Dec 22, 2009

Mea Culpa (Mea Busy)

Yeah, the gift guide's gone to shit this year. Sad but true. I've been working late at the day job and even later on a freelance assignment. This, combined with the customary holiday madness and just a soupçon of errands/cleaning/laundry/assorted household chores, has led me to finally toss my hands in the air and give up the Ghost of Gift Guides Past. With any luck there will be a Ghost of Gift Guides Future, but I can't think that far ahead. At least, I console myself, I went out on a good note—I stand by Arrested Development as an awesome gift.

Anyway, should your particular shopping list (now your very last-minute shopping list) include one of those godforsaken Snuggie or Slanket things, it turns out there is a difference. (Who knew?) Good to know. Also pretty freaking funny. And this stunning piece of investigatory journalism definitively answers the question: why not just a backwards bathrobe?

Dec 16, 2009

Arrestingly Good Gifts



I can't believe I've never suggested this before. For anyone with a sense of humor and the capacity to play a DVD, get them the perfect gift: Arrested Development: The Complete Series. If they don't like it, you probably don't need them as friends.

Dec 15, 2009

Fill Our Christmas Socks

...with whisky drinks and chocolate bars, just as Sleater-Kinney suggests.

So I initially was holding off on posting these, thinking that they'd make perfect gifts...but someone who shall remain nameless recently decided to cut back on his sugar intake. Probably so he doesn't wind up like this guy.



Okay, there's a bit more logic to his decision than that, but I wanted an excuse to post feline Wilford Brimley. Regardless, I won't be getting him any sweets this year.

However, I shall now share with you these delectable suggestions beyond the usual Christmas cookies. How about some boozy delights in the form Single Malt Scotch Bars? Or, while we're on the whisky train of thought, what about Hazelnut Chocolate Whisky Sandwich Cookies? If whisky isn't your thing, perhaps the Pumpkin Pie Candy Bar is more up your alley. All I know is that I would gladly accept (and probably immediately gorge myself on) any of the three. Oh, and consider pairing one of the whisky edibles with a potable companion to really make someone's Christmas.

Dec 11, 2009

A Very KitchenAid Christmas



Here are some solid suggestions to start the 2009 holiday gift guide. Presumably your friends already own (or perhaps you have already given your significant other) a KitchenAid mixer, as it is one of the greatest gadgets ever. However, perhaps that same KitchenAid owner could use and would greatly appreciate one of an array of attachments for said mixer. Such as the awesome ice cream maker attachment. Or how about the grinder attachment, which you can use to make sausages? Personally, I'm less interested in the pasta roller attachment, but it'd be good for someone who, you know, makes lots of pasta. The options are many and varied and all frankly rad.

Oddly, I don't recommend buying KitchenAid utensils like spatulas, whisks, and the like. I feel like they're all clunky and improperly weighted. Just something to keep in mind.

Dec 10, 2009

It's Nearly That Time...

That's right. I'll be starting up the annual holiday gift guide. I think I'm running a bit late this year, but whatever—the economy's in the toilet and everyone's broke anyway, so an abbreviated guide should work just fine, right?

Stay tuned....

Dec 9, 2009

Eloise at the Plaza, Again



Hm, I have mixed emotions about the fact that the Plaza just opened an Eloise shop. As a longtime Eloise devotee, I'm delighted. The more Eloise the better, right? Well, not exactly. The Eloise brand has been so corrupted in recent years (treacly made-for-TV Disney movies, anyone?) that I hesitate to see how they'll whore out our girl next.

On the other hand, I am thrilled without reservation to hear that Betsey Johnson will be designing an Eloise-themed suite. Her sensibilities are girly, but just edgy enough to avoid that twee quality that Eloise should never have. So I'm suspending judgment on the whole affair till I have a chance to check it out myself. Will report back...hopefully with good news. In the meanwhile, go reread Eloise At Christmastime.n

Dec 8, 2009

The Wonderful Harrods of Oz



How did I miss this‽ In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz (the film, not the book), Harrods underwent an Emerald City makeover. They killed the Wicked Witch of the East (who is apparently a giantess). Their Christmas windows are Oz-themed. (Sorry, the best pics are on a French blog. C'est dommage si vous ne lisez pas le français.) And they were running a Ruby Slipper Boudoir (second link from right in the video clip lineup) where shoe clerks dressed as Dorothy would fit you for your own ruby slippers. Sadly, they're sold out, so I'm guessing the Dorothies have clicked their heels and left the Harrods shoe department as well.

