unusual business


I love seeing things like this, it’s proof that recycling is becoming a thing in mainstream retail. This sign was in front of a Lululemon store.

I’m assuming they donate the mats to non-profit organizations, or perhaps give them to people who actually recycle them to make new mats. I didn’t ask this time, but I’ll find out.

Given how widespread the popularity of yoga is these days, the thought of all those old mats going into landfills—that’s scary!

Scandinavian Style

These little crossbody bags are from COS, the “Collection of Style” stores. COS is part of the huge, and I do mean huge, Swedish, H&M comglomerate. There are some 200 COS stores in 30 countries!

But unlike the usual H&M fast fashion offerings, COS clothes are infinitely more sophisticated. 

This is not your granddaughter’s thing.

COS garments are minimalist, classic in style, and generally pretty well made. There collections usually come in interesting and unusual colors.

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the frontier is female, godless

No Man’s Land

I have so much to say about this picture, I hope I can get it all out. Godless, is a new Netflix drama that’s going to air this Wednesday, the 22nd. “The Frontier is Female,” is one of the show’s slogans, and I love it because it seems ever so appropriate given the times we are living in.

Other than that, all I really know about Godless is that it’s a “Western,” about a town that’s populated solely by “badass” women, and two of the cast members are Michelle Dockery and Jeff Daniels.

You may want to watch it.

A couple of days ago, to promote the series, Netflix did a popup in Soho. The space was set up like a market, where craftswomen were selling and demonstrating their work.

There was a third generation hat maker from Colorado, Layce Cates Heaton, from Cates Custom Hats, whose hat I’m wearing in the picture.

I own a couple of nice hats but this one made mine feel a bit, well, forlorn.

Just the feel, the “texture” of the beaver was wonderful, and the silhouette was clean and elegant. You have to love small makers and crafts people who take the time to make beautiful, quality things that will last.

This women working is Miranda Hope, from Los Angeles, she was there making jewelry, pieces like these.

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boredpanda special


Talk about irreverent, talk about ‘disrupting aging‘, talk about a grandmother! This is Kimiko Nishimoto, the author of this and these other pictures, brought to you by Bored Panda.

You’re welcome.

The Corset

Corsets, and all sorts of variations of the corset are here, again. And while I understand that might be a big turnoff for many of us, I like them, minus the pain of course. This corset variation is from Orseund Iris. It’s really just a little shelf for small breasts. 

The original corset, was made for “training” the body: a smaller waist, a larger bum, or better posture.

To see another, just as sexy corset variation, go here to Bag and a Beret.


I’m a big fan of the brand American Giant, and I’m proud to say, I knew them when they were new. They make high quality basics, at fantastic prices, in America. I swear by their sweatpants, they’re the best. If these pants are as good as the sweatpants, we’re all in luck.


“I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.”

-Alanis Morissette




holly golightly style



In their attempts to deal with the challenges of the current retail environment, retailers are going to do some interesting, some dumb, things. I think Tiffany & Co. giving you the opportunity to breakfast at Tiffany’s, in their Blue Box Café, is one of the more fun ones.

Even though the real Breakfast At Tiffany’s was coffee and croissant to go, Holly Golightly style.

The restaurant just opened, to mixed reviews. Personally, I think I’d rather stand outside wearing my tiara with my to go cup in hand. Do you remember those coffee cups, with that leaf pattern edging? They were eventually supplanted by the Greek “key” cup.

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