Friday, August 29, 2008

A fresh face for vintage jewelry!

Check out pequitobun on! I've seen her everywhere lately - including a full-page profile in the Improper Bostonian.

Hooray for publicists!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hostess gifts: for the girl who has everything

Oh decadence! What to buy a birthday girl who has everything?

I'll be bringing a bottle of DIVA vodka, made by Blackwood Distillers. This triple-distilled vodka is ice-filtered through Nordic birch charcoal and then passed through crushed diamonds and other gems. The glass bottle is filled and encrusted with semi-precious or precious stones, depending on your taste and, uh, budget.

Also on the gift list are Knipschildt's La Madeline au Truffes. This fantastic truffle is made with 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla as the base for the rich chocolate ganache. A rare French Perigord truffle is then enrobed by this decadent ganache; coated with Valrhona dark chocolate and then rolled in fine cocoa powder. The result is pure extravagance! Lying on a bed of sugar pearls in a silver box tied with a ribbon.

Not the prettiest chocolate you'll ever see, but it might be the most expensive!


Happy Birthday Chic&Charming!!!

Work has kept me out of touch with the blogging world, but I'm back in time to celebrate Chic&Charming's first birthday! It's an excuse to dress up a bit - I always love wearing feathered masks and ballgowns. ;) I may even use this as an excuse to splurge and buy something fabulous and sparkly at pequitobun!

Our inspirational hostess is serving a stunning array of cocktails and gourmet "jello shots." I, for one, can't wait to try them all!

I'll be bringing Cashew Gateau With Coffee Cardamom Mousse for everyone to share:

See you tonight!


Saturday, August 23, 2008

All swimmers look alike

Aug 19, 2008

Olympic swimmer and Athens Bronze medallist, Steve Parry, from Great Britain, takes to the streets of Beijing (Tienanmen Square to be exact!)


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Kanye's off-scipt remarks

How I ever missed this gem of a clip is beyond me:

NBC Universal came out with this statement following Kanye's offscript remarks:

"Tonight's telecast was a live television event wrought with emotion, Kanye West departed from the scripted comments that were prepared for him, and his opinions in no way represent the views of the networks. It would be most unfortunate if the efforts of the artists who participated tonight and the generosity of millions of Americans who are helping those in need are overshadowed by one person's opinion."

The NBC spokeswoman said that Kanye's (final) comment would be cut from the West Coast feed (but not, thankfully, from YouTube.) The show was live on the East Coast with a several-second delay. Whoever had his finger on the button was supposed to keep his ears peeled in case someone uttered an obscenity, but did not realize Kanye had gone off-script until it was too late.

Hilariously so.

The thing that gets me is the look on Mike Meyer's face, and the way both he and Chris Tucker keep glancing uncertainly side-to-side...of course, they actually keep to the teleprompt.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Cowboy boots

Obsessed with the notion of getting a pair of cowboy boots, but not entirely sure this is the fashion direction I should take (see blog entry on spats), I decided to peruse the web and see just how fashion (un)savy I might be. A google search led to this hilarious article, "What (and what not) to wear with cowboy boots." Says this fashion expert:

"You just don't wear an ordinary skirt or dress with cowboy boots unless you are wearing your cowboy boots to milk the cow...If you square dance or line dance there are special outfits to wear with your cowboy boots. The square dance outfit is a ruffled and tiered square dance skirt with a peasant type blouse or western style blouse."

As I don't own any long suede skirts or fringed jackets, I might follow advice from instead:

1) Invest in a good quality pair of cowboy boots, since you will likely have these for a long time. Look for a neutral color, such as black, brown or camel.

2) Consider opting for special details such as contrast stitching or hand tooling.

3) Wear cowboy boots with jeans and a long cardigan or tunic. This look can go just about anywhere you do on the weekends or after work.

4) Slip cowboy boots on over skinny jeans and a dress. This is a look some of the celebrities have been seen in lately and is a very clean, modern style. Realize that the skinny jeans can look almost like tights if they are fitted enough.

5) Try cowboy boots with a cocktail dress and dark tights to add a casual and unexpected vibe.

6) Step into cowboy boots beneath nicer wide leg pants. The narrow point of the toe will give you a long, sleek line.

7) Consider wearing cowboy boots with a mini skirt and layer tanks. This is a sexy, confident style for a night on the town that won’t look like you are trying too hard.

8) Remember that you don’t have to dress like a cowgirl to wear cowboy boots. These can be a nice addition to modern, conservative and trendy pieces.

Another website strongly recommended not going "cowboy themed." Unless you want to end up looking like Daisy Dukes, that seems like sound advice to me.


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Friday, August 1, 2008

Bleach Painting: moth to flame

I love this piece by moth to flame. Deborah Gwinn works from her small design studio in Seattle atop a hill with a scenic view. In her words:

Not that it hasn't been great to work in my pajamas and slippers if I want, but my “assistants”, that are now 3 and 4, are less than cooperative and much more demanding than I had imagined they would be. They do not follow orders well, talk incessantly and completely off topic during client meetings, and throw grapes and other snack foods at me if ignored for too long. I have written them both up on several occasions but I don’t think they are grasping the full severity of the situation. While firing them is out of the question, I think a transfer to a Day Care division may be necessary.

Gwinn's work is surreal and organic with rich, earthy tones. She also has a website and a blog site where you can read more about her bleach painting technique.