Stretching myself & supportive friends.

I’ve started to work downtown, and to make that happen — I’ve needed to change my work-out time with Kevin to all hours of the early morning.  (Well, I think 7:30AM is hideously early!) Kevin’s been very supportive of the changes, and last week, he decided that maybe I do better as an early exerciser…

Lemon Jello cake.

I’m reading “THROW OUT FIFTY THINGS:  CLEAR THE CLUTTER, FIND YOUR LIFE” by Gail Blanke. (For all of you OCD hoarders — or just if you feel overwhelmed by “stuff”, it’s a great read.  It talks about being in the present with your stuff — and getting rid of anything that doesn’t reflect who you…

Strappy sandals, new again.

I wear a narrow shoe, and so buying footwear is a nightmare. Nobody sells double AA anymore — except the expensive places, like Stuart Weitzman and Donald J. Pliner. So when I lost part of a strappy black pair of summer sandals — patent — I went through every single pair in my closet first…

Excellence from the Excelsior.

Justin’s got youth, good looks and talent — and something  I covet. He’s the proud owner of a portable typewriter he takes on the road when he travels. We made a pledge when I visited him at his office in New York — and he let me bang on the keys — that we’d only…

S–t to do.

I’m a “To do” list maker. They never get shorter. Sometimes it feels like I don’t get very many items checked off. When Linda Schreyer gave me this “SHIT TO DO” notepad for my birthday, I cracked up. It’s the perfect item — I’m going to go online to see if I can find more!…

Unexpected greeting.

Valerie is a wonderful, knowledgeable, fashionable saleslady at Neiman Marcus.  She knows her David Yurman better than anyone. When she sent me a birthday card, I was properly surprised at her kindness.  As I began to put my stack of cards away tonight, it suddenly occurred to me that she’d gone to a lot of…

Well done.

My sister Annie’s friend John Sykes is a master with meat.  He has his own smoker, evidently.  He barbeques beef, ribs, brisket like the Food Network’s Guy Fieri loves. After our Fourth of July celebration at Annie’s yesterday, I remembered I had the perfect card — I bought it with my friend Karen Schmidt at…

Alexis Bittar’s customer service.

If you ever wonder if Customer Service is dead, consider this. Alexis Bittar — a jewelry boutique on Third Street in Los Angeles — has taught its salespeople to follow up with e-mails and/or written notes of gratitude. My friend Karen Schmidt got this from her salesperson after she bought me a birthday bracelet. She…

Chateau Marmont.

One day over lunch, Adam admitted he had a secret stash.  Not of illicit drugs.  Of stationery with his name on it — “In Residence: Adam Silverman” from the famed Chateau Marmont. He loved it so much, he said, that he had about 4 pages of it and didn’t wan to use any of it…

Chickens & pineapples = icons of humor & hospitality.

My daughter knows I’m an office supply junkie. For my birthday, she found some things I’ve never seen before. A wondrous display: * a tiny red chair that holds paperclips * rubber chicken pushpins * salami notepad * and apropos of entertaining — pineapple ice cube trays. I tried to find a common theme when…