November 30, 2007

Homestyle dinner

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November 29, 2007

Phone pay-per-charge station

At the Blue Lagoon
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Susan driving the first hydrogen-powered no-gas rental car

The $140,000 car just arrived in Iceland yesterday. Amazing.
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The view from my hotel window

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Now I am standing in the arrivals hall in the dark because there was just a blackout in the airport.

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1. They weren't kidding about the "dark in the winter" thing in Iceland.

2. I am the only person standing in the baggage reclaim hall. Where are all the people who were on the flight?

3. The faint scent of sulfur pervades the airport air.

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November 26, 2007

First look: Roberto Cavalli for the Spice Girls


Cavalli's designing the Spice Girls' tour costumes for their reunion world tour.

Roberto Cavalli says “I have known Victoria Beckham for a long time, and have always admired her style and personality. When we talked about the worldwide tour “The Return of the Spice Girls”, she put forward the idea of me creating all their costumes to which I immediately agreed. At their debut, the Spice Girls generated a trend with their individual looks and now, 10 years later, they have put their trust in me to get a new, unique and iconic appeal for the tour. The Spice Girls are one of the biggest global success stories with their appeal crossing many generations and millions of fans awaiting their return. When I met them, I immediately understood the reason why the world went crazy for their unique brand of ‘girl power’ as they are an irresistible mix of energy, pure joy, humor and a spicy dash of glamour. I’m sure their strength will take us by storm again”.

The $62K Lipstick

The Color of Money
November 23, 2007 -- IMAGINE having a lipstick so expensive that every single after-dinner touch-up costs you hundreds of dollars - per lip.

This week, French cosmetics house Guerlain - lipstick innovators since the 1920s - launches KissKiss Gold and Diamonds - a $62,000 lip color wrapped in a 110-gram, 18-karat gold tube encrusted with 199 conflict-free diamonds weighing 2.2 carats, rubies and emeralds. It can be custom-engraved and will be sold exclusively through private consultations at Bergdorf Goodman.

POST VIDEO: The $62K Lipstick

Whew. At this price, we're hoping the lipstick comes with a built-in Mr. Right (for kissing, obv) and the consultation will buy our kids admission to Princeton.

For the price of 310,000 Wendy's chicken nuggets, a 2007 Cadillac Escalade, or nearly 400,000 Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans from Dylan's Candy Bar, lipstick lovers are granted a personal appointment with Olivier Echaudemaison, Guerlain's artistic director, and a custom-made shade housed - along with its own lip brush and protective black suede pouch - in a black lacquered case.

Counting pennies? Save on the $5,192.50 sales tax by having the store ship it - for a nominal $12.75 fee - out of state. Now that's a bargain.

Seriously, maybe the real reason French women don't get fat is because they can't afford to eat and mess up their lipstick.

Make appointments now for consultations beginning Dec. 1 at Guerlain, Bergdorf Goodman, by calling (212) 872-2734.

November 25, 2007

Oh, I forgot to mention

That I just ordered two more pairs of shoes -- Jil Sander, amazing -- tonight.

Just call me Imelda.

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Proof that I squander my earnings

Tonight I counted my shoes. I have nearly 100 pairs -- 97 to be precise. This is ridiculous. Even more ridiculous? I have five pairs of UGGs, four pairs of Snowjoggers, three pairs of Wellies, a stack of Margiela collectors' Tabi boots and shoes I've never even taken out of their boxes, and loads of party shoes with ankle straps. And anyone who knows me knows I never wear shoes with ankle straps.
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November 19, 2007

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bon weekend

My friend Eero has been in town for a few days so we met up on friday night for a late macrobiotic dinner where we talked a lot to the older lady seated at the table next to us about the films she's seen recently (she recommends 'bella' and 'once'). Saturday I grabbed a French toast brunch with Gazza, where we griped about our respective jobs, and did some shopping before heading home to dinner with family in honor of my mom's birthday. I brought my brother's dog, Hero, a Henrietta the Sexy Chicken dog toy, which Hero promptly beheaded and dismembered. Today, brunch at Max Brenner, then a walk around the West Village, paid my weekly visit to MMM, picked up a copy of Encens, that French magazine, and saw the million-hour long very good American Gangster.

