My latest post on Now Smell This is a review of Pink Haze, the newest perfume from Brooklyn’s own House of Cherry Bomb. You can read it here.
It’s that time of year again: Barneys is holding its semi-annual “bag event,” when you can receive a “gift with purchase” with your purchase of fragrance or beauty products.
Here’s the official information for the Fall 2014 event…
With your purchase/preorder of $200 and up, you get this bag including the items (full and deluxe) shown below.
Click through for a photo of the gift bag’s contents:
Frank O’Hara’s poetry collection “Lunch Poems,” first published in 1964, is celebrating its 50-year anniversary.
I own a small used paperback copy of “Lunch Poems” that I bought two years ago. I had heard that O’Hara wrote many of these poems during his lunch breaks while working at the Museum of Modern Art, so I thought I might occasionally read a poem or two during my own museum-job lunch breaks.
Here’s the first stanza of “A Step Away from Them,” written in 1956. It’s a vintage slice of New York in summertime.
It’s my lunch hour, so I go
for a walk amongst the hum-colored
cabs. First, down the sidewalk
where laborers feed their dirty
glistening torsos sandwiches
and Coca-Cola, with yellow helmets
on. They protect them from falling
bricks, I guess. Then onto the
avenue where skirts are flipping
above heels and blow up over
grates. The sun is hot, but the
cabs stir up the air. I look
at bargains in wristwatches. There
are cats playing in sawdust.
To read the entire poem, click here.
To read a short New York Times article about the anniversary of “Lunch Poems,” click here.
Image: Leonard Freed, Wall Street, 1956.
I normally avoid the Rockefeller Center area as one might avoid a plague site or a minefield. However, once in a while I need to stop into Saks, and then I need to find a nearby subway station, so I just put my head down and shove through the crowds.
I’m glad I looked up during my last running of the Rockefeller Plaza gauntlet, however, because I was passing Christie’s and my eyes met those of Ms. Lauren Bacall—at least, a photograph of Bacall, in an oversized reproduction of a Joseph Cornell piece that was recently up for auction.
My snapshot caught the reflections of the neon signage across the street, which was a nice little accident.
You can read more about Cornell’s Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall on the Christie’s website. (It’s #5 of 8 images in the slideshow.)
UPDATE, AUGUST 12, 2014: I’ve just learned that Lauren Bacall died today, at the age of 89. She always seemed timeless and ageless to me. I hope that she and her great admirer Joseph Cornell will eventually cross paths at some celestial cocktail party.
Photo by Tinsel Creation.
I wrote about Mullein & Sparrow, an all-natural skincare company based in New York, over a year ago when I visited a craft market, and I reviewed one of their products here. I’ve been following the brand’s doings ever since.
And here’s some good news: Mullein & Sparrow is having a summer sale on all its products through June 30, 2014. You can get 20% off all orders with the code SUMMER at check out. United States orders over $75 ship free.
To shop at the Mullein & Sparrow website, you can click the floral image above, or here.
(Full disclosure: this is an affiliate link. I’ve shopped with M&S before, and I really do like their products.)