Monthly Archives: July 2008

New Harry Potter Trailer

Official Trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Covet: Salvatore Ferragamo Oxfords

Salvatore Ferragamo Oxfords

A post for the men.

Salvatore Ferragamo Torrent 2 Oxford – $850.00

• Nero (black)/white leather.
• Pinked and perforated detail.
• Lace-up front.
• “Torrent 2” is made in Italy.

Looks like something Chuck Bass would wear.

Quiz: Which Chess Piece Are You?


I saw this quiz on one of my commenter’s sites. So I decided to see for myself. I’ve never been very good at chess. But here I am:

The Queen’s Rook
Congrats! Only 5-6% of the population score this!

The Queen’s Rook is a pensive, analytical individual. They don’t mind spending long periods of time on their own to work through problems. They may venture so far into thought they appear vacant or detached; often they really are oblivious of the world at that moment. These wayward princes are precise about descriptions and by habit correct others (or feel sorely tempted) if the shade of meaning is slightly off. This is annoying to the less concise, but this is what gives the Queen’s Rook a gift for gab, especially in writing.

This Rook is relatively easy going until their principles of truth, knowledge and justice are violated. Because of this they hate the formalities of bureaucracy, politics, and authority – which tend to mask the truth of operations. They will respond with a flip of the switch and become outspoken and inflexible. They will eventually drop the issue, because they do prefer a reserved and benign ambiance. The problem with the Queen’s Rook is when they are debating a point; they may be convincing themselves as much as their opponent. They spend a considerable amount of time second-guessing their abilities and may come to multiple conclusions that offer plausible solutions.

An indicator that a friend may be a Queen’s Rook is an obsession with logic. If a mistake is made, it is because there wasn’t enough data or it was placed out of context. Another indicator you’re friend is a Rook, throw a strategy game at them. They enjoy Risk, Bridge, Chess, and word games. Never rush the Rook. They don’t draw conclusions very quickly. If one were to gather a bunch of Rooks together to form a group they may debate:

1.) Whether or not there should be a group.
2.) Exactly what name should the proposed group choose?
3.) Which of the persons in the group should take responsibility or should they rotate?

Which Chess Piece Are You?

My Tomatoes

My Tomatoes

I’ve been growing tomatoes in a pot in my backyard.

After weeks of waiting, one of them is finally starting to turn color. Hopefully, soon I will be enjoying a fresh, homegrown tomato salad.

I have a notoriously black thumb. Once I even watered a potted plant for several months before I realized it was fake. So these tomatoes are no small achievement. I am particularly proud of these little darlings.

Have you ever tried to grow your own vegetables?

Shoe Sale at Soft Surroundings

Sequined Wedge from Soft Surroundings

Anne from Soft Surroundings was kind enough to let us know these coveted shoes are now on sale for only $24.99.

I snatched them up in cobalt blue. While I was there I couldn’t resist the rest of the unique shoe selection. So I bought three others. Take a look.

Canvas Espadrille from Soft Surroundings
Canvas Espadrille with open toe and wedge heel – on sale for $17.99

Antille Shoe from Soft Surroundings
Antille Shoe – Victorian-inspired shoes that lace up – on sale for $34.99

Matisse Pia Slide from Soft Surroundings
Matisse Pia Slide with colored stones and intricate stiching – on sale for $49.99

Get ’em while they’re hot, girls.

Quote of the Day: Chanel

Coco Chanel

How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.

–Coco Chanel

Review: Kiehl’s Lip Gloss

Kiehl\'s Lip GlossI’ve been looking for a lip gloss that has some depth. I’m tired of just a hint of color.

Judging from the packaging, I thought Kiehl’s lip gloss would have a strong pigment. I looked at the sample in the store but I didn’t try it on, nor did I read the label which specifically states “light, sheer and glossy.”

I chose Berry 1851. While it is a nice lip gloss that feels good, smells good, and is not sticky, it doesn’t have much color to it. So my quest continues.

Unusually Creamy, Yet Light, Sheer and Glossy

Made with Natural Extracts, Non-Sticky Gloss, Hydrates Lips and Restores Suppleness, Contains Antioxidants, Not tested on animals.

Our “simply mahvelous” formula is made with natural extracts of Mango and Grape Seed, Rose Hips, and Apricot Kernal. This non-sticky gloss hydrates lips and restores their suppleness as antioxidants help preserve a healthy appearance.

Do you know of any glosses that have some color impact but are not a long-wearing formula?

Dressing Your Age – A Rant About Clothes

Madonna in satin shortsDressing your age in America is near impossible. When I go shopping for clothes, everything I find is geared toward youth, and not just youth, but Disney performance-oriented showbiz youth.

I don’t want to wear cropped jeans with bedazzles on them. I don’t want to wear spaghetti-strapped camisole tops without a bra. I don’t want to wear shorts that sit below my belly button and just under the cheek of my behind.

People over the age of 12 do not look good in this attire. If most people in the U.S. are overweight — actually, more like obese — who are these clothes for?

Madonna has been criticized lately for dressing age appropriate. I think she looks great. She is turning 50 years old this year and is in fantastic shape for a woman half her age. But that doesn’t mean she wants to walk around in a cone-shaped bra. She probably just wants to look pretty and feel comfortable. She knows how to separate her stage life and real life.

But apparantly, the department stores do not. I don’t want to dress like Miley Cyrus and I suspect she doesn’t want to dress like me.

Can we have a little more variety, please?

The Who: Tea and Theatre

Terminator Salvation Trailer

Christian Bale

The thought of yet another Terminator movie didn’t excite me until I found out Christian Bale was playing John Connor.


Here’s the trailer.