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LadyGuide: How to Make Friends

[Original publication date: March 29, 2012] Mouth-breather I am not. I’m socially adept, I have a quick wit, and I can flit around a party with the most social of butterflies. I have online dated, been to meetups, and taken classes. And you know what I’ve learned? Making friends is difficult. Post-college, post-breakup, post-new city, […]

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Ladyguide: The Only Way To Drink Whiskey Is Neat

So Selena laid the smackdown on all you vodka martini drinkers. It hurt, I know, but learning sometimes involves painful realities.

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14 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Starting Your Own Ladyblog

Let’s pretend there’s a controversial and provocative hypothetical website for women, Delilah, which has done something you disagree with. You’re so angered, in fact, that you decide you’re going to start your own site. How hard can it be? Delilah makes it look so easy, surely any smart person with a good head on their […]

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Ladyguide: Fix a Nail Polish Chip

Has this happened to you? Your manicure is glorious for a day, and then, boom, you do something silly like cleaning without gloves. Suddenly, you have a single chip on one nail. There’s no need to start over or live with the chip. Here’s how to fix a nail polish chip.

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Etiquette: Gift Registry Edition

Registering for gifts is a really fun activity that you get to do only a few times in your life, so you may as well do it with class!

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Ladyguide: Know Your US Government Shutdown

The US government is in a shut down, because a bunch of whiny-ass, over-paid, birth control-hating ogres threw a temper tantrum. No judgment.

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Ladyguide: The Basics Of Babywearing

The subject of babywearing tends to involve, at some point, phrases like “crunchy mom” or “granola mom.” I don’t really see myself as being either. Sure, we babywear, we use cloth diapers, we co-sleep, use therapy-based discipline, recycle as much as we can, and often have beans and lentils on the menu. On the other […]

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How Not to Act During a Critique

The first time I participated in an art critique was a complete disaster. It seemed that everyone fit into two categories: those who took it well, and those who became incredibly defensive about what was being said.

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Etiquette: Grieving for an Audience

Grief is a complicated issue. I work in the death industry, and I view the tangible representations of grief every day. (In other words, I look at caskets. A lot.)

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Etiquette: Things We Should Just Stop Saying

There are some things that we should all just stop saying.

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Ladyguide: How to Pack Everything in One Carry-on

When I told my coworker I planned to spend two weeks in Europe with just one carry-on, she didn’t believe me. But I believed in myself, or rather my ability to make it work with a limited wardrobe. If you follow my plan, you will never have to check a bag again.

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Etiquette: At the Doctor’s Office

I really hate going to the doctor. The appointment is never on time, there are usually forms to fill out, chances are good I’m going to get poked with needles, and the waiting room is full of sick people. It’s like a germ factory. Plus, I’m going to have to talk about gross, very personal […]

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Etiquette: The Art of Refusal

It is a fact universally acknowledged, Dear Reader, that we often take on far too much. This often leads to distraction, burnout, and once in a not-so-very-great while, utter chaos.

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Etiquette: Wine Time

You may have noticed that I talk about wine a lot. It’s a situation smoother, a conversation starter, and a clever agent of relaxation, among other roles. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, or you are VERY new here, I love wine. It’s rare that I don’t have a bottle sitting around. With all of […]

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My Magical Seed Starting Closet

In another two months, my magical seed starting closet should be up and running! And by magical seed starting closet, I mean the most basic DIY setup you’ve ever seen. I used a folding table, two milk crates, a few seed starting trays with clear covers and a light. They weren’t even those fancy pants […]