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  1. another trick, instead of concealer, is a soft small-ish blush brush, and compressed white powder. A light dusting ( I just close my eyes and poke the brush right into the socket!) and it brightens the entire area. this is more of a mid day freshen up trick than an application trick, though.

  2. more and more, I think its the match more than the brand name.

     

    I've found a perfect match in bobbi brown's stick foundation...a line down the nose, a dot on the chin, a stripe on the farhead, and two circles on each cheek...blended with fingertips, set with a hint of bronzer powder...voila!

     

    And it lasts all day, the only thing I need to do is brush some white powder around my eye area 6pmish, and or course lipstick throughout the day,..but this product works for me all day long.

     

    However, for every person I reccomended it to, half have not been as contented.

  3. I bought the Coach Dori shoe, with the toggle at the front, fun and sassy but still business like enough...for casual I just ordered the Michael Kors slingbacks on wooden wedges..they were in the Lord and Tayloer ad in this weekend's newspaper. I figured they had three of the spring trends: woven leather, wooden heels, and platform. Plus, they were only $129, so by next spring when its all changed, it won't matter so much. I will probaly go to DSW to see what they have in powder blue mid heels, I like it as an accessory this spring..but don't want to invest, as next year it will be a different color. In fact, blue is probably "over" as I type this!

  4. Do members know of a charitable entity which is able to make use of cast off shoes or out of season bags, blouses, etc?

     

    That could be a way to clean one's closet and scoop up a tax deduction in the US

    here in Austin, I take work/dressy clothes to one of two places focused on women returning to work or entering the workplace for the first time - check with the local bar ass'n or look through the social service organization listings in your yellow pages - or call up the local "welfare" office or women's shelter

    Paul, Homefront in lawrenceville has a similair program to this..if Mrs. has specific career clothes, they set newly independent women up with interviewing clothes, etc...but they must be relatively fashionable and gently gently worn...I'm pretty sure there was a simialir program in New Brunswick, can't recallthe name.."something closet"

  5. yes, it was a fun topicc and thank you all for adding to it.

     

    Christina, you HAVE to write a book..the little snippets you shared were great.

     

    Roald Daahl is wonderful, I should have included him

     

    I fine that children's READING books..that is, those first chapter books, taht you read yourself, and have a plot line, are very BOY/GIRL centic...femalles tend to read Drew, males tend to read Hardy...I think the lines blend a bit more before and afte rthis window in time..toddler books are more generic, adut literature the same. But early reeader,up to early teen, tend to bend towards one gender or another.

     

    My mom used to yell at me for readnig too much...."her nose is always in a book" she would complain My sister and I marvel at how we turned out :P I had an auntt, however, the only member of our extended family who ever MMOVED AWAY...she would send us hardcover books...luxurious, inscibed with messages of strength and independence...in a childhood where my mom wished for us to only be mothers, or perhaps open a beauty salon ( her idea of the epitome of glamour) these books became lifesavers of sorts.

     

    really sorry, new keypad, my typing is worse than usual...and my nails need a trim..deadly combo. Gotti, I could have SO guesse dyou read fantasy/science fiction.

  6. I'm talking pre teen....I loved Harriet the Spy, and after reading her I made efforts to "uniform" my bike like hers, with spy glasses, marbles and string...to prepare for any mystrey that might arise. I also loved the Three Investigators, even though it was boy-centric. Then , when I was 11, I found How Green Was my Valley, by Richard Llewelyn, and never returned to children's literature. Quickly followed by Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird, and ALIVE. whew, o wonder I need therapy :P

  7. and Meyer was in my River Cafe days, so I'd say 1987-9, so Ronald Reagan.

     

    and my gut reaction is Phinneaus, but that might be "ATW

    in 80 days" related, or perhaps Julia Roberts related... :P

  8. the first answer is mcsorley's...and if anyone shows even the slightest interest in hearing my 1982 Matt Dillon McSorley's story, I'd love to share(go ahead, ask)

     

    Mary Louise Parker, Longacre square and Hellman's..I don't want to scroll back to th Q's cause i might see the spoilers.

     

    Fun question, Wilifred, thanks.

  9. Yes. French women say that at some point you have to choose between your face and your figure. I would definitely choose my figure, if it would only cooperate. (I have lost 7 lbs. since the beginning of the year.)

