Archive | March, 2010

Pocketology – Purse Organizer

12 Mar

My dream is to create my own purse – when I shop for one it seems there is always something wrong – either there aren’t enough pockets or no closure or too many zippers or weird fringe.  I might never get everything I want, but I did pick up one of these handy Purse Organizers from The Container Store.  Now my not-so perfect purses are oh-so cute and organized.

For those of you craft-inclined, try creating one of your own.

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Virtual Bookshelf – The Nook

11 Mar

Moving into a smaller home caused a literary catastrophe – I have no place to display my library, and I can’t even think of losing my mind the next time we’re in Portland at Powell’s Books.  I have fantasies of my own library with dark wood and a ladder…..until then I got a new toy to enjoy in 1350 sq ft – the NOOK from Barnes & Noble.  I’ve been checking out books from the local library, but traveling with a hefty hardcover is unappealing and tiring even to think about.  Plus I have to be honest — I often fall asleep while reading and have nearly concussed myself with fat hardcovers.

The device is light-weight, comfortable and adorable.  Many of the titles are offered as a free sample first – giving you the first 20 or so pages to peruse before you buy.  The monthly subscription fees for eMagazines and eNewspapers are reasonable (not many titles are available yet).  The New Yorker for only $2.99!  The cartoons are crisp and clear – just like the magazine.

On the downside the screen goes black when loading the next page, but your eyes easily adjust.  Also you’ll find that the free and cheap eBooks available are either classics and steamy romance novels…I mean steamy…even the descriptions are graphic and…let’s say… titillating.

I think my nook deserves to be wrapped in this luxury – Kate Spade Jane Street Cover.

She kept her nose in a book….and her head in the clouds.

Play Dress Up – Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)

11 Mar

Perhaps one of the most wonderful things in the world to bless our ears is the band Journey.  Before Don’t Stop Believin’ became a bar anthem, I was into them since I was a kid.  Many would disagree with me, but I strongly believe Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) is the best song they ever produced.  If that wasn’t enough, they also gave us the great gift of the music video.  These boys were definitely made for radio, but this video lends itself to some pretty inspired fashion….starting with the white pumps, pumps, pumps.

On a fateful St. Patrick’s Day weekend a few years ago, my girls and I discovered the Journey Greatest Hits 1978-1997 DVD in the strangest of places.  The minute we hit play it was pure magic.   Mostly we could not get over the Separate Ways video — what?  Foosball sweatshirt, heavy machinery, Casios on the wall and WHITE pumps. Classic.

Sources: 1. White pumps; 2. Jean Jacket Blazer; 3. Pink Mustache; 4. Keyboard necklace; 5. Geometric Dress; 6. Yellow purse

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