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Menu Baggy Winecoat, Black
Menu Baggy Winecoat, Black
Price: $40.82
17 used & new from $39.95

262 of 291 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helps my addiction!, February 23, 2013
Have you ever been dining at a fine establishment and their wine just wasn't plentiful enough for you? Of course. We ALL have! And sipping obviously from a hip flask just doesn't send the right message when you're dining under a Michelin star or two. No, when you want to look your best and still keep drinking, nothing says CLASS like putting your glass under the tablecloth for a moment or two and opening the spigot on this elegant little number. Sure, the "piddling" noise gives some diners a start, but if you dine in fine establishments like I do, the other patrons are usually to polite to mention it. Usually. And the best part is, you can get totally spiffligated in front of people and they'll be utterly confused. "Why, she can't be DRUNK. Her glass hasn't been empty all night!" See what I mean, girls? Reputation intact. And the 32-oz size ensures I can uncork several of my favorite $300-a-bottle vintages and be ready for anything: Junior's Little League game (mommy REALLY needs a drink for that one, darlings), Daddy's Season Tickets (ugh, does the proletariat ONLY drink BEER?) and of course, the occasional "cigarette break" at work. Sometimes it seems I use my wine purse every hour of every day! Now granted, there's not a lot of room for other things like drivers licences, credit cards or lipsticks, but I find you can get creative with the stopper if you're clever. As for Licences - they took mine away long ago so that's never been a problem. And credit cards are something best kept either in your sugar daddy's wallet or in-hand at Bergdorf's anyway, so no problem there either. So remember girls, if you want to be classy and still feel the need for imbibing bladder-buster sized quantities of vino, this little gadget is the clear choice.
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Westmore Beauty Book -- A Complete 1950s Guide to Vintage Makeup, Hairstyling and Beauty Techniques
Westmore Beauty Book -- A Complete 1950s Guide to Vintage Makeup, Hairstyling and Beauty Techniques
by Bud Westmore
Edition: Paperback
18 used & new from $19.88

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete Studio System makeover in one book, July 3, 2010
This AMAZING book has been out of print for decades. It figures - I spent years hunting down a copy for $100 and then suddenly they reprint it for $20. Buy it while you can! This book has exact how-tos for makeup selection, application, haircutting, hairsetting, exercise, and even marvelous studio-invented cheats you can recreate for pennies, like the "Instant face lift" you can make with rubber bands and surgical tape, the telltale gadget hiding under your hair and wiping ten years off your face in seconds. This book even has instructions for making a pair of paper calipers to measure your face so you can see exactly where your features vary from the ideal, and how to fix the problem. As your teachers, you couldn't do better than the Westmore brothers: Talented, competitive brothers who worked their magic at every studio and on every face of Hollywood's Golden era. No modern makeup artist can recreate what these men INVENTED, so don't trust your face to anyone else. There's no way you'll ever use ALL the information in this book, it covers such a dazzling array of situations and techniques, and if you're interested in how the Studio System created STARS out of actors, the knowledge in this book will demonstrate just how much work went in to making a Bette or Marilyn or Elizabeth.
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by Astrid Lindgren
Edition: Hardcover
32 used & new from $6.93

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Creepiest Children's Story You Will Ever Read, May 27, 2010
This review is from: Mirabelle (Hardcover)
There must be a point in adolescence when this book transforms from a cute little story about a magic doll growing from seed to a book about a devil doll who only "lives" when she's alone with you and makes demands that you must fulfill. It might be after you've seen the "Talky Tina" episode of the Twilight Zone. Or, it might be right when this doll, which has been growing silently and still in the garden, suddenly OPENS HER EYES. There's also a point in the story where grownups know things will not end well: When two parents go to town for an entire day and deliberately leave their 6 year old daughter alone by herself in a remote house. When the little girl opens up the gate for the strange man because he "looks nice" I had that same urge to yell warnings to the characters that I get when I'm watching really scary slasher films. I got the impression that candy and duct tape might be two of the peddler's specialties.

I gave this book three stars because little girls will love it right up until the age monsters start living in the closet. They'll ask you to read it again and again. For that, it should have 5 stars. For making mommy and daddy's skin crawl and facilitating a trip to the recycling bin after the first reading, it should have no stars. So I thought three stars was right in the middle. That seems fair.

The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own
The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style: How to Wear Iconic Looks and Make Them Your Own
by Kim France
Edition: Paperback
174 used & new from $0.01

20 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Three Steps to LUCKY Style!, May 5, 2010
I'll break down the Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style, and you won't even have to flip through this book. Step 1) Be really thin and have no breasts, because you couldn't wear anything in this book with a bra. Step 2) Wear whatever the hell you like. Mix and match, call it edgy and no one will know the difference. Step 3) Buy your clothes at high-end retailers. Here, we helpfully added a shopping section in the front! But don't get your heart set on anything you see in this book because no matter how hard you look for it you'll never find it again, not even on eBay. Why? Because they probably never existed to begin with, otherwise we'd have listed shopping information or at least given the designer credit. Amazing what you can do with computers these days.

Well kids, there you go! Have fun with it!

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder 0.30 oz
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder 0.30 oz
Offered by perfumeshrine
Price: $43.95
10 used & new from $37.50

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first powder that does what it promises., December 30, 2009
This is a new variation on the superfine powder craze, but this one actually does what it claims to do: fill in fine lines, minimize pores, and leave a colorless matte finish that perfects your makeup or your bare skin. A lot of others leave a dry, thick finish that magnifies pores and highlights any rough texture or fluff your skin might have. This one does not. You don't have to do the press/tap/grind into your face motion that others request, either. A light dusting will do the job, and will last for hours as long as you don't do any heavy sweating. There are no perfumes or dyes to irritate your skin or nose, and a little goes a long way, ensuring your investment lasts a long, long time.

Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
Ship Ablaze: The Tragedy of the Steamboat General Slocum
by Edward T. O'Donnell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.30
54 used & new from $1.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Quick paced and memorable, November 26, 2008
This book doesn't waste time. It picks up on the morning of the disaster when foolish decisions are made one after another, and ends at the very last trial of the villains. In between, the pace is quick and the disaster is described fully without being ghoulishly heavy on gore. The most memorable and heartbreaking parts of the book are in the descriptions of what happened AFTER the fire: the discovery that the children whose hands you were just holding had vanished; the hopeful trips through the hospitals, the inevitable multiple trips to the morgue, and the realization that most of the missing had vanished forever and would never be found. The impact of going to school and seeing that a third of the chairs were now empty. The people who went insane with grief after losing entire families. The couple who had to walk to the cemetery with their baby's coffin under their arm like a package for the post because the undertakers were overwhelmed and overbooked with hundreds of funerals taking place that week, and the next, and the next.

For all its excellence, though, I have two criticisms. One is that too many victims were singled out at the beginning of the book without being "refreshed" later on during the description of the disaster. Did the girl who sneaked onto the boat without telling her mother survive? How about the girl who received an extra ticket at the last moment from a shopkeeper? You have to go back and find it again, which isn't easy since there's no index and I'll bet you won't remember their names.

The second criticism is that the author inserts paragraphs of coolly-written modern psychology and science into dramatic descriptions of events, which is jarring because it tends to break up the narrative. The beginning of the fire is described up to the point where someone opens a door and lets in oxygen, at which point we're treated to a two page introduction to the scientific stages and nomenclatures of fire before we get back to the story. It happens again when the fire is first spotted on deck (two pages on the psychology of panic and mob mentality) and again when people first start jumping overboard into the water (Drowning 101). It's vaguely helpful in understanding why things happened as they did, but it's still annoying.
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Dream When You're Feeling Blue: A Novel
Dream When You're Feeling Blue: A Novel
by Elizabeth Berg
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.07
219 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mad Libs Novel, November 26, 2008
"It was (vintage year). (Vintage song) was playing on the radio. '(Repeat vintage song title)', she sang to herself as she looked into the mirror and thought that she looked just like (vintage star). Later she would go down to (vintage place) and (vintage craze), or maybe she would go to the movie theatre and watch (vintage movie). After all, it WAS her favorite."

I've never read anything that sounded so much like a Mad Libs puzzle. Rearrange the vintage references and you have a tale that could have taken place at any time in history. Insert Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, and voila, it's the 50s. Insert Matchbox 20 and Nicole Kidman and it's the 90s. Insert Gypsy music and a good public stoning, and it's the middle ages. It's almost like a nightmare homework assignment where a teacher gives you an old magazine and asks you to build a story around the articles and advertisements within.

Much has been said about the final, confusing chapters in the book, and I'll add only this much: The Author obviously thought she had a good twist going, but if my sister's husband ever said anything like that to me, I wouldn't think it romantic or bittersweet. I'd think him a terrible cad and slap his lousy face in public.

Arpege By Lanvin For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 Ounce
Arpege By Lanvin For Women. Eau De Parfum Spray 3.3 Ounce

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It lasts forever, that's for sure!, November 12, 2008
I'm such a sucker for historic products that I just had to have this, despite the fact that I'd never actually smelled it before. Wow, is it ever powerful! A dab on your wrist will last FOREVER, even through your daily ration of hand washings. The alleged "powdery floral notes combining honeysuckle, jasmine, roses and orange blossoms" came and went within a few minutes, but the finish (consisting of dark sandalwoods and that strongly chemical "old lady" smell more frequently associated with Youth Dew perfume) lasted ALL DAY. I know I'll wake up tomorrow and still have it stuck to my wrist. Heck, I know I'll take a shower tomorrow and still have it follow me around from room to room. You'll get your money's worth if you buy this, I promise! This is a very dark and glamorous perfume, free of any frivolity, and should be worn only by the kind of person who can do it justice. I'm only that person from time to time, but at least now you have a better idea of what it smells like than the marketing blurb that makes it sound fresh and flowery.
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Typhoon Red Mixing Bowls, Set of 3
Typhoon Red Mixing Bowls, Set of 3

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inferior bowls, November 7, 2007
Beautiful bowls, but they won't last. The "stoneware" clay used is so porous that the bowls ring when struck, rather than make that nice, solid thunk noise made by bowls of superior quality and dense, durable materials. The finish will crackle with the first introduction to heat, such as hot potatoes waiting to be mashed. Hairline cracks and chips will appear shortly thereafter, compromising the structural integrity of the whole bowl. One day when you're mixing batter you'll thoughtlessly bang the spoon against the rim when you're done, causing the whole thing to crack open like a raw egg. The End.
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Voyagers! - The Complete Series
Voyagers! - The Complete Series
DVD ~ Meeno Peluce
Price: $19.91
18 used & new from $12.29

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Fun, September 18, 2007
A show that's fun AND educational? Did they really ever make those? Talk about a voyage into ancient history! This show comes from a time when creative people actually put a show on the air to entertain you, not just to advertise a neverending stream of must-have-it junk made in Taiwan. I don't even think it had a lunch box to keep the memories alive after it went off the air, but boy, did it ever sear itself into the brains of anyone who ever watched it! The biggest reason is probably the unusual chemistry between the lead actors, a sparkling balance of genuine affection and excellent comic timing, rare in a competitive field where the ancient adage is to never work with dogs or kids. The snappy pacing and use of recognizable historical events didn't hurt either, as you could always follow the storyline and nothing ever got so highfallutin' that you lost interest in the outcome. Another surprise is that for being filmed mostly on the Universal Backlot by a company not primarily known for their high production values, it's obvious that they spent a lot of money on this series. Okay okay, sure they have some questionable stock footage and foam rocks thrown in from time to time, but like I said, it was UNIVERSAL. In the 80s. This was as close to the gold standard as they got, and it's pretty darn close.

The picture quality is exceedingly sharp, as is the sound, and the addition of the teasers that started the show, as well as the voiceovers that ended it - both removed during syndication and not heard since the original broadcasts - are unexpected surprises. Still, I only gave it four stars because they could have slipped in a few extras. Meeno Peluce is still around, as is Bellisario, Parriott and many others involved with the show. Why no commentary? I would have really loved to hear Meeno's reminiscences about his days on the show and adventures on the old Universal Backlot. And with all the Voyagers sites on the web, they could have added tons of trivia, interviews, pictures of props, filming locations, webpages, anything. That they didn't says quite a lot about the whiplash speed with which they put this set together. Still, it's so so SO much better that not having it at all. Now everyone can see how much fun this show was.

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