A friend sent me this and it was hard to read. That's because it's honest and raw and open. And sometimes the truth hurts. But it's her truth and kudos to her for being frank. I am not so sure how the writer's child will feel when she reads this, but again... it's her story and she didn't have to tell it, but was compelled to.
Written by Jackie Brown (above, with her child), it appeared in Daily Mail online and the story is titled: "I was too selfish and set in my ways to have my child at 43: An astonishing confession from a mother who won't take her daughter swimming in case it ruins her pedicure." Here is an excerpt: "Every night, I arrive home late from work and wearily climb the stairs to peek in on my three-year-old daughter, Charlotte. She’s been in bed for hours and is already fast asleep. Like many working mothers, I have paid someone else to read her stories, clean her teeth and settle her.
Plenty of women do this and don’t give it a second thought. But as I stand there, stroking my daughter’s silky head, I feel my heart lurch because I know I am a neglectful mother and I have let this child down.
The reason for this is quite simple. At nearly 47, I am too old to be a good parent to her. Certainly, by leaving it so late, I have not transformed into the mother I thought I might be. I haven’t made room in my life for this tiny blonde bombshell who constantly begs me to paint pictures, bake biscuits and take her swimming."
The new edition of The Australian Women's Weekly is on sale today, and it features the first openly gay woman on its cover. Well, two.
This sensational edition features Ellen DeGeneres on the cover, in celebration of her impending visit to Australia in March 2013. And, it also features the utterly talented Magda Szubanski - who came out last year. Here is an excerpt of the interview in the magazine, with AWW's Caroline Overington:
Ask any manicurist about the importance of impeccable nails on an awards night [hell, any night] and the answer is clear: they need to be sheer perfection. And never more important than on the most important of important awards nights: the Oscars. And so, at the 85th annual Academy Awards,glam nails stole the spotlight. Singer Adele, and model turned actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley had celebrity manicurist Kimmie Kyees on hand to add the final, well, polish to their look. Kyees in turn relied on renowned nail lacquer brand Sally Hansen to create signature nail styles for their red carpet moment.
First, Adele. Nominated for 'best original song' "Skyfall” from the latest James Bond picture of the same name, she sported a mani with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail lacquer in Naked Ambition.
Huntington-Whiteley, impossibly gorgeous English model and actress, wore a custom-mixed colour with
beaded adornments to create a very chic, very now nail.
Kyees created her
look by painting one layer of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in
Mudslide under two coats of Complete Salon Manicure in Shell We Dance.
While nails were still wet, Kyees applied a pearl and a gold metallic
bead to the bottom centre of each nail.
Shell We Dance
LA-based Kyees is known for her mani originality, creating teeny works of art on
each fingertip for A-listers. Kyees uses the pro Sally Hansen range of cutting edge,
Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is RRP$ 14.95 each.
Oh, and here is my attempt at the Kyees/Rosie nail... so simple, so chic. Try it.
As any writer will tell you, when you're asked to write a piece about your life, it's equal parts exciting, liberating, and daunting. And so, I wrote a piece for the current issue of MiNDFOOD magazine with excited trepidation: after all, this HAS been my life for the past five years.
I don't think I give people the impression that my life is perfect - in fact, for those who know me, far from it. It's flawed and not what I expected. But I am resilient and have learned to keep pushing through adversity. The reality is the past five years have been filled with emotional highs and lows so deep that I am grateful to be sane, and still be very much capable of having a bloody good laugh. Oh, and my marriage is still intact and happy [most days, ha!] and my kids are thriving, and I get to still nurture friendships I hold so dear to me. You can read the entire feature story on my role as a carer in the March 2013 Australian edition of MiNDFOOD magazine, featuring Sally Field on the cover.
The 2013 Oscars are over... and if you haven't already seen 'Best Picture' winner 'Argo', or 'Lincoln', 'Zero Dark Thirty', 'Django Unchained', or 'Beasts of the Southern Wild', now is your chance to see them - reenacted by kids:
Actors and actresses who have been starving themselves to fit into tight dresses and fitted suits are in for a treat... if they're really, truly hungry. And can unbutton the dress/tux discreetly. According to Guardian UK, Oscars kitchen maestro Wolfgang Puck is prepping this for Oscars guests:
He's mixing five kilos of white truffles from Alba, Italy, into chestnut tortellini. This will be followed by Snake River Farm steak, Japanese matsutake mushrooms and 500 kilos of Guittard bittersweet chocolate. And it'll all be washed down with Napa Valley reserve cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay and three types of champagne: Thienot brut, Thienot rosé, and Thienot vintage. Also on the menu is chicken pot pie, sushi, as well as chocolate treats moulded in the shape of the Oscar statue. Other items on the menu include his signature favourites like smoked salmon 'Oscars', slow-braised lamb shank, mini Kobe burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade, and sustainable seafood like Atlantic bigeye tuna and wild caught yellowtail snapper. "I'm not sick of cooking for the Oscars. I'm not sick of making love, so I'm happy," Puck told reporters at the Governor's Ball menu preview, pictured below. "I think the Oscars is the greatest party in the world, and I think we are happy to do it every year." Extravagant, yes. But... it's Hollywood. For more on the expenses of the Oscars, click here. And for more on the Oscars menu, click here.
Oscars red carpet 2013 - part seven. Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness, in matching tuxes. Like? Or not feeling it? Here is more red carpet love: part six and part five and part four and part three and part two and part one of the Oscars red carpet pics. Click on the links for more fashion moments.
Oscars red carpet part six. Here is part five and part four and part three and part two and part one of the Oscars red carpet pics. Click on the links for more fashion moments. In this batch: Kristen Stewart and her (too casual) hair, and stunning gown. Naomi Watts looks incredible in Giorgio Armani. And Charlize Theron... and that super-stylish buzzcut. Like?
Oh, come ON! How can I NOT create a blog post on Anne Hathway's boobs, specificially... her nipples. In desperate need of nipple covers, Miss Hathaway's pert nipples already have their own Twitter account. Of course. Her nipples are this year's Angelina Jolie leg. It's almost like she knew about Oscar host Seth McFarlane's opening musical number 'We Saw Your Boobs' - a fun tribute to all the breasts we have seen in Hollywood flicks [clip to come].
Oscars red carpet part five. Jennifer Aniston and her beau Justin Theroux. Anne Hathaway in Prada... probably needed nipple covers, huh? Expect Angelina Jolie-style leg memes for this one... and a Twitter account for her areolas (areoli?). Melissa McCarthy sports Priscilla Presley hairdo. Loving. Here is part four and part three and part two and part one of red carpet pics. Worth a look, too!
Oscars 2013 red carpet - part four. Here is part three and part two and part one. Okay, two words for this gallery. Jane. Fonda. That is all. Plus, here we have Emad Burnat, from the doco '5 Broken Cameras', which isthe first Palestinian film to be nominated for best documentary at the Oscars. He brought along his family. Scroll down for that pic. And feast your eyes on more fashion here: