Just Because: William Merritt Chase, End of the Season

William Merritt Chase, End of the Season (ca. 1885), Mount Holyoke College Art Museum.


Product Review: Kérastase Oléo-Curl Curl Definition Cream

As I’ve mentioned before, my hair is a a confused, somewhat thick blend of curly, wavy, and barely wavy sections. I wear it just above shoulder-length, and I’ve finally found a stylist who understands its multiple personality and who has been able to bring it together into a unified cut.

In my efforts to keep this haircut looking its best for as many weeks as I can, I also like to try various products designated for curly or wavy hair.

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Tenoverten Nail Polishes: Let Your Fingers Do The Walking

Two of my blogging obsessions are beauty products and New York City, so when I come across something that connects both subjects, I can’t wait to share my thoughts.

On a recent visit to the bi-annual Elements Showcase (a niche/artisan fragrance trade show with a few extras), I met the founders-owners of the Tenoverten nail salons (“ten over ten,” get it?) and I had a chance to try Tenoverten’s own line of nail polish. The collection currently includes fourteen shades named after streets in downtown Manhattan.

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Product Review: Bare Minerals Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer (Combination Skin)

Although I wear sunblock on my face all year ’round, I’m especially conscious of the need for protection on sunny summer days. I recently tried out a new product, Bare Minerals’ Advanced Protection SPF 20 Moisturizer for Combination Skin, which boasts a “proprietary ActiveSoil Complex” as well as hydration and a mineral-based sun shield.

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My Back Pages: Edith Wharton’s “Summer”

I’ve been re-reading Edith Wharton’s Summer over the past few days, and I can’t stop thinking about it. Wharton’s writing in Summer is clear and elegant, as always, but the subject matter is surprisingly frank and dark for 1917. The story takes place in a desolate small town in rural Massachusetts, where a young woman’s romance with a more worldly man plays out (to a heart-rending conclusion) against the background of a summertime Berkshires landscape.

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