November 16, 2009

Versatili-Tee

The modern tee-shirt has got to be, hands down, one of the most versatile pieces of clothing available to man and womankind. Prints, solids, hand painted, embroidered, long sleeved, cap sleeved, fitted or full, there's a style and fit for every body. They are pure simplicity wrapped in plastic and bought in 3's or Art on Cloth. We wear them easily with jeans and unexpectedly with long satin skirts. My favorite classics were $19.99 soft, 100% cotton 3/4 sleeve boat necks by the GAP but since the company decided to squash my obsession and abrubtly discontinue them, I've found an excellent replacement in the Banana Republic Solid Fitted Tee (left) - a bit more expensive at $30.00 but they wash well and keep their shape. They look as fabulous under suit jackets for the coporate office as they do topping a denim skirt with tall boots on casual Friday. A much less expensive option are the Old Navy Stretch Crew Neck Tees. Ultra soft and at $14.50 stocking up on them in the wide array of colors available won't be a budget-buster.

On the luxe side of the spectrum, I love layering a J. Crew Cashmere Tee
under a long cardigan sweater for luscious comfort. For a whimsical edge, I adore my tee shirts by Lucky Brands. Of course this post would not be complete if I did not feature an indie discovery. I found the adorable Antisparkle shop on the artisan marketplace, Artfire. This small frosted cake lover wants to give these fun signature cupcake tee shirts to all of my sweet freak friends this holiday season.

Pretty soon I'll need a closet just for all of my tees. I'm afraid to count but I actually may already own enough to have a different one to wear every day of the year. Hey, don't judge.
Photo Courtesy of bananarepublic.com

November 9, 2009

The Uncommonness of Courtesy

Last week, a gentleman held a door open for me. It wasn't my dad, boyfriend or brother. This was a random person who obviously felt extending a courtesy wasn't an act of treason at that moment. My profuse thankfulness may have caused the man to have second thoughts about his actions but the truth is I was stunned. I rarely get to see even the most common courtesies expressed to myself or others lately. We've all been on the train, an elderly person loaded down with bags enters and seated, able-bodied people turn their heads away so as not to make eye contact. Or someone drops a pile of stuff, things scattering everywhere and people look down at the mess only to make sure they're able to step around it, continuing on their path to whereverland. It's a sad statement on where we've devolved as humans and I fear its another social epidemic.

Now, I'm not always a perfect, always-there-to-help person myself. As I type this post, I'm looking at a phone log that lists calls that I've needed to return for longer ago than I'm willing to admit here. I've been known to be so rushed and self-absorbed that pointing out to someone that they've dropped something on the street has been too much of an effort. I'm not proud of that. But I make every effort to make amends for that behavior every chance I get. My mom always said that good manners, being caring and considerate were the real keys to life's successes.

I'll never forget the day I was on a NYC subway and I noticed a woman facing the doorway with the back of her dress completely tucked into her pantyhose. Her whole backside was exposed to the world yet most of the other riders pretended not to notice or snickered at her obvious misfortune. I imagined how I would feel if I were in the same position. I would want someone to be courteous and bring the embarrasing predicament to my attention as soon as possible which is what I did. The fact that in her extreme humiliation or complete lunacy she snapped "Oh, I like it like that" did not deter me from extending common courtesies to others whenever the opportunity arises. I consider them my small contribution to a kinder, gentler world. Every little courtesy helps.

November 2, 2009

Get Thee to ETSY....Coffee Table Edition

Some day soon, I’ll get over my intense need for safety and security and pop the cork on my hard earned savings to purchase a new home. And when I do, I’ll finally be able to completely unleash my taste for contemporary design by filling the house with expressive, modernistic furniture. My favorite space in my current home is the living room. It’s where our friends and family join us for great conversations. When I work from home, it’s the one place where coziness reigns and sometimes it’s where the man in my life and I take pleasure in reading peacefully together, enjoying the rare moments of silence. A central fixture in most living rooms is the coffee table. Our current one is a functional slab of polished black wood. It lacks style and has no identifiable personality. It’s there to serve one purpose – to keep stuff off of the floor. But in our new home, the coffee table will also serve as an exciting work of art. During a recent search for a classic bookshelf to give as a gift, I discovered a few incredible artisans/craftsmen on Etsy who have created inspiring works in table form (see below). I may have to loosen the purse strings sooner than planned.

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade
SimpleGems.etsy.com


And remember, THINK HANDMADE and shop these talented artists and the hundreds of others (including yours truly) you will find on Etsy this upcoming holiday season.

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