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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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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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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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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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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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Are You Spectatoring During Sex??

My first lover was a USC football player with 0% body fat. He looked like this: You’d think we would have had hot sex. And every now and then we did. But a lot of the time I was, what

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My Kickass Plan For Aging Like A Viking Warrior – Brought to you By Pfizer

At 48 I’m not even middle-aged. No, I’m not in denial, because the women in my family live to be as old as the Great Basin Bristlecone pine in the southwest United States. Said tree is 5,063 years old. And

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10 Things I did to Prepare for my 30th High School Reunion (Before and After Photos)

This is what I did to prepare for my 30th high school reunion: 1. Over-indulge in wine coolers and nervous carbohydrate eating. 2. Gain 5 lbs. 3. Develop new mantra: “You’re still a skinny bitch.” 4. Wax my mustache. 5.

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I’m In Love With An Incredible Woman! Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom.

I tend to be a “look at me, look at me” kinda gal.  I danced on bars in my twenties.  For free.  Sometimes I was asked to stop doing that. But to those of you who trust me not to

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9 Things I Know About Beauty Now That I’m In My 40s

The 40s are good. You’re too old to be a young fool and you’re too young to be in Depends. In my teens and 20s I never felt beautiful enough. I thought I was too skinny, too flat-chested, too pointy-chinned,

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Why It’s Great to be 48!

Tomorrow I turn 48.  Here’s what I like about 48: My kids are not so cynically aged that I am obsolete and they’re not so green that I have to deal with their poop in all its iterations. I’m the

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Does Good Hair Equal Better Sex?

I was going to write about the three main reasons America failed in Iraq: 1. We disbanded the Iraqi army leaving a bunch of 20-year old boys without jobs, but with lots of guns. 2. We cut too deeply in

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Why I Stopped Trying To Make My Daughter Be Pretty

My 10-year-old daughter Clare only likes to wear clothes from the boy’s section. Preferably a boxy, shapeless t-shirt with pictures of Spiderman or any other superhero on them. She always wears two braids. Always. Even to bed. Her hair is

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West Los Angeles Moms Have Buns of Titanium, But At What Cost?

You know you’re hanging out with West Los Angeles moms when the majority of them have buns so tight they could open a pickle jar. West L.A. moms take their fitness routine more seriously than the cast of “300.” In

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