Thursday, March 28, 2013

New York in Bloom: Macy's 2013 Flower Show

Spring is doing its best to get here, despite the snow we got a few days ago. But going to the Macy's Flower Show this Sunday made me feel like winter was definitely on its way out.

This year is the 39th annual Macy's Flower Show, held in a tent in front of the flagship Macy's in Herald Square. The theme is The Painted Garden, showcasing flowers from across Southeast Asia. The displays inside the tent are absolutely breathtaking. I felt like I'd stepped outside of New York. And I was amazed at how many flowers we see all the time in American gardens that originated from Southeast Asia. Like hydrangeas, for instance.

And I was absolutely blown away by the orchids. So many orchids!

My first time seeing a blue orchid.

I brought some of my own orchids, too.

Macy's is also running a series of events and workshops during the flower show, like cigar rolling and flower arranging. My friend and I looked at the schedule beforehand and decided on high tea in the fine china department. I pictured sitting at a little table nibbling daintily at scones; that's what I got dressed for.

1940s shirtwaist - Wildfell Hall Vintage
Belt - H&M
Shoes - Poetic License

It was probably silly of me to hope for that but I was disappointed all the same. Preserves company Harvest Song presented a tea rose preserve. We got a little bit with goat cheese on a tiny cracker There was supposed to be a demonstration of one of those blooming teapots, but I'd seen it so many times on QVC that we skipped it. But the setup was gorgeous! It makes me think it's time I got serious about my teapot collection.

Surprisingly enough, those are preserved tea rose leaves

It's on sale, but not enough of a sale for me.

Even without tea, it was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. And since I work so close to Macy's I'll probably visit again; I want to check in on the bouquet of the day. Macy's Flower Show, Herald Square, through April 7; closed Easter Sunday

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Celebrity Bio Worth Reading

If you've been following along for a bit, you know I'm a huge Prince fan. I've seen him in concert twice and I have spent countless hours listening to his music. But after reading Toure's new book, I Would Die 4 U: How Prince Became an Icon, I go back to the music and I feel like I'm hearing it for the first time. 

Let me be clear: I don't do celebrity biographies, with the exception of Tough without a Gun, the most recent book about Humphrey Bogart, and American Rose, a book about Gypsy Rose Lee that was almost as much stage and entertainment history as it was a straightforward biography. Luckily for me, Toure's book has a lot more to do with where the popularity and the magic of Prince come from and what his most important messages were.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Night with Katharine Hepburn

On Wednesday night, I had the chance to learn about Katharine Hepburn. I'd known a little bit about the Spencer-Tracy affair, that she wore pants and was (is) the ultimate tomboy icon. I'd also seen recently African Queen, starring Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. But Jean Lawrence Druesedow came to the National Arts Club to present the research from her book Katharine Hepburn: Rebel Chic and I learned much, much more.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Short Short Hair Updo Tutorial

I've never done a tutorial before but I'm going to try it now. Bear with me. I feel compelled to through my hat into the ring because there are just so few hair tutorials for short haired girls. Not girls with shoulder length or chin length hair: actual, real short hair.


This style is something I've been doing for a few years now, after I got the bright idea to just sweep up the rest of the curls I had from the curly fauxhawk I used to wear for parties (I know). It's inspired a little bit like Gene Tierney and Billie Holiday. Gene Tierney had rather ong hair but we short-haired ladies can make do. Just look at Billie Holiday! One summer I wore this style with a few white flower hair clips and I had a man, who may or may not have been homeless, shout, "Hey, Lady Day!" So I think it works.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Heaven Has Leopard Upholstery

Poppy circle dress, $156
Crinoline, $90
Bolero, $44
Bow belt, $10
Scarf, $10

I've been in love with the dresses and skirts and blouses and crinolines from Bettie Page Clothing for about two years now. I clicked through the website and sighed, "Being a temp/permalancer/underpaid publishing professional/poor person in general is awful because I want everything here." And I closed the window and hung my head. They opened a store on the Lower East Side in the fall. I went to visit last Tuesday to and fell in love again, this time a little harder.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

eShakti Update plus Pin-ups Dominicanas

I'm excited that you're all excited about the discount code eShakti gave my readers. I have good news and bad news. The bad news is there was a technical glitch and the discount code wasn't working. The good news is the good people at eShakti caught it, they felt terrible, and they're now offering readers a chance to use the discount until March 20 instead of March 10. Just enter code PPMTCDELXE at checkout.


 In other news, my friend passed on info about a very exciting event happening in Harlem (sorry, non-New Yorkers). The Dominican Republic's first and only pin-up studio Ladybug Pin-ups is showing photographs this Thursday from 7 to 10 at APT 78 (4447 Broadway).