Thursday, April 30, 2009
Play the game here. I'm sure you can get further than I did. My keyboard skills aren't quite up to snuff.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Ok, I get it. You gave him gummi bears on the first day you met. Love is sweet. Your lips are like sugar. So on and cheesy so forth. But really--couldn't you have left the candy references to cliches and gotten married at Tavern on the Green or somewhere respectable? I mean, some couples have begun their romances on line for lattes. You don't see them getting hitched at Starbucks and forcing a menu of Venti Chais and coffee mints upon their guests.
But hey, love is love and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. So, if this kooky couple has found their happy ending beneath a lollipop canopy, I won't judge. Not too much anyway.
P.S. If you think celebrating life's milestones at a candy store is a neat idea, Dylan's is happy to host your special day too. Check out their Special Events page for more details.
[NY Times: Vows - Michelle Rosen and David Zornitsky]
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"So Pig Flu has started in America. Who says God doesn't have a sense of humour?"
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Notice how the apps even even across the Times logo itself. Now, how much did that cost?
While this is yet another unsettling sign of publishers' shifting standards (heck, my own company practically invented 'innovative' ad units) due to the economy, I must give kudos to Apple on an amazing ad. I, for one, refreshed the page multiple times just to see the ad again. Apple should be charging the Times.
And I wondered...did stores still add platform layers of rubber on to walking shoes? Hadn't this stopped after those awful years of misguided fashion in middle school? Someone surely must have alerted the footwear retailers across the country that no, this was no longer an acceptable 'fashion' practice. And then I panicked...would some girl--some girl who'd not gotten the memo--who'd spent the last 15 years under a very distant rock--see this sign and customize her very own platform bridal adidas?
I paid for my own, non-customized kicks before I could have my sense of style violated any
further at the register. But the image won't leave my head. The sneaker nightmare lives on.
[Source: WWD - Prada Unveils Its Transformer Project in Seoul]
[Photo Credit: Nasha Lee]
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Happy Earth Day everyone! In honor of our planet--and it being the only on we can live on and all--here are my 10 tips for cleaning up the sh*thole we’ve let the place become. * Feel free to ‘recycle’ these tips for green living with your not-so-green friends. Even your pals who hate granola and think organic is for dirty hippies can start to clean up their act. xo * Jessie B. R.
1. Recycle your paper. Those flirty emails from your boyfriend that you printed when you first starting dating? He dumped you already. Chuck the evidence. And recycle all your old porn while you’re at it too.
2. Turn off the lights when you leave your house. I know your mother taught you this was a good idea so burglars would think you were home. But you and I both know that no one wants to steal your crap.
3. Use less toilet paper. I know with certainty that many of you are TP offenders. None of your parts are that delicate. You do not need half the roll to wipe.
4. Take the stairs. Your office is 5 flights up? Well, let’s be honest—your gluts could use the workout and that elevator could use the rest.
5. Hug a tree. No, don’t really please. Plant one with Forest Aid. Or pay someone else to plant one for you.
6. Stop buying leather bondage gear. And other leather goods. I know—they’re soft and supple. But they’re not eco (or animal) friendly.
7. Reduce your water consumption. I’m not suggesting you stop showering. No, no—none of us would want that. Just don’t shower for soooo long. It will help the water drought AND will save neighbors extra minutes of hearing you sing Les Mis in the bathroom.
8. Use a re-usable tote at the store. You’ve probably been given a hundred free ones by now. Stop using them for dirty laundry and start taking them to the bloody grocery store.
9. Don’t have 20 kids. I know babies make you happy. They make me happy too. But you don’t need that 20th one. Seriously. I’m talking to you, Octo-Mom.
10. Utilize public transportation. Public can be frightening, especially here in LA. But no one told you to start dating that chick who lived all the way across town. And the mileage is putting a serious damper on the ozone.
