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August 30, 2007

Perception Experiment

Hi.  So you may (or may not) have noticed I took down the Perception Experiment from yesterday.  I may (or may not) put it back up.  I haven't yet decided.

I was feeling incredibly vulnerable, putting that out there.  It's funny - if I felt safe doing it, I would write a hell of a lot more ... thoughts, "feelings," that kind of crap, etc.  But I'm not sure that being so open is always beneficial.

Maybe blogs are a little like burgeoning relationships - there's a lot you want to say, but you should really keep your damn mouth shut. I've never been good at that.

August 28, 2007

Today - FoxNews & CNN

Started out today at the crack of not-even dawn (I was up at 5, and it wasn't yet light out) with a 6:50 am segment on Fox & Friends (screenshot above) talking about Owen Wilson's attempted suicide and Hulk Hogan's drag-racing son.  Also taped the lead piece for CNN's Showbiz Tonight, which you can catch on CNN Headline News at 11 pm.

Now on to write my Time Out column for our special "Not in Vogue" fashion issue and gear up for New York Fashion week, which I'll be covering for Star from behind the scenes - from the swag suites to backstage to the parties - and, oh yeah, the shows.

August 27, 2007

Today - FoxNews, CNN & NBC



Will be on FoxNews at 11:15 am, 12:40 pm, 1:15 pm and 5:15 pm, on CNN Headline News at 7 pm, 10 pm, and 12 am and on NBC at 7:30 pm on Access Hollywood discussing Owen Wilson's attempted suicide, as reported exclusively by Star magazine yesterday.  According to Star's sources, Wilson slit his wrists and ingested a bottle of pills before being discovered on Sunday by his brother Andrew and rushed to St. John's hospital in an ambulance.  We don't know the reasons, but it could (possibly) have to do with his May breakup with Kate Hudson and her recent dalliance with Dax Sheppard.  Wilson is reportedly in stable condition.

Update: Also am scheduled to do Fox&Friends tomorrow morning at 6:50 am.  Same topic.

Nine tv segments in 24 hours.  A new record!  I'm going to collapse now.

August 26, 2007

FoxNews' Lips & Ears

On FoxNews reporter Courtney Friel's show, Lips & Ears.  Watch this week's episode here (it's four parts, divided by commercials)


with my lovely and eloquent predecessor, FoxNews entertainment reporter Jill Dobson

(FYI, in case you're really observant, I'm wearing the same dress as I did on The Morning Show last Wed.  That's because we taped Lips & Ears about an hour after that.  So I didn't change ...  I don't know why I feel the need to justify my sartorial repetition, but apparently I do.  sigh.)

August 25, 2007

From the wedding ...

We were all the way up in the mountains, in the middle of nowhere - the weather was perfect - just a little breeze, which kept blowing my cousin Elizabeth's veil in this right-out-of-the-movies-no-seriously-where's-the-film-crew way.  She looked gorgeous.


I teared up when she came walking down with my uncle towards the groom ... I think my dad teared up too.  Then again, he teared up when we watched Father of the Bride when I was 20. (Dad: "Well, Steve Martin makes me cry in all his movies!" followed by laughter)

Lots of deep talks with The Parents (little brother is studying for a major physics test at MIT, so I got them to myself), some about my own future wedding.  Of the many things co-decided: It will be glamorous, probably held in Cathedral Hall at the University Club in Chicago, I will wear my mother's wedding dress (altered to be more poofy.  I like poofy.), and avalanches of cupcakes will be served IMMEDIATELY upon arrival.  I hate having to wait to eat the damn wedding cake - why save the best part for last???  I want my guests on a total sugar buzz when I'm walking down that aisle.  Oh and also?  Grooms are so last year.


With the bride.

In Denver This Weekend

Flying to Denver for my cousin Elizabeth's wedding in approximately, uh, three hours (at 6 am). Have. Not. Packed. Yet.  Crap?

