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My Missoni Madness

When I heard about the Missoni at Target capsule collection launch set for yesterday, I thought I would stroll into my local Target at some point that day to check it out.

(I have been buying Missoni for years – but never at retail. Century 21 in NYC has a nice Missoni collection where I have gotten sweaters for less than $200 – a Missoni deal.)

Then I heard on CNBC that the Target website crashed and was virtually sold out, and the New York and New Jersey stores all sold out within an hour! Ah!

For the first time I felt happy not to be living in NYC. But I hot-footed it over to Target pronto! So glad I did.

The store was picked over, but there was a lot left. 

The score:

(By the way, nothing was more than $50, although the items are already listed on eBay marked up to over twice the price in some cases)

My fave – the blue dress. It is kind of short, but looked great on. I am just trying to decide – what color tights, plain black or the cool Missoni blue patterned ones I left there …. damn I may need to go back)

missoni blue zig-zag mini dress

Missoni for Target blue zig-zag mini dress

The blue cardigan (not to go with the dress…)

Missoni for Target blue cardigan

The classic cardigan (I almost bought the dress that goes with this but it was too busy with the cardigan)

Missoni for Target zig-zag cardigan

The stretchy black and white tee –

Missoni for Target Black and White Zig-Zag Tee

I was not alone at the store, my husband and mother came along (she bought the tee shirt too) – so then we moved to housewares where we scooped up –

This throw – it is really thick, great quality, and has a black and white pattern on the reverse side. 50 by 60 inches.

Missoni for Target Throw

And 4 bowls and 2 mugs.

Missoni for Target Mugs

A productive 45 minutes.

I may go back to see about those tights. And the towels I forgot to look at.


36 hours in NYC – wish ribbons, blue shoes, and friends

We ran off to NYC for a quickie get-together with friends.

I’ll get to that later…

First, we got to the hotel around 7 pm, and cabbed it over to the 2nd Ave. Deli for matzoh ball soup and pastrami sandwiches. I still think this is the best pastrami in the city. Also, I really like the free mini-shots of chocolate soda that come with the check.

Then I had to wrestle with rugrat kids in the hotel business center at 9:30 pm to get on a pc before the 10 pm chat that Max Adams kindly arranged for her 5150 screenwriting workshop with guest screenwriter Terry Rossio. This was no picnic, trying to get that pc. A couple of kids on one pc. 2 Spanish guys on another, a surly teen girl on another, and an older man with a yarmulke on the last one. At about 9:50, after much exaggerated sighing, I announced “I have a 10:00 meeting with someone in Hollywood, is anyone getting off soon?!” Yarmulke guy kindly gave me his pc. It was a great chat – lots of great information and advice from Terry. And – Johnnie Depp is hotter in person than in the movies. So I hear.

Friday we had lunch at Luke’s Lobster in the East Village. It has recently been named one of the best lobster roll places in the city. It did not disappoint! Yum. The place has no real seating, just about 8-10 stools at a bar. We luckily got window seats and polished those babies off.

Then we cabbed it down to the New Museum on Bowery and Prince. I love this place because it is so off-beat.

There was a Rivane Neuenshwander exhibit in the lobby [other floors too, but I am telling you about the lobby..] – called “I Wish Your Wish.” She is a Brazilian artist.

It is walls of colored ribbons with people’s wishes printed on them. The ribbons loosely poke out of little holes. Visitors are invited to select ribbons printed with a wish to tie around their wrists. [The guy in the exhibit instructed me to tie three knots – I did.] When the ribbon falls off, Brazilian tradition is that one’s wish will come true. Visitors may write another wish and place it in the empty hole. [I did.]

So – I now will be wearing this yellow ribbon and green ribbon on my left wrist for – who knows how long?

There is this shoe store in Soho just a few blocks from the museum on Prince St. My favorite NYC shoe store – John Fluevog.

But. It was getting close to the time we had to be downtown for the reason we came to NYC in the first place – the party. I did not want to be late, but the husband insisted – insisted – we go get me some shoes. Who am I to argue?

