Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring is T-shirt Season

In the winter you are bundled up, wrapped, stuffed and clipped into anything that will keep the chill out. One of the nicer things about warmer weather is that your clothes really don't have to be so very restricting. Spring for me begins t-shirt season.

But the question remains, just how much do you spend on a shirt that your grandfather wore as underwear?

This little ditty can go day or night. Jockey brand t-shirt for women. Personally I like men's t-shirts only because they are boxier and more comfortable. I still find too many women's tees to be too clingy and quite frankly that's not what a t-shirt is for. HERE . $21

Here's another style from Hanes in many different colors:

Apparently you can buy these t-shirts at Kohls for $6.99 each or a classic 3 pack v-neck tee in white for $29.00



Meanwhile at the other end of the fashion spectrum you can buy t-shirts for hundreds upon hundreds of dollars.


A beautiful cashmere tee from Eileen Fisher for $235. Not certain that they should really call that a tee. It's a cashmere shirt. But it does come in your choice of 6 colors.

Now if all you want is a white cotton t-shirt (organic of course) that will only set you back $100 courtesy of Eileen Fisher.


On the other hand you can also spend upwards of almost $600 for this puckered tee from Armani Colleczioni.


Or you could come back down to earth with this cute little colorful number from Lafayette 148 New York for only $278.



Of course for those of us who aren't quite into wearing our grandfathers underwear and have decided that we need to spend our money on food, rent and other essentials, not a t-shirt, there is always

The Gap

GAP 40% sale right now too.

 

or Old Navy

with 15% off women's styles (picture from momtrends)


And for that hipster girl in you, there is always Anthropologie and their Francophile t-shirts

these start at $48




Anyway you look at it, t-shirts are abundant and for every budget.

As for me, hot days coupled with the wonderful hot flashes of menopause have meant I choose grandpa's underwear for comfort. As I said earlier, I go for breezy and create my own sense of style.




Elise

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Coach did it, Now Dooney and Burke Seems to Have Remembered Grown-ups

When I was growing up there were two iconic American handbag companies, Coach and Dooney and Burke. But somehow in the middle of the It Bag craze of the 90s and early OOs, these bag companies decided not to fight for the grown-up dollar. They devolved into some version of the teeny-bopper handbag of the moment. No self-respecting purse obsessed adult would be seen with anything purchsed from one of these two American companies. Of course it didn't help their advertising any when it was revealed that the all-American Coach bag is now made in China. At least D&B is still manufactured in Norwalk, Connecticut.


It seems that with new people at the helms of these two companies, they have finally decided to return to the people that actually have enough money to buy their products, working adults. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Coach has some rather adult handbags this season. Albeit I found the hardware rather flimsy and lacking in pizzazz. Pleasantly, their spring line has some interesting new shapes. I am particularly fond of the new domed satchel. But the colors leave something to be desired. Pale blues, beiges and white really do not say spring, but rather blah.





But here is a new tote from Dooney and Burke. I like its simple lines and the variety of colors for purchase, which is really a D&B hallmark
Side Stitched Shopper


This picture has left out the gorgeous blue Here.



I could see myself happily carting this bag around knowing that it is a real grown-up handbag. Not bad that it's also really made in the USA either.



Elise

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What's the scariest thing you have ever done?

From TED

Astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses his experiences in space.

There's an astronaut saying: In space, "there is no problem so bad that you can't make it worse." So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider's web. Watch for a special space-y performance.
 




Elise

Monday, March 17, 2014

Springtime is Coming.....The Vernal Equinox Approaches....Promise

This week marks the beginning of Spring. The Vernal Equinox is on March 20th. Unfortunately most of us are still living with snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. But as hope springs eternal, we know that soon spring will show its lovely wares and the world will burst with life once again. In the meantime, I though I'd post these videos just to get us all ready. I swear you can smell the flowers.









