Not quite over my what does it all mean phase (although I do sense the end is near) I am seeking solace in strong, opinionated women who also happen to be writers.
Having read and absorbed Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel on the subject of marriage (Committed), I took notice of a particular study called the Marriage Benefit Imbalance. Now while this raises much controversy, the imbalance is still a legitimate theory in sociological study. The study argues that women do not benefit from marriage as much as their male partners do. And while current research and discussions surrounding this topic are far more complex than what I’m touching upon, I do believe the work does have its merits.
Besides Gilbert, I recently found myself drawing from another witty and liberated writer, Dorothy Parker. In honor of Ms Parker, herewith are a few of my favorite quotes:
That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.
Constant use had not worn ragged the fabric of their friendship.
Heterosexuality is not normal, it’s just common.
All I need is room enough to lay a hat and a few friends.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
Take care of luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.
Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses.
Women and elephants never forget.
Oh how I miss the Fisher family.
The HBO drama Six Feet Under hosts a brilliant cast (including Michael C. Hall and Peter Krause) who tell the story of the Fisher family who run a funeral home in LA, California. Having won multiple awards (9 Emmy’s!) this series blends realistic characters who live unforgettable and intriguing lives (take for example the role of Brenda, Ruth, or Claire).
Each episode has an unwavering plot on the topic of death. A rather dark series, it explores the after-death on many levels; each funny, sad and strange. It’s black comedy at its finest.
Having watched all five seasons I genuinely miss tuning-in to the eccentric and highly addictive macabre Fishers.
It all started with Nirvana and my love for drummers.
I have always been drawn to drummers. The elusive and crazed member of the band (think Animal from The Muppet Show) and always incredibly hot. The drums are a difficult instrument to master and require coordination and focus. Drummers themselves have a mystical quality about them, always sitting in the back in the shadows of the band.
And then, enter one of the most influential rock bands of the 90’s. Dave Grohl, the longest-running drummer for Nirvana, captured me with his grungy style, and his mind-blowing talent for all things musical. A genius at the drums, Grohl can also shed the guitar and proved his mettle as lead singer (…ahem, Foo Fighters. Everlong, acoustic version, melts my heart).
Every girl needs her rock star hero. I’ll take this skinny, tattooed, greasy, musical prodigy any day!
With my hair at an all-time long length, I am constantly on the look-out for styles and techniques to tame my mane.
When frizzies are at their worst, look no further than your 1980’s hair crimper! As wild and outdated as that sounds, I recently discovered the chic style in crimped hair. It was spawned by none-other than super-fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker.
Pulled off perfectly, SJP (or her stylists, rather) crimp only the underneath, giving body, depth and texture. Me likey!
I know what I’ll be asking for for Christmas this year!
Hairbraids are great.
I didn’t start out loving them. With thick curly hair at the age of 12, my mother took to French braiding my hair. Which, to her credit, was a brilliant way to tame wild hair. The flip-side was that now everyone knew my mom did my hair! I could never wrap my arms around my head and twist and tie my hair into a beautiful french braid.
In my thirties now, I’ve taken a new look at hairbraids. Sienna Miller pulled them off beautifully with a certain “swedish princess” look. When I (tried) to pull off this style, my boyfriend said to me, “Are you going out like that?”. Hmmm…
For a more wearable look, I look to none other than Nicole Richie. Not a fan of her work (what does she do anyway?), and not always a fan of her fashion, her style is always unique. And her braids kick-ass.