills.For buying or selling, eBay is a gold mine of opportunities (we broke it all down to help you get over any apprehensions). Along with pre-loved items, plenty of listings flash the Holy Grail of NWT—new with tags—meaning you can find the same stuff from store shelves at a way-reduced price.

Secret 5: Check Coupons. Coupon-clipping isn’t just for discount-happy types on reality shows: The bargain-hunting tactic is alive and well. Before you buy from any online site, do a quick Internet search with the store’s name and “coupon.” You’ll likely be directed to results from Retail Me Not or Coupons.com. The sites have duds but also plenty of money-saving working codes you otherwise would’ve totally miss out on.

Secret 6: Beef Up Your Shopping Tool Belt. Online shopping is a marvelous thing, with new technologically minded shopping aids popping up all the time. Familiarize yourself with them. Apps like Keep track items you want and ping you when the product goes on sale; Shopbop‘s heart function catalogs everything you’ve admired, making it beyond easy to browse your favorites and check what’s been reduced.

Secret 7: ABS: Always Be Shopping. The quickest way to not get a deal is to realize you want something and immediately go out and get it. Instead, pro shoppers keep a mental list of things they’re hunting for and keep their eyes open, always. Make it a habit to cruise around the sale sections of any dot-coms or brick-and-mortars you visit because, truly, you never know what gems will be hiding.

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The Grateful Dead: Never Has a Band Had Such Contempt for Their Fans

The massive phenomenon that was the Grateful Dead has never been objectively reported on, an historical anomaly that boils down to what might as well be a Buddhist koan: Pretty much anyone who was there must be immediately eliminated as a reliable witness.

First, there were the drugs, and if nothing else, Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s memoir, Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead, is full of them. Sure there is plenty of LSD — clearly the key to understanding the Dead, in fact without it, they’d probably never have graduated from their local bar (never mind acing, and then becoming proctors, of Ken Kesey’s Acid Tests) — and marijuana, which is like mother’s milk to this set.

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There is also far too much heroin, though it could be argued that any amount is too much, especially when your guitar player is nodding off in front of stadiums full of paying fans. But the real knock out, at least for the author, comes in the slightly more prosaic combination of coke and booze, which led him in and out of rehab more times than I could keep track of (ditto his marriages – which apparently he couldn’t keep track of either, at one point basically giving up altogether: “I don’t remember when Shelley and I got married, exactly. I’m thinking it was sometime before Egypt. So 1978. But maybe 1977…”), and then finally a heavy reliance on Xanax, which leads straight back to rehab, followed by some of the worst concerts of their dazzlingly inconsistent career, only to find him in the next chapter swilling more booze, smoking more dope, philandering without remorse, remarrying, band members dying, and all of this with almost zero trace elements of the self-awareness that one hopes to find in a rock’n’roll memoir.

Which maybe isn’t such a grand surprise, given that what made this band one of the biggest in history was a singular lack of same by their adoring fans, the Dead Heads who constitute the least critical, most accepting mass audiences in the history of entertainment. If unconditional love is a virtue, then surely they are all going to heaven.

The Sex Pistols notwithstanding, never has a band had such contempt for their fans.

What other band could get by putting on so many admittedly bad shows? Kreutzmann tends to soft-pedal it, but every once in a while the truth eeks out.

Eighty-thousand people come out to see a band, that Ornette Coleman notes after sitting in with them, doesn’t even “listen to each other when they play,” and it’s just another day at the office.

Eventually their biggest fan, Dead Head-turned-Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, ups and quits for the same reason. It’s all just part of the trip. At least unlike the other keyboardists who took the gig, he got out alive. “The Grateful Dead had a way of going through keyboardists… their residency in the band had a tendency to terminate in early death,” Kreutzmann quips, matter-of-factly. Later he adds, “there are a lot of deaths in this story, darn it.”

Kreutzmann’s lack of sentimentality is one thing, the lack of introspection another.

Certainly as rock bands go, the Dead has a mystique about them that could rival the Stones or Zeppelin or the Doors. The Dead somehow found a sweet spot in the LSD experience — they never had the swagger or sweat or sex appeal of Jagger and Richards or Morrison or the cats in Led Zeppelin to ever become a convincing rock’n’roll band (it may not have helped that they were one of the few groups to ever dress worse than their fans) — but no group has ever been better at playing sloooow. No one could project as much cosmic vulnerability and spiritual gravitas as Jerry Garcia — he was a vastly underrated singer who could inhabit a song with as much emotional grit and authenticity as Bob Dylan — and on a good night he set a pulse with his guitar that vibrated in perfect harmony with an audience calibrated with Owsley’s finest. Sadly, you never knew what you were going to get. At one point Kreutzmann spells it out: “I want to make it clear that we were not a cult… Jerry Garcia was not the messiah. We weren’t gods.”

In Deal, the mystique quickly crumbles into the mundane.

