Month: February 2014

Women Who Inspire: Christy Haubegger

                  NAME: Christy Haubegger AGE: 45 OCCUPATION: Executive, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and founder of Latina magazine WHO SHE IS: In 1996, long before publishers knew that putting J. Lo or Sofia Vergara on the cover would sell a magazine, the then 28-year-old law school graduate tried to fill the gap in the mass media by launching a publication aimed at U.S. Hispanic women. Latina’s success woke the publishing world to the power of Latin women and earned Haubegger kudos everywhere, from Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” to Newsweek’s “Women of the New Century.” In the new century, Haubegger turned to another area where she felt Latinas  were not getting their due: Hollywood. She joined CAA and has been tackling the lack of diverse images of Hispanics in movies and television, working a consultant to filmmakers and actors, while continuing to serve on the board of Latina Media Ventures. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: As a Latina and a professional, I know what it’s like to be the …

Sarah Silverman

Women Who Inspire: Sarah Silverman

                  NAME: Sarah Silverman AGE: 43 OCCUPATION: Sarah Silverman is a dirty-minded author, comedian, actor and — for those dreamers amongst us — partner in crime. WHO SHE IS: She’s the girl who says what we wish we had the cojones to say. And she does it often and well. Her experience includes a stint on SNL (though she was fired after one season), bit parts in several movies (There’s Something About Mary, School of Rock) and acting as one of the creative forces behind the YouTube channel JASH. She’s probably better known, though, for her headline role in The Sarah Silverman Program, her film and one-woman show, Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic and her Emmy-winning video for then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel, “I’m Fucking Matt Damon.” Then there’s Sarah’s memoir, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage and Pee, plus a hosting gig for the MTV Music Awards. And her role in The Aristocrats? Just beyond. The controversial performer has had her hand slapped multiple times for so-called racism, sexism and generally offensive …

Women Who Inspire: Karyn Kuhl

                  NAME: Karyn Kuhl AGE: 52 OCCUPATION: Rock Goddess WHO SHE IS: I first met the longtime Hoboken-based guitarist, singer and songwriter when she was part of the power trio Gut Bank, back in the mid-eighties. They played a heavy blues that was way harder than the indie-rock of the usual Maxwell’s band; they were grunge before it was a term, Riot Grrrls pre-Revolution. I caught up with Kuhl again in the ‘90s, when she was still laying down luscious leads for the band Sexpod. Karyn’s a rock’n’roll survivor, never stopping making badass mood music, and is now the leader of the Karyn Kuhl Band. Check out “Floating World,” from her EP The Beautiful Glow: mesmerizing, hypnotic, beautiful. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: Kuhl never let mainstream indifference slow her down or silence her. She still gigs regularly around the Tri-State area, still makes records, still looks about the same as when I first met her almost 30 years ago. Kuhl reminds me that perseverance is its own form …

Weekend TueDo List: Special Movie Edition!

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few of the things we’re listening to, reading and can’t wait to watch. Enjoy your weekend! WATCH The 86th annual Academy Awards. Also known as the Oscars (duh), Ellen DeGeneres is on tap to host this year, and the contenders are tight. We’re rooting for Leo and Cate — and of course, ready to gawk at the gorgeous gowns (and make fun of the unfortunate duds) that grace the red carpet. (Sunday, March 2, 7pm EST) GO Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues…Super-Sized R-Rated Version. It makes no difference if you already caught this sequel when it first came out in December. This second cut of the Will Ferrell film features 763 all-new jokes — and plenty of deleted scenes —  to give you a fresh viewing experience. But hit the cinema as soon as you can. Opening today (Feb 28) it will only be in theaters for a week, so slap on your Sex Panther cologne and …

Women Who Inspire: Cindi Leive

NAME: Cindi Leive AGE: 46 OCCUPATION: Editor-in-chief, Glamour magazine WHO SHE IS: Cindi Leive has been on many “40 under 40” and “most powerful women” lists. She oversees the editorial content of a mega-magazine, has driven circulation to record levels and has earned an unprecedented number of awards, including a White House Project EPIC Award, a Matrix Award from Women in Communications and a Champion of Choice Award from NARAL-NY for her coverage of women’s health. She tweets from the runways of Milan and lunches with Jason Wu and Brian Atwood. And though professionally she is indeed remarkable, that’s not why she’s on this list. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: As a neighbor and friend, the Cindi I know is most often in jeans or running tights — without makeup and sans entourage. She cooks up Super Bowl chili for 40 guests and hosts raucous sleepovers for rascally eight-year old boys. She is funny, thoughtful and totally comfortable in her own skin. Even if I didn’t know about her other life as a powerhouse editor, I’d still …

