Saturday, July 12, 2008

Obvious, but iconic

'I knew the youthfulness of the Sixties,' said Saint Laurent, in 1984, almost two decades afterwards, 'Talitha and Paul Getty lying on a starlit terrace in Marrakech, beautiful and damned, and a whole generation assembled as if for eternity where the curtain of the past seemed to lift before an extraordinary future…'


'She's a little bit like Jackie O, in that she's an obvious reference to use,' admitted Phoebe Philo in an interview with W magazine at the end of 2001, having been inspired by Talitha for her ChloƩ collection. 'I guess you could say I got carried away with Talitha's character. Not that all of what I imagined about her was even true. I used her more as a fantasy to dream about.'


It *is* "a pop song." And the Manics cover version is so good...

The trio then shortly followed with limited edition single 'The Masses Against The Classes' before Bradfield introduced a cover of Rhianna's 'Umbrella' saying, "This is a pop song. It's Mr Nicky Wires favourite tune of 2007."

Montmarte: Steps

Montmarte: Steps, originally uploaded by edlimphoto.

Friday, July 11, 2008

No kidding

Perusing the Trib's travel section, I spotted a familiar name- Tabor Home Vineyards and Winery, the wine that we feature at the shop.

The Tabor Home wines have been well-received outside Iowa, winning prizes, and the cathedral-ceiling tasting room overlooks production facilities.

Visitors frequently see winemaking taking place.The setting is strictly pastoral. For city slickers, this is an opportunity to get an up close and personal look at a working farm just across the road.

The Catawba Rose is to die for. Tart and sweet and sparkly. Our best seller.



Today in "embarassing"

Slow day at the shop today, and everyone else had gone home, leaving me to close up. Upon hearing a prime bit of gossip from a customer, I called my mom to tell her said bit of gossip.

My cell phone did one of those things where it doesn't ring, but the other person picks up, thus startling you when you hear a voice on the other end...

Did that make sense? Whatever.

When I'm by myself at the shop, I tend to listen to music that I'd not put on if there were other people around. Things that, shall we say, are in-tune-challenged.

Unfortunately for me in this case, Mom was treated to my vocal stylings on 'Horrorshow' by The Libs.

Specifically, the "I'm following your mind's instructions, on how to slowly, sharply screw myself to death" part.

She may actually still be giggling about this.

Is it just me,

or does this Prada coat from the spring/summer '09 men's RTW collection resemble something not generally associated with fashion?

Say, a dog's rawhide chew toy?

Oh, Ronnie.

I think it's a poor idea for any 61-year old man to run around with a teenage girl, let alone one who allegedly DRINKS TWO!!! BOTTLES OF VODKA A DAY!

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood's family fear for his health after he went on a drunken binge with a 19-year-old Russian girl.

Wood has been at his home in Ireland for the past week with the girl, Ekaterina Ivanova, who he is said to have met in a London club. According to family friends, the alcoholic guitarist is close to "rock bottom". He is drinking two bottles of vodka a day and they fear for his life.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Random ten

*shakes iPod*

1. Lights- Scissor Sisters
2. Bitpartearly- Helsinki
3. Suedehead- Morrissey
4. Mermaids- Paul Weller
5. La Tristesse Durera (Scream to a Sigh)- Manic Street Preachers
6. Mr. Brightside- The Killers
7. Prelude To A Kiss- Alicia Keys
8. I Wanna Be Sedated- The Ramones
9. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is- Jet
10. Rocky Raccoon- Didz Hammond

11. Crocodile Tears- Girls Aloud
12. Breakfast In Bed- Shelby Lynne

How did I not know this?

Paul Smith has a blog on Vogue UK's website. PAUL SMITH.

Rock posters

The NME has a slideshow up of famous/iconic rock posters.

My favs include-
Paul Weller- 'Stanley Road.' Georgie and Aretha and Mods, OH MY!

Sex Pistols- from 'The Great Rock and Roll Swindle' (which incidentally, is on my Netflix queue)

Summer means one thing.


