Weekend Observations: The Gift that Saved Me

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I was struggling.  It was my husband’s birthday this weekend.  And it was a big ONE.  But he didn’t want a party, any gifts and even a dinner out.
What’s a girl to do?  I have to do SOMETHING, right?
Then it dawned on me.  It’s not about the tangible gifts.  It’s about the experiences.
Lest I sound like every trite consumer trend study out there that claims that the “younger generation doesn’t want to accumulate wealth but accumulate experiences, ” I have to explain that for my husband, experiences don’t amount to sky diving or mountain climbing.  They amount to an organized apartment and great sex (sorry, mom if you’re reading this :)).
Soooo, this meant me spending a few hours organizing my drawers and cabinets, and, of course, amazing lingerie.
Now that I figured out the gift, the next question was, “what kind of lingerie do I get?”  In NYC, there’s no shortage of places to shop for such goodies.  There’s La Perla for the fancy mistress, Victoria’s Secret for the one-time-only, cheapie deal, and then the places in the Village for the crazy-ass stuff that really only should be worn on transvestites.
Hmm, none of them seemed right.  Then I did a little searching on Google and happened upon Sugar Cookies.  It had all the right qualities: near where I work, mid-priced and high class enough with a bit of raunch mixed in.
As all of you who follow us know, I don’t make it a habit of endorsing brands or products.  But every so often, I’m so overwhelmed that I MUST.  And this is one of those cases.  Sugar Cookies (with the great sub-head: Decorate Your Pink Parts) is a small boutique managed by the owner.  She is lovely and helpful.  While many of the items fall into the silky, white bridal sort, there’s still enough fun mixed in too.  And, there’s none of the cheapie element.  And if you want to pick up some nice sleepwear, they’ve got that too.
I ended up with what you see above.  As you can tell, I was able to satisfy my need for elegant plus a bit of sass.  Let’s face it, white and black can get tired!
I’m happy to report that the results were fab 😉  Sugar Cookies has a repeat customer in me.  I encourage you to take  a look for yourselves.  Who knows what kind of gifts you’ll end up with?  Hee Hee.

Weekend Observations: There's Hope for Today's Kids


I was flipping through the latest Victoria’s Secret catalogue beside my 11-year-old son.  While I was checking out an outfit, my son leaned over and pointed to the model on the opposite page.  “Wow, she’s so skinny,” he exclaimed with a disgusted look on his face.
While I don’t want my children to criticize anyone for how s/he looks, I can’t deny I was a bit pleased by his response.  For the record, I’m not the type who wants to see the “beautiful people” cut down a peg or two like some other “mean girls” we probably all know.  And I honestly think this model is probably one of those freaks of nature that was born a bean pole, so I don’t think she deserves any negative comments.
But I was happy that he didn’t find her attractive.  What this says to me is maybe our kids’ generation might just start learning to appreciate women’s bodies that, well, look like women’s bodies and not like toothpicks.
Now I realize a lot of young girls’ desire to be thin is more for their own gender than the other.  And I also know there are signs all over that girls (and boys too, unfortunately) are still falling into the body-hatred trap.  But maybe, just maybe, their male friends’ opinions can have a positive impact.
At the very least, I know my son is showing the signs of a healthy attitude towards women’s bodies.  And that gives me a ton of happiness.
 

Weekend Observations: There’s Hope for Today’s Kids

I was flipping through the latest Victoria’s Secret catalogue beside my 11-year-old son.  While I was checking out an outfit, my son leaned over and pointed to the model on the opposite page.  “Wow, she’s so skinny,” he exclaimed with a disgusted look on his face.

While I don’t want my children to criticize anyone for how s/he looks, I can’t deny I was a bit pleased by his response.  For the record, I’m not the type who wants to see the “beautiful people” cut down a peg or two like some other “mean girls” we probably all know.  And I honestly think this model is probably one of those freaks of nature that was born a bean pole, so I don’t think she deserves any negative comments.

But I was happy that he didn’t find her attractive.  What this says to me is maybe our kids’ generation might just start learning to appreciate women’s bodies that, well, look like women’s bodies and not like toothpicks.

Now I realize a lot of young girls’ desire to be thin is more for their own gender than the other.  And I also know there are signs all over that girls (and boys too, unfortunately) are still falling into the body-hatred trap.  But maybe, just maybe, their male friends’ opinions can have a positive impact.

At the very least, I know my son is showing the signs of a healthy attitude towards women’s bodies.  And that gives me a ton of happiness.