June 13, 2006
More subversive office supplies
Maybe this would inspire me to do my filing. Available here.
June 06, 2006
Mess with me...
and you could end up on my shit list. (Actually I don't have one of these, but I think it's funny.)
September 20, 2005
Oprah says it's okay to "wear the Birkin" even after that snubbing by Hermes. Unless Oprah happens to give me a Birkin I will probably never own one. I'm drawn to Mulberry's Large Metallic Tote - is it possibly because it's been described by Vogue as the Anti-Birkin? Really, I do like it - the clean lines, the shape, the size, the color. A dream bag in every sense, particularly in the sense that only in my dreams will I spend $995 on a handbag, albeit a fabulous one.
The Cambridge suede boot from Ann Taylor. In black or chocolate, with a three-inch heel. *sigh*
August 26, 2005
Another reason to love Paris
Now you can buy books from a vending machine.
August 17, 2005
Etsy - A marketplace "to buy and sell all things handmade." It's still in beta, but it's already operational. Lots of fun, pretty things made by creative people.
January 28, 2005
I Consume, Therefore I Am
If this is true, what does it say about me that I'm completely tickled that there's a book in the world called Owl Puke?
This lovely book - a nature book for young readers, actually - is listed in The Top 25 Weirdest Items You Can Purchase Through Amazon! However, I think I will pass on the Pork Chocs TM - Sugar Free Milk Chocolate Dipped Pork Rinds. If one is seriously on a diet, chocolate-dipped pork rinds, albeit sugar-free chocolate, don't sound like a good idea. I am a woman who loves chocolate, but...ewwwwwwwwwww.
January 26, 2005
Would this work on real life?
January 21, 2005
What a Country, or Why I Love the Interweb
Say hello to my new bumper sticker. Stickers and other objects are available for purchase.
I'm a Geek, Yes I am
I have a deep, dark secret that I must confess. I own a Rubik's cube shaped like Darth Maul's head. It's not so much that I'm a huge Star Wars fan, but it was just such a bizarre object that I had to have it. And now there's Darth Tater - a Mr. Potato Head who has obviously crossed over to the dark side of the Force. I am feeling a strange compulsion to own this - perhaps the dark side calls me.
Darth Maul is currently unsolved. He could be joined by Anakin/Darth Vader, Amidala/Princess Leia, Jango Fett/Clone Trooper, R2D2/C3P0, or even Sidious/Dooku (from the forthcoming movie, I presume). I could have a whole set of messed-up heads because I can't solve them. Although that would be an accurate reflection of my mental state.
January 14, 2005
Oh, the Irony (Don't Ya Think?)
So many layers. The whole abuse of irony for hipster cred. The "I heart." The fact that "I heart" drives me up the wall - ok, well, I don't care that much. But my irritation does amuse my friends who use the expression more wholeheartedly (ba dum bum!). I should probably have one, except who would implicitly understand all of these things if I wore the shirt?
December 23, 2004
Where's Your Ribbon?
Those magnetic ribbons are everywhere, the yellow or red, white & blue ones with phrases like "Support Our Troops" or "God Bless America." These often strike me as empty gestures, especially when it's a big yellow ribbon on a giant SUV. (Honestly, who needs a tricked-out Hummer on the streets of Atlanta, let alone anywhere?)
The prankster in me wants to move the ribbon to another spot on the car. The wicked me wants to trace the outline of the ribbon with a Sharpie, maybe write some counter-phrase within the outline - and then replace the magnetic ribbon. Well maybe not a Sharpie - a grease pencil or something. I wouldn't want to steal one - that's just mean.
At PoMo Sideshow, you can order custom magnetic ribbons with alternative phrases such as "More Patriotic Than You," "God Bless Jingoist Ribbons," "Where is Your Ribbon?" and others. You can also provide your own phrase for your ribbon. I guess if I were to pick one, I'd go with something more serious than snarky, like "Demand Open Source Voting" or "Real Patriots Question Bush." Of course, then I'd worry about someone stealing my ribbon, because it's just so darn cool. ;) But they offer different ribbon sizes and you can specify whether you want an indoor magnet or one that would be used outdoors, like on your car.
