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10 Signs You’ve Met Your Soulmate, According To People Who Found Theirs

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Beans: The Superfood You’ve Always Known

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A Browser You’ve Never Heard of Is Dethroning Google in Asia

A mobile browser rarely used in the West, UC Browser, has outflanked Google’s Chrome in some of Asia’s fastest-growing markets, giving owner Alibaba Group an advantage in the race for the next generation of internet users.
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All the Details on the Royal Family’s Blue Christmas Card Outfits–and Where You’ve Seen Them Before

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Game of Thrones-Taylor Swift Mashup Video You’ve Been Waiting for Is Here

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These Comics Will Ring True If You’ve Ever Dated Someone Younger

Age ain’t nothin’ but a number ― until you start dating someone younger and then suddenly everyone has an opinion.

Artist Cassandra Calin, a 22-year-old who is currently in a relationship with a younger guy, captures the highs and lows of this dynamic in a new comic series for College Humor.  

“This is the first series I’ve done where I introduce my boyfriend and our relationship,” Calin, who is based in Montreal, told HuffPost. 

The artist says her boyfriend enjoys teasing her about the age difference. (We’ve asked what the age difference is but haven’t heard back yet.) 

“He enjoys reminding me that when I turn 30, he’ll still be in his 20s,” she told HuffPost. “And sometimes he calls me ‘granny Cassandra’, especially when my joints crack out of the blue.”

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The J. Crew You’ve Always Known Is About to Change

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The Beyoncé-‘Hamilton’ Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For Is Finally Here

Your sweet dreams have finally come true, because a Beyoncé“Hamilton” mashup exists, and it’s just as wonderful as we could have hoped for. 

Feast your ears on “#HAM4BEY,” a musical medley created by Michael Korte and arranged by Jared Jenkins that combines the record-breaking musical’s hits with some of Queen Bey’s top singles. It all begins with “Alexander Hamilton,” which seamlessly weaves into “Yoncé” and then becomes “6 Inch.” Of course, the mashup features other tracks like “My Shot,” “The Story of Tonight” and “The Schuyler Sisters” blended with “Survivor,” “Countdown” and plenty more. 

Watch above as performers India Carney, Vincint, Mariah Maxwell, Jej Millanes, Kelly Margareth Lee and Jamond McCoy sing the hits without missing a beat. They definitely didn’t throw away their shot at making one of the best mashups we’ve ever seen. 

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10 Signs You’ve Found the Woman You Should Marry

Women are great. Like really, really great.

As a strong, independent woman, I can confidently reiterate that women are a necessity in all heterosexual men’s lives. The woman you’re dating should enrich your life. In fact, she should make it so amazing, that you can’t wait to marry her.

Here are 10 ways to know that the woman you’re with is the one you should marry.

1. She’s sweet.

A sweet woman is hard to find — especially in a big, tough city. So a good woman is surely a keeper. When you find a woman who is sweet, or any version of it, put a ring on it!

2. She makes you smile.

Whether you’re in Central Park or in the South of France with her, she makes you really, really happy. You should able to laugh and be silly with her. Communicating is easy because you can talk to her, and I mean really talk to her. You feel safe and comfortable sharing your emotions with her. You know she’ll be by your side through thick or thin.

3. She’s a good partner.

Your life is better with her in it. She’s someone you can build (and imagine!) a great life with. Picturing having a family with her is a no-brainer, because she’d be a good mom. She’d be such a great wife that you’d consider giving her a wife bonus. Just kidding!

4. You want to be with her.

Plain and simple, you want to be with her. You hear stories from your friends about how they love being single, or they dread seeing their wives. Maybe your single friends talk about how they don’t want to give up the bachelor life. Your coupled friends say they work late just to avoid spending quality time with their significant others. But you don’t feel that way. Being with her never gets old. You want to be with her — as much as you can!

5. She thinks you’re a dime piece.

You catch her checking you out pretty often. You might be in gym shorts, or in black tie formal, and she always thinks you’re the sexiest man alive.

6. You trust her.

She’s loyal. You know she’s your ride or die lady. She’d never cheat on you, because she loves you too much. She could be on a girls trip in Ibiza for 10 days straight and you know you have nothing to worry about. She’s there when you need her and she makes you a priority.

7. You think she’s hot and sexy.

She could be fully dressed, or sans clothing, but when you look at her, you think “Daaaamn.” You know you’re lucky, because she’s so hot and sexy.

8. She’s your biggest supporter.

She’s always singing your praise. Whatever life has in store for you two, you know she’ll be your biggest cheerleader. She’s always there for you.

