Starshine

August 14, 2014

Too Old for a Micro-Mini?

There's a colorful old expression favored by cattish biddies. They let it fly when they spy a middle-aged woman sporting the flashy or revealing clothing you'd normally see on a much younger lass.

"Mutton dressed as lamb," the harpies hiss, straightening the seams of their own sensible vestments and clomping away in their Easy Spirit mid-heel wedges.

I confess the phrase has been flitting, uninvited, through my head lately as I get dressed:

Hmm, the miniskirt today? Maybe, Ms. Mutton. Or the skinny jeans and pirate boots? Sounds great, Mutton Mama.

Mutton, if you didn't know, is the meat of old sheep — although the sheep prefer to be called "mature." It's tougher than lamb. It's cheaper. And according to one online cooking site, "Many find it distasteful."

Since tough, cheap, and distasteful describe me and most of my girlfriends — and since, at 42, I just received a heck-yeah birthday gift card to Forever 21 — I have to wonder if I've skidded right over that lamb-to-mutton line without knowing it.

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July 31, 2014

Let It Go? We're Trying

The packrat vs. the planner -- a fight to the finish.
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July 17, 2014

Wife-Carrying: An Actual Thing

Have you heard of this sport?! Naturally, I had to try it.
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July 4, 2014

Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington

What happens when a jaded Hollywood brat touches down on Rome-on-the-Potomac? Stuff. That's what.
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June 19, 2014

Stone Starts Driving

My son parked in my column spot this week.
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June 5, 2014

Are You a Feminist NOW?

Listen up, sisters: You don't get to treat feminism like an accessory that would ruin your otherwise awesome outfit.
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May 24, 2014

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Starshine at the SB Writers Conference

This is a great Memoir panel I was on last year at the Writers Conference, with three other authors including the delightfully entertaining Jane Heller. Don't worry--I'm not as anxious as I look in the freeze frame.

SBWC: Memoir Writing Panel from Ninety Degrees Media on Vimeo.


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August 14, 2014
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