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Monday, November 2, 2015

I like to catch Ringo Starr‘s show whenever he’s in town, so I got tickets for his October 31 concert at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. I figured I’d dress the part of a Beatles fan in the “Mod girl” outfit I’d worn once before for Halloween. It wasn’t until last week that I realized I’d […]

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I’ve been wondering if it is possible for a writer to profile a famous woman for a magazine without mentioning in the first paragraph that the woman in question is SANS FARDS (without makeup). The answer: It is not possible. Here is the first paragraph of Lynn Hirschberg’s profile of model Gigi Hadid, who is […]

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have all kinds of work to do, which means I am, instead, procrastinating by catching up on August issues of the New Yorker. (I will read yesterday’s Wall Street Journal story on procrastination tomorrow. I swear!) The August 3 New Yorker has a beautifully written, happy/sad story by Larissa MacFarquhar about Sue and Hector […]

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sometimes, you look at a magazine cover and just think … That’s how a number of people reacted when they saw the September cover of the new Spanish Vogue, featuring Penelope Cruz. Seriously, the magazine didn’t do her justice. But I’ve been pondering the matter of the totally inexplicable magazine cover since last month when […]

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Last month, when I officially introduced my 18K gold and platinum barbed wire ankle bracelets, I said it was time for leg jewelry to heat up. I wrote: “While anklets have been around since ancient times and are still a perennial in some cultures, in the U.S. they’ve gone in and out of fashion. I […]

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Believe it or not, Mother’s Day wasn’t created by Hallmark. It wasn’t even created by a mother. A child-free woman named Anna Jarvis organized the first Mother’s Day services with her own mother in mind in 1908.  Activist Julia Ward Howe had proposed a similar idea […]

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I’m thrilled to say that gorgeous actress Scarlett Johansson is wearing my barbed wire rings in the March issue of W Magazine. Admittedly, you may need a magnifying glass, a microscope or the Hubble telescope to see the rings on ScarJo in the photo, but they’re there, I swear! I have a credit and everything. […]

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Here is the New Yorker’s reaction to the mass shooting at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Click to read the essay by Amy Davidson. And a 2012 quote from Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, who was killed today: “A drawing has never killed anyone.” Click to read Alexandra Petri’s Washington […]

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Friday, September 26, 2014

It’s good to know that People Magazine is capable of recognizing when it’s done something wrong.  Last night, during Scandal‘s premiere, the magazine tweeted (and quickly deleted): As the blog Jezebel later asked, “Because you can’t mean serious business with natural hair?” People didn’t acknowledge the deletion at the time, but simply went from live-tweeting […]

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I was managing editor of People Magazine’s website in 1999, and I’ve subscribed to the magazine ever since I left that job. Today, I was flipping through the Sept. 15, 2014, issue and came across an item about the recent celebrity nude-photo hacking. Because it slut-shamed and blamed actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton […]

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