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Posted on December 13, 2013

Darlings, we’re feeling SWANKY!

 

230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge, New York City

And now you are too. We will not, however, be joining you because we decided to start a new Christmas tradition of spending the weekend in Washington D.C. and taking in some art, culture, eating and shopping. Also, we’re getting interviewed by The Washington Post tomorrow, so we managed to fit in some poledancing on top of everything else.

And speaking of our relentless poledance, you have discovered our book site, accessed through the top menu, on the right, yes? If not, go here. You’ll find us linking to the various interviews we’ll be doing as well as keeping you up to date on any fun announcements, like for instance the special offer where you can download a copy of our book weeks before its release. Get on the stick, kittens.

Also, if you missed out on all our Ornament of the Day updates on Instagram, you can check out bits and pieces of the T Lo Christmas tree here.

Ciao, kittens!

 

 

 

 

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  • EverybodysStarling

    Oh Seth Aaron, you happy little sponsor name dropper. Once started he just couldn’t stop saying “QVC”.

    • kimmeister

      Then others hopped on board. I’m sure it was no accident when Viktor gleefully suggested to his model that they go to the Mary Kay makeup studio.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Has anyone else developed an irrational dislike of that dratted Mary Kay commerical that runs at least one hundred times during every episode of PRAS?

        • Sarah

          Oh, you mean when one’s eyes glass over and they press FF on the DVR? Yes, I think I know what you mean.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, indeed!

        • kimmeister

          I’m sure I would have were it not for the fact that I a 4x speed fast forward as soon as I hear, “Coming up on . . .”

        • Pamdela

          I agree…yet nothing could equal the horror of that egregious Yoplait Auto-Tune commercial from the regular season. I have no words to express the extent of my loathing.

          • Sarah

            I’d like to stab the cow that made that.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’d like to beat the advertising agency that made that ad with a sock full of expired Yoplait

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I liked the play in the QVC studio. Irina surprised me that she could and would improve about the weather being “Fabulous… by Isaac Mizrahi!”

      And why isn’t Isaac introduced with “fabulous?” Maybe his perfume is sending a message to everyone. I’m better than gorgeous! I’m fabulous! Tell me so!

      • Munchkn

        I missed the QVC studio stuff! My daughter was doing the news and weather at the ironing board set up in front of the fireplace when she was three. She majored in broadcast meteorology in college although she’s not currently working in that field. Maybe one of these days…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Some people just know what they want to do even when they are that young.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Oh, squee, TLo are on my turf-a weekend in D.C! If the weather isn’t too dreadful tomorrow, uncles, there is a decent holiday crafts market at Gallery Place, and within walking distance of Gallery Place(Yellow/Green line on the Metro) are two of my favorite eating spots: Jaleo for tapas, and Oyamel for Mexican-the guacamole is to die for.

    • unpious

      Mmmmm. Jaleo…I haven’t lived there for years, but I still miss Jaleo.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Jaleo did a redo of the interior about 18 months ago, and I’m still on the fence about that, as somehow it seems noticeably louder inside, but, the tapas are still great-it’s always fun to go, order a couple of old favorites and then try some new ones!

    • Saturnine

      Good God– I used to adore Jaleo! Queso di Tupi (fig and cheese) and Squid in ink over rice. To die for. I haven’t lived there in years and it’s still my favorite restaurant.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Jaleo remains one of my favorite places-the spinach and apple concoction, the brussels sprouts salad with Manchego cheese, the bacon-wrapped dates(datilos todo al mundo), the heavenly housemade ice creams….

        • Saturnine

          The bacon-wrapped dates! Ah yes. I wonder if the newer one in Alexandria is still open. Not as cozy, but it would do in a pinch. I also loved the octopus and potato. I’m so happy just thinking about it!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            The bacon-wrapped dates are very high on my personal food indulgences.

          • Saturnine

            What I can’t figure out is how they make them so delicious *there,* but I can’t make them nearly so good *here.*

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            One of those eternal mysteries, I’m afraid. Hope you get back to sample them again someday!

    • decormaven

      Oooh, I love Jaleo! Went there for tapas while attending a DC conference- yum!

    • Jessica O’Connell

      mmmm now I want to go to Jaleo after work. I haven’t been in years, though I’m over there all the time. Welcome to DC, TLo!

  • Clueless_Jock

    I love DC. Have a great time.

  • Alfred Cox

    I actually haven’t minded this season of PRAS. Yes, it seems a little haphazardly put together and the wins as arbitrary as they’ve always been, but the designs have been solid and most of all designed.
    Some didn’t like Korto’s dress, but I thought it was effortless, easy, very pretty and still because of those qualities was on trend in its own way. Deserved win after a season of excuses and half assed dresses.
    Irina’s was not bad at all. What it was was a an overblown drag costume with tacky flowers on the train to boot. And it was ripping apart on the runway. Deserved schmaufing.

    • ewes_urn_aim

      I loved Korto’s dress, as well. I think the judges complained that the top was plain but that would have been a good opportunity for a QVC cross-promotion with their jewelery dept and throw on a big ol’ necklace.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I thought that Christopher’s read RC well, but reproducing that in any recognizable form for retail on QVC would have been well night impossible. I wonder how much weight Lisa Robertson’s liking for Korto’s design carried in the decision.
        BTW-Korto has a link to QVC’s version of her design, and they are offering it in two color choices for the skirt-orange or navy.

        • Sarah

          I see your point about Christopher’s not being QVC-ish. Is Korto’s top still the nude color?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It’s either the nude color or an offwhite.I didn’t check the pics to see if they kept the back of the bodice as Korto showed it on the runway

          • Sarah

            Hmm. I liked that part best, actually. Kept it from being too standard.

        • Demeter

          The navy skirt must have sold out quickly. There’s no sign of it anywhere.

      • conniemd

        Korto’s dress best met the requirements of the challenge that you could walk and sit in the dress. I expect standing for a few hours as a hostess on the red carpet makes a comfortable dress look desirable. I also think that it would be very easy to reproduce and mass sell on QVC and the beige top gave the idea to have two different colors. The biggest problem with Korto’s top was that the material looked cheap, I rather liked the two toned aspect which set it apart from most grecian goddess type gowns which the skirt was reminiscent of.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I agree that the fabric Korto used did read cheap. the gown for Robertson will no use higher end fabric. QVC is selling their retail version for $199

      • MaryMcClelland

        I also thought Korto’s was the best for the QVC marketplace. A variety of women in a variety of shapes and sizes could easily wear that gown and look lovely. And it would be easy to replicate in different colors/fabrics. Many of the other garments were FMO in terms of sizing.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Korto was one designer who kept the retail market in mind when she designed, and that really paid off for her. As eye-catching as Christopher’s was, I cannot see anyone above a size 8 wearing that successfully.

    • MilaXX

      The minute I saw Korto’s dress I thought it was the winner. I have to say I found Viktor’s “reveal” a bit forced and fake though.

      • kimmeister

        The second he said he’d been living a long time with a secret, I was 99% sure what it was going to be.

        • Sarah

          Me too, but I still feel for him. He’s a good guy.

          • kimmeister

            Oh, for sure. That would be a heavy burden for anyone to bear without support. But anybody revealing that after Mondo was going to seem anticlimactic.

        • Jacob Bowen

          And “coincidentally” Mondo was the judge…

          • Sarah

            Oooh, good point.

          • Isabel

            But do the contestants know who the guest judges will be ahead of time?

          • Sarah

            Probably not, but the producers do, so they could force the dresstestants to play a card they have had in wait just in time for convenient pathos.

          • Jacob Bowen

            I feel like the tell them ahead of time…I will have to re-watch.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I had the same thought about Viktor’s reveal. Lord knows I wish him well, just wish that Lifetime and Bunim-Murray didn’t feed off these personal dramas so much.

        • Sarah

          Amen. Didn’t seem like the time or place for it, but of course they had to drag it out anyway.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        Instead of up voting every entry in this thread, I’m just going to go on record as agreeing with everything everyone has written about Viktor, Mondo and the reveal. My heart goes out to Viktor, but the whole thing didn’t seem authentic. Maybe they were forced to do it several times and the true emotions were lost somewhere around the fourth take. To do it when Mondo was the judge seemed even sketchier.

        • Sarah

          Lets just hope it was a B/M edit that made it seem so sketchily untimely, and not Viktor’s own plans.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Viktor seemed very uncomfortable about the whole thing. It all seemed so forced. Suddenly pulling two designers out of the workroom because he couldn’t stand having the secret anymore? He’d waited seven years; I’m sure he could have waited another few hours to tell them at the hotel. And where was the angst about having to tell his family before the show aired? I hate to be such a skeptic and maybe I’m just a jaded old lady, but I feel manipulated by B/M– again.

          • BuffaloBarbara

            I agree that this didn’t look like Viktor’s plan. This looked like producers who didn’t get that Mondo’s revelation was actually related to what was going on, and they figured they’d go for a cheap thrill again.

