That Elusive Red

Left: Fresh, new, beautiful red highlights. Right: After my first root/color touch-up.

As most of you know, after more than a decade of wearing my hair long and dark brown, I finally bit the bullet and added some coppery red highlights to my hair last December. Inside, I’ve wanted to be a redhead for a while, and given that my mom is a hairdresser, you’d think I […]

Never Judge a Lippie by its Cover


I’m a creature of habit. I’ll admit it. Especially when it comes to beauty products. When I find something I like, be it powder, mascara, lipstick, etc., I tend to stick with it forever, only moving on to another brand or product if I somehow become allergic or it is discontinued. No joke. After (apprehensively) […]

Journey to Self-Acceptance: V 3.0


So at age 18, my life kind of started over again. With my version 2.0 nose, newfound confidence—and utter relief at leaving the horror of high school behind—I headed off to college. Four years later, I emerged with a freshly-printed Bachelor’s degree in hand. Fast-forward a few more years, and I am working full-time as […]

Journey to Self-Acceptance: V 2.0

Coming out of my shell...

I was never the same after that accident, for better and for worse. Our wounds heal, but once something is broken, as you know, it is never as pristine as it was before. My left shoulder was permanently separated, and it hurt like hell. I still can’t sleep on my left side for long periods […]

Journey to Self-Acceptance: My Albatross

Preening Black-browed Albatross by Marius Coetzee

For the next six-to-eight years, my profile haunted me. My nose was my albatross. School was something I had loved—I was a good student—but it was now an unsafe place. If Jamie Ross had noticed my nose, did everyone else? Eventually, through chiding and the occasional taunt, I learned the answer to that question. Little […]