Saturday, April 22, 2006

Kickoff our Fashion web update with savings from Stylism

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It's been a while, but The Style Page has updated the Fashion pages on its website. We've expanded the use of linkrolls to the Fashion pages, so check our pages often for new items that might not be posted on this blog.

Necklace by Elizabeth Gillett, offered by Stylism

To kick off the update of the Fashion pages, we're partnering with Stylism to offer a 10% discount off any order from their website. Stylism offers a wide variety of jewelry from designers such as Ayala Bar, Ben-Amun, Elizabeth Gillett (better known for her sweaters and other knitwear sold at Anthropologie), Liz Palacios, R.J. Graziano, and Sorrelli. To take advantage of this offer, please go to Stylism and enter coupon code TSP10 on the order page. This offer is good through May 15, 2006.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Variations on the Chinese garden stool

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The Chinese garden stool is a low stool (only about 20" high) that typically is round on top, bulges out, and then tapers to the bottom. It is great as a home accessory, a side table, or even a place to sit. The one pictured above, from Oriental Furniture is a real example of chinoiserie, with a black lacquer finish and mother-of-pearl appliques.

Visit our photo album for modern takes on the Chinese garden stool, including stools by ceramicist Michael Jones, a tea house fountain from, and a steel "Penta" (5-sided) end table from Room & Board.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

National Poetry Month, too.

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Not only is this week National Library Week, the entire month of April is National Poetry Month.

Commemorative poster for National Poetry Month, April 2006

Some ways to recognize National Poetry Month:

1. Read the Poet's Choice column from the Washington Post. Every week, Robert Pinsky, who served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (sometimes informally referred to as Poet Laureate of the U.S.) from 1997 to 2000, selects a poem for analysis. You can track updates through the linkroll on The Style Page > Bookstand > Books. The 10th anniversary of Poet's Choice will be marked in the April 16 issue of Washington Post's Book World supplement.

2. Subscribe to the American Academy of Poets's Poem-a-Day service, in which you will receive a new poem in your inbox everyday.

3. Listen to audio from The Poetry Archive, which features readings of poems by their authors, both those who are living and those who have passed on. Readings by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (died 1892) and Robert Browning (died 1889) are featured.

4. Has a poem affected you in a certain way? Are there some lines which have been a source of comfort or solace to you? Find out what poems mean to others through the Favorite Poem Project, founded by Robert Pinsky, and Life Lines, from Also listen to the poem beginning "Death, thy servant is at my door" by the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, as read by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, who lost her mother, her father Johnny Cash, and her stepmother June Carter Cash in the same year (you will need to browse or search the page for "Her Favorite Prayer").

Links to, The Poetry Archive, and Favorite Poem Project may be found through The Style Page > Bookstand > Books

Saturday, April 01, 2006

National Library Week, April 2-8

Ok, I know that my articles on books and readings don't draw readers in the way that my articles on Top Picks for '06 or L'Oreal HIP High Intensity Pigments or Vital Radiance have done, but I'd like to draw your attention to National Library Week, which is April 2-8, 2006. National Library Week celebrates "the contributions of U.S. libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support" and encourages reading.

The American Library Association has more about National Library Week on its site. You can even buy posters such as this one featuring the babe-lish Aishwarya Rai through the ALA bookstore.

For more inspiration, see The Style Page > Bookstand > Books.

CARGO bites the dust

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Two years after I wrote What Guys Want, my review of the premier issue of CARGO, hyped as the men's version of Lucky, I learned through the New York Times that Condé Nast has stopped publication of CARGO: O.K., Fellas, Let's Shop. Fellas? Fellas?

While the article facetiously suggests that CARGO failed because guys don't like stickers, the best explanation was provided by Jimmy Jelinek, editor-in-chief of Stuff magazine:
"They [CARGO] failed to realize how men shop," Mr. Jellinek said. "You don't buy a cellphone based on what it does for you as much as it matches your sneakers. Shopping is about using possessions as a means to augment your power."

Or, to put it in another way: He who dies with the most toys, wins. Readers, I put it to you: how do men's shopping patterns differ from women's?