Amber

by Ami J. Sanghvi Every so often, two people collide even when their destinies exist worlds away from one another.  She was a few years away from becoming a doctor; I was a writer and a martial artist.  She showed up for our dates with wet hair and clumsily-composed outfits; I was a fashionista who…

My Rose;

Remember my good old semicolon tattoo that I got back in July 2015?  Well, it’s gone. Don’t worry, you guys — it’s not like I’m not aware that I’m still mentally ill.  I didn’t wake up yesterday morning and imagine that part of me away or anything.  It’ll probably always be there with me [because science, and…

Stay Glam with Drugstore Makeup

“Wait, that’s all drugstore makeup?! I don’t believe you.” That’s the common, slightly disdainful, rather surprised-sounding question I frequently find directed at me by my stunning, Sephora-queen friends, accompanied by their utter disbelief. The answer to their inquiry, 9 times out of 10, is YES! This is all drugstore makeup! {Just to clarify, when I…

Green Tea: A Game Changer

Green tea is pretty hyped up these days.  Google “benefits of green tea”, “green tea and weight loss”, “green tea and beauty”, or literally anything else containing the words “green” and “tea” and you’ll find that there’s no shortage of search results.  Here’s the thing, though: the green tea part of the Internet can be…

Wax On, Wax Off: A Shower Theory About [Female] Body Hair Norms

Let’s talk about body hair.  More specifically, let’s discuss body hair removal… mainly, as it applies to women. I’m actually seriously starving after my morning fight training, and usually I dash to my fridge for food the moment my post-gym shower has concluded. But today was different because a thought struck me as I shaved my…

Pin-up Girls v. SuicideGirls (ft. Dita Von Teese)

We’ve all seen those stunning pin-up girls of the past – they were all the rage throughout that 1940s-1960s era, especially in the United States. If you Google “pin-up girls”, you’ll find that almost all of the names that come up belong to the classics: Bettie Page, Betty Grable, Jayne Mansfield, Hedy Lamarr, etc. However,…

A Guide to Navigating Trends

Trends are tough, and there are so many questions that come with them. When do you follow the trends?  When should you make the investment in them?  How do you know how long they’ll last? Unless you’re knee-deep in the fashion world, identifying and keeping up with the trends can be extremely difficult (although it’s not…