Women Who Inspire: Joyce Pinson

NAME: Joyce Pinson AGE: 53 OCCUPATION: Master gardener, food blogger at Friends Drift Inn: Recipes, Gardening and Hot Flashes, and a freelance writer WHO SHE IS: From her red barn in the itty bitty mountain town of Pikeville, Kentucky, Joyce Pinson is determined to teach the rest of us about the cuisine of Appalachia, an area traditionally known for coal mining. Through her blog, videos on public access TV, local newspaper column and heirloom seed and saving, Pinson is doing her darnedest to give ​her little-known, misunderstood neck of the woods its proper culinary due on a national level. With the recent launch of a state-funded “Appalachia Proud” food label initiative, Pinson’s dreams may come true that much sooner. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: In the competitive, star-fucking world of food writing, Pinson is a relative nobody — but she doesn’t let that stop her. Pedigrees and celeb connections be damned; Pinson bulldozes her way to the table and demands (politely, ‘natch) a moment of your time so she can tell you a story about her paw paws, the …

Women Who Inspire: Naomi Starkman

NAME: Naomi Starkman AGE: 43 OCCUPATION: Co-founder and editor-in-chief of Civil Eats WHO SHE IS: Most of us would consider a law degree and a few executive-level stints in magazine publishing good enough to call it a day. But not Naomi Starkman. She got schooled in organic farming, and hung her shingle as a food policy consultant for groups like Consumers Union. Five years ago, she breathed fire into Civil Eats, a daily site of news and commentary about the state of the food system. Until recently, she and co-founder Paula Crossfield essentially ran the site on fumes and the good will of 100-plus unpaid contributors (myself included). However last fall, they defied the 30-day odds and raised $100K via Kickstarter, with rousing social media and financial support from the food-erati — Michael Pollan, José Andrés and Ruth Reichl among them. Now they’re really cooking with gas. My prediction? We ain’t seen nothing yet. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: I’ve met fewer people more driven or determined not just to make something work, but to create something for the greater …

Women Who Inspire: Isabella Rossellini

                  NAME: Isabella Rossellini AGE: 61 OCCUPATION: Filmmaker, actor, model, graduate student WHO SHE IS: Fact: Although she spent most of her life acting and modeling, this world-famous beauty and daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini has always loved biology. Now 61 (and still stunning), she has found a way to combine her love of science and theater in a series of spectacular short films: Green Porno, Seduce Me and Mammas — all while raising a family and pursing a graduate degree at Hunter College in Animal Behavior and Conservation. Why the fascination with biology? “The secret to success is not perfection,” she says, “it’s diversity. [If you are “perfect] and the environment changes–bang! You’re dead.“ WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: I’ve admired this elegant, strong and effortlessly beautiful woman since my days as a Lancôme counter manager in the early 90’s. But after seeing her live at BAM last month, I am even more smitten. She is wickedly funny, frighteningly smart and believes that beauty is about the weird and wonderful—in …

Women Who Inspire: Hoda Kotb

                  NAME: Hoda Kotb AGE: 49 OCCUPATION: NBC’s TODAY show co-host WHO SHE IS: Hoda Kotb is a funny and charming co-host, one who sings to her favorite songs and talks about the pitfalls of dating in New York City. She’s also been a globetrotting journalist, as well as a Dateline correspondent since 1998. Kotb has reported from war zones, covered the year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans and, led by rebel fighters, snuck into Burma to get the full story on 12-year-old twin warriors said to have magical powers. She is a four-time Emmy nominee, has won an Edward R. Murrow Award, a Peabody, a Gracie Award (among others), and is a New York Times bestselling author. WHY SHE INSPIRES IN ME: It’s not just her accomplishments, it’s how Kotb started out in the business. The Virginia Tech graduate went on an interview at a local TV station in Richmond, was turned down, but given a lead in another market where the same thing happened. Kotb found herself …

