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  • How To Live With An Ex In Five Simple Steps

    New York is a town with a double edge. It’s a city where you can cheap out and spend a day in The Met for a $1 (and almost feel good about it until you realize you should have given at least $5, why are you so cheap?), but then afterward, go for a… It’s a city where you can have a negligible amount of money in your checking account and a non-existent savings, but when you walk around the West Village—and…

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "I Had To Be Told By My Law Clerks, What’s This Notorious."

    Katie Couric talked to Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, the likelihood that she’ll stick around past Obama’s term (thus putting her spot up for potential Republican replacement), her judicial argument with Roe v.… The absolute best part, though, is when Couric tells Ginsburg that her Hobby Lobby opinion made her “a bit of a…

  • Why I Have To Be So "Rude"

    Ostensibly, the success of Magic!’s “Rude” can at least partially be explained by the history of American top 40’s irregular dabbles in reggae, which have tended to appear in the form of one-offs rather than any tangible wave: “I Can See Clearly…

  • What Happened When We Gave Our Daughter My Last Name

    On a snowy morning in college, I sat up on my futon, stared out the dorm window, and nudged my boyfriend Chris. “What would you think about our children having my last name?” I asked. “Sure,” he said, still half-asleep, “Why wouldn’t they have your last name?” I was probably too shy then to show my relief. Time passed. We split up for a year, got married ten years later and then, in our mid-30’s, found ourselves with a babe on the way. We didn’t know girl or boy, but we had already re-decided that our babe’s last name would…

  • The Weather Channel Apocalypse

    A doomsday tale told through Weather.com homepage screenshots.   Previously: Songs That Belong in Erectile Dysfunction Medication Commercials Gabriella Paiella writes (and tweets) from Brooklyn. Yes, her name rhymes.

  • How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Second Wedding

    Three weeks ago, two days after our wedding, my new husband Paul and I borrowed a car and drove into the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Our shared future rolled out before us, as epic and seismic as the landscape. We nestled ourselves on the bank of… I’m newly, and ecstatically, wed to Paul, but I’m not new to being wed. When I…

  • BLAH Magazine: The Summer Issue

    Beach Blanket Blah How will you spend the summer? A reader poll: • Standing in front of an open grocery freezer, staring at a box of two-stick popsicles and wondering aloud about who will be my Popsicle twin – 16 % • The seasons changed? I didn’t realize – 23 % • Sitting in front of the air conditioner with a blanket and hot tea – 18 % • Thinking about getting highlights and then not getting them because we’re all going to die anyway – 29 % • In denial – 14 % Getting in Shape for Summer With…

  • The Martha Stewart Workout Plan

    1. Walk into bedroom to grab your yoga bag. 2. Notice that something’s off. 3. The room isn’t as bright and functional as it once was. 4. Strip your bed, setting all linens aside so the mattress and pillows can air out. 5. Remember to place all pillows on your bedside chaise lounge or bench while you work (never on the floor!). 6. Unbag your Martha Stewart Home Collection Lush Blossom 6 Piece Queen Comforter Set. 7. Maintain a clean workspace by disposing of all tags and packing material in a wastebasket alternative. 8. Iron all new linens using your…

  • Bonded And Bound By Flesh: The Story Of Daisy And Violet Hilton

    We all long for a kind of bond that can’t be broken by time or distance. You hear stories about twins who share a natural closeness and an almost telepathic communication when separated from the other. Who wouldn’t want a special connection with a… Daisy and Violet Hilton were sisters cemented together by a band of flesh. It was a curse and a blessing: without it, they would have…

  • The Legend Of The CW Hunks

    Shouldst thou seek the origin of the CW Hunks… Shrouded in the mountainous mists lies the Monastic conclave of Hunks. The organic stud farm humming with the movements of free range men. Raised and trained like a photogenic army, they know only handsomeness, they seek but stoicism. They go about…

  • In Praise Of L.M. Montgomery’s Literary Crones

    I’m going to go out on a wild cherry limb here and admit I’m not a huge fan of Anne Shirley anymore. I know, she’s a child of light by birthright, blah blah blah, but if you bother to make it past the fourth book of L.M. Montgomery’s eight-book… Not that there’s anything wrong with having five kids—it’s nice to know that childhood sweethearts Anne and Gilbert are still hot for…

  • Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Get Over The Shame I Feel For My Work?

    Transcript after the jump. Dear Baba Yaga, For years I have been working on a project that I detest. I am ashamed of its quality, and that I did not listen to my gut and pursue work that I loved. Soon I will be publicly associated with this work, including having to present it to a group of…

  • My Imaginary Friends: The Beauty YouTuber Economy

    I quit my job at the end of this February to participate in a writing residency at my apartment funded by myself. After being mentally and physically numbed by my service sector job almost every day for five months, I found myself abruptly, uneasily… My own relationship to the world of cosmetics is conflicted and…

  • Ask A Costume Historian: Help, My Brother Wants Me To Be His Suit-Wearing Best Man

    Hello Hairpin! I am going to be the best man in my brother’s wedding next summer and he’s told me he wants me in a suit. I don’t relish the idea of going to Men’s Wearhouse, both for body type and fashion reasons. Obviously the ideal solution is an Elie Saab… Sabrina Hi there, best (wo)man, I have lots of good news for you, all of which involves you never (ever) having to enter…

  • When You’re Unemployed

    The first thing to go is the caring. You used to care so hard about everything. You cared about what other people thought of you, and you cared about your resume, and you cared about your health and your apartment and your future. But now it feels… You have replaced caring with a new…

  • What Kind Of Bird Are You?

    Birds are basically everything that we as women want to be: elegant, well-traveled, and nearly weightless. Plus, people are always watching them: you can’t even find a store selling adorable clothes and jewelry without at least one item with a bird… 1. What is your dream dinner? a. Pizza in between day drinking and night drinking. b. Green salad and egg white omelet in a take-out container at my desk at 2…

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