Is it me, or was there not as much press for season 2? I knew it was coming but then it just showed up on my DVR and I wasn’t sure it if was a teaser or the real deal. So, what have our favorite business people been up to lately?Read More
Is this a photo of me at Uncommon James? Yes. Yes it is. Did i drag my boyfriend there while in Nashville for my 10 year college reunion? Obviously yes. Did I put off watching the finale of Very Cavallari because I didn’t want it to be over? Absolutely.
Kristin’s mom is in Nashville for the launch which is super sweet and I am shocked to see Kristin doing her own make-up while hair is being professionally done! Kristin wears an LBD and looks so annoyingly amazing, as usual. Casamigos must be sponsoring because there was a close up of the cups.Read More
I have not watched the finale of this show yet because I do not want the season to be over. As a bonus though, I was just in Nashville for my Vanderbilt Reunion and of course visited the UJ store so really this post is WAY more authentic now because of my real photo.
Picking up where we left off, post booze soaked getaway sponsored by Wirth, we are back in the store which is just boxes, empty shelves and a random desk in the middle of the room. Kristin reminds Shannon that you have to post about a store opening if you want people to show up to it which is maybe why hiring from a modeling agency is not your best business strategy.Read More
I was out of the country and am behind on everything but am assuming you are behind on the show too? If you are even watching it!?
Kristin takes her team to Florida to blow off some steam before the store opens. I can't be sure, but I don't think the key to running a business is getting wasted with your employees? Neither Kristin nor I have an MBA though so who knows.Read More
Lumping the past two episodes together because...not much ever really happens.
Jay and Kristin bought their new house out in the country YAY! Lots to pack and talk about in the kitchen while Kristin busies herself.
Uncommon James is getting into home goods and Kristin is stressed. The photoshoot is legit - I want more info on the photographer who is cooler than anyone else in the room. Shannon recaps the Reagan drama to Kristin, who has to remind her it is not about emotions and friendships it is about the BUSINESS.Read More
I have some answers about where Shannon came from thanks to her Instagram "ask me anything" session last week. Someone asked how she got hired and she shared that they contacted her modeling agency looking for someone, she had a meeting, captioned some photos, and voila! So next time you need to do some hiring, forget Ziprecruiter or LinkedIn, call your local modeling agency! I didn't get a screen capture because I was on vacation so you'll have to trust me.Read More
My entire week has been waiting for the next episode of this show. Episode one has to set the scene of characters but in episode two the conflict can really start to show itself (producers can start manipulating things).
Just from the "last week on..." I have thoughts. Kristin proclaiming that Jay "can't just sit at home" made me wonder what she did all day when she was on The Hills, because I can promise you it wasn't work. But I digress. Also very impressed at Kelly and Kristen finding that dude from Canada on Instagram, though I am sure they did that months ago and not as the cameras were on.Read More
I loved Laguna Beach, The Hills and The City. I even watched Audrina's self-titled spinoff and still associate The Grove with when Heidi and LC were still the best of friends. None of this would exist without Kristin, since the triangle between she, Lauren Conrad and Stephen is essentially what got Laguna Beach on the air. Then, once LC was done with reality TV, The Hills brought Kristin back to mix things up. She was billed as a bitch with a potential cocaine problem, but never really did anything that bitchy and if you haven't been rumored to be on drugs I don't think they let you on a reality show.Read More
I listen to a lot of podcasts and people often ask me where to get started. Here are my recommendations, tiered into four sections: Immediate Listen, Consistent Listen, Casual Listen and Gone Too Soon.Read More
There are a lot of ways to have hair forcibly removed from your body. I have tried too many of them. Here are my opinions.
WARNING: This post acknowledges the existence of female genitalia (referred to as a hoo-ha) and butts.
The most obvious choice. What I didn't realize, is how many kinds of wax are out there.
Soft wax w/ strips: the quickest, most common way to get waxed. Hurts like a beast the first time and in my case, has residual aches that last until the next day. The wax also has to be kept pretty hot and there is a lot of waste (paper strips and wooden applicators) to keep things hygienic.
