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Fun Things, Friday 1 September 2017

Johanna Siring is a photographer. She took portraits of strangers before and after kissing them. Via Creative Mornings.

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These flatware sets look incredibly expensive, but they aren’t. Do I need new forks and knives? Yes…?

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The plethora of business resources for women that leave out the voices of PoC and queer-identifying people was starting to piss me off, so I launched a digital platform for creative business owners called the Pineapple North Project.

I’m now accepting articles from smart people.

I am afraid I’m going to fall on my face and let a lot of people down.

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The voices of former slaves, recorded in the 30’s, and digitized in the late 90’s. How am I just now hearing about this? It made me weep.

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Flights to Europe have never been more affordable, especially from the east coast. Use both Google Flights and Momondo, and keep your dates flexible. This is round trip to Brussels over my birthday in March for $452. That’s not even the best deal.

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One Small Ding on the Patriarchy

I was in the drug store, where men’s razors worked out to $2.25 each for a pack of twelve. The pastel pink razors that go with my razor handle would have worked out to a similar price, I think, if I could find a twelve pack, but I couldn’t, so I was stuck buying a smaller, more expensive pack of lady razors. This irked me. I bought the guys razors; they work fine.

Down with pink tax.

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Dan St. Germain, on cats in New York City

I’ve lived in New York City way too long. I realized this ’cause I was on the subway the other day and I heard a meow meowwww, and I’m like, ‘Oh great, here comes some frickin’ guy pretending he’s a cat.’ And I turned around, and it was a cat. In a bag. That’s what New York City’s done to me. I’m like, ‘Cat noise? Can’t be the animal that makes that noise. It’s gotta be some weird cat guy.’ Like I was gonna turn around and there was going to be some guy with, like, cat ears and a unitard and felt whiskers.
–Dan St. Germain

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I Don’t Look the Type

So I’m sitting in the hot tub on vacation, and these two older guys are talking about stocks. I listen, and figure out that they’re talking about what stocks are GOING to do, with a bit of authority. They’re keeping their voices low, but I’m right there, so it appears that I don’t register to them as someone who causes any concern. They’re talking about a stock I already own a few shares of. I sink into the bubbles and listen while pretending to count the stars, flirt with my husband, and ignore them.

I hop out of the hot tub, dry off, and use the hotel wi-fi to buy a few extra shares.

Within 24 hours, a good chunk of my vacation had paid for itself.

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One of the Most Important Questions I’ve Been Asked

“What are your rates?”

Someone asked me what my headshot rates were in 2009, and I had to scramble to come up with a number since no one had ever paid me to shoot before. I came up with sixty dollars, and after the shoot, I was paid in three crisp $20 bills, which had me euphoric. (It’s a little more expensive to get a headshot from me now.) A year later, someone paid me $200 for an engagement shoot. These were the first wobbly little blocks of the foundation of my current career, and I thought I ought to write them down before I forgot them.

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The Intersection of Beauty and Morals

One of my goals for this year is 100% eliminating animal tested products, and products that include unsafe or questionable ingredients. It was time for me to let go of those last few products I was holding on to, after debating it for a few years. For one, I have the money. Shopping thoughtfully doesn’t mean shopping cheaply, but I reached a point in my life where worrying about cancerous ingredients and animal testing was more important than paying less. It’s not even that bad, because I’m a pretty minimal product user; I like to keep it simple.

Makeup stumped me, though, until I discovered this list of Cruelty-Free Makeup companies, most of which has the added bonus of being weird ingredient-free. Thanks to this, I’m going to be totally cleaned up by the end of this year, and then I’ll be full-on smug.

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Phoning It In

Oh my gosh. I have no idea what to say today.

1. I bought splits of champagne for all of my 2016 elopement clients! I’m going to tuck one into a custom “New York City” tote bag (with my URL printed on the inside) as a little gift. I’m working out the logistics on sending my current clients bottles of champagne legally, from my house, with a handwritten note. I think I’ll need to let it go and drop-ship them using a third party. But I was going to have custom tape made with my logo on it!

2. I took a photo of one of the last leaves.

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