We were outed this week, in a NYT Styles section piece that made Woolfers sound a little more sex-obsessed and superficial than we actually are, but on the other hand the piece made us laugh and we enjoyed the attention, so all in all, a win.
The journalist neglected to mention our love of great literature and our hatred of chin hair, but nevermind; what was most glaring was the fact that not once, in all 3,000 or whatever words, not once was the F word uttered. Are we nothing, if not FEMINIST? This, I found shocking.
And, in fact, among our many conversations this week, a few oldies but goodies resurfaced around issues of hypocrisy and how we see our roles vis-a-vis men. Do we like when they hold open doors for us? Who pays on dates? Personally, I love a man to take out the trash. Does that make me a “bad” feminist? As with almost every other question we ask ourselves, there is no one answer, and we don’t need there to be. A virtue of getting older is seeing more sides to everything: we are feminists, and we interpret that in myriad ways. There are, however, a few things we agree on 100%:
We want equal pay. We want equal representation in business and government. We want reproductive freedom. And maybe we’d like men to listen more and get out of our way.
What We’re Talking About
Like most conversations in VWland, it started with a simple question: What’s your weirdest skill? The response was tremendous—and totally eye-opening. Who knew we could … (1) make any Pokemon into a fleece hat (2) discretely turn off the sense of smell at will–no hands! (3) “play” the national anthem with just a fingernail and teeth (4) sound exactly like a pigeon to the point that even pigeons are fooled (5) pee anywhere, fast as hell, with minimum exposure (6) smell stuff like diabetes, ovulating women, and rage or intense feelings (7) smoke in the shower (8) street skate in an empty parking lot with a deck & a (craft) beer in a brown paper bag (9) remember every meal at every restaurant since age five (10) butcher a cow.
Impressed? We certainly are. #goals
By now, we all know the basics of good skincare. Cleanse, tone, moisturize, use sunscreen in the morning and Retin-A or retinol at night. Drink loads of water, exercise, sleep. Repeat daily.
Sounds simple enough. And for some of us it is. But for others, we get caught up in the seemingly endless choices of skincare products. Not just cleansers and moisturizers, but also scrubs, serums, and masks. What’s a woman to do?
While surely there is no one-size-fits-all solution, Woolfers vouched for the following skincare lines, some of which can be found at your local drugstore (jury’s still out as to whether more $$$ really makes a difference…): Oil of Olay, but especially their Regenerist cleanser, serum, moisturizer and 7-in-1 daily face cream with SPF 30; anything Neutrogena, with special shout-outs to the Hydroboost cleanser and gel-cream moisturizer (Hannah Casey swears her skin has never looked better); Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid Exfoliant and Skin Perfecting AHA Lotion (check out her very helpful blog here); Shiseido Benefiance eye cream; the environmentally-friendly and all-natural Amossoma’s signatu
And since we’re talking skin, don’t forget to schedule your annual dermatologist appointment for cancer screening.
Nestled in there among the Crave Vesper and the white beads is Nina’s newest never-leave-home-without-it accessory—LaLoop! In rubber, silk, leather, quartz, pyrite, antique gold chain, moonstone, sterling silver chain—really, you name it and they make it, these necklaces double as stylish eyeglass holders, so you no longer have to wear your glasses on the top of your head the livelong day. Prices range from $25 to over $400. Brilliant!
We love the clutches and wallets from this little boutique in Santa Monica, Clare V!
Woolfer of the Week
47, North Carolina
Tell us what you’d like us to know about yourself, in under 50 words: Many know me as a Prophetess or from years in entertainment. The total “me” includes a serial foodie, Haribo or Albanese brands ONLY gummi bears, and lots of laughter. I’m a observationalist whose worldview is governed by the Wordview of a strong Christian, true to the love and historicity of humanity.
If you had a warning label, what would it be? DO NOT PLAYETH THYSELF-ETH.
If you could tweet something to your younger self, what would it be? Life’s blueprint doesn’t always match the imprint. You can relish in the finished work.
What’s the one thing you most hope for personally in the coming year? Get back to Africa. Glean from and bolster other writers (Crystal Stairs by K.D. Smith). Spend a week in a souped up treehouse.
Xanax or weed? Fresh Fruit!
We’re eagerly counting down to the release of What Would Virginia Woolf Do? the book!