I don't have a fantastic excuse for this, except that tonight I dropped off Lilly at a friend's apartment in Brooklyn, and spent the evening hanging out there.  Then I decided to take my sweet time getting home on the subway and disembark at Grand St, which isn't remotely close to where I live, just so I could walk for a bit.  It was gorgeous, and I had great music on my pink iPod and no one I had to answer to or "check in with" ... and the incredible novelty of that (8 months after the demise of my last serious relationship, I'm still marveling at the concept of total freedom) meant that all I kept thinking as I saw couples hand-in-hand was "Thank GOD I'm single and I can do whatever the hell I want whenever the hell I want and I don't have to be on a mind-numbing 'date night' or 'movie night' or 'hang out with his stupid friends night' right now."  I almost floated home, the thought made me so happy.  (Perfect attitude for going to a wedding, right?  hahaha) Insert contented sigh here. 


yesterday

August 24, 2007

MSNBC Today

Will be on MSNBC at 11:20 am, 12:37 pm and 1:04 pm talking about the big celeb news day today - with Nicole checking herself into jail for 82 minutes yesterday and Lindsay pleading guilty to two counts of being under the influence of a controlled substance, no contest to reckless driving and no contest to two counts of a DUI.  I'm going to call my free lawyer (Dad) to discuss the difference b/t "guilty" and "no contest."  They seem like the same thing to me ...

August 22, 2007

The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet

Today on the always-lively Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, we covered the XX chromes' favorite topic - How to Make Your Man Commit!  My surefire strategies?  Don't sleep with him immediately!  Don't boss him about like he's your coffee fetching intern (who you just so happen to make out with)!  Lull him into a false sense of freedom and autonomy!

Another foolproof plan?  Don't actually WANT him to commit!  That's how I got engaged to my ex-fiance - I didn't really want to get married.  At all.  Works every time!

Brilliant, no?  That's right, ladies, there's a reason they call me a "dexpert" (um, that would be dating-expert).  Well, it's either that or they don't remember my first name.  Hmm.


August 21, 2007

Introducing Top Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the BRILLIANT and yes, incredibly handsome Dr. Bobby Buka, dermatologist to the stars - including Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore and (college buddy) Zach Braff - who's just opened up his brand spanking new practice in the South Street Seaport.

After completing both undergrad and medical school at Northwestern, Dr. Bobby did his residency at UCSD - and in his free time, picked up a law degree from Fordham.  (Because, you know, why not??)  While his area of expertise is pediatric dermatology, he treats patients of all ages - and really, how different are demanding, perfectionist New Yorkers from their younger counterparts?  Except they can complain using bigger words.

Although he's been a friend of mine for some time, I only recently checked out his dermatological prowess.  It is, in a word, exemplary.  He solved a rather arcane skin problem I had last week in less than 30 minutes (even brought out a textbook to explain to me exactly what it was - and since using his treatment trifecta, it's gone away!!), while also giving me a chemical peel AND making sure I didn't have skin cancer (hurray!).  His own skin is FLAWLESS, and now, I might add, so is mine (well, it's on the way).  I literally cannot say enough good things about Dr. Bobby and his medical skills.

He is, in sum, my epidermal hero.

TO CONTACT DR. BOBBY:
Address - 220 Front Street, New York NY
Phone - 212-385-3700
Website - www.bobbybukamd.com


Dr. Bobby at Maxim's Hot 100 Party this spring

August 20, 2007

Tonight, 11 pm, CNN's Showbiz Tonight

Was on at beginning of the show, pontificating on Britney's tendency towards frequent nudity.

Finally, Scientific Vindication



For my inexplicable and incessant love of the color pink

August 17, 2007

This Week's Time Out Column: I Heart Geeks


Posing with a real live geek back in Dec.  Photo by Michael Leonard.

So, it's a fairly well-documented fact that I adore nerds/geeks/techboys ... can't. get. enough!

