With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, we're ready for the long, lazy days of basking in the sun over the coming months. So as we soak up the warm weather and daydream in our offices about diving headfirst into the refreshing waters of an ocean, lake, or pool, get in the mood for the skin-baring season with these vintage Summer ads for bikinis, cold beverages, sunscreen, and more. Check out how women back in the day enjoyed their hot Summer days — from their pointy-chested bikinis to their Summer flings — now!
Kate Middleton attended a friend's wedding in a familiar Topshop polka-dot dress on May 11. She was first spotted wearing the black and white look on her Warner Bros. studio tour back in April. This time, it was the perfect outfit for the Spring nuptials of Kate and Prince William's friends William van Cutsem and Rosie Keene, who tied the knot in Ewelme, England. William served as an usher at the ceremony while Kate's sister Pippa and brother James were also in attendance.
The wedding took place while Prince Harry was on his US tour, but now the young royal is back by his brother's side. The two made an official visit to Tidworth, England, yesterday to open four new Help For Heroes recovery centers, which serve wounded service personnel. Kate skipped this event, but that doesn't mean that she hasn't been keeping busy over the past week. Kate has reportedly been taking cooking classes with her new housekeeper, Antonella Fresolone, as she preps for the arrival of her first child. Kate's brother-in-law, Mike Tindall, says Kate is a natural mother, though she'll have plenty of help once the royal baby arrives.
It's hard to think of a more glamorous place for a romantic rendezvous than Cannes, France. First held in 1946, the annual Cannes Film Festival has attracted lucky Hollywood couples to the South of France. We're spreading the love with a look at past and present twosomes who made the festival's exclusive guest list. While some of the couples went on to break up, their je ne sais quoi lives on.
Prom season is upon us, and we've been reminiscing about our own prom themes — the good, the bad, and the cheesy. Some were pretty timeless, like Under the Sea, Arabian Nights, and Mardi Gras. But some, especially those influenced by song titles, definitely date us. Theme songs like "More Than a Feeling" (1976), "Everything I Do" (1991), "Make It Last Forever" (1987), "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" (1998), "The Dance" (1990), and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" (1987) will always take us back to those days of crimped hair, puffy sleeves, and corsages as if it was yesterday.
Alas, it wasn't yesterday. And this year's prom themes make it incredibly obvious that high school was a long damn time ago. So in honor of the nostalgic season, here are some of the 2013 prom themes that make us feel 100 years old.
Kate Middleton wore sneakers and jeans to brave the London rain for a shopping trip on Tuesday. She carried her own bags as she made her way to a car after a visit to a home store. Perhaps pregnant Kate was shopping for her new home, Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, where she and Prince William will move into this Fall. Will and Kate will not go at it alone since they recently hired Antonella Fresolone, a former housekeeper for Queen Elizabeth II, to help them with running their new household.
Kate joined Prince William at a wedding on Saturday to watch pals William van Cutsem and Rosie Ruck Keene tie the knot in a small town in South Oxfordshire. Kate reportedly recycled her polka-dot Topshop dress, which she wore to a Warner Bros. Studios tour last month, to wear to the wedding.
Camera flashes, flashed bare chests, and flashy screen sirens give the Cannes Film Festival some of its je ne sais quoi, and that's why it's one of our favorite film fests. After a rocky start (it was initially set to start in 1939 but was postponed due to World War II), the inaugural Cannes took place more than 65 years ago on Sept. 20, 1946, making it one of the oldest film festivals to date. What began as a stand against Fascist and Nazi propaganda is now a prestigious, star-studded event. As this year's festivities continue, see some of the international film festival's milestones and most eccentric moments in pictures!
We're unashamed to admit we have a serious obsession with the '90s, especially when it comes to all the things that make us nostalgic about being a girl back in the decade of jellies, neon, and Lisa Frank. If you and your friends are anything like us, you'd die over a '90s-themed party. So with wedding season underway, we've come up with creative ideas for throwing the most bomb.com bachelorette party or bridal shower we could dream up, complete with the girlie trinkets, rad fashion, and phat pop culture icons of the 1990s. And a lot of these ideas would work for a birthday bash as well! Now get ready to party like it's 1999!
Prince Harry's trip to the US came to a close yesterday, and we have to admit that we already miss having the redheaded royal on American soil. From sending female congressional staffers into a tizzy when he dropped by Washington DC on Thursday to showing off his athletic prowess while playing baseball, football, and even sitting volleyball, Harry has won a permanent spot in our red, white, and blue hearts. And we aren't the only ones who have fallen for him — American women are going nuts for Prince Harry ever since he landed on US soil last week. If you didn't get enough of hot Harry during his stay, then click through for the 40 best photos of him from his United States tour, and try not to drool all over your computer screen.
All hail girls of the '90s! There's a new book on the horizon that celebrates the decade of jellies and Tamagotchis: The Totally Sweet '90s by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper and Brian Bellmont (out June 4). The paperback breaks down the hottest trends, toys, video games, songs, and boy bands of the decade with a status update and fun fact on each. Like whatever happened to The Oregon Trail? You'll have to check out the book when it's out for the answer to that one, but I pulled out some of the craziest fun facts on 12 of my faves from the '90s from Lisa Frank to Squeezits. Check 'em out now!
Lisa Frank School Supplies
"Yes, Lisa Frank is a real person, and to no one's surprise, she loves color. Her sons are named Hunter Green and Forrest Green, and she told the Daily in 2012 that 'my house really is purple. And yellow and hot pink and light green and orange.'"
"Slap bracelets were invented by Stuart Anders, a Wisconsin shop teacher who was experimenting with thin bands of metal."
Baby-Sitters Club Books
"In the updated books, mention of a cassette player was changed to 'headphones' and a perm became 'an expensive hairstyle.'"
"The first-ever Caboodle was pink, and was created in 1987. The idea was inspired by a 1986 People magazine photo of Vanna White using a tackle box to store her makeup."
Dream Phone Game
"The game's instructions warn you that the included instrument is 'not a real phone.'"
"According to the New York Observer, former singer Rommy Revson patented the scrunchie concept as the Scünci in 1986, naming it for her poodle."
"In 2011, the phrase 'cassette tape' was removed from the concise version of the Oxford English Dictionary. One of the words it made room for? 'Sexting.'"
"The virtual pet sparked its own psychological term: The Tamagotchi Effect supposedly describes when a human develops an emotional attachment to a machine."
"Pog stands for 'passion fruit, orange, guava,' and came from a Hawaiian drink whose bottle caps were reportedly first used to play the game."
The Olsen Twins
"In 2004, the sisters skipped their high school prom so they could host Saturday Night Live."
Oprah's Book Club
"The only real flops among Oprah's choices were her final two. Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities never moved above number 52 on USA Today's bestseller list. 'Dickens let me down,' Winfrey reportedly said."
"For a brief time, one Squeezit version came with tablets that you would drop in to change the juice's color."
Armed with iPhones, American girls have come out in droves to spot Prince Harry, who wraps up his US tour today. The man third in line to the British throne (that is, until Kate Middleton has her baby) has been participating in loads of all-American activities. He's mingled with cheerleaders, tested out his American football skills, played baseball in New York City, spent time with First Lady Michelle Obama and military families, and sang happy birthday to Olympic gold medalist and adorable teen Missy Franklin. Much of that time, Prince Harry has had an audience of "Harry hunters," the unofficial term given to wide-eyed girls who aspire to be Kate's sister-in-law one day, if only in their dreams. Before Harry hops back across the pond, let's send him off with a look at all the admiring female fans who came out for his visit.