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Talia Joy Castenallo

15 Aug

When I was 13, I was experimenting with unblended lip liner and goopy body glitter and my biggest worry was wondering if I was going to asked to dance at the Winter Ball.

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At 13, Talia Joy Castellano is not only a makeup prodigy who does a mean smokey eye, she is also light years cooler than I was at 13/will ever be. Talia is the most vibrant and upbeat specimen I have seen despite the fact that she is fighting an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

When chemo caused her hair to fall out she experimented with wigs but wearing them made her feel like she wasn’t herself. So she ditched the wigs, embraced her bald head and made her motto: bald is beautiful.

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Bald IS beautiful!

Instead, she uses makeup and beauty products to feel beautiful, although her beauty is much deeper than her flawless liquid liner.

Waah waah.

She uploads video tutorials to her YouTube channel and she has a ton of followers and supporters. I dare you to watch one video and not feel uplifted. Her energy is contagious and she refuses to let her cancer make her a Debbie Downer.

Talia is a great reminder not to sweat the small stuff and to remain positive, even when the glass appears half empty.

Watch Talia’s videos here and follow her on twitter @TaliaJoy18. Find out more about donating blood and/or blood products for those in need here and join the bone marrow registry here!

(Recommendation) Awesome Video: $h!t Girls Say

16 Dec

If you haven’t seen this video, prepare for a good laugh. If you have already seen it, prepare for another laugh. It never gets old!

(Recommendation) Bobby Lee: My Favorite Asian!

4 Dec

I just saw Bobby Lee perform standup and my abs still hurt from laughing. He was hi-larious and his mustache was even better in person! Watch him on Chelsea Lately, or go see his standup!

Hi Bobby Lee!

Dating DOs and DON’Ts

11 Nov

Dear Losers, 

I know this sounds stupid, but I honestly know nothing about dating and I have a date next week. I’m totally freaked out. Any advice?

Corrine, 16

Dear Reader,

There is no need to fear dating. Yes, dating is awkward, stressful, and emotionally taxing. But it can also be promising or painfully hilarious. Here’s a list of dating DO’s and DON’Ts to make you shine on the field.

DO:

-Pick out your outfit ahead of time and dress for the occasion. Dating is stressful enough. No need to assault your room with your whole closet as if you are shooting it through a t-shirt gun.

Why is she in the line of fire?!

Decide what you are going to wear the day before and try it on. You never know if you need to iron it or have an unsightly stain on it. (True story). Or if you still have the tag on. (Another true story.)

-Meet him there. If you don’t know the guy well, don’t give him your address and/or get in a vehicle with him! Hello, stranger danger! Your safety always comes first. And always tell someone where you’re going.

-Be yourself, be be yourself! Don’t say you like to watch sports with the boys if you don’t. If you like to knit and read, say so! Unless you only like to read dating books…keep that under wraps until at least date four. And completely hide them if he comes over. Though I did have a boyfriend that looked awesomely terrified when he saw “Why Men Love Bitches” on my bookshelf. Maybe keep that one out.

-Eat smart. Don’t order the baby back ribs or spaghetti bolognese unless you’re prepared to wear it home or spritz him with it like it’s after shave.

As my sister and I say when we’re eating a messy meal, ‘NOT a date food!’ (And then we commence eating like cavemen.)

-Demand respect. If you and your time are not being respected, make like a banana and rot. I mean, split.

-Keep your chops in check. Always check your teeth and carry a breath freshening product on your person. No one wants to be remembered as Halitosis Heather.

Mentos, the FRESHMAKER!

DON’T:

-Expect he’s going to pay. I think it’s chivalrous for the guy to pay. And I’ll be honest, I think he should pay, especially if he asked you out. But, there’s no universal rule here. (Thanks a lot, CONGRESS!) And people aren’t always on the same page.  Sometimes, both parties don’t even agree it’s a date. Nightmare scenario, but it happens. So offer to pay for your own ice cream/lobster/coffee. If he’s eager for you to pay, expects you to pay his share, or just plain asks you for cash, you can decide whether you want to go out with him again.

-Bring up past relationships. That’s what they do on MTV dating shows- for ratings. It’s not first date talk in the real world. Unless you are dating your therapist. In which case you should probably find a new date and therapist.

-Meet in a secluded place until you are certain he’s not a serial killer. It’s just not safe. Plus, awkward silence is all the more awkward when there’s no background noise.

-Flake last minute. I get it. Stuff happens and sometimes you have to cancel. But only cancel the day of if you have a good reason. “I’m just not feeling flirty today” is not a great reason. Though it would be hilarious to say and he might give you points for honesty. He might also not ask you again. (At least you have the points!)

Dooooooon't flake! (Sorry, had to.)

-String a guy along to be ‘nice.’ It’s not nice. It’s mean. Just be honest. If you aren’t into him, that’s okay. There are plenty of ways to let him know without destroying his ability to love again.

Whether you love dating or hate it, it’s something we all have to do; like going to the dentist or paying taxes. So you might as well be a smart and savvy dater. And remember, bad dates = great stories.

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Related Posts:

What’s a good thing to wear on a first date?

http://stopbeingaloser.org/2010/09/05/dear-losers-whats-a-good-thing-to-wear-on-a-first-date/

What do you do if a date is really bad and you want to leave?

http://stopbeingaloser.org/2010/09/12/what-do-you-do-if-a-date-is-really-bad-and-you-want-to-leave/

Random Rec Wednesday: Prudent Advice For My Baby Daughter

2 Nov

Jamie Morrison Curtis is the author of the fabulous blog (and book), Prudent Advice For My Baby Daughter, and chronicles random pieces of advice for her 2 year old daughter to refer to as she grows up.

“But your blog boasts ‘Advice from your older sister, not your mom,’” you say?!

Well, this is the exception to our rule. Prudent Advice is an advice handbook that every girl should own. Every human, really. Here are some of my fave words of wisdom from the blog, (and my own addendums):

#23 When frustrating things happen, keep them in perspective.

#28 Splurge on fresh flowers once in a while. –Who says you can’t buy fresh flowers for yourself??

#82 Anytime you are debating whether to shower or not, take the shower. – Seriously.

#80 Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s just fine.

#71 Guilt is a paralytic emotion.

#92 Righty tighty, lefty loosey.

#116 At the close of each day, fill your head with thoughts of how lucky you are.

#111 Root for other people.

#135 When you drop someone off at home wait until he or she gets inside before driving away. – I could have used this piece of advice in high school when I dropped Megan off and drove away…only to have her get locked out of her house on a hot day, with her foot in a cast, and forced to hobble the half mile to my house.

#157 If you want to leave a party and you don’t have a good excuse, spill something on yourself. –Just make sure it’s not hot.

#225 You will get good at anything you practice.

#260 Sometimes you have to cry it out. –The laugh/cry, the ugly cry…whatever it takes.

#253 Pay no attention to the line of impossibility.

So much valuable advice that will save you trial/error/tears in the future. Check out Prudent Advice, the blog and buy the book here!