All in all, a top notch weekend.

November 11, 2007

He likes to eat too

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The truth

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November 10, 2007

Spotted a minute ago

Hedi Slimane standing in front of the Union Square Virgin Megastore clutching a blue cloth sack and a Virgin shopping bag in one hand and his cell phone in the other. He was wearing pointy patent leather shoes.

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November 08, 2007

My day with Kim K




November 8, 2007 -- Kim Kardashian likes to get Spanx-ed . . . on her bottom.

“I try to contain it," she says about her butt - the same (in)famous rear view that features heavily in TV promotions for her top-rated E! reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians," on the cover of December's Playboy, and in the hearts (and dirty minds) of men everywhere.

We spent some time with it (and her) as she indulged in one of her favorite pastimes - shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.
“I'm obsessed with this store," Kardashian gushes as she fondles a metallic D&G dress, just one pricey item in what would eventually add up to be a $5,000 shopping spree. “This dress is to die for."

Truth be told, it did hug her curves especially well - those much-speculated-about lady lumps that have worked both to her benefit and detriment.

“There was that gym picture of me in the tight leggings, walking out with no makeup on," says the 27-year-old. “I had tight Spandex-y pants on - I think that is the picture that started the ‘Oh my god I think she has butt implants' rumor.

“I mean, do you ever know anyone who has butt implants? Do people really do that?" she asks. Then, under her breath, “It's, like, ridiculous. If they could see the cellulite, they'd know."

Kardashian is one of those signs of the end of civilizations: the celebrity famous for nothing. She and her posterior popped up on the radar when her soon-to-be ex, rapper Ray J, leaked a sex tape that immediately caught the public, um, imagination. Spawning endorsements, modeling gigs and the aforementioned hit TV show, a year and a half later all the attention has transformed Kardashian into a red-carpet force to be reckoned with.

“I was always in a relationship, and when I broke up with my boyfriend, I started hanging out with my friends again - some of whom are in the spotlight," she explains about her meteoric rise to fame.

But while other star-lites burn out generating headlines and rap sheets for the tabloids, Kardashian - who doesn't drink or smoke - actually seems pretty wholesome. Playboy aside.

She's not shy about putting her killer body on display, but she's a far cry from the sex-crazed vixen she's portrayed - like Jessica Rabbit said, she's not bad, she's just drawn that way.

“No one believes I'm a size 0," Kardashian tells us, as she tries on several Diane von Furstenberg frocks. The dresses, which look charming, cute and Upper East Side preppy on the hangers, instantly transform into bombshell-sexy when draped
and zipped over Kardashian's slight, gravity-defying voluptuous frame.

Kardashian is the Armenian-German-Irish-American daughter of late O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian and fitness equipment infomercialist Kris “Married to the Bruce" Jenner. She grew up with three full-siblings (Kourtney, Khloe and Robert), two half-sisters (Kylie and Kendall), and four step-siblings (Casey, Burt, Brandon and Brody). She began playing against type in high school, when she got an after-school job. Working at Body, the boutique on Beverly Boulevard, isn't exactly the Peach Pit, but still.

“I crashed my first car, a BMW, so I had to find a way to pay for the repairs without telling my dad," she says.

After graduating from high school, she became a professional stylist, first on her mom and Jenner's infomercials, later for singer-actress Brandy. She founded a closet-makeover company that straightened up clients such as Cindy Crawford and Kathie Lee Gifford. Now, along with her sisters and mother, Kardashian owns and operates two boutiques in Calabasas, Calif.
Blame the Armenians.

“Armenian families are superstrict," she says. “My great-grandparents were from Armenia. We didn't speak Armenian in the home, but just as a family and at our get-togethers. We eat Armenian food all the time. Being Armenian is a big part of who I am - my dad was really conservative and my mom is really liberal, so I think I got a good mix of both."

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which part of her is liberal - her Playboy-worthy curves. “I developed at a really young age, at 10 or 11, and I hated it," she says as she tries on two Chanel shoulder bags - which ring in at just under $2,000 a pop. “I'd say my prayers at night and I'd pray that I wouldn't grow any bigger. I was so embarrassed. And now, obviously, it's a different story."


