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Celebrity Autobiography

Everyone seems to agree that February has basically sucked ass. If you agree and are looking for a way to escape your life, if only for a couple hours, then IMMEDIATELY go to celebrityautobiography.com and buy tickets for a show I guarantee will make you (almost) wet your pants. Real live actors - last night they included Matthew Broderick, Donna Murphy, Richard Kind, Dayle Reyfel and Tony Roberts - read from the autobiographies of celebrities. We were entertained last night by the often ricidulous words of "authors" Star Jones, Joan Lunden Neil Sedaka, Loni Anderson, Burt Reynolds, Burt Reynold's assistant...

New Hot Couple: R 20th Century and Oscar Niemeyer

R 20th Century is collaborating with the Oscar Niemeyer Foundation to reproduce a selection of furniture designs by the legendary Brazilian architect. They'll be introduced to the NYC community next week. Here's a preview: The Rio chaise lounge, originally designed in 1978, $28,000 Marquesa bench in limited edition, $40,000 A glass dining table originally designed in 1985 (it is SO 80s, no?), $16,500 And a 3-seater sofa (also available as a loveseat and chair), designed 1990, ($21,000; $14,500 and $8,500 respectively): Definitely one of the most interesting introductions or re-introductions i've seen in a long time. For more information: http://r20thcentury.com/...

Gift Show, Part 3

Sorry about the lapse in gift show coverage. I have digressed but I am back - The Spencer tape dispenser by U+ (Umbra), about $32 and available in late March: The guys at Vessel (creator of the Candela, now owned and marketed by OXO) are now distributing Authentics. Those who've been around the show for a while might remember Authentics, a Dutch brand that first came on the scene over a decade ago with very colorful, well-designed, household items (I remember good trash cans and storage options). They got a ton of press and then - poof! - disappeared. Now...

Culture Vultures take to the road

Even though some of the best art in the world is right on our tiny little island, I often find myself going to Philly to check out exhibits. Sometimes the 2 hour drive seems much faster and less annoying than heading uptown to the Met only to stand in line with tons of tourists who all seem to want to see the same Costume Institute exhibit that I do. No matter what day of the week. On our latest trip, this past weekend, we (myself, Anne Marie, Chip and Tessie G who volunteered her driving services) had lunch with...

A Raw Deal

I keep forgetting to write about my new favorite snack find. While I was in Charleston I went to a yoga class (with my fabulous hostess Freida Sokol) at a studio called Holy Cow. It turns out that Ken, one of the instructors there, makes and sells what he calls Grawnola bars. Now, I've been looking for the perfect snack bar to take on trips. But the raw food varieties i've tried have either been too sweet or too crumbly. This one is a tad sweet, but not too much, and doesn't crumble when you bite into it. Ken doesn't...

Cynthia Rowley for Target

One of my favorite designer collaborations yet - Cynthia Rowley's collection for Target is all about outdoor living. There's not a bad piece in the entire collection. My favorite item (it was a toss up between this and the pink - yes pink! - garden hose) - is the madras plaid inflatable pool. Just $10 and available in April. ...

Talking Dirty

I've written a few books and had my writing featured in others, but by far my proudest collaboration so far has been with the guys at Method Home on their soon-to-be-released book Squeaky Green. Method makes all those great-looking home cleaning products you see at Target, Home Depot and even Gristedes. The products aren't just eco-friendly, they're people-friendly. Meaning, no pesticides or other nasty things (yes, there are pesticides in some of the products you probably slather on your skin on a regular basis). That factoid is just a preview of coming attractions. You can pre-order the gorgeously...

Shoe season!

Ladies, get thee to Loehmann's immediately (the one on 7th Avenue between 16-17th Streets) . Spring shoes are in - today I saw shelves full of Sigerson Morrison, Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan/DKNY, Kate Spade, Rene Caovilla and a lot of other pretty things I don't need but totally want. Go NOW before it is picked over. Also, a couple racks of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch clothing on the top floor/designer section. If you're into that sort of thing. ...

Gift Show, Part II

In no particular order, some interesting items from the show. From new exhibitor Smooff, a foldable, comfortable lounge mattress in colors: Middleton's Fine Libraries will stock your sloppy shelves to look as old and respectable as you need them to be: Harry Allen's ultra fabulous Roller Stop, a roller skate that can be used as a bookend or door stop. I didn't think the world needed another decorative pillow. But maybe we do need these? See more at www.pillowpillowpillow.com Built's new Cargo Laptop sleeve: Part 3 coming soon. ...

Ain’t No Bunny

Stella McCartney is the latest designer to collaborate with Le Sportsac and I have to say, I love what she did - it's cute and sick at the same time. It also signals what I hope is the end of the owl trend in favor of a fuzzier, friendlier animal. Check it out: ...