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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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June 02, 2005



Most likely she say: "with me, I'm a brand, and that's how I am. I'm not categorised as one thing. I don't know, people love it".


and btw, I hope you're getting better. flu is everywhere around here too. get plenty of rest!


Hi KnOizki :)
Thanks for the warm wishes -- I really hate getting sick, to the point I stay away from parties and even kids (because they carry germs!) during flu season. It's awful, I know.


oh, i hope you feel better soon.
we did miss you! :D


Thanks Mell! I sat in front of the Mac for a few hours. I had a story I wanted to tell, but the fever had my brain in a deathgrip. So I guess I'll have to wait until it no longer feels I have a herd of elephants tap-dancing on top of my head. Hope you have a great weekend!


Can't blame her or the ad agency. The ad worked for me. In fact, it's effects are so massive I would think, that other burger joints got an increase in revenue just watching that ad that very minute.

I know cause I ate more burgers than usual... it worked for me.


get well soon, gigi! =)

i've seen the ad. very...naughty, to say the least.

paris on paris. egads. =D


Hi Jardine - Oh yeah, even Donnie Deutsch said the campaign was brilliant (don't know if he used that exact adjective; but at least he said it worked :) ). It was so popular, the Carl's Jr. server crashed from all the traffic, after all. I think a lot of the brouhaha occurred because the model was Paris; I thought the earlier CJ ad of the gal on the mechanical bull was almost as sexual, but I didn't hear a peep about it. :)

Hello Sarah - Thanks! I know the couple won't need to scrimp on anything...but imagine the savings on any kind of monogramming. They would only need one set of initials with "PL," instead of two. Now I also wonder what they'd name their kid?


I just stumbled apon this site...its great!
I happen to be launching my web-based boutique ( this week and i noticed alot of the products you love I will be selling on my site...Sanctuary, LaCosa, Three Dot, Jakes Dry Goods, Velvet, Jack Rodgers, Cydney Mandel Shoes, Cool Change, Da-Nang, Salt Works Denim, Zooey, Putumayo World Music (inc Brazilian Groove among others...).
Well the point of this e-mail was to let you know about it as well to enquire about advertisements...Let me know if this is something you do...
Thank You!
Best Regards!
Angela Knowles
Princeton NJ


I can't stand the girl but I'll give her publicist props.

2 weeks before her sh!tty reality show came out, a "home video" started circulating. then boom, she was everywhere.

days before her engagement, concerned organizations wanted the Ad to disappear..

i think to make it in this business these days, you need to hire a hardcore publicist, especially if you got 0 talent :)


Get well soon Gigi!


paris loves paris! and i dont know if it is just a part of the marketing... i hope not. she sells...

be well, gigi... drink lots of water and take a rest.


Hi Angela - Cydney Mandel shoes??? (Drooling).

Hello Dexie - Her publicist must have a line of celebrities begging for her/his services. People just can't stop talking about Paris.

Hi Paul and Bing :) - Thank you! I've been in bed for three days now and am going stir crazy. Next time I see sick co-workers at the office, I'm tossing their asses out!


I actually LIKE Paris Hilton - I think she's funny. Besides, on her show she's seldom outright bitchy or mean, she's mostly just disbelieving that people can live a certain way. Which is perfectly normal, if you consider how she's grown up.

Also, she's GOT to be hardworking, to be doing as many things as she is right now. Girl's got a work ethic, and I can relate to that :D


Hi Rei - I've never watched her show. Not too sure why -- could be I watch something that's scheduled at the same time. But I've seen her interviews, and she has said that a lot of what she puts out there is her public persona; in other words, she's not as clueless or dumb as she makes herself out to be. Hey, it worked for Jessica Simpson, too, after all. I suppose you can't be truly dumb and make millions or build a mini-empire. At least I hope not.


hello Gigi, good morning!
i just read from the magazine that she is now engaged to another Paris. and both of them are so rich. what a lucky couple!


Hi Luchie! Yep, she says that he is "Mr. Paris" and she is "Ms. Paris." I wonder if that's what they call each other?

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