Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Are Era-Themed Parties Racist? It's Complicated

My dear friend posted to a comic and essay on his Facebook page originally posted on Empathize This. Here's the original comic:

The anonymous author writes,

"When white people say they are throwing a “1920s themed party,” they’re really saying: “Dress like a white person in the 1920s.” If I showed up the way my ancestors dressed at the time, you would think I missed the memo. 
Which is fine, I guess. But I really don’t think they understand that parties like this can get awkward — specially if I’m the only person who isn’t white."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

7 Best Christmas Albums

Just a week until Christmas, which means my epic Christmas playlist, weighing in a mammoth 7 hours and 50 minutes, is just about all the music I'm playing. So I thought I would share my top 7 Christmas albums, and it's no surprise that most of them are skew toward the old.

Which Christmas albums did I miss?

Christmas with the Puppini Sisters
I downloaded this album three years ago and it makes me so happy to listen to it every year. A close harmony group from the UK, the Puppini Sisters add something fun and expected to holiday classics you thought would never be new again.
Favorite track: This incredible New Orleans jazz rendition of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas".

Friday, December 12, 2014

Retrofit: Cashmere and Mink on the Highline

A couple weeks ago, when it wasn't too brutally cold, I took a nice long walk along the High Line. The High Line, for my readers outside of New York, is a park built on an old section of elevated train tracks on the west side of Manhattan from about 14th Street up to 34th Street. You get gorgeous views of New Jersey and all the neighborhoods below.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Pop-o-matic Deluxe Guide to a Vintage Christmas in New York

Those who know me know that I am nuts about Christmas. Christmas is my Super Bowl and my Olympics. It's a time of baking, cooking, cocktailing, crafting and whatever else and I love it. I just haven't grown out of the magic that makes this a time worth celebrating. And Christmas in New York City is truly special. But after you've seen the department store windows, there are still so many vintage-inspired, kitschy, fun and naked ways to celebrate the season. Here are my picks.

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Viva Las Vegas" 50th Anniversary Screening

After I got back from Viva, I set up a Google alert for "Viva Las Vegas" so I could see everyone's photos and blog posts. But as I kept opening these emails, I kept seeing all these things about the movie starring Elvis and Ann-Margaret. Turns out, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the movie.

So what do you do with this kind of milestone? You throw a screening!