Saturday, September 30, 2006

Gatorade Rain, 24 Pack


Buy one of these at Smart and Final for 14 bucks. Then, before you go out on a friday or saturday night, put 2 bottles in your fridge. Drink one when you get home drunk, and another when you wake up hungover. The pleasure of this ritual is 40% of why I get drunk in the first place.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Margarita Machine


Vali and I rented one for our Diwali party last year (mango flavored, of course), and it was a huge hit and I got trashed and super affectionate. We're getting one this year too!

www.margaritaman.com


price: $200

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Ed Hardy tattoo kicks


I'm aware Ed Hardy has peaked. Laceless Converse-style sneakers are a bit last season as well. But unlike Von Dutch, which had no discernible style outside of its logo, Ed Hardy has some really hip tattoo art as fashion prints. So I think it has a bit more longevity. And Ed Hardy came out with his own tattoo-syle laceless sneakers, they were so damn cute and comfortable, I had to have them.

For the record, Ed Hardy is obscenely overpriced. A rhinestone covered t-shirt - albeit totally adorable - was going for $75 at the Ed Hardy store on Melrose. I mean, c'mon guys. I have other stuff to buy, like Juicy laptop covers.

I recommend stopping by their flagship store. The salespeople are straggly and biker-y and gorgeous, the kind of people you wish you could date but your parents would totally freak out. And they flirt with you because they think you might buy their goods.

The guys sneakers are even hotter than the girls ones.

price: $58 - $68 on Zappos.com

What is the ideal thread count?

What is the ideal thread count for sheets, if I intend to maintain a standard of gentlemanly elegance without being turned nancy in my sleep?

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Mini Cupcakes at Joan's on Third


Shopping is my #1 favorite hobby. Dieting is #2. Unfortunately, #3 on my list is Eating Sweets. In New York, my favorite bakery item were the sticky buns at Mary's off Jane. They closed that place down (I think they couldn't compete with the cupcakes and cachet of Magnolia Bakery, referenced everywhere from Sex and the City and "Lazy Sunday"). Out here, I haven't found too many bakeries I love. Doughboys is good but their portions are too big and the desserts too dense.

That's why I was delighted to discover the mini-cupcakes at Joan's on Third. They sell mini-cupcakes that are 2 bites big and absolutely delicious. You can eat one or two of them and not feel like a disgusting bloato. I brought 2 boxes of them to a friend's birthday party and I was the most popular person there. And the best-looking.

You also don't have to pre-order the cupcakes. They are sold in the back, in the "marketplace" section in a freezer. They actually taste best when cold, when the frosting is frosty.


Price: $12 for 9

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

I love Jet Blue!!!

how sad are those extra exclamation points?

The J-B (as us True Blue "insiders" call it) saved my bicoastal marriage. Also, where else do you get to watch 5 hours straight of R. Lee Ermy yelling military trivia?

Plus, $25 up-til-the-flight change fee? Come-fucking-on!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Future Sex/Love Sounds


I heard "Sexy Back" at a party a week ago, and I asked my friend Daniel who it was, and he said "Mindy, it's Justin Timberlake. This is stuff you should know." I felt bad, because he was right! So I went home and downloaded the whole album off iTunes.

What a great album. People say it's not as good as "Justified" and they're wrong. I will say, there are no easily identifiable can't-get-it-out-of-your-head "Rock your Body" type tracks. But what it makes up for not being as Hot 97-friendly is the fact that it's really unusual and fucking cool sounding. It's just kind of grown-up catchy, you know? Also, it's cool that Justin Timberlake can talk a big game about sex and sexiness and how hot girls look and and all that, it IS actually sexy! It's trippy and hot and you want to make out to it.

My favorites are Sexy Ladies and Damn Girl.


Price: $9.99, on iTunes

Sunday, September 17, 2006

All of a sudden everyone has integrity



This is from my best friend Jocelyn, who likes to throw jello shot parties in her West Village apartment for all the girls (see photo) before we all go party at some wine bar in the Meatpacking District.

From: "Jocelyn A. Leavitt 01"
To: "Mindy"
also, min, you sound a little frivolous and dumb in the blog. you have
to limit yourself with phrases like "hubba hubba" to once a month,
tops. you're starting to sound like cindy chupack. you are way smarter
than this.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Jet Blue gift certificates


I'm going to New York for the weekend to party, vicariously take part in Fashion Week, and eat good food. I'm going courtesy of my Aunt Sreela, who gave me a Jet Blue gift certificate for my birthday last year. It's a great present.