December 19, 2004
Buying Blue (or even Green)
BuyBlue.org is a fairly new organization whose goal is to inform progressively-minded consumers which companies are more "blue" in their practices - the idea being that we can direct our consumer spending accordingly. At the moment, the criteria for BuyBlue's lists of Blue and Red companies is what political contributions were made during the most recent election cycle. Eventually the group will expand its criteria to take into account other factors. From their FAQ:
Are political contributions the right way to go?The group's first goal was to generate an initial list in time for holiday purchases - not surprisingly, a lot of the big box stores are quite red. Still, I wasn't thrilled to see that Target and Amazon.com were on the red side.
We get asked this question often. Most of the time someone is writing us to say that corporation X is classified as blue/red and because of their actions with labor, the environment, minorities and other issues they really should be on the other side.
We realize that basing our Blue Christmas list on political contributions alone is a flawed approach. Our future vision is to provide you with a comprehensive picture of a corporation which will include things like environmental policy, labor policy, minority issues, gender issues, etc. However, we wanted to get something out to you in time for Christmas and political information is far easier to come by than some of the aforementioned items. Look at it as a first step we are taking towards corporate transparency in order to arm you with good information to make your purchases.
Of course the issue isn't just which retailers to frequent with one's business. It's which companies to support through buying their products. Ultimately, it goes beyond simply becoming better-informed; it's about becoming a better consumer. What I need and what I want are separate concerns; simply because I can buy something doesn't mean that I should. I am surrounded by an overabundance of things; paring down would be far better for my peace of mind (and my budget) than acquiring more.
This isn't going to be an overnight process for me. (We are talking about a girl who has a ridiculously long wishlist at a certain online vendor, after all.) But now I have a starting place: how and where to wield my wallet.
December 05, 2004
I Am A...
This is for sale at fredflare. Their description: Librarians are totally the new "It" girls! Whether you're a real librarian or just play one on TV, you'll look zainy brainy with this sweet red pin. Shhh! About 2"
Tonight's the premiere of The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, starring Noah Wyle. Pretty silly, what I saw of it. (I fell asleep.) I thought the description was a joke at first - Wyle plays Flynn Carsen, a brilliant 30-something who has 22 degrees and finally gets kicked out so he can gain life experience as opposed to living as perpetual college student. Why he just didn't become a professor, I don't know. Carsen is a hapless Indiana Jones, accompanied by a fellow member of the Library staff - a beyond cool-and-icy blonde, a Lara Croft type. Bob Newhart appears in the film early on - his scenes were funny.
This is probably closer to the life of a librarian, at least in public libraries.
September 21, 2004
This is a 24-drawer hardwood cabinet that holds 288 CDs. (I would require several.) It comes in oak, cherry and white, and looks like the wooden library card catalogs of yore.
September 08, 2004
'Cause I'm Just a Girl
Ann Taylor is reissuing this dress for its 50th anniversary, although the new version is in silk, not cotton. Here's the description: "Printed Silk Shirtdress - Retro silk twill scarf-print shirtdress. Full pleated skirt with crinoline lining. Covered buttons on placket. Detachable lizard-embossed belt at waist. Belt loops. Turn-back cuffs. Lined. 42" length."
It comes with a crinoline! Am totally crushing.
September 02, 2004
Lady Crumpet, Treasure Huntress
I've been a first-day consumer of late - I just had to buy the new Finn Brothers and Bjork albums as soon as they were released. Fortunately they were priced to move (oftentimes an album is on sale during its first week). Of greater import: I am not at all displeased with my purchases - my feelings in this regard are quite the opposite. Usually I will track down a used copy, but some things simply cannot wait. Or at least that's how I justify it.
