Hoping to bring some honky-tonk personality to your wedding? With a mix of new and classic hits by Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, and more, we're highlighting the best country songs to play for a fun, memorable reception. First dance options, father/daughter ideas, must-play dance tunes — you'll find a range of song picks to give your party some country flair. Take a look at these 89 songs for your ultimate country wedding playlist!
For a fun, unique Father's Day card, look no further than Etsy; there are plenty of creative options there to suit your dad's geeky style. Whether he's a pop-culture nerd or an enthusiastic comic collector, we've found original, playful options for all types of geeky fathers. Looking for a way to say "I love you" before June 16? Choose from one of these great Father's Day card picks.
Today, Bill and Chelsea Clinton attended a fundraiser in New York City, where the former president was named Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council. During the event, Chelsea presented her dad with the award, saying, "Every day he's my dad, and I don't need an award to tell me he's the best that I ever could have hoped for." Between his Hollywood connections and his saxophone skills, Clinton has definitely earned his share of cool-dad points over the years — not to mention the inspiring charity efforts he's spearheaded through the Clinton Foundation. In honor of Father's Day, take a look at 10 reasons Chelsea is a lucky daughter, plus a bonus reason why it may sometimes be tough to call the 42nd president "Dad."
This Summer, use your downtime to dive into all the books that will soon be adapted for the big screen. Breezy beach reads, irresistible young-adult books, action-packed thrillers — there's a wide variety of books heading to Hollywood, so be sure to take a look before the movies are made. See some of the most popular reads with upcoming film adaptations, plus who's been cast in the starring roles.
The third season of Game of Thrones, which ended this week, was quite the wild ride. Plenty of moments left us shocked, a few left us heartbroken, and some had us laughing out loud. Over the past couple of months, we've been watching from the edge of our seats as Jamie loses his hand, Jon Snow flees from the Wildlings, and Robb Stark meets a brutal end. Along with all the drama and violence, though, there have also been a number of funny scenes, like the unforgettable drunken speech Tyrion gives during his wedding reception. To say goodbye to the season, relive the highlights with our reactions to some of the most memorable moments — in GIFs!
With two weddings, a yacht outing, and an adorable baby appearance, it was a busy weekend for the world's royals. In Sweden, Princess Victoria and her daughter, Estelle, celebrated National Day before Victoria's sister, Princess Madeleine, enjoyed a lavish wedding ceremony. Meanwhile, high-profile nuptials in England brought together British royals, and Princess Beatrice spent a day on the water with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis. To top it off, we saw photos from Kate Middleton's baby-shopping trip. See all that and more with this royal roundup!
Today, President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act at the White House with the help of impressive women including female lawmakers, top advisers, and other community leaders. Signed into law by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the act made it illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees based on sex, specifically calling for equal wages among men and women. There's still a disparity between the sexes, though, with women earning about 77 cents for every dollar men earn, and today, Obama said, "It's the 21st century. It's time to close that gap."
It's been an important issue for Obama — the first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which lets the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit reset with each affected paycheck. Speaking to today's mostly female audience, he made his stance clear: "When more women are bringing home the bacon, they shouldn't just be getting a little bit of bacon."
Thanks to some season finale surprises, a violent wedding, and some lost body parts, there's been plenty of shocking drama on this season of Game of Thrones. While most of the action at King's Landing involves secrecy and threats, elsewhere we've seen violent punishments, creepy torture techniques, and some seriously impressive slave-army takeovers. Now that the season has wrapped up, take a look at the craziest moments of season three!
If you are heading to Bonnaroo this weekend, you are likely getting ready right now. As you know, Bonnaroo is all about having a good time (and music), so we're highlighting fun and functional pieces to bring to the festival — including furniture, accessories, games, and more. With a mix of sturdy, must-have basics and cute, just-because accessories, these aren't your average camping picks. Whether you're camping on site, staying at a nearby house, or channeling the festival vibe in your own backyard, you'll be smitten with these chic pieces for outdoor entertainment.
Warm weather, special anniversaries, and exciting sporting events had crowds gathering across the globe this week. In England, people celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, and in France, veterans reunited to commemorate D-day. Meanwhile, Australians enjoyed a color run, the French Open continued in Paris, and President Obama welcomed special visitors to the White House. See all that and more with the week's best pictures from around the world!
This National Best Friend Day, maybe it's time to freshen up your friendships. If you feel like you're in a bit of a friendship rut or hope to improve your existing relationships, these simple tips are sure to help you boost those connections. For advice on staying in touch, finding time, and making the most of special moments, take a look at these common friendship faux pas — and how to avoid them.
The faux pas: You're completely MIA.
The solution: Sure, life gets busy, but staying in touch doesn't have to be a full-time job. If your hectic schedule means you can't meet up for coffee or go out over the weekend, show your friend that you're thinking of her in a simpler way. Call her during your lunch break for a quick catch-up session, text her a funny picture, or email her a quick update and let her know you'll follow up when you have more time on your hands. Even when you don't have lots of time, you can take advantage of the shorter bits of time you do have.
The faux pas: You flake on plans.
The solution: It's inevitable that every once in a while, something will come up, and you'll have to ditch a friend date at the last minute — just don't turn it into a habit. Before you agree to a plan, take the time to be sure you can make it, and if you do need to cancel, call rather than text to show a little extra courtesy.
