Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The Oxford Dictionaries announced on Monday that the verb “vape” is its word of the year. Vape’s meaning: “to inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.”
I’m disappointed that the noun”bae” — described oh-so-seriously as “a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner” — missed out. I thought all you needed in this life was love, not e-cigs!
Not familiar with “bae”? Then, clearly, you’re not following my Twitter timeline! I’m up to here in “bae”! Anyway, Time Magazine offered this explanation of the word in July when Pharrell’s video for his song “Come Get It Bae” came out.
Naturally, I already have a “BAE” necklace in my collection.
I do all the hot words! You can browse all my letter necklaces here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com and ask for a custom piece, like the mermaid necklace my gorgeous client Kathy requested.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Thanks to NME for reminding me that Nirvana recorded its MTV Unplugged special in New York on Nov. 18, 1993 — 21 years ago today. As I’ve said before, I was there, sitting next to Kate Moss in the front, due to my friend Frank, who was shooting the still photography for show. You can see his photos from that night on Getty Images here.
I had to go to the taping straight from work so I brought clothes to change into at the office. I was 25 and working for the Wall Street Journal, and I was sure I would look like some old fuddy-duddy next to all the hip MTV people. I can clearly remember wearing my motorcycle boots from 8th Street with my black jeans, but for some reason I can’t recall what top I wore. I guess the only sweater that mattered that day was Kurt Cobain’s shabby green cardigan. That one was displayed in Seattle a few years ago. It’s also number 27 on this list of 70 greatest sweaters of all time. Yep, there’s officially a list for everything now.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Got questions about emojis? New York Magazine has the answers in Adam Sternbergh’s story called, “Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji.” Among other things, the smiling pile of poo emoji gets a thorough explanation. (In Japan, a pile of poo is a pun-inspired symbol of good luck. The smile was added by someone at Apple.)
The story also explains what the hell happened to all those new emojis — including the middle finger — that we were promised this summer. It turns out that the Unicode Consortium, which creates emojis, did its job and encoded the new designs. The next step is for Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc., to add the new emojis to their operating systems. Sternbergh reports, “Apple’s iOS 8, for example, does not have the latest emoji, and the company has declined to comment on when they might go live.” Oh! Get on it, Apple!
While you’re waiting for the big emoji rollout, you can shop for some new emoji earrings on my website. The lips and smiling poo emoji stud earrings that I did especially for the stylish pop-up store Story in New York earlier this fall are now available to my online customers around the world. The lips are available in silver …
… and in gold-plated sterling silver.
The lucky poo is available in sterling silver on the site.
If you’d like to custom-order a gold-plated (or 18K gold) version, holla at me at wbjewelry at hotmail dot com.
Like my other emoji studs, these earrings are sold as singles so you can mix and match. If you want a matching pair, be sure to order two. To browse all my emoji and “this SHOULD be an emoji” jewelry designs, click here.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week.
- Monday: Wishing I went to the Concert for Valor, actually seeing FKA twigs.
- Tuesday: Don’t ask FitzRoy where the kitten went.
- Wednesday: Wearing a 10-year-old dress to a 25th-anniversary dinner.
- Thursday: Does anyone else remember Wonderama?
- Friday: At last, another worthy boob-bow dress.
Friday, November 14, 2014
If I owned this dress, I’d want to wear it one night and then wear my Guy Laroche butt-bow dress the following night. I’d cover all my bow bases in two days!
I kind of regret not getting the last butt-bow dress that I posted, now that I look back at it.
That’s a hot bow.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Recently, I messed up my iPod and ended up with all my music in the cloud instead of on the device. (I don’t listen to music on my phone because I need the phone battery to send 50 billion emails a day and to play the Kardashian Hollywood game. We all have our priorities.) As a result, I’ve been going through my music and downloading whatever I need to listen to at the gym. This morning, I came across the 1974 song “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin.
Not a gym-appropriate tune, but hearing it again made me remember that I’d seen Chapin — who died in a car crash in 1981 — perform it on television once. I felt sure that it was on the long-running kids’ variety show Wonderama. During the years I watched that show, it aired on Sundays and was hosted by Bob McAllister. Before teh Interwebs, in order to confirm this factoid, I would have had to hit the microfiche at a library to scour old newspapers for any mention of Chapin’s guest appearance. Today, I just used Poodle to confirm within seconds that Chapin and his kids were on Wonderama on Jan. 30, 1977. Interesting to know that I barely recall what I did two days ago, yet I have a vivid memory of a show that went off the air in December 1977.
