Monthly Archives: May 2011

[Never Say Diet] Dreading the Gym? Don’t Go. Read This Instead.

iVillage Never Say Diet Happy Exercise Virginia Sole-Smith

I’m excited about today’s Never Say Diet post because it features the wisdom of my friend Michelle Segar, PhD, who is an exercise psychologist at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. And she has really smart things to say about why you should make exercise more fun. Even if it means you get less of a “workout.” I know. It can be hard to wrap your head around that concept. So go read and tell us what you think!


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Wanna See Where I Live? (Beauty Schooled in ReadyMade!)

But not in a creepy stalker way? Then you should get the new issue of ReadyMade, because me and my house (and my husband, Dan!) are totally in it.

ReadyMade Virginia Sole-Smith Dan Upham First Time Homeowners

My friend Amy (who is the RM deputy editor) brainstormed this fun package called “First Time’s A Charm” about first-time homeowners. And she asked me to write about why you should put a big hole in your wall the second you buy your first house. Because we did that.


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Pretty Price Check (05.27.11)

The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday round-up of how much we paid for beauty this week.

Hair on 125th Street by SpecialKRB

  • If you’ve ever wanted to see 12 models without professional makeup or retouching, now you can. Phew.


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[Never Say Diet] Is Size the New Glass Ceiling?

Virginia Sole-Smith iVillage Never Say Diet size bias at work

New research says that overweight women earn less than their thinner counterparts. But the same bias doesn’t seem to exist for men. What’s that about? Read more on Never Say Diet.

PS. Apologies for this Headless Fatty picture. Some days Getty is on fire with the great, body positive imagery. Other days, not so much. (At least it’s a model presumably paid to be headless, not some poor person shot walking down the street.)

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[Never Say Diet] The Perfect Eater Problem

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Attention vegetarians: I come in peace! But you might not love today’s post. If so, blame Katie over on Health for the Whole Self. She started it by being some damn insightful and all.

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[Never Say Diet] Do You Deserve to Eat That? Yes! (So Stop Asking)

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I’m making bold moves today, people! Bold moves. As in, I’m daring to suggest that you don’t have to “deserve” to eat that cookie.

You can just eat it.

And nothing bad will happen to you.

I promise.

(So let’s stop talking about food like it’s the round-trip ticket to New Zealand that you’ll never have enough frequent flyer miles to get.)

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[Never Say Diet] Getting Busy and Your Body Image

Virginia Sole-Smith iVillage Never Say Diet body image sex

New research shows that sex makes women feel bad about their bodies. Now, that’s just not right. Check it out over here.

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[Never Say Diet] Shouldn’t Yoga be for Every Body?

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Can I get a holla for the beautiful picture on today’s Never Say Diet post? When you’re limited to stock photography collections (as we are in daily blog land, since there isn’t enough lead time or money to go out and shoot our own stuff) the body positive pickings can be pretty slim — which often translates to nothing but skinny white girls, as you guys have noted in your comments. But uber-talented iVillage folks have been on the case and here we are. Hooray for a little diversity!

Now you know I don’t mean this in that unhelpful “finally, a REAL woman!” way. Because skinny white girls are real women too. The goal is to represent everybody (and every body), not just flip size discrimination on its head. Which is a concept the purveyors of plus size yoga seem to be having trouble grasping, so you should go check out today’s post about that.

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Just Saying.

Royal Wedding Cinderella

This landed in my inbox this morning.* Our Princess Obsession really is out of control.

*Thanks Aunt Donna! (If anyone knows the actual source, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due.)

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[Never Say Diet] This One’s For All You “Gilmore Girl” Fans…

Never Say Diet Melissa McCarthy Virginia Sole-Smith

I’m having a total girl crush on Melissa McCarthy — our beloved Sookie, now even more awesome in “Bridesmaids!” — over on Never Say Diet today.

(Yes, this means yesterday I got to go to the movies. In the middle of the afternoon. And call it work. Sometimes, my life is very, very hard.)

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    The Eating Insinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America by Virginia Sole Smith

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