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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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

An Introductory Journey Through Blake Lively's Lifestyle Website

Ever since Blake Lively gave The Cut that interview where she guessed her natural smell as "cookie" and mentioned the Cheesecake Factory unprompted four times in four successive questions ("Cheesecake Factory is great. It should have Michelin…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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 Hairpin • 5 years ago

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.

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

Commodity Fetish: This Is Not Really What A Feminist Looks Like

There’s a special drawer in my closet dedicated to lost causes, the clothes I will never wear again but that I can’t find it in me to donate or throw away. They are all, invariably, the slogan shirt—cotton shirts that scream “Fuck H8,” “This is what…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

Ask A Fancy Person: Consignment Shops, Gendered Pronouns And Leaving The Forever 21 Zone

I recently began working in my first Big Girl job since graduating from college three years ago, and I'm expected to wear really nice things. Add to that my boss's casual age-ism related to wardrobe ("stop wearing that, you look like you're in…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

The "Reality" Filter Pie

facebook, ann friedman, pie charts, instagram, internet vs reality

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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 Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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 Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago

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…

The Hairpin • 5 years ago