I have never wanted to be in London quite as desperately as I do right now. Sigh.

Dec 4, 2009

Toppers of Tape



Okay, the sonic fabric ties ties were a cool concept, but not so decorative. I'm totally on board with the recycled cassette tape fedoras, though. The sonic fabric seems like material better suited to hats than to ties. Not sure what happens if it gets wet, though...which is definitely something I'd want to know before buying a hat made from the stuff. They're not cheap (when do I ever post anything that is?), but, at $165, they're not obscene for handcrafted hats.

Dec 3, 2009

Wocka Wocka Wearables



This set of Pac-Man rings is seriously cute—and handmade. I'd suggest it as an excellent gift for the gamer chick in your life...except that it's already sold out. Hopefully the artist (Rachel Pfeffer) will make some more, or some lady gamers will be left with longing in their little pixelated hearts.

Thanks, Eshan!

Dec 2, 2009

The Essence of Cuteness

This video will see you through your darkest days. It is the cutest 17 seconds of your life. Behold (and, most likely, re-behold):

Nov 30, 2009

Mirror, Mirror, on My Feet



Okay, these Thakoon mirror mosaic ankle boots and strappy sandals are definitely cool-looking...but does anyone else see the problem inherent in putting mirrors on one's feet? Hmm? That's what I thought. Better break out the decorative (and full-coverage) underwear, ladies. Or just save your money and stick to non-reflective shoes.

Via NOTCOUTURE.

Nov 25, 2009

Muppets + Queen = Win

I know it's been all over the interwebs for the last few days, but, just in case you missed it, here it is again. Presenting the Muppets version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. And yes, this is one of those times when it is appropriate to use the word epic.

Nov 24, 2009

Bedazzled Boobies



Should you have a spare $3,000,000 lying around this holiday season, you can snap up the Harlequin Fantasy Bra, this year's ridiculously extravagant, one-of-a-kind offering from Victoria's Secret. Not my favorite ever (yeah, why the hell can't I have opinions on astronomically expensive diamond-encrusted bras?), but I don't think I'd say no if it showed up in my stocking (obviously through some error).

Should you want closeups of the bra (or—be honest—Marisa Miller's boobs), check out the video:

Nov 20, 2009

Wearing the Light Fantastic

This dress is made of pure magic. Or technology. Hell, isn't technology magical sometimes? Anyway, the GalaxyDress is made by the London-based fashion design company CuteCircuit and it's amazing.

Nov 19, 2009

Tasty Turkey Treats

We had a harvest potluck at work today, so the subject of delicious food is naturally on my mind (and in my very full stomach). One coworker made mini turkeys out of candy, then another found some more recipes for similar desserts. I shall now share the cutest with you all. Behold:



And here is the recipe. Now go forth, create, and nom the edible cuteness.

Nov 18, 2009

Sidney, the Baby Otter

If you watch one insanely cute video today, make it this one:

Nov 17, 2009

Is That a Girl Around Your Neck...?



As I've previously mentioned, I love the comic Cat and Girl. (Largely—let's face it—for how much it makes fun of hipsters.) As a Cat and Girl fan who sometimes does feel like she's wasting her life, I am clearly the target demographic for this scarf. I just have two requests:

1. Couldn't it come in other colors?
2. Put Cat on it, too!

Thank you. That is all.

Nov 16, 2009

The Most Expensive Book I'll Want This Year



Whilst flipping through a recent Barbie Collector catalog—don't you judge me!—I saw something that I thought would make a great gift. (For myself, of course.) A big, pink Barbie 50th Anniversary boxed book. Looked like a coffee table book of glossy photos. Sounded like an excellent addition to my Barbie library...until I saw the price. $500 in the catalog, and none available for less than $250 via Amazon.

In summation, this would be an awesome book to peruse next time you're in a schmancy bookstore. Sadly, that's where "my" copy is going to stay.

