Author: TueNight Crew

My Fantasy Name Is…

What if, just for kicks, you could change your name? What would you call yourself? At our Talk TueNight event on April 28, we had a fantastic roundtable hosted by The Mash-Up Americans, and one of our favorite parts was when they asked folks on the panel — and then in the audience — what their fantasy name was. Some wished for a simpler, more easily pronounceable name while others longed for something more exotic. What's yours — and why? It's super easy to record a video right from your phone or screen and hit submit, so join us in the fun. You'll have 22 seconds to tell your story and you can redo as many times as you want to get it right. And don't be disappointed if it takes a few minutes for your video to show up; we're doing some light monitoring behind the scenes.

Talk TueNight: Dishing on Food, Sex and Being a Grown-Ass Woman [Photos]

Nearly 50 intrepid TueNight fans trekked through blizzard-like conditions (okay, a little snow) last Tuesday night to join us for our very first #TalkTueNight storytelling event. Stacy Morrison, Ashley Ford, Tamar Anitai and Heather Barmore read their fabulous posts from our Desire issue. Our fearless leader, Margit, also interviewed Alex Jamieson, the best-selling author of Women, Food, and Desire. This all went down at 61 Local on Bergen Street in Brooklyn.   Our venue, 61 Local, has amazing food, cheese and we kinda went crazy for the beef jerky.     We mingled with friends old and new before we got started with the readings.     We snuck up on Tamar Anitai prepping for her reading. She read parts one and two of her 30 Day attempt to divest from sugar. And she brought the house down. “I found myself in sweats (some errant pieces of burrito rice dotting my lap, natch), hate-watching Donnie Loves Jenny on A&E, when I fell down a hole of fuck-this-I’m-a-grown-woman-I-can-do-whatever-I-want just like Beyoncé and ate a frozen coconut bar that’d been in my freezer since …

We Asked Our Readers About TueNight. Here’s What You Said

After a year and a half of publishing TueNight (from our offices, from home in pajamas, from far-flung spots as varied as Virginia and Ireland), we were curious to hear from you, our readers. We wanted to get in your heads a bit and hear what you’re thinking: What do you dig? What are you bored of? And how can you tell us this really great theme you’ve been waiting for us to pick? So we set up a very short questionnaire online and asked. (Only five questions? That’s like a speed date!) Nothing majorly soul-searching, just a gut check to make sure we’re having the right conversations. And we loved your responses — which we will now share. We can’t thank you enough for your time and your thoughts. Here are our questions and your answers. 1. What themes should TueNight.com do next? It was very interesting to see that lots of you want to talk about relationships: specifically, reconnecting with spouses, dating after divorce, dealing with kids in college, being the non-mom around …

Hey It’s Our First Birthday Party! PHOTOS

Last Tuesday (of course) we noshed, drank and reveled to celebrate one year of TueNight. And without further ado, here are a few photos…. The event was held at the beautiful Park Avenue South WeWork in New York City, last Tuesday, October 7. Adrianna hand screen-printed some goodie bag totes for the occasion (sleeves rolled, that one.)   Nearly 100 women (and a few dudes) attended, including TueNight contributors Kathleen Warner, Cherisse Gardner and actor Chantal Jean-Pierre.   The founders of BinderCon — Leigh Stein (l) and Lux Alptraum. We learned Lux was a roller derby goddess; we think she’d like this story.   Erin Vilardi (center) from Run Vote Lead might just be asking a woman to run on the spot!   Tattly made us adorable temporary tattoos for the occasion that say “Tales to Tell” (cause we have ’em.)   Adrianna (l) joins editors (and TueNight contributor) Lauren Young and Cassandra Garrison of Reuters.   Chantal Jean-Pierre ended the evening’s readings with Cherisse Gardner’s piece, The Day I Cut My Hair, I Lost More Than Locks. Nary a …

Buy Our Best-Of Book!

