Monthly Archives: July 2011

[Never Say Diet] We Should All Go Out For Ice Cream

Virginia Sole-Smith iVillage Never Say Diet Diet Food Gets Bigger

Is the very nuanced and astute conclusion that I came away with after writing this post over on Never Say Diet about the new trend of low-calorie/big portion diet food.

Oh and also, apologies to all you local/organic/farm-to-table/get-back-to-the-kitchen food-istas out there, because I also land in defense of processed food. Sometimes that stuff is just awesome.

(Feel free to now send your hate mail directly to my vegetable garden. A girl can have layers.)

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[Never Say Diet] Stop Pretending You Don’t Have Time To Eat

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Time To Eat

Because apparently, we’re only spending 39 minutes eating every day. For three meals. Total. People, that is not enough time to feed ourselves! Go read today’s Never Say Diet post to see why I’m all in a lather. And then go eat your lunch. For at least half an hour. You’re welcome.

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[Never Say Diet] Still Working Out My Feelings on SlutWalks

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith SlutWalks

To be clear: When you participate in a SlutWalk, you are not required to crawl around in this slinky manner or fix people with your “I can eat your soul” dead eyes. That’s a GettyStockImagesSIGH special.

You actually aren’t even required to dress like a slut. Nevertheless, it has taken me awhile to warm up to the whole idea. Hence me only just now blogging about it, when I know everyone else covered it moons ago. But also the New York Times Magazine just got there, so I’m not the only one late to the party!

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[Never Say Diet] Stop Hating The Parts of Your Body That Don’t Exist

Whoops! Forgot to tell y’all about last Thursday’s Never Say Diet post last Thursday. So here we are (Happy Monday!):

It’s inspired by this post by Autumn over on The Beheld, plus the rather genius teachings of the Alexander Technique and it’s pretty straightforward: A lot of the body parts that cause you the most angst aren’t even really part of your body.

Trippy, right? And so freeing?! Liberate yourself from your metaphorical (and okay, literal, thanksGettystockimages) measuring tape chains. Like for real, yo.  

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Pretty Price Check (07.22.11)

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

Story of Cosmetics

Just a quick price check today, to say a big happy birthday to the Story of Cosmetics video and No More Dirty Looks (the book!), both of which turned one year old this week!

I know we’ve spent a lot more time talking body image lately, but the eco-health risk of beauty products is an issue still close to my hear. Because the industry is not always so straight-up with us about what’s really going on. And that means we just don’t know enough about the toll these products are taking on our friends in the beauty industry, especially nail salon workers — as well as beauty consumers like you (hi, Brazilian Blowout).

The good news is that the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 has just been reintroduced to Congress — and it has a few key improvements over last year’s edition (which, if you ask me, was already a heck of a good start!). Here’s the scoop on the new bill, from my peeps at the Story of Stuff:

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[Never Say Diet] In Which My Marriage is a Body Mass Index-Based Sham

iVIllage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Thinner Wife, Happier Marriage?

Because Dan and I don’t look like the above-pictured couple when we sit on bar stools. Ergo, science says we’re doomed.

“[Our difference in BMI] is destroying our marriage in the same way that the threat of nation-wide homosexual marriage equality is, i.e., not in any way,” is what Dan first said when I asked him to comment in this piece. Then we worried it was too political for iVillage. But not for you, dear Beauty Schoolers!

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Check Your Own Pretty Price: What’s Your Beauty No-Fly Zone?

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Over on XOJane, Rachel McPadden says she will never get a pedicure because they completely creep her out.

What I don’t want is someone banished beneath me, scrubbing, dremel-ing and cursing my pompous American feet while I iPhone my pals and read up on celebrity babies. Although damn, I love celebrity babies and would die without my phone.

Ah yes. I feel her, because I wrote this story and it sorta changed my life. (See: This here blog.) But I still get pedicures. Um, a lot. Not to mention, I’ve now been on the business end of all sorts of undignified beauty work. And I don’t push for anyone to give up these beauty rituals — I mostly just want you to make more eye contact, be friendly, and tip really super well. Bonus if you’ve also put some thought into why you’re getting said beauty work and feel good about your choices.

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[Never Say Diet] Love Your Body, It’s Perfect — Now Change!

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Love Your Body Now Change!Over on Never Say Diet, today’s post was ostensibly inspired by this new study about how loving your body will help you lose weight. Gah. So problematic. I know.

In fact, that post was also inspired by an email that I received over the weekend from reader Lauren.

Now let’s be crystal clear: I’m posting Lauren’s email here because I think she speaks some truth and lots of us can relate, and I thought the wonderful community that is Beauty Schooled might have some words of wisdom to share. You guys are crazy smart and have so many wise words. I am also pretty smart and have a few words (ahem, 1400 or so).

But! I say to any interweb lurkers out there — you’ve been warned. I’m going to be moderating comments super carefully on this post, because I do not want this to turn into a negative, unhelpful conversation that leads, as Lauren says “to tears and yucky feelings.” For her or anyone else.

And please, please everyone be aware that even with my scrutiny, there may be aspects of this post (my comments, other reader comments) that could be triggering. Use your judgment. Come back tomorrow, when I’ll be railing about sitcom marriage stereotypes (honest, I will!) with mirth and hilarity, if that sounds more like your cup of tea.

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Check Your Own Pretty Price. (Here is the Fun New Thing!)

So as you know by now, I was so into the awesome sharing that went on when we talked about our weight the other week. And thus, I’ve been brainstorming ways we can have more great conversations like that here on the blog. Because I really like talking to you. You’re so interesting and smart and pretty!

Shameless flattery accomplished, here is the plan: Every week (or thereabouts/when I can be asked), I’m going to pose a Check Your Own Pretty Price Question, hopefully inspired by some newsy price check bizness or maybe just my own internal musings. And you are going to answer and we are going to discuss!

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Pretty Price Check, plus Fun New Thing! (07.15.11)

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

Nail Art Awesomeness

  • The New York Times has 10 interesting takes on why wild nail polish has gone mainstream, including an awesome one on why no more formaldehyde helped. Can I just say how much I heart nail art? Happy sigh.
  • Tom Hanks is 11 years older than Julia Roberts, his love interest in Larry Crowne — and Amanda Marcotte is noticing he’s not the only dude getting to rob the cradle on the big screen right now. Which is not to hate on May-December relationships, but more to ask we we can’t see older actresses getting these parts and even — wait for it! — looking their actual age?

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