Kreutzmann has plenty of opportunities to linger and try to decipher what it all means, and certainly the story is ripe with great personalities and the ripples of the American counterculture exploded across thirty-years — the Dead may not have been gods, but they were the de facto leaders of a genuine subculture — but it all starts to read like a tick-tock of Kreutzmann’s life. I am only so interested in his love for scuba diving, or his new house on Hawaii. After reading this book, whatever magic that was left of the band for me is pretty much gone. We’ve heard it all before, and better, notably in bassist Phil Lesh’s book Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead, and Dennis McNally’s A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, not to mention Tom Wolfe’s essential primer on Kesey and the acid tests.

I should mention that I have been to a dozen or so Dead shows (some of them quite good, some which never seemed to get off the ground, at least one which was perfectly dismal, and one which was the soundtrack to the finest acid trip I have ever experienced), which is an awful lot if you are on the side of the fence where most of my punk rock friends live (appalled by the lassitude of a band so thwacked out of their heads and so unprofessional by normal standards that they consider repeatedly turning in musically grueling, completely under-baked marathon shows part of the experience), but nothing if you are a real Dead Head who measures one’s bona fides by how many shows you have seen. If ever there was a business built on repeat customers, it’s the Grateful Dead.

And yet there is hardly any true appreciation of the Dead fans in this book, certainly no attempt to get into the group-mind and tribe mentality that made a Grateful Dead concert unlike any other rock concert, except to acknowledge that at one point in the ’80s the folks in the front row were looking as wasted as the guitar player, whose heroin addiction had begun to dominate their stage presence.

But worse than that is the palpable disrespect the band shows for the very people who have kept them on the road lo these many years — “If the operation fails and the wheel doesn’t turn, then you have just disappointed 25,000 fans — or more — in one evening…. Some of whom quit or willingly got fired from their shit jobs just to be able to go to the show… Some of my band members thought this was ok.”

And that’s why the most tragic part of Kreutzmann’s book may be the acknowledgements, where there is no mention of the Dead Heads, no thank you to the family who has truly made this the longest, most inexplicable trip ever, and presumably precisely the ones for whom this book was written. Kreutzmann takes lots of time to explain why marijuana should be legalized, but for a musician, this kind of oversight should be a crime.

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9 Sex and the City Fashion Things That Would Never Fly in Real Life

While the Glamour staff loves Sex and the City as much as the next girl, we’re constantly chatting about characters’ outfits that made us want to throw the remote (like bra tops and hot pants on a cold fall day). Carrie and crew had some of TV’s best fashion moments, but that still won’t stop the ever-growing list of things that, though fantastic, were totally unrealistic. Nine things we’ve come up with so far:

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#1. Small clutches working as everyday bags.
Take a look at the majority of all the ladies’ outfits (there are some priceless Carrie looks here and here) and you’ll notice that, more often than not, everyone’s got tiny clutches tucked under their arms. For most women, the petite size makes an appearance on nights out or at formal events since it’s only really suitable where you don’t need more than a credit card and cell phone. For day-to-day life? Please. Where’s the extra space for snacks, gym clothes, and reading material?

#2. Heels 24/7.
The entire world knows Carrie and the gals love heels, but still…there’s some practicality to consider (especially in New York City). A gorgeous stiletto definitely has its moment, but so do ballet flats, espadrilles, and comfy sneakers. In real life, they would slip on something easier every now and then, especially if the day involved skipping from uptown to down for meetings, shopping trips, and drinks with friends.

#3. A normal salary supporting that shopping habit.
Sure, if Carrie were a high-level investment banker or the CEO of some mega corporation, she could shop like crazy. But as a newspaper columnist? The ability to live alone in a spacious apartment on a tree-lined block, constantly shop for pricey shoes, and wear a designer wardrobe would never happen—even if she had access to all the sample sales in the world.

#4. Miranda’s lawyer clothes.
Viewers got it: Miranda was the serious one with a high-powered job. Still, she spent half the series in boxy suits with bad cuts and, let’s be real: if you had three BFFs who were as into style as her pals, you know someone would have given her some tough love and dragged her to Bloomingdale’s.

#5. Keeping clothes forever.
You know the glorious montage in the movie in which the girls judge as Carrie whips through the history of her closet, trying on all sorts of outfits? It was cute to watch but so not realistic. With the rise of resale and the physical introduction of new purchases, a girl’s forced to weed out stuff every now and then (and not in just one fell swoop).

#6. All the tummy action.
Crop tops are cool now, but back in SATC‘s heyday? Not as much. Between Carrie and Samantha, there was no shortage of midriff-flashing outfits, which, honestly, would have stuck out like a sore thumb.

#7. Absolutely no weather-appropriate shoes whatsoever.
No one ever acknowledged rain much more than opening an umbrella (or holding a newspaper over her head). Where are the wellies or, at the least, simple flats you wouldn’t mind tossing if they were destroyed? For a woman who loved her shoes as much as Carrie, she for sure would have been into taking better care of them. This doubles for snow boots for all four.

#8. Or cold-weather-ready coats.
Throughout all the show’s seasons, a cold winter would have definitely had to strike New York City, meaning the girls should have bundled up a lot more than anyone ever did. Carrie’s beloved fur makes frequent appearances, but paired with bare legs and flimsy dresses (and all the women were guilty of this). Fashion’s awesome, but sometimes a girl needs a long down coat.

#9. The lack of cross-pollination.
In real life, few women fit a style category quite as neatly as Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda did. It’s a storytelling conceit, but let’s be real: If four women spent as much time hanging together as they did, everyone would wind up picking and choosing from one another’s styles, inspired to try and mix it up a little.

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You’ve Never Seen Gigi Hadid in a Sexier Dress Than This One

Gigi Hadid showed up at the amfAR gala in Cannes this evening in quite possibly the sexiest dress we’ve ever seen the 20-year-old model wear!

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The long-sleeve white Tom Ford gown, complete with thigh-high slit and huge keyhole cutout merged uber-sexy and sophisticated styles.

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Why Chris Harrison Would Never Go On ‘The Bachelor’

Sorry to dash your hopes “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” fans, but host Chris Harrison has no interest in being the next “Bachelor.”

In an interview with HuffPost Live Monday, the host of the ABC reality show said it doesn’t make sense for him to follow in the footsteps of Juan Pablo, Chris Soules and all the rest.

“Here’s the thing about being ‘The Bachelor’: I believe in it and I love the show,” he said. “But I have been producing this show — hosting it and been behind the curtain — for 13 years. To come on and act like I don’t have any knowledge of how this is put together — you have to have a little sense of naiveté and innocence coming into this. I just know a little too much.”

That said, Harrison admitted he hasn’t had much luck dating since splitting from college sweetheart Gwen in 2012. He called himself “tragically undateable” given his busy schedule. (Hey, we still believe in your journey for love, Chris.)

In an interview with GQ magazine earlier this year, the 43-year-old host entertained the idea of having his ex-wife appear as the next “Bachelorette.”

“Now, there’s an idea,” Harrison said. “There’s a part of me, the producer side, that knows it would be epic television, good or bad. It could be like the Hindenburg — the greatest disaster ever — but even then that would be great TV.”

Watch more from Chris Harrison’s conversation with HuffPost Live here.

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The Secret American Eagle Brand You’ve Definitely Never Heard Of

As overinformed and TMI’ed as we all are, it’s always a little bit mind-blowing when you realize there’s a secret something out there you haven’t heard of. Such is the case for American Eagle‘s brand-new line of easy, comfy basics, under the name Don’t Ask Why. Pieces include tanks, tees, pants, and dresses, starting at $ 20. Oh, and it’s all one-size-fits-most.

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The fits-all approach is an interesting one, since, without a doubt, there’s a large range of bodies out there (and all are beautiful). Notes about the collection speak of “over- and under-size silhouettes,” which is something you see often with wide-range sizing since those are the cuts that will accommodate most. What might look like a billowy, stolen-from-the-guys top on a petite figure could fit like a traditional tee on a taller, bustier woman.

“We designed in one size to increase our speed to market in emerging silhouettes and fabrications,” American Eagle Outfitters global brand president Chad Kessler told us of the made-in-Italy pieces. “It’s a fully realized brand experience for our customers outside of American Eagle stores and introduces a new way to shop.”

A physical pop-up shop is coming to New York City’s SoHo this summer, opening next Thursday and sticking around through mid-August. If you’re not in the area, you can already start shopping online.

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I’m In An Open Marriage And You Would Never Know It

By Gwen & Lark for YourTango

Everyone has a secret. Things we don’t want people to know because we are embarrassed, too proud or too private. We keep secrets because some things are too intimate and special for anyone else to know. But sometimes we keep secrets because we may feel like we will be harshly judged and don’t want to invite the criticism that may follow. Often, we just simply don’t know who we can trust with sensitive information because it might illicit unwanted gossip.

For example, you would never know I have an “open” marriage. I’m not the lady in the 4-inch heels at school pick up that wears skin-tight jeans or has DD implants. I don’t have wild parties where people stagger home with someone else’s spouse because they picked their car keys from a bowl on the coffee table. I’m just another mom who drives a sensible car, does the grocery shopping, wears clothes from Ann Taylor, goes jogging to stay fit — and occasionally has sex with men who are not my husband.

If I ever told you about this part of my life — which I probably wouldn’t unless you were an extremely close friend — your first reaction might be “What? How? But what about your kids?”

Surely, you already have an image in your mind about what an open marriage is.

It’s often mistaken for polygamy, where a man lives together with multiple women like the show Sister Wives or Big Love. Or you might think that it’s a convenient excuse for a husband to have sex with other women without losing the security of having a wife or the social complexities of having a mistress.

What most people who have never experienced an open marriage might not understand is that every open marriage is different. And it’s probably not what you think, unless you know someone personally who has one. (And you probably do, you just don’t know it yet!).

