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Being Beautiful: From corn dogs and funnel cakes to mascara and lip liner

Posted 10/18/2014 in Columns

Last weekend I put on my Nike sneakers and sunblock to enjoy and to battle the Mississippi State Fair with my great-niece. It was hot!

 

Being Beautiful: Of egrets and sailboats missed while checking in on Facebook

Posted 10/11/2014 in Columns

Let's face it. Social media, especially Facebook, has changed the way we do almost everything.

 

Being Beautiful: Hair color goes bold and spicy for fall

Posted 10/4/2014 in Columns

Nothing says fall quite like a spice cake, and my mama's homemade recipe was my favorite.

 

Being Beautiful: Chrysanthemums, candy corn, and football mean fall in Mississippi

Posted 9/27/2014 in Columns

The temperatures are falling, along with the pine straw in my front yard, which can only mean it's my favorite time of the year. Chrysanthemums, pumpkins, candy corn -- all mark the season for so many of us here in the South.

 

Being Beautiful: Your true colors are beautiful like a rainbow

Posted 9/20/2014 in Columns

I laugh at rules. I am that guy who dances to the beat of his own drum.

 

Being Beautiful: If it's collecting dust, it's not a collector's item

Posted 9/13/2014 in Columns

I am a collector. Ask anyone who knows me, and you will find out that I can't throw anything away.

 

Being Beautiful: An old favorite made new again

Posted 9/6/2014 in Columns

It was Mama who had the first permanent wave of my life, all those years ago at Shirley's Beauty Shop downtown where women gathered to get the most modern hairstyles of the day.

 

Being Beautiful: What do tomato soup and lipstick have in common?

Posted 8/30/2014 in Columns

Several years ago, I fell asleep on the sofa only to be awakened by the sound of the QVC home shopping network, every light in the house turned on, and Mama flailing her arms in the air. I wasn't dreaming.

 

Being Beautiful: Cowlicks come up a lot, pun intended

Posted 8/23/2014 in Columns

If you are like me, then you are old enough to remember a certain peculiar little freckle-faced boy named Alfalfa, with his self-avowed talent for song and his true love for Darla.

 

Being Beautiful: Teen Choice Awards rolls out the blue carpet

Posted 8/16/2014 in Columns

It has been a very long time since I was a teenager, but I got totally into the 2014 Teen Choice Awards last weekend.

 

Being Beautiful: What do students learn while teachers teach?

Posted 8/9/2014 in Columns

I hold such a tender spot in my heart for teachers.

 

Being Beautiful: If it's good enough for Cameron Diaz ...

Posted 8/3/2014 in Columns

Perhaps it was to quiet a rambunctious little boy, but one of my dearest memories is when Mama would open up a stick of Juicy Fruit gum and hand it to me -- along with her purse.

 

Being Beautiful: Experiencing trendy fashions, DC-Style

Posted 7/26/2014 in Columns

Being Beautiful: Knowing the right questions to ask your hairstylist

Posted 7/19/2014 in Columns

Right after hello, the first thing I ask of all new salon guests is to indulge me in a few basic questions to help me get better acquainted with their hair.

 

Being Beautiful: The ponytail is no one-trick-pony

Posted 7/5/2014 in Columns

The ponytail is the default hairstyle for most Southern gals, especially in the summer when everything is wilting.

 

Being Beautiful: Laughing out loud

Posted 6/28/2014 in Columns

I believe it was on an airplane a few years ago that I first met humorist David Sedaris. Well, I didn't meet him exactly, but it sure felt like I did.

 

Being Beautiful: In praise of the versatile sunflower

Posted 6/21/2014 in Columns

One of the many things my mama and I did to pass the days of my childhood was to meticulously pry open sunflower seeds, licking the salt off the shell first, more often than not sitting side-by-side on her porch swing.

 

Being Beautiful: Giving new meaning to 'hope springs eternal'

Posted 6/14/2014 in Columns

I knew three things with certainty moments after my four-o'clock flew into the salon sideways in a minivan.

 

Being Beautiful: Real magnolias for steel magnolias

Posted 6/7/2014 in Columns

I adore magnolias. There's just something magical about the purity of those delicate blooms peeking from the backyard tree through the library windows at me while I write.

 

Being Beautiful: Doesn't that smile say it all?

Posted 5/24/2014 in Columns

Some women find themselves in angst over whether to bid farewell to those long tresses, but not Kim Arnold. No, ma'am, indeed!

 

 

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