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#WordsofAdvice: Clare Galterio, host of Music Choice’s You&A

I just chatted with the adorable Clare Galterio, a TV personality and host of You&A on the Music Choice Network.  Airing in over 16 million homes (and in over 50 million if you count on demand), Galterio interviews the hottest artists on the scene.  Her cousins are actresses Kate and Rooney Mara and her family owns the Giants and Steelers.  Not only does Clare know about music, pop culture and sports, but she has also started her own gluten free website, The Gluten Free Chick, where she explores gluten free eateries and does some cooking with the chefs.  She also prefers extra large towels. Find out some of her #WordsofAdvice here:

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Cute and Fuzzy Pals

This morning Bill O’Reilly sat with Matt Lauer to talk about Patton, Ebola and all the pieces about Renée Zellweger plastic surgery shaming that emerged yesterday.

“I think she’s a good actress and people should just leave her alone,” says O’Reilly.

“Finally, something that we can agree on. Yes, let’s leave her alone” Lauer says at segment close.

Yes, let’s do that!

A Pew survey from last year found that 37 percent of college-age adults are on Instagram–an unprecedentedly prolific number of recorders of their own experience.

Aziz Ansari and Grover in stove pipe hats are trying to explain what the word “ridiculous” on Sesame Street.

Finally, here’s how to get the most foolproof mani ever from Refinery 29.

So Glad You Came

Dear husband has given me a 2 hour window to write so can’t dawdle. he’s at home watching The Affair, while LO swings a broom around, thinking that he’s cleaning or a majorette or something.

In the meantime, here’s a video:

Photo Courtesy: ArtMarket Monitor

Words of Advice: How does one go about establishing an art collection?

Cat Weaver shared a some advice for budding art collectors with Yummicoco, which you can also find in GalleryIntell, called 6 Tips for Art Collectors, but whatever you know you want to read it here:
So in a nutshell, one should:
1. Learn 
Acquaint yourself with what you like. It helps to look around at a LOT of art w/out buying anything at first. Keep in mind the artists, styles, periods, etc. which you might like to collect.

2. Specialize! 

Think:  informed and cohesive. As Anne-Hélène Decaux of Artviatic put it,  “It’s important to collect what you like—what you’re attracted to—but it’s also important to build a collection that has а direction.”

3. Strategize

Keep in mind that as your collection develops and changes, so will the direction and focus of your collection. That is why it’s best to start slow, have a budget and let yourself get used to the process gradually. Develop a general strategy.

Hint: Limited and signed edition prints on paper are most affordable. Smaller editions create rarity and usually confer greater value on the prints. Also, the lower the number within the edition, often, but not always, the more valuable it is. It’s an easy science to master early on.

4. Get Advice

Good advice is crucial for the newbie collector. Seek advice about prices and how to evaluate new purchases. The idea is to keep your collection on course. Advisors, gallery directors, and fellow collectors are good sources of information.

5. Do Your Homework!

Even if you have an adviso; you must still do your homework before making important purchases. The internet is a great source for collectors who wish to learn about an artist’s reputation and potential. Check the artist’s site for her show history: who reps her? Do they show her work at international art fairs?

If your artist is well-known, you can check the art indices, or previous auction results to learn what she/he fetches at public auction and if sales are consistent and strong.

6. Maintain Focus

A good collection needs maintainance. Every year or so, ask yourself where it’s going. Edit what doesn’t’ fit. Build on what does. And keep records! Where you purchased your pieces, from whom, and what you paid, is important information that will add provenance to your pieces.

And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me

Whoa, I just watched a pumpkin split in half (death by rubber bands) on Jimmy Fallon show with guest Shailene Woodley.

Photo Courtesy: NBC

Photo Courtesy: NBC

Now it’s Michael Shannon from Boardwalk Empire talking to Jimmy and he’s super creepy and weird. Great actor but he’s creepy.

Today, I ventured out to Manhattan with the little one sans stroller. If you didn’t know this: Babywearing a toddler can sometimes be a pain. I walked with my twenty-plus-pounder for a few miles and a few hours, chatting with another mom friend about family. According to an article, it’s a good-for-your-health thing for moms to get together.

I soaked my feet in epsom salt.

Time for bed.

And We’re Off

So I had yet another early-morning-cut-into-baby-rearing freelance interview very early this morning via Skype. The interviewer was in London at the time and I was in my kitchen in Brooklyn surreptitiously trying to wash out a suppy cup so that my little one (LO) could occupy himself quietly in his high chair with some milk.

I managed to throw some cereal on the high chair tray when she dialed in. Luckily my video stalled out so I was able to sneak LO  the bottle and proceed to rock her with my expertise.

We’ll see if she bought it later this week. In the meantime, off to playdates!

Photo Courtesy: Starbucks

Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte is Fucking Gross

This past weekend started on a Thursday for us as my dear husband took the day off from school to take my mom to her post-cataract eye appointment in New Jersey.

We drove to NJ, helped my mom, then ate cheeseburgers and cheese fries at Shake Shack.

