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Sunday, November 23, 2014

In case you missed it, here’s what was on the blog this week.

Thank you, Louise Hornor, for sending me this photo of the sign Bae Systems. Who else is on Bae Watch? Send me your Bae photos and I’ll post ‘em.


Click to enlarge.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The New Republic magazine celebrated its 100th birthday with a big dinner in Washington, D.C., last night and MrB and I were invited. Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker and, during the cocktail hour, Bill popped up a few feet away from us. He was immediately besieged by hand-shakers and photo-takers.

As the party organizers ushered everyone to their tables at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Bill lingered with a crowd around him. MrB and I lingered as well, as I began to wonder aloud whether I should ask for a photo too. MrB said, “Do it!” and I said, “I’m way too shy! I’ll feel silly!” Chris Hughes, the 30-year-old owner of the magazine, stopped to chat for a moment and was like, “Huh? Go for it!” Chris was one of the first employees of Facebook, which is how he became worth hundreds of millions of dollars and bought a magazine while still in his 20s. I figured if Chris tells you to go for something, it might be worth going for, so after the crowd thinned even more, I sidled up to Bill.

Now, I’ve mentioned before that MrB is an absolutely terrible photographer. Everyone has to have one flaw — obviously, MrB is perfect in all other ways — and this is his. No matter how many years I’ve used one camera, for instance, MrB never catches on to basics like which button to push in order to take a picture. It’s quite stressful, which is why I think I look a bit manic in many of my outfit photos. Last night, MrB was all cocky about my taking a photo with Bill until the moment he realized he had to wield the camera, at which point he got very nervous. I hissed, “Just push this big button here like you always do!!!” and made my move on Bill. The former president and I waited for about 15 painful seconds while MrB repeatedly pushed the button and no flash went off in the dark room. I figured I’d lost my chance and released Bill back into the wild.

When I snatched the camera back from MrB, I found he’d somehow hit the record button a full minute before trying to take the still pictures. As a result, I have this priceless video.

I need some time to recover before I can accurately rate this moment on my scale of celebrity embarrassment. Is this worse than mentioning Family Guy to Tom Brokaw … twice? I’m not sure anything can be as bad as antagonizing my feminist idol Gloria Steinem. Imagine if I had that on tape!

By the way, the “I love her” that Bill says as I’m desperately shaking his hand refers to my gorgeous friend Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. Barbaralee is a big Democratic supporter. Her husband Carl Spielvogel was appointed ambassador to the Slovak Republic by Clinton in 2000, so I name-dropped her as I introduced myself.

The dress that will be forever linked in my mind to this mortifying moment was the purple Zang Toi trench gown that I wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar party earlier this year. It has a little train, which I used to sweep the floors all night.


Here’s the look from the front.

zang2resizeWhat Wendy Wore
Dress: Zang Toi (2014)
Shoes: Tom Ford (2012)
Jewelry: My own designs
Hair: Julie Matos from Warren-Tricomi
Makeup: Josie Torres

I thought I’d already worn this gown to the Committee to Protect Journalists International Freedom Awards last November, but I remembered incorrectly: It was another purple Zang Toi gown.  That means, technically, I could wear this dress to this year’s CPJ dinner, which takes place next week, but I might have to wait another year for this dress’s association with awkwardness fades. Oh, did I mention that I spilled everything out of my purse on the way into the venue last night, right at the feet of some stern-looking police officers? It could have been worse, I guess; at least I wasn’t accidentally carrying anything illicit. But still!

As for what MrB wore, the important things were the cufflinks made by me, of course, and his fabulous Pucci bow tie. Here we are standing in front of a green screen that put us on a New Republic cover.


If you follow the journalism field at all, this story on the notorious fabricator Stephen Glass, published in the New Republic’s anniversary issue, is worthwhile reading.

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.


$265. Click to purchase.

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.


A mermaid’s gotta have a mermaid necklace!

Not mermaid material? You can be a gangsta, ninja, pirate … or anything else you’d like to be. I’ll make sure you’ve got the right jewelry to represent!

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.


One of Frank’s photos was used on the album cover. The album was released in 1994, after Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Click to buy on Amazon.

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.)

smiling poo

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 …


Sold singly. $35 for one. Click to purchase.

… and in gold-plated sterling silver.


$50 for a single. Click to purchase.

The lucky poo is available in sterling silver on the site.


Smiling poo in sterling silver. $35 for a single. Click to purchase.

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.

Belated thanks to my girl Gangsta Boo, for forgetting her Da Mafia 6ix hat at my place a while back. It came in handy when I had to wait outside for four hours for that FKA twigs concert!


Thanks, I needed this.

Friday, November 14, 2014

It’s been almost two years to the day since I’ve seen a mind-blowing boob or butt bow, but 1stdibs.com came through for me once again with this vintage Bill Blass gown.


$1,950. Click to shop.

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!


My Guy Laroche dress in 2007. Click for original post.

I kind of regret not getting the last butt-bow dress that I posted, now that I look back at it.


This 1984 Yves Saint Laurent dress sold.

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

In April, MrB helped CNBC celebrate its 25th anniversary. Last week, there was a dinner called the “Next 25″ Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center.


A pretty place for a dinner.

There were mini-panels with one featuring Mickey Drexler of J. Crew and Kevin Plank of Under Armour …

mickey kevin

Mickey (left) and Kevin (right). Photo taken from the video screen, not from life!

… and one for Martha Stewart and Barry Diller.

martha barry

My photo of the video screen at the event.

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.

dillerI 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?

cnbcoutfit1resizeWhat 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!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I was looking for Purrkoy the kitten recently. FitzRoy, his older cat brother, was like, “Kitten? What kitten? We have a kitten?”

I think Fitz is tired of PK’s big butt blocking his view of the pigeons.


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