I’m still developing exactly what I think this blog should be, what it should say and where I fit in the ranks of those who publish blogs. Naturally, I will be sensitive to every detail of this page and its contents.
I do however have a list of topics that I intend to address over the course of time. They reflect my own favorite subjects, and the ones about which I am most passionate.
Automobiles. Definitely feel like quality and build standards have fallen in the past two decades. Personal favorite: 1995 Mercedes E320. Or for that matter, any Mercedes produced between 1985 and 1995. The last of the truly over-engineered. Guilty pleasure: new Volkswagen CC. So gorgeous and worth the money more than any midsize on the market.
Clothing. I actually like leather goods more than anything – shoes, belts, wallets, bags…but all personal adornments are of interest. I’m getting into the idea of hand-made things and even better – made-to-measure things. Lots to discuss when it comes to clothes.
Cell Phones. I just love my iphone and not because its sleek and Apple-y. I actually have never owned an Apple product before and I am impressed with its user-friendliness and sleek design. Therefore, I like to think I’m just buying a worthy product, not succumbing to Apple’s cult quality.
Furniture. Not that we didn’t already know that Rooms 2 Go couches were crappy…but there is some seriously amazing furniture out there. Ikea to Bo Concept (and lots I probably don’t even know about in between), take your pick.
Design. It’s so easy to see architecture as contrived, stale, been-done. I have a ton of respect for the people who create truly unique, innovative spaces that are pleasant and practical too. Modern style is great, but I am personally a fan of good lines, good color and good texture…no matter what the overarching theme. It’s really the textures that win the prize.
Retail Experience. I’ve felt for a long time that half the excitement and enjoyment of purchasing an item is the delicate doting and attention you get from clerks. Depending on the cost of the item, you may have limited and/or succinct interactions…other times you may spend an hour chatting, perusing, trying on, taking your time (think Chanel on Madison Avenue). In any case, this is the reason I have a hard time enjoying outlet malls. The prices are still high enough that the crappy service leaves much to be desired. And again, its the thoughtful details that make it that much more pleasant. Thankyou notes, offers for beverages at the store, business cards exchanged.
There will likely be other subjects discussed, but the preceding are a few that I spend a lot of time thinking about and expressing to my friends and family.
More to come soon!