Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Seems Nancy Botwin (Weeds) might have even more competition...from the NY Times Mag (The 7th Annual Year of Ideas Ish)
MARIJUANA MANSIONS - Marijuana growers have long faced a dilemma. If they grow pot outdoors, weather conditions are unpredictable, and plants can be spotted from the air or accidentally discovered. Yet if they set up an indoor operation in a sleepy town, their suspicious activity tends to draw attention. The new and counterintuitive solution of some growers in California is to move into a busy, upscale suburban neighborhood and establish a ''marijuana mansion,'' as the street-life magazine Don Diva recently termed it.
A home that costs a half-million dollars or more is essentially converted into a weed factory: rooms are packed with hydroponically grown plants; fans and air ducts are installed for moisture control and to remove the skunky odor; the electricity box is rewired to steal electricity from power lines. With precision light and temperature control, the growers, who don't live in the houses but check in a few times a week, can harvest more (and more potent) pot.
According to Lt. Greg Garland of the sheriff's department in San Bernardino County, where more than 50 pot houses have been raided this year, the growers favor newer communities in outlying suburbs because they get more space for the money, and residents pay scant attention to their neighbors. ''In these communities, both the husband and wife work; they're busy coming and going,'' Garland says. ''One man we spoke to lived next to a grower for a year and wasn't even sure what color the guy's car was.''
Curiously, the subprime mortgage fiasco helped make the phenomenon possible: many pot houses were purchased by first-time homeowners using interest-only loans, and with speculators buying houses to flip them, it wasn't uncommon for a home to sit empty for months. Authorities have started to alert the public to the signs of a pot house, a telltale one being a dry lawn. But, ever adaptive, the growers are hiring gardeners -- just like their suburban neighbors. STEVEN KURUTZ
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:05 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I am not prego but I can't seem to stop eating (or talking - always happens when I find something I like!!!) about Bubbies Bread & Butter Chips. In less than 24, I have definitely devoured over half of this giant jar!
A suggestion, don't eat pickles immediately followed by a bottle of champagne immediately followed by judging/tasting batches of arugula pesto. Then the pickles and your stomach are not so good.
Posted by Jen Sall at 3:27 PM
Monday, December 17, 2007
God, I am such the sucker for packaging!!! Jose-organic Teas are the latest to win the title, simple, bold and elegant.
This is such a disorder!!!! So much so, that no matter how many times I've tried to buy the box I just can't bring myself to purchase the hometown fav and legend Celestial Seasonings. Yuck!
Posted by Jen Sall at 4:05 PM
Friday, December 14, 2007
For whatever reason there has been a lot of chatter about Aspen in the past 24. KP (bastard) is on his way up and AM and I are thinking about a trip. If you are looking to waste some more time today...you must watch the South Park Aspen Breakdancing clip too!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 4:35 PM
...From Ecorazzi.com...Entourage star Adrian Grenier has closed on a series for a new eco-show on Discovery Channel’s upcoming network Planet Green. Tentatively titled The Green Life, the show will have green experts from different fields go out and help single home families, small businesses, college dorms, and film/tv sets green their “living” spaces. Planet Green is expected to kick off sometime in June of 2008.
Stay tuned as I may have some interesting news in relation to this story!!!
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:49 AM
I know you don't read my blog, but to the kindest man who braved the snow and cold last night to change my blown out tire!! I can't thank you enough!!! He saved me from waiting for an hour++ in the cold.
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:30 AM
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Yesterday I was chatting with JT, the founder of Re:volve Brand, about some projects he has in the works. He has some amazing plans in the hopper!! Being the nosey that I am, after our convo. I had to visit the site to check out the current line. Here's my winner. Click here to shop for yourself!!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:50 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
French is not one of the languages I studied. Those would be Italian, Spanish or Portuguese. But when I received the email blast in French from De La MJC or lamjc.com and saw the photos from the exhibit, From Rio to Hong Kong" Terry Richardson. Understanding the words wasn't that important, see for yourself...
And if you are not familiar with Terry Richardson he is a photographer famous for campaigns from American Apparel to Belvedere Vodka.
