Monday, August 20, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #77: Retired!

Returning in another incarnation at some point.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #76: Too Much

Sometimes, there is just too, too much. Too many library books on hold, too many dog-eared recipes, too many bookmarks, way too many movies in the Netflix queue. I've been on a hamster wheel of media consumption (electricity-free retreat due shortly).

Josh and I went to Book Expo America in early June. This is the temple of the new book for publishers, booksellers, and librarians (me!) and we schmoozed and grabbed and shipped back about 100+ lbs. of assorted galleys and swag. Good times!

No galleys in hand for me but there will be new books from Alice Sebold and Ann Patchett. From the pile, I am quite excited about, but have yet to crack, the following:

Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home by Kim Sunee (her publisher started crying while describing this book about an abandoned young Korean girl who ends of getting adopted and growing up in New Orleans, then goes on to become the lover of the famous French founder of L'Occitane - intriguing)

Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls by Danielle Wood (for obvious reasons and because I like almost everything published by MacAdam Cage)

Uncommon Arrangements: Seven Portraits of Married Life in London Literary Circles 1910-1939 by Katie Roiphe (sounds good)

In the current love pile, find:

The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. She's such a crafty writer - you can just about breathe in all the hard work and research she did to create such magical depictions of Chinese cuisine, but the book manages to be a breezy, lovely read. If I had enough spare bucks I'd totally be here.

Decor 8 - color of the month is orange -whee!

I'm sure many of you are reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver with her husband and daughter (that's one articulate 19 year old).

Gearing up for the first San Francisco International Poetry Festival. Grab that beret!

So You Think You Can Dance. Thanks Heather Havrilesky at Salon for saying it so...passionately.

New (to me) intriguing genre - mysteries written by Scandinavian women like Karen Fossum and Helene Tursten. If you shy away from the graphic, don't look this way. If you like it strange and dark and twisty, check it out.

Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations: Season 1 on DVD from the 'flix

If you fondly remember Alberta Straub, formerly of the Orbit Room, (I guess someone once called her the "Alice Waters of booze"?) check out the episodes of Cocktails on the Fly.

A nice list of some good books made into good movies from Bookforum. I always think this would be a fun book club to put together.

Have a great 4th everyone!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #75: Good


I've been browsing the heck out of Lochers shirts and jewelry. Take some time with the wears on this site, self-described as "sweet yet perverted." They are so sneaky! How french and wonderful!

Gypsyville's junk gypsy style is pretty awesome too. I like their rhinestone bee pin a bunch.


If your inner ballerina would appreciate a gorgeous graphic novel written by former ballet dancer Siena Charson Siegel and illustrated by her husband Mark Siegel, check out To Dance. It's lovely. Perfect gift for 6 year old girls. Or boys!

If you're craving a gorgeously-written, evocative and poignant novel about a little girl's mysterious disappearance from San Francisco's Ocean Beach, check out The Year of Fog. Local author Michelle Richmond leaves you questioning memory and wondering throughout as you follow this restrained yet almost romantic story.

For a healthy (or really unhealthy actually) dose of science and history, check out Steven Johnson's fascinating The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic-and How it Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World.


You simply MUST see Waitress.
Really. You must. So charming.
Go now. Call in sick.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #74: Live

Without a doubt, there is someone in your life who is the perfect recipient for a lovingly wrapped copy of Monkey Portraits by Jill Greenberg. These photos are really amazing as are most of Greenberg's pics of all sorts of hot celebs and animals. Something about that crazy light.

Have you seen these Japanese Baby-crying Contest Photos. I can't quite figure out what I think about this - funny? cruel? At least some of the babies are sleeping through it (how?).

Love love love these Apples and Pears pajamas from The Cat's Pajamas and for the younger ones, a Future Librarian onesie from Buy Olympia. So sweet!

Finally, Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by music writer Rob Sheffield is so lovely I'm taking it as slow as I can, which many know is difficult for speedy-reader me. But he is so spot on about the intersections between love and memory and living a life in our popular culture that I can't bear to finish it too soon. Trust me and read this book.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #73: Menu

What's on the menu? What's tasting good lately?

