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Posted on December 20, 2013

Christmas in DUBAI, darlings! Where it snows gold!

Bahri Bar, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

 

Okay, maybe this won’t put you in the holiday mood, but we’re actually taking a break – in between extended baking jags – from Christmas for a second. As T said to Lo last night, “Can we just turn up the lights for a while? It’s getting a little ‘Santa’s Workshop’ in here.” We just need a moment to breathe and center ourselves before the mad rush begins. And by “breathe and center ourselves,” we mean something involving alcohol.

Posting next week will be sporadic at best, but we’ll check in on Monday and every now and then after that if something pops up in the worlds of celebrity and style.

Happy Holidays, kittens!

 

UPDATE: If you haven’t been checking out our book site (tsk), you might have missed that we were featured in the Washington Post today in an article that not only introduces the term “Bitter Kitten” to the world at large, but also quotes a couple of actual Kittens who are Bitter. Check it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: jumeraih.com]

  • PittypatBR

    Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to my favorite old married couple! Thanks for all the laughs and fun, boys. Love ya, mean it!

  • Judy_J

    Happy Holidays to you, Tom and Lorenzo! And may the coming year be filled with all good things!

  • http://www.thirteen.org/program-content/dispatch-from-the-downton-abbey-diaspora-16/ Gotham Tomato

    Happy Holidays to you too! And a healthy and happy 2014!
    Cheers,
    –GothamTomato

  • EverybodysStarling

    Happy holidays to you TLO and all the bitter kittens!

    And Miss Alyssa, we REALLY have to talk about your styling choices. Especially with Nina Garcia in the room.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      Still, she’s loosening up in the hostess role and has turned out to be much better at it than the previous two Schmeidis.

      • MilaXX

        Agreed, I think most of her fashion challenge comes from being a short person trying to wear model-y garments.

        • MoHub

          Agreed. Someone in wardrobe has to realize that Alyssa is not a model like her predecessors and dress her for her personal assets.

      • demidaemon

        She is far and away the best host we’ve had for PRAS.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          Considering what her competition was that is not the high compliment it would seem to be.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      The was a shot when she was talking to the designers before the runway show in which the angle made it look, for a split second, like she had hooves instead of shoes.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      For someone on a fashion show, her fashion is pretty questionable.

      I’m still bothered by an interview in which she said she judged based on whether she would wear the outfit instead of on its own creative merits.

      Loved how Christopher stared down Nina and challenged her scathing indictment of his coat dress.

      • demidaemon

        It’s no different than how Heidi judges most of the time, so I can’t really hold it against her.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          True dat. But it is surprising to hear someone actually admit it. IMO, such a policy goes against the judging guidelines. The contestants are supposed to be creating new fashion, not specifically designing for Alyssa Milano or Heidi Klum.

    • guest2visits

      I don’t know how she could rate Korto’s model’s strapy shoes so poorly; when her OWN booties cut her off at the ankle much more so.

      • MoHub

        And Korto’s model supplied her own shoes. What was Korto supposed to do?

        • guest2visits

          I didn’t know that. Actually I liked those shoes with the pantsuit fine, even if some plainer heels might be better.
          I had no problem with the bright bag either.

          • MoHub

            I didn’t care for the shoes, but it had nothing to do with how they went with the outfit; they just aren’t my style. And I, too, liked the color of the clutch—which I also believe the blogger brought with her.

    • heuristicvalue

      AGREE. Almost everything she has worn has been no bueno. This episode, I had to fan myself, I couldn’t take it any longer.

      • anneland

        I also couldn’t take it anymore. I specifically came to TLounge to comment that Alyssa has not worn one attractive outfit this entire season. It seems like you would look okay by accident at least once unless a stylist was actively sabotaging you. Can there really be a stylist that clueless?

        • demidaemon

          This is lifetime we are talking about. Still, I think she had one good outfit in there. Not on a judging day, mind you; more when she was introducing a challenge.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    Is PRAS setting me up for a letdown? Korto won two in a row. Is it too much to hope for her to win the season?

    Elena’s getting possessive about sewing again. “Everyone’s using neoprene! I was using that three years ago! I started the trend! I used it first! Ra’mon? Who? He used neoprene when? Well I INVENTED neoprene! It’s woven from my tears and freak-outs!”

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Yeah I like how they marvel at Elena’s endless parade of neoprene color blocking, then poo-poo it the second someone else does it. I honestly don’t care who wins at this point, as long as it’s anyone but her. But I fear she has a good shot. Ugh.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        She makes lovely pink armor.

