Archives for June 2010

your summer birthday gift guide #4

It's Kerry here with your summer birthday gift guide for those hot people in your life born in June, July, and August.  You may know someone with a birthday coming up, don't worry – I'm here to help.

IMG_0145Maybe your birthday person is a foodie.  

They enjoy a good meal and seek out great restaurants, love to visit new areas for regional delicacies and guess ingredients while they sip their soup.  

Take them to lunch or dinner.  

Take them for sushi.  Sushi is fun because you share.  Do not take a person who is not familiar with sharing.  I've seen fights breakout over who gets the last Burning Man Roll.  People will stab you with a chopstick for a good roll, people.  

Pictured is the Kazoku Roll the hubs and I had at Kazoku in Mandeville over the weekend.  It was absolutely divine.  Salmon, tempura shrimp, avocado, topped with crab and crunchy.  I almost stabbed him with a chopstick for the last one.  I kid, I kid.  But I did have the last one.  He knows I take my sushi seriously.  

We ordered four rolls, but our waiter only brought three.  I started to think he delivered our Playboy Roll to the table across from us.  The table of three across from us kept getting roll after roll after roll.  I counted seven in all. Seven rolls is a hella lot of sushi.  They also had soup and tempura.  When the waiter brought the Playboy Roll, they said "we got the Hawaii and the Playboy?" They knew they didn't order the Playboy.  I know from a previous visit that the Hawaii is basically the Playboy with a little mango thrown in.  I am not a mango person.  I told the hubs I believed the other table ate our roll.  I gave them looks.  I'm pretty sure he thought I was going to stab them with my chopsticks.  

IMG_0146The hostess came over, told us that indeed the ravenous people at the other table ate our roll because the waiter, who had only been there for one week brought it to their table by mistake.  

Here are the sushi scavengers.  

Here is the thing: there is sushi etiquette.  

You do not eat directly from the platter.  

You do not pour soy sauce on piece of sushi.  

You do not cut your sushi like a steak.

And you sure as heck don't act like you ordered the Playboy Roll and eat it. 

photo study: I love baseball

I'm not sure if I'm mentioned this before, but I love the baseball.  I don't know what it is – the spirit of the game, the excitement of all bases loaded with two outs, the concessions you can only get at baseball games, the seventh inning stretch, the tight pants… 

It truly is America's game.  

Knowing this, Prince Harry came across the pond to throw out the first pitch at the Mets vs. Twins game last week.  Luckily, someone took pictures.

 
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Someone get this boy a uniform.  Look at that form, that arm – he clearly needs to be in the majors.  Prince Harry, say goodbye to your polo pony and get a green card, honey.  America needs you.   I'm emailing the President on your behalf later today.  Maybe we could do an exchange – England can have Beyonce.  And JLo.

Off the subject, but have I mentioned how much I admire all branches of the military, our nation's allies included?

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your summer birthday gift guide #3

It's Kerry here with your summer birthday gift guide for those hot people in your life born in June, July, and August.  You may know someone with a birthday coming up, don't worry – I'm here to help.


Maybe the person you're shopping for is one crafty mo' fo'.  You know what I'm talking about.  She's got 2 glue guns – low and hot temp, has a speck of glitter on her face for no reason whenever you see her, and refers to her scrapbooking friends as the Crafty Gangstas.  


She could use this set of stamps.

And because it's awesome, here's the video, "Crafty" by J-Krafty.

Some people have been known to break into your house and decoupage your mama if they don't get a birthday gift.  Just sayin'.

your summer birthday gift guide #2

It's Kerry here with your summer birthday gift guide for those hot people in your life born in June, July, and August.  You may know someone with a birthday coming up, don't worry – I'm here to help.



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Maybe the person on your list is a coffee connoisseur. Once again, I'm not naming names.  The Kerry Blog is a place of love and acceptance.  

Fact: coffee is delicious.  

Fact: God gave us coffee beans to make delicious coffee.

Fact: God made smart people to invent the Tassimo SYSTEM so we can enjoy the delicious coffee even mo bettah.


