Friday, November 29, 2013

(Business) Crushing On Andi Potamkin

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Oh it's not just the chess set or the gallery wall near her dining table.
It's her style and joyful nature.
Andi, the Photography Curator and Gallerist
is shiny sterling
NYC adorable
Business savvy









She was featured in Rue
4 times thus far by Garance Dore

an Instagram to tear up over
(just so really sweet and quirky)












Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

It's Back! Aloette's Black Friday Sale

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SHOP NOW!
CLICK on the images above or click on these links.
HAVE FUN!

  It's Back! 
Aloette's Black Friday Sale

  Save up to 65% 

on select makeup and skincare items!

  Hurry--Sale Lasts 
November 29 to December 6!

BIG LINK HERE
  
  Shop Now:
  
  Start your holiday shopping with huge
  savings on Aloette favorites, like:

  - Select Lumitone Products    - Select Eye and Lip Definers
  - Dual Action Bio C           - Long Wear Liquid Foundation
  - Face and Lip Bouquets       - Lip Gloss Sticks and More!

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  Super Sales:


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Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday Aloette Cosmetics

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SHOP NOW!
CLICK on the images above or click on these links.
HAVE FUN!


  
  It's Back! Aloette's Black Friday Sale.
  Save up to 65% on select makeup and skincare items!

  Hurry--Sale Lasts November 29 to December 6!

BIG LINK HERE
  
  Shop Now:
  
  Start your holiday shopping with huge
  savings on Aloette favorites, like:

  - Select Lumitone Products    - Select Eye and Lip Definers
  - Dual Action Bio C           - Long Wear Liquid Foundation
  - Face and Lip Bouquets       - Lip Gloss Sticks and More!

  Shop Now:

  Super Sales:

Specials:


Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Garden and Gun Magazine

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Maybe it's because I always felt that I lived
in the South
in a past life

(oh yes, I've made friends suffer through hours of this ponderment)

or maybe
I just adore the art direction
the covers

Maybe it's articles about
The Bayou Mama of Lafourche Parish
Cajun cuisine's best-kept secret. Reservations required—if you can get one
or
Oh Lawd

Don't even get me started on the
or the

You know I hate guns
but this magazine may have
converted me
(I love converting. Habit of doing this)
I actually think I want to shoot a gun now.


I love Garden & Gun magazine.



Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.


Monday, November 25, 2013

MARRIAGE MANTRAS: 50 PIECES OF ADVICE FOR A HAPPY MARRIAGE

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There is a blog that rocks, as in 'Rock n Roll Bride'.  And she made the best list. Here it is:



1. Say “I love you” multiple times a day.
2. Spend as much time together as you can…
3. … but don’t be afraid of time apart.
4. Buy small gifts for each other. A bunch of flowers or a Mars Bar can go a long way.
5. Take baths together.
6. Eat dinner together.
7. Volunteer to do the crappy jobs.
8. Sex is important but snuggling afterwards is imperative.
9. Touch often (research consistently shows that touching more creates a stronger bond by releasing oxytocin).
10. Learn how to argue productively and without hurting each other.
11. Write love letters.
12. Say thank you.
13. Realize that romance isn't all flowers and chocolates. Bring a take-away home now and again… take-aways can be totally romantic.
14. Accept each other 100%.
15. Realize when it’s better to just let things go.
16. You can never kiss too often.
17. Sometimes going to bed angry is better than arguing when you’re tired.
18. Be kind, gentle and patient with each other.
19. Have a regular date night.
20. Put down your mobile phone.
21. Watch crap TV together.
22. Be silly.
23. Realize that bottling up your feelings is never a good thing.
24. Research each other’s Love Languages.
25. Say these phrases to each other as often as possible: ”I love you”, “I’m here for you”, “I understand”, “I’m sorry”, “I appreciate you”, “It’s nice to see you”, “I missed you”.
26. Never take each other for granted.
27. Do things because you know it will make them smile or make their day easier.
28. Compliment them everyday.
29. Never blame, criticize or say things that you know will hurt them.
30. Plan your future together.
31. Respect each other.
32. Hold hands.
33. Talk.
34. You’re entitled to get grumpy now and again, you’re not entitled to blame your partner for it.
35. Be observant and thoughtful.
36. Make the effort to tidy up after yourself.
37. Act with grace.
38. Be kind to each other.
39. Turn up the music and dance!
40. Stay up all night talking.
41. Write down the things that you love about them and hide it somewhere for them to find.
42. Be passionate…
43. … but realize that passion isn't everything.
44. Staying in is the new going out.
45. Listen.
46. Laugh more.
47. Put their happiness before your own.
48. Ask questions.
49. Honesty is always the best policy.
50. Always make the relationship your top priority. Nothing is more important than each other’s happiness.
This is the final article in Rock n Roll Bride ten part Marriage Mantras series. If you’ve missed any of the previous columns, be sure to catch up on them too.

