1. Over the past six years, I sort of accidentally grew my hair 3 1/2 feet long. It all started because, after years of short cuts, I decided I wanted to look like a mermaid when I got out of the shower — and when it didn't stop growing, I figured I'd let it do it's thing. But it still hasn't stopped, and now I'm kind of sick of it? Plus I'm getting married next September, and I don't want to get upstaged by my own mane. I decided a while ago that whenever I cut my hair, I'd sell it. "The Gift of the Magi" and Google both tell [...]
Jane Marie: As your friend, I know that you used to work in the New York beauty PR world — calling around to get products into magazines, always smelling great and having awesome eyeshadow and stuff. That's how I would describe your old job, if pressed. You wanna give it a shot?
MacKenzie Lewis: My official title was PR Manager. My unofficial title was press liaison, pitcher of stories, planner of events and writer of press releases. It was a great gig because no two days were ever the same, and I was able to work on projects like Fashion Week and events with Colette in Paris. But budgeting, strategic [...]
"Floral and Insects" Print by Laura Bell, from $24 It's a photograph! "This still life from Laura Bell possesses her painterly vision inspired by the Old Masters. Its creeping critters remind us that behind the beautiful there are sometimes darker, more mysterious forces at work. A memorable present for your best frenemy. Or maybe your mother-in-law?"
1. Evidently smoking interacts with your perfume and makes you smell bad. I'm quitting smoking (Crowd: "Yay!") but my entire bottle of perfume stinks now because I smoked around it. Also, I can't guarantee that I've quit forever at any given point in time because cigarettes mystically tend to light themselves around me and put themselves in my mouth. But I have really cut down a LOT, I promise! (Crowd: "WTF.")
So… is there something I can do to not smell bad while I try to quit for good? Orrr, hypothetically if I just give up and smoke like a chimney, am I doomed to smell horrific for the rest of [...]
The other day at Barnes & Noble they'd just set up a new endcap display of musicians' autobiographies. Patti Smith's was there, Rod Stewart's was there, and so was Cyndi's. In my family, when you say "SIN-dee," you're referring to one of three people: Aunt Cindy, Aunt Cyndi, or Cyndi Lauper. The aunts haven't written their books yet, so obviously this one was by the latter — the one my uncle helped create. Once upon a time, many careers and homes and friendships ago, Patrick, my mom's older brother, was Cyndi's makeup artist, hairdresser, and stylist, through her screaming rise to fame in the '80s. Upon seeing the book, and [...]
1. I'm a 31 year old lady and am subtly freaking out over the whole getting older thing. It seems like a week before my 30th birthday, I noticed a couple of fine lines under my eyes, and now I obsess over it. It's making me sad, partially because I feel like years of a few too many cocktails and cigarettes turned me into an old lady faster than if I'd taken better care of myself while younger. My party lifestyle is (mostly) behind me and I've ditched the cigarettes. I try to drink lots of water although I probably don't do a good enough job. Is there anything else [...]
1. I have a younger sister who just graduated college and is now out in the working world, holding down two part-time jobs while searching for her full-time breakthrough. She's fun, gorgeous, great skin, but her taste in cosmetics and perfume is a little… what's the nice word for tacky? Let's just say tacky. Paris Hilton scents, way-too-dark lip liner, the whole deal. I'd like to use Christmas as a chance to introduce her to nicer brands and less garish colors, without stifling her fun or putting her in totally boring neutrals. If I get her a Sephora gift card, though, I feel like I'd just be enabling her [...]