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TV: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE LEARNED FROM THE 2017 #GoldenGlobes

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Meryl Streep aside, the 2017 Golden Globes was Textbook 101 in why award shows without live performances shouldn’t be on television at all.

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(TL;DR: Being a public figure calls for a modicum of self-awareness, a trait these award shows and their attendees lack in shovels and spades.)

Why do we watch ceremonies like the Golden Globes in the first place? The 3 G’s: The glitz, the glamor, the gossip.

Some of us watch for what’s apparently on-trend in upcoming fashion seasons, some to see what certain celebrities’ new faces look like, and a marginally few even watch to support their favorite works of art or to bemoan which ones got good ol’ snubs:

What don’t we watch for?

Not one of us watches in hopes that Meryl Streep will share her stunning sociopolitical belief that Hollywood actors are in the marginalized segments of society… or that Clint Eastwood will start stumping for Trump in front of a chair (Right-wing or Left, STFU about your politics at entertainment award shows! It’s not a Nobel; thank your mama and get off the stage. Hold a press conference on your own time!). None of us watch, either, for our personal stake in the movies or shows getting showered with gold (quite literally). These televised ceremonies target viewers who have nil to do with the entertainment industry. All in all… we only watch because it’s a guilty pleasure, much like the Real Housewives of [insert city].

These broadcasts, year and year again, repeatedly show a willful ignorance of this fact. Instead, they opt for self-indulgence, not unlike our buddy King Lion here:

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3 Compelling Reasons Why the “Award” Part of Award Shows Need Not Be on TV:

1.  The lack of entertainment on a show celebrating entertainment:

We love Jimmy Fallon, but boy, did he fail Sunday at this whole hosting thing. Keeping with the theme of self-indulgence, Fallon opened with, in lieu of a raunchy, satirical monologue like his predecessors, a cutesy cold open that only those who have seen the film La La Land (which is 2% of Golden Globes viewers) will appreciate. The rest of the night was spent with him doing the intermittent ’80s hip-hop parody… because.

As someone who has watched the Oscars, Grammys, Golden Globes, etc. with glee from a very young age, I have only noticed this pattern in adulthood: The shows that invite cynicism from the viewers (mainly due to boredom) are ones that provide little in the way of comedy and/or live performances.

The Oscars, while still managing to be way too long each year, at least sprinkle musical performances throughout the evening. The Tonys are very much a show in that their theatrical skits encapsulate the magic of what the night was meant to celebrate in the first place. Same can be said for the Grammys; each year, people tune in for their favorite artists’ performances of their latest and greatest, capitalizing on the Grammys’ huge production budget.

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Then there are “shows” like the Golden Globes and Emmys, which rely entirely on the talents of the host to eke by, praying for controversial moments that will end up talking points the following week. In the past, Ricky Gervais and the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have buoyed the Globes with politically incorrect jokes taking direct aim at Hollywood inhabitants in the room, assuming the point of view of those at home. When we the viewers hear Tina and Amy joke about where Leonardo DiCaprio likes his supermodels or a tipsy Ricky Gervais demand Mel Gibson explain what sugar t*ts are, we feel included in the night. A part of the glamor and self-celebration.

2. The insufferably self-important speeches relevant to no one not in the industry:

Ok, Meryl, try to “empathize” with this:

On a show in which every movie star is decked out like a show pony and liquored up to the nines, someone suddenly taking a moment to preach their political views to the masses is not only being tone-deaf, but appearing to hijack the entire night’s spotlight for themselves.

Besides Meryl Streep, Tom Hiddleston also failed to get this memo (or just ignored it in true lack of self-awareness). Accepting his trophy for his role in AMC’s The Night Manager, Hiddleston also took home the win for Biggest Humblebrag of the Night. He told a long story about how, on a trip to South Sudan, a bunch of Doctors Without Borders had approached him and claimed they binge-watched his miniseries while working to lend help to the war-torn region. Hiddleston declared how moved he was by “the idea that we could provide some relief and entertainment for people who are fixing the world in the places where it is broken.”

Essentially, he patted himself on the back for lending entertainment to the people risking their lives helping the less fortunate in Sudan. Scandal star Joshua Malina summed it best when he tweeted:

“Thank you to Tom Hiddleston and all actors who dare to perform in projects that are shown in some of the most dangerous parts of the world.”

