Friday links

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  • Check out the winners of this close-up photo contest—they’re really quite something.
  • This amused me. (Instagram)
  • The newest book by Dave Eggers has 32 different covers, which is pretty cool (Kottke)
  • A brief history of U.K. style maker Mary Quant. (The Guardian)
  • Please do tune in to Everything is Fine this week if you have not: it’s an all-beauty episode with the legendary editor Jean Godfrey June, and it’s a really, really good one. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. And why not join our Patreon while you’re at it?
  • I am so down for this House of Gucci trailer. (Vulture)
  • Brooke Shields talks about her iconic 1980s Calvin Klein campaign, which I was completely obsessed with back in the day. (Vogue)
  • Boy oh boy, actor Brian Cox (aka Logan Roy of Succession) sure doesn’t take any prisoners in his new memoir. (AV Club)
  • Take a gander at these super-creepy dolls. (Colossal)
  • The six worst chairs you find at restaurants. (Eater)

 

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    Elizabeth Gardner
    1 Nov 2021
    7:38am

    Hi Kim, I love your blog and am looking for advice, please. I’m moving from a warm weather to a cold weather climate and need to buy an outerwear wardrobe. What outerwear brands are stylish, not too spendy, and cut for honest to goodness, real hips? Like you, I appreciate Cotopaxi. Anything else? Thank you!

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    Rae
    29 Oct 2021
    3:23pm

    I enjoyed this week’s podcast but it had me thinking, especially as it came on the heels of your discussions with Jenn about the procedures you may try. I realize that my opinion may be unpopular and I am posting it because I would love to hear other’s thoughts:

    I don’t think botox / fillers / facial procedures make one look younger. These treatments are clearly de rigueur in certain parts of this country. I don’t live in one of those areas so the results have not become “normal” to my eyes. To me, they make one look buffed and polished and they seem to have become necessary for grooming to my friends in NYC. But, they don’t make one look younger…and sometimes I think they age people, especially people in their 40’s because they reference older faces.

    I live in a very outdoorsy college town. The beauty ideal is a bit different here (think head to toe Patagonia or Prana with a cashmere ruana for dressing up). It is very fitness, health, and skincare oriented. It is not free of impossible standards but it is more forgiving, certainly requires less physical risk, perhaps less money. There is danger in normalizing all the procedures no? Perhaps that ship has sailed but I wonder if turning our focus on other examples of beauty can help.

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      Viajera
      1 Nov 2021
      1:05pm

      I seem to agree at least a little bit with everyone. Also, like Jax, I wonder if I am able to see it. Much of the time, I probably don’t. I notice hair color though – but, I can go either way with it. Esp now that many youngsters dye their hair gray. It is becoming just another color. What I have issues with is that I wonder if some of my lines are relics of my bad attitude towards life. It is not necessarily aging, but rather in my case, perhaps from bad habits of thought. Getting jowly is one thing, but having a grimace on is just not what I want to put out in the world, or live with, for that matter. I mean, I’m dramatizing, it is really only a *mild* case of BRF. I do regret it though. And, I resolve to do better. And as with D., I only really look some of the time. I don’t have the dough for fancy procedures, but my suspicion is, I’d draw the line at actual pain. … … … Sort of related to this, is that “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is an excellent film imo. And it made me want to read the story.

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      Jax
      29 Oct 2021
      4:38pm

      Interesting comment, Rae. I pretty much agree with you! It is interesting — I live in San Francisco and have seen my share of faces with work done, in some neighborhoods more than others. I also go up to nearby Marin County a lot where there’s even more of a fitness/yoga/health/outdoorsy/GOOPy emphasis (Marin is pretty much like a gigantic green outdoors area sprinkled with towns and suburbs) but with a great deal of affluence. I can see that the women there, while not having the NY or LA aesthetics requiring work, are definitely showing that work and their faces are looking more and more similar in older age, losing their individual aspects. I’ve also started hearing of women in my network in their 30s getting work now. It makes me nervous. I am also reassured that more women are now considering going gray earlier and not trying to fight the fight, but owning the aging process more. I think older women can be quite beautiful. I also don’t know, if sometimes, the faces I like have had work done and it’s just really well done and sort of imperceptible. Like Martha Stewart’s has definitely had work done, but it’s pretty good and not too pronounced. However, Salma Hayek’s face has started looking like Madonna’s has since her 40s.

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      Liz
      29 Oct 2021
      7:00pm

      I agree with you. And it just sucks that we live in a culture where women are made to feel bad about having dark spots on their hands! Talking about clothes and hair and even makeup is fun, but when it comes to procedures, there always seems to be that twinge of shame or fear behind taking that step, and I wish we could all get to a place where we could agree to reject that crap.

