You’re four of the closest guys and known everywhere…

But somehow after the years go by, and really not all that many, you end up splitting apart because of creative differences, what appears to be hatred, bitterness towards one another or anything and everything. How does this happen when you were all having so much fun at one time… shit happens so you say fuck you and move on or else you die. Let’s roll down Penny Lane… From their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show 74million people watched them perform to screaming females. This was just a taste of what was yet to come as millions and millions more would soon be taken by them. From 1963 – 1966 The Beatles released 14 albums in the US. Unfreakin heard of today. Takes a rock band today 3 years to sober up after their first hit record. The Beatles had 14 very upbeat, love songs, sappy sometimes, goofy and all were popular. They had that chemistry, they had fun, people loved them and they were different. Then in 1967, The Beatles released Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and Magical Mystery Tour. Two great albums!

A Beatles fanatic could study this album cover for hours and then it gets a bit creepy. The Beatles had definitely gone from those happy love songs to a darker side with the laughing maniacal clown as the ring leader. Or it was the acid.

The music was different, edgy, intense, there was some kind of movement going on, there was Vietnam, there was racial tension everywhere and there were The Beatles. They were four young guys who formed a band and man, did they hit it big. They became so well known throughout the world that a year earlier, 1966, Lennon had made some stupid comment that the kids were paying more attention to The Beatles than they were to Jesus, or God, or Religion or whatever it was. It was one of those stupid comments that as soon as the last word begins to roll off your tongue you are already thinking, what the fuck did I say that for??? I didn’t know John personally but I do believe he didn’t mean it the way people took it. People like the KKK, people like the ones in the southeast part of the country who at the time hated anyone who wasn’t just like them, ran to the streets to burn Beatle albums. The whole thing was really over-analyzed. John was like 26 at the time with a pocketful of money and a pocket full of dope. I wouldn’t have expected him to say anything profound, would you? He was simply a rock star with a lot of talent but by any fetch of the imagination was he the devil. It’s now 2 days shy of a year since MMT and The Beatles released a great album by no surprise, a double album at that and were advised to hold back on the additional album but obviously they did not and got their way, The White Album simply titled in black; “The Beatles” and it worked. Not because of the less is more theor but because it was a musical genius. It was Rock n’ Roll never heard before. It was hard, it was soft, it was funny sometimes, it was like listening to a fairytale. In my opinion it has The Beatles best song ever on that album whi is George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Too bad George wasn’t aloud to contribute more of his talent that way but how could the Beatles get any bigger? Props to George! Dear Prudence is another great song and the infamous “helter skelter” song because of the Manson murders. This reminds me that the only good thing I can say about Bono today is when I saw U2 in concert he said that Charles Manson stole this song from The Beatles and tonight he was taking it back to them. As corny as it sounds it was very touching. This is 1968, were at a loss as far as a solution goes to the Vietnam war, muscle cars were becoming stronger, drugs were everywhere and easy to get. The White Album somehow represented everything that was gong on back then. Just months earlier before the release of the white album Bobby Kennedy had been assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Bobby was celebrating his successful campaign in the California primary elections while seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. The music of The Beatles didn’t make things better but it did make you forget for a few minutes. Not such a bad thing.

Pop culture

Things and people change...

The Beatles released two albums in 1969. January 13th The Beatles released Yellow Submarine which did absolutely nothing for me. It just wasn’t happening on that album and The Beatles knew that as well. It was probably one of those albums that should have been sat on, put in the vault, let’s keep working it… toss it man. It was 40 minutes/12 seconds of whatever music. It just wasn’t there. Was this the beginning of the end?

It was like a bad comic book.

But just a short 10 months later The Beatles released one of their masterpieces, Abby Road!

Man, if Yellow Submarine was changing your taste in music regarding the Beatles, Abbey Road lured you right back in. It was fucking awesome work. Both the album cover and the music. No surprise though. There are 70 parody covers of this album on this page.

http://www.amiright.com/album-covers/abbey-road-parodies/

Technically, this was it for The Beatles. John wanted out, they were fighting all the time, George thought the band was ridiculous as he was by far the most talented one, Ringo was along for the ride and hoping for the best (not as in Pete) Paul thought The Beatles were the movement while John kept trying to get him to understand that The Beatles were only a part of “the movement”. ABBEY ROAD was recorded in the summer of 1969 and was the last album recorded by the Beatles (LET IT BE was released in 1970, but recorded in early ’69).

Thanks for the memories guys. They, and you, will never be forgotten!