So how could I resist the siren's call, the tantalizing invitation to hold, in my own hands, an advance, still shrinkwrapped copy of a novel whose official release is still a week away? A book about which I am now even more than a teensy bit excited, because I have the opportunity to immerse myself in it before meeting the author?
Granted, it's only a week. And I shall be quite preoccupied throughout the long weekend. But the treasure hunter in me is excessively pleased for the opportunity of the chase as well as its successful conclusion. My deepest gratitude to the
siren little toy robot who clued me in - and could not himself resist when presented with the fortuitous discovery of a small cache of copies placed innocuously beside other neat stacks of new fiction. A mistake on the part of some clerk, or is some greater magic at work?
September 01, 2004
Mini Cooper Goes Topless
So how did I find out? From watching the premiere of Scrubs last night. Household members can attest to the glass-shattering squeals of delight: "What?!? Is that...is that a... omigodyesitisit'saminicooperconvertibleOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!"
I am such a sucker for product placement. Anyone else note the obvious tie-in commercials for Garden State? What a shameless plug. ;)
August 27, 2004
Engadget has pictures of the forthcoming Treo Ace/Treo 650.
August 24, 2004
The Rounded Toe, Superhigh Heel
Forget ballet flats or sneakers or the old-fashioned British walking shoes. This season, stores - from Macy's to Neiman Marcus - are stocked with rounded shoes with four- , five- and even six-inch heels. They are on magazine covers. The shoe salon at Jeffrey, the chic specialty store in the meatpacking district of Manhattan, has a whole pedestal of them, at $380 to $740 a pair. Nine West's version, sold at mid-price department stores, goes for $79.
"It's a round world," said Paul Wilmot, a public relations agent who represents Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta and other designers. "It's clearly a throwback, a retro feel." Mr. Wilmot said he regretted the demise of "the fabulous, low-vamped shoes, as pointed as a steeple top - they make women's legs look great." He called the new silhouette ungainly: "These things are clunkers; they're high-fashion, but they're clunkers."
Maybe so, but the super-pointy toe is not a natural shape for our feet. I have some cute Isaac Mizrahi (Target) shoes, and I don't wear them if I expect to walk much. They're so cute - but they hurt! Of course, I don't really see myself pulling off the sky-high heel. I'm already tottering at two or three inches.
July 30, 2004
Not bad for twelve bucks.
A touch of glamour, a touch
of zing! whilst shelving.
For a soiree in the stacks.
Books are my cocktail.
July 28, 2004
Other fashion moments in Film
We are now in possession of the first season of Wonder Woman on DVD - the one that's set in the 1940s and the bad guys are the Nazis. One of my favorite episodes from when I was a kid was the one where Diana Prince has to go undercover. She goes from wearing her navy military skirted uniform, to this dazzling white halter dress and coordinating shoes, and she dons a curly, bobbed, red-headed wig. And, oh, the shoes. There was a closeup, and they were white and strappy and had cute little bows. I think the style was a wedge heel. Naturally dopey Steve Trevor does a double-take.
I recently saw Before Sunrise, in preparation for Before Sunset. I don't know that the film has aged well for me, but I still have tender feelings for it. Anyway, Julie Delpy wears a simple ring on her index finger. A huge oval olive-green stone in a silver setting. Dramatic because of the size of the stone and yet it's not ostentatious because it isn't some gigantic dowager ring. I've already been in pursuit of a fun, funky cocktail ring, so seeing that ring made watching the movie again a productive experience.
That Pink Panty from 'Lost in Translation'
I'm sure there's a screen shot of the opening image of Scarlett Johansson's luscious bottom in that translucent pink panty, but I haven't been able to find one. Plus, I felt dirty searching for it.
I read in Jane magazine that the panty was created specifically for the movie, but now it's available to us non-starlets. (Not the original, obviously!) It can be found at the Erica Tanov shop in NYC (212.334.8020). It's the "Sonja" style in Nectar.
And with this post, we have inaugurated a new category at the Armoire: Shopping! I can't believe I haven't done this before.