At an earlier phase of my career, embedded in the department store retail world, Christmas never appeared before Black Friday. The visual holiday transformation showcased the following day was magical; a plethora of decorations that announced the start of a frenetic selling period. Fun as it was to witness the “hot items” of the season, it was the crazy “stuff” people bought that never ceased to amaze me. My own family was guilty as charged: candy cane earrings dangling from my mother in law’s ears, jingle bells tingling from my sister in law’s sweaters, lights glowing from my brother’s Santa hats. When my sister arrived one year, antlers on her head, accompanied by her 2 dachshunds in matching elf costumes, I knew there was little hope of keeping this custom of making a campy Christmas statement at bay.
It’s no secret that holiday PJ’s are abundant at this time of year, but this season, I am partial to the kn collection by Karen Neuburger®. Maybe it’s because my son has married into a family who continues the tradition of goofiness by compelling every member to wear matching pajamas on Christmas morning. After all, this assortment has something for every size. Or perhaps it’s because Karen Neuburger’s sleepwear has been a mainstay of holiday giving for 20 years becoming a staple on Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list. But personally I believe it’s the quality and the value. Known for its soft subtle fleecy fabrics, quirky patterns and comfortable appeal, these styles are also very reasonably priced, an absolute deal when decking out an entire household. Available in 4 sizes for adults, 6 sizes for kids and I am not quite sure how many for pets, these pajamas are annual best-sellers for this main-tier brand.
“There is Nothing in this World as Consistently Courageous
as Laughter and Good Humor” ~Charles Dickens
Recently, I decided to take a DNA test; not for ancestry, although this was certainly revealed. I was curious about my long term health. I had the results professionally analyzed and was surprised how the counselor identified physical and psychological realities about my nature without knowing me at all. Of course, learning the truth can be difficult, but knowing the truth enables us to take the necessary steps to improve our future. I’ve never been an ostrich; I prefer knowledge. And thankfully, there were no major health alerts, but even if there were, she had the information necessary to challenge any potential probabilities. It was an eye opening insight into from whence I come and where I might go.
We flew to Southern California this past weekend to attend the wedding party of my son’s sister-in-law, Megan Best. In true Megan style, it was just a whole lot of fun; a block party held outside her family’s home with 200 people eating, drinking and dancing in the street. Casual as it was; a buffet style barbecue, wine and beer stations, a candy bar, ice cream carts and even a bouncy house for the kids, there was also a chorus of groomsmen, bridesmaids and a vintage style wedding dress. Since they were married several months earlier in Boston from whence they recently moved, the ceremony was an exchange of vows officiated by none other than my daughter in law who delivered a … Read more
Lately, actually always, I take a much more macro perspective on current events. I learned to do this many years ago when my father scolded me about over lamenting the loss of a particular boyfriend. Cold as his words were at the time “Get over it, you must realize that you are a very small speck in the universe and one event will not define your life”, the remand has enabled me to understand that individual deeds are simply a mark on the larger graph of time. Age teaches us that progress is an erratic climb to the top.
The history of the Gossard brand is a reflection of this precept. Even though they were born in America in 1901, their relocation … Read more
I know I am a bit late to the party, but recently, I have been binge watching Game of Thrones, having missed the craze when it was peeking. My husband thought it wouldn’t appeal to me as I have a deep distaste for gratuitous violence and sex in films. But I am fine with it when it weaves the very fabric of the tale setting the course for the dark romance between good and evil. In fact, it is the potent forces of male hubris and female intuition that turns this story from a brutal exposition to a sensual lyric. Excellence in staging and luxurious in detail, each episode begs the viewer to want more. The contrast between shadowy sets (or maybe … Read more
I studied French diligently in school with big plans. I wanted to work at the United Nations and French is one of the 6 official UN languages. So when my merchandising career began (another story for another time) I questioned the viability of my education. You don’t hear that much French in New York’s garment district. But as my retail path veered into Intimate Apparel, I realized that I was wrong. French is more than a language; it is an entire lifestyle. The cadence, accent, pronunciation and expressions are indicative of the entire culture: provocative, elegant, and proud. The proclivity of lingerie boutiques weaving through any commercial locale in France clarifies that for a French woman, intimates are more than a necessity. … Read more