Weekend Observations: I Did It…I Went Personal!

I finally did it.  I took advantage of personal shopping.  While I was nervous about being pushed to buy a lot, or wear something “not me,” I still took the plunge.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was prepping for a big stage event (the PSFK conference) and I needed to look great and appropriate for the audience.  Plus, I was going to be filmed so I need an outfit that would look awesome on camera too.
Why do I care so much?  Because no matter how prepared I am for a presentation, if I don’t look top-notch, I won’t be totally “on.”
But since I HATE to shop and have so little time, I realized my only option was to get some help, fast.
At first, I settled on Sak’s personal shopping option.  I figured the selection would be greater than that of Bergdorf’s (that’s code for there will be enough mid-priced stuff for me). So I set the appointment.  But every time I had to discuss the details with the “stylist” on the phone (and there were many times) I was turned off.  She seemed a bit scattered brained, tense, and a little, how do I say it, ah, “old”?  I know, I know, that’s ageist of me but she just rubbed me the wrong way.
So, despite my fear of overspending, I contacted Bergdorf’s personal shopper service.  The vibe felt MUCH better.  A few days before my presentation, I landed in NYC from a red-eye, took a few hour nap and then headed off to Bergdorf’s.
I had a pretty good sense of how I wanted to look — part bad ass, part gorgeous and NO SHEATHS — so I thought it wouldn’t take too long.
Weelllll, it ended up taking 3.5 hours!  There were some tough moments.  I was struggling to find something within a reasonable price point but the higher-end stuff did look very tasty.  Finally, we landed on a great outfit, including shoes!
It’s hard to see what I truly looked like in this pic but at least you get a flavor.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t focused on taking a picture of myself before the presentation, as I was too busy practicing at the last-minute.
Was a a bit nervous before getting on stage?  You betcha!  Was I still confident thanks to my great outfit? Absolutely!
Bergdorf: You definitely have a repeat customer!

Pic of the Week: Richard Scarry in Action

What’s so great about walking on the High Line everyday?  I get to see men-at-work, i.e., real construction workers building more awesome-ness in our neighborhood.  I feel like I’m witnessing Richard Scarry’s What do People Do All Day in real life (minus the whiskers, big ears and tails typical of his characters, of course ;)) So cool.

Week in Review: 1/20-1/26

This week was filled with stories about beauties defying the odds, take a look:
Beauty queen gets a lot of press for choosing a preventative mastectomy Weekend Observations: What Else Would You Do..Jeez?!
A stigma is overcome thanks to African beauty, Thando Hopa An Albino Beauty Rises Up
Ripped-from-the-headlines beauty news More to Love: Additions to the Reading List
Have your ski wear ready?  February snowfalls are around the corner 🙂

Weekend Observations: Even Kids Get the Design Thing

I was walking in the streets of the Upper West Side of NYC with my younger two kids this morning.  During a conversation with my daughter, my 9-year-old son interrupts me to let me know he just saw something cool.  A minute earlier, he happened to notice a logo for a waxing salon, maxwax. (See above for logo.) He was impressed by how the logo positioned the letters so that they almost looked like “max” and “wax” were the same words.
I took this moment to broaden his appreciation for design. I said, “this is why design is so cool.  If all we saw were those same exact words printed in regular typeface on a white background, we probably wouldn’t have noticed the words, let alone took such delight in them.”
No question, beauty elevates our spirits even when it comes in the form of a simple logo for a waxing salon.
I grew up with a keen sense of fashion and make-up, but I never really noticed my aesthetic surroundings, let alone took any delight in them.  I want my kids to be more aware than I was of all the beauty that they encounter in the streets, in their schools and in their friends’ homes.  If my kids’ report cards are any indication of their future interests, art is never going to be a great pursuit for any of them.  But that certainly doesn’t mean they can’t appreciate it and make their lives that much happier because of it.

More to Love: Additions to the Reading List

Have a read of some fascinating beauty articles this week:

  • A celebration of the beauty and splendor of cinema hosted at the American Cinematheque


  • The greatest beauty of Central Park goes beyond its structures, sculptures and gardens.  It is the fact that anyone — rich or poor, New Yorker or out-of-towner, old and young alike — can bask in it.


  • Top 10 beauty videos of the past year.  Anything in common?

Top 10 beauty videos on YouTube

  • St. Louis Art Museum asks youth to rethink images of beauty, race and stereotypes

Museum program challenges students to rethink race, beauty and stereotypes

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Week in Review: 12/4-12/10

My View

A week full of activities in Israel slowed us up a bit but couldn’t keep beauty off the mind 🙂  Here’s what we discussed:

Memphis may have some beautiful sides to it but nothing beats the beauty of NYC Weekend Observations: Would I Would Trade for A Nice Mash-Up

In keeping with the theme of beauty in NYC, another beautiful sight: The Comicon crew! Pic of the week: Comicon Pleasure

Beauty-in-culture reading stripped from the headlines More to Love: Addition To The Reading List

See you all back on the other side soon!