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Thursday, October 20, 2011

fabulous flat boots show off Chanel

"On the models’ feet were flat booties in silver leather or white with black lines. The shapes were soft, mostly short and slightly rounded, with a sense of mobility."

Sid Vicious, Balmain, Balenciaga, oh my!

Anna Wintour Reportedly Changed Her Clothes Twice in an Airplane Bathroom Yesterday

they *stopped* the baggage carousel for her, er, her assistant?!

Anna Wintour Reportedly Changed Her Clothes Twice in an Airplane Bathroom Yesterday:

Rather than being caught in one of those embarrassing airport photos — you know, where the celebrity is fumbling with her carry-on bag and wearing stretchy pants, or just straight-up looking like a homeless person — Anna Wintour boarded a commercial flight to L.A. yesterday wearing a Louis Vuitton dress. However, once on the plane, E! reports that she disappeared into the bathroom to change into a pair of J Brand jeans and "a cute top," according to a fellow passenger. Shortly before landing, she supposedly changed back into her original outfit (see our earlier point about deplaning in stretchy pants). Then, once on the ground, bystanders said she had the baggage carousel stopped once her luggage appeared so that one of her helpers could heft it all off without having to chase the conveyor belt around in circles. Now, who ever said that Anna treats her assistants badly?

Anna Wintour Takes Flight in Fashion [E!]

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Filed Under: people who refuse to look homeless in airports, anna wintour, vogue, wintour wonderland

A Collection of Beautiful, Free Fonts

A Collection of Beautiful, Free Fonts:

It’s fairly common knowledge that the choice of font you use can have a huge impact on the tone of the site you’re designing. A clean & professional serif might be at home on a site that takes itself seriously, while a quirky sans serif might be a better fit for a site with a playful personality.

As Information Architect Oliver Richenstein famously wrote in 2006, web design is 95% typography – so getting the right typeface for your design is important. We’ve selected some beautiful free fonts that are just waiting to be added to your next design.


Source: http://dirt2.com/fonts/justice-by-dirt2/

Parma Petit

Source: http://www.dafont.com/parmapetit.font

Fertigo Pro

Source: http://www.exljbris.com/fertigo.html

Reznor Broken

Source: http://www.dafont.com/reznor-broken.font

Rough Draft

Source: http://www.fontriver.com/font/rough_draft/


Source: http://www.exljbris.com/callunasans.html

Day Roman

Source: http://www.dafont.com/day-roman.font


Source: http://www.dafont.com/imperator.font

Champagne & Limosines

Source: http://www.dafont.com/champagne-limousines.font


Source: http://imjustcreative.com/kilogram-font-free-heavy-display-font-for-download/2010/02/24/


Source: http://www.dafont.com/walkway.font

Museo Sans

Source: http://www.exljbris.com/museosans.html


Source: http://fontfabric.com/lot-free-font/

Loki Cola

Source: http://www.dafont.com/loki-cola.font


Source: http://www.impallari.com/lobster/

Are there any beautiful fonts that you think deserve a mention? Let us know in the comments.

This post was written on behalf of The Handpicked Collection, who offer gift ideas handpicked by experts

Throwable Panoramic Camera Ball

Throwable Panoramic Camera Ball:

Throwable Panoramic Camera Ball

As his graduate thesis Jonas Pfeil created a prototype throwable panoramic camera ball that snaps a single image when thrown in the air. Armed with 36 2-megapixel mobile phone camera modules, the camera contains an accelerometer that lets the exposure be trigged at the calculated climax of flight. The sphere of the camera itself is printed on a 3D printer and  is controlled using tiny AVR microcontrollers, with the governing program written in C, C++, QT, and openCV. All images taken are then easily downloaded using a USB device. Pfeil and co. are currently seeking partners in developing the throwable panoramic camera ball further.

Source: designboom

Read more at Hypebeast.com

wish they'd used different/better/not as noisy music

Pantone Christmas Ornaments

Pantone Christmas Ornaments:

You know our love for Pantone and every time they launch a new product we feel obliged to introduce it to you. These lovely two-toned glass Christmas ornaments were designed by Selab Studio for Italian design house Seletti. Coming in 10 different colors, each X-mas ball measures 8cm or 3.14″ in diameter. Perfect for your modern Christmas tree!(...) Read More about Pantone Christmas Ornaments (42 words)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

squiggystardust: Sunscreen Demystified! Celebrating Solstice!


Sunscreen Demystified! Celebrating Solstice!

Anyone who knows me is sick of me and my preaching about using sunscreen. The thing that makes them crazy is that I preach daily use, whether in or out doors all four seasons of the year. It must be applied 45 minutes before exposure. Reapplied every two hours if out in the sun. Cloudy days are actually *worse* that sunny days.

I came late to this religious rite after years of blissful baking in the sun. I didn't notice that my skin was doing a bit of shriveling until I was near thirty. I had, what I like to call, a form of beauty dysphoria. You know, like the skeletal girl who looks in the mirror and looks fat to herself. Or Donald Trump who looks in the mirror and thinks his hair looks good. That. I had convinced myself that dark brown = beauty and health.