3. The Inevitable Technical Malfunctions:

Not all actors are blessed with the gift of improv, which is fine, except when the Teleprompter fails and they have nothing to read.

Every goddamn year, without fail, the Golden Globes has at least one instance of this. This year, it happened as soon as Jimmy Fallon made his way to the stage. What we, the entertain-ees, are left with, is a steaming pile of blushed cheeks and Fallon hemming and hawing. What is it with Dick Clark Productions and uncoordinated tech? Maybe Mariah Carey is onto something. Maybe DC Productions is not trying to purposely sabotage the poor souls on stage, and ruin the viewing experience for all, but one does wonder: Are they comfortably incompetent because they are passively chasing that “moment” in this age of instant viral social media?

The 3 positives from this year’s Globes?

People who still wanted to entertain… and Me:

Sofia Vergara:

Steve Carrell and Kristen Wiig:

Blake Lively? She’s Been Slacking since Gossip Girl!

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We watch the Golden Globes because it’s a guilty pleasure, much like the Real Housewives of [insert city]… Not one of us watches in hopes that Meryl Streep will share her stunning sociopolitical belief that Hollywood actors are in the marginalized segments of society… or that Clint Eastwood will start stumping for Trump.

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 8th AND 7th DAYS: FOR THE GEEKY HOTTIE WITH A BODY

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Today’s Christmas gift idea is for both the discerning geek-centric gentleman and lady:

  • Fellas, if a woman in your life loves the genre of the superhero (or supernatural) but wants to show her enthusiasm with something a little less lace-and-leather (read: cosplay), lavish her with the following finely curated selections from our go-to Geekdom fashion retailer: Superhero Den (not sponsored!).
  • Or… if you are a man saddled with the responsibility of getting your woman pumped about all things fandom, these gifts are your holy gateway.
  • Ladies, pair these form-flattering, comic book/sci-fi-based threads with studded bangles, ring stacks and, of course, chokers.

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Our Favorite Suicide Squad Harley Quinn T-Shirts:

(L) Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Daddy’s Little Monster Women’s Sublimated Shirt; (R) Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Bright Pink T-Shirt

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Captain America Women’s Pink Underwear Set

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Batman Over The Knee High Women’s Costume Socks

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Big Bang Theory Bazinga Red Juniors Graphic T Shirt

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Wonder Woman Comic Chain Triangle Bikini

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(Editor’s Note: This one is our favorite. Wait, no, the Batman stockings are… wait, no, they all are.)

Wonder Woman Cite Chibi Pink Juniors Tank Top

Other Wonder Woman-themed tops we love:

(from top L to R to bottom) Wonder Woman Black Women’s Hooded Tank Top; DC Comics Wonder Woman Black Women’s #Lifts Racerback Tank Top; Wonder Women Comic Logo White Womens Tank Top; Women’s Wonder Woman Gold Rhinestones Logo T-Shirt

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If you are a man saddled with the responsibility of getting your woman pumped about all things fandom, these gifts are your holy gateway.

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Batman Face Comic Trifold Wallet

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Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Women’s Booty Shorts

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Wonder Woman Comic Leggings

Spider-Man Spider Gwen Shirts:

(L) Spider-Man Spider Gwen Juniors Pink Michael Co T-Shirt; (R) Spider Gwen Juniors Black Logo T-Shirt

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(Varsity is so in right now. This is our favorite. No, wait…)

Batman Juniors Black Varsity V-Neck T-Shirt

PANTIES PALOOZA:

(L) Batman Silver Women’s Repeat Logo Underwear; (R) Captain America Blue Women’s Repeat Logo Underwear

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Spider-Man Classic Logo Juniors T-Shirt – Red

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Mortal Kombat X Dragon Logo Black Juniors Tank Top

Our Favorite Batman Tank Tops:

(L) Batman Comic Purple Logo Women’s Tank; (R) Batman Women’s Hooded Tank Top

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Justice League Heroines We Got This Black Juniors Tank Top

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 12th DAY: A SHIRTLESS NORMAN REEDUS

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It will be a blue Christmas without any Daryl Dixon on your TV screen, fangirls (and fanboys). But…what if Norman Reedus was shirtless on loop, instead?