          • Sarah

            Oh, you’re not jaded. B/M is actively attempting to manipulate you as their primary goal. I fully concur.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Word-B/M probably looks on Mondo’s reveal and sees its in a “gee, if we can get that again it will be great for ratings” way. I remember that moment from Mondo’s season, and it was so spontaneous, and he truly seemed freer once he’d announced that he was HIV pos-it was a moment of genuine reality in a format that actively tries to gin up “reality”

          • lifeisastory

            Yeah, I didn’t buy it, either.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            For someone on a reality show Viktor strikes me as somene who prefers to keep his private life private, and having him do the reveal seemed really uncomfortable and forced. He handled it as well as he could have, and Seth Aaron and Elena were very kind and supportive.

        • StillGary

          Maybe that was it — I don’t know… I like Viktor and want to believe it was authentic, like wanting to show people that it’s OK to ask for support from your friends– but it felt … I don’t know.. I kept thinking if that had been my friend I would have given him a real hug and asked how treatment was going… Maybe offered some encouragement since it is not 1987! They were just like Thanks for telling me.

    • lifeisastory

      Korto’s dress was the best of a mediocre bunch. I was hoping against hope they’d send all the designers back to the workroom to make something better. Irina really blew it. This challenge would’ve been hers to win, if she’d just listened and followed directions. Has there ever been a challenge in the history of this show where the designer completely disregarded the brief, did his/her own thing, and won?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I can’t remember any challenge in which a designer blew off the brief, disregarded criticism and was then rewarded with a win, especially on the regular PR. Irina apparently became caught in creating what she thought would be true showstopper, and forgot that QVC is the main sponsor, and would be doing a knockoff.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Kayne chose a color that Miss America did not want, since she specified exactly what colors to use, yet he won anyway.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I totally forgot that episode-that was the challenge where they designed for Miss A or Miss USA, wasn’t it? I always had a soft spot for Kayne, despite his sometime taste issues.

  • AlexisPayne

    Have a great time in DC!!! If you we’re on the west coast I’d invite you to my annual holiday party this weekend, and then die of happiness if you actually showed.
    Lets all eat drink and be merry and ignore our expanding waist lines.
    Cheers Bitches!

  • MilaXX

    Have fun in DC. Hopefully the weather won’t catch you guys.

  • Sarah

    First: Sorry, sweet Viktor. Your personality is the life force that serves you well, despite any diagnosis. And your friends and family will be with you through it all, as I’m sure you know. Second: I love Korto, but I think Christopher’s dress was better! And third: I’m DONE! Four papers, one LONG bibliography, and an exam, submitted before five pm eastern today! I am broke as can be (checking account in the negative), but I don’t care. Proceeding to get drunk as a skunk and ignore all my problems. Fourth: DC! Love it. I grew up there, TLo, and you can’t go wrong enjoying it at this time of year. Fifth: I just broke one of my two cat boxes, and now four cats are gonna have to poop in one. I hope they don’t overload it so fast I can’t get any more litter before payday. Dammit.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Congrats on completing the papers, dear-go get yourself some proper libations to celebrate,and may your cats cooperate with you.!

      • Sarah

        Mischief managed in the libations department. Case of high – octane beer with my name on it chilling, and bacon cheeseburgers being made by Chef Mr. as I type.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Oh, I like the sound of that combo, especially the bacon cheeseburgers-your Chef Mr. is doing good!

    • kimmeister

      Re: #3 – congratulations!!! Hope you Chicago-styled the heck out of that bibliography.
      Re: #4 – Oh, my. The experts say the rule for litter boxes is “same # as the number of cats, plus 1.” I find that a bit excessive and am 1-for-1 chez kimmeister (2 cats). I hope it doesn’t get backed up!

      • Sarah

        Oh, two industrial sized ones usually work okay, if they are kept clean enough (one does poop outside occasionally) but they certainly have no problems going outside the boxes if they feel it’s not clean enough for their precious paws. And thank you! I spent the day in the library (not the one I work at) jamming out my final edits on various papers, and despite the fact that they don’t allow venti mochas that you just got and highly anticipated drinking in the city library branch (unlike my own place of business in the suburbs, which is drink-friendly) so I was forced to let it cool in the cupholder of my truck while I slaved away :( I got it all done in less than five hours. And I suspect I was brilliant in my writing. But I may just be super-punchy and it was a bunch of crap. We shall see.

        • Munchkn

          I’ve just got one each for the two cats. They tend to poop in one box and tend to pee more in the other although one of the cats does tend to poop outside the box. That was the first sign I had that he was diabetic the first time. He went into remission and when he got sugary again, he started pooping outside the box once more. His blood sugar is under control now and his litter is way less wet, but he still poops outside the box at times. (Well, almost daily.) I think he does it now because of our incompletely housebroken Shih tzu. He also scratches up Chloe’s pee pad after she wets it.

          • Sarah

            Yeah, ours also divide the boxes, one for #1 and one for #2. Very interesting. Now they’ll have to do it in one place. We’ll see if they are thrown for a loop. Sorry your kitty has diabetes, that’s tough. I had one that had it when I was younger, and it wasn’t good. Glad yours is under control.

          • Munchkn

            Snorpi is the second diabetic cat we’ve had. Fortunately, neither cat had minded their injections too much although Snorpi didn’t like it when I hit his elbow the other day. Sugar cat #1 is gone now, but she lived for about 5 years after her diagnosis before we lost her to cancer. Both cats are/were pretty good about showing up for their insulin. They must be able to feel it’s time.

          • Sarah

            Good on you for taking care of them and not giving up.

          • kimmeister

            Aw, the poor baby! Mine have no discernible pattern. Some days, both will be evenly filled with #1 and #2. Other days, one will be untouched and the other completely full (happens to both boxes). It’s like they like to do their business together or something, even though they clearly don’t fit in there at the same time.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          our cat, Genghis, rotates between his two litter boxes. He uses one exclusively and then stops and moves on the the clean one.

          • Sarah

            Genghis is a badass name. And aren’t cats just fascinating with their picky habits?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Thanks! Genghis literally walked in our front door 6 years ago and made himself at home. I didn’t just want to call him cat, so, since Mr. B3 and I were both history majors in college, I wanted to give him a grand name, so Genghis it was, and damn but doesn’t he live up to it-Lord of all he surveys!

          • Sarah

            Haha. Living up to the name is so a cat’s style. My elder statesman, Jasper, was named by me “spontaneously” because I thought he looked like the stone with his brown, tan, black, and grey stripy fur. I thought myself so original for the choice, until the next time I went to my bff’s apt, which I visited almost every day, and realized it was written by a finger in the cement sidewalk outside her door, and I had seen it probably 1000 times before I used it on my kitten.

          • Jackie4g

            My cat is also named Genghis. He is 12 now and the result of my son coming home for sophomore year in college Thanksgiving break with zero luggage and one kitten. Genghis is the Conqueror of the Known World, except he fears the vacuum. His room mate is a shelter rescue who is ridiculously happy and exfoliates my forehead on a regular basis.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Greetings to your Genghis, Conqueror of the Known World from our Genghis. May he live an extra long and happy life with you and his roommate!

          • Jackie4g

            Genghis and Mrs. Girl send greeting and salutations to your Genghis. May you all have a happy and healthy New year.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Happy Holidays and a Grand New Year to you and your fur companions!

    • formerlyAnon

      Super congratulations! May your weekend be merry, your kitties cooperate and you find a long lost 20 in a zip pocket somewhere. Or in the laid back words of Robert Earl Keen, Jr.:

      But I reached into my pocket, found three twenties and a ten
      It feels so good feelin’ good again

      • Sarah

        You ROCK. And that is an excellent idea. I’m gonna root through my pockets tomorrow. And I get to go to office Xmas party, with free fancy treats for dinner, tomorrow night, so all good :)

    • MilaXX

      Congrats on completing.

      • Sarah

        Thanks! I’m not the type to not complete, but I am a procrastinator. So it always seems like a huge victory in the last moments, regardless of the fact that I’ve never not submitted anything on time.

        • Peeve

          I’m right there with you! I’ve never submitted anything late, but that doesn’t mean I’m not working all night on it to get it done. (Being a conscientious procrastinator is such a pain in the ass!)

          • Sarah

            Thing is, I’m an honor student, even with the procrastinating, so what could folks like us do with good time management? The world is not ready, obviously.

          • Peeve

            I was an honor student in college as well! Can’t tell you how many papers I wrote the night before they were due (but they were always on time. Barely). I have to laugh about the time-management comment. Add organizational skills to that and I could rule the world!!!

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Conscientious procrastinator! I love it. Not only does that phrase describe me to a T, but in high school I was a conscientious truant. Instead of going to class, I’d go to the park and do homework!

  • tinyredlocks

    You got out before the incoming snowstorm, I hope! Enjoy your weekend in DC! We BK’s would like a full report when you get back. :-)

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    For my fellow BK’s a bit of personal news-on Thursday I attended a program and reception at the Shakespeare Theater in D.C. for the cast of their next production, “The Importance of Being Earnest”-since the director is wonderful, but I was happily stunned when Sian Phillips, one of my favorite actresses walked onstage-she’s playing Lady Bracknell, and glory be, I met her at the reception-she’s gracious. lovely, and I am smitten!

