the_beheld

the_beheld
Location
New York, New York, USA
Birthday
May 27
Company
The Beheld
Bio
I write The Beheld (the-beheld.com), a blog examining our concepts of beauty, using interviews with women whose professions and passions lend them a keen insight into personal appearance; analysis of news, business, economics, and culture; beauty experiments; and personal essays.

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Salon.com
SEPTEMBER 18, 2012 9:13AM

Signing Off From Open Salon

To all Open Salon readers--

 

Thank you for your readership over the past year and a half! I'm going to be closing my Open Salon account shortly. You may not realize this, but my blog, The Beheld, operates on its own URL (http://the-beheld.com) and is syndicated on The New Inquiry,… Read full post »

AUGUST 17, 2012 3:23AM

Beauty Blogosphere 8.17.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.



From Head...
Crop top: Miley Cyrus cut her hair; world freaks out. Luckily, we have Mary Elizabeth Williams (with whom I've previously disagreed about short hair) to lucidly articulate why a crop needn't be a "call for hel… Read full post »
AUGUST 16, 2012 3:37AM

Guest Post: The Ripple Effect

Mara Glatzel from Medicinal Marzipan has long been one of my favorite body image bloggers, in part for her worldview and in part for her graceful, inspirational prose. But what strikes me most about Medicinal Marzipan is its honesty: Glatzel shares her vulnerabilities as well as triumphs in the route… Read full post »
AUGUST 14, 2012 2:03AM

Helen Gurley Brown, 1922-2012


Six years ago, I was waiting for an elevator when Helen Gurley Brown walked up next to me. This wasn’t terribly unusual; I worked for an offshoot of Cosmopolitan at the time, and our offices were housed in the same building. What was unusual was that she was alone, and that/…

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AUGUST 12, 2012 10:00AM

Beauty Blogosphere 8.10.12


What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.

From Head...
"Tricky tricky things": Stunning short fiction from Nigerian sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor about—see, if I say it's about a magical wig it'll sound far less nuanced and enchanting than it actually is. So inst/… Read full post »
AUGUST 6, 2012 7:58AM

No, *You're* Already Pretty

Thanks to everyone who entered the Already Pretty giveaway! I went numerically-chronologically, starting with the-beheld.com, then e-mail entries from readers understandably frustrated by the Blogger comment system, then The New Inquiry, for a total of 33 entries. Using this random number generator,…

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AUGUST 3, 2012 3:56AM

Beauty Blogosphere 8.3.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.


From Head...
Saving the day:
Introducing the world's first natural-hair comic strip, Kinky & Carl E. Stranz.

...To Toe...
Pachyderm pedi: Elephant pedicure video. (Why doesn't someone feed me apples when I get a pedicure
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JULY 27, 2012 7:44AM

Beauty Blogosphere 7.27.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.


Satisfied Latisse customer.

From Head...
Batty: Makers of eyelash-growth drug Latisse got grumpy about RevitaLash eyelash conditioner and filed a suit against RevitaLash claiming it was a drug, not a cosmetic, and therefo…

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JULY 26, 2012 6:12AM

Already Pretty Giveaway




If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’re well aware of my admiration for Sally McGraw, the mind behind Already Pretty. The fashion blogs I read are few and far between: Unless it’s fashion history and theory like Final Fashion, or fashion politics and philosophy like Thre… Read full post »
JULY 24, 2012 7:18AM

The Alienation of Mary Kay

Karl is wearing TimeWise® Firming Eye Cream, .5 oz., $30, marykay.com or your nearest Mary Kay lady

Near the top of the dry erase board where I keep a running list of fragmented ideas—nose job thing, Miss Piggy, story about yogurt (all in due time, my friends, all in due time!)—there’s long/…

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JULY 20, 2012 3:21AM

Beauty Blogosphere 7.20.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.

From Head...

Seeing red: Do redheads have such a difficult time finding products that they need their own product line? Side question: What's up with taunting redheads for being "ginger"? Why is this a thing, ever? I've he… Read full post »
What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.



Eureka!

From Head...

