In the days surrounding the birth of his Royal Highness George Alexander Louis, information about his mother, Kate Middleton, was locked down like a medieval castle surrounded by a moat full of crocodiles. The media speculated endlessly, of course. But all they could verify were the tantalizing scraps doled out by the palace press office and those that could be observed in the fleeting moments the proud parents stood in front St. Mary's Hospital presenting their swaddled newborn to the world.
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Now, captivating new information has come out about the weeks leading up to the birth and the days that followed. October's Vanity Fair includes an exclusive excerpt from contributing editor and royal expert Katie Nicholl's upcoming biography, The Future Queen, which includes multiple interviews with sources close to the royal family and palace insiders. Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, may be known as the "People's Princess" and many details present a refreshingly normal young woman, both anxious and excited about the birth of her first child.
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Other tidbits are reminders that while Kate may be a commoner, she's also the wife to the second in line to Britain's throne and mother of the third, and she may one day be a queen.
We had another big week on POPSUGAR Girls' Guide! Allison McNamara made a statement beanie on Designer DIY, Jackie Perdue showed us how to perfect winged eyeliner, Tyler Oakley and Becca Frucht gave us their thoughts on "what would the fox say?", and Brandi Milloy baked banana bread with hot Aussie Guy Turland. Let us know what you think in the comments, and make sure to subscribe by clicking the button below!
Though as adults we may cringe at princess culture and the outdated stereotypes that come along with it, there's just something special about the Disney princesses we grew up with like Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, and Ariel. And they aren't all damsels in distress; the newer crop of the crowned ladies have attempted to be better role models for little girls. These include Princess Sofia the First and Brave's Princess Merida.
But whether these Disney princesses — or, for the purists, animated heroines — are classics or newbies, they've inspired many creative artists who've transformed them into thought-provoking modern art. So while we wait for The Real Housewives of Disney to become an actual show, satiate your obsession with some of our favorite artistic renditions of Disney princesses!
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We're happy to present this interview with author Shoshanna Evers from XOXO After Dark, a community site offering the best in romance, urban fantasy, and women's fiction. Read on to discover just what it's like when you're an erotica writer who still has to do the carpool run.
I've been writing BDSM erotic romance since my first book, Punishing the Art Thief, was released by Ellora's Cave in 2010, and have continued in that vein by writing The Enslaved Trilogy for Pocket Star, among many other stories. I write under the pseudonym Shoshanna Evers, but in everyday life, as I go about running errands with my young son or hanging out with friends, I go by my married name — and I pretty much never talk about sexy stuff.
In general, I don't tell people I write erotic romance. Mainly because no one really seems to care. They ask me what I do, working from home, and I say I'm an author and that I write under a pen name. They go, "That's cool," and the subject changes.
Sometimes, however, people follow up that question by looking at me holding my son's hand, and they ask: "You write children's books?" If they ask that, I usually smile and say, "Nope, erotic romance. I write how we make children."
If the conversation gets this far, I get these common responses:
Once someone told me they'd read one of my books and said it was so good that they thought I could "even write a real book." Yup. Apparently that book I wrote, the one they read and loved? Not a real book. Only literary fiction is real.
I get asked about my personal sex life so often it's embarrassing. I've come up with a standard response to that: "My personal sex life is personal, but the bedroom doors in my books are always wide open."
This, however, is my absolute favorite reaction of all when people find out I write erotica (and it always comes from unexpected places, like the little old lady or the soccer mom): "Oh my gosh! I love erotic romance! What's your pen name?"
True story: I was at the playground with my son and got into a convo with a mom who was reading on her Kindle. I asked her what she was reading, and she grinned and said "smut." I told her I loved smut (understatement!). She showed me the book she was reading . . . it was the Dominatrix Fantasy Trilogy set. By me. If I wrote that coincidence into a book, no one would ever believe it.
Now that was fun.
YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley and POPSUGAR's Becca Frucht have your weekly pop culture fix — are you ready? This week, we're breaking down the biggest viral hits, including Louis Tomlinson gets sick, Patrick Stewart gets married, Becca meets Lil Bub, and Miley Cyrus meets "Wrecking Ball." Also, what does the fox say? We'll find out! Just sit back and enjoy as Tyler and Becca guide you through the latest and greatest from the weird and wonderful web!
The whole point of Tinder is making snap judgments about people based on their looks. Therefore, a good profile photo is of the utmost importance, which makes some of these choices extremely puzzling. We've done some extensive research into the men of Tinder to come up with this list of dos and don'ts that will determine whether your photos get a "nope" or a swipe to the right.
And by "cute animal," we don't mean a tiger. Unless it's a baby tiger!
We don't want to compete for attention with your cat.
You might think it increases your cred to pose with Ben Affleck, but really it just makes us think, "you, sir, are no Ben Affleck."