These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare

It’s customary for brides to wear white, but that doesn’t mean their wedding dresses have to be virginal.

Indeed, many of the gowns we saw on the Bridal Market runways earlier this month pushed the limits of traditional bridal wear and made a sexy, saucy splash. The 11 dresses below are for the most daring brides only.

These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare JP Yim via Getty Images Reem Acra, Fall 2015 These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare Courtesy of Inbal Dror Inbal Dror, Fall 2015 These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare Fernanda Calfat via Getty Images Pn

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The Insidious Form Of Domestic Violence That No One Talks About

Imagine you’re in an abusive relationship and you desperately want to leave. But your husband controls the family finances, and he doles out only a small amount of cash for necessities each week. You lost your last job because he kept harassing you at work, calling repeatedly and showing up without warning. Now, you’re struggling to find new employment. In the meantime, your kids are hungry and you have literally nowhere to go. The idea of leaving is so far out of reach.

We often think of domestic violence in terms of physical abuse, the most visible and easily understood form. A black eye isn’t ambiguous. But experts agree that economic abuse, where one partner controls the other’s access to finances, plays a pivotal role in trapping women in abusive relationships.

In her new book, author Ludy Green argues that economic abuse is the core reason why women don&#82

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People Buying Fewer Hot Pockets After Tastes Change, SNAP Cuts

People Buying Fewer Hot Pockets After Tastes Change, SNAP Cuts

(Mike Mozart)

It’s easy to make fun of Hot Pockets. Over the years, we’ve laughed at the dough-encased food-like objects when they’ve been recalled for containing plastic and meat considered “unfit for human consumption,” when Nestle tried to sell young foodies on the products, and even when they were declared a separate food group. Things are not well at Nestle, which is Hot Pocket HQ, right now.

Younger generations of Americans are turning against frozen and processed food in general, and even the pseudo-foodie makeover couldn’t rehabilitate the image of Hot Pockets. However, Bloomberg Businessweek points out another problem for low-cost frozen foods like Hot Pockets: at the end of last year, temporary increases to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), what were once called “food stamps,” began in 2009 and expired at

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Will Pet Stores Stop Selling Puppies Entirely?

Will Pet Stores Stop Selling Puppies Entirely?

(Geoff Myers)

Where do you get puppies? The answer isn’t just about the mechanics of canine pregnancy. In the United States today, when your household wants to acquire a dog, where do you get it from? Most people would probably start at a pet store, but due to changes in stores’ own policies and government intervention, falling in love with a doggie in the window is becoming a thing of the past.

Yes, the idea of falling in love with a dog in a pet store is so ingrained in our national ideas about pets that there was even a popular song about it.

Adopting a pet on impulse is rarely a good idea, even if you’re not drunk. However, that’s not why the industry is moving away from selling dogs in stores. Years of campaigns by animal welfare organizations have turned many pet lovers against the large commercial dog-breeding facilities required to keep stores nationw

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Pepperoni Hot Pockets Recalled For Containing Plastic

What’s that tasty new flavor in your Hot Pocket? Maybe it’s plastic! Nestlé is recalling over 200,000 pounds of Hot Pockets after some pieces of what they suspect is a testing device turned up in the product.

The recall is for 54-ounce, 12-pack cartons of Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza with the following printed on the sides of each carton: “8157544614D,” “EST 7721A” and “BEST BEFORE JAN2010.”

If you have some of the recalled product, spit out that plastic and call Nestlé Consumer Services Center at 1-800-350-5016.

“215,660 pounds of Hot Pockets recalled” [Lexington Herald-Leader] (Thanks to Dariush!)

These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare

It’s customary for brides to wear white, but that doesn’t mean their wedding dresses have to be virginal.

Indeed, many of the gowns we saw on the Bridal Market runways earlier this month pushed the limits of traditional bridal wear and made a sexy, saucy splash. The 11 dresses below are for the most daring brides only.

These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare JP Yim via Getty Images Reem Acra, Fall 2015 These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare Courtesy of Inbal Dror Inbal Dror, Fall 2015 These Wedding Dresses Are For Brides Who Dare To Go Bare Fernanda Calfat via Getty Images Pn

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Will ‘Premium’ Hot Pockets Draw In Foodies And Other Snobs?

Will ‘Premium’ Hot Pockets Draw In Foodies And Other Snobs?Is it possible to reach customers who turn their noses up at tasteless packaged foods with your tasteless packaged foods? That’s the dilemma that the nation’s food business faces as they try to attract the attention of a generation of farmer’s market-loving food snobs. How can they coax these people to buy canned soup and Hot Pockets?

Campbell’s already tried this, putting soup in packets instead of cans and using ingredients that they had finally heard about, like chorizo, chipotle peppers, and quinoa. Now Nestle’s brand Hot Pockets are rebranding to draw in millennials, with fancy crusts and pocket fillings that they claim are actual meat and stuff.

60% of Hot Pocket eaters are young men, who are more knowledgeable about food than the company’s executives had assumed. “Two-thirds say they consider themselves foodies and they talk about b

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Is Arby’s Shortchanging Customers On Their Sodas?

Is Arby’s Shortchanging Customers On Their Sodas?

Consumerist reader Michael noticed that his “22 oz.” Arby’s cup only holds 21 ounces of liquid. A quick look at the underside of the cup (see below) confirms that this cup can’t possibly hold the amount of liquid advertised.

There is no set-in-stone standard in the fast food industry for what constitutes a “small,” “medium,” or “large” drink, so sizes will inevitably vary from eatery to eatery. But if a company sells you a “22 ounce” soft drink, it best come in a container that can hold that amount of fluid. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case at Arby’s.

Consumerist reader Michael recently bought a small drink from an Arby’s in Ohio. And printed right on the Arby’s-branded paper cup it clearly states “22 oz.”

But then Michael noticed some text on the underside of that sa

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Couples Draw Each Other From Memory, Hilarious Difficulties Ensue

No matter how long a couple has been together, there’s a base level assumption that they at least know what one another looks like.

But when the lovebirds in the video above were asked to draw each other from memory, replicating their partner on paper proved a lot harder than expected.

“I look like a mean, trashy woman!” one participant says to her boyfriend after seeing his drawing.

“I didn’t realize it,” a man confesses to his girlfriend, “but you look kind of like E.T. here.”

Despite the hiccups — plus a couple cases of misconstrued eye color — the way these couples laugh through the experience is downright adorable. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Hot Pockets Is Now Its Own Food Group

Hot Pockets Is Now Its Own Food Group

Reader Chris spotted this sign in a Keli’s supermarket yesterday where they have the usual aisle signs that say “frozen foods,” desserts,” and “vegetables,” but it appears that “Hot Pockets” is now its own type of food group. We don’t blame them, we’re not exactly sure in what category you would classify a Hot Pocket either.