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An Almanac For The 21st Century

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Wear, Watch, Want #7: The Gay Swedish Nirvana Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #7: The Gay Swedish Nirvana Edition

Wear: H&M Long Tank Top

I have approximately two million of these tank tops from H&M. They're amazingly long, fantastically inexpensive, and they wash up like a dream. First let's talk about that length. I'm 5'7" and curvy, and these tanks cover my whole butt with fabric to spare. I cannot explain to you how rare that is in a tank top. It's all I want from a plain tank - I usually wear these as underpinnings to give me some coverage under shorter and/or sheer tops - and something that is damn near impossible to find. Then there's the price. These tanks are $5.95, but are regularly on sale, 2 for $10. This tank comes in tons of colors too, so when I see a sale I have been known to buy six of them at once. Even if they were so-so quality, this would still be a fantastic buy, but the quality is top notch. I wear and wash these tanks like there's no tomorrow, and they stand up to everything I put them through.

Watch: Faking It

Faking It is part of the recent MTV revolution that brought us actually decent, nay, AMAZING scripted television. The second season premiered this week, and I didn't even know how much I missed it till Faking It was back in my life again. The show is about two best friends, Karma and Amy, who pretend to be a lesbian couple in order to be popular at their mega-liberal Austin high school. Amy starts to realize her romantic feelings for Karma aren't so fake, while Karma starts having a secret affair with the werewolf from Wizards of Waverly Place (on this show they call him Liam). Amy also has to contend with her conniving, conservative future step-sister, played by the littlest bunhead. Everyone confides in, or at least has their secrets known by, Liam's best friend, the out and proud Shane. But in reference to the show's title, everyone is faking something, and it's just a matter of time before secrets get exposed. I love, love, LOVE this show. If the series run ends and Faking It hasn't won a Peabody, I'm going run scream-crying down the streets. It really is that good, and it's that important.

Want: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Rollerball

This is a have AND a want, because I actually own this rollerball perfume, just in a teensy version. I loved this scent when I first smelled it, and when Sephora was offering a small version of the rollerball as a 100 point perk I snatched it up. I've been wearing it a lot in the past few months, and while I still haven't run out, I'm worried that the day of reckoning is fast approaching. I've realized that the rollerball is incredibly convenient, particularly now that I've been flying about once a month. I don't have to worry about even a small perfume bottle leaking or taking up too much space in my plastic quart baggie. I'm late to the rollerball fragrance game, I know, but I'm now a committed member of the club.

God's Favorite Concealer (Probably)

God's Favorite Concealer (Probably)

Jeepers Peepers!

Jeepers Peepers!