Zombie Nation

Anyone who knows me knows that I spend a great deal of attention towards enhancing my outward beauty. Airbrushed nails, shimmery eyeshadows, perfectly plucked brows and cotton candy stained lips are all matters of necessity to this girly girl. Each fall on October 31, armies of women dress up as vampires, or witches, or [insert any grotesque and macabre creature here]. Me? I’m busy applying body glitter and big fake lashes while thanking the heavens above for an excuse to slut-up my wardrobe, even if just for one night.

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An Expression of Wisdom

“I’m starting a blog,” she said simply. Matter-of-factly.

Excuse me, you’re what? I thought, scrunching up my nose in disbelief. We sat side-by-side, my mother and I, feet stretched out on the dual recliner couch, twin Macbooks open on our laps: a mirror image.

I closed my computer; clearly this deserved my full attention. “You don’t write,” I said simply.

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Fight of His Life: A Providence Bruin on the Toughest Opponent He’s Ever Faced

Ever since Bobby Robins was five years old, he wanted nothing more than to be a hockey player. Growing up in the icy tundra of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, it seemed as if hockey was in his blood. After playing on various teams throughout his teens and early 20s, Robins signed a one-year NHL deal with the Ottawa Senators. He played the year for their minor league team but never got the call to the big club. That spawned his decision to play hockey overseas for a few years. Things were good; Robins was playing hockey professionally and living in a Slovenian ski lodge with his beautiful girlfriend. To an outsider, it would seem as if he had the perfect life. However, something was very wrong.

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Bling for Your Face

At 31 years old, was I too old to get a facial piercing? My mother certainly seemed to think so. I politely had to disagree. What’s the difference between sporting a necklace or an eyebrow ring; a pair of earrings or a pair of snake bite spikes? In my un-professional (and, let’s face it, open-minded) opinion, piercings are nothing more than another form of adorning oneself with beautiful jewelry. And, I’ve never been one to say no to bling.

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Roller Derby Rolls On

May is upon us once again – let the traditions commence. Swing around a Maypole; pig-out at a Memorial Day barbecue; shake your maracas on Cinco de Mayo. Breathe easy, fashionistas: you can wear white again, sans shame. For all you sinners (myself included), the month of May is synonymous with gambling and booze – in the form of the Kentucky Derby and mint juleps, of course. But, a select few (who are tough as blood red-painted nails) know that there’s a new derby tradition hitting the town this month. So ladies, if you’re wearing an oversized hat while daintily sipping a sweet tea, you might want to step aside. Make way for the intrepid and indomitable roller derby girls…

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Pirate Prep

You’re on a boat. You got your flippy-floppies, but yet something seems to be missing. Perhaps you’ll want to turn to local designer Kiel James Patrick; he’ll dazzle up that bare arm of yours with a seersucker bracelet, or perhaps one constructed with rope and adorned with gold anchor detailing. Need some belt buckle bling? Fret not, pirate wanna-bes. He’ll have you looking like a gentleman (or gentlewoman) treasure hunter in no time.

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Your Summer Itinerary: Here’s How to Get the Most of the Season

If you are single and ready to mingle: 2pm Since you were probably out partying ‘til the wee hours of the night before, your itinerary begins in the afternoon. Chances are, you’re hungry and a bit dehydrated. If you and your single guy or gal pals would like a dash of art with those eggs, head to Julian’s, which is frequented by an attractive, funky crowd. Sit out back on the patio or at a sidewalk table; order up an omelet or tofu scram and some Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 Year ale, which is an ale aged in 40-year-old whiskey casks.

Click here to read the rest of this six-part cover story that ran in the June Providence Monthly.

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