Archive for September, 2009

Novel Handbags

September 27, 2009

Shoes are the gateway drug of the accessory world, at least for me. I love shoes, and always will, but I’m starting to branch out into jewelry, scarves (to Tim’s chagrin), and handbags.

Feeding my addiction is my friend Beth’s awesome store, Novel Handbags. She generously gave me two sample bags (which I’ll be modeling at Podcast-a-Palooza and all over Vegas in October). Not only are they beautifully crafted, but they fit my personality and style. The handbags are made out of books and coordinated with fabrics and handles.

(In addition to being extremely talented, Beth is an all-around good person and I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through the last four and a half years at work without her.)

The first bag is from a book called Meat. The book is red and features a set of gold-embossed carving tools on the front cover. The handles are a fantastic retro tortoiseshell, and the fabric inside is a colorful pattern of drink glasses, olives, and cheeses. To give you an idea of its size, the book is 8 1/2 inches long, 5 1/2 inches tall, and 1 1/4 inches wide.

Outside of Meat Handbag

Inside of Meat Handbag

The second bag is from a book called Cocktails and After Dinner Drinks (35 classy cocktail recipes from vodka to champagne to tipsy desserts). The cover is black, with shades of red, teal, magenta, and gold, so it goes with pretty much everything I own. It has a fun dotted print on the inside and black bamboo handles. The book is 7 1/2 inches long, 5 inches tall, and 2 inches wide.

Outside of Cocktails Handbag

Inside of Cocktails Handbag

Besides being the perfect topics, the fabric from the Meat book is from England (Beth found a great deal on eBay), and the Cocktails book is also from there (the price on the back is £9.99).

I absolutely adore these bags and I am happy every time I look at them. Beth has several bags for sale on her site, but if you have a particular book in mind, she also takes custom orders. If you are browsing in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, her handbags are available for sale at Truly in White Bear Lake and at Patina in St. Paul.

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Vegas Links

September 23, 2009

Thanks to Joey at Vegas Links for the nice write-up and the link here! And welcome to anyone who’s stopping by from there.

The Vampire Diaries

September 17, 2009

About three things I am absolutely positive.

First, the Vampire Diaries is like Dawson’s Creek, vampire-style.

Second, there is a part of me — and I don’t know how potent that part might be — that is addicted to this show.

And third, Ian Somerhalder can unconditionally and irrevocably act circles around the rest of the cast.

Having a Shocker

September 16, 2009

Snow Patrol

State Theater, Minneapolis, 9/10/2009

As lead singer Gary Lightbody explained during one of the night’s many sound snafus, “having a shocker” is when you have good intentions but things turn out badly. For example, you’re approaching the girl of your dreams and suddenly you forget how to speak. to him and the rest of the band, the night was “having a shocker” but I still had a lot of fun.

The show was originally scheduled for Myth, the nightclub in Maplewood, but it was moved to the State due to Myth being closed because of ownership shenanigans. We (actually Tim) had exchanged our general admission tickets and ended up in row E on the right side of the stage.

We got to the theater a little after 7:30, but decided to grab a quick drink at Hell’s Kitchen because the opening act was the Plain White T’s and I have a restraining order against “Hey There Delilah.” I heard from some people in our row that they were actually pretty good.

Side note on Hell’s Kitchen: I love it as a brunch or dinner spot, but it really isn’t my go-to bar for a quick drink anymore. This was Tim’s first visit there since it had changed over from Rossi’s, and he was not impressed. I believe the phrase he used was “hipster Applebee’s.” While their menu is much more adventurous than your average chain, the vibe is completely different from the previous space. Rossi’s was much more refined– it was dark and subdued, the servers wore white coats, and I never saw anyone under 21 there. HK is much brighter in decor, the servers wear t-shirts (or pajamas on weekends) and have many more piercings, and it has more of a family vibe. We did get some free scotch samples from a guy working for The Naked Grouse, so that was nice.

We went back to the theater and took our seats about 15 minutes before the band started. Gary’s guitar went a bit wonky and they had to switch the set around for songs that didn’t require his guitar. The band was a little rattled but they handled it well, making jokes as they tried to keep the set moving. They were very complimentary to their guitar techs and sound crew, making sure to point out that the crew was trying hard to make the show go on, when it would have been really easy to blame someone. The adversity and the band’s good attitude made the crowd pull for the band even more. I only hope they got all the kinks worked out before they opened for U2 in two days.

The set was a nice mixture of classics and songs from the new album “A Hundred Million Suns.” The set didn’t have a lot of momentum because the band had to stop songs or take long pauses between songs due to the technical difficulties, but it was still an enjoyable evening. When they were in the midst of each song, and everything worked, and there were no distractions, there were some great moments.