Poppies in Winter

The last week of January and the poppies are in their glory.  They bloom in front of the poinsettias that should be on the fade but are holding tight to  holiday mode.  How delightful to have so much colorful life right on the patio.  It’s messing with my dark heart.  Can’t let the clowns hear me talk like this.

Twelfth Night: 2018 The Three Magi is the Close of Christmas, Start Mardi Gras

Twelfth Night, Epiphany, Visit of the Magi/Three Kings, start of Mardi Gras. It can occur on Jan 5th or 6th and last one day or weeks until Easter. It all depends on your religious bent.

The Christmas decorations traditionally need to be taken down.

At the Cirque we prefer to transition rather than disappear all the lights and icons in one fell swoop. Many lights still burn and the gnome/pixie/alternative baby Jesus gives off strong vibes that he is not ready for containment.

And who can blame him? Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are on the same day as is Easters pairing with April Fools Day.

It’s that kind of year when you listen to the anthropomorphic desires of a toy you bought at the fancy supermarket.

Dolce & Gabbana | Pasta Consolation for Chubby Poors

Dolce & Gabbana : Pasta Consolation for Chubby Poors

I adore Dolce & Gabbana.  Vivid, happy colors, exuberant patterns of flowers, religious iconography, it’s traditional and exotic, classic and trendy, always beautiful.  Crowns, they have fancy crowns even the most incestually conceived royal  could proudly sport in his luxury attic.

Had I the money for these fabulous frocks I still couldn’t wear any of them because they don’t make my size. I’m not large, I’m just not tiny.  Really tiny.

But the boys threw us chubby poors a bone.  A pasta bone, at the low low price of 110 dollars.  “Here chubby poors, enjoy a literal taste of the good life.”  
And it is good. Working with Pastficio de Martino on a limited edition run of 5000 with 1000 being made available to the state, we can sup on greatness.  The colorful tin is packed with five kinds of specialty shaped pasta, an apron, and a cheapish shopping tote that I wouldn’t trust to hold a single napkin.  

Aside from the tote it is  thoughtfully packaged from the stickers holding the Italian tile design paper to  the finely printed insert detailing the new treasures.  D&G has been pairing with Smeg appliances as well.  They want to make the everyday life beautiful, special.  Agree!  It does come at a cost though and with luck this trend  will be picked up by more conservatively priced companies.  Even poors like beauty.

So a splurge was had and I  finally attained a literal taste of Dolce & Gabbana.  It is worth every penny.

“la famiglia, la pasta, l’Italia,”  Mama Gabbana

The Apron

From the pasta website:
“Dolce&Gabbana has designed and signed a special apron that recalls the colours and all the main symbols identifying our Country. It is not only a kitchen accessory but a real dress celebrating the “Made in Italy”.

It is by no means a real dress unless you are going to a fetish food party.  It is vividly colored and sturdy but should it actually be worn for an apron’s intended purpose?  How would you wear it to show off?  It’s not a Rolex or Tiffany jewelry you can don for that elitist trendy soiree.  Well, maybe if you are an old school Kennedy family member.

The Pasta

Five bags of pasta.  
 2 packs of Spaghetti
2 packs of Penne Mezzani Rigate
 1 pack of Paccheri

Coming from one of the finest pasta makers in the world, I’ll have to eat a few of these.  They are shapes I’ve never seen in my Spaghetti-Os before and I have much curiosity.  I do  have a  Le Crusset pot for the cooking.  Sure, it’s old and banged up but so is Donatella Versace and she is still pulling off the hoi polloi.

Dolce & Gabbana on TWITTER and FACEBOOK

Spot the food trend in their design for Spring/Summer 2018

Dolce and Gabbana partnered with Smeg appliance to make  refrigerators. These are tiny li’l fridges but if you are in the D&G world, you don’t eat very much.
Several styles of refrigerators are now available from Neiman Marcus for 50 thousand dollars. 450 dollars for delivery.  Do check out this website for the other models.
Refrigerators at Neiman Marcus

Smeg  has their own lines of wares that are fabulous.
Premium design.
Smeg. Technology with Style. 

Ultra Violet. Pantone’s color of 2018

From the 2017 trend of “Millennial Pink” Pantone climbs  higher on the light spectrum with a blue based purple they’ve named  Ultra Violet.

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive with critics saying everything from “Ultra violet being a royal purple for the common man” to “it will usher in the second coming of Jesus Christ.”  Pantone, in part, says, “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us to the future. Inventive, imaginative.  A complex color for a complex time.”

Ultra Violet is a fine color and it has a surprising number of colors it plays delightfully with, almost as many as a solid neutral.  This gives it staying power wether used as a whimsical accent or a different, yet instantly familiar look for an entire room.  Purple is tricky color but Ultra Violet does have an interesting balance of blue and red.

Shop Pantone.

The limited edition Formula Guide and Color Guide (165 and 215 dollars) are loaded with paint chips of co-ordinating colors and inspirations galore on how to use them. ( I’ll let you in on that before the year is out. Merry Christmas to me present.). It’s hard to tell exactly what color you are getting if you are  looking at it on a computer screen.  Pantone does offer reasonably priced color swatches.

iPhone Pantone app.

Base app is free. The whole shebang is 30$.  This would be good if you are going by the numbers.  I’ll let you know how close the swatch and the app compare.

Paint a wall, wear a scarf, tat your skins, wherever you need  color Pantone’s Ultra Violet is one that will last beyond  one year of glory.

 Ultra violet, if we are to be science-y, cannot be seen. Ultra means beyond, so beyond violet which is the last color on the spectrum that can be perceived with the naked eye.  Science’y Ultra Violet is fascinating. It  sterilizes dental tools or causes skin cancer. It lights up your day-glo posters.  It has a myriad of helpful uses and deadly consequences.  For good or ill, this is one crazy ray.   Wikipedia Ultra Violet.