Celebs (of a sort) spotted this week at the store:
Carlos Falchi, handbag designer extraordinaire. Set to designer a line of handbags for Target in the impending future. Very sweet. After he found out only locals can make reservations at Paula Deen's restaurant, he joked he'd be back to have me make his reservation. Was in town for SCAD graduation.
Erin Williams, one of Whitney Port'ssidekicks on The Hills spinoff, The City. Asked her when the new season of the show would start airing. She said she wasn't sure, but that they'd been filming a lot lately. Then she complimented me on the color of my hair and asked if it was natural. Love that question. My first brush with a reality "star" (that is if you don't count Ruby, but she's homegrown, so she probably doesn't count). She also was in town for SCAD graduation. (Trivia: who knew her dad is bassist for AC/DC, Cliff Williams? Not I.)
Celeb not spotted this week at the store:
Glenn Close. She was apparently out and about in the downtown design district, but didn't bother popping into our store. Disappointing. She was in town to give the commencement speech for SCAD graduation.
It really does pay to wait for a sale rather than purchase an item the moment it crosses your radar. I've been stalking this pair of Cole Haan Genevieve Wedge shoes for months online. When I saw them in person in Vegas, I knew I had to have them, but I forced myself to wait and see if they went on sale. Patience paid off last week when I received an Email from Neiman Marcus notifying me about a one day 40% off sale on select Cole Haan shoes and purses. My shoes just happened to among the chosen. Then there's this other pair of Kate Spade Idonia sandals I'd been stalking in person at a local boutique. Not willing to pay full price I'd being using Google shopping to check and see if I could find them on sale anywhere online. Patience again paid off when a week after I started my search I found them 40% off at Nordstrom. Obviously the recession hasn't stopped me from shopping completely. I'm just trying to be smarter and more thoughtful about what I'm purchasing.
There's a new "The Real Housewives of..." type show on the Soap Network, of all places, called "Southern Belles: Louisville". Except, rather than being about housewives, it's about a group of 5 single girls (alleged friends) in their 20's and 30's. The cast includes nouveau riche socialite Shea, divorcee Kellie, wanna-be journalist Emily, aging model Julie, and girl next door Hadley. The first episode aired last night and I've already picked a favorite, Hadley. She's the self professed Carrie Bradshaw "character" of the group. Living in the South you'd think I'd be instantly taken with every television show that is set below the Mason-Dixon line, but I must admit that "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" just did not do it for me. This show on the other hand, I will be watching religiously. Especially now that my favorite Thursday night lineup is in rerun mode.
Me, circa my fifth Birthday. I was so rocking the Strawberry Shortcake necklace and flower in the hair. That Birthday outfit so trumps the one I wore last night in every way.
The Birthday celebration started the day before my Birthday with cupcakes (chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting) from my coworkers. My actual Birthday was spent as follows: lunch with S at Back in the Day Bakery (caprese sandwich, sweet tea, and a baby cupcake), then a matinee (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), followed by shopping, dinner with the girls at Local 11 Ten(where we sat in the vault), the evening ended at The Distillery, where multiple gimlets were consumed by me (no one else cared for them). The next day commenced with breakfast at Harris Baking Company (sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant), shopping on Broughton St, three hour appointment at Vanilla Day Spa(facial, manicure and pedicure), quick outfit change, then met coworkers at Carlito'sfor dinner and the $50 margarita shared by five (after several hours it was nowhere near being gone, so to go cups it was). All in all the celebration was great fun. And, the gifts, they weren't too shabby either.
Me, circa my sixth Birthday. I don't know why I thought the entire mouth must be filled with air in order to blow out Birthday candles (I don't still think that, in case you were wondering). The kids on my right are STILL my friends and will be forever, the girl the on the left I'm not so sure about.
Speaking of CSI. Someone from the cast came into the store yesterday. Marg Helgenberger, more specifically. She was in Savannah doing who knows what. She purchased a Toss Designsorange trellis make up bag and that was it. Saying it would be perfect for traveling in Spain. She is quite striking in person, I must say. As well as being very nice and unassuming.
For me, growing up on an island in Washington state with a population of only 400 people, the first of May, May Day, meant flowers (typically picked from a garden or growing wild) left anonymously on a neighbor or friends doorstep. I've always had a "thing" for flowers. Lately that's manifested itself in my trying to always have a bouquet of flowers propped on the mantel in my living room. In these frugal times instead of purchasing bouquets from my favorite floral design boutique down the block, I'm picking up the grocery store variety. And honestly they do just fine. We could get into a list of my favorite flowers (Peonies, Lilies, Tulips, Hydrangeas, Dahlias), but lately I've been daydreaming about Plumeria blossoms. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Kauai 8 years ago, I fell hard for the flower. I brought back with me a stash of plumeria scented candles. Then after using them up was disheartened to discover I couldn't find the scent on the mainland. Apparently I didn't search very hard because I eventually learned that Bath & Body works carried the scent in an array of products. As I discovered when someone gave me a plumeria scented candle from there as a gift long after I gave up my search. Last week I turned my search for anything plumeria scented to Etsy. Where I discovered the scent in bothcandle (I seem to have depleted her stock in plumeria) and perfume form (priced at a whopping $9). I promptly purchased both, thankful to have satiated my craving for the scent.