Like clockwork the weather shifted from nice and balmy to cold and wet. It's amazing how year after year the weather is always nasty for the trick or treaters.
For me, this means it's time to pull out the Spiewak parka. Even though I am absolutely, completely and totally over the cold weather I love this jacket!! Maybe because I bought it for about $20 about 4 years ago or because it always keeps me warm and dry. Or maybe because this company was started back in Brooklyn in the early 1900's....
My jacket is older, so there is no photo, this one is pretty close minus it's not black. Click here for more jackets and all things Spiewak.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Like clockwork the weather shifted from nice and balmy to cold and wet. It's amazing how year after year the weather is always nasty for the trick or treaters.
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:06 AM
So after the sugar buzz from all the Halloween candy has subsided and you have a hankering for some good eats, get on down to First Bite Boulder, Nov 3-10. There are about 40 restaurants participating, all proceeds go to Benefit There With Care and if you Mocopay - 'chandon' you get a free class of vino - not sure how Mocopay works but I am sure it's easy enough for a class of vino....
Posted by Jen Sall at 7:53 AM
This is my 100 pound deerhound Ollie creeping us out for Halloween. Trust me he's a handsome dog but the photo was perfect for Halloween....
Posted by Jen Sall at 7:44 AM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:12 AM
Monday, October 29, 2007
I think I first learned of the artist Walton Ford in Vogue. Yes, there is more to this mag than just ads and outrageously priced couture clothing. I think the story was about an upcoming retrospective at a NY art museum, if my failing memory serves me....
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:51 AM
A lot my friends swear by the Now & Zen alarm clocks, manufactured here in Boulder. They just don't do it for me and I am over my clock radio. Too many mornings of waking up to terrible news or music, I am ready to pitch my clock radio across the room.
I have found my answer. The bomba Alarm clock - available through the Little Clock Shop. It's so lovely. Even if when shows an ungodly early hour, how could I be irritated?
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:13 AM
Perhaps you are in the pool that thinks a t-shirt is just a t-shirt, I disagree. Take it from someone whose drawers are overflowing with all makes and models, there are differences! There are the brands that fade, the brands that grow as you wear them, the brands that make you look and feel oh so sloppy.
Not so is the case with Lna T-shirts. Hands down my fav! The perfect thickness, cut long but hold their shape and with colors that stay true - you can't go wrong. I can't seem to find a website for LnA but you can find the shirts on numerous online boutiques.
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:43 AM
Friday, October 26, 2007
For reasons too long and painful to discuss, my car (a German-made Station Wagon aka Grocery Getter) is temporarily out of commission. I'm driving a Toyota Corolla for a rental. It's a little too suburban for me but have to admit it's the best economy size rental I have ever driven. If you are looking for a modest car, that is zippy with AMAZING gas mileage look no further. ...Sure, so does the every so trendy Prius but no waiting lists for this model!
Posted by Jen Sall at 1:59 PM
The warmth and sunlight is decreasing with each passing day, this always makes me want more and more tea. And what better to drink with tea but honey!
Last month friends from LA were in town and their arrival brought a group of their friends, old and new, together for a large group dinner. At dinner I had the chance to sit and chat with the creators of Backyardhive.com This interesting couple not only bottle Raw honey in beautiful hand blown glass jars. (I can't wait to try it)
but created a mission...'to improving bee ecology and beekeeping methods that respect the honeybee."
Check out backyardhive.com for more information or to purchase their raw honey
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:29 AM
I have to admit last trip to Barneys Co-Op was a letdown (for clothes at least). But what the Co-Op lacked the jewelry section made up for...I was drooling all over the glass cases. Designers such as; Simone Coste, Devon Page McCleary, all so glittering and gorg!
Barneys just released there jewelry mailer - click here to drool for yourself.
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:22 AM
I was locked out of my office this am...so I ran some errands while listening to NPR. I caught this great story about NPR affiliate KPBS.
I know it's so cliche but I love hearing stories about good things that arise from tragedy.
The smart folks at KPBS created an up to the minute detailed map for the residents of San Diego. They worked around the clock to show house by house, structure by structure the location of the fires, it was so advanced and detailed that Google is now incorporating the tech into its own maps (see above) Google When the maps crashed, Google was there to help make sure it sayed afloat. At one point the station was surrounded by flames and forced to evacuate a neighboring commercial station went offline and hosted KPBS instead of the usual lineup. Click here to listen to the story.