I got me some baby-blue John Flouevog shoes.

They were even on sale, yay!

All this, and still – the best part of the trip – was seeing my old friends.

Friends I used to work with years ago. The occasion – an informal retirement party for a few of my old bosses, at Captain’s Ketch in the financial district. About 60-70 people showed, and caught up with each other over many glasses of wine and other alcoholic beverages.  It was way cool to see everyone again.

There is a core group (okay, clique) of seven women that are still really close – even though 4 of us have scattered off from that job. And we huddled and caught up with each other as if we had all been together just yesterday instead of 2-3 years ago. The best kind of friends to have.

The party was scheduled from 5 – 9pm, and at 10pm a whole lot of us were still there when the place turned on the lights to signal – hey you guys are running over – so we did what we used to do.

12 of us trudged up to Wo Hop in Chinatown for dinner. And pigged out on homemade wonton soup, dumplings, sesame noodles, egg rolls, and various versions of Chow Fun. 

And we all again hugged and went our separate ways. Until next time.

Fashion Friday – High-heeled clogs!

Man, I want these clogs. The lace-up ones are hot.

These are sold at The Number 6 Store, in NYC’s Little Italy.

You can buy ones that are already made, or chose your own top material and patterns.

[Photo by Lars Klove for the NY Times]  

96 hours in NYC (backwards) – part I

We just got our food, culture, and shopping fix in four and a half days in NYC. We arrived Saturday evening, and left on Thursday afternoon. 

96 hours in NYC – backwards:

Thursday doesn’t count, that was all about packing and making frenzied bagel and Italian hero runs – you know, the take some of NYC home thing.

[BTW – the best bagel place is “Hot Bagels” on 2nd Ave. between 56th and 57th Streets. Their everything bagels rock, and their black russian bagels are heaven. I ordered a dozen to bring home, and they gave me 15. But only for a smile.]


Our intended plans to walk the Highline got squashed as soon as we strolled out of the hotel into the frigid wind. The Highline is a new park on the west side that spans from around 12th to 20th streets, where elevated railroad tracks used to be. Frigid windy day and elevated park along the river – did not compute. Next time. Wusses.

So, there is time to kill before a 12:30 lunch date with Nancy, my 5150 screenwriting workshop friend, at Morrells Wine Bar. Hmm, let’s be tourists and go to Times Square and buy play tickets for tonight. Done. By the way, the red pedestrian lounging steps in the middle of Times Square is an interesting new touch. 

More time to kill spent in the m&m’s store. 3 floors of marketing mania. But – there are m&m colors in that store not known to man, and they are in huge silos. And you can get a plastic bag and load up on whatever color m&m’s you want. Wow.

Lunch at Morrell’s Wine Bar was fun. Lots of chatter and good food and wine. The wine-by-the-glass menu is outrageously large, and we noticed that many of the high-priced glasses were gone from the menu. Steak salad, ricotta dumplings, black-pepper fettucine were all very good. [So I hear – I had the dumplings.]

Um – more food – we noticed a Magnolia Bakery on the corner a half-block away from Morrell’s. As in, an outpost of the Magnolia Bakery of the infamous delish-looking cupcakes Carrie and Miranda gobbled up in “Sex and the City” (series, not movie.)  Had to stop and snare some for later. They had red velvet cupcakes. But the chocolate ones were better. Icing? Superb.

We took a cab downtown to see the new “New Museum” on Bowery and Prince Streets.  A short walk/smoke break before going in the museum took us to the John Fluevog shoe store, my fave in NYC. The husband spotted the store. I spotted these shoes.

The New Museum had an Urs Fischer exhibit spanning 3 floors. We strolled out of the elevator onto the 4th floor to this –

These are massive “sculptures” called “Marguerite de Ponty” made of aluminum-like material. 