    • Pennymac

      That sounds like an amazing evening! I saw the Merchant of Venice at the Harmon in the spring a couple of years ago. I didn’t get to meet the former Mrs. O’Toole, though. How lucky you are!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I practically squeed when Sian Phillips appeared. It turned out that she and the director, Keith Baxter, are longtime friends and theater colleagues. Last year I read both volumes of her memoirs, and she is a fine writer, and quite open and generous in her discussion of her life with O’Toole-quite a life!

  • LeelaST

    Based on other posts so far I seem to be in the minority – I thought Korto’s dress looked cheap and unflattering. I loved Christopher’s gown. I admire Viktor, and his design skills, but could have done without his reveal; honestly when he said he’d been living a lie I thought he was going to admit to be straight! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Not making light of his health condition, just found it exploitative and OTT.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I did think that Christopher had this one locked up-his design read RC to me.Yes, it was very close-fitting, but that could be worked on for real life wear. I initially thought that Korto’s look would put her int he bottom, particularly the bodice. Given that Irina’s gown iiterally began coming apart on the runway,though, I could understand her aufing. IN additon, doing white/offwhite for the RC was risking the dreaded bridal tag.

    • Lisa_Co

      I’m with you. I thought Korto’s looked like a cheap maxi dress. I was sure she would be the auf. I really liked Christopher’s but it would be hard to reproduce.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I suspect that the difficulty of translating Christopher’s for a mass retail worked against a win for him.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      That’s exactly what I was expecting the reveal to be! How is not telling everyone that you have a chronic medical condition living a lie?

  • Joan Arkham

    Just watching it now. The QVC woman is terrifyingly botoxed. Nightmare fuel.

    • Carrps

      She was horrific! Dang. I have no idea how old she is (never watch QVC), but I’d have to guess with the amount of work her face shows, she must be around 112.

      • Sarah

        I didn’t notice how odd she appeared until the runway, and then it was pretty freaky. Not good.

      • MilaXX

        She’s not that old. Her bio says 45

    • MilaXX

      She used to be really pretty and has now botoxed her face into plastic.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I know that Botox and the other anti-aging things are so frequently used, but it’s such a shame. These women turn themselves into plasticized, immobile facsimiles of humans.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          They ought to make a horror movie series out of it. Botox: the Awakening!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Botox: Duck Lips of Doom! coming to the E! Network!

  • kimmeister

    Apropos of nothing, have any of you ever taken a pin and cleaned out the little crevices in your computer mouse? I did it because the scroll wheel wasn’t scrolling gracefully, and decided to have at the whole thing. Goodness gracious, land sakes alive! It looked like I had cleaned out the dryer lint trap. It’s almost as bad as when I shake out my keyboard, and nearly a full bagel’s worth of crumbs fall out.

    • Sarah

      I’ve done it. It is gross. I eat at my work computer, and I have to because I don’t want IT to know how I’m treating government equipment. Which is with greasy, food-encrusted fingers, apparently.

      • kimmeister

        Unbeknownst to me, I was sitting on a piece of cheese for an hour because I didn’t realize it had flown out of my salad. Now I have a super cute spot on the left buttcheek of my new purple skirt. I’m stylin’!

        • Sarah

          That sounds like a typical day in my life. Food + outfit + cat hair = excellent style.

          • kimmeister

            Totally. As I walk around my house in dark colored tights before I put my shoes on, I pick up all kinds of light colored cat hair on my feet. I might remember to use the lint roller on upper body, but my tights give me away as a cat owner every time.

          • Sarah

            Somebody I was waiting on asked me “cat or dog” and I just said “four.” It was enuf to explain my general fuzzitude.

          • conniemd

            That made me laugh out loud.

          • Sarah

            GOOD.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            No outfit is complete without a few cat hairs. We keep the lint roller handy,too, but Genghis the magnificent makes sure that we’re never hair free.

          • Jackie4g

            In my house, cat hair is a condiment.

          • Peeve

            Unfortunately, mine, too. It floats…

            Thanks for the laugh!

          • Pennymac

            Cat and dog hair is my favorite fashion accessory, apparently. I wear it with all of my fabulous outfits.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            My husband is so proud of the fact that we have spread Urchin’s fluff around the world. No matter how carefully we brush down before we leave the house, clouds of grey cat fur drift off us.

        • JenniferA

          Yesterday I had a similar issue with a tiny square of chocolate on my lap. Brown stains in the lap area are so not fashionable.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I have one top that is my designated Mexican restaurant wear, because it has a very busy, colorful pattern which works well for those inevitable moments when I drip salsa onto my chest….

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      My husband is in IT and could tell you some real horror stories about the gunk that lurks in keyboards and mouse(s). His latest bad offender had a layer of skin almost an inch high built up on his mouse buttons (why the guy didn’t clean it off…who knows). Also, spiders tend to live in the computer towers (if you have a desktop), and my hubby has found cigarette ash in several cases. He practically needs to wear a Hazmat suit!

      • kimmeister

        Gah! Soooo nasty. He must need gallons of hand sanitizer.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        EWWWWW to the inch thick layer of skin-sounds like something out of Silence of the Lambs

  • nancymae

    Okay so I have to ask…. Anyone checked out the new Beyonce album?? It just think what she did (no notice, no promo, no prancing in front of London hotels, just dropped the album on iTunes) was brilliant! IMHO It makes the Neverending Lady Gaga Artpop Experience downright pedestrian. And 17 videos to enjoy and digest. I sound like such a goofy fangurl but I just this this was a boss move.

    • VioletFem

      Yes, I’m very impressed. This album is solid. I’m not a huge Beyoncé fan, in fact I’ve never bought any of her albums before and I’ve only liked a few of her singles (Crazy in Love, Love on Top). However, this new release is a game changer for me. I think I might actually get this album, mainly for the tracks “Flawless” and “Pretty Hurts”, but the whole thing is pretty solid . She’s clearly in a league of her own to be able to drop an album without any fan fare but that is still a very risky move that has clearly paid off since everyone is talking about it.

    • MilaXX

      I agree it was a boss move, but I’m not a Bey fan. Not a hater, just not a CD buying, concert going fan. I was in a google chat for Scandal when it dropped and one woman actually started crying. I do love the gumption of it all. Miley completely changed her image and twerks around with no pants on, Gaga covers herself in flour and Katy Perry puts on a stupid tiger costume. Bey quietly drops her CD and crashes iTunes. That’s how you win.

      • annabelle archer

        Well, while she didn’t promote the album, she did manage to get herself splashed around all week with her “Vegan diet, slash, wear fur and leather to every Vegan joint she can find” routine. That’s certainly not a coincidence. It was also tasteless and rude as fuck. I”m not a Bey hater, I have no real opinion of her either way, but I found that series of stunts to be beneath decent character.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          The first visit to a vegan restaurant dressed so insensitively could be excused as ignorance. The second time makes you doubt her intelligence. Maybe Kanye did get his wish. Perhaps Kim is more like Beyonce than we thought.

        • MilaXX

          I have to admit I did find it rude & tasteless wearing those get ups to vegan restaurants.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Wearing fur and leather to a vegan restaurant displays a high level of cluelessness.

  • marlie

    Happy weekend, TLo and Kittens!

  • GorgeousThings

    Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

    My oldest is home from college so we’re going to watch “The Heat” on Netflix. It’s not broadcast or cable; does it count?
    Time to get into jammies, make some Angelina hot chocolate (thanks to my friend Joanne in Paris!) and settle in for the weekend, which the weather folk are saying is going to be stormy. We got wood for the wood stove, food, booze, and a generator. Bring on the snowstorm, dammit!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Sounds like a warm and comfy weekend-enjoy! My sister’s youngest daughter just came home from her first semester in college-they’re all beyond happy to have her home again.

    • formerlyAnon

      Sounds great to me! Living well is the best revenge. And a sound choice even if there is no object of revenge.

  • Tracy_Flick

    PRAS:

    Korto: Fine, I guess, but not much more than a maxi dress with a dirty-dishwater bodice. That taupe was fugly. I’m sure they’ll adjust the colors and it will sell well.

    Seth Aaron: Nice, but he was never going to sell that silhouette to a lady dressed like the QVC boss-lady was.
    Victor: Yikes, wrinkly satiny mess. The confession seemed so forced, and apropos of NOTHING. So heavy-handed of the producers.
    Elena: Weird shape, weird textile. But somewhat charming despite that.
    Christopher: Nice dress, great color, but the leather looked unfinished and poorly thought out.

    Irina: WTF was she thinking? Maybe she saw the writing on the wall and just wanted to get her name associated with a stunning bridal gown/ But I have to say, I’ll miss her. I love her ability to just glide right by the drama.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Korto did say she pulled that dress out of Satan’s ass…

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One of the memorable quotes from this season.

    • Isabel

      Irina – fangs came out at the end. She blamed the model for tearing the dress

      • Sarah

        “She TORE it!” (Never mind that I made it out of fabrics that couldn’t possibly withstand the design features I subjected them to…)

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Irina seemed more than a tad pissed off,but she chose those fabrics,and ought to have been aware of their fragility.

