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It is International Women’s Day 2017 today. I love it; I love women and I love being a woman, especially in America.  I owe my many freedoms to the men and women who made it possible here for female citizens to vote, to work more easily as a mother, to reclaim her own reproductive rights and to have a general voice in society. These are merely a few of the glorious rights we women possess in the freest country in the world. So why on God’s green Earth is this phenomenon called “Day Without a Woman” taking place, today of all days, as well?

All across social media the past week, I have been seeing posts encouraging American women, on March 8, to skip work (“paid or unpaid”), to wear red, to eschew social media (oops), and to not spend money anywhere other than at small woman-owned businesses. Is this a protest? A strike? A show of solidarity? Whatever the case, this radical display won’t accomplish anything other than alienating those who have never not supported women’s rights. Here’s why:

1. What Rights Don’t Women Have in 2017’s America? It is laughable in the face of tragedies, of the life-and-death variety, happening to women elsewhere in the world (Sharia Law ring a bell, anyone?) that American women are the ones complaining about being subjugated. No, not laughable– downright, maddeningly offensive.

Part of this protest’s manifesto professes to aim to “stand with women around the world.”  I’m sure the woman who got stoned to death for being a rape victim in [name a country] would appreciate this patronizing, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gesture from those who don’t have to confront such horrors on a daily basis.

You took a day off from your unpaid internship getting Jimmy Fallon coffee? Aww, my mutilated clitoris and I thank you!… Wait, you’re not gonna buy any shoes at Bloomingdales today? Girl power!

If you want to take a stand for women’s rights today, do it in a manner both more direct and effective. Use the time you are off today to volunteer, whether it’s for a women’s shelter here (funny how NONE of the manifesto’s enumerations included this idea) or an international charity helping to empower women oppressed under Sharia Law.  There are areas of England, England, in which I cannot walk down the street holding hands with my male partner thanks to the implementation of Sharia Law.

I’m sure the woman who got stoned for being a rape victim would appreciate this patronizing, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it gesture from those who don’t have to confront such horrors on a daily basis:

You took a day off from your unpaid internship getting Jimmy Fallon coffee? Aww, thank you!

You’re not gonna buy any shoes at Bloomingdales today? Girl power!

2. This is So Presumptuously Pompous. “Skip work today.” Okay! I’ll just tell my boss I need the day off… because I’m a hard-working American woman who deserves to skip work! I have too many privileges in this country, which I need to enjoy at my own leisure on this day… because. The manifesto made NO attempt to modify its parameters for the majority of American women, who simply cannot afford to take time off on a random Wednesday… i.e. who can’t afford to lose their jobs because a bunch of celebrities skipped work and tweeted at them to do so, as well.

Do you see how, maybe, this could make many people, who probably have always supported feminist values, roll their eyes so far into the back of their heads?

The manifesto made NO attempt to modify its parameters for the majority of American women, who can’t afford to lose their jobs because a bunch of celebrities skipped work and tweeted at them to do so, as well.

3. Why can’t It Just Be #InternationalHUMANSDay? Look, I love that we are celebrating the good people who are our mothers, sisters, daughters and lovers but these demographic-specific holidays have always come off self-segregating and ultimately detrimental to the cause.

Sure, all holidays are merely symbolic by nature, but is it so radical to ask that, in 21st century’s First World, we celebrate both sexes and their accomplishments at the same time? Or all races simultaneously? Or how about just celebrating those individuals, of any race, gender, or creed, who have contributed greatly to our society?  That way, we are not drawing self-dividing lines that submerge each person’s individual value beneath inane labels, labels that unnecessarily box us in and squirrel us away from uniting as one human race.




Merry Christmas Eve! We conclude our “12 Days of Christmas” series with these last-minute gift ideas/product suggestions for this time of year:


We like the idea of nature. We like the idea of looking stylish in nature. On Instagram photographs, that is. Let’s be honest, frolicking outdoors in Christmastime temperatures sucks, but if you have to catch a case of wanderlust even when the weather outside is frightful, keep these fashion-forward, adventure-friendly accessories in mind:


We like the idea of looking stylish in nature. On Instagram photographs, that is.