John went on with Yoko and formed The Plastic Ono Band which sucked. It was full of anger and shit Lennon never dealt with. However, he came through the other side and began writing beautiful music/songs starting with Imagine. Unfortunately, just when John seemed really comfortable in his own skin and enjoying the success of the album Double Fantasy he was shot and killed by a crazed fan Mark David Chapman who ironically had just gotten John to sign his Double Fantasy album. It makes you wonder what is wrong with people. John was 40.

George Harrison did a lot of charitable music. The most famous being the concert for Bangladesh which when you think about it George was also very spiritual and always wanting to give rather than take. Very admirable of him. Imagine George taking 200 million to perform. He probably would then give it to a poor country. Huge props for George! George passed away on 11/29/2001 at the age of 58.

Ringo goes around the country talking to people and doing his; “Ringo and his all star band” gigs. I’ve seen it once and it’s fine. He’s enjoying himself and having fun.

Paul is unquestionably the most successful Beatle. He went on to perform solo, then formed Wings, then went solo again and has been for 20 – 25 years or more now. Paul seemed to be grounded and together until his wife Linda passed away. Then it was like the nut finally fell from the tree and it married Heather Mills. I’m not knocking the handicap at all as I have a few of my own… but c’mon Paul. You were a freakin Beatle, a great solo career, Wings was way cool at the time and you end up with hop-scotch Mills who was a rippin bitch. What, you were married about 8 weeks and she wanted half of what you acquired throughout your life? Stay single Paul or talk to Rod Stewart the next time you get the itch.

Bringing it home with a trivia question; When The Beatles first toured America, what city is the only city they did not sell out to full capacity?

Web Trends in 2010

1) Employee-owned IT
Traditionally, IT departments decide what kind of computers and software employees use and they take responsibility for all maintenance chores. Younger workers, however, have grown up choosing their own computers and applications and want to keep their personalized computing styles. Enter employee-owned IT, which sees workers bringing their own computers to work so that IT can lock them down with virtualization or multiple operating systems that deliver security. IT departments save as maintenance devolves to computer vendors, while employees swear they are more productive using a machine of their choice.

2) Web Analytics as part of Enterprise BI and Dashboards.
Web Analytics in many organizations is still an orphan with no real parents. Every department looks at its data but rarely does it get a strategic priority as an indicator of business trends and business intelligence asset. Investment in web analytics allows for customer insights, marketing spend ROI, conversion optimization and can impact the bottom line. As companies invest in sophisticated BI and analytical dashboards, web based data that is not transactional is usually not there. Integrating web traffic and user interest data into these systems can result in new insights and better actionable data.

3) Approaching Social Networking and Collaboration in a Strategic way
Everyone now realizes the power of social networks and is rushing to get in, establish a FaceBook page, a Twitter account and get’s their PR to sprawl the web to “engage” people. Internally, companies are haphazardly trying various collaboration methods. We see a maturity process happening through 2009 that will force companies to look at all their collaboration points in a strategic way and tie them to business goals and processes. This new approach will transform them from toys to tools and will establish their place and value in the new order.

4) Mobility, Telecommuting and Virtual Meetings
After years of false starts and niche uses, technologies that untether the work force are racing forward at light speed. Wireless networks are becoming ubiquitous, devices are advancing rapidly, and an array of tools and technologies are making virtual meetings, collaboration and telecommuting a seamless proposition. Thirty-five percent of Baseline survey respondents said they’re expecting the use of these tools to increase in 2010.
BlackBerrys, iPhones, netbooks and a spate of other devices are reshaping the landscape. “Businesses are cutting costs and improving their productivity through mobility initiatives,” observes Dan Shey, mobile services practice director at ABI Research. However, at the same time, workers are demanding control over what devices they use and how they use them. “The consumerization of IT is in full swing,” adds Sean Ryan, mobile research analyst at IDC.
A bigger challenge for 2010 involves managing mobile devices and ensuring tight security, Ryan explains. Most organizations need to address these issues in a more comprehensive and holistic way—through better device administration technology and policies. In fact, telecommuting barriers have completely broken down due to the widespread and common use of mobile tools that work across platforms.

This connected and collaborative environment also promises to usher in better desktop video conferencing, along with more advanced telepresence capabilities. The widespread availability of high-bandwidth networks, along with more sophisticated and less-expensive technologies, makes it possible for organizations to work virtually and seamlessly. After years of hype, tools such as Skype, WebEx and Cisco TelePresence—along with widespread high-bandwidth connections—make cross-platform group connectivity and, in some cases, HD video an attractive and viable option.

