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I’ve been watching Grey Gardens nonstop for the past 72 hours. I’m unsure about whether these two women are completely possessed by their undiagnosed schizophrenia or the sanest women I have ever observed. In any case, there is something so enviable about total surrender to a life unaffected by the world’s opinions. I can’t figure out whether these women are my terrifying failure-deterrents, or who I should strive to become. Line after unscripted line, they seem to get life just right:

Big Edie: Oh, look. That cat’s going to the bathroom right behind my portrait.

Little Edie: Ughh, how awful.

Big Edie: No, I’m glad. I’m glad somebody’s doing something what they want to do!

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I keep a little of file of great rooms I’d like to sit around in for a while. Here are a few.

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I keep a little of file of great rooms I’d like to sit around in for a while. Here are a few.

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I almost had to peel myself off the floor when I saw the Bergdorf Christmas windows.  I swear they have a hidden porthole to my brain.  How do they do it all over again year after year?


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Sit ‘n Spin

12/17/2008

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I’ve been sick over what to get my eldest kid for Christmas.  I just can’t stomach going into a store and uttering the words “Do you have WWE Smackdown vs. Raw for the PS3?”  It’s bad enough that I’m having to utter the equally cringe-inducing “Let me have two dollars on Mega Millions and a Win For Life scratch off” these days.

And then it hit me, as I read a hilarious Huffington Post piece about about 37% of Americans not being able to locate America on a map of America.  (A small exaggeration on the part of the author…but not really.)  A globe!  A great, old school globe!  It’s really the only gift every kid needs to receive at least once in their life.  And I promise, your $59.99 investments in this plastic ball will pay dividends over the equally-priced gaming cartridge.  No instruction manual needed.  Sit, spin, and use your imagination.  Remember that?

A great selection HERE.

Sit 'n Spin

12/17/2008

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I’ve been sick over what to get my eldest kid for Christmas.  I just can’t stomach going into a store and uttering the words “Do you have WWE Smackdown vs. Raw for the PS3?”  It’s bad enough that I’m having to utter the equally cringe-inducing “Let me have two dollars on Mega Millions and a Win For Life scratch off” these days.

And then it hit me, as I read a hilarious Huffington Post piece about about 37% of Americans not being able to locate America on a map of America.  (A small exaggeration on the part of the author…but not really.)  A globe!  A great, old school globe!  It’s really the only gift every kid needs to receive at least once in their life.  And I promise, your $59.99 investments in this plastic ball will pay dividends over the equally-priced gaming cartridge.  No instruction manual needed.  Sit, spin, and use your imagination.  Remember that?

A great selection HERE.

On Her Chest

12/17/2008

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This amazing armoire is the product of British artist and furniture designer Anna James. Entitled Verona, the piece was inspired by Anna’s visits to Juliet’s (of star-crossed lover fame) house in Italy, and replicates the graffiti covering the walls at the archway entrance – all declarations of love by visiting lovers of all ages, from all over the world.

Anna transposed the original etchings by taking a series of digital images, which she then applied to her carefully prepared authentic period pieces. Her LoveAnnaJames site explains:

“Because messages are constantly being added to the walls, Anna’s design for her Verona furniture is unique to a particular moment in time, and gives each piece its own individual artwork and identity.”

How thoroughly romantic… the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day?