Here at TueNight, we believe age is something to celebrate. So in honor of our first year, we’ve created a “Best of” paperback book on Blurb.com. It’s filled with 13 of our favorite pieces, along with brand new illustrations that have never before been published.  It’s our way of saying thank you to our fans and collaborators, and to harness the spirit of Year One in a package that we can hold. There’s nothing like print, after all. Buying the book is also a great way to support the site. It costs just $10 and will help us continue to share our stories with you — in all kinds of new and exciting ways! A little sneak peak:

Anti-Fads: 13 Women Share the Style They Won’t Retire

We all have that one piece of clothing that has stuck with us despite changing styles and tastes. For me it’s pointy cowboy boots, simply because they look and feel good, in a flashy-dusty Tanya Tucker meets Lucinda Williams kind of way. Yeehaw. So we asked our contributors and friends to tell us the one piece of clothing or beauty item that they will never let go of — or, something they brought back to life — and why. Interestingly, there were a few people who can’t let go of the very same things. Big Hoop Earrings I’ve been wearing big hoop earrings since the ’70’s and am grateful they’re back in style. They’re back in style, right? — Wendy Goldman Scherer Pencil Skirts I never throw them out. They are the Phoenix of the fashion world, always coming back, always red hot. — Cat Weaver A Black Cardigan There is nothing more indispensable to an office dweller than a trusty black cardigan. They never go out of style and they never lose their utility.  — …

Shop the Beach: Suits, Sprays and Perfect Totes

“Let’s go to the beach, each/ Let’s go get a wave/ They say, what they gonna say?” We still can’t get that dang Nicki Minaj song out of our heads from two summers ago. And now that we mention it, we’re still singing that line from Jonathan Richman’s “The Beach,”  “Where it’s not what you have on, but what you have not.” Right? And that was like, almost 30 years ago…. Sigh. Anyway while we’re humming and reminiscing, let’s go shopping: Here’s a sampling of our latest gathering of goods on GREAT.LY. Beach-inspired and beach-ready. Suit up. Love + Salt Beach Mist by Julie Wray, $24 Love + Salt is a vegan, volume-enhancing mist that gives hair sultry beach waves. You can spray it all over your body for beautifully hydrated skin thanks to “good” hydrating salts like Himalayan Pink Salt.   Two Tickets to Paradise High-Waisted Bikini by Bombshell Bay Swimwear, $99 We dig this psychedelic, high-waisted bikini, with its totally on-trend tropical-jungle print. U.S. sizes 4-12.   Turtle Claw Pendant Necklace by Adelia Mae, $44 We …

Editor’s Picks: Our Favorite Sunscreens

What lotions are we digging this summer for sun protection? Here are four favorites from the TueNight Crew. “This Water Babies sunscreen stick has been our go-to for the girls (ages 4 and 6) for the past three years. It’s durable and small, I keep it in my purse and the lid doesn’t break or fall off. I also use it myself for my cheekbones, eyebrows and collarbones when I’m too lazy to put anything else on.” – Adrianna Dufay, Product Manager Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, $5 * “I just recently started using Supergoop’s sunscreen serum for my face and I really like it. It’s light weight and doesn’t feel too sticky-icky (let’s be honest, sunscreen is sunscreen, no one loves how it feels on their face), and it’s been proving my very fair skin with excellent protection.“ –Susan Linney, Editor-at-Large Supergoop! 30+ City Sunscreen Serum, $42 * “In my advanced age I seem to have acquired crazy sun bumps/ sun poisoning. Yay! So sunscreen has become de rigeur (or, actually, it was like …

