Birchbox – Nov...

This month’s Birchbox wasn’t as exciting as it has been in the past, but I have thoroughly enjoyed most of the products that I received (which isn’t always the case). So Brava, Birchbox! Thank you for a wonderful Thanksgiving bounty of beauty-awesomeness!   This month, the theme must...

Traveling at Home

There’s nothing that I enjoy more than spending a quiet afternoon in a coffee shop, wrapped up in a large pot of tea and a good book, or grading papers, or just writing on my laptop.  I enjoy finding new spots around town—and I’m not talking about your local Starbucks.  I like looking for the...

Birchbox – Sep...

Finally, a Birchbox to write about and be happy with.  The last couple of months weren’t exceptional, but this box finally got it right!   Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Hedge Fund—a fun metallic green that applies smoothly and dries fairly quickly.  It hasn’t chipped yet, but I’m not...

Thailand: Surviving ...

The taxi seat groans as you lean heavily to one side bringing you back to the moment, taking your eyes off the speedometer as you note it reaching 120 km/hr, and you attempt to do the math in your head, but it’s just a brutal reminder that you have no fucking seatbelt and the other...

Birchbox: July Editi...

After getting back from three incredibly humid, sweaty, and salty weeks in Thailand, I was really excited to get my July Birchbox shipment in.  In fact, it was the first “real” piece of mail that I got at my new house, so it was actually doubly exciting!  You know…until I...