    • MilaXX

      I hope it’s Korto. I definitely think top 2 will be Korto & Elena.

      • Jackie4g

        I agree, but I am afraid they’re going to have Korto win for all the wrong reasons. There has been such a flap about no AA person winning, that’s why I think Korto will win. Which is not right because she has talent and is a winner on her own merits. That hidden orchid under the white layers was brilliant. I think Elena is also very talented, but she needs some time to stabilize her emotional behavior. She could move mountains if she weren’t so overtaken by the drama of it all.

        • MilaXX

          Dom was the first AA designer to win PR & the right choice regardless of race. I think that ship has sailed. Honestly in a race between Korto & Elena, I think Korto is the better designer.

          • Jackie4g

            Oops, senior moment here. I completely forgot about Dom. Sorry. Also, Yes on Korto!

          • demidaemon

            For em, they are both good designers with clear strengths. Korto is the designer who is probably going to make the most money, be more accessible, and evolve more as she designs. I don’t expect Elena to change much of her aesthetic nor do I think she should, but that obviously limits her customer base. Seth Aaron falls into a similar set-up as well, which probably is part of the reason he wants the prize package so much. Christopher is still quite young and too influenced by outside critique. He needs more time, IMO.

          • Ramon Figueroa

            I would be very surprised if they let a contestant from the Bravo seasons win all stars. As a whole, the first five years of PR are a constant reminder of how much this show has fallen. And I have a feeling we might have a repeat of last PRAS after the way Isaac has been fawning over Christopher in the last two episodes. Then again, Elena might win if only because the judges are afraid she might do the mad scene from Giselle, eat ten yards of organza and drop dead if she gets auffed.

          • Violina23

            I always liked Korto as a designer… I’m hoping she wins, but I’m not holding my breath… the editing seems to be favoring Christopher & Elena, as others have mentioned (Primarily Elena).

      • Qitkat

        Sounds good to me. Korto’s suit was beautiful.
        To give you a heads up, I will be making the bean pie to serve on Christmas Day. It inspired me to suggest a multi-cultural gastronomic feast for dinner that evening, and everyone seemed happy to find some new recipes to try out on our family group of 11 who will gather together. I’ll let you know what the consensus is. Merry Christmas Mila!

    • MoHub

      I don’t think Lifetime will allow a Bravo-era designer to win, although she’s probably guaranteed a spot in the finale. My guess is that it’s all been engineered for a Christopher win, especially considering some of the drek he’s gotten away with.

      I also predict Seth Aaron will be gone next, so no former winners will be in the final run.

  • Frank_821

    Wow what a difference Nina makes! I have to say most of them were coasting. Korto was the only one who delivered

    • MilaXX

      and Korto the only one smart enough to realize that the important thing was to please Nina. That pants suit was Nina Garcia 101.

  • Carrps

    Well, I thought Chris’s dress was a complete piece of caca. I was hoping he was gonzo. And what was that obnoxious kiss up comment Isaac made when Chris was declared safe? Barf.

    I actually liked Elena’s jacket a lot, but, dang, that was a tiny woman. It would have been hard to make something impactful on such a small frame.

    And Alyssa looked shambolic again. If she wants to sport the disheveled hair look, she needs to be a lot more disheveled. She just looks unkempt when she probably thinks she has a sexy just-got-out-of-bed thing going. Uh, no.

    • MilaXX

      Yep Chris should have been out for not only only not even attempting the met the challenge, but also making the fugliest dress in the process.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        And for sassing back to Nina! Me-ow!

        I would have been fine with a double elimination. I was even thinking it would happen when Alyssa said they were having a hard time picking the loser during the judges’ conference.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          I wish they had had the models come out so the judge’s could look at the garments up close and personal. Of all the changes they made last season, that was definitely my favorite.

        • MilaXX

          That was some weird editing when he said thank you after Nina’s scathing critique. I wonder how the rest of that exchange went.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Chris was clueless/arrogant/overconfident in using the chosen color only in an accessory, and then choosing such a difficult color for the dress. He and NinaGarcia had a nice little bitch-off there

        • Sarah

          I sort of loved it. I mean, I yeah, respect Nina at all, but she was pretty bitchy first, so I dug that he fired it back. He did, however, make a hiddy outfit, and while I didn’t think it looked like seaweed, it had it’s problems, fo sho.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Best wishes and looking forward to fresh bitchery in the new year!