In honor of my recent foray into Silicon Valley, Heart of Geekdom, this week's Time Out column celebrates a Revenge of the Nerds, Dating Style.  Turns out they're not so bad in the romance dept after all!  Who else will help you figure out your iPhone?  And sign you up for Google adsense?  And weigh the merits of Movable Type vs. Typepad?  Not to mention, with Mark Zuckerberg on the cover of Newsweek, could it be any more timely?  (Although, quite honestly, Mark pushes the boundaries of my "dorks can be hot" theory.  He's not there yet.  Or maybe it's that he's a redhead?  Hmm.)

August 15, 2007

This Week's Time Out Column!

This week's column, on vacationing it up with your S.O.

The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet

Catch me today on Fox's Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, discussing Bedroom Blunders.  Like, Oops!  I left my socks on / phone on / pet in the room / called you the wrong name (triple oops) / punched you in the stomach / passed gas / named your body part / fell asleep during sex.  I won't say how many of these bedroom blunders I've committed personally - only that falling asleep during sex may SOUND impossible, but let me assure you, it is not.


As always, with my fantastic segment partner, Matt Titus!  We're at the point where we (unconsciously) coordinate outfits. It's sad.  Bright orange dress by J. Crew, btw.  I can't decide if it's really cool or a bit much. Probably both.

Watch the show!

Recent CNN Screenshots

From Tuesday's Showbiz Tonight appearance, on Kev & Brit Brit's custody battle.

From Glenn Beck on Monday night, discussing ... yep!  K & B, ya'll!  (And how badly they're messing up those little chubby kidlet muffins they made together)

August 14, 2007

Goodnight.

Long day.  Lilly woke me up for a walk at 5:30 am.  Uh, not so much fun.  That led into a long and now blurry series of interviews and tapings and pep talks (given and received) and strategy sessions and brainstorming of talking points.

Catch me at 11pm on CNN's Showbiz Tonight and tomorrow on Fox's Morning Show with Mike & Juliet.  Also taping a CW11 segment, but I'm not sure when that'll air.  My TIVO's on the fritz (it's finally had enough of my segments) and my camera's currently broken, so I haven't been able to post screenshots lately.  Which is clearly devastating for everyone.


Just took this 15 minutes ago w/ my MacBook's camera.

August 13, 2007

Lev Dubbing

In lieu of a goodnight photo, I'm posting the extraordinary lip dubbing video I shot of Leven last night ... I'm calling it LEV DUBBING!



Lev Dub: Summer Love from Julia Allison and Vimeo.

August 12, 2007

Goodnight.


Leven and I around midnight tonight, doing a low-key Saturday eve at my apt.

My Day in Numbers
Beet & Carrot Juices Consumed: 2
Cupcakes Scarfed: 3
Errands Run: 14 million
Blocks Walked: 137 (approx)
Girl Friends Hung Out With: 3 (Rachel, Meghan, Leven)
Puppies Bathed: 1

Old Navy flip flops: $3.50
Diane von Furstenberg suit: $856.16
Eye exam, two new sets of hard contacts, overnighting it: $505.00
Knowing I'll have a heart attack when I get my amex bill next month: Priceless

Knowing that I'll then think "I should really return those Old Navy flip flops": Even More Priceless

August 11, 2007

Goodnight.

Stayed in tonight (not in the mood to socialize).  I'm not in a bad mood, just a quiet, hibernating, slightly isolationist state.  I may emerge from it tomorrow.

Photo (taken two minutes ago) is sans makeup, and contacts - lost one today, down the sink.  Rrrr.  I had two of my favorite enormous chocolate chip cookies to compensate.  Yeah, it was one of those days ...

August 10, 2007

Quote of the Day

From last night:

Julia: I just want him to stare into my eyes and tell me he's never met anyone like me before.
Neff: Uh ... well ... he probably hasn't.  You are kinda unique.

Goodnight.