I've been fixated on this Cauliflower with Mustard-Lemon Butter from Epicurious. Man, I swear it's like vegetable candy. You will, in fact, eat the WHOLE HEAD of cauliflower in one sitting. And you won't regret it (hopefully). I did cut down on the butter with no dire consequences.

Some excellent vintage menu browsing at City College of San Francisco's Alice Statler Menu Collection, which "features images of historical menus for over a dozen San Francisco restaurants, and menus used in restaurants at the 1939 World's Fair on San Francisco's Treasure Island."

I finally made it to Miette's new-ish candy store on Octavia near Hayes in SF. It is, predicatably, pink and adorable, and I was surprised to be able to get out of there with less than $5 damage. Definitely worth of visit if adorable is your thing. Especially if you like malt balls that you can purchase by color so your candy bowl can match your decor.

Sweet bird decorative transfers for your cup, wall, or window at Perpetual Kid.

I know, I know. I should be over wanting the Hello Kitty-themed party that I didn't have as a kid. But when they make the stuff this cute, how can I not want it? Plum Party has all the fixin's. You can also start planning your Tie Dye Party to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #72: Spring

Spring has sprung so time for cleaning and cooking and reading and brightening it all up.

Loving these gorgeous, sprightly chairs at Anthropologie. Maybe we could all start a fund to buy one and pass it around from house to house so we can all appreciate it for a little bit? Well, they're 25% off right now, if that makes it affordable for any of you!

It's Memoir Week at Slate. Some of my favorite recent memoirs writers (Rich Cohen, Alison Bechdel) as well as some "classic" memoir writers (Mary Karr, Maxine Hong Kingston) are writing and being written about.

10 stars for Barefoot Contessa Lemon Yogurt Cake. So tangy and sweet. Only thing I changed was to leave the cake in the pan and poke it with a piece of dry spaghetti to make little holes to help the syrup soak in. Then remove from pan after cooling before glazing. Lemon yumminess.

Have you been to Cooking Gadgets? A fun blog.

Not Martha has a great Dutch Oven round-up and the comments section is helpful as well.

Lulu the Rocking Lamb is a cute, cute Easter gift from Baby Styles! They have lots of other fuzzy lamb items as well.

Recent and upcoming cookbooks I'm coveting:
Time to cook, clean, and decorate!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #71: Eclectic

It would take awhile to come up with a theme for these goodies, so just enjoy "as is."

Design Sponge's Guest Blog is featuring handmade wedding ideas - makes me want to plan another! (almost...) These photos are from my lovely hitch-day in Northern California in 2005.

Posie Gets Cozy shows off her fabulous ripple blanket and super cute kittie-cat.

Fashion Binge, a new blog from loyal L & M reader Tamron, features awesome eye candy, and her Etsy store will have you all ready to add to your jewelry (esp. charm necklace) collections! I know I still have my beloved plastic charm necklace from the 80s (no, I don't wear it! but I do think it's cool that I have an abacus charm) and it's time to update...

Even if you're not a librarian or a teacher, I recommend keeping your eye on Google's Librarian Central blog for really smart tips on how to use the site more effectively and info about what goes on on the inside. I was interested to read about their Authors@Google program which has featured Neil Gaiman, Steven Levy, and others. "Generally, we try to provide free copies of the author's book for the Googlers that attend. The writers read, talk on their topics of interest, and take questions. When there's time, they sign books too. The authors seem to enjoy speaking to a friendly audience of interested folk, and eat some of our famous cafeteria cuisine. We have rolled this program out at our offices in Mountain View, New York City, and Santa Monica, and plan to expand to other offices worldwide." And , of course, anyone can watch video of the author's appearance at GoogleVideo.

