15 May 2009

The Courtship of Eddie's Etsy Shop

I am no longer a 'virtual lab' virgin.

Although I didn't quite master the 'throwing hearts' or 'sending bumblebees' portion of the lab, no points were taken off. Further, I found out that a course in mastering these lab-works is offered, so I 'enrolled' for next time. (I think it has something to do with setting your icon to 'heart' or 'star' or 'bee', positioning your pointer hand over your avatar, and dragging the cursor to the object of your affection/amusement.)

Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar, partners and co-founders of Eddie Ross, Inc, were our gracious hosts for the virtual lab last night. Funny, engaging, and offering terrific Etsy finds, they enlightened us and responded to our comments and queries for nearly an hour.

The topic: entertaining. We were treated to a parade of brass bamboo trays, silver-plate shakers, glass stirrers, and linens and glass in all colors, shapes, sizes, and uses. Mostly with monograms. (My weakness!) Eddie's best find was, of course, presented early in the lab. It was the one I wanted to buy immediately - and the one that he had already snapped-up for himself, the rogue! The rooster-embroidered linen cocktail napkins were lovely. Pale blue with white scalloped edges. And the roosters were intricate, with layers of brown, gold, and red feathers and coal-black eyes. That they came with matching embroidered wine coasters was the buttercream and caramel drizzle on the cake.

Is your appetite whetted? Visit
etsy - that's 'Betsy-without-the-B' - for more information on virtual labs and to shop EddieRoss. (Hi, Betsy!)

Thanks for perusing this blog; blog you again soon!

12 May 2009

Pretty Funny in Plaid

(Note: this review was originally drafted on 6 May 2009. TIO regrets the delay in posting.)

Well, it's over.
The book, that is.
Pretty in Plaid.
You know.

I am actually still laughing because the last 20 pages were hilarity-inducing. The whipped cream, fudge, nuts, cherry, AND sprinkles of the book.

And I literally fell off the sofa.

Pretty in Plaid made me giggle at first, in a polite "I'm-trying-to-fit-in-at-your-house-during-this-rush-party" way. Admittedly, it took awhile for me to ease into hearing a woman's voice inside an eight-year-old's story. But as the years progressed and Jeni's wardrobe expanded, I really started to understand how her experiences and environments shaped who she is, the 'Jen' she's become.

In her first three books, Jen Lancaster covered approximately eight years and journaled her career flourishes and follies. With PiP, she started at the beginning (a very good place to start). For her to condense 25 pre-graduation years into one book, however, was ambitious. But it worked and worked well. I went back in time with her to the formative days of amibition (read: Girl Scouts), the satirical days before prom, and days full of ennui in college. But whether or not Jen went to prom is not what capitvates: her transition from satirist to sartorialist engages and is - best of all - witty. In the end, Jen's forthrightness and willingness to not take herself too seriously is what attracts. It is endearing and for that I will follow her every (c)logged step.

Cheers, Jen. The late night was worth it...again.

09 May 2009

Like totally get on your boots...or clogs

So... did you buy it? Finish reading it? Enjoy tagging along on Jen's romp through the wardrobe? Get on your boots and get out there with her! With me!

(And if you don't want boots - as if - try
these instead. I have them in orange. Fer sure.)

Thanks for perusing this blog; blog you again soon!

05 May 2009

Muffy, Our Book is Here

Well, I resisted the urge to blog yesterday on 'StarWars Day' (May the 4th be with you!).

I cannot, however, resist the urge to remind you all that today is 'Pretty in Plaid' Day!


Huzzah! Jen Lancaster's fourth is available today at bookshops and online at 
amazon.com. Beginning in 2006 with her first book - Bitter is the New Black, Ms Lancaster has reduced me to tears through laughter more times than either my immediate family or commrades-in-squished-seats on the plane care to acknowledge. As her simply irresistible journey unfolds in books two and three - Bright Lights, Big Ass and Such a Pretty Fat, Jen's unpretentiousness and joie de vivre seem to jump off the page and throw their arms around you like a dear friend returning from a fabulous shopping spree - and yes, she brought you something! Probably with an alligator.

I invite you to join me on this
joyride with Jen. Bring your denim jacket, your pearls, and - of course - your plaid!

Thanks for perusing this blog; blog you again soon!


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