Shop TueNight! Nestle Into One of These Cushions

Whether you’re getting over a break-up, happily co-mingled or satisfied and single, we all need a little comfort in our lives. Or a pillow to bawl into. We get it. But even if you’re not a teary mess, why not devise your own pillow-filled happy place/ reading nook — especially as we cozy up with our weekly batch of TueNight stories. (No, that wasn’t shameless.) To that end, we’ve assembled some of our favorite, most delightful “Maker” pillows in our TueNight Shop on GREAT.LY. By the way, tomorrow is the very first White House Maker Faire day and the first National Day of Makers (#NationofMakers), so this is just another wonderful way to support great artisans and this very site you’re reading right now. Here are a few fabulous items, but click to explore more in the TueNight store!   Khaki linen and gray velvet pillow cover by Therese Winnard, $100 Aztec Arrows pillow by Hannah Holtkötter, $24 Sheepskin throw by Black Sheep, White Light $79 Cushion “Stockholm” by Marika Giacinti, $95 Amini linen yellow pillow sham by Hallie Gray, $54  …

Do Sleep Habits Change With Age?

Welcome to of our advice column where we try to answer all of your confounding “What The…?” questions. We’ll be getting advice from experts, but we may not always have the best answer. Feel free to share your own advice in the comments below. [dropcap]Q: [/dropcap] As a 40-something woman, I know I’m turning in earlier and earlier and rising at the crack of dawn more than ever. I’m not necessarily turning into a “morning person,” but I’d definitely say that my sleep has shifted. Is that nature or nurture? Does it matter if you’re a mom or not? And what tips do you have for a more restful sleep? — Person Formerly Known as a Morning Person in Seattle [dropcap]A:[/dropcap] For this one we asked Natalie Dautovich, PhD, a National Sleep Foundation Environmental Scholar : “Some people do experience a ‘phase advance’ with age,” says Dautovich. “Meaning, that they get sleepier earlier in the evening and wake up earlier in the morning. This contrasts with late adolescence when many people show a “phase delay,” not …

“You’re Turning Into Your Mother”

We’ve all had those moments — the ones we’d swear we’d never have — where we utter some phrase or make some gesture that we realize is exactly like something our mom would do. Most likely, our first instinct is to freeze in horror. But we are our mothers’ daughters, after all, and as we get older, their affectations usually start to seep into our own personalities, whether consciously or not. And really, is this such a bad thing? We asked our contributors to share their own “Am I Turning Into My Mother?” moments. Feel free to share yours in the comments or on our Facebook page. (Because you know you have one.) Lipcolor Copy “The moment when I picked out the same shade of lipstick that my mother’s been wearing for 30 years.” —Jennifer Ha Clean Genes “The other day, I flew into an organizational frenzy, spring cleaning on a level that most would consider manic. I caught myself saying things like, ‘A place for everything and everything in its place,’ and I realized …

Your Weekend TueDo List: An Easter Egg Hunt, a Home Budgeting App and LUSH’s Carrot Soap

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few cool things to check out this weekend. CHEAP The HomeBudget App. Manage your money with ease — and from your phone — with this easy-to-use expense tracker. Our favorite feature? You can photograph and organize your receipts in an instant, getting rid those squished up papers stuffed at the bottom of your wallet. (itunes.apple.com, $5) CHEAP LUSH’s Easter Soap Collection. Stock up on some adorable, limited-edition Easter-themed soaps from LUSH. We love their cute Bunch of Carrots, $13 each, trio of Golden Honey-Toffee Eggs, $9 each, and these colorful, Immaculate Eggception Bath Bombs, $13 each. (lushusa.com) FREE! Easter Egg Hunt. Grab your kids and head over to Sutton Place Park for an Easter egg hunt which will include candy (of course), arts and crafts, games and even a visit from the Easter Bunny. (Saturday, April 19th, Sutton Place and East 57th Street in Sutton Place Park, 10 a.m.–1p.m.)

