Quick Reads: Whit Stillman, Chloe Sevigny, and “The Cosmopolitans”

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It would be an understatement to say that I’m an avid follower of Whit Stillman’s work. I saw “Metropolitan” in the theater when it was released in 1990, and I’m still somewhat obsessed with it. (I even used to have a Tumblr-homage to this film.) I’m also a fan of “Barcelona” and “The Last Days of Disco.”

So, I was happy to note, while leafing through an issue of New York magazine in a doctor’s waiting-room, that Stillman will be collaborating with “Disco” star Chloe Sevigny on a new series called “The Cosmopolitans.” Well, according to the article, it’s “an Amazon Studios pilot debuting August 28 that might become a series.” I’m sure I’ll be tuning in and hoping for more.

You can read the New York interview with Stillman and Sevigny here.

I also just found this article, with a preview video clip, from Vanity Fair.

Image: Chloe Sevigny in “The Last Days of Disco,” via IMDB.

Product Review: Tony Moly Crystal Lovely Eyes Shadow-Liner Duo (05)

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Last week I made my first visit to the first Tony Moly store in the United States. I was lured to Tony Moly by the rumors of hand creams in containers shaped like apples and lipsticks in cases shaped like cats and all sorts of glitter and twinkle and cuteness. I was not disappointed. (Well, they don’t have the cat lipsticks, yet… but I live in hope.)

Being me, I managed to seek out a more practical item or two amidst all the fun. I picked up a pencil called Crystal Lovely Eyes (or, as the product itself reads, Crystal Lovley Eyes) for $8.

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Passing Fancies: August 2014



Reading: “Lady Catherine, The Earl, and The Real Downton Abbey” by the Countess of Carnarvon (hey, it’s summer!)

Art: “Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War” at the New-York Historical Society

Drink: Chilled water with sprigs of mint and slices of cucumber

Eats & Treats: A peach-tomato-basil salad made with fresh, in-season ingredients

Video: New episodes of “Poirot” on PBS

Audio: For some reason, last week I got into a loop of listening to Duran Duran’s “Rio” over and over again. Don’t ask.

Garb: I’m wearing a pair of ugly-chic black Dansko sandals on a regular basis, and I actually got a professional pedicure so that my toes can be revealed.

Beauty Products: L’Occitane’s Verbena Frisson limted edition body products hit the spot.

Pleasure: Weeks and weeks of warm-and-sunny, not sweltering-and-humid, summer weather

Worry: Nightly anxiety dreams

Stray thought: Why didn’t I start using Instagram sooner? (Follow me here!)

Image: Frank X. Leyendecker, poster illustration submission for Century magazine Midsummer Number Contest, 1896. Private Collection. Via The Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies.

Product Review: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder

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Burt’s Bees recently launched its newest cosmetics item, the 100% natural Lip Crayon. The official product description promises “lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil” as well as creamy matte color and moisture-rich wear” with no added flavor or fragrance.

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