How Well The Internet Knows You

On one hand, it’s a little (or a lot) frightening what the Internet knows.  Fortunately I’m not a celeb so I’m not really worried about anyone looking up my “dirt” and coming after me.  (That said, I’m not sure they would once they saw my preferences…)

Pinterest

Pinterest

(Pinterest, for one, is always sending samurai my way for one – they clearly keep track!)

amazon.com

amazon.com

amazon.com

amazon.com

And then there’s Amazon and their recommendations…

Even though data is being gathered, it’s nice (on the other hand) that a a monstrous retail site can suggest things you may like.  Double edged sword (no pun intended!) in that I might spend more, true. . .

Swords: An Artist's Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

Swords: An Artist's Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

BUT…I’d rather have the option to skip the fluff and go to the “good stuff” (or at least what I consider the good stuff) even if it means seeing The Art Of War, 5000 Spells, or Sherlock Holmes again (which already grace my bookcase.)

amazon.com

amazon.com

So – at least for now – I’m okay with the gods of the ether picking up on my search habits.  At least then I won’t have to look at Justin Bieber cds or a princess coloring book to get to the badassery.

HalloweeBay

Way back when we had to actually go to the store to shop for Halloween decorations, costumes, and other holiday paraphernalia – in many ways, that’s part of the fun, though, right?  

eBay.com

eBay.com

Still, when I AM there in person, I generally want to buy (um…hoard) everything they have.  I suppose online that threat is potentially as dangerous – when all I have to do is click one, two, three, I still have to make sure I haven’t stocked up beyond what I need.  (Let’s be honest, chances are, with Halloween decor, I’ve already tipped the scale towards DON’T need.  But whatever!  For me, it isn’t about the party I’m having…I want this stuff for all year round!)

eBay.com

eBay.com

These days life is more hectic – everyone is “on” 24/7, and actually getting to the store might be tricky.  Even if you do, you may forget something while you’re there (that little part about “being on 24/7” has as much bearing on the brain – and memory! – as your physicality.  And your car’s.)

Yay for eBay for embracing the 31st so fully – I love that it isn’t only about “Christmas Shop”s anymore, but that the ghouls of the bunch (myself very much included) have equal opportunity. *insert pumpkin grinning here*  Thanks, online stores! I know it is more about making money for you but, oh, the convenience factor…and larger selection…for the rest of us! ❤  (I found myself giggling that I already own that full moon night light. 🙂 ) 

eBay.com

eBay.com

 

It’s only about three weeks away, Samhain, so if you haven’t gotten your act – costumes, preparations, cat toys! – together, you can reach out to the all might internet to get cracking quickly!

eBay.com

eBay.com

 

eBay.com

eBay.com

 

eBay.com

eBay.com

eBay.com

eBay.com

Bunnicula Pendant

PopEtiquette doesn’t appear to be selling this pendant anymore but it cropped up in Pinterest and – once again in anticipation of #thebestdayever / #halloween – I had to share…  

I’ve lived with the “Bunny” nickname for as long as I can remember – but only my mother gets to use it!  My father has some derivation thereof, but also makes full use of “Witchlet,” which says rather a lot.  

My affinity for all things Hallows, vampy, and otherworldly have earned me some fun designations in my family,and among friends.  During one Thanksgiving I recall my family and another, dear friends of ours, all playing Taboo – it was a HUGE group, jovial and in the throes of heated competition!  My brother drew a card and for a moment paused and seemed flustered…

He then blurted loudly “MY SISTER IS THIS!  To my surprise – which perhaps was entirely out of place – “VAMPIRE” was yelled in rapid reply.  My brother’s ebullient reaction let me know the nail was hit right on the head (not into the coffin, though you may think!)

We had a solid laugh about that and – in a strange, vampy way – I felt distinguished.  I appreciate that everyone indulges me in my quirkiness – I was, 1,000%, born that way.  

All Smiles At Ruby And Jenna

I visited a local Ruby and Jenna this weekend and have to say…the store is adorable.  With the exorbitant rents around here, and having Wishlist, Calypso and LF as neighbors, I am a tiny bit surprised…but delighted…that it’s stuck around.

The company is run by a traveling mother and daughter pair, Barbara and Jenna Lubel, and has expanded to nine locations, including high-end spots like Southhampton, the Upper East Side, and Greenwich.

The idea behind Ruby And Jenna is that product is snatched ahead of the curve, up and brought to consumers before the trends hit mainstream.  After scoping the scene, it seems that company buys seasonal styles from a slew of hip wholesale brands, such as:

The jewelry is always very interesting – Incredibly chic, a bit bohemian, some very modern as well…  

I also spotted these candy-coated-style smiles and HAD to take a photo because I thought “well, THAT’S a lovely idea!  Wearing happy beads!”  I don’t know about YOU but…if I had those around my wrist, I’d smile every time I glanced down!  Easy bad-day fix?  I think so! 😀

Ruby and Jenna store

Ruby and Jenna store

I’d say the store leans later teens to mid forties, primarily – not to say other ages couldn’t enjoy the selections too…but it has that flavor.  While the store itself isn’t enormous, it is a fun stop-in to snoop around for Spring and Summer – I loved the oversized, embellished mirrors outside of the dressing rooms too.  Something a little different. 🙂