I’m glad I looked up Wonderama, because once or twice I’ve had a song called “Kids Are People Too” stuck in my head for a day. Now I know it was the closing theme for the show.
I never thought of Shazam-ing that earworm before. And, now that I think of Shazam the music identification app, I remember I used to watch Shazam the superhero television show, which, like Wonderama, went off the air in 1977. There was a female superhero named Isis on that show; I liked her the best. I put up with Shazam‘s Captain Marvel to get to Isis.
Check out the opening credits.I like the anti-prejudice message from Isis that started this episode.
I also like her headpiece!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
… and one for Martha Stewart and Barry Diller.
As a jewelry designer, I was particularly interested in Mickey’s comments on the future of the department store.
Kevin had some thoughts on the big stores too.
I’ve seen Martha Stewart speaking at events before, often talking about her love of technology. Now she’s into drones (good for landscaping!), her iPad and Uber. She’s always great with the dismissive comment too. When asked about the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow getting into her business, she shrugged off the wannabes as …
Diller’s advice to business peeps was don’t be scared to mess up.
I wore a 10-year-old Versace dress that I last wore in 2011 … with the same earrings and shoes and pose that I struck then too. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” but if a look works, it’s not foolish, right?
What Wendy Wore
Dress: Versace (2004)
Shoes: Prada (2010)
Earrings: From my personal collection
Makeup: Josie Torres
Hair: Julie Matos
On me, the exciting part of this dress is the back.
On Halle Berry, the exciting part of this dress is the front!
Monday, November 10, 2014
Tomorrow, the Concert for Valor, honoring veterans and taking place at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., airs live on HBO starting at 7 p.m. ET. The performers are Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Dave Grohl, Jessie J, the Black Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and the Zac Brown Band.
When I first heard about the concert, I entertained the notion of going. I’ve never seen Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen live, even though I was growing up in New Jersey when his career was white-hot. I liked hearing the name Wendy in “Born to Run” but other than that, I avoided his music like the plague. I was already depressed and living in New Jersey — I didn’t need to hear any depressing songs about living in New Jersey! A lot of people want to hear their lives represented in music or seen in other art, but that seemed pretty redundant to me. In the ’80s I was obsessed with music from England in part BECAUSE IT WASN’T ABOUT NEW JERSEY. Being depressed in London sounded much more glamorous to me. Other than London, I was interested in the New York scene, including punk, New Wave, and a young Michigan transplant/dancer/occasional nude model named Madonna.
That said, I know Bruce puts on a stellar live show, and in recent years, I’ve thought, “He’s a classic; I need to see him once.” After all, I did use Bruce’s cover of Tom Waits’s “Jersey Girl” as the first-dance song at my wedding. I was disappointed a couple of years ago when I left Paris a day or two before Bruce played there; it would have amused me to see him in the City of Light rather than the State of Teenage Misery. So, yeah, I would have liked to go to tonight’s concert. However, I’ve gotten picky about my general-admission concert experiences, and if there’s a front row, I want to get to it. That was challenging enough at the 60,000-person Global Citizen show I went to this September and the similarly sized Eminem performance I saw at Lollapalooza in 2011. Tonight’s concert is expected to attract 850,000 people! I wonder if people have been camping out for a week to secure the best spots. I think I’ve got to work up to something like that.
Maybe gorgeous singer Jade Novah will report back on what it’s like to stand on the stage and see that many people. Jade performed at Eminem and Rihanna’s Monster Tour this summer and she’ll singing her heart out at tonight’s concert too. Doesn’t Jade look adorable in the custom necklace I made her?
You can hear Jade’s incredible voice on YouTube thanks to the cover of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” that she did in 2012.
Because I wasn’t trying to set up a tent near the Mall in D.C. this Saturday, I was free to line up with my concert-going friend Jessie at New York City’s Terminal 5 to see the hot English (I still like the English!) singer FKA twigs. I got there around 3 p.m., Jessie arrived a little later, and FKA twigs went on at 10:30 p.m. It was totally worth the wait to be in the first row. Twigs has an ethereal Kate Bush vibe, and I love me some Kate Bush. FKA twigs made her U.S. television debut on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with her song “Two Weeks” four days before the Terminal 5 concert.