1. Sport Action Camera by Elecwave (red option here), $99.99, $59.99


Multi-functional Camera: Mini size, can work as a selfie camera, sport camera, DV recorder or vehicle travelling data recorder, suitable for indoor and outdoor use

  • APP Remote Control: Download APP to your mobile device(iOS or Android OS), then connect them via built-in WiFi. Easily take photos/record videos in 720p, save and share
  • 2H Constant Working: Build with 600mAh rechargeable battery, it supports continuous 2 hours operation per full charge
  • 3 Mounting Ways: Designed with a reusable sticker, magnet and standard thread, you can freely mount the camera for convenient use

2. Phone-Holder Leggings Fierce Capris by Senita Athletics, $35

These sleek compression capris have a low-profile mesh detail that enhance breathability and modern style.

Fit and Product Details

  • 2 side mesh pockets; fits most phones perfectly (iPhone 5, 6, 6+, Galaxy S7)
  • Hidden key pocket on waistband
  • Breathable crotch gusset
  • Tagless

3. Rebecca Minkoff Cable Knit Tech Beanie, $72

rebecca-minkoff-headphones-beanieWired with headphones so you can stay connected and cozy, Rebecca Minkoff’s luxe tech beanie features a chunky cable knit topped with a plush rabbit fur pom-pom.

Chunky cable knit with fold-over brim, rabbit fur pom-pom on top

  • Wired with headphones at sides
  • Knit: acrylic/wool/nylon; trim: genuine natural rabbit fur imported from China

4. Merrell Overlook 6+ Ice+ Waterproof Boots – Men’s, $140

Winter doesn’t stand a chance in Merrell Overlook 6 Ice+ boots. You’ll be warm and on your feet all winter long with waterproof shells, Thinsulate™ insulation and Vibram® Arctic Grip soles.

Leather uppers with thermoplastic urethane waterproof shells; traditional lace closures

  • Conductor™ fleece lining adds warmth; M Select™ Warm lightweight, low-bulk 200g insulation keeps you comfortable
  • Molded nylon arch shank stabilizes your feet; Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out; single-density removable footbed
  • Vibram Arctic Grip™ outsole with 4.5mm lugs provides unparalleled traction on ice, even in the most extreme winter conditions

5. Fitbit Alta Fitness Wristband, $129.95, $119.95

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Let motivation be your best accessory. The Fitbit Alta fitness wristband automatically alerts you to get moving after periods of inactivity, but just having it on your wrist is motivation enough to move. Using Bluetooth technology, the Alta connects to your device to track tons of activities and stats right through the Fitbit app.

Its slim design and display make it comfortable and easy to wear, but it still has the ability to show steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes, along with text, call, and calendar alerts.

in Plum, Blue, Black and Teal:

Includes Alta fitness wristband and charging cable

  • Tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes
  • SmartTrack: automatically recognizes activities and records stats in Fitbit app
  • Auto sleep tracking with silent alarms
  • Get moving reminders
  • Wireless sync
  • Smart Notifications: see call, text, and calendar alerts
  • Music control
  • Water-resistant
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Measures approximately 7-3/4″ x 3-5/8″ x 7/8″

6. W HH WARM FREEZE 1/2 ZIP, $95


This top-selling long sleeve technical base layer top boasts not just sleek sporty style, but also outstanding insulation and moisture management technology in one package.

The best wool baselayer on the market. Combining the unique Lifa® fiber technology next to skin to keep you dry, with a premium Merino wool exterior with superior insulating and wicking properties.

