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a blog about beauty and writing, and other stuff that is completely unrelated but still noteworthy

July 28, 2015



Check out my latest blog post for Parenthoods, a hyperlocal San Francisco parenting community.

May 12, 2014

If you're thinking of having a baby, don't read this. Or do read this. I recorded everything I did for 24 hours in order to answer a simple question: what the hell do you DO all day when you have a baby? And it was brutal and awesome at the same time. I keep thinking a...

March 25, 2014

First, I have to apologize to all of the mommy bloggers. I used to think the mommy bloggers were...bored. And boring. And self-involved. And writing about something that isn't interesting or important or worth talking about. But I get it now. No one listens to us! Ther...

December 17, 2013

I swear, my next book is going to be filled with "stuff no one told me about pregnancy." It would be a LONG book. Most of my knowledge has come from my intermittent google searches after something strange happens to me. Like, xxx will happen and I will think, "well thi...

December 6, 2013

Actually, I don't even know what Oprah is doing these days. Does she still do her favorite things list? Or is she just sleeping on a bed made entirely of hundred dollar bills with a champagne and black truffle IV, cackling in her sleep? Regardless, I'm borrowing (steal...

November 29, 2013

I first picked up this book from a recommendation by Ann Patchett in The Week. Patchett is an accomplished and popular author as well as a bookseller, so she knows her stuff. The recommendation she wrote was mysterious and raving: that everyone she sold it to loved it,...

November 29, 2013

baby shower games

"catching up"

daylight savings


books about gardening

celebrity chefs

November 18, 2013

I've been practicing esthetics for so long now that I forget one essential fact: most people don't know the things that I know. Things that seem obvious to me are not obvious at all. Here's a short list of beauty hacks: the inside scoop.


Do you tend to break out on the...

November 11, 2013

kale juice

yoga mat carrying cases


bartenders in suspenders

Real Simple

crew neck sweatshirts



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November 10, 2013

Sock Monkey's surgery was unsuccessful, despite Polliwog's best efforts. They both fought the good fight.

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Inspired by NYT Magazine: things that I feel "meh" about this week

December 17, 2013


dry cleaning




anything "world famous"


offshore accounts


flocked Christmas trees


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