My best photos of FKA twigs are on Flickr. Click the photo below to see them. If you’re a fashion/shoe fanatic, you’re going to want to see her gladiator-style hip-high boot (she was only wearing one), trust me. This gal has great style.
She also has a great body, as you can see from my video of the song “Numbers,” which is from her debut album, LP1. Twigs had taken off her open animal-print top already but I’m not sure she wanted to take off the matching side-split pants as well. She seemed to struggle with them for a bit, then went to the back of the stage and took them off for this song, after which she thanked her mother for making sure she wore sizable knickers. Then she put the pants back on for the rest of the show. I’m not sure why, because if I had that body, I would never wear more than a bra, panties and one gladiator boot for the rest of my life.
Recently, FKA twigs has been in the news for something other than her music. Thanks to her relationship with Twilight star Robert Pattinson, she’s gotten a lot of racist hate online from Twilight fans who are still obsessed with Pattinson’s previous off-screen relationship with his on-screen leading lady, Kristen Stewart. That relationship fractured in 2012 when Stewart was caught with married film director Rupert Sanders. It ended in 2013, with Pattinson recently saying to Esquire UK, “Shit happens, you know? It’s just young people … it’s normal! And honestly, who gives a shit?” Apparently, a bunch of racists do. SMH.
Anyway, another stylish performer I enjoy is rapper Hi-Rez. I haven’t seen him live yet, but I did make him some jewelry. I was psyched when he announced some new merch recently and I saw the chain I made him featured on some of the t-shirts.
And yet another one of my musician customers, gorgeous Skylar Grey, had a big moment yesterday while performing the hook for Nicki Minaj’s new song, “Bed of Lies” at the MTV Europe Music Awards. A segment of “Bed of Lies” begins with Skylar at the piano at the 1:38 mark in this video.
Finally, jewelry-loving rapper and my personal friend Gangsta Boo had a stellar October. Her mixtape with Beatking called Underground Cassette Tape Music was named Mixtape of the Week by Stereogum (you can download the mixtape here). Plus, she made an appearance on the album Run the Jewels 2, which is getting rave reviews. Spin picked it as Album of the Week and called “Love Again,” the track that Boo is on, “the standout cut.” That track starts out with rappers El-P and Killer Mike — who, as a duo, call themselves Run the Jewels (a name I really like) — doing the usual male rapper sexual boasting. Like Spin said, the song “sounds inauspicious at first, as the duo takes turns bragging about a new conquest with ‘dick in her mouth all day’…” As I was listening to that, I KNEW what Boo was going to bring to the mix. I’ll let Spin describe it:
“But the stroke of genius is bringing in Gangsta Boo for a career-peak verse (‘Keep it ratchet, so sweet/ All these boys kiss my feet,’ ‘Let’s have an orgy/ I’m a share your ass with all my friends’) topped by a triumphant change to the chorus: ‘I put my clit in his mouth all day/ I’ve got this fool in love again!’ … suddenly they’re competing with ‘Anaconda’ for the funniest sex-positive jam of 2014.”
Boo also did an interesting interview with i-D this summer. Read what she has to say about working in a man’s world for 20 years here.
UPDATED TO ADD: Jade Novah is also backing Jessie J and Jennifer Hudson tonight! A busy day for her. Don’t forget to watch the Concert for Valor at 7 p.m. ET.
UPDATED AGAIN TO ADD: For the people hitting my blog while searching for the reason that Bruce Springsteen was booed at the concert … he wasn’t! It’s traditional for his audiences to chant “Bruuuuuuuuuuce” at him. Even I know that because it’s been a thing for so long, but it can sound like a boo if you don’t know what to expect.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week.
- Monday: My friend Al Radley, expert on designer Ossie Clark, said the Ossie dress I wore at the Plaza is printed with a Celia Birtwell design called “Tassels.” It’s a rare dress, he said!
- Tuesday: Yolandi Li$$er and I share a love for mullet haircuts.
- Wednesday: I can put any outfit together as long as I only have to work with black and white … and I’m starting a new jewelry collection devoted to FitzRoy the cat.
- Thursday: Earrings of yesteryear.
- Friday: Barbed wire rings in platinum and yellow gold.
- Saturday: Thanks to Syl Tang, I was quoted in the Financial Times.