PROS: Quick, efficient, effective
CONS: Feels like your hoo-ha needs to take a day off from work. The hot wax burns the hoo-ha and makes your butthole pucker which I know the esthetician sees and I am VERY insecure about.
Hard Wax: this wax is thicker and also hot. Instead of using paper, the wax itself hardens and is ripped off your skin. The process takes longer but does not have the residual pain of soft wax and for me, does not hurt as much. Some estheticians use soft wax on outer areas and hard wax on inner areas.
PROS: Less pain overall, no day off required. Half the waste, as there is no paper needed.
CONS: Still makes holes pucker up from heat and takes longer which means more conversation with someone DEEPLY familiar with your bathing suit area.
CHOCOLATE BASED WAX: Not even kidding, I got a brazilian in Portland from a woman who has a gender neutral policy and sees many of the PDX drag queens on her table. I was discouraged by the soft wax until the first pull which netted 5% of the pain I was expecting.
PROS: Is heated at a much lower temperature, eliminating puckering. Has the speed of soft wax. SMELLS LIKE CHOCOLATE.
CONS: Still wasteful. Seems much less common
An ancient practice (as they all claim to be) that uses melted sugar, water and varying additives like honey or starch. The amorphous ball (which reminds me of The Blob) is then dragged all over your skin to remove the hair. I found it pulled on my skin a lot and required a lot of pressure, but there was no lasting pain afterward. It took somewhere between hard and soft wax timing.
PROS: Hypoallergenic, all natural, very limited waste, no lasting pain.
CONS: More pain during and force that ended in some light bruising (I am a peach).
Also, ancient. I have only had eyebrows threaded and it hurt. It is cheap though as all that is required is...thread. I don't know what kind of knot situation happens but one piece of thread is in the person's mouth which seems unwieldy? It was cheap and quick and felt like a razor was being scraped across my face.
PROS: Quick, cheap, no waste.
CONS: Feels like Edward Scissorhands is involved. Also concerned you're one esthetician sneeze away from having no eyebrow.
Implications for the Future
I have not tried electrolysis but hear it is worth the hype. Feels like something I should pay full price for a not get a Groupon? Prefer bi-monthly masochism, for now.
I often get waxed while on work trips thus out of state. First, because I have the time and second...I don't know. My tips for trying new places are:
1) make sure you are in a city where there is a competitive market for whatever method you're using. This helps ensure people need to be good to have consistent customers, since there is competition. The worst wax I ever got was in San Antonio, TX and she was the only person I could find that did the full monty. BAD OMEN.
2) look to see if the business/person responds to Yelp reviews, both positive or negative. Again, shows they need to be responsive to criticism to keep up a client base.
3) if it seems too cheap to be quality, it probably is.
If you have opinions, plz share below.
I went to Florence and Rome over the holidays this year. People were very excited for me, as good friends ought to be, but immediately I found myself exhausted by everyone asking me if I was excited and TELLING me how much fun I would have, as if staying home to watch all of the West Wing and try every Thai delivery place within 5 miles wouldn’t have been equally as exciting. You HAVE to go to this gelato/pizza/pasta place. You HAVE to! Pretty sure I don’t have to do a goddamn thing it’s my vacation and I will sit and complain about the bad Wifi in my hotel room ALL WEEK LONG if I want to! I also travel a lot for work so the mix of work travel and pleasure travel has led me to a few conclusions about how I function when traveling.Read More
Sometimes things happen and I say “wow, that made me really happy.” I am going to start keeping track of them.Read More
I originally posted these in three segments back in March 2011. Over two years later, Evan published his own write of it on his blog.
One day, a friend of mine Gchatted me (shoutout to Kayte, <3s) and told me about this web site where a guy was going on One Hundred Dates in a year and blogging about it. I checked it out and was pretty intrigued in the same way that I can’t stop watching the Bachelor (Courtney? REALLY?). I saw that Evan would be in Los Angeles in a week and started asking Kayte more questions and reading more about the dates/project. After reading The Wedding Date and getting reassurance he wasn’t a creeper, I decided I’d throw my name out there for an LA date. Then, this happened:Read More