Archive for September, 2008

The latest fads that you can find for free

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

If you have an amiable boyfriend or husband, see if they will let you raid their closet for a garment or two.  The latest fashions are: boyfriend jeans (a bit baggy and rolled up at the ankle); boyfriend shirts (either tucked into jeans or worn belted with leggings or skinny jeans); boyfriend cardigans (the longer and bigger the better); boyfriend fedoras.  Now, there is one warning: Only wear one of these items at the same time and be sure and wear feminine items such as something lacy or sheer or pastel with it so that your girlish features are enhanced in the look.

Just so the men aren’t left out in this column – I did see an interesting photo today of a very macho looking chap wearing skinny black pants, a pair of boots, and a blue jean short jacket.  He said he got the jacket at a thrift store in the ladies section. The tight fit made him look very attractive in a masculine sort of way and I never would have guessed that it was originally designed for women. So, what I am seeing here is that a piece of clothing can be imbued with masculine or feminine sexuality and if it is worn with other things you can come up with something very original while still giving a nod to the latest fashion.

Good time to go to Europe

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

I noticed the prices have really gone down on trips to Europe now.  About $500 (includes extra fees) will now get you from New York to most of the best cities such as Rome and Frankfort.  Just search around the net and you will find some real bargains. It is still a good time to see Europe – not too cold and most of the tourists have left.  I am thinking about how I can take a trip now.

Create a conversation piece

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

As I unpacked my suitcase after my last airplane trip, I noticed a hole in my skirt that had not been there when I packed it.  I had this happen once before – I packed a brand-new blouse and on my arrival I unpacked it to discover that it had acquired a small hole.

I was going to throw the skirt away, but I couldn’t quite bear to do it as it is one of my favorite short skirts.  Then I noticed a beautiful red label in one of my more expensive blouses.   I then cut out a few different labels out of different articles of clothes that were all different brands.  The only thing they had in common was that they were all beautifully made in  reds and blues and whites.  I hand-sewed the first one to cover the tiny hole, and I arranged the others around it in a nice design.  It looks like an ironic art statement about branding and it makes me laugh as I get so tired of seeing people flaunt how much they paid for something by openly advertising the brand.

Invent new recipes

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

I have found a form of entertainment which is fun for both the participant and the “spectators”.   Find a recipe you basically like and then alter it with spices and other things that  happen to be in the kitchen.  After a while, you get a feel for which foods combine well together and can come up with some amazing recipes.

I was cleaning out the cupboards – which is a good way to find foods that need to be used up before their expiration date – and I found an almost full canister of carob powder.  My family likes the taste of chocolate better.  Now, despite the media pushing all of the benefits of chocolate (lead by the chocolate marketeers), I know that a little chocolate goes a long way.  Too much leads to overweight and bad skin.  On the other hand, carob has tons of vitamins and minerals and is low-fat.

So, I made a tiramisu with 80% carob and 20% chocolate powder.  I eliminated the white sugar and just used 2 ripe bananas and a few tablespoons of maple syrup.  Now, this tiramisu only has a vague resemblance to the Italian recipe and if anyone has an Italian mother-in-law I would not recommend serving it to her.  On the other hand, my family says it is the best tiramisu they have ever ate –  guilt-free and doesn’t cause an after-shock from too much sugar.

Adding romance to the relationship

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

An additional note on running on the beach: Have your boyfriend or husband accompany you.  It is super-romantic to be jog together and enjoy the sunset.  And when you have both trimmed down, think of the new positions that can be tried!

Burning off the fat

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I found something fun to do that doesn’t cost any money and should end up giving a great result.  Jogging on the beach at sunset.  It is so fantastic to feel the cool breeze and watch the beautiful pink and orange sunset while running on the sand.  The first night I ran after dark.  I suddenly slipped on something wet and very slippery.

So, what are those round things that have washed up on to the beach and look like mini-landmines?  They are jellyfish!  And if you turn them over, you can see their little tentacles.  Luckily, they have been arriving with their poisonous parts dug into the sand, so I didn’t even get stung when I stepped on to it.  But, I have been avoiding walking on them now – just on the remote possibility that someone’s curiosity prompted them to turn one over with a stick and then left it that way in the sand.

I can’t wait until I drop off those unneeded pounds and return to a lighter self!

Buy Jet Blue airline tickets on EBay

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

The Jet Blue site is now offering seats on Ebay.   http://www.jetblue.com/ebay/

Some of the tickets seem overbid (like a four day mystery vacation which is at $3500 right now) but there are a few tickets that may end up as deals.

The good thing is that if this continues as a usual practice, it could be another place besides Orbitz, etc. to find economy tickets.

Start a fashion fad

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Here it is Sunday morning and my mind is musing on how fads are started.  Sometimes all it takes is Katie Holmes looking adorable in rolled up jeans to move a fad from Europe to the States.  Probably the most memorable fad is the one Madonna started of wearing underwear as outerwear.

Just for fun, it would be interesting to see if one could actually get a fad going.  Find a unique way to wear a piece of clothing or one’s hair.  Have photos taken and put online into places such as Glamour and Digg. And of course, it helps if one is either very attractive or very unusual looking and /or famous in some way already.

Are you a follower or a leader?

Free Movies

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I used to spend a lot of my hard-earned money on DVDs from Blockbuster.  At the time, I justified that I was saving money, as going to the movie theater cost quite a bit more.  But now I mainly pick up DVD’s from the library, and with only an occasion fine of a dollar or two, I mainly have a source for free entertainment.

I just finished watching a DVD which was surpisingly good called “The Tempest”.  This version was made in 1982 and starred John Cassavettes, Susan Sarandon, Gena Rowland, and Molly Ringwald.  It wasn’t until the end that I realized that the names and events in the movie were all a take-off from the Shakesperean play.

If you like interesting comedies that don’t follow the usual “comedy movie formula”, you may like this one even if you aren’t into the classics. Also the scenery from the Greek islands and the music are an aesthetic treat.  And,  I almost feel like I have just returned from a vacation in Greece!

Another way to save money on your clothing budget

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

There are some really great fashion sites on the internet.  One of my favorite sites is http://www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com/ because “Mr. Sart” is an incredible photographer that has taken some of the most fascinating fashion photos I have ever seen.

The key to saving money is to get a good idea of what is currently in fashion, and then modernize your wardrobe with one or two new pieces and accessories that give it an up-to-date overall impression.