Anyhoo, the reality was that I looked old, leathery and tired. I doubted that sunscreen could do anything, at that point, besides slowing down future damage.
I'm here to tell you that not only did it help, it actually reversed aging.
Any dermatologist will tell you that sunscreen is the most important beauty routine of all. The least expensive as well.

You can bronze up with powder or tinted moisturizer. I personally think the vampire look is beautiful.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Helsinki has Heaven-sinki Street Fashion and Outlandish Weddings (mostly UK)

My darling friend (I like to call her my 'childhood' friend though I was 20 when we met) Cynthia and her amazing daughter Olivia (who happens to be 20 herself), sent me these two articles/items separately but I'm putting them together in this post. It's a plus for me that these beautiful, erudite, creative, juicy women live in Geneva, Switzerland, so their bright, enthused, artistic eyes keep mine entertained and inspired on a regular basis. Both picture albums had me sitting up straight in my chair with sluggish blood moving more merrily in my winter's veins!

Cynthia sent me the fabulous Helsinki street fashion show. I am ready to move there when and if the opportunity presents, just from the looks of the delightful creative inhabitants there:


Then Olivia's article and picture album seemed to go on forever but I could not tear my eyes away until the very end, even though it was way past my bedtime and past almost everyone's bedtime in my time-zone. This particular album is entitled 'Awful Weddings.' My opinions diverge wildly from the snarky, mean opinions (in my opinion) of the blogger. She gets huge props for gathering these marvelous spectacular (as in spectacle) pictures, though. Each one is worth at least a thousand words. Most of those words would be droll rather than cruel, however. In particular, she says mean things about the large size of the brides, bridesmaids and children in the wedding parties. Not surprisingly, no men are meanly cited in the same way. Regardless, I love all these people who are pictured here, for creating their vision for their wedding day. Visions which are admittedly weird at times but guaranteed to be fascinating. Fellini would be thrilled! Fasten your brains securely:


Artists! Self-employed! Get More and Different Money with just your Smart Phone!

I've kept this to myself for over a month but must let you all know about this easy cheap way to possibly increase your revenue.

Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter wanted us to have an easier cheaper way to get money by having the ability to get credit card payments. Especially when we all have had experiences that it was credit card $$ or no $$. He created square because he had this experience with an artist friend of his. Here he talked to Charlie Rose about it:

JACK DORSEY: It came about because my cofounder is a glass artist and he sells these beautiful glass faucets and he was selling one for $2,000.  And all he had in his pocket was his mobile phone.  He couldn’t accept the credit card from the woman who wanted to buy this faucet and she didn’t have a checkbook and she obviously didn’t have $2,000 of cash, so he lost the sale.
And we were discussing this and we have these general purpose computers next to our ears and yet –
CHARLIE ROSE: The iPhone-4.
JACK DORSEY: Or an Android phone, or a blackberry, whatnot.  But yet he wasn’t able to accept that credit card.  So we wondered why that was, and we answered it by building this system.
Jack Dorsey thinks that the best technology is technology that disappears. Meaning, you think of it as a natural extension of you, i.e. the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, iPad. I thinks that's why I didn't think to blog about it. It just seemed like air, running water, my car. Natural. 

There's no start up fee, no monthly cost. If you have a smart phone you sign up in about a minute for "Square" and you can immediately take a credit card for payment of your services or painting or 'glass faucet.' Then you can, and will, send for the free tiny card reader that fits in your smartphone. It arrived in two days for me. It's adorable. 

Square takes 2.75% of amount for swiped cards, but if you're in a pickle, thought you'd never be interested in credit card payment, but suddenly need to make the deal on your art work or lose the sale, or whatnot, you can sign up in a minute or two and immediately be paid by digitally entering the credit card numbers. In that case they take 3.5. Or 3.5 if you, say, just lost the cute square reader in the toilet from your pocket at the bar, anyhoo, you get the drift.

Exciting. Adorable. Amazing. Practical. $$$$$

Monday, February 14, 2011

Animals Painted on Lips

Animals Painted on Lips

I'd rather see lips painted this way than seeing overdone female makeup.

If you're a guy doing drag I'm all for the fun, ostentatious faux-female fab-u-lous-ness.

For women? Not so much. Why paint out your beautiful, awesome, individuality?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Egypt and Squirrels are my passions

The revolution in Egypt has completely rocked my world. I thought about taking pictures of the extra clutter that mushroomed in my house the last 18 days while my whole life was watching trusted (not network!) news shows and reading blogs from Egyptians who were in Tahrir square. So obsessed, that my 450 some friends on facebook barely commented on my multiple posts about what was going on. I imagine that many clicked 'hide this person' beside my posts.

