Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The puppets of the play Avenue Q sang, “The Internet is for porn.”
But, according to my
scientific research totally made-up numbers, only 40% of the Internet is for porn. Forty percent is for cats. Ten percent is for idiots to write irrational comments on news sites. Five percent is for very young people and one large blogging platform to misuse the word “literally.” The final five percent is for the rest of us.
I was thinking of all of this because FitzRoy the cat is killing it on Instagram lately. It’s no big thing for my Exotic Shorthair kitteh (aka The Cat in the Bowl) to get 300 likes on one of his photos. But this week, he blew past his old records. As of today, he has 861 likes on this picture!
Now I’m wondering if he can get to 1,000. Click here to give him a like, and don’t forget to share the FitzRoy love with your porn-watching, kitteh-loving friends. Tell your porn-loving, kitteh-watching friends as well.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
It’s Earth Day today! In honor of the occasion — and ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8 — the Los Angeles Times did a feature on jewelry inspired by sea life. My 18K yellow gold turtle locket is included!
I’m amused that I’m called an Angeleno in that caption. People who see my jewelry before they meet me tend to think that. I think it’s because of the line’s casual-luxe vibe. My designs have always done quite well in L.A., so I’m pleased to be an honorary citizen.
There are two turtle necklaces left. I have one on my website. Well, I called it a tortoise there but I also refer to it as a turtle when I’m talking to people about it. You can call it what you like — in fact, you can skip categorizing it at all and just name it Churchy La Femme. That’s a good turtle name.
Also, if you’re a real Angeleno, you can try on the other turtle locket in person by going to Broken English at the Brentwood Country Mart in Santa Monica. The turtle, which has an upside-down diamond set in its shell, is priced at $3,500. I’m delighted to report that that’s a bargain compared to some of the options in the L.A. Times gallery. I don’t get to say that very often!
After these two turtles are sold, I won’t be making any others, so if you love turtles (or tortoises) get one before it’s too late.
I feel very strongly about sea creatures, even though I’m scared of a lot of them. Jaws traumatized me at a young age, plus, much later, a friend of mine nearly lost a leg to barracudas. And there’s something about sea urchins. I don’t trust them. I know they don’t swim around biting people, but they make me nervous anyway. Despite all that, I want all sea creatures to have a good, clean ocean to live in. I’ve been looking for the right ocean-loving organization to support, and I think it might be Oceana. Let me know if you have any experience with Oceana or any other ocean-related group.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Everywhere I look, I find examples of my “Never is the next new thing™” observation. People switch from “loathe” to “love” so quickly!
Last Thursday, the Wall Street Journal had a story on the latest comeback of the miniskirt, citing its representation in the fall collections of Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent; Giambattista Valli; Raf Simons for Dior; Isabel Marant; Frida Giannini for Gucci; and Nicolas Ghesquière for his debut at Louis Vuitton. The last paragraph — about how the mini started reappearing in 2013 after several years of longer hemlines — caught my eye.
“The pendulum began to swing the other way about a year ago when Mr. Slimane put miniskirts and short baby doll dresses on Saint Laurent’s runway in March 2013. They looked so short that critics shrugged and predicted they would never sell. A few months later, the dresses could be seen disappearing into the dressing rooms at the trend-forward boutique Maxfield in Los Angeles.”
Oh, those shrugging critics! They never know what’s coming down the line, do they? Well, they might be right about me. I’m not sure I’ll have to do any skirt buying because, as you can see from the outfit I posted the day before the Wall Street Journal story ran in print, I’m already well-supplied with fall-appropriate minis.
I spotted another “Never is the next new thing™” anecdote in a New York Times story last Friday. The article, which was reporting on an exhibit at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, was about how Queen Victoria was quick to hop on the new technology of photography in the 19th century. The story said:
“Fame may seem a 20th-century phenomenon, but Queen Victoria was the first public figure to exploit its promotional potential and the earliest — and least likely — international celebrity of the photographed world.”
The “Never is the next new thing™” paragraph dealt with Victoria’s behavior after her husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861 at age 41.
