Need movie-star mojo? Skip the plastic surgery and surf the Web
Can't find a pad the size of Monica and Chandler's on Friends
? At least you can have a $29 replica of the frame around their peephole, thanks to asseenon screen.com
. The company's scouts scan TV and movies, looking for eye-catching baubles, clothes and furniture. Then, with help from publicists, they track down similar items to sell to celeb worshippers. Sunglasses, says site cofounder Nick Robertson, are popular "because they appear so close to the star. Probably our biggest sellers are the look-alike version of Brad Pitt
's in Fight Club
." Other must-haves: Pitt's Fight Club
leather jacket and anything ever worn by Madonna
or Britney Spears
. Sometimes there's demand Robertson can't fill. "We are desperately trying to get hold of Cameron Diaz
's Spider-Man underpants from Charlie's Angels
," he says jokingly. "I think they only make them in children's sizes."
My Favorite Sites
On May 11 the reigning Miss USA travels to Puerto Rico to compete for the Miss Universe title. But the Texas native goes online to scope out the galaxy of sports. "I usually watch ESPN on TV to check up on sports news before going to bed," says Krueger, 24. "When that isn't possible, I go to the ESPN Web site [espn.com]. With the click of a button, you can find mega-amounts of info." She doesn't own a laptop, so when she's on the road, she adds, "I try to go to the business center at the hotel where I'm staying and use the computer there. I don't like to be out of the loop on anything going on in the world, but sports especially." In particular, notes Krueger, a senior journalism student at Texas A&M University and an aspiring sports broadcaster, "football is my favorite. I love the Cowboys." Hope the Miss Universe judges aren't Giants fans.
I often take the time to walk to coworkers' offices to ask a question or explain something in person, only to have them say, "OK, can you e-mail that to me?" I end up repeating myself just so they don't have to remember what I said. Can I politely refuse this request?
Not if you want to get anything accomplished. Face time is nice, but for workers rendered scatterbrained by furious multitasking, e-mail is a time-saver and memory aid rolled into one. So conversations that involve details or documents—or anything that will be passed along to another person—often are best suited for e-mail. Some coworkers may insist you put even the simplest questions in writing; if they want to become cubicle hermits, that's their problem.
Do you think ifs cool for your friends to save e-mail in which you've used bad language, then, when they get mad at you, use it to get you in trouble with your Internet service?
No, it's totally uncool. Get a more honest set of friends—or a thesaurus.
Brides' Headaches Revisited
As a makeup artist and hairstylist, Janice Kinigopoulos has worked with Jodie Foster, Liv Tyler
, Angela Bassett and other top celebs. She also styled the locks of Julia Roberts
and Richard Gere for Runaway Bride
. But real-life brides, says Kinigopoulos, "are the ultimate divas." In 1999 she launched bridalbabe.com, a site filled with a trio of do-it-yourself makeup guides she has dubbed the Princess Babe, the Classic Babe and the Natural Babe. "I wanted to give them the resources to look and feel gorgeous," says the mother of two, 39. And to help them avoid her own makeup mishap from her 1984 wedding. "I wore frosty blue eye shadow," she says. "I should have left that in the Slurpee machine."
Those who assist the brides can turn to bridesmaidaid.com
, where veteran attendants Joanna Dreifus, 28, a museum event planner, and Ellen Horowitz, 27, a journalism grad student, dole out tips on etiquette, dresses, gifts, parties and showers. But soon, jokes Horowitz, due to be married in August, she may have to find a new gig. "My friends keep teasing me that I have gone to the dark side," she says, "now that I have my own bridesmaids to torture."
Click and Get It
At $300 a pop, they aren't to be toyed with. Still, the chance to control an 'N Sync member is tempting. Artist direct.com
is offering 440 2-ft.-tall, 4-lb. movable 'N Sync marionettes. Top sellers: Lance Bass (right) and Justin Timberlake
- Samantha Miller.