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AMC’s The Walking Dead midseason finale has come and gone and your favorite shaggy-haired, crossbow-bearing (well, not for a while now), and seemingly shower-aversive redneck will not be back on that motorbike until mid-February. Lil Gripes found the perfect medicine for Daryl/Norman (Normaryl?) Withdrawal. For the gentlemen seeking to hook the women in their lives on the gory, zombie-heavy post-apocalyptic drama, here is your answer as well:

Um… Hot damn.

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Norman Reedus, for much of his acting career, has starred in numerous music videos with artists of both the indie and mainstream pop variety. Never, though, has he steamily removed his shirt and romped naked in bed in a seductive ode to the art of the orgasm… until “It Just Feels” by NYC singer JiHAE (his lucky costar in the video who also co-wrote the song with Dave Stewart and Leonard Cohen). I mean, she literally is thanking him for his sexual prowess.

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Not even many diehard Reedusites (whatever they call their own version of Beliebers) knew about this, so enjoy… and well-done, JiHAE and company 🙂

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Never has Norman Reedus steamily removed his shirt and romped naked in bed to an ode to the art of the orgasm… until this music video.

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Afterthought: Our other 2 favorite bangers starring The Normski is “Creatures” by Blakhat:

and “Judas” by Lady Gaga:

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VIDEO: HAVE I BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW? And Other “Get to Know Me” Questions Pt 2/2

MY “GET TO KNOW ME QUESTIONS” video sessions conclude today with the following! Watch yesterday’s video answers here: HAVE I GONE SKINNY DIPPING? And Other “Get to Know Me” Questions Pt 1/2

“Lord of the Rings” or “Game of Thrones?”

Does Size Matter?

Favorite Superhero Ever and Why?

Have I Ever Been In Trouble with the Law?

Have I Ever Dated a Black Guy?

“Star Trek” or “Star Wars”?

Which Musician Do I Want to Meet the Most?

What’s the One Question I Want to Ask God Most?

What Kind of Music Do I Like?

What Would I Do if I Won the Lottery?

What is the Girliest Show I Watch?

My First Period

Where Would I Travel Anywhere in the World?

Which “The Walking Dead” Character Would I Bring Back from the Dead?

As Whom Do I Most Want to Cosplay?

Will I Return to the East Side Dave Show?

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VIDEO: HAVE I GONE SKINNY DIPPING? And Other “Get to Know Me” Questions Pt 1/2

MY “GET TO KNOW ME QUESTIONS”/”ASK ME ANYTHING” VIDEO FEATURE IS RELEASED TODAY AND TOMORROW:

Part 2 Here: VIDEO: HAVE I BEEN IN TROUBLE WITH THE LAW? And Other “Get to Know Me” Questions Pt 2/2

Favorite Athlete

Am I a Feminist?

Actor/Actress I Want to Meet the Most?

Am I a “Westworld” fan?

Would I rather have Captain America’s shield, Green Lantern’s ring, Iron Man’s suit, or Thor’s hammer?

After the Negan/Lucille premiere, is “The Walking Dead” sleeping through the season?

Do I Draw or Write?

I Wrote a Disturbing Screenplay When I was 12

Do I Have Any Unusual Talents?

Have I Played Any Sports?

Do I have Any Phobias?

Did I Have Any Childhood Nicknames?

Have I Ever Gone Skinny-Dipping?

Marvel or DC?

Sexiest Female Superhero?

Sexiest Male Superhero?

Who Would Win: Wonder Woman or Superman?

PART 2 tomorrow.

 

Lil Joins the Shorthaired Heroine Hall of Fame!… and Site News

LI’L GRIPES IS ALWAYS GROWING..

And with that, we have assembled an updated (as of April 10, 2016) analytics presentation of our website for all viewing interests: Li’l Gripes by the numbers!