Your Weekend TueDo List: Eat, Organize and Watch Silicon Valley

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few cool things to check out this weekend. INDULGE Smorgasburg. There’s no use to even attempt to be tidy at Smaorgasburg, Brooklyn Flea’s yearly street-food fest. It offers everything from from burgers and brisket to ice cream and S’mores. Make sure you bring plenty of wet wipes. (Sunday, April 13, DUMBO: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 11am-6pm; WILLIAMSBURG: East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St, 11am-6pm. Both will be there every Sunday until November, rain or shine.) ORGANIZE Monty Python’s Completely Brilliant Sticky Note Set. Just so you don’t forget to pick up parrot food or hit the cheese shop, this three-booklet set of Python-themed sticky pads should do just the trick. Our favorite is the pad with a finger pointed RIGHT at you — perhaps a little Monty Python pressure will make sure you stay on top of your tasks. (Monty Python’s Complete Brilliance Sticky Note Set, $8, Modcloth.com) PLUCK Raising Eyebrows: Your Personal …

Your Weekend TueDo List: Game of Thrones, an Important Hair Petition and More

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few cool things to check out this weekend. WATCH Game of Thrones Season Premiere. Sure, the costumes are exquisite, but there’s also some amazing hair flowing around in this much-loved series. Between Cersei’s long, top braided locks and Daenerys’ bleached blonde strands, they must have some seriously killer hair products on Westeros. (Sunday, April 6, 9pm, HBO) SIGN If you’re a black woman in the army, it just got harder to get ready in the morning. A new ARMY regulation — AR 670 — specifies hairstyles and grooming that are in and out of regulation. Dreadlocks or twists of any kind are unauthorized, and cornrows and braids are only very narrowly allowed. Sign the White House Petition if you think our soldiers should be allowed to wear professional, ethnic hairstyles. We did. BUY Bumble and Bumble’s New Cityswept Finish Spray. This light-weight finishing spray gives your hair a clean but “lived in” look — holding your style …

Your Weekend TueDo List: Books, Apps, Beauty and More

READ Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Author Brigid Schulte describes how between work, kids and home duties, her life is frantic and harried; anyone who feels “the overwhelm,” as Schulte calls it (women in particular) will understand exactly what she means. An award-winning journalist, Schulte throws herself into research and learns that women have never been expected to have leisure time — or if they do, it’s been assigned to moments like waiting in line, doing chores and holding on the phone. We love how she breaks down the structures that keep us from owning time for play and teaches us how to take our time back. ($19, Amazon.com) BUY Chantecaille Save the Bees Palette. This new eye and cheek palette — which features four on-trend spring shades — is a (decidedly un-digital) buy that you can feel good about. Five percent of proceeds will be donated to The Xerces Society, a non profit organization that helps protect invertebrates and their habitat, including those very important pollinators. The palette contains …

Your Weekend TueDo List: Anita Hill, Cloak App, Hollie Cook and Jem!

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few cool things to check out this weekend. WATCH Anita. In 1991, Anita Hill was everything. As young, working, college-age women, we were glued to our TV sets as she testified to sexual harassment charges levied against soon-to-be associate justice of the Supreme Court. Poised, though reluctant, Hill fast became the one on trial, and it sparked new discussion about what was and wasn’t okay in the workplace. This documentary takes us inside the events of the trial, how Antia has lived life since (she’s “moved on” as a professor at Brandeis University), and her impact on a new generation of young women. The documentary opens today, March 21, and Women’s Action Media is also hosting viewings of the film. LISTEN & PRE-ORDER Twice by Hollie Cook. Ready for the cold snap to snap the hell out? We sure are. Warm up with a sneak peak at Hollie Cook’s latest, tropically buoyant, Twice — bound to be your summer …

