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

November 10, 2013

This Jezebel article is right in line with what I write about in my book, "Smooth": the fact that pretty is a set of skills. It's true you have something to start with, and not everyone's starting level is the same, but what you can do from there is a set of skills. No...

November 9, 2013

Of course this happened at Mt. Zion in San Francisco.

November 8, 2013

This was a gift from my brother's girlfriend. She was trying to get he and I to make up from a fight. It worked. Yes, we are both over thirty and still fight like we're 10.

November 5, 2013

Not to be confused with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter, which is also delicious, but not fit for moisturizing your largest organ. (That would end poorly, and stickily). (Side note, once my dad was telling a little black/Pakistani friend of the family one of his favorite j...

August 15, 2013

Today one of my best clients called and canceled her brow wax. She got booked on Days Of Our Lives as an inmate in for life, and had to be believable.

June 20, 2013


I never knew that donkeys actually make the sound “hee-haw”, but they do, and not just once, but over and over again. It's like a horse yelling at you through a trombone. It's the soundtrack to Salt Cay, the southernmost island in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

To get...

May 1, 2013

I am getting much, much closer to finishing up this book. But I am also getting much closer to trichotillomania (look it up.) Revision, by its very nature, requires a writer to listen to themselves talk. Alot. Revision also requires some distance from the project, some...

April 19, 2013

The red bullseye gleamed before me. The parking lot extended in all directions, shiny chrome and glass everywhere, unnecessary consumption at its best. Carts, looking barely used, were being herded into an orderly formation. Life was good. Life was clean, and shiny, an...

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The Meh List

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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