Here’s the poster – I shot this w/my phone and it was during the snowstorm so the wrinkles are the paper, not her face. That said, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of photoshop happening on the shot:
Warning: not a typical Rima post.
Several years ago a good friend of mine was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and died at age 34. Whiel she was undergoing treatment, etc. she pointed out that some cancers (breast) have a lot of funding for research, etc but others (esophageal) do not. Makes sense in the greater scheme of how things work, as breast cancer hits a lot of women of all ages, esophageal generally men in their 70s, 80s. A lot of cancers and diseases in general are under-funded.This is something I honestly had never thought about until she mentioned it.
Here’s what’s weird – kid’s (pediatric) cancers are among the under-funded. Some facts:
· Cancer remains the number one disease that claims the lives of children. Each year cancer kills more children under the age of 18 than asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and AIDS combined.
· Pediatric cancer is referred to as an “orphan disease” because there is little or no profit to be made by the pharmaceutical companies and the reason why they ignore pediatric cancers for the most part.
· Each year in the U.S., nearly 13,000 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. That’s the equivalent of two average size classrooms diagnosed each school day.
· Today about 75% of children diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors yet in the U.S. cancer remains the leading cause of death from one year through adolescence; more than any other disease. In the early 1950s, less than 10 percent of childhood cancer patients could be cured, proof that research can and is making a difference.
I could go on and on but I think you get the idea.
Friends of mine started an organization called Cookies for Kids Cancer to raise money to fund clinical trials and attempt to make pediatric cancers a thing of the past. Simply put: they sell cookies. Sometimes via bakesales, always via their website.
My favorites are the Chocolate Almond Coconut Crunch (ps – they’re total foodies so the ingredients are first rate, ie Guitard chocolate):
Yesterday, my friends lost their son. I can’t say my appetite is raging for cookies or anything else after that news. There is nothing I can do to alleviate their pain. But I can buy cookies, support their organization and, in the case of my purchase today, make another kid (albeit a cancer-free, college-aged one) psyched to get a package.
Cost: $30/dozen. Buy them here.
Lighting designer Robert Lewis:
Someone I have known for a long time and who was recently discovered by Commune Design, who used his lamps in the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and other projects. He works with a huge variety of materials. I’m currently in love with his mica pieces:
here’s a sconce unlit:
I also love this lamp he did for a private residence in L.A. – the residence in its entirety will be appearing very soon in an interiors magazine (in article written by yours truly).
First they talked about changing the name of the country, so that Westerners could pronounce it. Now they’ve created a fragrance to “replicate not only in Lithuania smells, but to tell the story of our country: towns, villages, nature, ancestors, traditions and cultural heritage, human character traits, the country’s achievements and experience – everything reasonably possible and are proud of what we are respected.”
Full disclosure: my mother is from Lithuania. And yes, I was tempted to buy her the fragrance just to see if it really did SMELL like the Lithuania she might remember. Although come to think of it, she left during WWII, which I’m guessing smelled nothing like Bergamot, ginger or grapefruit.
For 99 euros it’s not worth the risk. But if you’re interested, the official website is here.
And the bottle is cute:
PS They sent the fragrance to their soldiers in Afghanistan. No, really.
I was in Anthropologie (Chelsea Market) the other day and it seems every candle in the store is on sale, for anywhere from $9 – $15. I’m not a candle freak but if you are, get over there. I took this snapshot of one option which, after using, would make a lovely container/vase/whatever -
They’re all downstairs.
Last night I showed up at a party with a bottle of one of my favorite champagnes, Ruinart Rose. It’s a splurge, to be sure, but it’s simply perfect and pink and festive and it was one of those nights.
The room was full of smart, well traveled, in the know, sophisticated types and not one of them had heard of this brand. They kept opting for the stuff with the orange label. Silly people, but lucky me to get the RR all to myself.