24 July 2007

MK Writes Ads Not Tragedies

Well, not quite yet, but she totally will once she can sign on to her computer. Yesterday was MK's first day at the finest department store in the Paris of Wisconsin. Though she has not started writing ad copy, she will go to a meeting tomorrow regarding her first assignment, an ad for Beauty Week. Wouldn't that be a great band name? Or maybe the Beauty Editors? Har har.

During her interview, MK actually talked about this here blog with the fella who's now her boss. Talk about self-conscious self-referencing scensterism! But it is good to be queen...

Who would have thought it? Now Ms. K's mom can say, "My daughter works in advertising." Lo! The years of textile and clothing history do pay off. In other fashion news, Ms. Kansas is trying to connect with Milwaukee fashionette Leslie Vaglica to get herself a pair of non-jeans made. Stay tuned...

In music-and-fashion-just-blur-more-and-more-now-these-days-my-god-what-are-we-coming-to news, MK plans to buy Panic! tees, solving at least part of the ever-present Top Question. She imagines they will go nicely with suspenders and trousers for work. (If Ms. Kansas were 10 years younger she would surely be all about Ryan Ross. Doesn't he resemble the age-appropriate-for-MK Nick Zinner? Is it the hair?)

And in um-yeah-they-dress-kind-of-cool-but-my-deadline-is-kinda-coming-up news, can someone get Tilly and the Wall to holla at a sister?

23 July 2007

Envy Me!

And not because I'm rap's MVP, y'all...Yesterday I went out looking for a pair of pants. I thought it would be a quick and dirty into Starship. Erm, no. You see, while everyone was sleeping the evil retail genies replaced all the pants with pairs of tights that are 34 inches long--no less. Or, at least, that's what it seemed like.

I had wanted to buy the pants last week, but made myself wait. I pictured myself flitting here and there in my grey pants. Woe! Woe! It wasn't meant to be. As I struggled into and shucked off three different pair, I found myself thinking, This would be great if I needed leggings.

Somewhat traumatized, I skittered off to Detour hoping to luck onto something at their big sale. What the hell's going on? Let's just say you shouldn't go near anything made in Sweden if you aren't unbelievably tall, long-legged and skinny.

By this time, I was disgruntled, but I knew which way salvation lay. Envy has not only a shoe selection--including a sweet array of PF Flyers--sure to cause your brain to release endorphins--but also reasonably priced (and cute!) bags, hats, pants and shirts. I scooped up an adorable pair of black lounge pants to meet my yoga instructor's knee- and leg-baring requirement, a striped maxi shirt in one of my sought-after poison yellow-green shades, and a pair of pants my butt doesn't fall out of.

There isn't time to go into my own personal Vans debacle here (caused by my own short-sightedness), but, rest assured, Envy is the place to hook up your sneaks. Everyone you know will be beside themselves with...what else?

09 July 2007

Apartment Beautiful

Yikes! It's nearly mid-July! I wanted to do a post before now, but it's been a very busy two weeks of covering Summerfest, Art v Craft and reviewing Panic! At the Disco.

But here's something I've had in mind for a while that's really relevant this time of year: a handy checklist for finding an apartment. I'm about to move, and my hopes are high that I've found the perfect place. I tend to become somewhat obsessive about where I live. Having lived in New York, I can testify that living in the wrong place can ruin your whole life--let's just leave it at that.

Without further ado, here are the things to remember to look for in your perfect Milwaukee apartment:

Storage
Duh. It doesn't matter how cute your Art Deco studio is; if you don't have some place to put your towels, it's going to seriously cramp your style vibe.

Counter space
It's very hard to cook without them.

Quiet neighbors
Sometimes someone has to call the po po. Don't be afraid to be that person.

Quiet street
Unless the sound of semis changing gear is actually part of a desirable lifestyle.

Water pressure
It's easy to be taken in by a charming old-fashioned bathroom, but make sure the water doesn't shoot out of the shower like so many fine needles.

Busline
Oh, the delicate balance! It's important to live fairly near the bus stop if the neighborhood gets a little iffy at night. But, the bus stop on your block is probably too noisy.

No pets in the building
I really like animals, but I'm sticking by this one. This is probably a paranoid holdover from having lived in what became a flea circus at one point. Seriously.

No moldering Victorian smell
It's impossible to banish and it probably means something somewhere is structurally unsound or becoming that way.

Apartment's location within building
This affects noise from the street and the all-important natural light factor.

Lots of windows
It's depressing as hell to live in a place with a total of three windows. A good rule is that it should be possible to see outside from all but one room.

Terazzo in the kitchen
No gummy lino! Terazzo is beautiful and you'll feel like a 1920s starlet.

Gas stove
You're not serious about cooking with electricity, are you?

Placement of electrical outlets
This doesn't become apparent until you realize the shelves for your stereo are across the room from the plug-in and you've got a surge protector dangling on the wall.

Light fixtures
Are you going to have to call your lazy building manager every time you need to change a lightbulb because of how high the light fixtures are? Will it be easy to put on a shade or install a new pendant?

Built-ins
How covetously Milwaukee-dwellers eye friends' and neighbors' built-ins. They're sweet reminders of a bygone era of craftsmanship. And very handy. And, honestly, a status symbol.

Move-in deals
Don't be afraid to turn the screws before you move in! For real! Can you get a free month? Can you shave a couple months off so your lease is 9- or 10-month instead of the cumbersome 12? Learn to smell a landlord's desperation.

Onsite laundry
Having to schlep to Soapies is the easy way to become a person who does laundry four times a year.

No manky carpets reeking of cat pee or cigarette smoke
Don't even bother with the carpet cleaning service. The smell won't come out. Ever!

No concrete under wooden floors
I would advise asking about this out and out. It's bad for the joints.

I hope this has been somewhat helpful. Good luck finding your beautiful, amazing new apartment!