The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time (Paperback) by Elizabeth Rogers , Thomas M. Kostigen
A must read! Robert Redford, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Martha Stewart and more tell you how they make a difference to the environment. Inside the Green Book you find out what you need to do:
- Don’t ask for ATM receipts. If everyone in the United States refused their receipts, it would save a roll of paper more than two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator fifteen times!
- Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth. You’ll conserve up to five gallons of water per day. Throughout the entire US the daily savings could add up to more water than is consumed every day in all of New York City.
- Get a voice-mail service for your home phone. If all answering machines in U.S. homes were replaced by voice-mail, the energy savings would total nearly two billion kilowatt hours. The resulting reduction in air pollution would be equivalent to removing 250,000 cars from the road for a year!
With wit and authority, authors Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen provide hundreds of solutions for all areas of your life, pinpointing the smallest changes that have the biggest impact on the health of our precious planet.
$10 http://www.amazon.com Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 19, 2007)
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Shocking Life by Elsa Schiaparelli (paperback)
“She knew everyone from Paris to Hollywood, collaborated with the Surrealists, and left her indelible mark on the world of fashion.” —Vogue
“She slapped Paris. She smacked it. She tortured it. She bewitched it. And it fell madly in love with her.”— Yves Saint Laurent
Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) was one of the leading fashion designers of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Her fascinating autobiography, first published in 1954, charts her rise from a rat-infested apartment in Rome, to success in fashion, through the war years when she worked for the American Red Cross, to her eventual role as designer to the stars. Best known for translating Surrealism into fashion art and her flair for the unusual, she was the first to use shoulder pads and animal prints, and is the inventor of shocking pink. Her garments are part of the permanent costume and textiles collections at major museums.
$14 http://www.amazon.com/ Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (March 1, 2007)
The sale are still lurking and there is lots to buy to keep you covered in this cold weather.
Check out their simple little white empire tee which should be the base of your wardrobe. It will go under everything $24.95. Also I still spy some of those leather bomber jackets that are the grooviest. Go for red $149. Buy up on the stone chinos here too for a chic but cheap look. A fab replacement for jeans they are very transeasonal and will be perfect for summer dressing from about $59. Also buy the fabulous ‘ Why can’t I have everything “ slogan T shirt in grey $29.95.
Best buy here are the sweaters for about $69. You want the snazzy black lurex silver knit tank here to layer over a white T or just wear with jeans $39.95. Got freezing hands? Then invest in the chic black leather gloves $69.95. Or the very classic but grey tweed single breasted coat $229. Wear it with leggings and just belt it in a la Prada with your own leather belt.
It’s the first sighting of the YSL downtown tote! Buy the very good copy - and it is - here for an outrageous $109.95. For that it’s the cheap but chic of the week. Also invest in their long black leather gloves $99.95 and their great selection of sneakers. The gold or silver converse style sneakers are very cool. The big Chloe vintage style black oversized tote is on sale for about $174.95. Cool The Miu Miu tribute bag here in chocolate is a great buy too $189.95. Need more casual sneakers? A great selection here, you want the Red and beige sneakers with stretchy laces.
Check out the very Chloe style vintage leather plastic black oversized tote $59.95, the simple gold or silver bangles $12.95 each and there are some cool big black oversized sunglasses here too for $24.95. Buy the groovy little black & white cap $24 and the cashmere grey scarf $14.95. I see too much boring grey and yellow. That is just a no go. Please keep away from yellow unless you are Kate Moss.
Lots of groovy cheap but chic Jimmy Choo esque clutch bags here in patent for about $49 Also check out the outrageous high Balenciaga black snake skin platforms about $199. Lots of ballet flats here.
Buy the snazzy silver puffa jacket for $69.95… it’s on sale but may have left the building by the time you hit the shops. Also check out the fab red stripe hoodie $59.95 on sale too - as reported each week - and the chic knit poloneck navy and black stripped sweater $89.95. I see the cotton double breasted black trench is still there for about $349. Buy the pretty black and navy summer dress on sale for $59.
Love their dark denim straight jeans here, a great fit $149. Also buy the handy wool gab gray pencil skirt $179 and the huge chunky knit cream scarf. Gorgeous. Invest in the brown roll neck sweaters $99 on sale and the trousers here are always a great fit.
