Thursday, August 28, 2008

Pumped for the speech, pumped for the fanfare, pumped for the guacamole I'm going to make. (I'm not sure why I keep correlating these DNC posts with food. But such as it is.)

Will try to post later with some actual thoughts on everything that went down this week, but for now I'll just leave you with links to other people doing the writing:

1. McCain's smart idea for an ad.
Side note: during my subway ride yestreday I wrote down a list of ads I would create if I were running the Obama campaig, (yes, i AM aware that I'm enormously lame) and what McCain is doing is exactly the same as one of those ideas I wrote down. Except, you know, with the candidates switched. Thievery, I tell you!

2. The best convention diary I've found online (from The Economist)
3. Politics: where hyperbole comes to die.

4. Call me an emo schmuck, but this moment last night was swell.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

rocked it

Yeah, so Hillary just gave one of the best speeches I've ever heard. My leftover cheesecake was mighty good too.

Monday, August 25, 2008

asses of all kinds

For a rollicking good time, I strongly recommend getting boozy while watching the Democratic National Convention. Or more specifically, buying a bottle of Jameson whiskey while eating a 6" circle of glistening perfection known as Junior's cheesecake. While the initial excuse for this was Terence's birthday, the focus quickly moved away from him and onto the hilarity of the many awkward speeches of the night. Nancy Pelosi, I love you. But when you tell a long story about being Italian and American and eating Italian food while being American and then abruptly ending it with, "and then a little boy popped out under the table and said, Barack Obama!" it doesn't exactly...inspire. I think I snarfed instead.

The highlights, in my humble opinion, were the ladies of the evening -- Claire McCaskill of Missouri who gave the one feisty speech of the night, and Michelle Obama, who spoke extremely well. She also looked mad good. Not surprising, though -- this woman has got some incredible style:

Tonight: Hillary speaks and the "cathartic" process begins. Thank goodness there's still some whiskey and cake left in the fridge.

P.S. And to the Dems: if someone in some speech soon doesn't give the McCain campaign the swift, hard, ass-kicking they deserve after this, this and this, I will find a way to fly to Denver and have this guy do it for you.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

where you get them jeans

I have never been a big fan of GAP clothes. The fit is always a little bulky, the seams a little too generous, and everything just feels so...sturdy. So practical. I have yet to own an item from there that makes me feel feminine, fashionable, or unique. Their jeans can be ok, but for me, nothing earth-shattering.

I want to like GAP. Who doesn't love their commercials. So fun! So catchy! So many celebrity endorsements! And although I find myself always stopping in and pondering whether I need yet another gray t-shirt or badly shaped navy dress (you just can't take suburbia out of a girl, it seems) I'm inevitably disappointed.

So when the Style Section today included a piece on GAP's new fall lineup under the care of Patrick Robinson, I was intrigued. Perhaps, perhaps, they had found the right designer to unearth the store's potential.

While the style is too hobo-chic for my taste, he's definitely gotten the androgynous look down in a much more stylish and modern way than they ever have. And certain pieces of the collection, like the woman's blazer on top and the leather vest in the middle picture seem like potential keepers.

What do you guys think? Is he really the "megabrand messiah"?

Monday, August 18, 2008

oh dear

click here for the whole series of, yes, lolz bush. Courtesy of The Guardian, that blasphemously liberal British newspaper.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

this and that

Apologies for the spotty posting; it's been a bit of a marathon week. Terence's suggestions for post topics included a) videogames b) world of warcraft (a.k.a..."wow") and c) food. This post will be about exactly none of those things. Sorry, T!

1. Philiip Lim's kids line = some of the most ridiculously fashionable clothes I have ever seen. I can't stop looking at and coveting those exact outfits (well, maybe with some heels added) for my own size.

2. Minorities no longer?

3. A Cup of Jo posted this on her blog, and it's surprisingly hard. Try naming the 100 most common words in the English language in just five minutes. (I achieved the sad little score of fifty.)

Friday, August 8, 2008

built by wendy

Built By Wendy is having a pretty big online sale, and although the prices at 50% off are still not exactly budget friendly to my wallet right now, it doesn't hurt to look. Maybe some of you readers are baller enough to afford something. Some of my favorite items:

Two-tone dress: $146 (orig. $202)

Seersucker Sport Jacket: $136 (orig. $272)

Poplin pencil skirt: $94 (orig. $188)

Black stretch jeans: $135.00


An actually well-thought out article on the reasons Obama is slipping in the polls, and why the arrogant perception is starting to stick. Written by Peggy Noonan, former speech writer to Reagan. Excerpt below:

"Two weeks ago a journalist, a moderate liberal, spoke to me of what he called Mr. Obama's arrogance. I said I didn't think it was arrogance but high self-regard. He said there's no difference. I said no, arrogance has an air about it of pushing people around, insisting on your way. Mr. Obama doesn't seem like that. He took down a machine without raising his voice. Extremely high self-regard, though, can itself be a problem.

"What's wrong with that?" my friend said. "You want a self-confident president."

I said yes, but it brings up the Churchill question. Churchill had been scored by an acquaintance for his own very high self-regard, and responded with what was for him a certain sheepishness. "We're all worms," he said, "but I do believe I am a glowworm." He believed he was great, and he was. Is Mr. Obama a glowworm? Does he have real greatness in him? Or is he, say, a product of the self-esteem campaign, that movement within the schools and homes of our country the past 25 years that says the way to get a winner is to tell the kid he's a winner every day?

Is Mr. Obama's self-conception in line with his gifts, depth, wisdom and character? That's the big question, I suspect, on a number of minds."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

unhappy america

Almost 2 weeks old now, but a good article from The Economist worth reading.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

oh little pig

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Friday, August 1, 2008


Hey there, clothes, you looking fine to me:

Also, what made my day, nay, week:
Chamillionaire (yes, Chamillionaire) somehow saw a little video ekp and I did for a company my sister works for, and wrote via email to our employers, "Saw the youtube video...that S is hot."