5) Cloud computing…
has taken the business world by storm! Two-thirds of Baseline survey respondents plan to expand the use of public clouds, which reside on the Internet, provide access to shared computing resources and are operated by third-party providers. Sixty-four percent said they’re interested in private clouds, which, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, are “owned or leased by a single organization and operated solely for that organization.”
A growing number of organizations are turning to clouds to manage various applications, including basic word processing and spreadsheets through Google, CRM tools, ERP and databases. Indeed, most major enterprise application vendors have adapted their applications to run in the cloud—or they are planning to do so.
Organizations are also turning to clouds to keep mobile data in sync. Apple, Research in Motion and other vendors have simplified syncing contacts, e-mails, notes and calendar items across multiple devices.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) allows organizations to access resizable virtualized compute capacity across multiple operating systems, including Windows, Linux and Solaris. Microsoft recently introduced Windows Azure, a platform that lets developers create new Microsoft-compatible tools and applications in a cloud-based environment. And Unisys announced the Secure Private Cloud Solution, which optimizes storage virtualization and provides enhancements for internal data centers and business continuity.

Let’s just say that the first automobile ever introduced to us post Horse and Buggy were cars that…

looked just like this. And they told us that we could get any color we wanted as long as it’s black. So then, we pickled a black one. We took family vacations in this car, drive to church in it and we would even just sit in it and listen to the ball game.

Then though it was over the years we did notice that every single car looked exactly like this one. A subtle difference here and there but for the most part, this was it

Let’s get it straight… the first car we ever see and use is a great looking BMW 6 series. As the years go by we end up with something that does the job but just isn’t something that we get excited about, certainly not something to show off and don’t ever use it anymore unless we absolutely have to go… somewhere that is. What happened? It made more sense for the manufacturers to spend less/charge more. Pretty clear cut and fast drying. Less material cost less money but the scam called “Inflation and Cost of Living” has converted everyone into a village idiot. The reality of a product and it’s worth is simple; it’s worth is only based on what someone is willing to pay. That’s it. You don’t want to pay $2.00 for a box of brownies then walk away. If you’re willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a Barry Bonds steroid home run baseball then good for you. You’re the top village idiot. That baseball is still a baseball. It hasn’t been filled with platinum, pure gold or even uncut whatever. It’s still a rawlings baseball. So now everyone is convinced about inflation, the increase in the costs of running a business, prices continue to skyrocket and though the companies all cut back the consumer still takes it in the rear end. Corporate has a free pass to extortionate pricing. The analogy above with the cars is this;

This one bathroom most people today will not remember. In fact, they will question if there ever were such a bathroom. Well the answer is yes and one with character, modern, luxurious and smart. Notice the commode is in a separate room adjoining the main bathroom. This should have never EVER changed. Use your imagination as to why. Here are a few more that we should have stayed with...

Oh this was certainly a waste of craftsmanship. Someone fire up the bulldozer pronto!

We should just take a torch to this nonsense. What could they have possibly been thinking???

So finally the idea strikes like a bolt of lightning…

It's magnificent! Who designed this? Frank Lloyd Wright? Barry Byrne? So this is what we have accepted for at least the past 50 yrs and we decided it ain't going to survive year 51. See what's coming...

the counter top-formica-granite-whatever sink becomes a beautiful craftsmanship piece of bedroom furniture. It has two sinks and all your drawer clothing is right there. Large enough fo two people. Space is large enough to comfortably get ready for any event. Check it out Jackson…

and it only gets better...

and better...

Now here in the bathroom there is all this additional room. You might be saying but I want a sink in the bathroom, I’ve always had a sink and I am… I interrupt and say ok, shut up you big crybaby and listen to me for a second. Over in this corner where you keep your dust decor…

handsome, compact,fit anywhere, any corner

you could install this one at the base of the tub

pay attention to the cabinet. This is where we go next

Moving on now leaving you with the classic pedestal

Next is a cabinet to store a few things in. Whatever they are. Could be condoms, k-Y, a waterproof vibrator, I don’t care. Just remember, the main vanity has moved into the bedroom. Now pay attention…

look at this, life was never this good

oh.yea-sex-toys-storage-cabinet

Freakin Awesome!

there.it.s-all.she.wrote.space.taken.with.pedestal.and.cabinet-4sqfeet

Now here is something I am very adamant about… shit stinks. Yours stinks even worse. Why they took the commode and stuck it in the the room with everything else still confuses me. There isn’t any amount of money that could be worth that. The toilet belongs and is going back to having it’s own room the size of a walk in closet. It will also accommodate a pedestal sink and medicine “wink-wink” cabinet. Check it out…

Very nice, very nice.