  • Funkykatt

    Very happy for you guys. You NEEDED to be discovered.

  • Pennymac

    I had an unplanned ankle rebuilding surgery this week. Went to the ortho for a second opinion on Tuesday, and he frowny-faced at my MRI results and scheduled me the next day. An hour and a half scheduled procedure took three hours, the removal of multiple bone fragments, and the insertion of two titanium screws. My BK friends know I don’t drink alcohol anymore, but this is the first lounge I’ve been toasted for. The pain pills are quite inebriating.

    I haven’t seen the latest PR, but I did gorge myself on The House of Cards based on my fellow PUFs and fabulous gay uncles recommendations. It was absolutely amazing, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with the very sexy Mr. Spacey during season two!

    Seasons Greetings, y’all!

    • Sarah

      Oh boy. As a fellow ankle hardware haver (thirteen pins and a plate!) I can vouch for the pills. I miss them terribly. This is my first winter without discernible arthritis in my bionic ankle, but the few after my surgery when they had cut me off the good stuff were brutal. My fiancé is enjoying House of Cards, but I haven’t been home to watch it, so I might take your word. Enjoy your doctor sanctioned buzz and stay cozy!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Oh my, that’s difficult surgery, Pennymac; be sure to be a determined and conscientious participant in your recovery physical therapy to achieve the best possible mobility and function. I had hand surgery 3 1/2 years ago, and the PT was more painful than the operation. Best wishes for swift healing.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Pennymac, best wishes for your recovery-and as other BK’s have said, work on the PT when that starts. After my knee replacement 5 years ago, the PT got me back to full use of the new knee-painful at times, with some cursing, but wellworth it.

    • formerlyAnon

      Echoing NDC – I moved in with a friend last year following her multiple-pins ankle surgery and had a first hand view of the physical therapy process even after I got to go back home. She did the work and has had a very good outcome. Enjoy the pain pills while you got ‘em.

    • Peeve

      Ow! That sounds painful! Hope your recovery goes speedily and as pain-free as possible.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Hope your recovery is smooth and the pain pills do the job.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Glad they gave you the good stuff!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    I need to saunter into the kitchen and warm up something for dinner, but before that I wanted to wave at all the BKs, PUFs and minions. Without the Thursday night Lounge and since I’m trying to be scrupulous at work and avoid TLo delightful diversions when I should be racking billables, I’ve been rather absent.

    Waiting for the storm tomorrow (sufficient beer and food already in place), but I need to get to IP Central on Sunday to knock off a pleading that I’ve been avoiding that must be filied next week. The weather better cooperate on Sunday.

    I’m not feeling very festive. 6 weeks ago my sister, who has been so supportive and present for all of my surgeries over the past 3 years and my cancer tribulations last year, was diagnosed with an aggressive (mostly)triple-negative breast cancer. From feeling nothing doing a BSE in September to finding a lump a month later that was the size of a golf ball. She’s undergoing chemo now, and the tumor is responding by shrinking, so that’s encouraging, but doggone it…..

    I am sharing my chemo experience and wisdom, such as it is, with her, but she’s lost all her hair already (after 3 1/2 weeks and two cycles of the 4 cycles of 2 drugs she’s getting ’til the end of the year; she gets another oncology prep 1/wk for 12 weeks starting in January) and feels pretty rough for three days after her infusion. I’m hoping her response now augurs well; surgery (a prophylactic double) in May.

    You never know what whammy left field is going to hurl at you, friends.

    • Sarah

      Oh, no. Best of wishes, honestly, to your sister, and yourself. The Whammies of Left Field are firing on all cylinders in Richmond, too, of late, so I know how hard it is to be seasonably festive. I hope that you can help each other appreciate the beauty of winter and the season for what it’s worth. Stay warm, in both body and heart, friend.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I’m being forgetful, Sarah, but I think I do remember far too vaguely a post of yours about… doggone it, was it an inlaw? … who had a major health upheaval.

        We are fragile beings, aren’t we?

        • Sarah

          Oh, well, I have an in-law to be with recurring cancer (thyroid, lungs, ovaries, uterine, you name it), currently in remission for the fourth time, but her sister just got diagnosed with lung cancer and her other sister had a huge (26 lb) benign tumor removed from her abdomen a year ago. SO, I’m sort of glad my fella is adopted, but somebody needs to check the well on the family property. More close to home looms alcoholic rehabilitation and bipolar disorder, thus making the past months quite difficult, and the future less sure than it seemed not long ago. You do your best, of course, and hope that love and good doctors will conquer all.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Oh
            My.

            Sarah, my heart goes out to you. This online community is a poor substitute for being there in person, but we’re rooting for you and your family.

          • Sarah

            Thank you, sincerely, and rest assured that just having a place to escape to has been quite a blessing.

          • formerlyAnon

            Sarah, that sounds overwhelming. Life sure doesn’t wait till we’re prepared, does it? Hope you and your fella are good at building up a shelter of the little things we do for our loved ones that can make all the difference. Homemade bacon cheeseburgers sound like you are!

          • Sarah

            Overwhelmed is not in my wheelhouse. I cannot and will not allow it. (I am fully aware that this can sometimes be a fault, but there it is). Thank you most kindly for your support. What I do, instead, is rely on an admittedly sometimes-ridiculous sense of optimism, in large part thanks to my genetics, alarmingly huge doses of antidepressants, and escapist literature. Nothing cannot be overcome. I believe it to the depths of my soul. Friends, all of you BKs included, are the other part.

          • formerlyAnon

            You have a better attitude than I usually manage, but I am friends with several of your weapons in the good fight. (The utility of escapist literature is underrated, IMO.) I will remind myself of your battle cry periodically.

          • Sarah

            Hope it helps. For the record: Before said meds & fifteen years ago, my attitude was much, much more bleak, but ironically, nothing really tough had even been thrown my way. Babe I the woods, was I. Thank goodness for modern chemistry. And stiff drinks. And with the reading: if it’s not for escaping, you’re not reading the right stuff, amirite?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Modern chemistry plus a really good therapist gave me a lifeline 10 years ago-along with one of the world’s better spouses, for hanging in there with me. The comfort of a good read is also highly recommended.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      I’m so sad for you and your sister, I don’t know what to write. After everything you and your family have been through, it’s awful that you have to go through it all over again. My heart goes out to you both. I hope her results are as good as yours seem to have been and that this will be the last bad news your family gets for a very long time.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, Gifted. As my gyn-onco surgeon said to me when we discussed my sister’s Dx two weeks ago (this man is SO wonderful; he met my sister when I had my exploratory surgery in March ’12 and then in May/June ’12 with my cytoreduction and post-surgery appts. He always asks after her.), “Well, so much for genetic testing!” Which I had a year a go and had no mutations in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes. My sis is, like me, otherwise healthy, not overweight, good heart, good lungs, good kidneys and liver, good muscular strength – she’s a rower. Which actually dictates the kind of reconstruction surgery she will have, as she wants no muscular impairment if possible.

        I did tell my brother, though, that he better keep an eye out on his prostate!

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          Has your sister been tested? I know of many families where one sibling had the mutation but the other did not. In my own family there is a thread of the gene coming through my paternal grandfather. I have the gene; my daughter does not. One of my sisters also had it. My youngest sister does not have it. We have first cousins with close to the same pattern, Interestingly, the cousin who does not have it looks like my youngest sister and they both look like our paternal grandmother.

          Hopefully, that prostate cancer gene will be identified soon. It definitely runs through my ex-husband’s family and I want my son to be tested as soon as it’s available.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Unfortunately a family history is a big risk factor even if you don’t carry those specific genes – so I’ve not bothered to be tested because with a mother and grandmother who’ve had breast cancer I know I am at risk.

    • Pennymac

      Sending your sister healing thoughts. My own sister is now in remission from a nasty BC diagnosis.Its been a rough 18 months for her, but she just had her reconstructive surgery and is doing well. I pray your sisters outcome is a positive one.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        When it’s your sister, well, the closeness is profound. With my OC last year, I figure I’m now at a much higher BC risk, which I’ll be discussing with my oncologist on Monday, a quarterly check-up. Our mother died 8 1/2 years ago, two months shy of 90 having been Dx’d with breast cancer (and underwent a mastectomy) in the fall of 2005. Not liking the trend, let me tell you! And these sorts of breast cancers are… idiopathic.

        • Pennymac

          My mom passed from it. If I have a positive mammogram, I’m going to be surgically proactive.

    • conniemd

      I hear you. Life sure throws some curve balls. My husband of 29 years died unexpectedly of a heart attack in October and my daughter and I aren’t feeling the least bit festive either. But I’m a glass half full kinda person, so not feeling festive means not spending so much time an energy into trying to be festive, so you have more time with people you love and things that matter. I’m sending prayers and healing mantras to you and your sister.

