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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Culture Chic

Bubble love

Cayman's, that fantastic Norman shop, is going bubbly for an event next week. A pure oxygen bubble, actually.

I appreciate good, clean air (I mean, good luck trying to find someone that goes giddy for smog, but still). Try riding any number of subway systems, and you'll be right there with me. So a private oxygen bubble that pumps out 99.995 percent pure air? Sign me up.

And in a pretty exclusive event, that's exactly what's coming to Cayman's. For the first time in the state " and, in fact, the first time outside of Neiman Marcus stores or the Oscars (yes, those Oscars) " Natura Bisse is bringing its BurbujaO2 to Cayman's. The exotically named contraption is a large, futuristic bubble filled with purified air.

And you don't just lounge around breathing deeply, although that alone would be nice. Inside the private bubble, you relax with spa treatments using Natura Bisse products.

Cayman's will play host to the BurbujaO2 April 19-22, so call 360-3969 to make a reservation.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 04.15.2010 4 years ago
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Bubble love

Cayman's, that fantastic Norman shop, is going bubbly for an event next week. A pure oxygen bubble, actually.

I appreciate good, clean air (I mean, good luck trying to find someone that goes giddy for smog, but still). Try riding any number of subway systems, and you'll be right there with me. So a private oxygen bubble that pumps out 99.995 percent pure air? Sign me up.

And in a pretty exclusive event, that's exactly what's coming to Cayman's. For the first time in the state " and, in fact, the first time outside of Neiman Marcus stores or the Oscars (yes, those Oscars) " Natura Bisse is bringing its BurbujaO2 to Cayman's. The exotically named contraption is a large, futuristic bubble filled with purified air.

And you don't just lounge around breathing deeply, although that alone would be nice. Inside the private bubble, you relax with spa treatments using Natura Bisse products.

Cayman's will play host to the BurbujaO2 April 19-22, so call 360-3969 to make a reservation.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 04.15.2010 4 years ago
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Geo bee

Question: Which country shares its name with Africa's third largest lake?

Answer: Malawi.

Did you know the answer? Did you even care?

Me, I love trivia stuff like that. But, then again, I'm a geography nerd. My life goal in fifth grade was to appear on the PBS program "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" Nearly 20 years later, I still love geography. I do this for fun.

And I'm not alone. A grand total of 101 Oklahoma students grades five through eight will head to Oklahoma State University on Friday for the state National Geographic Bee competition. Can I say I'm jealous I never did anything like this and not sound like a total weirdo?

Wish them luck. The winner heads to Washington, D.C., in late May to face off against kids from 49 other states in the national competition. And, just to really add to the nerd euphoria, it's held at National Geographic Society headquarters and hosted by Alex Trebek. Yes! I love both of those things.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 04.10.2010 4 years ago
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Bike to it

Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day. So, who's hopping on their Huffy and pedaling to work? Not me, suckers " I'll be in San Francisco.

Honestly, I live five blocks from these illustrious Gazette offices, so every day should be Bike to Work Day for me. Except it's not. My bike weighs approximately 15 tons, and the last thing I want to do after work is struggle up the slight hill that passes the middle school near my house (which is always swarming with kids), only to be laughed at as my skirt flies up in my face and gives everyone a "birds and the bees" lesson.

This is ridiculous, I know. And it's not like I'm anti-bike " I schlep to the gym before the sun for spin classes. Instead, I'm cowed from my bike by middle schoolers. Feel free to laugh.

Bike to Work Day, despite my lameness, is a really cool idea. In the metro, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is handling to logistics and activities surrounding the pedal-pushers (like group rides if your office is just too far). ACOG's Bike to Work page includes routes and safety tips.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.21.2010 3 years ago
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Bike to it

Tomorrow is Bike to Work Day. So, who's hopping on their Huffy and pedaling to work? Not me, suckers " I'll be in San Francisco.

Honestly, I live five blocks from these illustrious Gazette offices, so every day should be Bike to Work Day for me. Except it's not. My bike weighs approximately 15 tons, and the last thing I want to do after work is struggle up the slight hill that passes the middle school near my house (which is always swarming with kids), only to be laughed at as my skirt flies up in my face and gives everyone a "birds and the bees" lesson.

This is ridiculous, I know. And it's not like I'm anti-bike " I schlep to the gym before the sun for spin classes. Instead, I'm cowed from my bike by middle schoolers. Feel free to laugh.

Bike to Work Day, despite my lameness, is a really cool idea. In the metro, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments is handling to logistics and activities surrounding the pedal-pushers (like group rides if your office is just too far). ACOG's Bike to Work page includes routes and safety tips.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.21.2010 3 years ago
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Oklahoma Aquarium

OK, let me just say: I love zoos and aquariums. Seriously, I once talked my then-boyfriend (now exceedingly patient husband) to drive nearly four hours to visit a drive-through animal park in Canada, la "Jurassic Park." (No velociraptor sightings since they're busy stalking Michael Buble, but I did see my fair share of monkey butts as they squatted on our windshield.)

I know there's a lot of concern about animals in captivity, and I really don't want to open that can of worms (the ultimate captive animal), but I think institutions can do zoos and aquariums and do it humanely, even for the betterment of the animal. Now that that public service announcement has been made, let's move on to the show.

I was in Tulsa this weekend for Conan O'Brien's stand-up show (yeah, you can be jealous " it was great) and some shopping (look for a Tulsa ShopGirl in the next couple of weeks). We decided to stop at the Oklahoma Aquarium. On a Saturday. It was just the teensiest bit crowded.

