20 February 2014

Poll: Which Reading Glasses?

I'm in the process of finding some new frames for reading glasses. When at home I rarely wear my contacts unless I'm planning to go out. When I don't bother besides its nice to have a pretty pair around as you never know who will pop in or if you just aren't feeling the contact vibe. Glamour, its all about glamour!

Here's a little info that you may find very interesting. 90% of ALL frames, high, medium or low-end are made by Luxottica. That's right, those $19.99 specials are made by the same company as Dior or Chanel. I'm presuming the ones that state they are made in Italy or France (the two largest manufacturers of high-end frames) are made in the better factories in Italy or France, as often the cheap pairs say "Made in China". Funny nearly all my vintage sunglasses say "Made in France".

Always check to make sure the exam is included (I'm looking at you Lenscrafters.) I always assume (stupid on my part to make that assumption, but usually that's a way to get a customer in the shop and buying). Both with large chains and small shops.

Small shops doesn't always mean poor quality. See my comment above about 90% if the frames are made by the same companies so might want to think twice before plunking down the cash for something that doesn't look top-notch at a chain or high-end shop (the except is the high-end shop that sells hard to find European or Never Used Old Stock Vintage). Besides if its designer you're after (I'm usually just trying to find a pair that doesn't make me look ridiculous, I look great in sunglasses, put a clear lens in them and I look like a dork!) the small shops often have exclusives you won't find in the chains. They are trying (like most small businesses) to be unique, and thats where you'll find the most unique frames (experience talking here, it can take me weeks to find the right pair and 9 times out of 10 its the small shop where I find the most interesting frames).

I've been lucky to find a small family owned chain that has been wonderful! The owner also happens to live across the street from us! He's so good that he doesn't make a full mark-up on frames knowing this is an area he can't compete with the large chains and likes to give his clients as much of a break as possible, which is an excellent business practice. Not only does he give personalised service, he gives them the best price available without any fake add-on fees because of the brand. And you'll know straight out before the exam starts if its free or not! The way businesses both large and small should work! (I'll post the info below as there are few easily accessible to the city, and this is the one place that took their time finding the correct contacts for me -- most rush you out after the second try!)

To the left of this you will find a poll. It closes on 24 Feb at midnight (changed the date as I'm anxious to hear what you'll all say). While I love the red pair (thats why they're up there!) my last pair was red, so I'm iffy. I'd like your opinion on which frames I should chose next, pretty please and don't forget to vote on the poll to the left of this post.
1. Black Pointed Cat Eye
Pointed Cat Eye ¾ view (not an choice just showing side view.)
2. Red Pointed Cat Eye
Red Pointed Cat Eye ¾ View (not an choice just showing side view.)
3. Black "Bat"
Black "Bat" ¾ View (not an choice just showing side view.)
4. Black "Bat" with Diamonté
Black "Bat" with Diamonté ¾  (not an choice just showing side view.)
I want to hear your opinion, so please help me choose by voting!

Envisage Optical (Look under "about us" for locations & directions)
Envisage Vision plus Style
499 Main Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone (914) 235-5222
Fax (914) 235-5225

Envisage Vision plus Style
819 Yonkers Ave
Yonkers, NY 10704
Phone (914) 375-5775
Fax (914) 476-5021

Envisage Vision plus Style
702 Allerton Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467
Phone (718) 654-2020
Fax (718) 654-2325

Cheers!
XXX
Jet

14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

This is specifically for my two greatest loves, my husband and daughter. But I must also send it out to all my family & friends around the world (even the ones I haven't met in the flesh yet!) because well... the song says it all! (And there's Unicorns! Haha!)



If you love this song, Michael has a lovely big heart and is giving a free download, I believe it ends today. So if you like it, go download it here.

Much love & Happy Valentine's Day to all, spread the love!
XXX
Jet

18 December 2013

Happy 70th Birthday Keith!

Well Keith sure did beat the odds, good for him! I'm glad he's still around making great music and has his loving wife and family to wish him a happy 70th birthday!

Okay this is pretty funny, considering Keith's past, but has some great pics too! Happy 70th Birthday Keith!


