Posts Tagged: internet

Lady Inspiration: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is today’s lady inspiration for a few reasons. One: have you seen how beautiful she is? As you probably know, her mother’s Diana Ross, and I love that she looks so much like her. At times I think Tracee is a funhouse mirror version of her mother, and at times I think Diana is a funhouse mirror version of Tracee. That being said, most of the time I think Tracee looks like a more normal, but equally beautiful, Diana.
The real reason she’s today’s lady inspiration is her new website, It’s basically a lifestyle website, kind of like GOOP but much, much, much more attainable for a “regular” woman. God bless and keep you, Gwyneth, but I literally can’t afford anything in your damn newsletter. Sure, I’d love to buy a $400 sweater or give a monogrammed cashmere throw as a houseguest gift, but that’s never going to happen. Tracee Ellis Ross writes about things like Lash Blast mascara and Naked by David Sedaris. She’s way more my style.
The site’s not just about stuff you can buy, though. She also writes about totally normal snacks (not juice cleanses, G. Pal!), artists like Marina Abramovic, and this incredibly interesting and well-written take on our cultural obsession with/confusion by fake boobs. Oh, and there are inspirational quotes. You know I love inspirational quotes.
Be sure to check out the site here. You can also find her on Pinterest! Consider yourself followed, Tracee Ellis Ross.

Freedom. Not the Jonathan Franzen Book. Or the George Michael Song.

Okay, so we do need a little of the George Michael song.

That’s better.

So I’m a little ashamed of my internet addiction. I mean, it’s not an actual addiction (I don’t think). I don’t ditch my family or friends for it or anything. I just spend too much time online. I know some people have TV or videogames, but neither of those are my problem. Reading post after post on some hipster home decor blog? That’s totally my problem.

When Alex told me about Freedom, a service that blocks your internet access, I was skeptical. “I don’t have a problem!” I thought to myself while I read the Wikipedia page for Phil Collins.

This weekend I tried the free trial, and you know what? I get it now. I’m going to buy it. Do I feel dumb paying ten dollars for a service that takes away something I’m paying for? Yes. Do I feel like I have no self-control? Totally. But I don’t care because PRODUCTIVITY, that’s why! Also, the site lists Nora Ephron, Nick Hornby, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, and Miranda July among its users, and if it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me.

Do any of you guys use Freedom or a similar service? Also are you in love with 90’s George Michael?