Monthly Archives: June 2011

[Never Say Diet] When Your Doctor Calls You Fat

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Size Discrimination at the Doctor's Office

Today’s Never Say Diet is about the size discrimination issue that probably makes me the most mad: When doctors compromise the care of their overweight or obese patients because they just can’t see past the fat. Since I’ve started writing Beauty Schooled and Never Say Diet, I’ve learned a lot about the Health at Every Size model and it just makes so much more sense. Not to mention that it’s gross and disrespectful to make assumptions about a person’s health just by looking at them. Even if you have an MD.

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[Never Say Diet] Why Telling Everyone Your Weight Might Rock

 

iVillage Never Say Diet body image Virginia Sole-Smith weight secrecyEven though, I know, you just got all horrified and squirmy when you read that subject line. Don’t get me wrong, I still worry that bathroom scales are mostly used for evil. But how is it any better when women keep that information a deep dark secret — even from themselves? Either way, you’re letting that scale define your business instead of saying “yup, that’s what I weigh, and that’s just one of approximately two million interesting things about me.”

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[Never Say Diet] Enough With the Weight-Paycheck Thing

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Another day, another study tying what you weigh to how much you’ll get paid. Here’s why I’m over this trend.

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Pretty Price Check (06.17.11)

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

Quickie announcement: Summer just about officially here, folks. And last summer, I didn’t really have a summer, because I spent 16 hours a week at beauty school, while still working 40-50 hours the rest of the time. Which was awesome, because I loved beauty school, but not awesome because I really, really love summer. So this year, I’m taking myself a good ole’ summer. Which might translate into some spottier blogging. (But how could you be spottier? You ask. And I say, hush!)

You know the three Never Say Diet posts aren’t going anywhere, but your Monday/Friday Beauty Schooled content might be (a little bit more) unreliable while I make plenty of time for reading trashy novels on the sun loungers in the backyard and eating Popsicles and such. 

I’m also going to be doing a lot of mulling from that lounge chair, about my beloved blog and new adventures we might go on. I’m not sure what they’ll look like yet (hence the easing up of the schedule to encourage my brain to do more than just tackle every day’s overflowing to do list!). But I welcome your suggestions and promise to keep you posted.

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[Never Say Diet] In Defense of Dressing Rooms

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Dressing Rooms

Lately, women have been talking about dressing rooms like they are the secret killing room in my basement. (Kidding. I don’t have a secret killing room in my basement. Or do I?)

Anyway, I think dressing rooms can be quite lovely and restful. And offer the same kind of awesome girl-bonding opportunities that you find in beauty work. (Remember this post about why I sort of heart waxing?)

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[Never Say Diet] That’s So Pageant!

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Miss USA Pageant

Breaking news: That’s so pageant! Is the new phrase I’m trying to make happen, ever since I listened in on the Miss USA press call on Tuesday and Bravo’s Andy Cohen (who apparently, everyone loves? All the entertainment journalists on the call were like, “OMG Andy, my mom says hi!” before they asked their questions?) said it.

Specifically, he said it to one of the Real Housewives, in reference to her hair, which he felt was so pageant. 

And you have to agree, that is hilarious. So now you’ll be saying it too and I’ll be a catchphrase genius, except really, it was all Andy Cohen, the darling of everyone’s mother. (And co-host of this year’s Miss USA.)

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[Never Say Diet] Reclaiming Fat

IVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith "Reclaiming Fat"

I use the F word a lot when I’m writing about body image, and every so often, my iVillage editor gently takes it out of my copy and replaces it with something softer, like “overweight” or “portly”* because she doesn’t want to offend anyone. (She’s nice like that.)

So we were discussing the “is fat offensive?” question and realized that maybe it would help if I just straight-up explained why I use fat — because I actually have a whole secret mission behind it. Which is now no longer a secret. You can read the whole thing here.

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Pretty Price Check: Special Edition (06.10.11)


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Bring On the Beauty Start-Ups?

Beauty Salon For Rent Main Street USA Virginia Sole-Smith

A few weeks ago, Inc.com listed beauty salons as one of the best start-up businesses for 2011.

According to AnythingResearch.com, the cosmetology and barber schools (that educate salon-entrepreneur-hopefuls) grew at 29 percent last year, and nail salons grew at 9 percent. Inc.com’s reporting shows an industry with a low barrier to entry for salons and barber shops. Pair that with a recent resurgence in barbershop nostalgia—and with a return to beauty-service spending by consumers—and it’s a perfect storm for rapid growth in the salon and beauty industry. Bring on the beauty start-ups.

Well. Let’s take a look at that, shall we?

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[Never Say Diet] Why “Keep it Off Forever” is an Unhelpful Diet Promise

iVillage Never Say Diet yo-yo dieting Virginia Sole-Smith

Oh sigh. How often have you sat, head in hands, waiting for Apple and Chocolate Cake to fight each other…to the death?

In other news, today’s Never Say Diet post is about why I hate the term “yo-yo diet” and its pretty awesome. So you can go read it now.

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