XXX
Jet

12 December 2013

Happy Birthday to our Daughter

Today our daughter Gwensday Addams turns 14. I can't believe it, they really do grow up  so fast, feels like yesterday I was pushing her in a pram or teaching her to read. Now she is very much her own person -- intelligent, quirky, creative, musical, funny as all get out (driest sense of humour I've seen since my nephew & I!), and of course gorgeous. I like to think she got the best of each of our gene pool, her creativity, quirkiness, & humour from me, her intelligence & musical ability from her dad. She definitely looks like a combo of both of us (of course making her devastatingly gorgeous!) We're so proud of her, she went through hell in middle school (Dante's 7 circle of hell? Or is it level? Read it over 30 years ago in Italian so memory fails!) but she is flourishing in High School as we had hoped. We're also proud of her accomplishments in the face of all that shit that went down, she never caved & became "one of them" instead got more unique (okay a little rebelliousness from mum!), has no idea what prejudice is, isn't judgmental, is involved in many different school related activities, the one I'm most proud of is that she volunteered to be on the committee for the GSA (Gay/ Straight Alliance, it encompasses gay, lesbian, transgender, etc), as she dislikes anyone being hurt for what they are and always wants to bring understanding to people.

She'll always be our "Prettiest Star" but for her today I'm sharing a song she loves. Yes she shares my sense of the macabre & wants me to make a ring tone of the screaming (there's that dry humour!) So here is Jack Off Jill with "Witch Hunt" for our special girl. (NSFW due to the explicit lyrics). It starts off with music from "Silent Hill" if that gives you a good idea of how creepy the song is!



We love you Gwensday Addams!

Also want to give a shout out Happy Birthday to Gwensday's birthday twin Dub Trance! Love you sweets, have the best day ever!

XXX
Mum & Dad


22 November 2013

Recent "Date" Nights Out

I've been lazy about writing mostly because the stress this time of year is pretty overwhelming for us. We've got Thanksgiving on the 28th, my birthday on the 29th, 13 days later Gwensday's birthday, 13 days after that Xmas, then four days later my husband's birthday. Yipes! And every year I say I'll get a handle on it, but its hard with a fickle teen, so nope not ready! And yes the stress has set in pretty bad, boo!

Back to the subject of this post...

We don't often get a chance to get out and have a "date night" as I don't like leaving our daughter alone at night. But we took a chance when a couple of things came up & had a great time!

The first was a gig were gifted tix to us (thanks Andy!) I had posted on FB a question to see if anyone could guess who it was we saw. The hint was: "One of the main members last name appears in the band name (the other part is his wife's last name), he was formerly a guitarist for a 70s hard rock band (if I gave you one song name you'd get it straight away!) They now play what you would say is a cross between Ren Faire music & rock. Can you name the guitarist? Here is a pic of him and his wife at the show."


Only one person guessed, even with the pic! (Go Adrian you know your music, duh like I didn't know that?) Now if I had said their big hit was "Smoke on the Water" or "Highway Star" I bet loads would have guessed (even Gwensday knows "Smoke on the Water"!) Oh it was Ritchie Blackmore, formerly of Black Sabbath, now with Blackmore's Night. And for those of you into that sort of thing, yes he did play his old white Strat from his Sabbath days.

I used to sell their CD's in my shop, but had never seen them live and it was at a great old renovated theatre in Peekskill, NY (the town is thought to be the impetus for "the yellow brick road" as there is one there and Frank L Baum attended a military academy there, long story but that's the short of it) called the Paramount. They've done a gorgeous job, here are a few pics.







Unfortunately I forgot my "good" camera (I usually do) so the pics aren't as great as they could've been.    While it wasn't quite my "thing" the music & show were great so it was a great evening out, especially since I'd been dying to see how they redid the theatre.

The entire band.

