You Sexy Thing…

February 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am planning a post on Spring Fashion in the coming days, but this one could not wait. I am IN LOVE!!!!

Clutches continue to be big this season, and I have to say, I love carrying them. And when I saw this one in petrol blue patent, I could not resist. (Yes, I have a smaller one in purple…you got me.) But really, at this size and in this shade, we move from “very nice” to “kinda’ sexy”.  And I love blue with everything, including black, so don’t be afraid to give it a whirl. Also, do not be afraid to go vintage on clutches. Some of my favorites that I carry for years and years have been on the earth longer than I have!


(Photo of YSL “Belle du Jour” Clutch: Some Cozy Night)

Re-entry: An Update

February 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

So, I was feeling a tad dour when I arrived at the office today, but getting through all the mail, email and seeing a few people who seemed happy to see me had a Cheering Effect. Other Cheering things included walking through the doors of our newly completed conference room to be reunited with our  very cool Norman Foster table, surrounded by our equally excellent Toledo chairs that I haven’t seen in well over a year, and these flowers* given to me by one of my lovely colleagues:

The day’s additional cheer falls under my Grandmother’s “Having Something to Look Forward To” principal. As you know, I love Fiona Apple, and she is giving a performance in New York later next month. And those clever folks at Amex were able to get me two tickets even though it was extremely sold out when I tried to get them on my own. While not Madonna Psyched, I am very much looking forward to seeing her. Seriously, folks…she is very talented. In the meantime, I have my iTunes to keep me sufficiently “Appled”…

So, I guess the Re-entry is going pretty well. But I still want to be in my comfy pants and flats…is that so wrong?


*Yes, I have a thing for flowers. And dogs. And clothes, furniture and…well…you know me by now.
(Photos: Some Cozy Night)

OK, I Am Back

February 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not yet in the office, but I am unpacked and dressed for work. Hopefully, it won’t be too bad today. The thing is, Re-entry can be tricky. Particularily when you are going from this:

To this:

This change can be made a tad more challenging when you have decided to give up coffee for a while. I noticed that it was making me a little nuts in Mexico…so it is caffine-free tea for me. For now. 



(Photos: Some Cozy Night)



Coming Home

February 24, 2012 § 2 Comments

Two weeks can go by rather quickly with magazines and books to read, delicious food to eat and all kinds of work things that require medicinal massages and cocktails. Yes, we leave tomorrow. And I always dislike leaving…



I guess the best way to look at it is not that we are Leaving, but that we are Coming Home. And home, where your friends, family, favorite hangouts and adorable freeloaders are waiting for you is most certainly a nice place to be.



(Photos of The Sea of Cortez at dusk and the boys on their favorite chair: Some Cozy Night)

Another New Year: Losar

February 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love that there are so many opportunities to celebrate a New Year. I mean, Mondays don’t always cut it when you want a little Life Reset. So, imagine my delight in finding out, courtesy of my Times’s Digest this morning, that the Tibetan New Year celebrations begin today. Since I have allowed certain Outside Issues to muss up my vacation over the past day or two, I could use a reset. And the happy news that this New Year celebration is decidedly food-focused — including many dough-based delicacies — I am thinking this is an ideal celebration to embrace. Yippie!!


So, back to Losar. Wikipedia says that the last day of the current year is a day of cleaning and preparation (I missed that part), and includes putting up the finest decorations for the celebration. Then the first two days of this 15-day lunar-based holiday are for official ceremonies to make offerings (including a sacrificial cake) and to wish the Dali Lama good luck for the coming year. (He is even given special barley and dough based pills for this.)

From the third day on it is time for everyone to enjoy the rest of the holiday celebrations. This includes, according to Julia Moskin at The New York Times, Tibet’s unofficial dish: aha momos. These are little dumplings filled with meat and spices (a little bit in conflict with Buddhist Vegetarianism, but you can read Julia’s piece on that) that sound just heavenly. And apparently if I were in New York today, I could have some at a place called Tsampa, in the East Village.

Anyway, I fear I am getting too far afield from the Point of the Post, which is that I think that if you have the opportunity to reset and celebrate, you should. (Especially if there is food involved.) So, Tashi Delek and happy reset to you all.


(Photo: Some Cozy Night)

Keeping My Word

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Prior to arriving at my vacation destination, I requested — at the request of my pilates instructor — that a yoga mat be placed in my room. Naturally, an awfully adorable one was there on arrival:


Oddly enough, I have found that going to the fitness center here has been more fun and productive than going it alone in my room. Perhaps the view on my way back has something to do with it…


Regardless, I am pleased to report that I am on track with planned Fitness Activities, which I think bodes well for my return. Apparently, it also does not take a lot of time to have a little fitness, either.


The Yoga mat is from Gold’s Gym. And I am still not athletic, in case you were wondering.

What is with people who talk on the phone all day while they are sitting next to their traveling companion, poolside, on “vacation”??

(Photos: Some Cozy Night)

Have I Mentioned??

February 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

A couple of years ago, a friend sent me a trove of goodies that included this marvel:


It is from Dior’s “Addict” line (I will behave and not make mention of the irony here…or did I??) and it is officially one item I cannot do without. I do not know how it works, but it is basically a lip balm that makes your lips more of the color they actually are. Like a mood ring! Remember those?

At lunch the other day, Mr.H complimented me on “the color” after I applied some. While he is way ahead of all other husbands on fashion, we never talk makeup. So the conversation reminded me that I should probably mention this fabulous product to you. And now that I have done so, I am back to whale watching.




I am pretty sure that you can order this from Sephora and it must be at all the Dior counters, where you should also consider picking up their brow gel. Also fantastic.

(Photo: Some Cozy Night)

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