Oh god I tried plopping so many fucking times and I hated every second of it. I learned about it on naturallycurly.com, where everyone was doing it at the time. It's a complete pain in the ass from the application of the product to the waiting forever for your hair to dry to the putting of clips to increase volume.
I'm happy if it works for you, but my hair is so much happier with minimal intervention and/or a diffuser.
Related/unrelated: I do not smoke pot either! I've had the good stuff but it always makes me nauseous. I will only try it again if I am seriously ill.
I'm with you on the Embryolisse - it makes me break out. I had long read about the moisturizer in beauty blogs and fashion mags, but tried it only once I received a small sample in a beauty box. It might be a workhorse for some, but my skin couldn't handle it. Also, in the US, it comes with a mighty price tag.
I am really tired of reading about how the French have better _____; that's times a million for the beauty industry. French pharmacies have some great finds, but they're still full of shitty, over-priced products with ingredients that won't do your skin any good (eg. fragrances). The one advantage to a French pharma (or more generally, in Europe) is that you can talk to someone about what you're looking for and they're usually happy to give you samples. It still pays to do some research, though.
Anyway, I love reading about new products, but I just can't muster the energy to join the zeitgeist for each new "cult" product. If anything, I am just completely unable to commit to a single product for any length of time. But, I only just quit using NARS Orgasm (the same one Ive had for three years), because I realized I didn't like the colour anymore and prefer instead to smudge lipstick on my cheeks, until I shell out for another blush.
I'd love to read more critical pieces about the fashion industry, especially ones that examine the social and economic aspects of the business. As it stands, I have a love/hate relationship with fashion week and the frenzy it causes in the blogosphere. I can't turn myself away from the pictures, but I hate most of the dialogue.
Yep, love this. I love looking at Vogue, but I can't bring myself to read anything but a few captions. I used to hate-read the articles, but I can't even do that anymore, because the writers and/or their subjects are just so terrible and out of touch. I have a hard time justifying the cost of the magazine now (I know, I'm a grump). I'm sure this sample is just the tip of the iceberg.
BUT! I will read this every month. Joyfully.
This is the first piece of writing I've been able to relate to in a long time. My now-deceased grandmother made me an afghan as a wedding gift and it is one of my very few cherished possessions. It's made of the same acrylic wool as yours and the pattern is similar to the afghan you're making for your daughter. The colours in mine are varying shades of pink (including fuschia), which are not even close to my favourites, but, oddly enough, they match my couch.
Although she was happy about my marriage, my grandmother was, like your great aunt, deeply mistrustful of male authority figures, including my grandfather. She was very pleased that I got a good education. She even told me once that she had the opportunity to go to medical school, but refused. This would have been in the 1930s and 40s. I asked her why and she figured she mustn't have really wanted it. Maybe she didn't, but the answer was unsatisfactory to me at the time. It still is, and I sometimes wonder now what was going on there.
My favorite, readily-available cider is Crispin Imported English Cider. Crispin has several ciders, but this one, in green cans, is my favorite, since it's dry. I recently tried their Extra Dry, but found that it was too sweet.
If you like ciders with flavor, try the Etienne Dupont ciders. I love them, but they taste a bit like hay. They are from Normandy and are delicious.
Thank you for sharing this. Your mother is remarkable.
I love this. Beach hair is impossible to get, unless I actually go to the beach. Then my hair is full of salt.
This was great - very funny.
I loved this! Very lighthearted and touching.