Snubbed: 5 Glaring Academy Award Omissions

With the Oscars taking place this Sunday, we thought we’d revisit the list of nominees, now that the initial cloud of critical dust has cleared. Are we still as outraged about some of their omissions as we were when the nominees were first announced? Turns out we absolutely are, so herewith, five instances in which the Academy has inexplicably failed us yet again, from least offensive to most galling. 1. Best Actress Brie Larson in Short Term 12 Director: Destin Cretton Currently Nominated For: Zilch Why So Much: Well, the truth is, I might not have been the biggest fan of the movie as a whole, but Larson’s performance — daring, gritty and suitably disturbed — absolutely stuck with me months later. Far from a glamour role, it shows the serious chops of a young actress with a hell of a career ahead of her. What Gets Dropped: Judi Dench in Philomena. This is categorically not calling out Ms. Dench, who is excellent as always, but in a crowded field of strong performances, hers is …

Before “Bollywood” There Was a Movie Genre That Felt All My Own

When I was growing up, Bollywood didn’t exist. At least, that phrase had not yet been officially coined as the moniker for India’s multi-billion dollar movie industry. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t any “Bollywood” movies to watch. Living in Geneva, Switzerland during the 1980s, we watched Hindi movies, as they were known at the time, on a VCR. It wasn’t easy to find the films, of course, and we’d often have to wait for weeks until someone got hold of a latest release. Then, that family would host a weekend viewing at their home where, over sweet, milky tea and hot, savory snacks, a bunch of us would sit together for three hours (the average length of a movie) and lose ourselves in a world far, far away. It was a world that our parents had left behind, but one that we kids longed to belong to; a place that we wanted, more than anything else, to claim as our own. But aside from our once-every-two-years visit to India, we only felt real familiarity …

Why I Can’t Watch Natalie Portman in The Professional Anymore

I swore this would never happen, but I think I’ve turned into a prude. The other night, my husband turned on the TV and the movie The Professional was on. We both jumped up. “Oh, yeah, this is a great movie. Let’s watch this!” About three minutes later, I stood up and said, “I can’t watch this anymore. I hate this. I hate watching Natalie Portman.” He asked me why and I went off on a minor rant, sounding like some sort of next-generation Tipper Gore. “I’m looking at this girl in ways that aren’t about the story line. The camera is lingering on her. There’s something creepy going on here.” He nodded amiably, shrugged and changed the channel. But this little outrage continued firing up, smoldering… I’ve been thinking about why I had such an unusually knee-jerk reaction. I LIKED that movie. When I first saw it in the late 90s — just having graduated with an MFA in Theater — I wanted to be Natalie Portman; I was jealous of her getting such …

The Greatest Video Store — Ever

I’m in France. Truffaut, Goddard, Malle stand before me, asking me to pick them up and maybe take them home. Swooning in front of an entire wall of French film VHS boxes, I ponder the names, the drama, the possibilities. The unknown. A whole world is opening up to me right here on 4th Street in Philadelphia. The year is maybe 1991 and I’m spending countless hours in a Philly video rental store called TLA Video. Over the last few days, as we’ve watched Netflix get in bed with Philadelphia’s own Comcast for even faster, beat-that-buffer, on-demand streaming, we thought we’d “be kind and rewind” to a time when video store browsing was as good as the film itself. Just off South Street, the once punk haven (in the ’90s you’d still spot the occasional blue mohawk stroll by), the TLA was a cultural hub. The shop opened in 1985 as a subsidiary to the Theater of the Living Arts, then one of the country’s leading repertory movie theaters. There’s a whole separate piece to be written …

6 Movies That Don’t Shy Away From Addiction

Unlike our fabulous Piers Marchant, a seasoned movie reviewer I am not. However, I have seen my fair share of films about alcoholism and drug abuse (three stints in rehab, where weekly “Movie Nights” consist solely of anti-addiction flicks, will leave you with a vast viewing history). And obviously, I now have an honest interest in the subject matter myself. The following rundown are films that I feel address the disease of addiction in a way that’s both entertaining and realistic. (Or at least do a hell of a good job trying, as far as Hollywood will allow). They are the antithesis of 28 Days, the Sandra-Bullock-goes-to-rehab vehicle that, despite some good performances, pretty much wraps everything up into a nice, neat bow by the time the credits roll. These movies don’t let the disease get off so easy. While there’s hope (and why shouldn’t there be? we have to have hope to stay sober), there is also no bullshit. We know that the protagonists’ problems will not magically disappear once the final reel has …

Lost in Celluloid: One Critic’s Brief Cinematic Odyssey

When I was eight, my parents took me to a film in the Catskills on the behest of my cousins from New York. We were all together for a camping trip, and my cousin, Big Tony, at the time the chief of police of the Bronx, really wanted to see this particular movie. Naturally, it turned out to be wildly inappropriate for a child of my age. There were shootings, menacing doings around shipyards at night, harsh language, and one scene that put me over the edge involving our hero, bound to a chair, and an evil woman injecting him with drugs. I stuck it out (even then, a film critic’s instinct to stay to the bitter conclusion of a screening), but was miserable and freaked-out and went to bed that night crying and deeply unsettled. For years, I tried to solve the mystery of just what that film had been. I only distinctly remembered two elements: Some scene involving a shipyard and our hero skulking out of the bay of a massive boat under …

Margit’s Note: Let’s Go to the Movies!

