As everyone knows, I’m the first person to extol the virtues of bargain beauty. But as a seasoned reporter, I’m NOT apt to extol the virtues of a piece of imbalanced, biased journalism, no matter how little I like to pay for a haircut. Which is why I took it upon myself to [...]
Wrote a story for the Weddings section of Huffington Post this week called The Top 10 Beauty Products Every Bride Should Have In Her Bag.
Want to know something? I own and use them all. (And I haven’t been a new bride since…well, since a very long time ago.) They’re the perfect, [...]
When I was growing up, a really revolutionary manicure was…one that didn’t chip.
Word to the wise: It also didn’t exist.
And I know this because I was highly influenced by magazine ads, and tried them all:
Not 100 percent sure what made this professional…other than the fact that it was [...]
So I’m at a national sales meeting for a major hair-care company a few weeks ago, where, in the name of beauty research, I’m ushered into a series of “sessions” (code for: my turn to hear really technical industry explanations of all the new products, without a mode of escape). I’ve been in [...]
Years ago, when we bought our first house, an exterior paint job was at the top of the to-do list. Being a) ambitious b) naïve and c) broke, we embarked on this DIY project by heading to the paint department of our local hardware store. There, we were sold buckets and [...]
Something about summer makes me want to sip a Bellini cocktail in the garden. Ever had one? They’re delicious.
A refreshing combo of Prosecco and white-peach puree, the Bellini was created in 1948 by a gentleman named Guiseppe Cipriani. Yes, that Cipriani—as in owner of the world-famous restaurants and bars. [...]
It’s a wonder I love animal prints.
To explain the irony, let’s travel back to 1973, the year my parents (university professors on sabbatical) enrolled me in a Swiss elementary school….
It was a warm, sunny day; my friend and her mother invited me out for an afternoon at the local Zurich zoo, where we happily hopped [...]
My husband and I have an expression called, Ice in the Door. It refers to the concept of spending more on something truly useful, rather than penny pinching and regretting a cheap purchase that doesn’t live up to your expectations.
Here’s the genesis: Our first house came with no refrigerator. [...]
Despite my antenna for bargains, there are a few items that routinely cause me to throw caution (and sanity) to the wind. I am not the least bit apologetic when I put these babies in my shopping bag….
* A great, big bottle of Jo Malone cologne (the 3.4-ounce size, $110). Preferably: Orange Blossom; White Jasmine [...]
My husband was very happy when high-definition TV hit the market a few years ago. He says it makes him feel as though he’s “seeing reality in a crystal-clear image.”
I would venture to guess that Dianne Sawyer was not quite as enthused that every crevice, pore, wrinkle, and skin flake was [...]
Okay, so here’s my motto:
Anything worth buying...is worth buying cheaper.
And that’s where this blog comes into the picture. I’ve been a national magazine writer and editor for more years than I care to admit. During that time, I’ve researched, written about, and played with the hottest, newest, trendiest things under the sun - from lipsticks to lampshades, denim to doorknobs (I'm not kidding... I actually had to write a story about vintage doorknobs). And while I know plenty of people who pay big bucks for the latest designer handbag, I actually get a bigger thrill out of finding really cool, obscure items for a song: a brilliant leather coat at Target, say, or a drugstore lipgloss straight from London.
So hang out with me here and we’ll go shopping together for the best beauty bargains, fashion finds, brilliant home décor and more.