      • Sarah

        Sorry for your loss, Connie. I will remember your advice – not trying so hard is maybe the best thing to do.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Oh, Connie, you have my most sincere sympathies. My family’s dealing with illness, but you’ve suffered a sudden bereavement. Anything I say (or write, rather) is a pale platitude, but I hope you and your daughter can take comfort in each other and your shared memories of your husband, her father.

        Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

      • MilaXX

        So sorry for your loss. Peace be with you and your daughter.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am so glad you have your daughter and hope that you find unexpected sources of comfort and happiness over this coming year. My dad died unexpectedly, while out of town on a fishing trip with friends. It was a terrible thing for my mother, no warning, no chance to say good-bye, after 32 years of marriage. I never realized till I watched her go through her grieving how the impact of a wrenching loss ebbs and flows over months and years.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Take the time you need to be with your daughter and the other people you love. Prayers for comfort coming your way.

      • Aidan B

        Very sorry for your loss.

      • Saturnine

        Oh, so sorry. My thoughts your way.

      • Peeve

        My deepest sympathies, Connie. This is obviously a really tough time for many of the BK’s, and I’m truly sorry. You are wonderfully optimistic, and I love your outlook on the holiday season. Something I’ll remember and apply to myself, as well. Thank you!

      • housefulofboys

        So sorry for your loss. My husband (of 28 years) and I were talking yesterday about what I would do if he passed away and I said I couldn’t think about it. I guess we all need to be prepared for life’s tragedies and spend our time cherishing our loved ones during the time we have. Both of my parents died many years ago on thanksgiving and, while it took time, I spend that holiday now remembering all the wonderful thanksgivings we spent together, making their favorite foods, using my mother’s dishes, telling stories from the past. I hope for the same peace for you.

      • UsedtobeEP

        We BKs against the world again, it seems. I hope Christmas is peaceful for you, if it can’t be festive.

    • MilaXX

      So sorry to hear about your sister. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, Mila; she’s a tough cookie, and that’s high praise. I appreciate all the encouragement and caring.

    • formerlyAnon

      Best wishes to your sister, and to you. I do hope her treatment is fully successful and she never has to deal with cancer again after her mastectomy.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        See above,. formerlyAnon – my reply to bitchyx3. Thanks, girlfriend.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      NDC, that just sucks, to be inelegant.May the chemo shrink that @#$#$# tumor, and the treatments give your beloved sister better health and a good future. Cyberhugs to both of you,dear.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, B3, this community – of men and women I’ve never met (except for T Lo and Gotham Tomato) – really is caring and affirming. It truly offers generous succor.

    • Peeve

      Oh, love, I’m so sorry! Sometimes life doesn’t give you time to catch your breath before it throws something else at you. And you and your sister have definitely had more than your share. It’s a blessing, though, that you’ve had each other there when you’ve needed it. All my best wishes to you and your sister.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, my friend. I’ll be speaking to her tomorrow, I expect. She is a fighter and a compliant patient. I just hope that there will be better and long living through chemistry … once again!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Thinking of you and your sister.

    • housefulofboys

      Best wishes and peace to both of you. I’ve had my share of left field whammies, but this really sucks. It’s good at least that you have each other to lean on. Take care.

    • UsedtobeEP

      Sigh. I know this is a blow.

    • jayetyler

      I am so sorry about your sister’s dx, BC sucks. I had BC at 32 (also triple neg). Knock on wood, I am 9 1/2 yrs out, cancer free.

      Sending lots of good vibes your & her way.

    • decormaven

      May the whammy be counterbalanced by a blessing. Sending healing thoughts to your sis, and strength vibes to you.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      All you wonderful folks who posted remarks to me – I can’t convey how much I appreciate the outpouring of kindness and support. None of us may ever meet in person – well, we might if we have a T Lo convention some day! – but that doesn’t diminish the worth of your big hearts and concern. It really comforts. Tom and Lorenzo, you have really created and nurtured a special community of wonderful people here.

      I spoke to my sis today, and she’s got even more pesky side effects burbling up, none dire but all annoying and wearying. She’s soldiering on and glad that the chemo’s shrinking her tumor and may be so efficacious (we can hope) that she won’t need radiation in the spring. We’re both grateful that we have modern medicine available to wage the battle. Had this happened 50 years ago (or even more recently than that – and for both of us), well, the story would be monumentally grimmer.

      • formerlyAnon

        Wishing strength and good support care so the chemo is more tolerable for your sister.

        Tom and Lorenzo do deserve our thanks – not only do they set a pretty humane tone for a “Fabulous & Opinionated” blog, but they allow us to go down these personal paths in their comments section and spend the time & energy to exclude the comments & commenters that violate their standards for civility. Thanks guys!

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Lovely weekend, uncles and BKs.

    PRAS:
    Before getting to the runway… producers, please stop staging personal confession moments. For one thing, I have to listen to people coming in and telling me all their medical issues at work (yes, they do), and it’s not an aspect of life with the public that I enjoy. For another, could that have been any more staged? My God in heaven, that was awkward and uncomfortable, not to mention completely unrelated to the challenge.

    Okay. On to dresses. My opinion cannot be any further out there than the judges’, to put it kindly.

    Korto: I have no idea why this won. I like Korto, but loose-fitting maxi-dresses in blaze orange aren’t for the red carpet, unless you’re headed straight out for a day of deer hunting after it, I guess. This would have been my auf, and they gave it the win. I’m… baffled.

    Christopher: I liked this a lot. Not terribly original, but if original is blaze orange, I’ll go with the cliché. Win.

    Elena: I didn’t mind it too much. I liked the way her fabric treatment came out. I’d have put her in third place.

    Irina: A very pretty idea marred by awful materials that she didn’t handle right. I’d have put her in the bottom two for the rip, but not in a million years would I have auf’d her for it. What’s up with that?

    Seth Aaron: Definitely second place. I love most of it, but the weird slit all the way up the front made my eyes bleed a little.

    Fourth place to Viktor, and that’s only because Irina’s actually ripped. Those wings, that color, the ill fit… I thought it would vie with Korto for the auf.

    • Sarah

      Y’know, Viktor’s color made me think of Uma Thurman’s gown from something or other earlier this year. It was stunning on her. I think it could have been good if it hadn’t been too loose, but unfortunately, it was not so well fitted, as you pointed out. (More on the bottom than the top, though, and Alyssa said it was bad on top, which I didn’t really get). I am sort of in agreement about Korto’s. The colors didn’t bug me, but I just didn’t see it as red carpet.

    • MilaXX

      OMG YES to the staged part.

      Re: Korto’s win. I was the only one that perfectly matched the QVC brand.Not only could that skirt work on a variety of shapes/sizes, the simple top makes the perfect canvas to shill any QVC jewelry & accessories. Add to the fact that it was the only one that would withstand being worn by a hostess who would need to sit/stand/walk over an 8 hour shift and I knew the minute I saw it that Korto would win. All the rest were variations on mermaid dresses, which are not mass marketable or sit/stand friendly.and Seath Aaron’s, which made the model’s butt look bug and had a slit that was dangerously close to showing the fine china.

      • BuffaloBarbara

        That makes sense. I just didn’t find it aesthetically pleasing at all.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Right on all counts-I hadn’t thought about the neckline of Korto’s dress being good for accessorizing with QVC baubles, and it is.
        Seth Aaron was on to something when he remarked that he and Korto had thought about moving and sitting when they designed their looks.
        BTW-I could hear Peach Carr remarking about getting a peek at the good china!

    • GillianHolroyd

      That confessional was excruciating and then over and done with; I expected to have it come up again during the judging and that would have been even more “forced” with Mondo there.

      Korto’s dress, I liked the colors…orange &taupe (or orange & white) is a really beautiful combi but the loosely wrapped top said “resort” to me, not red carpet. Too casual.

      • Mojone

        I thought Korto’s dress was auf-ful. As if she’d ripped the bodice from the orange dress, draped some beigey stuff on top, and added a shiny QVC belt. Aaaah, that’s it — the belt. They want to sell that QVC belt. Surely no one thinks that is a runway dress.

        And Irina. She must really have been ready to go home or else she would have made that dress in a color — I’m picturing yellow.
        I loved Elena’s dress except for the neckline being way too high.
        Oh well, I was wrong on all counts.
        Missing the regulars — Tim and Heidi, Michael and Nina.

        • GillianHolroyd

          I forgot to say, I did think Korto was going home for that. It looked thrown together, like Seth Aaron’s did the week before. I thought she and Victor were getting the loser edit.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Korto said in the confessional that she bought beaded trim from Mood to make that belt. I don’t think it was originally a QVC product.

      • swanpride

        I got the feeling that they seized the first opportunity to get rid of Irina.
        It was pretty funny though that the panel didn’t seem to know themselves who was top and who was bottom, they all said something else.

