Posts Tagged ‘shopping’


На улице хмарь и временами дождик, у меня насморк, дома безвылазно неделю у компа, на ночь читаю свежевыпущенное окончание Манделовской трилогии о Кромвеле – всё в сумме жутко давит на психику.


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I just learned the horrible news: Lord & Taylor is no more!

With all those professional (equal to personal, for me) turbulences I had no time nor interest in shopping –  and voila! I’m not just behind the times, I’m behind in “closing this store” bargains.

On the other hand, I’ve avoided the [semi-sweet] sorrow I experienced when shopping at Daffy’s during their last breathing days.

What a sad, sad world!

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Can you advise me on headphones?
Хочу передвигаться по невидимому желобу!

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Where else could I brag if not in my own tiny corner of the ‘sphere?
Especially if the occasion is so rare, with my usual gadget idiocy.
I researched! And bought ! And installed (all by myself)! A brand new printer!


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Пара слов

…к отголоску нынешней глобальной битвы в ЛЖ (кто там недавно жаловался, что жужа померла, никто ни о чём больше не спорит, и даже флешмобы пропали? зайдите к Асёне). Битва – на определяющую тему дискурса всего просвещённого человечества: поднаторевший в софистике религиозный лектор Ариэльского университета, сторонник иудейской версии intelligent design против молодой научно-журналистки, биолога, приехавшей из Москвы поучиться в университете, и вынужденной (по требованиям программы) его лекции посещать и даже сдавать экзамен.
Так вот – чем хороши такие 9ти-вальные битвы: открываешь много интересных для чтения ников. Через 3ю ссылку я добралась до поста и комментария, напомнившего мне забавный эпизод на прошлой неделе.


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Today was the last day of NY Now, and being an experienced show visitor, I knew this is the day to get nice stuff.
See, usually at the end of the show of this size many exhibitors, especially mid- and small-range want to sell their floor samples for “cash and carry”, so as not to ship them home, especially if home is overseas. The bigger firms may pack and go to another exhibition and need all their samples (like today, f.i., many of the reps told me they go next to North Carolina or to Germany or to Milan). Keep in mind, the prices are wholesale and sometimes lower, and some are willing to negotiate.

What is also nice when I get the invite to a fair at Javits, I know they sponsor fleet of free Academy buses, to move visitors and exhibitors from their hotels to the J.-Center. And I can get on one of them right next to one of my midtown subway stops and ride in luxury through throngs (what a mouthful!) to extreme West side, right to the Javits’ doors. See how hectic the streets are around us? Yes, that’s museum @Intrepid directly on course…


Finally, we arrived (15 measly blocks took us half an hour !) , I flashed my badge and walked to the isles. Started taking photos…here’s a nice girl at the Peruvian stand and her beautiful alpaca furnishings, here’s a booth with leather goods from South Africa…oh, shoot, I totally forgot – today the show closes at 2pm, I have no time for leisurely walks and snapping pics, I gotta run !


2.5 hrs later, I left Javits burdened with 3 huge bags full of wonderful things – you want to know what was there?


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Just came in after walking endless miles at NY NOW show. So many beautiful, beautiful things – many more exhibitors than at ICFF. They took over 4 floors plus Pier 94 (where I haven’t been yet).
I was only able to see about 1/2 of the main booths. Got my supper calories from sampling: chocolate bonbons (pumpkin+white chocolate, mmmm!), pretzels+austrian beer, 15yr Kentucky whiskey (straight), brazilian Caipirinha+cheese bread, various fruit picks and 4 kinds of tea!
Saw gorgeous Japanese tea service (every line sings…), Swedish wool bed throws, sycamore cutting boards from PA, art glass vases I made an effort to disengage myself from, various french soaps, bohemian glass and an incredibly well-designed resin kitchen utensils, don’t remember by whoJoseph Joseph !

Will get you the links later, OK?

Tomorrow – to 94th Pier artisan resource show, on Wed – back to Javits for cash&carry samples sale. Yay!

