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The “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” Edition

In Advice, Beauty on October 25, 2007 at 12:22 am

Please pardon the bad pun in the title; usually the titles are pretty cheesy but for some reason today’s is especially so.
I would also like to take a moment to celebrate the first update on the new blog page.
There. Now, continuing on…

Em, formerly of Antigonish, writes,

Dear Ally,
What is the best way to dye my hair dark brown? Out of a box in the bathroom? Get it professionally done? Get a hair savvy friend to do it?

I figure since you are the dark brown hair queen, you would know what to do!

Ta! Em

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Hair dye. The word carries with it an undertone of fear, a hint of desperation, but always that sweet, seductive scent of vanity. Read the rest of this entry »


The “P-Ugg Fugly” Edition

In Advice, Beauty, Fashion, Funny, People, Social Commentary on October 24, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Trish from London, ON writes:

Dear Ally,

Truth: no matter how good you look, Ugg boots will always add an "I'm buying a pack of smokes in my pyjamas" aura that all fashion virtuosos praise.

Would you please be able to explain to me the phenomenon that is undergrads wearing short skirts, leggings, and a tank top with “Ugg” boots? I first noticed it a few weeks ago when it was a sticky and a disgusting 27 degrees (feeling like 35) Celcius. Now that we are encountering more cool fall weather this clothing persists….and the boots – they haunt me! I am confuzzled by this behaviour which I am forced to see daily on my walk to class. I don’t understand!
Most devotedly,

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Dear Trish,

Your devotion is both understandable and appreciated. And your question is, I think, one which plagues the female undergraduate population the world over… or at least the Western world over!**
Even across the pond, where I was sure that centuries of sophistication and the connection to fashion capitals around Europe would have rid these lands of the scourge that is Ugg boots alone, I was confronted by this pestilence on my first shopping trip. Read the rest of this entry »

The “Tannin Bed” Edition

In Advice, Fashion, Life, question on October 24, 2007 at 1:06 pm

Emily, of Minneapolis (Minnesota) wonders,

Dear Ally:

If one were to have a pristine, snow white hoodie of the most stunning nature, and one were to be so unfortunate as to spill some coffee onto that pristine, snow white hoodie, how would one remove such stains from said article of clothing?


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Dear Emily,

Well, this hoodie of yours certainly sounds like an enviable piece of fleecy joy! I hope that this coffee stain was relatively recent – the best time to remove a coffee stain is, obviously, immediately after the spillage has taken place. Read the rest of this entry »

The “Hungry, Hungry Cougar” Edition

In Advice, Animals, Funny, People, question, Social Commentary on October 24, 2007 at 1:03 pm

Well loyal readers, after devouring an entire season (plus 2 eps) of Heroes on TV-Links, I have turned back to my initial form of postgraduate procrastination: the Ask Ally “column”

Dianne of Woodstock would like to know:

Dear “Ask Ally,”

Now that you have become an experienced traveler and have lived in various geographic locations with varying demographics and have become a “woman of the world”, I have a very serious question to ask of you.

Why does it seem when one is in a small town where it is very easy to find one’s way around and it is difficult to get lost, it is, conversely, extremely difficult to find any pockets of sophistication, i.e. a bar where a woman of my age and experience may like to go for a quiet drink and conversation with friends. I’m afraid if I were to frequent the bars in my hometown, I might be labeled a “cougar” by the younger crowd that tends to hang out in these places.

I hope that you are able to offer some insight into this burning question.

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Dear Dianne:

Your question is one that I must admit I know to plague many women, both young and old. In fact, I am sure I would not be too far out of line to suggest that it is extremely difficult to find pockets of sophistication even in larger cities now-a-days.
Your question is indicative of a troubling trend that I noticed – particularly in Canada (okay, thus far only in Canada, but I will assume elsewhere too) – occurring recently. Read the rest of this entry »