Thursday, June 25, 2009

In Which I Get Spray Tanned For Journalistic Glory

D1 of today's WSJ:

Our 23-year-old tester was perhaps the bravest, baring her body in the name of tanning science to a stranger who airbrushed her with the “organic” tanning solution at Smooth Synergy in Manhattan. Owner Nicole Contos says the tanning solution, which uses DHA, contains no dyes or “chemical additives” to color the solution. The instant bronzers used to give the spray immediate color, she says, are “mineral salt bronzers.”

The tan solution smelled fine, and we didn’t feel stuffy inside the three-walled booth. However, the next morning we didn’t shower immediately because no one at the salon remembered to recommend doing so. As a result, when we went running in the rain, there was some serious tan meltage thanks to the instant bronzer.

Now we know how the Wicked Witch of the West must have felt.

Also, chainsaws and credit cards!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Downturn Dispatch

Apparently, my hair is worth D1 WSJ coverage, but if you read one thing I've written in the last few months, make it this profile of a man whose life has been completely transformed by the financial crisis.

I got completely sucked into the story of what happens to a family that goes from being supported by $200,000 a year to $25,000. Hope you do, too.

Free online or in today's A section of the WSJ.