While I usually frown upon other men commenting on a woman’s appearance, I condone Andy Cohen’s callout of Lala Kent, whose overuse of botox represents a very troubling problem with women in their twenties — their faces are all freezing! Cohen also once asked Khloe Kardashian, “What is going on with your ass?!” when it became extremely obvious that something big had changed. I once overloaded a concealor that I realized was far-too-light when a co-worker innocently asked “why my eyes looked so bright.” Sometimes you need a bit of a push to put a stop to poor decisions, and if it’s something that can be changed — all the better.
When Kim Kardashian announced she was studying to become a lawyer in an interview with Vogue Magazine, I was immediately impressed and elated. That might surprise some, given my love/hate relationship with the Kardashians and the fact that I myself am a licensed attorney. In the past, I’ve taken issue with some of their business choices, particularly the alleged copy of other independant designers for their own product lines and their hawking of ridiculous products on Instagram. That being said, I take absolutely no issue with Kim Kardashian studying to become a lawyer. In fact, I embrace it. Continue reading “Kim Kardashian Studying to Become a Lawyer — My Thoughts”
I’m a sucker for a gimmick, but when I get it right, I want to share the wealth with my closest cohorts, and that includes my readers. Here are the top ten products that are worthy of their hype.
10. Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream
Once upon a time I became paranoid about crow’s feet and a possibly droopy eyelid, so I splurged on this little jar of joy. It’s now a regular on my replacement list, which says a lot given my frugality. It might not be a miracle worker, but it sure feels like it.
09. Microfiber Hair Towel Wrap
As someone with THICK, long hair, most beauty videos simply don’t apply. No I cannot, for example, duplicate the adorable french braid in that millennial YouTube video without my hands going numb before I finish. But this little towel might have just changed my life. As an air-dry-don’t-cry girl whose unashamed of a little post-gym frizz (it’s only a 1 hour lunch break after all), I noticed an UNBELIEVABLE difference after loading my mane into this magical wrap for a mere 15 minutes while reapplying makeup. I’ve now purchased four (gym, home, boo’s house, my house, etc.).
08. Facial Massage Roller
Let’s face the facts. There are some laughable products out there along with all the chumps who buy them. I’m that chump. On an addict-level buying binge I came across this wacky wand, and boy am I glad I did. We’ve all had that regretful bad-face-day, and this seems to de-puff and de-stress. If you want to purchase this particular piece of perfection, keep in mind there are less expensive alternatives on the market that are probably on par.
07. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind
If you’re 30 and flirty, then you might have already discovered that you’ve got to draw the line between caked-on-concealer and a light-handed touch-up. Many high-end brands are geared toward more youthful skin, but Maybelline wins the award with this gem. It’s thin composition lightens, brightens, and refreshes. Did I mention it’s under $10? Need I tell you I am buying three?
06. Philip’s Electric Shaver
Ladies everywhere know what I mean when I refer to my “ho-vernight” bag, and this electric shaver has been an absolute must in some hairy occasions. Plus, I loathe shaving, especially since my shower is sans shelf for my beautiful stems. This last-minute lifesaver feels like a luxury item, and it’s under $15. I’d encourage you to keep it in your car (you’ll thank me later).
05. Bite Beauty Lip Essentials
Confession – I’ve ordered a lot of lipstick in a failed attempt to rid myself of the gloss obsession that riddled my twenties. A friend once intervened to tell me it looks as if I rubbed a greasy chicken wing on my mouth to which I responded, “That’s the look. It’s clear.” Now that I’ve entered my 30’s, it feels more appropriate to enter an era of lipstick. Insert Bite Beauty, which I found courtesy of a birthday gift from Sephora. The brand is worth the lip service for the simple fact that it’s pretty AND does not seep into my lip lines. They have many hues, but I’ve linked to my personal fave.
04. Muscle Roller
If you’re like me, then you’ve learned the hard way that your metabolism slowed down, and you can no longer eat mac & cheese as an appetizer before your burger. You might have also learned that the only way to work off that burger is good, old-fashioned exercise. This simple muscle roller works wonders for any residual soreness you might encounter while reaching your [realistic] goal weight.
03. The Face Shop Jeju Aloe
There’s a magical store called The Face Shop in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, and I’ve never purchased a product I did not like. This particular item felt like a stretch, but I need not question the very sweet sales girl who sold it to me, especially since it’s such a refreshing reprieve from some of my prescribed skin care products. I apply this about once per week in the evening, and my face thanks me.
02. Ball of Foot Cushions
My tolerance for heels has decreased along with my metabolism, and I simply no longer have the stamina/patience to put looks before comfort. But on a more ambitious day, I talk myself into it, and these foot cushions have helped me hit my stride. Though once skeptical about how they could possibly help, just trust the science. Less slip, more grip.
