The Beauty of Atonement

dove_of_peace_312270When I was younger, I thought of atoning as primarily dark. It was about apologizing for actions I’d already taken, with the promise of betterment should the situation arise again. Making amends. Sometimes I’d grasp for things to apologize for, some years I’d have a list prepared. Oh the college years!

I’m not very religious. But I always participate in Jewish High Holiday traditions, and will always buy Chanukah presents. I don’t go to temple (unless to watch my nieces sing) or belong to a congregation, but I do my own thing. Maybe not as conventional, but it feels more authentic.

As I was doing my Rosh Hashanah hike and throwing Atonement rocks over Runyon Canyon, I began to see the beauty in all of it for the first time. I’d of course known the loveliness of renewal and beginning a New Year (even if in September) – but the atoning portion usually felt shameful. This year was the first time I saw the beauty of atonement, as it wasn’t so much about apologizing for my sins but rather acknowledging that I can be a better human.

So I made 6 Acknowledgments. Well really 5, and 1 bonus. Having said that, no offense taken if you stop reading here. Truly. Also I haven’t eaten, so babble is almost guaranteed. What follows is basically me putting my acknowledgments (and atonements) out to the universe in hopes of keeping myself accountable.

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What’s an Angel Shot?

I’m probably late to the party here, but it can’t hurt to overspread the word. Consider this a public service announcement for all the single ladies. If you’re dating online, or just good ol’ fashioned dating, odds are you’ve been in an uncomfortable situation at least once. Hopefully this messaging will find its way into every women’s bathroom in the city – and beyond. The … Continue reading What’s an Angel Shot?

Father’s Day Grooming Gifts

There are more options than ever to find good skincare for men. In Los Angeles, we even have grooming bars and salons sprinkled throughout the city. As Dad’s Day is coming up this weekend, these are some of the coolest brands for protecting and preserving male complexions. Kiehl’s has always offered skincare for men, but they’ve recently evolved the line to include 6 new Grooming … Continue reading Father’s Day Grooming Gifts

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I wouldn’t presume to know what gift you should get your Valentine this year. Aside from some really good generic suggestions anyway. But if you’re shopping for your friends or sisters …or basically anyone you aren’t sleeping with…I’ve got some not-s0-ordinary gift suggestions sure to make them smile.   ONE FOR ME, ONE FOR YOU Clarins’ Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm creates a subtle flushed pink on everyone … Continue reading Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Say Yes to Oils

Most of us change up our look when summer comes around — be it wearing white, linen shirts, sandals, going a shade lighter on our highlights, etc. We wear more sunblock, bigger hats, bolder sunglasses. But what about fragrance? Do you mix it up? I always switch up my fragrances from day to night. But come summer, I gravitate toward more citrus, light floral, and … Continue reading Say Yes to Oils