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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #13: The Ugg-ly, Exposed-ish Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #13: The Ugg-ly, Exposed-ish Edition

Wear: Ugg Ansley Slippers

I am a proud defender of Uggs. They're insanely comfortable and easy to slip on when you need to take the dog out or go on a long car trip and want to be cozy and warm. I'm from the midwest, where I would go though a pair of Uggs each winter because they  were the only things that would keep my toes from freezing, but unfortunately they're not super durable for actual winter weather. Now that I live in LA, I don't need Uggs, but they're still fantastic to have around, and as a bonus, they don't get completely worn to death each winter, so I've had the same pair of boots and slipper for years. It finally got chilly enough this week that I could start wearing my Ugg Ansley slippers again, and I'm beyond thrilled. They're so great for wearing around the house, and the loafer design keeps them from looking too "Sorority Girl Wearing Her Slippers to the Liquor Store" if I happen to sport them when I'm getting the mail or heading to the laundry room. At $100 they may seem steep, but after going through quite a few pairs of $20 slippers that lasted only a few months, I realized the investment was well worth it. I've had this pair for about two years and they're still hanging in there, keeping my tootsies warm and cozy.

Watch: Black-ish

If you're like me, you watched Modern Family's first season and said, "Yeah, okay. This is cute." Then you kept watching and that sentiment trasnformed into, "This is a little saccharine for me." Then you stopped watching altogether because you realized that it was all the same schtick over and over, FOREVER. (Seriously, what's been on TV longer, Modern Family or The Simpsons?) If you liked the general idea of Modern Family, but found that your cynical heart just couldn't take the sweetness, may I suggest Black-ish? It's still got a heart, but, funnily enough, it just feels more modern than Modern FamilyBlack-ish is the story of the only black family in an affluent white neighborhood in LA. Dad is an advertising executive, mom is a doctor, kids are adorable. Laurence Fishburne is the cantankerous grandpa who lives in the guesthouse. Anthony Anderson is worried that because his kids are growing up in Brentwood instead of Compton, like he did, they aren't getting the full black experience, hence the title, and where a lot of the show's conflicts come from. To give you my quick n' dirty reasons to watch Black-ish: It's brand new, but already amazing, Tracee Ellis Ross is a GODDESS, and the twins on the show are named JACK and DIANE.

Want: Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette

I'm getting back to my roots this week by telling you about yet another eyeshadow palette I have my sights on. I've looked at the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette quite a few times (and now there's a whole NEW Double Exposure Palette exclusively for the Sephora High Rollers Club!), but thought it wasn't something I needed immediately. I mean, of course it's on my wish list, but down the road. Once I saw the travel version, however, I was immediately in love. It's the most gorgeous selection of eight nude shades, in both matte and shimmer, and the perfect size to travel with. For just $22! I've been traveling a lot more lately, and I'm in the market for a high end, smaller eyeshadow palette. I've taken my Naked 3 on enough trips to know that's just not a sustainable packing plan.

Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover. Or Title.

Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover. Or Title.

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