Si! Si!

Adequate. Serves the purpose

The alternative?

This was really Thomas Jefferson's toilet room. Good enough for him, it's good enough to bring back.

Coming tomorrow is the new look in the Loo with all the extra space. This room will become your sanctuary, your oasis, your getaway, you’ll become a bathroom rat. The designs are endless and you’ll love it once you start getting into it or call me for a consultation.

Classic, Aged with the Detail at its Finest. You know, some things should just stay the way they are…

Back on board at The Loo, this bathroom is awesome. Don’t just glance over it but look at the detail… a wired soap dish attached (kind of low for my liking) to the wall, the toilet speaks for itself and I would love to have that exact toilet. Just yanking on that chain to flush would be cool. I know, I know, conserve water and save the planet and I believe in that. But Bono has it covered. Anyway, the toilet is amazing, the door in the corner is kind of interesting. I believe it’s a door, maybe a dutch door, the coat-rack for robes, the stand with what looks like a pitcher & bowl, then the main sink. The plumbing alone is very cool. The walls must be 12 – 15 ft which is enough room to build a loft if someone wanted to. If you look in the mirror there is a reflection of what looks like a large draped window. This must be one hell of a house. The rug alone looks like it cost a fortune. What does this have to do with the average person that goes from paycheck to paycheck? Stimulate ideas. I know I’ll never live in a house like this BUT with imagination and some creative passion you can have a miniature. I have found some great items at thrift stores for a buck or two. Cleaned them up, tightened a screw polished it down to the metal and ended up with something that looks like I paid a lot of money for. I got a couple of antique soap dishes this way. Small and medium sized vases, picked up a great pitcher & bowl (not crazy about the color but it’s in near perfect condition and was $3-) hard wired screen baskets are great for anything and look artsy all cleaned up with a few rolled towels in them. Then the two rusted brass 12” candle holders. I cut off the part that holds the candle (actually I beat the things to death with a hammer because I don’t have a hack-saw and that part eventually broke off. You just gotta hang in there sometimes and make use with what you have) Hung them on the wall with the two bottom ends connecting placing them going in opposite directions. It not only came out great it looks like a very expensive piece of metal wall art. I think they were like a buck a piece. I hung a few corner pieces of crown molding with no intention of going full circle and it looks great. Cost me like $5- I had a small brown pressed wood bathroom cabinet. Nothing special. The kind you would either toss or give to someone if they needed one. Instead, I painted it white, replaced the brown wood knobs with brushed nickel metal knobs and in no time at all I have this stylish artsy cabinet that cost about $15- The ideas are endless. What one thing does for you may not for another so who cares. Hang a soap dish upside down on the ceiling with a small picture in it. When people are using your bathroom they’ll see it and wonder… WTF??? John Lennon was once asked what a particular song meant. His was response was what it meant to him and what it may mean to someone else will have two different meanings so why does it matter what it means to him. Now remember the sidebar with John saying something about the eye of the hurricane when suddenly you realize you’re performing in concert… my interpretation of those words were he just came out of a blackout and hears Paul saying; “for the 10th time now John, start us off” There it is, same song, two different meanings.

Decorative crown molding corner piece

And it all started with this!

An old hallway table, a thrift store mirror, a ceramic or glass basin with a faucet and you just created a unique piece of art.

That’s right. There are probably a million old hallway tables, butcher’s blocks, old beat-up school desk’s or an imperfect piece of wood that was maybe burned a bit at one time. Whatever the piece may be you can make an adjustment here and there, antique it with a bicycle chain by beating the dog snot out of it, throw on some green, yellow, red, black, brown paint… choose the colors you like. Green and brown with the whipped chain looks like an antique over night. Use a rag, sponge and an old stiff paintbrush when applying the paint. The type of finish you get is entirely up to you. I personally like a flat or a semi-gloss. Buy a basin at any major home improvement store that you absolutely love (don’t get hung up on if it “matches” or not. It will) and there are lots of new ones out there, many beautiful ones for under $100. Some simple plumbing accessories, hang the mirror, put a couple of inexpensive side lamps on the wall with the aged Italian brass look and you have a functioning new sink that looks like a million bucks. It’s very cool! Use your imagination, let your heart guide you and you will be brilliant every time.

