Honor thy ancestors

14 Jul

In a shocking move on my part, that photo is me unmade-up, untouched.

Yeah, no make-up!
Fuck you Hollywood.

Do I look anything like her?


Allow me to tell you about a badass.
My sort-of distant relation Jane was pretty awesome. I think she was the cousin of my grandmother?

She was quite different than the rest of my family. As in she smoked. I did not really get to know her until my family took a trip to visit my aunt and cousins in Palm Beach. Jane came up from Fort. Lauderdale.

She was 80 and I was 17. The bonding factor: cigarettes.
Oh, was I a chimney. And my family hated that but tolerated it because next to my anorexic fuck-up-ed-ness it was a lesser evil.

But now I had someone to smoke with! And Jane was ridiculously smart.
So we talked and smoked and then when the cigarettes were put up and the cocktail hour came she would make Brandy Alexanders.

Which I stupidly did not drink because a smart anorexic knows how many calories are in liqueurs and heavy cream.

Jane passed away with emphysema several years ago.

Don’t smoke kids, except from the rare foolish smoke I bum whilst under the influence(I am an imperfect role model), I quit, and so should you.

PSA moment brought to you by a guilty conscious for all the shit I put my family through.

Now that I am all wise and grown(and say fuck you to both Hollywood and calories), I have I admit that Brandy Alexanders are tasty, but it’s summer so why not turn that deliciousness into a shake?


I cannot say for sure, but I bet Jane would approve,

Brandy Alexandra(adapted from the 8,500+ Drink and Cocktail Recipes Free! App)
1 oz. brandy
1/2 oz. clear Creme de cacao
Heaping half cup vanilla ice cream

Take off any make-up. From your face.
Blend all ingredients but the cinnamon. I used my immersion blender. The original recipe says to add ice. I did not.
Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Be a badass. And seriously, try not to smoke.

5 Responses to “Honor thy ancestors”

  1. Nadiya @ Milk and Honey July 15, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Wow! I can’t imagine all of the pressure you must feel being in LA in terms of appearance and weight. There’s so much more to being an actor that doesn’t really get mentioned 😦 I’m all for no make-up and photoshop, so you go girl 😀

    • Ellen July 15, 2012 at 11:12 am #

      Thanks! For all my bravado, I still wear make-up quite a lot. Sad truth is your eyes disappear on camera if you don’t line them, haha. So it is just so refreshing to sometimes say screw it all and go out barefaced. There is a lot of pressure in Hollywood, and unfortunately I think it proves pretty damaging to some…if not to our bodies, then to our souls. On the upside, I do have a lot of fun. Where else is it part of the job to look fabulous, go to screenings and schmooze at parties? Teehee;)

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. Sabrina Bolin (@MyMiBoSo) July 17, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Grrrl, your big gorgeous eyes don’t need no makeup! Yea, that’s right, I used a double negative! That’s how serious I am about this. 😉 So serious I did one of those semi-colon wink smileys…I love this post, and I love meeting your ancestors. It’s that connection to our roots that reminds us of part of who we are.

    • Ellen July 17, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Oooh, the semi-colon wink! Grrrrrl, now you’re just getting crazy!

      Sent from my iPhone


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