Curiosity Killed the Cate

Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

Oh Iorek!! September 24, 2007

Filed under: Books — catherineeliza @ 5:09 pm

The Book of Dust is still in the distant future, but Philip Pullman has decided to throw us a bone. Once Upon a Time in the North, a short story much like Lyra’s Oxford, will come out in the spring.
Also, here’s a fun Pullman interview from a French fansite (interview is in English). Pullman claims that he always wanted Kidman to play Mrs. Coulter, which I can accept, but surely he wanted her to wear a wig, right? Maybe I’ll ask him on October 30th!


signature scents September 20, 2007

Filed under: Product Placement — catherineeliza @ 6:06 pm

If you’ve known me more than 5 years, then you know about my love of the Bath & Body Works scent Gingham. The scent that I was promised by numerous sales associates and a customer service representative that they’d never discontinue. It was discontinued several years ago. Since then, I’ve been in limbo. I like wearing perfume, but I’m a bit sensitive it seems, and many fragrances make me feel quite ill when I wear them. I’ve been wearing Clinique Happy Heart for the last year and I like it. I don’t love it.

Last week I got a perfume sample at Sephora and I almost threw it away since that’s what I do with perfume samples. But it was for Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, so I figured I’d try it out since how often do I get the chance to wear chi-chi Chanel perfume?

I like it. I really like it.  A lot. Boo. It’s much too expensive for the likes of me, and what is worse, Keira Knightley is the “face” of Coco Mademoiselle! I don’t think she’s a very good actress. I don’t want to smell like her. Except that I do.  Oh, I do.  I would bathe in the stuff.  Man, I’ve got to get myself to a Lancome counter to try Tresore.  I would so much prefer to share a scent with Kate Winslet than KK. 

PS.  I do know that it is unlikely that either Kate or Keira actually wear the perfumes they advertise, but you know I’m a sucker for marketing.


fall bob September 19, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 1:21 pm

It’s that time of year when the weather gets more bearable and I can think about styling my hair in something other than a ponytail or bun. And I look around and notice how darling everyone else’s hair is in a delightful bob. I love the bob.

If I lived in my ideal dream world where I was petite and cute and didn’t have a cowlick right in the front of my head that prevented me from ever having bangs that lay right, I would get the Amelie haircut. I think it’s utterly, wonderfully, idiosyncraly adorable. Since I’m actually me when I do get a bob (which I do every few years) I get this one.

Everyone in my family knows it as The Neve because that’s what I call it and I recommend it to everyone because it’s close to a perfect haircut (just a traditional bob but with a little light layering and tapering around the face). But since I spent the last year whining about how my hair doesn’t grow fast anymore and all I want is for it to be longish, I’ll admire the bob from afar, and leave my hair alone. Maybe next year.


library envy September 18, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 7:47 pm

Um, did you guys notice the background of those Harry and the Potters pix? Gorgeous! What am I doing in Manhattan when I could be working here? Maybe I will, just as soon as I get my verse tattoo and a couple more pairs of All-Star Converse sneakers because I noticed on Saturday at least 1/3 of the people I saw were wearing them.
Check out Curious Expeditions for some more libraries where I’d be pretty happy to work.


rockin’ out in Brooklyn September 17, 2007

Filed under: Books,Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 4:04 pm

Saturday was Erin’s birthday, and we thought the very best way to celebrate was to go to the free concert of Harry and the Potters at the Brooklyn Public Library. It was very fun with lovely fall-like weather, and a sort of strange mix of hipsters, boderline goth teens, and families. And of course, us. The songs were shorter than I expected (averaging 30 seconds) but show was longer (over an hour) so overall, I was quite pleased. I enjoyed HP-year four (at the keyboard) a little more than HP-year seven due to his exuberant dancing style and excellent rock hair. Erin and I were tempted by the t-shirts, but ended up going in on a CD. For those of you who have experienced Harry and the Potters, The Foil (Malfoy) was my favorite song, although I liked it much better live than on the CD.

* Photos by David


style watch September 14, 2007

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 4:10 pm

I meant to point this trend out in the spring, but I thing it’s still going strong enough that you can safely jump on the bandwagon now. Women with poetry and quotes tattooed on their backs. Other places too, of course, but I’ve seen countless examples across the upper back this summer. I particularly noticed because, as a bibliophile, I can’t see words without wanting to read them, and when I see that someone has found a phrase that they care for so much they’ve tattooed it on their skin, I get particularly interested. Unfortunately, very often I’m too far away to inconspicuously read these growingly common tattoos.

So start saving your pennies now, and next summer you can be part of the hippest body-marring club around. FYI – a verse tattoo is not only appreciated, but I believe mandatory for young women living in the fine borough of Brooklyn; you’ve been warned.


choices, choices, choices September 13, 2007

Filed under: Books,Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 4:04 pm

Since you did such a good job helping me pick a new handbag (went with the orange, pix forthcoming), would you please help me choose a book group for the upcoming Book Fest I’ll be attending?  I can only go to one.  I’m drawn to the following four groups, let me know what you think:


Rachel Payne, Discussion Leader

A Caldecott Retrospective

Cinderella or, The Little Glass Slipper – Charles Perrault & illustrated by Marcia Brown

Drummer Hoff – Barbara Emberley & illustrated by Ed Emberley

Flotsam – David Wiesner

Grandfather’s Journey – Allen Say

The Little House – Virginia Lee Burton

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears – Verna Aardema & pictures by Leo and Diane Dillon


Lisa Von Drasek, Discussion Leader

No Drama Here: What’s So Funny About Fantasy?

True Meaning of Smekday – Adam Rex

Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett

Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney – Suzanne Harper

New Kid at School (Dragon Slayers’ Academy Book 1) – Kate McMullan


Jennifer Hubert, Discussion Leader

Teen Dystopias

The Diary of Pelly D – L. J. Adlington

The Giver – Lois Lowry

Rash – Pete Hautman

Siberia – Ann Halam

Uglies – Scott Westerfeld


Kimberly Paone, Discussion Leader

Dark and Creepy

Being – Kevin Brooks

Devilish – Maureen Johnson

Echo – Kate Morgenroth

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs – Jack Gantos

Surrender – Sonya Hartnett