  • Denise Alden

    Dubai! Absolutely going to see this magnificent place one day. Happy Holidays, y’all.

    • MoHub

      I wonder whether there’s an economical way to visit Dubai if one doesn’t have the kind of money it takes to live there.

  • EveEve

    Last Lounge before Christmas! So Merry! Merry! to T and Lo and all my fellow Bitter Kittens who celebrate the day. I raise a glass of heavily spiked egg nog to all of you and wish you all a joyous holiday.

    And to return to the bieetrness: Chris should have gone home for that abomination. The only trend missing wa camo, and that might actually have been an improvement overt the fabric and lace he did use..

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I have a crushing lack of Christmas spirit – I think I may be in an actual black hole of Christmas spirit – but I’ll drink heavily spiked egg nog with you.

      • guest2visits

        I’m faking it.
        Staunch anti-imbibers currently in proximity mean no spikey no sparkly no edge off the holiday cheer. :( Please carry on with egg nog. :)

        • formerlyAnon

          So sorry. You’ve certainly got enough character already, hope the character-building portion of the holidays end soon.

          • guest2visits

            I don’t know about character. Plenty of opinions and a few wayward beliefs, maybe.

          • Constant Reader

            You say “wayward beliefs” like it’s a bad thing…

          • formerlyAnon

            I’m not sure character is anything more than having the experience or sheer stubbornness to stand behind one’s opinions and wayward beliefs.

          • Qitkat

            Merry Christmas, my virtual friend. I value your wisdom and humor on here, so often you put so well thoughts I have similarly, but can’t express quite as pithily. I hope you will have a very happy holiday. (And please pardon the atrocious grammar, as it is late, and the brain cells are a bit weathered at this hour.)

          • formerlyAnon

            Merry Christmas and a happy holiday right back at you! I’m looking forward to another year of spending more time than I should in the comments section here, with you and my other Internet friends.

          • guest2visits

            OK. I’ll happily take that definition and give my thick-headed tendencies the righteous, noble class they deserve!! …(after the holidays)

      • Sarah

        You and me both. And heading to the family AA household (dry as a bone) for the night tomorrow, so even more depressing. Ugh. BUT my BFF is flying in with my honorary niece next week, so I will look forward to that.

        • formerlyAnon

          You get gold stars for attitude. You do.

          Family genetics and history mean I’ve never been able to relax and just drink/smoke/whatever without tedious self-monitoring (and compulsive clandestine monitoring of others) but it beats the hell out of realizing one does have a problem and that complete abstinence really is the only/better path.

          • Sarah

            Unfortunately, the Rehabilitated One is very loose with his interpretation of rehabilitation. Sober, yes, but actually addressing the pain caused by decades of terrible behavior, absentee parenting, and downright nastiness: no. And to boot, the hard truth is that a person is not going to be the person they once were before 30 years of brain damage just because they are sober. In this case, the person got “better” but still remained a colossally narcissistic and heartless jerk. I go because my mom would’ve wanted me to, despite the fact that he is married to a gold digger that he met while she was in hospice, and I loathe her and the whole situation. They have a puppy, though. So that should be good. And I will medicate before I arrive.

          • formerlyAnon

            You make a generous call, here, it sounds like. So right that people with personality disorders or just crappy broken-ness and ugly behavior rarely become easy, loving people just because they’ve given up an addiction.

          • Sarah

            Unfortunately, quite true. There was a time when a decent person met, wooed, and married my mom, though, and shared a romance with her that, from what I’ve heard, was one for the ages. That guy was around for a few years when I was a baby. I try to remember that.

          • Constant Reader

            Sarah, I feel for you. I haven’t spoken to my father in several years. No addiction there, but a total narcissist who made my childhood hell and holidays throughout my adulthood not much better. It’s strange. I’m glad he’s out of my life (and that of most of my siblings), but he left a lot of brokenness behind him. This time of year, there is a piece of me that still wishes for the Waltons Christmas.

          • Sarah

            We can’t have Waltons, but we can have those that have taken the place of the broken hurters-of-persons. And they make all the difference, don’t they?

          • Constant Reader

            Indeed they do, Sarah. Merry Christmas. :)

          • Sarah

            Same to you!

          • formerlyAnon

            It’s the life you build that counts. (ETA: congrats on getting through the difficult family visit and, again, gold stars for going.)