Radio lab: Radioactive beauty products, for real, back in the day. Isn't it fantastic that we now have laws and stringent federal regulations against putting poisonous crap in our cosmetics?


Editor’s Pick
JULY 11, 2012 7:26AM

Mirror Fast Redux

Mirror MeAnnika Connor

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember last year’s month without mirrors, a project that brought on a monthlong wash of serenity. So serene was I during that time, in fact, that I decided I’d make it an annual event for myself—goingRead full post »
JULY 6, 2012 3:47AM

Beauty Blogosphere 7.6.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.


From Head...
The great unwashed: Golda Poretzsky (longtime readers will remember her from this interview) gives a thorough two-part guide to no-shampoo hair care at Persephone Magazine. She's a stronger woma… Read full post »

Am I the only one who's just ever so slightly creeped out by this song?

I've been putting off writing about male-to-female compliments because, quite honestly, it’s touchy. I crave hearing compliments within my relationships, but I also know that when I’ve gotten them, I still feel dissatisfied. I/…

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JUNE 29, 2012 7:48AM

Beauty Blogosphere 6.29.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.

From Head...
"And what did you do with the hair?" "I hid it under the radiator": NPR reporter Jeff Cohen interviews his daughters, ages 5 and 3, totally poker-faced, after the elder decided to give her sister a h… Read full post »

I’d planned on writing about male-to-female compliments, but honestly, the more I read of these compliment studies the more fascinated I become. I’ll get to male-female compliments soon, but for now, a few findings of compliment scholarship:

1) Compliments reveal our values. A successful complimen/… Read full post »
In the few days since I published last week’s post about the role of compliments in female friendships, I’ve become painfully aware of how often I give compliments. It’s certainly not something I want to stop doing, but when I found myself fussing over the color of a waitress’s nail polish…

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JUNE 22, 2012 7:34AM

Beauty Blogosphere 6.22.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.



From Head...
If I only had a heart: Reallllllly hoping the Fifty Shades of Grey makeup line is going to be uber-literal.


...To Toe...
Size me up: People can accurately judge age, gender, income, and attachment anxiety based
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JUNE 19, 2012 8:00AM

Girl Talk



For my money, the most unrealistic part of Sex and the City was always the friendship. “Friendship porn,†I once heard it described as. People fingered Carrie’s wardrobe as being truly ridiculous, but after years of working in an industry where I’ve seen an adult woman spend a day at the/…

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JUNE 15, 2012 3:02AM

Beauty Blogosphere 6.15.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.

From Head...
Naked hair:
No More Dirty Looks is doing their annual summer hair challenge, which amounts to nothing more than sending in a picture of what you look like without any hair styling whatsoever. I hardly think… Read full post »
JUNE 8, 2012 3:42AM

Beauty Blogosphere 6.8.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.



From Head...

Moral of the story is, carry your freckle cream with you at all times: Evidence for proclaiming that Amelia Earhart landed and died on an uninhabited Pacific island grows, this time with found remnants of…

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Unlike the names in this McSweeney's list, all of the below exist.

  1. Headz Ain’t Ready, Jackson Heights, New York
  2. Bushwacker, Houston, Texas
  3. The Hairy Elephant, Ballwin, Missouri
  4. Haffner’s Vacuums, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  5. Rusty Razor, Billings, Montana
  6. New Heads on the Block, Salem, Massachusetts
  7. Headon
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JUNE 6, 2012 3:11AM

Checks/Balances


I first set foot in ladymag land in the fall of 1999, when a teen magazine hired the 23-year-old me as the lone editorial assistant. Since then, I’ve worked in women’s magazines in some capacity—running the gamut from fitness rags to fashion, teen to adult, highbrow to lowbrow, freelance to sta… Read full post »
JUNE 1, 2012 3:09AM

Beauty Blogosphere 6.1.12

What's going on in beauty this week, from head to toe and everything in between.

From Head...
Back and forth: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith basically rock it on the bodily autonomy front with daughter Willow: "We let Willow cut her hair. When you have a little girl, it's like how can you teach
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