My Beauty Regimen…A Few of My Favorite Things

Me and Nidia Valencia at Nortstroms

Me and Nidia Valencia at Nortstroms

For Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with you my beauty regimen and a few beauty treatments I love. 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

Tales of a Sixth Grade Golden Retriever

pic for Golden Retriever BlogIn my last post, I wrote about the time two boys in my 5th grade class, Billy and Matt, told me that I was pretty.  It was the first time I’d been called pretty by someone other than my mother, and I was pretty darn excited about it.

My excitement, however, was short-lived.  Because less than a year later, something excruciating happened:

Sixth Grade. Continue reading

The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

I grew up in the 70′s and I was obsessed with fashion magazines. Actually, fashion magazines were my crack. I craved them, I needed them, I let them define me. And, like crack, they also nearly destroyed me. My views on beauty were based on these fashion magazines. They told me what was beautiful. They told me how to be skinny, how to get a man, how to have sex and keep skinny, why men were attracted to “dumb women,” how to Continue reading

What Happens When a Man Sees Himself As A Woman? Dustin Hoffman Explains…

What happens when a man turned into a woman doesn’t measure up to his own image of what a woman should look like to be beautiful?  BIG LESSONS, that’s what — and some tears.
In early makeup tests, when Dustin Hoffman met himself as his female character Dorothy Michaels in TOOTSIE, he asked for the makeup artists to make him
“more beautiful”.  Watch what happens next to Dustin Hoffman.  Profound.

At 01:43 – He shares that in response to wanting to be more beautiful as a woman, the makeup Continue reading

So Just What Is Beauty Anyway?

Elizabeth Chomko's headshot she uses as an actress

Elizabeth Chomko’s headshot she uses as an actress

So just what is beautiful, anyway?

Being thin / having curves / pregnancy. Blonde / brunette / redhead / salt and pepper. Youth / aging gracefully. Strength / vulnerability. Femininity / androgeny. Seventeen / thirty-seven / a baby. Being toned / being touchable. The hourglass / the thigh gap. Marilyn Monroe / The Mona Lisa / Coco Rocha / Barbie / Mother Theresa / Michelle Obama.

And / or:

Confidence. Authenticity. Intelligence. Honesty. Wit. Humor. Admitting wrong. Fearlessness, passion, growth, perfection.  Continue reading

I Wanna be an “It Girl”

Cynthia Oredugba, my perfect “It” girl

I believe I became aware of the term “it girl” while looking at one of the many fashion magazines I read. I always wanted to be an “it girl” because that would mean that I was beautiful, cool, popular, trendsetting, and fashionable, like Chloe Sevigny – at least that was what I thought it meant to be an “it girl.” I think the most recent Continue reading

What I’ve Learned

Holly Fulger

This past July, I did something that I am extremely proud of – I produced and created my web series Speaking of Beauty The series is based on the belief that every woman has a story. I wanted to open a dialog among women by interviewing them, allowing them to address fears and insecurities while challenging what is presented by the media as the “beauty standard.” The ultimate goal Continue reading

The “Inner Beauty Journal” Book Release event – Tues. Dec. 4, 2012

Wed, December 4, 6pm – 8pm
Inner Beauty Journal - book by Holly Fulger, Melissa McNamara

“The Inner Beauty Journal” Book-Release Party! Los Angeles, CA
Meet: “Speaking of Beauty” host Holly Fulger, buy her new book “The Inner Beauty Journal” and she’ll personally sign your book!
Date: Tues, Dec. 4
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Bleu Clothing
454 S. La Brea
Los Angeles, CA 90036 Continue reading