Thursday, September 27, 2012

L.A. Woman

(from Los Angeles magazine)

The current issue of Los Angeles magazine has an 18-page spread on plastic surgery.  The cover story beckons:  "Say Hello to the New You. . . "

And what exactly does the new you look like, if you happen to live in L.A.?
One piece, entitled, "Meet the New L.A. Ideal" discusses the features of the new and improved Beverly Hills housewife, whom writer Nancy Miller says is less Pamela Anderson, more Sofia Vergara.  Think long, full hair; bigger facial features; mid-size breasts; and, owing to Sir Mix-A-Lot, an Oakland booty.

Is Miller's prototype on point?  How does the ideal woman (as judged by the plastic surgery procedures du jour)  in your city compare?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Diet Central

Most of us are familiar with Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. However, you wouldn’t know it from our 60 billion (and counting) diet industry. Women try diet after diet after diet, somehow hoping that this one will be the one that works. . . and lasts.

It’s hard to go a few weeks (or minutes, if we happen to have just celebrated a new year) without seeing or hearing commercials from our nation's power players, often pitched by celebrities who have signed multi-million dollar endorsement deals to show how this plan has worked for them.  Does anyone not know what Jessica Simpson has been up to lately?  
How many diet plans can you name off the top of your head?  Can you name more diets or Supreme Court justices?  (no cheating on either!)