9. Everyone likes her.

Everyone likes her because she’s that wonderful. She’s easy to talk to. She’s friendly and personable. She’s so great that even a homeless person would want to be her friend.

10. She lets you have space.

A good woman will give you space. She doesn’t crowd or smother you. Man days, man nights, man cave, you name it — she lets you do your “man” things.

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DIY Party Ideas You’ve Never Seen Before

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

DIY Pom Fringed Table Runner

 

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 

 

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Hanging Japanese Moss Balls by Samantha Weiss-Hills

Hanging Moss Balls

 

Parchment Paper Votives by Anna Hezel

DIY Votives

 

Low-Budget, Unexpected Centerpieces by Paige Morse

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This Jon Stewart Tribute Is Everything You’ve Ever Loved About Him

Mustn’t … cry …

Jon Stewart’s tenure as host of “The Daily Show” is soon coming to a close. And before we get all weepy-eyed, let’s look back at his legacy with a little emotional distance. This guy (along with the show’s other talented writers, of course) was just damned good at getting to the comedic gem of a story.

It should go without saying, but we will say it anyway: we will absolutely miss him. But until that sad day when he no longer sits in the “Daily Show” captain’s chair, let’s enjoy this homage to Stewart presented by John Hodgman, who sacrificed being with his Martian family to make this appearance.

Be … strong.

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Answers to Every Question You’ve Ever Had About Buying and Selling Fashion on eBay

When it comes to scoring amazing deals on designer pieces or tracking down something specific you love (like that pair of heels you loved two years ago, but never actually made the move to buy), there’s nothing better than eBay. Even so, the amount of shoppers who are skeptical, confused, or downright scared of it is way too high, a big bummer since the fashion is major on the site.

“It’s grown to a $ 15 billion-a-year business,” Marcelle Parrish, head of fashion at eBay Marketplaces, told us, with shoes and bags proving to be especially popular (a pair of shoes sells every two seconds and a purse every five; on mobile, the numbers are seven and 11 seconds, respectively.) Within the North American market, there’s an average of 34 million listings per week across all fashion categories; the most popular women’s brands are Coach, Diane von Furstenberg, Missoni, and Valentino.

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For newbies nervous about winding up with a counterfeit, hear this: You have no reason to freak out. “Nothing is more important than the trust of our customers. When you buy or sell, we have your back,” eBay’s vice president of Global Trust, Laura Chambers, said. The site’s Money Back Guarantee is a well-seasoned system where shoppers register a complaint and eBay assists in a negotiation of sorts. The majority of sellers will do a return and refund, even if the option was marked as not available on the original listing, and if things get cantankerous, eBay steps in. Bottom line: You’ll never be stuck with the world’s worst fake and be out a few hundred bucks.

Tips and Tricks for Buying on eBay

1. Search Smartly
Start with the obvious keywords, and take advantage of filters available on the left-hand side of the page to wade through a large amount of matching listings. Griff Griffith, part of the community and education team at eBay, suggested further customizing the results you see by re-sorting by price once you have the general search right.

2. Pay Attention to the Little Clues
As diligent as the site tries to be, there are fakes posted. The easiest way to avoid buying something fake is to pay attention to any red flags. Is the price way too good to be true? Are pictures scant or badly out-of-focus? Is something just a little off, whether hardware wrapped in plastic or a logo that just doesn’t seem right? If you feel iffy about it, listen to your gut. Also to check: For shoes, is there a full range of sizes listed? If a seller in China has every single size of Isabel Marant ankle boots available, something’s fishy.

3. Check Out the Seller
EBay’s format includes feedback that gives you a snapshot of who you’re buying from. A brand-new account with no reviews or previous sales but a crazy cache of Chanel bags listed? It could be legit…or not. Click through to see the other items a seller has for sale for a good feel if you’re browsing the wares of a thirtysomething fashion fiend who’s cleaning out her closet or someone with a single fashion item that looks glaringly out of place alongside nonrelated items like tech gadgets or game consoles.

4. Do Your Homework
Before shopping a designer bag, some due diligence is in order. Know different brands’ hallmarks of authenticity (we covered Chanel, Balenciaga, Celine, and more); eBay has a robust section dedicated to educating shoppers too.

5. Now, Actually Start Bidding
Decide your top price before things get going to avoid being swept up in the excitement. You can enter your max bid off the bat, and eBay will automatically increase your offer as other shoppers join in. If you’re more into watching the shopping action as it unfolds, download the app and get your clicking finger ready (a lot of bids come in during the last five or 10 minutes of an auction). If you win, pay promptly.

