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gift guide no. 1

Posted in movies and television by Kaitlin on December 5, 2009

The holiday gift-giving season is here, so I thought – why not blog a gift guide? Because I believe different types of people need different types of gifts, I’m splitting it into different posts. Gift guide no. 1 is for the person who knows everything about movies (aka the film buff).

For $5 and under

True movie snobs only want to see films in their original format. Show them you’re proud of their snootiness with the “this button hasn’t been modified to fit your clothing” pin (that’s the name of the button – the button actually reads “If you truly cared about a movie, you wouldn’t watch in in fullscreen.”).

What person who knows everything about movies doesn’t want something that was in a movie? While this Peppermint Fight Club novelty soap wasn’t made by Tyler Durden, it reportedly smells like “a punch to the face.” Fun fact: unlike the soap in “Fight Club” this homemade product is not made from human lipo leftovers.

Almost every film buff considers “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” a classic and Audrey Hepburn an icon. Celebrate the Academy Award winning actress with the Scrabble Tile Pendant “I love Audrey”. It’s simply marvelous, darling.

For $15 and under

Directed by the master himself,  George A. Romero, “Dawn of the Dead” is a must-see zombie flick.  Your favorite horror lovers can see zombies everyday with the Dawn of the Dead print.

You know those film snobs who think they can do it better? Give them the Hollywood slate board and watch them set the scene. Director attitude included. (although you might want to include some chalk)

Piles of movies getting your pal down? No organization system? The DVD Storage Box 2-pack will solve all that with room for over 50 DVDs!

For $25 and under

Provoke some deep musings with this quote by a renowned filmmaker, “If it can be written or thought it can be filmed.”  The Stanley Kubrick limited edition art print is perfect for the dramatic friend.

Does the person who seems to know everything about movies really know it all? Shed some light on the behind the scenes with the book “50 Designers/50 Costumes: Concept to Character”. So you’ll pay attention to the Costume Design category at the Oscars.

Speaking of behind the scenes, what about a year subscription to “Creative Screenwriting” magazine? Because the writing’s what really determines a movie’s quality (yes, I may be a tad biased).

For a gag

As a joke (or if you don’t like the person) give them them the action fiasco that is “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.” Making it worse than such horrors as “The Hottie and the Nottie,”  “Gigli” and “Glitter,” Rotten Tomatoes named this Lucy Liu/Antonio Banderas disaster the worst movie of the last ten years.

For those willing to drop some serious cash

If you have a couple grand lying around loose, pick up a Classic Chaselite Cinema Identity Sign. It’s the perfect addition to any home theater. (These are custom made so you can change the finish and color).

And for just a few hundred more you can give “The Birds” an original oil painting inspired by the similarly titled Hitchcock masterpiece. Beware: this is just one of many in Ginette Callaway’s Vintage Hollywood Series: once they own one, they may want to own them all.

Stay tuned for gift guides for the person who: reads constantly, is fashion obsessed, is really weird but interesting, has everything,  has nothing,  doesn’t have everything but you still never know what to get him, and has everything because she made it all herself.

If you send out holiday cards, why not send one to:

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

6900 Georgia Avenue NW

Washington, D.C. 20307

Because no matter what you feel about our government and the war, soldiers are people who deserve way more than a card.

How to become a magazine editor

Posted in fashion by Kaitlin on November 14, 2009

If you want to be the editor-in-chief of top magazine (like “Teen Vogue”), you only really need three things:

1. The hair = Blond and straight with a blunt bang. Alter the shade and length to show your individuality. See “Teen Vogue” editor Amy Astley below.

2. The background = Ballet. If bleeding feet aren’t your thing, any activity that emphasizes line, proportion and style will suffice. According to Amy Astley, the ballet world and magazine world share “discipline, training and rigor.”

3. The attitude = Condescending to all except for your superiors. You must flatter your boss at all times. Astley said “Vogue” editor, Anna Wintour, may be a demanding ice queen to some, but  “I care for her and she cares for me.”

Just check out the absolute lack of fear in Astley’s eyes. Obviously she and Wintour are best buds.

plus size models? yes, please!

Posted in fashion by Kaitlin on October 10, 2009

Glamour magazine caused an  uproar when they used size 12 model Lizzie Miller in the pic below. Why? Women (and men) were ecstatic to see a realistic body shape in a fashion mag. 

But wait, there’s more – instead of just saying they would use more plus size models, Glamour is actually doing it! The November issue will  feature seven models confidently rocking their voluptuousness.

Glamour editor, Cindi Leive, is quick to say they’re just giving readers what they want after “over 1,000 of you posted your own joyous reactions to a figure with curves.” Like what you see? Then support it! Go buy a copy of Glamour or send your comments to Leive to support the recognition that all sizes can be beautiful.

the watch

Posted in fashion by Kaitlin on June 16, 2009

I badly want a statement watch. An investment piece that says, “this wrist means business.” I want something classic and strong I can keep for years and fashionably wear when I’m 84, but I also want something that’s stylish now and unique enough I won’t always be seeing it. In service to my search for this elusive timekeeper, I bought an issue of “Plaza Watch – the triple espresso in the sleepy world of watches and jewellery.”

Within its pages, I found surprising organic photos that rarely featured faces and informative articles on all aspects of the luxury market. “Plaza Watch”  was definitely up on current events with information on buying ethical diamonds, the rising watch market in the middle east and the auctioning of vintage. In a spread titled “Watch over you” with what seems to be a theme of retro women spies or criminals, I found my watch must have.


According to Watchismo, The LIP de Bascmakoff was designed by Roger Tallon for the company Prince Francois De Baschmakoff in 1973. I could not find the which spelling of the watch name was correct (with or without the “h”), but either way, this watch belongs on my wrist…

just as soon as I collect $295…

plus tax…

and shipping