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Thursday
Mar132014

[GIFTED] The Many Shoes of Carrie Bradshaw's Closet

In the pre-Girls era of the early 2000's, it's pretty safe to assume that you and your girlfriends sat around a bar and discussed which character you were in Sex and the City.  Even if you didn't watch the show.  Your friends forced you to do this.  "YOU'RE SUCH A MIRANDA!" someone would shout.  It was obnoxious. 

Obnoxiousness aside, though, Sex and the City was one of those TV shows that ended up being a cultural touchstone.  Sales of Cosmopolitans went up.  Legions of idiots moved to New York City thinking they could survive (and thrive!) on a NEWSPAPER COLUMNIST's salary.  Girls who bought shoes at Payless were suddenly pining over Manolo Blahniks.  The character of Carrie Bradshaw became a fashion icon, even though she stumbled into our lives as a grown woman wearing a goddamned tutu.

And so, it's a safe bet that any longtime fan of Sex and the City is going to go crazy over The Many Shoes of Carrie Bradshaw's Closet Poster ($29, Pop Chart Lab), which truly cements Bradshaw as a fashion icon.  The poster details 50 hand-illustrated iconic shoes from Sex and the City, categorized by designer.  Your Bradshaw/shoe-obsessed friend can hang it in her bedroom or her walk-in shoe closet that exists in her imagination.

Monday
Mar102014

[GIFTED] The Landscape of Growing Up Print

Hindsight is always 20/20, especially when it comes to growing up.  When you're young, you feel like you know everything, and you literally have no perspective on anything because you haven't lived long enough.  Also, you haven't become jaded and apathetic yet. Ah, youth.  What a stupid, wonderful time.

In The Landscape of Growing Up Print ($32, Emily McDowell Illustrations), artist Emily McDowell turns youthful frustrations and missteps into a map with different features that will make you laugh/cry at how accurate they are and how stupid you once were, such as: 

-Mom Was Right About That Girl River

-District of Am I Gay?

-Oh My God I'm Racist Ridge

-Can't Please Everybody Ranch

This would be a great 30th birthday present or a fantastic graduation gift for a kid who has yet to realize how they'll make a visit to all of the places detailed on this map.  If they're like me, they'll make many, many visits to Can't Please Everybody Ranch. 

Thursday
Feb062014

[GIFTED] Moon and Back Print 

"To the Moon, Alice!" That was actually just a hilarious joke about spousal abuse from the classic TV show, The Honeymooners.  He meant it as "[I'm going to knock you] to the moon" and not "[I love you] to the moon [and back]", but DETAILS, right?

Chances are, you're not constantly threatening to punch your spouse in the face. Chances are you want to let them know how much you love them this Valentine's Day.  Try this Moon and Back Print ($22, Gus & Lula).  It's sacchrine and sentimental.  The stuff Valentine's Day is made of. 

Wednesday
Jan152014

[GIFTED] Ford Mustang Watercolor

So your brother's a gear-head.  He loves cars.  He drags you to car shows.  He spends countless weekend hours dicking around in the garage, "restoring" the old jalopies he buys all of the time.  His apartment is decorated with giant posters featuring car porn (some of them even feature a scantily-clad woman who is disappointing her parents).  

He'll say to you, "I don't understand why I can't get a girlfriend," and your eyes will get wild as you frantically gesture around to all of the car decor.  Honestly, nothing says "I'm still a little boy" more than having a shrine to your favorite object in your home.  Steer him towards something a little more sophisticated, like this Ford Mustang Watercolor (Starting at $60, Fab) from artist Alex Schmidt.  The prints are bright, colorful, will look good framed on the wall, and still showcase his beloved autos (more car models are available, so he can pick out his favorite one).

Thursday
Nov282013

[GIFTED] Be Thankful Canvas

It's Thanksgiving, so if you're reading this post, that means that you've made a conscious decision to be on your phone/computer/tablet instead of spending quality time with your loved ones.  GREAT JOB. 

While this Be Thankful Canvas ($58, Bourbon & Boots) isn't my style (it's in the vein of LIVE LAUGH LOVE, don't you think?), it reminds me of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions was when my little brother would make us all go around the table and say what we're thankful for, and we'd get to my grandfather and he'd say, "NOTHING."

Memories are something, aren't they?