I’ve been considering participating in Mixology Monday, the once-a-month cocktail creation you share online. The timing hasn’t been quite right (I always seem to be out of town the weekend before submissions are due – like this weekend). Plus, I know I’m an amateur (and a bit of a perfectionist), so I’m hesitant to submit anything that I don’t think is brilliant.
This month’s Mixology Monday theme is guilty pleasures. Here are a few of mine:
- Shoes – Pretty obvious, huh?
- Shopping – I’m such a cliché.
- Cocktails – Primarily, the over-indulgence of cocktails.
- Overspending – Weakness for designer brands.
- Pop music – Justin Timberlake and ABBA have a place on my IPod.
- Celebrity gossip – US Weekly and the Washington Post’s Reliable Source keep me up-to-date with Brangelina and the Bush twins.
- Potatoes – Potato chips, french fries – I can’t stay away.
- Facebook – Addicted, positively addicted.
Shoes & Cocktails wants to know: What are your guilty pleasures? And, any ideas how I can make a cocktail out of mine? Post a comment below!
There’s no shortage of cartoons about shoes over in the New Yorker magazine’s Cartoon Bank. I would love to have a framed print for my office (hint, hint MGC). Here are a few of my favorites:
- “I know how expensive women’s shoes are, but take the goddam jewelry!”
- “Jimmy Choo, Mahnolo Blahnik—honestly can’t taste the difference.”
- “I can’t walk in these shoes, which is a problem, because I can’t sit down in this skirt.”
- “I couldn’t resist—the second pair was free.”
- “Remember back when the worst thing you could catch around here was athlete’s foot?” (When this cartoon appeared in the magazine, I actually entered the New Yorker caption contest with a similar concept. Caption was, “There goes the neighborhood.”)
Shoes & Cocktails wants to know: Which is your favorite? Because of strict copyrights, I can’t post the cartoons, so take a look and make a comment below. And trust me, you’ll know if one ends up in my office.
Last night, while watching the first NFL game of the season with my husband, I got super excited when I saw Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates in a shoe store together! But, this commercial isn’t about shoes at all – it’s about telling the story of Microsoft.
Techcrunch.com published an article about the ad which included a copy of the memo sent to Microsoft employees from SVP, Bill Veghte.
“…Today, we are kicking off a highly visible advertising campaign. The first phase of this campaign is designed to engage consumers and spark a new conversation about Windows – a conversation that will evolve as the campaign progresses, but will always be marked by humor and humanity. The first in this series of television ads airs initially in the U.S., and it aims to re-ignite consumer excitement about the broader value of Windows. …
Think of these ads as an icebreaker to reintroduce Microsoft to viewers in a consumer context. Later this month, as the campaign moves into its next phase, we’ll go much deeper in telling the Windows story and celebrating what it can do for consumers at work, at play and on-the-go. At that time, I’ll be back to share more information about our plans to further strengthen the bond between consumers and Windows – one of the most amazing products, businesses and brands of all time, and, with the right tenacity, passion and agility from all of us, a story that has many great chapters to come.”
The first thing I said after seeing it was, “I think it could have been a lot funnier.” I didn’t really get it. But, I guess things don’t have to be good anymore, they just have to create buzz?