If you want to make a donation to victims of the fire here are some links:
American Red Cross - www.redcross.org
Salvation Army - www.salvationarmy-socal.org
The Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - www.spcala.com
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:39 AM
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Last night, at the Boulder Theater with my fav boys, DR and Way, I caught the tail end of the Antibalas show. For whatever reason, this 13 piece Afrobeat Orchestra got me thinking about Lucky Dube.
It's definitely not breaking news that the South African Reggae talent was gunned down, IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN, last week. Que horror!
This man had some damn smooth pipes. And he was a sweetie, I was fortunate enough to meet him years ago. If you aren't familiar, take a listen..
And if you are curious, it was a great show, you can count on KP always nailing it! So much good stuff this week alone. Up tonight, Public Enemy, boyieee!!
But now I am hurting, stayed out way too late for a school night.
Posted by Jen Sall at 3:18 PM
While visiting Amanda's shop Avitastyle I came across these cute little bracelets. Naturally, I had to grab one and then immediately pester Amanda to find out more...
The company is Iaccessories and I quickly fired off an email to learn more, "We created the bracelet to spread the message with a simple hand made piece of jewelry that is inexpensive. Maybe just by wearing it will remind us that we need to be concerned about the world and the environment. It's basically saying that fashion is knowing about what's new and becoming green is the way to go."
Way to go ladies!!
Click here to see their entire collection or to purchase a bracelet of your own. Or if you are like myself and need the immediate gratification, head on down to Avita on 3rd in Hollywood
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:57 AM
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
As I was drafting this next post in my head I came to the realization that it is merely going to be more of the same type of post as LA...meeting up with people you may or may not know, dining at random spots through out the city and hitting familiar and unfamiliar landmarks. So I will spare you.
However I must mention brunch at Blue Ribbon Bakery is the best!!!! Just the smells alone...actually the West Village as a whole rocks! Love it.
But next time you are in NY and have a tight schedule as I did. If want to get in as many different restaurants and experiences as possible, consider a progressive dinner. You know - cocktails in one spot, apps in another, dinner another, you get the drift. It the best way to cover a lot of ground in a short spell!
I should also mention the trip was centered around attending Celebrate Young Survival Coalition's Seventh Annual York In Living Pink event co-chaired by a friend and cancer survivor. It was a great turnout and they raised lots of money. GO LISA!!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 2:28 PM
Since I gave a considerable amount of time and attention to writing about my trip to LA. It's only fair I do the same with my trip to NY, which crazily enough occurred days before LA.
Posted by Jen Sall at 12:30 PM
Since I am attempting, trying, trying to keep my inbox lean and mean, I am sorting through all the folders, drafts, etc. Today, I found these Stuart Smalleyesque (well not really but I found Al Franken extremely funny as SS) quotes:
Do what you love to do“If you put your attention on doing what you love to do…and you get really good at it…then people will want to pay you for it. They want to pay you a lot for it. So, the money becomes the bonus, it is no longer the driving force. It is more based in something that you feel passionate … your bank balance does not measure the result.”
"We see things not as they are, but as we are" H.M. Tomlinson. Response ,"There is no reality, only perception,"an old Indian saying.
And Quote #3 - which has nada to do with the others, or does it?
It’s not Advertising vs. PR, it’s messaging vs. conversation.
Posted by Jen Sall at 7:49 AM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
The plan was to reconnect with a friend from CU at Axe (so delish) but she had a sailing race go off earlier than intended so that was a no go. When I headed back from the OC to LA, I found myself in gridlock on the 405 - welcome to LA!! So I had much less time than expected....but back to the Westside I go. I cruised around Santa Monica - farmers, etc and back to Venice. I was walking down the street and peered into a shop where I noticed the lovely art work of Melissa Moss. I popped into the shop and bought a few of her cards. Here's one
Since I knew I would be hungry on the flight home (sniff, sniff) I started to think about my options....rather than go with the good but familiar I decided to scope out something new, to me, at least. So I hit the 3 Square Bakery and picked up a sandwich and out of this world cookie!!!! Last but least I tried to visit the Elizabeth Paige Smith Gallery but it was opening late so I missed it. But here is a photo of the door and the current artist, Jeremiah Ketner, I was hoping to see.