Nov 13, 2009

Nothing But Too Much

Too much to do, nothing to post in the 30 seconds of free time I've stolen. Sad story, innit? Have a spiffy weekend, if at all possible.

Nov 11, 2009

Un-Supervised



Yesterday I discovered the amazing work of Berlin-based photographer Kerstin Zu Pan. They're lovely, disconcerting, quirky...hell, I could throw any number of adjectives at you. Best to just take a look yourself. Some are NSFW and involve rainbow pubic hair (see Supervision).



Via If It's Hip, It's Here.

Nov 10, 2009

A Coat of Cute



As long as I'm on the subject of cute clothing, I might as well mention the Olga coat by designer Tatyana Merenyuk. Her Etsy shop contains creations that range from adorable to a bit too twee, but she definitely shows promise. In my opinion, of course, the coat is the clear standout of the collection.

Via NOTCOUTURE.

Nov 9, 2009

The Last Summer Dress of the Year

Last week's dearth of posts was deplorable. As it seems that my life isn't going to get any less busy in the near future, I think I just need to suck it up and carve out some blogging time. I suppose I could—gasp!—start taking lunch breaks. Though it's a well-known fact that lunch breaks are for errands.

On to the real post. Based on the recent weather (it was 70 degrees out yesterday, and in the mid-60s today), you could still get a bunch of wear out of this dress. The detailing is lovely, the cut flattering, and the price not too steep. Add a pair of thickish tights and a toasty cardi, and you're set for the rest of fall and into winter. Am very tempted, personally.

Nov 6, 2009

Shoes (Red and Retail)

So I'm not the only person out there still buying shoes, even in this craptacular economy. (Only when it's a good sale, though, I swear! And only occasionally.) According to the Times, shoe sales are on the rise. I'll buy it. Not that I would have expected it, but it doesn't seem out of left field. Here's the part that does seem out of left field:

Among the more curious explanations proffered for the relative strength of shoe sales is that women—who make up the lion’s share of the American shoe market—get an emotional lift from shoe shopping in a way they do not when trying on jeans and cocktail dresses.

“Shoes democratize fashion,” said Kathryn Finney, who writes the Budget Fashionista blog. “You probably can’t buy a Zac Posen dress if you wear a size 14, but you can buy a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.”


Of course shoe shopping is more fun than trying on jeans! Or practically any other wearable item. Yep, it largely is the size thing, plus the not having to wait in line for a damn fitting room, the fact that you can probably afford a pair of good shoes when you can't necessarily afford a dress of the same quality, and...well, any number of reasons. So why would this Times writer consider it a "curious explanation"? My guess was that the writer's a man. Nope. Stephanie Rosenbloom. She's not a man. She's just thin enough that jean shopping probably isn't an ordeal. I hate her already.

And now for the good news, related only in that it pertains to shoes: The Red Shoes has been restored and is showing at Film Forum. Go see it. That's my plan.

Nov 5, 2009

Apologies for Deliquency

I know, this week has been a total wash in terms of posts. Too busy, both at work and at home. I gotta remember to write up a bunch of entries in advance and post at my leisure. Leisure being a relative term.

So here's something to keep you briefly amused (and not a little horrified). Bear with it for a couple of minutes—you think you see the fail right off the bat, but wait! There's more fail coming.



Via FAIL Blog.

Nov 1, 2009

This Was Halloween



Sadly, this means that yet another year has passed during which I didn't manage to carve a Death Star pumpkin. Disappointed in myself I am.

If you're curious about how my Halloween went, check out my new post on Kaitland.

Oct 29, 2009

Candy Corn Cones



So cool. A street artist aptly named Diabetik is leaving traffic cones painted to look like giant candy corn around Washington, D.C. Seldom do I wish I were in D.C., but this is one of those rare times....

I also have a total candy corn craving now.

Via BoingBoing.