Tips and Tricks for Selling on eBay

1.Write a Lengthy Description and Use Lots of Details
Imagine what you’d want as a shopper and give your prospective buyers that. The more information the better, as it’ll instill confidence in you and answer any questions they might think of. EBay has fields for all sort of characteristics, including specific measurements and materials; take advantage of those areas and answer.

2. Your Item Title Should Be Keyword-Rich
Shoppers are typically super specific, so beefing up your headline will help to get more potential buyers. Use the brand name (and make sure it’s spelled correctly), but also include the size, material, color, and a style name if relevant.

3. Take Good Pictures (and Lots of Them)
Pictures can make a huge difference whether your item sells, so add as many as you can to your listing. Take the general shot, but also zoom in on hardware, embellishments, and any tears, scratches, or discolored areas. Consider angles that will also reveal something additional about whatever you’re selling, whether it’s hanging it from a doorknob or adding a common item in for size relevance (think a dollar bill, a water bottle, etc).

4. Start Your Listing on These Days
Per eBay, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are the best days to post items. (We’ve already heard that Tuesday is also the best day to shop online).

5. Be Realistic About Pricing
Setting your item at a too-high price is a sure way to never sell it. Consider how much you paid for it and what similar items are being sold for. Certain designer items will hold their value really well (a lot of designer handbags, jewelry), while other pieces decrease drastically as soon as you remove the tags.

6. Consider Offering Free Shipping
Plenty of serious sellers we’ve chatted with have encouraged offering the incentive. “Shipping items fast and free is one of the keys to being a successful seller on eBay,” Linda Lightman, CEO of top eBay shop Linda’s Stuff offered as a suggestion. When you purchase and print potage through eBay’s portal, you’ll also save on the prices the local post office would charge you (you can simply tape the label to your package).

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You’ve Got to See Taylor Swift’s Sparkly Fringed Bodysuit

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Forget the ladylike skirts and heels—Taylor Swift has been pushing the envelope with her style choices recently and this weekend’s sexy, spangled bodysuit was the latest to make everyone take notice. She chose the number for her performance at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival in England, and the see-through material plus high-sparkle panels and fringe was reminiscent of Jennifer Lopez’s signature choices.

Since kicking off her 1989 tour earlier this month, it’s been obvious the world’s going to see a sexier Tay. If you ask the Glamour staff, we’ve got a suspicion that boyfriend Calvin Harris has something to do with the switch.

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You’ve Got Me Under Your Spell

Theatrical experiences come in all shapes, sizes, and forms. From painfully intimate monologues to Cirque du Soleil extravaganzas, from giddy sex farces to searing family tragedies, live theater offers a remarkably versatile platform for examining mankind in all its glory as well as its many frailties.

  • One reason why it’s so difficult to label any production as the year’s “best” is that there are so many parameters which may set it aside from the competition.
  • One show might be a star vehicle while another relies on the work of a tightly-knit ensemble.
  • One show might rely on extensive scenic effects and digital mapping while another may simply let the actors speak the playwright’s words in a minimalist setting.
  • One show might require a lot of period costumes while another is performed in modern dress.
  • One show might have incidental music — or a fully-sung musical score — while another may be filled with pregnant pauses and awkward silences.

When one particular production stands head and shoulders above many others, it’s a sure sign that its individual elements have created a synergy that raises the theatrical experience to another level. I often think of magical moments in theater and opera when it feels as if the air in the auditorium has been hovering over the audience, protecting the performers from being interrupted while making it possible for those in attendance to remain acutely focused on what is happening onstage.

In 1965, I attended a riveting matinee of a 20th anniversary production of The Glass Menagerie in which Maureen Stapleton brought a rare fragility to Amanda Wingfield. Exquisitely directed by George Keathley (with George Grizzard as Tom, Piper Laurie as Laura, and Pat Hingle as the Gentleman Caller), the Tennessee Williams play was transformed into an unforgettable experience whose memory I have cherished for a half century.

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Pat Hingle, Maureen Stapleton, George Grizzard, and
Piper Laurie in the 1965 revival of The Glass Menagerie

While I have enjoyed many such experiences over the years, the nature of live theater is perversely ethereal (and in some ways as intensely personal as an orgasm). If everything comes together to create a moment of theatrical magic, it’s a privileged artistic experience to savor. It’s also the kind of experience which is extremely difficult to explain to anyone who didn’t share it.

Two productions new to San Francisco had that special aura about them. One was a piece of dance theater that attempted to retell an ancient Greek drama written by Sophocles in approximately 441 BC. The other was a contemporary drama which brilliantly demonstrated what happens when superb writing, directing, and acting combine to elevate a script into a miraculously poignant and deeply fulfilling theatrical event.

