Pet Peeves That Drive Couples Crazy

Who would’ve thought using the blender could ever be inconsiderate to someone else? However, as many couples will tell you, pet peeves between loved ones grow like fungus, especially if you spend a ton of time together. This clip strikes all the right chords in what pisses couples off most.

Inspired by the uber-precious 2001 love story, “Amélie,” Georgette and Frank are co-habitants who get on each other’s nerves with their unique quirks like scraping plates loudly, sleeping lightly and using teeth to eat with utensils. It also shows that despite how unnerving hanging out together all the time can be, it still beats going outside in a blizzard, or spending time with friends that puke in purses. That certainly counts for something!

And His Name Is El Hombre Orquesta De Acapulco.

The one-man band known as El Hombre Orquesta De Acapulco carries the weight of pan flutes, cymbals and more on his shoulders, all while keeping a beat in a way that’s entertaining to watch. He starts off by performing Santana’s classic hit, “Oye Como Va,” and goes on to play other songs.

Despite the awesomeness that is El Hombre, the fact that his performance is captured in a doctor’s office is beyond bizarre. Was he there to entertain the nurses? Guard the eye exam chart behind him? Who knows, but we still got love for you, El Hombre!

An Act of Keanu Kindness

First rule of sitting in a New York City subway: Don’t stare at anyone. Second rule of sitting in a New York City subway: If you see Keanu Reeves, you must strategically film him with your phone. After all, a Keanu sighting in a natural setting is like seeing a unicorn, and it must be documented for the world to see.

Keep watching past the first 30 seconds for the big payoff: a random act of Keanu kindness.

The Reality of Meeting Woman

Rejection sucks, however not having the courage to talk to the perfect stranger is way worse. Comedian Paul Gale plays his own worst enemy in this clip, sitting on a subway platform in New York, imagining relationships with the random women he sees waiting for the train.

From daydreaming varied possibilities of getting dumped, to the death of a spouse, Paul spends way too much time in his head. Don’t miss the funny ending when he realizes all his dreams are about to come true.

Just The Tips: Bookshelves

Bookshelves not only serve as a means to display books, they also support the interests of a person or an entire household.

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A major furnishing, books, that seems to get pushed to the bottom of the list of things to consider when decorating a new home, is now gaining a great deal of momentum in the design world.

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Ready to install a new bookcase, or looking for a bookshelf refresher? Check out these three special tips that will put you on the design path for success!

Tip #1: Bookshelves Can Conceal (While Adding Appeal)

A great bookcase can cover up what you might not want others to see.

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In the picture above, interior designer Jamie Drake added a floor-to-ceiling cabinet with storage and bookshelves to conceal a structural column.

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To create a seamless divide between a master bedroom and a sitting room, furniture designer, Martino Gamper, created openwork shelving for the Paris home of head designer of Yves Saint Laurent, Stefano Pilati.

Tip #2: Bookcase Organization is Key

Yes, organizing a bookcase is a mundane task, but consider the beauty that organized books can lend to a room. If the contents of your bookcase are randomly strewn about, endeavor to make a visual impact with your books!

Organizing books by color looks more streamlined and vibrant…

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While paring down your collection can open space for anything new like favorite accessories, art or family photos.

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Tip #3: Think Outside the Home Library

Bookshelves are no longer just for the living room. Convert a closet into a reading nook. Add a bookcase in your kitchen or bedroom. There are a myriad of possibilities!

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Just the Tips: Incorporating Marble Into Your Home’s Design

Marble is making a huge comeback in the interior design world these days. If you are under the impression that marble can come off looking heavy-handed, and austere, think again. There are a myriad of ways to achieve a fresh, modern look with marble. Stay ahead of the curve with three helpful tips to incorporating marble into your home decor.

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 Tip #1:  Use Marble In Small Doses

In the past, adding marble into your home was an expensive, and significant commitment. If you are ready to incorporate marble into your home’s design, the key to making a big impact is via accents and statement pieces.