  Hey! Why don’t we go to the movies? Whenever someone suggests a trip to the cinema, I perk up. Is there any better way to spend a rainy Sunday? A frozen Tuesday night at a Frozen sing-along? A sweltering August, spending a Dog Day Afternoon? Here at TueNight we are movie buffs, fans and nerds.  And this week seems particularly movie-tinged. The Oscars are fast upon us; we just lost our favorite Ghostbuster and the man responsible for much of our 80s entertainment (may you rest in peace Harold Ramis); and we watch as Netflix hops in bed with Comcast for faster streaming and much bigger on-demand implications. We find ourselves harkening back to why we love the silver screen: Jenna takes us to her Iowa drive-in. Piers Marchant talks about life as a movie critic and the films he thinks should have received an Oscar nod. Susan Linney shares 6 of her favorite movies about addiction. Savita Iyer recalls the “Bollywood” of her youth. Adrianna Dufay wonders why she can’t stand to watch …

Weekend TueDo List: Elaine Stritch, Fallon and Timberlake, Chill Out & More

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few of the things we’re browsing, viewing and can’t wait to watch. Enjoy your weekend! GO Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me. She’s 89. She just joined Twitter. She’s Elaine Stritch — what more is there to say? Plenty, which is we’re dying to see this documentary, which is packed with appearances by Tina Fey, Nathan Lane, Alec Baldwin, the late, great James Gandolfini, and many more. (Opens Feb. 21 in New York City; March 7 in Los Angeles.) WATCH The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy’s been killing the 11:30pm time slot all week. Make sure you tune in tonight, when Fallon’s best bro, Justin Timberlake, pays a visit. Given their many, many, many creative collaborations, we’re sure they’ve got something extra special up their sleeves for this evening. CHILL OUT Calm.com. A de-stressful website sounds like an oxymoron — really? I’m going to get online to om and ahhh? But this lovely site, which greets you with an everchanging …

Was My Acupuncturist Helping or Hurting Me?

My feet hurt. They hurt so much and for so long, I finally sought help to make them feel better. A personal trainer showed me a series of stretches and strengtheners. A chiropractor specializing in Active Release Therapy pressed his thumbs so deep into my hamstrings, I saw stars. A massage therapist twisted my toes like a Taliban torturer. And still, my feet hurt. Every day. Then a friend told me he’d had great success with acupuncture for a chronically sore hip, so I made an appointment with his guy, Dr. M., a compact man with an impish grin that featured an occasionally missing tooth, depending on the day. A neurologist by training, Dr. M. completed his medical degree in China and had a bustling practice in New York. On my first visit, we talked about my feet and my sleeplessness (I hadn’t slept more than a couple of hours at a time for over two years). Dr. M. believes that diet is fundamentally related to inflammation, which, according to his theory, is the root …

The Scandalous Misadventures of a Highschool Candystriper

In general, I’d like to think I’m a pretty helpful person. I volunteer. I give money to BAM. I’m happy to help you move a few boxes. But due to my occasionally contrarian personality, when I hear the word help, I instantly recall a time when I was anything but. In fact, I think about the time when was a downright jerk. TueNight contributor and Reuters Money editor Lauren sent a request out on Twitter: “Calling all humanitarians! Tell us about your first volunteer gig using #firstjob hashtag”  Tossed back in time, I immediately conjured a red and white-striped 1940s looking smock, the overwhelming stench of salty soup, a long, white corridor of doors and the occasional moan. Yes, I was a candy striper. And while that sounds like a benevolent “helpful” job, my motivations for doing it are hazy and suspicious: My cousin was a candy striper? A girl at my new school did it and she was super popular? My mom made me? I wanted to give back? Ehhh… Lets be honest. At 14, I was more …

