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The Best Stain Removal Products 

Admit it, for most of us, hand-wash on a care tag is synonymous with dry-clean. Chalk it up to being overly cautious or lazy, but few people are actually scrubbing out their clothes in the kitchen sink. And beware: True delicates might not stand up well to the carcinogen-suspected chemicals like perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon that are most commonly used at your corner dry cleaner. Sure, standout dry cleaners like Madame Paulette and Windsor Cleaners are safe bets for a Rodarte hand-beaded lace and marabou-trimmed dress, but, boy, does that get costly! For those pieces that don’t quite fall into the realm of haute couture but are still in need of a little TLC—silk faille frocks, French lace knickers, and cashmere.

The Laundress is the product that sets the bar for all others. It’s the fashion girl’s answer to taking her laundering as seriously as her wardrobe. With nontoxic, biodegradable, and fragrance-free options, these detergents work wonders and won’t have you questioning what you’re breathing in or rubbing into your hands.

The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar, $6, thelaundress.com
The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative, $15, bloomingdales.com
The Laundress Signature Detergent, $21, thelaundress.com

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This mom-and-pop favorite is a master of all manner of dirt, scum, grease, and grass stains. Apply a dime- to quarter-size squeeze of the nontoxic Pink Miracle to a warm, damp cloth and scrub away at your footwear.

Pink Miracle Tennis Shoe Cleaner, $20, amazon.com

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We all know OxiClean’s m.o. is that is uses “the power of oxygen” to get out all of those hard-to-treat stains, but most don’t know that it’s also chlorine-free. It’s a no-brainer for both hand-washing and machine-washing stains of all kinds.

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Baking Soda Cream Cleaner, $4, target.com
OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover, $12, target.com

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The Tide stain remover pen is the clumsy girl’s godsend, but it’s important to keep in mind that it is best intended to use on wool, polyester, and cotton. On the flip side, it’s phosphate-free, and in a real pinch, it can be used on just about any material other than leather.

Tide to Go Stain Remover Pen, $6 for set of 3, target.com

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Molly’s Suds All Sport is straightforward enough, in that it is designed to treat performance and athletic gear without compromising wicking capabilities, breathability, SPF, or water-repellency. And Fels Naptha is an old-school stain remover best applied as a pretreatment to oil-based spills.

Molly’s Suds All Sport Non-Toxic Landry Wash, $13, target.com
Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap, $2, acehardware.com

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Source: The Best Stain Removal Products 

Miley Cyrus on ‘The Voice,’ Donald Trump, and Coming Out

 

On the latest season of NBC’s “The Voice,” Miley Cyrus has reinvented herself from a twerking pop star to a mama-hen mentor. “I cry all the time,” Cyrus says about having to axe members of her team during the show’s elimination rounds. Behind the scenes, she dispenses copies of the self-help book “The Untethered Soul” to her contestants, trying to calm them down before live performances. On camera, she showcases an eclectic style — like an outfit covered in paper flowers — meant to counteract any last-minute jitters.

“I think it makes the contestants feel safer,” says Cyrus of her colorful wardrobe. “When I turn around, people laugh and feel lighthearted. I think they get to see that side of me.”

For many years, Cyrus had a different public persona. “People saw me as being wild, and literally all I do is I’m obsessed with yoga, I love hiking, and I’m reading constantly. My life is so positive. From the outside, people think I’m partying with rappers. That was back in my prime.”

It’s hard to keep a straight face when Cyrus uses that line — she’s only 23. Then again, she’s been on television since grade school. At 11, Cyrus was cast as the squeaky-clean face of Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” which made her the Hayley Mills of her generation. The role brought intense tabloid scrutiny, particularly as she tried to grow up. “I had a clothing line at Walmart and got kicked out, because they said you had to choose weed or Walmart,” Cyrus says. “And you see what I did — I chose weed.”

In 2013, the Miley media circus reached a tipping point at the VMAs, where she gyrated alongside a row of teddy bears. She insists that the moment was misunderstood. “That was a joke,” she says. Cyrus has taken a U-turn since then. Her new career path revolves around her foundation: Happy Hippie, dedicated to supporting at-risk LGBTQ and homeless youth. “I am only doing ‘The Voice’ because that helps Happy Hippie,” Cyrus says about engaging the show’s audience to promote her cause.

