Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Me Vs. Angry Mob - World Inferno Friendship Society

It was a very angry day.
So, you wanna piss off an angry mob of cranky art hipsters?

It's quite simple, just advertise a Matthew Barney lecture, with limited seating and less tickets than anyone ever imagined than make everyone stand around for hours, pass out tickets to a select few and those who insisted on cutting in line and tell the rest to go home. It's all fairly simple. It was worse than the H&M opening of Viktor and Rolf. Thanks Hirshhorn.

Also got an angry email from a certain designer this morning, won't say much more except that I'm standing my ground.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Endless Love - Frost (Royksopp Analoge Euromiks)

All I want to do in the winter time is take baths and curl up in my pajamas with a book.
I am feeling good and girly now.
Can't stop reading "Amanda's Wedding". It feels weird to admit in a public forum that I like this sort of stuff but, I LOVE IT. Plus it puts a smile on your face because it's sweet (though often predictable. . . girl goes with wrong boy, because girl is not willing to take a risk on slightly off beat boy, etc. etc.). And they read really quickly.

Plus, I have girly electronica music. Reminds me of living in London and dancing in my room to the Royksopp remix of Endless Love, while I was getting ready to meet my friends at a bar. (Sigh). But in Virginia I don't wanna go out because it's too cold. Just one stay in and read and wish. . .

Monday, January 29, 2007

Une Histoire D'Amoure - Gabin

Sometime recently, I realized my mother and I hardly knew each other. We live in the same house, yet in the recent years we managed to grow so very far apart. As I have witnessed two friends lose their mothers, I realize we can't go on like this. So lately I've been making a concentrated effort to try and get along, eat together, discuss things, etc. Today my Mum and I bonded. Which means we drove to different stores and returned things for cheaper things and bought multiples of very cheap things.

But she did something very kind (and a little out of the ordinary), and treated me to a Calvin Klein underwear set! Wowee! (She had a store credit . . .but that's besides the point). Calvin Klein underwear is one of my favorite things.

Many years ago, I use to buy Victoria's Secret. One day I realized, they only really looked good on girls like her:

The rest of us, unfortunately end up looking slutty and ridiculous.

Calvin Klein underwear is amazing because he's got something for everyone. The chesty and the not-so-chesty. His shelf bras fit like a dream. I have nearly enough of CK undie sets for a full work week. Which means it's time to chuck out the cheap, old, Vickie's Dirty Secrets.
I first got into CKs when I was living in London and realized how highly regarded they were on that side of the pond. The print's are beautiful, simple but never cheap looking. (And you can always find them on sale here!)

Whenever I buy his underwear, I just want to put it on immediately and lie around the house all day, reading Milan Kundera and speaking in a french accent.

It is essentially the poor man's Agent Provocateur.

Which one day I also hope to graduate to.

I think tomorrow when I'm at work, I shall re-write "My Favorite Things", in my head while substituting the original lyrics for things I love.

These days, I do whatever I can, to get through the day. . .

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

one two three four
If I had ever been here before
I would probably know just what to do
Don't you?
If I had ever been here before on another time around the wheel
I would probably know just how to deal
With all of you
And I feel
like I've been here before
like I've been here before
And you know it makes me wonder
What's going on under the ground, hmmm
Do you know? Don't you wonder?
What's going on down under you
We have all been here before, we have all been here before
We have all been here before, we have all been here before
We have all been here before, we have all been here before

It took me a couple listens before I realized how truly beautiful and amazing this song is. It's like a soothing cup of warm milk. It's ridiculously comforting in an indescribable way. I listen to this when I can't quite wrap my head around death.
I went to my second memorial service this month for the mother of another friend. Once again, I watched another extremely graceful friend, deal with one of life's most difficult things. See you around, Mrs. Lally.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Everyone's Rooting For You - Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet

Sometimes, I forget in the winter time that it takes extra efforts for me to be happy (because of the crappy weather). I have to try extra hard to feel creative and joyful. Sometimes it takes a little extra push. Today Sofia and and I had one of our lazy weekend days which consisted of breakfast at the bagel cafe, the library, Salvation Army, Starbucks and Barnes and Noble. It was pretty nice. This is what I wore:

Perfectly normal outfit, yet still raised some eyebrows in the library (I hate suburbia, I swear. . . ). Sofia calls my boots the "slut boots" because they have a little heel. I never thought I would be a gal who wore boots with a heel either, however these were cheap and they go well with a whole lot of outfits. In two months, I have gotten the $30 out of them and much beyond.
At Salvation Army, we both looked for oxfords similar to this:

I found a really nice pair of Salvatore Ferragamos which were $13 (with the Dr. Scholl inserts still stuck inside), but they were a little too big. Pooh. Will continue to look. I was surprised that most of the shoes were too big for me, as I wear a US ladies 10 (UK 8, Eur 41).
For me, the equivalent of sugary cake with lots of frosting, is a big stack of British Chick Lit. Lately, I've been trying to finish too many novels which require focus and brains. I'm officially taking a break. It is the winter! It is cold and grey and ugly. Why punish myself by reading things which require brain cells? Also, slightly depressing books, such as Savage Beauty and London Fields, aren't going to help my seasonal unhappiness. So I'm switching it up with these lovelies.

I plopped my stack of books on the table down next to Sofia at the library. She looked up from her art history text book and said "That's a whole lot of crap, you got there". I rubbed my hands together gingerly and said "hmmm-mmm. . . just the way I like it".

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

High Life - Daft Punk

No Sofia. I mean NO.
You called skinny leg jeans, I can admit that in a public forum. . . but these. . .NEVER (even if they are by Cheap Monday). If I wanted to look like Humpty Dumpty in a pair of pants, I would gladly indulge in more Krispy Kreme pig outs.

Monday, January 22, 2007

So Glad To See You - Hot Chip

( Since Topshop ships stateside now, I feel as if my credit card is burning a hole in my pocket. Here are a few necessary evils. Notice how they've got the grey thing down? No good, no good. . .

Snow - Craig Armstrong (kinda cheesy. . . )

Yesterday, it snowed, halting all my planned activities. I only had time to have brunch with James and Mark and run to Target and Barnes and Noble before the streets became so bad that I had to retire home. I decided to become patron saint Aja. I baked cookies (which came out tasting somehow flat), wrote letters and vacuumed the house for my parent's impending arrival. I also talked on the phone with Sofie (in London), who I miss so much.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Seven Steps To Heaven - Miles Davis

This thing took three and a half hours just to get it right (three hours of Miles Davis, Stereolab, Four Tet and Cat Stevens). I think I might stick to tote bags. Phew.

Where Do The Children Play? - Cat Stevens

Today Sofia and I went to see Pan's Labyrinth. It's the first film that I've seen in a while which made me:
A. Terrified
B. Bawl
Needless to say, it is excellent. So you should go see it. Really. See it.

Now I'm feeling really inspired and cozy, in my house drinking tea. I've decided to sew up some handbags to sell in my Godmother's shop. It's just a matter of finding a really nice pattern. I'll post some final products as they come along.
I'm listening to Cat Stevens because that album always makes me feel inspired. It's my friend Matthew's favourite album. He really killed it when we worked at Rude together. But it brings back fond memories of creative bonding. . .

Friday, January 19, 2007

But I Feel Good - Groove Armada. . .

. . . because the Winter Waiting Prized Possession 2007 finally arrived and they are just as beautiful as I imagined (and comfy too). I fought long and hard for these booties and I finally collected them from the post office today after sending two postal workers to look for them in the mail room (not to mention waiting nearly a month for them). I expect to get a lot of use out of these beauties. (Even in the spring). Today would have been great, had my car not been towed. . .

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Brigitte - Stereolab

I loved this dress when I saw it on a very pregnant, Maggie. . .

I thought it looked sweet on Michelle. . .

But if Urban Outfitters can make a cheap, low budget version of this dress. . .

. . . SO CAN I. I smell a spring time sewing project. . .