Not everyone in an open marriage is some kind of sex-addicted freak show. Between household duties, raising children and having a meaningful relationship with my husband, I do not have a lot of time to dedicate to having sex with other people, even if I wanted to.

I do not have sex with every man I meet. I do not want to steal your husband. I do not even want to have sex with your husband. I do not have sex at the grocery store or soccer practice or bring strange men into our home.

My open marriage did not start out as such. It was very much closed with a big, iron door and the thought of that ever changing never once crossed my mind in the first 13 years of our marriage. My husband, on the other hand, had been making threesome jokes for at least 10 of those 13 years and often wondered out loud about all the sex he missed out on in his youth.

He grew up in a very conservative family where sex before marriage was considered a sin. I had a similar upbringing but had secretly given in to my desires and had been with someone before I met my husband. I felt incredibly guilty about it because that’s not what “good” girls do.

But eventually the reasons against experimenting sexually with other people were overshadowed by the curiosity — and the exhausting requests by my husband.

We didn’t know exactly how this kind of thing worked, so we took a risk and asked some friends who we thought might know. It’s a delicate subject to broach, but we felt like a few conversations we had in the past left us with some clues that they were, if not in an open marriage, at least open-minded people when it came to sex.

Our hunch was right, and they told us about a place in town where we could go — what you might call a “Swingers Club”. After talking about it for so long, I was ready to at least go and have a look and was excited and nervous to see what it was like. The club itself was dark with a lot of scantily-clad women and sharply dressed men dancing or milling around the bar sipping drinks while lights flashed and stage smoke puffed up from the floor. Some people were sitting on the vinyl couches in a separate area behind the dance floor, chatting and caressing each other.

The beat of the music was pounding as hard as my heart was pumping in my chest. What am I doing here? Am I weird for wanting to know what happens here? Am I depraved? While most people hired a babysitter to go to dinner and a movie, we had left our children at home so we could watch come here and … what?

Pretty much anything goes in a club of that nature, but it’s different for everyone.

For our first foray, we stayed together and only exchanged touches with other couples. We had agreed in advance this was more of a reconnaissance mission than a full-blown invasion into open marriage. But that night things happened — I won’t go into detail out of respect for my husband — that sparked a change in what the both of us wanted and needed in our marriage. Our curiosity (and the subsequent desire to satisfy it) came from a place of safety and security in the relationship we had fostered over the last decade.

It has been a few years since our first visit to that club and our relationship has changed and grown with time, as all relationships tend to do. The rules of our open marriage have evolved and developed over time, where we now both understand what the other person needs ,and we feel comfortable with that.

The key for us is communication and respect. It also means that our relationship comes first. We spend quality time together, we date each other, we clean the house on Saturdays and take the kids to dance and soccer. And occasionally, if one of us is on a solo business trip or a night on the town with friends, that big iron door is flung open and we let ourselves have fun. We’re young(ish), good-looking and in good shape. And we enjoy it when it feels right and safe.

None of our outside experiences are kept private from each other.

We both know what the other spouse is doing, and sometimes we do it together. I’m happy to share with my spouse the details of any sexual adventure I might have, just as he would do for me if I asked (although we don’t always want to know). An open marriage for me means having new sexual experiences without guilt or shame.

As “open” as we are with each other about this aspect in our relationship, we are not open about it with our kids. Just like we don’t talk to them about the complexities of getting a mortgage, why and how we invest our money or what kind of birth control we use, we don’t talk to our kids about this small but delicate aspect to our marriage.

They’re too young to understand that if mom sleeps with the mailman (just kidding — he’s not my type) that that doesn’t mean Mom and Dad are getting a divorce. They don’t understand about commitment, unity or loyalty on the level required when discussing an open marriage. They’re kids — and they need to stay that way.

So they play with Barbies, Legos and fight with each other and don’t ever have to worry about whether Mom and Dad love each other. Because we show them every day when we eat breakfast together or dance around the kitchen or cheer them on that we’re a family and that’s never going to change.

But if the day comes when one of them says to me, “You know, Mom, this one time I heard a rumor… ” I’m not going to lie.

I will sit down with my child and answer any questions they might have and explain that for us, this lifestyle works. Maybe then they will be ready to grasp the idea that you can love someone, spend your life devoted to them emotionally, be best friends, lovers… and have sex with someone else on the side. But until that day comes, I’ll keep the secret between me, my husband and, well, you.

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Warning: Try This and You May Never Go to Bed Angry Again

“What are three things you appreciate about me?” my partner cheekily whispered to me.

“Why you little…!”

I couldn’t believe it.

My partner and I had been engaged in a rare but nevertheless very heated argument that evening, which we hadn’t managed to resolve prior to retiring to bed.

Now I was lying there, absolutely steaming with my back turned to him, and he had the nerve to try to pull our regular bedtime gratitude routine? Ugh, what nerve!