Here is my highly precise recipe for an awesome pasta salad.

Measurements/ingredients are approximate.

-whatever frozen veggies you have in the freezer

-some pasta, cooked al dente

-a vinaigrette of some sort

-whatever dried herbs or seasoning mixes you have in your cupboard.

Mix all of above together. Chill thoroughly. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese before serving.

Obviously, fresh veggies are superior, but if you're lazy as hell/pressed for time like myself, the frozen ones work a treat. (mix them with the hot pasta for instant de-thawing action)

In a pinch, bottled dressings will do, but make your own for vastly improved taste.

In a canning jar, mix-

1 part vinegar of some sort (red, white, champagne or balsamic)

3 parts extra-virgin olive oil

dash of prepared mustard

salt and ground pepper to taste

Put lid on jar, and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Deliciousness will ensue.

Eat pasta salad with a medium rare steak, fresh off the grill.

Mmmm.... summerlicious.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

This is

case in point why I don't read 'Rolling Stone' on a regular basis anymore.

(the online version)

Toby Keith’s New Film: “It’s Not All Wagon Wheels and Bales of Hay”

Oh Claire Forlani, how you've fallen...


Rush Never Sleeps, Plus the Complete Album Guide

God, I'm getting all twitchy (and not in a good way) thinking about 'Tom Sawyer.' Or 'Freewill.' Yergh. Too many associated memories with overly earnest, Ayn Randian college boyfriends.


Oh, this is good

New 'Shambles tune- 'Maybelline.' Very Roses.

And oh God, the Mohawk is growing on me.

Chezza. Honey.

I don't care if he bought you a 70K watch for your birthday. He's a lying, cheating, whining sack of crap.

Kick. Cashley. To. The. Curb.

This week in "completely unsettling"

Last weekend, nearly my entire family gathered together to celebrate my niece's birthday. Sitting on the deck at my sister's house, my dad regaled my brother and brother-in-law with stories from the flood.

About an hour before the levee broke, my uncle (who was somewhat in charge of prevention efforts), pulled Dad off the end loader he was running, telling him they had to "go check something out up at the river."

Dad called Mom quickly to tell her what was going on, and that he loved her.

Together with my other uncle and my cousin, they hopped on ATVs and drove the half-mile to the levee, where as feared, "dirty boils" were popping up all over. (weak spots where water and dirt were flowing through).

They knew it was over when they spotted them.

At that point, they signaled for the entire sandbagging operation to get the hell out of dodge. Fifteen minutes later, the levee broke.

Why did Dad call my mom before getting on the four-wheeler?

They didn't have enough time to grab life jackets.

If the levee would have broken when they were by it... well, let's just say that I could have lost four family members.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Leopard print capris? HONEY. NO.

(your hair remains adorable, though)

Monday, July 07, 2008

God Bless Judy Blume

The voice-of-authority-during-my-formative-years (and now) on men-

I love men, apart from one: George Bush. I'm hoping that with the next presidential election that we will find ourselves in a better era, where sex is not a dirty subject, where puberty is a healthy subject, where we won't have so much book banning in America. I'm hoping, politically, that America is going to prove to the world that we're not all bad.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

I realize

that this is from The Scum, but let this be true, let this be true, let this be true.

Rod and Ronnie went for a long lunch on Thursday at Mayfair restaurant Cipriani’s to discuss their plans. And the upshot of their
afternoon on the sauce was an agreement to get back on the road soon.

A source said: “Ron and Rod had a great time reminiscing. They were having a laugh and a joke but there is still a serious hunger to get back in the studio. “There are plans for the band to start recording in the autumn with a tour in the pipeline for this winter.”


Love them, love the album. Cutie pie Northern boys.

Are you similar people? "Yeah," says Miles. "Our families like each other too. They met for the first time when we were on Later With Jools Holland and got on like a house on fire."

"My Mum and his mum have the same kitchen table," says Alex. "When I went back to stay at his I realised his mum had loads of the same stuff. Did my head in, that."


Absolutely chic.

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on an official visit to Israel.