The Vine: December 18, 2009
I recently returned from a trip to Europe, and I have a photo of a gorgeous alley in Amsterdam. I couch-surfed while in the Netherlands, and my host told me a famous writer/philosopher had once roomed in an apartment along this particular alley, but I can't remember a) the name of the alley or b) the name of the famous individual.
So my question is the following: do you or any of the readers know of a website or service that could help me out with this (i.e. where could I send in or post the photo and then have readers or website moderators or something identify the place)?
Thanks for your time!
Really wish I had scratched the names down on a napkin or something, sigh
I don't know of a specific resource — besides, of course, the international/well-traveled readership, so let's see if they can help you.
I have recently been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis (I think I spelled that right), which basically means my feet hurt all the time. I'm going to PT to get some help, but my physical therapist has told me, repeatedly, that I need shoes with better arch support. Or arch support at all.
I basically live in ballet flats. I was hoping you or the Vine readers would be able to point me in the direction of some ballet flats that have good arch support and are actually cute, not bulky, and that maybe, hopefully!, aren't super-expensive. I'm not having much luck finding both cute AND inexpensive.
Oh, and I have seen that Fit Flops are supposed to be great, but I live in NYC and refuse to wear flip-flops due to not wanting gross feet all the time.
The thing is that a ballet flat is derived from a ballet shoe proper, and if memory serves, Capezios and their ilk have no arch support whatsoever.It's kind of like expecting a size 7 not to pinch if your foot is really a size 8 — you can keep wearing the size 7s if you really want to, but they're going to pinch.
The readers may have suggestions for ballet flats, or a similarly cute style of shoe like maryjanes, that do give you some better arch support, but because it's pretty much the opposite of what ballet flats do, the best option for you is to investigate other styles, and start weaning yourself off ballet flats, at least a little bit.
If I can find this, it will seriously make my mother the happiest woman on earth. She is a woman of simple pleasures, and one of them is…her pop-up hair brush.
It has a simple plastic handle/base. The bristles are (this is key) wide-set, and stiff (somewhat similar to this brush, but with all the bristles sticking straight up). It's key because, like myself, my mother has curly, volume-y hair and narrow-set bristles generally separate too many of the curls and give a total fluff-head look. I digress a little bit, but mostly to point out that something like this wouldn't be right.
The other difference I've found between this brush and all the "pop-up" brushes I've found online is that this brush doesn't fold. The bristles are inside the base. You press a little knob to pop the bristles out to brush. When you're done, you turn the knob to retract them, so you just have a neat little plastic flat thing in your bag, ready for hair-brushing. My mom just loves it.
The problem is that the bristles are starting to break off. This is a cause of distress and concern for her, as she realizes eventually it will be bristle-less. She got it years ago, someplace, can't remember where, can't find it again. She went so far as to try to track down the original manufacturer via the patent number on the brush, but that just led to the name of a company in South Korea and no way to contact them.
I could give more info about color, handle shape, etc. but the truth is this company and the original brush are more than likely gone. Anything that fits the general category of pop-up hairbrush with wide stiff bristles would probably do the trick, if I could just find it (extensive Googling has failed thus far). Seriously, if my mother opened another one of these on Christmas morning she would be so happy. Anyone have an idea?
This would definitely beat a tea-of-the-month club membership
See if you find anything here.Failing that, maybe a site like Flight 001 (which specializes in clever travel stuff) or J-List (nobody beats the Japanese at fitting necessities into teeny packages).
Or maybe the readers have a specific suggestion.Readers?
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