For those who read my previous post, you know I’ve been on my own personal gratitude journey for some time now. I’ve experimented with all sorts of different gratitude practices over the years, and upon reading an article warning against the relationship dangers of taking one’s partner for granted, I decided to implement a nightly ritual with my own partner, declaring three things that we appreciated about each other each day.

We’d been engaging in the practice for months and found it a wonderful way to connect as well as calm and refocus our minds on positive thoughts before drifting off to sleep.

But now, in this moment when I was steeped in anger directed squarely at my partner, feeling gratitude towards him was the furthest thing from my mind.

​When he posed that cheeky question to me though, it abruptly stopped me in my mental tracks.

Previously my mind had been spinning with thoughts of “How could he this” and “How dare he that,” while I stewed away in my state of anger. Suddenly, through his question, he caused my mind to shift gears and broaden my focus away from my narrow self-pity to consider the bigger picture.

And oh boy did I feel the internal conflict. Part of me clenched ever more tightly to that self-righteous feeling of “I’ve been wronged.” But there was also an almost instinctive reaction from the gratitude habit I’d created to scan my memory of the day for all the positive interactions we’d had: the long hug we’d had before I left for work in the morning, the hot chocolate he’d made for me… that even when we didn’t see eye-to-eye he still stayed by my side.

Guess which reaction won out?

In that moment I discovered that I wasn’t able to simultaneously hold onto my anger and feel gratitude toward my partner. It was almost as though his cheekiness in asking what I appreciated about him flipped a switch in my mind that sent me down a different track.

Things weren’t all rosy and perfect immediately after that of course, but my mind calmed down significantly and we were able to return to civil discourse. I (admittedly a bit reluctantly) shared what I appreciated about him and felt validated when he did the same for me. So much easier to fall asleep after that.

This blog post is part of a series for HuffPost Gratitude, entitled ‘The Moment Gratitude Changed My Perspective.’ To see all the other posts in the series, click here.

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Lucy Lawless ‘Never Liked’ All The Violence On ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’

For six seasons, Lucy Lawless fought evil on the cult TV hit “Xena: Warrior Princess,” but the Kiwi actress was never a fan of the violent scenes, she revealed in a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday.

“[The show] had all that fighting, which I never liked, but had to do it, so my only defense was to get as good as possible as fast as possible, so I could get the misery over and done with,” she told host Ricky Camilleri.

She also said the titular role was one of the most physically challenging characters she’s ever played.

“We were out in the rain all winter and it was hard work, physically,” she added.

Lawless’ role as Lucretia in “Spartacus: War of The Damned” proved to be more emotionally grueling due to its prominent nude scenes, with which she said she was not comfortable at the time.

“There was an amount of nudity. There was some pretty heavy duty material, you know,” she said.

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12 Couples That Almost But Never Were Actually Couples

Remember the time that C.J. and Toby finally realized they were madly in love and began a romantic relationship that went down in favorite-TV-couples history? No? That’s because it never happened. It should have, but alas, “West Wing” mastermind Aaron Sorkin doesn’t really care what you want. Sorkin isn’t the only writer/producer/creator who kept some of our favorite almost couples from having beautiful and meaningful relationships. Occasionally, audiences were treated to, say, an awkward kiss never to be repeated, an “I love you” that was quickly taken back or — at most — one night of romance.

In a match-making collaboration with Juicy Fruit, we’re recapping some of our favorite never-were couples from film, television and literature — the ones that left us wishing the love birds would all realize their true feelings, leading to an ending filled with both figurative and literal fireworks. Warning: this list contains spoilers.

Will Truman and Jack McFarland (“Will & Grace”)

Jack was there for Will when he came out of the closet. There was also that almost romantic night they didn’t actually spend together on Karen’s boat. Will supported Jack financially and Jack reminded Will when he needed to hit the gym. Isn’t that the very definition of a couple? Despite the zings about Will’s weight and hairline, and Jack’s spazztic personality and frequent unemployment, these two really cared for each other and found ways to show it, including that one time Jack told Patti LuPone to shut her “beautiful brassy trap.”

Hermione Granger and Harry Potter (Harry Potter books)

Plenty of readers thought that something more should have blossomed between Potter fans’ favorite witch and wizard. Ron always seemed a bit too dim for Hermione. But her relationship with Harry displayed respect, kindness, love and a deeper understanding of one another. Ron and Hermione constantly bickered. Plus, Ron was incredibly awkward and had zero game. But there was a comforting shoulder to cry on and blue eyes for days with the ever-sensitive Harry.

Peggy Olson and Don Draper (“Mad Men”)

Peggy Olson: a great example of a strong woman who wouldn’t be afraid to tell a man what’s up and to get his act together. The recent downward spiral Don experienced would never have happened had he been involved with Peggy Olson. She would not have put up with that crazy business. And when it comes to their work, they make each other better. We’d also love to see Peggy with someone who won’t cut his nipple off and give it to her in a box.

Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy (“30 Rock”)

They decided in Florida that their untraditional friendship was too interesting to become romantic and ruin everything. But that didn’t stop many fans from wishing sparks had flown between “sister-ployee” and “work oracle.” Jack suffered from major mommy issues and Liz, a serious cheese problem. Despite their flaws and differences (and there were many), the two looked out for each other. Remember in season three when Liz flashed an entire room at a business retreat to pull the attention off of Jack when he forgot to remove his mic? While they were certainly not the best people in the world, Jack and Liz weren’t the worst, either. “Graduate students are the worst.”

Willow Rosenberg and Xander Harris (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)

Everyone loves to watch lifelong best friends fall in love. The only hitch for Willow and Xander was, the sparks started while they were in love with other people. They kissed in episodes throughout season three (including one where Cordelia nearly died trying to rescue them while they were getting cozy). Guilt-ridden by their betrayal and the hurt they caused, the two never developed a long-term romantic relationship. Eventually Willow fell in love with another witch and Xander fell in love with an ex-demon and almost everyone died.

Frasier Crane and Roz Doyle (“Frasier”)

Work relationships in TV shows are a breeding ground for sexual tension. Straight-shooter Roz was never afraid to get into a verbal battle of wits with Frasier. As his producer for his radio show she freely mixed her own two cents in to his advice for callers. The zings about her healthy sexual appetite and his pretentious yet childish demeanor flew back and forth throughout the series. Still, there were plenty of warm moments between the two of them. They slept together once, and it made things super weird, but in the end they smoothed it all over and restored a solid friendship. They were both complete messes (he had a crazy ex-wife and her baby-daddy was a college undergrad) but they created a perfect balance at the same time.

Leslie Knope and Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (“Parks and Recreation”)

Strictly speaking pre-Ben, here. Despite the soft spot we all have for Jean-Ralphio’s shenanigans and the way he sings the end of every other sentence like he’s Mary J. Blige laying down a track at Columbia, Ben Wyatt trumps Jean-Ralphio any day. That being said, we think Leslie and J-R could have had an interesting connection, not too dissimilar from the time that Ann and Tom dated. Leslie would have been an organizing influence on him — and his fake death in the series finale would have gone a lot smoother because of it.

Dottie Hinson and Jimmy Dugan (“A League of Their Own”)

There may not be crying in baseball, but we’re crying over the fact that she didn’t stay in Rockford. Imagine the career the Peaches’ starting catcher would have had if she’d left her dairy farm and her World War II-wounded veteran husband for her coach. Like any queen of diamonds, Dottie knew how to put a washed-up, occasional misogynist like Jimmy in his place. Not to mention, her command of the field earned his respect. It’s hard to say how a romance would have changed things, but there definitely would have been a new generation of insanely talented ball players who could catch foul balls in mid-splits and bat over .500.

Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister (“Game of Thrones”)

He saved her life at the cost of his own hand, and she managed to reunite him with his indifferent family. Arguably, Brienne is the only person with whom Jamie has been truly open, which shows his trust and respect for her. Likewise, she has shown the same for him. He’s beautiful and rich, and she, well, isn’t … but it could work. Mr. Martin, if you’re reading this, incest is so two season ago. Bring on the Tarth.

Edith and just about ANYONE (“Downton Abbey”)

Aside from the dead ones, Edith is probably the unluckiest character in Downton. Her demeanor and untraditional look regrettably marks her as the “other” daughter when introduced at dinner parties. First, we saw her jilted at the altar by an old dude with whom no one was really hoping she’d ride off into the sunset. And just when we think she’s found true love with married man Michael Gregson — so many things wrong with that scenario to start — he goes off to Germany, gets murdered and leaves her pregnant with his child out of wedlock. At this point, we’d settle for any well-meaning, age appropriate suitor for Edith. Not an easy task when it literally feels like the eligible bachelors on this show keep dying off or heading across the pond to America (in which case, they may as well be dead).

Dr. Ian Malcolm and Dr. Ellie Sattler (“Jurassic Park”)

If it weren’t for that pretentious, awkward-around-children Dr. Grant, perhaps Ellie would have taken Ian’s flirting more seriously. Who can resist a chaos theorist who knows how to rock a black leather blazer to a field expedition? She definitely wouldn’t have lured him back to another dino-filled island in the second movie. If only love — like life — found a way.

Mindy Lahiri and Peter Prentice (“The Mindy Project”)

As Peter left for Texas to follow love, he told Mindy she is his best friend. And when he came back just before his wedding, he asked her to be his best man (cue the sappy noises from the audience). They share a lot more in common than she and Danny, and how adorable were they as a fake couple at Mindy’s ex’s wedding? If they ever got together, we bet they’d spend weekends picking out cute outfits for Nicole the dog, reading gossip magazines and crashing weddings of professional athletes.

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What You’ll Never Fix About Your Marriage (and Why You Don’t Have to)

I planned to tell my now-husband that it wasn’t going to work out on our third date. He was very sweet, respectful and handsome but my internal voice suggested we weren’t compatible enough.

