News from you 1/24/08

I’ll bet you thought I’d given up on News From You since it’s been several weeks since I’ve published a segment. I got several emails about it, glad to know you missed it. I’ve been too busy I guess. I meant to post it last week but couldn’t before I left for my long weekend. Without further ado, this is the latest edition of News From You, an eclection of news, the weird, the arcane and the downright useless of interest to F-I infovores. Send your submissions to News From You.

The big news is that Valentino has retired after 45 years in the business. Word has it that he’s displeased with recent trends in the industry. If you’ve read Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, you probably know what he means.
A new biography claims Winston Churchill’s mother was a fashion-obsessed American named Jennie Jerome. By all accounts scandalous, she died at the age of 67 after breaking her ankle in a new pair of high heels. Gangrene ensued, requiring a leg amputation which caused a burst artery. Via

Interesting observances on clutter:

Ms. Johnson says she often sees a link between her client’s efforts to get organized and weight loss. “I think someone decides, ‘I’m not going to live like this anymore. I’m not going to hold onto my stuff, I’m not going to hold onto my weight,’” she said. “I don’t know that one comes before the other. It’s part of that same life-change decision.”Dr. Peeke says she often instructs patients trying to lose weight to at least create one clean and uncluttered place in their home. She also suggests keeping a gym bag with workout clothes and sneakers in an uncluttered area to make it easier to exercise. She recalls one patient whose garage was “a solid cube of clutter.” The woman cleaned up her home and also lost about 50 pounds. “It wasn’t, at the end of the day, about her weight,” Dr. Peeke said. “It was about uncluttering at multiple levels of her life.”

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