    • swanpride

      Mine looks a little bit different (I agree concerning Victor, though…man, he is really playing the camera hard this season, isn’t he? We have the fan, the “little drama” last week, the sob story…the only thing missing is a total meltdown at which ends he comes up with the supposedly best dress).
      Either way
      1. Seth Aaron: Mostly by default. It was the only dress which didn’t look bridal or prom to me and somewhat fulfilled the impossible challenge (really, a red carpet dress for the QVC customer? How many of them actually ever need one?).
      2. Christopher: But only because it at least looked clean, even though the blue looked that black that I kept thinking of a gothic bride. The only thing missing was the bouquet with the black roses
      3. Korto: Again, but default…in fact, the next three places are pretty much interchangeable. This one at least nailed somewhat the QVC customer.
      4. Elena: Beautiful fabric, but no interest from the front. If it made the model look like a strange puffy insect, what chance has everyone else?
      5. Irina: Honestly, I could have seen her in the top too, bridal or not. At least she tried something ambitious with actual design instead of relying entirely on the fabric. Never ever I would have given her the auf.
      6. Victor: Vile shiny fabric in an ugly colour which puckered at the seams, overdesigned and nevertheless boring – it reminded me of a bride’s maid dress a bridezilla hand-sew (or glued together) for the better looking sister/cousin she always hated. There was no excuse not to auf him for this one.

      • AnneElliot

        YES!! Yes to the “strange puffy insect” of Elena’s dress, yes to Christopher and his gothic bride. I love Victor but I LOVE your description of the dress for a bridesmaid with the bridezilla rivalry. Ex-zaactly!!!

  • carolynmo

    I’m watching “White Christmas” tonight. It’s hard not to think of your Musical Monday review when I watch it.

    • Pennymac

      Yes! I was hoping they’d repost that!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      A T Lo Tradition!

    • Munchkn

      I watched the 7 o’clock showing and I’m watching the rerun! I love the dresses that Rosemary and Vera-Ellen wear during the Sisters number. The color is lovely! Commercial right now for UNICEF with Alyssa Milano.

  • Sarah

    Just remembered: Zanna says “You never see green on a magazine cover or the red carpet, because people don’t like green.” I like green. It’s my favorite color. I mean, I get that market research suggests these rules to editors and stylists, but I call bullshit. I think green is awesome. Sure, maybe not everybody likes or looks good in Viktor’s olive green, but green in general is a great color.

    • guest2visits

      That was weird. Just because it wasn’t HER shade of green, I guess. I liked the color and the fabric, it just wasn’t the right design for QVC.

      • Sarah

        I found her critique quite amusing considering she was wearing a skirt and top in the same (very busy) print, one tail of her blouse hanging out of her waistband, and the whole shebang a conglomeration of navy, lavender, and black and white dots (flowers?). It was not an outfit to inspire confidence in a mentor.

        • guest2visits

          HA. I just put together a large box of magazines last week for donation with other items. I know there were beautiful variations of green on the likes of Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, Zoe Saldana, and more – most recently a very pretty nobody named Taylor Swift. I think Zanna tries for fashionable moppet, most of the time it ends up as messy/silly.

          • AnneElliot

            I can’t think of a single decent critique she’s given to any of the designers this season. I miss Joanna Coles.

          • Sarah

            Exactly my point. And win for “fashionable moppet” which should be the name of a new fashion magazine/blog!

        • SRQkitten

          Exactly! I said to dh “who would listen to someone dressed like that for fashion advice, really?”

        • kerryev

          That half-tucked shirt is a stylist thing. See, stylists? It does too make you look like a jackass.

      • AnneElliot

        I totally agree!! I love green — didn’t Michelle Obama just make a splash with a GORGEOUS emerald green dress at the Kennedy Center Awards? I thought Emerald was the “color of the year”!! Granted, that wasn’t the prettiest shade, but olive looks good on a lot of skin tones.

        • guest2visits

          I loved the gown for Michelle O. but the prude in me wanted the bodice a half inch higher. It’s like it (the dress) couldn’t decided if it wanted to be daring or just elegant. Still gorgeous.
          Greens can be so versatile, wouldn’t it depend on the fabric or the item? It was silly of Zanna to discard the entire color.

          • Sarah

            Indeed! So many shades to choose from, too! Also, re: my color theory class in art foundation year, Green is complementary on the wheel to Red. So, anyone with pinkish skin is going to pop in green. And, re: Michelle O. and countless other women of color: green obviously goes with all types of brown and cinnamon and tan. So, once again: bullshit. Green rocks.

          • MilaXX

            I just don’t know why she mentioned it. Sure it may not be a choice to sell magazines, but this a magazine cover challenge.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That Marchesa gown worn by Shelley O was a gorgeous green, so as other BK’s have said, to write off a color is silly.

          • guest2visits

            I could see if it was PUCE, probably not a crowd pleaser. But in my eyes green is a very emotional color, especially on a cover it can be very attention grabbing and dramatic on the wearer. Now there are a few shades I’m not fond of like harsh, artificial aquas and some pea soup hues, but that’s in clothing. Our domestic environment is full of various shades; pillows, bed linens & towels, furniture, kitchenware, tableware, wall art, rugs…you name it… green crops up in just about anything. It may be subtle, but it’s there.
            Yes, this is a strange discussion about green. I blame it on Zanna. Next week: MAGENTA!

        • GillianHolroyd

          ” I thought Emerald was the “color of the year”!!”

          I think that was last year. Pantone just announced it was Scintillating Orchid or some tripe.

          • MilaXX

            I’m surprised they pick this color since it’s a difficult shade of pink for many to wear. It will look great on most women with olive or darker skin tones, but I’m not sure how my paler sister will be able to carry it off.

          • GillianHolroyd

            Huh, I had just the opposite reaction. I think it looks good on silver-haired women but not on dark skin, too wishy-washy.

          • Munchkn

            I noticed a post on Houzz that said that they could see that color in a dress, but they’d not paint their walls radiant orchid.

          • Jackie4g

            They will look like a crate of lemons.

          • kerryev

            Tripe should totally be a Color of the Year.

        • MilaXX

          Michelle wasn’t on the cover trying to sell a magazine

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        If a judge hates green, that is good enough to eliminate a contestant! So says Michelle Visage.

        • StellaZafella

          Michelle Visage only hates green because it brings out her vericose veins.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I love you so much.

          • Eric Stott

            It’s so close to her normal skin color

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Zanna was dressed like a slob during her critiques this week anyway so I wouldn’t listen to her. I would have even given her a pointedly critical up and down at her outfit.

      • Sarah

        Right? She looked like she just rolled off a couch after a bender at her friend’s apartment. I wouldn’t listen to her, anyway. She has not been a constructive “mentor.”

        • StellaZafella

          Tim Gunn says things like: “I’m having trouble with the pleating” “How’s your time management?” “Is this speaking to you?” “Green, such a difficult color” (Thank you Maggie Smith)…and, of course, “Listen to your gut, but make it work!”

          Zanna says: “What did I just tell you about jewel tones?” “This looks cheap” “None of you are All Stars…”

          Who do you want to be your mentor?…and who do you want to tell to go shove it where the sun don’t shine?

          • kerryev

            I’ve liked her in earlier episodes, but I think her notes form the producers this week we “Be awful.” “What did I just tell you” was literally what she *just* told them. What was he supposed to do, spray-paint the thing before she got to his station?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’d still go with Tim Gunn, as Zanna has not been particularly incisive or helpful in her critiques.

          • Eric Stott

            Things were better when Joanna Coles was the mentor.

    • GillianHolroyd

      The green thing is funny because in my job, I have to choose a lot of fabric for some specific types of people and if you look at the pile, there’s always a lot of green, limes and olives. I think green hits a lot of notes from summery to sophisticated without being boring. Myself, I never wear it but I can appreciate that it looks fantastic on other people and well, they are buying my stuff so…

    • cocohall

      Green tends to be calming, and fashion/beauty mags don’t want you calm! They want you agitated about “how to lose the last 10 lbs” or find the perfect holiday sweater! So you will grab the magazine and rush off to the cashier. I’m sure the market research does show that green clothing doesn’t move magazines, but what rubbish to say that people don’t like green. ZRR is a puzzle to me. When she appears on The Fashion Police, she seems like a genuine, charming person. And then she sashays into the work room wearing her Tribute to Crazy Grannies Daisy blouse and skirt combo, and has the moxie to tell the designers they aren’t PRAS worthy. I feel like the Bunim Murray folks offer her a “snark sheet” and a stiff drink minutes before she hits the workroom. She couldn’t seem less interested in what the designers are doing or what she is saying. People wait for a bus with more intention and focus. And yes, that moment with Viktor was so awkward. God Bless him and be well, but no need to make yourself into an After School Special.

      • Sarah

        Good thought about why fashion mags wouldn’t want you relaxed. Not an eye-grabbing color, necessarily; true. And I quite agree with your critique of Zanna. It amuses to picture a stiff drink and a list of snark thrust into her usually pleasant hands. Maybe she doesn’t like the production staff behind the scenes on the show, and that contributes to her lack of commitment to her role on PRAS. When I think of it that way, I can’t blame her, really. Especially because I suspect it was they that made Viktor into the A.S.S you eloquently referred to.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Years and years and years ago I worked in a vintage clothing shop; we had one long wall of day dresses hung by color. Lots of black, then navy, purples into brown then green and into brighter colors. At the end of the week we would take stock and reorganize the dresses as we put out new ones. We’d always have to pull out a number of green dresses because there would alway be more green left and if we didn’t pull some they’d start to take over. My boss always said the same thing as Zanna – people don’t buy green. I love green, and have green eyes, so I lucked into a lot of nice dresses!

