Maressa Brown


I am a writer and occasional editor. My work has appeared in Better Homes & Gardens, First for WomenWoman's World, AOL, YourTango, and various other publications. Interests include holistic health/fitness, beauty/style, reading, pop culture, astrology, summer, baking, and cooking with lots of veggies and spices! I've lived in Chicago, Boston, London, L.A. and Manhattan and now reside in north NJ with my Jersey boy husband. In our free time, we frequent BYOB spots, buy overpriced (but so yummy!) eats at Whole Foods, and do bizarrely huge loads of laundry.

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    No matter how liberal or uptight you are about nudity, you've gotta agree: The Colombia women's cycling team uniform, also referred to as a "kit," is a total jaw-dropper! 

    The IDRD-Bogota Humana-San Mateo-Solgar cyclists made international headlines this weekend for appearing at a race in Tuscany, Italy in the uniform, which features skin-colored lycra around the waist, hips, and between the legs. And due to some unfortunate lighting in one of the team photos, it looks like the uniform only covers part of their thighs and torso -- and we're staring right at their naked ladyparts! Agh!

    Take a peek for yourself.

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    Whether it's because they're feeling awkward or just plain old at a loss for words, people say some crazy things to newlyweds! It's almost as if, faced with a couple who has just vowed to spend the rest of their lives together, they can't stop themselves from delivering cliches about marriage up the wazoo! Many of them downright offensive, by the way.

    Granted, many times, people are speaking from their own (often negative) experience when spouting their kookiest gems, so maaaybe we need to give them a break.

    But if you're that loved one without a filter, maybe you could also use a tip! And if you're that newlywed barraged by inappropriate platitudes, you could probably use a laugh. Here are 10 things never to say to a newlywed. Take note, Aunt Edna!

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    Falling in love means losing ALL sense of logic. No, really. MRI scans have shown that a region of the brain essential to judgment, the brain's frontal cortex, shuts down when people fall in love, according to a study at University College London. Perhaps that's the excuse for these two crazy kids whose dangerous make-out session at a Louisiana State University football game has gone viral.

    Two unidentified, crazy-in-love birds (potentially under the influence of alcohol) got a bit carried away while kissing at a recent football game ... And ended up falling into the crowd. You just have to see it ...

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    As if there wasn't already so much pressure on guys to pop the question in a creative way that could go viral, consider what it's like for a guy who plans weddings for a living! When New Jersey-based wedding planner Jack Bermeo recently decided to propose to his girlfriend and mother of their son, he felt like it had to be a big deal. So he leaned on his professional skills to dream up a marriage proposal like no other.

    Jack actually choreographed a big, FAKE wedding -- complete with 80-person guest list, wedding cake, set of engagement photos, and faux ceremony -- in order to ask Sophia to marry him! Talk about ambitious. Not to mention so, so sweet.

    Check out the video to watch it all play out.

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    We can point the finger at PhotoShop or even the time-honored "fall gal" Barbie, but no matter who's to blame, there's no denying an epidemic is affecting our teens. Approximately a half million teens struggle with eating disorders or disordered eating, according to research published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. One out of every 100 women between the ages of 10-20 is suffering from anorexia nervosa, defined as refusal to eat adequate calories out of an intense and irrational fear of weight gain. Meanwhile, 4 out of every 100 college-aged women have bulimia, a disorder that involves binge eating and then vomiting or using laxatives to prevent putting on pounds. That said, it's no wonder moms find themselves fearing that their teen may too battle an eating disorder.

    Thankfully, there are some red flags experts say parents can look out for. Here, 8 telltale signs your teen may have an eating disorder, and what you can do if you suspect that's the case.

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