Elise

Saturday, March 15, 2014

FEED the Hungry; NO KID HUNGRY

Hunger kills more people everyday around the world than AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis combined. It is a sin that anyone in today's technological world goes hungry. Here are some organizations that are trying to do their part:


Organization 1: FEED

I have written about this charity before. It is an international attempt to stem hunger around the globe.  Here are some facts:



HERE
You can help with donations or by going to their store and buying any item from a $15 coin purse or bracelets.....
HERE
















to an elaborate bag made by the Masi in Kenya.....(they have good from Guatemala and India as well)

HERE

I chose this simple little tote.

HERE

Yes, you had to know there would be a handbag in there somewhere right? But with the purchase of this bag I can feed 2 children for a year.  Just think if we all bought something that we might use anyway and in the meantime it had a direct effect on someone who would not otherwise get the help they need.

Follow FEED on twitter HERE and Facebook HERE.

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 Organization 2: NO KID HUNGRY

HUNGER FACT IN THE USA

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.

HERE is  list of their programs.

They work to ensure that those children in need in the USA receive school lunches. They also have a summer food program.

Below are some of their more succesful programs:

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry
Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry
NYC Food and Wine Festival

Learn how you can participate in these events and help make hunger a thing of the past. Heck we all have to eat and drink, it might be good that as we feed ourselves we can feed others too.

Follow No Kid Hungry on twitter HERE and Facebook HERE.




Elise

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Jewelery...Sado-Masachism or a Different Kind of Veil

Givenchy showed this jewelry in his spring fashion show. 

I'm not really sure what image they are trying to project. Is this an homage to sado-masachism or some form of fashion forward Islamic veil? Either way it seems pretty creepy. Would you really walk down the street with something like this on your face? Does this say empowerment to you?








Islamic veils


Elise

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

I learned a new word today...mansplaining

Well this is interesting. I learned a new word today. Now the fact that I would learn something new on any given day is not the interesting fact, it's the word itself...mansplaining. I Googled it and came up with this from the urban dictionary:

(1) The tendency of some men to mistakenly believe that they automatically know more about any given topic than does a woman and who, consequently, proceed to explain to her- correctly or not- things that she already knows. 

or on the other hand,

(2) A sexist term used by misandrist women to disrespect, belittle and devalue the opinion of her male peers in an attempt to make herself appear smarter or better in comparison.

This is common among mixed gender discussions and debates. The term mansplaining is commonly thrown around by those wish to turn the argument into a battle of the sexes or just lack any knowledge or means od adding value to the discussion and wish to devalue the input of other's (in this case males) who are involved in said discussion. 


So either you can use the term to describe someone's misogyny or in the alternative its used to describe a women with her vagina bent out of shape. I suppose in many ways we women simply cannot win, but then again a man can't win against a woman who has a chip on her shoulder either.

Meanwhile, here's the truth of the matter. A man who thinks he knows more than the woman before him is not necessarily mansplaining, he could simply be an ass. He probably talks down to everyone he meets, thinking he knows more than anyone else in the world. He's either a narcissist or terribly insecure. This type of individual is generally a rather unpleasant individual to anyone and everyone regardless of gender.

Then there are the women who think simply because a man is telling them something there is some misogyny involved. Sometimes a man in simply trying to begin a conversation. He could just be trying to be friendly in a rather geeky, nerdy kind of way. It doesn't mean he thinks less of you. It could mean he is nervous around you, or is shy, or is simply trying to have a friendly conversation and lacks social skills. Everything in the world isn't about putting you down because you are female. These women need to get their heads out of their reproductive organs and start using their brains to think through what is really going on around them.

Too often people try to read into situations issues that aren't really there. In truth, most people really do not carry around evil intent inside their souls. They are simply people, trying to get along and have a pleasant day and life experiences. Unfortunately, there are too many in today's world who quite frankly simply need to take the pole out of their asses and stop thinking that THEY are so important that everyone around them needs to challenge their existence.

In a way, its sad that we even have a word like "mansplaining." Someone had to actually think this through inorder to come up with that one. The word just didn't appear out of think air. In the end, I really wish the grievance-attitude people would simply shut-up and let the rest of us get on with the business of enjoying life.