Posted by Jen Sall at 12:09 PM
I found these cool stencils by Little Girl Lost on Redbubble but you can find more of her work on Flickr. Click here to jump to the entire collection. I also received word my friend, and amazing jeweler Dara sent some pieces out for me from LA. They are from her new line where she takes old bullets and melts them down to make fabulous new necklaces, pendants and bracelets. Soo excited, I am heading over to collect this afternoon. But you can click here to see all of her goodies right now !!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 11:27 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Welcome to the endless painful forecast, while some revel in it. I am OVER it! I can't remember the last time I saw pavement. What happened to sunny Boulder? It's more like Fargo, ND. The cold makes me crave hot beverages and then there is my never ending sugar craving. To kill two birds with one stone, I am heating and downing this Pepperminty Chocolaty Beverage from Vitasoy. Since the work day is done, I need to spike it with some Baileys or Vodka!
Posted by Jen Sall at 4:53 PM
Monday, December 10, 2007
I have loved, studied and been fascinated by Andy Warhol for decades...I had the fortune of visiting his retrospective at the Guggenheim in Venice, Italy. Not that it has anything to do with anything but he always amuses me. I recently read this quote from dear old Andy...Buying is more American than thinking...ever so accurate, especially this time of year.This is Andy with Basquiat. If you haven't seen Basquiat directed by Julian S., you should!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:31 AM
If you haven't checked the news in the past 24 then you are probably unaware of the pair of shootings in Colorado Saturday morning into Sunday. Both occurred at 'unique' religious facilities and while I am not diminishing the tragedy of those killed, the news immediately brought to mind the film Jesus Camp...
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:27 AM
Friday, December 7, 2007
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Thursday, December 6, 2007
I took a yoga class this morning. 9a so that = me + all the Yummy Mummies, MILFs or whatever you want to call them . As I watched the ladies enter the room I was surprised at how many use the club's mats. I think those things are Giant Petri dishes - Gross! Plus these women have $$ to burn - don't get it???? When I started practiced a few years ago, my first investment was a Jade Yoga Mat. Its nice and cushy but at the same time has zero slip factor. Its worthy of lots of stars in my book....
Posted by Jen Sall at 12:36 PM
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Inhabit makes absolutely wonderful, yummy cashmere and cotton sweaters. They are having an online sample sale - steals and deals!! Cashmere cardies for under $60 is an amazing deal. I have done my damage so click on the photo and have your turn at it!!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 2:09 PM
Ashley of Ashley Watson sent over photos of her Spring Collection. Made from reclaimed Leather Jackets, not only are the bags virtually one of a kind, at an amazing price point but she is doing her part to help reduce landfill waste.
Posted by Jen Sall at 1:44 PM
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Call them whatever you want but the winds have been HOWLING here for the past 24 and it's made things crazy to say the least....I lost (and found thankfully) my dog today among other wacky adventures.
On a side note, while holiday shopping over the weekend I revisited Tarina Tarantino's collection. It's been years and I was pleasantly surprised to see how the line has evolved over time. Here are a couple of items that caught my eye. Jump on over to her site and see what strikes your fancy....
oh and HAPPY HANUKKAH!!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 6:11 PM
Monday, December 3, 2007
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Sunday, December 2, 2007
For whatever reason this week brought an influx of packages to my doorstep. Two of the most notable were Crummy Bros Organic Cookies & ModMix Organic Cocktail Mixers, it's been a dangerous yet delicious combination! I must admit ALL of the cookies have been sampled but the cocktails are going a bit slower...Both make great hostess gifts or treats for all the upcoming holiday parties. Run out and grab some to taste for yourself!
Posted by Jen Sall at 7:26 PM
Friday, November 30, 2007
Boulder is downright cold today. My days in Boulder are numbered and I am OVER resort skiing. But for whatever reason I began to think about the temps up at the Resorts, the pending xmas crowds and what happens up there. For those of you who get what I am saying, you understand why it immediately made me think about the over the top, CHEEZY, uber Ritzy, Glam Shop Gorusch. In honor of this time of year, I created a warm and cozy outfit! (Note to readers - I would NEVER wear these pieces, there are enough that already do)! Plus, I think I would be burned at the stake if I tried to sport this little number in Boulder. Oh yeah and I should mention that this get-up would knock you back about $5K.
