Friday 21st July 2017
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Where do you stand on covering up your grey/going natural?

If I thought I could look as good as Linda Rodin, I’d go grey in an instant

This topic came up in the comments last week, so I thought I’d open conversation up to the group at large: I’m curious what your perspective is about going grey, and if it has changed at all. Like, if you were obsessed with dying your hair so that not a speck of grey showed through, and then one day just decided screw it, and went natural. If you went natural, what made you do it? Conversely, if you are like me and run to the salon the second you see roots, why can you not imagine going grey?

Posted on July 18th, 2017 128 Comments

What is your splurgiest beauty product? Your Cheapest?

OK, splurgiest first: for a while now, I’ve been using this bronzer from By Terry, and the crazy price is worth it to me because it works perfectly with my skin tone, and that’s tough to find in a bronzer. It also goes on super-creamy.

And now the cheapest: these makeup remover wipes from Neutrogena, which truly do get off everything, and aren’t the least bit greasy.

Posted on July 11th, 2017 75 Comments

How many of you are writers?

Every once in a while in the comments, one of you will mention something—a book or article—that you’re working on, and it just got me curious how many of you write, professionally or for pleasure. What’s your project at the moment? I’m eager to hear.

Posted on June 29th, 2017 132 Comments

A career guide for people who don’t read career guides

I briefly mentioned this book in the links a while back, but that didn’t seem like quite enough attention to pay to something so great: my pal Jennifer Romolini is getting a ton of good press for Weird in a World That’s Not, and it is well-deserved (and I do not just say that because I appear prominently—and unnamed—in her chapter about working at a big-time fashion magazine). Anyone who’s interested in reading the story of one woman’s anything-but-straight path to the top of her field, written in a hilarious and achingly human voice—will want to pick this up. By the end, you’ll wish you were her friend, and I’m so happy I am.

Posted on June 20th, 2017 2 Comments

Were you a Sassy reader?

I’m just curious, because my hunch is a decent number of you were devotees of the greatest teen mag of all time (if I may say so), and I’m beginning to plumb the depths of my memory for that chapter of the book, digging through old copies and such. Tell me what the magazine meant to you, what the most memorable features were, who your favorite staffer was (it’s OK if it was Christina and not me; everyone loved Christina best).  And what was the best cover, in your opinion? I find it impossible to choose just one, but this was right up there.

Posted on June 14th, 2017 132 Comments

Happy birthday, Mom

My mom Eve turns 80 today. Here is a picture of her and my dad that I’m guessing is from some time in the 70s. A family friend posted it on Facebook just yesterday, and I’m including it not because of the wonderfulness of my parents’ union—they divorced—but because I think she looks so beautiful here. My mother is—cliche but true—a beautiful person both inside and out, a person whose only ambition for her children is that they be happy and make their own dreams come true. She charms people wherever she goes. I’ve been inspired by her independence, her engagement with the world, her humor, and her kindness. She took up meditation in her 70s. And—admirably—did not crater when my stepfather died, but stayed active and beyond lively: last New Year’s Eve, she went to three parties—that’s three more than me—and does not want for suitors, even though she’s got little interest in them. For over 30 years, she’s been my only parent: I haven’t always been easy, and she’s handled the worst that I can dish out with grace and dignity. I love her a lot, and you would too. She reads this blog every day, so join me in wishing her the best, won’t you?

Posted on June 1st, 2017 80 Comments