Jet Blue is the absolute best. It's so comfortable and I never get sick on the plane because it doesn't smell like disgusting hot food. I once sat accidentally behind multi-millionaire/Red Sox owner/Theo Epstein knower Tom Werner on a Jet Blue flight from New York to Long Beach. He told me he liked the t.v.s on Jet Blue and that's why he flew it instead of his private jet (which I guess doesn't have a t.v. in it? Weird). He spent the whole flight watching a "What Not to Wear" marathon.

I once also had a horrible UTI on Jet Blue and was in excruciating pain, and the stewardess offered me some of her Oxycontin! That's service!

Price: whatever you want. Jetblue flights can be as cheap as $50 one-way Boston to New York (even around the holidays!)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Adorable Guys Rock Purple


Guys can be really fucking cute if they try, like a little. My friend Vali is famously a total jerk no one likes, but he wears this one pink shirt and all of a sudden all is forgiven.

When guys go out on a limb fashion-wise, it almost always pans out. I still recall a time, a short while ago, when I saw a boy I didn't know all that well wearing a jacket and tie. Yawnsville. Then I looked closer I saw the tie had tiny skulls on it! Cutesville. Cutesville central.

Skulls are great. So is orange, pink and purple.

So when a Ted Baker purple cashmere sweater goes on sale on bluefly.com, well - YOU finish the rest of that sentence.

I got one for my brother for his birthday. Paired with a black button-down shirt or a pin-striped gray shirt over jeans?

Price: $135 (marked down from $225) Also, consider that you save $15-$20 on drinks for a girl while you try to convince her to leave the Cat & The Fiddle/St. Dymphnas to come back to your place.

Sonos



This should've been my first post. It wirelessly connects every room in your house to your digital music collection on your computer. You can play different songs in different rooms, or link them all up. All the controls are via an ipod-like device that is a joy to use. If you listen to music a lot and have a home that's large enough for this to make sense, i urge you to get Sonos.

$1499 for the premium bundle, which includes 1 controller, 2 zoneplayers, and speakers.

Talisker



As long as we're posting booze, I'll plug Talisker. Over the past couple years I've accrued about 8 or so bottles of fancy single malt scotches, and Talisker is my favorite. (FYI I tend to like strong, peaty islay scotches.) Runner-up is Laphroaig cask strength, which is super strong and peaty.

$60-70 bucks.

The Slanket


My friend Brenda loves watching television dramas.

When we both lived in New York, she liked to set up a t.v. watching "kit" before she settled in for a night of tivoed Law & Order, which included: a half slice of pizza, some kind of cookie, a liter of room temperature diet Coke, and a blanket. This was all arranged on a large square of paper towel on the floor of my Upper West Side studio apartment. After a couple of times of doing this, I started adopting this habit (except I like watching the new Battlestar Gallactica).

The pizza: an oversized slice from Big Nicks on West 71st and Columbus (Mulberrys would be a good L.A. equivalent.) The cookie: probably a chocolate chip from City Bakery on West 18th (now there's a City Bakery in Brentwood). The blanket was always problematic, because it would always slide down and get foody.

So my addition to Bren's kit is The Slanket. I can confidently say it's the best new innovation for people who like curling up on sofas and falling asleep to t.v.

A Slanket is a large fleece blanket with loose sleeves for your arms. A BLANKET with SLEEVES. It solves the problem of your torso and neck getting chilly while you read or watch t.v. It's the best invention ever. Even better for my East Coast friends than us West Coasters. Good for moms, dads, Brens, people prone to chest chills, and single people going through a bad breakup and spend a lot of time curled up on the sofa.

Price: $54.95 from Slanket.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Cute Boys Wear Vans



There is no argument. The cutest boys around wear Vans.

And customized Vans! That's off-the-charts cute. Truly, if I were getting hot and heavy with a dude wearing adorable, customized Vans, I might tell him to go ahead and leave his shoes ON.

I think it might do the all-male staff of contributors well to go to vans.com and customize some sneakers for themselves.

Price: $50, plus a few extra bucks for shipping.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I'm so Deep and Non-Materialistic, Look at Me!




Who is this lame guy?


On 9/10/06, Vali C. wrote:
>I wouldn't expect you to join a blog that celebrates vaginal
mutilation.

On 9/10/06, Vali C. wrote:
> I can't join a blog celebrating consumerism.
>
> On 9/10/06, Mindy wrote:
> > vali, are you kidding me? join my stupid blog so we
> > can post about things like cool new gadgetry and
> > inventions and yummy food and stuff. what the hell!
> > MK
> >
> > --- Vali C. wrote:
> >
> > > Dude,
> > >
> > > This blog is sort of dedicated to a thing I hate
> > > about society.
> > >
> > > Vali
> > >
> > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > > From: Blogger Invites
> > > Date: Sep 10, 2006 6:54 PM
> > > Subject: Blogger blog invitation from mindyephron
> > > To: vali
> > >
> > > mindyephron wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi friends, I'm starting a discussion blog group on
> > > things we've bought
> > > that we really love and want to recommend to others.
> > > Can be big or
> > > small. Please join. Love, mindy

A Return to Frivolity; Juicy Couture Laptop Sleeve


I own this and I'm not afraid to say I love it. At times, my friends, my tastes and purchases will tend to the extremes of frivolity which might offend some. But rest assured, for every incredibly cute terry Juicy laptop sleeve I post about, I will make sure to mention my new unabridged Nadine Gordimer novel, or whatever.

But for now. This laptop sleeve is so much more awesome than my Nadine Gordimer book. More importantly, it's far superior to the ugly black velcro-thingy I got free with my computer. And Comp USA has NOTHING CUTE AT ALL. When I saw a girl at my nail salon with this laptop sleeve, I knew I had to have it. It's adorable. Get it for the woman or gay person in your life.

Price: $95 (and well worth it!)

Monday, September 11, 2006

These are two cool charities

http://www.nypfwc.org/index.cfm

"The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, Inc. was established in 1985 by Daniel J. "Rusty" Staub to assist the families of Police Officers and Firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. Though the charity was initially created to assist the families of Police Officers and Firefighters only, after the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the charity included the families of Port Authority Officers and EMS."

This is a great charity. I mean, I'm sure you know good ones too, and there are plenty. But this one makes it very easy to donate (I did it today) and the people are very helpful over the phone.

http://www.autismspeaks.org

"We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals."

This charity I found out about fairly accidentally when I went to see Paul Simon and Jerry Seinfeld perform last year and they showed a short, incredibly moving film about autism before the show. My date donated $500 on the spot. I followed suit last Christmas. Really, really interesting site. Autism is a disease that, besides being really mysterious and scary for parents, affects an inordinate number of comedy writers kids that I know.

Motorcycle Certification Course

I did it this weekend. It was both frightening and extremely fun. The course is very well-run, and at the end you take a test to get your motorcycle license.

Price: $235, but you get an insurance discount upon successful completion. Plus, if you end up being a motorcycle rider you'll save lots of money on gasoline, plus lots of money on food/rent/clothing/electronics since you will be dead from getting clobbered while turning left at Olympic & Fairfax.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

ecreamery.com


Just sent my mother ice cream for her birthday I specially designed for her from this great site. She loved it.

My mother is Indian, and likes lots of weird stuff in her ice cream, like caramelized ginger pieces or anise and stuff. The weirdest she can usually get is pistachio or those mochi balls filled with ice cream from the Whole Foods near her, or if she goes to Chinatown, which she's not inclined to do because of parking. But now she can order her own ice cream online. Or I can do it for her!

This site has it all.

The best part of this site, in my opinion, isn't the dozens of flavors and toppings they offer, but rather that they allow you choose your "base mix", which can either be gelato textured (thinner, icier texture, my favorite) or premium (the more Haagen Daz-y texture, with lots of yummy milkfat).

Good present for friends with peculiar tastes whom you love, little kids, fat people, bears.

Price: 4 pints of specially designed flavor: $60

Mini Cooper S


My recent best purchase was a red mini Cooper S.

The dream was to get a Mercedes, but when I asked around work about them, my friend Michael said: "You can afford a Mercedes? I can't afford a Mercedes." in a tone so incredulous it's hard to replicate in print now.

The Cooper was cheaper, and though not referenced yet in a Beyonce song, feels cool to drive in. I can drive very fast and sneak around town and park in spots no one else can. That's nice.
The only downside of Coopers is that they are trying very hard to be cute, kind of like driving the automotive equivalent of "The Gilmore Girls". Luckily that show isn't all that bad, I don't think.

Price: $27,000 (includes leather seats, cool German stereo system or something, sunroof (not a convertible, bad for hair) and a navigational system.)

First!

I don't have kids or a mortgage yet. I do however have an fairly lucrative job playing a seldom-seen tertiary character on a network television program. The point is, I have oodles of disposable income to throw around until I need to start behaving like a grown person.