Father's Day...is it here already? Well, just about. It always sneaks up on me and I rush around at the last minute trying to find just the right gift.
You might want to check out Beladora's selection of cufflinks....and if you don't see something there that you like, send an email or call the office, because there are at least a hundred more pairs to choose from.
Recession...what recession? The Bellagio was so packed with people yesterday that I had to stand in line for at least 1/2 hour to check in, and they didn't even have a room ready....and how many rooms are there in this hotel.... Admittedly the casino looks a little quieter that usual but there are still loads of the people here, wedding parties, business groups, guys on golf trips, poker players and the usual tourists.
From New York Magazine When Trends CollideJust when you thought skinny jeans couldn't get any skinnier, the marketing geniuses at Topshop introduce a new term into our fashion vocabulary: Jeggings. (Or Treggings, to you Brits.) The brand's jean + legging hybrid is knit from cotton, polyester, and spandex, for that suck-it-in, painted-on look without the loss of circulation in your lower half. The Topshop site helpfully suggests that you pair these with an animal-print tunic (tunimal?).
Considering that most of the female population isn't 6 feet tall and 115 pounds with legs as long as Gisele Bundchen....are jeggings really a good idea? Isn't painful enough that we have to wear skinny jeans which aren't exactly flattering for those of us without the DNA of a glamazon.
It takes half an hour to cross the pool (by gondola, naturally). The spa has a room full of real snow. The bathrooms have gold-plated mirrors on the FLOOR. As Sharon, Paris and Mariah open Europe's most shameless temple of excess, can anyone afford to stay there?
The Mardan Palace
World recession or not
Frankly, the Mardan Palace must be seen to be believed. Russian billionaire Telman Ismailov spent more than £1billion on this project - and it shows.
The hotel itself - where suites cost up to £11,500 a night - is a temple to bling, fitted out with 2,500 tons of gold, 500,000 crystals and 23,000 square metres of Italian marble.
I thought that "If you build it they will come"
Apparently the hotel's owner thought that an opening with an hour long fireworks show and $200 Mouton Rothschild wasn't enough so he brought in the talent
for a price.
He's flown in superstar songstress Mariah Carey to perform (at a rumoured cost of £1 million) along with Tom Jones as the opening act. They are both on hand to entertain VIP guests including Ms Stone, Richard Gere and Paris Hilton, who have all been paid to attend and flown over on private jets for a blacktie party set to last for three days.
Seal was also a paid guest...SEAL!
Doesn't he have enough already with the music and the Heidi Klum empire?
Sharon Stone and Paris Hilton - aka the Bitch Brigade
Mariah Carey and Monica Belluci - aka the Diva Dames
Richard Gere and Tom Jones - aka the Silver Foxes
Of course with the paid talent you always get problems
Mariah Carey doesn't even bother to show up for her planned appearance at the press gathering, or the one-on-one interviews set up for afterwards, prompting several television crews to curse her audibly. She decides to stay in her room for what appears to be an extra four hours of hair and make-up. Paris Hilton, meanwhile, arrives late and refuses to talk to anyone. The photographers are then called and asked to assemble before the evening's festivities because she has agreed to a photo session - which is a surprise to precisely no one.
Is any of this diva behavior a surprise?
So will this hotel live up to its sumptuous opening party and become a mecca for the European super-rich? I'm no economist, but as the world slides deeper into recession, surely this is not the perfect time to be opening such a place. But then, perhaps the rich are not affected in the same way as the rest of us. One seasoned Russian journalist is not so sure, though. 'Rich Russians go to France or England if they have the money - not Turkey,' he says. 'It's too much like our own country; the lifestyle and the people. Who will come here?'
Read the whole article....it's worth it just to read how the celebrities behaved in their press conference and how the reporter, a Mariah Carey look alike, was treated.
