Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spectacular Sunglasses (and Moss Lipow "Eyewear" Book Giveaway)

Who doesn't love an awesome pair of spectacles? Or sunglasses?

Taschen Eyewear A Visual History

The AMAZING book Eyewear by Moss Lipow features the best in eyewear from past to present.  A description of the book is as follows:


Optical opulence
500 years of spectacles ranging from classic to outrageous

For over two decades eyewear designer Moss Lipow trawled eBay, auction houses, garage sales, and flea markets worldwide, amassing glasses and photographs for his renowned collection. This book traces eyewear’s journey over the past 500 years, and features the finest examples from Lipow’s collection as well as pieces from preeminent collections around the world. There is a wealth of examples included herein—from a rudimentary bone sunshield and curious contraptions of leather and wood to lorgnettes, pince-nez, monocles, aviators, and bedazzled cat eyes. Eyewear has experienced a surprising and fascinating evolution; what was once a purely practical apparatus has grown into a multibillion-dollar global industry catering to both the visually impaired and the fashionably inclined.

Accompanying the wealth of images in this wide-ranging volume is an insightful history informed by a wide variety of sources, including ancient texts, old catalogues, vintage magazines, and out-of-print publications of every kind.

Over 1,000 examples of the most extravagant glasses
Covering almost 500 years of design

The author:
Moss Lipow is an eyewear designer and collector based in New York City. As a designer he has worked with the fashion industry’s top editorial stylists. His creations have appeared in magazines around the world including Newsweek, Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Spin, W, and L’officiel, and on the faces of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Elton John. He was a 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, and has been nominated for the 2011 National Design Award, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute. His eponymous line of eyewear is sold worldwide.

And here are some of the amazing SPECK-TACLES (ha -- sorry) featured within:

Cellulose-acetate butterfly-shaped sunglasses, france, c. 1950 and black acetate butterfly-shaped frames, France, c. 1950s

Foster Grant, 1960s

Slatted Shutter sunglasses, Alain Mikli, c. 1980

Vogue magazine cover photographed by Horst, July 1, 1939 Sunglasses with integral visors, Taiwan, c. 1989

Riviera advertisement, 1974 Sterling silver spectacles with folding arms, England, c. 1830

La Mondaine cat-eye sunglasses with floral motif, Elsa Schiaparelli for American Optical, United States, c. 1956 Karl Lagerfeld, Paris, 1983

Faux-tortoise injection-molded-plastic sunglasses, Italy, c. 1960 Run-DMC, 1986

Acetate-andrhinestone folding frames, HOng Kong, c. 1960 Acetate sunglasses, Pierre Cardin, France, c. 1970s

Oversized sunglasses, Pierre Cardin, France, c. 1970 D'Or cat-eye sunglasses with emerald motif, Her Magesty, England, c. 1950s

Laminated-acetate sunglasses, France, c. 1965 Eyewear Taschen

John Lennon, New York City, 1974 Acetate op-art sunglasses, Trifari, United States, c. 1965

AN6531 aviator sunglasses, 19402 Rolled-gold Richardson-type spectacles, England, c. 1900

Elvis Presley, 1970 Acetatae op-art sunglasses, France, c. 1965

Wire-rimmed frames with flip-up sunglass lenses, Taiwan, c. 1980s Audrey Hepburn, in How to Steal a Million, 1965

Acetate sunglasses, Renauld, United States, c. 1960s and Laminated-acetate sunglasses, France, c. 1965

Silver-and-black acetate Sunmodes frames, Styl Rite Optics, United States, c. 1960s and True Colors sunglasses with alligator texture, by American Opticals, United States, c. 1950s

Butterfly-shaped sunglasses and Cat-eye glasses, c. 1960s

Taschen Eyewear The Poswar Sunglasses Boom

SUCH AN AWESOME COFFEE TABLE BOOK!!!!  SO MANY FABULOUS SUNGLASSES!  I am crazy for the sunglasses from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Do you have any favorites?

If you would like to enter for a chance to win a copy of Moss Lipow's book entitled Eyewear, please follow these instructions:

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5) Send me $50 (ok, this last one is a joke unless you REALLY want to send me money).