Oct 28, 2009

Fugly Fashion and Hilarious Haiku



Dammit. I realized on Monday morning that I'd missed my chance to enter the what is hopefully the first of many Freaky Fug Fridays. I had a haiku all ready to go, but wanted to take some time to mull it over...and totally missed the window of opportunity. Oh well. This was to be my submission, in case you're curious:

ode to hanging chads
you may be a "Lady," but
Ted did it better

Anyway, a winner was chosen, although I have to say that I preferred some of the other entries, which were hilarious. Here are a few from the comments:

Lady, "peerage" does
not mean squinting into holes
for Vicky's secrets.
            –Molly

Stretched satin ballot
With hanging chads aplenty
I cast my vote: no
            –Lady?

So I'm just a guy.
Yeah, over here in the jeans.
She is not my date.
            –Michelle

Oct 27, 2009

Spiffy Ceramic/Swarovski Skulls



Oh lord, I'm flogging Mixko again. Can I help it if they make awesome jewelry? Anyway, I've just found my (affordable) answer to the rather more extravagant skull rings by Dior Joallerie and Wendy Brandes. Now I just have to decide what color Swarovski crystal eyes I want....

Oct 26, 2009

The Hills Could Be Alive Again!



This makes me so happy I could cry. A team at MIT has developed a procedure for creating synthetic vocal cords to repair those that have been damaged. Their tests involve surgically removing damaged portions of vocal cords, then injecting a nontoxic polyethelene glycol gel into those sections in order to rebuild the vocal cords. So far the team is still testing on animals, but results have been encouraging.

Now this is obviously a very promising advance, but why am I stupidly happy about it? Because the team is working with Dr. Steven Zeitels, Julie Andrews' laryngeal surgeon. That means that at some point in the future, Julie Andrews might be able to sing again. And anyone who has ever watched The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Victor Victoria, Star!, or Thoroughly Modern Millie wants this woman to sing again. She ain't a Dame for nothing.

I saw her perform in the 1995 Broadway adaptation of Victor Victoria, where she was still in fabulous form, despite being 60 at the time. I wanted to adopt her as my grandmother then and there. Here, watch Dame Julie in her prime, in a scene from the 1982 film Victor Victoria:

Oct 22, 2009

DIY Creepy Candles



Oy. It's been one helluva week. Busy, busy. So here's a quickie today. More Halloween inspiration (and a super-simple DIY at that), from good ol' Martha: Creepy Candles.

Oct 21, 2009

With Skulls on Her Fingers...

Oy. Was incredibly busy yesterday and never got around to posting. And I've got a wealth of post ideas waiting in the wings...just didn't have the time. Anyway, you're getting these beauties a day late, but they're worth the wait.



This is the spectacular Kings and Queens Collection from Dior Joaillerie. This blog shows a nice selection of the pieces; take a gander. And I thought the Onyx Skull Ring I blogged about earlier was ornate! No, these take the proverbial cake. And not one of those sad little cake wrecks, either. More like a six-tier elaborate-ass wedding cake adorned with fondant flowers and a vintage cake topper and maybe some edible gold leaf. I mean, come on, take another look:



Of course I'm going to suggest that they'd make perfect baubles for this Halloween season. (Is that a real phrase? Halloween season? Sounds a little odd. Whatever. It's a phrase now.) And no, I'm not even going to speculate on price. Astronomical, probably. Here, soothe yourselves with another peek:



Via NOTCOUTURE.

Oct 19, 2009

Grammar Nerds Unite!



I think it's just a given that I need these Grammar Nerd Corrective Labels. If you know me, even slightly, you'll immediately recognize how useful I would find these. Ooh, and you save a dollar if you buy a three-pack! Pedantic and thrifty!

Thanks, Christine! (She's well acquainted with my grammar fascism.)

Oct 16, 2009

Not-So-Subtle Luxury



Now this is an intense ring. One-of-a-kind, fabulously detailed, and set with diamonds inside the freaking band (for "the ultimate in subtle luxury"), it's obviously awesome and bound to be exorbitantly expensive. "Price available on request" is always code for "you can't afford it." Were it not prohibitively pricey, it'd make a fabulous piece of Halloween bling, though. As is, I suppose I'm going to have to pass.

Via NOTCOUTURE.

Oct 15, 2009

More Pumpkinny Deliciousness

Martha Stewart returns with Jack-o'-Lantern Tarts, which look as adorable as they are delicious. Or vice versa. Not sure. Haven't tried them, but my point is that they're cute and sound incredibly tasty.