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A French Galleasse- Rachel's

I took this photo of the sunset, from my office today. But I drove from the Eastern Shore yesterday. If you must go on a road trip through Maryland or anywhere south of that and you are driving by yourself, you must listen to Rachel's. Rachel's turns every passing tree, ever railroad track, every abandoned house within your eye line, into a piece of cinematic art.

Sometimes - My Bloody Valentine

Sunday was gray. Sofia and I stayed in and watched Lost In Translation under blankets with tons of pillows.
Favourite film + Best friend = SOMETIMES all you need. So cozy, so warm.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hey Boy- The Blow


All my favorite blogs say the boyfriend jean will be huge soon. Siggelicious, Stylebytes, etc. I'm happy for this trend because I already have a pair which are very beaten in. I also call them my "Depression Jeans".

When I first moved back from London (and was depressed), I would lie around the house in them because they were super comfortable.
I finally got my Urban Outfitters order. I love my Alice in Wonderland-style trench coat. I know I will wear it tons in the spring.

However the shoes. . . the lovely shoes. . .WHY WON'T YOU FIT? They really hurt my feet, so they're going back. The Urban Outfitters brand "We Who See", tends to make their shoes on the small side. And I've actually never tried on a pair which I thought were comfortable (even the flats, tend to pinch). I should have known that. But darn, they look cute against my purple carpet.

I have to go prepare for a dinner party I'm having tonight. Does anyone have a good recipe for Eggplant Parmesan?

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Party Day - Cosmo Vitelli

Bon anniversaire, ma Mere! Yesterday, my Mum got not just one assortment of cakes (from her daughters, who can't bake)

not two cakes (the second from a friend who is always so kind to remember)

But THREE cakes!

(Okay, yeah, this wasn't her third cake. . . the third was homemade by my Grammy, but my mother's already stuffed it in the freezer before I could take a picture of it).
I made a joke that my mother was like Marie Antoinette.

She didn't get it.
Today I watched "Imagine Me & You". As a whole, the film didn't really grab me (although I love a film which takes place in London). But dear god did it have some funny British sayings in it.
"He'd f*ck an open wound"
"About as useful as a fart in a jam jar".
I look forward to integrating these into my own common northern Va. jabber.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Wait In A Line- Now It's Overhead

Around this time of year, I always find myself waiting aimless at the mail box for an outrageous splurge, which I bought purely because I lusted after it for months, stumbled into money and needed something clever and smart to cheer me up and get me through my winter funk. Last year my Winter Waiting Prized Possession 2006 was this Kara Janx dress.

1. It took months to get this dress because it was constantly on back order. Kara's site was malfunctioning, so I never got an email or anything and wondered what was up. (I ended up having several phone conversations with her about the dress status)
2. When I finally got a dress 1.5 months after having placed my order, it had a stain on the lower half, so I sent it back.
3. The dresses were on backorder AGAIN, so I finally went up to New York myself, knocked on the door of her studio and collected my dress in person.

UPDATE: In retrospect, if someone had told me that my treasured kimono dress would get the ugliest sweat stains you've ever seen, I'd be a bit richer (because it would have stayed in the studio)! Sweaty Betties, heather gray polyester is not the fabric for you.

UPDATE 2: Sour grapes (you know who you are)!

This year my Winter Waiting Prized Possession 2007 are these ankle boots. I have admired them since I got my Anthropologie autumn catalog in August

1. They were constantly on backorder from Anthropologie (I tend to think Anthropologie is overpriced anyway, and wanted to find another retailer to support).
2. I ordered them on December 26 (yes, Christmas was pretty bleak in my house. . . you want it, buy it yourself). Yesterday, after sending a "Where The Hell Are My Shoes?" email to, I found out that somehow, my order was placed, my card was charged, the shoes were never shipped. Grrr.
3. I'm feeling the deja vu here. Because I've waited so long, they will ultimately be disappointing. (My guess is, they'll run small and won't fit my giant size 10 feet).
I'll keep you posted.