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I Give You The Lady In Red

The invitation had these very specific instructions for attire. My heart sank. Not only did I NOT have a red cocktail dress, I don’t wear red. Period. It clashes with my hair. I even declined joining a particular volunteer group because of the requirement to wear a red polo shirt to all events. But for this birthday boy, who we adore, I decided to suck it up.

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7 Tips to Feel Sexy, Healthy and Fresh Each Day

Excerpt: 1. I wear a dress. I hated dresses as a child because I had older brothers to play War with in the lemon grove next door. That meant building forts and throwing dirt clods as hard as I could at their heads. Difficult to execute in a dress. But now there’s actually a different kind of freedom in wearing a dress. There’s no binding waistline, my legs are nice and should be showcased, there’s a cool breeze blowing in places that have turned into a heated sauna. And wearing a dress just makes me feel pretty. Read More …

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What My Hair Was Trying To Tell Me

Excerpt: I was living with a man, at the time, who consistently broke my heart and was pursuing a career that didn’t want me. I didn’t draw a correlation between how I was dying inside with my need to cut off all of my hair. It’s funny to me now that I didn’t see the connection. After all, my hair had defined me at various stages throughout my life. Read More …

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Sexiest Father’s Day Gift Ever! (MELT: Massage for Couples)

Sweet Mother of God, not since “The Wedding” episode of Outlander have I been quite so … how shall we say … warmed by a film clip. I have the pleasure of introducing you to MELT: Massage for Couples, video tutorials on how to massage like a vixen. Frankly, I think all you really need to get on board is to watch owner and masterful masseuse, Denis Merkas, massage his lovely wife Emma for two minutes.

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100 Years of Women’s Fashion in 2 Minutes! (Video)

I love this video of one woman being dressed in the current fashions of each era. The 70s were fairly atrocious. You can tell people were smoking too much weed and participating in too many key parties to have much sense. But the 80s were hands down the absolute worst look possible. What were we all thinking?? Watch now!

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I Love These Guys and Their Quest to “Craft a Cup of Wellness” at Java Elixir!

I’ve been supplementing my coffee for the last 8 days.

I’ll admit there was not an instant Jesus-Has-Returned moment, but over the course of time I’m noticing an accumulation of well-being and marked uptick in energy. I’m one of those people who almost never remembers names and faces. Which might be a sign of oncoming dementia and/or The Apocalypse.

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Branding for Shannon Colleary dot Com via Jeannine Chanin Penn

You’ve got to see the branding for my new relationship site, shannoncolleary.com. If you’re launching a new business or website you can’t find anyone more innovative, efficient and brilliant as Jeannine. She also makes a mean cafe latte and will feed you Fig Newmans during your consultation.

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The Design Mom Book is a Must Have – How to Live With Kids: A Room by Room Guide

If you don’t know Gabrielle Stanley Blair you absolutely need to. Because she’s one of those people who turns everything she touches into a beautiful Wes Anderson movie set. I’m in love with her because she’s kind, generous and is the type of person I aspire to be someday. She’s the mother of six wildly intelligent, creative children who she integrates not just into the fabric of her life, but into the fabric of the work she does.

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The Man With No Feet

Excerpt: This cannot be happening, Shannon. Last week you end up with a happy ending massage in Chinatown and this week you’re going to be the victim of a foot-ectomy by a footless magazine salesman who likely has a Tree Gear bone saw he bought at Cabela’s under the ruse of being a deer hunter! Keep reading …

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10 Things I Know About Beauty at 50!

Excerpt: #10. GIVE YOUR LOVER A PROPER KISS ONCE A DAY: That means wrapping your arms around his back. Running your hands through his hair (if he has any). Pressing your cheek to his, so you can feel his stubble, smell his skin. Looking him in the eye, even if it frightens him a little, and then, to paraphrase Roland Barthes, pressing your lips to his so that through your mouth your soul can pass into his.

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IPL Before and After Pictures

I feel it’s my responsibility to try out all dermatological anti-aging procedures before you do, in case they are disastrous. I suppose you can think of me as your minion who tastes your food before you do, in case it’s poisoned. Didn’t someone do that for Jesus? Or was it Voldemort? I can’t be sure. In any case, this time I’ve tried IPL, also known as Intense Pulsed Light Therapy. I had my four treatments at Dr. Rebecca Fitzgerald’s office on Larchmont Ave. in Los Angeles.

