We all have an ex we love to hate, and that drives-you-crazy dynamic is one of the many factors that has me addicted to Orange Is the New Black. The memoir-based Netflix series stars Taylor Schilling as a privileged, preppy 30-something who’s serving time in the same women’s prison as her former flame, bad girl Alex Vause (played to despicable perfection by Laura Prepon), for a drug-trafficking attempt gone wrong a decade earlier.

Laura Prepon
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February 5, 2014

At this point in the day, I assume you’ve talked your fair share of touchdowns and fumbles, fully (or at least partially) recovered from that buffalo-chicken dip, and watched Richard Sherman share a soft-spoken moment or two with the camera. So let’s talk more serious things. Like “The Nike Bowl.”

Seahawks Broncos Uniforms

That’s right. Last night, both teams wore Nike – and two of brand’s most significant signature designs, at that. The Denver Broncos’ orange-over-white, debuted with much fanfare in 1997, is what ESPN dubs “Old Nike.” The Seattle Seahawks’ white-over-navy? As Nike’s showcase when they took over the NFL uniform contract in 2012, they were dubbed “New Nike.” Naturally.

So who takes home the best-uniform title? Old or New? I’m staying Sweden here. Read the full scoop on ESPN, then tweet us at @ruelala and cast your vote.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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February 3, 2014

Come February 6, athletes from all over the world will descend upon Sochi, Russia, to compete in the 2014 Winter Games. And I, like millions of other viewers, will be riveted to the TV screen watching skiing, figure skating, curling, and more. If history is any indication, I’ll also be shedding a tear or two when I get overwhelmed by the incredible triumphs that are playing out before me. But there’s still a few days to go – so to hold us all over until then, here are five things you may not know about the Winter Games this year.

5 Facts About the 2014 Sochi Winter Games

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February 1, 2014

Arby’s got lucky last night. It’s not every day an award-winning singer dresses in a spitting image of your own logo.

Pharrell Williams at the Grammys

Image via NYDailyNews

But despite roast-beef-and-curly-fry similarities, Williams’s Arby’s-esque hat – a cartoonish park ranger-style thing which now has its own Twitter account – isn’t just crazy. There’s history behind it. According to Esquire, the Vivienne Westwood–designed hat is called a “Campaign” hat and has been around since the 1840s. In 1911, it was made the official hat of the U.S. Army. After Westwood debuted the hats in 1982, early hip-hop group The World’s Famous Supreme Team wore them often. As New York Magazine so maturely concludes, Williams could have simply been nodding to the early days of hip-hop.

Regardless, it’s funny. And 2014’s easiest Halloween costume has just been identified.

Read more on Esquire.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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January 27, 2014

Just 16 days until the top two teams in the NFL take the field for the Big Game. We’ve been counting down the months, weeks, days, and hours since the very first kickoff of the season. (Yes, even those among us who only appreciate football for the chance to show off our pigs-in-a-blanket cooking finesse.) And now it’s really, finally almost here.

Football Playoffs

So, with the AFC and NFC championship games kicking off this weekend, we figured it’s the perfect time to wax athletic. This is why we love football. And why you should, too.
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January 17, 2014

Okay, “lands” is a stretch. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this HBO actress skipped the rigid interview process. But I digress. The annoyingly adorable character you know as Shoshanna (or that girl who licked Peggy’s face in Mad Men) is writing a bimonthly column for Glamour titled “My Zo-Called Life.” And she gushed all about it on Chelsea Lately this week.

Zosia Mamet

Image via Glamour

Fashionista quotes Mamet, “[My editor] will get e-mails from me at like 4:00 in the morning and I’ll be like, ‘I wanna write about the evolution of eyebrows.’” Who wouldn’t?

Fact is, Shosh could write about drywall and we would still skip lunch to read it.

Read the full article on Fashionista here.

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By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 10, 2014

Guys. Lena Dunham is your newest Vogue cover girl. Well, reportedly. According to Page Six, the Girls creator will grace the cover of the esteemed fashion magazine’s February issue. And it makes sense. I mean, she’s a popular actress, respected writer, and most importantly, will no doubt draw in a number of young readers to Vogue’s typically more mature audience. So why exactly is this news?

Lena Dunham and Anna Wintour

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January 8, 2014

Ah, Tinder – the location-based dating app that took the twenty-something social scene by storm this past year. If you haven’t tried it, you’re probably either A. married, or, B. let’s just be honest: lying. The app’s latest Tinderalla looking for love? None other than The Mindy Project’s creator and star Mindy Kaling. Well, sort of.

Mindy Kaling on Tinder

In a genius marketing move, the FOX show created fake Tinder profiles for a number of its characters to promote a reported Tinder-themed episode airing in April. Now, before you get hung up on the whole “fake profile” thing, remember: The Mindy Project is on Tinder for the same reason you are – its just looking for a little swipe-right love. The only difference? It needs a ratings boost, not a confidence one.

Read more about Mindy Kaling’s Tinder debut on The Huffington Post.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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January 6, 2014

So you’re out chatting about the series premiere of Downton Abbey (that whole Matthew business had to be a sick joke, right?) when someone says those four words that immediately kill the mood: “I don’t watch TV.” It’s a sentence usually followed by “I’d rather read” or “I’m too busy.” Well, you know who can watch TV and read up on current affairs? The leader of the free world, that’s who.

Obama Watching TV

That’s right, TV addicts. You have President Obama on your side. Whether he’s working his way through AMC’s Breaking Bad (which he’s way behind on) or partaking in a Homeland marathon, the POTUS still manages to fit in a few cable dramas here and there. Feeling better about your lengthy DVR list? Yeah, me too. Now if only I’d learned he also loves chocolate and red wine – then I’d really feel better. Well, sort of.

Read more about President Obama’s favorite shows on the New York Times.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor 

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December 30, 2013

That’s right, the new Girls Season 3 trailer has dropped on the masses. (Watch. ASAP.) And it features none other than J.Crew’s creative director, Jenna Lyons. The only question I ask – does this finally mean Hannah will spend a season fully clothed?

Read more about it on Refinery29.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor

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December 23, 2013