On Beauty Q&A: Miss Fancy Pants Goes to Work

@RK Fire the problem with Danskos is that they look all orthopedic, but they aren't. It's actually pretty easy to roll your foot and sprain your ankle in them. That means you're wearing a clunky, not so pretty shoe AND injuring yourself. That's a lose-lose in my book. I trashed mine after my umpteenth injury in them.

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:17 pm 2

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

Wow, the question about aging, sensitive skin and treating it on a budget hit home. I am also a non-profit drone/former party girl. Unfortunately, retinols are pretty harsh and won't help much if your skin is sensitive. Sadly, I think the best approach here is a mild lotion (like Aveeno or Cetaphil), plenty of water, watching your booze intake (boring, I know), and sunglasses. Wearing shades when you're outside, even in the winter is key.

Posted on January 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm 0

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Long Suicide of Montgomery Clift

@KiloTangoBravo@twitter Agreed! If I had known as a culture studies student in college that one day I'd be reading these columns in awe and jealousy, I totally would have done the whole Phd thing. AHP, you are my hero.

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:53 am 0

On Mini Ask a Lady: Teenage Tattoos

When I think of the tattoos I wanted when I was 18, I am so glad I didn't go through with them. While a celtic arm and a butterfly tramp stamp seemed really cool to me in 1994, they're now beyond cliche. I wouldn't tell anyone NOT to get a tattoo, but I would urge them to consider how they'll feel about their body art decades down the line. What I don't regret are my piercings from that era. The tiny scar on my nose from my now gone nose stud serves as a fun reminder of my college years.

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm 1

On Into the Gray

Yup, I know the feeling. Had I known in college that I'd start greying at 25 I probably would have put down the Manic Panic and enjoyed my natural color while I could. Now I'm 35 and hair dye is a central aspect of my beauty routine, but rather than purple, I'm experimenting with the wonderful world of brown. It's not quite as boring as it sounds.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1

On Learning to Love Ben, Part Five

I know this show is 100% manipulated by producers, but that hasn't stopped me from feeling really let down by Ben. I had thought going into this season that he was something of an earnest, slightly dorky every-man. Now he just seems really lame, especially with his hots for Courtney. Seems that reality TV crushes have a similar way of working out as real-life ones.

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 3:02 pm 0

On Tucker Max's Rocking Chair

@Megan Patterson@facebook : $30 bucks says he "accidentally on purpose" orchestrates that little "mistake."

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm 3

On Tucker Max's Rocking Chair

@likethestore : Perhaps he can shack up with Casey Anthony.

Posted on January 19, 2012 at 12:36 pm 0

On "Each has the other’s name tattooed on his inner lip"

@Brittanie Shey : Yes! me too. I dated a twin back in my early 20s. He lived with his twin bro, and they were very much attached at the hip. When wanted to move to a new town, the other followed suit. Or relationship ended when he decided to follow his twin back across the country. I mean, there were other reasons too, like his fear of commitment, but where one went, the other followed. I never stood a chance. Also, when we were dating, his twin tagged along on many of our outings. I only had an intimate relationship with one, but there were times when it felt like there were three people in that relationship. I hear they now live in separate states, so I guess they ultimately developed some independence.

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm 0

On Is Yoga Ruining Your Life?

So much of it boils down to the instructor. I've taken classes from a couple of teachers who each have over 20 years of teaching experience. I've also taken classes from relative newbie teachers. At one of these classes I warned the instructor of some lower back issues I was experiencing, and yet she encouraged me to participate in a supported bridge pose that basically messed up my lower back for several months, causing me to take a year long hiatus from practice. I'm starting up again per my chiropractor's recommendation to address a shoulder issue, but I'm only taking classes from highly experienced teachers and saying "no" when something starts to hurt. I think the key here is to listen to your body. Only you know when you've reached your edge. In my experience, Iyengar is best in terms of preventing and working around injuries.

Posted on January 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm 0