My New Sneaks

These were my new sneaks for like two hours. 


I loved them in the store. 

My stylish and lovely daughter helped me pick them out. 


Nike bright orange–cool, fashionable. 


“Just do it!”

But when I tried them on, I didn’t have socks, and had to use the ridiculous thin ones in the store.


The sneakers were snug and I asked for a larger size, which they were out of. 


I took the sneakers anyway, hoping they would be okay when I got home, but disappointingly, they were way too tight. 


And “the give” that the saleslady said would happen with the sneakers, absolutely didn’t. 


My foot was being crushed in there. 


I think Nike’s run small. 


Like the look, but not the sizing. 


Anyway, saw three people playing soccer in these (or something close to it) the same day. 


Orange is the new black. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Contrarian on Apple

As Apple approaches the unbelievable $1 trillion mark in market value, I am going the contrarian. 


Historically, I love Apple products–truly. 


But since Steve Jobs, Apple has done virtually nothing!


They are losing the battle for common sense priced products. 


They are losing the battle on innovation. 


Think for a second what has Apple come out with that is “WOW” in the last few years–either in terms of new product or design. 


Do you care anything about Siri?


Are you in love with their Apple Watch? 


Do you think much of their new iPhone X?


What about the computers–same old, same old?


I am still using the iPhone 7plus and have no intention to upgrade anytime soon. 


See the picture above, this is Apple’s idea of innovation. 


It’s the new Mac Pro — virtually the same as their iMac Pro, as their store rep explained to me–except it’s shaped like a tall and weird version of the Amazon Alexa personal assistant. 


BTW, you still need to attach a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. 


Are you impressed NOT? 


Apple as a brand used to mean the latest and greatest. 


Even now, I am still drawn to Apple products, just because I am conditioned to think of it as the best!


But is it still the best and is it worth the premium price?


Apple still has me as a customer and I am still a big fan of what they have done in the past.


But they better do something amazing again and now, because I think their stock is in for a mighty big and painful tumble if we don’t see the old Apple again soon. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Gucci Shoes WOW!

So we’re down in Florida.

It’s pouring today, so we decide to go to Sawgrass Mills Mall.

When the rain let’s up, we decide to go outside to this one row of stores that is like designer row.

We went into Robert Graham, Ralph Lauren (the purple label), Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Gucci, and more.

We saw this nice Chasidic couple in Gucci.

He looked at me and me and him–he was buying his wife a gift and I was “window shopping” and taking some cool photos.

We gave each other the thumbs up.

The shoe here was from the Gucci store.

Pretty incredible, no?

It’s definitely a brand standout!

Nice job Gucci designers. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

The Kool-Aid Overfloweth

Drinking The Kool-Aid

So I am a little concerned with this election.


As the promises are made…


As glass ceilings are broken for gender and outsiders…


As the endorsements are coming in…


As legacies are made and lost…


Everybody seems to be drinking a lot of Kool-Aid.


Somehow, the (social) media doesn’t seem as discerning as it should or could be. 


Maybe it’s more about brands, what outrageous, who’s insulted, ratings and advertising dollars.


Many (or almost all unless they have personal skin in the game) seem resigned to just vote for the candidate they deem least worst.


Accountability for actions and words–scripted and blurted out–don’t seem to be taken with the seriousness they deserve. 


Just say or do whatever it takes…shake hands, kiss babies, promise more of everything for everybody.


Wash it all away with the insincerity of the moment for the prize of the ultimate power grab awaits. 


The new leader of the free world will be sitting in the Oval Office in just a little more than half a year.


Kool-Aid is filling our screens, our newspapers, our conversations, and our minds.


What’s real and what’s bullsh*t about what we’re being fed?


Transparency, ha…feeding time is almost over. 


But where’s the real vetting, critical thinking, and values informing the process?


It’s not about what to think, but how to think!


Bellies are almost full…the herd is almost ready to vote.


The new King of the Jungle is almost ready to take their place at the head of it all.


Four years, maybe eight years…


How will the wild world be then? 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hate Ties, But Love These

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I hate neck ties in general, but love these specifically.  

If you have to wear a tie, these strong gorgeous silk ones called Quindici by Ermenegildo Zegna are absolutely beautiful. 

At a retail price of $285 each at Nordstrom’s, they are not cheap, but what a powerful and confident accent for any formal outfit. 

These are all for me! 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Not Your B*tch

Dog Carriage

Another story from a friend of a friend in the office.


A person has someone working for them who hasn’t been working out all that well. 


Basically, the staff person is having challenges simply getting their job done. 


The boss asks what the problem is and if there is anything they can do to help the person be successful. 


The staff person blurts out to their boss that “Nothing is wrong–I just don’t want anyone to say I’m your b*tch!”


For all the possible reasons for not doing your job this one was quite a shocking one. 


Sure people have challenges–not everyone is good at everything and it’s not always a right fit, but being worried about what other people think about your doing your job…uh, not a very good excuse. 


Seems like something the boss is not going to be able to really fix…maybe a shrink. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Try That On!

Fitting Room
So we took my daughter to the Free People boutique store at the Mall. 



That brand has such a cool clothing style (although a little pricey)–everything is sort of hippyish, natural, eloquent, cool grunge, and feminine with lace, beads, frills, ruffles, and more. 



As we went through the store, we noticed the amazing fitting rooms with heavy tapestry-type curtains and these beautiful flowers hanging plentifully from the ceiling–ushering you to try out their clothes. 



My daughter ended up getting a nice bag there, but the clothing also looks amazing and fits perfectly with her fashion sense. 



It was interesting for me to learn that Free People was started by the same couple in the 1970’s that founded Urban Outfitters. 



Two retail success stories–but Free People is not only the cooler name, but the better clothing line. 



Be Free People!  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)