Monday, November 29, 2010

RATE IT! Candy Icon

Here's a tasty Christmas treat for the pop culture aficionado on your list.

Selfridges in London is offering this Marilyn Monroe Chocolate Canvas. The famous Warhol print is re-worked completely in chocolate.

The canvas is solid white chocolate, and the colour print in Smarties. 

Enjoy the silverscreen's most popular bombshell and fulfill your sugar rush at the same time!

Also available: chocolate Snakes & Ladders, and Backgammon. Game on!

Friday, November 26, 2010

RATE IT! Cookie for SNL

C'mon Lorne Michaels*! Time to sign up Cookie Monster for a stint as a guest host on Saturday Night Live! He's done the homework (Macarooner! Fake News!) and knows what is expected of him. If an internet campaign worked for Betty White...

*Creator & Exec producer of SNL

Thanks for the link, Gabby!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

RATE IT! Gab & Dad: Love and Other Drugs

Looks like Dad is missing but Gab is on form with her latest review, "Love and Other Drugs." Maybe it's best that Dad is AWOL... if the rumour of plenty o' nudity in this film is true. Kinda uncomfy watching that with your Dad sat beside you. Over to you, Gab!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RATE IT! Wallace & Gromit Get Licked

Ah, to live in the UK at Christmastime! Not only do the Brits do the holidays like no one else, they also know how to create a festive postage stamp.

Beloved characters, Wallace & Gromit get licked this Christmas as the Royal Mail's holiday stamps. Choose from a series of adorable designs featuring the Academy Award winners going about their typical Christmas preparations. My fave: Gromit and the giant pudding.

Shame Canada Post never thinks of something so clever and fun!

Monday, November 22, 2010

RATE IT! Added Pulp

Suddenly it feels like 1992 again!

Robbie Williams is back with Take That, Damon Albarn mentioned to NME Magazine that Blur may be recording together next year *and* Pulp are reforming for 2011.

The Britpop-chick in me is thrilled beyond belief! Now if only Pulp would ensure that North American cities were on their reunion tour. Please, Jarvis!

For more info on Pulp's plans, sign up for email updates on their official website.

Friday, November 19, 2010

RATE IT! Birds on a Wire

If you've arrived on my doorstep through a Google search related to Mel Gibson, I'm sorry but you've come to the wrong place. There won't be any punch ups or visions of Goldie Hawn here. 

You WILL discover, however, this really unique photo hanger featuring a flock of blackbird clips. Sitting atop a 36" clothesline-type string, these feathered friends guard your photos, postcards, whatever keepsakes you wish to display. Gives a whole new photographic meaning to "watch the birdie!". Very tweet! (sorry!)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

HATE IT! Andy Warhol Christmas

Dog gone it! I so want to LIKE these Andy Warhol Christmas cards but I just *can't*!

First off, there's the subject matter -- DOGS! Love 'em... all types, even fat, blobby ones as featured on these holiday greeting cards. And I'm all for works of famous artists being reintroduced to the masses via new platforms... but I just have a hunch that this artwork is kinda half assed. 

I know kids that could have created something similar - and probably, BETTER!

And yellow of all colours screams anything but snowmen, Santa Claus & candy canes.

Yeah, these cards are kinda nice, and certainly unique, but I'm dolling out a C+ for this effort and nothing more. I'll skip Andy's cards for something that feels a bit more heartfelt and emotionally stirring. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

RATE IT! Official Photos!

Yes, count me in as one of the many suckers excited for a good royal wedding!

While I won't be holding my breath waiting for my own invite from the Bride's side of the family (sorry, inside joke -- couldn't help myself!), I am thrilled for Kate and William. A wedding regardless of who the Bride and Groom are is a happy occasion in my books. 

Here's one of the official engagement photos taken at the Palace today.

Love Kate's gorgeous blue dress - a hue chosen to compliment the ring (Diana's original engagement ring) perhaps?

(photo: PA)

RATE IT! Gab & Dad: 127 Hours

If you're a fan of movies based on real life adventures (or nightmares in this case), you'll be interested in Gab & Dad's latest review, '127 Hours.' 

James Franco stars in this Danny Boyle flick based on climber Aron Ralston's horrific life or death experience. 

If you're sensitive to even a mention of somewhat graphic situations, you might want to give this one a pass... still, Gab & Dad handle this review with their utmost class and professionalism. Take a look!

Monday, November 15, 2010

RATE IT! Festive Friends Earmuffs

I just returned from a visit to the UK where they do Christmas like no where else (that's a compliment!). Britain is home to one of my new favourite destinations: Paperchase.

Not your average purveyor of cards and gift wrap, Paperchase offers items that are more sparkly, more adorable... just more FUN... for all occasions!

Top of my list, the Festive Friends range of Christmas products. If you like the world of Kawaii where the everything is happy, and smiley, you'll adore Festive Friends. Holiday meat pies, puddings, reindeer, mittens even Christmas cracker characters are jovial and fully engrossed in the spirit of the season. Case in point, this set of pudding earmuffs

Silly, yes but sweet and guaranteed to put a smile on the most Grinchiest of faces. I dare you not to chuckle at this item. 

Just one question remains: who has the guts to strut down the street with these sweet treats on their ears? 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

RATE IT! Ninjabread Men

Get your kicks from cookies? 

Take no prisoners with these Ninjabread Men cookie cutters.  

Eat and destroy!

Available now from Perpetual Kid.

Monday, November 8, 2010

RATE IT! Hatful of Holiday Cheer

St. Nick doesn't have to be the only soul with a jolly holiday chapeau!

Top off your holiday spirit with this vibrant Christmas tree hat. Complete with colour stitches masquerading as tree lights, this 100% acrylic hat will keep you toasty and seasonal. 

Available from Fred Flare. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

RATE IT! Cover Me

Hurrah! More retro stylings for our futuristic phones!

City iPhone is pleased to present a new disguise for your smart phone -- best of all, no coins or claustrophobic booth required.

Just don't tell Superman!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

RATE IT! Star Trek Pizza Cutter

From the "Now I've Seen Everything" file....

A pizza cutter like no other! An officially licenced Star Trek product (I kid you not!) but would Spock approve of the Enterprise's latest adventure? From Think Geek.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

RATE IT! Festive Balloon Pup

Sure, Christmas is still over a month away but with November having landed on our doorstep, it's no longer too early to start thinking of the holidays, right? Right!

Urban Outfitters presents a little something special for your tree this season - a balloon dog ornament. 

Available in three colours and styles, this canine adds some atypical festive flair to the most traditional of holidays!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

RATE IT! Toy Story 3 DVD Release

You can keep your oh, too clever 'Inception' and 'Eclipse' flicks... the movie that I've been hankering for on DVD is 'Toy Story 3.' 

The third movie, yet another Pixar charmer comes fully accessorized with a plethora of extras to keep kids of all ages happy and entertained. 

'Toy Story 3' is in shops today!

Monday, November 1, 2010

RATE IT! Floppy Disc Stickies

Oooh, a relic of the not-too-distant past!

Floppy discs. Once the darling of the computer set - now, just a dusty, clunky memory. 

Get in on the geeky hilarity with this set of floppy disc inspired sticky notes. Gone, but never forgotten!
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