Blog - Rima Suqi
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A travel must-have

I've been traveling a lot this year. My accountant always asks me to keep track of my days spent out of town, and as of 9/1 the number was 81. Needless to say, I've got a list of musts for making air travel more comfortable when flying, especially on long trips. Must #1 - ear plugs or Bose headphones for blocking out noise. Must #2 - muji eye mask. Hands down, the best one I've used. And my brand new Must #3 - this inflatable foot rest from Magellan. Sexy? Hardly. But a footrest is really what makes...

The Virgin Experience

I recently flew Virgin America from JFK to San Francisco. Before I go further, I must say this: Do not EVER take a domestic flight out of JFK on evenings around 6:30 or 7 pm. Why? That's when all the overseas flights leave. So? Your flight WILL be delayed. Lots of airplanes, limited runways. Our flight was delayed FOR TWO HOURS. After two hours trapped on the ground, no coach class flight will be dreamy. Here's the deal - The lighting is nice. Purple or pink, not that garish white stuff. The seats are nice and new and have both a normal outlet to plug...

Just Shoot Me

I don't know why anyone didn't think of this sooner. They call them "flasks on the fly" - Pocket Shots of gin, rum, vodka, whiskey or tequila. In a plastic pouch. Cost: $2. No joke. I'm wondering if it's under 3 ounces so we can carry them on long flights...

Family Jewels

I've spent this week working in San Francisco. The weather is fantastic, as is the food (although lack of delivery and long wait times at good take-out places can be annoying). But the view, well, that's by far the best. This is what I see from my "office" in the Chinatown area. If you click on the images you'll get a larger version. I especially love how in picture #1 the man (yes, that's a man's underwear) managed to clip his socks on as well. ...

Rare style at the gift show

I don't hate the gift show, but lately i find the offerings there a bit lacking. Mostly in originality or innovation. Oh, another owl? What a hoot! Yaaaaawn. More minimalist wood furnishings? Knock knock! Zzzzzzzzzzzz. This show, however, I did make an incredible discovery. Not of product, but of two human beings who own a salon/store in Santa Fe. I forgot their names - forgive me - but who needs names when you have outfits like this? Was this what NYC was like in the 70s and 80s? When true originality walked the streets? I mourn for what I missed....

A peach grows in Chelsea

My mom noticed it first. She was standing on my balcony, looking down, and said "look, there's a peach tree!" I am embarrassed to say that my first thought was that Mom must've forgotten her glasses. I mean, a peach tree? On 19th Street? I doubt it. But guess what? It's true. I was reminded just the other day as I looked down upon almost-ripe, orangey yellow round things that are most definitely peaches. Organic, no less! How did they get there? The girl who lives in the ground floor apartment has no idea - the tree has been there longer...

Gorbachev is into Leather?

It's hard to describe the confusion I felt when flipping through the latest issue of either Vogue or Vanity Fair and coming upon a spread featuring Mikhail Gorbachev. But it's not an editorial. It's an ad for Louis Vuitton. The ex-President (and actually last leader) of the former Soviet Union is in an ad for Louis-friggin- Vuitton and - get this - it's shot by Annie Leibovitz with the BERLIN WALL IN THE BACKGROUND. The ironies just keep coming! Interestingly enough, there's no info about it on Mikhail's own snazzy flash website - (http://www.mikhailgorbachev.org/). ...

I *heart* this guy

Seen on 23rd Street, just west of 8th Avenue- One very stylish couple, color coordinated. All very nice. But check out the guy's jeans. Yep, those are red leather or leather-like hearts on his ass. Several of them. I was impressed - it takes a real man to wear his heart(s) on his ass, instead of the usual below-the-belt location. Note the color coordination with the shirt, belt, shoes and (although you can't see it in this picture) boxers. Loving! ...

What a hoot, part 2

Is it a trend? Should I take this as some sort of a sign? Two weeks ago, I was in San Francisco, where I spied this lovely residential window display. Clearly someone is obsessed. And talented - check out the macrame! ...

What a hoot?

Ever seen an owl in a palm tree? Me neither, until this week. I was scouting locations at the JW Marriott in Phoenix (a gorgeous property - really) and there, in the palm trees, were not one but two owls. Apparently a whole family of them live here. relevant domains Go figure. ...