7. Forsake Patch Women’s Boots, $149.95


Moisture-wicking mesh lining, waterproof/breathable membrane, taped seams and an antimicrobial finish help keep your feet dry and fresh


  • Gusseted tongues
  • Open-cell polyurethane footbeds; compression EVA midsoles; composite shanks
  • Peak-to-Pavement outsoles
  • Alternate laces included

8. Smith I/O7 ChromaPop Goggles with Bonus lens, $230


Optimized performance and fit for skiing or snowboarding

  • ChromaPop tech increases contrast and makes colors pop
  • TLT lens tech for crystal clear vision
  • Single-pivot quick release lens change system
  • 5X anti-fog inner lens and AirEvac venting
  • Three-layer DriWix face foam wicks sweat
  • Porex filter prevents optical distortion
  • Adjustable strap is helmet-compatible

9. Fjallraven Women’s Pak Down Vest, $250


Cozy and packs down small enough to be a mid-layer, the Fjallraven® Pak Down Vest is also stylish enough with its slim fit to be worn as a top layer for nights out on the town in the cold.

  • Insulated with a super cozy combination of 700-fill down and synthetic Supreme Microloft.
  • The shell is weather resistant with reinforcements at the hem, on the pocket openings and inside the front opening for extra durability where it is most needed.
  • This versatile layer is packable and perfect for traveling, especially when you find yourself in quick-changing weather conditions.
  • Two-way front zip closure.
  • Zippered hand-warmer pockets.
  • Regular fit with a high collar.
  • Fabric 1: 100% polyamide
  • Fabric 2: 100% polyester
  • Insulation 1: 700-fill 95% goose down, 5% feather
  • Insulation 2: 100% polyester Supreme Microloft.

10. GoPro HERO5 Black, $399

#1 Seller on B&H! Its waterproof and self-adhesive features make it perfect for snow-bunny adventurers 😉

  • Supports 4K30, 2.7K60, 1080p120 Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30fps
  • Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens
  • Waterproof to 33′
  • Voice Control
  • Rear Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Interval Capture for Time Lapse
  • Linear Video Mode Corrects Distortion
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included




‘Tis the season to get sauced. If there ever was one.


Winter sucks our dog’s neutered balls in so many ways, but the bone-chilling freeze-out is its worst symptom and it can only be ameliorated by 2 things:

Excessive Layers


So the 3 most-wanted gifts this Christmas and holiday season for the wino in your life are:

1. Wine Condom


Recorking is for the birds. It was only a matter of time before we humans used our best scientific minds to create a more convenient (and hilarious) method of resealing opened wine. Most recorking tools either require some complicated gizmo or gadget and/or are too chunky to fit in the fridge (see: bottle toppers).

Enter the miracle of wine condoms… so much like the real thing you can actually carry it in your pocket or wallet (just don’t carry it in the same pocket as actual condoms). They have a shrink-to-fit technology that suits virtually any bottle giving it a water-tight seal! No spillage here… and unlike real condoms, these are good for more than just one go; Just make sure you pre-stretch each condom before use first. I mean, foreplay is important.

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As the brief promo video demonstrates, these kits make the hands-on experience of DIY beer-brewing not only easy and fun, but extremely scrumptious. Chocolate Maple Porter has the consummate winter zest: It combines the creamy and slightly sweet traits of the Chocolate Malt in its recipe with the thick richness of the maple syrup added into the ingredients at the end of the boil. For only $40, the kit’s equipment can be reused to brew other suds, as well.


3. Wine Bra

Rejoice, for now the term “wine rack” has taken on a very literal meaning. While seeming a bit gimmicky at first blush, The WineRack might be actually one of the most pragmatic inventions for wine-lovers, beer drinkers, and overall libation enthusiasts everywhere:

According to the company site, “the picture shown here is of our good friend, Drea, who is not, no offense, Drea, well-endowed.”

Three Obvious Reasons Why:

1. Sip your drink of choice (a bottle of wine, several pints of beer, or your favorite hard stuff) covertly at places and in situations in which they may not be permitted.

