Saturday, 31 October 2009

Halloween Doggies ....

I know it's a huge thing in America.... but seriously...
... a Halloween costume for your pet?!? ... LOL....


PS: My personal favorite here is the "Darth Pugs" :)))

(via zimbio)

Friday, 30 October 2009

Bags... WANT WANT WANT.....

...okay, I admit... I'm a typical woman in that I'm "slightly" obsessed with shoes and bags....

These I'd LOVE to have....

... okay, the Burberry and D&G are clearly out of my price range but the last one "Picard" is affordable and my favorite out of these three :)

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Impromptu musical performance in a supermarket

How awesome is that? :)))) Six actors give an impromptu musical performance in a supermarket in Queens.

(from Improv Everywhere)

Inspired by the 70's

I'm slightly obsessed with the '70s and I love what this guy did to this apartment in Brooklyn.

After spending more than a decade in lofts, the furniture designer Jason Miller rented a different kind of apartment -- a conventional 600-square-foot one-bedroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn -- with the intention of renovating it. Above, the carpeted conversation pit he created in his living area.

A "before" view of Mr. Miller's rental. His intention from the start was to turn it into a "completely designed space," he said, but there was a catch: he had only $5,000 to spend. Also, because the apartment was a rental, the renovation couldn't be structural and it had to be portable.

The platform, which is raised on the perimeter and sunken in the middle, was constructed out of plywood and covered in a chocolate-brown polyester carpet.

The carpeted platform also functions as a bench for the black laminate dining counter; overhead are a pair of hanging lamps from Ikea.

"I wasn't going to buy new appliances, so I had to find a way of masking them and making them look less cheap," Mr. Miller said. He used black masking tape to create a grid that plays off the grid on the backsplash.

The living area is furnished with Mr. Miller's Duct Tape chair and his blue I Was Here table.

A view of the bedroom before Mr. Miller redecorated.

The finished bedroom. Professionally, Mr. Miller is best known for creating the popular ceramic Superordinate Antler chandelier.

(from N.Y. Times)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

David Soul - Silver Lady

...the sound of the 70's. Soooo groovy... gotta love it :)
... (most know David Soul as Hutch on "Starsky & Hutch" but in the early seventies he was quite succesful as a singer as well ...)

Monday, 26 October 2009

Paul Haggis Breaks with Scientology

Scientology gives me the creeps!

Exclusive: “Crash” Director Paul Haggis Breaks With Scientology
By: Roger Friedman // Sunday October 25, 2009

Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning writer-director whose credits include “Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Letters From Iwo Jima,” has left the Church of Scientology.
We were the first to report this on Sunday afternoon, after which many news sites helped themselves to the story.

In a stunning move, Haggis has written a letter explaining his exit to Tommy Davis, the celebrity wrangler for Scientology and the son of Scientologist actress Anne Archer. The veracity of the letter has been confirmed by a friend of Haggis.

Haggis has taken an enormous step here, and one that should resonate among all celebrity Scientologists. Here’s his letter.


As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego. Their public sponsorship of Proposition 8, a hate-filled legislation that succeeded in taking away the civil rights of gay and lesbian citizens of California – rights that were granted them by theSupreme Court of our state – shames us.

I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated.

In that first conversation, back at the end of October of last year,you told me you were horrified, that you would get to the bottom of it and “heads would roll.” You promised action. Ten months passed. No action was forthcoming. The best you offered was a weak and carefully worded press release, which praised the church’s human rights record and took no responsibility. Even that, you decided not to publish.

The church’s refusal to denounce the actions of these bigots,hypocrites and homophobes is cowardly. I can think of no other word. Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.

I joined the Church of Scientology thirty-five years ago. During my twenties and early thirties I studied and received a great deal of counseling. While I have not been an active member for many years, I found much of what I learned to be very helpful, and I still apply it in my daily life. I have never pretended to be the best Scientologist, but I openly and vigorously defended the church whenever it was criticized, as I railed against the kind of intolerance that I believed was directed against it. I had my disagreements, but I dealt with them internally. I saw the organization – with all its warts, growing pains and problems – as an underdog. And I have always had a thing for underdogs.