Photo Courtesy: Shake Shack

Photo Courtesy: Shake Shack

It’s funny how I talk a good game, shopping for local, organic food at our Brooklyn coop and trying to make responsible vegetarian/vegan friendly meals at home. However, I love fat and sugar.

Photo Courtesy: One Hundred Dollars A Month

Photo Courtesy: One Hundred Dollars A Month

Fat and sugar so good, yummy, yummy! I can’t help myself, especially since I’m still nursing my almost 17 month old, I just want to stuff my face whenever I get a break from him.

(he’s napping now and all I want to do is eat some buttered sourdough bread from Balthazar and lounge around on the couch)

I’ve been seriously thinking about buying a baby bike seat so that we can go out and get some cardio together. Note, I’ve been thinking about it and have not done it yet. It’s in the queue; hopefully soon to happen.

But at the very least, I can take pride in the fact that Starbucks PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) is a fucking, gross, metallic-tasting waste of five dollars.

Photo Courtesy: Starbucks

Photo Courtesy: Starbucks

Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove? Check. Creamy milk for a delicious taste and texture? Check. Real pumpkin pie spices atop whipped cream? Check. Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is back– with all the amazing ingredients that make it a beloved fall favorite. Stop on by and celebrate the season.

So we decided that “celebrating the season” just didn’t need to include that. We should have just heeded the words of John Oliver:

And, I can also pat myself on the back for not eating Burger King (which used to be my joint!) as their advertising team just ripped off Billy Eichner, who is pissed off at the fast food giant for stealing his act.

Photo Courtesy: Billy Eichner/Twitter

Photo Courtesy: Billy Eichner/Twitter

Photo Courtesy: Cat Weaver

Words of Advice: How Not To Seem Like An Art Douche with Cat Weaver

I love Cat Weaver. She knows everything about art, philosophy, Halloween parties, soft-shell crabs, True Detective, and more. She also shoots from the hip. So I asked Ms. Spitfire for a little art conversation advice. Read what she had to say below.
And as Hyperallergic eloquently and accurately describes: Independent curator, Cat Weaver is the Brooklyn-based writer and editor of The Art Machine, a blog that covers the art market in all of its gossipy glory. Formerly Cat wrote How To Talk About Art for Sugarzine, a New York culture and review magazine. She is currently a contributing blogger to the Huffington Post.
Yummicoco: Jerry Saltz says “Art is not about understanding. Art is about experience” How do I weave that line into a party conversation without seeming too much like a douche?  
Photo Courtesy: ArtMarket Monitor

Photo Courtesy: ArtMarket Monitor

Cat Weaver: If you quote Jerry Saltz, you are playing it SAFE.  He’s the default POV when one talks about art: all ID and no ego. That’s the way everyone thinks about art. He’s the everyman.
Try disagreeing with all that romantic yaddda. That’s when you REALLY risk looking like a douchebag. And it’s a fun and worthy risk to take.
Try saying that art IS about understanding as much as it is about experience. Now watch the room split into teams: the eggheads who think understanding IS important and the romantics who think they’re fucking John Keats. No one will agree with you.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America

Photo Courtesy: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America

Myself: I think, as with any other discipline, your appreciation, your experience, is deepened by understanding. Understanding the artist’s drive and purpose, understanding the work’s place in art history, understanding the particular medium, the references, the current context, the market, the zeitgeist, the trends…
Experience is about context and although a good deal of context is comprised of what makes you cry or roll your eyes or run out and hail a cab, another part is understanding.
Photo Courtesy: Kevin Van Aelst

I Should Be In That Chair Right Now

As I remold a new ass groove in my armchair while I wait for LO to finish napping so we could go outside, I downloaded Scrivener for better manuscript writing.

I’m also multi-tasking, checking out the show Selfie (SNORE!) while discovering this pink, shimmering selfie hat by ACER.


I’m also kinda/sort-of reading interview (SNORE!) with Mathew Klickstein, author of SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age

This Thursday, New York Super Week will throw a “Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!” at Hammerstein Ballroom to celebrate these timeless shows with actor appearances, performances by Polaris (of Pete & Pete fame) and the duo behind Doug’s The Beets (Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer), and more.

I loved The Adventures of Pete & Pete despite its unabashed whiteness.


Photo Courtesy: Hello Apparel

Protested Development

Thought for the day:

Today’s put-off objectives reduce tomorrow’s achievements. -Henry F. Banks

But how can you tackle goals/plans/objectives/etc when baby doesn’t want to nap?!

This morning, I had to conduct a business meeting shut away in my bedroom while LO cried his eyes out in his playpen in the living room.

Interviewer: yeah, I can hear a baby in the background.

This would have never happened if LO just took a nap when he was scheduled to sleep. But my little one was not tired and I still had to go into the 11am meeting–so baby cried surrounded by his toys and books, while I attempted to wow someone with “extensive communications background.”

Me: I’m ready to get back into the writing world and I have child care set up.

(not really but I could make it happen, I guess)