Is Camilla the Wicked Stepmother in the Royal Family Drama?

Just in time for Mother’s Day, bestselling royal biographer Christopher Andersen is out with his latest book, Game of Crowns: Elizabeth, Camilla, Kate, and the Throne, which portrays Prince Charles’ second wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as something of a wicked stepmother. Take, for example, what the New York Daily News called Camilla’s “Lady Macbeth-esque … Continued

Celebrities

What Prince George’s Bathrobe Says about Modern Parents

Arguably the best thing that happened during the Obamas’ visit to England last week was the meeting between the president and two-year-old Prince George. The tiny royal, who had been allowed to stay up past his bedtime in order to meet Mr. and Mrs. Obama, shook hands with the leader of the free world—in his … Continued

Celebrities, Culture

Need a Female Role Model? Look No Further Than the Queen

As Queen Elizabeth II becomes the longest reigning monarch in British history, a review of her life begs the question, Is she the platonic ideal of a woman? That may sound over the top, but looking at her life, one is left with the impression that she is a true renaissance woman. One moment she … Continued

Culture

Three Hobbies Princess Charlotte Should Pick Up in Her Life

Many Americans are understandably obsessed with the British monarchy, in spite of the fact that royalty is outdated and irrelevant in our society. That’s because there’s more to royalty than celebrity. Royalty is important to us because we value fairy tales. They remain central to our perspective on the world, so it would be silly … Continued

Culture

Celebrities Behaving Well Award

[Voting is now closed.]   It’s time for the second annual Acculturated Celebrities Behaving Well Award! While we all can remember Kanye West’s hissy fit over two wheelchair-bound fans refusing to stand at one of his concerts, Stephanie Seymour’s questionable Harper’s Bazaar spread, and all of the Ray Rice drama, we sometimes overlook all the … Continued

Culture

LeBronGate: Where Friendly America Meets Britain

What are we American commoners to make of LeBronGate? Unfamiliar with LeBronGate? It was that now infamous moment when the beloved basketball star wrapped his big sweaty arm in a half hug around Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and wife and mother to future heirs of the British throne. Our friends across the Atlantic had … Continued

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Women: I Figured Out Victoria’s “Secret” and It’s Brilliant

Tina Fey has more than earned the writing awards to her credit, and her social commentary continues to slice through the nuances of politics and culture in an unparalleled fashion. In true form, her autobiography, Bossypants, pretty much nails the state of confusion surrounding women’s body image in modern media: “Now every girl is expected … Continued

Fashion

Kate Middleton’s “Itty Bitty” Figure

The Internet is abuzz with the news that Kate Middleton has re-emerged after another first trimester tormented by severe morning sickness. I share in the happiness to see that she’s recovered and is now enjoying a healthier second trimester. But the tone of most of the articles I skimmed about her revival was a little … Continued

Culture

America’s Got Baby Fever

If the media hysteria surrounding Beyoncé’s potential pregnancy and Kate Middleton’s “spare to the heir” is any indication, baby fever is booming when it comes to the Hollywood and social elite; within hours of the announcement from Clarence House, #RoyalBaby was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. And if you type “Beyoncé” into Google, the … Continued

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Duchess Kate’s Sacrifice Is Every Mom’s Sacrifice

Still swooning from the recent release of pictures of one year-old Prince George taking his first steps and being insanely cute in general, the world is swooning again. Royal Baby number two is coming! I imagine the Duchess is feeling a little less enthused; she’s dealing with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, again. Not only is she … Continued

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