Category Archives: opinion

recycling gold.

i posted these pictures on Instagram a little while ago, but never got around to elaborating about them.

i recently purchased two separate, unrelated vintage 14k yellow gold wedding bands: a plain thin one i planned to use as a stacking ring and this heavy (6 grams) man’s wedding ring. i intended to resize the latter and completely smooth out the exterior design. there was a date inside the band, which is very close to when my parents were married. it was my jeweler who noticed the ring was actually two-toned; he also convinced me to keep the original design.



i know there are a lot of new options, new designers and aesthetics for jewelry available now,  but i find older pieces to have so much character. there’s a story – and if you don’t know the story, there’s mystery. i like to try and save pieces from being melted down when i can, and really admire the artisans and designers who either restore or re-work these old treasures to give them a new life.


while antique or vintage wedding bands aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, i’ve noticed an increasing trend. there’s certainly an appropriate irony when an antique wedding band, a circle symbolizing eternity and never-ending love, is worn again and again, carrying that same message, instead of being melted into scrap…


*all images property of gloria c. and


put your stamp on it.

maybe it’s my private school education + southern upbringing coming back to haunt me, but recently i’ve found myself doing a lot of monogramming…


the weekender

my weekender was a gift from my parents on a trip to italy, and ever since, it’s been my favorite piece of luggage. i don’t believe in checking bags [on a flight]…



after some research and thought, i decided having my initials laser engraved might be a better bet than having them printed or plain/foil stamped. the leather had already been treated, and was softening and getting a patina from my having used it, and i was afraid any other method wouldn’t last. only time will tell!


just received the larger stamped disc charm in the mail today…

ordered this charm from JLynn Creations – i added it to a sterling diamond charm necklace i already had, and, voila!


…and finally, my monogrammed canvas tote!

*all images property of gloria c. and

houston restaurant week – 2013.

houstonians, shine your silver.

yesterday marked day 1 of the 11th annual Houston Restaurant Weeks – since it’s inception in 2003, local area restaurants have dedicated a week to donating a portion of their profits to the Houston Food Bank (as well as the Montgomery County and Galveston Food Banks this year).

This year, the city-wide charity dining event is from August 1 through September 2, 2013; you can find a list if participating restaurants or search by menu, cuisine, neighborhood, or even meal (ex. breakfast) via the Houston Restaurant Weeks main site.

Here’s how it works:



according to a KUHF news radio excerpt i heard, Brian Greene, CEO of the Houston Food Bank stated, “There’s over 170 restaurants that are participating and most of them are doing a $35 prix fixe [price fixed] three-course menu, some of them have a $45 dollar version and the food bank gets $5 or $7 of that. So you get a great dinner. So this is basically Houston’s best restaurants showing off.”

Houston Restaurant Weeks used to be only a week long when it first started in ’03, and raised $5,000. Last year, it managed to raise $1.2 million for the Houston Food Bank – here’s to record-breaking and full bellies for everyone!


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“Out of the mouth of babes…

…oft times come gems”.

children react to the apparently controversial recent cheerios commercial in a video by Fine Bros. and Daily Dot article.

Read the article HERE.

cards against humanity.

this clever card game just ate Apples to Apples for lunch.

who knew hilarity would ensue when i went to spend an evening with some old college friends? someone pulled out Cards Against Humanity, and soon we were all red-faced and doing our best to keep our seats, much less not  spit beer out at each other. so impressed was i that i just bought my own deck via Amazon – CAH allows players-to-be to print their own cards from the site for free, but for $25, why not share the love and fiendish joy with the creators…


happily, no beer was harmed or wasted in the playing of this game.


behold – wit in a box.

*images property of gloria c. and &, respectively.

unspeakable cruelty.


Just heard this story on news radio and had to pull over to share it. These sub human beasts should be thrown into a pit of vipers.

How can this be protected by the First Amendment?! The First Amendment protects speech, NOT conduct. The Founding Fathers would be weeping if they knew one of the most important protections we have was used to shield these disgusting sadists. They should be charged with animal cruelty, obscenity, and whatever else can be thrown at them. What a frightening, heartbreaking absence of empathy.

If people can treat animals like this and not be deservedly punished, I shudder to think of how we are going to improve the general safety of our country when it comes to preventing violence and getting justice for the wronged. In light of the recent tragedies in Boston and West, TX, this is just another disheartening low.

Please read ahead with caution; not for the faint of heart.

new specs.


i needed a new prescription for my glasses, so i decided to switch out my old, thin black metal frame ray-bans for a new pair. there are very few brands i get behind, and ray-ban has definitely proved their mettle [all puns intended]. i bought my first pair of RB sunglasses in 2005, and despite multiple accidental attempts to demolish them, there was never anything a little bending wouldn’t fix.




RB2557 – Caribbean

*images property of g. cheng &

the meaning of “Democracy”.

We received a letter from the Writers’ War Board the other day asking for a statement on ‘The Meaning of Democracy.’ It is presumably our duty to comply with such a request, and it is certainly our pleasure. Surely the Board knows what democracy is.

It is the line that forms on the right. It is the ‘don’t’ in ‘don’t shove’. It is the hole in the stuffed shirt through which the sawdust slowly trickles, the dent in the high hat. Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is the letter to the editor. Democracy is the score at the beginning of the ninth. It is an idea which hasn’t been disproved yet, a song the words of which have not gone bad. It’s the mustard on the hot dog and the cream in the rationed coffee.

Democracy is a request from a War Board, in the middle of the morning in the middle of a war, wanting to know what democracy is.

E.B. White for The New Yorker, July 3, 1943

image courtesy of theweeklyvolcano.

a toast.

dear friend,
we’ve known each other so long.

life keep us from each other more than we’d like,
we know those quiet lulls don’t dim the light.

dear friend,
i wanted to remind you,
that i too:

celebrate at your joy,
weep at your pain;
worry with you in your hardship.

you remind me of my value
when i feel alone;
i find security in
the silent solace that is our friendship.

i rush to your defense
as you do mine –
there is safety in our trust.

i think of you when the harvest is plenty,
when the harvest is few

dear friend,
i wanted to remind you:
i love you.

– g. cheng

a toast to my childhood friends:
may God bless us in our years ahead.

Hævnen (In a Better World).

just watched Danish director Susanne Bier‘s 2010 film Hævnen, known in English as In a Better World.

Susanne Bier on the premise of the film:

“It’s about the distance between being savable and not savable. At what point does redemption become impossible? Is there such a point? This is what we wanted to explore in the subtext of the story. I also think it’s very interesting to trace the route of an innocent who actually behaves like a terrorist but is really just an angry little boy – an angry little boy who can also be dangerous.”

slower-paced with wonderful prolonged, pensive shots – definitely recommended.

*image source unknown.