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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Last night I met a new friend for dinner at the John Dory restaurant on 6th. I had champagne and oysters on the brain, craving the alternating pleasures of crisp, toasty bubbles paired with the cool mouthful of salt and sweet oyster flesh. I had never heard of whelk (aside from Lawrence, kept fresh in […]

Today is my birthday. October 9th. It falls during the preliminary days of autumn when you don’t know whether to wear shorts or pack a sweater. The day before Columbus Day. And, in grammar school, marked the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, during which local firemen would come to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament […]

Fuck Fate & Date Like a Grown Up

You want to believe that if you’re a good girl, the world will deliver unto you the Perfect Guy. That Fate or God is the ultimate matchmaker, pulling the strings of your life to make shit happen. “We’re soul mates!” is the rallying…
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How You Met Doesn't Fucking Matter

In his recent post on The Date Report, Ryan Dodge pokes fun at the tendency every couple feels to schtick-up their how-we-met story. He admits that his first date with his current girlfriend was forgettable at best. He asked her out again…

Just Say No to You-Go-Girl Advice

  The day 50-year-old white suburban women started throwing around the phrase "you go girl" was the day that the phrase ran out of cultural gas. (Actually, I'm pretty sure it lost pop culture potency when this company used it to name…

PDA Will Save Your Relationship

You're sitting at a bar when you look over and see this couple. Or should I say THAT couple. You can't miss them. Their roaming hands and mouths and sultry stares. Their dinners untouched as they practically consume each other whole. You…
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Get Rejected More (You're Not Doing It Enough)

If you're weeping into a glass of sherry and wondering why the world is so cruel and your life is so loveless, well, you have no one to blame but yourself. Yes, I said that. Because if you're like a lot of women, you wait. And wait. You…
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She Who Hesitates Is Lost (Lessons from The Bachelor)

Ah, shit. I wasn't going to blog about The Bachelor. And while I hardly hold it up as the shining and global example of all romantic relationships, it's a pressure cooker wherein all cliches rise to the surface quickly, so let's pluck a few…