And next trip I want to eat at this spot - I forget the name, or maybe I don't want to share. Here is a photo I took of the bar. It's a brown rice sushi joint.And so ends my trip to LA....
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:38 AM
Wow, I am starting to get tired just writing about the weekend! Originally I planned to head to Laguna on Saturday morning but our dinner wasn't too late and it made more sense to miss the traffic and head down on Fri eve. So that is what I did...
I feel I am slacking on the pretty pictures, so this is a painting by the artist Alex Weinstein. His exhibit is no longer showing, currently it's a show by a handful of Roxy artists - definitely worth checking. And be sure to stop in the shop directly south of the gallery, can't remember the name. This clothing/surf shop has a great selection of tops and pants for guys/gals. We walked for hours in town. Then we were shopped out so we hit Salt Creek beach. We took a nice walk in the sand and surf. By now we were getting thirsty and hit The Coyote Grill for some damn tasty margs and mexi dinner. After all the sun, shopping, walking and cocktails we were beat!
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:06 AM
Started the morn with a yummy breakfast with Amanda at Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood. This spot was new to me but def had the feel of Urth without all the crowds. My Friday was a little ridiculous running all over LA but I wanted to see a bunch of people so I just had to make it work...
After breakie I headed over to 3rd Street in Hollywood. There are great spots to shop and dine over here; Joan's, Avita, Milk, Bird, Plastica, Sigerson....just to name a few.
I then made my way over to BH to catch up Jodi of Beyond Yoga. We eat lunch at Urth Caffe, this was crazy crowded. It was great to see her, her about her life and happs. Jodi has the BEST yoga clothing line. She makes this wonderful jacket which kept me warm and cozy on my recent trip to NY.
Jodi had to go back to running her biz so I made my way back over to the Westside, just can't stay away....en route I happened to pass the BP Helios House gas station. Click here if you want to read about it....And here are some quick and terrible photos I took from my phone.
Now a certain quasi-designer, not wanting to mention any names LINDA LOUDERMILK. Held her own fashion show independent of the MB Fashion Week at this location. Due in large part to the hard work of a cool friend of mine, Mr MM. She hosed him over, to say the least, so that is all we will mention about that....
I finally made my destination - YogaWorks on Main Street to catch the class of the stunning Kia Miller . Not only was the class exactly what I needed (my calves felt like bricks) but she topped the class off with one of her students, an Indian man, closing the class with a beautiful Sanskrit song while we all laid in our 'dead' pose. The weather was gorg, as I mentioned, so after class I cruised around to people watch, window shop, enjoy the sunshine and westside.
I popped into Blonde - this store stocks so many great brands, it is really hard to leave empty handed. Plus, if the owner, Jill, is there she is a great help and pulls items for to try than you might have otherwise overlooked. A mighty different experience than the super snobs of another Jill shop, Jill Roberts.
Thanks Jill of Blonde!! I will be back for sure!
Later in the evening I met up with super cool and fun chicas Robyn and Emily for din din at Lilly's on Abbott Kinney in Venice. I proceeded to endlessly pick their brains and barage them with questions. The meal wasn't bad, well maybe mine and Emily's....looking forward to catching up with these two again in the near future.
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:31 AM
It was a great trip and the weather was gorg!! Seems I got out just in time, the winds were strong Sunday but I didn't feel any of the smoke from the fires. Before I delve into my post let's all think good thoughts for those in CA.....
Since this was a big coup for Amanda we had to celebrate so we popped a bottle of bubbly - Veuve of course....best champagne for the price! And toasted to her success...Then we headed over to Mozza Osteria in Hollywood. The traffic was insane, even by LA standards and took an hour ++!!! We met Mark of American Rag and his cool multi-lingual world traveling friend from Hong Kong via France, UK and god knows where else. Can you tell I can't remember his name, for a quick drink and then headed off to Culver City....unfortunately I did not get a chance to visit ARag this trip, probably better for my bank account in the long run anyways.So the traffic subdued and Amanda is an excellent driver - right girl!!!! We arrived in Culver City met a few lovely ladies (Mary Jo, Shannon, Jeanie and Stacie) at Frachie. Since Mary Jo already posted the dinner I suggest you jump over to her blog to read about the dinner - http://www.trustyourstyle.com/. Have to say though, not a fan of this part of town...Dinner and the company was great! But we had a little more juice left so we all parted ways and Amanda and I headed over to Venice to meet her friends at Chaya and chat for a few. It was nice and chill. Some people call the Westside the deadside but that is fine with me!!!
