Monday, September 29, 2008

Fat Girl's Nightmare

It is worth a new fat roll every now and then when you get ahold of something as sinfully delicious as Publix's Denali Bearfoot Brownie ice cream. Yum. With swirls of fudge that taste like memories of Magic Shell and little pieces of brownie in vanilla ice cream, I'm willing to pack on the occasional pudge. Get some.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Awful Assets

Hmmm, didn't "assets" used to be a good word? I just overheard on ABC News the phrase "no one wants to buy awful assets" - seems a bit like an oxymoron, eh? The economy is freakishly scary right now, but that doesn't mean you have to hunker down and become a hermit. Here are a few ideas for living on the cheap:

1. Get Outside! Ride your bike, plant a garden, walk the dogs, roll in the grass (I saw a cute dog doing this on the way home, looked like fun!)
2. Sell some stuff - Clean out your closet, garage, junk drawers and sell it all - I'm a big advocate for throwing away too, but some people don't like to get rid of stuff, so why not try posting on eBay or have a garage sale?
3. Check out the local scene - Anyone ever wander their own neighborhood anymore? There are great finds to to be had - personally, I love my local French bakery; and C'est Moi for glamorous accessories, furniture, coffee table books and much, much more; local nail salon; and pet supply store where my dog and I go to watch the hamsters and ferrets for hours.
4. People watch in the gas line - Go watch road rage at its finest at your local gas station. Take some pictures while you're at it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Gwyneth Paltrow is copying me. I'm very disturbed, because I can't compete with her money or influence -- and of course, she's married to one of the most amazing men on God's green earth.

I saw tonight that she's just launched a new web site called GOOP - I guess it's a Gwyneth co-op of sorts. Really, all she did is steal my concept for Itgredients and post it on a real web site instead of just a lowly old blog. What's next? She's going to ask for the help of friends and strangers to buy some old dilapidated French Chateau and try to open a bed and breakfast? Geez - can't people be original anymore?

P.s. - Just kidding, I think she's fabulous and if she read Itgredients, I'd be thrilled!

P.p.s - Sign up for her newsletter now to get her tips when the site fully launches.

Monday, September 22, 2008

TV's Big Night

Award season is off to its official start, with last night's Emmy's being a forecaster of things to come. While the show itself was a bit dull (could they shorten the made for TV movie/mini-series category??), I was, as always, excited by what I saw on the red carpet. My pick for best-dressed was January Jones from Mad Men - original and angelic in her all white ensemble. Special honors also go to Brooke Shields, Heidi Klum and Christina Applegate. Best-dressed man was either David Piven or my Mad Men fave Jon Hamm.

For the full coverage check out E Online.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Fun with Facebook

I always thought the mid-30s (ok, maybe late 30s) were too old for Facebook, but my colleague Trudy convinced me to join -- and I did. It is so much fun and could suck away the whole day if you don't keep yourself at a distance. I've heard from old friends, new friends, kinda friends and found a whole community of people who are interested in the same crazy things as me. If you haven't done it already, sign up!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hip to Be Square

The oh-so-serious, holy grail of business -- The Wall Street Journal -- is seeing new life with a trendy take a la the New York Times. This Sunday marked the first edition of the paper's new magazine WSJ - and I like it! The team of contributors dug for some good stuff and the web site design is a marketer's dream, a few highlights:

- Designer Roland Mouret makes a dress out of WSJs
- McMansion backlash
- Deltalina's sultry airplane safety video
- Poochi Gucci doggy photo shoot

Nice work! Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fanny Fanny Bo-Banny

Oh wow, I can't believe I forgot to put up this controversial post. For months, years even, I've been predicting the return of the fanny pack. I know, it is a hideous invention - but oh so convenient and secure in all its myriad forms. While a few lackluster versions have returned to the scene recently - the passport protector inside the pants, the suburban power walker with two water bottles - I still think the good old fashioned fanny is making its way back...and soon. Personally, I've been eyeballing the black Gucci for quite some time.

Bra Free Sunday

I hate wearing bras on Sunday. It's the only day of the week where my body gets to break free from the constricting wares of the work uniform and has a chance to prepare itself for the long week ahead. In honor of Mrs. Stimler in Splash however, today was "bra on the outside" day. For those of you who don't remember Mrs. Stimler's pivotal role in the move, I recommend you watch it again - there are many hidden nuggets of hilariousness worth checking out ("Dr. Corn Beef", "Let's pee down his airhose") that I'm sure you didn't catch the first time around.

Mrs. Stimler has apparently suffered some sort of memory lapse or stroke, and wore her bra on the outside. I know some of us have had Sundays like that where our brains are checked at the door. Mine was today. I went to book club and seriously had to check myself to make sure my underwear wasn't on the outside. When I got there, I felt much better after a fellow book clubber (who shall remain nameless) said she went to the pool one day, took off her cover up and had a bathing suit top on with her underwear. Here's to giving our brains a break.