Topping ‘influential blogger’ lists throughout the UK and beyond, Rock n Roll Bride is the brainchild of ex-television producer Kat Williams. Launched in 2007 while Kat was planning her own wedding, it has quickly grown from ‘just another bride blog’ to one of the biggest in the world. After becoming jaded by the limited offerings of the UK wedding industry, Kat saw a niche for alternative wedding inspiration and ran with it! Kat now works on the site, and the ever growing Rock n Roll Bride brand, full-time alongside her ever-suffering husband Gareth. She is also editor-in chief of the yearly produced Rock n Roll Bride print magazine.
KILLER STYLE, CRAZY LOVE · ALTERNATIVE WEDDING INSPIRATION

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights

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By the incredible Editors of Tablet Magazine, A New Read on Jewish Life: 
WHAT IS HANUKKAH?
Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights, celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in the 2nd century BCE and the Maccabees’ uprising against the Greeks.
WHEN IS HANUKKAH?
Hanukkah 2013 begins at sundown on Wednesday, November 27, and ends at sundown on Thursday, December 5.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Hebrew for “dedication,” Hanukkah is an eight-day-long celebration commemorates just that: the purging and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE after the Jews’ successful uprising against the Greeks.
ANY BAD GUYS?
Absolutely: Antiochus IV, one the best villains in all of Jewish history. As his nicknames—“the Illustrious” and “Bearer of Victory”—suggest, the ruler of the Hellenistic Seleucid Empire was fond of waging war. He was engaging in that pastime in Egypt when a rumor circulated in the region that he’d been killed. Meanwhile, Jason, a Hellenized Jew who’d been deposed as the Temple’s high priest, heard of Antiochus’ death and saw an opportunity to reclaim his position, so he marched on Jerusalem with 1,000 men. Antiochus interpreted the clash in the holy city as a full-fledged Jewish revolt against the foreign rulers, and, in 167 BCE, he attacked Judea and punished its population by outlawing all Jewish rites and practices and mandating the worship of Zeus.
By so doing, most modern scholars agree, the king was simply intervening in an existing civil war between those Hebrews who called for a strict adherence to tradition and those, like Jason, who preached assimilation to Hellenism. Antiochus’ involvement, however, aggravated the internecine struggle and prompted the traditionalists to launch a genuine anti-Greek revolt, led by an aged priest, Mattathias the Hasmonean, and his five sons—Jochanan, Simeon, Eleazar, Jonathan, and Judah—the latter nicknamed HaMakabi, or the hammer, for his combat skills. Followers of the fighting family eventually became known as Maccabees. Two years later, led by Judah, the Maccabees succeeded in defeating Antiochus’ troops, recaptured the Temple, and set out to purge it of idols.
According to the Talmud, the Maccabees wished to light the Temple’s menorah, a traditional candelabrum that customarily burned through the night in Judaism’s holiest place, but discovered just enough oil to last for one day. Miraculously, however, the oil burned for eight days, a wonder we commemorate by lighting candles for eight nights.
Given its themes of Jewish nationalism and rebellion, the rabbis downplayed Hanukkah’s importance throughout the centuries in exile, fearing it might inspire their flock to imitate the Maccabees and take up arms. More recently, however, the holiday has experienced a renaissance: Celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev—and therefore usually falling somewhere between late November and late December on the Gregorian calendar—Hanukkah has emerged as a Jewish equivalent to Christmas.
ANY DOS AND DON’TS?
