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Little Girl Movie Star Parties Freaked Me Out, Not Anymore

I’ve been Professor McGonegle. I’ve been Medusa. And now I’ve been Makeup-Artist-to-the-Stars, Gilda. I blame my myriad incarnations on my daughter Bridget, because she loves Theme Birthdays every. Single. Year. When she was seven, Henry and I mounted a massive

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My Browlift Before and After

Plastic Surgery Confessions It makes me crazy when celebrities over-45 attribute their youthful looks to “drinking lots of water.” Or that old chestnut, “I’ve just got good genes.” When behind the scenes they’re drinking the blood of virgin choirboys and

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My Adventures in Fat Freezing

Writing my blog exposes where I am in my psychological evolution on any given day. And writing at the speed of sound isn’t wise. But it’s the paradigm we, as bloggers, are given. For instance I wrote all about deciding

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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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When You’re Over 45 You Might Need To Have The “Second Talk”

It’s June 27th, 1975 My 10th birthday. Will I get a fast growing hair Barbie? I rip through the Snoopy wrapping paper to discover … Sweet Suzie’s Starter Menstruation Kit. WTH? “Go ahead, honey, open it,” says my mom, face shining beatifically

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Ultherapy Part 2 aka Countdown to my Ultherapy Before and After Photos

Ultherapy Before and After Photos to Come Soon! Okay, so here I am right before I had my Ultherapy treatment Monday before last. I’m aware I look like a serial killer you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.

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My Face/Neck Lift Without a Knife: Ultherapy Part 1

Soon to come: My Ultherapy Before and After Photos! Hello Ladies and Gents who might feel bad about their necks and nasal-labial folds. I had my Ultherapy treatment today. I’m still a little high on the 10 milligrams of Vicodin,

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A Visit to Homeboy Industries With Jamie Lynne Grumet

My friend Jamie Lynne Grumet – recently on the cover of Time nursing her toddler Aram – is forcing me to step out of my comfort zone. At last tally she’s gotten me to join her at far-flung speakeasies for

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My Ultherapy Before and After Photos to Come!

Like Nora Ephron I feel bad about my neck.  By referencing Nora Ephron, an accomplished filmmaker and novelist, I’m trying to suggest that even really smart accomplished women feel bad about their necks and I might be one of those.

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Should Women Be Transparent About Plastic Surgery?

There’s a great new article in May’s O Magazine called: How Old Do I Look? It features 4 women from age 42 to 81 and divulges what kinds of aesthetic work they’ve had done; from Botox to face lifts. Revolutionary.

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My Encounter With A Never Nude at MomsLa

I occasionally post at a fabulous website called MomsLa.   However I didn’t realize how repressed some of their members are.  I am trying to be a positive influence toward helping them jettison their Victorian impulses …

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Addicted to Paint

Henry thought our house was getting shabby. New paint, he said. I thought the house looked fine, why spend money on paint when you can spend it on chocolate and water bras? But I agreed to at least do the

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Laser Hair Removal

Aka — Pruning the Lady Garden My L.A. mom friends include: A former editor at Forbes Magazine An architect, a lawyer from the Slovak Republic A child development expert A public relations manager and A screenwriter (c’est moi) whose last

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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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Pregnant and Proud

Gestation: 27 Weeks, 4 Days In film school I made an eight millimeter film on female body image for my non-narrative film class. I decided it was important to demonstrate that women of all sizes were beautiful. So I begged

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These Shoes Weren’t Made For Walkin’

Gestation: 17 Weeks Brand-new black pumps. When I put them on, I’m not a four-months-pregnant-mommy-of-a-toddler-with-a-stockpile-of-Preparation-H-and-Colase.   No. I’m La Femme Nikita … If her cigarette skirt had an elastic panel over the belly.  And if she had water retention.  And didn’t have

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