Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
ActorCrafts is here, just in time to start your holiday shopping!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Would it be possible for me to navigate the salvation army coat sale
with a bambino strapped to my chest in a carrier?
I have seen kids at the Salvation Army Coat Sale, though never strapped to a shopper, though as long as you don't have any other accoutrements (ie. purse, coat, other shopping bags) and if you bring a foldable grocery cart (aka Granny Cart), you should be okay. I'm guessing there's a smaller window of time for you to hunt for treasures and a bigger challenge in trying on the coats, but I'd say try it anyway! Then head upstairs to find kids/baby clothes...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
- short leather car coats
- fur or faux fur vests
- oversized black 80's trenches to belt
- fitted blazers to wear with jeans
Friday, September 11, 2009
DUE TO THE WEATHER, THE MPTA BLOCK SALE IS CANCELED FOR TOMORROW
RAIN DATE NEXT SATURDAY SEPT. 19
Sorry for any inconvenience.
BLOCK SALE HOTLINE 212-560-0995
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
If Suspended Cirque can create an entire costume plot for their Aerial multi-media Circus at Galapagos out of reused, recycled, and found items, we can all find ways to incorporate such creativity into our own daily lives.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
- Turn your jeans inside out and try them on. Using pins, straight or safety, pin along the seam that is the simplest (usually the one along the outside of the leg), making sure that the flap that is created is as flat as you can make it. Usually, start about mid-thigh. Don't pin them too tight. The fit all the way down the leg should mimic the fit around the hips.
- Take them off and lay them flat on the floor. Repin, adding more pins to complete and straighten out the line that you will sew. Make sure that the seam is as flat as it can be.
- Sew along your this line, either by hand (a backstitch can work) or by machine.
- You can trim the jeans close to the seam, but you'd never have the option to go back to the way they were and why not stay ahead of planned obscelecence? It doesn't make that much difference to cut off your options, so to speak...
- Turn your jeans right side out and wear with your favorite thongs or stacked heels and tank tops!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
- It's often crowded, and I haven't had much luck with reservations in the past so have patience.
- The bathrooms are in the back, THROUGH the kitchen. But it is always very clean, once you get there.
- Go hungry.
- Duck Empanadas (their signature creation)
- Massaman Curry (all curries come with a choice of chicken, pork, beef, tofu, or seafood
- Pad Thai
- Delicious desserts including Mango Dumplings, Mango with Sticky Rice, and you'll never believe that I haven't yet ventured to try the Bananas in Golden Pouch, but that's next on my list!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
(pictured above: portrait above of The Chalks by Ben Strothmann)
Monday, May 18, 2009
Who says moving, history making entertainment is only for the rich?
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
- There are no dressing rooms. Know your size and when in doubt, buy a size larger. Unlike Gap and Banana Republic, sizes run SMALL in this store.
- Don't go when you're in a hurry. Lines are long.
- With the exception of lingerie, you CAN exchange and return if you keep the receipt.
- Stay Zen. This is not the palace of pleasant customer service. By any stretch.
- Look for inexpensive T-Shirts for design and painting projects. Buy two so you can mess up.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
- closet purged of never-worn-clothes
- fabulous new items to spruce up wardrobe
- new friends
- donations to the Salvation Army or Goodwill
- lots and lots of fun and laughs
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Some people take their alternative forms of transportation very seriously.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
It makes me feel safer that we are all talking about economy and politics now! Discourse is good for all of us.For what it's worth, my thoughts about the recent economic downturn are this: We shouldn't feel guilty for being frugal.American hasn't always had an economy that was based on oil and product consumption. There was even a time it was based on slavery and tobacco and rum trading and thank God, we eventually, slowly changed. Change is possible, especially if we are all willing to dive into what we're afraid of.And let's face it: Less consumption, and responsible consumption, is probably a Hell of a lot better for the environment as well.My two cents (and that's still a bargain!)Our ability to fill up our lives with unnecessary products shouldn't make up our worth as human beings. There, I said it! Let's forgive and move forward.
