September 28, 2009
I own 35 pairs. I counted for the first time last week so that this post would be accurate. I really should say I own 35 pairs that I can wear right now. There are actually more. As excessive as that may sound, I'll justify it all by saying that no two pair looks exactly alike. There's something different that they each have to offer and that’s the beauty of jeans. Take for instance my Victoria's Secret Super Flare jeans (right) with a comfortable fit (it's all about the stretch!) and decorative back pockets. They look great with bulky sweaters and fitted tops but I always wear them with stiletto heels. At $59.50, I can own them in both washes. The closest this curvy girl will ever get to the trendy ultra skinny jeans are the Matchstick jeans by J. Crew. The dark rinse wash make them perfect for creative casual Fridays or dinner out. Hey, I've tried them all from the pricey 7 for all Mankind and J. Brand to the GAP and $29.99 Levis. I've recently discovered the brand Not Your Daughter's Jeans at Neiman Marcus with realistic rises (no booty exposure here) and fabulous styles. But my all-time favorites for fit, function and fashionability (my new word for “great style”) are the Modern Denim Trousers from Ann Taylor. This company knows that women come in all shapes and respects that by offering a jean that not only fits perfectly but is both classic and sexy.
So you see the world of jeans is a generous one with huge selections for all tastes, sizes, occasions and pocketbooks. Hmmm...I just heard those VS Super Flares are on sale and come in a new wash! Maybe just one more pair....
Photos courtesy of GAP and Victoria's Secret.
September 21, 2009
My town boasts many eating options from fast food to fine dining and since I'm such a foodie, I look forward to ending a hard work week with a great meal or celebrating the culmination of a fantastic weekend with a fabulous brunch. There's a popular establishment conveniently no more than 2 blocks from my home that's known for having a creative brunch menu and after other restaurants have come and gone, it remains as popular as ever. We'd stopped going a few years back but yesterday we couldn't remember why so despite a gnawing feeling that there was an important piece of information we were missing, we took a chance and stopped in for fresh squeezed orange juice, duck pork sausage and French Toast made from rich, buttery croissants. After waiting 1 hour for our food, I checked my tolerance level, took a deep breath and inquired rather meekly to our waiter if our meal would be arriving soon, I was met with a bored sigh and an attitude that felt like it was screaming "You have no right to ask about your food! Don't you see we're busy here?!" Ahhhhhh I remember now. THAT'S why we'd stopped coming. And that's why next time we will remember to never return. We noticed other patrons experiencing the same exasperating situation yet most seemed numb to it. Have we really devolved into a society that just accepts bad service and dreadful behavior as a consequence of the times? Has requiring common courtesy become an exception rather than the rule? If we had just been told that the kitchen was swamped and even a semi-sincere apology had been offered, I would've had no burning desire to write this post. We would've happily enjoyed our beverages and chatted merrily until our meal arrived. Instead, we left feeling slightly bruised and abused. I guess as customers, we just weren't right for this restaurant. I guess it doesn't matter that I have a voice, a rather loud one at times and I intend to use it. My mother taught me that we teach people how to treat us by what we show we are willing to accept. That restaurant owner will be getting an email from me.
September 14, 2009
I continue to be amazed by the amount of extraordinary talent in the world of handcrafted artisans. One could spend hours scouring shopping sites like Etsy and ArtFire to see that creativity abounds. There's a sense of community among the artists, a mutual respect for each individual craft as well as a healthy dose of competition just to keep everyone striving for higher quality and craftsmanship. I’m proud to be a part of this group.
I’ve previously featured some of my favorite fellow artisans from Etsy in this space but a few months ago I discovered a new marketplace for talent. I was so impressed by the caliber of the art available that I immediately wanted to join. Ahhh but it was not that easy. Unlike many online shopping venues, 1000 Markets only allows participation based on a jury system which picks a select group of artists that meet their criteria for high quality crafts. I’m so happy
Here are just a few items from some of my favorite merchants at this incredible marketplace:
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THINK HANDMADE and shop these talented artists and the hundreds of others (including yours truly) you will find on 1000 Markets this upcoming holiday season.
Photos Courtesy of 1000 Markets
September 7, 2009
But since I'm always searching for the next new scent and constantly trying to find that one fragrance that can become my signature, I became intrigued by the exotic Tuberose, a night blooming flower that originated in
This fall, I'm going to enjoy wearing Tuberose as the perfect accessory for the season's long cardigans, leather pants and suede boots. The rose that's not a rose is still quite "scent-sational" to me.