Your Weekend TueDo List: A Between Two Ferns Primer, Beck and Pi

Yes, yes we know — we deliver every Tuesday. Well, sometimes we just can’t wait. To that end, here are a few of the things we’re browsing, viewing and can’t wait to watch. Enjoy your weekend! WATCH Between Two Ferns. Now that President Obama has graced his presence on Between Two Ferns (to plug the Affordable Care Act), the Funny or Die “interview” show, hosted by an intentionally disinterested and nasty Zach Galifianakis, is no longer a semi Internet secret. But we at TueNight have been fans since the show’s inception, and if you haven’t had a chance to peruse past interviews, we suggest taking a trip down the Fern rabbit hole. Make sure not to miss our favorite gems: This bungled Q&A with good sport Jon Hamm; Steve Carell’s hilarious “I’m onto you” turn; Sean Penn’s unfortunate experience with Zach’s southern brother, Seth; the already cranky Ben Stiller (and his horror when he learns of Mr. Galifianakis’s email addy); and of course, Zach’s two-part 2013 Oscar special. BEAUTIFY Sephora Radiant Orchid Makeover. If you want …

Arts, Books & Culture: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] ISABELLA ROSSELLINI By Robin Marshall “Now 61 (and still stunning), she has found a way to combine her love of science and theater in a series of spectacular short films.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] [/column] [column size=”one-third” last=”true”] JHUMPA LAHIRI By Savita Iyer “So many other writers lay the metaphors on thick and try to impress with dazzling language and complex turn of phrase, but Lahiri’s work is the writing equivalent of a perfect Picasso; a few strokes of genius on a blank sheet — and voila.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column]   [column size=”one-third”] DONNA TARTT By Bethanne Patrick “No wonder some novels are in gestation for a decade! Donna reminds me, as both a writer and a reader, that to take the long way home is not simply acceptable, but often advisable..”… Read about why she inspires us   [/column] [column size=”one-third”] MARJANE SATRAPI By Savita Iyer “Her drawings hit home on so many levels for me…  being the only girl with thick, dark body hair in the …

Food & Health: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] Naomi Starkman By Kim O’Donnel “She dishes up a daily serving of news and commentary to help the rest of us make sense of how our food is grown, raised and politicized.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Pati Jinich By Letisha Marrero “This Latina mother of three boys had the cojones to switch careers mid-life, pursue her passion doggedly, all the while making people pine for her culinary creations.”… Read about whys she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third” last=”true”] Alex Raij By Dori Fern “Her favorite part about being a well-seasoned chef is that she has become a better teacher and mentor to her staff: ‘The older you get, the more you realize you need help.’”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Dr. Deborah Cohen By Suzanne Rust “Who stages a dance party before they’re scheduled for a double mastectomy? Dr. Deborah Cohan had the whole operating room laughing and shaking it to Beyoncé’s “Get Me Bodied” before her surgery.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third” last=”true”] Celeste Corcoran …

Music & TV: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] JONATHA BROOKE By Tamar Anitai “Her songs have been a mantra and a siren, pulling me back into myself, reminding me that even in our darkest moments there’s someone out there who’s held their breath and weathered the storm, too..”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] SARAH SILVERMAN By Daniella Latham “There was brilliance in what Sarah was doing: She took on a well-defined audience segment and served proactive solutions to encourage a presidential vote..”… Read about why she inspires us [/column][column size=”one-third” last=”true”] ALI WENTWORTH By Margit Detweiler “Her videos were so unflinchingly honest, funny and confused. She’d captured that feeling we all have as we age, aka WHAT’S HAPPENING TO MY BODY? And, if I can fix it , should I? Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] SHARON JONES By Margit Detweiler “Flickering like a live wire across the stage, wearing a short, shimmery dress, she kicked off her heels and delivered more funk and grit than you can imagine..”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column …

Style & Design: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] Jamyla Bennu By Patrice Grell Yursick “Jamyla inspires me to be my best self, to always exercise my right to create, to put my ideas out there in whatever medium I can and to find delight and joy in the everyday aspects of life.” Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Isabel Marant By Susan Linney “I’m amazed at how she started so small and made it so big, purely as a result of her own uncompromising, off-the-cuff style; an ahead-of-its time look that we now see everywhere.” Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third” last=”true”] Tina Roth Einsenberg By Margit Detweiler “Tina has said she believes in “taking your personal projects seriously“ and “labors of love because labors of love always pay off.” Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Deborah Berke By Rudabeh Pakravan “Deborah’s command of an elegant yet restrained design aesthetic has allowed her to create timeless and rich spaces that celebrate the inhabitants and context as much as the architecture.” Read about why …

