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All In This Together?

23 Apr

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Bloggers are supposed to keep posts positive and inspo-packed, now more than ever. This might not be that. Being home 24/7 has given us all extra time to be in our heads… and possibly overthink things. Possibly.

We’re all in this together. This COVID-19 sentiment is everywhere. It’s supposed to be a positive, reassuring, inclusive message. And it is. But is it true? I’m not sure.

The thought of our entire planet experiencing the same threat at the same time is almost impossible to believe. But here we are. One globe in search of sanitizer, masks, and a cure. 2020 has already made Shitty 2019 look like a freshman hazing – and we’re only four months in.

We’re all weathering the same uncharted, unbiased, unanswered storm. True. I don’t know anyone whose life hasn’t been drastically affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. But to say we’re all in it together feels a little too simple. Almost artificial. The way I see it we’re all in the same storm, but not in the same boat.

Our boats range from having to wait for app-delivered groceries to waiting in a car line for government-issued groceries. Some have gone from working overtime to navigating unemployment benefits. Millions are becoming familiar with PPP and EDD.

Some think this virus has nothing on them and they’re untouchable. Others question every cough. Many now have a definitive answer to that age-old Who would you want to be stranded on an island with? question. Others are realizing divorce is imminent.

Some singles are swirling in loneliness while some are relishing the quiet. Some are grateful for all this sequestered time with their children. Others have a grandparent in an at-risk nursing home.

Countless families have lost loved ones without being able to say goodbye.

Other families welcomed a new baby via Zoom.

Some who never thought about money are now forced to see what little they’ve saved. Others are learning they don’t qualify for everything the media is reporting they do. Some are crying for their colorist. Some crying from isolation.

Empathy is up. Communities are tightening. Priorities are shuffling.

Years from now, 2020 will have been the year without graduations or proms or March Madness. When Disneyland closed its gates and schools went virtual. Almost everything went virtual. Passover Seders. Easter Sunday. Memorials. Hugs. All virtual.

…The year that gas dropped to $2.50 and fashion houses found something to do with their extra fabric. The year toilet paper became gold and app dating quadrupled. The year of 6 feet. Of grants, loans, and possible stimulus checks. Of freeways without cars and stadiums without players. The year doctors, nurses, and Target cashiers put their lives on the line daily. And when the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled for the first time since WWII. All just the tip of our current global iceberg.

Same storm. Different boats.

But are we all in this together? Well… We’re all in it. And maybe that’s a big enough statement. So just be nice. Take care of yourself. Offer help if you can. And don’t presume to know someone else’s boat.

 

xo

 

Why I Think Hollywood Shouldn’t Wear Black

6 Jan

LBDThe Golden Globes kick off Awards Show season in Hollywood this Sunday. They’ve always been my favorite. Round tables with booze and food = way more entertaining than theatre-style seating. But this year stands to be a little different.

I have no desire to preach or educate anyone on Hollywood here. If you don’t know about all the misconduct accusations revealed last year, you can start by googling Harvey Weinstein. Like so many other examples of vile human acts (sexism, racism, etc.), none of this is new. It’s merely being gradually uncovered and brought to light for the world to watch. Ironically like a typical Hollywood drama. 

Of course it isn’t just about Hollywood… though no other industry is as intoxicated by power. My hope is that moving forward sexual threats, assaults, harassment, and even propositions won’t be deemed as acceptable and just a necessary evil of career advancement for women. Perhaps men will think twice now.

And I don’t agree that, “It’s hard to be a man now.” Sorry Dave Chappelle. Nobody is taking anything away. We’re simply asking men to be better. Take responsibility. Exercise respect. All things we learned back in Kindergarten… after not to run with scissors or eat the paste in Art Room.

Circling back to the Golden Globes, word has it there’s going to be a fashion Blackout. Those participating will wear all black in an act of solidarity and protest against years of unacknowledged sexual harassment in the boy’s club that is Hollywood culture.

I like the idea. For the most part. I believe if you’ve worked hard enough and gained the acclaim to be on that red carpet, you should be able to use the platform however you want. Fashion, politics, weed dispensaries, who you want to win, what you ate for breakfast… It’s all good to me.