Sewing Centers for Women In Iraq Provide Clothes and Jobs
OK...now that we've established that I have the best job in the world, buying and selling estate jewelry...this Memorial Day I'd like to acknowledge and thank the men and women of the armed services who don't get to do anything so cushy as brandishing bling.
And...I'd like to tell you about Spirit of America, an organization that funds projects that help our military in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and other locations abroad.
Spirit of America's mission is to help Americans serving abroad assist people in need. We respond to requests from American military and civilian personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa for items that will help local people.
Objectives include: Increase the reach, scale and impact of the informal humanitarian activities that take place on the front lines in troubled regions. Contribute charitable goods that can have a positive, practical and timely impact inthe local communities where American personnel are involved. Establish connections and strengthen bonds between the American people and those in countries struggling for freedom and democracy.
The Organization: Spirit of America is a 501c3 nonprofit supported solely through private-sector contributions. We do not receive funding from the government or military. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.
SSG Dale Race stationed near Kunar Province Valley Afghanistan contacted SoA to help with the need in this rural area in Northeast area of Afghanistan. SSG Race wrote, "I would like your help with providing basic subsistence items to a few local Afghan farmers and their children in our area of operation in the Kunar province. Most farmers and families lack some of the things we take for granted every day such as fresh water, food, education and clothing." With your contributions to this project, SoA will supply items such as shovels, rakes, baby blankets, clothing, school supplies and more.
What does your donation buy? $500 buys 50 blankets
Fleet Marine Force Corpsman (HM1) Charlotte Ward is serving with the 1/4 Battalion's Caleb Platoon near Fallujah, Iraq. She wrote to Spirit of America to secure supplies for women and children to provide them a support system to combat the instability they face on a daily basis and to empower their self-sufficiency through education, literacy and a sewing center. Your contributions to this project to benefit HM1 Ward's request will help to bring practical assistance and hope to Iraqi women and children in need.
What does your donation buy? $350 purchases one sewing machine $100 purchases 10 school kits $50 purchases one set of sewing accessories, buttons, notions and thread
Poverty, lack of education and limited access to basic utilities make circumstances difficult for many in Senegal. Army Major Michael Poirier contacted Spirit of America to help provide basic supplies such as school kits, hygiene kits and soccer balls. In addition, solar powered lanterns are needed to bring light where no electricity is available. Your generous contributions to this project will allow Spirit of America to provide all of these supplies and more.
Imagine my trepidation when I realized this past week that I would have to take a quick one day trip to Atlanta....because seriously these women scare the hell out of me.
Luckily, I never came into contact with the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Instead I met with some very nice people and wouldn't mind going back once a quarter for business. But, the W Hotel in Buckhead is going to have to pay a little more attention to detail. W people... is it too much to ask to have bottled water in the minibar and turn down service? And just because the menu at your Market restaurant was created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten doesn't mean that your chef knows how to cook the dishes properly. Next time I'm going to skip the restaurant and have my one cocktail at the rooftop Whiskey Blue bar and a club sandwich in my room.
has finally opened. OK, so maybe there was a serious problem with the service last Sunday night when it took the kitchen over an hour to serve steak tartare and pomme frites....But I'm still psyched to have a restaurant of this quality with reasonable prices in the hood, within walking distance.
"Semiotics is concerned with everything that can be taken as a sign. A sign is everything which can be taken as significantly substituting for something else. This something else does not necessarily have to exist or to actually be somewhere at the moment in which a sign stands in for it. Thus semiotics is in principle the discipline studying everything which can be used in order to lie. If something cannot be used to tell a lie, conversely it cannot be used to tell the truth; it cannot in fact be used 'to tell' at all. I think that the definition of a 'theory of the lie' should be taken as a pretty comprehensive program for a general semiotics." -Umberto Eco, Theory of Semiotics, 1976
The message is clear: Women are united, and they want their sisters to succeed. But scratch the surface a bit deeper, and some members of the sorority tell another story: that women--particularly their immediate superiors--can be their worst tormentors. Fact is, despite the veneer of harmony and the decades of shared struggle, there's tension on the women's front. Talk to any group of women lawyers, and there will be plenty of war stories on the betrayals--real or perceived--that they have experienced at the hands of other women.
