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the cure

I love getting manicures and pedicures and my favorite place to go is SoHo Nails on West Broadway. They’re a cheap no frills beauty maintenance stop: Brazilian Bikini Wax for $25, are you kidding me? Manicure/pedicure $29–woohoo. BUT as cheap as their services are I still respect my budget and space out my visits. In between the professional salon services I take some matters into my own hands…with the help of Tweezerman and Diamancel Hand files and Foot files… The trick is to put a crappy movie or TV show on that doesn’t require your undivided attention. Any of the Bravo Real Housewives shows will do. Use oil to moisten your cuticles and calluses, I sometimes use olive oil. (Of course I do…I’m Italian.) Soak your feet while you work on your hands. The trick is to polish after you’ve cleaned up the mess (water bucket, towels, cotton balls, tools, etc.) so you won’t risk smudging and ruining all that hard work!

My latest color is from the new OPI Femme de Cirque collection and it’s called, So Many Clowns…So Little Time. It’s neutral and sheer enough for my untrained hands to slap on without looking trashtastic.

Side note: I have not attempted the home-bikini treatment but if I do I will blog about it…and I promise to spare you any photographic evidence.

don’t slash the slush

I recently read “Man of Mystery” by Joan Acocella in The Critics section of last week’s New Yorker about Steig Larsson and I had a satisfied laugh out loud moment several paragraphs into the piece.

“Larsson submitted the manuscript to Piratförlag, a publishing house with a strong line of criminal novels. The editors there never opened the package. (They do not read manuscripts from first-time authors.) Today one almost pities them.”

Really? I don’t pity them. I hope they are kicking themselves. These self-important literary agents and publishers pass on work without even a glance…maybe they should rethink their strategies. I’m not saying that Larsson’s novels are well written, they have their problems, this is more a gripe about the elitist behavior of literary agencies and publishing houses of the world in general. I am sick of hearing that the reason why the slush pile is ignored or tossed to a freshman intern is because it rarely produces quality work. Most publishers are interested in the biggest payout–not the writing. Who are they kidding? If Teresa Giudice from Bravo‘s reality show hit Real Housewives of New Jersey can make it on the NY Times Bestseller list I doubt anyone involved with that project is concerned with quality.

All I’m saying is don’t slash the slush.