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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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#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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I’m in Love With Chef Melissa Mayo! She Reveals her “Lose the Fat, Not the Flavor” Secrets!

Chef Melissa Mayo is not only a culinary master with a six-pack, she’s also one of my dearest friends. I first laid eyes on this South African firecracker at a Music-and-Me class with our then-infants Jade and Bridget. For me

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My First Fashion Friday! Bungalow 20-Style

As many of you know from my 71 Dresses in 71 Days project I love clothes. I blame my dad. His philosophy during my childhood was “if you’re clean and covered it’s good enough,” which lead Ralph Conroy to ask me

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What Makes You Feel Desirable?

At 49 I’m just not ashamed of wanting to be attractive and even desirable anymore. I don’t care that some people may think desiring to be desirable is an affront to my husband and my marriage. Or that they may think I need to get a life and help build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Or that they may think I’m guilty of the 3 Vs. Vapidity, Vacuousness and Vanity.

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How Becoming a 1950s Pin Up Girl Boosted my Body Image!

Last week I got to be a Bombshell. I’ve always wanted to be a Bombshell and am grateful to chocolate and french bread for making it all possible. Like a lot of women I always have my eye on what

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Don’t Hate me Because I’m Showing you Pretty Things

Did you know it’s almost my birthday? Okay actually it’s my half-birthday. Fine, it’s my 1/16th birthday of my 50th year, which means you ought to buy me something really special from Fragments Jewelry. A few gift ideas for you: The “Golden

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Colbie Caillat’s New Video “Try” Made Me Cry aka Take That Photoshop

My new favorite song from Colbie Caillat. But the glorious images rival the beauty of her voice.

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Are Big Breasts Tastier than Intellectual Breasts?

My lovely guest poster (is that a word?) today, Carol Cassara has strong opinions about the value of plastic surgery. Although I could very well have been one of those unfortunates with plastic surgery gone wrong, I love my results. Yet

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One Woman’s Love Letter to her Body in the War Against Body Image Issues

My guest posting badass for the day is Ms. Lori “Lavender” Holden (why didn’t someone name me Chartreuse?). I want to steal her love letter to her body for my body to add to my arsenal in fighting body image

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One 43-Year Old Woman’s Experience in the Southern Californian Dating World

My guest posting diva today, Kathy Walker, is duking it out in the Real Non-Housewives dating world of the OC. She writes: “The hardest thing about living in Southern California, particularly Central Orange County, is living among the beautiful and

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How Often Should I Weigh Myself? aka The Bathroom Scale Made me her Bitch!

While I’m on vacation this week I have the privilege to introduce you to some lovely women-of-a-certain age! Today’s post comes to you from Alisa Schindler which begs the question “How Often Should I Weigh Myself?” Alisa writes: “I just did it

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If I Did This to my Daughters They Would Never Speak to me Again, But Dang it’s Funny

Okay. This is funny even if you’re having period cramps. Don’t want to publish any spoilers so all I can really write about this is #flocomestotown #theredbadgeofcourage #surfingthecrimsonwave #thecurse #therearecommunistsinthefunhouse #reddotspecial Enjoy!

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When Your Hot Wax Treatment Seeps and Young Bitches Gotta Learn!

Two short funny videos: The epically hilarious Jessica Bern of Two Funny Brains and my uber-talented friend, director Mia Trachinger, have married their talents to create two short funny videos about the ignominies of womanhood which are on their way

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Did You Know The Way We Eat Our Food Is The Way We Make Love? aka My Sensual Eating Reboot

If you’ve been anywhere around this site or my social media networks you are probably incredibly sick of seeing my 1950s pin-ups. I am posting them everywhere because I love them. These photos are a reminder to stop the negative body

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Are You Afraid Your Body Isn’t Beautiful After an Accident or Surgery? and The Scar Project

Today I received a comment that made my heart ache. Melanie read Ruby’s story in our Love Your Body Now series and wrote this: Ruby is everything that I’m not, brave. 3 years ago this July I was walking with

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My Ultherapy Before and After Photos aka Ultherapy: Part 3

My Ultherapy Before and After Photos are Here! (I’m revising this post, almost two years after having this procedure, as my opinion has changed in that time). I must love you ladies a lot to post my Ultherapy Before and

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Gurl, you must be a traffic ticket cuz you got fine written all over you!

Today I’m curating Adriel Luis’ poetry in a film called Slip of the Tongue. In it he’s excoriated by a fiery-eyed Goddess who refuses to be categorized like a commodity. It’s powerful, lyrical and chortle-inducing. A must-see. I love words,

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Body Image Issues aka How I Came to Fall in Love With my Soft Tummy

“What’s this?’ I asked a roided-out Gold’s gym employee. I was holding a fistful of my own soft, round flesh, which seemed to have suddenly appeared beneath my belly button two Mondays ago. I was twenty-eight years old, 5′ 6”

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Is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Fasting for Health Crazy? Or Crazy Like a Fox?

One of the reasons I’m agnostic is because the church I attended when I was a kid required that I fast the first Sunday of every month. I’d sit there in the church pew resenting Jesus and counting the minutes

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A New Study on how to Heal Body Image Issues and the Kissing Video

Okay just stop. Have you stopped? Good. Now, how does your body feel? Mine feels pleasantly tired after working out hard in Pop Physique. My hands are a little sticky and sweaty on the keyboard. My tummy is full to the

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Organic Anti-Aging Skin Care or The Zen of an Aging Neck

My version of organic anti-aging skin care isn’t what you’d expect… Over 40 we all have it. The body part we notice is a harbinger of our rendezvous with Death. (Oh, happy Monday!) Mine is my neck. My legs are

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I Want to be Raquel Welch When I Grow up. Does That Make me a Hypocrite?

I’ve decided to grow up to look like Raquel Welch. Never mind that Raquel Welch at 73 looks better than I did at 25. By the time I’m 73 I’ll have caught up. I think we must assume la Welch

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Win $1,000 from Suave Professionals® aka Quenching the Thirst of my Sub-Saharan Flesh

Symptoms of Peri-menopause. According to HealthLine here are 35 of them. WTF? Don’t women already have to menstruate and give birth? When will you be satisfied, oh ignominious Nature?? So along with my “phantom periods” (which I suppose means my

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