Take A Tour Of Betsey Johnson’s Pink Malibu Mobile Home

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I met Betsey Johnson. Like, in person. That is obviously the most important part of this post ostensibly about her house, because excuse me, fifteen-year-old me was FREAKING. OUT. (OK, 38-year-old me was freaking out, too.)

My first impression of her was as she rolled up to me in, of all things, a golf cart. Her ponytailed hair was piled with blue extensions, she was wearing something that was a cross between a surfer-girl look and pajamas, and her tiny wrists and fingers were piled - absolutely piled - with jewelry. All this at 10 o'clock in the morning.


Why I Reject Self-Care And Embrace My Crazy (And More Overshares)

On this week's episode of Here To Thrive with Kate Snowise, we cover oh, so many (heretofore unexplored, at least by me) subjects - including the relationship between alcohol and working-mom anxiety, the fairly enormous differences between dating in your 20s and dating in your 30s, and the horror show that is "aggressive self-care" (spoiler: you probably do it, too).

Listen here.


Five Friday Favorites from Olivia

Hey everyone, Ramshackle Glam's Editorial Director, Olivia here, and happy Friday! Jordan is finishing up her week at the digital detox and I figured I would pop in and share some of my favorite stuffs from the week. What are you digging lately? I'm always on the hunt for new podcasts, so leave your current fave in the comments, plz.

Favorite Parent Hack of the Week: Any parent knows what a struggle it is to brush your kids' teeth; I have a pretty easy-going 6 year old and I dread morning and night teeth brushing because it stresses me out  - that was until we discovered Chompers! Chompers is a 4 minute morning and nighttime podcast from Gimlet Media. Each episode features interesting facts or stories, and during the podcast, reminds the kiddo to brush in different areas of the mouth. It's fun, interesting, and gives us something to look forward to during tooth-time. Pro-parenting hack: don't forget that Quip makes brushes for kids, too!

Favorite Podcast Episode of the Week: I'm a huge Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fan, especially her standup acts in the show. I absolutely loved the episode of The Good One with Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino in which they discuss the very intricate way they crafted the standup scenes in the Catskills episodes of Maisel. It's a fascinating look at TV and comedy writing, especially in that niche area of the show. The Good One breaks down comedian's jokes step by step, so if you're a writer or a lover of comedy, it's a must-listen.


In The Afternoon Of The Year

Last year, right around this time, I published this extremely sad post. It's a new year, and a new season, and I'm (very) happy to report that things are looking up - personally, professionally, the whole deal. I'll share about all the hows and whys soon, but in the meantime let's take a moment to enjoy the fact that it's juuuust about sweater weather.

I mean, not in California; it's like 90 degrees here. But maybe for you.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Tarot (Skeptics Welcome)

Meet Jessica, RG's brand-new Tarot contributor. I've always been a huge fan of Tarot - you can check out my post about a reading Jessica did for me here - but don't know a ton about how it So I thought it'd be fun to ask Jessica to help us figure it out together. She'll be doing a series on Tarot in the weeks to come, so if you have any questions for her, now's your chance :) - Jordan

Let's get straight to the point: It's entirely possible that you think Tarot is bullshit. And you know what? That’s all right with me. But I would love the chance to change your mind. 

Sure: The fact of the matter is that Tarot, like every other deck of cards you’ve ever held in your hands, is nothing more than a collection of pictures printed on paper. Although there are records of Tarot cards being used for divination as early as the 18th century, these cards were mostly used for games, not cartomancy. It was the publication of the Smith-Waite deck (the one that's likely the most familiar to you) that popularized the use of Tarot as an occult tool.


In Which I Go Full Digital Detox

As of tomorrow, I will be doing a thing that I have not done in a solid decade: I will be going offline. Not for a day here and a day there - that, I've done, albeit with much reluctance and even then only because of catastrophic cell phone service. Nope, this time it's for more than a week.