Then one week later on the 15th we got to see Michael Franti & Spearhead at another old theatre newly renovated (Dylan played there in their heyday & returned recently to play again, loads of legends played there, list is way too long!) due to the kindness of my fabulous friends Snooky & Andy who gave us two tix as an early birthday gift. What a gift! I'm still on a high from the show nearly a week later! If you ever get a chance to see him live, grab it. He is not only entertaining, with fantastic music, but the love just pours out of the man, its absolutely palpable! He puts on an amazing show (I think it was two hours, I was too busy dancing my bum off, laughing, crying, having a general blast!) and he really loves his fans frequently going into the audience (which was PACKED). He actually walked right by me but I was so entranced by the music & shaking it that I missed him!

First I'll show you some pics of the theatre, they did a fantastic job & The Capitol Theatre its quite easy to get to from the city (a really quick ride) as well as right across the street from the train station in Port Chester, NY. I also love that it seems to have revitalized the area with loads of little small businesses.
These were the private boxes along the sides of the stage with a projection over it.












Throughout the show and during intermission between the opening act they would project all kinds of designs all over the place giving it a really wild vibe!





Some of the fab renovations they did. Truly a masterpiece of an old theatre.


Again forgot the "good" camera (will I ever learn?) so sorry for the quality. It was hard getting stage shots although it wasn't bright they kept coming out washed out. So here are a few.
Michael Franti ran back and forth in and out of the crowd really making you feel part of the show!


At one point they had these thick plastic helium balloons floating everywhere,  they even made it up to the highest part of the balcony!

Just missed him on the way up!

So close I could've hugged him, drat!
Got caught shaking it! Makeup gone due to the range of emotion, laughing, crying, sweating & loving every second!
Obligatory fat-ass dancing pose!
Happy couple! (I had to make Dan smile he always looks so serious in pics! That's why I'm smirking!)
For the last song of his encore he did my fave song "Say Hey (I Love You)" bringing children on stage & getting them to participate, it was beautiful! Seeing those kids strum a guitar, or sing the lyrics was magical and ended the evening on a great upbeat note.
Sucky pic but this is the last song of the night with all the kids on stage. It was such a joyful show!



Here's the video for that last song, just so you can get the vibe of the energy, not nearly as close to seeing it performed live!



I hope you enjoyed our little date nights out & maybe found some new music to fall in love with!

XXX
Jet
PS Links if you're interested:
Blackmore's Night: http://www.blackmoresnight.com
Michael Franti & Spearhead: https://www.michaelfranti.com/home


31 October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! And Happy 23rd Anniversary to my dear husband! My allergies are kicking up badly so no Halloween makeup for me boo (it'd only get wiped off by the constant running of my nose!) but here are a few photos.

This year's pumpkin!

"Johnny the Homicidal Maniac"


And just because I love the song and of course the film, a video for you! (Sorry for the long intro but I kind of like how they did that!)





XXX
Jet

25 October 2013

Halloween Playlist 2013

Hey kids its that time again for a fun Halloween Playlist!

1. This first one is new, by some friends (YAY!) This is a trailer featuring all the artists involved (go guys go!) just a snippet, but you get the gist. Now go buy it! FYI: at the end of 5th ave stands "the Hanging Tree" I believe still there (in Washington Sqaure Park.)


2. This next one was a suggestion of the lovely Désirée's (Pull Your Sox Up) husband and we've quoted it so many times, its just fabulously spooky!


3. What's Halloween without a little sacrilege? (Personally I don't find it offensive but that's me.) 


3. For the "hell" of it another stigmata classic. PS actual exorcism in this one listen closely...


4. Can't have a Halloween Playlist without those bad boys...



5. My fav lefty Sagittarius!


6. How can we forget the family who lives like its Halloween everyday? (Okay us excepted!)



7. Good old AC/DC for some hellish fun! (Um the lyrics printed on there are SO annoying!)



8. Aren't we all strange? Okay at least on Halloween!



9. Werewolf (there wolf.)



10. Just found this version not too long ago & am in love -- not typical Iggy & I love how Catherine Ringer switches things around on him!



11. Creepy little ditty courtesy of someone not unknown to creepiness!



12. How could I forget one of my fav bands? Beautiful song, very witchy!



13. Last but never least one of my all time fav witchy songs by one of my all time favs!



I hope you enjoy this years playlist and it gave you some ideas for your own!

XXX
Jet