Finally, the season three trailer of “House of Cards” is here, and it’s honestly everything that I have been waiting for: Frank Underwood looking menacing in the Oval Office! Claire and her killer tousled pixie and sharp cheekbones that could cut glass, gazing pensively out a window! A figure in a dark suit, scurrying through a cemetary on a gorgeous day! America’s favorite political soap opera returns to Netflix on February 27th, and I am already readying my body for the high drama and scenery-chewing glory that awaits. Check out the trailer, above, and get ready: it’s gonna be a doozy.
Updating your resume is on par with doing your taxes and cleaning your bathroom — a task that is unpleasant and irritatingly time-consuming, but absolutely necessary every once in a while. Chances are, your resume hasn’t been updated since the last time you were looking for work. I should update my resume, you think to yourself. Real adults have updated resumes, regularly wash their sheets and leave a set of spare keys with a responsible friend. But, you probably haven’t done it yet, because the thought of sitting down to redo this ridiculous document is the last thing you actually want to do. That’s fine! I get it. It’s horrible. But if you regularly update it, you will feel like an accomplished adult who is always ready to apply for her dream job at a moment’s notice. When you finally bite the bullet and decide to give that outdated, musty thing a refresher, here are some things to keep in mind. Keep reading »
There is perhaps no beauty product more superfluous than face mist. Yeah, you kind of need moisturizer, and some would argue that lipstick or eyeliner is a requirement, but a bottle of water that contains mysterious “minerals” and is scented with various flowers that you spray on your face intermittently throughout the day is not necessary for anything, ever. But, as a recent convert to the cult of fancy face water, I’m here to say that there’s some truth to their mystique. Keep reading »
The elusive dream of all office employees is being able to work from home. “What a privilege and a pleasure it will be!” you tell yourself, envisioning freshly sharpened pencils, crisp legal pads and steaming mugs of coffee, like a stock photo of productivity. “I will get so much done from my home office!” Reality quickly sets in. You don’t have a “home office,” per se, but a desk that you got from a roommate who moved out, or a corner of your kitchen table that isn’t covered in mail, or your couch, your coffee table and a really soft pillow. Soon, you find yourself doing work in dead silence, trapped in a prison of your own making. The world is crumbling outside, or maybe it isn’t, but you wouldn’t know because you haven’t left your house in three days. Even the most introverted among us need to see people sometimes. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to work from home more often, here are some surefire ways to make your new home office life a little easier. Keep reading »
You don’t have to go out on New Year’s. Everyone else is going to be stumbling around the city in sequined jumpsuits, consumed with the eternal quest for the best place to put on their 2015 glasses and grin wildly for the camera, as that big ball makes its inevitable descent in Times Square, so it doesn’t really matter if you’re asleep by 11:30. I am averse to crowds, and have a love-hate relationship with putting on fancy clothes for things that I consider to be non-events. I am a New Year’s Eve grump, through and through, though I have been convinced in the past to put on something nice and head out into the night. This year, I’m not feeling the weird pressure that I usually do to go out and spend a lot of money while wandering around from bar to bar looking for something that isn’t rib-crushingly crowded and full of douchebags. I’m content to spend the night in or to go out — wherever fate decides to take me, I’m good with it. And, I have a look ready for every option.
I am not here to tell you what to do on New Year’s Eve, but I am here to give you three potential scenarios for ushering in another rotation around the sun, and the beauty routines to go with them, if you choose to celebrate. Keep reading »
Generally speaking, New Year’s resolutions are bullshit. They’re entertaining cocktail party fodder at best, a way to talk to people you’ve just met over the cheese plate about how you’re definitely going to quit smoking/go to the gym/take up tantric meditation this year. They are a self-soothing practice, stated with the intent to make you feel like you’re actually going to do something different this year, that there’s something wrong with the way that you have been doing things, but now you have the chance to change. You’ll make a big stink about declaring these resolutions, and maybe even really commit yourself for the first few weeks, but almost without fail will fall back into your regular habits as soon as February hits. That’s okay. You are fine the way you are, and if you feel like you need to change, you can start anytime. The only area where you should take the opportunity to make a few New Year’s resolutions is in your career. The thing about work is that it’s something we all have to do, but we do have some control over how and where, and these resolutions are all about making the most of the situation. After all, you are an at-will employee. No one is holding you hostage at your job. But you’re there an awful lot, so do what you need to do and make it better for yourself. Make these workplace resolutions in 2015 and you will be on your way to personal and professional greatness. Keep reading »