Covet: Cynthia Rowley Office Products at Staples

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 4.04.45 PMAfter my long-overdue cleaning and organizing of my home “office” space, I made a trip to Staples to pick up some new folders for my file cabinet. While I was there, I spotted these desk supplies designed by Cynthia Rowley.

I could always use a new notebook for any of my various projects, and I love this urban floral motif…not to mention the positive affirmation on the cover.

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Perfume Giveaway: Anna Sui Romantica Eau de Toilette Mini (U. S. Only)

IMG_20150920_142938214WHY: Because I am a longtime admirer of Anna Sui and I want to share the love. (Only in the United States, however—sorry, foreign friends!)

WHAT: A new mini-bottle of Anna Sui Romantica Eau de Toilette (4 ml), which I received as a press sample.

HOW: For a chance to win, leave a comment telling me that you live in the United States. Be sure to use the “Post a reply” box to create a new comment; do not reply to a previous comment!…

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Lipstick Queen Seven Deadly Sins, Redux (with Some Very Familiar-Looking Images…)


Lipstick Queen has just launched a collection of seven lip glosses named for the Seven Deadly Sins (Lust, Anger, Avarice, et al.). I’m old enough to remember Poppy King’s original Seven Deadly Sins, a series of matte lipsticks in shades that were very daring indeed for the mid-1990s. I tried a few of them at Barneys (the Short Hills location! long since gone!) back in the day.

Anyway, once again I’m compelled to note that Lipstick Queen has apparently asked its graphic designers to seek inspiration from art history or, in this case, from classic fashion illustration. The latest victim is Georges Barbier, a French illustrator best known for his work for Gazette du Bon Ton in the 1910s and 1920s.

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Passing Fancies, September 2015


This September is turning out to be busy, yet energizing in all sorts of weird ways.

Video: Finally starting to watch the final season of Mad Men (no spoilers!)

I recently whipped through The Girl on the Train. Thank you, C., for lending your copy to me!

“China: Through the Looking Glass” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on one of its final days. Mixed feelings about this one.

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