|Janie Bryant with her adorable standard poodles. Photo by Kendrick Brinson.|
I have been in a tizzy of writing for over a month now, doing some freelance work that is both challenging and fun but has left little time for blogging. Still, that doesn’t mean that I’m not paying attention to some tidbits I’ve seen around the web in my down time. Here are three that caught my eye.
Janie Bryant in The New York Times
There is an interesting piece in The New York Times about the “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant. I am a fan of her work but I don’t know if the article showed her in the best light. I could not get over how many times she said she was “obsessed” with something in the interview, it was excessive, and because she talked about how she wanted to become “a lifestyle brand,” it made me wonder why so many people these days feel the need to become a brand, from bloggers to costume designers. What’s wrong with just staying a thoughtful blogger or an amazing costume designer? Why is that not enough?
One of the most interesting people I’ve had the good fortune to interview, the owner of the small Brooklyn bakery, once told me for a story I was writing on her that she did not feel the need to grow her business into something overly large and when it was starting to head in that direction, she sold her half of the name to her business partner, renamed her bakery, and made the decision to stay a one-shop business. She liked it better that way since it allowed her to spend time with her young children and husband. I ask you, where is that spirit these days? Why does everybody and everything have to be a “brand?” I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject!
|Cartier Tank Solo in steel.|
Cartier Price Drop
I read about this over at The Purse Forum and dear reader, it’s true! If there’s any chance you have been Saving for Something Big at the famed French jeweler, now is the time to buy! The watch that I think I would actually get daily use out of, the small Tank Solo in steel, is back to the price it was when I first visited with it a few years ago. Isn’t that amazing? When does a luxury brand have a price drop? I haven’t done anything rash, though I have given some thought to the matter! It might be time to make my return to the Manhattan Fifth Avenue boutique and have a try-on party! Who’s in?
|Tom Ford polish in “Black Jade”.|
Tom Ford nail polish in “Black Jade”
I think it’s fabulous that Tom Ford is pushing what I consider a fall color for a spring beauty campaign and since I am so into green these days I am treating myself to a bottle of this for Mother’s Day. It’s expensive, sure, $32 a bottle, but I can’t work up the guilt—the one bottle of Tom Ford polish I own, “Bordeaux Lust,” is over half gone, it’s that good, in both formula and color. So in terms of cost per wear, I have definitely gotten my money’s worth, more so than with much cheaper polishes! This “Black Jade” will be a shade I wear now, in spring, and again in winter. I love this deep, shimmering, moody green which I have read is very dark, nearly black with a hint of green, on the nails. Sounds like the one for me! It’s sold out in a lot of places but still available at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.
What’s on your mind these days?