Not bad for a brand that blossomed from a bored Millennial’s casual hobby of writing

Now, onto equally, if not more, important things, LET’S TALK HAIR! Lil herself recently joined a special breed of heroines from comic books- the shorthaired:

With your Wonder Woman‘s and Supergirl‘s, one of the phrases associated with the most popular heroines in comic books isn’t “cropped hair.” Yet, there is a surprising number who do rock it. Five recent examples as portrayed on live-action television or in film are as follows, in no particular order:

1. STORM, X-MEN

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Also known by her birth name, Ororo Munroe, Storm is the famously mohawked flying member of the X-Men who can control the weather. Portrayed by Halle Berry in 20th Century Fox’s live-action X-Men films (and her younger self in X-Men: Apocalypse by newcomer Alexandra Shipp), Storm is consistently a fan-favorite and the first prominent black female character in either DC or Marvel comics.

2. MAGGIE GREENE, THE WALKING DEAD

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As a farm-raised, zombie apocalypse-hardened fighter, Maggie (played by Lauren Cohan on TV) has always sported her hair at various lengths of barely-there. In the comics, she has always worn a pixie cut and on the adapted AMC series, she recently cut it from a bob to such. Her character’s defense for the snip was to not have anything distract her from the big battle coming.

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Lauren Cohan after and before Maggie’s onscreen haircut

 

3. DAISY JOHNSON, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet on TV)’s look was directly modeled after that of Angelina Jolie’s character in the film Hackers. This is befitting her live-action interpretation, which paints her a Computer Science genius. Her superheroine name is Quake, on account of her ability to generate powerful waves of vibrations that produce effects resembling those of earthquakes.

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Daisy has her own FUNKO POP! action figure!

 

4. BLACK WIDOW, THE AVENGERS

The most prominent female Avenger, along with the long-locked Scarlet Witch, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson in film) famously has a pragmatic chop that allows her to execute her signature acrobatically butt-kicking moves without worrying about wispy strays. While not superpowered like most of her compadres in the Avengers, her lethality comes from a lifetime of training (she was raised from childhood to be an assassin) and an extraordinary set of hand-to-hand combat skills.

5. AEON FLUX, AEON FLUX

Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron in film) wins the award for the most stylish bob this side of the dystopic future. With choppy layers as fierce and as edgy as her warrior tactics, Aeon, a character borne out of a MTV animated series, translated into a graphic novel and video game, and then adapted into a live-action film, fully embodies the radical superheroine aesthetic.

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AWESOME FIND: Soap Up and Geek Out!

A BEAUTY PRODUCT THAT IS ALSO GEEK ART? Count us in! GEEKSOAP.net is a business that exclusively provides handcrafted bars of soap inspired by a variety of geek-oriented fandoms. Want to get sudsy with the Millennium Falcon? Or wash away the calamities of your day with a Cthulhu? Yes, please, if Lesley Karpiuk has anything to say about it.

As the sole owner, designer, molder and overall employee at GEEKSOAP, Lesley is a fulltime educator who has as ardent a passion for various fandoms as she does for the technique of soap art. LI’L GRIPES could not be happier that she decided to marry these two passions, as it embraces the two oft-seemingly dueling worlds of beauty and geek culture.

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All photos courtesy of GeekSoap.Net / Purchase all items there

GEEKSOAP EMBRACES THE TWO OFT-SEEMINGLY DUELING WORLDS OF BEAUTY AND GEEKDOM.

Lesley insists on stressing the one-woman-show aspect of it all. Each and every bar of GEEKSOAP is designed on Lesley’s computer, its designs hand-cut by Lesley into each bar (including the use of custom molds made by Lesley), and each finished product wrapped and shipped by Lesley’s own hands. Even the website’s product descriptions carry a unique and personal sense of humor tailored to each product. In her words, mass production would cause GEEKSOAP to lose “that special touch and attention to detail, and that’s the last thing I want.”

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MASS PRODUCTION WOULD CAUSE GEEKSOAP TO LOSE “THAT SPECIAL TOUCH AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL, AND THAT’S THE LAST THING I WANT.” – LESLEY KARPIUK, DESIGNER AND OWNER.

One look at any bar of GEEKSOAP can tell the company is not driven by mass profit. Lesley had been crafting for most of her life and only begun selling her work in 2006. Every bar, whether it is a Batman emblem or a crest from one of the Houses of Game of Thrones, showcases the finest of imagination, precision, and personal charm. In 2010, Lesley made a breakthrough by becoming the first artist to create a game cartridge-shaped soap. Given the level of detail and smoothness displayed on the soap, you can tell it was no small feat:

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LI’L GRIPES’ TOP 5 GEEKSOAPs:

In no particular order:

1. Jawa Soapcrawler (buy here)

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This charmingly detailed Sandcrawler-in-foams is tempting to display atop a mantle instead of inside a soap dish.