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The Shotgun Players recently unveiled a new adaptation of Antigone based on Anne Carson’s 2012 book, Antigonick. Co-directed by Mark Jackson and Hope Mohr, Antigonick is a dance theater piece wherein the ensemble pushes the boundaries of storytelling while working on a simple, yet highly effective unit set designed by Nina Ball and lit by Stephanie Buchner. Theodore J.H. Hulsker’s exceptional sound design helped to create an other-worldly atmosphere which captured the searing tragedy of Antigone’s predicament while showing the hopelessness of her situation.

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Rami Margron as Teiresias in Antigonick
(Photo by: Pak Han)

Shotgun’s heavily symbolic production featured dancer Parker Murphy as Nick (as in “Nick of Time”), a silent figure who brings a ghostly presence to the proceedings.

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Parker Murphy as Nick in Antigonick (Photo by: Pak Han)

In the following clip, co-directors Mark Jackson and Hope Mohr explain the evolution of their production of Antigonick and the challenges it presented to their ensemble.

In their co-directors’ note, Jackson and Mohr write:

“When we say we need to give ourselves space to deal with something, often we’re saying we need time. As a poet, Carson understands that a perfectly coherent narrative order simply cannot contain the chaos of the human experience. Antigonick is full of interruption, ambiguity, and collage. Exquisitely spare and energetically compact, Antigonick offers a challenge and an invitation. It’s no longer possible to coast on expectation. It’s no longer easy to separate heroes from villains. Carson carves out a bit of space and time for us to consider alternative possibilities.”

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Kenny Toll and Kevin Clark in Antigonick (Photo by: Pak Han)

“Working on Antigonick has led us to think a great deal about integrity. If we measure a person’s integrity by the extent to which she puts her body on the line for her ideals, then of course Antigone wins our sympathy. But isn’t Kreon also throwing himself on the fire by wearing the new title of king (a title he never wanted) and trying to create order in the wake of a chaotic war he never supported? Aren’t the Antigones and Kreons of the world similar in their narrow-minded courage? Most of us are more like Ismene, Haimon, Eruydike, or the Messenger — teetering somewhere between the poles of Antigone and Kreon’s extremes. Who is right? Who suffers more? Is it so easy to say?”

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Kenny Toll and Rami Margron in Antigonick (Photo by: Pak Han)

Without doubt, Shotgun’s ensemble delivered a powerful performance which challenged the audience, making full use of each actor’s versatility and commitment to an artistic vision. Rami Margron doubled as Antigone and the blind prophet, Teiresias, while Kevin Clarke’s Kreon closed the evening with an increasingly desperate attempt to physically climb the set’s curved rear wall. Monique Jenkinson was magnificently on fire as both Ismene and Eurydike.

In supporting roles, Kenny Toll portrayed Haimon, a guard, and a messenger while David Sinaiko embodied the chorus. Parker Murphy’s wordless contribution as Nick was often riveting.

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It’s extremely rare to leave a theater haunted by a new play, yet that’s exactly how I felt following the opening night performance of Sister Play at the Magic Theatre. Written and directed by John Kolvenbach, the experience was right up there with some of the best performances I’ve seen of works by Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee — and that ain’t chopped liver, folks!

Presented as part of a rolling world premiere with the Harbor Stage Company in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Sister Play takes place in the Cape Cod home of a family’s deceased father. Kolvenbach’s dramedy involves the deceased writer’s two daughters, one daughter’s husband, and a mysterious stranger whose presence is uplifting, provocative, and brings a surprisingly spiritual component to the proceedings.

Sister Play begins as Malcolm (Anthony Fusco) enters his late father-in-law’s home, talking to himself in the manner one might expect from a writer who lives in his head. As he muses on the amount of mold in both the house and his life, he is joined by his wife, Anna (Lisa Brescia), and her rebellious younger sister, Lilly (Jessi Campbell).

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Lilly (Jessi Campbell), Malcolm (Anthony Fusco), and Anna
(Lisa Brescia) in a scene from Sister Play (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

To suggest that Anna is a frighteningly neurotic control freak (and overprotective monster of an older sister) might be understating the situation. At a very early stage of her life, Anna was forced to take on the responsibility of raising Lilly and protecting her younger sister from a wildly impulsive streak. Even though Lilly has had one bad experience after another with a series of men, Anna is still operating as the kind of fierce tiger mother who tells her obviously adult and sexually adventurous sister to “Go to your room!”

