Stephanie Buck

15 Horrifying Signs That ’90s Claire’s Is Dead



I was on the hunt this week for a tattoo choker. My other one snapped in half, and the beads exploded everywhere — it was a disaster. I don’t want to talk about it, whatever.

Like any sensible girl raised on scrunchies would do, I headed to the nearest Claire’s (also because Limited Too is called something lame different now). Not only were they out of stock, I soon learned what nightmares awaited me. Claire’s Accessories had changed since the ‘90s.

The mood-ring selection was horrifyingly tiny. The keychains contained pictures of men who were not Leonardo DiCaprio. And there were no alien iron-on patches — anywhere. Read more…

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John Stamos Kisses Vine Superstar, Homophobia Erupts



Vine celebrity Jerome Jarre played his beloved Kiss Prank on actor John Stamos on Tuesday. But instead of flailing with shock and confusion, Stamos returned the favor by planting a big smooch on Jarre’s mouth

Jarre posted the Vine video to his 6.1 million followers, expecting the usual delighted and jocular responses from fans. Turns out, those expectations were too high. Commenters hailed Jarre with homophobic slurs, accusing him of being gay and threatening to unfollow him for it. Worse, they lambasted the entire LGBT community with hateful and violent threats

“I am receiving death threats now, but I would not delete this Vine for anything in the world,” Jarre tells Mashable. Read more…

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Women of the World: Dump Kimye, Tackle Climate Change



“No one ever said on her death bed, ‘I wish I’d spent more time on Facebook,’” says attorney and media correspondent Lisa Bloom

A more likely scenario: regret that she didn’t do more to save her grandchildren from rising carbon dioxide levels, because she was too busy scrolling her News Feed and flipping through Us Weekly.

Bloom believes Western society’s current preoccupation with trivial celebrity gossip and insipid social media — and the time we waste with it — will be its downfall. As our fascination for easy entertainment increases, our investment in global affairs decreases. In particular, women should do more to fight climate change; it is a uniquely women’s issue, she says. They are innately suited to battle climate problems, some would argue better than men. Read more…

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What’s Wrong With Sounding Like a Gay Man?



You wouldn’t know David Thorpe was gay. Depending on your perspective, you might guess metrosexual. He wears trendy jeans and a looped scarf; he keeps his beard tidy. On the New York City subway, he looks like any other typical 45-year-old man.

Until he opens his mouth

Thorpe has a gay-sounding voice. In his case, that means a relatively high vocal register for a man and a hint of a gravelly creak you might expect from a Kardashian. He draws out some vowels with a melodic swing

But it’s only in the past three years, while working on his documentary Do I Sound Gay?, that he’s fully embraced his “gay voice.” The goal of the film is to de-stigmatize the term, and eliminate the stereotypes and homophobia surrounding the distinct vocal style Read more…

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The One Person Not Taking Celebrity Worship Photos at the Met Gala



Celebrities and fashion journalists weren’t the only ones to add shimmer to the Met Gala red carpet on Monday night. Photographer Brandon Stanton, the man behind viral sensation Humans of New York (HONY), attended the glamorous event, which took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Logging more than 4.9 million Facebook fans, HONY publishes portraits of New Yorkers who Stanton typically meets on the street. He pairs each photograph with touching, revelatory and often inspiring quotes, which he gathers by interviewing his subjects.

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15 Things the Kentucky Derby and Coachella Have in Common



The Kentucky Derby gallops into Louisville on Saturday, May 3. So prepare for Instagram pics full of lavender bermuda shorts, Vine videos spilling with champagne and more fascinators than you can throw up in

The event comes mere weeks after Coachella 2014, the bohemian, flower-strewn musical utopia — or the sweaty desert sandstorm that just happens to have music, depending on your point of view

In truth, the two crowds couldn’t be more different. In the east, you’ll find ladies clad in pearls, platform shoes and Lilly Pulitzer prints. In the west, it’s ironic snapbacks and a joint your brother hid in the crotch of his boxer briefs Read more…

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How Does Your Mom Inspire You?



On Mother’s Day, you might give your mom a book or a thoughtful card. You might call to tell her you love her. You might take a moment to reminisce about your fondest memories together.

But one of the greatest gifts you can give your mother is recognition. Whether it takes a few words or a few hours, acknowledging your mother’s hard work is music to her ears

That’s why Mashable is giving you the space to share your sweetest memories of mom. We’d like to know:

What is your most inspiring memory of your mother?

Did she speak to your teacher when you were bullied? Does she work two jobs to help put you through college? Did she tuck you in every night with a familiar prayer or lullaby? Read more…

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30 Years After the Discovery of HIV, a Timeline of AIDS Milestones



April 23 marks 30 years since the U.S. announced the discovery of what causes AIDS: a retrovirus called HTLV-III, later renamed HIV. At their 1984 press conference, in the face of one of the world’s most terrifying medical epidemics, Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler and virologist Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute projected scientists would be able to produce an AIDS vaccine within two years

“That turned out to be totally incorrect,” Heckler told PBS in 2006. “But at that time, we did not know that the replication of the virus would be so difficult — and it still is a problem.” Read more…

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Can YxYY Make Us Fall in Love With Conferences Again?



When a conference takes place largely in a pool, surrounded by booze, piñatas and Settlers of Catan boards, can you even call it a conference anymore?

For YxYY, nomenclature isn’t important. After all, the event doesn’t even have an agenda. The No. 1 rule of YxYY (pronounced “Yes and Yes Yes”) is to attend the conference with no schedules or expectations whatsoever — and you’d better keep it that way

“The idea was, if you got a group of smart, engaged individuals together in the right space that great things would happen, even in the absence of a conference structure,” cofounder Ann Larie Valentine tells Mashable. Read more…

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Vine Comedian Nick Spears Dead at 35, Community Mourns



Comedian and writer Nick Spears died of apparent heart complications Friday. He was 35.

Spears was beloved in the social-media community, particularly by a tight-knit group of comedians and friends on video-sharing platform Vine.

In addition to his social-media and standup comedy, the Los Angeles, Calif. resident was an active volunteer for F*ck Cancer, a non-profit organization that seeks to raise awareness, and end cancer through early medical detection

Vine sensation and cancer fighter Ryan McHenry became close with Spears via the social network, although the two never met in real life Read more…

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