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The “Mad Men” Drinking Game

It’s “Mad Men” mania over here at TheFrisky. The only way we could possibly overdose is by playing this drinking game. Round up some friends for the season premiere on Sunday night and see if you can keep up with the characters. If you want to class things up, take a cue from the set’s self-described “Alcohol Department,” which told the New York Times that the painstakingly accurate cocktails imbibed on the show include martinis, rusty nails, Tom Collinses, and vodka gimlets. You can also check out AMC’s 1960s Cocktail Guide. After the jump, the rules. Keep reading »

The Lazy Girl’s Insta-Garden

Who doesn’t want local, fresh vegetables—especially when those veggies are, like, from your backyard local. Just because you don’t have hours of free time to slave away in the dirt and blazing sun, doesn’t mean you can’t follow Mrs. O’s gardening lead. Behold, your very own roll out and grow garden kit. The Roll-Out Veg Mat is a cardboard roll with four different types of seed and organic fertilizer pre-sown in. You “plant” the roll as a whole, water it, and wait for veggies to make an appearance. The seed choices change as the seasons do so you’ll always have seasonal veggies. [Trendhunter] Keep reading »

Seventeen Mag Goes Retro For September Issue

Of all the high-fashion, high-concept, high-flying September magazine covers out there, this is our fave. Behold the first-ever cover of Seventeen magazine, from September 1944, which will also be the subscription cover of their upcoming September issue for 2009 in honor of their 65th anniversary. We love that the cover model hasn’t changed: a young, pretty, all-American girl. But everything else has! Notice the single cover line? The first edition keeps it simple with “Young fashions & beauty, movies & music, ideas & people,” instead of the standard shtick you see on teen fashion magazines today. (“284 ways to change your look” — anyone?) The magazine was pretty cheap too, only $0.13. Today, it’s $2.99. [Chic Report] Keep reading »

Introducing The Thiphone, The Modern Garter

Used to be that ladies would store flasks of hooch in their garters. Nowadays, we’re as easily intoxicated by the iPhone, so we have the Thiphone, a leg mount for your gadget. It comes in black, red, or pink, so you can color-coordinate to look extra geeky. Love it! [$29.95, Thiphone.com] Keep reading »

Second-Hand Plates By Karen Ryan Really Dish It Out

When Karen Ryan says she’s got a lot on her plate, she means it. The U.K.-based artist illustrates the phrase literally with charming second-hand plates emblazoned with “anger,” “fear,” “guilt,” and “hate.” Meant to expose the domestic conscience, the removal of whatever decorative pattern the dishes come with symbolically reveals harsher truths. Can you imagine the sweet revenge of handing a plate full of food to a frenemy who finds the message on the bottom? Of course, there are some positive slogans, like “beauty” and “beloved,” which may be more fitting for those relationships you handle with care. [NOTCOT.org] Keep reading »

Behold! John Mayer Has A Surprisingly Grown-Up Abode

I never understood how John Mayer gets so many women: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jessica Simpson, Minka Kelly, Jennifer Aniston. Then, the September issue of Elle Decor arrived in my mailbox with Mayer’s New York City apartment on the cover. Sure, he got a little help from Giorgio Armani, but Mayer has it going on in the apartment department. His pad is simple, chic, and all grown-up. “I steer clear of bravado,” he told Elle Decor. “It detracts from who you really are.” This is a maxim he seems to have applied to his home decor — but not other aspects of his life. [ELLE Decor] Keep reading »

Crave: “Make Every Day the Day After Tomorrow” Global Warming Mug

Global warming got you all wound up? We have the perfect way to diffuse the situation. These global warming mugs heat up as you pour coffee into them, and, as the ice caps melt, the oceans spread and coastlines disappear. Worth a giggle and a serious thought. Pick up your mug, and cheers to warming up your tummy and everyone’s heart. [$12, Uncommon Goods] Keep reading »

What Are The World’s Most Annoying Table Manners?

Down with Emily Post! Don’t you wish that just once, you could go to dinner with your boss, parents, or in-laws and not act like a charm school graduate? BuzzFeed agrees and has wisely compiled a list of “Stupidest Table Manners and How to Resist Them.” Their gripes include eating soup with a spoon (say no to aristocracy by drinking with a straw!), elbows on the table, napkins in the lap, no burping, and no playing with your food. Don’t know what to do when you encounter multiple forks at fancy restaurants? The solution is simple: “Side-step the utensils. God gave you hands for a reason.” [BuzzFeed.com]

It’s about time someone did away with pretentious rules. We’ve got a few of our own to add to BuzzFeed’s list: Keep reading »

The War On Muffin Tops: The “Skinny Jeans Workout”

Unfastening that OMG-I-can’t-breathe top button is one way to fit into your skinny jeans. But for the truly trendy, Skinny Jeans Workout classes claim to obliterate the “muffin tops” (also known as the normal, healthy “stomach”) that pop over most women’s zippers when we zip up our J.Crew matchstick jeans. Keep reading »

Looks Like John Robshaw—Priced Like Real Girl Decor

Raise your hand if you love textile designer, John Robshaw’s colorful, Indian-inspired throw pillows, linens, bedding and printed dhurries. Yeah, me, too. But what my bank account can’t get over are his prices—one-of-a-kind, hand-printed stuff doesn’t come cheap. Or does it? Behold the non-profit, Friends of Tilonia—it’s an organization that benefits the craft section of the Barefoot College, a 35-year-old institution in Tilonia, India, that addresses the basic needs of the local, rural poor by promoting their artisanal skills. Truth. They offer all sorts of soft home furnishings (think bedding, throw pillows…sounds familiar, coughJohnRobshawcough, right?) and their block-printed fabrics are other-worldly. No, I’m serious—click here, here and here. And I’m not going to even get into the insanity that are the decorative pillows! Take it from someone who just bought Robshaw pillows on eBay for at least $90 each, this site is a welcome addition to the decorating arsenal. [Nick's Dream House] Keep reading »

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