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Saturday, February 18, 2017

TEN THINGS

The weather finally seems to be warming up, and by warming up, I mean 50 degrees. I'll take what I can get though. I'm looking forward to this long weekend and am currently trying to work up enough energy and motivation to start working on homework. This week's ten things:

1 / "Grey's Anatomy" quotes to help you through the bad days. And 15 reasons why it's the most underrated feminist series.

2 / A stunning Santa Monica home of a Hollywood producer.

3 / Love made me do it: grand gestures to cure your cynicism.

4 / How it feels to go off birth control.

5 / Just ordered these bras and can't wait to wear them.

6 / Tips for faster, easier weeknight dinners.

7 / The writers behind "Girls" on putting words in the mouths of Hannah and her friends.

8 / How to feel more confident in 60 seconds.

9 / Beyonce and Adele are perfectionists in their own way--and we need both types of role models.

10 / This sunscreen just became an essential part of my morning routine.

Happy weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

CURRENTLY WATCHING: FLEABAG


On a recommendation from Amy Schumer's Instagram, I started watching "Fleabag" on Amazon Prime. It's a British comedy starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who you may remember from "Broadchurch") about a woman dealing with the death of her best friend, her dysfunctional family (father, godmother turned stepmother, sister, and brother-in-law), and romantic/sexual relationships. It's completely brilliant and darkly funny. 

There's a great interview in New York Mag's The Cut with Waller-Bridge, and the author Noreen Malone describes the show:

"Fleabag, in fairness, is risqué, though rarely in a predictable way. Waller-Bridge’s character (whom fans tend to refer to as Fleabag, since she is never named) masturbates to a video of Barack Obama giving a speech about democracy; her stepmother puts on an art show that includes an installation of penis molds, including Fleabag’s ex-boyfriend’s and father’s; she imagines, at one point, that a dog is hitting on her; she runs into a hookup at the store while buying tampons and quickly switches out supers for regulars. And it’s full of wickedly sly jokes about the female condition, dark in a classically British way. In the first episode, a feminist lecturer (played by Waller-Bridge’s real-life mother) asks who in the assembled crowd would give up five years of their life for a perfect body. Fleabag and her sister are the only ones in the audience whose hands shoot up, reflexively, before they exchange embarrassed looks and lower them back down."


Friday, February 10, 2017

TEN THINGS


The last few weeks have been a blur of settling into a new routine, making changes, and  enjoying taking a bit of time for myself. I've read a few books, none worth mentioning though. Does that ever happen to you? You start a book, get halfway through, not in love with it, but feel like you have to finish it anyways? In other news, this weekend, I'm looking forward to catching up on homework, cleaning out my closet, and finding a new eye cream (it's the little things). Here are this week's ten things:

1 / This Nantucket vacation home is my dream.

2 / Confessions of a former celebrity gossip addict. I can relate. 

3 / Wanting to update my underwear drawer with these.

4 / Are your beauty products growing bacteria?

5 / The modern woman's guide to the art of self promotion.

6 / 24 "Grey's Anatomy" quotes to help you remember how great it used to be.

7 / The new trailer for "Broadchurch" season 3. One of my favorite shows.

8 / Ryan Murphy's brilliant beach house.

9 / The best mom advice from Mother Mag and Glossier.

10 / My current read Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Hoping this one is better than the last.

Have a great weekend! 

Photo from here.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

ORIGINS: CHARCOAL MASK


My sensitive skin doesn't leave much room for trying new products. While I love reading about and researching new products, it takes a lot for me to actually purchase new ones. My sister had first told me about this mud mask and I became obsessed. When it ran out, I decided to try a new brand and settled on Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. For $4 more, you get triple the amount of mask. 

Origins Charcoal Mask is an active charcoal mask that helps clear out your pores. It's for any skin type: dry, normal, or oily. When environmental toxins, dirt and debris get under your skin, its waste filtering system gets jammed, your pores get clogged and your skin appears cloudy. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep dwelling pore cloggers, while white china clay absorbs environmental toxins and lecithin dissolves impurities. You can use once a week or as often as needed. Before using, open pores with a warm, moist towel, then layer the mask on. Allow to dry (about 15-20 minutes) and then rinse well.

The next morning, you'll notice a glow in your skin, plus the 15 minutes of self care helps you wash away the worries of the day (at least in my opinion).