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      JMD
      29 Oct 2021
      5:16pm

      This is so interesting, and I completely agree. I’ve long felt that way about covering grays — doesn’t make you look that much younger, just different. I’m 45 and have never colored my hair, am now about 30% gray. I live in the urban area PNW, where it’s common to leave gray hair untouched, but I notice when I travel that I stand out. I recently visited a friend in rural WA, and she sort of wistfully said that none of her friends would ever think of going gray naturally. I do get light Botox in my 11s, but as I told my dermatologist, I’m not trying to look younger, I just hate waking up looking angry (apparently I scowl in my sleep?).

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        D.Morgendorffer
        30 Oct 2021
        1:59pm

        I found out late Thursday afternoon that my husband will be having his gallbladder removed on Monday. So, after years of doing variations of low-residue for his Crohn’s, in three days, I need to switch to making him a non-fat diet based on a poorly Xeroxed page guideline. In the twenty-something years I’ve dealt with his medical stuff, I’ve found that the majority of his gastro specialists are guys who have never done grocery shopping or meal planning for a household. As a partial result of all his surgeries, I have White Coat Syndrome regarding myself. So, the prospect of hopping back on the un-fun carousel ride of a doctor’s visit for something other than maintaining organ function is beyond my personal capability. My personal strategy is wearing Frownees to bed, and crucially, never standing very close to a mirror while wearing my ever-thickening prescription glasses. Also, to be painfully honest about myself, I have received more compliments about my appearance in my late 40s than in my 20s. I understand the younglings are wary of comments about one’s appearance, a wariness I respect. All the same, while it takes me two days to recover from receiving one, I enjoy a compliment and figure on sticking with my as-is self in order to soak up all the praise I seem to get.

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          Viajera
          1 Nov 2021
          12:57pm

          I am meditating positive vibrations at you and your husband, D.!!! When things settle down, maybe one of these nurses can suggest a good nutritionist. (You have to look out for some of those too though.) You never know, they might know something, though my guess is, it will be the patient groups with the really good tips. … … … Also I can tell by your comments that you are beautiful! I am not surprised people are noticing.

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          kimbersam
          30 Oct 2021
          5:09pm

          Sorry about your husband’s surgery. I hope he betters up quickly and that the recovery process is smooth and easy for both of you. Wanted to comment on the “young kids don’t comment on appearances these days.” I have a 22 years young niece. We were both in the kitchen the other day. She launches into a TEDtalk about how she never notices dresses and doesn’t like to talk about clothes, but somehow, my dress has achieved her notice and despite being a print and not being entirely black–it’s kinda cool. It honestly took me a full day to realize she was complimenting me 🙂

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            D.Morgendorffer
            31 Oct 2021
            1:35am

            Appreciate your kind words.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      30 Oct 2021
      9:51pm

      I agree, Rae! I wish we’d love ourselves more as we age. I don’t know how people view aging in other countries, but there seems to be an obsession with youth culture in America. And we focus that obsession on our faces and “perfecting” them. Let’s face it, there’s a BIG industry fueling this push to convince us that we need to get our faces “fixed” – Someone is making a whole lot of money off of these procedures. The simple truth is that we can’t beat aging. It’s coming for all of us.

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    Viajera
    29 Oct 2021
    12:08pm

    I am glad to see attention paid to this important topic. I disagree that booths are bad – I’m sure most of the dirt rolls safely down into the crannies. Whereas, all stools should be abolished. … … … I happened upon part of the Mountains episode of the pbs “Wonders of Mexico,” which is on netflix. I don’t know about some of the commentary, but the footage of tropical birds was astounding to me. The world can still surprise me with its beauty. I may even write them an email. The whole thing was good, but the birds happen in the second half.

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      Viajera
      1 Nov 2021
      1:07pm

      Btw I was wrong, it is on the pbs channel. Sorry.

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    Cola
    29 Oct 2021
    12:20pm

    I too cannot wait for the House of Gucci movie! Though I read the book that the movie is based on – because I am so excited for the movie – I don’t recommend it unless you are way into arcane financial wheelings and dealings. (Unlike say, The Big Short, by Micheal Lewis, which took said financial stuff and made it riveting.) Luckily, judging from the trailer, it looks like the movie focuses on the Gucci good stuff – glitz, glam and greed. I think it’s enough to get me back into an actual theater come Thanksgiving.

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    Mary
    29 Oct 2021
    11:12am

    Love the “chairs” article and wholeheartedly agree! Particularly the yucky vinyl bench – God only knows what has been left behind for future diners.

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      Stephanie
      29 Oct 2021
      3:58pm

      The chairs article aroused strong feelings in me, but it leaves out what is in my mind the very worst offender: chairs that are too low for their tables! You know, the chairs that when you sit in them your chin is only about 3″ higher than your plate. For the whole meal you look — and feel! — like a 4 year old at the grown-ups’ table. I complain about a lot of things, I admit, but chairs that are too short are right up there with leaf blowers on my list of peeves! Signed, a grown-ass woman who is 5’5″ tall.

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        Jax
        29 Oct 2021
        4:41pm

        Even worse is when some chairs at the table are normal height and you got the one that was shorter, so you do look like the kid at the table with a bunch of adults.

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