Just got back from Xanadu - the gayest musical EVER (and that's saying something) - with my girl friend Mary, and then drinks (I had water, of course) at the Soho House with two of my favorite people in the world, Rachel & Dave.  Ran into a gorgeous guy I'd been out with a few times, but who I hadn't heard from in three weeks.  Well, actually ... I didn't return his last email.  So I guess the ball was in my court?  The undercurrent of awkwardness was undeniable, and I was completely thrown off balance.  Almost walked all the way home, but on second thought (as I was wearing 6 inch heels) took the L, ran into another friend, and spent the ride chatting.  I love it when Manhattan starts to seem like a small town.

So a boy suggested that I post a photo of myself every night before bed, which seems on face like a sort of cool idea, although I'm notoriously unreliable, so I don't know about EVERY night.  But I'll try it for a bit and see how I like it.


Lilly's curled up underneath the bear ... they made up.

August 09, 2007

When Puppies Attack

Today Lilly got even with one of my bedroom's "Singlefiers," my teddy bear.

Lilly the Puppy Fights Teddy the Bear from Julia Allison and Vimeo.

Quote of the Day

Julia: It says here that Amanda Congdon's father was “the Duracell man in the 1980s."
Meghan: I think that's a step down from Mr. Clean.

- in SF, July 30, 2007

Goodnight.

Just took this picture with photobooth on my MacBook.  The little fluffball nestled next to me is Lilly.  Eagerly anticipating a solid eight hours of sleep.  Goodnight.

August 07, 2007

What I Do For Fun on Weekends

So, I was walking down the beach in Chicago last Saturday, I had my iPod on shuffle, and Annie's "Tomorrow" came on. I listen to the cheesiest music, and I'm not afraid to say it. (um, Kermit's Rainbow Connection, anyone?)  Anyway, I decided it was the perfect location for a lip dub, so the next day I had my mom shoot it. My favorite part is when I walk over, singing towards Lilly, and she runs away. Classic.

If you're in New York right now, this video seems decidedly appropriate, given the weather.

Lip Dub: The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow from Julia Allison and Vimeo.

August 06, 2007

Lindsay Lohan: Go Directly to Jail. Do Not Pass GO. Do Not Collect $200.



That's it.  I'm done.  DONE with any sympathy I might have once had for poor little Lindsay.  No more Barbara Walters' "she's a nice girl," "she's a good actress."  Not since I saw this last week.  Excuse me for a bit of moralistic outrage here, but being a good actress (and she is) DOES NOT EXCUSE PUTTING OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK.  Period!  Look - she can drink and do drugs as much as she wants, for all I'm concerned.  That's her decision.  But the second she crosses that line - and it's a big one - that's it for excuses.

I was prepping for my CNN Glenn Beck segment later today, and asked my parents what they thought.

Mom: She needs to be spanked, grounded, and her allowance should be taken away.

Dad's suggestions come from the wisdom off the back of a cereal box (see below).

They then both offered to personally rehab Lindsay for 30k (what she's reportedly spending for 30 days of treatment).  I have to say, they'd probably set her straight.  After all, I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, go commando or drive under the influence.  Then again, I can't seem to stop eating sugar or posing for photographs.  I suppose everyone has their vices.

My favorite idea for Lindsay:?

"Work on a jigsaw puzzle."  Hell yeah!  Samantha Ronson would be so down for that.

In the meantime, I think this should be her new theme song ...

Malibu Not at All Barbie

My laptop is pink (see below).  My iPod is pink.  My Treo is red, but I would've gotten pink if that were an option.  I'm working on getting a pink camera.

Most people think it's ridiculous, but I just really like the color.  It makes me happy.  I wonder if they would make the same comments if I liked everything to be ... say ... brown?  Or green?  What is it, exactly, that bothers people so much about pink?  Hmm.



Malibu Not at All Barbie from Julia Allison and Vimeo.

August 05, 2007

Lazy(ish) Sunday

Spent the morning with my Grandmother ... and the afternoon debating in the kitchen with my parents about the following topics:

1) Immigration (Dad's against it, Mom thinks everyone who has a job should be able to stay here, I tend to agree with Mom, because I don't see immigrant-citizen employment as a zero-sum game.)