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Trader Joe’s musings

Guys, is it me or you, too, noticed their prices imperceptibly went up?
I usually buy more or less the same things – coffee, frozen meatballs, various nuts, almond butter, wild rice, some dry fruit snacks, fruit butter, can of crab legs and several cheeses – and I used to pay about $75 for two full paper bags of this stuff. Today it was $90…what gives?
Another question: what do you buy there? They always introduce some new things -maybe you tried something I didn’t and it’s good? Tell me.

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Cooling tip

If you, like me, suddenly decided it’s time to buy new WINDOW* AC but don’t know where to get an adequate dependable review, search no more – I found it.


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rain Ну наконец. 69F и дождь стеной. Сaмое время поискать кондиционер. А то когда жара, я не жилец и головой не думец.


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Дорогая Аннунциата,


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Received weekly pack of special offers from promotional online company. They are:

  • anti-cellulite cream, at 25% off
  • hardcover coffee table’ book “Hawaii”, at 20% off
  • 12-pack of rainbow-colored hair ties for $10
  • 1-month supply of Green Coffee Bean extract for a quarter of $60 original
  • and – apotheosis – Match-dot-com membership, also for a month, also for $15.

Perceive any common theme here?


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Achtung-achtung. I found something that is impossible -no, IMPOSSIBLE-  to buy retail in Manhattan.


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Out with the old

finally, shoemaker is no longer without the shoes. check out my new chair, guys! it’s called Fuksas Bea by Luxy and as close approximation of nirvana as could be.

Out  .  In 

you know what decided it for me? controls. they are “touch latch”! you push the round button, it shoots out and becomes a…cigar, and then you follow what the red arrow tells you to do:  twist, turn or shake it, baby!

see also

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Spcl. Shoe Edtn.

Taken at a discount shoe store while searching for a decent summer evening shoe. Guess if I was able to buy any.


I just got an alert that someone “Liked” this post and now “Follows” me. That someone has a WordPress blog and wordpress thought it appropriate to recommend a few posts from it; one is titled “An Ex-Hooker letter to Her Younger Self”, another “”How a Call Girl Feels When She’s Reviewed Online”.

So I guess my message to show manufacturers and fashion trendsetters got professional stamp of approval.

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Yesterday when I was walking on Prince Street in SoHo, among small boutiques I passed a window of a shop. The window displayed green “grassy”shag carpet and a manikin dressed in unexciting clothes sort of “gesturing”, inviting the customers in. At her feet there was a cute toy bunny, “feeding on the grass”.
Or so I thought.
Then bunny moved his ears.


You know what? Google and NY gawkers are omnipresent.

Found the picture of that same store window with that same bunny. Or maybe it’s a new one. In any case, he was alone and rather lethargic…at least he was not painted pink!

Way to end the Year of Bunny!

[image by: vivien chin via NummyNims]

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Not the sharpest tool

Using an unexpected Amazon gift card, bought much-needed set of new knives. Paid special attention to origins of manufacturer; ordered a German one.

Just received an UPS package; opened it, found nice-looking charcoal-blue box. On the lid it says “Slitzer. Germany”. On the back and on each blade – Made in China

Curse that globalization!

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*Собирая вечером одежду на завтрашнее интервью, обнаружила, что утюг не пашет. Просто не греется, хотя лампочка и горит. Оно канешна, ему уже лет 17-18, в утюжьих годах – Мафусаил, да и помимо общей у него были гериатрические проблемы: недержание водички для пара (просто капала вниз во время глажки, прямо  на бельё), перекрученый артритом провод,  процарапаный морщинами контейнер для той же водички, а стальная гладильная поверхность – вся в старческой гречке пятен. Но ведь как привыкла! Почитай, всю эмиграцию со мной верно прослужил…придётся выбирать из уже поглаженых одёжек, что надеть.

