Smile! Say “Cheese!”! The New World of Photography


What is constantly changing? The world of photography.

 Photos. Pictures. Your memories.

Here is a (very!) brief Timeline:

1888  The first “camera” is created and sold by George Eastman.

1843  Patent for panoramic picture is created

1932  Color photography for cameras and film becomes available for public use.

1948 The first Polaroid camera (instant pictures!) is introduced

1957 The first digital photograph is produced by scanning a photo into a computer

1997 The first cellphone picture is taken and shared

Now, it seems times are a-changing again. The photography trend seems to be headed in the direction of a more “inclusive” picture, in the spirit of panoramic film.   All of these are currently in “pre-order” status.  What do you think?  Will you be purchasing one of these?

Bubl Cam:


Eye Mirror:

Panoramic Camera Ball

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Time !!


Ah, it’s here ! It has arrived ! 

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé !

Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau

Created in France, in the province of Beaujolais (Burgundy region), this affordable red wine is released around the world on a yearly basis, always on the third Thursday in November.  Knowing when something new is about to be released always generates some anticipation and excitement. In fact, it’s become a family tradition of sorts!

( “Have you tried it yet?”  “No, not yet! But I heard it was a good year, something about the grapes not freezing! Going to run over to the liquor store and grab a few bottles ! Some for tasting now and some to bring over for Thanksgiving!”  “OK honey, but don’t taste too many at once!”) 

It’s also always fun to see the new labels as they are redesigned each year. I then transition from self-proclaimed sommelier into self-proclaimed professional art critic and discuss how pretty the label is this year and what a terrific use of color they utilized. (Note: I’m pretty sure my wine rating, label analysis and color interpretation sound more and more professional and knowledgeable with each glass of wine tried :). )

Trying the Beaujolais Nouveau always makes for a merry time, though I may need to go to France for its launch one year. The region hosts a five day festival called Les Sarmentelles.  Five days of drinking wine and winning prizes? Now that sounds like a great time to be had !

Enjoy your glass of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau ! Cheers! Sante!  अच्छी सेहत के लिए! Salud ! 乾杯!  Budem zdorovy! 干杯! Skå l!   (I hope these all say “cheers“!)

Have a great day all !

Great Beaujolais links:


Breaking Bad AUCTION at


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Breaking Bad Auction…..

Auctions!  Breaking Bad! Movies! (currently – ‘This is the End’)..

Everything is up for the taking.. I would have loved the Hello Kitty phone from Breaking Bad, however, at the current bid of $4,500.00 – I think it will stay where it is.. .though it is fun to check out all the items from the show.


Why dahhling, everyone can be GORGEOUS! (My favorite new app of the moment)




Edited version  (from article)

Edited version
(from article)

Original photo from article edited with my Facetune skills

Original photo from article edited with my Facetune skills

The novelty may wear off fairly quick.However, upon reading this article [Facetune] in the NY Daily News today, I just couldn’t resist buying into promises of a:

 New! Gorgeous! Perfect! Flawless me.


For the most part, “natural” tends to be better. You only need a quick glance at a picture of Jocelyn Wildenstein for example, to see that sometimes we tend to go too far to achieve the unattainable.

Jocelyn Wildenstein

Yet, an app, based on a photo – is not “real” life …. it can be undone in the touch of a button. Obviously, vanity of course, also comes into play a bit but for the most part, who doesn’t want to look better, younger, flawless?

The article mentioned how easy it was, no Photoshop skills required. hmm, I thought to myself, ” So what this is saying – is that for $2.99 –  I can look like, say.. almost as gorgeous as  Christy Turlington?”

Christy Turlington












Well I was not about to pass up that opportunity, even if for just a moment.

I grabbed my iPad… tapped here, tapped there, typed the magic word “Facetune”  in the search box  and poof! in less than 30 seconds the Holy Grail of a “better me” was in my hands. Guaranteed.

I found Facetune to have an aesthetically pleasant interface (yes, pun intended!), the app didn’t crash, it was incredibly easy to use. Basically, very user-friendly.  In fact, if not sure how to use a specific functionality, just swipe to the right and a brief video demonstration is  provided for each function.

You can crop the picture, add a filter, defocus parts of the picture, add more hair to your head, whiten your teeth, enhance your eyelashes. In fact, you can even reshape your head.  Forehead too big? Fixed.  Want to hide those stray grays? Done – without even spending gas money on a trip to your local hair salon. Uneven skin tone? Fuhgettaboutit – you won’t even need to (gasp!) go to Sephora to buy a truckload of makeup anymore.