7 Big Returns on My Intern Investment

An entrepreneurial artist and burnt-out mommy trying to keep her businesses going — that was me in a nutshell. My daughter was just three months old when I hired a part-time nanny and decided to return to work in my studio. If I ran to work, didn’t bathe, talk to anyone, exercise or eat, I could get in four solid hours of work a day. After dedicating myself to this schedule for six months, I saw little progress. I ended up throwing my back out and was confined to a chair for two work days. Not to mention that I was now running late on projects for the first time ever and my commission list was on hold. I knew I needed help and something had to change. Four different people suggested getting an intern. I didn’t listen at first; I’d had interns before with mixed results — they can be more of a cost than a cure. Example: I once had an intern make $300 worth of color copies from a black and white document. Yeah. However, …

Day Job: Novelist, Former Network Exec Lindy DeKoven

Primetime Princess, Lindy DeKoven’s debut novel, centers on Alexa Ross, a female network executive trying to make it in a very male-dominated industry. If anyone would have the background to sink their teeth into this storyline, it would be DeKoven, who spent years as an executive at NBC Entertainment, Paramount/CBS and Walt Disney Television. At one point in her career, she was the only woman with the authority to green-light movies and miniseries. DeKoven has taken her experiences and twisted them into a Devil Wears Prada-esque story that is so enthralling you most likely won’t put the book down until you’re finished. On top of being an accomplished business woman and author, she has served as chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women. Previously, she served on the boards of Women in Film, the AFI Women’s Directing Workshop, and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. What inspired you to write Primetime Princess? I wrote Primetime Princess because I had a story to tell. That subtext is about sexism in the workplace. I hope it’s …

A New Sci-fi Novel and a Classic Get Foreign Aid

Reading today’s bestsellers can lead you back to more great books. The brand-new title I have to share with you is perfect for this week’s  theme “Help,” even if at first glance you think it might not be your type of book. The Martian by Andy Weir is pure, geeky, unalloyed sci-fi. But this new novel is also chockfull of the kind of ingenuity that any woman who has ever resorted to making dinner for guests from the contents of her pantry can appreciate. Narrator astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars and told he can’t be rescued for 1,412 days. Even after he details the supplies with which he’s left, both our hero and readers instantly know they’re not enough. Fortunately, Watney is both a mechanical engineer and a botanist (before you shout “How convenient!”, remember, NASA would have wanted to send someone with the relevant skills, right?), so when life gives him lemons, he makes lemonade. In the book, life gives him potatoes, and he makes — well, you’ll have to read to …

Movie Night: Four Films in Need of Aid and One Beyond Assistance

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme. 1. What Just Happened (2008) Director: Barry Levinson Essential Characters: Ben (Robert De Niro), an aging Hollywood producer whose career is on the wane; Kelly (Robin Wright), his estranged wife who may be having an affair with a screenwriter; Sean Penn (Sean Penn), an actor whose latest film leaves his character with multiple shot wounds on the bottom of a giant pile of coal. Gist: A maniacal Hollywood producer in desperate need of a hit tries to juggle the chaos involving his estranged wife and her new lover while attempting to get his most recent production off to Cannes on time with the proper edits. Help Needed: Ben needs many things quite desperately, but most of all he needs for his director Michael Wincott …

Margit’s Note: A Little Help Over Here….

Hey, can we get a little help? A life raft? A push? It’s not always easy to ask for assistance, and as women we pride ourselves on doing it all. We’re more willing to aid other people than we are to help ourselves. But this week we’re trying getting the help we need, give you a few helpful hints and even remember the times when we weren’t very helpful at all. Laura Loving explains the big “ROI” in hiring an intern. Amy Barr looks for aid from a not-so-helpful acupuncturist. Susan Linney tells us how she hit rock bottom — and finally asked for help. Piers Marchant gives us four films in need of help (and one beyond assistance). Rebecca Fernandez interviews novelist Lindy DeKoven, who talks about the critical need for women to help other women. Bethanne Patrick recommends two books on otherworldly help. And I shirk my duties as a 14-year-old would-be volunteer. And in the words of the great Mr. Cruise:    Enjoy and be charitable — to others and yourself. Love, …