*Настал тот сезонный  час: перевешиваю содержимое стенных шкафов, зимнюю одежду – в спальню, летнюю – в коридор. Весной двигаюсь наоборот, и это всегда улучшает настроение. Сейчас не то… А главное, в процессе заметила, что отсутствует моё осеннее полупальто. Прошерстила все шкафы – нет как нет. И куда я его могла задевать? Смутно подозреваю, что весной отдала в чистку – и забыла забрать,  а квитанции нету. Не то, что я осталась гола-боса, но теперь проснулась моя особая любовь к этому пальто. Ему уже тоже, на минуточку, лет 20: шилось в ателье перед отьездом с родины, по собственному дизайну, а ткань – английская, привезённая из отпуска в Пярну.  И-эх.

*Уходя из офиса где закончилось моё очередное фрилансерство, я забыла офисные туфли. Под деском. Не новые, не особенно красивые, но удобные. Написала, конечно, писулю менеджеру, вынесет их мне сегодня в фойе. И так я рассталась с этим местом в негативных эмоциях, теперь ещё возвращаться  и брести оттуда в виде нищенки с чоботами в кулёчке.

* За окном с утра дождь, и прохладно. Будет течь весь день, а температура к вечеру понизится до 51F.

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Fire in the hole

Speaking of fiery delights, there will be a Chile Peppers festival in BBG on Saturday. Two words for you, flame-eaters:  pepper chocolate.

Who wants to come with me?

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Favorite sport

.., as it’s universally known, is shopping. Specifically, shoe-shopping.

Got a Lord&Taylor end-of-season coupon in the mail (something useful in USPS pulp download, for a change) and went to get my “20% of our sale items” bargain. Naturally, same idea occurred to other 759 women, all wandering in pandem0nium around same 4 1/2  stands with all left-shoe sale merchandise and then shuffling among settees with boxes and single shoes strewn all over them in insane hope to find something wearable AND moderately priced – unlike a pair of some-designer-I-never-heard-of  podium-rough creation which was generously discounted from “suggested” $1,400 to mere $850. And who, incidentally, are those crazies who’d suggest such a thing? I want to look into their shameless eyes.

Anyway, what I want to is to brag. I did dug up something pretty: Franco Sarto sandals that Zappos downgrades to $55 but I fetched for $30. And naturally, the original tag was for $125!

You’d think – where’s the plus of shopping at L&T? You spend 3 hrs, give or take, among hordes of sweaty women and loud sales assistants to just get one lousy pair? Not quite; here’s why.

Among those only-left-shoes I did manage to dig up two others I wouldn’t mind to pay a bargain price for. And a saleswoman did scanned the label of them to her portable to get the right shoe for me. But apparently, those right shoes, as my luck would have it, were already packed and go to some warehouse. The lefties were put on the racks by mistake. An ordinary store sale clerk would just shrug her shoulders – but L&T’s Maxine went fighting for me; she combed through the database, made an order for those same shoes in my size from some other branch, ordered it to be delivered for free to my home at that day’s discount prices and promised they will not charge my credit card until I received the package! That’s what I call service.

I’ll give you an update when I do receive it…

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Too Mobile for me

Chaz, I agree:

I’ll finish out my T-Mo contract, and then I’ll forget they ever existed.

Is that a coincidence that yesterday I found two new-phone/contract offers in my [physical] mailbox, one from AT&T and another from Sprint?

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Service fantastique

On the phone:

Me: Hi! I have placed an online order on January 28th, your site said it will be delivered within a week, and I still did not receive it. The invoice number is…

Man with Pakistani accent, interrupting: Oh, hi, ETat! Tell me your phone number, and we will call you in an hour

Me: how do you know my name?

Man with Pakistani accent: Caller ID! It says: ETat on my phone!

Me: but if  you have Caller ID then you know my phone number. Why do you ask for it?

Man with Pakistani accent: Oh yes, I see the number.  Bye!


it has been 3 hrs; nobody called me back yet.

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Jacques Torres chocolate shop. Картинки. (more…)

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So, the NY Design Center announced a spring sale. I’m going to stop by, on my way to a business meeting – does anybody wants something? I can buy it for you before the general public (i.e.: the horde of hippopotamuses with big pockets full of cash) comes in. So? You have 4 hrs to send me a request!

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