I’m a sucker for gizmos. Especially for kitchen gizmos. Especially for kitchen gizmos that chop things up into perfectly beautiful, symmetrical chunks, dices, and rounds.
This might have something to do with my youth, when my mother–an artist and a perfectionist–would ask me to cut up the occasional vegetable (red [...]
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, [...]
Being a Seattleite (read: It rains a lot here), I’m always a sucker for those bright, happy, spring clothes that start showing up in March and April. And I buy them, all the while thinking to myself, If I wear them, it will come. (Sun—not baseball.)
This season, I’m seeing citrus-y bursts [...]
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 [...]
The Grinch may have stolen Christmas, but you’ll want to steal these DIY holiday ideas…they’re fun, festive, and frugal.
Dip 25-cent candy canes in melted chocolate, then serve as coffee or cocoa stirrers.
Freeze ice rings–infused with holly berries and rosemary–to use as snowy outdoor votive holders.
Storebought donut holes take a turn as edible [...]
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 [...]
My friend, Ali, wrote a cool book about skirts. It seemed an odd subject for her first publishing venture. But sure enough—there was something to say. Like:
The “hobble” skirt was the cause of countless deaths in the early 20th century. (Apparently, the thing shackled women at the ankle, causing [...]
You know what I consider fun during the holiday season? Checking out the most expensive item in the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog (which is now actually referred to as “The Book”). One year, the big-ticket item was a million-dollar, diamond-encrusted bra from Victoria’s Secret. I do not know if they sold any…but [...]
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 [...]
I’m sure you’re ready to give ME the boot, given my spotty blogging of late. But if you kick back and take a peek at the steals I’ve found for you, you’ll likely forgive and forget. And, if that doesn’t work, you’ll at least enjoy a charming peek at my childhood…
Like a snapshot of me [...]
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.