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Top 5 Thursdays: Apartment Toys

In: Alex, Charge It
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Given that Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I would try my luck publishing my (dream) Christmas wish list on the www in hopes that Santa Clause would take notice. Below are 5 “toys,” gadgets and interior decor that I’d like to see in my apartment (on Christmas morning…)

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5) Closet Organizer – I absolutely lucked out in the closet department when I found my apartment.  The closet in my studio is big enough that if I wanted more of a “one bedroom” feel I could fit my queen size bed inside it – but who wants to sacrifice a closet?  Right now I have an Ikea dresser for (some) of my folded stuff (underwear, socks, sweaters, shorts) and for my hanging stuff I have a bar that stretches the length of the closet, plus I have two shelves above the bar for shoes and any extra folded stuff.  Works out OK, but my wish is for something like the picture below.  The style of the closet isn’t exactly to my taste, but the overall functionality makes my OCD happy.  This closet organizer system is from California Closets – one of the best.

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Size Queen? Here’s A Big Wiener

In: Charge It, Redd, Videos
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For all the size queens out there… this wiener is for you. Can you imagine the look on your friends faces when you pull this bad boy out? It’s BIG I’m serious. Perverts! I wasn’t talking about the male genitalia. What on earth do you ask am I talking about then?

The BIG HOT DOG measures 16″ long and 4″ in diameter and is made of 100% veal, beef, pork, every Tuesday in Chicago, Illinois. The BIG HOT DOG differs from normal “tiny” hotdogs, in that it is 50 times bigger, weighs 7 lbs, has 50 servings per BIG HOT DOG, and is served by slicing it into patties for cooking and eating per the consumer’s desire. Great for tailgating, football parties, BBQs, family reunions, novelty gifts, and for hot dog lovers of all ages. Check out the informercial on the next part of the post. Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Gift Guide 2009: For His Image

In: Charge It, Donovan, Fashion, Patrick
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Everyone wants their guy to look good and feel good, right? Take a browse at a few of our recommendations that would up any man’s game to the next level. As with other gift guides, be sure to check them often since we’ll be adding new items regularly right up until December 24th. Hope you haven’t maxed out your credit cards yet.

GUS PASSPORT ** MUST HAVE **

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The güs passport folio is for guys who travel – a lot. Not only does it look good, but it’s got plenty of pockets, including: a designated passport pocket, 7 card pockets for traveler cards, credit cards, & business cards, 2 large pockets to stash receipts & foreign currency, 1 side ticket pocket that holds special event tickets he doesn’t want to lose (but wants to keep handy), and last but not lease 2 SIM CHIP POCKETS for his phone! How cool is that? For the guy that travels internationally, he knows how easy it is to lose those things…until now. The Passport Folio is available in black or brown, hand crafted in Italy, using vegetable-tanned Italian leather, calfskin lining, and hand-stitched corners. Truly chic. Truly unique.

  • BEST FEATURE: I travel quite a bit and think the SIM card holder is brilliant.
  • MSRP: $200.00
  • Website: http://www.gusstyle.com

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Holiday Gift Guide 2009: For His Inner Child

In: Charge It, Donovan, Patrick
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Yes, I know some people start getting into the Christmas spirit the Friday after Thanksgiving, and some begin once Halloween is over… but for me, it officially begins on December 1st. To officially kick off the shopping mayhem, we will begin unveiling our 2009 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE as of today. All this week we will be showcasing our various categories suggesting gifts for the guy who has everything. As a side note, be sure to check them often as we’ll be updating the gift guides on a regular basis to help all you shoppers up until December 24th. Happy shopping boy and girls!

SKULLCANDY HEAD PHONES ** MUST HAVES **

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Let’s face it, those stock headphones that come with iPhones, iPods or other MP3 players are pretty stank. They don’t last for very long and usually don’t maximize the music player’s technical capabilities. Let’s face it, boys love their toys and listening to loud bass-thumping music is usually par for the course. Enter SkullCandy with its extensive product line that would satisfy your dude’s needs. Whether you’re looking for discreet ear sets or for some flashy eye-catching over the ear headphones, SkullCandy has got you covered. They even have a line featuring your favorite NBA basketball team. Seriously, how rad would someone look walking down the street with a pair of those over-sized graphic pieces. Let him tune you out in style and forget the candy cane- this year, it’s Skull Candy.

We love this product so much, we’ll be doing an individual product review later on this week. We’ll be highlighting our favorite designs and styles.

