Sep 26, 2007

Reading Rainbow (Literally)

You know, I'd never thought of arranging my books by color before—probably because it's not a terribly logical way of doing things. However, that photo's giving me severe bookcase envy. Wonder if I can get away with rearranging all of our books before someone (who happens to be notoriously neurotic, er, particular about his books) has a coronary.

Sep 25, 2007

Not Just Useless, But Stupid Products

First up is this remote control, perfect for the person who has way too much school spirit. Seriously, who wants that? My remote doesn't need to be garish or match my decor. It needs to work. And not get stuck in the couch cushions. That's about it.

Now our next product is beyond idiotic. Can you imagine the meeting where this idea was first pitched? "Think about it—lots of girls use hairdryers, right? Now girls like pink, but a pink hairdryer? That's been done. We're going for edgy here. Just picture it: a pink-handled hairdryer shaped like—wait for it—a pistol!"

And someone actually green-lit that? Brilliant.

The Force is With Family Guy

If you missed it, do whatever you must to see the season premiere of Family Guy. It's an hour-long retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope (i.e., the first part of the real trilogy). And it is a-freaking-mazing.

Sep 20, 2007

New in Ill Thought-Out Photo Spreads

Hm. I can't imagine why some people are upset about this Vogue Italia "Make Love Not War" photo spread (you need to click on the September 2007 issue). I'm not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but this turns my stomach. It features women cavorting with soldiers in what I'd imagine is supposed to be Iraq. In some shots the women look like hookers (e.g., the one where one of the models is straddling a soldier while another soldier films her), in others they look like victims of rape or at least violence (e.g., the shot where a soldier's holding a model by her neck, or the picture of what looks like a soldier pinning a model in the mud). I don't know; it just seems like there's no right way to photograph a scenario like this. In shots where the models and the soldiers are laughing and apparently enjoying themselves, it looks like they're taking the situation too lightly. In the more serious shots, it looks like the women are being victimized. The whole thing is just tasteless. I think that's what it boils down to.

On a slightly different topic, I wonder if those are real soldiers or male models, because they're uniformly gorgeous. (Well, I wouldn't want to end on a depressing note.)

Sep 18, 2007

Making TV Palatable: the Family Guy Crew

The Emmys apparently just took place. I missed it. Oops. That's what happens when you don't have a TV. However, it was, I repeat, the Emmys, so I don't actually care. I perused the dresses online later, so I got the important stuff taken care of. However, I did miss one worthwhile bit: the vocal stylings of Stewie and Brian. So here you go.

Oh, all right. Just for the hell of it, I'll throw in Peter's rendition of "Rock Lobster," too. 'Cause I'm all giving like that.

Sep 17, 2007

Damp Cats: Not a Euphemism

Today's cuteness is brought to you by Damp Cats.

They're cats.
They're wet.
And they're mad as hell.

And, in their anger, they're adorable.

Sep 14, 2007

The Louboutin Manicure

Continuing with the girliness, I present you with the Louboutin manicure: black on top, red underneath. I know it's sorta silly, but I love it! And not only because I have a major Louboutin hard-on. (Not because of the brand status, but because they're consistently gorgeous shoes.) Sadly, I cannot afford even one little pair. So perhaps I could just give myself a Louboutin manicure instead...if I ever manage to grow my nails long again. (I'm a compulsive filer.)

Sep 13, 2007

The Best of Fashion Week (Spring 2008)

Yeah, strap in; it's a long ride. I've selected six of my favorites (I forced myself to choose only one per designer or the list would have gone on indefinitely), excluding the Naeem Khan collection, which I already blogged about. Without further ado, here they are:

Next time I'm invited to a ball, I'm hitting up Marchesa.

Betsey Johnson is a perennial favorite; it was so hard to choose only one dress from her '80s prom–themed collection.

I love how simultaneously punky and classy Anna Sui's ensembles were.

You can't go wrong with Oscar de la Renta, can you?

I was impressed by the lovely simplicity of the fabrics and jewel tones in Reem Acra's collection.

And, finally, I want this adorable dress by Tracy Reese, as I could actually wear it (and not just to a grand gala).

Sep 12, 2007

The Fabulous Fashion of Naeem Khan

Despite finding the most recent Fashion Week offerings by and large quite blah, I have been impressed by a few designers. Will show my personal faves at the end of the week, I suppose. One collection that I particularly liked (and had no previous opinion about) was that by Naeem Khan. (Yeah, I didn't know who he was either.) The collection seemed to be a nice blend of mod and Indian influences and, aside from a few rather mumsy missteps, was consistently appealing. One major qualm, though: I loathe the way the models' hair has been done. Dreadful and frumpy. Here, have a gander:

A cute, heavily embroidered ladies-who-lunch ensemble:

Sort of caftany, sort of fabulous:

A mod little mini:

Totally gorgeous and elegant:

Sep 11, 2007

Sinfully Sweet

Ah, it's always fun to take a quick perusal of Etsy. Sure, there's a lot of godawful stuff (crocheted Barbie dresses, anyone?), but sometimes there are some real gems. Today's discovery is SweetHeartSinner, who sells handmade business card/cigarette cases and necklaces. Very cute, not to mention mercifully affordable. Will ultimately have to see a piece or two in person to verify the quality, but they look quite professional. Some of these little baubles would make excellent gifts.

Sep 7, 2007

Shadows on the Wall

Whoa. I've always found shadow puppets kinda cool, but this is incredible. The best I can ever manage is a reasonable duck and a lopsided bunny.

Sep 6, 2007

Ow, My Freaking Eyes!

In honor of the fact that practically everyone is getting married right now (one coworker this weekend, my former boss next weekend, my current boss...okay, in November, another coworker a few months ago, my uncle at some point in the near future, my ex-roommate's brother soon, and another friend has been a bridesmaid twice over the summer), I present you with the Top Ten Ugliest Bridesmaids' Dresses, as compiled by People magazine. And there are some stunners, believe you me.

Sep 5, 2007

Blue Feet

Busy, busy, busy. Know what always helps if you're tired, possibly frustrated, and undeniably busy? A blue-footed booby, that's what.

See? Doesn't that make you feel better? Don't you find yourself involuntarily lifting your leg in a reciprocal dance move? I do. (Shut up. It's a perfectly normal response.)

Sep 2, 2007


Didn't have a chance to post this yesterday, what with being a) busy at work and b) delirious with sickness. But I love it. Thus I present The Trouble with Tribbles: A Television Adaptation by Edward Gorey, a darkly comical little merger of Edward Gorey and Star Trek. (Via Boing Boing.)