Check out the cute chunky silver and black scarf $99 and the crinkle cut olive green trench coat for about $299. The fur trimmed dark blue nylon parka with a belt is really groovy and perfect for now $299. Also I do love the black gloves with a snazzy little silver buckle $99. Please buy the brown or black knit poncho $129. Wear it tucked into your belt a la Marni. It’s a fabulous buy. I wore it on the plane to Italy with George over a white T.
Nick in here for a fab gray rib knit sweater dress on sale for $99.
Head here for the best pieces for winter such as the much reported black velvet cape $349, now on sale or the perfect black pencil skirt $179. If you have the legs then buy the black ribbed leggings $98. The ponchos here are great too in a rib and so is the black frill front blouse.
Check out the chic and classic brown pinstripe trousers $129 and a lovely navy and choc print chiffon dress, it’s sleeveless and belted $169.
A lot of fab buy’s here and a lot of great pieces for a summer trip to St Tropez. Buy the Fab green khaki classic cotton tank $24.95, the matching green silk smock tunic top $129 And the must have zip through olive long line parka $199. Wear zipped up just with leggings. Love the green or brown belts $79.95, the fab black patent pumps $179 and the Classic brown leather double handle tote a la Chloe $229.
The only First Class covered this week was in the nose cone of the plane. Sorry. Don’t cry. I am suffering just as much as you are. I promise to go into Prada next week. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.
Easy and so quick you can’t go past delicious, fresh pesto. This new smooth and elegant version has no garlic and is great with red meat or pasta…
You need for 6 people or 15 models.
1 cup hazelnuts
2 cups basil leaves
1 cup olive oil add more if you need to
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
dash of salt
juice of 1/2 a lemon ore more
• Pour wine.
• Open drawer and find food processor.
• Throw in hazelnuts til roughly chopped.
• Pull off the basil leaves and throw in.
• Whizz it till mixture is smashed and course.
• Add the snazzy designer olive oil in a steady stream.
• Lick and taste.
• More wine!
• Grate the Parmesan then toss that in the whizzer too.
• Season with paprika, salt and lemon juice.
• Whizz til smooth.
• Toss the pesto with the cooked pasta, and serve warm or slather on crusty bread with tomatoes.
Ocean’s Thirteen …Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Based on: Ocean’s 11 and 12
Genre: Dumb Bloke’s Comedy
Subtitles: If only to explain the plot
Who: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ellen Barkin, Don Cheadle, Al Pacino
The Plot: George looks suave in a chic suit. Swoon. Brad looks handsome in groovy shirt. Swoon. They plan a heist. I think. Crack lame jokes. Matt Damon puts on fake nose. Don Cheadle puts on fake English accent. Ellen Barkin puts on a pencil skirt. Al Pacino puts on a brave face. Nothing happens. Snooze. Wait for Clooney/ Pitt to reappear. Swoon. Snooze. Wait for Clooney /Pitt .Swoon. Snooze. Repeat. The end
Acting: They are all asleep. Me too (or counting the dollars are they say their lines)
Design: Fabulous hotel rooms.It might just keep you awake between Clooney/Pitt appearances.
Wardrobe: Ellen Barkin wear L’ Wren Scott’s new collection of pencil skirts and cardigans. Too many pointy shoes. George looks handsome. So does Brad.
Salon de Beaute: Love Ellen’s chic Bob. George looks handsome and slick. Al Pacino has had so many facelifts he looks like Joan Rivers.
Botox: Al Pacino has drunk gallons of it. You don’t need it; there is enough numbing in the acting and the plot.
Waterproof Mascara: You neither laugh nor cry. Apply Model Co’s Erase Those Fine Lines for plot confusion
Blood ’n’ Guts: There is more on Grey’s Anatomy
Mind drifted to shopping: When Clooney /Pitt not on screen.
Smokin’ smooches: There is more on Grey’s Anatomy
Car chases: Possibly when I was snoozing.
Re-name it: Overboard
Best Review: “ With Ocean’s Thirteen, the gang’s all here, looking fighting trim and Hollywood beautiful, at your disposable pleasure.” New York Times
"Ugly. Filmed through dirt” FilmsInReview.com
“All told, this thing has to be one of the dullest caper movies ever made” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
See it or donate to the Prada Bag fund: I love George. I love Prada bags more ( this week.) but “If This Pays For Another Darfur Benefit, Then So Be It.” Says Flak Magazine