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Blank Stare, Blink is a fashion lovers' collaboration that celebrates being fashionable after forty, a time when most women begin waving the white flag. BSB was started by Jennifer Boyd-Einstein and Paula Mangin, two friends who met in the early 90's at a start-up advertising agency in San Francisco and have been shopping and musing ever since.

Jennifer is now a wardrobe stylist for commercials and celebrities. Among those Jennifer has styled are Ben Stiller, Mike Meyers, Chris Rock, Hayden Christiansen, Richard Gere, Josh Brolin, Diane Lane, Evan Rachel Wood, Diane Kruger, Ashley Judd and Ellen Page. Her commercial clients include FedEx, Johnnie Walker, DirecTV and Kettle Chips.

Currently Paula is a founding partner of Boyce::Mangin, a media consulting firm with a special emphasis on fashion brands, such as Dr. Martens. She is also a fashion illustrator. While studying under icon Gladys Perint-Palmer, Paula was told to quit her day job. But, she didn't. Solely because she loves advertising media and the clients she consults. She does, however, spend most of her nights reading, writing and drawing about the subject of fashion.

Entries by Jennifer Boyd-Einstein and Paula Mangin

To the Moon, Millennials

(32) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 1:02 PM

I have a bone to pick.

According to the media and everyone else, Millennials are taking over the world. They out number us, out spend us, out tech us, out-young us, out-employ us, out-awesome us.

The rest of us are made to feel we must adore them and adapt.


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Pandora Radio and Me

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 3:38 PM

The other day I had a meeting at Pandora. The music streaming service, not the diamonds.

As I slunk into their uber-cool Uptown Oakland office, mere blocks from the old Sears building that the actual Uber just purchased to occupy in 2017, I realized more than ever that we in...

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The Sack That Has My Back

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 6:14 PM

There are days that I'm so bummed out I hate to leave the house.

It takes every ounce of energy I can muster to shower, let alone get dressed when I hate myself and every single thing in my closet.

Nothing looks good. I'm no good. There's just no use.

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The Book Club Next Door

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 2:48 PM


Is it bad that I joined a book club to weasel my way into the fancy homes on the other side of my cul-de-sac? With no intention of reading the books?

Let me explain.

When we moved into our house in Golden Gate...

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Staring Down Mother's Day Without A Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Mother's Day is a day I'm left out of. A day millions and millions of women are left out of.

Maybe it was the gloomy grey day, or the slight hangover that hung to me like cat hair, but for whatever reason, this past Mother's Day was particularly hard. Instead...

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Doppelganger Cliffhanger

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:19 AM

There is nothing more terrifying than waiting for the answer to the "do you know who you remind me of/look like?" statement/question.

You brace yourself for an answer that doesn't push you to Botox, Spanx and a wig, or at least I do.

To wit: The other night at my...

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Call Me An Old Crow

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 4:54 PM


Recently I had a rigorous dinner of fondue and wine. That's me up there on the right.

Sourdough. Melted Cheese. Bordeaux. Repeat. Dark Chocolate. Marshmallows. Strawberries. Bordeaux. Repeat ad nauseam. An entirely indulgent, glutinous and divine meal that has nothing remotely cleansing about...

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There Is Nothing Sweet About a Muffin Top

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 9:24 AM

Illustration by Paula Mangin for Blank Stare, Blink.

January is rough. After all of that holiday eating and loafing, it's hard to get back into the swing of work and real life. To say I feel sluggish is an understatement.

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What I've Gained Through Memory Loss

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:11 AM

Last week, I left thr jacket pictured above on BART. I was happy then; I am not happy now.

Full disclosure: I was engrossed in Candy Crush when the "24th and Mission" announcement broke my concentration, causing me to quickly grab my stuff and dash off the train. As the...

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Going Grey? Think Pink!

(40) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:27 PM


There is so much ironic about this post title, I don't know where to start.

Perhaps at the top.

I love to eat pink food -- cotton candy, Pink Popcorn (those stale bricks of faded red popcorn sold at carnivals and...

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Is A Double-Take Worse Than No Take At All?

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The other day, Lisa, my best friend during my senior year in high school (whom had already graduated and a year older than me, sort of like Matthew McConaughey in "Dazed and Confused," which made this friendship even cooler) sent me this link from the Wall Street Journal...

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10 Reasons Why Shopping Rules!

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 4:30 PM


I know how shallow and materialist it is to admit to the world that I love to shop! But I do, I do, I just @!#$%^&*#?&#$!% do!

The sad thing is it doesn't much matter what I buy. My husband marvels over how...

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The Little Ideas That Could

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:13 PM

As fashion month left New York and London, currently taking up residency in Milan and soon to be ending in Paris, it's easy to get lost in the visual cacophony. We've seen the good, the bad, the ugly, the forgotten and mostly the unaffordable. What sticks and finds its way...

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Cyber Dating, Cyber Shopping

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 4:39 PM


If you follow my style blog, Blank Stare, Blink, you are familiar with my blog partner, Paula, and I both spending far too much time online shopping. We each use it as a tool of distraction, a...

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Clogging Up the Streets

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 6:12 PM


This is our friend Gina, GG, Jiggly Bits. A couple of months ago she came to me with a question, "I need new mom boots. Everyone has these and I don't want them anymore. What should I get?" I listened and agreed, but at...

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Say It With Style

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:06 PM

At our family dinner table, it's not unusual to find us talking about words. The power words hold, their affect on the world, and, in our household, the bills they pay. After seeing the movie Lincoln, we talked about the power of the words "Yay" and "Nay" and how "Yay"...

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(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 4:28 PM


At 71 years old, Vivienne Westwood is a badass. The original Punk.

Her first collection to hit the catwalk was "Pirates" in 1981; crazy to think she was already 40 when she made her debut on the international fashion stage. She had been an...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 1:16 PM

Illustration by Paula.

The other night I couldn't sleep. So I do what I always do, grab my laptop and troll for porn.

No, not PORN porn. I mean clothes, shoes, bags, that porn.

I found a Vivienne Westwood Anglomania jacket at...

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Dear Spring

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 5:00 PM


I know you're not surprised. Who would be? But it's over between Winter and me. We started out strong, all cuddles and hot chocolate, all romance and fires, bundled together in cashmere and wool, fur and more cashmere. It felt so good,...

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Best Supporting Spouse

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 1:08 PM

Kimberly Brooks, by Paula

To catch you up, the last I spoke to Kimberly Brooks, she was just back from the New York Film Critics Awards (where her husband won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Drive) and tending to a...

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