4 Minutes and 50 Seconds of Ilene Chaiken

Ilene Chaiken recently visited a wall of books about architecture in Los Angeles, where she was interviewed by Fashion News Live, a groundbreaking news program that brings you fashion news, live. My number one feeling about this video is that I like what Ilene Chaiken has done with her hair. I’m being totally honest. As for my secondary feelings re:Ilene Chaiken, you’re probably already familiar with them.

Actually though, for serious, she was at a reception at Rob Robinson on Melrose in Los Angeles for Romi Klinger (of The Real L Word)’s new jewelry collection, The Lost Girl!

Do you know how long it took me to learn how to spell the word jewelry? I literally think I finally got it down yesterday.

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Marie Lyn Bernard, aka Riese, is an award-winning writer, blogger, journalist, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in the midwest, lost her mind in New York City and is currently making it work in California. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better, The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image and The Hazards of Being Female," "Dirty Girls," and "The Best American Erotica of 2007," magazines including Nylon, Marie Claire, GO, Curve, Interlude, and CollegeBound, and all over the web including nerve.com, Jezebel, Queerty, Emily Books and OurChart (RIP). She was the recapper for The L Word Online and host of Showtime’s Lezberado and her personal blog has earned many dubious honors including Best Personal Blog 2008. Riese has spoken about blogging, community-building, feminism, cyberculture and sexuality at places like BlogHer, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago and The Museum of Sex. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and The Olive Garden's week-long training intensive; she enjoys eating foods, having big ideas, reading books & talking to her stuffed dog, Tinkerbell. Also, she's Jewish. Follow her smokin’ hot adventures on twitter. Contact: riese[at]autostraddle.com

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  1. The L word was before my time (Like, probably before I even hit puberty), so my one feeling about this article was “Lost Girl?” Like the amazing Canadian fantasy TV show about a bisexual succubus and a hot lesbian doctor?” I watch way too much TV, but thankfully couldn’t make it past the first season of the L word.

  2. omg doesn’t this explain so much about jenny? like OF COURSE she was a psychotic manipulative weirdo nobody could stand! and you just know ifc had to make the jenny+shane thing happen for her own projected satisfaction

  3. I hate to admit it, but her inability to remember to breathe while speaking made me feel slightly sympathetic towards her. It reminds me of how I felt and probably sounded while giving presentations/simultaneously having panic attacks.

    It possibly helps that I stopped listening to the actual words she was saying about 20 seconds in.

  4. OK, I’m sure it’s been said, but
    1) I HATE REALITY TV – It should be called STUPIDIFICATION TV!
    2) it’s not reality people, wake up & smell the manipulated b.s.
    3) it puts writers/actors/crew out of jobs …you know the people who went to school to hone their craft and earn a living?
    4) WTF? who watches this SH#T anyway, seriously?
    5) and the worst reality crap we export to the world: shows where idiots become group-think bullies that lie, cheat, and steal then are rewarded for pathetic behavior. That’s a nice export, no wonder most of the world thinks we’re idiots.
    6) if you like reality TV, I dare you to read a book to its end.

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