2. Cthulhu (buy here)

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There is something equally sinister and, well, adorable about Cthulhu. Ditto for the same qualities in its soap rendition.

3. Smuggler’s StarshipOne guess which… (buy here)

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As with the Jawa Soapcrawler, this is a piece that screams “work of art” so loud that one might loathe to put it to its practical function. Either way, its allure is irresistible.

4. The Neverending Story motif (buy here)

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How does one emulate the luster and texture of gold so well on a bar of soap?!

5. The D20 Soap on a Rope ~ *the rope is finely crocheted with love and care by Lesley herself as well ~ (buy here)

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The sheer level of craftsmanship it takes to carve a dice out of soap is beyond us. That’s why Lesley does the carving and molding (and crocheting) and we do the admiring and buying.

THE NERD ON TOP OF THE CAKE is that you can wash yourself not just of soot but of conscience and toxins at the end of the day. 100% of GEEKSOAP’s ingredients are vegan-friendly, all-natural and animal testing-free. The ingredients are plant/vegetable glycerin-based and have zero animal products, parabens, SLS, or detergents.

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 6 – “For the Reader” edition

DAY 6 of Holiday Gift Ideas For Him and Her brings you stacks on stacks of reading porn for those in your life who haven’t completely succumbed to the culture of 140 characters or less.

Books are still a safe under-the-tree bet, even for members of Generation ADD. There is a subject for everyone and for every subject, there is aplenty attention-holding quality literature.

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Look, I’m a Millennial who owns (and reads) books!

IN ORDER FROM A-Z by GENRE:

  • Biography
  • Business
  • History
  • Literature/Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Self-Help

BIOGRAPHY

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham ($17.99-$37.93)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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“Pulitzer Prize-winner Meacham paints a well-rounded portrait of our 41st president in this even-handed, meticulously researched biography.”

–BarnesandNoble.com

Why Not Me?, by Mindy Kaling ($9.31-$20.48)

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Mindy Kaling, of “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” (also author of the much-beloved New York Times bestseller Why Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?) has consistently delighted us over and over again as a quirky Hollywood comedienne who somehow still relates to the Everywoman. In Why Not Me?, she continues to recount tales of being a Hollywood misfit at times, workplace romances gone crazy, and general anxieties over womanhood in a way as droll as it is personal and relatable.

Sinatra: The Chairman, by James Kaplan ($15.99-$21.45)

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THE perfect holiday gift to commemorate the Chairman’s centennial.

BUSINESS

Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies, by Charles G. Koch ($13.99-$28.33)

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The inspirational and motivating story of one of the most successful companies in the world, Koch Industries, as told by Charles G. Koch himself.

HISTORY

Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow ($13.38-$15.99)

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Pulitzer-winning writer Ron Chernow tells a galvanizing and scandalous biography of one Founding Father–the famous Federalist from the $10 bill who–fun fact–could never become President because he was born in the Virgin Islands. (My U.S. History teacher is beaming from wherever at me right now).

Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates ($11.99-$14.40)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER

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You heard Toni Morrison. Required reading.

LITERATURE/FICTION

 The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah ($9.99-$16.13)

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Arguably book of the year for 2015.

For Fictional Horror:

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Stories, by Stephen King ($14.99-$16.18)

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For Fictional Romance:

See Me, by Nicholas Sparks ($12.99-$14.56)

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POETRY

Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur ($8.49-$12.34)

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An Introduction to Poetry (13th Edition), by X. J. Kennedy & Dana Gioia ($61.93-$91.26)

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SCI-FI & FANTASY

George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons

($29.73-$34.99)

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Because duh. Is there anything else genre-wise?

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick ($8.73-$9.99)

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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD

Now an Amazon original series, this poignant alternate-history work portrays America in 1962. The bleak overview?

“Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.”

 The Martian, by Andy Weir ($8.99-$16.79)

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Yes, it’s that Matt Damon movie. Highly well-reviewed  and entertaining book, too, though.