During my hearts and minds involvement in the revolution, the one small act that calmed me most, was feeding the neighborhood squirrels. Every day I provide a daily smorgasbord for the squirrels on the ledge of my deck railing.  The ritual started soon after I moved in four years ago. At first it was sporadic. The one constant was that I gave them fresh water everyday in the large dog bowl on the small table by the ledge. There are lots of feral cats in the neighborhood, as well, and as rough as their lives might be, I didn't want thirst to be one of their tortures. Even on winter days when the water was frozen, I would find that some courageous critter or two had licked a groove in the ice with their efforts to quench their thirst. So, another part of my winter wildlife buffet became popping the ice from the dish and filling it with hot water to prolonge liquidity.  Then about a year ago I began the never-miss-a -day food line-up. As far as their usual diet, I found they really liked the corn tortillas I buy in bulk. My recent Celiac diagnosis makes the tortillas my easy bread substitute. Soon I added blueberries that were too flaccid for my taste but were succulent morsels for the squirrels, and on and on.

Recently, I found out that Whole Foods sell squirrel and wild rabbit feed!
It was a great price, too! It cost $6.99 for five pounds of crunchy peanuts in the shell, sunflower seeds in the shell and hard corn. Other stuff too but those are the ingredients that come to mind. I bought a bag and enthusiastically created a tiny mountain range of feed around the wide railing for them. The cats and I watched from the window, hoping to see surprise and maybe delight on their little faces. Best I could tell, they were mostly confused, and if I stretched my imagination a little, the word disappointment came to mind. They politely crunched a couple of the peanuts in the shell and delicately considered the sunflower seeds. Mostly they seemed to be looking around for the fare they had become used to over the years. From that day on I only supplemented their usual banquet with the plebeian 'feed.'

How do squirrels tie in with the magnificent fact of the new hard-fought Eqyptian freedom? I think it comes down to the sense of impotence I feel about wanting to help peace come to the planet. Yes, I called the White House every day to ask them to support the Egyptians in any way possible; I called my senator with the same plea. I encouraged and expressed my love on Egyptian blogs and websites. But my hands buzzed with the emptiness of all they couldn't do.

My nurturing of the squirrels might be just a small act of something I can do, substituting for all that I can't do out there in the vast world. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

squiggystardust-the etymology

I'm surprised that I get to be squiggystardust throughout the internet. I was musing about it today as my eyes struggled to see the computer screen through my searing migraine. I hobbled around making a cup of leftover ground Starbucks ChristmasBlend, attempting to sculpt it into a resemblance of espresso- mainly for medicinal purposes. I'm hardcore now, drinking it without soy or sweetening. Just get the medicine down my craw. But back to the musing: Of course the major nod is to David Bowie. Then squiggystardust kept making it through as my screen name on various sites, not having to put numbers or additional letters to "win" it. But today with my pain-altered state I saw a deeper, or you could call it a 'lighter' meaning:
"squiggy" for goofiness (a bare essential for everyday usage) and "stardust" for the invisible magic dust I like to leave wherever I go. It makes my day more magical and I sincerely hope that it makes a more stardust-y day for my co-inhabitants in the world. May you all be stardusted, be you human, critter, plant, mineral, fire, air, water, earth or something as yet undiscovered that likes stardust or is stardust.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Skyping with family across the pond

Today my daughter, her baby and I Skyped with my other daughter in London and whiled away the hours like women in the old days might have at a quilt-making session or a knitting circle. Jacy nursed her baby part of the time but mostly we sat with our smart phones and three macbooks and illustrated our lives and interests to each other by wifi. Singing and dancing with Hugo got to be at such a pitch that he began singing at the top of his 7 month old lungs varying the pitch and intensity like an infant Pavarotti. He was so caught up in the fun he even planted some soulful kisses on my cheek. It was my first time to receive these sweet priceless gifts! Hugo played talking with his Aunt Phoebe and continued their budding relationship from a few months ago. Finally it was 1 AM in London and Phoebe stumbled sleepily to bed with visions of Hugo-shaped cherubs smiling in her head.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Have you guys checked out the supplement msm? I picked up 8 oz or so of the powder the other day at the healthy store. (Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, etc.) I sort of gravitated to it. It helped that it was cheap- a little over four dollars and I also remembered hearing positive things about it awhile ago. When I got home I googled it and liked it even better. I took about a half teaspoon in some water before bed and liked it even more. Since I was diagnosed with Celiac two years ago I am particularly concerned with getting enough nutrients out of the food I eat. Msm is known for helping bodies get maximum nutrients from food. It feels like it's sort of turbo-charging that for me. (The link I selected seems to encapsulate the benefits most clearly but of course research msm yourselves.) I've been taking it for about 4 days in the morning and before bed. I feel far more energetic, less headaches, amazing sleep, and more optimistic in general. It's impossible to take too much because it clears out of your body in 12 hours.
I'm excited about it.

squiggystardust: Donna Wilson Alert!

squiggystardust: Donna Wilson Alert!


Donna Wilson Alert!

Rockin' Sockin' artist of the century so far. Check out her Divine Designs and live vicariously through her free spirited romp through life! I bow deeply to Donna!