“A year after Albert died, Victoria had [William] Bambridge photograph her in mourning poses, dressed in black, standing next to monumental statues, either alone or with her children. When she released the first public ‘mourning picture,’ the press declared it beneath her dignity. Yet it started a trend; throughout England, bereaved men and women had their own mourning pictures made.”
Is the Victorian mourning picture the ancestor of the funeral selfie? Perhaps!
It’s amusing to me that the Victorian press was horrified by these photos initially, considering this was the era of mourning jewelry woven from the hair of the deceased, a concept that many people nowadays find revolting. I’m not one of those people. My acorn and squirrel necklace was directly inspired by hair jewelry. When another company knocked off my design and tried to deny it initially, I asked, “Oh really? So where did you get the idea for that particular woven look?” The company representative had no answer for that. I eventually got a tiny percentage of their revenue from their acorn sales to compensate me. See? It pays to know your history.
The Getty exhibit called “A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography” runs through June 8. Don’t forget to take a museum selfie if you go!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Some time ago, I caught a rerun of Cheers that brought back fond memories of the too-big look. Cheers is great for any kind of ’80s style spotting, of course, but guest star Carol Kane’s oversized sailor top in the 1984 episode “A Ditch in Time” is a real classic. It’s huge!
Even the collar is ginormous.
Carol played a mental-hospital acquaintance of Diane’s who stalks bartender Sam Malone.
Carol Kane has so many other amazing credits, and you can’t miss her distinctive, high-pitched voice whenever she’s on screen. When she appeared on Cheers, she was riding high after winning Emmys in 1982 and 1983 for playing Simka, the wife of Andy Kaufman‘s Latka Gravas, on the show Taxi. Previously, she’d been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1975 movie Hester Street. She also played Allison Portchnik, the first wife of Woody Allen’s Alvy Singer character, in 1977′s Annie Hall. “No, that was wonderful! I love being reduced to a cultural stereotype,” she says sarcastically after Alvy tries to pick her up with an unfortunate spiel that starts, “You’re like a New York Jewish, left-wing, liberal intellectual …” If you’re a little younger, you might remember her as Grandmama Addams from 1993′s Addams Family Values. Just last year, she had a cameo on Girls. But her most important role was as the gal with the punch line in The!Best!Movie!Scene!Ever!, which happens to appear in 1979′s The Muppet Movie. My dad and I were so thrilled by this scene and repeated it so much that I can STILL recite it from memory. The majority of the scene is played by three great actors: Madeline Kahn, Telly Savalas and Kermit the Frog. Click the photo of Carol Kane below to hopefully see the clip.
I’m so sick of important YouTube clips going dead! Especially my Family Guy ones. My blog is filled with embedded Family Guy clips that have been taken off YouTube. In case the Muppet Movie clip is removed, here’s a backup. In case both clips are removed, here’s the dialogue. The scene takes place in El Sleezo Cafe.
Madeline Kahn, sultry: Hello, sailor, buy me a drink?
Kermit: Well, you see, I’m not a sailor, I’m a frog.
Madeline: Oh, cut the small talk and buy me a drink.
Kermit: I don’t even know you.
Tough-guy Telly Savalas: Hey. Did you make a move with my girl?
Kermit: No, sir.
Madeline: He did too. He touched me.
Telly: Ugh. Wash up, you’ll get warts.
Kermit: That’s a myth.
Telly: Yeah, but she’s my “myth”!
Kermit: No, no, myth, myth!
Carol Kane: Yeth?
Why this didn’t win every award including the Nobel Prize for Frog Dialogue is beyond me! Anyway, I’m pleased to report that 30 years ago, MrB sat next to Carol Kane at a New Year’s Eve dinner — he thinks it was Dec. 31, 1984 — and found her to be very nice. I’m displeased to report that MrB neglected to shout, “Myth! Myth!” at her to see if she instinctively said, “Yeth???” What a missed opportunity!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I braved yesterday’s late spring chill in an age-inappropriate Stephen Sprouse mini. This is what happens when one hasn’t done the laundry OR the dry cleaning in a very long time.