Now here's the big news: There's an entire blog devoted to creating the perfect pumpkin waffles. Awesome. The only downside is that I don't have a waffle iron ever since my Powerpuff Girls one broke when I shipped it cross-country.

Via TasteSpotting.

Oct 14, 2009

Creepy Cocktails and Spooky Spirits



Know who's a wealth of information/inspiration every Halloween? It's probably not the first name you think of...who would be, I dunno, Vincent Price? He's holiday-appropriate too, but not the person I mean. Nope, it's good ol' Martha Stewart. Now I know I've already linked to her Spooky Halloween Spirits, but a) I'm pretty sure some are new concoctions (Blood-Red Hot Chocolate, Swamp Sips, etc.), and b) I found a great site from which to buy lab equipment—all the better to serve your creepy cocktails.

So go on. Get concocting.

Oct 13, 2009

Autumny Nummy



It is the time of year when I strongly desire that everything I eat and drink contain at least trace amounts of pumpkin. Today I found two recipes that I'm looking forward to testing out: pumpkin french toast and roasted pumpkin slices. Especially the pumpkin slices.

Of course, considering the lack of food in my kitchen at present, I probably shouldn't be looking at deliciousness, which is making me salivate. In fact, I should probably be placing a FreshDirect order. Think I'll do that right now.

Via TasteSpotting.

Oct 7, 2009

Lobster- and Alien-Influenced Footwear



So everyone has something to say about the bizarre, otherworldly, alien footwear of Alexander McQueen's Spring 2010 collection. I love The Cut's description of one pair as "fancy couture disco lobster claws," which seems pretty apt. (Here's Shoewawa's take.)I seriously wonder how the models walked in them, what with their twiggy little legs. These are elaborate 10-inch clunkers—surely they're heavy!

So they're undoubtedly art (or "art," if you prefer—I'm on the fence), but will anyone wear them? For the sake of good taste and women's ankles everywhere, I certainly hope not.

Oct 6, 2009

As If a Jumpsuit Weren't Bad Enough

Rick Owens is brilliant at draping. Some of his pieces are absolutely magnificent, and I covet them. I covet them so hard. Not, however, this monstrosity.



I feel dirty for even looking at this. It's like the model is wearing her genitals on the outside. On the outside of an ugly-ass jumpsuit, to be precise. This...garment should be convicted of crimes against humanity, that poor model (who's no doubt delighted her head's been cropped out of the picture), and fashion.

Via The Fashion Police, who are just as horrified as I.

Oct 5, 2009

Le Rituel



Ooh, this might be just the thing for a special occasion. Have a feeling it's quite expensive, but probably less than a pair of Louboutins. (And, given the choice, I'd still take the shoes.) Regardless, this is a lovely boxed set. Très chic, très romantique.

Via NOTCOT.

Oct 2, 2009

Peacock Pins*

Please forgive yesterday's lack of post. I was a tad busy and just didn't have a chance to dig up anything appropriately avian (but I found something nifty—and non-bird-related—for next week).

Anyway, to cap off Bird Week, buy some of these tights. I have them in brown, adore them, and am seriously considering investing in a pair of fuchsia. Or black. Or maybe gold. (Don't misunderstand—I like the grey and teal, too, but I think they're my least favorite color choices.)



A word of warning to all the vertically challenged ladies out there, though: Be prepared to wear a fairly short skirt with these tights if you want the entire feather design to show. The tippy-top keeps getting cut off by my hem because I am so bloody short. Still, it's not as though you'd be exposing a scandalous amount of bare leg, as it'd be demurely (and decoratively covered with colorful feathery tights.

*Yeah, I know nobody in the US calls legs "pins." But I liked the alliteration, so suck it.

Sep 30, 2009

Owl About Rings

Continuing with yesterday's owl theme (I guess it's just going to be bird week here at pinup.punkrockelite.org), take a gander at this adorable Marc Jacobs owl ring:



Possibly cuter still is this owl ring by Noir:

Sep 29, 2009

Owl Bags—They're a Hoot!



Huh. It's turning out to be a rather avian week so far. I stopped in the nearby Kate Spade location yesterday and saw the cutest owl change purse and matching (much larger) owl handbag.