And finally Emily Chang's eHub is the place to keep up on everything new in the world of social software. In the past weeks, she's posted links to, among many others, ThisJustBrewed, a "social beverage news site," Nurse Linkup, a social networking site for nurses, and an interview with the folks behind Menuism, a community based restaurant guide. Awesome.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #70: Relax

I've spent the past few weeks (including Valentine's Day-ick), and will be spending one or two more, on a criminal jury. Very intense process, amidst the tedium that is courtroom process and delays of course. It's a fascinating experience, but it's also requiring me to concentrate in a way that I haven't in a long time - well maybe never have, because I've never felt like a person's future was partially-dependant on whether I listened to my English professor. So, I'm coming home a bit wrecked and just wanting to relax. Hence my appreciation for:

Absolutely yummy Red Hot Three-in-One from Bath and Body Works.

This cinnamon body wash, bubble bath and shampoo was a gift from my honey for V-Day, and is now half-off online or in the store. Highly recommended.

It can be hard to find books that make me laugh out loud - repeatedly - but this one is working overtime. Bad Bridesmaid: Bachelorette Brawls and Taffeta Tantrums--Tales from the Front Lines by Siri Agrell, a Canadian journalist, is full of truly sinister and hilarious tales of bridesmaids behaving badly, usually because the bride was behaving terribly herself. A lot of fun.

And finally, a few new-ish (to me) crafty blogs that I've been enjoying:
Adorn Magazine Blog - companion blog to the super cute looking hard-copy Adorn magazine which I have yet to come across in my bookstore travels.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #69: Cookbooks

Part of my job includes searching out upcoming cookbooks and food-related titles. No, I'm not complaining, I promise. It's an excellent responsibility. Folllowing are a number of the most exciting books that will be published in early 2007:

In the Bay Area, I'm sure that Alice Waters And Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making Of A Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee will get a solid reading. As an "authorized" memoir, we may not be treated to ALL the inside dirt surrounding Berkeley's most famous restauranter, but we have gotten a good bit of that already in California Dish and a few other recent food-gossipy books.

Looks like the reign of the "eating local" book is about to take off with Plenty: One Man, One Woman, And A Raucous Year Of Eating Locally by a Canadian couple, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver which "explores the modern food industry via a narrative of a year in which the author and her family attempted to eat only food they grew themselves or purchased from nearby farms."

Bloggers in France will be hitting the bookshelves, with cookbook author David Lebovitz publishing an ice cream tome called Perfect Scoop and Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier.

While this one has never been on my shelf, it seems to be a standard in many collections: the Silver Palate Cookbook will be back in a 25th Anniversary Edition.

And finally just a few more that have snagged my attention:

Happy reading and happy cooking!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #68: Fresh

Some new things to check out in the new year:

Former 80s kids will remember the slightly creepy doll "My Buddy" who also had a creepy "Kid Sister." The new Buddy from Genuine Scooter is a not creepy at all - it's a gem that haunts my SF walks. I've seen two so far, the orange and the non-offensive bubblegum pink - I'm in love!

April's Kittens is a re-issued cute 1940's book.

Hammerpress design has fresh poster and postcards.

Fred Flare is selling Amy Sedaris jars of jimmies.

Tarina Tarantino's adorable ribbon and velvet $130 headbands

Monday, January 15, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #67: Lives

I recently finished two memoirs and am pondering how we find the books we read, how sometimes they flow into and through each other, how often reading one will add depth and meaning to another.

The two memoirs are About Alice, Calvin Trillin's slim and lovely ode to his recently deceased wife, and A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas' poetic piece about her life after her husband Rich is hit by a car and suffers a life changing traumatic brain injury. Both books are heartbreaking and lovely; both are perfect books to read at the start of a new year, to shine a light on how important it is to treasure the love and connection you have in your life, in whatever form or gesture it takes.

It's been a good couple of years for memoirs, Frey-controversies notwithstanding. Here are some of the others that I've enjoyed:

*Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
*Grayson by Lynne Cox (how can you not love a sweet memoir about finding oneself swimming with a baby whale?)
*Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by
Elizabeth Gilbert
*Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater
*Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

And note that if you're a Trillin fan, he'll be at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF on January 24th, 7pm!