In fact, in less than three minutes (could have been done a lot quicker – but I was having way too much fun with this app)  I DID look flawless… Well…maybe a little too flawless…(I may have gone a bit overboard with the retouching oh. fine, ok.. pretty much every single detail –  just as a case study of course! Ahem.

In conclusion:  Fun app, really user-friendly, loved to use it. Great for quick fixes or go crazy and do an “Extreme Makeover”  and share for laughs.

Note:  If you’re taking an important picture, it’s terrific that  a few minor flaws can be fixed with just a few swipes to your smartphone. My advice though, is: If you’re going to makeover your entire face, don’t send the picture to the folks you see on a regular basis insisting that the picture “Speaks the truth! I swear!”.   It won’t fly.

Think about it,  the folks you may see on a regular basis (like your family and friends)  know who you are and what you really look like,  and hey! – they love you for you!   So the only person you could be fooling, is yourself. So tread carefully and take it for what it’s worth, and just have fun with it!

Facetune is definitely worth the download!

“There is no exquisite beauty… without some strangeness in the proportion.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

“Beauty is not caused. It is.” ― Emily Dickinson

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
― Confucius

Has anyone seen my Louis Vuitton?


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It’s about that time again… Time… for a new purse.

My current 20-pound purse  “yes, I carry my life in my bag”  Tano bag,  though great quality and having lasted a few years, is just feeling a little too… well,  cumbersome lately. Why? Because the bigger the bag, the more crap I will undoubtedly stuff into it.

       Wallet and keys? Will never find either, but – yes, I carry those, and they ARE SOMEWHERE in there, so cross ’em off the list. Tissues and hair accessories (scrunchy, elastic, bobby pins) that are never found at the right moment – check. Chapstick, make-up, makeup brushes, lip gloss, mascara, and the accidentally-opened-now-empty-makeup bag floating around – check. Loose change, crumpled receipts,empty Metrocards, a bent credit card – check. Flyers and brochures handed to me by people on the street that I just felt bad turning down – check.  Last week’s unopened mail, a book where I haven’t turned a page in 3 months,  a magazine from April…. 2011 – check.  Shoes for work, lunch for work, snacks for work – check.  Bottle of water to prevent dying of dehydration during commute to work  – check. Headphones – yes – complete with tangled wires,  iPhone – somewhere in the vicinity of the wallet and keys – just follow the beeping sound of the alarm that I forgot to turn off at 6 AM and you should be able to find it.

Do you see what I mean ? Are any of you out there like me? Or am I doomed to eventually get a shoulder bag with its own zip code and GPS system ?  I understand that organization is not always my forte, though in my defense I do dump out and filter through all items mostly every Friday night. I always wanted to be one of those women with the PERFECT purse, and ALWAYS organized to a T. You know who I’m talking about. They have ANYTHING you may ever ask for, however if you manage to peek inside their compartmentalized’s clean, nice, almost feng-shui-ish in a sense…  That’s what I want!

The first purse I remember having (most likely in the 3rd grade) was my white Jordache purse. Oh, how I LOVED that purse … even though all it contained was a pencil and notepad, it was cherished.. and probably better than my best friend Christine’s purple unicorn purse – which she would fill with rocks during recess (you know, in order to chase and hit the boys with ..sorta like a modern-day sling.)  Ha!  (note* I don’t think she actually ever hit anyone – to my recollection, but it was pretty funny at the time to see the boys run away..ah, grade school..)   Let’s see, next I remember around sixth grade was my tie-dye jean purse. To match my bedazzled jean jacket. So cool.  Back then.

Later came the years of realizing that one advantage of living in NYC is that Chinatown is just a subway ride away and I could go shopping and then would gleefully return with a Prada bag… for ONLY $20 !!!!! Actually, upon closer inspection, it may have said Prado or Pradada.. Sigh, oh well, you get what you pay for.

So now, the investigation begins. What to get? How much to spend? Hey, I’ll kick in some loose change if it self-organizes!

What kind of purse do you own? Is there one that you’ve had for years or could never ever live without? Is there one that you wish you had never purchased? Share your stories ! Have a great week everyone!

Here are some fun links found during my Great Purse Exploration 2012, enjoy!