  • According to the retail website, this makes it ideal for “ball games, the movies, concerts and even PTA meetings.”
  • We will also add that you can easily sneak The WineRack into bars to avoid overpriced drinks and even parties where you don’t want to be noticed drinking alcohol.
“The Mindy Project” on FOX famously used this bra as a hilarious plot device in a Christmas office party episode.

2. Catch everyone’s eye when you’re not taking sips through The WineRack’s tube with the significant boost to your cup size (the bra comes in Small, Medium, and Large– you can choose how big you want your twins to go on a scale of Beyoncé to Sofia Vergara).

  • Don’t worry about your bust deflating as you drink. If you can’t immediately refill the bra, simply blow into the tube to keep it looking full.


3. If you are at a party where people do not have sticks up their butts, you will be the life of the party with this contraption, with people lining up to drink from your bosom (in a totally mischievous, non-creepy way):


Ingenious, indeed. This is why the free capitalist market is beautiful.



12 Days of #Christmas: ON THE 4th AND 3rd DAY: FOR THE RABID DOG-LOVER


Do you have a friend whose Instagram is basically their dog? (In our case, that’d be us)


Short of getting that friend another dog (for the record, we wouldn’t mind it…), you can sate that canine fetish with gifts only the most devout of dog lovers would truly appreciate and deserve.

P.S. If you plan on acquiring a canine companion this holiday season, please, please, please do not do so via a breeder or a pet store. Dog purchases made through either proliferate the dreadful existence of puppy mills. Take it from personal experience: Most so-called breeders are just glorified puppy-millers… and you do not want us to show you pictures of what happens at puppy mills.

Onto happier stuff about puppies…

1. For the Art Enthusiast:

Custom Doggie Portrait


Flaunt your pooch’s likeness in trendy fashion by having artist Kari Egan make an entirely original illustration off a photo of your dog (or cat). The artist customizes each portrait so that it “truly captures your dog’s unique look and personality.” According to Egan, “I usually feel the dog inhabit the drawing and from there it draws itself!” There is zero photo editing and/or manipulation involved in the process, be it with Photoshop or other software, giving each portrait that warm, fuzzy homespun feel.


2. For the Dog Psychologist:

A Dog’s Guide to Humans (Fun Reads for Dog Lovers) (Volume 1)

Any dog owner worth his or her kibble points would give an arm and leg to even nab a sneak peek at what our dogs must think of us, as individual human beings and as a species. English canine behaviorist Karen Davison teamed up with Bob, her West Highlander Terrier, to “dogsplain” all the things humans do that must confound our pooches at first sight, including a comprehensive breakdown of human anatomy (e.g. humans’ bipedal use of “hind paws” to move) as well as tips and tricks on manipulating human owners into getting the best out of them.

The opening excerpt:

“Canines began to domesticate people some 14,000 years ago and, over time, have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with these monkey-type mammals. They are omnivores and are successful hunter-gatherers, so they generally supply bountiful food caches and usually provide more-than-adequate dens for us to share with them.”

3. For the Disciplinarian with a Funny Bone:

Dog Shaming 2017 Day-to-Day Calendar

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courtesy of DogShaming.Com is the hilarious 2016 Internet phenomenon that has enabled stern dog owners everywhere to publicly incriminate their canines with signs detailing their misdeeds. The best part of “dog shaming” is that all photos must be taken at the scene of the humiliating crime. Now, naturally, it’s spun off quite a few merchandising options, including a Day-to-Day Calendar. I mean, who doesn’t want 365 different captures of misbehaved pooches wearing the secular equivalent of hair shirts?


Who doesn’t want 365 different captures of misbehaved pooches wearing the secular equivalent of hair shirts?



4. For the Parents of Roamers:

Whistle GPS Pet Tracker


Electric shock collars included, we are not big fans of most dog-oriented tech. Most are severely overpriced for doing a service the owner’s own instinct should be able to command. The Whistle GPS Pet Tracker is not one of these sham gadgets. At $100 upfront with a subscription cost of $8/month, we think it is reasonably priced for owners whose dogs frequent spacious pastures with lots of nooks and crannies in which to get lost. The GPS collar clip and charger station allow you to not only locate your dog in just minutes of activation, but also details their precise movements and monitors their exercise on any given day. It even comes with text and email alert options!


