Month: December 2010

A 'Rare' Christmas Miracle

Gozamos December 24, 2010
It’s Christmas time. It’s the one time of year that sugar-coated, glurge-fest movies are on every channel. They’re hallmarks of compassion and humanity where last minute miracles are not only expected, they’re required. You’re supposed to be uplifted, inspired, and reminded of the importance of family.
‘Rare Exports’ is not one of those movies.
I have no doubt that ‘Rare Exports’ will be a new Christmas favorite for a certain percentage of people- myself included. It is a hard sell: a mostly subtitled Finnish film playing on very few American screens. But if you only see one Finnish film in your lifetime, let ‘Rare Exports’ be it! It is a fun, disturbing, original, genre-hopping gem that left the audience that I saw it with giddier than a night full of spiked eggnog.
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Last Look: Lifestyle Section

Gozamos December 22, 2010
The year is drawing to a close and with it comes the inevitable nostalgic look back at the past year (and the scramble to find a kick ass New Year’s Eve outfit). In 2010, the Lifestyle section has been your go-to for how-to. We’ve worked hard for you this year, ladies and gents. We’ve tried out the latest exercise fads, taken up new hobbies, gone on deal-breaker dates, traveled to far, far away lands, and elbowed our way to the front row of fashion shows to bring you the latest and greatest of how to live and how to look good doing it.
Get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions courtesy of Gozamos’ Lifestyle Gurus. This year will be your year. 2011 is the year when you’re going to finally take that exotic vacation and pick up that hobby you’ve been meaning to try. You’re going to date better, dress better, and have better sex.
Hop to it, readers. Go try something new. . .
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Gift Guides 2010: The Animal Lover

Shelterrific December 20, 2010
I consider myself a comrade to all ani-pals. From tiny and scaly to huge and slobbery, I love all my four-legged friends. If it squeaks, sheds, or slithers, I want to cuddle it. Everyone has at least one cat-hair-covered animal lover on their Christmas list and, just in the nick of time, here are all my picks for them. Read on and set your phasers to cute!canada goose parka
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The Lifestyle Section's Winter Solstice Wish List

Gozamos December 20, 2010
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Love is flowing, fireplaces are roaring and cash registers are ringing. That annual winter solstice mating dance of gift giving and gift receiving is in full swing- the pressure is most certainly on. Before you completely loose your mind to mall madness, let your favorite Lifestyle section gurus guide you through their wish lists. The Indumentarian, Jane Sez and Gozamos’ favorite single girl Elvin have submitted, for your approval and potential purchasing, their must haves for this holiday season.
Of course, the Indumentarian always accepts cash donations.
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Steal This Idea: Bonsai Christmas Tree

Shelterrific December 14, 2010 Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with all things Japanese. I’ve been eating tons of imported candy, visiting the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese garden at the Chicago Botanical Garden and (ever since Halloween) been watching enough imported Japanese horror movies to earn a lifetime’s worth of nightmares. What better way […]

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Kinda Genius: Palace Stacking Tableware

Shelterrific December 13, 2010 Living in an apartment means never having to say you’re sorry for not having an enough space. Everything that lives in my tiny home has to either serve dual purposes or have some secret storage compartments (or both!) which is why I love Seletti and Selab’s Palace Stacking Tableware. Designed by […]

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Want it Now: Cats Attack! Scratching Post

Shelterrific December 13, 2010 Please all the cat ladies and feline fans on your gift list this year with Fred Flare’s Cats Attack! Scratching post . The clever cardboard design mimics an ambiguous Gotham- perfect for your pussycat to work out all those Godzilla fantasies. Throw in a few catnip mice and some Greenies and […]

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Want it Now: Penguin Classics

Shelterrific December 10, 2010 There has been much ado about Penguin’s cloth bound, admittedly beautiful classic hardcover tomes in the blogosphere, but I’m much more interested in their re-released paperbacks . The new covers are colorful, bold and capture the loud spirits housed within the black-and-white text of their pages. All are gorgeous and reminiscent […]

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Guys: Welcome to Our World

Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, December 8, 2010

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The average male ego is taking a beating.
From “Jersey Shore” to the Quileute Nation in the “Twilight” novels, it seems like everyone and his werewolf best friend has a set of six-pack abs and Adonis-like delts.
Even the average guy selling deodorant in commercials or reading lame punch lines in sitcoms no longer favors a slight paunch underneath his grungy T-shirt. The new standard male we’re presented with is a constantly shirtless, white-teethed, GNC-preferred-customer, Men’s Health cover boy.
And guess what? I don’t feel sorry for you guys at all. Read more

Post Off: What's your Best Packing Tip?

Shelterrific December 2, 2010 If I had a super power, it would be the ability to pack perfectly for any trip. Winter wedding in the Bahamas? No problem. A month-long tour of Italy with a single carry on? Bring it. I’ll take on any trip, anywhere, any time and pack for it flawlessly. I wasn’t […]

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