Time to burn your bras? A 15-year study out of France has found bras do not help with back pain and can even lead to saggy breasts over time. "Bras are a false necessity," says researcher Jean-Denis Rouillon, who monitored the breasts of 330 women over 15 years and found little support for the assumed benefits of a bra. The findings suggest that bras prevent natural growth of breast tissue and in a way make our breasts lazy. When the women in the study ditched their bras, they gained a 7-mm lift each year on average. Do these findings intrigue you?
When it comes to liquor and weddings, people (especially guests!) have their opinions. Are you for open bars and against the idea of a cash bar? Do you feel like every wedding should have a Champagne toast, or do you think it's unnecessary? Now's your chance to dish about where you stand on drinking at weddings with these poll questions.
What's better: chewy or crispy bacon? Last Sunday morning, fueled by a brunch that involved a punchy bloody Mary or two, I found myself in the midst of this contentious debate. Despite the fact that the topic matter was neither political, religious, or any of the other topics one is supposed to avoid in so-called polite conversation, it still proved deeply polarizing: whether bacon is best cooked until chewy and toothsome or crisp and crackly.
I stand firmly in the chewy camp, as I relish the meatier texture and melt-in-your-mouth fatty bits that are rendered out when bacon is cooked until crisp. That said, our brunch bunch was split about evenly on the matter, with passionate arguments on both sides. Crunch lovers enjoyed the satisfyingly crisp texture and also cited the corollary to my love for chewy bacon — some were just plain skeeved out by the texture of not-completely rendered fat. While we couldn't agree on the matter, we did concur on one near-indisputable fact: bacon, no matter how it's cooked, is just plain delicious. Still, I'm curious: where do you stand?
Lately wedding cakes, which used to be a nonnegotiable part of nearly any nuptial celebration, have taken a step away from the spotlight. In their place are unconventional cakes (like those wedding cake made entirely of cheese), cupcake towers, dessert bars, and other ilk. Frankly, we're not quite sure how we feel about that absence of a wedding cake. Where do you stand on the matter?
Louis Vuitton's Spring 2013 collection, inspired by the '60s Edie Sedgwick vibe, is the sole reason why everyone, especially our favorite celebrities, are sporting graphic, retro-inspired checks right now. The bold collection of mod shifts and sheaths has appeared (so far) on Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kerry Washington, Kristen Stewart, and Hailee Steinfeld — and all these trendsetters have adapted the runway looks with their respective styling twists. We promise, it won't be easy to choose a favorite — they all make the bold pattern look modern and chic. Click on to get a closer glimpse of all the Louis Vuitton-clad ladies, then let it inspire you to mix checkers into your Spring style.
Not one, but three stylish celebs recently got their hands on Paper Denim & Cloth's Lexington knit sweater ($228). Let's take in the details: Jessica Alba paired her knit with mint-green denim, a nude crossbody IIIBeCa by Joy Gryson bag, and floral slip-ons; Anne Hathaway layered hers over a printed maxi dress, a Stella McCartney bag, and jeweled sandals; while Ali Larter created a monochromatic ensemble with a matching button-down, cuffed shorts, and strappy wedge sandals. All three ladies looked superfashionable in their Springy creations, but we want to know which ensemble really spoke to you. So tell us: who wore her knit sweater the best?
Hollywood's hottest actresses and stylists all mixed and mingled at LA's SoHo House for a luncheon to fete The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists, which was also hosted by Jimmy Choo. Zoe Saldana, Nina Dobrev, Dianna Agron, Kaley Cuoco, and Reese Witherspoon were just some of the famous faces who turned up to show their support for their beloved stylists. Most ladies chose pretty dresses with Jimmy Choo accessories, while Nina looked red hot in a jumpsuit and Reese went with a more casual ensemble than the rest. Step inside to get a closer look at all the chic attendees, and then be sure to vote on your favorite look once you've seen them all.
After a national study found that one in five Americans reports having no religious affiliation, sociologists at UC Berkeley decided to offer up some explanations. Mike Hout and Claude Fischer analyzed the data and found that across a nationally representative sample, 20 percent of Americans state they identify with no organized religion, compared to eight percent in 1990. And they discovered differences among demographics.
Forty percent of liberals are not tied to a religion, compared to nine percent of conservatives; men (24 percent) are more likely than women (16 percent) to cite no religion; and over 30 percent of Americans 18-24 say they're not part of organized religion, compared to only seven percent of people over 75. And it's important to note that "no religion" is different than identifying as an "atheist." In fact, only three percent of Americans identify as atheist.
For those who do cite a religious affiliation, 30 percent say they belong to a conservative Protestant denomination, and 1.5 percent of Americans are Jewish. And while Catholic cardinals just chose a new pope, fewer Americans will be invested in the outcome; 35 percent of those surveyed said they were raised Catholic, but only 25 percent identify as Catholic today.
Tell us below if you feel the pull away from organized religion.
The stars took a break from the Paris Fashion Week front rows to party alongside Carine Roitfeld for CR Fashion Book's second-issue launch in Paris last night. Chic attendees were clearly feeling black, but each worked the classic palette in her own fashion-forward way. Joan Smalls put her left leg on display in a one-shoulder gown with a waist-high slit, Kate Moss went sheer in a Saint Laurent creation topped with a tuxedo blazer, while Jessica Chastain covered up in a formfitting, long-sleeved gown, and Jessica Alba got girlie in a textured one-shoulder minidress. Get a good head-to-toe look at each partygoer, then tell us, which all-black ensemble is most fabulous?
What would Rihanna wear to the celebration of her collection launch at the River Island store in London? Rihanna for River Island, naturally. The singer chose one of the most eye-catching pieces in the line: boyfriend-style denim that gives the illusion that she layered on two different pairs (one light, one dark) on top of one another. Up top Rihanna sported a boxy white crop top, then finished off with black ankle-strap sandals and an assortment of her signature gold jewels. You have to give it up to her for designing such a unique piece, but tell us, would you wear it?