Friday, November 30, 2007

Rest in Peace Evel Kenievel

Evel Kenievel is an icon from my childhood. This generation has the "X" games and all manner of horse hockey nonsense. Evel went out there in nothing more than a leather jumpsuit and cape (with white boots, natch) and did things that were extreme and insane for the time. His son, crazy as he is, does not hold a candle (but I do like the Holiday Inn Express commercial.)

Rest in peace Evel Kenievel, rest in peace. May they fly your casket over 13 Mack trucks.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Newest Moda di Magno Work

A big batch of the newest Moda di Magno gems are on my Flickr page. I'll put the merch on the site soon.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Blogger Social '08

Bloggers being social, in New York City. What are you waiting for - make your plans to join in the fun. Visit Blogger-Social to learn more!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Busy Making Fabulous

In preparation for a number of shows, here's a sneak preview of the new Moda di Magno line. It's not on the website yet - but you will all be invited to a show in Winchester on Saturday, December 8th. Stay tuned!

This is multiple necklaces - but I may have to create a multi-strand version of this as many nice people have said "I want!"

Golden Strawberry Quartz. Yum.

Amethyst. Purple is pretty.

Aquamarine. Will struggle to not keep in every design.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Catch Up Post

Patriots still perfect. I actually watched the whole game last night, it was a Thanksgiving weekend thing to do.

Cheney let out of hospital, but will undergo a procedure. (To re-attach a heart perhaps?)

Others are watching tainted toys, You May Also Like is protecting us from crappy Christmas things.

Poor Al, he had to stand next to an idiot.

I am getting ready for a couple of big artisan events, so I'm under the gun creating jewelry and other items. More news tomorrow - but signing off right now so I can watch Heroes.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

My Thanksgiving (short version.)

Slept until a reasonable hour.

Toast, coffee, Macy's parade (I love me some marching bands. Corps style, please.)

Made Giada DeLaurentiis' Sweet Potato Gnocchi with maple, cinnamon, sage brown butter with Tommy. Awesome.

Lovely Thanksgiving meal with the Magnos.

Currently wearing pajamas and digesting. Slowly.

Thankful for: friends, loved ones, cats, nice health insurance, blogiverse, iPhone, the fact that my sister-in-law lives around the corner so I could leave at any moment and Tommy.

No plans to participate in consumer madness tomorrow. I am a lucky girl.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Breaking News: MBTA Still Sucking

Shocked! Again! Not. This Boston Globe article on the Commuter Rail delays read a bit like a half-assed junior high book report. The takeaway is that the South Station riders are more bummed out than North Station riders.

As a frequent Lowell line commuter (and non-fan of the MBTA), let me tell you - I feel your pain. Not only does the commute suck most of the time, but the "new" "North Station" gets suckier by the week. Yes, we really did need a bar at North Station because nothing soothes the oft-delayed Zone 6 monthly passholder like a shot of something at the station. It is AWESOME to have fans of the Celtics/Bruins/Justin Timberlake blocking all entrances to "North Station" at twice a week during commuter rush hour. The addition of a news stand that has taken up a huge amount of waiting space is a fine thing. Well, its really rather ugly, but at least you can buy gum. Hey, BankNorth - thanks for the giant ATM thingy that required the removal of the electronic track listing sign. No more rushing into the station to find your track - but for a small fee you can withdraw cash! (Easier to pay the rush hour surcharge I guess.)

I didn't mean to rant so much, but MBCR blames MBTA who blames the union who blames management who blames Dan Grabauskas who blames the legislature. All I know is that we are sure to be paying more and likely to be treated worse. It is time for Governor Deval Patrick to make a change at the MBTA and for the legislature to pay attention to moving people around eastern Massachusetts via public transportation.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

I'm Shocked


Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lowell Stays, Lori Happy

The Red Sox signed third baseman Mike Lowell to a new three-year deal worth a purportedly $37.5 million. I say worth every penny. Note to Theo Epstein: WTF bud? Can't you move faster? Why burn any goodwill with the fans? Ownership jacked ticket prices by 9% - which wouldn't be outrageous nearly any place else in the US - but we already suck it up and pay the highest ticket prices in all of baseball (and that's before the ticket agency fucks get their hands on them.)

Messers. Werner, Lucchino and Henry - don't harsh our collective buzz.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Could Be Anywhere"

*Actual event

10:15am - INT - Daylight - Stop & Shop

Me (to Stop & Shop employee): Excuse me, could you tell me where the bread crumbs are located?

Stop & Shop employee: (Looks around, shrugs) "Dunno, could be just about anywhere."

Friday, November 16, 2007

Makes Me Weep, Every Time

Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding. It gets to me. Every time.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

When Ninja Turtles Attack (Love these boots!)

The divine Doris Chung took a moment to pose for iPhone when I screeched "those boots!" For the second time in a month a co-worker has announced "I got them at Berk's in Harvard Square." These Miz Mooz boots were a gorgeous color, and I am pleased to inform you that Doris was NOT wearing them with flared cropped denim pants (you know how I feel about the cropped/capri pants) she pulled them up so I could get a good look. I think I'm going to Berk's this weekend.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Day in iPhone Pictures

Family friend and ├╝ber-talent Bob Bralove is in Boston for a three day symposium at UMass Amherst entitled "Unbroken Chain: The Grateful Dead In Music, Culture, and Memory." I tossed out a (hopeful) request for him to present his most recent work at a department meeting, and while he was surprised - he said yes! His work joining art and music and electronics was inspiring and astounding and wicked cool.

