When I first heard about a man selling his life on Ebay, I thought it was quite funny. Then I read his Alife4sale blog, and realized it’s not something to laugh about.

Somehow I can relate to what he was talking about, even though I never lived in Australia or had a wife.  There must be a moment in everyone’s life that one just wants to walk away with nothing but a passport.   Reading the details in his auction saddens me in some unexplainable way. A dog, house, several vehicles and some furniture, is that what our complicated life boils down to??

Now the auction has ended, he started a new blog called 100goals100weeks, in which he listed all the things he plans to do after handing his past to a complete stranger. Some of the goals made me smile. Things like “visit San Francisco” and “dive with the whales” remind me of what I said I wanted to do when I grow up. 

Maybe for the rest of us, it doesn’t need to take an ebay sale to realize some of our childhood dreams. And now is the time to do it…

Easy Wardrobe Solutions

June 27, 2008

I just finished reading a client testimonial for wardrobe therapist Sara Lauchlan.  The article even listed Sara’s email if you want to contact her for a wardrobe clear-out, style advice or personal shopping. 

Sara’s wardrobe tips are as follows:

1. Start with a clear-out, or you won’t be able to see what you’ve got. I have clients who have wardrobes packed with clothes, but they wear the stuff on a pouf in the middle of the room.

2. If you haven’t worn it for years, throw it out. It is much better to have two pairs of jeans that work for you than 20 piled up, filling space.

3. Be realistic. I have clients who say: “Oh that’ll be so good for safari, or golf,” and I say: “Do you even play golf?” There is no point in having a fantasy life with a matching wardrobe.

4. Establish an everyday uniform that you can work around.

5. Find a great seamstress so you can re-jig your clothes to fit the season.

I absolutely agree with #2.  If I haven’t worn something in two consecutive years, chances are I’m never going to wear it.  No matter how great it looks or how much it costs, it just has to go.  #3 is also very true, sometimes I buy a dress because it’ll look great on me “if I’m the heroine in a Kungfu movie” (okay, exaggerating a little bit here, but you get my point).  This kind of purchases will usually result in the situation in #2.

I do clean my closet twice a year, so I know what I’ve got. But knowing what I’ve got is totally different from knowing what I could wear.  I get the “nothing to wear” syndrome just as often as someone who never looks in their closet.  Finally, I came up with a good solution (easy, no stylist required), that is to take a pile of clothes out of the closet and put them on a chair somewhere.  Everyday I just wear whatever’s on the chair (mix and match can allow you to wear the same piece multiple times).  After I’m done with the pile, I’ll get them all cleaned and return them to the closet. 

By doing this over and over I get to wear everything in my closet, and it keeps the closet clean too – no sweaty clothing or dead skin cells! 

 

Don’t be mistaken, this is not your average smiley face. The RIKA short-sleeved T-shirt dress with black eye dots and large pink smile is a designer item and costs $185.

Marni Sunglasses on sale at Browns for approx. $250

Cool Breeze Fan at Vivre for $75

Baccarat Sapphire Flower Earrings at Eluxury for $565

Brian Reyes Strapless Moire Bustier Dress at Saks for $1695

Mark Davis Blue Clear Bangle with Topaz at Browns for approx. $5500

Manolo Blahnik Sadarby Satin D’orsay at Bergdorf Goodman for $675

 

I was putting a magazine (that I haven’t had time to read) in the recycle bin, a headline called “Camping In Style” caught my attention.

I’ve always enjoyed camping, even though I’m far from being a serious backpacker.  To me, camping means sleeping in a tent with five or six friends, eating barbecue three times a day, dragging someone to accompany me to the bathroom in the mid of the night, and waking up to fresh air.

This article, however, taught me a whole new concept of camping. I learned the word “Glamping” (glamorous camping) for the first time.  Apparently, the best-known “Glamping” place in the US is the Paws Up Resort in Montana, where you can not only sleep under the stars, but also sleep under the “Five Stars”.  I did some research on this place, there’s a highly entertaining article from LA times that I recommend as leisure reading.

