There are definitely times in my life where I wish I were...a little tougher-seeming. That's not to say that I'm not tough (just try using a proper noun in Scrabble against me. Ha!), but I don't think people see me on the street and think--that girl's got a hard edge! The pale skin and flat-footed gait make me seem about as rough-and-tumble as a sparrow: Today, someone tried to push past me through the subway doors, but when I got to work, I saw something by the printer. The heavens opened up. There it was: Badass: A Hard-Earned Guide to Living Life with Style and (the Right) Attitude
, by Shannen Doherty.
So, Shannen Doherty has WRITTEN A BOOK. And it's GENIUS. It's a bit of an autobiography, peppered with advice, and it includes such gems (in no particular order) as: a copy of a letter from George Bush thanking Shannen for leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention (this happened?); the following words, "HELLO? Are you tired of biting your tongue? Are you tired of settling for second best? Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines of life? Guess what? Badasses AREN'T"; photos from the set of Charmed
; a list of badass pets (German shepherds are #1!); the most badass themes for a game of charades (Robert Altman movies); and--wait for it--BEAUTY TIPS! According to Doherty, "badass" lipsticks include MAC Russian Red
. Furthermore, a "badass gal" keeps mascara, lipstick, deodorant, perfume, tweezers, hairspray, lint brush and a comb in her glove compartment (not so coincidentally, there is a page on getting out of a speeding ticket). I was hoping for skin and hair tips, but all it says is "pay attention to hair and nails."
Hopefully, though, the sum of her wisdom will do me some good when negotiating my rent or sending back food without getting it spit on. Or feuding with my fellow90210
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