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Anna (Lisa Brescia) and her younger sister, Lilly (Jessi Campbell)
in a scene from Sister Play (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

It doesn’t take long for Anna to get on her kid sister’s nerves. When Lilly (who does not have a driver’s license) insists on taking the car out for a late night spin, Anna’s control issues quickly begin to boil. After Lilly returns home with William Casy (Patrick Kelly Jones), a homeless hitchhiker she has picked up by the side of a road, Anna goes into a protective attack mode that borders on a psychotic episode. At one point, Anna’s behavior becomes so outrageous that Lilly instructs her to “go into the kitchen and count to a million.”

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Patrick Kelly Jones as the mysterious and itinerant
William Casy in Sister Play (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

Although the older/younger sister dynamic is well established, it’s no surprise that Lilly wishes Anna would relax her talons and let Lilly live her own life. Meanwhile, in an exquisite soliloquy, Malcolm explains the surprising benefits (as opposed to the risks) of being caught in the sibling rivalry between two highly emotional women.

Kolvenbach gives each of his characters a beautiful solo in which they can speak to the audience, to themselves, or to the ghost of their dead father. By far, the most mysterious and complex character is the hitchhiker Lilly dragged home — a well-intentioned vagrant from Texas who lacks any of the financial or emotional security shared by Anna, Malcolm, and Lilly. An actor who has given Bay area audiences numerous memories of stunning performances, Jones creates a tender, romantic, and almost other-worldly loner whose confusing presence and impressive intellect simultaneously threaten Anna, charm Malcolm, and excite Lilly.

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William (Patrick Kelly Jones) and Malcolm (Anthony Fusco)
in a scene from Sister Play (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

Working on Erik Flatmo’s unit set (with lighting design by Jeff Rowlings and sound design by Sara Huddleston), Kolvenbach has staged his drama with an acute sensitivity to his characters’ quirks and weaknesses. The bravura performances by Lisa Brescia and Patrick Kelly Jones are neatly complemented by the quieter work of Anthony Fusco (spot on, as always) and Jessi Campbell.

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Patrick Kelly Jones (William), Jessi Campbell (Lilly), and Lisa Brescia
(Anna) in a scene from Sister Play (Photo by: Jennifer Reiley)

Sister Play is a beautiful, beautiful work which will hold up well as the years pass by, enchanting and haunting audiences through each theatrical season with its freshness, mystery, and rare vitality.

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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.

Opting to let the dress shine, Hadid paired her gown with nude Aquazzura heels and simple hair and makeup.





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13 Signs You’ve Gotten Way Too Comfortable With Your Long-Term Partner

Most happy long-married or long-term couples will say they’d never trade the comfort and trust they have now for the giddiness and unpredictability of a new romance. However, it’s safe to say that at least some of these long relationships, even the happiest ones, might benefit from just a bit more, well, mystery. Sure, your partner may have seen you at your worst, with no makeup, morning breath or even sick as a dog on the bathroom floor. That doesn’t mean they should be in the bathroom brushing their teeth while you pee.

So with a little help from our Facebook friends, we’ve come up with a pretty extensive list of those everyday things that show you might — just might — be a tad too comfortable in your relationship:

1. You pee or poo with the bathroom door open (or while your partner is in the bathroom).

2. You’re nicer to complete strangers than you are to your significant other.

3. You have no problem telling him/her they need a breath mint (ouch).

4. You haven’t worn makeup in so long that your mascara tubes are crusty and your lipsticks smell funny.

5. To you, granny panties are just, well, panties (it’s all about the comfort, baby).

6. You can openly talk about your bowel movements/gas/other bodily functions or upsets.

7. Your S.O. buys your tampons/pads/feminine hygiene products for you.

8. You buy your own birthday gift from your partner and vice-versa.

9. Date night consists of binge-watching on Netflix and relaxing in sweats.

10. You go braless around the house (and it’s not always sexy).

11. You sometimes can’t sell the difference between his and hers when folding laundry.

12. When traveling, you both know your roles. (You check in at the hotel while he parks the car and grabs the bags.)

13. You replace your husband’s worn-out underwear without him even knowing it.

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Orange Is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba Has the Most Amazing Success Story You’ve Ever Heard

Season three of award-winning comedy/drama Orange Is the New Black is just a few weeks away from premiering, but we're already antsy to get back to the ladies at Litchfield. So while we wait for…




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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.

Let’s talk about this: Do you like the idea of one-size-fits-all, or does it feel off in regards to how different women’s bodies can be?





