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The Beauty in Watching Women Want

(5) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 1:33 PM

I've been watching a lot of the Women's World Cup, with a fervor that surprises even me. I'm an unlikely soccer fan to begin with; sports, personally speaking, have traditionally been something to be avoided and/or feared. But after I shocked myself last summer by watching literally every single World...

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I Was A Fat Kid -- And I Finally Understand Why

(41) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:12 AM

I was a fat kid. I haven't written about this before, telling myself it's because I write primarily about beauty, and I'm wary of conflating weight and beauty. That's true, but the real reason I haven't written about having been a fat kid is that--listen, I know writers are supposed...

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Relationships And Appearance: How I Stopped Trying To Look The Part

(82) Comments | Posted October 25, 2012 | 3:04 PM

Years ago, I dated a bona fide good dresser. Actually, it wasn't so much that he was a good dresser as it was that he knew what look he wanted to embody: a 1950s career man, one who wears a suit to the office and definitive leisurewear on the weekends....

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Bad Body Image: Are We Teaching Girls That It's Inevitable?

(168) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 9:46 AM

When I was 11, I decided I had a crush on Robby B., whom I now suspect I targeted because he was neither popular nor an outcast and therefore might consent to "go with" me. In the style of the age, I asked my best friend to tell him during...

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How My Mirror Fast Landed Me on the Today Show -- and My Thighs on National Television

(22) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 6:47 AM

More than a year after I did my first month without mirrors -- and months after my blogging buddy Kjerstin Gruys finished her yearlong experiment of the same nature -- the concept of going without mirrors by choice been getting a fair amount of press. Gruys (who is...

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How My Mirror Fast Landed Me on the 'Today' Show -- and My Thighs on National Television

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2012 | 6:47 AM

More than a year after I did my first month without mirrors -- and months after my blogging buddy Kjerstin Gruys finished her yearlong experiment of the same nature -- the concept of going without mirrors by choice been getting a fair amount of press. Gruys (who is...

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Cat Marnell Uses Makeup To Conceal Debauchery -- I Used It To Hide My Eating Disorder

(53) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 12:28 PM

If I use the phrase "addicted to makeup," I'm usually referring to how uncomfortable I feel going out in most social situations without the stuff. The reasons I'm uncomfortable are a post of their own, but they boil down to the same old story: feeling as though what I'm bringing...

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What Scoliosis Taught Me About Body Image

(6) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 10:51 AM

I was recently diagnosed with a medical condition. I've got a mild case of it, but it brings a few troublesome complications regardless, nothing serious. And as one might well do, the first thing I did when I got home upon receiving my diagnosis was Google it to learn more....

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What I Know About Beauty Now That I'm In My 30s

(14) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 10:03 AM

I spent more than 10 years in women's magazines, and I write a beauty blog with a critical slant. But my real qualification for sharing my thoughts on beauty is 35 years of womanhood. From dabbling in my grandmother's makeup kit at age 5 to trying anti-aging creams...

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