Monthly Archives: July 2012

The US fashion set backs Obama. Who do the Chic Pinoys back?

The Daily Beast just came out with an article about how fashion movers and brands in the US are backing our boy Barack. Notable names include Anna Wintour who is Vogue’s editor in-chief, Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City, brands Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren (wait, I thought they were more, um, waspy!).Big name celebrities include Oprah and George Clooney among others.

On the other hand, Jenny Craig (the woman founder) is backing Mitt Romney. Jenny Craig the company, now acquired by Nestle, is not thrilled.  “It’s important to note that Jenny Craig (the woman) has been retired for more than a decade, and is not involved in the company,” wrote a spokesman for the company. Now who do the chic Pinoys back?

Book: Tiny Beautiful Things



“The useless days will add up to something….These things are your becoming.”

We love Brain Pickings and we think you will also love their endorsement of an upcoming book.

When an anonymous advice columnist by the name of “Dear Sugar” introduced herself on The Rumpus on March 11, 2010, she made her proposition clear: a “by-the-book common sense of Dear Abby and the earnest spiritual cheesiness of Cary Tennis and the butt-pluggy irreverence of Dan Savage and the closeted Upper East Side nymphomania of Miss Manners.” But in the two-some years that followed, she proceeded to deliver something tenfold punchier, more honest, more existentially profound than even such an intelligently irreverent promise could foretell. This week, all of Sugar’s no-bullshit, wholehearted wisdom on life’s trickiest contexts — sometimes the simplest, sometimes the most complex, always the most deeply human — is released in Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar (public library), along with several never-before-published columns, under Sugar’s real name: Cheryl Strayed.

The book is titled after Dear Sugar #64, which remains my own favorite by a long stretch and is, evidently, many other people’s. (Or, at least, the editor’s.) It’s exquisite in full, but this particular bit makes the heart tremble with raw heartness:

Your assumptions about the lives of others are in direct relation to your naïve pomposity. Many people you believe to be rich are not rich. Many people you think have it easy worked hard for what they got. Many people who seem to be gliding right along have suffered and are suffering. Many people who appear to you to be old and stupidly saddled down with kids and cars and houses were once every bit as hip and pompous as you.