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It’s my fashion and I’ll do what I want to

I guess I think a lot more about outfits and organizing and decorating than I tell myself.

Last week I bought some new sheets at Target (I only have winter ones!) and showed them to Sandy.  “I’ll need to get a new duvet…I was thinking brown or a light blue to match.  Generic enough, I don’t think it’ll be hard to find.”  To which she said, “It doesn’t HAVE to match.”  I promptly responded, “yes it does” in a grave manner that would have been better reserved for child who’s disappointed you.

In showing Stephanie a the dress I’m wearing to a wedding this weekend, she suggested that with all the red accessories the red coat would make a complete outfit.  To which I responded, “No.”  Pause.  That was mean.  She was just trying to help. I continued, “They are contradicting styles.  And one cannot go overboard with the red.”

Who made these rules, anyhow?  And why have I become the self-proclaimed authority?
I’m sorry I’m such a (well-matched and adorably decorated) snob).

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Is it lustful if it is already an object?

In my design history class, my hip British professor would always bring in the DWR catalog and tell us how excited she was.  “Product pornography,” she called it as the entire class ooo-ed and aaah-ed over its glossy pages.

I now get daily emails from the company, which I find more exciting some days than others.  Today’s newsletter had the subject line “Shapely contours and  mid-century playboys.”  I cannot help but think it product pornography to the extreme:

mid-century playboys

1961 Playboy photo featuring left to right–George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarien, Harry Betoia, Charles Eames and Jens Rison

And for those of you who do not know, these are a few of the men that have made sitting functional AND beautiful.

Hott. 

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Not my style

I only bring this up because I’ve always thought the bags to be quite hideous.  Even if they’re supporting terrorism:

HAND BAGS OF DOUGH AT STAKE
Louis Vuitton Malletier v. Dooney & Bourke, Inc. (2nd Cir. 2006)

Louis Vuitton sued Dooney & Bourke for trademark infringement of its Multicolore patterned pocketbook. Early in the case, Plaintiff Louis Vuitton filed and lost its motion for preliminary injunction to stop D&B from imitating its “LV” logo style with its “DB” logo style. In denying the motion, Judge Shira Scheindlin said that issuance of an injunction would hurt competition by giving the French luxury goods company a monopoly over a look.

On Appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed the denial of the injunction based on Federal dilution, but vacated and remanded the portion of the order addressing the remaining claims, including Lanham Act and New York state trademark infringement and dilution claim. Among the reasons for the remand were that: 1) the District Court placed too high a burden on Plaintiff by requiring a “strong” likelihood of success on the merits as a opposed to a mere “likelihood of success”; and 2) the Court inappropriately focused on the similarities of the marks in a side-by-side comparison instead of viewing the products sequentially in the context of the marketplace.

The Second Circuit concluded by indicating that “on remand, [the court] should consider the precise trademark claimed by the plaintiff and whether, under market conditions and when viewed sequentially, Vuitton can prove likelihood of confusion between its Multicolore mark and the pattern of the D&B’s It-Bag.”

With much at stake, I am certain this case will be revisited in a later newsletter.
http://www.ipcounselors.com/newissue.htm

Did NO ONE else notice this?  Or was it just me…?

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DWR

I waaaaant it. 

I waaaant it.

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“Are you coming? Good. ‘Cause there’s a porch.”

This weekend was fabulous.  Spent time watching The Music Man, sleeping in, running long distances, making sun tea, buying greens at the farmers market, discussing branding and design, riding my bike, drinking beer on porches, writing cover letters, contemplating life over caffeine, and picnicing.  It was one of those, “I am so glad to be alive” weekends.  Thanks.  Everyone. 

again, one of the greatest ideas we’ve ever had

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The library I work at is an architectural nightmare. Yes, it looks beautiful, impressive, and models the barns of ye old days. But, no one considered the user in this whole thing. The building is confusing and neglects the fact that a library shouldn’t echo, carry sound and smells, or have excessive amounts of sunlight. Don’t get me started. I’ve written a paper on this very subject.

These flaws make working here more interesting, however. My favorite part is the grand staircase, which comes up through the middle of the library (the building is an octagonal shape) onto the second floor–where I work. It is part of the massive atrium that runs from the first to the forth floors. So, when you get start to reach the top of the stairs all you want to do is look up. In combination with the shiny marble stairs, this causes people to trip. A lot. The circulation desk has a perfect view of this nonsense. And the atrium causes it to echo. I giggle.

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