@eastcoaststudent Everyone! LISTEN TO THIS ADVICE! Seriously! Listen to this person!!!!! What other wisdom can you share, dear @eastcoaststudent? Signed, A mildly grumpy, former academic
@gyip Absolutely. I recently bought a pair of stretchy pants at Old Navy because I figured if my butt looked good in the horrific lighting and environment that is the Old Navy dressing room, then those pants must have turned me into Gisele-effing-Bündchen or something.
@TheLifestyleCreep Oh hell yeah! Red Square is AMAZING. I might have a slight NARS velvet matte lip pencil (and velvet matte lipstick) problem. I've been having fun layering Red Square with Terre de Feu (!), Dragon Girl (!!!), and Damned (!!!!) recently. That whole lipstick corollary thing really works: every lipstick looks awesome mixed. I actually went on a search for Mysterious Red recently that led me to a place a rarely dare to go: the Barney's cosmetics floor. I recently bought a NARS 5-pencil holiday gift set-- the Promiscuous Lips or whatever. I didn't already have Cruella; now I do. Anyone who is on the fence about NARS lip pencils should order it: it's a nice mix of neutrals plus a magenta, and a red, and the little bag is surprisingly cute. And the NARS pencils are amazingly pigmented and easy to apply: I've tried buying drugstore brands and the like, but I keep coming back to NARS. Yes, I have a problem. I don't really care much about makeup otherwise. The thing is, if you wear bitching lipstick, people think you're pulled together, even if you didn't shower. Also, I had my first pedicure ever two days ago. I chipped the big toe within an hour, because I didn't plan ahead with the shoes, was too impatient to sit any longer under the dryer, and put my shoes back on. Oops. I'm not good at being a girl sometimes.
@gyip I refuse to drink Coke from a plastic bottle. Yuck. Gross. (And to be clear: it's not a "I think plastic is evil thing"-- because I drink seltzer willy-nilly from plastic-- but Coke tastes gross from plastic.) Is there Mexican coke in cans? (Maybe in Mexico? I've never been. I have no idea.) Because that would be fantastic.
@mayonegg I have ridiculous cravings for Mexican coke after hot yoga. (Luckily, there's a taco place with Mexican coke in the little glass bottles near my hot yoga joint.) So I imagine it'd be fantastic for hangovers.
BRAVO! I salute you. (I have, in the past, occasionally delved into the arcana of NYC rent regulations, so this speaks to me. I totally get the spite thing, too. I probably would have argued about the $28, though, because that's almost two decent cocktails a month...)
@EDaily @MattMurdock Totally agree with the small doses of Cleveland (and Ohio in general). Very small doses. I'm down to about 5 days a year... One thing Cleveland still sort of has going for it: a decent airport. CLE used to be a Continental hub and is being progressively downgraded in wake of the UA/CO merger, but one still has better air connections than in many other cities. This was a huge problem for me when I lived in another "random midwestern town"-- to get anywhere required at least one connection and flights were very expensive. One can still get to Cleveland from here (anywhere, mostly.) Also, Cleveland has a surprising number of vegan restaurants downtown. I don't spend much time in downtown Cleveland, but was shocked when I was there for a conference a few months ago how good I ate.
@sariberry I was actually really happy to see Sarah Glover makes time for herself by going to Soul Cycle before going home. It's refreshing to see a woman, in a high-powered job, who isn't either only working or only being a mother, but carving out an hour alone. I know too many women who take no time for themselves.
@Lily Rowan Exactly. To live in NYC-- and the expenses here are not outlandish by any stretch of the imagination, I mean, even that rent is on the cheap side-- and earn $35K is difficult because there isn't much to shave off. Or there isn't much to shave off and have anything resembling a decent quality of life. For the record, I make about the same amount living in New York, pay $1,000 in rent (incl. all utilities, internet, etc.), and my yoga membership is $130. It's a helluva lot cheaper than a therapist, or drinking (which I do, but usually not on yoga nights.) My auto transfer to savings is $15 a month. It's something.
@polka dots vs stripes This gets discussed whenever the issue of museum admission costs comes up, but the question is how much do you value the art? In comparison to a Broadway show, or going to see a lousy Hollywood movie ($13 or so in New York these days), the Met isn't ridiculously overpriced considering you can spend the entire day there if you wish. (I fully agree there need to be programs so that everyone can go, though. I was once a poor art history student who couldn't afford to visit some museums! Luckily, I could always get into the Met.)