Winner will be chosen at random and notified next week!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Trim the Bush to Make the Tree Look Taller


My co-worker just told me about this old Gillette ad campaign.  Somehow I missed this one.  Words fail me.  HILARIOUS!  And RIDICULOUS!!!!!!

Just curious, do you prefer that a man is au natural, trimmed or shaved down there????  

Friday, January 25, 2013


mi familia
Grandma Louise, R.I.P.
(pictured with dearly departed Grandpa Woodie, plus my mom and my uncle)

I was driving to work early yesterday morning when I got a call from my brother. I knew something was up -- those early morning calls are never good. He said our grandma had passed away in her sleep. Anyone that has ever received news like this knows all about the choking, strangling grief that immediately hits once you hear the news. It is just awful. Suffocating. But what can you do but let the tears flow, try not to be angry at the focacta circle of life bullshit, try not to think about how many years she suffered, try not to think that she is GONE FOREVER, and just try try try to think of all the good things about the one that you loved so much, and that you were lucky to have for so long. And then think back to the last words you said to your loved one, hope they were good, and hope they registered.

I can't help but mention something that does NOT help when you lose a loved one. Idiotic messages left on Facebook such as this one from my sister-in-law do NOT help -- at least they don't help me:

"Today the world lost a gentle, lovely person. But you know what? Heaven gained a beautiful soul! Welcome home, Grandma Louise."

FUCKING HURL. If you are not sure of a person's religious beliefs, or LACK OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, perhaps you could put a fucking lid on it. I think it is best to offer condolences, to say how much that person was loved, and perhaps offer a hug or to help. That is enough. No need to talk about an afterlife and God and all that shit -- we don't all share the same beliefs. 

While I am ranting -- I just can't help myself! -- I prefer funerals that celebrate the dearly departed.  My Grandma Anita's funeral filled me with rage.  It was a SERMON.  Nearly nothing was said about MY GRANDMA, the one that died.  WTF?!?!?!?!?  Who does that?!?!?!?!??!?!?!  Unless my grandma (and/or her spouse, my grandpa) SPECIFIED that they wanted the service to be FUCKING SERMON, that sort of thing shouldn't happen.  

Or maybe dealing with grief is too hard for me, and I nitpick and find things to turn my sorrow into rage.  Maybe it is a combo platter.  Probably.   

I know this is a huge downer of a post. So many ups and downs in life. Whaddya gonna do. The thought that I will leave you with is this: I hope to be a grandma someday. One way or another, even though I don't have kids, I hope to be a "grandma" to someone someday! Maybe that sounds crazy. But I think it would be great to be a grandparent. And I would hope to be as good of a grandparent as my Grandma Louise was to me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

My Thoughts Exactly!

BWAHAHAHHA!!!!!!  Best sign ever!!!!

Sorry we're open


I relate to this sign/sentiment all too well! We are in the midst of art fair hell right now (or, as I refer to them "F'art Fairs" and/or glorified swap meets), and the stress factor is through the roof. UGH!!!!!

On a somewhat similar note, does anyone else chant PLEASE DON'T PICK UP, PLEASE DON'T PICK UP, PLEASE DON'T PICK UP nearly every time they place a phone call from work? UGH.  I am such an avoider!!!  Or at least I would LIKE to be!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Underwater Dogs

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Seth Casteel is an award-winning photographer and New York Times Best Selling Author. His series of Underwater Dogsphotographs have been seen by hundreds of millions of people around the world and have become one of the most famous series of images in the past decade.

"I just really like dogs. They inspire me. I wish I could be a dog, but I can't, so I will do my best to live like one. :)"

In 2007, Seth began volunteering to photograph homeless pets to help them find loving families. These improved photos showcased unique personalities, resulting in countless adoptions. One day, someone asked if they could commission Seth to photograph their dog. A photo from this photo shoot was chosen to be on the cover of a popular pet magazine, which sparked a career as a pet photographer.

Since then, Seth's work has been published in National Geographic, The New York Times and in hundreds of other magazines, newspapers and calendars. You may have also seen him on Good Morning America, EXTRA, Jeopardy!, The Insider and Inside Edition. He has traveled the world in pursuit of his passion, working with animals on five continents.

Seth lives and works in Chicago and Los Angeles. He loves 80's music and is a fan of the DeLorean automobile.

To learn more about Seth's mission to help animals, check out