Money & Business: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] SALLIE KRAWCHEK By Nicole Hamilton “Instead of retreating in the face of adversity, Sallie found a brilliant next move — helping other women build a ladder up and learn new skills together.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] LISA SERVON By Amy S. Choi “New thinking about the urban poor and financial services is (duh) important and supremely relevant, and she’s doing it smartly and respectfully.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third” last=”true”] JANE BARRATT By Jessica Randazza “I admire her ability to methodically pivot in to her own venture, away from those big companies, and focus in on something she believes in. And having pursued a similar path (agency gal now at a fintech startup focused on investments, no less), it wasn’t until I heard Jane’s story that made me stop and think for the first time, “What am I doing to determine my own financial success?” Keep reading… Read why Jane inspires us   [/column]   [hr] SEE MORE IN 38 OVER 38: Arts, Books & Culture …

Science, Technology, Engineering, Math: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] By Amy Vernon “Reshma [was inspired to found Girls Who Code] because she found fewer girls in technology education at every level, no matter their socioeconomic status.” Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] By Eleanor Hong “Motoko Hunt breaks the myth that Google has all the answers and that 
all your friends are on Facebook..”… Read about why she inspires us [/column][column size=”one-third” last=”true”] By  Jody Jones ” Just a few days after Anousheh Ansari [turned 40] became the first private female space explorer and the first Iranian in space.”   Read about why she inspires us [/column]     [column size=”one-third”] By Kara Silverman “She left earth! That’s inspiring enough for me.” Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] [hr] SEE MORE IN 38 OVER 38: Arts, Books & Culture Food & Health Media & News Music & TV Politics & Activism Style & Design Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Editor’s Note: 38 Women Over 38 Who Inspire Us   [/column]    

Politics & Activism: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] KATE KENDALL By Deanna Brown “As a gay woman, I’ve been moved, inspired and empowered by how Kate has created change and made the world a better place.”… Read about why she inspires us   [/column] [column size=”one-third”] WENDY DAVIS By Lauren Young “Bottom line: I admire a woman who stands up for the rights of all women.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column][column size=”one-third” last=”true”] ROBIN WOLANER By Katharine English “At a time when women were rarely in the C-suites of tech companies, let alone sitting on high-tech boards, Robin paved the way for the rest of us to believe it was possible. I’m pretty certain that Sheryl Sandberg wouldn’t be leaning into Facebook if Robin hadn’t first leaned into CNET.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column]   [column size=”one-third”] CHRISTY TURLINGTON BURNS By Cheryl Swirnow “She’s a wonderful example of how we, as women, can help each other…  whether you’ve been on the cover of a million magazines or not.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”two-third” last=”true”] [/column]     [hr] SEE MORE …

Media & News: Women Who Inspire Us

[column size=”one-third”] Amanda de Cadenet By Kristin Booker “I’m constantly inspired by de Cadenet’s candor and ability to inspire women to help each other. She’s unafraid to show her own struggles with everything from former addictions to body image.”… Read about why she inspires us   [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Hoda Kotb By Heather M. Graham “She kept going she says, because ‘I do think if you are tenacious, somebody will hire you.’”… Read about why she inspires us   [/column] [column size=”one-third” last=”true”] Cindi Leive By Robin Marshall “She tweets from the runways of Milan…and she cooks up Super Bowl chili for 40 guests, hosts raucous sleepovers for rascally eight-year old boys.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Elizabeth Vargas By Susan Linney “As a women in recovery myself (and as one who writes openly about my illness), Vargas is a not only a role model, but a constant reminder of the importance of truth.”… Read about why she inspires us [/column] [column size=”one-third”] Christine Haubeggar By Mercedes Cardona “Long before publishers knew that putting J. Lo …