Friday, April 16, 2010

Cloudy Disposition

Tonight someone on the bus told me to "stop frowning nothing's that bad." Though that might be true this unnecessarily cheerful person didn't accidentally nearly lock herself out of her office last night (with her purse still inside), get accosted by two religious converters for a total of 3 blocks in midtown early in the morning, accidentally order two of the same book from amazon.com, and realize in a panic that she has a total of 2 days to decide if she is going to dramatically change career paths. To top it off I got caught in the rain this evening without an umbrella. The only cure for this kind of day is listening to the song Santiago (it weirdly reminds me of a Peter Paul and Mary song that always used to cheer me up as a child) and using a really cool umbrella tonight when I have to go back out in the rain. Who could feel unhappy carrying this?

photo credit: http://www.thisnext.com

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Lap of Luxury


There's something about the Vivre website (purveyor of uber-luxury goods) that is at once astonishing and captivating. When I initially perused the offerings I found myself shocked and simultaneously horrified at the prices (upwards of $1,000 for a clutch and $75 for what appeared to be an ordinary flip-flop). However, once I allowed my imagination to take over, the website window-shopping experience was a lot more palatable (enjoyable and addictive in fact). I envisioned myself in a huge modernist abode in London leading the kind of life where one needs a bejeweled Judith Leiber clutch for every occasion and has over-sized Taschen tomes adorning the coffee-table (tres chic). The type of life where a silver champagne straw, a lifetime supply of Fiji water, and fluffy shocking-pink rocking horse are de rigueur (and yes you can purchase all of these on the website). However, Vivre is not just for the frivilously rich- they do carry some affordable luxuries that can satisfy a Chelsea girl's desire for a spot of glitz and glamour. This citrine and gold lip plumper, these exquisite earrings, and these pastel-colored slippers are perfect antidotes to a long work week and even better rewards for a hard day's work.

photo credit: http://www.vivre.com