After two decades of service, the six-foot-high, 10-foot-wide mirror covering our living room wall started falling down on Thanksgiving Day. It came with the house, a colonial in Whitestone, Queens, which my parents bought when I was born. I was 23 and about to drive to LaGuardia Airport to pick up Tim, my soldier boyfriend of two years. He was spending the holiday with me after being stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, for the past three months.
I was in my attic bedroom putting on my “Welcome Home” outfit — black stockings, boots, a checkered skirt, and a fitted black sweater — when I heard Mom scream. I took the steps two at a time to find her and my 18-year-old brother holding the mirror up, their four hands, strained faces, and bodies looking longer in their slanted reflections. Keep reading »
How adorable are these tree ornaments from Urban Outfitters? I don’t even celebrate Christmas and they make me want to decorate a tree. Choose from cutesy food designs of cupcakes, sushi rolls, TV dinners, or a sparkling pickle (this one’s for you, Snooki). Other cheeky items to spruce up your tree include unicorns, beer cans, owls, and mustaches (to each their own, we suppose). [$8-20, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »
With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts. Unless you’re my mom, in which case you started thinking about this year’s holiday gifts on December 26th of last year. But for the rest of us, mid-to-late November is a sane time to get the ball rolling. And if you think you might like to make any homemade gifts, you should probably get cracking pronto — at least on the planning. In the comments, I’d love to hear your ideas for DIY gifts — things you’ve done in the past, ideas you’ve seen elsewhere and would like to try, things you’ve received and loved — especially if they don’t require too much in the way of sewing, knitting or crafty skills. After the jump, a few ideas to get things started. Keep reading »
If you have an irrational fear of fireworks like I do, then you are probably on the lookout for alternative ways to celebrate your Independence Day. Ya know, something equally as fun with way less gun powder. After the jump, four awesome Fourth of July celebrations that don’t involve fireworks. Because we’re free to choose to boycott fireworks, darn it!
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Ah, summer: fireflies, long, sun-dripped days, trips to the beach, flip-flops, and one of our favorites: the 4th of July holiday weekend, which, of course, is just a couple days away. I still don’t have my plans ironed out yet — I know I want to hang out with friends and hopefully there will be hot dogs and fireworks and maybe a batch of spiked watermelon involved, but the details remain up in the air at this point. But what about you? What are your plans for the holiday weekend and what are some of your favorite 4th of July traditions? And if you happen to have any great Independence Day-themed recipes, I’m all ears! Keep reading »
Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day, people! The big day is tomorrow, so make sure to wear green and avoid getting pinched by strangers. We’re pretty excited to head out to a parade and then meet friends at a pub for a pint, or three, of green Guinness. While you are out partaking in perfectly mainstream St. Patty’s Day traditions, other people around the world are up to, err, odder things to commemorate the great Irish saint. After the jump, the most out-there St. Patrick’s rituals. Keep reading »
They say New Year’s Eve is always a bust. And yet, year after year, we gear up, go out, and do it all over again despite the inevitable hangovers, fatigue, boredom, mistakes, and gluttony.
But you have to admit that there’s something exciting about this night of the year, and there’s at least one thing tempting you into celebration. Maybe for you the excitement is in breaking out the champagne, making resolutions, or going to a big party with your guy on your arm. For the girls out there—is it about the clothes? The romantic potential of getting kissed at midnight? For the guys—is it about the clothes? The romantic potential of getting kissed at midnight? (See what we did there? Har har.) We’re interested to see if the expectations are different for men and women … or what your expectations are at all!
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Up until I was six years old, my family celebrated Christmas. Although both of my parents are Jewish, our family was not particularly religious. They just thought Christmas was a fun holiday for kids. I still fondly remember my Miss Piggy star ornament sparkling atop the tree. Ahh, memories. Keep reading »
Ah, the holiday season! It’s full of presents, family, and best of all food, lots and lots of food. And it’s not your average fare. At parties people really bust out their best recipes. Fat intake flies out the window, and my diet becomes basically, cream, butter, sugar, and pork. Mmm! Although I can’t really cook, I can really eat. While I thought I had basically conquered deliciousness with the yummy stuff I’d eaten to date, this year I ate my way to the peak of perfect mouthfuls. A family friend brought over her honey scallops wrapped in bacon. There are no words in the English language to describe the crispy flavor explosion that those bites brought. Heck, I’d probs give up sex in exchange for a lifetime supply. Is that crazy? Honey, if loving bacon is wrong, I don’t wanna be right! Now, what was the most mind-blowingly awesome thing you ate during the holidays this year? Keep reading »