1. Charlestongirl of Best Things In Beauty is a much braver soul than me. I avoid the malls like the plague from November to mid-January, but she visited her local Neiman Marcus and found Chanel spring 2014 collection, Notes du Printemps, already at the counter. Spring collections used to come out in February. It's not even Christmas now, yet here it is. Why? What's the rush? As for the collection itself, I'm kind of yawning here, but that's been my reaction to Chanel lately. I counted five limited edition collections that are offered this very moment on Chanel website (not including this new spring one), and too many of the colors and items are pretty redundant if you're not a collector (I'm not). Whatever.
2. what you see above is a music box with a Baccarat mini chandelier that serve as the packaging for a limited edition bottle of Lancome La Vie est Belle. Someone at Lancome decided that the best thing you can do with $35,000 is to buy this crap. Someone there also wrote this:
I have no idea what it means. Nor do I understand who exactly is the target customer (I doubt Russian mobsters buy Lancome for their girlfriends. That's what Guerlain is for). I'll take my 35K and finish the basement.
3. Last week HBO gave the world a lesson in creative marketing, use of social media, and respecting your audience. They declared Thursday as #roastJoffrey day and invited the world to insult the creepy bastard currently occupying the Iron Throne. Instead of griping about unauthorized use of their copyrighted images, HBO asked everyone to go ahead and have fun. And they did. 2.9 million people participated. I haven't laughed so hard in a while.
Photos of birds in our backyard during the storm taken by the husband.