Fabulous in the City

My Own Valentine
14 February 2008, 9:58 am
Filed under: Ideas
A photo by vaneska thomz

 It’s Valentine’s Day, and I must say – I have an extreme love-hate relationship with this Hallmark holiday. [Don’t we all?]

On one hand, Valentine’s is one of the busiest seasons for me [my seasons are based around holidays and events in my clients’ lives]. Yet, on the other, I hate the holiday. It’s so juvenile and moronic to me. But, that doesn’t stop me from buying the chocolates. [What can I say – I love chocolate.]

So, in light of this seesaw of emotions towards this love-filled day, I’ve decided to shop around for some great things that I can do as a single woman [and soon-to-be mother – just about seven months now] on Valentine’s Day.

  1. There’s always the classic movie night. But instead of some feature-length film, I’d rather watch Sex and the City. What’s a movie night without your favorite girlfriends?
  2. I had the vague idea for a Singles’ Mixer. I could definitely use this company. Plus, it would give me a chance to throw another great shindig for all my friends. Who knows – maybe I’ll give it some more thought.
  3. Of course, there’s every girl’s fallback – shopping. While the mall may be a little crazy with all the late gift-buyers, I’m sure that I’d have some great fun buying new stuff. And I may even catch a sale or two.

So, what are you doing this Valentine’s Day? If it involves flowers and going on a date, I don’t really care [just kidding], but tell me all about your plans.


Ikea – My Heaven on Earth
11 February 2008, 9:49 am
Filed under: Musings

A photo by PinkLovesBrown 

A photo by Tara Anderson

It seems rather silly, I know, but I love Ikea.

Every chance I get [which isn’t often, unfortunately] I take a few hours to walk around Ikea. It’s like a maze of greatness. I was there over the weekend, helping a friend of mine pick out furniture and accessories for her apartment. It’s times like that that make being a personal concierge a breeze. She’s extremely picky, and I’m just used to making the decisions on my own. But I digress.

Ikea has to be one of the best places on earth when it comes to room planning and interior design. I mean, with all the different options and product lines, it’s just a matter of knowing what you want and finding it. And their naming system is so unique [a great branding tool, I must say]. It’s part of the reason that I recommend Ikea to so many of my friends and clients alike.

For instance, another friend of mine was looking for a desk. Seeing that he’s over six feet tall and loves to sit at his computer all day, he took my advice and went to Ikea [smart man]. Of course, he ended up calling me from the store – Ikea can be a little intimidating for first-timers – wondering where to go and what to look for. From my office I was able to lead him to the perfect desk, giving him the name of the item so that he could ask the lovely people with the blue and yellow shirts. He loves his desk, and now he’s looking for more great finds from Ikea to fill his apartment with.

It just goes to show you, Ikea is a room planner’s heaven.

Great New Cinematic Adventures
7 February 2008, 10:05 am
Filed under: Musings
A photo by zero g

 I heard about some upcoming “cinematic adventures” [yes, I do love Dane Cook], and I’m so excited to see them.

The first one is Sex and the City: The Movie. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I am a die-hard SitC fan – I’m actually looking for a good poster of the girls to put in my office. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte all play integral roles in my daily decision-making process. I like to think of myself as all four girls rolled into one. So, you’ll understand why I’m sitting on pins and needles about this movie. After all, look at the title of this blog.

The next movie that I’ll be in line for is The Other Boleyn Girl. It stars Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johannson, and Eric Bana, and from watching the trailer, I’m bound to enjoy it. It’s based on a novel by Philippa Gergory, and it’s looks stunning.

Another movie that I’m dying to see is Iron Man. While I didn’t get into the story that it’s based on, I do love comics [I know, I know], and I’m really excited about seeing just how well this movie turns out. The trailer looks promising so far. I’m not sure if I agree with Robert Downey, Jr. taking the lead role, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

So, what movies have peaked your interest for this year?

Insanely Cool Gadgets and Gizmos
4 February 2008, 10:38 am
Filed under: Great Finds
A photo by pinkbelt

 I just bought a Samsung SGH-P520 Armani touch screen phone for a client of mine this past weekend, and I have to say – it is sooo sleek. It got me thinking about other great gadgets that are out on the market these days.

So, Sunday night, after handling my own back office affairs, I took a gander at some of the online men’s magazines [one of the best places to find out about gadgets and do-hickeys] to see what’s new.

The LG Voyager. It’s another touch screen phone, but I like it all the same.

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-G1 Digital Camera. It’s such a gorgeous-looking camera. And it’s so small for the amount of memory it has.

The Vizio VX52LF LCD HDTV. It’s a 52-inch flat panel television that doubles as a computer monitor or an electronic art gallery. How cool is that?

What are some of the cool gadgets that you’ve found out about. Let me know in the comments section.

Links Gallerie
31 January 2008, 9:16 am
Filed under: Links Gallerie
A photo by Aaron Micheal Brown

 Well, it’s the last day of the month, and what a great month it’s been. 2008 has really gotten off to a good start for me. Here are the links that have brought this new year to a fresh start.

DetailsForMen.com. A great place for men to find more beauty products, and a good find when working with body-conscious male clients.

ReadyMadeMag.com. A good place to find some good ideas for new at-home projects. Great if you have a lot more free time on your hands. Be sure to check out their print magazine as well.

SpaFinder.com. Great to look into, even if you don’t have a week off and a few thousand dollars to blow.

Epicurious.com. I’ve found some great recipes since I talked about it last. Be sure to check it out if you’re doing some entertaining or even if you just want a great meal.

BackPackIt.com. It’s a lifesaver. That’s all there is to it.

So, how has this new year been treating you so far? Let me know in the comments section.

The Bridal Extravaganza Show
28 January 2008, 10:00 am
Filed under: Musings
a photo by GooseGoddessS

 One of the events that I’m already excited about this year is the Bridal Extravaganza Show. Not that I’m getting married, or know anyone who is at the moment. I just love going to this show.

I’m a big fan of weddings. Not for all the mushy ceremony stuff – that I can do without. It’s the details that impress me. It’s always a symphony of carefully planned steps and ideas, and they all come together so flawlessly [when the planning is done right]. I’ve always loved planning wedding and all the events that go on around the special day. I’m especially found of bachelorette parties. It allows me to flex certain muscles that most of my clients don’t see. [Wink wink]

So, if you get the chance, stop by the Bridal Extravaganza. It’ll be at the George R. Brown Convention Center July 19th and 20th. You may even catch me there. And let me know of any other events that you plan to attend this year. The comments section is always open.

P.S. I finally found the perfect side project to do myself from ReadyMade magazine. I’m going to make a homemade letterpress. It should be fun, and I may be able to use it with the stationery shop.

I’m Not Going to Use Their Title
24 January 2008, 10:51 am
Filed under: Musings
A photo by mynikin

 I found a great new blog the other day, I’m I think it’s absolutely hilarious. Just look at the title:

“Stuff White People Like.”

While I’m not one to differentiate based on color or religion or anything of that nature [I base my discrimination on stupidity], this site is still a crackup to me. From my family’s perspective, I’m just as white as they come, so I guess I’d be lumped into this blog’s topic of discussion as well.

The blog’s creator, a mysterious “clander” has started a list of articles on things White people like. He calls it a “scientific approach.” I just thinks it’s funny, seeing that a lot of the things on this site are things that I deal with everyday with a lot of my clients.

The blog is just getting started, but they have a few posts so far. If you ever need an explanation or a good giggle, check it out.