Texas Love Advice
Plus Some Occasional Comments on the
State of the Popular Culture
L-R: Michael Mazocco, Wendy
R. Williams, Armistead Johnson
Photo Credit: Stephen Mosher
The Beat Goes
On: The news lines
are spilling the leaked story that Levi Johnson
(Sarah Palin's NOT son-in-law) has posed for Playgirl
with nothing but a hockey stick. Inquiring minds
simply must know: Just where did they place the
hockey stock? We are all atwitter.
P. S. Many kudos
to ex-Governor Palin for telling Oprah that Levi
would be welcome for Thanksgiving dinner. That was
both a publicity coup (Palin appears magnanimous)
and a marvelously evil dig.
Rumination on Pretty
Girls Looking Bad: I
have been walking the streets
of New York City, viewing the fashion-disaster-behind
screated by the new/old legging craze. Leggings
were "the thing" in the 80's, but by the
90's they had disappeared because too many thunderous
thighs were being stuffed into leggings and sausage
casings have never been fashionable. But now I am
talking about tall pretty women who should look
good in almost anything, who have created a "background"
problem for themselves by wearing their leggings
with skimpy knit dresses that stop at the top of
their thighs and cling to their bottoms, thus creating
a "rounded" image that I am sure these
women would be appalled to see in a three- way mirror.
Some are even exacerbating the problem by wearing
jackets that stop at the waist, emphasizing their
basketball-in-a-baby-blanket look. It does not matter
how thin the girl is; thin girls end up with "unfilled"
rolls of legging material bunched at the top of
their thighs. Two more inches of skirt fabric (denim,
not knit) in a skirt that flared out, not in, and
these women would look fabulous. Hey, if looking
good were easy, we would all do it.
Jon Hamm of Mad Men
Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos
Last night was the season's
final for Mad Men, one of television's
finest shows. It was brilliant, starting in the
the morass of the failing Draper marriage and ending
with the birth of a new Sterling Cooper, the return
of Joan (how does anyone manage without a Joan in
their life?) and Don beginning his new life in Manhattan
(how long before the school teacher appears?). Mad
Men is available on demand, so don't wait.
Everyone needs a little Madness.
S. Does anyone besides me think Betty is
terminally stupid to run off with the next alpha-male-with-good-hair
who becomes smitten with her cool Grace Kelly looks.
No investigation, only "you'll do" and
out the door she goes. Here's my spoiler: The Henry
Francis gig won't last; fairy tales don't exist.
Wendy to her readers: It
is starting to get cold in New York so check out
this article on Budget Travel.com titled World's
Best Affordable Hotels - We scoured the globe until
we found the 31 best new hotels for under $150.
If you can't afford to physically travel, let your
mind take a trip.
Dear Miss Wendy,
Is it possible to
purchase a sexy winter hat?
Tip: We are just about to go into the holiday
flying season so here is a "word to the wise."
There is a horrifying article on MSNBC.com
about a couple in Phoenix who were arrested for
stealing over 1,000 pieces of luggage from the airport
carousel. Now, this problem could be easily avoided
if the airports would resume checking luggage tags
before allowing passengers to leave with "their"
luggage. Instead they advise people to go quickly
to the carousel after getting off the plane. But
this advise is meaningless to people who are traveling
with young children and have to wait to have their
gate-checked strollers brought up from the hold
or for the elderly infirm who need to wait for a
wheel chair or even for Miss Wendy who needs to
visit the ladies. Unfortunately, I have no advice
except to suggest that you give everyone gift cards
and pack your black, no-muss, rollable knit outfits
in a carry-on. But please, please, don't wear that
awful "travel dress." I might be on the
plane with you and I simply can't stand it.
P. S. If you have
a black bag and simply must check it, tie a yarn
bow on the handle. You may look a little silly while
carrying the bag, but nowhere near as silly as you
will look spending your vacation in your traveling
outfit because your bag made one more trip around
the carousel and was snatched. No one should be
forced to vacation without their fabulosity kit.
