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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

So much good reading this week!

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Just for Fun

The Eyes Have It: Red Chilies

The only time I advise putting hot peppers on your eyes.

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Sex

Ugly As Sin: The Forever Price of Being Looked At

In David Foster Wallace’s cringe-inducing book, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, he writes, “Or like just another manipulative pseudopomo Bullshit artist who’s trying to salvage a fiasco by dropping back to a metadimension and commenting on the fiasco itself.”

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Perspectives

Expat Ramblings: Make the Most of Your Language!

Over in Facebookland, a friend of mine recently posted a link to an expat’s blog post. In it, the writer expressed her fear of losing her native language while living abroad and not using it the way she used to. My friend and many other expats shared her concerns. And while I can relate to […]

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Persephone Pioneers

Persephone Pioneers: Janet Stephens, Hair Archaeologist

Janet Stephens is a real-life Indiana Jones: by day, she’s a hairdresser, but by night, she’s a hair archaeologist. Her interest isn’t just casual: she’s been published  in academic journals, she presents regularly at conferences, and she is the first person to take studying and recreating ancient hairstyles seriously. Welcome, Janet Stephens!

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Feminism

Sitting in a Space of Discomfort: Challenging Society’s Beauty Standards

I’ve been confronted with this concept for quite some time now, but especially since I’ve been publicly claiming a feminist identity. The common tropes and misconceptions of feminists are connected with this idea of everyone being “bra burners,” which if you’re familiar with the women’s liberation movement, bra burning actually didn’t happen on the day […]

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

While the snow came down, the ladyblogs blogged and the readers read. Which is just about all snow is good for facilitating in my opinion. Here’s what we read this week.

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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

See if you can guess what the article is about based on the hyperbolic headlines I wrote.

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Style

Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Show

A few weeks ago, Dormouse and I were hanging out and shopping around downtown Seattle. We wandered into the flagship Nordstrom as people who are interested in department stores are wont to do. We got caught up looking at awesome eye shadow palettes at the Lancôme counter.

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Ladyguides

Cling Wrap Marble Nails

I’ll be honest, my makeup game is not great. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s okay, not great. What I’m saying is it serves its purpose. Unfortunately, I don’t have the patience, or the funds for a lot of makeup and neat little tools to improve it. My nail polish game, on the […]

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You Complete Me Internet

Dispatches from Ladyblogland Had a Good Week

This was week was soooooo good in ladyblogland. So good. See why.

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We try it!

Pinteresting Projects: DIY Acne Mask

I have a zit. FYI for those of you under 30: zits don’t stop after your 20s. They keep coming. Maybe vaguely less frequently than before, but they’ll pop up even after two decades of awesome zit strategies.

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Feminism

Feminist Insecurities: Style Edition

I wish I could say that I was bold enough to be that feminist who doesn’t give a damn what people think. I wish I could be that proud woman who wears exactly what she wants, no matter how society says she looks, who ignores the stares or the raised eyebrows. I wish I could stop imagining […]

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Books

Book Review: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho is one of my literary gaps – I’d heard of him, meant to read him, yet never got around to him until now. Is Manuscript Found in Accra the best introduction to him? I don’t know, but this slim novel – if “novel” is the right word – gives me plenty to think […]

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Op Ed

Friday Night Discussion: Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches”

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” video went viral this week, but what does it really say about how we perceive ourselves versus how we perceive others?