Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Abercrombie & Fitch Ruehls

I can't believe I keep forgetting to talk about this awesome new store that Brandon and I stumbled upon while we were in Chicago all those weeks ago. He and I were ambling along in the mall in Schaumburg (while Erik, Kirsten and Mike were shopping at IKEA) and we came upon this weird looking storefront. There was a cute girl out front who asked us if we had ever been inside this new store. She told it us it was called Ruehl (pronounced "Rule") and invited us in. This is what it looks like from the outside:


We went it and were immediately impressed. The store is big and looks like you are walking into a Brownstone apartment in New York. Each room has clothes in it with one side for men and the other side, across the hall, for women. I liked it but we were in a hurry and I really didn't get a chance to really shop there.


Well, it turns out that there are only 5 Ruehl No. 925 (Get it? It's like an address) stores in the country so far -- with one of them opening here near Detroit at Twelve Oaks Mall this past Saturday.


The store is owned by Abercrombie & Fitch and has a target shopping audience of late 20's & 30-year-olds. I guess the idea is once college-aged A&F shoppers have graduated and are looking for their first jobs then they will "graduate" and shop at Ruehl. I get that, their stuff is very nice -- I can get some nice work clothes there. There is a whole "living in New York" fantasy behind the store's concept, which launched in late summer/early fall.

Anyways, I'm sure I'm going to love shopping at the new store (at least more than I like shopping at Hollister). If you see a weird-looking Brownstone-inspired store at your local mall ... check it out from the inside. It Ruehls!

It's Never Too Early To Gossip

The Dent is reporting that the first single from Tori Amos' new album The Beekeeper will be serviced to radio in January, here is the coverart:


You can download a snippet of the song HERE.

Season 2 of The Ashlee Simpson Show will premiere on MTV in January and MTV.com has uploaded some new pictures of Ms. Ashlee:


I think she looks cute. As you already know, Erik and I will be seeing her live in Detroit FROM THE THIRD ROW on March 24th. I wonder if they will be taping her show??? I bet people in the first 3 rows tend to get on camera.

Speaking of Ashlee, she is vacationing with sister and brother-in-law Jessica and Nick and (on-again, off-again, on-again boyfriend?) Ryan Cabrera in Hawaii (those bitches!):


So while the ladies shopped, the gents played golf. Gawd, I can see this crap already playing out on either The Newlyweds or The Ashlee Show.

It seems that Lindsay Lohan is actually "sick of being followed" by the paparazzi:


That's tellin' 'em Linds ... take your pictures with your disposable camera -- they're sure to stop following you around now.

See, and I thought that Mischa Barton was famous or something? I can understand signing on to sell Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein or even The Gap ... but AĆ©ropostale?!


That's even worse than peddling crap from American Eagle! Yikes!

Here is a new group picture from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:


I'm still skeptical but ... we'll see ...

Pitchfork has listed it's Top 50 Singles of 2004 and amazingly, I agree with quite a few of them (even though they glaringly omitted The Killers):

49: The Von Bondies "C'mon C'mon"
43: Goldfrapp "Strict Machine (We Are Glitter Goldfrapp Remix)"
39: Snoop Dogg [ft. Pharrell] "Drop It Like It's Hot"
30: Christina Milian "Dip It Low"
24: Rachel Stevens "Some Girls"
20: Kylie Minogue "I Believe in You"
16: Gwen Stefani "What You Waiting For?"
07: Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out"
03: Britney Spears "Toxic"
02: Jay-Z "99 Problems"


That they even know who Kylie Minogue is was shocking (forget that, they even list Rachel Stevens!) ... that they deigned to give Britney Spears' song Toxic the props it deserves saying:

" ... [T]he throttled strings of "Toxic" finally scuttled all that kneejerk sociology, being just too damn irresistible a pop song for it to matter what media super-entity it was attributed to. It sure didn't hurt that it was the first Britney single in a while not to parasite off of her persona-- finally, she just acted like an adult, rather than constantly reminding us she wasn't a girl anymore."

... well, I don't even know what to say ... Well done, you hipster snobs!

Let's do the news:
I woke up abruptly at about 5 AM and have not been able to go back to sleep. So I decided to check my email and wait until I got sleepy again. It is now 7:30-ish AM and I'm still wide awake ... this is why you get such an early post.

I still have some shopping to do today so I think that will be the bulk of my day ... but I'm going to have to fall asleep again or I'm going to be a wreck!