"Can It!" Charity Event to Mark the 70th
of VIPP Waste Cans
Design Within Reach in New York City
October 28, 2009
Janet Mayer / PR Photos
Beat Goes On: New York really deserves an
award for Best Drag Queens. Manhattan boasts downtown
denizens like Lady Bunny and the drag queen muses
- The Upper East Side Ladies Who Lunch. And since
I am from Texas, the home of blonde hair and pasty
pearls, I can rightfully appreciate both.
Dear Miss Wendy,
Is it possible to
purchase a a sexy-looking down coat?
New York Shivers
Betsey Johnson Store at Planet Hollywood Hotel and
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 24, 2009
PRN / PR Photos
The Beat Goes
On: Here is one of
Miss Wendy's You Got It Going Girl Awards
for Miss Betsey Johnson. Johnson is a sixty-plus
grandmother who rocks the runway, cart wheeling
down the aisle and then dancing back up while carrying
her adorable granddaughter. Johnson is a Rock Princess
who keeps on sparkling.
Beat Goes On: Oh my, oh my, oh my. The camera
addicted Jon Gosselin has now decided that he is
Jewish. And all over the world, Jews are asking
(in the words of The Godfather's Don Corleone,
"Why come to me? What have I done to deserve
What do Jon Gosselin, his
bff Michael Lohan (Lindsey's father) and the helium
balloon family have in common? They were all bitten
by the celebrity bug and have become addicted. They
are modern day Norma Desmonds (Billy Wilders' Sunset
Boulevard) constantly crying "All right,
Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." These
camera chasing buffoons have never learned one vital
fact: When the media Gods shine their cameras on
you, you should always look for the jar of mustard
they are carrying in their other hand.
Beat Goes On: Kudos once again to starlet
Miss Bai Ling for making herself into a rolling
piece of pop art. Whether you like her look or not,
you have to admit, "That girl's got style."
Hey, what did you
wear to work today?
the Wild Things Are: Congratulations
to Miss Madonna for maintaining her rocker chic
mystique. The fifty-year-old Material Girl's neighbors
are attempting to evict her from her Central Park
West apartment for playing loud music and jumping
up and down on the floor (the bed?). And these whiny
neighbors did not once consider that it could have
been the Pop Queen's children, either the little
ones or the twenty-something one she is dating.
Oh no, these complaining Manhatannites immediately
knew which kid was yelling, "Let the wild rumpus
start," and it was our darling Madonna.
Which neighborhood is the coolest neighborhood in
It is the one where
where you are you when you are there.
Great Advise I Recently
Overheard: Take time to construct your happy
times because the bad times will create themselves.
Pixplanete / PR Photos
Pixplanete / PR Photos
The Beat Goes
On: Here is a bit
to make your smile - Prince and Rihanna gilding
their lillies to attend the Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer
2010 Chanel Show on October 6, 2009. In the (non-abusive)
words of Kanye West, they "believe in their
on wearing black: I
walk the streets of our city surrounded by a sea
of black. Black and black, black and gray - New
York City is the only city where wearing a khaki
rain coat counts as a "splash of color."
A fashion loving friend of mine recently moved to
New York from the south. When I told her that she
needed to buy only black clothes, she pooh-poohed
me. But now, one year later, she is suitably attired
to be a stage burglar (scene changer) for a Broadway
show. New York does that to you. I have three sets
of clothes, one I use in NYC and the clothes I wear
in LA and Austin. They really don't mix - the Austin
wardrobe is grounded by a palette of khaki green;
the LA clothes colored like an psychedelic Easter
basket. New Yorkers are like the women flying into
Saudi Arabia who they don their burkas the minute
they enter Saudi air space.
Hey, we have a uniform and we wear it cruz it won't
show what you just sat in on the subway.
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