The Tassimo uses T-discs that can make coffee, hot tea, cappuccino, and hot chocolate.  It's amazing.  

Just look at all those cups.  Mmmm.

your summer birthday gift guide

It's Kerry here with your summer birthday gift guide for those hot people in your life born in June, July, and August.  You may know someone with a birthday coming up, don't worry – I'm here to help.

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Maybe the person on your list is a purse aficionado.  I'm not naming names.  How cute is the Vera Bradley Reversible Tote in Make Me Blush?

The side pockets are perfect for an iPhone and keys.

Did I mention it's reversible?

That's like getting two purses.

I mean, really.

FYI: "Make Me Blush" (by  L'oreal) happens to be the shade of pink lipstick I wear.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Saturday style: I love a hat

New regular feature announcement: I'm introducing the Saturday Style.  

Last Saturday it was pink Sperrys, this week it's crazy ass hats from Royal Ascot.  What, by golly, is the Royal Ascot, you ask?  Why, it's only one of THE social events of year in England!  It's a multi-day horse race with a strict dress code (think Kentucky Derby on crack) and was held this week.  Let's go to the pictures!

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Do I even have to tell you how many outfits I have that would go with this hat?

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Love this one.

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I want this hat for my birthday.  

 

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Now that's a bow.

 
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 Super cute.

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If this were in hot pink I would have to have it.

 

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This is how I would do subtle.

 And now for the crazies.

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 Do you know how much I love blue cheese?  

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 Cheesy.

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Fruity.

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 Oh Captain, my Captain.

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 Delicious.

Photos from Getty Images and Tom and Lorenzo.

Beck’s Record Club: INXS

Perusing Mentalfloss.com last night I read about Beck's Record Club, which has so far recorded the music or The Velvet Underground (I know, shut up), Leonard Cohen, and now INXS' album Kick.  I know.

From Beck's site:

Record Club is an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day. The album chosen to be reinterpreted is used as a framework. Nothing is rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. The songs are rough renditions, often first takes that document what happened over the course of a day as opposed to a polished rendering. There is no intention to 'add to' the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens.


This is genius.  Some of the tracks flat-out blew my mind – "New Sensation" for instance.  I've played this 42 times.

This is good stuff.

And you could say they took "Mediate" in an, um, different direction.  

Beck is alone on "Loved One".  He did a fantastic job.  

"Never Tear Us Apart" makes me want to pick up the violin again, but I am against torture.  St. Vincent's vocals are perfect for this song.  

That was enjoyable.  And the way to make '80s music relevant and refreshing.  Go Beck.

Beck’s Record Club: femme fatale

This is a tease of the post coming later today, but this clip made me so very happy after an emotional day, I just thought I'd post it.  Enjoy.

Record Club: Velvet Underground & Nico "Femme Fatale" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

just for fun

Just for fun, here are the top keyword searches (and a couple of the oddest) people have used to land on this here blog in June (so far).

my breast friend 

a plastic separator between her boobs

"can't accessorize for shit" movie

kerry faler

50 ways to use feminine hygiene products in a manly manner

sassy gay friend 

flip flops na may toeless socks (say what?)

breast separator for sleeping (people are obsessed with the boob separator – it's insane)

I'm a Snuggie profile badge

gynecologist office photo

the drums

INXS falling down the mountain

what do vampires smell like?  (more than one hit for this — you can't see my right now, but I'm twirling my index finger by my temple and going "cuckoo")

….AND (drumroll please) The Kerry Blog June 16th and all-time champion of the keyword searches is BBW PIN-UP for the post of which there is an illustration of no nekkidness, thankyouverymuch.  Good grief, there are a bunch of horny people in the world (I'm talking to you Estonia, Ukraine, and Brazil).  


end love

Because I love pretty much everything OK Go does, here is their new video for "End Love."  Damian's pants are really tight.  I did not just write that.  

But they are – are they not?  

By the way, the video was released today and the goose that follows them around in the video already has his own Facebook page.