November 26th, 2006

msauvage purple

Lucky, lucky, lucky

So I ended up doing a bit of offline Christmas shopping today. (A word about the online kind: Amazon is now on my shitlist, because we put in a large order--remember, Christmas and two birthdays--and chose the free shipping, because it was November 24th at the time and we weren't in any particular hurry. One week, two weeks, they can take their time. Well, Amazon then said nothing would arrive until JANUARY 15TH. We changed to standard shipping, and I've already gotten "Your order has shipped" notices. So: free shipping, six weeks; paid shipping, four days. Cheap corporate bastards.) The part I really want to tell you about is the Macy's jewelry department, which had a 50%-off clearance section (I got a pair of 2028 earrings at 50% plus 10% off, for a total of nine dollars). They also had two or three turntable racks (I'm totally making this term up) of Lucky Brand jewelry, which I'd never heard of before, but is apparently under the Lucky Brand Jeans label. Don't bother clicking on that link, by the way, because none of the jewelry is even on the site, but the stuff I saw was fantastic. You can see some of it at the Dillard's site, but the pictures don't really do it justice. There was kind of a pirate theme to what I saw--a few actual skull-and-crossbones charms, but mostly big chunky brass and silver pieces: bracelets, charms, pendants, layered necklaces, some wooden beads here and there, and some giant rings. It was piratey without being obnoxiously so, if that makes any sense--a general style, rather than an actual theme. Of the things you can see online, I loved the charm bracelet, the key earrings, and the red stone earrings. There was also a chunky turquoise bracelet that I absolutely loved, and I may get that and the charm bracelet for Christmas, but who knows. I'm just saying, if you find yourself at a mall, keep an eye open.

(Speaking of pirates, I was in Books and Company and saw a kids' book called Vampirates: Demons of the Sea, and immediately started kicking myself for not thinking of it first.)

Re: Bond theme songs: agentsculder has uploaded all of them--that's right, all twenty-something--over at her journal. Hell, I didn't even know a-ha did a Bond song. I must particularly recommend Garbage's "The World Is Not Enough," which I've always liked as a song unto itself. I kind of like "Tomorrow Never Dies" as well--I think it's a pretty good song, but Sheryl Crow is a bit shrill in the chorus. Maybe it would have been better if someone else had sung it, but I don't know who.

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