As far as Jewish holidays go, Hanukkah is a lenient one, as it is not a Sabbath-like holiday and therefore forbids no particular practices. The major ritual of the holiday involves lighting the hanukkiah, the proper name for an eight-flamed menorah, which should be completed each night no later than half an hour after nightfall (except on Fridays). The Talmud, in Tractate Shabbat, specifies that unlike Shabbat candles, Hanukkah candles must serve not for illumination but for the sole purpose of reflecting on the Hanukkah miracle. This is why we light them with another candle, called the shamash, meaning servant, and why we place them on a windowsill so they advertise the holiday’s miracle to the world entire. As we light the candles, we recite two blessings: “Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light[s],” and “Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the universe, Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time.” On the first night of Hanukkah, we also recite the Sheheheyanu prayer, traditionally said whenever a happy occasion is celebrated for the first time in a new season. Hymns and poems are also sung, most notably “Hanerot Halalu” and “Maoz Tzur,” both retelling the Hanukkah story. There are also several additions to the daily prayers, including “Al HaNissim” (Hebrew for “about the miracles”), a special recitation that is added to the silent devotion prayer and that celebrates the Maccabees’ unlikely victory.
In a more earthly realm, there’s the tradition of playing with a dreidel, the Hebrew letters on which stand for “a great miracle happened there” (or, in Israel, “a great miracle happened here”). There is also the habit of giving gelt, or money, to children and young adults. Although there are several explanations concerning the origins of this custom, the most commonly held one dates to the 17th century and explains that with miracles and the elation of the historic victory on everybody’s minds, young, impoverished students would visit the homes of wealthy Jews and receive a few coins in return. More recently, nimble chocolatiers presented their own gold-foil-covered alternatives. Whether cash or cocoa, however, giving gelt fits in nicely with the overall spirit of December’s gift-giving mania.
ANYTHING GOOD TO EAT?
It’s traditional on Hanukkah to eat fried foods like latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)—a natural choice for an oil-themed holiday.
ANYTHING GOOD TO READ?
The Hanukkah texts are considered part of the apocrypha and not included in the Hebrew Bible. They include the two books of Maccabees, which tell the story of the rebellion and subsequent victory, as well as the Book of Judith. The sister of Mattathias, and therefore Judah’s aunt, she is believed to have tempted Holofernes, a conquering Assyrian general, with her beauty, giving him wine and cheese and, when he was drifting off to sleep, decapitating him. The assassination emboldened the Jews, terrified the occupiers, and saved the town of Bethulia from falling into foreign hands. To commemorate Judith’s bravery, some communities eat dairy on Hanukkah, hearkening back to Judith’s feeding cheese to Holofernes. The heroic act is also the reason for women’s participation in the mitzvah of lighting the Hanukkah candles: unlike other commandments, this one commemorates, in part, the bravery of one Jewish woman, therefore requiring Jewish women everywhere to partake in the ritual.
ANYTHING ELSE TO DO?
• Learn more about Hanukkah from that preeminent Jewish scholar, Elmo.
• Take that, Irving Berlin! Rock out with Sen. Orrin Hatch’s Hanukkah song.
• Build a Droidel, the only dreidel fit for a Jewish Jedi.
• Get swept up in the great Latke-Hamantash debate.
• Watch D.W. Griffith’s classic take on Judith.

Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly

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“She’s like a Thoroughbred. She’s statuesque. She’s gorgeous. She’s absolutely breathtakingly beautiful, and then on top of it she can pretty much act circles around everybody,” Aniston said. “But I just think how fun and girlie she is. You think of her as a very quiet, regal woman, and then when you meet her, she’s really just a fun, down-to-earth girl’s girl. That’s not something that’s expected.”

 Patti Friday, Photojourno, reporting from inside 'The Art Dept.' at the international 'Embassy of Ideas'.





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