How to Customize Your Apple Watch Face to Match Your Lipstick Color

How to Customize Your Apple Watch Face to Match Your Lipstick Color

Generation G in Cake | Apple Watch Series 2 with Black Sport Band

I think one of the reasons I always rejected watches in the past is that I am stickler for being matchy matchy. This is a horrible reason to buy an Apple Watch. Examples of good reasons include: the fitness tracking is dope, it's amazing not to have your phone out all the time and still see what's going on, you can talk into it and it will do things like you're on Star Trek.

But I digress. I love the feature that lets me change the color of the watch face. And I love matching it to my lipstick. I know, insane. It's so fun though!

Here you see one of my favorite colors - Generation G in Cake - paired with the "xtra large" watch face in light pink. You can change the color of your watch face in the watch app on your phone using the following steps.

  1. Open the Watch app. 
  2. Press the button on the bottom that says Face Gallery.
  3. Select the face you want by scrolling down and to the left. 
  4. Once you open the face you'll see a line of dots. Scroll to the right to find additional colors then select your desired color.
  5. Click the blue ADD button in the top right corner.
  6. It should appear immediately on your synced watch. 
Comment below if you would like me to continue the series with all the colors in the Glossier Generation G line (for example: Zip & Red, Leo & Walnut)

P.S. Big shoutout to the #slackpack for drawing this amazing feature to my attention :P

Meet Bit the Rescue Puppy

Meet Bit the Rescue Puppy

Puppies** have tremendous therapeutic benefits. They lower blood pressure, aid with anxiety and stress, and some studies have shown that pet owners actually live longer than non-pet owners.

Bit is the newest rescue dog to join our family - an interesting addition picked from Paws no-kill shelter in Chicago by her big brother Fenway. They adore each other. It's ridiculous. Nobody expected two animals of such different sizes to get along as well as they do.

Sometimes it just works.

We have no idea what she is but they suspect some combination of Jack Russell Terrier and Yorkshire terrier. I call call her a Jorky. Catchy, no?

Her favorite things include sleeping on or near her family, being as close to her brother as possible at all times, being carried around in a purse or in the front of a shirt or jacket, other forms of snuggling, and having her picture taken. Walking down the street with her without interruption is almost impossible. Put the two of them together and it's basically a traffic jam.

Her hobbies include ballet (look at that turn out!) and scaring the shit out of her mom by sleeping underneath her gigantic brother/father. She's also an expert at chewing on phone charging wires, wrestling with her brother, and manipulating people and animals with her absurd cuteness.

Bit enjoys wearing clothes, human jewelry and anything else that will make people say "OH my gawd, she's so cute!"  She is also quite fearless, making her a very popular addition to the local dog run with her propensity to play with dogs ten to fifteen times her size.  Her willingness to "defend" her much larger brother is  also a phenomenon to be seen.

She rarely barks but does occasionally squeak. She also makes a ferocious play noise she picked up from her brother which on her sounds like a cat purring, but which makes him back off immediately.

Her full name is Bit Posey Smith. Knicknames include: Bitsy, Tiny Monster, and the littlest Smith.

She is featured frequently on her mom's instagram stories, and also shares a handle with her brother @fenwayandlilbit.  #adoptdontshop

Sweater | Collar (inherited from a friend who outgrew it, but this one is similar)

First photo by Auntie Zoe.

**Puppies refers to dogs of all ages and genders.

Lazy Political Halloween Costume 2016 Don't Grab this Pussycat

Lazy Political Halloween Costume 2016 Don't Grab this Pussycat

What do you wear to a costume optional Cards Against Humanity tournament benefitting the Hillary campaign? Answer, whatever you have lying around the house. In my case this meant making "kitty ear buns", a cat eyeliner, all black including (very important) a Hillary shirt (you can totally make your own) and then you're out the door.

Easy as voting. ;)

Here's what you'll need:

2 hair elastics
2 bobby pins
black eyeliner
the ability to draw a straight line on your face (probably the hardest part)
all black clothes
Hillary shirt

1) Make two small pigtails at the top of the head using the elastics.
2) Wrap the tails around the base to form two ears, securing with bobby pins.
3) Apply cat eye.
4) Put on black clothes.
5) Walk around all night saying "I do not want to be grabbed by a yellow crayon pretending to be a presidential campaign. Can you explain tax evasion to me?"

What's in my Gym Bag?

What's in my Gym Bag?

 I like to workout. I feel best about myself after 45-60 minutes of "I might barf, I'm so sweaty" level working out. I like to follow this up with brunch. Perfect day. 

So besides a fresh top and bra (the bra is KEY, nobody wants to put a clean shirt on over a sweaty sports bra!) there's also a handy grab and go bag of adorable mini bottles that I keep with me for post-workout touch ups. It lives in a Glossier bubble bag, which means I can move it from bag to purse to duffel to carry-on with ease. The bottles are also tiny and adorable, which means seeing them in my bag brings me joy. Behold, a look at what I keep stocked in the little pink bubble bag that goes with me to the gym.

1. Wipes
I believe strongly that sweat must be immediately removed from my face after completion of workout. I also believe working out in makeup makes me break out. Wipes are a very convenient way to get things off in a semi-public crowded locker hallway, with no sink required. I love the adorable packaging and smell of these ones by Too Cool for School, which are soaked in a cleansing solution that’s infused with nutrient-rich carrot water that contains beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

2. Dry Shampoo
This one by the Ouai smells so good it doubles as perfume. I spray it on the roots before I workout to soak up sweat. Afterwards I let it dry completely before taking it down, (this is so important!) then if it needs I'll spray it again and blow out the powder with a drier. You can also brush it out, what's important is to somehow manually remove the shampoo and whatever gunk it's soaked up! 

