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09

Oct

iamcaradelevingne:

STOP BULLYING NOW #regram

iamcaradelevingne:

STOP BULLYING NOW #regram

19

Aug

On Hobby Lobby

It’s hard for me to be decisive about religious freedoms, especially after the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby. The Court ruled that, as a closely held company, the corporation can exercise its religious beliefs with respect to its employees and their rights under the Affordable Care Act. Put simply, the family that owns Hobby Lobby disagrees with 4 types of contraception, for religious reasons; therefore they cannot legally be forced to pay for those contraceptives.

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I Buy Store-Brand Toilet Paper, but Never Ask Me to Skimp on My Skincare

I’m one of those people who will probably have trouble skin forever. Thankfully, a lot of trial and error has helped me figure out what my skin needs to behave. At this point, I can pretty reliably say when I expect to have a breakout (if, for example, I go too long without using some kind of chemical exfoliant), and can act to prevent that from occurring. Here are my tried and true favorites.image

La Roche Posay Effaclar Serum ^

Contains Lipohydroxy acid and AHA-Glycolic complex-both chemical exfoliants that smooth wrinkles and refine pores

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14

Jul

Paris Couture Picks for the Social Swan

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Above, Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall 2014

Perfect for the opening of the Etro-sponsored Frida Kahlo exhibition at Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale (through August 31)

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12

Jun

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015

Burberry Prorsum Resort 2015

11

Jun

Product Review: Living Proof Prime Style Extender Cream

Product: Living Proof Prime Style Extender Cream

Price: $20 for 5oz; $12 for 2oz

Available at: Sephora, Amazon, Living Proof Online

Smell/Texture:  All the Living Proof products have the same scent, best described as masculine and somewhat like cologne. Truthfully, it’s sometimes a bit much for my nose to handle. But then the desire for great hair wins out! The cream itself is almost opaque white, and has a certain sort of density when rubbed between the fingers. 

Usability: I often use this right out of the shower, while my hair is still wet. That’s because I’ve found that it helps prolong my blowouts (when I do them myself, and I usually do). I have fairly long hair, so I use about a half dollar sized blob and run it through my hair. (It’s entirely possible that someone reading this has never seen a half-dollar coin!) I make sure to get some on my roots—one of the things Prime does is help repel dirt and grease, and my hair can get somewhat greasy if I don’t shampoo it every day. Next I blow my hair straight or put in velcro rollers and then heat set for big waves.

I’ve also used Prime without blowing out my hair afterwards. When I do, I’ll just stop right before grabbing the blow dryer.

Finish/Endurance: Have I ever written down the exact number of extra hours I got out of my hair style as a result of using Prime? No. But I can say that I most certainly find myself thinking about my hair less when I use it. That is, it takes longer for me to look in the mirror and say “WOOF. Time for a shower. Quelle ragamuffin!” 

I’ve also noticed that I get a nice textural finish with this product. Generally, I don’t like texture products like Beach sprays (they dry out my already dry hair), but this isn’t like that. It’s more like a matte finish that’s very brushable.

Overall Rating: 4/5- Like I said, I don’t always love the (strong) scent. And, I’d like to see this product in drugstores for easier access. All told, it’s a great product. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Living Proof in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was impressed by their scientific approach to product development. I have no idea how any of the stuff works, but I know they thoroughly vet their products for efficacy-and it shows!

I have no affiliation with Living Proof, nor was I paid monetarily or in kind for my review of this product. I bought it myself, of my own volition. I cannot promise similar results for you-this review is simply a summary of my experience with the product. 

30

May

In “The Art Hitler Hated,” Michael Kimmelman explores the “menace” of modern art during Hitler’s reign—just as a secret cache of Nazi-seized works is rediscovered. 

Above, “Self Portrait, 1934/1937,” Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, c/o New York Review of Books

In “The Art Hitler Hated,” Michael Kimmelman explores the “menace” of modern art during Hitler’s reign—just as a secret cache of Nazi-seized works is rediscovered. 

Above, “Self Portrait, 1934/1937,” Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, c/o New York Review of Books

28

Mar

Useless

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13

Mar

What’s Actually In My Bag Today-March 13

Inspired by this Buzzfeed post, I present: the stuff I’m actually carrying around today. (if you like something, I’m linking to sites where you can purchase some of this stuff)

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Ill tackle this from a generally clockwise direction…beginning with the right.

Town and Country/Bazaar Magazine renewal notices \ Keys with lanyard and bike share key \ YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lip Stain and gloss in Peche Cerra Cola Fresh Sugar Shine Lip Treatment Free admission ticket to club iPod mini and headphones in leather case three pens lollipop cranberry pills Boscia peppermint blotting linens Peter Thomas Roth Oily Problem Skin Instant Mineral Powder with SPF Mac Select Cover Up red pouch \ Jaybird bluetooth headphones, in casewhatever you call those things that carry your daily meds  leather gloves and too-small hat leather wristlet containing card holder and receipt for CVS ExtraBucks Wallet (why do I need multiple card-carrying objects?) travel size hand lotion  SILLY PUTTY Minimergency Kit plastic container to be re-used for toting around trail mix

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From the inside pocket of my bag, from bottom right…

Victoria’s Secret coupons and Saks Tom Ford rep’s card Starbucks Reserve coffee tag \ care instructions that came with the bag \ gum plastic baggy full of all my rewards/promotional customer cards nail file panty liner and scrap of paper Vitamin C packet

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The bag in question….looking slumpy!

15

Feb

Most people are ok with eye-for-an-eye thinking when it comes to justice, because it’s a prevailing logic in Judeo-Christian Religions. But it isn’t in mine.

Most people are ok with eye-for-an-eye thinking when it comes to justice, because it’s a prevailing logic in Judeo-Christian Religions. But it isn’t in mine.