Thanks and In Response….

HBD logoWell I’m really excited because my new show, The Hollywood Beauty Detective was written about by Jodie Layne for Bustle.com. Working on this series has consumed me for so long, and seeing people respond to it is thrilling…even though Jodie’s reaction was mixed. So Continue reading

Push Back and Find Your Voice

My role as Penelope

My role as Penelope

For the past three months I have been involved in a play called Penelope, a retelling Continue reading

Sexy at Any Age? You Bet Your Ass

Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs

Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs

Could it be that older women are becoming  the new faces of beauty? Absolutely. After years of living in a culture where being over 50 meant being invisible, things are changing in a very real way. I, for one, am inspired by this. Continue reading

My Obsession With Claire Underwood

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood

In the brief time (five days) it took me to watch two seasons of House of Cards, I became obsessed with Claire Underwood. Continue reading

Can I Love Fashion and Still Be A Feminist?

Feminist, Ashley Judd

Feminist, Ashley Judd

Can I love fashion and makeup and still be a feminist? This question has plagued me my entire life. Can makeup and fashion be a tool for self-expression and not a means to hide or conform to society? Continue reading

Aspirationally Pretty…Reality VS Illusion

Mariska Hargitay plays a NY detective

Mariska Hargitay plays a NY detective in Law & Order: SVU

I have a friend who is an executive at a television network. As Hollywood goes, it is a very important job. She looks at hundreds of scripts, hears countless pitches for ideas for series, and is involved in all the shows that get on the air for her network. What she thinks and feels about a project, a writer, an actor, or an actress matters. Continue reading

Break Some Rules and Wear Red Lipstick

photo (31)I saw this article in The Gloss the other day titled 7 Items You Should Never Wear After Age 30 Because You Are Old, Dumb And Ugly. The title made me laugh,

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“See Me Peel Me”


With the sole project prompt of making the invisible visible, or bringing attention to something that rarely gets attention, my mind immediately flitted to the insidious pressure on girls and their appearances. Continue reading

Choose Your Word

Pauline Campos

Pauline Campos

I recently had the chance to hang out with Holly Fulger and friends (and fellow Speaking of Beauty contributing writers) in Holly’s home in L.A. Don’t freak out if you happen to be aware of The Cali Curse and the Me Being Banned from Ever Stepping Foot NEAR the State of California thing.

At least, not yet. I may eventually need to have a shaman clear me for seeing Holly in person, but right now Continue reading

Kissed By a Hot Dog

My mom with her brother, "Uncle #2"

My mom with her brother, “Uncle #2″

My mother was Polish. Her mother had come to this country as a child and landed in Lorain, Ohio – a suburb of Cleveland. For as long as I can remember my mom would pack up me, my sister and my brother and we would go visit my grandma. Spending time at grandma’s consisted of a lot of sitting around the kitchen table hanging out with my mom and her trio of brothers (think “The Deer Hunter”). You get the idea.   Continue reading