Check it out…

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Bathrooms Refashioned and the little things that can blow it!

First glance at this Loo I thought what a great job! Tight, clean, awesome window, colors… colors, WTF??? There are gold faucets and knobs in this room. Let me tell you something. Actually a few things about gold. Its freakin ugly is the first thing. “Oh, you got a new plasma TV. It looks great! The black trim is nice but it would look so much better in gold. Let me paint it gold for you” I think if you kill someone in your own home it’s considered self defense or insane or… something like that. In Texas it’s considered an everyday occurrence. Wouldn’t it be great if we could sell a state to another country…(a phone conversation between a potential buyer and the USA realtor. by the way, when a state is sold the USA keeps the land obviously but all the people who live in the state must move to their new union within 48 hrs) “Yea, that’s right. Texas is for sale. $1.55. No, that\’s one dollar and 55 cents for the entire state. Sure, you can make payments. I’m sorry? Would we take $0.74? Let me think about tha… ok, only if you take it today. Ok then, congratulations on the purchase of your new state. Now who is this again? Oh yea, well good luck with your new state of Texas. Nice doing business with you as well Iraq and take care 😉 Back to reality, gold is ugly, it always looks cheap even if it’s real, it shows you lack taste and are probably someone who is gaudy, garish and obviously flaunts it. And where? In a damn nice Loo. This bathroom would have looked like they dumped thousands more into the job if they would have used brushed nickel in place of everything that is gold. They totally screwed up. I hope the whole bathroom turns into a moldy green. I’ve said this before and here it is again, Gold is good for one thing only, exchanging for cash.

This near perfect! It’s compact, great for a guest bathroom, it appears to be off the hallway, dark wood, darker counter top, cream tile with some black design… almost perfect. The only thing I would have done differently for literally a couple of bucks and would make it look like a million bucks are the wall plates. White and cream color wallplates have been around since Europe stopped yelling and throwing babies out the window. You have to watch those Europeans, especially when you get into southern Europe. Oh, there’s a small country within a country within a city which is Rome and the country inside Rome is… you tell me and win a prize. Yea, wallplates of cream and white are big time boring. Really boring. We now have options, all kinds of color wallplates which really make a room stand out. I have Italian aged brass in a room or two with black over-sized metal throughout the rest of the place. It makes a huge difference but still, this Loo is great. The colors are smart, thoughtful, you could read in there (actually I can read in any… never mind) And since there are no signs of towels, facecloth’s, soap, in fact I don’t see any accessories. What’s wrong with these people? You have to use the bathroom badly and when you run in with you ex-friend, (by the way, you know how people hold up their one wrist and point at it with their other hand when they want to know the time? Point at your crotch to someone, anyone, the next time you really need the bathroom) and she says; “first door on the left down the hall. You do your business and feel great! Then you notice there is not one single drop of soap, no cloth of any type, not even a bathmat. You say screw it and that you\’ll dry you hands on the wallplates. You turn the water handles and nothing. The water has been turned off. Why in God’s name do these people have a bathroom here for??? You reach under the sink and take the valve handles off after turn both up to full power, you take the toilet valve handle after you turn it off and you were lucky enough to loosen the drainpipe under the sink. You walk out and say; ” See you soon Mrs Cleaver. If you decide to remodel again soon they have some great wallplates at Sewol” Aside from this mess this is a great looking small Loo.