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Delightful, intriguing.” -Carolyn HartCookie Chanel has a passion for fashion-and a murder mystery to solve! Cookie Chanel has opened her own vintage clothing boutique, It’s Vintage, Y’All, in the charming town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. Always on the lookout for stylish second-hand steals, she attends the estate sale of deceased socialite Charlotte Meadows. But she gets a lot more than she bargained for when Charlotte’s ghost appears before her-offering fashion advice and begging Cookie to find out who murdered her. As the persistent poltergeist tags along and a possibly psychic pussycat moves into the shop, Cookie sorts through racks of suspects to see who may be hiding some skeletons in the closet. Do a clothing store owner and a disembodied socialite have a ghost of a chance of collaring a killer-or will Cookie’s life be the next one hanging by a thread? Don’t miss Cookie Chanel’s Fashion Tips “Rose Pressey’s books are fun!” -Janet Evanovich

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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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Why Tim Burton Made A Film About The ‘Most Quiet, Under-The-Radar Feminist You’ve Ever Met’

Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” tells the story of an epic art fraud centered on “the most quiet, under-the radar feminist you’ve ever met.” In many ways, Margaret Keane’s story embodies the early women’s movement. That, along with the rise of the kitsch — and another “worst” artist to add to the list with “Ed Wood” — is what Burton has set out to explore here. HuffPost Entertainment interviewed the director to talk about creating his lowest budget film in years (and whether he would ever re-consider making “Superman Lives”).

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You commissioned Margaret Keane’s work before this film was even pitched to you. What drew you to “Big Eyes” and telling her story?
I felt like it was suburban art. There weren’t Matisses or Picassos hanging on people’s walls. There were Keanes. You would see them in people’s living rooms, dentists’ offices and doctors’ offices. It was very present, and very much a time of that when I was growing up. I think they stayed with me, because they were all over the place, but also because I found them quite disturbing. I liked that kind of juxtaposition of things. I found it fascinating that so many people had them up in their houses.

That rise of the kitsch and suburbia have always been prevalent themes in your work. Is that something you wanted to explore here?
Even for people who hated it, you had to acknowledge it had a power to connect with people. There were a lot of artists who tried to rip it off. A lot of people who bought it. It became like a movement. Look at artists who were trying to copy it … This sort of came to me growing up in suburbia: this idea of the American dream, and then you have this couple — this sort of horrific couple — creating these strange mutant children. That seemed slightly representative of the end of that American dream era. This is sort of a twisted version of that idea of the nuclear family.

The true story of the Keanes is actually much more insidious than what we see on screen. What made you leave things out like Walter abusing Margaret’s dog or keeping her locked in the attic?
You know, truth is stranger than fiction. For instance, in the courtroom scene [in which the Keanes have a paint-off for ownership of Margaret’s body of work], we had to tone it down, because it was even worse than that. In fact, people have trouble believing that even now. So, it was fine line between trying to create the extremity of it and do it in a way where you’re still semi-believable. With Margaret mentioning how she is in the attic, you get the idea of it.

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In a way, Margaret Keane embodies the early women’s movement — surviving her husband’s psychological abuse and striving for her independence in spite of it.
She’s one of the most quiet, under-the-radar feminists you’ve ever met. She doesn’t have a big voice. She’s not out there on the streets, saying, you know, “Vote for women’s rights!” She did it in her own private, personal way, which I found amazing given the type of person she is.

Toning down this story is certainly another way “Big Eyes” is a departure for your work. There are not a lot of visual effects, it’s much smaller. How was the process different?
Well, it was low-budget. For me, after doing a lot of big-budget movies, it was kind of reconnecting me to having to move quickly and be resourceful. I mean, you have to do that on any film. But this you’re moving locations four or five times a day, you know, trying to make Vancouver look like San Francisco is not easy.

What was the biggest challenge with the low budget?
I think Vancouver to San Francisco, because the actors were all great. I was lucky to deal with solid people who were willing to go into the same thing of moving quickly, being there, not having to wait for people to move out of the trailer. Everyone got into the same spirit, which helped make it.

You’ve made films for two distinct generations. Do you think of this one differently?
You pick projects based on feelings. That’s why you can’t pick projects too far in advance. You don’t know how you’re going to feel. I think I felt that this one, basically because of “Ed Wood,” I like these characters that are sort of marginalized and the connection between what’s good and bad. Those are the themes that I relate to. Also, just wanting to do a low budget film after doing so many big budget films.

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What do you think about the rise of the superhero franchise. How would your “Batman” do today?
It is amazing. I feel lucky to have been around in the time before franchise was created. I was lucky on “Batman” to never hear the word “franchise,” that was a real pleasure. Now, that’s all it’s become. The amazing thing is that trends come and go. That’s a trend that obviously not only stuck, but continues to keep going. How many tortured, you know, people that become superheroes are there going to be? It’s the same story.