  • BEST FEATURE: They literally have every type of design to suit anyone’s fashion sense; you really can’t go wrong.
  • MSRP: Earbuds: $19.95 – $94.95, On Ear: $24.95-$39.95, Over Ear: $49.95-$149.95
  • Website: http://www.skullcandy.com/

click here for more suggestions after the jump

Holiday Gift Guide 2009: For His Home

In: Charge It, Donovan, Patrick
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Let’s face it, some guys are harder to shop for than others. Hopefully our 2009 Holiday Gift Guides are giving you some ideas on what to give to the guy who has everything. This group of recommendations will focus on items that could add some needed style to his abode or gadgets to improve the enjoyability of his home. Be sure to keep checking regularly as we’ll continually add new items to the guides right up until Christmas Eve. Get those credit cards warmed up and be prepared to wear them out.

V20 NOTEBOOK SPEAKERS ** MUST HAVE **

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These lightweight portable Logitech USB speakers will upgrade his notebook to stereo quality sound with just one connection to an open USB port- no other cables are necessary. With the convenient carry case, he can take them anywhere he goes. Let’s call a spade a spade, built in laptop speakers are a complete nightmare. These speakers will deliver crisp, quality sound and built in volume control will allow him to adjust the volume with ease. The V20s are compatible for both Macs and PCs. I tested them out last night on my iMac and blasted Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and couldn’t detect any distortion. In fact, I felt more bass on my desk than I had expected. Seriously, it was sorta pimpin’. For portability, style, and quality, you can’t beat Logitech’s V20- you definitely get more bang for your buck.

  • BEST FEATURE:The multimedia controls located on top of one of the speakers. In addition, the carrying case is not too shabby.
  • MSRP: $69.95
  • Website: http://www.logitech.com/

more suggestions after the jump

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Everyone’s got a nerdy side – but being a nerd is cool, right? Whether it’s the latest gadget he wants to play with or something that will help him be more organized in the new year, we’ve got a few ideas for you. Take a browse at a few of our recommendations that will help plug him into the future. As with other gift guides, be sure to check them often since we’ll be adding new items regularly right up until December 24th. Time to update your Christmas lists with a few more things!

GOLLA BAG ** MUST HAVE **

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Now this could be considered fashion…but Golla bags are also very practical. They have two types of laptop bags: “Easy” and “Function”. There are several designs to choose from, all upbeat and unique. They are available in 13? and 15? and have two compartments, one which is padded to protect the laptop and the other one for notebooks or whatever else. There are also a couple zipped pockets to keep things secure. The bags are easy to carry and durable, even in winter conditions. Some of the Function ones are geared towards men as well (the Grit and Cast casual bags). Aside from these laptop bags, they also have laptop bags (backpack style) that you should check out too!

NETBOOK

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Netbook – the next chapter in the world of the web. This device is the more compact, portable, and more affordable version of a laptop. Although it doesn’t have the full capabilities of a computer, it allows you to surf the web, keeping up with news and social networking, and much more. It’s the perfect supplement to his home compute at the perfect price!

  • BEST FEATURE: It’s the perfect size for you to take anywhere! So light!
  • MSRP: $299.99
  • Website: http://www.bestbuy.com/

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Design: PuzzlePerser – Modular Flooring

In: Charge It, Donovan
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Currently, Brian and I are looking at various options for an area rug when I came across this innovative idea. German designer, Katrin Sonnleitner, has given Persian rugs a modern contemporary updated twist. I have always gravitated towards creative colorful options when it comes to design and never even entertained the idea of purchasing a Persian rug- until now.

Before I go on, I must also note that I’m obsessed with puzzle games for my iPhone and always enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles when I was a kid. So it was perfect when I came across Katrin’s modular flooring product- PuzzlePerser. The Persian Puzzle is made from a recyclable mixture of synthetic and natural rubber. There are over 70 standard colors to choose from but if you can’t find a specific color, specialty colors can be ordered for companies and special orders.

What do you think of the concept? Imagine how much fun it’d be to put the rug together with a few of your friends after an afternoon of drinking? You might even come up with configurations never imagined by the designer.

more pics of the persian modular rugs after the jump

Fashion: The Wide Belt

In: Charge It, Fashion, Redd
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A great way to update any outfit is with a wide belt. I’m not talking 2″ to 3″ wide…. we’re going super wide 4″ to 6″. An over-sized dress or even a jacket/coat can easily be updated into a slimmer silhouette by cinching it with a wide belt. Wide belts make it easy to trim off a few extra inches in the waist and work great with knits & plaids for Fall/Winter. A simple wide belt also helps balance out a busy pattern on a dress, breaking it up and adding more shape. Wide belts now come in a variety of styles from stretchy, buckled, studded & jewel embellished. This trend has been around since 2007 and is here to stay. I love the way it punches up a dull & boring outfit and give it that extra something.

I consulted a blog called chickdowntown.com for some tips on how to wear a wide belt. See tips and photos on the next part of the post.

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