      As for PRAS, I loved Elena’s dress, and I couldn’t figure out what the complaint was about the shape. And I also happen to to have an- admittledly old, but still – dress by Isaac with the same shape, so what gives? I thought the way she worked the fabric was interesting.

      And I have to add – IF YOU WANT GORGEOUS RED CARPET DRESSES GIVE THEM MORE TIME!!! which is what I kept yelling at the tv.

      • Sarah

        Aww, see, I love it when vintage stores sort by color, so that I can beeline for the green. But I’m a natural reddish blonde with pink skin, and my eyes, which are blue, skew the nicest emerald when I wear it. So, I’m with you on that. And Elena’s: I didn’t mind the shape or the treatment, but I felt Mondo was right about it being a bit too fussy with folds in back.

        • alyce1213

          I love green too, even some olive shades if they don’t go too yellow. I have the same coloring as you, with green eyes.

          • Sarah

            Me too. It’s black and grey, and the only colors I sport are green, navy, and dark reds. Ppl always tell me I look good when I force myself into turquoise or purple, but I guess my goth-to-dirty-hippie youth habits are hard to shake. (I did finally give up on brown, which doesn’t do me any favors, after years of trying!)

    • kimmeister

      How iconic was the green dress in Atonement? To die for.

    • In_Stitches

      I love so many of the lovely shades of green from emerald, sap, forest to British racing, but the ones most often found on shows like PR are shimmery, yellowed tones that just make the wearer look sickly. They give the color a bad rap.

  • formerlyAnon

    A weekend of food & culture in another city – a fine, fine, tradition. Poledancing a nice bonus. Hope it means you can write off some of your trip expenses.

    • Pennymac

      And wear some fabulous clothes!

  • guest2visits

    For PRAS – Korto’s wasn’t my favorite dress but it fit the QVC challenge best. I liked the idea she was going for in her daring re-do; and while it still looks a bit thick in the middle and I’m not sure about the greyish shade on top; of all the designs offered – Korto’s was a pretty dress that would be the most size friendly and easiest to reproduce. It was the logical choice for the win. And it was in my top 3, so there’s that important endorsement. HoHoHo
    I missed half the show; but I’m guessing it’s about a salable RC type dress that looks good on Lisa too (I didn’t know QVC shoppers were in need of RC gowns, is that snobby? Maybe there are Christmas parties… and then there are CHRISTMAS PAR TAYZZZ…..ditto New Years).
    I thought the judges were cracked – Elena’s was my favorite. It was interesting, sexy, and very RC. Sexy without huge cutouts, boobs, or slits. I don’t even think she’s tried this look before, and it looked pretty good to me. Better fabric manipulation than on Christopher and Viktor’s same-old silhouettes. I also liked Irena’s elaborate, beautiful gown of fondant and frosting; but it was clearly meant for a wedding cake. Since it was also barely wearable or walkable – it completely missed the challenge requirements. But it was impressive art made in one skinny day.
    I loved the blue of Christopher’s gown; but I thought the massive tulle looked cumbersome and frumpy. Not to mention the winky blinky cups he made and the inexpensive looking leather touches. Not all that flattering or easy to wear. Same with Viktor’s; loved the green he chose and even the material – but the design was half old Hollywood, half Flipper. It didn’t fit his model well and it made think it could have been so much better with editing.
    Seth Aaron’s was a bottom look for me. I can’t get past the pot holders. Those are freakn POT HOLDERS people. I liked the glittery fabric alot, but the way it stiffly hung at the back and the very odd, undulated opening in the front….no; just no. So strange for Seth A. design too. I would have thought he would have nailed this one.

    What a fun, beautiful lounge ! Have a great weekend TLo….and all BKs too!

    • MilaXX

      They do a few uber fancy shows a year. Typically in sync with NYFW and around the Christmas holiday’s.

      • guest2visits

        Well of course with the power of my mouse, I’m going to have a look.

  • Isabel

    Saw a commercial about Tim Gunn’s new show. Does anyone have any details about it?

    • MilaXX

      It sounds like a clunker.Judges/Mentors are Nick Verros, Anya,, Mondo & Tim. What I remember of the description made it sound like a mix of Fashion Star & Styled to Rock. Tim is the host, the designers go through various challenges and Nick, Anya & Mondo are the mentors. I think I’ll probably pass.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I’ve never understood the Nick love as a designer, Anya is pointless…the only one interesting is Mondo. (Besides Tim, I mean.) I’ll watch just to see if we get our old Tim back (I miss him so). If we don’t, I’ll probably stop.

        • Eric Stott

          Nick Verros is a just competent designer, they’re employing him as a personality. Anya just possibly might be a decent judge – she’s low on ability but has decent taste.

          • Chartreusite

            Agreed wholeheartedly. Although I’m right with everyone who thinks Anya’s win was dubious at best, she definitely had a taste level and a declarative personal style that helped her create aesthetically pleasing, if uncomplicated garments, which at least puts her above someone like Josh McKinley who has the skills but struggles with the taste level.

            Something interesting about the lifetime series of PR winners: almost every one of them (with the possible exceptions of Anthony Ryan and Irina) were designers who had insanely strong personal senses of style that translated into their work pretty clearly.

          • AnneElliot

            Well put. I thought Anthony Ryan was a sweetheart but for the life of me I can’t remember a single one of his garments — how is this possible? Were his designs that forgettable?

          • Chartreusite

            Anthony Ryan is incredibly sweet, but you hit the nail on the head. I think he’s done some good garments, but his work on his original season was highly derivative and inconsistent and his all-stars work could be boiled down to color-blocking. His work kinda suffers the same way it does for someone like Christopher or Bradon from last season; they can design good garments and have proven it by winning tons of challenges, but they don’t really have a declarative, absolutely strong voice like the previously mentioned Lifetime winners. I mean they kind of have aesthetics, but it usually boils down to one technique or word (Christopher originally had his shredded garment thing, Bradon has “glam”, and Anthony Ryan has color-blocking), but any discernible point of view gets lost in trying to mold their output to the challenge given. It makes them really strong PR contestants because they always put the challenge brief first, but at the same time at the end of the day you’re just gonna remember them as that cutie pie who was a pretty strong contender. It’s why Christopher and Bradon struggled when it came to final collections and why it’s kinda hard to remember Anthony Ryan past his story and his success.

            That’s also why I’m really cheering for Elena. Yeah, you kinda have a ballpark of what she will produce on any given challenge, but she’s got an extremely persistent and declarative point of view. Combine that with how she’s grown as a contestant with the ability to fully execute and realize a look and you’ve got someone who’s becoming able to meet both the challenge and her own design aesthetic. It’s also why it’s so disappointing that someone like Seth Aaron is dropping a bit of his aesthetic because he’s scrambling under the constraints of the competition.

          • Eric Stott

            Anthony Ryan is one of those people with personal style more memorable than his garments.

          • Chartreusite

            Agreed. He’s definitely more a designer who is a character rather than a designer who has clothes that are characters…if that makes any sense.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Isacc Mizrahi also took an enormous liking to Anthony Ryan-perhaps he thought that AR’s clothes would have commercial appeal. I agree that AR isn’t a designer with a strong viewpoint

          • Eric Stott

            Could Mizrahi have a liking for sweet willowy boys with big hair?

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Ding!Ding!Ding! FTW!

          • Chartreusite

            Agreed, and to an extent I guess I can agree with that. Anthony Ryan is a designer who is easy to relate to and he makes clothes that people will want to buy. That isn’t a crime (especially given the direction Project Runway is headed), but I do kinda wish that the show acknowledged that who they consider to be a good contestant doesn’t necessarily correspond with designers who have firm identities and aesthetics.

        • SewingSiren

          Nick having been a teacher and with many years of experience under his belt would be the best mentor, regardless of his point of view as a designer. Mondo , although I love his point of view) and Anya are far too young and inexperienced in the garment industry to make good mentors.

          • Sarah

            Well, I don’t know about Anya, but Mondo’s been pretty successful. I could see that maybe a mentor who went through what you are preparing to go through in recent years and with the same climate might be of good use. (And yes about Nick). I’m going to watch it because: Tim. Unless it is SO BAD that I can’t stand it (which to me means Kardashian-bad) I will probably like it, too. I fully admit that I have low standards, though.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I have fond memories of Nick Verreos from his season, I still like Tim-maybe he’ll break out of his cyborg/lifetime shill mode a bit more-, and I think that Anya has a good eye and could be a decent stylist.

            Truthfully, I’m relieved that Heidi’s schedule means that there is at long last a break in the seemingly incessant seasons of PR. For this BK, they need a break.