Movie Night: Four Studmuffin Films and One Stale Cronut

In which we explore the filmic concerns of a given theme, and find new and novel ways of putting together yet another Internet-based list of movies. The wrinkle here, is our fifth pick will actually serve to prove as the counter argument, the best representation of the direct opposite of our theme. NOTE: As a middle-aged hetero male, I felt at somewhat of a disadvantage with this week’s theme, so I quickly assembled a makeshift panel of intelligent, witty Gen-X women I knew (from Tuenight and elsewhere) and conducted a brief poll of what films they found terribly sexy, which greatly informed my process. As you can imagine, there were some deeply felt biases and startling omissions that gave us all pause. (Where’s Idris Elba?! No Daniel Day-Lewis?! And what, oh what, of Michael Fassbender?!) But in the end, there was at least enough consensus to compile this week’s film list. Herewith, four break-out sexy actors and their female counterparts, and one decidedly not. 1. Brad Pitt in Thelma and Louise (1991) Director: Ridley Scott Essential …

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She Said, She Said: Let’s Talk About Sex!

So, SEX. Why does it still feel like a taboo topic? It’s only is taboo if you’re female, because women aren’t supposed to like sex or say they like sex OUT LOUD IN PUBLIC. (I mean, the saying in public, not the sexing in public.) I LIKE SEX. There, I said it out loud. Except for at midnight when I’m super sleepy. I have always identified very strongly with the fact that I have a very strong sex drive — and I can’t say that’s always been well-received. By men? By other women? No, not by men, unless they were vaguely threatened (or annoyed) by it. Or he were my boyfriend and felt pressured (it’s happened). It comes off as bragging in women, it’s just “not done.” We’re back to that funny generational thing too: The Boomers right above us were the hippie free lovers that busted out on the scene in nude dogpiles; the ones they always show on those “Remember the 60s” Public TV fund drives. But our parents were usually the “silent …

Seeing Red: 8 Things That Say I Love (Or I Hate) Valentine’s Day

Maybe you love Valentine’s Day. Maybe you hate it. Or maybe you just don’t care. But like it or not, the holiday exists, and it’s hard to avoid the cavalcade of cards, balloons, flowers and — to be honest — junk that infiltrates the stationery and flower stores during late January and early February. Regardless of how you feel about the holiday, there is one thing you can do to embrace it, which might actually boost your mood: add a dash of red into your wardrobe. It doesn’t mean you’re supporting the lovey-dovey holiday; rather, wearing a shot of crimson might just make you feel a little brighter during these drab winter months. We’re also aware that you may LOVE to HATE Valentine’s Day, and if that’s the case, we’re fully prepared with four hilarious pieces that will be right up your alley. So whether you love or hate Saint Valentine’s Day, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something from this list that will appeal. Say Anything With Red Levi’s Faux Leather Moto Trucker Jacket, Amazon.com, …

Gifts that Scream “I’m Ready for Action” (Like, Now?)

Who wouldn’t prefer a sex toy over a sweater? While there are a seemingly infinite number of toys and other erotic gifts out there, I’ve narrowed it down to five I consider top notch, all of which I proudly own, use, read and relax with.   1. Afterglow Natural Massage Oil Candle
 Candles can do more than flicker prettily. This one looks lovely, and is specially designed with your back in mind. It pours into a warm liquid that you can use to give — or get — a sensual massage. Who would say no to that? $29, JimmyJane.com   2. njoy Pure Wand Every time I pick up my njoy Pure Wand, I feel powerful and sexy all at once. Not only will this stainless steel dildo give your kegel muscles a workout, it’s also a beautiful product that is sleek and sensual. Get some tips on using it from sex toy reviewer extraordinaire Hey Epiphora. $100, SheVibe.com   3. Crave Droplet Necklace I’m a huge fan of items that multitask, and Crave’s droplet …

Margit’s Note: I’m Too Sexy For This Post

Hello Sexy, Because you know you are. This week we relish in the things we find, or make us feel, sexy. We had a brainstorm that made us blush… Knocking knees under the table. A glass of deep red wine. The smell of freshly washed skin. A raised eyebrow. Running as fast as you can and feeling your heart beat. A deep blue. This Tumblr that marries design and sex.  This photo of Marlon Brando and Rita Moreno. Red lips. A secret smile across a bookstore. Sweat. Firemen. The friction of fabric. Parallel Parking. Huh? Yeah, well, I have a weird thing that when a guy throws his arm over the back seat to backup and wedge into that parking spot, I find it completely male and hot. To each her (sexy) own. Our hit list: Piers shares a quick list of 4 of the sexiest men in film (and a few women). Stacy and I debate the deed. In “What The…?” we ask if it’s ok to date a newly divorced man. Susan gives us four items to celebrate Saint Valentine …