 SELF-HELP

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, by Shonda Rhimes ($12.99-$14.83)

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2015’s The Secret. Basically. Can’t go wrong when you go Shonda.

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 5 – “DIY” edition

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PREFACE:

LI’L GRIPES is generally not a fan of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) gifts, regardless of the occasion. It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones. Money does not grow on trees and spending it on someone is absolutely a display of love and caring. So, it is our official opinion that, yes, you can buy love.

Now, that said, if you want to display affection through a gift crafted with your own fingers for a loved one, here is a primo suggestion apiece for him and for her, along with a completely gender-neutral gift:

FOR HIM OR HER:

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A $0-gift that doesn’t basically scream “I’m either cheap or broke and/or don’t really care about you.” Make him or her a homemade documentary compiled of interviews with the giftee’s loved ones all speaking nice truths from the heart about said giftee.

*Make sure all those interviewed do not say clichéd, holiday-themed bullsh!t and that their individual messages are distinctive to their relationship with the giftee. Also, that each message lasts at least a minute.

All you need is a smartphone, if not an actual video camera and a computer video-editing program, and the iMovie app. String the interviews together with exterior shots of things the giftee loves… Cupcakes, skylines, old forests… Just make it a theme.

FOR HIM:

Leather and Gold Leaf Notebook

(for full instructions, go here)

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Ingredients:

A piece of soft leather, 8″ x 5 1/2,” about 15-20 pieces of paper, 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2,” upholstery thread, sturdy needle, scissors, pen, ruler, ModPodge, 2 small paintbrushes, gold leaf, bone folder, tweezers

 Steps:

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 It is ridiculous to profess that purchased gifts are, by definition, less thoughtful than homemade ones.

FOR HER:

Raw Crystal Necklace Display

(for full instructions, go here)

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Ingredients:

Three 12″ x 4″ x ¼” pieces of craft wood, thin paintbrush, thick paintbrush, gold paint, white paint, premium construction adhesive glue, an assortment of 18 raw crystals, non-destructive wall mounts

Steps:

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CHEERFUL CRAFTING, FILMING AND PARTIAL-SHOPPING!

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER: day 4 – “Tech Lover” edition

IF THE MEN AND WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE are gadget- and/or technologically inclined, #LILGRIPES may have just become your fairy god-Santa Claus. We went digging (OK, mostly scouring through Polyvore) for some genuinely unique and utile holiday gifts to sate the Tech Lover we all possess a bit of inside.

Note: As with all items in this HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM AND HER series, we tried to keep the gifts list monetarily attainable… Also, as original as possible so… no Apple watches.

FOR HIM OR HER:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera – White, $100

Oh, how we have taken Polaroids for granted now that the company is defunct. The boxy build of the machine itself, the energizing click of a photo being taken, and the smell and warmth of a fresh pic as it was still developing, Of course, several other companies have stepped up to the plate to imitate the look and feel of the old classic. Our favorite? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant CameraIt’s sleek, compact and ultra-lightweight for capturing moments on the run.

Moschino Fresh Silicone iPhone 6 Case, $95

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By now, we have all seen our share of funky smartphone cases. There are so many we want to single out, but, by far, Moschino wins the Ingenuity (and Design) Prize for its detergent spray-shaped case.

MONSTER adidas Originals Performance in-ear remote noise-isolating headphones, €69.99

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The noise-cancelling quality of bulkier headphones in a slick, jogger-friendly package. These headphones boast sweat-proof tips and a patented Sportclip design tailored for exercise, while the universal mic and remote control enable on-the-go control.

*OK, this one may be for the gals, specifically:

Skinnydip X Zara Martin Kitty Headphones, $63

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…Because why can’t you look cute while plugged in?

Mushroom LED Lamp, $43 

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This lamp does two amazing things:

1. Dims or brightens when you touch it

2. Streams music from your MP3 player

iPad Telephoto Lens, $25

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For a close-up of your subject without having to rely on that pixelating-nightmare known as digital zoom, pluck this telephoto lens onto your iPad (options for both mini and regular). The lens has a manual focusing ring and lends your resulting photos a pleasant vignette, lo-fi look. Perfect for vacay photography.

For more suggestions, we are huge fans of the list Real Simple has compiled for tech lovers this season!

CHEERFUL SHOPPING!

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