Tag Archive | Christmas

Pink Thing Of The Day: Mannequin With Pink Wig

Mannequin with Pink Wig
Photo By Gail

Here’s another sweet shot from my trip to Palm Springs last Christmas. There’s a Saks Fifth Avenue at a swanky outdoor mall located in the adjacent town of Palm Desert, and I snagged a serious cache of blog fodder from their many eye catching in-store displays. This very fetching pink-haired mannequin is pimping “Little Somethings for the Ladies”. . . whatever they may be.

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Video Clip of The Week (Christmas Edition): Kissing Party, “Warren City Christmas”



Merry Christmas, and welcome to our Holiday-themed The Video Clip of The Week! Denver-based quintet, Kissing Party‘s brand new video for “Warren City Christmas” is here to get you in the spirit. Imagine Charles Dickens venturing into the Brit Pop genre to create a full album – think melancholia you can dance to. With origins and inspirations from the gray bleakness of Pennsylvania and Ohio in the winter months, Kissing Party serves up boozy ballads about memories in Midwestern basements, jingling and rebellious carols for drunken gutter punks, mini pop symphonies contemplating the overwhelming grayness of the season, and heartbreaks and hangovers. The band’s new album Winter in the Pub (out now via Northern Transmissions) is an ode to December as the month of alt-cheer!

When you’re ready to move past the typical, uninspired cover collections this holiday season, when the awkward nostalgia of being in your hometown starts to sink in, Kissing Party’s Winter in the Pub has got your back. Kissing Party is: Gregg Dolan, Deirdre Sage, Shane Reid, Joe Hansen and Lee Evans. RIYL: The Wedding Present, The Smiths and The Sundays. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

Kissing Party CD Cover

Tiny Reindeer Made From Christmas Tree Bits

Reindeer and Wreaths
The One on the Far Left, Rear,  Appears to be Some Kind of Pirate (All Photos By Gail)

I had just gotten off the C Train at Spring Street when I passed right by a lovely Christmas Tree Lot, where someone had created these adorable little Reindeer from  leftover twigs and bits of trees.

Reindeer and Plant

What a clever idea! I don’t know if they were for sale, or if they were just for adding spirit to the lot, but I enjoyed looking at them.

Reindeer and Wreath 2

Modern Art Monday Presents: Allan D’Arcangelo, Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child
Photo By Gail

Allan D’Arcangelo’s portrait of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and her young daughter Caroline adopts the bold style of modern advertising, epitomized by the broad areas of bright, unmodulated color. The image trades on the Kennedy’s brand status and visual legibility: its sitters are recognizable merely by virtue of their signature hairstyles and clothing, as well as Jackie’s string of pearls. Made just months before President Kennedy’s assassination1963,  Madonna and Child’s take on an age-old religious theme is at once optimistic and disquieting. With their bright halos and featureless faces, Jackie and Caroline appear as contemporary icons and saviors even as they are reduced to mute images for public consumption.

Photographed in the Whitney Museum in NYC.

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Video Clip of The Week On An On, “Icon Love”



If you love mysterious, nocturnal police pursuits, and Christmas, you’ll love this crazy great video for the song “Icon Love,” from the Minneapolis trio On An On; a band I am very happy to have just made the acquaintance of. This song has everything we like in a Sunday morning jam. Just listen, and you will know what I mean: it not only sounds good, it feels good, too. Win win.

The  mind blowingly great video for “Icon Love” was directed by Phil Harder, whose credits include videos for Prince, Foo Fighters, Low, Pulp and many others. According to singer Nate Eiesland, the song “is about not giving up on something you’ve always wanted.”  Good advice. On An On’s latest album, And The Wave Has Two Sides, has won attention for its strong songwriting and range, and has brought the band an even greater following. Enjoy!

On An On Band
ON AN ON is comprised by Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing

Family-Friendly Animated Holiday Film HOLY NIGHT! Available Free on YouTube!

Holy Night Movie Poster

If you’re the parent of small children and are looking for a fresh and fun Christmas film to watch with them, you might want to check out HOLY NIGHT! A family-friendly adventure film appropriate for children of all ages, HOLY NIGHT! takes place on Christmas Eve. Two toy worlds live together in the living room of a house. Two traditions confronted. On one side, the Christmas tree, home of Santa Claus and his elves. On the other, the Nativity Scene with the Three Wise Men and the rest of its inhabitants.

Holy Night Still 2

When everyone is ready to celebrate a quiet Christmas the alarm goes off: somebody has stolen Santa’s sleigh and Baby Jesus has been kidnapped! Follow our heroes, Sam and Sarah, in an incredible adventure to save the most magical night of the year! Sounds like fun, right?

Watch it now for Free at This Link!

Holy Night Still