Back by poopular demand…

The Battle of the “SOAP DISH” Yea! Man, this one is fun. Every country on the planet, how many countries are there? Is it 194? 204? Just as human beings this would be a good thing to know. I mean look at it this way, if you asked some extreme liberal pet owners who are constantly bleeding from the mouth about everything but what truly is important in Santa Monica, how to get to the 405 they would look west first (west is towards that large body of water often referred to as the pacific ocean) and say something like this. Also, these are natives of the Westside, here we go; “well, it’s not that way because the water is that way. I don’t think it’s down there either. I have just never seen a freeway down there. It could be up there. Now did you say Pacific Coast Highway? Oh, the 405 freeway… the 405, mmm, do you know what it’s called?” This is when the out of towner walks away and is feeling sorry for the person. The thing is all freeways have a number which most people go by; the 405, the 5, the 101, the 10… the 405 is called The San Diego Freeway. So this is how you tell a native of CA. And this same person who just sounded ditzy and harmless screamed at a homeless woman. I witnessed this. Check it out. The homeless woman was petting a dog tied to a parking meter. The dog was shy and was cowering down. The mouth bleeding no sense of direction pet owner woman comes storming out of boarders with about $100 worth of pastries, 8 bags of no caff, organic, locally grown, hand picked and foot crushed beans gutless wonder coffee and starts frantically untying her dog from the meter. The homeless woman who probably has not touched a living creature in a while but maybe a bug or a spider said very politely to the woman (this is freakin priceless b/c it is so Santa Monica. I hate Santa Monica and hope the entire town drops into the ocean. They do have the best cupcakes in the world there though, tough call) anyway, she politely says to the breeder bleeder; “I tried to pet your dog. He’s so shy and he’s beautiful” when Christine Columbus got in her face and raised her voice just short of yelling and said; he’s not shy, he hates people who smoke cigarettes!” then she stormed off. The homeless woman was priceless. She just smiled and said; “he’s still a pretty dog” Oh, I almost forgot what we were doing here. The battle of the Soap Dish and how many countries are in the world. For the 3rd time in my entire life I got something right. Cause for celebration! We don’t, who ever “we” is, we don’t count Taiwan as an official country so there are currently 194 countries in the world. This is kind of bull-shit though. Think about it. We don’t consider Taiwan as an “official” country but the Vatican is a country within Rome. It’s not a wonder that I got into the shi… the FashionLoo business 🙂 Ok, the best soap dish in the world and the worst.
As usual, the Italians have “cleaned up” on the soap dish battle. Here it is…

Italian – aged brass bath soap dish

Yea, Yea, Yea... aged brass, Italian... so what! Now look at ours, USofA...

Because we were almost disqualified for our previous soap dish were given a one-time only replacement opportunity. I can assure you we didn’t go to the 0.99cent store this time, we went to “Soap Dish traveler de la Creme” where only the best, top-shelf only, optimum and finest plastic stuff is sold at a discount. I honestly felt in my heart of hearts that we would undisputedly walk away with the award for the first time ever.We got it alright, “FashionLoo, worst Loo accessories ever” award. Our fine Pop Culture item which was most difficult to locate loses to a rusty old tub soap dish that they call “aged brass from Italy” Who cares??? Ours is in a claw foot tub. It’s personal now. We are already designing our own accessories from this point forward. Surely we’ll be opening FashionLoo 3 ~ “Accessories; Personalize your Loo. After all, it is you”. Even the name is a hit. See what Europe has next week… Ha Ha Ha! I already smell success and can see gold going to the bank! We’re talking Cream de la Creme here and not creme brulee < burnt cream. So claw foot pop culture soap dish lost the battle, but not the war! Take a good long hard look at him…

A call came in for this Loo…

Yea, a mostly green kitchen is like some chick with hundreds of tatts not ever wondering what she’ll look like as grandma. Kitchens… they’re so overrated! And btw, The Brady Bunch just called and they want their kitchen back now!

One red apple in this pic would have made it a great shot.

Before you go…

Remember to comfort yourself in the morning by way of the Loo. Don’t get involved in that rat race and take your time. Ground yourself then let yourself go like you walk on air because you do. Don’t let people control who you are and what you do but do let people be people. No matter who people are, I think all have a good heart with well intentions. Some just have guarded theirs for so long that they forgot how to open it up. Others have not used theirs for a long time so it may be a little rusty. And those that don’t realize the nature of the heart were just never taught. But you can show then the nature of yours and one day, some person who never realized, a light will go on and shine forever.So contact the FashionLoo, and we’ll design a brand just for you 😉

You pick it, we'll create it

Perhaps this one knows more about you than you do

or this one, it will release the real you

So, you’ll let me know by tomorrow which FashionLoo you decided on.

When remodeling your home, the bathroom may take a backburner to all other areas of the house with the kitchen typically getting the most attention and budget. It isn’t that way anymore and it should never be that way again.

When remodeling your home, the bathroom may take a backburner to all other areas of the house with the kitchen typically getting the most attention and budget. It isn’t that way anymore and it should never be that way again. The bathroom is where you can let yourself slide into a calming peaceful zone. Let it be in the morning when getting ready for the stressors or at the end of the day after dealing with them. There is not a better place in the home than the bathroom. If you choose to ignore it, it will return the favor. If you decide that you will pay special attention to its decor and maintenance it will take care of you in the same way. They’re funny that way.

In memory of former President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated 46 years ago today.

Top 5 FashionLoo’s for the week of 11/22/09.