    Plus, ther4e are direct correlations between longevity and a healthy weight, whereas a few crow's feet never killed anyone!

  10. this issue interests me in the context that Omni mentioned, that is, efforts to hide the signs of aging.

     

    My peer group ( suburban, 40-55, high on the tax bracket, professionals, often mothers) seems to be endlessly pursuing whatever it takes...peels, botox, Plastic surgery, to hide the first signs of aging. Grey hair, sagging boobs...I can't remember a get together where these signs weren't discussed and analyzed.

     

    My friends are all blonde or highlighted, and are fit and toned and manicured to the point of being "perfectly polished". I'm the only one in my immediate "crowd" who carries extra weight, and certainly the only one who darkens my hair instead of lightening it...so I've listened to their botox stories without really participating. A few look better after their procedures, a few look the same...they seem happy w/ the results, and that's all that mattered to me.

     

    Well, I was told a year ago that my cholesterol is through the roof. I might not be perfectly polished, but I am quite happy with this here life I got, and plan to maximize my time here living it. SO..gradually eating less, gradually exercising more, making better choices, voila...20 lbs less and ....WRINKLES! I never had them while my face was chubby. My weight loss has been VERY slow, but steady, and so therefore hasn't really garnered many comments. However, something about the last 5 lbs I lost, it must have hit my face...because people are asking

    " did you loose weight?" And, I'm noticing laugh lines for the first time. Maybe this is when they were planning on showing up anyway, but it does seem strange to notice them at the same time people are noticing my face is thinner, along w/ the rest of me.

     

    I still have more weight to loose ( but the cholesterol is WAY improved, thankfully)

    and I'm going to continue, because I simply feel more energized without the xtra LB'S. It will be interesting to see if the wrinkles become more prominent.

     

    this topic resonated with me because I realized I haven't qite decided HOW to view these new lines...I see them as a symbol for a live lived, but yet if you keep looking at them in the magnifyng make up mirror, they take on a life of their own. :P One thing for sure, I'll be listening more closely to the conversations around me the next time it goes to botox et al, which it invariably will!

  11. Avalon, or Stone Harbor, NJ. on Seven Mile Island. Avalon is appropriately named.

     

    http://www.avalonbeach.com/

     

    Great for kids, not in the middle of the touristy crap, but close enough to spend a few hours on the rides and waterparks, etc...close to Cape May.

     

    Cape may has lost of elegant old hotels with pools, a bit busier than Avalon ( and prob less expensive) but also a good choice with kids.

  12. We had lunch there on March 11, a Saturday, after the Architectural Digest show at Pier 94.

     

    Honestly, there was no way I was able to sit on the banquestte without putting my ass in a neigboring diner's face. I'm not NY thin, but I'm not Roseann Barr, either. Worse, as the waiter serviced the table next to us, he had to stick his ass in my husband's face..umm..we'll set att he communal tables, please.

     

    After we moved, we ordered beers and burgers.

     

    I think the burger needs to be prepared M or above. My Rare burger was just warmed inside, but the ribs and the foie were not warmed through. the foie was hard, like a terrine, not melty like a sauteed piece. Each ingredient, on its own, was high quality and quite good. I was unimpressed witht e combo, though..the ribs not quite brightly flavored enough to contrast the foie, and the meat was flavorful, but not seasoned enough to maximize its meatiness.

     

    Service was curt, especially after we asked to be moved. Rear room was full, front room was empty, one other couple at the communal tables, 2pm on a Saturday.

  13. I get 7-8 hours in bed, but unfortunately two-three times per week I wake up 3amish and struggle to fall back asleep. I used to make myself stay in bed until my 6am alarm, but lately I've become more frustrated and just gotten out of bed at 5 or so and started my day. The dogs get so confused when I let them out at 5 instead of 6, and I'm afraid that they'll get used to 5am pee time, so I sneak around trying not to wake them. ;)

     

    If I can fit in a nap on a weekend, whcih is rare, I simply have a beer or two with lunch, and I'm out cold. Alcohol during the day knocks me out.

  14. Vetri is a very special place. The staff creates the balance between "welcome to our living room" and "professional service"..often a tricky thing. Do they still have the bright red prosciutto cutter in the front room? I also saw one of those at the IWMerchants in NYC..those antiques are quite costly!

