City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

If you’re looking for a seriously silly time waster, head on over to http://www.hamsterdance.com it’s a very strange experience. A bunch of cartoon hamsters that sound like they’ve been ingesting helium since the year 1, dancing and singing. Did I mention that the hamsters are in a band? Yes, they do have CD’s for sale!

A better way to waste time on the net is to check out the deliciously trendy, feminine and fun jewelry at http://www.fredflare.com. Exotic earrings are $10 and up.

Speaking of shopping, there’s lots of sample sales and sales going on…

Vera Wang, Escada, Gucci and other hot designers have banded together for a sale of dresses, gowns, and accessories. Now to 11/15, 10 AM – 6 PM, 256 West 38th Street, 8th floor. 1-800-763-4159

Catherine Malandrino (LOVE HER) sale with goodies 30% off 11/5 – 12/1
Mon- Sat 11 AM – 7 PM, Sun Noon – 6PM 468 Broome Street, 212-925-6765

ABC Carpet and Home antique rug sale – 30 -75% off until 11/21 Mon-Fri 10 AM – 8 PM, Sat 10 AM – 7 PM, Sun 11 AM – 6:30 PM, 888 Broadway at 19th, 6th Floor, 212-674-1144

Central Park West Cashmere has sweaters $40 and up! 11/10 -11/12 Wed. – Thurs 9 AM – 6 PM, Fri 9 AM – 3 PM, 234 West 39th Street (bet. 7th & 8th Avenues) 9th floor, 212-840-5041

Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, Pollini, Moschino – clothing for men, women and children – including coats, eveningwear, suits, dresses and sportswear
11/10 – 11/12, Wed- Thurs 10 AM – 5:45 M, Fri 10 AM – 5 PM, 30 West 56th Street (bet. 5th & 6th Avenues)

Downtown for Dinner 2004 has bargain dinner specials, we’re talking prix fixed menus for $20.04, sorry drinks, tax and tip aren’t included, through 11/7. This is a fun way to reacquaint you with downtown and have fun. Check out http://www.downtownny.com/assets/dinnerdowntown%202004.pdf for the list of participating restaurants.

Fall is here and the holidays are just around the corner. Either event is a good enough excuse to update your look. Christian Guglietta is Sisley Cosmetics’ Make Up artist. He’s a genius with color and style. The man whizzes about the globe showing women how to maximize their potential, spills secrets and plays with palettes. Christian will be showing New York women the latest looks at Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Avenue) until November 6. Stop by to learn a few make up tricks, try on a new look and receive a gift from Christian during your makeup application. It’s free, but please call 212-753-7300 to reserve your spot.

Parisian Serge Normant has styled hair for Vogue, W, and Allure covers, he’s made models fabu for Michael Kors, Yves St. Laurent, Dolce and Gabanna ads, and he has done hair for runway shows for Ralph Lauren, Valentino and Chanel in New York and Paris and (big breath) he’s here! Yup! Serge has joined the John Frieda team as Global Creative Consultant for the John Frieda Professional Haircare Division of Kao Brands Company. In addition to becoming a member of Frieda’s House of Experts, he will be the voice of all John Frieda Brands and honey! He’s taking appointments at John Frieda’s Salon on Madison Avenue. The salon has been re-named Serge Normant at John Frieda on Madison Avenue. Start calling now for your appointment, you know he’s going get booked up ASAP!

I just looked at my calendar and realized that it’s T-minus 10 days before my birthday. Yes, this year I finally turn 12. That means next year I become a teenager. Whee! No, seriously the older you seem to get, the more birthdays become emotional landmines. Instead of grooving on icing flowers and who gets the slice of cake with more icing; you look back on the previous year and try to figure out why you aren’t where you’d thought you’d be right now. Why romance, career or what ever your particular hot spot isn’t working for you. Conversely, you may look back and count all the joys and high points that you hit the previous year. Either way, birthdays are a time of reflection.

I, for one am really glad that I no longer have to play “Pin the Tail on the Donkey.” I have problems with spatial dynamics.

Originally published November 2004
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