            To be honest, if i’d been a Walton, I’d have been the one to light out for the big city the minute I could and have a fraught relationship with everyone at home as a result for ever after. Which I know for sure, because i sort of did a version of it – we weren’t the Waltons, but I did have a decent, mostly happy – and ENTIRELY well-intentioned – childhood and couldn’t wait to put distance between me and home anyway.

          • Sarah

            Sometimes you just gotta get out on your own. I had to bail at 17, but knowing that my mom was still there if I needed her did make a huge difference, as I’m sure it did for you to know you had a nice family back home.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            My ideal is a Hogwarts Christmas. Lots of people you like, lots of food and magic, no family angst.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Cling to the hope of the puppy! You have a very gracious spirit to go in there – I wouldn’t be that generous.

          • Sarah

            Puppy was most adorable. A Havanese, with a potty training problem, but I was only there for a night, so I just got to enjoy the cute parts :)

          • Qitkat

            Wow, Sarah, you have a boatload of shite that I have no reference for, but I admire your attitude and forthrightness. Sounds like you see clearly the whole shebang, and I love that you go because your mom would have wanted you to. Make it a great holiday, in spite of all the messiness, and come back and dish for all you’re worth to us kittens. And make the most of that puppy! Merry Christmas, friend.

          • Sarah

            Thank you, Qitkat! It’s over, I’m home, just let a VERY wet kitten in from the pouring rain (Daddy let her out this morning on his way to work, unaware of the forecast) and am now ready to proceed with feeling my duty is done and my week is looking up. And really, always, I remind myself that mustering spite on a septuagenarian who is aged well beyond their years from their regretful life choices is a Sisyphean battle, and not really worthy of how I was raised by his better half. I was admonished for not having enough ambition in life, being too poor, being not svelte enough, and being not as brilliant a writer as I would like to think myself (shared my thesis work in the hopes that I could show I am working towards something…setting one’s self up for criticism is a perennial fault of mine) but I also got some guilt gifts, a fancy dinner, and found one of my mom’s special things, relegated to a closet in the guest room, which I promptly put in my bag and brought home. And my brother and nephews came to have dinner, too, so that we could bolster each other. (My SIL has the luxury of outright hatred, so she declined to come. She’s lucky that way). AND best of ALL the Washington Post Style section had their feature article on TLO staring up from the coffee table, so I got to say I knew a little about that. And feel smug. So there.

          • Qitkat

            Poor kitty. All my cats despised getting wet.
            I am floored that this kind of criticism was poured upon you, by someone who is supposed to love you, but evidently this came as no surprise. And even with what I would consider the awesome accomplishment of a Master’s thesis. Perhaps finding your mom’s special thing will help you to put the difficult drama in a dark dusty corner where it will be much diminished. You got to be with an understanding brother and nephews, a good dinner, gifts, and best of all, the luxury of leaving to return to your special man who cherishes you. And some cool insider knowledge of our little corner of the internet.
            May your Christmas be merry and bright! We’ve been baking, so sending you some yummy virtual treats for noshing.

          • Sarah

            Nice! I have not baked yet, but I might tonight. At least a batch. I was taught to give cookies to the neighbors, and I would hate to have them think I didn’t remember them. Plus, house smells good, and all. And re: diminishing, it is already done. I am used to that nonsense, and it could have been worse, really. Plus, nothing makes a three hour drive in rain and DC traffic seem more inviting than escaping back to your own home! A plus, indeed.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Poor kitty! Urchin insisted on going out twice and was very resentful that I hadn’t sorted the weather out for her.

            Finding your mum’s stuff makes it all worthwhile.

          • Sarah

            Yes it does. And said kitty is very good at finding places (including digging under the foundation of the house!) to stay dry, so what she was doing to get so VERY soaked I have no idea. She got cozy pretty fast once in, though.

          • formerlyAnon

            That your brother came, with his kids – and grants his wife the grace to stay home – proves your mother raised you lot right. Congratulations all around.

          • Sarah

            Oh, thank you. Yes, my brother is the male role model that I prefer. He’s always been my idol, since we were kids and he let his little sister tag along even if his friends wondered what that 6 yo was doing around. And while I got the worst of the downward spiral being much younger than my sibs, he got the most belligerence, for not being the “proper” type of only son, so he had just as much or more to forgive than me, and he is gracious. Good man.

      • formerlyAnon

        Christmas spirit is SO not required. Hope you salvage a good thing or two from the tidal wave of Holiday-ness, and can carve out some small little victories – tiny, even. Here – my virtual bar is light on the spiked eggnog but we’ve got red and white wine, a couple of craft beers and any cocktail that can be made with gin and citrus fruit. Name yer poison.