The only thing I don’t get is, Why black? Are we mourning those who’ve been exposed and ousted? Most sexual assault victims spend enough time trying to stay in the shadows and not draw too much attention to themselves. So why pick a dark color?

Some male actors apparently want to show their support, too. Which is great! But by wearing black? What color tux did you wear last year?

We’ll find out tomorrow if it’s even happening… but going off the rumor mill for tonight, I wish the ringleaders would have chosen a color that really makes a statement. Something that says victims aren’t ashamed or keeping quiet any longer. Like red to say, I too am mad and disgusted. Or shiny silver to say, I’m shining a light on this sh*t. Which isn’t to suggest that men wear red or silver tuxes, but they could easily throw on a supportive colored tie or handkerchief.

See, Dave. Not hard to be a man.

HAPPY 2018 ALL!

Final Note to Dave Chappelle… who doesn’t read his fan mail, let alone an LA beauty blog: Welcome back. I admittedly cringed a few times during your Netflix specials … but your bits about the Oscars, voting in Ohio, and the backpack… well, those were comedy gold.

xo

LA Gets Halo Top’s First Shop

13 Nov

topanga_1@2xHeads up, ice cream-ish lovers! This Wednesday, Halo Top Creamery is launching their first-ever Halo Top Scoop Shop at Westfield Topanga! It’ll be on the second level, by the dining terrace.

Admittedly I wasn’t a huge fan of the Birthday Cake flavor, but I know people who love it — so this one’s for you guys! They’ll be serving up fresh scoops of their signature low-cal, low-everything, high-protein flavors. But they’ll be debuting brand new low-cal soft serve flavors (which I’ll be trying!), like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, Strawberry, Birthday Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, and Pistachio.

FREE ICE CREAM!!! For their Grand Opening Event this Wednesday, November 15th, Halo Top will be serving complimentary ice cream & soft serve to all first-time guests from 10am to close. Basically, all day!unnamedThe new shop will also offer new ice cream sandwiches made with vegan & high-protein cookies, sundaes, and Halo Top tacos made with crisp waffle cone shells.

Just look for the pink neon Let’s Spoon sign!

 

xo

The Beauty of Atonement

30 Sep

dove_of_peace_312270When I was younger, I thought of atoning as primarily dark. It was about apologizing for actions I’d already taken, with the promise of betterment should the situation arise again. Making amends. Sometimes I’d grasp for things to apologize for, some years I’d have a list prepared. Oh the college years!

I’m not very religious. But I always participate in Jewish High Holiday traditions, and will always buy Chanukah presents. I don’t go to temple (unless to watch my nieces sing) or belong to a congregation, but I do my own thing. Maybe not as conventional, but it feels more authentic.

As I was doing my Rosh Hashanah hike and throwing Atonement rocks over Runyon Canyon, I began to see the beauty in all of it for the first time. I’d of course known the loveliness of renewal and beginning a New Year (even if in September) – but the atoning portion usually felt shameful. This year was the first time I saw the beauty of atonement, as it wasn’t so much about apologizing for my sins but rather acknowledging that I can be a better human.

So I made 6 Acknowledgments. Well really 5, and 1 bonus. Having said that, no offense taken if you stop reading here. Truly. Also I haven’t eaten, so babble is almost guaranteed. What follows is basically me putting my acknowledgments (and atonements) out to the universe in hopes of keeping myself accountable.

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NARS Giveaway!

3 Dec

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Listen up, lipstick lovers! I’ve got one gorgeous NARS Special Edition Audacious Lipstick in Rita red that I can’t wait to give away. All you have to do is be on Instagram.

Look for today’s NARS post! Directions are simple:

  1. Follow me on IG at glossangelesgirl. 
  2. Tag at least 3 of your favorite beauty lovers.
  3. Be a US resident (apologies to all others!)
  4. Make sure your IG account is public
  5. For a bonus entry, repost using #glossangelesgiveaway

The winner will be announced on December 7th.

Good luck to all!

xo