2) Health care (continuation of yesterday's non-debate.  I'm still vehemently in favor of universal health care and my parents are still vehemently skeptical of Michael Moore.)

3) My alleged excess of opinions (My dad doesn't feel I have the right to have them because I "haven't been paying taxes long enough.")

I transcribed part of #3:

Julia: Wait, so why am I not allowed to have opinions again?

Dad: They're irritating, and by the transitive property, you're irritating.

Julia: And that's relevant because ... ??

Dad: Okay, let's be a little more analytical and candid about what is it that irritates me about you so much.  It's not so much the content of your opinions - some of which I actually agree with.

Julia: So why do you want to disagree with me so badly?

Dad: It's the assuredness and certitude and manner in which you say things that immediately drives me nuts.  I think A) who the hell is she and B) she doesn't know this and C) even if she's not wrong, she sounds wrong!  She should be wrong!

This reaction is not new, but I think maybe it's accentuated by the fact that you get paid to be on tv shows in which your whole job is to come up with opinions which are concisely but argumentatively stated - and the more colorfully, and in some instances stridently, you espouse that view, the better for your role.  Comparable to that is that a lot of lawyers get into argumentative habits and then apply that across the board.

Plus you have a loud voice.

Julia: So do you!

Dad: But I'm your father so I get to have a loud voice.

Julia: Are you kidding??

Mom: Who wants a cupcake??

August 04, 2007

In Chicago, staying very, very in tonight

There's nothing like going to an animated movie about a small gourmet rat on a Saturday night in the suburbs WITH YOUR PARENTS to calm one down after a long week.  It was so very wholesome.  Aww.  Now we're back, the puppies have been walked, my mom's in bed (uh, it's 10:30 pm, of course she's in bed!) and my dad's reading the Wall St. Journal at the kitchen table across from me. I keep trying to discuss Michael Moore's movie Sicko (which I saw two weeks ago), and the urgent need for universal health care, but he's not having it. He voted for Bush. He hates Michael Moore. Now he's giving me some stupid line about how he doesn't want his taxes increased, and I'm telling him that it's not about spending MORE money, it's about spending it smarter, and maybe, oh, you know, not spending it on killing people! He's saying I have too many opinions, and I'm reminding him that I get paid to have opinions, albeit not really on politics. He's laughing, and heading up to bed (now it's 11 pm) and telling me not to leave the lights on.

Aw, Quality. Family. Time. I could stand to do this more often.

Good Morning Lake Michigan!

My dad picked me up at the airport this morning (5:45 am!  he's such a trooper), and when I walked in the house, I took the puppies right outside to the beach for a long walk.  It was stunning ... I have to say, I prefer Lake Michigan to Malibu any day.



In Chicago on the Beach with the Puppies from Julia Allison and Vimeo.

August 03, 2007

Traveling

At my grandparents' house in LA.  About to hop on a redeye to Chicago for some Quality. Structured. Family. Time. with my parents (My father Speaks in Capitals. Very. Slowly. And. Deliberately. As If It's Possible. You. Just. Might. Be. Retarded.  I blame myself.)

More later.

UPDATE:

Got to LAX only to realize that I had been distracted when booking my ticket, and mistakenly clicked on August 17th instead of August 3rd ... after finding absolutely no record of my reservation, I somehow convinced the plane lady to just put me on standby for the redeye.  The power of looking legitimately forlorn should never be underestimated.



Julia flies from LAX to ORD from Julia Allison and Vimeo.

Time Out On-Demand Video(s) of the Week!

We decided to go a little looser with the Time Out video blogs this week - amiable editor-in-chief Brian Farnham interviewed me, and I tried to remember what the hell I was talking about.  He succeeded, I pretty much failed.  Better luck next time?

Last Week's Vblog: I love my column name

This Week's Vblog: I hate having bodily functions

**And yes, these were taped the same day, so I'm fully aware I'm wearing the same outfit.  No, really.  No need to email me about it, Fashion Police.  I'll bring a change of clothes next time, okay?