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On Beauty Q&A: Shells, Bra Purses, and The Next New 'Do

Tevas? Birkenstocks? Flip-flops? Come on ladies! Let the southern Europeans decide the best footwear for a southern European city.

Ferragamo Vara or Varina flats, available on ebay from $10.
They run narrow, and break them in!

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm 0

On Shared Spaces, Lie-Measurement, and the Manageable Hassle

@Countess Maritza As the dude mentioned, monogamy is a choice that we make. It is a natural thing to develop feelings for other people, and to become close to other people. Monogamy, by definition actually, is not taking action on those emotions. And the idea that one person can fulfill all of our needs for intimacy is a recent one that is simply not sustainable over a lifetime. To maintain such a strict definition is just setting oneself, or one's relationship, up for failure, because it's not realistic to deny those feelings. Control them, sure, but to deny that they exist is only going to exacerbate them.

Obviously this girl is legitimately hurt and should definitely get rid of this guy. But I think that "emotional cheating" is a contradiction, and giving weight to it is dangerous.

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm 0

On Shared Spaces, Lie-Measurement, and the Manageable Hassle

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS EMOTIONAL CHEATING. And accusing someone of it is called thought police.

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm 1

On Beauty Q&A: If You See Something, Say Something

@SuperMargie But is life worth living without wine and salty food?

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: If You See Something, Say Something

@SuperMargie Thank you for writing this letter! And I am sorry that Jane was so wholly dismissive, and borderline mean. I'm in my 20's and freaking out about exactly the same thing. I've had bags under my eyes for as long as I can remember, and photos of my older female relatives send me into full-on panic. Nothing I've tried has helped, except that i try to keep the following in mind:

Beautiful celebrities who have bags under their eyes: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jakob Dylan, Eva Mendes, Justin Timberlake, even babies like Kirsten Stewart.

Something a friend once told me when I was living in LA: That bags under the eyes are the best way to tell models from regular pretty girls. So I try to operate under the idea that my life is so Full and Busy and Glamorous that I simply don't have time worry about looking tired.

Either way, thank you for reminding the editors that their readers extend beyond their peer group.

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm 2

On Pincurls in 24 Hours

This doesn't really take 24 hours, but it does take a good 12. I have straight bangs and an "aristocratic" forehead that I like to hide, so when I do pincurls I fingerwave the bangs. A little historically inaccurate, but it works.

Also, brushing my stick straight waist length hair out into a tremendous fro-frizz is my favorite part of pincurls! Bernadette Peters in The Jerk, anyone?

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Blushing, Cobbling, and Black Ties

I generally consider Jane to be beyond reproach, but in this instance Miss Manners pulls her trump card. You simply Can. Not. wear black to a wedding. It's so boring! Girls, look alive!

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 12:42 am 1

On Dan Deacon's "True Thrush" Video

Welcome to Baltimore, where it is like that all the time!

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm 2

On What Charles Manson Means to Me

RACHEL! First let me say that I am so honored to have such a famous friend who writes for The Hairpin! Then let me say that I once spent a weekend in Wheeling, West Virginia. Have you been? Bo-ring! But nearby Moundsville is fascinating, with an Indian burial ground, a Palace of Gold, and the original state prison. They do tours and apparently Manson grew up in or near Wheeling? There's a tiny one room museum at the end of the tour, and they have correspondence from Manson to the warden in which he begs to be transferred. I don't know, worth a field trip if you're into that kind of thing!

Have fun on your trip!

Posted on January 12, 2012 at 11:19 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Shorts, Gifts, and the Panty Purge

On the topic of party dresses:

Avoid polyester chiffon in cold weather (i.e. Marciano Dress #2) because it is freezing and conducts static electricity like it was made by Tesla.

Nicole Miller is my go-to for party dresses. They fit like a dream, are well structured, and can often be found on sale at Loehmann's or the like.

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm 0