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Have Some Bubbly. By Yourself.

I arrived the other night in the Twin Cities for a client meeting, and stayed in the ultra-swank Graves 601 hotel in downtown Minneapolis. The kind of place you walk into and, thanks to the genius lighting scheme, sculptural elements, music and overall vibe, you feel way cooler than you have any business being. I […]

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Take a Detour In Your Day: Pop Into a Random Conan O’Brien Art Exhibit

Conan O’Brien is back in town (apparently to officiate a long-time staffer’s gay wedding), and of course, it’s hard to miss this fact when there are block-long billboards up near Times Square (my favorite being “The city that never sleeps welcomes back the man who never tans”), and you live a few blocks from the […]

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Dress Like an Angel but Don’t Act Like One

This year, I dug out an old dress, this shimmery floor-length gown that I wore to a ball my senior year of college (still fits, thank you very much), threw on some wings, a halo, and elbow-length gloves, and voila. I’m an angel. Though I certainly didn’t behave like one. My friend Carina (rocking the […]

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Do Something Creative for Its Own Sake. Period.

It’s the easiest thing to drop from the to-do list, and the simplest thing to excuse yourself from doing: A creative thing for its own sake. Getting that (whatever it is–writing, painting, scrapbooking, model-airplane-making) onto your schedule, and fending off all other competing, and arguably more urgent issues, is easier said than done. And that’s […]

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Eat an Ugly Hot Fruit

There are lots of nice-looking tomatoes out there, but if given the choice, I skip the conventionally pretty and go for the ugly-hot ones instead. Think Black-Eyed Peas over Black Swan kind of hot. You can find identical tomatoes that appear to have popped out of a factory any day of the week. But the […]

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Leave on Time

I looked around the office. Everyone was in their seats: The health editor was bent over a manuscript; the lifestyle editor flipped through blogs in search of her next story; the market editor hunted down gloves for an upcoming shoot. Normally, I would just keep myself planted there, to be part of the team, to […]

How Your Dealbreakers Are Getting in the Way

You've got dealbreakers. We all do. But what should be just a few hard-and-fast, values-driven rules about who you will and will not associate with, let alone date, has gotten a little out of hand. Curly hair? Dealbreaker. Have kids? Dealbreaker.…
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Falling Short of Your Resolutions? 3 Ways You're Going Wrong

I'd like to welcome guest blogger and friend Brett Blumenthal, a wellness expert and coach, and bestselling author of A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life (Dec 2012) 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier…

The End of Courtship? It's Not Dead, Just Different

So you read the NYT piece The End of Courtship, and it's hitting a nerve: OMG! Dating is dead! I knew it! I'll never find anyone! If your next step was going to be to email me the article with a series of exasperated question marks, don't…

How Jury Duty Has Turned Me Into a Bitch on Wheels

Jury duty should be humbling: You must do your civic duty, after all. You are reminded that, unfortunately, no, you do not have a choice in the matter. It's one of the few snags of living with freedom and justice for all--someone's gotta serve…
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Why You Should Date a Man With Baggage

When you find out a guy has been married before, do you hit the brakes? Worry that he may have too much...baggage? I tell you what: You should be far more afraid of the dudes with zero baggage. I personally have never trusted someone who travels…