Product Review: Avene Ultralight Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion with SPF 50

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Summer weather has arrived early in my part of the world (where did spring go?!), and I’m updating my suncare regimen to combat the season’s intense sunlight and longer daylight.

I’m still loyal to Pratima’s Neem Rose Face Sunscreen, but sometimes I just don’t have the time to make a trip to SoHo to buy a new bottle, and I refuse to pay Pratima’s high shipping fees, so I’ve been looking for something to alternate with the Neem Rose. Continue reading

Covet: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick (With an Art Historical Reference)


I’m eyeing the latest product launch from Lipstick Queen, a color-changing lipstick named Frog Prince. It’s bright clover green in the tube, but when it’s applied to lips, it adjusts to a rosy pink shade.

I’m a fan of LQ’s Hello Sailor, and I’d probably enjoy Frog Prince even more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to nab a press sample, but I’ll check it out next time I’m near Barneys or SpaceNK.

In the meantime, I’m smiling over the illustration of a frog reclining in front of a fairytale castle, because it reminds me of something…

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Quick Reads: A New Blog About Jersey City


There are many blogs about New York City’s history, but very few about the past of its next-door neighbor New Jersey. I’m happy to see a new blog, Another Town on the Hudson, which concentrates on Jersey City’s cultural history. The author (full disclosure: someone close to me!) is posting weekly meditations on Chilltown’s past, illustrated with fascinating archival images. I look forward to following it, and I just wanted to share it with anyone who might be a fellow history-lover or Jersey native.

Image: Holland Tubes, Jersey City, NJ, via New York Public Library.

A Little Princess: It’s a Girl!

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Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby girl today. I do enjoy following the big news stories from the British royals — I remember Charles and Diana’s wedding, and the birth of William himself, so I’m sort of sentimental about this event. And, in one of my ever-multiplying freelance jobs, I just wrote a story about royal second siblings for Biography. You can read it here.