He was in sales; I was studying to be a therapist. We had different views on religion. With his short hair and clean-shaven face he was more clean-cut than my previous boyfriends. And our first kiss had just been so-so. I had my doubts about where this might go.

On that date, however, as we shot pool and munched peanuts I ended up having such a great time that I decided to give him a chance, and that evening the kiss was delicious.

Over twelve years of marriage and parenting, our differences have, at times, been the source of conflict. But what I’ve learned to hold onto is that, it’s the doubt, judgment and criticism of our differences, that are toxic — not the number of ways we differ.

Of course, we all want to share some fundamental things — and to have a successful relationship we’ve got to have the basics — safety, love, trust and commitment. But compatibility is more about the ways we draw on one another’s strengths to build a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

More than, “Do we have enough in common?” or “Can he finish my sentences?” I think the important question is: “Am I open and willing to work towards finding the gifts in our similarities and differences?”

There are red flag issues like abuse or dishonesty, and then there’s the other stuff: I’m outdoorsy and he’s not, I’m neat and he’s messy, I’m a meat-eater and he’s vegetarian. These differences aren’t deal-breakers. In fact, our fixation on the ways that our husband is “too different” from us is the actual thing that keeps us from being compatible.

But what do we do when we find ourselves focusing on, and judging our marriage, for the qualities we don’t share?

Here are some tips for nurturing true compatibility:

  • Watch out for unrealistic expectations. Soul mates can be found, but more often they are co-created.
  • Pay attention to your focus. We invest our energy where we choose to focus. Choose gratitude instead of criticism as often as possible.
  • Cut your circular thinking. Train your mind instead of having it rule you. Practices like meditation are invaluable for this skill.
  • Choose curiosity over criticalness. What are the differences about? What do they add to the relationship? (Embrace those things.)
  • Get into your body: breathe, stretch, notice. Criticism is often more about fear than about true incompatibility.

Twelve years later, my husband and I are going strong with 2 kids, 2 dogs, 5 chickens and a guinea pig. Our differences have, at times, been the source of conflict, but in working through that conflict our love and commitment have grown.
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Tim Gunn Was Surprised By ‘Project Runway’ Fame: ‘I Never Expected To Even Be On Air’

“Make it work” has become to go-to motto on “Project Runway,” but the man behind those now-famous words never expected to be so quotable on the show — or even on the show at all.

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‘S***ty Side Salads’ Is The Fake Delivery Food You Never Knew You Needed

Somebody’s calling out the generously named “side salads.”

Aptly titled “Sh*tty Side Salads,” this video imagines a company actually producing those takeout and delivery afterthoughts so you can trick friends into thinking you ordered in.

“Cole slaw in a medicine cup?” says one guest. “Well, I’m fooled.”
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Enchanting Silhouettes Bring Brothers Grimm Fairytales To Life Like You’ve Never Seen Before

From the pages of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales spring a myriad of vibrant, dark and haunting images — whether it’s a little red cape bobbing through the forest on her way to granny’s house, or a young brother and sister weaving their way through the towering woods, a trail of breadcrumbs in their wake.

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Artist Andrea Dezso brings the images whirling in your mind to life — though, not quite as you might initially imagine. Her stark, black-and-white silhouettes combine simplicity and whimsy to create monochromatic stories that leap off the page and into the depths of your most thrilling childhood memories.

“I grew up in Transylvania, where my grandmother used to read me the Brothers Grimm fairytales in Hungarian from the time I was very young,” Dezso explained to The Huffington Post. “The settings of the tales felt like the forests, villages and fields I was familiar with and the characters became part of my extended family. For me the tales took place in the neighboring village or the forest up the street from our house. These were not the sanitized versions of the tales either, I remember well Cinderella’s stepsisters who cut off chunks of their large feet to fit into the glass slippers. I think these stories were read to us to teach us lessons, too. I appreciated that, as tough as life was for our family, at least they weren’t leaving me behind in the forest.”

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As an adult, Dezso revisited these classic tales, transforming the fabled tales into crisp visions that would make Jacob and Wilhelm proud. “I wished to find the heart of each tale and express it visually. My aim was to create a feeling of atmosphere that could convey a strong sense of place and I wanted the drawings to look like made-up folk art, instead of simply relying on details from the region or period.”

The images, like the original texts themselves, outline the stories we all know and love, allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks with whatever details flood to mind. “I chose tales to illustrate that gave me immediate, strong mental images as I read them. The images that popped into my mind first are generally what I illustrated. Using silhouettes leaves room for the reader’s imagination; not everything is concrete, it’s more a conjured world of dreams, in the same way that the Grimms’ tales invite in the reader.”