3.  Razor
How cute is this disposable razor handle from yorz that my fellow blogger sent me? Not only does it turn those pink lady bics into something this fumbly handed klutz can use without slicing myself to ribbons, it also has anti-bacterial properties because of the convenient hook. It's so much cleaner if you don't have to set it down in yucky shared showers. I will also use the razor to exfoliate in a pinch (scary but no, it does not make your hair grow back thicker!) if I have a flaky spot on my face so I want it to be clean as whistle. 

4.  Essential Skincare
I love Glossier's Super Pure serum because the niacinamide actually helps reduce post workout flush and inflammation (as well as fighting post-sweat bumps) followed by a layer of the priming moisturizer. on my lips and anywhere else I might need extra moisturizer. 

5. Essential Make-up
There's really nothing a little bronzer and concealer can't do.  The stretch concealer works for both blemishes and under eyes, and can be mixed into the priming moisturizer for a light foundation in a pinch. The bronzer in Topaz is great on cheekbones and also on eyes. You could even use it on lips, although shimmery lips is not my thing. 

6. Reusable Water Bottle
Post-workout hydration is the key to keeping skin bouncy and glowing. I try to use a reusable water bottle whenever possible. Love this one because it's so darn cute and also dishwasher safe. 

This post was by request. I love requests. Ask me anything! 

How to Wear Brown Lipstick

How to Wear Brown Lipstick

Listen, I'm not going to tell you again that fashion is repeating itself. I already wrote beautiful metaphors to acknowledge my feelings of deja vu. I've talked about how 90s Dena would love my current look. I also remember hating it every time my mom would notice me in something cool and "new" and would say "OH, I remember wearing those." But mine are different Mom. I can hear myself whining. You don't need that from me. It is all same, same but different.

Take brown lipstick. Something I thought I would never never be into again. It's back. It's just a saturated, punched up, dirtier nude. It looks sexy. It's flattering on lots of skin tones when it's done right. This time I will not be wearing it with eyeliner as lipliner. I will not be slicking my hair back except for two pencil thin pieces which will hang languidly in my eyes. I will also be wearing blush (something I did not get in high school) and I will have found a color that plumps my lips instead of sending my upper lip receding into my gum line.

My current favorite? The wash of subtle brown that is Leo by Glossier. And no, not just because of the name, although I love the name.

Instead of using it to bash people over the head with my edginess, and my sporty lipstick wearing contrariness, I am going to channel the emo sophistication of a super model. 90s Gwenyth Paltrow, not 90s Gwen Stefani (love you girl, your style rocks, it's just not for me anymore!)

So, I pulled out my most sophisticated stops. Big amber glasses. Camel coat. Black cut-out turtleneck with true black high waisted jeans.  French Girl air dried hair. Nod to 90s raver chicks with my beloved "candy" bracelets from Roxanne Assoulin + apple watch stack. Fuzzy Slippers. Ok, maybe there's a little Stefani in there after all.

This Kitty Says No to Misogyny for President

This Kitty Says No to Misogyny for President


My husband has decided that there is a new theme to my blog/life. The theme is WINTER IS COMING. And it involves the hoarding of moisturizer and the purchase of clothing never required for my entirely temperate existence up until this moment. San Francisco and New Orleans, the only two cities I have ever lived in, do not have "winter". You can always wear shoes with some kind of cutout. You do not need a real "coat."

For many years I resisted a move to anywhere that would have winter. I was terrified of the concept. It became something like a joke in our family. "HAVEN'T YOU SEEN GAME OF THRONES?" I would whisper scream at my husband, "THE WHOLE POINT OF THE DAMN STORY IS THAT WINTER IS COMING, AND THAT'S BAD!!!!" 

Well, turns out I love winter clothes, and I am actually loving the process of hunting down warm things (like this thrifted coat from The Real Real) and the true sign of the apocalypse is that we legit have the Night King trying to take over the world. GOT references abound here, but stay with me.

We live in a world where there is a profound stratification between the haves and have nots. Things have been relatively good for awhile, but part of that came from burying our heads in the sand and not dealing with the big, tough issues. There are powerful families/corporations who control huge swathes of our world and act in their best interests, which is not necessarily for the good of all. All but a few turn their backs on taking care of people. Meanwhile, there is a female leader who has quietly but diligently been working to make the world better for everyone. Has she made mistakes? Of course. She is a leader but she is also a human. She is a little scary (or a lot scary depending on who you are) and she doesn't care that the world has been run into the ground by men for so long. She has a somewhat controversial husband who she loves dearly. Her children are everything to her, and their power is her power. Am I talking about Khalessi or Hilary? You tell me. Here's what I do know.

This scary white reincarnated corpse, who we as a society createdwith our fear and our frustration, is literally trying to take over the world.

For a long time I've been scared of Trump in that jokey, ironic way that so many of us smug liberals are for a long time, but this video has set off a primal fear in me.

How can I, as a woman, ever feel safe with a leader who thinks because he's "famous" he can do whatever he wants to my body. Grab it, put things in it, maybe even take things out of it (we know how he feels about "fat chicks") and it just stopped being funny.

Trump is a bad, bad man. 

Hillary needs our support - not just our grudging acceptance but for us to push all our apathetic friends to vote. It takes effort to go to that polling place, wait in that line, take time out of your day. But the alternative is scary enough to me. I want to be Jon Snow, bravely mobilizing against the enemy, not one of the villagers burying my head in the sand and waiting for the endless winter of horror brought on by the Night King. 

Show your support with this chic AF "Slayary" Shirt (because damn us all if she doesn't SLAY that Night King) 66% of the margin goes to Hillary for America. And yes, I know Slayer is a heavy metal band, but I rock the vote, so there.