Keep reading for more ways to avoid friendship mistakes.
There's something to be said for a full, well-rounded group of friends — a support network that can be there for you no matter what you need. Although some friends check off plenty of boxes, it's hard to depend on just one person, so we're highlighting important relationships everyone should have. For a sentimental look at the sorts of people you should surround yourself with, take a look at seven must-have friendships — and the onscreen pals that pair with each one!
The boys of One Direction announced their new fragrance for women, Our Moments, named after a song from their first album. The group now has both a signature scent and action figures, proving that the boy band phenomenon has come full circle. Over the past 50 years, there have been a number of synchronized, harmonizing boy bands, each of them just a bit different from the last. Can't get enough of the craze, or hoping to relive your favorites from the '90s? From The Beatles to One Direction, here's a look at the most popular boy bands of all time.
This week, we cracked up over Brian Williams's rap skills, the Cronut craze, and Kate Moss's priceless reaction to a prank. There have been plenty of can't-miss pictures, charts, and videos going viral over the past few days, including a hilarious Vine posted by Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams. Celebrate the end of the week and have a laugh with these entertaining Internet finds!
Today's actors have only made it to space on screen, but some stars could actually travel out of this world as early as this year. Justin Bieber is the latest star to book a seat on a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight, joining a string of A-listers set to board the company's spaceships. As the first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic plans to operate several flights aboard spaceships that carry six passengers and two pilots. A seat will cost you more than $200,000. After passengers spend a few days preparing with their crew, they'll bast off from a spaceport in New Mexico for a short flight that includes several minutes of weightlessness.
As of now, the company is still testing, but Virgin Group owner Sir Richard Branson hopes to launch the first full space flight by the end of the year, making space tourism a probable reality. Besides Bieber, see which stars are planning trips.
Yesterday President Obama nominated Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as the next UN ambassador for the United States. As a leading human rights expert and former White House adviser, Power has been known to spark a bit of controversy — in 2008, she had to resign from Obama's campaign after she called Hillary Clinton a monster. This nomination marks a major opportunity for Power, as the position is currently considered a cabinet-level role, and in the past, it's been held by influential people like Madeleine Albright and George H.W. Bush. If the Senate approves Power's nomination, then she will be a key player in international affairs, so consider this your cheat sheet to learn more about the potential UN ambassador:
It's not always easy to commit to color, but with these bright orange accents, you can bring the bright, summery shade to your space in a more subtle way. With items for your bedroom, living room, and kitchen, we're sharing a range of stylish picks that are perfect for the sunny season. Take a look at these fun, sophisticated finds for a pop of orange that works for you!
- Metal side table ($149): With a sleek, sculptural shape and an orange finish, this table will give your space an eclectic feel.
- Patterned pouf ($155): Perfect for an extra seat or footstool, this bright orange pouf is a versatile, go-anywhere piece.
- Double gourd lamp ($315): With an orange glazed finish, this retro-inspired lamp will carry some personality into any room.
- Monogram jewelry box ($78): Bring a bold, personalized touch to your bedroom with C. Wonder's brightly colored jewelry box.
- Heart pillow ($48): Add some fun and whimsy to your living room with this heart-embellished throw pillow.
- Tray ($25): For your living room, bedroom, or bar cart, this mango-colored tray features a shiny finish for a touch of glamour.
- Side table ($1,200): Jonathan Adler's orange leather side table features cool contrast stitching and glamorous gold accents.
- Kaleidoscope wastebasket ($69): Pink and orange make a fun, summery pair on this pretty patterned wastebasket.
Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock soaked up the LA sun in a teal Voda Swim bikini on Monday. During her laid-back beach day, the 27-year-old bridal stylist relaxed on the sand and dove into a little Summer reading with Little Bee by Chris Cleave.
After being sent home by Bachelor Sean Lowe last season, Des — a fan favorite — now holds the roses as a pool of bachelors vie for her heart. Season nine of The Bachelorette premiered on Memorial Day, and based on the first two episodes, the men seem willing to do anything to find love with Des. This week, she and the guys were part of a Soulja Boy rap video, and although the season previews show plenty of drama, she's told fans that she has faith. In her first blog post, Des wrote, "As I stood in front of the Bachelor mansion in my shiny silver dress, I was filled with hope and eagerness to see what kind of men would come strutting out of those limos." Take a look at Desiree's LA beach day, and keep up with her love life by tuning in to our weekly Bachelorette recaps!
I thought all the cancellation carnage might be over for the season after we lost shows like Happy Endings, Whitney, and Smash, during upfronts, but alas, Showtime still has some bad news to deliver. The Borgias is being canceled after three seasons, meaning its June 16 episode will be its last. The series joins a lot of other shows that have gotten the boot, so if you need a rundown on what's been canceled so far, then start clicking.
Last year, Pippa Middleton added "author" to her résumé with her party-planning book, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities For Families and Friends, and now she's expanding her writing career as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair. While her book focused on crafts, decorating, and cooking tips, her first magazine column is a personal guide to Wimbledon. As a tennis fan, she's regularly seen at high-profile matches, and in the July 2013 issue, Pippa writes about her tennis obsession and her tomboy roots, plus some insights she learned during a Q&A with Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. Soon she'll be taking on another new role as the aunt to one of the most famous babies in the world, so we're excited to see if any royal baby details will make their way into her future columns. What about you — will you be checking out her work?