Covet: Joya x Snarkitecture Secret Souvenir Candle

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I love New York. I love fancy candles. I can’t help coveting these new products from Joya Studio in collaboration with “art and architecture company Snarkitecture.”

Here’s the official description:

“The offset wick of this otherwise plain cylindrical candle suggests something unexpected beneath the surface. As the candle burns down, a metal souvenir is unearthed and a new and evolving topography of wax is formed. The image of a building in a landscape comes into focus. Each candle in the New York City edition of the Secret Souvenir series contains an Empire State Building, Chrysler Building or Statue of Liberty souvenir at random.” …

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“Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power” at The Jewish Museum

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Helena Rubinstein’s birthdate was December 25, 1872, so I thought I’d share this vintage advertisement (featuring Madame Rubinstein herself!) and a reminder that the Jewish Museum’s exhibition about Rubinstein continues through March 22. I highly recommend it—it gives a detailed and lively look at the career of this one-of-a-kind cosmetics entrepreneur, art collector, and philanthropist. You can read more of my thoughts on the exhibition here, at Biography.com.

For more information about the show, visit the Jewish Museum’s website.

Image via the Jewish Museum.

Barneys Beauty Event, September 2014 — with photo

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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…

September 10th-14th:
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:

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Quick Reads: Frank O’Hara, “A Step Away from Them” (excerpt)

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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.

On the Street: Joseph Cornell (and Lauren Bacall) in Midtown

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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.