Julie Levine

Style

Why My Daughter and I Still Straighten Our Hair

My hair is naturally curly. It’s also high maintenance. I don’t have the time to fuss over my hair. Instead, I straighten it a couple of times a week.

I occasionally hear well-intended comments from people I know who — when they happen to see my hair natural — first, compliment my frizzy curls and then politely suggest that I should be “out” and proud of my Jew-fro. Read more…

The Big “5-0” Focus on What Matters

When the kids were babies, I was often sleep deprived. I felt fuzzy a lot. My brain felt like it was half-working. I was desperate for sleep and clarity. I’d become forgetful. I’d leave my phone on top of the car and then drive away. I was always losing my prescription glasses. I couldn’t remember where I had been, so I couldn’t retrace my steps. Thankfully I never forgot one of the kids (OK, maybe there was that one time). Read more…

Curly Hair May be Trending but I’m Sticking to the Straightener

I’ll be 48 this year. And I’m still at war with my hair. I read in The New York Times recently that curly hair is making a comeback. An article by Marisa Meltzer entitled “Curls Get Their Groove Back” featured all these really cool beautiful women who are letting their hair dry au naturel. Meltzer writes, “… a curly look is both natural and modern.” Read more…

Curly Jewish Hair May be Trending But I’m Sticking to the Straightener

I’ll be 48 this year.

And I’m still at war with my hair.

I read in The New York Times last month that curly hair is making a comeback. The article by Marisa Meltzer entitled, “Curls Get Their Groove Back” featured all these really cool beautiful women who are letting their hair dry au natural. Meltzer writes, “… a curly look is both natural and modern.” Read more…

I was Embarrassed By My Jewish Looks Until I Saw Dirty Dancing

I watched “Dirty Dancing” with my daughter the other night. It was the first time she had seen it and probably my 10th.

I was super excited for our girls’ night–we bought candy, made some popcorn and changed into our pajamas–but I also felt some pressure. What if she hates the movie and thinks it’s corny and old-fashioned? Maybe next time, then, she’d ask a friend over to watch a movie instead of me.  Read more…