Holiday Gift Guide Buy This, Not That: Alternatives for 15 Trendy Products

Photo by Ben Taylor

Big brands love the holidays — a festive season of inflated budgets, snap decisions and impulse buying. In the summer, a smart consumer might take two weeks to research a purchase decision. But who has the time in December, with family get-togethers, winter travel and a manifest of gift recipients twice as long as the weekly grocery list?

Read more...

Gift Guide: Great Gifts and Gets for Foodies

If you’re looking for gift ideas for a food and drink-centric friend, co-worker or loved one, you’re in luck as I’ve cooked up a tasty assortment of items that’ll make your holiday shopping a snap. This season offers a veritable cornucopia of clever, inventive and downright delectable products like these sure to satisfy the gift giver and receiver, alike.

Read more...

Trendy Gear For Tots Review - Gifts To Keep Your Child Organized, Comfortable, Creative and Safe

From fun in the sun to getting organized for school, today's tots need stuff…lots and lots of stuff. Here's a list of cool tools that'll ensure your kid is covered on multiple fronts. Staying organized, stylish, fed and fit is child's play with this assortment perfect for the little ones in your life.

Read more...

9 Pretty Pick-Me-Ups – Home Gift Guide

Spring is that perennial time of renewal. Whether you desire to breathe new life into your personal care regime, beautify your home or add some trendy new styles to your wardrobe, here are some spring pick-me-ups that'll have you sitting pretty all season long.

Read more...

Valentine’s Day Delights - Sweet Gear for Sports and Fitness ‘Lovers’

Valentine’s Day is nearing and love is in the air. This enviable emotion isn’t shared just between the living, as untold millions adore their sports and fitness endeavors just the same. For many in this crowd, perspiration is as alluring as an Eau de Parfum. And, the only thing they love more than a good sweat are gadgets and gear that keep them at the top of their game.

Read more...

Haute Gastro Gifts for Wine and Food Fanatics

For a foodie, eating isn't just about filling the proverbial tank it's about stirring the senses and satiating the soul. It's about sourcing the best ingredients and the perfect way to prepare and present them. For a passionate epicurean, there's nothing like having the right kitchen tool for the job at hand. For this sect, killer kitchenware is more than a luxury—it's fundamental. With this in mind, enjoy this tasty buffet of gastronome gadgets and gear sure to satisfy.

Read more...

Haute Handy Holiday Travel Helpers

Holiday travel is tough enough in the best of circumstances and is all-too-often fraught with challenges, including crowded freeways, overbooked flights, Wi-Fi downtime and generally not having necessary items at hand. While on-the-go, trying to look stylish, feel good, remain safe, and comfortably tote important belongings around is often harder than it needs to be. Relief and assists are readily available as exemplified by the following collection of handy travel helpers—all of which will help keep the happy in your holidays.

Read more...

Gifts Guaranteed to Please a Trend-Loving Teen

Let’s be honest, today’s trend-focused teens can be hard to please. Sure, well-intended gifters can play it safe and go the gift card route but, in addition to these cards being decidedly boring to receive, they’re also easily lost and often forgotten.

Read more...

Men’s Gift Guides: 13 Man Cave Favorites

This holiday season help the special guy in your life trick out his man cave, making him the envy of his buddies.  Whether he uses his space to watch sports, enjoy home audio and video entertainment, play games, enjoy quality libations, or generally bask in secluded R&R, here's an array of gift ideas that'll help make the man cave a space he craves:

Read more...

Haute Tease

  • Butcher Boys Review – Serving Up Frenzied Graphic Horror

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Butcher Boys” from Greeks Productions, Kitchen Sink Productions and Texas Chain Saw Massacre writer Kim Henkel, brings to the screen a deeply dark, shockingly graphic horror ride into the depth of modern Satanism.

     
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Review: Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows All the Time

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs", the animated version of the classic children's book previewed recently for select media and followed with a press junket at the world famous Dylan's Candy Store on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

     
  • Jodie Foster And Dean Tavoularis To Receive AFI Conservatory Honorary Degrees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced it will confer AFI Conservatory Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Academy Award®-winning actor/director Jodie Foster and Academy Award®-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, for their contributions to the art of the moving image.

     
  • La Tunisie, Espoirs Déçus

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Pays spolié des espoirs nés du Printemps arabe de 2011, la Tunisie suscite l'intérêt des capitales européennes à plus d'un titre. Car déstabilisée, un des remparts contre l'islamisme radical se briserait. Explications.

     
  • The World’s 50 Best Restaurants and BBVA Team Up To Launch Scholarship Program

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The World's 50 Best Restaurants organization and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) announce the 50 Best BBVA Scholarship, which provides unique opportunities for aspiring chefs from around the world to work under the World's Best Chefs.

     
  • Business/Finance: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson Speaks with CNBC's "Squawk on the Street"

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    "Squawk on the Street" host Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money, interviewed Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson who explained recent gains in Starbucks shares, beta testing Starbucks Delivers, java growth in China, Alibaba partnerships and the long game.

     
  • Japanese Death Toll Rises; Ecuador Hit With 7.8 Temblor; Burma Recovering

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Japanese people are still reeling from aftershocks following Tuesday’s massive 6.2 earthquake that struck almost exactly five years after the deadly 9.0 2011 quake that triggered a Tsunami and massive meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Reactor.

     
  • Prince, the Rock Pop Super Star, has Died

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Prince, the cultural icon, known for his provocative lyrics, his intense passion for the electric guitar which earned him comparison to the late iconic Jimi Hendrix, and his dedication to the creative process and music making, has died. He was 57.

     
  • Mistress America Review - A Charming, Madcap, Manhattan Adventure

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Mistress America, from FOX Searchlight Pictures and RT Features, brings to the screen the intimate look at the romance verses reality of life in New York City and all its fast paced imagery, snobbery and pseudo intellectualism.

     
  • Death of A Nation Review - A Mid-Term Republican Missile Aimed Right at Democratic Voters

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Death of a Nation, from Pure Flix and D'Souza Media, present a documentary that while interesting uses extreme tactics to drive home foregone conclusions regarding the Democratic candidates that may or may not be factual and true.

     
  • HL Arts: Ella Kogan, Clay Sculptress, Unveils Commanding, Extraordinary Collection

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Known for her visionary sculptures, Ella Kogan is an artist whose creativity and deftness come from something more than inspiration. As she herself attests, her ability to create this works of art comes from something of a higher power.

     
  • Air France Introduces Le Premiere Private First Class Cabins

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In the world of exclusivity, the choice for the premium air travelers has grown from a few to many. Air France, Le Premiere and Business class, with its recently unveiled renovations combine five-star dining and luxury class accommodations.

     
  • DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox Are Making Holiday Gift Giving More Fun

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is sending a sleigh full of gift giving ideas as the newest titles, hottest box office hits and all the familiar favorites hit the store shelves in time for shoppers to get a head start on the mad holiday rush.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Seek Super Storm Sandy Aid; November Job Numbers Released; Fiscal Cliff Looms

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama received an early Christmas gift this week as the November Job numbers were released showing better than expected job growth and dropping the unemployment rate to a four year low.

     
  • 23 Tourists Killed, 44 Wounded, in Tunisia Museum Attack

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nearly two dozen tourists were massacred in a brazen midday preplanned ambush at Bardo National Museum in the capital city of Tunis that left another forty-four injured and the shooters dead in what is being called a terrorist attack.