Cyrus has headlined such films as “The Last Song” and “Bolt,” but she’s ambivalent about making movies now. “I know that acting is boring,” she says. “People get paid way too much for what they are doing.” She almost turned down the Woody Allen TV series “Crisis in Six Scenes” but was eventually won over by the role — playing a 1960s activist.

Over a vegan lunch in Los Angeles, Cyrus talked about what drives her, recalled how she struggled with her pansexual identity as a teenager (she’s currently dating Liam Hemsworth), and shared her thoughts on the election.

You just filled in as host of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.
I had to introduce Sarah Jessica Parker, and she asked me if I had any friends that are voting for Donald Trump. I was like, “Do you think I have friends that would vote for Donald Trump. Come on! Who do you think I’m hanging out with?”

The country is very polarized.
This is not a dig. But I do think there’s something that goes with the Kardashians and Trump. The Kardashians are better than Trump, because they are not trying to run the country. They are just trying to be famous, and that’s fine. We are obsessed with celebrity. When Trump started this, I was laughing. I thought it’s not going to go anywhere; there’s no way he’ll be the candidate.

Were you always a Hillary Clinton supporter?
I was a really big Bernie supporter.

What do you say to Bernie supporters who still won’t vote for Hillary?
That’s fucking crazy and you’re out of your mind. It’s literally pissing me off more than anything. If you could ever consider Donald Trump, you never understood Bernie in the first place.

Where did your sense of activism come from?
I think I just felt so stupid. I felt like what I was doing didn’t have value, because being a pop star was really silly when people are homeless and hungry. In 2013, when I did the VMAs, it became the biggest story in the world. I never expected that to happen. I just did my own thing. I went out there dressed as a teddy bear, danced with teddy bears, never thought about the world thinking that was going to be a bad thing.

Did the experience make you feel bad about yourself?
It was making me feel like I was living a dumb life — like I should just pick another job. I didn’t understand my power at that point. People listen because of who I am, so instead of being embarrassed, I should say: “Fuck yeah, I got the microphone.”

How did you become involved with the LGBTQ community?
My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word “bisexual,” because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl. Also, my nipple pasties and shit never felt sexualized to me. My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be OK. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand.

Did you talk to them about how you felt?
Yeah. My mom is like an ’80s rock chick — big blonde hair, big boobs. She loves being a girl. I never felt that way. I know some girls that love getting their nails done. I fucking hated it. My nails look like shit. I don’t wax my eyebrows. I never related to loving being a girl. And then, being a boy didn’t sound fun to me. I think the LGBTQ alphabet could continue forever. But there’s a “P” that should happen, for “pansexual.”

When did you first identity as pansexual?
I think when I figured out what it was. I went to the LGBTQ center here in L.A., and I started hearing these stories. I saw one human in particular who didn’t identify as male or female. Looking at them, they were both: beautiful and sexy and tough but vulnerable and feminine but masculine. And I related to that person more than I related to anyone in my life. Even though I may seem very different, people may not see me as neutral as I feel. But I feel very neutral. I think that was the first gender-neutral person I’d ever met. Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, “Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.”

Why do you think inequality still exists for women in Hollywood?
A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost. I think people will have to realize they’re looking really dated. For example, there’s a show called “Supergirl.” I think having a show with a gender attached to it is weird. One, it’s a woman on that fucking billboard — it’s not a little girl. Two, what if you’re a little boy who wants to be a girl so bad that this makes you feel bad? I think having a title like “Supergirl” doesn’t give the power that people think it does.

Where does your power come from?
My empowerment comes from feeling like I have a purpose now. On my tombstone, I didn’t want the “Wrecking Ball” lyrics. I wanted it to be something greater. I’m the only fucking Disney star who would say I’m pro lesbian and gay, before it was OK to say that.

Did you get in trouble?
I actually didn’t, because a lot of the dudes that work for Disney are gay, so they were very happy to have someone on their side.

You’re a mentor on “The Voice.” Do you think you’ll do more seasons?
I don’t know. I definitely would like to if it made sense. I haven’t done the live shows yet. I want to see how that feels. They might be a lot more pressure.

Do you not like live TV?
I don’t mind the live TV as much as I do that America gets to vote when it comes to “The Voice,” and America did vote for Donald Trump to be the candidate. I actually told my team they can be the Bernie Sanders of “The Voice.”

