Milan/Paris-based photographer Enzo dal Verme (he’s shot for Vanity Fair, l’Uomo Vogue, Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, etc.) has shot a series of bald women in a new gallery called “Bald is Beautiful.” All of the subjects have alopecia, have gone through chemo or are just happier without hair, says Verme, who interestingly goes on to remark: “A group of American bald women got together with the idea to redefine the concept of beauty. Men can be blond, brown, red, white and … bald. Every single magazine (about 20) that saw the story refused to publish it with the very same motivation: those pictures might clash with the feminine ideal supported by the advertisers.” Certainly the magazines’ loss—these women are truly beautiful hairless and as they are. Check out more of his photos, after the jump! Keep reading »
I’ve been thinking a lot about the popular “Christmas puppy” phenomenon lately. Because like many of us, at one point, I was guilty of asking for one. What better gift could one receive on Christmas morning than a gorgeous, yummy, adorable baby dog? But I know now that there’s a truly ugly side to what seems like such a sweet notion and the demand for shiny new purebred pups it creates.
Recently, the LA Times published this article chronicling a similar travesty in the canine industry that they quite astutely referred to as the “Paris Hilton Syndrome.” To date, “A third of the dogs held at San Francisco’s city shelter are all or part Chihuahua. New ones have come in every day for the last year. If the trend continues, officials said, the shelter would become 50% Chihuahua within months.” One Humane Society administrator commented that at the shelter where he works, “the number of Chihuahuas has eclipsed pit bulls as the most common breed.” As someone who has been a pit bull advocate for many years, this statistic makes me nauseous.
Here’s what over-bred dogs and Christmas puppies have in common. Keep reading »
Have you ever wanted to eat at a well-known restaurant but couldn’t get there in time for dinner because you live on the opposite side of the country? Yeah? Well, then you know how excited we are that Jenny Katzinger, owner of the Flying Apron Bakery in Seattle, is sharing her recipes in Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book. The cookbook not only includes recipes for delectable baked goods like scones, cookies, and cakes, but it also has step-by-step instructions for entrées and soups anyone — even the pickiest eaters — can enjoy. And even though all the recipes are 100 percent gluten-free, they’re easy to follow. We can’t wait to try the Dark Chocolate Cake. [$14.93, Amazon]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book to two readers, but you have to work if you want it! The best commenters for the next two weeks—from today, Friday, Dec. 18 through Thursday, Dec. 31—will be awarded with the book. So, be as clever, smart, and original as you can. Click HERE to read the official rules. And remember to check Gift For Gab on Jan. 1 to see if you’re the winner. Keep reading »
They say New Year’s Eve is always a letdown, so why not let your guests take out their frustration at the party? Check out Confettisystem’s sparkly pinatas, which double as decorations and party activities. The only thing is that these designer pinatas are pricey ($135 each), so if you’re up for the splurge, why not take a whack?
Luckily, Confettisystem has teamed up with Urban Outfitters to make a cheaper holiday line (design for the masses!) which includes packets of confetti and twisted metallic tree ornaments. Unfortunately, we came too late to snatch up one of the $28 pinatas — they just sold out online — but there might still be a few at your local Urban branch. Don’t forget the blindfold! [Confettisystem.Bigcartel.com, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
Itty bitty flakes of snow are showing up since the official start of winter is right around the corner! This only means one thing … time to bust out a holiday pancake pan. Get ready for the season by bringing some holiday cheer to the table. The only thing that could make this better is endless flavors of syrup. Mmmm … can’t you taste them already? [$35, Nordic Ware] Keep reading »
We’ve talked before about reasons not to have children, so here’s another—you can just fake it! When it comes to balancing work and home life, we mainly think about the negative … but doesn’t having kids also give you a legitimate reason to do less work, too? (Real-world answer: no.)
The Kid in a Kit from Office Kit helps the childless create the illusion of being parents, thus reaping all the benefits that employees with children get, like leaving work early to “pick the tyke up from school” or having to stay home because “little Suzy is sick.” The kit comes with a picture of a kid for the desk, artwork to hang in your cubicle and a little handbook full of parental excuses.
OK, so this is a joke (we hope!). But you gotta wonder—if that’s not a picture of your baby, then whose kid is that? Shame on the parent who loaned out their child’s smile to strangers seeking an extra sick day. [InventorSpot] Keep reading »