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What Miss Plumcake is… | Manolo for the Big Girl

What Miss Plumcake is…

Reading – Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry This is pretty much porn for the beyond-the-glamordome girls out there. I mean there’s jewelry and then there’s Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry. Obviously the catalog is amazing and the photographs are brilliant, but what makes this such a sweet and compelling read are the little personal stories she tells about personalities big and small. Sure she’s crazy, but she makes the crazy work for her. We should all be so crazy.

Watching – I’m On Setanta TV/ Special 1 TV.  Why not? I’m fantastic. Be champions!

Hearing – Lyle Lovett. My affection for this long, tall Texan is well-documented and he puts on one of the consistently best live shows I’ve ever had the pleasure to see.  Lyle was in town filming the last Austin City Limits show to be taped in historic studio 6A and he and his large band tore it up for two nights at the Paramount theater. His band is tight, his hair is high and his shows are two and a half hours of all-killer no-filler (and no intermission) awesomeness. Get you some.

Smelling – Padparadscha by Satellite. The hard-to-find Style Spy brought back a sample of this exotic juice from a little costume jewelry shop in Paris called Satellite.  Named after the pink-orange sapphire, this is exactly what you’d think of when you hear the phrase “all the perfumes of Arabia” deep, rich, intense and languorous, you can practically see the heavy-lidded odaliscas anointing themselves with this thick amber scent as they wait for their pasha.

Loving –CreateTheGood.org November marks one of my favorite volunteer opportunities of the year, where I wait tables for the annual Feast of Sharing dinner, that serves a holiday meal to thousands upon thousands of Austinites around the Thanksgiving Holidays. As you know, your pal Plummy is a huge proponent of volunteerism all year long (gotta burn off those purgatory points somehow!) but especially during the holidays. Check out createthegood.org to find volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood.

Hating – Nippies. Seriously, even for pasties these things are tacky. Austin was a hotbed of the burlesque revival so I know my way around a tassel or two but these are about the worst things I’ve been asked to hawk in a long time.

Wanting – A Jose Mourinho bobblehead doll. Seriously? Seriously? They have a damn bobblehead doll for every.freakin’.thing. under the sun and I cannot get ONE decent Special One figurine? I mean sure I found one that was PURPORTEDLY Jose Mourinho, but it didn’t have the special scarf. What good is the Special One without his special scarf? No good.

Buying – Anything padparadscha orange.  Maybe it’s the perfume or maybe it’s because I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about jewelry recently but I cannot get enough of that unusual pinky-orange. Recently I’ve been keeping padparadscha orange calla lilies on my desk at home. Fabulous.

13 Responses to “What Miss Plumcake is…”

  1. La Petite Acadienne November 16, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    Great minds think alike. :) Then again, it’s not a huge stretch to think of Liz Taylor when one thinks of jewelry.

    That book is definitely on my Christmas wish list.

  2. Plumcake November 16, 2010 at 2:50 pm #

    @La Petite: Great minds indeed! I’m surprised Manolo didn’t say anything when he hooked me up yesterday (I’m notoriously bad about looking at the other manoloblogs…eep)

  3. Toby Wollin November 16, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Plummy – there is even a pansy named after that jewel:
    http://beautifulgardens.shootgardening.co.uk/sitePlant.php?plantid=7508&name=viola-x-wittrockiana-padparadja

  4. La Petite Acadienne November 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm #

    It’s all good. :) La Liz has too much personality to be confined to just one manoloblog.

  5. Plumcake November 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    @Toby: Lovely and you know I can’t resist a pansy!

  6. txbunny November 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Love pinky-orange. I have lovely smelly roses this color the living room and dining room right now. :-)

  7. Geogrrl November 17, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    I’m not trying to be unkind, as I adore Mr. Lovett (and you’re right–his live show is great) but did he have a minor stroke or something along those lines? I don’t recall when it happened, but I’ve noticed his mouth sort of twists down on one side and I don’t remember his face being like that when he was younger.

  8. Still Redheaded November 17, 2010 at 1:13 am #

    Saw Mr. Lovett two years ago and as totally blown away. An AMAZING almost 3 hour concert!

  9. Thea November 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    I was in a bar here in Austin a few years ago entertaining British clients and there was a picture of Lyle and Julie Roberts on the wall. The Brit pointed at the pic and said “Who is that burn victim with Julie Roberts?” The bartender said “Mr., here Mr. Lyle Lovett is the STAR!”

  10. txbunny November 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    Thea, I love that. :-)

  11. Plumcake November 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    @Thea, of COURSE. Julia is all well and good for a disposable sweetheart, but Lyle Lovett is a LEGEND. Now I just need to know what the bar was!

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  13. Thea November 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi Plumcake – it was Gueros. Last time I was there the pic was still on the wall in the back – screwed to the wall (cause they knew I’d check to see how secure it was)