FashionLoo’s pick #5-

White-on-White has lost its WOW

Personally, white on white has been way overdone and quite frankly, it’s now beyond boring. When I see one I want to return to it with cans of rainbow colors, various shades of black and grey then just start throwing it in every which way direction to give it character. A personality. This Loo has that pasteurized look which is fine if you’re drinking milk. There is a difference between sterile and keeping it clean. Loo’s should be kept clean and hospitals should be sterile. Though I would never recommend w-on-w this one is ok. There are a couple of tones to it, the dark wood trim would have been way better off with a stone type of accent and the nauseating gold faucets should have been bronze antique with ivory buttons. (btw, is ivory ok to use or will it piss off Sr VP Dan Matthews of PETA to a point that he will crash my next show. Perhaps this time he’ll dress up as Alice from the Brady Bunch to fool security into letting him in. Dan, if you by chance read this let me know. I’ll change it to something that is fake Ivory) Moving on, gold accessories today are not happening. Think about it like this; you’re wearing a custom made designer suit that fits and hangs perfectly. It’s an awesome shade of grey that looks like a million bucks with a black shirt and black tie. For your wheels you put on a pair of white socks and sneakers. Don’t do it. The only time to use gold is when you’re exchanging it for cash. Also, they have a great towel rack but for their own reason(s) found it necessary to tuck it away in a far corner, out of sight and away from any kind of convenience. And why not showcase it anyway. There’s a lot of space here that with a different pair of glasses this Loo could be turned into a masterpiece with very little effort.

FashionLoo’s pick #4

Dead or Alive, Bamboo and Parrots belong outside

The above is our number 4 pick. I absolutely love this Loo. So some of you may be asking why I did not pick this as my number 1 pick for the week. I’ll tell you, the fake Parrots (Dan, I truly love any kind of animal. Well, my own personal cat is being punished right now because he really made a mess out of his Loo this morning. We wrapped all four of his paws in extra strength duck tape with the sticky side out. It slows him down after he’s done going insane. If this fails, a poke or two from a high voltage hotshot cattle prod never fails. It’s just amazing though how soon he forgets. I thought kittens were known for having excellent memories) and the bamboo shades have to go. This Loo is master work in the Spanish tradition that will never become boring or trite. Maybe someone can build a nice birdhouse from the bamboo, outside of course, and put the Parrots in there. This would be nice!

FashionLoo’s pick #3

This Brand is alive and will knock the Hilly-Bill snot out of you.

Where to begin with this one. First off, it’s manufactured by Eljer. The following is strictly my opinion and experiences with Eljer products. Others may have had better and more positive than mine were but it just wasn’t the case with me. Most of us have had the joy of fixing a leaky faucet. It’s great. You go to the hardware store, you talk to an employee and tell him things like brand, problem and what should you do. He/she starts you off with a couple of faucet seats, give you a few instructions (the whole time he’s talking you’re hoping you don’t screw this up) and that this should take care of it. You race home, start ripping the faucet apart when suddenly water is gushing like mad everywhere. You panic at first then crawl under the house to turn off the water main. All the while you could have just turned it off for this job under the sink. Ok, you’re back in the race, a bit bruised but that can even happen in softball. You begin pulling piece after piece out from the faucet handle and you’re beginning to wonder where the heck these seats, seals, washers, springs and why are there springs involved, your mind is racing when you finally come to two little dark circles/holes that look like the same size as your seats. Ok, pop them out, pop the new ones in. Easy enough. Pop! Pop! You’re becoming a genius. A master plumber! Gee, the new seats went right in. Great! Right about then you notice four springs sitting on the sink. The two you took out and the other two… Pop! Pop! Slide the springs into the seats and slide them into the holes… they won’t stay in though. Your cussing is increasing. After about an hr of this you decide the old springs still look pretty good and do what we do, switch. Hey, they slide right in and stay there. This is confirming you’re a master plumber with a creative mind. Now, you look over at all the pieces you took out and wonder how in the world did all those pieces fit under that faucet handle and why in the name of God didn’t you lay them down in order so you could just confidently put them back in starting with the last piece you pulled out. It’s been 7 hrs now and you are just snapping the cap on the faucet handle. There are no extra pieces lying around and you are certain you got each one in its appropriate place. You throw the handle up and… nothing! Not a drip. Not even any moisture. Wow, cuss words you didn’t know you knew. Then it hits you, you need to turn the water on. You run under the house, turn the main on and swagger back in to the sound of yet still nothing. You’re thinking though that perhaps you threw the handle down before going to the water main. Nope, up and down, up and down, up… you turned the water off from under the sink. Easy enough. You turn them both on, flip the faucet handle and water is coming out… from every possible way it can find an opening. Base, center ring, front of faucet handle, back of faucet handle… WTF!!! You turn it off from under the sink; you go in the other room and call a plumber. What should have taken 20 minutes and cost a buck or two is now going to go into day two costing $150. There are two rings inside the faucet that need to be adjusted to precisely together whenever the faucet is taken apart. This is usually a second or two of playing with. Now, you have two Eljer sinks, two Eljer toilets (try and get a handle that fits properly for one of these tanks. Plan on taking some vacation time from work) and two Eljer showers and tubs to go that all leak. You got a decision to make man. So it’s been three weeks and though you used two credit cards and are a few G’s in the hole, this new brand you bought and had installed works perfect! All this because of a couple of little rubber round things with a couple of minute slinky’s that were to go inside each one. Then to FIND Eljer replacement products is next to impossible. Look at the picture. THIS IS 1959 and I am certain we as a country had toilet paper available for purchase back then. No, this is one item that did not have to be made by Eljer. By the way, I was told no OEM available for Eljer replacement parts. This is nuts. Well, where the TP should be there is a towel ring and towel. That is about as much as I want to know about that. Maybe at one point in time this was a great product. If you have them and they work, keep them. If they are faulty and you were to ask me, replace with a new and different brand. Life is too short. We’re creating FashionLoo’s that people can relax in, enjoy, experience the comfort and ambiance of art, decor, sounds… this is what the bathroom was intended for.