* Feel free to ‘recycle’ these tips for green living with your not-so-green friends. Even your pals who hate granola and think organic is for dirty hippies can start to clean up their act.
xo * Jessie B. R.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
[Image Credit: Andrew Wyeth - Christina's World]
I am uncertain which was more disturbing--the dependency between needy mother and damaged daugther--or the latter, feeding Wonder Bread to the raccoons living in the attic of their decaying 28 room mansion.
What an incredibly haunting portrayal of fantasy, desperation and regret. Though I'm sure the dramatized version of Little Edie and Big Edie's crumbling kingdom is powerful, I recommend viewing the real deal. Because nothing's so frightening as the real deal.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold.
-- William Carlos Williams
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
To all of you Jews more religious than myself--well, you're probably still reading about locusts. I'm sorry.
To those of my beloved Goys out there, may you find a chocolate bunny in your easter egg this weekend and may you celebrate the resurrection of Christ in the most fabulous bonnet you can find.
Kisses and unleavened hugs,
Jessie B. R.
Some of you may remember Chester French from their live performance at our pool party last summer at the W. The young boy band (they probably wouldn’t like the categorization), fresh out of college and onto the music circuit has been on the up and up since graduating from the Ivy League just a few years ago—debuting at SXSW ’08, making the rounds with mentor Pharrell, marrying socialites from the UK (still enjoying your green card, Peaches Geldof??), and now releasing their full length album, produced by Clinton Sparks.
Download '' now to give CF a listen and check out cameos by Pharrell, Janelle Monae, Talib Kweli, Lady Gaga and more notable and new names.
The skits that come between almost every song get a little hokey and prove an unnecessary bridge between tracks, but...they're trying. And what more can you ask from two white boys under 25.
Winning cameo: The Mad Rapper's skit on the album.
Losing cameo: Song 'Ciroc Star' featuring Diddy. Seriously Diddy?! You made the kids promote Diddy-owned liquor brand Ciroc on their debut album to get you on board?! C'mon now. That's low.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Don't miss author Eric Carle when he celebrates the 40th anniversary of a storybook classic at the LA Times Festival of Books later this month.
I'm personally hoping for a picture with the caterpillar...maybe a hug...maybe, just maybe, a lunch date together.
Friday, April 03, 2009
I didn’t know much about Peter Saville, nor about Factory Records which Saville helped found, nor any of the legendary bands he’d worked with. I do, however, know the following now thanks to Saville and his genius, articulate, flippant dialogue…
Peter Saville on his work in the music industry…
- “The first significant money that Factory made was made off of Ian Curtis dying. And no one knew what to do with the money…there was no plan for the money. So we built a hacienda.”
- In the US, in the 70s and 80s there was a mandate from the album artwork to include the artist name and title of the album in the top 1/3 of the cover. Bollocks.
Peter Saville on cities…
- ‘I liked Los Angeles when I had a ticket out.’
- ‘We understand places from what they’re doing…the brand of a city is brokered by what’s going on there [as opposed to through logos, fonts and design].’
Peter Saville on fashion…
- ‘I flipped through a copy of British Vogue last week and the whole thing was rubbish.’
- ‘This kind of endorsement to a story [told by Prada, Gucci, etc] is desperate.’ Genius!
- ‘Handbags—it’s fashion working its way off the body…very soon they won’t even need the handbag.’
- ‘I had worked with Stella [McCartney]’s dad. So I was never really obliged to take Stella seriously.’
- ‘Pop culture is our culture now. It needs to be better understood’
Thanks to Emmy and Todd Kasten for producing the event, Manchester and Use Hearing Protection for hosting, and art darling Ramses for his contribution to the limited edition print found in the gift bag.
Photo Credit of Peter Saville: Anja Jahn
[LA Times: Peter Saville on the Manchester revolution]
Thursday, April 02, 2009
This weekend is Los Angeles Art Weekend, produced by our buddies at FourYourArt. Arm yourself with those glasses--you know, the ones that make you look semi-intelligent--and your smartest, artsiest friends and go get yourself some culture.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Courtenay will also be performing at the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which I know you're all already planning on attending.
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