Or in the alternative these hyper-vigilant vagina obsessed women really do need to do something about a real type of abuse, like Female Genital Mutilation (here, here). Since grievance mongers are so worried about their sexual organs maybe they should try to protect women who are in danger of having their vaginas mutilated instead of making up stuff to get mad about. These fourth wave feminists should take up a real cause. It gets boring really fast, simply complaining that some man has dissed them in a conversation.








Elise


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Candy Crush Saga and my inability to let go





I generally don't participate in Facebook games. In fact while everyone else was building a little farm and exporting their crops, I simply would help out all my Facebook friends by clicking on whatever anyone asked me to so they could play on. I thought being drawn into an on going saga of building, weeding, reaping and selling while of course paying for the privilege of getting annoyed that the next level was so out of reach, was well just this side of "really, what is wrong here?"




I would like to say a mea culpa. I am so sorry for anytime I thought bad things about people who were too obsessed with Farmville. I have found my nadir and it is Candy Crush Saga. And I have no idea why I am so obsessed. It's fun to play. But so was Tetris. OK that obsession did last a while for me too. Had my own gameboy and played for hours.  I think its the puzzle thing...but don't quote me. Even still play Tetris on my phone, but mostly today I just find it boring.


Meanwhile, I woke up this morning early at 5AM. But instead of turning over and going back to bed, I checked my life line and was able to play. So I played. I have to tell you that I realized how out of control that was when I got annoyed at myself for being annoyed at the game. Apparently I have reached a new level where I can play two threads at one time. Level 51 is just so peachy-keen...NOT. Hershey-like candy pieces keep popping up after you have destroyed the blocks and the jelly. Apart from the fact that I really don't like Hershey's chocolate (I know how unAmerican of me, right), reminding me to eat chocolate all the time is really not good for my diet or my psyche. Now in the alternative universe of Candy Crush there is a little bitty owl that you need to keep on his perch while you destroy all the old nemesis. So you have to get rid of the blocks as you make sure the owl doesn't fall down. Trying to keep two objectives in mind can be really challenging. ....I'm not kidding.



And yes, I have paid my extra .99 cents and even 1.99 for 5 extra moves just so I could level up. I have even paid to go to the next sequence in the game. I think right now I have spent about $20 on Candy Crush. Or at least that is all I think I have spent. I really don't want to go back and total up my iTunes account. I could say it was thrown away money, but then again I could also go to the movies, buy a few cups of Starbucks (which would irk me), buy some fancy shmancy French macaroons (oh my favorite), partake of a really nice bottle of table wine or a sparkling wine for dinner, or even download a new eBook to my kindle.



By the way, I have at least 10 eBooks waiting to be read. But I keep playing Candy Crush Saga and I just don't have the patience to read. I wonder if this is how the Roman Empire fell...people being more interested in mundane, annoying non-intellectual pursuits instead of bettering their minds. On the other hand, there is definitely a strategy to winning at CC. Much like a maze or a puzzle. They say these games can ward off Alzheimer and dementia, while keeping you sharp in your old age. Well its a good ploy and one that I keep telling myself.

I have also gone back to doing the New York Times crossword puzzle. No I don't read that leftist-progressive-shill of a  so-called newspaper, but they do have one challenging crossword. I usually can finish the entire puzzle through Wednesday and sometimes even half of Thursday. After that it really is just too hard, esoteric and convoluted for me to be able to finish any amount in good order. (Yes, I tell myself, that its their fault and not mine. They simply want you to fail.) Saturday by the way is the hardest day. While the Sunday crossword is a class all unto itself. In fact, sometimes the Sunday puzzle can be fun though, if you can figure out the theme.



Meanwhile, every time I do think about how much I am spending playing that soul sucking game, Candy Crush saga, I remember the time in law school that we would play in the arcade for hours on end. Of course it was a challenge to see how long you could play space invaders on just one quarter. In fact we all got kinda good at it. Well at least the hubby did, me not so much.

Meanwhile, I am stuck. I don't like the level I am on and that owl is simply annoying. Maybe this is my beachhead and I will not go any further. Perhaps sheer annoyance at the game itself will force me to let go. Maybe...maybe....maybe in the end, Candy Crush Saga itself, will save me from myself.


Elise