And I won't even be able to break rank and load up Instagram in a moment of weakness, because the place where I'm going requires you to turn in all electronics upon arrival. 

About that place: it's in Northern California, in the woods, but I'm not going to say exactly where I'm going - largely because the place emphasizes anonymity and such, but also because it feels like a good idea on a personal level. I learned about it in the wake of this wildly melodramatic moment, when a couple of people - wholly independently - reached out to me to suggest giving it a try. During that not-so-long-ago time, I found myself in a place where I knew I needed help, and finally realized that the methods I'd been using to cope were really just that: things that were helping me "get by." They weren't helping me get better.

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Dressing Room Try-On: Madewell Fall 2019

Alright, folks, apparently we have a new feature: The Dressing Room Try-On. I spontaneously did one of these at Everlane the other day, and it seems you guys were into it, hooray! ...But honestly? I think I was into it even more. It just felt like a throwback old-school blogging - you know, the kind I've been all nostalgic about lately - where everything isn't glittery and perfect and staged. It's just fun.

(I had fun.)

Madewell is one of those brands that I forget I love until I go into one of their stores, and then find myself wanting everything. Alas, it's also priced slightly above my "Everything" budget, so I had to keep the actual purchase to One Of The Things (scroll down to see which one I went for), but still: It was all so good.


Portobello Pearls: A Quietly Stunning Collection by Kim Butan

My dear friend Kim of Cloth & Stone Photography - whose beautiful work you've seen on this site - is up there in the top five most stylish people I've met. She's just effortless - the kind of woman who can throw on a pair of sneakers and a button-down and look like a laid-back Jackie O circa 2019, just popped out for a quick stroll through the farmer's market. Something I noticed about Kim virtually within minutes of meeting her: She always has the most perfect jewelry on. The pieces she chooses are without fail simultaneously subtle and eye-catching - as in, you notice them, but what you notice even more is how she wears them. They always somehow seem like a part of her.

Kim's had a secret project in the works for awhile now, and I'm so excited to be able to share it here: She's curated her first collection of carefully-selected vintage earrings, and each and every piece has that same quiet-yet-stunning quality that Kim brings to her personal style. The collection sold out almost entirely within 24 hours - but the pieces pictured here are still available (for now), so if you see anything you like, message Kim @clothandstonestudiophoto to enquire.

...And if you miss out on these? Don't worry: there are more collections to come.


Five Things Becoming A Mother Taught Me About My Body

I've been writing Ramshackle Glam for nearly ten whole years - which means that there's a lot of good stuff hanging out in my archives. So each Friday, we'll be doing a little throwback to one of my personal favorites. This week, I got sick - like, really sick, with a kidney infection (treat those UTIs, kids) that left me more or less unable to get out of my bed for a couple of days. And whenever I get shut down by some physical malady or another - something that thankfully doesn't happen too often - I start thinking about how I treat my body. Which, if we're being honest, isn't especially well. And never has been.


A Crappy Eater’s 100% Honest Review Of Daily Harvest

Fine, I admit it: I started ordering Daily Harvest mostly because a lady I saw in their Instagram ads looked so adorably thrilled with her life. But I also started ordering Daily Harvest because I tried a chocolate-based smoothie at a fancy smoothie place near my dance studio, and became obsessed with chocolate-based smoothies. Except chocolate-based smoothies that you buy at fancy smoothie places are like ten bucks, and I have better things to spend ten bucks on. Like three jumbo-sized bags of salt and vinegar potato chips.

My attention to nutritional value, in case you were curious, starts and stops with the question of whether or not existing solely on hastily-consumed discarded spoonfuls of (Annie's! Organic!) macaroni and cheese will eventually kill me. (I'm pretty sure it won't. Jury's still out.)

So having been a Daily Harvest subscriber for a couple of months now, and given the fact that I don't do things like subscribe to smoothie delivery-places, I figured it was time to give you my (100% honest, zero-sponsored) rundown.

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