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Archive for June, 2008

This is Better Be Good

I am just so sick of the bullshit and fake, pretentious douchebags lately.

From Bloomberg – EBay Is Ordered to Pay EU40 Million in LVMH Lawsuit

June 30 (Bloomberg) — EBay Inc., the world’s largest Internet auctioneer, was ordered to pay LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA 40 million euros ($63 million) over claims it didn’t do enough to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.

LVMH, the world’s largest luxury-goods maker, claimed in the Paris lawsuit that EBay has a heightened responsibility to prevent fraud. The ruling also places limits on the online sales of LVMH perfumes.

“It’s a groundbreaking decision that will help protect creativity,” said Pierre Gode, a member of LVMH’s supervisory board and adviser to chairman Bernard Arnault. “It’s an important precedent.”

LVMH said it found in 2006 that 90 percent of the Louis Vuitton and Dior-labeled perfumes, watches and handbags on EBay were fakes. Online sales of counterfeit clothes, bags and jewelry cost makers of original products about $30 billion a year, Tiffany & Co. and other retailers claim in a U.S. lawsuit.

EBay said in a statement that it would appeal.

“Today’s ruling is not about our fight against counterfeits; today’s ruling is about an attempt by LVMH to protect uncompetitive commercial practices at the expense of consumer choice and the livelihood of law-abiding sellers that EBay empowers everyday,” EBay said in an e-mailed statement. “We will fight this ruling on their behalf.”

`Trust and Security’

EBay already spends about $20 million annually on “trust and security” matters and has 2,000 employees around the world to fight counterfeits.

Another court ruled this month in a case filed by Hermes International SA that the San Jose, California-based company is a partner to its vendors and must take more steps to fight fakes.

The cases in France, EBay’s fourth-largest market, are seeking to raise the legal requirements on the company. The judge in the Hermes case said EBay should require certificates of authenticity and serial numbers for sales.

Favorite Things Right Now

The blog Vodka Has No Carbs.

Being smug that I cut a minute of my mile time. (But not the hurt knee).

Roast chicken and salad. Non-fat dressing

Gin, Diet Tonic and extra limes.

My tan line. Just enough so I don’t look like I spend all my time in caves

Cupcakes from Little Cake. (Normally I despise cupcakes, but these are great. Plus, they are little. Not totally half a cake which some companies think is appropriate. It’s not.)

The fact that I got Crane Christmas cards from last year 50% to use this year.

Pink Lady Apples

Counting down the days till E3 comes home.

Realizing again that when E3 is home, my travel will cut immensely and I get my social life back. No more psuedo-single.

Fashion – To bad it only comes in orange

I love these mini-shift dresses that are everywhere for summer. Chaiken has made this fab one.

Lilly has quite a few options as well. But everyone said I needed to lengthen them to wear them during the day. Due to my height.

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I noticed in some the of the fall options in lines like Tibi that the mini is everywhere. I think it would be great, especially in the South, with tights and boots for fall. And I would feel like I was having a Gwyneth moment. I loved all those minis she wore promoting Iron Man. However, I would not be wearing the scary YSL and McQueen platforms.

UPDATE:

I found the dress in brown at Lord and Taylor

Books

I am reading this.

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And I would rather be reading this.
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Restaurants to Love (and to ruin your diet) – Ben’s Chili Bowl

I was in DC this past weekend. FOR THE LAST TIME. No more Silver Spring and suburbs for me. The highlight of this last trip was a visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl. After an afternoon at the pool and champagne consumption (it is one of the only adult beverages that does not make me ill anymore) we went on an adventure down 16th to get chili dogs. Much to the dismay of my insides. They will get over it.

These really were the best chili dogs, chili cheese fries, chocolate shakes and fruit punch ever.

It was so worth it.

Shades of Enron

Is anyone following this “Enron loophole” thing like I am? And how it affects the price of oil.

Which affects EVERYTHING!!!!

Very interesting.

Read here and here. And if you google it, all kinds of links pop up.

(And in no way does this give any indication of my actual political leanings.)

Old School Pick of the Week – AC/DC

Since I have not seen E3 since May 26 and will tonight, I thought this was appropriate.

Or not. :)

Sales to Love – Accessories Mark Downs at Mint Julep

Mint Julep marked down a bunch of purses and shoes yesterday. 50% I got the Starfish Clutch today for $89 instead of $178. Yay!

These lovely ladies are the same ones who helped me track down my latest ebay purchase from Lilly for $66, tags still on. Love them so much.

Also, they were kind enough to show me the Early Fall Catalog. And it is one of my favorite color combos, chocolate and pale pink.

Places to Support – Upper Chattahoochee River Keeper

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 18, all seven Atlanta area Whole Foods Market and Harry’s Farmers Market stores will be donating 5% of that day’s sales to the Save the Hooch campaign.

And as we know, the Chattahoochee needs all the help it can get.

I have to say, I was in the Buckhead Whole Foods yesterday and there is a new product in the To Go Food Case. Vegan Crab Cakes. So yummy and tastes just like the real thing.