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Just What You’ve Been Waiting For: The Chocolate Anus

Dear Mother of God, can it be true? Is it possible that there’s a chocolatier who actually uses the casting of an Unknown Woman’s Anus to make high-quality Belgian chocolate? Yes, Dorothy, it’s true.

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Fashion Friday with Bungalow 20: From Vegan Leather to Studded Collars!

Happy Fashion Friday. What are you doing tonight? My friend Jamie and hubby Brian are joining Henry and me for a screening of Anne Hathaway’s new movie, … oh wait, I was looking up the name of the movie on google when I got distracted by The 40 Ugliest Photos of Usually Hot Famous Chicks. Be right back …wow, poor Britney.

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Fashion Friday at Bungalow 20: Black, Blues and Greys with Great Drape!

I keep telling myself I have to take advantage of beautiful clothes now, while I can still walk upright and don’t yet have to wear adult diapers. You never know when incontinence may strike! Here are a few of the fun tops and a couple of great necklaces I tried on below … Keep Reading!

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A Paraplegic Dancer Ends Up Homeless, Then This Happens (Video) …

If you weren’t crying you will be. Jill Smokler of Scary Mommy published my story, My Name Is Tom, about my encounter with a homeless man with my daughters in tow, which was initially frightening, then quickly turned into a moment I’ll never forget. Keep reading …

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Daphne Brogdon Uses her Powers for Good, Not Evil With her new Show, Daphne Dishes on The Food Network (not sponsored btw)

There is a woman I love who epitomizes the word mensch even though I think she’s a shiksa. So I was thrilled to discover her hilarity and prowess in the culinary arts is being rewarded by getting her own show …

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The Perfect Dessert For The Holidays: Dark Chocolate Balls!!!

No, I have not absconded with Henry’s balls to a chocolatier, this is a real recipe from my favorite chef west of the Mississippi, Melissa Mayo. She was kind enough to allow me access to her latest delicacy, Fig and Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Balls!

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Do These Panties Make me Look Fat?

The Granny panties. You know the ones, tall and white and slippery and just tight enough to give almost any ass the appearance of a broad pancake. The kind that should only be worn when you’re cast adrift on a raft from a sunken cruise liner, in order to flag down planes from a mile in the sky.

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Heaven = An Eppa Sangria Fete on the Rooftop of LA’s Petite Ermitage Hotel on a Balmy Fall Night

I’m not really at liberty to discuss what happened beyond this point except to say that I awoke the next morning in my own bed with all of my bodily hair waxed off and pregnant with twins. Beside me lay a lovely bag from the vegan-friendly Big Buddha bags and two wine glasses by Engraved Letter with rather intriguing words etched into them.

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How to Escape the Zombie Apocalypse During Fashion Friday @ Bungalow 20

Kim and Ilyse of Bungalow 20 received a new shipment and being the the Shopping Savant that I am I was there to help rip open the boxes to assess which goodies I needed, in order to be ready for the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Thanksgiving Fig and Basalmic-glazed LAMB!

One of my favorite memories growing up were the nights my mom cooked rack of lamb and we watched Night Gallery; featuring stories of horror and the macabre on t.v.

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Debuting Mary Kay’s Flirty Festive Look and Win $100 Gift Card!

Margaret, the holiday season is upon us. This is the time to counter-intuitively stop eating duck confit with fig marmalade and berry compote. That’s right, Margaret, I can see you! Put the duck fat down. Put it down right now! You’re not even French, for Godsakes!

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It’s Fashion Friday Again with Bungalow 20! New Goodies I Got to Model

I always say that me working in a clothing store is like Charlie Sheen trying to stay sober in a crack house. I love clothes. Perhaps too much, especially considering as a mom and a writer that I could pretty

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#FashionFriday w/ Bungalow 20: Rejected by Meredith Viera!

So Meredith Viera called. Okay, she didn’t call, but her producer did. They wanted to fly me to New York for the show where they would grill me about my shopping addiction. My first thought was, Do I really want

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Fashion Friday! It’s Fall at Bungalow 20!

Okay, who says we West L.A. moms won’t bust a cap in your ass if you get up into our sweet junk? Because we can throw some chingasos if needed. You can tell how tough we are by our tattoos:

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