  15. Another thing I meant to post about, looking for you-all's opinion:

     

    When I made the reso, I spelled out my rather unique last name. Upon doing so, the reservationist inquired "Robert?", indicating that we were in her "system"

     

    Neither myself nor my husband has ever been there before ( I even teased him about it, but did confirm that he's never had a business meal there that I somehow didn't hear about) . I just assumed they got our name from AMEX or perhaps Open Table, whcih I have used but not for this reso.

     

    Would high end places share info? My husband regularly spends over 1k on business dinners..the AMEX end of the year summaries under "dining" always freaks the accountant out..does AMEX share the info?

     

    It didn't bother me, but it was a bit weird.

  16. I have a high maintenance client who "maybe" wanted to take a second look at a property tomorrow. It was jamming up my entire weekend, forcing me to shift clients to Sunday, etc...He called today to say he can't make it...why am I cheerful? Because everyone else has been compressed into a few hours on Sunday, so tomorrow I can go tot he Architectural Digest show at the Piers, and then lunch at dbModerne! YAY for last minute reprieves from bothersome people!

  17. this is a NY centric board, would anyone's opinion change if I clarified that this was like the Per Se of Philly?

     

    I'm not a writer blessed wtih clarity. the restaurant is on the second (third?) floor of the hotel, overlooking a park. the table was a window seat, and my seat looked out over the park, his looked towards the brick wall of the neighboring building, which juts out. Bob wasn't bothered by the seat, he's much less tuned into ambiance...just give the guy the wine list, if you know what I mean.

     

    I do have enough dining experience where I should have looked around and scoped out the specifics..in this case, it would have entailed noting the two empty 8 tops and assuming they'd fill, and walking out the "exit" portal and seeing the communal dining room and asking who would be dining there..but that's putting a lot of onus on the diner, in my opinion.

     

    By the time the baby started crying, we had two ethereal courses, a bottle of Krug,and a complimentary pheasant entree ( I was discussing the options w/ the waiter, was deciding between two, passed on the pheasant, and we were delighted when the waiter brought us a complimentary pheasant course. )

     

    We had come from the Philadelphia flower show, we were comfortable and satiated, a great bottle decanting for our next course, happily discussing our landscaping plans.

     

    I've learned something, and I appreciate your comments.

  18. It goes without saying that the mother of that baby was extremely rude

    I'd leave that bit out. (And this is from a woman that thinks kid's shouldn't be allowed in anything other than McDonalds until they learn to shut up and use cutlery with boths hands. ;) ).

     

    Why would it "Go without saying"? Are you implying that all mothers are rude?

     

    I'd give the letter a shot, but would send it to the restaurant manager rather than the chef.

    No, I meant to imply that all mothers that allow a new born to wail in a public/quasi public place are rude. ;)

     

    I chose to send it to the chef because he is the manager/owner chef and because its not BS..his food really does deserve more.

     

    I should clarify that this "private room" is seperate from the restaurant, with couches, TV's and a communal table, and is a perc for the tenenats of the hotel who have annual leases...so this mother was using the room as an extended living room.

  19. Thanks for your feedback.

     

    I actually expect, in a restaurant of this caliber, that there should be no HORRIBLE tables. yes, premium ones, yes, preferred areas..but nothing so poorly located taht the experience can be defined by it. ( the tariff for this meal exceeded $1000 for two persons, it is considered along w/ Le Bec Fin, Philly's finest)

     

    When we initially sat down, I asked my husband if facing the wall bothered him.. and it might sound corny but he said he would just stare at me all night ;) The larger tables had not filled, the baby had not arrived in the "private room" nearby. At first galnce, other than the lack of a view for one person ( the other got a lovely view of Rittenhouse Square, over the treetops, watching people arrive home from work) it seemed like a comfortable "nook" away from the hustle and flow of the larger room.

     

    Thanks again for your comments.

  20. Orik, do you think its a waste of time because of Nero's point, that they heard this before? the chef was involved in the complete rehab of the restaurant, from my understanding. Or is the letter too weak?

     

    Another aspect of this is that "window" tables at this restaurant over Rittenhouse square

    ( one of only three "5 star" Philly restaurants) are coveted. and I suspect these tables were stuck in to maximize the amount of window seating... anyway thanks for your feedback.

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