The 3rd floor was a large painted room with not much inside except for a fossilized croissant hanging from a string, with a butterfly atop. A melting plastic purple baby grand piano. And a hole in the wall. I inched close to the hole in the wall, and —

a tongue attacks me through that hole. Ahhh! Yes, I screamed in the museum. So did the woman who tried this next. No wonder this “work” is named “Noisette.”

The 2nd floor was interesting, it was full of mirrored chrome cubes and columns with silkscreens of objects on each side made to look like 3D – as in, a photo of the top of a shoe on the top, the front, sides, and back on the sides of the cubes.

[photos from the New Museum]

Art walk done, we squeezed in dinner at the Mee Noodle Shop uptown at 49th St. and Second Ave. before heading to see “A Little Night Music” on Broadway. Stephen Sondheim music, great story – just what I like  – comedy and romance – and fantastic acting and singing by Catherine Zeta Jones and Angela Lansbury.  The show had a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” vibe. Zeta Jone’s rendition of “Send in the Clowns” was truly amazing.

And, just like tourists do, we waited by the stage door and got a glimpse, first, of Catherine Zeta Jones’ fluffy white dog hopping into her limo, followed by Catherine herself. She signed Playbills, but we could not get close enough.

So, that was Wednesday.  More to come.

Shoes and booties

I wore my high heel pumps to work one day, and apparently the stress fracture on my cuboid bone is not totally heeled because it was screaming by the end of the day – “get me out of these damn heels!”

So, last weekend, I went to Richie & Co. looking for black mid-heel shoes for work and for tooling around Portsmouth this fall. As in – two pair.

Great finds!

This Beautifeel Kimberly shoe is the most comfortable shoe ever.

Black leather kimberly beautifeel shoes

The moment I put it on, it fit like a second skin, and I have worn it all day at work with no rubbing or pain at all. Plus, I like how they look – they are made of leather and patent leather and stretchy material on the top edge. Very Mondrian.

I also got these Everybody Monza short booties.

everybody monza boot

They are black with a gray flap on top, with a stack wood heel. Short boots are in style this season too, which is a plus.

I so love shoe shopping.

Fall shopping

When some friends told me they were going to NYC this weekend, I urged them to go to the Barney’s warehouse sale. I urged them so hard that I almost decided to get in the car and go myself. This is the sale of all sales, the deals of all deals, the best sale ever, not only for the great clothes at incredibly low prices, but for the scene itself. Crazed women undressing in the aisles to try on clothes (there were no fitting rooms for many years – it is in a warehouse building).

Alas, common sense ruled – I am not driving to NYC on Labor Day weekend.

So, we decided to drive an hour to the local outlets. [“We” is myself, my husband, and my mother.]

I hadn’t been lately. New stores!

kate spade yardely serena bagAt Kate Spade, everything was 40% off already marked-down prices. I got the Yardley Serena bag in black textured leather. I like the outside side-pockets – great to slip in cell phones, the BlackBerry, even a pack of smokes.

We hit BCBG Max Azaria, where the trendy clothes got  some husband-frowns but where I bought – anyway – a really long black cardigan sweater with 3/4 sleeves and a black and white silky top with a waist-sash.

Escada-White-Ruffle-Top_21B7F1B8And then we stepped into Escada. The original prices here are outrageous, but the sale was up to 90% off. 

This white button-down shirt has a V-neck, but a tie sash on the collar. Some random shopper woman who already bought this shirt showed me how to tie the sash in the back, on the side, and other various ways.  [That kind of sounds odd.] Also, there was a black cashmere sleeveless shell with white stitched edges reduced from over $400 to $29. No brainer.

I did leave behind the $1,100 fuschia safari jacket (on sale for $80) that the saleswoman and other customers kept urging me to buy because “the color looks so good with your black hair!” 

Even the best sale cannot sway me to enter a room in a puffy-sleeved fuschia safari jacket.

Playing fashion

This Polyvore site is great.

I created this set of clothes for the 25 Park Contest. All are purchasable (for a price…) from 25 Park.

Like it? You can vote this the best set at that link below.