"If you can't make money, then you can spend less-- and that's the equivalent of making more money."Other blogs about saving money were listed, including neverpayretailagain.net and beingfrugal.net. You don't have to be extreme, but it's good to know that in our search to live well on a budget, we're not alone.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
- Pull everything out of your closet and do a purge (read the first part of my post to Lady Godiva about purging)
- Fill a bag with clothes, shoes, purses, accessories, jewelry that you would otherwise donate to a thrift store.
- Invite your girl friends over and have them bring a favorite snack and drink (remember to refer to my favorite wine under ten dollars post).
- When they arrive, everyone piles their clothes in the middle of the room and dives in. Have a space for trying things on, mirrors.
- Have a blast!
- Take the leftovers to the thrift store in the morning.
- Leave your comments after this post and tell me how yours went! Can't wait to hear what amazing one-of-a-kind items you've been looking for your whole life that you added to your wardrobe!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Do you have stacks of interesting prints, artwork, or old photos and sad, empty walls?
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Most people don't guess it, but about fifty percent of the furniture in our New York apartment is from Ikea.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
- delicate silks
- antique clothing
- furs and fake furs
- Are you allowed to bring liquids onto planes yet?
- Where in the &%$#@$% did you put those zip lock bags to protect the rest of the content of your carry-on?
- How can I take a break from my usual cologne without spending fifty dollars or more?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
- Strings of white tiny Christmas Lights (12 strands, depending on the size of the reception hall) Ted's friends Greg and Chris made our hall look that much more festive the day of the wedding. I felt like the stars had come down into our little celebration!
- Various Ornaments that relate to your theme (Haven't chosen a theme yet? It's time!). If red, gold, or green is one of your colors, the easier for you!
- Plates, cups, napkins, utensils.
- Faux Greenery, Garlands, and Wreaths.
- Table runners and cloths.
Friday, January 9, 2009
My friend is having twins!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
- cleanse: Try a generic version of Oil of Olay Daily Facials (available for dry, normal, or oily skin). Make sure they're dry and you just add water. If you cut each cleansing cloth into 4, it's plenty of surface area and they last four times as long! I moisten and then wash, then rinse, then use it to rinse my face and there's minimal waste.
- tone: Buy a large bottle of witch hazel which is usually on the bottom shelf of First Aid products in a drug store or even a grocery store. I apply this after the cleansing with cotton balls (make sure they're real cotton). It takes off any remainder oils and closes the pores without drying.
- moisturize: Daytime moisturizer, always an SPF of at least 15. Period. I find decent products at Jack's. Or it could be in your foundation, but you can always add color to your face. I know we used to lay out with baby oil slathered all over, but now you know daily SPf will keep the wrinkles away the longest. Next, think olden days Italy. Women still use olive oil on their faces to keep their youthful beauty. I actually read in The World's Best Kept Beauty Secrets by Diane Irons that hospitals have been using Crisco for years as an enexpensive but effective moisturizer. It has a surprising amount of Vitamin E and absorbs better than anything like Vaseline. People have called me crazy (like a fox!), but I have used it on and off for years before bed and it makes my skin so soft in the mornings. I keep a separate tin in the fridge. Buy the smallest one you can find. For lips, elbows, and dry heels I swear by Bag Balm. It was created for chapped teats on cows (I know, hilarious!) but farmers noticed how soft their own hands were after applying it and it has been a skin care secret for almost a century. It contains Petrolatum, which doesn't clog pores like Petroleum (the key ingredient in Vaseline. Bad. No Vaseline.).
- exfoliate: Masks are great and you can buy one for any skin type, but they are also very fun to make. There are many listed in The World's Best Kept Beauty Secrets and it feels so good when you finally take one off! The craziest one I've tried is Kitty Litter. You have to buy the cheapest, one with absolutely no additives and when you just add water, it turns into a soft simple grey clay. I'm guessing it's the better for oilier skin types. The downside is that it's very messy in application and in removal. But why not try it in a bathtub? And while you're there, take a couple tea bags with you; real tea, not herbal, and place them moistened over your eyelids. The tannic acid reduces swelling and it feels soothing to the eyes.