How often do you cry on the show?
When I have to kick them off. It’s a nightmare. For a non-confrontational person, it’s the worst gig ever.

How did you get cast in the Woody Allen TV series? Were you a fan of his work?
I am. I had moved, and the only thing that I brought into my new house was a picture of Woody Allen. My first night I slept in my new house, [my manager] called and said, “Woody wants you to fly to New York.” I loved working with Woody. You do like two takes. He just wants to go home and have dinner with his wife. One night it was 5:30, and the camera operator wanted to do another take. He goes, “I can’t dedicate my entire life to making movies.”

Many people are now having a conversation about whether it’s possible to separate the art from the artist. Were you aware of the sexual-abuse allegations made by Dylan Farrow against her dad, and if so, did that give you pause?
I live a similar life to Woody — I live a public life. Until I know someone and I know their story, I never really judge anyone. That’s kind of how I went into it. From the way I saw him with his family, I never saw him be anything but an incredible person and a really great dad. People might slam me for saying that. I’m sure it was a hard time for that family. My family has been through hard things, and I think everyone’s suffering is different.

What do your parents think about your work now?
On “The Voice,” this young girl started crying when she left, because I’m the reason she came out. My mom started crying. She was like, “I’m so sorry about the way I was when you were that age and coming out.” She never understood me until she saw that girl who couldn’t be herself. It was very cool.

Source: Miley Cyrus on ‘The Voice,’ Donald Trump, and Coming Out

Where The Hell Does The Word ‘P***y’ Come From, Anyway? 

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Grab them by the pussy,” Donald Trump idiotically proclaimed in the hot mic moment heard ‘round the world.

Few people misunderstood those now infamous words, leaked just weeks before the 2016 presidential election. Trump was using what Oxford English Dictionary cites as the second, vulgar meaning of the term “pussy.” You could paraphrase him with accuracy and translate his statement to, “Grab [women] by the vagina.”

“You can do anything,” he added, making cruel, moronic light of sexual assault.

Pussy is a strange word. Cross reference the definition with Merriam-Webster onlineand you’ll find the number one entry is also “cat.” You’ll need to scroll down a bit before you land on “vulva,” “sexual intercourse,” or “the female partner in sexual intercourse.” But who actually uses “pussy” in conversation about a cat? No one.

Pussy is primarily used to talk about sex ― whether it’s the sexual organ or the woman attached to it, or some conflated and generalized combination of the two. Perhaps worse, the word can be used as a slur against effeminate or cowardly men. Think: “George is scared. What a pussy!” Somehow, the term morphed from cat to genitals to sexist insult ― but how? And why?

Rolling off the tongue of a known bigot, the word “pussy” is nasty, crude and offensive.

Quora and Reddit and Agatha Christie-related forums are abuzz with these questions, where people are clamoring to know whether “pussy” is derived from “pussillanimous” (an adjective meaning “showing a lack of courage or determination; timid”)… or if that interpretation is hot garbage. (Spoiler: it likely is.)

It turns out experts are pretty perplexed with “pussy,” too.

“The etymology of ‘pussy’ isn’t known definitively,” Merriam-Webster’s Kory Stamper told The Huffington Post, “which seems odd but is somewhat common with taboo words.”

Prickly terms like “pussy,” Stamper explained, are often used in speech before they’re finally written down, so all an etymologist can do is analyze the later print evidence and use some linguistic intuition to fill in the history. And this leads to disagreement.

One such etymological leap comes from Slate’s Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo, hosts of the podcast “Lexicon Valley.” Garfield and Vuolo cite a few examples of “pussy” usage. First, they claim one of the earliest known appearances of the word “pussy” occurred in the late 1500s, when an English pamphleteer named Philip Stubbs used it to refer to a woman in a non-sexual manner. After discussing 16th-century men’s tendency to hastily marry, Stubbs wrote:

“No, no, it maketh no matter these things, so long as he have his pretty pussy to huggle for that is the only thing he desireth.”

Here, Garfield and Vuolo note the OED’s similar “pussy” origin story: the dictionary claims that the term was used in the late 1500s to reference a girl or woman exhibiting characteristics associated with a cat, like sweetness or amiability. Puss (minus the y), the hosts point out, predates all of this as a word referring to cats.

