When you work in politics, or in any industry where networking is critical, after hours events are not optional. The event can be food from a steamer tray and cheap wine or crafted cocktails and A-list special guests, but either way, you have to act like you want to be there.
It’s your job to look like you’re having fun. Lipgloss (and a cocktail) certainly helps.
1) Jezebel is offering $10,000 to the person who can provide them with un-retouched photos of Lena Dunham’s Vogue photo shoot. They claim that, since Dunham has made body-acceptance part of her public persona, they want to expose a hypocrite. But I call shenanigans.
Everyone knows that Photoshop is to Vogue what pants suits are to Hillary Clinton. Anyone who poses for their pages is going to be airbrushed into Anna Wintour’s ideal. Jezebel’s quest isn’t about exposing hypocrisy or unrealistic standards of beauty. Jezebel wants hits, pure and simple.
1b) Don’t miss this article about Dunham and mentor Judd Apatow’s harsh response to a fairly innocuous question about the nudity on Girls. For two people who love to push boundaries, they don’t take kindly to people who question their motives.
2) I love the sleek style of Cartier’s Juste un Clou bracelet…the price, not so much. Luckily, Nico New York makes a $25 alternative in rose gold, silver and yellow gold. I also like this Jennifer Fisher Nail Cuff, but it’s pricier (still cheaper than Cartier).
3) My favorite part of the Golden Globe tele case was this great commercial from Microsoft Bing celebrating the heroic women of 2013.
4) I love a chic, under-$100 dress, and there’s no better place to find them than ASOS. This asymmetric color block dress in grey and white is an absolute stunner. This black and white print midi-dress has ultra-flattering side ruching. And this navy and black body-con dress with a twist waist is fantastic.
5) The New York Times has an interesting piece on what women can learn about relationships from time spent alone. A good read for the perennially single lady.
6) A black lace veil with rabbit ears attached. The wealthy just aren’t like the rest of us.
7) Can Time magazine’s quiz predict your politics? I took the test, and while many of my friends felt it was accurate, I came out more conservative than I think I am. See where you fall.
8) This makeup brush from Sephora is the.single.strangest beauty tool that I have ever purchased. And I don’t know how I applied foundation and powder without it. Blends your product to perfection.
9) Plan to travel in 2014? Here are the 52 places the editors at the NYT think you should visit. Some interesting destinations on the list.
10) I bought this travel jewelry case at Nordstrom, and it is awesome. It has separate pouches for your baubles and it’s small enough to fit in a carry-on. No more tangled necklaces for me.
11) This has to be one of my favorite TED talks of all time. Maysoon Zayyid is a comedian and actress who has cerebral palsy. Her talk, “I got 99 problems…and palsy is just one,” is funny, inspirational and eye-opening.
12) Even though it’s still cold, I’m searching for warm weather pieces. Particularly, the kind of inexpensive items that will sell out before the snow melts. I adore this tiny white satchel from Tinley Road. You could easily wear this cut-out shoulder mini with tights until the weather warms. And this short sleeve maxi-dress is going to be my new go-to weekend frock.