It’s probably no surprise that most of these bullies are men, as a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute, an advocacy group, makes clear. But a good 40 percent of bullies are women. And at least the male bullies take an egalitarian approach, mowing down men and women pretty much in equal measure. The women appear to prefer their own kind, choosing other women as targets more than 70 percent of the time.
I work in a harem....no seriously I do. The office make-up is 8 women (the harem) to 1 man (the sultan). It is the perfect environment for an Organizational Development case study..maybe I should've paid more attention to the subject in B-school....then again the professor shouldn't have been such a smug bitch...but I digress. Let's just say that it endlessly amuses me to sit back and watch the office dynamics.
And to anyone who thinks that the world would be a kinder, gentler place if controlled by a coterie of women....may I humbly suggest that you work in an office dominated by women and then give me your opinion....
5. Severance 4. Acceptable responses to everyone’s all time fav question “What do you do?” include “I’m still figuring that out”, “I’m taking some time to relax” or “Yeah, not sure.” 3. It’s actually possible to get a cab going downtown at 9 am. 2. Waiters don’t pressure you to buy bottles- tap water is finally assumed. 1. Crime is up, gentrification down. Soon modern day New Yorkers can claim to have street cred.
5. Bankruptcy. Firms are losing a lot of corporate work, but at least some of that is being made up for in bankruptcy jobs. Massive doc review will keep under-worked junior associates busy (and employed). 4. Getting to see firms that rejected my application layoff associates. Doubly good when someone I didn’t like works worked there. 3. Massive sales on clothes. Longer/better happy hours. If you didn’t lose your job, this basically equates to a raise. 2. UK dropped their student loan rates to 0%. Maybe the US will follow suit? Hope and change, baby, hope and change. 1. Bar tenders can now deal with drunk assholes by saying, “Do I come down to the unemployment office and harass you?”
and the BHB list
5. The A table is actually available at my favorite restaurant.
4. On street parking on Robertson, Melrose and Rodeo
3. Sales girls at Chanel are genuinely nice...not just fake nice
2. Prices are so reduced that I can finally afford to buy my own product
1. With the rise in foreclosures, that ranch property in Ojai is getting closer to being within my reach
Two Class Action Suits Filed Against Bidz.comTwo legal firms, the law offices of Howard G. Smith and Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, have filed separate class-action lawsuits against auction website Bidz.com for securities fraud. On behalf of those who purchased common stock of Bidz.com (BIDZ) between August 13 and November 26, 2007, the two firms allege that Bidz.com inflated the price of its stock by issuing misleading statements that disguised the company's problems. Attorneys for Bidz.com contend that the plaintiff's allegations are without merit, as they are based on a November 2007 report by Citron Research, which has since admitted that it held a short position in Bidz.com stock at the time of the report.
Nicola Ruiz From Berlin to Barcelona, these 10 buzzworthy spots epitomize cool.
Paris has La Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. New York is home to Fifth and Madison avenues. And shoppers need look no further than Via Monte Napoleone in Milan, Italy, for the latest prêt-a-porter. But none can match London's cosmopolitan vibe. One third of the city's population was born outside Britain; that's 2.3 million Londoners sharing their cultural style, fashion and cuisine. This mix gives tremendous vibrancy to the city, the world's most stylish according to a recent survey.
While Paris came in second, Anholt says it's done less to deserve this elite spot than other cities. With no notable new buildings going up since the Arche de La Defense 20 years ago, and few new crowd-pleasing events of late, Anholt says that Paris, like Rome and Milan, is riding on its reputation.
Riding on its reputation....I love that phrase
(I might add that I am a Francophile...not a Parisophile)