But I reached a point several weeks ago where I no longer knew what to think. You had allowed our name to be allied with the worst elements of the Christian Right. In order to contain a potential “PR flap” you allowed our sponsorship of Proposition 8 to stand. Despite all the church’s words about promoting freedom and human rights, its name is now in the public record alongside those who promote bigotry and intolerance, homophobia and fear.

The fact that the Mormon Church drew all the fire, that no one noticed, doesn’t matter. I noticed. And I felt sick. I wondered how the church could, in good conscience, through the action of a few and then the inaction of its leadership, support a bill that strips a group of its civil rights.

This was my state of mind when I was online doing research and chanced upon an interview clip with you on CNN. The interview lasted maybe ten minutes – it was just you and the newscaster. And in it I saw you deny the church’s policy of disconnection. You said straight-out there was no such policy, that it did not exist.

I was shocked. We all know this policy exists. I didn’t have to search for verification – I didn’t have to look any further than my own home.

You might recall that my wife was ordered to disconnect from her parents because of something absolutely trivial they supposedly did twenty-five years ago when they resigned from the church. This is a lovely retired couple, never said a negative word about Scientology to me or anyone else I know – hardly raving maniacs or enemies of the church. In fact it was they who introduced my wife to Scientology.

Although it caused her terrible personal pain, my wife broke off all contact with them. I refused to do so. I’ve never been good at following orders, especially when I find them morally reprehensible.

For a year and a half, despite her protestations, my wife did not speak to her parents and they had limited access to their grandchild. It was a terrible time.

That’s not ancient history, Tommy. It was a year ago.

And you could laugh at the question as if it was a joke? You could publicly state that it doesn’t exist?

To see you lie so easily, I am afraid I had to ask myself: what else are you lying about?
The great majority of Scientologists I know are good people who are genuinely interested in improving conditions on this planet and helping others. I have to believe that if they knew what I now know, they too would be horrified. But I know how easy it was for me to defend our organization and dismiss our critics, without ever truly looking at what was being said; I did it for thirty-five years. And so, after writing this letter, I am fully aware that some of my friends may choose to no longer associate with me, or in some cases work with me. I will always take their calls, as I always took yours. However, I have finally come to the conclusion that I can no longer be a part of this group. Frankly, I had to look no further than your refusal to denounce the church’s anti-gay stance, and the indefensible actions, and inactions, of those who condone this behavior within the organization. I am only ashamed that I waited this many months to act. I hereby resign my membership in the Church of Scientology.


Paul Haggis

Ps. I’ve attached our email correspondence. At some point it became evident that you did not value my concerns about the church’s tacit support of an amendment that violated the civil rights of so many of our citizens. Perhaps if you had done a little more research on me, the church’s senior management wouldn’t have dismissed those concerns quite so cavalierly.

(From a Roger Friedman's showbiz blog)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Halloween decoration...

I admit that Halloween isn't such a big thing over here as it is in America, but I found these on one of my favorite blogs and these are great ideas not only for Halloween but for a theme party with a dark and sinister theme too :) I loved it!

The invitation (black box with white chocolate skull)

... bloody candles...

... an awesome dinner table setting....

... gravestone takeaway bags....

(via hautenthekitchen)

Free Floating metal Stairway..... this would be my personal nightmare (I'm afraid of heights!) ....

Yes, this stunning and scary stairway is real. While this stairway in the heavens will not carry you all the way to the clouds, these sensational metal steps can certainly take you to the afterlife quite quickly should you miss a stair while out for a walk.

While these stairs truly are attached to the exterior concrete wall of this towering Swiss skyscraper over ten stories off the ground, they are not actually used by anyone – they are, instead, the work of conceptual artists and architects (and now: spectacular staircase designers) Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann.

Hanging high in the sky from the side of a building without so much as handrail, this staircase is dizzying just from the photos. Of course, no one knows it is ‘only art’ upon an initial sighting – clean, silver, metallic and set to connect two apparent doors, this sleek set of stairs looks like some crazy construction slip-up on when seen at first glance from street level far below.

(via dornob)

Friday, 23 October 2009

King of Convenience..

.... each time I hear this song it makes me want to go on a road trip :) ...

Joss Stone - Son of a Preacher Man

Great cover version of a Dusty Springfield classic by the talented Joss Stone. Check out her new album "Colour me free".

