Jan 29, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
Readers, think about it: when's the last time somebody really unattractive became famous? Newt Gingrich? He's been around awhile. John Belushi? He's been dead for decades.
It may be hard to believe, but in the early Nineteen-Thirties, comic actress Marie Dressler, already over sixty and with the face of an English Bulldog, was THE number one Hollywood box office attraction, which she remained until her death at sixty-five. Watch an old movie of hers like Min and Bill or Dinner at Eight and you'll immediately understand why. She was a powerhouse.
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Readers, I was stunned -- stunned -- to discover how many MPB readers are simply nuts about pie!
And speaking of pie, many of you are probably wondering what kind of pie I like. I'll be brief(ish): While I enjoy a savory shepherd's pie from time to time (I am fortunate to live near the extraordinary Myers of Keswick grocery store, which offers a vast selection of fresh, savory English pies daily), pie to me remains primarily a sweet dessert.
Jan 23, 2012
Friends, it gives me great pleasure to announce that today, January 23rd, is National Pie Day -- but that's not all!
Today is also our second anniversary here at MPB. That's right, folks, on this day just two years ago, Male Pattern Boldness was born. Today we're walking, talking, and nearly toilet trained!
Jan 21, 2012
Readers, as you know, I am always trying to organize myself better. In the last six months, I have discarded many unnecessary household items. I dust my Ken dolls regularly. I even started sorting my wigs! Today I decided it was time to revisit my pattern stash, starting with my women's patterns.
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
NOTE TO SELF: Buy new lashes.
Friends, it's finally here:
On Friday, January 27 @ 7 pm and Saturday, January 28 @ 9:30 pm, Michael and I will be performing our cabaret show, Noah's Very Unusual Insight, for a return engagement!
Jan 18, 2012
Readers, imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon the book Fashion Trends: Analysis and Forecasting by Eundeok Kim, Ann Marie Fiore, and Hyejeong Kim at my local library yesterday. Talk about synchronicity!
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 15, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
Before I get started, why does current fashion illustration make women look like Bratz dolls? I don't like it one bit.
Moving right along...
Friends, how much do you know about color forecasting? I don't know much, but you'd have to live on Mars not to have heard that Pantone's official Color of the Year for 2012 is Tangerine Tango, aka orange. (You can read more about it here.) I hate to sound grumpy -- I am still recovering from my weekend cold -- but I was "over" that color ten seconds after seeing it; to me it screams Guantanamo Bay prisoner jumpsuits.
Labels: clothing and culture
Jan 10, 2012
Friends, I'm happy to report that I'm feeling much better and was able to make it to the library yesterday, where I happened upon a copy of the new sewing book Famous Frocks by Sara Alm and Hannah McDevitt. Are you familiar with it?
Jan 9, 2012
Friends, I am back from a very intense, thankfully short, bout with something I'm guessing was Influenza. It came on rapidly Saturday evening and within 3-4 hours I could hardly lift my head off the pillow. I'm a big believer in letting fever do its thing (unless you have other medical problems or are a small child or elder) and now, roughly 36 hours later, I'm 85% of the way back. Was this a cold, a flu, something else entirely? Who knows. Suffice it to say I'm glad to be vertical once again and not shivering under three blankets, a ski cap, and a heavy fleece.
Jan 5, 2012
Readers, occasionally I have random thoughts about various topics, none of which warrant a blog post all their own, or which I might flesh out sometime in the future -- or maybe one of you would like to develop one of them on your own blog; feel free. So here goes:
At the library yesterday, I passed a display of Suzanne Somers' latest diet/health book, Sexy Forever. And I found myself wondering: sexy....forever? Is that the new benchmark for health and happiness in the Twenty-First Century? I'm exhausted and I haven't even read the preface!
Jan 4, 2012
Jan 3, 2012
Greetings, born-again declutterers!
We are starting the new year right here at MPB, digging through the detritus and dumping, dumping, DUMPING. As you know, my energy for these kinds of purges isn't always there, so when it is, the best bet is to ride if for all it's worth.
Jan 2, 2012
Happy 2012, everybody, and welcome to my first entry of the new year!
I am not a fan of making New Year's resolutions, readers, because, with rapidly accumulating life experience behind me, I now recognize that most of us (all of us?) fail at making ourselves do things we don't like to do. The trick to changing behavior is truly to want to do it (and not just want to want), and if you already want to do it, you shouldn't have any difficulty doing so.
Labels: my life