A Smorgasbord of Cool Stuff

Recently for the magazine, I interviewed Kim Kardashian about her branding genius. kim-kardashian-look-a-like-in-the-super-c-u-t-e-old-navy-commercialResearch for that interview got me buzzing on pop culture. And I’m not afraid to tell you how much time I’ve spent on TMZ.com lately. (The photo is the Old Navy look-alike.)

So, here’s my best Hollywood reporter shot at a “What’s Hot and What’s Not” column.

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amy winehouse deadAmy Winehouse, dead at 27, wasn’t always the train wreck she was cartooned in the media. It’s easy to forget that with the flashbulbs of paparazzi around her. Pictured here in 2007, this candid photo on stages shows an actually sexy Winehouse.

I actually thought of that while interviewing Kardashian, when she mentioned how her step-dad Bruce Jenner had once been featured in SUCCESS. Something about Kim saying, step-dad, struck me as very human and reminded me for all her caricatures in the media, she is a real person. (I think.)

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In lighter news, file this under that’s a new one: a Silent Disco. It’s apparently where everyone straps on a pair of headphones and raves to their own beat. The dance floor is completely silent. Here’s a video.

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If you’ve been feeling guilty about all those Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, Swirl and Beyond the Rack sales you’ve been shopping, not to worry.

In marriage by-law 7, article 1,paragraph c, the rule clearly states every three personal clothing purchases are neutralized by one clothing purchase for your spouse. JackThreads is a cool, guys-only flash-sale site to accomplish just that. Here’s a funny sneaker keychain.

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It’s a nerdy, girly thing, but join the Victoria’s Secret Pink Nation for these cute virtual post-it notes for Facebook. New members get a free gift.

Trade Frederick’s of Hollywood for Home Depot…

Buy, Sell, & Trade Gift Cards at PlasticJungle.com If that gift card to Frederick’s of Hollywood just isn’t your speed, try selling it for cash or Amazon.com credit. You can buy, sell and trade gift cards at PlasticJungle.com. I’ve been following Plastic Jungle for a while and intrigued, but just haven’t pulled the trigger. A nerd for research, here’s what I’ve found:

The Rundown:

  • Sell gift cards for up to 85% of the cash value.
  • Example: Sell a Home Depot $50 gift card for $42 cash or $44.10 Amazon.com gift card
  • Buy gift cards for up to 25% off the face value.
  • Example: Purchase a Frederick’s of Hollywood $50 gift card for $39

It’s a great idea when you get stuck with a retail gift card that you know you’ll never use. The site offers a guarantee for both gift card buyers and sellers in the event the gift card is invalid or the balance is less than what was advertised.

I’m gonna give it a shot with a Jiffy Lube gift card I have (yeah, Jiffy Lube) and trade for an Amazon.com gift card, so I’ll report the results. Any one else have experience with Plastic Jungle or similar sites? Leave a comment here on FatHeadDog.

The Married Man’s Myth of Victoria’s Secret

Victoria's SecretAsk any married man. Being dragged into Victoria’s Secret by your window-shopping wife just isn’t as sexy as it sounds. Why? Because more often than not, she won’t be walking out with a lacy little black thing, but instead, beige colored briefs.

So make a break for GameStop when she pulls out this Victoria’s Secret coupon for a free Beauty Rush lip gloss with any in-store purchase. Limit one free lip gloss per customer. Valid through July 21st.

Panties!

thumb3Boys, cover your eyes (or ears)… We’re talking about panties. For a limited time when you join Pink Nation, a site specifically designed for the Pink loungewear line at Victoria’s Secret, you’ll receive a printable coupon for 10 panties for $25. That is a phenomenal deal when you consider the best I’ve seen is $5 for $25 ($5 each). With this, they’re only $2.50!

Now before you click away, saying those little Pink panties are nothing but floss with a Pink logo on them, there’s hope! They’re not available online (or at least I’ve never found them), but in stores, check out the Pink panty table for either a Hipster, Bikini or Boyshort panty that’s 88% nylon/12% spandex. I’m partial to the Hipsters and Boyshorts that make even my Spongebob Squarebutt look cute. They wear well–much better than 100% cotton varieties–and wash well. They never fade and come in cute colors. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these panties.