Second, Garfield and Vuolo turn to a lewd country song from the 1600s that employs a curious double entendre, representing the first time that “puss + y” was used to refer to both a cat and a woman’s vagina. Here’s a sampling of that song by Thomas Murphy:

“A pretty young kitty she had that could purr. Twas gamesome and handsome and had a rare fur. And straight up I took it and offered to stroke it. In hopes I should make it kind.”

Third, they time-travel to the early 1900s to find evidence of “pussy” being used to refer to a man. An early example they could find is from a 1904 novel God’s Good Man: A Simple Love Story, in which author Marie Corelli writes: “I shall invite Rocksmith and his tame pussy, Mr. Marius Longford.”

Garfield and Vuolo go on to cite Sinclair Lewis and Jerome Weidman (”I wouldn’t miss a second of this for all the pussy in Paris.”), other literary purveyors of “pussy,” with still no clear etymological trajectory. “Pussy,” according to their history, was all over the place, but seems anchored to those Middle Low German feline roots.

Stamper, on the other hand, said she’d have taken a different route to track the meaning of “pussy,” particularly as used by Trump. “Our etymologists think that the genitalia ‘pussy’ likely came into English from a Scandinavian language,” she said. “There are words in some of the ‘grandparent’ languages to English, like Old Norse and Old English, that are very similar to ‘pussy’ and which mean either ‘vulva’ or ‘pocket.’”

A mention of “pocket” conjures visions of “Broad City,” the NYC-based comedy that features a character, Ilana, prone to proudly concealing marijuana in her vagina ― “nature’s pocket.” (The show also happened to air a Hillary Clinton cameo last season.) Taking into consideration this pop culture moment and others like it, Stamper’s explanation seems divorced of sex, situated lightyears away from the vile dripping from Trump’s mouth. In fact, without the chauvinism, pussy is a word ripe for a feminist take-back, less Urban Dictionary and more Pussy Riot. As Jessica Valenti tweeted, the word “pussy” on its own is, well, fine.

Cannot believe this needs repeating: Saying ‘pussy’ is fine, grabbing pussy is not. One is talk, the other is sexual assault.

The issue isn’t crude talk really. It’s that the language those men used described sexual assault. It’s unacceptable.

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.” And Billy Bush is like, OK! -This is rape culture. This is what we hear & live

But rolling off the tongue of a known bigot, the word “pussy” is nasty, crude and offensive. In the 2005 video that leaked last week, Trump manages to both call someone “a pussy” (it’s unclear whether he’s talking about another man, Billy Bush, or another woman, Arianne Zucker) and cavalierly describe sexual assault using the word “pussy.”

Language is fickle, but thanks to men like Trump, words that have fairly innocent origins become vehicles for misogyny. And pussy’s sexist burn can linger both ways, even when it’s not connoting assault. Today, calling a man one is not so different from calling him “a girl,” Oxford’s Katherine Martin told “Lexicon Valley.” And referring to a woman as one runs the risk of reducing “women to faceless herds of sexy cattle,” Lindsay Zoladz wrote for Slate.

Like many critics have written in the aftermath of pussygate, “it’s not just a word.” Pussy’s history might be confusing, but few people were left wondering what Trump’s language implied.

Source: Where The Hell Does The Word ‘P***y’ Come From, Anyway?

UK Recognizes Marijuana Extract As Medicine 

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A chemical compound found in marijuana can now be used for medicinal purposes in the United Kingdom, according to the governmental branch that regulates medicine.

“We have come to the opinion that products containing cannabidiol (CBD) are a medicine,” a spokesman for the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency told The Huffington Post.

CBD, one of dozens of chemical compounds found in marijuana, is nonpsychoactive so it doesn’t produce the “high” sensation associated with THC. And a growing body of research has shown significant promise for using CBD to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including some forms of cancer, irritable bowel diseases, depression,multiple sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The MHRA found that CBD has a “restoring, correcting or modifying” effect on the human body’s “physiological functions,” the Independent reported.

“Products will have to meet safety, quality and effectiveness standards to protect public health,” the MHRA told HuffPost.

Whole-plant marijuana is a class-B drug not recognized to have medical value in the U.K., and people found in possession of it can still face prison time.

“It’s definitely a positive development,” said Michael Collins, deputy director for the Drug Policy Alliance, but he cautioned that measures pertaining only to CBD can be too limiting for patients.

