Ladies and gentlemen, Fall is officially here! Who doesn't love the season of cozy layers, warm beverages, football games, and pumpkin carving. To get in the spirit of the season, we're taking a look at our favorite Fall ads from back in the day. These vintage ads feature cute couples frolicking in the leaves, retro ladies bundling up, and, of course, some booze-filled partying. Feel the Autumn love now with these flashes from the past!
Great news, friends, it's National Vodka Day! That means no one will judge you for making all the vodka drinks your little heart desires. One of the purest and most popular spirits around, vodka is worth celebrating today and all weekend long. But before you do, take a minute to test your knowledge on the tipple with this oh-so-informative quiz. The world may never know whether the liquor originated in Russia or Poland, but you can still brush up on other fun facts. Cheers!
Today is International Coffee Day! And thankfully we've come a long way since the early days of the brewed beverage, and not just on the technological and taste fronts. From the looks of many retro coffee advertisements, a woman's job was to clean the house, raise the children, and make good coffee for her husband. But not all vintage coffee ads were horribly sexist; some were just about enjoying a cup of Joe with your loved ones. See the good and the bad now!
While many royal weddings don't garner the attention of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, they don't lack in lavishness. This week, Indonesia is celebrating a three-day royal affair as Sultan Hamengkubuwono X's fourth daughter marries her boyfriend of 10 years. The traditional festivities kicked off on Monday, and 750 guests were invited to the ceremony. Wednesday will mark the end of the celebrations, with a wedding parade featuring 12 horse-drawn carriages. Likewise, in September, Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi said "I do" to Viktoria Cservenyak during a beautiful ceremony in the Netherlands. The royal couple's nuptials followed in the footsteps of Prince Félix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher, who also enjoyed a more lavish wedding in September after a small civil ceremony.
These couples' weddings are part of a long tradition of elaborate royal weddings around the world. Last year, Luxembourg treated its Crown Prince Guillaume to an extravagant affair when he married Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The celebration, which reportedly cost around $650,000 and was funded by taxpayers, spanned multiple days and included a guest list packed with kings, queens, and other royals from around the world. In Brunei, Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, the fifth daughter of Brunei's sultan, married Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini at her father's 1,700-room palace in front of 3,000 guests. A state dinner followed, and Queen Elizabeth II even sent her best wishes.
These royals make up some of the lesser-known but just as regal royals of the world. And just like the Brits, they know how to throw opulent weddings for members of their families. From the wedding for the future emperor of Japan in 1924 to Grace Kelly's Monaco spectacular in 1956 to Will and Kate's big day on April 29, 2011, here is a guide to the world's royal weddings over the years.
New York Fashion Week is currently underway, and we're excited to see what memorable moments and fresh looks will come out of this season's showing. And while the fashion industry's history is full of important landmarks, it seems the ones that stand out the most have to do with controversy, pushing boundaries, and sex. In honor of NYFW, let's look at the most scandalous sex-related moments in fashion's history now!
It all started in 1984, when Madonna rolled around on stage performing "Like a Virgin." Since that very first time, we've seen Britney Spears strip, Beyoncé and Jay Z go crazy in love, and Lil' Kim get felt up by icon Diana Ross. Then, of course, in 2006, Justin Timberlake brought sexy back all over again. But we know it never really went away. In honor of the VMAs tonight, we decided to highlight some of the steamiest and most scandalous moments in the award show's history. We can't wait for more!
— Additional reporting by Tara Block
What happens when you mix art, puns, and famous ladies? You don't even have to guess, thanks to the LadyPuns of illustrator Dav Yendler. Teaming up with Society 6, he created a genius line of prints and canvases that portray legendary women in a new light. Picture Eleanor Roosevelt as a boxer and Coco Chanel as a crow — yeah, they're that good. Snag one for yourself, hang these pun-ny prints on your walls, and then pass on the cleverness to your girlfriends; they'd make great gifts, don't you think? Click on to see all of the pieces (which come with hilarious descriptions), and let your imagination get going.
— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia
The long, lazy days of basking in the Summer sun are coming to a close. So as we soak up the warm weather and daydream in our offices about diving headfirst into the refreshing waters of an ocean, lake, or pool, take advantage of the skin-baring season with vintage Summer ads for bikinis, cold beverages, sunscreen, and more. Check out how women back in the day enjoyed their hot Summer days — from their pointy-chested bikinis to their Summer flings — now!
The Jonas Brothers announced their breakup today, saying it was a "unanimous decision" while leaving the door open for a reunion down the line. They wouldn't be the first boy band to break up and get back together again — the Backstreet Boys reunited after several years apart, and their new album, In a World Like This, was released in July, marking 20 years of music for the group. It's proof that boy bands have staying power, and luckily, boy-band fans won't be left hanging without the Jonas brothers. One Direction recently released a new single, "Story of My Life," and the group now has both a signature scent and action figures, showing that the boy band phenomenon has come full circle. Over the past 50 years, there have been a number of synchronized, harmonizing boy bands, each of them just a bit different from the last. Can't get enough of the craze, or hoping to relive your favorites from the '90s? From The Beatles to One Direction, here's a look at the most popular boy bands of all time.
What do you get when you mix overdramatic romance novels with Archie comic strips? Romance comics! Before teenage girls and young women could watch an episode of Gossip Girl or go online for all their pressing relationship questions like, "Was I too young for love?" they could pick up one of these juicy love-story-filled comic books for advice and entertainment.
Romance comics had their glory days during the Cold War in the US, from 1947 to 1977, and they tackled everything from marriage, jealousy, betrayal, and heartache. See some of your own love dilemmas — and some thankfully out-of-date ones! — sensationally illustrated on the covers of Sweethearts, My Story, Young Romantics, True Life Romance, My Secret Life, and more. Check out these vintage romance comics!