On Living With Mad Dogs and Englishmen

@cuminafterall I read somewhere that she was writing The Emperor's Children and then 9/11 happened and she changed the book to reflect the tragedy. Which does explain why it has some abrupt changes in tone.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:59 am 0

On Name That Book!

For a friend (and yes, this sounds super strange, but now I want to read it):

ok i have one. this was older - it was in the young adult hallway of my town library - set in a post-industrial society? they were agrarian of some kind, and the mom was a vet who specialized in putting down animals, because she loved them? And the girl, our heroine, loved machines and so she had to kill them?

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Do You Smell What I Smell?

LW2: My hair is pretty light to begin with, but not shiny blonde, if that makes sense? And I use John Frieda Go Lightening spray every once and a while to lighten my roots. You spray it on wet hair -- only the places you want to get lighter! -- and then blow dry / style like usual. I recently changed hair salons and my new stylist thought my hair just naturally looked like this (best compliment ever?). It's super easy and doesn't make a huge difference at first -- perfect if you don't want to make a mistake!

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 3:41 pm 1

On No-Costume Costumes

@SarahP A friend of mine went as That Guy a few years ago. Popped collar, spiked hair, visor upside down and backwards. A lot of us laughed, but a few people didn't get it. Awkward.

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 4:34 pm 2

On 25 Is the Magic Number

DOCTOR CHICAGO. Doctor Zhivago set in a challenging Chicago hospital?

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm 8

On Milk Talk

@NeverOddOrEven Yes. I did it and it worked. It was my doctor's recommendation (not a dermatologist, just my regular doctor who apparently had super bad acne as a teenager and gave me all his tips). I went totally dairy free and my skin got much better. Previously it had been Accutane-bad, and now I only get flare ups when I slip/splurge and eat dairy (homemade ice cream makes it so hard).

I don't know if it's the hormones or what, but for me it made a really big difference. I've been dairy free for about 6 years now, and my skin is so much better.

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 11:19 am 0

On Braids for Days

@The Lady of Shalott I do a braided crown and my hair is just a little bit longer than my shoulders. For me it's actually easier than the one-big-braid-in-the-back because my hair is too short for that and the end always looks sad and messy.

Like the directions suggest, you just start a french braid near one ear, heading upward around the front of your head. I usually tilt my head around in a giant circle so I feel comfortable as I go. Clipping back the hair I'm not using at the moment (so, the hair that will be the bottom half of the braid) also helps, so you're not blindly grabbing weird hair as you go. I do mine kind of like in this youtube video (but I am not a child and my braid is always a bit messier, which I like):


Posted on June 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm 0

On 'Pinners Unite for Good!

@wharrgarbl I love the Heifer International. They do great work, and their "pass it on" project ensures that your gift is helping a larger community. My family does Heifer gifts for Christmas and birthdays. I just "gave" my dad some geese and he was really pleased.

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm 0

On The $625 Apartment

@thelibrarianne A Hairpin St. Louis group?! That's awesome. I'll check it out, thanks!

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm 0

On The $625 Apartment

@thelibrarianne Are you in the Loop? I am too, and it's fabulous. We have a big 2 bed, 2 bath (+ sunroom) apartment that is full of delightful amenities and totally affordable on a grad school budget. St. Louis is a dream place for living on the cheap.

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm 0