TGIF! :)

Human Furniture...

Anthropomorphic design is nothing new, but these furniture objects are quite literally made of people. A cross between art photography, performance art and home furniture design, these strange shots show us a surreal artistic perspective on everyday household objects. These photographs may not be safe for work … nor are the creations they depict safe, and they do not really work.

From stacked human shelves to place settings set on structural bodies, arched figures holding entertainment systems to a lamp-headed person, these images shot by photographer David Blazquez feel almost uncomfortably raw and personal.

(via dornob)

Monday, 19 October 2009

Manhood for Amateurs - Michael Chabon

Definitely next on my reading list "Manhood for Amateurs" by Michael Chabon. I adore this author and can't wait to curl up on the sofa with a nice hot cuppa and read his latest work.

Photo: Stephanie Rausser (NY Times)

For more on Michael Chabon, read this great article in the New York Times here.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Underground Lakes and Rivers

.... awesome beauty hidden "underneath" ......

Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China was discovered during the Tang Dynasty almost 1,300 years ago.
Image by Ian Sewell

Cheddar Gorge is Britain’s biggest canyon and is found within the Cheddar Caves, where the UK’s oldest complete human skeleton was found in 1903. Known as the Cheddar Man, the remains were estimated to be 9,000 years old.
(Image by Snowman-1)

Hamilton Pool Preserve, in Austin, Texas, was created quite naturally when the dome of an underground cave collapsed revealing this stunning natural pool. It is now frequented by day-trippers and naturalists. That’s naturalists not naturists, although no doubt someone has tried to go skinny dipping at one point!
(Image by Van Sutherland)

Lechuguilla Cave, in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico is the fifth longest cave discovered yet at 120 miles (193 km) long and measures 489 metres (1,604 ft) deep, making it the deepest in continental United States.
(Image by Dave Bunnell)

This underground lake near Macan Ché on the Yucatán Peninsula is one of many that are considered to be gifts from the gods by the Mayans, and therefore sacred.
(Image by sanghavedanta)

The limestone flow feeding into this underground lake in Mexico resembles a waterfall turned to stone. Maybe the Ice Queen is privy to this particular cavern?
(Image by Adam)

How long must it have taken for this little waterfall in Banff,
Canada, to make this underwater lake?
(Image by Petr)

(via Environmental Graffiti)

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Jon Hamm - Lex Luthor bailout

OMG... this is sooo funny :)

Belle - Notre Dame de Paris (musical)

Because I love this musical, because I'm a sucker for French, because I had "lost" this song for a loooong time and found it again on youtube today :)
... and because there's male kissing ;) ....

...and here's the stage version .....

Why Women Love Don Draper....

... Couldn't have said it better ... :)))


"I don't get excited about celebrities," one said, "but if I saw him, I'd tear off my clothes." "He is so sexy," said another. "I love him," said a third. "He looks like he would know how to throw me to the wall and do me right."

Why are we so wild for Draper?
By any measure, the character's a cad. He constantly cheats on his wife. He skips town for weeks and won't write or call. He doesn't talk much, and anesthetizes any feelings with copious amounts of booze. He's an enigma, a locked box of a man who resists, maddeningly, easy explanation. And yet he excites an attraction among women—particularly ones my age, women in their late '20s and '30s who were born after the era that Mad Men portrays—that seems unmatched by any leading man on television today, with the possible exception of Lost's con artist, Saywer (another strapping scoundrel with a deeply troubled soul). We describe our obsession in words that, like the show itself, are somewhat retro. "He is a straight-up man. He makes me feel like a woman via the TV." "He's a throwback to a time when men were men. "It's the thickness of his body." "Shoulders to cry on and a jaw that causes women to swoon."
A man's man. A virile man. A masculine man. Strong terms. And ones that would make our postmodern gender-studies professors blush. After all, we're the generation of women who grew up beating the boys in math class, reading Judith Butler (by choice or by force), celebrating "Grrl" power. Traditional male-female roles were going out the window while we were still toddlers. And maybe that's why we feel a little guilty when we stop to admit to ourselves why Draper excites us. Because we're not supposed to be using those terms anymore to describe our desires. Those words threaten a backsliding—they hint at some deep, unspoken turbulence; that, as if by saying we want a "real man," we threaten to erase all the gains our mothers made in terms of equality in the workplace and the home. After all, we don't believe in that evolutionary "me Tarzan, you Jane" nonsense anymore. We're supposed to want men who are sensitive and respectful; men who emote and help around the house, and talk openly about their feelings. And we do want these things. Don't we?
There are so few men like Draper around that we're not in any real danger of meeting one—at least not in the affluent, cosmopolitan jungles where Mad Men's viewers are concentrated, and where smart young women flock to make their careers take flight. They're a dying, if not dead, breed: these men who came back from the battlefields and settled down in whitewashed houses and were somehow expected to find the same visceral rush in office jobs and country clubs and nice, sweet wives that they gained from far-off adventures and wars. Men who couldn't be satiated by these staid substitutions; men who were made caged animals by domesticity; men who unleashed their restlessness in ways both erotic and destructive. These types of men are not the men we marry anymore. But, apparently, they're still the ones we love.
For the whole entertaining article by Katie Baker, go here.
(from Newsweek)