Posted by Jen Sall at 11:36 AM
Thursday, November 29, 2007
On my last trip to LA I was somehow convinced to try on a pair of AG Jeans, actually they are a super thin wale cord called The Kiss. It's been years since I wore or thought about this line. Anyways, I bought 'em. I have to admit they are super comfy and since its been so bloody cold here I am wearing them and again and again. So much so that last week, while back East I search for another pair but no one had them in stock!! I may have to search for Cyber Friday deals....
Posted by Jen Sall at 6:46 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
A few weeks ago I stopped in the new home of the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. The building is modern, spacious and I have to be honest, somewhat empty. This I found disappointing. The top floor housed the work of David Altmejd. His was the only work I found somewhat intriguing. Here is a photo I took inside... (sorry for the annoying border I am too busy to fix it).
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:53 AM
Monday, November 26, 2007
I have been meaning to scribe about this for too long, I am jammed today so it's going to be super brief but I gotta get it out! Last year I toured the MFA Thesis Exhibit at CU I came across the work of Stephanie DeArmond. It was so unique, creative and powerful. I couldn't forget it. A few weeks ago I was reading my coveted NY Times Sunday Mag and there was a giant 'T' created by Stephanie!! I can't find a shot of the page and my copy is too wrinkled to scan. So here are some other great pieces by Stephanie.
Posted by Jen Sall at 11:43 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If rolling your jeans to avoid chain suck, tears or grease while riding your bike just isn't cool enough for you then consider the Windrider Bicycle Clip made from Reflective PVC. Designed by Gijs Bakker available at the Conran Shop - thanks to BoingBoing. Click here to purchase
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:50 AM
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Not long ago I read the founder of H.Stern has passed. This instantly brought back the memories of the two summers I lived in Rio. Every day as we walked to the beach, (I know rough life), we passed a palatial hotel. On the corner of the hotel housed a H.Stern boutique. Large glass windows showcased the glittering geodes and gems, pieces that the glamorous Brazilian women wear with ease.
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:39 AM
Friday, November 16, 2007
I am not a reviewer or critic. Gold & Silver Stars is merely a platform for me to scribe about the things that please (ok, sometimes displease) me. I watched Richard Avedon's documentary - Darkness and Light this week, 4 stars in my book!Tomorrow I am attending the Julian Schnabel film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. I know its going to be sad and intense but I can't wait! Plus, I love the story behind the story. The movie is based on the autobiography of the former Editor of French Elle. A book that sat on Julian Schnabel's bookshelf for years. One day, performer Laurie Anderson stopped by....ah the life of a famous artist! She noticed the book on the shelf, professed her love for the book, Julian read the book and poof here we are...
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:14 AM
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Clementines cuties are back in season! Technically, its a variety of the mandarin but I just love their sweet little size and taste. Like a little candy treat with no guilt. When you aren't busy eating the clementines, put them in a wooden or silver bowl to add a decorative touch to your home.
Posted by Jen Sall at 3:30 PM
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I always reach for Method products; the hand soap, the cleaning wipes. All the products are effective and smell great - never chemically. When I arrived home last week to a box of goodies from the Method people I was beyond excited! The most notable product was an air freshener. Named the UFO - Unidentified Fragrance Object - love the Method humor. Typically, I find these types of products contain a most unnatural scent and are way too overpowering . Not this one, its subtle, natural smelling and lets not forget the simple yet modern lines of this little wiz.
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:41 AM
Monday, November 12, 2007
I was back in Denver for the Gala Dinner and film premiere for the Film Festival this weekend past. The film was JUNO and I highly recommend it!! Since I wasn't into really glamming it up, it was going to be a long night and I was more into comfort than black tie. So, I wore this Shoshanna dress, with brown tights, gold Sigerson Morrison flats (these aren't the exacts but you get the gist), I don't think the dress lends well to boots, as shown in the photo. And of course, my Marine blue patent clutch by MJM of Trustyourstyle.com. Yeah, I rocked it out...
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:53 AM