Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • David Blaine tests his talents before the big show

    Andrew H. Walker/Getty ImagesAndrew H. Walker/Getty ImagesMagician David Blaine has a new epic test of endurance in the works: to beat the record for staying awake the longest-13 DAYS! Sounds… productive. He's done massive training and dieting in preparation for this stunt to take place in NYC next month-but that's not where it ends. It seems Blaine is determined performing little tricks and tests of strength anytime, anyplace to garner up an audience. Earlier this week Blaine was dining with friends doing some basic parlor tricks when pro poker champ Phil Ivey offered David $10,000 to eat a large sake glass from the table. Blaine smashed it and ate the whole thing, piece by piece. Yikes! If that's not enough, on April 30th Blaine will appear live on Oprah to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for holding his breath the longest (it's currently 16 minutes and 14 seconds). Can't say we find any of these tricks "respectable," but it doesn't mean we won't watch! [Insider Online, NY Daily]

    Not pumped yet? Watch this clip of him stumping

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  • Best Waste of Your Time Video of the Day



    Whether you're an American Idol fan or not, it's beyond easy to get wrapped up watching the hilarious audition out takes. In this clip we find Bulgarian Idol contestant with a stirring rendition of Mariah Carey's "Without Out." Or as she calls it, "KEN LEEEE!"

  • Stock up on your celebrity eBay memorabilia!

    While perusing eBay, we came across some very interesting items. Some we'd want to have (Oprah mug), some we've already owned (NKOTB towel) and some that are tainted with famous DNA. Check them out and happy bidding!
    RARE OPRAH MUG FROM HER 'ECCENTRIC' RESTAURANT CHICAGO!
    Current bid: $19.99
    "HERE IS A BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF OPRAH HISTORY. THIS COLORFUL, 1980'S POP-ART STYLE CERAMIC COFFEE MUG COMES FROM "THE ECCENTRIC", A CHICAGO RESTAURANT CREATED BY RICHARD MELMAN AND HIS PARTNER, OPRAH WINFREY. THE RESTAURANT OPENED IN 1989 AND LASTED UNTIL 1995." [eBay]



    CLAY AIKEN ITALIAN PHOTO CHARMS
    Current bid: $6.99
    "I am offering Italian Photo Charms of Clay Aiken. You may want to add one (or more) of these charms to your bracelet. I've added new pictures from the new photoshoot.Check pictures attached to see some photo choices available." [eBay]



    DREW BARRYMORE Life Mask Amazing Detail Cast
    Current Bid: $18.50
    "This is an authentic cast, made from a recent original life mask of actor Drew

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  • Can you be gay in hip-hop? A new book is about to name names.




    There's been much speculation over the years about rumored gay (Puffy, Kanye West, Russell Simmons, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule) and lesbian (Queen Latifah, Da Brat, Missy Elliott, Ciara, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys) people in hip-hop. On May 13, gay MTV music exec Terrance Dean is prepared to out them all in his new book, "Hiding in Hip Hop."

    Unlike Hollywood where being gay almost comes with the territory, it seems the rap industry is still fearful that being openly gay could jeopardize an artist's career for good. Think about the difference between rumors of Tom Cruise being gay versus, say, 50 Cent. To not be able to name one gay rapper-it's crazy! Sure at this point there would a great risk involved, but what a statement it would make if someone like Kanye (who just split with his fiancee) was gay and came out. Someone confident, successful, admired and in a great position to open people's minds wouldn't necessarily have his career completely suffer.

    Unfortunately, as of

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  • Mama Spears admits concern -- too little too late?


    Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesMichael Buckner/Getty ImagesLife can't be easy for Lynne Spears who spends her days fending off negative attention garnered by troubled celeb spawn Britney and 17-and-preggers Jamie Lynn. But as a mother, isn't it her job to guide them, not just pray for things to get better? "I'm a bit disappointed that my youngest daughter got pregnant at such an early age," Lynne tells Life & Style. "All I can do is turn to God for answers and just leave it in his hands." Or maybe putting a condom in JL's hands would have helped.