Now I just have to wait for one (preferably the handbag!) or both to show up in my local Goodwill—the only place I've been able to afford Kate Spade. (Seriously, I paid $15 for a Kate Spade purse at Goodwill, and a) it's not counterfeit and b) sold for about $250-$350 originally. Was so psyched by my score.)

Sep 28, 2009

Proud as a Peacock



Well, I would be if I designed this fantastic chair. Called, logically enough, the peacock chair and designed by Victoria Fang, this clever design incorporates a sensor that can detect when someone sits in the chair and causes the peacock feathers attached to the seat back to unfold, fanning out behind the sitter. Needless to say, I think it's brilliant. I'm not sure I'm crazy about the chair itself, but the concept is genius and the feathers look fabulous. (Of course, it's hard to go wrong with peacock feathers.) Think I may have to check it out in person at Boffo Objective Affection.

Via NOTCOT.

Sep 25, 2009

The Girl With the Kaleidoscope Tote



Prepare to be dazzled by the Valentino Kaleido tote. Yeah, I know it's preposterously expensive, but we can all dream, right? And it's be like carrying around a disco ball...but, you know, useful.

Spotted on The Fashion Police.

Sep 24, 2009

Halloween Handicrafts

Halloween is fast approaching—you can tell by the number of pop-up costume shops and the racks of slutty polyester attire in Ricky's. (As opposed to the polyester slut attire, which is always kept with the dildos and penis-shaped bachelorette party supplies in the little room behind the beaded curtain.)



Anyway, if you're considering hosting a party this Halloween, or just want to get into the spirit of the holiday, check out Horror Decor. Some of it's a bit tacky (and yes, this is coming from a girl with a 5-foot-tall dancing karaoke skeleton who's inexplicably dressed like a pimp—I named him Carl), but some of it is quite clever. I particularly like the Zombie Attack Lamp Shade and the Bloody Footprint Bath Mat (sadly sold out on Horror Decor's Etsy shop. Everything's handmade, which is always a plus, but that does mean that you have to order soon to make sure your items arrive before the Great Pumpkin does...although I bet you could DIY a few of the items. Ooh, I smell projects! (As if I didn't have enough to do.)

Sep 23, 2009

The Unbearable Cuteness



The cuteness...I can't stand it! I had to post this one. Of course, I slightly disagree with the terminology—I've always called them dealiemabobbers—but I can appreciate the preciousness. Look at how entranced he is! So adorable.

Via I Can Has Cheezburger?, of course.

Sep 22, 2009

Taste the Rainbow (Sherbert)



If you're a New Yorker and you have yet to visit The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck (currently on the corner of 17th and Union Square West), today might be the day. His newest creation, the Monday Sundae, involves a waffle cone lined with Nutella, twist ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, and whipped cream. I desperately want one, but am unfortunately headed in precisely the opposite direction after work.

To find out more about The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and its charming proprietor, Doug Quint, take a look at this Gothamist article. And if you become an immediate convert (as I predict you will), you can get your Big Gay Attire here.

Sep 21, 2009

Fabulous Liasons



Found these extraordinary headpieces quite by accident on Etsy today, made by the user Liason. While she blathers a bit much about Courtney Love (who's evidently a fan), her creations are indeed awesome. Some are ridiculously expensive ($1,800‽), but others aren't bad at all ($75 and a mere $39, for instance). I can certainly see the Mucha influence, too. But I'm not sure that the taxidermy actually adds anything to her work. Frankly, I'd rather not have a dead sparrow on my head, thank you very much.

Sep 18, 2009

The Sublime and the Ridiculous

It's Fashion Week once again, so I've been busily scrolling through the slideshows. I must say I've been quite disappointed overall. Not quite as much absurdity as in previous years, few knockouts, and far too many jumpsuits. (Why are the back? Who decided that the jumpsuit really needed to make a return?) I haven't finished perusing the collections yet (and the shows are still ongoing), but here are my high/lowlights so far.

I present the sublime, courtesy of the reliably lovely Marchesa:



And here's the ridiculous. Seriously, is Marc Jacobs just fucking with us at this point? Kabuki makeup, quilted bike shorts, and a fanny pack? Really?