Okay, half joking here, but how about “Superman Lives”? Would you ever reconsider making that one? Superman films are in, meta commentary is in … the Internet would explode.
Oh, good. I’d love to make the Internet explode! That’s a good idea. I’d love to see that happen.

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If You’ve Been Rushing Around and Multitasking, Get Ready for the Consequences

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Most people think running around as fast as they can trying to get things done, doing multiple things at once, results in more efficiency and productivity. How many people would be surprised to learn that they are actually creating inefficiency and lack of productivity? Impossible? Well, ask yourself how many details you overlook and wrong decisions you make when you’re on turbo speed? Then, ask yourself how much time it takes you to go back and correct all the errors that were made?

The fact is, we accomplish a lot less when we’re in a hurry and dividing our attention between several different things at one time. The reason for this can easily be explained from an energetic point of view. You would naturally assume that the faster you are going, the faster your energy vibration, and therefore, you are attracting the same faster, higher vibration of the things around you. This type of raised vibration is aligned with happiness, peace, joy, and a general ease of flow to life. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is that our bodies and minds working at a breakneck pace is experienced on a frequency that is very low and slow. This means that we align ourselves with other things that are of a low vibration, like anger, fear, worry, and frustration. When we’re rushing around and not being mindful of our thoughts and actions, we are creating more of what we’re trying to avoid. This is when mistakes happen, decisions are poor, and nothing seems to go right.

Take a moment throughout your day and ask yourself if you feel centered or off-balance. If you feel centered, then you’re calm, in control of your emotions, and aware of everything that’s happening around you, which you are able to handle with efficiency. If you feel off-balance, then you are scattered, stressed, and everything you touch turns into a big mess…one thing goes wrong, then another, then another until you wish you hadn’t gotten out of bed that day!

If you do feel off-balance during the day, here are some ways you can slow down, and therefore, raise your vibration, so that you accomplish much more and experience a peaceful life.

1) Stop in Your Tracks

Whatever you are frantically doing, no matter what it is, you need to stop immediately. If you don’t, you’re headed down a very slippery slope. Nothing good can come from frantic energy. You are just asking for trouble. Know that whatever it is you are doing will get done when, and if, it is meant to get done. Recognize that you have been thrown off balance and need to collect yourself and get centered before you unwittingly pull in negative circumstances.

2) Step Out of the Room

If there are people around you, there is a distinct possibility that you are picking up on their energy, which may be carrying with it all kinds of issues that they are having at the moment. So step out of the room in order to break the energy, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine yourself with white light around you like a shield. All you’re doing is creating the intention for yourself of being your own sovereign being of energy and not absorbing it off of others.

3) Trust Life

Trust and have faith that everything works out the way it is supposed to, and that, you don’t need to control each detail of a situation. Believe me, life will go on and time will pass whether you are in charge or not. Trust that all will happen in its own timing, and you will get where you are going at the perfect moment.

Be sure to remember that when your mind and body are flying around, so to speak, be aware that it’s happening and breathe. Because in that moment, you are choosing your alignment – your point of attraction to all things. Simply taking action to be calm and mindful will attract the perfect solutions and situations to come in for you at the perfect time.
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10 Signs You’ve Fallen In Love With Your S.O.

What they say about love is true — when you know, you know.

But pinpointing the very moment that your feelings went from serious attraction to full-blown love? No easy task. On Wednesday, 10 romantic Redditors accepted the challenge. Below they explain how they knew, without a doubt, that they were head-over-heels in love.

1. You go out of your way to make each other happy.

“We used to be long distance. One night I was crying on the phone to him because I missed him so much. At 4 a.m. that morning I got a call saying he was outside. He drove all night to give me a cuddle because I was sad.”

2. You might differ personality-wise but you have some random (and awesome) things in common.

“Toward the end of our first date, her friends call her. Her phone rings and her ringtone is ‘Dayman’ from ‘Always Sunny’. She gets off the phone looks at me and asks what’s wrong because I have a dumbfounded look on my face. I told her to call my phone right now. She does. ‘Dayman’ is my ringtone. We knew.”

3. Doing mundane things together is not only tolerable, it’s enjoyable.

“We can spend hours upon hours talking about nothing and never get bored with each other.”

4. You’re totally at ease around each other and can be yourself.

“A couple of months into our relationship I was in the shower and she knocks on the door. ‘I need to weeee!’ she says. ‘Just come in! The door’s open!’ I reply. She came in, had her wee, washed her hands and then opened the shower door, said ‘Nice ass’, slapped me on the butt and left. Right then, I knew I was with somebody really special. That was three years ago and we’re now happily married.”