5. For The Dog Who Has Everything:


With this subscription service starting at $20/box each month, every fresh delivery brings a buttload of exquisitely themed toys and treats for Poochie and You. For example, this December’s theme was LODGE LIFE:

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Our personal favorite is the Poo York City BarkBox:

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 5th DAY: Top 5 #TheWalkingDead Gifts


It’s Christmas, CORRRAAAAL! Eat the goddamn pudding!


1. The Walking Dead Lucille Bat Matte Gold Pendant


Pretty and fatal… that’s how all women like our jewelry. Nothing screams the two more than a pendant of a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire.

2. The Walking Dead Negan Lucille Crossed Bats Adult T-Shirtwadchat07_grande.jpg

LADIES, wear a choker and a delicate, medium-length chain necklace with this shirt. It’s called murder-chic.

3. The Walking Dead Charm Wrap Gold Bracelet


It’s all in the details. Of all the products we’ve seen Chris Hardwick hawking on Talking Dead, he’s never highlighted this exquisitely charming (haha) beaut. The perennially trendy juxtaposition of black-and-gold offsets each dangling relic from a plotline on the show: the handcuffs Rick used on poor Merle, black and gold skulls, the wings on Daryl’s iconic vest, and Daryl’s crossbow… Basically, the Dixon brothers make for great accessory fodder.

4. 6 POP! Daryls >>> 1 Real Daryl (not really, though)

Every fangirl knows that, like Pokémon, YOU GOTTA CATCH THEM ALL! Except two are unfortunately sold out for the indefinite future (we’re sure you can find them on EBay and/or Amazon, however).

It is a testament to Daryl Dixon’s/Norman Reedus’ fandom that Funko POP! made 4 more vinyl action figures of him than they did of Rick Grimes… literally one for each season.

Our personal fave… for any Secret Santas out there.


The Dixon brothers make for great accessory fodder.


Click to see each Daryl up close:

5. The Walking Dead Michonne Hand Forged Replica Sword with Wall Mount


For the ultimate bad-ass chick who also happens to love elegant, and deadly, home décor, place this high-carbon steel replica of Michonne’s katana (with an aluminum handle wrapped in leather and real ray skin) on its own wall mount in your living room. Or bedroom, if you’re into that kinda thing.


ICYMI: TOP STORIES OF THE WEEK + Gift Idea for the 6th Day of Christmas!


A Round-Up of This Week’s Top Stories:

12 Days of Christmas/Geekmas Gift Guide

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story‘s Jyn Erso as a Funko POP! Vinyl Action Figure
  • Shirtless Norman Reedus in a Music Video
  • Chokers Back in Fashion Has Been the Greatest Gift of All to Outfits Everywhere
  • Racist Casting Outrage!
  • Give a Polaroid in the Impossible Project Polaroid 600 Instant Camera
  • Chic geek apparel for the superhero/sci-fi-hip gal c/o Superhero Den


12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 6th DAY:


Funko POP! Star Wars: Rogue One – Jyn Erso


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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 9th DAY: MAKE IT SNAPPY!

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 10th DAY: RACIST CASTING OUTRAGE!

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12 Days of Christmas: ON THE 11th DAY: GIVE HER A CHOKER

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

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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


Captain America Women’s Pink Underwear Set


Batman Over The Knee High Women’s Costume Socks


Big Bang Theory Bazinga Red Juniors Graphic T Shirt


Wonder Woman Comic Chain Triangle Bikini


(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


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


Batman Face Comic Trifold Wallet


Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Women’s Booty Shorts


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


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

Batman Juniors Black Varsity V-Neck T-Shirt


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


Spider-Man Classic Logo Juniors T-Shirt – Red


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


Justice League Heroines We Got This Black Juniors Tank Top