May 31, 2006

On Thursday, my little sister graduates from college, so I'll be up in Boston for the ceremony. Sometimes I can't believe she's an adult. Heck, sometimes I can't believe I'm an adult. Yeesh.

May 28, 2006

May 27, 2006

I'm so into this store

my story from today's Post

May 27, 2006 -- BESIDES true love, eating chocolate and a good nap, there are few greater pleasures in life than owning something rare, beautiful and throwaway cool - especially when it's a casual quelque chose so difficult to obtain that none of your green-eyed copycat friends can get their grubby little hands on one.

Salvor Kiosk, inconspicuously situated on the second floor of an artists' loft building on Spring Street, is chock-full of these things - carefully curated, covetable "everyday" international items stocked in quantities less than 20. The products' country of origin rotates every four to five months - currently, it's everything Swedish - and once something is gone, it's gone.

"We don't want to be exclusive for the sake of it," says buyer Alison Grifo, who co-owns the shop with Ross Menuez, creator of Salvor brand printed tees and pillows. "It's more about finding something great, sharing it and supporting the people who make it."

The Swedish collection in store at the moment is made up of everyday items like Top Grip brass paper clips ($3), beautifully packaged generic Swedish freezer bags ($7) and a traditional broom-root dish brush ($8), as well as more exotic artisan objects like felt flower pins by Barbro Grytn„s ($45) and Fjallraven K†nken ($75 to $95) - a backpack connoisseur's fantasy.

Already sold out - in the middle of spring, mind you - a portable purse-size red sled by Forshaga ($10), perfect for emergency sledding situations, and designer Pia Wallén's form-fitting pale gray woolly mittens ($40).

Amazing objets and limited, unreplenishable stock? Sounds like a recipe for a stampede in New York.

"It's been mostly word-of-mouth," Grifo says. "Our clientele are mostly creative people, people from the neighborhood, and sometimes tourists who are really excited about finding things like organic Lingonsylt." That's lingonberry jam.

Our advice? Advance directly to Salvor Kiosk and do not pass Go. When the adorable red and blue Skummis dolls ($35) are gone, they're gone - and you will be sorry.

salvor kiosk, 95 spring st.,

May 26, 2006

I'm blogging on my own site too --

For those of you in New York, I'll be appearing on ABC News Saturday May 27th at 7:15 a.m. talking about my five favorite slimming products -- things you can go out and buy right now!

For those in St. Louis, I'll be a guest on Monica Adams' KMOX show at 1:00 p.m. Sunday May 28th. It's a live, listener call-in, so hit me with your best questions!

May 25, 2006


Love letter from Karl Lagerfeld to moi.

May 21, 2006

Remember in To Die For, Nicole Kidman's character says, "You aren't really anybody in America if you're not on TV?"

Well, these days, it seems: You aren't really anybody in America if you don't have a website.

So I'm kowtowing to progress and am now pretty much fully up-and-running online. My new site,, was just published this morning. It's still a work in progress, so some of the links have yet to be fleshed out, but I'm excited about this new adventure.

I mean, let's be honest, I'll probably wind up blah-blah-blah-ing on it and who's going to want to read my narcissistic b.s. anyway? But hey, owning a domain name and writing dumb stuff about myself just makes me feel more important. See? Like now. As cathartic as it is for me to write this drivel -- What on earth are you reading this for? I'm full of baloney, you know. xx

May 13, 2006

My book launch party took place on May 11th at downtown boite Boudoir where over 200 friends, family, and media enjoyed skinny mojitos from Bacardi, Pom-vodka cocktails from Icelandic newcomer Reyka, soft drinks by Tab Energy, and salty-limey shots from Partida Tequila.

May 07, 2006

Tune in to learn more:
Monday, May 8: New York Post Pulse story
Tuesday, May 9: On Good Morning America
Tuesday, May 9: On Entertainment Tonight
Saturday, May 13: On Fox & Friends
Thursday, May 18: On Fox Edge
Friday, May 19: On The WB11 Morning News

June: Allure
June: Woman's Day
July: Quick and Simple

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