The Chadwick Lead Works building in the financial district of Boston.

When Badcat attacks. Baddy has aquired a nasty habit of chewing through plastic bags to get to Pita bread. We mostly don't leave anything on the counter - but this had just been removed from the grocery bag!

One of the glories of Boston is that it is small enough to run into people. This is my former Governor's office co-worker Stacy, with her delightful (and very sleepy) brandy-new boy. We ran into them at the South End's super-delicious spot the South End Buttery.

"A natural source of caramel." Good for you Milky Way - you cracked me up (out loud) on the train platform. And yet I hated the "comfort in every bite" branding on your webiste. For shame.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Secret Lives of Co-workers

Working in advertising provides me with an astounding array of interesting co-workers. The variety of avocations is as different as the music played cube to cube. I work with a number of extremely cool musicians, artisans, artists, photographers and a shopkeeper.

Lab-Boston is (in the parlance of the youth) "the shizzle." (I shall burn in hell for that sentence.)

Boasting the hottest street fashions, Japanese vinyl toys and honest-to-God VINYL records - this is more than just a shop - it's a lifestyle. Frequent events, gallery shows and music/art happenings occur at the shop located at 113 Brighton Avenue in Allston, Mass.

So get your badly dressed butt to Lab and see what a little KidRobot can do for your life.

Monday, November 12, 2007

On This Veteran's Day

The Los Angeles Times has a devastating photo essay on the emotional aftermath of the war for one young man. The Times photographer, Luis Sinco was embedded with James Blake Miller - the Marlboro Marine's unit. The bond that was forged changes the game for reporters.

I hope you can find a moment of thanks for all who have served their country. Most of us know the difference between people who serve their country and those who drive us to unnecessary and pointless war.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Get Thee to Temple {Bar}

Tom and I enjoyed a last-minute supper with friends Liz and AJ at Temple Bar in Cambridge (located between Porter Square and Harvard Square) tonight. Reservations recommended as it was packed with a line at 6:30 (but I had a reservation, so no complaint from me!)

The roasted pumpkin bisque (with apple caponata) was a perfect bowl of soup; not filled with cream, not too sweet - just a tasty bowl of seasonal soup (the caponata was a surprisingly unpretentious addition.) For dinner I enjoyed the Grilled Pork Loin “Recado Rojo”with Green Chile Mashed Potato, Queso Fresco & Chimichurri Sauce. It sounded like too many flavors for one dish - but it totally worked. Pickled Jicama sitting on top of the whole conflagration was a nice add.

You know that sound Homer Simpson makes when he is in his glory (or this one)? Yup, it was that good. Tom had some gorgeous scallops, AJ had duck to start and duck as his main (I'm impressed a teenager orders duck, so go figure.) Liz had a gorgeous piece of haddock (that was actually hot when it was served!) A comfortable spot, lovely food, reasonably priced (and a wee bit of off-street parking.)

Friday, November 09, 2007

And I Need These Boots

The madly wonderful James of Yonder Ponder has turned me onto Cowboy Cool boots. Now regular visitors may know my feelings on denim tucked into boots (or the alway hateful Uggs) - but if you must tuck your jeans into a pair of boots - let them have cojones (look it up.) I want these.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Someone Buy Me This Shirt!

Vote for it at Threadless.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Springtime in Paris: Lanvin

I am making my way through the Paris collections for Spring 2008 right now. First up, the feminine & ultra-chic Lanvin (love the website.) I want very nearly everything - except of course for the clunky shoes. Alber Elbaz, fashion director/designer/genius of Lanvin makes beautiful clothes that flatter the female form - is that so wrong?

The man, the artist - Alber Elbaz. A very interesting fellow.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Shoe Spotting

Co-worker Kristin Thornby Wentworth, III was spotted wearing the utterly divine J. Crew distressed leather Mary Janes. She didn't know why I was screeching "halt!" but she did put on a little Dorothy pose for the camera. LOVE this shoe. Loved it paired with dark tights and a charcoal stripe pencil skirt. Meowza.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Catch-up Sunday

I'm catching up on all kinds of stuff. For your amusement:

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Shecky's Girls Night Out

I attended Shecky's Girls Night Out with the alway divine Megan Garnhum of A Girl Must Shop at Boston's Cyclorama. Shecky's does a nice job of gathering interesting vendors - jewelers, fashion designers, paper goods shops, purveyors of shoes, and for the "girls night" feeling - plenty of alcholic beverage suppliers. For the ticket price, shoppers can enjoy an atmoshphere of joyous girly consumption, many beautiful things on display, lovely people offering drinks and Shecky's famous goody bag. A good time was had by all!

There are always surprise vendors at events like this!

When Meghan and I had shopped till we dropped, we wandered over to Picco for a little supper and a goody bag unveiling. Click on Meg to see the gift bag in all its glory.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Shoe Spotting

The best part of working with lots of fashionable young people is that they wear loads of great shoes. Today we bring you the first in a series called Shoe Spotting. Special guest feet: Beth Vitiello. Beth is sporting some seriously snappy Ed Hardy shoes that were purchased at Berk's in Harvard Square. I love a badass looking shoe that is secretly comfortable.