FashionLoo’s pick #2

What can be said about this Loo that it isn't already saying.

This Loo says it all. Whatever it is that you need, want, must have, must do, anything at all that seems important will understandably have to take a seat in the other room while the Loo takes care of you. I could live in this room without hesitation. This Loo by far, is the most beautiful I have yet to see. Everyone should have at least one bathroom that will give them what this one can. The world would be in a much better place if this were possible. Now keep in mind, beauty, art, things we crave, our necessities to our pleasures in life be they big, be they small… they are constantly changing. And they should. This is what keeps our muscle beating that we call heart. Art and heart are synonymous. They correspond with one another, they are compatible and the two truly are one and the same. This is why we can go from this as being a masterpiece that can never be replaced to…

And the FashionLoo number 1 pick for this week is…

This Loo will build character and tell you story after story while giving you a lesson in how to be humble. From everyday that is on the calendar from past, there is a tale full of richness from happy beginnings to sad endings. From a simple idea turned brilliant, to a shattered broken old man who has nowhere to go, no one to go to, an unwed Mother of three, no job nor skills, no money supply, the runaway teen who spent the night, cold and shivering, full of fright. The doper the dealer hook this one for free, he\’ll be back and then he belongs to me. The abortions, the sick, a few stopped for rest, today is no different, than any other test. The pauper of pills, cleaned up for a job, but it all kicked in and all was long gone. Or, none of this happened, the owner of the service station was a drunk and never bothered to clean the restroom. Those who dared to open the door found the smell so wretched that they turned to the desert willing to take their chances with rattlesnakes.

Bonus; Success begets Success…

FashionLoo, our original store still operating strong thanks to our faithful clients!

Success seems to follow us no matter what we do. As a result we have opened our second store, FashionLoo-Two. This store will focus mostly on high end accessories with a European influence. FashionLoo-Two will function as a showroom only. All orders will first be sent directly to the showroom for our thorough inspection within 24 hrs of arrival. After inspection clears item then can be shipped directly to you via UPS (additional fee depending on size/weight of item), delivered directly to your home by FashionLoo-Two (additional fee depending on size and weight of item) or you may schedule a day when you would like to come in and pick up (no charge). Any item left at showroom for more than 30 days will be sold at our retail store for full retail price. Original customer will not receive a refund of any type which includes selecting an item of equal value. These customers ordering anything for a second time will still pay for item in full at time of ordering. In addition to this a processing fee of 50% cost of item will be required and is non-refundable if item is not picked up. If item is picked up within 30 days the processing fee only will be returned in full. If you do not agree with any part of the aforementioned policy then by all means, please take your business to a chain store. Chain stores have a no questions asked 100% return policy that often gets repeated business. Maybe it’s just me but I wonder if there is a difference in quality between China and Europe. Just curious. Anyway, thank you for stopping by and we’re looking forward to seeing you again soon at FashionLoo-Two!