What Wendy Wore
“Pillow sweater”: Dsquared (purchased at Chalk, 2012)
Skirt: Vintage Stephen Sprouse (possibly purchased in 2006)
Boots: Prada (2008)
Lipstick: Pleasure Bomb by MAC
It was worth freezing my knees off in the sleet to meet gorgeous rapper Gangsta Boo at a Bacardi-sponsored party last night. The event was the Tribeca Rooftop, where MrB and I got married in 2001. I hadn’t been back there since, so it was fun to see it hadn’t changed. (Today, Boo and I hauled out my wedding album so she could see the stairs where we stood last night and admire my crazy cake.) I’m disappointed we didn’t manage to take a real photo there — just this silly Instagram bathroom shot of me, Boo and gorgeous Tracy G. from Sway’s radio show.
I wore the same outfit earlier in the day for a meeting at Spring. I fell madly in love with Fred, one of Spring’s top executives.
Over the weekend, I accidentally wore a jacket/shirt combo from 2012. Yesterday, I knowingly wore the same outfit that I wore to a Madonna concert in 2012. If it works for Madonna, it will work for a party, right?
I like my 2012 brick-wall background better than my 2014 hallway background, but I decided the sleet wasn’t going to make for a very enjoyable outfit-photo session!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I watched Game of Thrones Sunday night (OMG, right?!!) then switched to the MTV Movie Awards right on time to see Eminem and Rihanna perform “The Monster.” Having seen the only part of the awards I was interested in, I then turned the television off and went out for some non-poisonous wine.
I definitely didn’t see enough of anything related to the MTV event to bestow one of my coveted Best Dressed/Wear What You Want awards. I take those seriously, y’all. I have to do the research before I hand one of those out. But I have made up a new award for actress Lupita Nyong’o. She wins The Dress Wendy Wants award for this Chanel dress.
You KNOW I would wear this one! It’s embellished, colorful, ruched, and it has a turtleneck with an open back. It’s so me! I suppose Lupita had to send it straight back to Chanel, so there’s no chance of her giving me a hand-me-down. Dang.
Anyway, I’m glad to see that Lupita has extended her winning fashion streak past the Oscars. Well done, lady!
Monday, April 14, 2014
I’ve got the perfect necklace for the folks at US Airways, who sent out a tweet that personifies the meaning of “Not Safe for Work.”
If you haven’t seen the photo, you can cautiously approach it via this Buzzfeed story. To give you a hint about what you’re going to see, Buzzfeed says the picture is “originally from a German-language amateur porn and shock site.” Buzzfeed also reports that the image trended on Reddit last week and was tweeted AT the airline earlier today.
UPDATED TO ADD: Funny Twitter responses to the US Airways tweet!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Last night, I wore my Moschino jacket with trompe l’oeil stitching over a Zandra Rhodes museum t-shirt with a similar design.
I thought, “Wow, this top and jacket match so well, I’m amazed I haven’t worn them together before!” But it turns out that I have worn them together before — in 2012.
How quickly we forget!
However, I do have vivid memories of the adventure we had searching for the Fashion and Textile Museum where I bought the t-shirt. You can read that tale here. For some reason, I didn’t mention in the original post that the poodle accompanying us didn’t smell too fresh! A long car trip with a stinky poodle is something that sticks in one’s mind.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The New York Times Magazine this weekend has a fascinating story on one man’s search for information on two female blues singers of the 1930s: Elvie Thomas and Geeshie Wiley. There are fewer than 10 surviving copies of their three known record releases and you can hear one of the songs on the New York Times website.
In case you missed anything on the blog this week, here is the list of my posts. There are a couple of long ones!
- Monday: I irritated Gloria Steinem and went to a Miley Cyrus concert all in one day.
- Tuesday: Memories of Kurt Cobain and thoughts about Peaches Geldof.
- Wednesday: Just links to Monday’s and Tuesday’s posts!
- Thursday: I shared a dress style with a Law & Order character in 2002.
- Friday: I’ve been spending a lot of time at Shade 45 with Gangsta Boo.