12 is the new 16. This is what my branding professor preaches during class, while we watch Axe commercials. And it’s true that marketing strategists are targeting kids at younger and younger ages with “sexy” products, expecting little boys to care about attracting little girls with their nearly-natural musk. Even amongst those of us who are still shy the pertinent hormones,  sex has become a commercial object. That commercialization is first ... Read More
Say you're walking from Social Spot A to Social Spot B with a group of three other friends. There's a brief, comfortable lapse in conversation. How likely are you to take the moment to assign everyone their counterparts from Girls/Sex and the City? Be true: a) What? That's bizarre. I don't even watch those shows. b) Ha – I think I've played that game at a party once or twice, but only for giggles. c) Pretty likely. Especially if we're new friends, then it's ... Read More
Ahh, festival season: the most daunting, wonderful, expensive social event of the season. With big games like Coachella (a.k.a. the reason I’ve been crying myself to sleep for the past month), Sasquatch!, and EDC, this year's festival hype has been crazy enough for many of us to dish out hundreds of dollars. Loyal festivalgoers swear that it’s worth it every year, but what about those of us who (due to our financial restrictions) can only dream of ... Read More
Sorry, ladies. Despite our astute list of suggestions for female possi-hosts for the Late Show, looks like CBS has made up its testosterone-molded mind -- Stephen Colbert is set to replace David Letterman as head anchor and pithmeister in this most coveted spot on night-time television. Naturally, questions arise. Namely: 1) Will he be wrapping up the national news day in character? Of course it's nice to see someone with some established flair (and a ... Read More
Some films are so deeply cool, you feel cool by association just basking in their flickering glow. Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s latest art house happening, Only Lovers Left Alive, is definitely this rare sort of cinematic experience. A languorous, gorgeously detailed meditation on endless love, the film stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as a vampire couple with impeccable taste. Hiddleston sets the tone in the film’s opening scenes as Adam, an ... Read More