And yes that was it for the evening!!! Stay tuned for day 2.
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:42 AM
Monday, October 22, 2007
Monday= end of play time.
I have a lot of great finds to post but it's going to be a bit.
To keep you held over check out The Superficial.com - hilarious, nasty, you are ashamed to visit this site but love it all the same. I am too busy and lazy to post a picture from the site - just trust me.
Thanks for Robyn and Emily for the tip!!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 9:13 AM
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
After all the negative reports of MB/LA fashion week can't say I feel I made the wrong decision coming back to Boulder for a quick regroup before heading to LA tomorrow.
For those of you, if any, that visit my blog on a regular basis and are in need of a few subs while I hiatus again - here's my recommendations for the day.
No photos, blogger is having problems currently. Ciao for now!
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:21 AM
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I am back in Boulder for a day or two before heading to LA. It was a great time but for whatever reason I decided to create a list of the most forgettable moments of the trip.
See how fast the NY gets into me! I tend to avoid talking about myself on the blog but whatever.
*Selecting the cab piloted by a driver on his first day, clueless and an abysmal command of the English language. Even spelling it out - I-R-V-I-N-G and with a left here or right here it was hopeless. I know everyone has a first day but come on!!!
*Heading to a fav sushi joint only to find it closed.
*Taking a quick jaunt to Gramercy Park for a little peace and serenity only to find the north side taken over by trucks, lights, crew, craft services, anything you can image for the Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher film.
*Standing one inch away from Mr Punkd himself. He is not that tall!!!
*Jeans in boots, jeans in boots, jeans in boots, jeans in boots, actually just boots. NYers I look to you for inspiration but this is an epidemic. I am officially over it!
*Flying back, desperate to sleep, in my prime window seat only to have Crystal Gayle's hair (not really her) brushing and laying on my shoulder and arm on a much too frequent basis. GROSS!!! *Exhausted and thinking about writing this list on the plane without a laptop or pen to speak of!
*And here is a unmemorable pic of the West Village to go along with the list.
Posted by Jen Sall at 8:19 PM
Friday, October 12, 2007
No, these are not my pin codes they are the area codes of the cities I will soon inhabiting.
I have spent the past 3+++ hours turning my inbox into a lean mean fighting machine, deleting, deleting, deleting messages. Yet my phone is still telling me I am maxed out. ERRRRRRR~~
Why do I keep this stuff?
All the while my computer is moving at dial up speeds. So let's just say I wouldn't put any bets on a new entry for the next week or so...
Do you really care?
Posted by Jen Sall at 11:12 AM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I am not 'all up' on the streetwear and collaborations. Doesn't really interest me, I only write about what I like...and this new line from Wings&Horns is gorg! Any guy rockin' this line is hot in my book!!!
Posted by Jen Sall at 2:54 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Probably not what any Fortune 500 company had in mind for brand association...leave it to the Smoking Gun to compile this photo montage. I don't even want to know what this woman was convicted for, especially sporting this Childtime polo. Click here to see the entire spread of winners!
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:35 AM
Since we live in a shopping desert in Boulder, sorry no love for Chelsea whatsoever. Don't even ask me to list why...
Some great online shopping sites are having major sales - no tax, free shipping and you can return if its not a winner.
Or you could go down to Denver and shop at Blush.
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:14 AM
If you are clicking away on your laptop in the local cafe' ya just won't understand. Here is a funny step by step guide of how to stage an office uprising. Many would definitely be skipped over in this office, YUCK! But I would love to give the copier a good shove or two now and forever. This is one of the G rated steps - click here to hit the rest...
Posted by Jen Sall at 10:05 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
These Ashley Dearborn babies were calling my name. The brownish heel and black straps = match everything. I can even rock'em with black tights when its gets colder, which is every morning and night lately. Best of all they are super comfortable! Head over to her website and see if there is anything that floats your boat - click here
Posted by Jen Sall at 12:14 PM
Monday, October 8, 2007
Race for the Cure passed through Denver yesterday morning. I was too busy snoozing so I thought I better find another way to do my part.
Posted by Jen Sall at 3:13 PM