Emma Stone for Elle Magazine, July 2011. Mega-loving all those crazy polka dots!
How Not to Obsess About Looking Good in a Swimsuit: an oldie but goodie. Somehow, for all the self-confidence issues I can have, wearing swimsuit in a public place is rarely one of them.
When Lying Broken in a Pile on Your Floor is a Good Idea: By riding on this spinning, predatory, fearsome creature, Akhilanda refuses to reject her fear, nor does she let it control her. She rides on it. She gets on this animal that lives inside the river, inside the flow. She takes her fear down to the river and uses its power to navigate the waves, and spins in the never not broken water.
30 Lessons My Parents Didn’t Teach Me: Reward yourself when you do something good. If you achieve something great or do something you’re proud of, what message are you sending yourself if you don’t celebrate it?
Do You Keep a Universal Grocery List? The goal of the grocery list is to start noticing the enormous number of things going right in one’s life. Had a good meal? Want another one? Write it on the list. Had a good workout? Write it on the list. Get an awesome Facebook comment from your crush? Write it on the list.
A Plague of Strong Female Characters: Maybe what people mean when they say “strong female characters” is female characters who are “strong,” i.e., interesting or complex or well written — “strong” in the sense that they figure predominantly in the story, rather than recede decoratively into the background. But I get the feeling that what most people mean or hear when they say or hear “strong female character” is female characters who are tough, cold, terse, taciturn and prone to scowling and not saying goodbye when they hang up the phone.
What I Talk About When I talk About Dieting: One is that I’ve witnessed a lot of wonderful people who’ve thought that if they just lost 10 pounds, their life would be happy.Their problems would be solved. They would be worthy and deserving of love. They would be, finally, “good enough” for everyone else.
Books vs. Cigarettes: The average paperback runs to less than $10, if not just over $10 apiece. Cigarettes? Oh… $7 every other day or somewhere between $21 and $28 per week depending on my mood. I certainly don’t buy two books per week. I would be lying if I said I buy on average one book per week, if not one book every other week.
Any favorite reads this week? Share them below! (I want to read them!)