Tuesday, March 30

For you occasional dose of weird... come here!

Really? This will make Japanese people buy Kleenex?

Thursday, March 25

Wanted: Warm Weather

Sometimes "spring break" feels more like "winter break."

Wednesday, March 24

Eat, Pray, Love

Something to look forward to!

Friday, March 19

TGIF!

Smile!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

Wednesday, March 17

The Future of Publishing

So very clever... and very true... (Not my creation, by the way.)

Tuesday, March 16

Your Fashion Questions Answered


Swestie answers your fashion questions... What is the purpose of a winter sandal? To show off a winter pedi, of course?


Monday, March 15

Book Review: Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji

This month's I'm reviewing my book club selection - Rooftops of Tehran by Mahbod Seraji. I actually chose this book, and was drawn to it because the jacket categorized it as a coming of age story... I always love a good sweet and salty coming of age story. I also liked the cover too. The lure of a cultural images so foreign to mine will draw me in every time. (=

Anyway, set in early 1970s Tehran, this book gives a charming snapshot of Persian/Iranian culture - one I'm not familiar with in the least. Seraji wrote with the explicit intention of exposing American readers to details of Iranian life that they would never be privy to otherwise. Always a little old fashioned myself, I enjoyed reading about the polite, gentle courtship of the main characters of the story and the sweet friendship of the protagonist and his best friend. These descriptions are obviously very real to the writer and to me where his writing really sparkles. Based on his writing, Seraji seems to be a very tender man

The story unfolds in a series of flashbacks which crescendo to the wrenching climax. While it was suspenseful, I didn't find myself longing to read this book while at work or rushing to find out the outcome. All in all, this was a simple story, pretty-well told. The writer's command of English (not his native language) is great. My friends are all rushing through reading it, so maybe my lackadaisical reading of it is indiciatve of the place I am in my personal life today.

Final verdict: while not a soul-stirring page-turner, this book was enjoyable and worth a read, if you've got the time.

As far as the Mixology 2010 Challenge, this will count as one book club selection and one book about foreign culture. So I've now finished the foreign culture section (lofty as it was... 2 books! Hey, just reading perpetually is my real challenge... give me a break!)... you can bet that a classic will be my next book club selection... I've been recommended to start with Jane Austen... do you have a recommendation for me? I'd love to hear it if you do.


Friday, March 12

Cappuccino? Khaki chino? Wah?

Grandma Swestie obviously likes plain, old Maxwell House.

Wednesday, March 10

Now really...

How can it be all about YOU when it is REALLY all about ME?

Monday, March 8

Fashion Tip from Swestie

Fashion tip from Swestie: If you are going to wear dark nail polish, you need to have short nails, lest you look like Mortitia Adams!
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