01. IMAK Pain Relief Eye Mask
This product has thousands of positive reviews for a reason. It’s a simple solution to migraines, and the actual fit is fabulous. Plus, you can put it in the freezer! I bought this for my brother who suffers from chronic migraines, and it’s now his go-to travel item.
There’s a tape circulating which features Elisabeth Hasselbeck walking off the show after being scolded by Barbara Walters during a heated Hot Topic about abortion. It offers a fascinating inside look into the The View during its Barbara Walters/Bill Geddie reign. Though I remember lauding Walters for admonishing a far-too-intense Hasselbeck, age, time, and our current climate has resulted in me viewing this exchange with a different lens.
Hasselbeck was on an island alone for years, and she held her own on that island. By all accounts, Walters was not the easiest to work with, and it makes sense to have a conversation about Hasselbeck’s tone OFF the air. In short, she humiliated her in front of a live audience. Even more interesting from the clip, is the genius that is Bill Geddie, for somehow finding a way to comfort Hasselbeck, convince her to go on the air, and simultaneously explain Walters’ point of view without defending it. To do that in less than four minutes is incredible. Watch below.
Call me a troublemaker, but when Abby Huntsman fawned over Zachary Levi’s body by leaving her seat to grab his bicep, I couldn’t help but think of the double standard. If a male co-host had put his hands on a female guest, there would be an uproar. If men have to respect the personal space of women, then women need to do the same.
Just about everyone on planet earth has sounded off on “Operation Varsity Blues,” a detailed effort on the part of wealthy parents to manipulate their children’s chances of entering elite universities via bribes, the retroactive manipulation of SAT scores, and a false declaration of athletic status. Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and Academy Award nominee Felicity Huffman are both in jail as a result. I have nothing new to say of any value, but I would like to point out a video with Lori Loughlin and her daughter which initially troubled me, and it has now been put into a greater context.
If I learned anything from Robert Kelly’s interview with Gayle King, it’s that the art of the interview has been lost. Gone are the Barbara Walters days of truncated, tricky questions that illicit admissions, no matter how prepared and media trained the subject. Many are complimenting King’s composure during Kelly’s volcanic eruption, as she gently and effectively interrupted his useless rant and encouraged him to take his seat. While I also think King’s composure deserves praise, I question whether an interview can be deemed effective when the phrasing of a question causes such a rant in the first place.
An interview is not about accountability, despite the desires of social media. It’s about information gathering. And if you aren’t gathering any information and are instead just witnessing his temperament, we’ve gotten nowhere. If it were me, I’d say, “How would you describe your relationship with Jocelyn Savage?”
Though many have also suggested that R. Kelly does not deserve a platform, I’m fine with it. We’ve interviewed serial killers, pedophiles, etc., and I think those interviews are important — as information gathering. I draw exception when there is a pending criminal case that could influence the potential jury pool. Let investigators do their job before you put this man on television. In fact, interview R. Kelly from behind bars instead.
It’s now widely known that Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods, hooked up with Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend/baby daddy, Tristan Thompson, at a house party. Woods has since been dragged on social media, and she will appear on Red Table Talk to share her side of the story. The truth-table series was launched by Jada Pinkett Smith, and it is the perfect platform for Woods. According to media sources, the Kardashians are livid with Woods — not only for the hookup, but for the decision to publicly discuss the story without their permission. More specifically, Woods signed a non-disclosure agreement, and this might violate it.
The 91st Academy Awards seemed to be in dire straights with the Kevin Hart debacle, but the host-less ceremony went off without a hitch and even saw a slight uptick in ratings. Does that mean we should forgo a funnyman/woman next year? I’m not sure, but it certainly had to happen this year. No comedian wanted to go near the ceremony after Kevin Hart stepped down, and that was likely the right decision.
I like Justin Bieber. In fact, I might be one of the only people to defend his many random rants. But the news that he’s receiving treatment for depression coupled with the insistence that it “has nothing to do” with his wife Hailey is not surprising. The new couple recently did an interview with Vogue Magazine, and while others thought it a cute inside look at their romance, I saw their mutual misery as absolutely alarming.
“I’ve made some bad decisions personally, and in relationships. Those mistakes have affected my confidence in my judgment. It’s been difficult for me even to trust Hailey. We’ve been working through stuff. And it’s great, right?”
“I prayed to feel peace about the decision [to marry], and that’s where I landed. I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time.”
Justin (on being homebodies)
“She’s trying to be this grown-up. I think we can be married and still have fun and enjoy our adolescence. That’s something we’re talking about.”