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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #11: The Long, Soapy Winter Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #11: The Long, Soapy Winter Edition

Wear: Wintry Nail Polish Colors

Today the high in Los Angeles iss 85 degrees. Despite the fact that I'm still wearing short dresses, tank tops, and sandals, I'm choosing to at least pretend that we're nearing a colder season with my nail polish. This week I broke out two of my favorite Essie nail polishes, both of which have very cold-weather themed names: Chinchilly and Mind Your Mittens. If I can't dress like it's fall, I'm at least going to dress my nails like it is.

Watch: Jane The Virgin

Like last week's Watch, Jane The Virgin is a new fall show. It's a US remake of a telenovela, and it brings the soapy drama like you wouldn't believe. Jane is, you guessed it, a virgin, but she's been (accidentally) artificially inseminated with sperm from her boss, who also happens to be a guy she had a crush on and kissed five years ago. His sister is the doctor that accidentally inseminated Jane instead of his wife, who you may recognize as Olivia from Reign (and America Singer in one of the two failed pilots for The Selection TV series). Are you sufficiently confused yet? WAIT. THERE'S MORE! In fact, every relationship and storyline is completely intertwined and complicated to the point where there is no summary that I find sufficient, even my own. I'm not even going to try. I will say, though, that this show is one of the best new TV offerings in a long time. It's got so much heart that in the two episodes that have aired, I have sniffle-cried twice and full-on ugly-cried once. Also, our Jane, the fabulous Gina Rodriquez, may be a magical unicorn: She is perfect in every way and if you don't immediately fall in love with Jane you are soulless monster.

Want: A Full Length Mirror

I technically own a full length mirror. It's one of those $10 over-the-door numbers from Target. It sucks. Since I moved into this apartment in December I've been dreaming of a big, sturdy, full length mirror for my entryway. There's better light in there, and I like that I could check my 'fit before I head out the door. I think I'll be fulfilling this dream before 2014 is out. I have to. I'm sick of not being able to properly see if my shoes match my hairstyle.

For When You're Like, "Get Outta My Way, BANGS."

For When You're Like, "Get Outta My Way, BANGS."

Bury Me With This Brow Pencil

Bury Me With This Brow Pencil