    But nevertheless, Lynne insists, "Jamie Lynn will be a wonderful mother," she says. "She really has a way with children -- she's a natural nurturer. I just wish she had waited a bit." And now onto problem child numero dos: Miss Brit. "I pray for Britney every day to be a better mother. She's gone through a lot of trauma, but she seems to be coming out of it -- and it's showing in her relationship with the boys. They're really bonding. I think 2008 will be a better year for all of us." Man, we sure

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  • Quote of the Day: Mariah Carey says hellz no to babies

    "I don't think I could properly educate a child right now. Maybe in the future, but I actually haven't thought about it." Furthermore, Mariah thinks having kids would leave her feeling "violated...I know that's a kind of weird thing to say, but that's how I am. You gotta take care of yourself," she said. "You have to try and stay pretty, you know."

    Hey, at least she's being honest! [NY Daily]




  • Hey Donald! OJ wants to be your Apprentice!

    Ralph Notaro/Getty ImagesRalph Notaro/Getty ImagesOJ Simpson has asked Donald Trump to put him on next season's Celebrity Apprentice. "Simpson really wants to do it. Trump and NBC are thinking about it, but are being very cautious," a network insider told Page Six. "There's a certain amount of heat associated with Simpson." Oh, you mean that little double murder charge he was acquitted of? That just equates to high ratings for The Donald. We can see the wheels turning-maybe Judge Ito can even help out in the boardroom!


    Do you think OJ is looking to learn a thing or two from the real estate mogul or just get himself back in the spotlight? And more importantly, would you watch? [NY Post]

  • BlackBerry Messenger: The best free technological advance ever


    You can keep your iPhones even with the $100 rebate. I want no part of that world! Not that I'm anti-Apple products-they're clearly some of the coolest, most aesthetically pleasing items on the market. But there is one very significant program they are lacking: BlackBerry Messenger.

    This device-to-device feature is unparalleled by any phone and makes text messaging seem antiquated. Why wait for a text to go through and a response to come in when you can have the instant gratification almost like an Instant Messenger program where it even tells you when your recipient is typing a response! Oh, and did I mention there is NO COST! Screw unlimited texting-you don't even need a plan for BBM. It's just a perk of being a proud BlackBerry owner.

    Just as "what's your phone number" has been replaced to "what's your email address" the new question I'm asked at least once a week: "What's your pin number." The sheer delight I get upon new additions to my contact list can only be equated to

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  • Edge of Seventeen: Miley Cyrus, Jamie Lynn, Ali Lohan

    We are all too familiar with the hard-partying, promiscuous, trouble-making Hollywood set that includes Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears and countless others. What you didn't know? They're already being replaced by a new batch of youngsters willing and able to up the ante.

    Leading the pack is Miley Cyrus, the 15-year-old pop sensation that yields about as much power these days as Oprah. The family-oriented Disney star may preach to be saving herself for marriage, but day after day more scandalous images (see above) and factoids work their way into the press, and it's making us question just how devout the teen really is. Which leads us to...

    Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney's newly-17-year-old sis who is just months shy of having a baby we can only guess was unplanned. Miley and Jamie Lynn's mothers had a heart-to-heart several months ago at Starbucks to swap advice. Not so sure it's working, ladies!

    But Jamie Lynn isn't the only teen star to learn by (bad) example. Lindsay

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  • Is "Gossip Girl" really the best show on TV? Nah. But it's close!

    New York magazine has declared CW's Gossip Girl "the greatest teen drama of all time." Like Fashion + Beauty Editor Jen, we too are hooked on the this series (we are rejoicing at last night's mid-season return-our DVR was depressed in its absence), we wouldn't go as far as to say it's better than our beloved 90210 or even the deeply insightful yet short-lived My So-called Life. And we're still not sold on if it can withstand the test of time.

    The reasons why this show is one of our faves:

    1) The attention to detail is impeccable. Between wardrobe and accurate NYC details, it's almost a teen Sex and the City-which is impressive seeing as it's not even on cable.

    2) The catty, frenemy dynamic between Blair and Serena gives even 90210's Brenda and Kelly a run for their money.

    3) It continues the tradition of introducing viewers to great new music.

    4) The dialogue is smart without being overdone the way it was on Dawson's Creek or how it got towards the end on The OC.

    5) Finally, a

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