The Spring Collection

American designers launch their collections twice per year: the Fall collection is introduced at fashion markets in the spring and the spring collection in the fall (a calendar disconnect which makes it nearly impossible for me to speak about a collection without pausing to correct myself first). The spring launch is out of sync withContinue reading “The Spring Collection”

Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon

Here in the UK, sitting at the Pub, having a very proper American tea time. I prefer mine over ice, with a bendy straw, and a slice of lime, but when in Rome … I suppose a lemon will have to do. We’re forecast to have sun today, but I’ll be sporting my red ‘brollyContinue reading “Nationalism with a Slice of Lemon”

My Gear List

Prepping for my next big voyage: Toronto, Amsterdam, and London. Is it in bad taste if I thank the tragic Ebola outbreak for saving my Labor Day weekend and cancelling my leg in Pretoria? Figured I’d share my packing lists: After a luggage-check mishap in the UK earlier this year I am now firmly committed toContinue reading “My Gear List”

Lunch with King Ding and Snotting Cat-Beef on a Shanghai Lazy Susan

When Kingful Ding of Shanghai, China (no, I am not making that name up) asked me to be the guest of honor at a lunch in his villa I accepted the invitation with enthusiasm. It’s not everyday I get asked to lunch at a villa in Shanghai, and there wasn’t really a polite way for meContinue reading “Lunch with King Ding and Snotting Cat-Beef on a Shanghai Lazy Susan”

Watching a Train Wreck Play with Fire

“Burrito plates are hot!” Once upon a time, after about the billionth time burning my fingers on the scalding porcelain plate in my over-enthusiasm to get to a microwave burrito, I decided to commit this important lesson to my soul by repeating it fifteen times in a row.  Every once in a while I still forget, andContinue reading “Watching a Train Wreck Play with Fire”

Delightfully Chaotic

“She is delightfully chaotic; A beautiful mess. Loving her is a splendid adventure.” – Steve Maraboli A colleague once introduced me as “the most fascinating whirling dirvish” she’d ever met. It was one of the greatest compliments I have ever received. Although, perhaps what she meant was, “She’s a chaotic mess, but at least she’sContinue reading “Delightfully Chaotic”

Pretensious D-Bags and an LA Blow Job

Here I am, at a Hollywood hot spot, post $35 blow out, sporting my “Kelsey” (apparently named after a celebrity I know not) manicure, drinking a glass of $15 Pinot Grigio. All this Hollywood glamour brings only one thing to mind, “Pretensious!” Sitting at Sunset and Vine I’m eavesdropping on some would-be-perhaps-is “Film Guy” pontificateContinue reading “Pretensious D-Bags and an LA Blow Job”

When Women Were Protected and Stupid

6:00 the alarm goes off 15 minutes of yoga Shower, Shave, and Shampoo 7:00 wake the angry, sleepy kids Home-cooked breakfast “where’s my shoes” Hair, make-up, and fighting a stuck zipper Carpool drop off 10 hour work days Cook the dinner, clean up the dinner Laundry, groceries “I need a new Sharpie for school tomorrow”Continue reading “When Women Were Protected and Stupid”

Gypsy Cabs and a Rape Whistle

I arrived in Qingdao, China at midnight on a half-full flight of sleepy business men who hadn’t checked luggage. I moseyed my way over to luggage pick up alone and registered the odd fact that the baggage carousel lights were out, but the slow whir produced my lonely green TravelPro and black crate full of marketingContinue reading “Gypsy Cabs and a Rape Whistle”

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