  • HM3

    What the heck was with Irina blaming her model for the dress tear? The challenge specifically dictated that the wearer had to be able to walk and move effortlessly in the garment. The model attempted to climb ONE step on the runway (it’s not like she was doing cartwheels or anything), and it ripped. Crappy, uncomfortable design, paired with a crappy attitude on behalf of the designer.

    In other news: Elizabeth Moss is ADORBS.

    • kerryev

      During her season the other designers called her Meana Irina.

  • Eric Stott

    OY! That confession. Viktor darling – being positive for Seven Years and looking as fit and active as you is cause for celebration- but you cried nicely, bless your heart.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I may be just a teensy bit cynical, but haven’t we had an HIV + confession almost every season since Mondo?

      • Eric Stott

        You could be right, or very close. They are right up there with tearful proposals of marriage.

        • Eric Stott

          There was Anthony Ryan’s cancer story, and endless tales of dying mothers and grandmothers. Designers don’t seem to have dying fathers – they save them for estrangement issues.

      • Munchkn

        Mondo’s is the only one I remember anther than Victor’s this week. Jack Mackenroth from Season 4 is HIV+; he quit due developing a MRSA and needing focus his energy on fighting that.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Love this color combination!

  • SewingSiren

    I was baffled by the outcome of last night’s show. I thought Korto was a goner. And she wins! I didn’t hate the dress, but it looked so rushed and wrong for the client. I think the QVC woman even said she wouldn’t wear it during the judge pow wow.
    My favorites were Elena’s and Viktor’s . Elena’s entire body of work so far has been extremely impressive. Every piece fits the challenge , but also strongly represents her has a designer. I hope she ends up in the finale.
    Ironically I thought Irina’s dress was perfect for the client. Not my favorite by a long shot. But perfect for the client. Unfortunately for her the dress ripped and she didn’t have enough time to finish it properly. I agree with the auf.

    • nosniveling

      agreed, thought for sure Korto’s was the worst- looked like one of those 15 minute re-do jobs.
      wait- it WAS a 15 minute re-do!
      It does make sense re QVC though, by far the most reproducible.

      • SewingSiren

        Was QVC going to put the dress into production, or was it just for the host to wear at some red carpet event? If it was to go into production the mentor steered them all in the wrong direction with the “unique” and “red carpet worth” claims.

        • Sarah

          They put it in production. Upthread it was mentioned that it was released in the orange and a navy. Good point about Zanna’s mentoring. But she’s been poor in that department the whole time, IMO.

          • Andrea B

            It is on the QVC website for $199 in the orange skirt or navy skirt. Interestingly, they recommend wearing it alone for a “night on the town” or for a lunch with friends “dressed down with a jean jacket” !??

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            “dressed down with a jean jacket”? Right I always go swanning about my Applebee’s lunches in a long chiffon skirt.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Bahahahaaaa!!!!

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            that sounds perfectly hideous.

        • guest2visits

          The dress is posted on Blogging Project Runway, in both colors. It doesn’t scream RC to me anyway; but it’s a nice enough special occasion dress for QVC.

    • alyce1213

      Yeah, I though Korto was set for the bottom, like Seth Aaron was with his two-hour dress (which I thought was no worse than this, maybe better). I was shocked that she won. It’s not RC at all and pretty cheap-looking.

  • annabelle archer

    Well, anniversary weekend sucked balls and birthday weekend is not looking much better. A dear friend is in the hospital, the weather is for shit, and I can’t seem to catch a free moment for myself. But, I have much to be thankful for, and luckily, I am genetically predisposition to be somewhat optimistic, despite all evidence pointing elsewhere. Have a great weekend Kittens, Uncles, etc. Stay snugged, warm and fabulous.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Alcohol is almost always the answer.

      • Eric Stott

        and Plaid

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      By the way – always remember I love you best. :-)

    • formerlyAnon

      Sending you my best vibes, call them prayers or wishes or intentions as works best for you. Heading into the school holidays beleaguered is always a bad omen, but optimism looks good on you! My genetic baseline is “mostly content with just a few tiny complaints,” which is great because I do tend to drift negative if I’m not rested and stop paying attention.

  • GillianHolroyd

    wow, so Korto’s dress is for sale at QVC. I also didn’t remember that being part of the brief; I thought it was just for that woman to wear at some RC interview. Or, was it: we like this dress so much we’re going to produce it! afterthought? Can anyone remember for sure *when* it was mentioned that QVC would be selling the dress? Because Irina and Elena certainly didn’t hear that part either.

    My next question is: does Korto get any $ from this? It’s my impression that all designs are the property of the production company and she gets bupkis.

    • Eric Stott

      I think they said a “version” of the dress will be for sale on QVC. If she makes enough technical changes she might be able to call it a new design.

  • Saturnine

    I’m cynical, so I was wondering if B/M manipulated Victor’s reveal to foreshadow the anticipated final three: Victor, Seth Aaron, and Elena. I wouldn’t mind Elena in there at all (for design purposes only–exhausting drama aside), but Victor is wildly inconsistent from week to week, and my favorite Seth Aaron hasn’t produced anything as compelling as he did on his season.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      The “reveal” felt quite..inauthentic, I guess is the word I’m looking for. I feel for Viktor. I do. But it all smacked of manipulation.

      • Eric Stott

        Just once I’d love to hear something like “Guys- I’ve been living a lie. I’m Not Gay, I’ve just been faking it to get into the fashion industry”

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          And stupid hats. Don’t forget the hats!

        • formerlyAnon

          I love how you think.

    • Chartreusite

      I’m still sure Christopher, Elena, and viktor are the anticipated final three at this point in time, if only because Christopher and Viktor are looking to be the Anthony Ryan/Mondo/Austins of this season. Because Seth Aaron has been a little uncompelling, I would not be surprised if he doesn’t make it to the end; it’s REALLY rare for a finalist to win a challenge this late in the game, let alone make it to the end without a challenge win. Additionally, I got a feeling that if a winner were to make it to the finale, it would’ve been Irina; Jeffrey and Irina went back-to-back, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the winners have outlasted their designated time and are getting unloaded as swiftly as possible.

      Agreed entirely on Elena. I think she’s probably the most consistent performer this season; although she was in the bottom this week, I don’t think I’ve seen anything that was an outright disaster, which can’t be said about anyone else left. I think she’s a shoe-in for the finale and is getting the Anthony-Ryan/Mondo treatment (a TON of high placings with one really low placement as some winner’s doubt), but you never know; Korto’s a great designer and she could make her way to the end through sheer force of will.

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    You know, this is the only place I feel accepted and almost even okay.

    Thanks.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      It’s a lovely little corner of the internet!

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        I tried explaining to my BFF last night how this is so much more than a fashion blog chat room. We can start off by dissecting a starlet’s outfit and end up discussing ethics, morals, family and medical problems or how to make a great appetizer. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. When one of us succeeds, we all celebrate. We can disagree without calling each other nasty names. It’s our own little virtual utopia.

        • UsedtobeEP

          That is a very nice little description. I hope T and Lo feel warm and fuzzy when they read that.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          It’s a very odd thing – I went to a wedding in January, my friend had met her love internet dating, which she had been quite open about, but she’d met me in a fashion chatroom and we had to tell people we’d met through “friends of friends”. It seems so weird that it is socially acceptable to meet lovers on the internet but not make friends!

  • CeeQ

    Merry Christmas Tom and Lorenzo! Hope you are having a wonderful time in DC! I’m loving the ornament of the day posts – thank you for sharing! Especially enjoyed Lo’s early Xmas gift =D The train looks great under the tree =D Love you guys, so happy for your success – thanks for being a daily part of my life, you make me smile and snort-laugh constantly. You can’t put a price on that =D Hugs!

  • Sarah

    I hope and agree that you’re probably right. And good for him, if that’s the case.

  • UsedtobeEP

    I have been popping in on the Lounge, and so it’s been great to see you all, or at least where you were days ago. I came in late and didn’t see the “positive” reveal. Kinda glad I didn’t from what I am reading on here. Best to Viktor; I hope he stays well. I hope the rest of you, and families, get well, too, in mind, body, and spirit. I am feeling some stress myself. Thanks for being here to distract me.

  • Qitkat

    Stopping by late to shout out to all the kittens posting this weekend. Lots of stories of life and troubles and celebration going on, and I just wanted to say I’ve been thinking about you all and hope for better times to those who need them, and happy times to those who have much to be thankful for. My cup ran over this weekend as I baked Alton Brown’s boozy fruitcake, little gingerbread houses for grandchildren coming to decorate on Tuesday, babysitting for same g’kids as their dad helped mr. qitkat tile a bathroom floor, attending birthday party for other grandson and sticking to my diet in face of homemade chocolate and carrot cakes, working out with a sore knee to keep on trying to be healthier, trying to complete Christmas decorating and gift and card doings, and generally becoming exhausted, in a good way. Cheers to everyone as they celebrate the season in their own ways, and take the time to brighten up our little corner of the internet, and thanks to Tom and Lorenzo for this cozy place.

    • formerlyAnon

      Living very, very well, in other words. Cheers!

  • demidaemon

    I’m back! I’ll relate the story of my weekend with my man in the next TLounge Post. Stay tuned!