The TueDo List: Gen-X Bosses + Loving Your Age + 1970s Road Trips
And an ode to a discontinued lipstick 💋
📖 READ: Gen X is kind of, sort of, not really the boss. Anne Heche died a tragic death; that isn’t stopping people from shaming her. Eileen Fisher is stepping down as CEO. Driving with your parents in the 1970s. How dating someone half my age rebooted my sex life. The real-life women’s baseball league behind A League of Their Own. Maybe they should rename the whole town after Missy Elliot. This profile of Alex Wagner, who takes over Maddow’s chair tonight.
👀 LOOK: There is now a Golden Girls pop-up restaurant in Beverly Hills and a Stranger Things cafe in Tokyo. A company called Kindred will “modernize” your vintage car. Look what they did to this VW bus.
Wednesday: Tatiana Maslany and Mark Ruffalo star in She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Disney+)
Friday: Bad Sisters looks really dark and really funny (Apple TV+)
Sunday: House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel (HBO Max)
TUENIGHT 10: Natalie Nixon
Basic bio: Natalie is a creativity strategist, speaker, author of The Creativity Leap, and CEO of Figure 8 Thinking. More importantly, she wrote "Why I Love Getting Older," a fantastic essay about acceptance, perspective, and getting better at converting coping skills into strengths.
Beyond the bio: These days I'm working on a book proposal; gaining flexibility through a terrific app called Stretchit; and dancing as much as possible — mostly ballroom and hip-hop. I also taught myself how to do flip turns in swimming by watching YouTube videos; I now swim laps seamlessly!
What makes you a grown-ass lady?
I have no regrets. There's no shame to my game. Everything I have experienced — the good, the awful, the miraculous, the desperate, the challenging — have made me who I am today. And I love me. There's nothing so bad I have gone through that some soul somewhere on this planet hasn't also experienced in some shape or form — so I don't shy away from sharing my stories or experiences. They could be blessings to others. I made up the following expression: "Privacy is important, but secrets will kill you." So, open up, be expansive; it humbles you.
Here’s her TueNight 10:
On the nightstand: A lamp, my father's eyeglasses (so special that we both needed +1’s; I feel like I put a part of him on me when I wear them to read small print) and a small ceramic bowl that holds small jewelry I wore that day.
Can't stop/won't stop: Dancing!!!
Jam of the minute: Adele singing The Cure's "Lovesong" and anything by Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion or Horace Silver.
Thing I miss: My daddy. Brazil.
'80s crush: Sade.
Current crush: John (my husband).
Last thing you lost: An earring by a Brazilian designer that I had just purchased in Portugal. BUT, a friend once told me that her father told her, "When we lose something it means someone else can use it," so, oh well!
Best thing that happened recently: I launched Lead with Inquiry, Improvisation and Intuition, a LinkedIn Learning course. And my husband and I took a 2-week vacation to Portugal!
Looking forward to: Being able to do a split and straddle pancake with some help from the Stretchit app. Learning new rumba choreography.
STORY: Lipstick Secrets: My Quest to Wear Parallel Red, Forever
By Alison Mazer
In 1986, during my first month of college at SUNY Purchase, I spotted a woman on campus wearing the most beautiful, fire engine red lipstick — and no other makeup. Just the lipstick. She had curly brown hair, parted on the side just like mine, and her red lips made a singular statement. I walked right up to her and got the name of the lipstick: Estée Lauder’s Parallel Red.
As soon as I could get to a department store, I bought it. From that day on I never wore another lip color or any other makeup. I didn’t need eye makeup or blush; this red was enough to light up my whole face. I wore it everywhere: to see bands, to grocery shop. Because there were two Alisons in my water aerobics class I became known as “Alison with the red lipstick.”
Have an absolutely fabulous week, TueNighters!