“CBD-only legislation can be detrimental overall for the medical marijuana movement because it leaves behind too many patients,” Collins told HuffPost. “The majority of medical marijuana patients are not CBD patients. We want people to have access to CBD but not at the cost of getting access to broader medical marijuana.”

More than a dozen states in the U.S. have enacted very narrow legalization of CBD for limited medical use. Because these states generally don’t allow for regulated sales or cultivation of the plant, patients are forced to seek out marijuana from sources like the black market, or from a state that allows out-of-state patients to purchase medical marijuana. Even so, transporting marijuana across state lines remains illegal, leaving patients in a bind. Twenty-five other states, and the District of Columbia, currently have broader laws that allow for the cultivation, production and distribution of medical marijuana.

Marijuana remains banned at the federal level and is still considered to have no “accepted medical use,” after the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration recently decided to keep the plant on the U.S. government’s list of “most dangerous” narcotics, along with heroin and LSD.

Source: UK Recognizes Marijuana Extract As Medicine

How to Make a Spare Key From a Tin Can 

If you are in need of a spare key, you don’t have to look any further than your kitchen cabinet. YouTube user DaveHax created a video where he teaches viewers how to create their own key with tape, a tin can, a lighter, and scissors. It’s actually incredibly easy and takes hardly any time. Check it out and see if you can successfully make one of your own!

Source: How to Make a Spare Key From a Tin Can

13 Rejected Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Cringe 

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If you’re going to say “no” to a proposal, there’s a right tack to take.

It takes a lot of courage and determination to ask someone to marry you ― but it’s arguably just as hard to turn down a proposal.

There’s definitely a right way to go about saying “no,” though, as wedding planner and columnist Sandy Malone wrote in a Huffington Post Weddings blog in 2014.

”Be gracious and be kind and think about how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot,” she advised. “No matter why you’re not accepting the proposal, or are putting the kibosh on the engagement, at one time you loved this person enough that he decided to propose to you and ask you to spend the rest of your life with him. Keep that in mind, and even though you’re certainly hurting too, be as courteous as possible.”

That may be the end goal of a rejected proposal, but in real life, it’s usually a little messier and more complicated than that. Below, men and women on the secret-sharing app Whisper share their personal stories of marriage proposals that ended in a “no” ― some definitely handled better than others.

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Source: 13 Rejected Marriage Proposals That Will Make You Cringe 

Did Angelina Jolie Cheat on Brad Pitt? | 

It’s that time of the week again when the celebrity weeklies hit the newsstands. To separate what’s real and rumor, we turned to our friends at Gossip Cop for the 411 on this week’s most controversial stories.

Angelina Jolie cheated on Brad Pitt with a married billionaire who she’s now dating, reports Star. The magazine says Jolie and her “ruggedly handsome” man have been secretly seeing each other for the last six months and are involved in “the same humanitarian causes.” For details about Jolie’s new boyfriend, and how Pitt reacted to the news, go toGossip Cop.

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt are going to have a “secret reunion” after she sent her ex a text following his split from Angelina Jolie, reveals OK!. The magazine notes Pitt “plans to apologize for everything that went down” when he left her for Jolie. For when the “emotional rendezvous” is happening, see what reps for Pitt and Aniston tell only Gossip Cop.

Gwen Stefani is pregnant and marrying Blake Shelton in a “blowout Christmas wedding” at his ranch in Oklahoma, reveals Life & Style. The magazine says the nuptials will happen sooner rather than later because she doesn’t want to be “an unwed mother at the time of the baby’s birth.” For more scoop about the wedding, see what Stefani’s rep leaks to Gossip Cop.

Jennifer Lawrence has ended her friendship with Amy Schumer after the comedienne revealed in an interview that Lawrence jokingly texted her, “It’s your fault,” after two women were shot dead during a Trainwreck screening in Lafayette, La. in 2015. The magazine reports Lawrence is livid with Schumer for divulging her insensitive joke. For how intense their feud has become, click over to Gossip Cop.

Katie Holmes tore apart Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts’ longtime relationship, reveals the National Enquirer. The publication reports Watts dumped the Ray Donovan star “over his outrageously flirty on-set behavior” with the actress. For the status of his relationship with Holmes now that he’s split with Watts, see what Schreiber’s rep admits toGossip Cop.

Source: Did Angelina Jolie Cheat on Brad Pitt?