Fashion, Travel, Poetry

Reminder: It’s Okay to Not Wear Makeup

Ladies, I've noticed a disturbing trend in our culture--by which I mean the culture of working women. I've had several conversations of late that left me feeling unsettled about the way we feel pressured to wear makeup on a daily basis. It seems that almost every working female friend or acquaintance of mine either wears makeup everyday because she thinks she has to or doesn't wear makeup on occasion and feels guilty and self conscious about it.

Now, don't get me wrong. I love makeup. I really like the way just a bit of eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow filler can make my eyes pop. I love the way a bright color looks on my lips. To me, it's fun. It's playful. But it is not a requirement.

Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession With Weight Loss by Sandra Aamodt “If diets worked, we’d all be thin by now.” You may already be familiar with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt from her lauded TED talk Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I suggest giving it a… View Article

2 Books that Helped Me Quit Dieting and Accept My Body

You may already be familiar with neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt from her lauded TED talk Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work. If you’re unfamiliar with it, I suggest giving it a listen, as it is essentially a condensed version of this book. The single best thing about Aamodt’s ideas is that they are based on scientific fact. In our culture, it can be easy to be swayed into believing unsubstantiated ideas about thinness being achievable via dieting, health being predicated on body weight, and the virtue of certain foods and eating patterns. Sandra breaks all of that down by citing study after study proving, essentially, that for most of us significant and permanent weight loss is not the likely outcome of dieting and that our thin ideal has absolutely nothing to do with health.

Everyone should read William Carlos Williams. Even if you don’t read a lot of poetry–perhaps especially if you don’t read a lot of poetry–pick up his work. I know I write a lot about poetry here on Style by Joules, a blog that’s mostly about fashion, and that many of my readers probably don’t even… View Article

William Carlos Williams – Selected Poems

Genre: Poetry
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Everyone should read William Carlos Williams. Even if you don't read a lot of poetry--perhaps especially if you don't read a lot of poetry--pick up his work. I know I write a lot about poetry here on Style by Joules, a blog that's mostly about fashion, and that many of my readers probably don't even make it this far into one of them. But if you're reading this, do yourself a favor and read this book.

I began 2017 with the firm intention to educate myself more thoroughly about the world of poetry. Though I didn’t specify it, what I meant at the time was to educate myself about the modern world of poetry. Like most everyone, I suffered through schooling focused on poetry that felt antiquated, from Shakespeare to Donne–poetry… View Article

Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry by Stephen Burt

Genre: Poetry Criticism
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Modern poetry excites me. And yet I know cuttingly little about it. The names William Carlos Williams and Jorie Graham float at the edge of my understanding–the barest of acquaintances. I want to bring them into the light, and yet, just ordering an anthology of their greatest works feels like a thin way too pursue true understanding. What world, what trends and influences and movements in the realm of poetry were happening at the time that these writers put pen to page? How did they come to write the poems they wrote in the way that they wrote them?

To answer those questions, I’ve found Stephen Burt.

Everyone knows that beach vacations require good reading. A well-packed beach bag should always contain a few page turners. Given that a good chunk of my upcoming vacation to Hawaii will be spent poolside, I’m bringing a slough of books with me. Here are the five titles on my island reading list: 1. Paterson by… View Article

Reading List: The 5 Books I’m Bringing to Hawaii

Everyone knows that beach vacations require good reading. A well-packed beach bag should always contain a few page turners. Given that a good chunk of my upcoming vacation to Hawaii will be spent poolside, I'm bringing a slough of books with me.

Today I'm sharing the five titles on my island reading list.

I have to admit, when I first read that Rebecca Hazelton’s Fair Copy was comprised of acrostic poems I was skeptical. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry in which the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase–in this case a line from Emily Dickinson. This seemed… View Article

Fair Copy by Rebecca Hazelton

Genre: Poetry
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I have to admit, when I first read that Rebecca Hazelton's Fair Copy was comprised of acrostic poems I was skeptical. An acrostic poem is a type of poetry in which the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase--in this case a line from Emily Dickinson. This seemed a bit scholastically puerile to me, but as I had read a poem of Hazelton's in Poetry magazine and thoroughly enjoyed it, I soldiered on. I'm so glad I did. Fair Copy is a breathtakingly good book of poetry.

With my decision to narrow down my literary focus to poetry a few weeks ago, I knew that there were a few books I wanted to hit right away. One of these was Restoration by Christina Pugh, who was a professor of mine and my thesis advisor when I got my Master’s in English literature… View Article

Restoration by Christina Pugh

Genre: Poetry
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With my decision to narrow down my literary focus to poetry a few weeks ago, I knew that there were a few books I wanted to hit right away. One of these was Restoration by Christina Pugh, who was a professor of mine and my thesis advisor when I got my Master's in English literature with a focus on poetry from the University of Illinois Chicago. Restoration came out the same year I started the program. That fall, Pugh taught a poetry workshop course I was taking, and I found her teaching to be instrumental in the depth of my poetry education. Quite simply, she was one of the best professors I ever had. It's a shame it has taken me this long to pick up one of her books, but its better late than never.