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Don’t overwhelm the eye with too many pieces! With marble, less is definitely more.

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Another advantage to starting with smaller marble accessories is that you can try out the trend before taking a lasting plunge with a large-scale item.

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Tip #2:Think Beyond Your Grandma’s Ornate Living Room Sculptures 

In the world of marble, there are so many styles to choose from, that you’ll appreciate the versatility and uniqueness of this timeless and elegant design element can bring.

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London-based designer Lee Broom’s tube suspension lamp, which resembles an upscale take on a fluorescent tube, is an LED fixture made from a cylinder of marble with incredibly thin walls.

An open stairwell can becomes a sculptural focal point…

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A kitchen and/or bathroom are also perfect rooms that can effectively capture that luxe pop of classical style.

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The beauty and elegance that marble brings to a kitchen or bathroom is always a solid sender. Of course, marble in the kitchen or bathroom is nothing new, but lately there have been new and different ways to use marble that are worth a look (and second look).

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Tip #3: Marble Is Not A Perfect Product

Your marble must be sealed and cleaned regularly. For cleaning, use only a mild detergent solution or a product specially designed for marble. Good-quality marbles, like the world-famous products from Carrara, Italy, are dense and relatively nonporous.

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Although they are durable and stain-resistant, they also have weaknesses, and can react negatively to acids like lemon juice or vinegar. These kitchen liquids can etch marble, leaving dull, whitish marks on marble countertops. It’s important to choose carefully, know what to expect, and care for your beautiful marble so that they can lasts a lifetime.

Wearable Art: Accessories Brand Nicoli Is Adding Some Sparkle To Hollywood Red Carpets

Recently, a publicist at CLD PR in Los Angeles sent me information about Nicoli, an upmarket accessories label based in United Arab Emirates that is expanding their international reach from Singapore to Hollywood red carpets.  I liked the beautiful, intricate designs and wanted to introduce you, dear reader, to one of their creations, The Snake Clutch.
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As the company describes: The world of Nicoli is not just exclusive, it is elegant, unique with a touch whimsical. Created as the perfect accessory to life’s most beautiful, luxurious and memorable moments, Hollywood glamour and Italian styling is behind, and can be seen in everything we do; from our exquisite handcrafted evening handbags, purses and clutches to our glamorous diamanté embellished shoes.
The Nicoli brand was founded in 2004 by Khurram Rafique and is proud to be an integral part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for the U.A.E. to lead the world in the global luxury goods market.
Discover more about Nicoli Shoes and find out more about the creation of The Snake Clutch after the jump.

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Wearable Art: Designer Amber Jimenez Garcia Talks Baby Booties

This week, as Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine cover attempts to #BreakTheInternet with her booty, I chat with Brooklynite Amber Jimenez Garcia, creative director and designer of Ambit NYC, about another kind of booty—the baby shoe variety. Her label, known for locally-produced, handmade designs, using quality materials, is currently undergoing an evolution with the birth of Jimenez Garcia’s son. The designer has found that incorporating her little one into her career plans is helping her to find her balance as a first-time mother and designer. Discover more about her new venture after the jump.

Wearable Art: Author Michael Malice Loves Clothes That Make Him Feel Like He’s In 1981

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Celebrity ghost writer Michael Malice is the subject of Harvey Pekar‘s Ego & Hubris, and is best known for co-authoring books with prominent personalities like comedian D.L. Hughley. In an interview, Pekar aptly describes Malice as someone who is “motivated by things that are different than what motivates other people.”  Take his recent output Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il, which explores the life and influence of the beloved/feared former North Korean leader. Funded by a successfulKickstarter campaign, Malice breathes new life into a little odd man from a “hermit kingdom” that many in the West would rather sweep under the rug of history.

He’s also a fanatic of obscure 80s finds.

Follow him, Dear Reader, at @MichaelMalice. In the meantime, discover three of his prized personal possessions after the jump.

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