Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Lipstick & Magazines #44:Tuesday

A few sweets to get over the Tuesday hump. Did you know today is calculated to be the "worst day of the year"? Fight it.

Loloko has ridiculously cute painted goods for sale: card holders, sticky pads, stickers, and more. And cheap!

Little Flower Candy Co. sells homemade caramels and marshmallows. And the owner has one of those envy-inducing life stories about realizing how much she loved making candy when she was staying home with her new babies. Sigh.

If you're looking for a beautiful kid's book, for a kid or for yourself, I recommend The Milkman, which has a vintage comic feel and a sweet, simple old-fashioned story.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Lipstick & Magazines #43: Potpourri

Worth exploring:

Really fabulous fabrics. Check out that apple print corduroy, wish I sewed!

Post Punk Kitchen. Cool.

I only eat fast food about twice a year, not out of any great virtuousness, more because I really associate it with road trips. Why eat fast food in San Francisco? Still, I enjoy scaring myself by looking up the calorie counts at Fast Food Facts, especially for "healthy" choices like salads and chicken sandwiches. No big surprise, but yikes still.

An excellent list of movies based on books at Based on the Book.

Sitting at the children's reference desk, I'm rediscovering my love of picture books and illustrations. Find your favorite character made into a stamp at Kidstamps. Great gift for your favorite kindergarten teacher. T-shirts and tote bags also available (of course) but I suggest small doses.

Lovescool - a very yummy dessert and sweets blog.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Lipstick & Magazines #42: New Year

Have you found your new you?? How's he or she doing?

Whether you're a resolution maker or not, this whole fresh calendar thing is just a good excuse to mix it up a bit, try some new things, make elaborate travel plans. Pick up some good habits even?

Thus far, Lipstick & Magazines has tried to share with you the cool stuff I've found over the past year. Here, I offer the recommendations of some of my friends with impeccable taste, sort of an aspirational reference list of great restaurants, beauty products, books, websites, and more.

This list has inspired me. My goals of '06 are now to watch movies that came out before 1980 (Josh will be so proud), eat some new foods (never tried a po-boy, but I'm intrigued), and maybe steal a few of my friends' intriguing cocktails or "guilty pleasures" (see below). Hope you enjoy.

*Twenty Favorites* (in no particular order)


Watership Down (Richard Adams)
An American Childhood (Annie Dillard)
The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
Flaubert's Parrot (Julian Barnes)
Straight Man (Richard Russo)
All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
Black Tickets (Jayne Anne Phillips)
The People's History of the United States (Howard Zinn)
And the Band Played On (Randy Shilts)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem (Joan Didion)
Notes from a Small Island (Bill Bryson)
West with the Night (Beryl Markham)
Bee Season (Myla Goldberg)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
A Room with a View (EM Forester)
Sweet Hereafter (Russell Banks)
The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
Kryptonite Kid (Joseph Torchia)
A Fan's Notes (Frederick Exley)


Roman Holiday
My Neighbor Totaro
Donnie Darko
Garden State
Twelve Angry Men (the original one)
Legally Blonde
The Professional
The Shawshank Redemption
Do the Right Thing
Love Actually
Things to do in Denver when You're Dead
Lovers of the Arctic Circle
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Local Hero
Smiles of a Summer Night
Philadelphia Story
In the Mood for Love


Mom's salmon croquets w. mashed potatoes
pad see ewe
a good grilled salmon
Japanese sesame salad dressing
Zachary's Deep Dish
saag paneer
pho ba (Vietnamese Vermicelli)
Tuna Poke from Luna Park
peanut butter
egg salad sandwich from Corner Bakery
Thai pumpkin curry
Tuscan (or Greek) white beans
duck breast
a po-boy in new Orleans
Hawaiian macaroni salad


Strawberry rhubarb pie
peppermint ice cream
caramel ice cream
carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Milka milk chocolate bar with strawberry and yogurt filling
Chocolate cream cheese brownies
Dark chocolate
Maraschino Cherries
green tea ice cream
Banana Bread
my mom's Angel Food cake with strawberries and whipped cream
ice cream sandwich from DiDi Reese, ice cream place by UCLA
lemon tarts
peach pie
Coffee eclairs
raspberry tart
pineapple upside down cake

Beauty products:

Jason Hemp lotion
grainy facial soaps
Eucerin Sensitive Facial Skin Extra Protective Moisture Lotion
Neutrogena lip gloss in "Flirt"
Estee Lauder old lady overnight cream (they don't call it that but that's what the lady at the store told me it was when I brought in my free sample and asked for more)
Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner
Lush butterball bath bomb
The Body Shop Eye Makeup Remover
Burts Bees Citrus Scrub
Burts Bee Eye Jelly
Aveda loose face powder
buzzz honey lip balm
red lipstick
Bumble & Bumble Curl Cream
Origins Ginger Essence Perfume
Fresh soaps
Cargo lipgloss
Rubis tweezers (THE BEST!)
seaweed soap


SF library
The Onion
Recipe Contests
Lipsticks & Magazines
Homestar Runner
Laughing Squid
Entertainment Weekly
Seeds of Change
All Music

Vacation spots:

Cayman Brack
NE Kauai
Scottish Highlands
Glacier National Park
Indiana Sand Dunes
Venice, Italy
New York City
London, England
wine country in Ontario Canada (just across the border from New York state)
Thai beaches
My bed
Brittany (France)

Beverages (alcoholic or non):

lemon drops
pomegranate lemonade
sloe screw (sloe gin and OJ)
San Pellegrino Aranciata soda
hard apple cider
Mango margarita
Gin and Tonic
Dr. Brown's Diet Black Cherry Soda
Red Wine
Root Beer
Raspberry Juice
Midori Sour
Absolut Vanilla and Gingerale (tastes like cream soda - YUM!)
Jack Daniels and ginger ale
carrot juice
for hot days, the driest coldest Sapporo i can find
almond/fresh fruit smoothie


Chez Panisse Cafe (never been downstairs- cafe has always treated me right)
O Chame (Berkeley)
Papalote (SF)
Panhandle Pizza (SF)
Ton Kiang (SF)
Le Bouchon (Chicago)
Cafe Beaujolais (Mendocino)
Dali (Somerville, MA)
Luna Park (SF)
Castle Hill Cafe (Austin, TX)
Admiral Ristys (seafood place on a cliff in Palos Verdes)
Jaleo (fabulous tapas place in DC)
Arawan (Sausalito)
Tangerine (Philadelphia)
Woodward's Garden (SF)
Tra Vigne (St. Helena)
Delfina (SF)
Chartier (Paris)
El Quixote (New York)

Guilty pleasures (30 of these):

Kraft mac 'n' cheese
The whole Star Wars/Lord of the Rings fantasy thing
Romance novels with historical settings (but no pirates, please)
Gregory Peck/Cary Grant, no matter how cheesy the movie
Candy corn!
Vice magazine
Applying for jobs at work
Watching ANTM
Bad teen movies
Blaxploitation flicks and soundtracks (Cinemaphonic: Soul Punch is a good set)
The Beastie Boys, in general
sleeping all day when it's nice and sunny out and everyone says "you should be outside!"
Organizing song on my itunes playlist
Play XBOX football
80s music
eating chocolate and watching sappy movies on tv all day
eating a huge Mexican meal and to hell with the calories :)
trash TV
trash magazines
trash talking
ice cream
Extended showers
Thai massages
Double features
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
foie gras
sleeping in late