Frankfurt Book Fair 2009

The perfect way to spend tomorrow....
...... visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair :)
(Guest of honor this year = China. Can't wait :)

(Photos: Frankfurter Buchmesse)

Friday, 16 October 2009

Edvin Marton/Evgeni Plushenko

Hungarian Edvin Marton a true genius on the violin and former ice figure skating world champion Evgeni Plushenko. I love them both!

I guess one has to have seen these two perform live on ice to grasp what an incredible experience this is! Can you say CHARISMA? :)

This brings back very fond memories :)

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Vintage rug...

OMG... the PERFECT vintage rug for our bedroom....

Gorgeous woven rug with red, blue, mustard yellow geometric pattern...Hand woven rug with a knit-like appearance. It is very old but in fabulous condition for it's age.

The pattern is fantastic and one of a kind.Shows some minor wear. Must use with a rug pad to prevent slipping, if using on a hard surface.

*it is shown layered over a jute rug in the pictures43" x 57" (about 3.5' x 5')
(via Etsy)

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Atmoshpere through colors...

I love the wall color and the vintage postcards as well as the lamps... AWESOME!

Using newspapers and Soviet agitprop posters as wall decoration.

Again, ... the wall colors and the old desk... ADORABLE!

I love the atmosphere of this hallway and that the owners left the door and doorframe in its original condition.

(from Home & Garden, NY Times)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Lindsey Buckingham

Hubby and I went to a Fleetwood Mac concert last night and it was AWESOME!

What really blew my mind was Lindsey Buckingham's performance. Frank and I have been to many concerts throughout the years, but NEVER have I seen a more passionate, more authentic and more powerful performance than given last night by Lindsay Buckingham.

What a voice, what a guitar player, what a performer. And to think that this man is 60 (!!!) years old. Amazing, doesn't begin to describe it. It was truly inspirational in that it showed me, that age really doesn't matter as long as you're loving what you're doing and are passionate about it.

What a great night!

PS: the rest of the band was great too, you could tell they all had a blast playing, but Buckingham really stood out!

Kiss-in in Paris

Because nothing's wrong with love....

(kiss-in in Paris 26-Sept-2009 against homophobia)

Monday, 12 October 2009

Sneezing Baby Panda

... Something to start the week with a smile on your face...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Amy Winehouse

I always loved her music...she's got an incredible voice and talent. Hope she's cleaned up her act and stays on the right track now....

George Michael

... feeling nostalgic today....

Friday, 9 October 2009

Pugs tilting heads :)

Congrats to Barack Obama

Doug Mills/The New York Times

OSLO (AP) -- President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for ''his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,'' the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.

The Nobel committee praised Obama's creation of ''a new climate in international politics'' and said he had returned multilateral diplomacy and institutions like the U.N. to the center of the world stage. The plaudit appeared to be a slap at President George W. Bush from a committee that harshly criticized Obama's predecessor for resorting to largely unilateral military action in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Rather than recognizing concrete achievement, the 2009 prize appeared intended to support initiatives that have yet to bear fruit: reducing the world stock of nuclear arms, easing American conflicts with Muslim nations and strengthening the U.S. role in combating climate change.

From the NY Times. Read the full article here.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009