Posts Tagged: jaya saxena

One Big Question: What Makes You Feel Powerful?

I recently started a new job (lol hi everyone), and with that came the inevitable question: what are you going to wear on your first day? That's not even close to the most pressing matter at hand—the dress I picked out seemed too stuffy, the blazer and jeans combo I wore felt a little on the casual side, and who cares, I got my period and bled everywhere anyway. What the people should really be asking is, "How are you going to pump yourself up? How will you ensure that you're going to walk in with your head held high? What song are you going to listen to?"

(At [...]


When Will You Know That You've Made It?

One Big Question is my baby. I'd been kicking around the idea since before I started at the Hairpin, and it was one of the first columns Haley and I created when we got here. It comes from my habit— not sure if good or bad, really— of getting stuck on one big question, whatever enters my brain and refuses to budge, and posing it to everyone I know. It masquerades as a desire to learn more about the insides of people's brains— which I genuinely want to do, please everyone give me your brains— but it's also been a clever way to take my fears and sneak [...]


How Have You Made Yourself Proud This Year?

Starting the Women of Our Year series up again made me think: why are we so reluctant to celebrate ourselves? We talked about impostor syndrome last month, and pretty much came up with the answer— people, especially women, are taught to downplay their accomplishments, to be self-deprecating and modest, to eschew any sort of praise. Well, that's bullshit, so this month we're doing the opposite. I asked a group of women: how are you the woman of your year? It was deeply inspired by Haley, as everything good in this world is, so I'll let her explain it more.

I went to the Bullish [...]


How to Enjoy Art as a Human Being

Start consuming art. Consume everything you can. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad, that’s all subjective anyway. Visit museums. Look at every painting, every artifact. Don’t go anywhere without new music on your iPhone or in your car. Get a Netflix subscription. Buy the Criterion Collection. Go to the ballet and cry.

Start to have opinions. Tell everyone you’re preferring J. Cole’s new work and that Yeezus left you wanting. Discover that there is actually "lesser work" of the Beatles, and that you like it more than the White Album. Don’t be ashamed of liking Salvador Dali, even though lots of people seem to think that’s pedestrian. Get [...]


Things I Definitely Thought Of First

There are a lot of trends flying around for Spring, so I’m just here to set the record straight about some things I actually came up with first.

  • Dyeing my hair with Manic Panic
  • Getting married wearing Converse sneakers (I didn’t actually do this but that was my plan when I was 14)
  • Wearing socks as arm bands (mistakenly attributed to Avril Lavigne)
  • Making safety pin jewelry
  • Ignoring people to listen to music
  • Thinking dive bars are cool
  • Being obsessed with Nutella (I went to Italy. Thanks.)
  • Pinning my shirts in the back so they’re tighter
  • Thinking that, maybe, that cheap looking hole in the wall [...]

If You Could Start Any Rumor About Yourself, What Would It Be?

Greetings, my dear readers. After six months editing this humble Drake-themed Toronto-sponsored placenta-covered hair accessory site, I have some truths that I can’t keep from you any longer. Here are some things I haven't been honest about:

I actually know how to do my makeup really well, I’m just too BUSY and IMPORTANT to do so. I’m actually 105 and have been using placenta masks since day one. I’m Haley’s Tyler Durden. I’m Haley. I’m the girl Drake is crying about in all his songs. I definitely sweat like a normal person. I once turned down a date with Donald Glover before he was famous. I'm actually not [...]


The Witch In All Of Us

When I was 12 I cast a spell on my mom so she’d let me to go my friend Seth’s Bar Mitzvah. It was from The Good Spell Book, which I found in the sale bin at Barnes & Noble, and even though a few pages had been ripped out it still had instructions on how to bend someone to your will. I sat on the floor of my uncle’s old bedroom in my grandparents’ house, with a pink ribbon and a candle and some sort of scented oil and made my Intentions clear to whoever was listening. A few weeks later, she relented and said she’d send me [...]


It's Jaya!

Oh wow, this is exciting. Hi everyone! I’m Jaya Saxena, and I'll be helping out for the rest of April. I live in Queens, which a lot of people hold against me for no reason (hey Jazmine). I’m a Scorpio born in the year of the Tiger, so you have every right to be intimidated, and I’m coming to you from the exciting world of work-at-home freelance. I’m writing this at 12:30pm and I’m still in my pajamas #livingthedream.

You may know me from my work on this here website, about things like Qream and racial identity. I’ve written about my dad enthusiasm for [...]


How Do You Get Shit Done?

This is unoriginal, but I'm a really bad procrastinator. I like spending thirty minutes staring at my pores in the mirror, or spending an hour scrolling to the hundredth page of Tumblr, or spending a day imagining what I'd look like if I shaved my eyebrows off (ok?). But I also crave the feeling of being productive, and can't operate too well without it. A friend recently asked me what I'd deem a perfect day, and nestled among 2-5 breakfast sandwiches, I asserted that I wanted a block of 90 minutes where I would put music on and get things done—clean my bathroom, get to inbox zero, update my [...]


The Hairpin Halloween Advent Calendar: Halloween Rituals

It's our firmly held belief that Halloween is far more important than Christmas, and therefore more deserving of a countdown calendar. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year: there are parties and costumes and terrifying things like Martha Stewart, and candy and then more candy and then even more candy, and your ability to consume that much candy is a marvelous thing to behold.

So, in celebration of the Highest of High Holidays, we're bringing back our Halloween Advent Calendar. We'll post one or two Halloween-y pieces a day in the 13 days leading up to October 31. Why 13 days? Because 13 is [...]