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5 New Year’s Resolutions Those Over 50 Should Never Make

Resolutions are for those who succumb to peer pressure, right? Besides, does anyone really think the flip of a calendar page is going to give them the determination that they’ve lacked thus far? We prefer a more realistic approach, and so, with the spirit of holiday exhaustion and grumpiness that we happen to be experiencing at the moment, here are five New Year’s resolutions that those over 50 should never, ever make:

Resolve that 2015 is the year you will stop working.
Sorry, we just fell off our chair laughing at that one. No, my Pretties, you actually will not stop working in 2015. In fact, there is an excellent chance that you will never stop working, at least not voluntarily and at least not while you are still breathing.

You may thank the Great Recession for the derailment of your retirement plans. According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 1985 only 10.8 percent of the population age 65 or older was working. In 2013, it was 18.7 percent. Nope, nobody is going nowhere unless they are being pushed out the door. Speaking of which, since there are about 1.5 million unemployed Baby Boomers who still can’t find work and would jump at a chance to occupy your desk, you might want to cool any nonsensical retirement talk when you’re within their earshot.

Resolve that you will not be a bawling mess when your nest empties this year.
We think parents who fall apart when their first, last or any kids leave for college are simply misunderstood and are unduly criticized. Critics are fond of slapping the “empty nester” label on them, but that is just so wrong. Plus we all know what happens to empty nests: The gardener uses the hose to flush them out of the rain gutters. Nobody should be hosed for missing their children. Empty nesters are the people who devoted their lives to the support of their kids. We should be lauding them, not hosing them!

Empty nesters should just ignore those who think they need to build lives of their own now. Screw those people. They are clueless and their opinions don’t matter. In fact, you should feel free to start uncorking the waterworks as early as the college application process; just thinking about your son moving to that Big City 3,000 miles away is enough to get you all teary, am I right? And you are absolutely correct: Even the dog senses his pending departure and looks depressed. It’s obvious to all but the blind and the insensitive; dogs know stuff.

Your resolution should be this: I will allow myself the pleasure of being miserable when my kids leave for college. I will also allow myself the pleasure of telling off anyone who suggests I don’t have a life of my own.

Resolve that you will never go on HRT.
For those who don’t speak fluent Menopause, HRT stands for hormone replacement therapy. It comes in many shapes and forms and basically produces what your body no longer feels like producing. It is a near-instant end to hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and vaginal dryness. It also isn’t the healthiest thing in the world for a lot of women to be on. Personally speaking, HRT was preferable to incarceration for murdering a slow grocery clerk. We mentioned irritability was a symptom, right?

While HRT used to be the gold standard when it came to treatment for menopausal symptoms, its use changed abruptly after a large clinical trial found that it posed more health risks than benefits for some people. As the concern about health hazards grew, doctors became less likely to prescribe it.

HRT is one of those never say never things. Talk to your doctor about it.

Resolve to reinvent yourself — unless you have a real plan.
The idea that people over 50 can have a second career or chase a long-lost dream in middle age gets a lot of lip service. The problem is, it’s one of those things that’s easier said than done — especially if all you do is talk about it.

If 2015 is going to be your year, you need to do more than exercise the old jawbone. You need to have a plan. You need to take the first step. People who have successfully written a second chapter in their lives all have one thing in common: They took action. They got started. They did more than talk.

Resolve to find shoes that are both stylish and comfortable.
They do not exist. You’re wasting your time. Going forward into aging, shoes will either be comfortable or they will be stylish; they will not be both. You will wear flats every day and keep one pair of black heels for the annual New Year’s Eve party you go to and know that you will be carrying them by the time the ball drops.

Giving up stylish shoes is probably harder than accepting elastic waist pants and drugstore hair coloring into your life. But you will. And your feet will thank you for it. Unless of course someone wants to reinvent themselves as a manufacturer of stylish comfort shoes, in which case, they will also be reinventing themselves into one very rich person.

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In a Million Years, You’ll Never Guess Who Was The Most Googled Fashion Designer of 2014

Google has released its always-interesting list of the celebrities, terms, and people we collectively searched the most during the entire year and I’m here to tell you, there are some shockers. The most interesting one is the name that took the top spot in the fashion designer category, mostly because, arguably, the person isn’t exactly a designer. Nope, the honor went to 19-year-old Bethany Mota, YouTube star, for her collection with Aeropostale.

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This is her modeling a velvet dress from the range (which also has a bedding component). She has a cute style that’s relatable for everyone from middle school age on up and watching her videos feels like you’re talking to a best friend, so I get the appeal. Aeropostale harnessed that popularity and intimacy; the product description for this dress reads “You guys know me, so I’m sure you already know I’m freaking out about my Solid Velvet Dress! I’m so pumped about its shimmery fabric and sassy scoop back.”

Taking the number two and three spots were Kate Spade and Oscar de la Renta. Valentino, Alexander Wang, and Rachel Roy also made the list and, interestingly, Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles had the number 10 spot.

The most queried fashion question was how to wear a scarf, followed by what to wear to weddings, interviews, and a first date. Ankle boots, leggings, and beanies also earned spots as pieces that people want styling suggestions for.

What about your browser history? Is there a particular style question you’ve asked Google about?





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