Not that she doesn't have her off days. “It took a while for me to get comfortable with it. Now there are times when I'm still like, ugh, I've got to lose five pounds. I just need to be more firm, so I'm working on that."

Sure, Kim, why don't you work on that.

Haute List






"Silver Dollar" prints, $299 for two"Ada" table lamp, $60"Hopscotch" bookcase, $299"Puck" nesting tables, $149"Seville" pillow, $35"Hotel" sofa, $699"Hotel" ottoman, $299Stainless steel snack bowl, $20Stainless steel water pitcher, $30

November 6, 2007 -- YOU know how you like to spend Sunday afternoon wandering through hip city stores, ogling that geometric-print rug or those sexy red tumblers and play what-if? Well, you can stop playing. Today, CB2 opens its brand-sparkling-new, 8,000-square-foot flagship at 451 Broadway, but don't worry if you're suddenly struck with a compulsive, overwhelming desire to gut and redecorate your (probably) overcrowded, undersized apartment.

At CB2's prices, you can.

VIDEO: A look inside CB2

For adults still living with college-dorm futons and remnants culled from Craigslist, there's finally an affordable way to acquire grown-up home goods. With pop-art plates and smart hanging vases starting at $1.95, firm modernist sofas priced from $599, solid four-poster beds for $499, and notorious-for-being-expensive quality full-length mirrors ringing in at a scant $129, it's time to upgrade.

The brainchild of Crate & Barrel's founder Gordon Segal, Chicago-transplant CB2 - with its smaller-scale sofas (that'll actually fit through your apartment door), neat nesting tables, compact storage solution modules and mix-and-everything-matches aesthetic - will be a welcome addition to New York's interiors retail landscape, where overstuffed, oversize designer (read: expensive) furniture runs rampant, but remains the provenance of the rich.

"New Yorkers are desperate for affordable and chic furniture, and currently there just aren't too many stores offering that in the city," says's editor Leslie Price. "The thing about CB2 is that it is inexpensive, but not Ikea cheap - a middle-of-the-road price point that's pretty hard to find. Pieces at CB2 are priced just a bit below DWR and West Elm, both which have been very successful in N.Y.C."

The Post got a first look at our new home away from home. Here are our must-have picks from CB2. Best part? Leave your car at home - delivery in Manhattan starts at $15 for purchases up to $200.

CB2 is at 451 Broadway; for more information go to

November 07, 2007

November 04, 2007

Dog friendly bakeries in Philly

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November 03, 2007

Living in a photocopy shop window in Old City

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Danica paper goods

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After the fact

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Capogiro gelato face-stuffing stop

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Raakhee meets Stella the Scooby Doo dog

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Bathroom wallpaper makes great dress prints

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The city of brotherly Uggs

Had a lovely dinner at Snackbar and just checked in to the hotel.

On our way to the restaurant from the train station, part of the door fell off our taxi.

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November 02, 2007

My next renovation

Every day I sit on my sofa and look at my overloaded bookcase. Thanks to GQ, I'll be looking into built-ins like this next.
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Instead of doing what I ought to...

So, instead of writing the dozen freelance stories I'm on deadline for, cleaning my apartment, drawing up my next book proposal and business plans, or pulling my paperwork together for my tax stuff (my accountant is going to kill me), I am skipping town this weekend -- but don't worry, I'm not going far. Philly beckons me with all its Amish market cheesesteak Morimoto glory. And since I finally got my mobile blogging thingie working kind-of-right, I'm hoping to send plenty of updates along the way.

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K Flem as Napoleon D.

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November 01, 2007

From the Roberto Cavalli Halloween Party

Hands down, tonight's Roberto Cavalli Halloween dinner and party at Cipriani 42nd Street was the best Halloween party I've been to in my whole life.

Here's Gary dressed as the guy from Clockwork Orange and me dressed like me.


Russell Simmons dressed like he's in Run DMC.


And Roberto Cavalli himself -- who has an excellent sense of humor, by the way -- dressed as Karl Lagerfeld.


Other party guests: