On Ask a Fancy Person: Talking About Military Service, Finding Goodbye Gifts, Being the Broke Friend at the Wedding

The food basket idea is perfect, but I might also suggest having it delivered the night before the wedding. Even though the event that night was the rehearsal DINNER, we hadn't really eaten anything and were ravenous when we got back to our hotel room. I knew I would be sick the next day if I didn't eat (which I had already done to myself once over the wedding weekend, yay! low blood sugar!) Luckily room service was still going, so we got to eat $14 popcorn with butter, that came with a creamer filled with melted butter and was perfect.

I grew up in Charleston and this article made me homesick. And I have a monogrammed, of course, oyster knife and glove from my brother, that I love and get compliments on every time.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm 0

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@:Cinnamon Girl: The oil treatment helps immediately with the itching and burning feeling. It feels so good. You have to wash your roots extra well to get the oil and the buildup out. It seems to work for about 3 weeks before I really feel it come back hard and go for another round.

The shampoo works, but is much less dramatic in its results. I use Jason shampoo.

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm 0

On Somewhere Between Fantasy and Reality: A Tribute to Loehmann's

@lucy snowe That dressing room! My first real look at what time does to women's bodies and the various support garments meant to hide such ravages.

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm 1

On What I've Learned From Three Years Without Shampoo

@polka dots vs stripes Yes! I rotate conditioners but tea tree shampoo is the absolute best. I have a very oily itchy flaky scalp and it helps clear up a lot of that nastiness. I have tea tree oil I mix with olive oil. Once a month or so, I use an eyedropper to put that all over my scalp and cover my hair in coconut oil. Braid it and throw a shower cap on. If it is under 75 degrees, heat the whole deal up with my hair dryer a few times to keep the coconut oil liquid. Leave it in for a couple hours then wash it out and condition. My scalp feels tingly and awesome and my hair is super soft. The tea tree smell sometimes holds for a day or so.

Posted on January 23, 2014 at 12:15 am 0

On Mary Gaitskill Is Not a Fan of Gone Girl

@Bittersweet Go was always Joan Cusack in my head. Constance Zimmer, maybe?

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

-Portland Japanese Garden (breathtaking! Considered one of the best Japanese gardens not in Japan. The maples should just be starting to leaf out and the early azaleas are in bloom.)
-Cascade Brewing Company for 'sour' beers. Not really sour, just weird fruity flavors you can try in small tasters.
-The Doug Fir is a cool bar that usually has some great bands.
-Walk or take the light rail everywhere. Easy, frequent, and free!
-Also, they do have some really great strip clubs, if that is a shared interest...

Have fun!

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Cheap Creams, Jeans, and Long Hair Dreams

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Take it easy on all the zinc! Not too much and take with food. Too much will give you the worst cramps/upset stomach. Because what you really are missing when you are coughing all the time is a seized up stomach and diarrhea...

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm 3

On Beauty Q&A: Cheap Creams, Jeans, and Long Hair Dreams

@Reginal T. Squirge I have the same butt-gap issue and go for the DKNY Soho jeans at Macy's. They have a little stretch and a semi-high rise, but aren't quite momjeans (or at least I tell myself that...).

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm 0

On A Lazy Man's Guide to Seducing Women

@fruiting body Don't bother. Too much work.

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm 14

On Light-ish, Hippie-ish, Side Dish Ish/Help

@FashionablyEvil Carrots and parsnips cut into sticks about 1/2" thick, shallots cut in half, a few whole garlic cloves, olive oil, salt, black and white pepper, some chopped thyme. Roast. Delicious and colorful.

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm 0