An excerpt from the article:

When 6-year-old Ethan Bondick told his mom and dad he wanted to go fly-fishing in Montana, his well-heeled parents were stumped.

“We looked at each other and said, ‘Oh, god, now what?’ ” said Gigi Bondick, 37, a “reformed” attorney whose husband works as a private-equity partner in Massachusetts.

“We’re just not the camping kind of people. We don’t pitch tents. We don’t cook outdoors. We don’t share a bathroom. It’s just not going to happen. This is a kid who has never flown anything but first class or stayed anywhere other than a Four Seasons.”

After typing “luxury” into a Google search along with “camping” and “Montana,” the couple settled on The Resort at Paws Up, a 37,000-acre getaway in the heart of Big Sky country. It’s a place for affluent travelers who want to enjoy the outdoors but can’t fathom using a smelly outhouse, a place where paying someone to light the campfire is a badge of honor, not the mark of a Boy Scout flunky.

The author of “Camping In Style” states, “as long as your king-size bed is surrounded by canvas, you can call it camping”.   At the Paws Up Resort, the tents are equipped with king-size beds, fine linens, art on the walls and electricity.  Each tent also has its own private master bathroom.

The bathhouses, a short walk from the tents, have heated slate floors, a rain-forest shower big enough for two, granite countertops and artisan mountain sage soap.

And that’s not all. If guests ever get tired of being surrounded by canvas or walking to the bathhouse which is steps away, they can

upgrade to luxury mountain homes with hot tub for up to $3460 a night.

Even though I love soft beds, granite bathrooms and all the other unnecessary amenities of being,  I don’t understand why anyone wants to stay at Bellagio and call it camping.

Personally, I still prefer the non-glamorous ways of camping where you can spend the night on hard ground and have your food stolen by the bears. 🙂

 image source: pawsup.com

The Tourist Bureau in Beijing has published the standardized English translations for some traditional Chinese dishes.

The one that I found most amusing is 清蒸童子雞, translated as “Steamed Chicken With No Sexual Life” by some local restaurants, now the standardized translation becomes “Steamed Pullet”.

Want to make some Red Burned Lion Heads?  Just mix 1 pound ground meat (pork or beef) with soy sauce and salt.  usually do the mixing by hand, after 2-3 minutes the mixture becomes a little sticky, that’s when you can start shaping them into meatballs.  If you want the meatballs to be soft enough for babies to eat, you can add a couple spoons of corn starch in the mixture. 

I like to toss the meatballs a little (the way you toss a baseball) before I start the cooking just to make sure they won’t fall apart easily. You have a choice of either frying the meatballs or steaming them. I personally prefer the latter since it creates less mess in the kitchen. When you serve, place some cooked bok-choy leaves next to the meatballs to absorb the grease as well as balance the color.  

 (image source: news.eastday.com)

What’s going on?? As I go through the new arrivals of 2008 F/W handbags, I just get more and more frightened by those bizarre designs. 

I know nothing about bags, the little bit I do know I learned from the Bagsnob.  I think they’ll probably agree with me that it is the season of nightmares.

The Miu Miu Napa Patch Tote which was disapproved by Tina actually looked cute after I saw the other three bags.  Just take a look at the Carlos Falchi Buffalo Anaconda Bag, need I say more? It’s hard to tell whether it looks more like a buffalo or an anaconda, or maybe some monster in between.

And the Jimmy Choo Fringe Hobo, it reminds me of an apartment mate who hangs strands of her own hair (after they’ve been cut) on the side of her closet.  After that, seeing anything with fringes always gives me the creeps.

The Valentino Rosier Tote would be fine if only the colors are a little rosier (didn’t they have a red version?). The only good thing I can say about this bag is it remotely resembles Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

The list can go on and on.  But there’s a positive side to everything, in this case it’s that we can save money from the bags and have more budget on shoes, which look fabulous this season, starting from the Something Blue Satin Pump!