Monday, October 24, 2011

Ladies Love Jane Marie

A lot of the cool stuff I find on the internet is via The Hairpin. I don't know how popular this blog is in the wider world, but I think it's geared toward exactly my demographic: mid-late twenties, nerdy working ladies with feminist leanings and time to kill.

I stumbled upon the site when I was linked to "Women Laughing Alone with Salad" from Jezebel or Gawker or some such site. I was intrigued by this common affinity for bad stock photos.

As I continued to read the site each day, I noticed the great posts by one of the contributors: Jane Marie (nee Feltes). She's awesome and I have a raging lady crush on her. She likes 90's R&B and Hip Hop and she used to be a Producer on "This American Life" (check out one of my favorite episodes, where she gets Wall Street workers to say the things out loud that you only suspected they thought of them selves).

My favorite posts are those in her beauty-related self-help column, "how to be a girl."She makes amazing videos that actually break down how to do basic things like apply eye shadow and define your brows. As a lady who somehow made it to age 28 without ever learning how to properly do these things, these videos were revolutionary!

Side note: how does one normally learn to be a girl? Do your moms sit you down and teach you to apply makeup? Who tells you that you're not supposed to wash your hair everyday, or that you really should be waxing your lip? Am I the only one that missed these lessons in class? I taught myself how to french braid by googling "how to french braid hair." Is this normal?

Lady Jane also puts up a Friday bargain bin post with some amazing internets shopping gems. I found my home - made mozzarella kit from Zingerman's on sale through the bin!

So yeah, check out Jane's work on the Hairpin. I think you'll like it.

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