Entries in fun times (53)


A Short Play About My Friendship With Pamie



PAMELA RIBON has an idea for a blog post. She texts her friend, AB CHAO, to tell her ALL about it.

What about an entry on how to make a stranger a best friend? You have a gift for making someone feel they need you in their lives, even when they are Greg Berlanti.


AB CHAO hears her phone ding, checks it. She responds. A furious back-and-forth ensues.

Um, I don't know how that happens.

Hahahahahahahaaaaa! HA HA HA. HAHA.

For serious, I don't! I never contacted Greg before he wrote me.

I thought he asked you for the TWoP interview.

I did, after he emailed me a bunch of times.


Besides, what am I gonna say? "Use straws as chopsticks." "Introduce yourself." "Hate rocking chair stores." "Be mad at Wayne Brady."

Actually, yes on the first two.

Send me a list of five things that made you want to be friends with me, and I'll try to figure out some kind of theory. The first two are already done.

...and that would be an example what I am talking about. I'm busy, lady! I can't do homework.



(Waits 30 seconds)

FINE. "Dewit and dewit right." When you write it up, don't forget that "I hate you" is step 4.

Obviously. I'll expect step 5 by the morning.



Client Living Room: BOOM.

A few months ago, I was hired by a nice young lady named Heather to help her decorate her formal living room. We exchanged a few emails, I put together a design, we ordered lots of things, and then I was on my way to her town to put it all together.

When I arrived, the room looked like this:

A beautiful room, to be sure, but kind of... empty. So that nice girl and I worked and shopped and styled and hauled around furniture together for a few days, to make it the best living room in the land. I'll let you be the judge of how that went, but I think it turned out pretty well. You know. Kind of nice. Or whatever.

You can see the results here.


Roundup: Fall Uniform

I get very excited about fall, because it means I get to add on to my uniform. One of my many shopping theories is that you should always have some go-to outfit -- a uniform, if you will -- that consists of basics you can add to or subtract from, depending on the season.

(Other shopping theories include "try to look French," "you can't go wrong with a sundress and flops," and "if you look like you just exercised, that's kind of hot.")

My fall uniform theory very much falls into what my friend Al calls "Elegant Cowgirl." It's a dress theory that affects thousands of Southern ladies every year, and only you can stop it. Wait. I mean, only you can admire it, and try to emulate it, because it's AWESOME. Here's my interpretation.

New additions to the uniform are noted in the list below. I already own five of the eight things pictured here, but I am really excited to add the new things in when the weather changes.

1. White t-shirt. It is imperative that every Elegant Cowgirl own one, or two, or twelve of these. I have spoken of this before.

2. Bright lipstick. Look, it's fall. Fall is dreary. You are going to need something to punch up that wan face of yours. That and some good self-tanner.

3. I wear my tooled leather belt with everything, from jeans and shorts to cute little dresses. I am not ashamed to say that I found mine at Abercrombie & Fitch about 10 years ago. This one comes from a place called oldfatguy.com. As one's belt does. Anyway, if you don't have one, you are missing an integral part of your Elegant Cowgirl look. Please rectify this immediately.

4. This bracelet will be mine this year. I've been wanting it since I discovered Giles & Brother, which was a long time ago, but I've never sprung for it. Fall 2011 is my time, y'all!

5. I'm heading into my third season with these No. 6 boots, and they show no sign of a) looking in any way worn or b) looking in any way less stylish. They are also the most comfortable boots I've ever owned. Yes, yes, they cost $$$. I don't want to hear it. If I amortized the price yearly, I think I'd be at just around 40 cents per wear.*

6. A striped scarf always improves the picture. Especially in Louisiana, where we wear tank tops and jeans until Christmas. We can at least pretend to be seasonal this way.

7. This one will be my big purchase for fall. I have many jackets and blazers, but none seem as versatile, or as well-made, as this one from EmersonMade. Wear it with jeans! With shorts! A skirt! A dress! A tennis uniform! Et cetera!

8. Bootcut jeans. Learn them, live them, love them. And no matter what your trendy 16-year-old daughter says, they'll never go out of style or look bad with your boots. I prefer Madewell. The end.

So there you go. My fall uniform and exciting new additions. Enjoy, and I can't wait to hear about your own new fall purchases.

*Amortization Rationalization: A condition marked by excessive spending on one item, during which the spender convinces herself that she will wear said item at least one thousand times, thus rationalizing her purchase. May hit each fall and spring shopping season.


A Band of Sticks. (Not to be confused with A Band of Styx, who play heavy metal.)

A few weeks ago I was somehow reminded of a picture I had seen on Jamie Meares's blog, and tweeted this:

I need somebody to wrap some sticks with neon thread, and send them to me.

And today, I received a package in the mail from the darling and fabulous Kate Flaim (Girl Reporter).

Now, Miss Kate had told me she was going to do this. But, y'all. I didn't think she would actually do it. People (me) say they are going to do things all the time, and they don't. But Kate, she did it! So that should just let you know how great she is. And when I opened the package: Reader, I died.

Are you KIDDING me? Are these not the most amazing neon string-wrapped sticks you have ever seen? I KNOW! Wait, there's a tiny note in there, too? In the words of Debbie Allen: CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, HONEY, BECAUSE KATE FLAIM IS BURNING HOT.

The note contained an actual apology from Kate about the silliness of the project. Now, I may be a touch emotional today because of the little incident my child had last night, but I will tell you this for free: the sweetness of it all made me have tears. It was so nice, and perfect timing, and made my whole day.

So, thank you, Kate. You are a stick-wrapping happiness factory.

(She also included a hot pink pencil and a teeny-tiny tag that read, "From the tanglewood tree." Can you EVEN? I cannot.)

So there you have it. Evidence that one small gesture can be incredibly big. Plus: STICKS!


Local Client: Boy's Room

Have you been wondering what I've been working on lately, besides online clients and my hair? Well, I will tell you: a fun room for a little boy. My client is the mother of the girl whose room I did here. We are installing everything in a couple of weeks, when you will be able to see the real thing. I'm so excited about this one, because it's fun and dark and modern and old and weird and full of space and maps.

The little boy himself is very into space and maps, but he also seems to be the kind of kid that would be into mid-century furniture and Kierkegaard, if 7-year-old kids were into that sort of thing. Kind of a modern professorial cabin type. He'd wear tweed blazers with elbow patches, is what I am saying. He is also Indian. So the vintage map of India was my jumping-off point, and everything kind of spiraled from there. If his parents weren't vegetarian, I would have really pushed for some squirrel taxidermy.

The zebra rug is the only existing thing in the entire room, so we're going stem-to-stern on this baby. I'm hoping to convince the mom that we should paint the entire shebang inky-gray, but if I can't, we'll go lighter on the walls and dark dark dark on the ceiling. So when this kid looks up at the Nelson lamp at night, it's like he's IN SPACE. And, you know, you can't go wrong with ticking stripes and a wool camp blanket. Nor can you go wrong with an astronomically correct planet mobile and a fabulous orange chair.

Stay tuned: photos of the actual room will be here before you know it.

PS. I'm sorry that I can't provide source info for any of this stuff yet, but, you know, that wouldn't be fair.