Diary of a swag queen

Diary of a swag queen: A former woman’s magazine beauty editor recalls the days of wine and roses.


“My season tally includes eight candles, eight donations in my name to assorted charitable causes not of my choosing, seven scarves, six bottles of wine (not including the champagne from Clarins, Guerlain, and La Prairie), six bottles of perfume, five boxes of chocolates, four plants (three of which are narcissus), four coffee-table books, three bathrobes, three shirts with—alas—salon logos embroidered on them, three silver purse mirrors with—alas—the company logo engraved on the back, two pairs of men’s socks, two pens from Tiffany’s, two silver purse mirrors not spoiled by salon logos, two videos of Doris Day in Pillow Talk from two different companies, two sets of movie passes, a Christian Dior pin, Elsa Peretti necklace, Gaultier shirt, Givenchy wallet, Gucci ashtray, Oscar de la Renta pillow, Ralph Lauren teddy bear, plus flashlights, cufflinks, keychains, mugs, cashmere slippers, and pajamas that now have my own monogram on them.”

Tsunami Red Cross fund via Amazon.com

Tsunami Red Cross fund via Amazon.com: With each passing hour, the loss of life seems more tragically mind-boggling. Yet I sense a tsunami-like response in contributions from Americans (despite some whining by UN officials) is growing. One measure will be the collection page set up by Amazon.com on behalf of the Red Cross’s efforts in the affected region. At 4 p.m., CST, Glenn Reynolds reported the amount raised was $112,000. Now, 8 hours later, the amount is $850,000. That’s a clip of about $100,000 per hour. I’ll be adding a link to it at the top of my blogroll on Wednesday.