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 Fall 2014’s 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.

Summer Sale: Mullein & Sparrow

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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.

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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.)