Dolly Parton And I Don’t Know…

12 Dec


My favorite Bachelorette of all time is Jillian Harris.  I promise it’s not just about the name, though I’m definitely biased towards people with the name Jillian.

It’s like the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode where Larry admits he favors bald men.  I favor girls named Jillian.  Girls with curly hair.

Girls, in general.

But Jillian Harris.  She’s something else.

She’s classy, for one.  She dresses like perfection.  She has a successful business career.  She seems like she’s the type of mess I can get behind.  In a recent interview she said, “I am always a disaster.  I have dents in my car.  I lose a pair of glasses a week, I can’t find my Visa at the moment, and sometimes I drink cold coffee that I left in my car from the day before.”

I get that kind of disaster.

I am that kind of disaster.

I freaking love Dolly Parton.

Luke says it’s kind of odd that I do, and maybe it is.  I’m pretty far away from the Southern, self-professed white trash Dolly Parton lifestyle.

But my goodness I love that woman.  I love her lyrics and her style and her twang. I love that she is wholly, unabashedly herself.  I think that’s the main thing that makes me love her.  In the great words of Kelly Oxford, I like the idea that we can contain our weirdness but prefer people who wear their weirdness all over them.

I especially prefer women who wear their weirdness all over them.

Elizabeth Arden is doing a contest with Self Magazine that you should know about.

Flawless Future, their new product, is aimed towards women ages 25-40 who are experiencing the first signs of aging brought on by stress and not sure what product to use.

This is where you come in.

(Not that you’re stressed/aging/ANYTHING, just that you can enter the contest.)

Take a picture of yourself showing your flawless skin and enter the contest right here.

My entry is the selfie above.  A gust of wind interrupted my picture taking, and, well, there we go.

There will be a total of 3 Grand Prize winners who will receive an Elizabeth Arden Beauty Collection valued at up to $300.

Also everyone who enters automatically gets a sample of the Flawless Future product.

Good odds, etc.

I really like this essay on beauty and makeup and being a woman.

I’ve been thinking about beauty a lot lately.  In It’s Kind of a Funny Story, a book I finallllyyyy read this week, the main character ends up in the psychiatric ward because he’s so stressed about being smart, having a successful future.

The girl he falls for at the hospital is there because she was so stressed about being pretty, the game of beauty.

Men and women right there.  The two different commodities the world tells us we have and how we cope with the pressures.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictions self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.  –Kate Chopin, The Awakening.

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg– The Yellow Wallpaper



I couldn’t help but notice

that the gate at the top of the stairs was ajar


which suggests to me

that a certain someone

has been going downstairs

can you think of who that might be?

Oh dear

Oh John, I’m sorry

I called for you but you weren’t at home

no one was home

and I was so thirsty


you know that going downstairs makes you hysterical

I know

It’s called a rest cure, my love

Not a going downstairs cure

How right you are

you’d better stay in bed the time

or someone’s going to lose her sitting up in bed privileges

Cait told me that the best recommendation I’ve ever given her is The Girls’ Guide to Hunting and Fishing, but my second best recommendation is Stevie Nicks singing Crash.

Blog!  I apologize for not sharing this with you sooner.

I listen to this song every day.

You should too.

(It’s available on iTunes)

PS: My two favorite Dolly Parton pictures here and here

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3 Responses to “Dolly Parton And I Don’t Know…”

  1. Megan V. December 15, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Since I’ve started reading your blog, I’ve noticed we have so much in common. You know, despite the fact that you live in Malibu, are a writer and are kind of glamorous in an effortless way and I live in a small town and am a mother and work in school business. If Pop Culture and our love for Dolly is any indication, we should be friends. Years ago I read Dolly Partons memoir which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is amazing. She is such an interesting person and I love how she is so authentic. She is also a huge supporter of women and I love that! Anyways, just wanted to step out of the shadows and say hello!

    • jillianlorraine December 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm #

      Ahh! Thank you for coming out of the shadows, friend! I just put Dolly’s book on hold at the library (wondering why I’m just now doing that).

      • jillianlorraine December 16, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

        Also, I don’t know if you read Amy Poehler’s book, but she thanks Dolly Parton in her credits. I love this and needed to shared with someone.

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