5. You start referring to yourselves as a “we” without skipping a beat.

“Whenever he would speak about the future, he always included me in it. It was never a ‘I’, it was a ‘we’. It was our future.”

6. You’re there for each other during the really tough sh*t.

“Until recently I was a total junkie f*ck-up with potential. I spent my 20s using hydromorphone and fentanyl and heroin — amongst other things and was an idiot. But a functional idiot. And she stood by me and I’m clean now. She almost didn’t. I got one chance and I took it.”

7. Laughter is a constant.

We laughed at almost anything together — the night we decided we were right together was spent in a tent giggling until 5 a.m. sharing the same sleeping bag. Eleven months on and we’re still as happy as when we first got together.”

8. You have physical chemistry that goes beyond sex.

“On our first date, she stayed over. We didn’t do the nookie times, but I did feel something click as she snuggled in and fell asleep with her head on my chest.”

9. You melt a little when you see your S.O.’s parental instincts shining through.

“A few months into dating we were at a party and a friend was there with his daughter. The way my S.O. was interacting with her and playing around with her made me realize that I want her to be the mother of my children.”

10. You’re different in all the right ways.

“He balances me out. I run on instinct and he thinks things through. I take him to things he would never go to otherwise and he shows me how to relax. We have so much fun together and he makes me laugh every day. I started falling for him when I realized he was leaving his comfort zone for me, he was doing things he wouldn’t choose to do [on his own] for me. I would do anything for that man.”

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The Best Places You’Ve Never Seen

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You know the Carnegie Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but have you ever visited the Toy Robot Museum in Adamstown or Bill’s Old Bike Barn in Bloomsburg? The Tom Mix Museum in Mix Run? The Houdini Museum in Scranton? Pennsylvania’s many small museums are easy to miss in an age of instant information and superhighways. After reading Therese Boyd’s guide, however, you’ll rush to get off the beaten track to find them. Pennsylvania’s little wonders are as entertaining as they are educational. Unlike large museums, which display masterpieces of art and other ‘important’ items, small museums feature objects that would otherwise be thrown away and forgotten–everything from spittoons to high button shoes and trolley cars. Some small museums, such as the Richard Allen Museum, serve a serious purpose; others are playful, even eccentric. All offer a fresh perspective on how people have lived and worked. Boyd, who has visited small museums throughout Pennsylvania, concentrates on the forty-two museums she considers most worth a detour. These range from Kready’s Museum, where visitors can savor the simple pleasures of a country store, to the Vocal Groups Hall of Fame and Museum, where music fans can listen to ‘golden oldies’ and pore over memorabilia (including sequined dresses once worn by the Supremes). Boyd’s personal favorite is the museum in the home of Christian Sanderson, a man who collected literally hundreds of historical relics, not the least of which is the purse found in the apron pocket of Jennie Wade, the only civilian killed at the Battle of Gettysburg. Boyd’s book is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the best small museums in Pennsylvania. It weaves amusinganecdotes about Boyd’s own visits to the museums along with descriptions of their histories and collections. Her guide provides travel directions as well as complete information about each museum’s visiting hours, Website, and contact information.

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Happy 92nd Birthday, Betty White! Here Are 6 Lessons You’ve Taught Us

Never change for a guy: Rose is giddy when she meets her soon-to-be serious boyfriend Miles, a college professor. Worried she’s not smart enough for him, Rose backs out of their date one night, convincing Blanche to take her place. After learning that Miles had a miserable time without her, Rose summons the courage to bare her insecurities about the relationship. “You’re very special Rose,” he says.
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Star Warhols Is The Nerdy Pop Art Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For

A (not so) long time ago, in a galaxy (not so) far, far away, one revolutionary artist decided to collapse the distinction between high art and pop culture, prized masterpiece and consumer object. The result: “Star Warhols,”

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The faux pop art series, combining George Lucas’ space odyssey with Warhol’s soup can obsession, is the brainchild of artist Vincent Vermeij, a Netherlands based artist who goes by Chungkong. The series imagines what would happen if Campbell’s chicken noodle was replaced with the colors and patterns of Yoda, Darth Vader, R2-D2 and the gang, merging two highly obsessed over worlds we never thought we’d see collide.

For more of Chungkong’s inspired mashups, check out this series of Superhero Ice Pops. Enjoy the images below and may the chicken noodle be with you!

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This Sums Up Every Hour-Long TV Drama You’ve Ever Seen

The sketch group Women (which is made up of four consistently very funny men) made this parody of pretty much every hour-long drama featuring suit-wearing professionals intent on fixing some kind of problem.

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