Archives for November 2015

Saying “No” to Black Friday & Cyber Monday

It is upon us.

That time of year when, if you’re in the U.S., you’re likely celebrating Thanksgiving.

Which is one of my favorite holidays, because there’s nothing I love better than an excuse to eat until I lapse into a food coma, then lay around in my pj’s all day the next day, reading, chilling, and nursing my food hangover from Thursday’s feast. Ah, sweet, overindulgent, bliss! 

You know what else is upon us?

That’s right, this year, just like every year before it, we’ll get those super-super-special, you-better-jump-on-this-now-or-you’ll-forever-regret-it, buy, BUY, BUY, emails from our favorite marketers.

(Heck, I’ve gotten a dozen of these already, and it’s only Wednesday, fer cryin’ out loud!)

I have never, nor do I plan to ever, do a Black Friday or Cyber Monday special offer of my own, because, A., I really dislike doing what everyone else is doing, and B., I haven’t figured out a way to do it that doesn’t feel hokey, cliché, aggressive, craven or desperate.  

That said, I don’t disagree with Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales on principle, because there are people out there who do them elegantly and authentically, with a minimum of carnival barker histrionics and buy-now-or-the puppy-gets-it fuss. And those people I love to buy from. L-O-V-E, love.

One thing I can tell you for sure, though, is that I will not be shopping in your standard retail venues over the next few days, because I really value my sanity.

Anyway, I’m writing this brief note today to say, buy on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, or not, sell your stuff on Black Friday/Cyber Monday if it feels good to you, or not, or just do what I’m going to do – lounge around and eat yourself silly.

If you’re in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving; let the gorging begin!

And if you’re not in the U.S., Happy Normal Day of the Week to you!!

XO,

Kimberly

3 Things I’m Obsessed With This Week

Obsess Definition

If there’s one  low-brow, pop-culture thing I love (actually, there are so many it’s hard to choose, but . . .), its Bravo TV’s late night, interactive talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” which comes on Sunday – Thursday at 11:00 pm. It’s wildly entertaining, silly good fun. Definitely not your standard, boring, run-of-the-mill talk show.

How could it be? It’s full of oddball games, celebrities swilling cocktails live on air (and sometimes getting visibly & hilariously inebriated), and show host Andy Cohen’s signature goofiness, all of which I happen to L-O-V-E, love.

There’s this one thing Andy does every night that I tune in for, even I don’t end up watching the rest of the show (girl needs her beauty sleep, dontcha know) called, “Three Things I’m Obsessed with Tonight.”

Inspired by his nightly list, I made my own list of three things I’m obsessed with this week: 

:: This recently released video of Missy Elliott’s new single “WTF (Where They From)is wildly creative, visually absorbing, and inexplicably mesmerizing. I’ve watched it at least three dozen times in the last two days. (I said obsessed, didn’t I?)

My favorite description of the song comes from Slant Magazine: “’WTF’ pairs Pharrell’s paint-can beats with deep, sinuous 808s, and if the track lacks an obvious hook, it makes up for it with sheer swagger. Of course, Missy doesn’t miss a beat, spitting rhymes like it’s 2005.”

:: This short film (8 minutes long), called “Arctic Swell: Surfing the Ends of the Earth,” about surfing in Antarctica, is a beautifully shot work of art, and demonstrates the lengths people will go to when they’re passionate about something, even if that something is decidedly dangerous.

:: Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I read it the first time inside a week, then immediately turned back to page one and started reading it all over again. Despite what the New York Times reviewer says (and I love the New York Times, but, c’mon, “magical mumbo jumbo?”), Gilbert’s book is well worth a read if you’re a creative person (and we all are) who struggles to do the creative thing that lights you up because of fear, self-doubt, naysayers or other irritating gremlins.

And there ya have it, three things I’m obsessed with this week.

XO,

Kimberly

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