But overall, it's a trip I recommend (but on, say, a Tuesday). The walk-through shark tank was very cool, as were the "touchable" displays, shallow tanks and pools full of stingrays, starfish and sea cucumbers. And don't worry if you're the only adult surrounded by 5-year-olds eagerly stroking the back of a stingray as it flaps past, just enjoy yourself.

There's also a room with beavers, otters and, for some reason, raccoons (which I seemed to be the only person excited to see, as, considering my maiden name, I think of them as part of my extended animal family). And, holy crap, the giant gars were like something out of a B horror movie ("Terror below: GARgantuan gremlins " the Quickening: Not Without my GARter").

The aquarium is set up like a long hallway with exhibits branching off to the side, which made the Saturday crowds all the more crushing (especially since many examples of the common Oklahoma land manatee were roaming the hall), but I think a visit to the Oklahoma Aquarium would be a perfect afternoon. Even if the dude in a Confederate flag tee and mullet shoved his similarly be-mulleted spawn in front of you to see the octopus.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.18.2010 3 years ago
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Travertine-Creek

River running

So, I fell in a river a few weeks ago. (No, it wasn't the Bricktown Canal, although I was at that blackballed event and think certain Prudie McPrudesters need to take a deep breath and chill.)

I was hiking at Robbers Cave State Park when the incident occurred. Now, here's the thing: I love hiking and I love water, so I often look for trails that follow rivers or skirt lakes or somehow involve waterfalls. We were two miles into the hike when the path skipped across a smattering of stones " no, let's call them pebbles " just sticking up from a river " let's say they were Class III rapids. I've never been at all skittish about crossing rivers, so I just charged ahead. And fell right in. Both shoes, butt, everything.

My husband helpfully laughed and went to sit in the shade while I dried out.

But despite that ill-fated river crossing, hiking at Robbers Cave is totally worth it. The path steps off from the parking lot at the famous cave and loops up and around the back of it, dumping you on top of the rock formations (where, I might add, you can have a lovely sense of superiority over the people who showed up in flip-flops). The trail links up with others to add to the length (that's what we were doing when I was attacked by the river), making it a great, half-day hike.

I also recently discovered the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, another great park full of forests and water. The hikes around the Travertine Nature Center range from wide and flat to hilly tracks, and all are really lovely.

The Travertine Creek Trail (pictured) especially combines both of those things (plus some more river crossings and two lovely springs). This long weekend is the perfect time to check out both of these parks.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.28.2010 3 years ago
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Pool party

I was never a pool person growing up. I reveled in the fact that I could be a stalwart lake girl " embracing the seaweed and the fish and the somewhat creepy sensation of cooler, darker water around your feet (and not knowing exactly what was swimming around beneath you).

But since lakes as I know them are thin on the ground here, and the temperature has moved up the official Jenny Scale of Tolerability from "blech" to "systems failure," I am now pro-pool. I'm Pool Girl, even.

And, oh, what pools I've discovered.

In Oklahoma City, the Will Rogers Aquatic Center has the requisite pool, yes, but also a diving board with its own deep water, interactive water elements and two slides. There are also lots of chaises and shady spots for the people who come to the pool but don't want to get wet (weirdos).

Starting Saturday, the pool is open daily until 9 p.m. And, seriously, try the slide.

In Edmond, Pelican Bay Aquatic Center gets even fancier with a climbing wall that emerges from the water and a "current channel," which I'm pretty sure just means lazy river.

The hours vary daily, so check the website before you head out.

The only thing I need now is a new pool buddy. Mine is moving out of state, and going solo at a community pool kind of feels like it should come with a complimentary mustache and trench coat. But if I get desperate, you might just see me there alone. I'll be the one adult in line for the slide, so please don't call the cops.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 06.03.2010 3 years ago
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SabiGlobalGirlfriend

Global Girlfriend

While out last week writing the next ShopGirl, I stumbled across a really great line of bags at Sabi by Global Girlfriend.

Using recycled rice bags, women overseas create really well-made makeup pouches, clutches, totes and even messenger bags. There's a great attention to detail in the colorful, fun bags, like extra storage pockets, inside zippers and sturdy handles. Plus, everything is Fair Trade, so you know your purchase is going back to the women artisans.

Global Girlfriend is part of the Greater Good network, a collection of small companies and organizations that give back to communities through nonprofits and charities.

Go check these unique bags out at Sabi, the only retailer in Oklahoma to carry them. You can score a really cute clutch and in the process also help communities halfway around the world.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 06.09.2010 3 years ago
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Tulips & Truffles

I was on the ShopGirl prowl last week when I came across a new store called Tulips & Truffles.

It's a cool concept that combines a full florist, chocolates and other boutique-y finds. Tulips & Truffles has been open for just four months and is owned by a trio of sisters, Courtney, Caroline and Ashleigh Rentzel.

The sisters have used their floral know-how (the family has been in the florist industry for 40 years) and added some really great touches in this bright shop. Look for diffusers and candles by Archipelago, body products by Earthworks and unique, modern vases. I really loved the minimalist appeal of the Tea Forte line, with included teas, cups and cool trays.

There's a case full of chocolates, too (hence the "truffles" part of the name). Look for Sweet Shop USA and Cocopotamus. The Cocopotamus brand is genius (I mean, who forgets that name, right?), but on top of that, the gourmet chocolates are made without wheat or high-fructose corn syrup.

The girls at Tulips & Truffles are planning to add jewelry and some more decor to their store, so visit them for great updates.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 06.16.2010 3 years ago
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