On Men Explain Cars To Me

@Brunhilde Nooooo! He's savvy enough to figure out he goofed, yes, but that overreaction? You'd spend the next 20 minutes in person reassuring him it's fine, no, you don't think it's stupid, no it's not a big deal, no you don't think it's stupid that you have to keep telling him it's not a big deal, it's fine, really. Really, it's fine.

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 5:43 pm 2

On Not That Kind of Death: An Interview With Caitlin Doughty

Break me down for spare parts, cremate the rest if it's in too many pieces for my loved ones to handle. I don't mind.

I fucking hate caskets, wreaths, vaults, the whole fancy rigamarole -- but it was admittedly pretty great when the balloon release at the second anniversary of my mom's death was interrupted when an old Corvette the same metallic red as my mom's coffin came down the street and slowly drove past all of us.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 8:52 pm 0

On Not That Kind of Death: An Interview With Caitlin Doughty

@LilyB At the viewing before my mom's funeral, I had to help a grieving friend of hers take a cell phone picture of my mom's body. It felt a little weird to review the photos with her ("That look OK?"), not because OMG FUNERAL PHOTO, but because it was such a banal little act in such an unfamiliar setting.

Grief is pretty much an all-consuming monster, so whatever people have to do to keep their shit together in the face of it is fine by me.

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm 1

On A Brief History of Polka Dots

Also rockin' polka dots: chronically handsome musician and weirdo hellion Ed Harcourt:

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm 5

On Unreleased Celebrity Fragrances

Oh, the URLs got lost.
Paintbox Soapworks "English Gentleman"
CB I Hate Perfume "Russian Caravan"

CB I Hate Perfume "Russian Caravan" - "Smoked black Indian tea, bergamot and the hint of shelves full of old books"

If you like "Fryday I'm in Love":
CB I Hate Perfume "In the Library" - "a warm blend of English Novel*, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish"

If you like "Mule Variations":
Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs - Sin & Salvation - LES INFORTUNES DE LA VERTU - "A pain-tinged, pleasure-soaked blend of leather, oakmoss, orange blossom, amber, and rose with a breath of virginal French florals and a hint of austere monastic penitential incense."
Paintbox Soapworks "The Queen is Dead" - "Blackened honey, glossy leather & a glittering swirl of smoke rising from the earth"
Aramis "Havana" for Men - "Top notes are artemisia, caraway, mandarin orange and basil; middle notes are carnation, fir, cinnamon and tobacco; base notes are sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss and vetiver." It's for men, but not especially musky, so it doesn't read as "cologne" so much as "sweetish, complex and compelling," and I wear it all the time.

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm 0

On Unreleased Celebrity Fragrances

@AmandathePanda Pardon the spamming, but YOU CAN HAZ. I have bought this and adore it.

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm 3

On Unreleased Celebrity Fragrances

@cashmere velvet candy cane YOU CAN BUY "SHERLOCKED." Well, it's called "English Gentleman," but it smells EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED. http://www.etsy.com/listing/75489373/the-englishman-luxury-glycerin-soap

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm 0

On Don't Pity Them, They Will Take Over Your World

@Nicole Cliffe Because Cardiff is where the Captain Harkness live traps have to be.

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm 1

On Girls Who Wear Glasses on Halloween

I just went to a party as the Tenth Doctor this weekend! I'd already given myself the haircut while watching Doctor Who drunk a month earlier (FYI, that David Tennant hair looks GREAT on women) and have rectangular frames. The rest was just tailoring a pinstriped suit and channeling my manic pixie side all night.

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm 0