      • KinoEye

        Me too, dear. Between a mountain of work (the holidays aren’t friendly when you run a newspaper), difficult coworkers, family and boys posing as men, I’m a bit spirited out. Count me in on that heavily spiked eggnog!

      • Qitkat

        I’m glad to see you’re still hanging with us and I’ll raise a virtual glass of heavily spiked egg nog (is there any other worthwhile kind?) with you. May the new year bring some stars to light up that black hole, and bitter kittens to bring more humor and cheer into your life. The dawn will come again, possibly in the most unexpected way. {{{Hugs}}}

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Thank you. It means more than you may think.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            I have also been concerned about you this weekend. Know that you have a lot of support and encouragement even though it may be from people you only know by avatar and user name. We truly care. Don’t give up.

  • DeTrop

    Well it looks like Christopher is Isaac’s boy crush this season and that saved him last night. I really liked both Korto’s and Viktor’s outfits. What was wrong with Viktor’s as compared to Seth Aaron’s? I thought Christopher and Seth A should have been in the bottom.

    Alyssa Milano has some serious style issues. The designers were all looking at her when she gave them their challenge and you could see they were all thinking they could do better than what she was wearing.

    Nina was in full Nina mode and I’m so glad Christopher gave it back to her. She’s just too snarky sometimes. I loved her look of death at Christopher and if it wasn’t for IM, he’d have been auf’d. We have the return of the ‘beautiful Georgina Chapman’ next week. Can’t wait! :(

    • heuristicvalue

      You gave me the idea that maybe it’s a set-up for the final challenge: design something for Alyssa so she can stop dressing like complete crap on a stick!

    • Jackie4g

      I did not miss Nina and I was not glad to see her.

  • annabelle archer

    Happy Holidays, Uncles.

    Kittens, we delivered gifts and extremely poorly sang Christmas carols at work today. Is there such a thing as enough alcohol to make my headache subside? I’ll drown trying to find out.

    I am a professional procrastinator, I’ll be doing my shopping Sunday. I work better under pressure. Wish me luck.

    Hope to see y’all around. Love, love, love!
    a-

    • StellaZafella

      Hot, cinnamon RUM toddies always did it for my beleaguered bar patrons on Christmas Eve – NOT buttered… Make ‘em like hot brandy with mulling spices and brown sugar and serve with old Royal Dansk cookies or Pfefferneuse sinkers (Pepper Cookies loaded with Cardamom).

      Happy Holidays Annabelle, Uncles and all the Bitter Kittens! (The PUFs are dreaming of presents from Tiffany’s so I’ll wish them a merry merry too.

      • random_poster

        That drink sounds perfectly divine.

      • formerlyAnon

        Mmmmmm. Cardamom. Christmas baking staple in my childhood. You may have just inspired a batch of cookies.

    • demidaemon

      Good luck. I’m 90% done but was waiting on my last paycheck of the year to finish up shopping (and pay bills! Phooey!). So, some last minute shopping to finish up with this weekend hopefully. We won’t be really celebrating Xmas until around New Year’s due to travel and such, so I may actually take advantage of post-Christmas sales to finish up my shopping. We’ll see!

      • Sarah

        Me too on the paycheck. I have to go out and get two more presents before leaving town to drive three hours to see family in the morning. But that’s not stopping me from drinking beer and staying up too late! And my fellow and I have agreed to wait until next paycheck to celebrate with each other, thus ringing in what I expect will be an ongoing Xmas tradition, unless we suddenly hit it rich in the coming year (fat chance).

        • demidaemon

          I’m so with you on the wishing for hitting it rich!

        • demidaemon

          Well, I finished my shopping today and spent too much money as per usual. Go me!

          • formerlyAnon

            I must periodically remind myself that if I don’t remember to buy a lottery ticket, my retirement plans are doomed. Or should I say, “more doomed?”

          • Sarah

            Ditto. And am now crocheting a scarf. A very lumpy, freeform scarf.

    • marlie

      I only started my shopping on Wednesday, so I’ll be braving the madness right with you. And a most Merry Christmas to you and your family, my dear. :)

      • annabelle archer

        Lack of time creates a command decision mentality. Embrace!

        Merry Christmas to you and yours!!
        xo
        a-

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      annabelle, it just isn’t Christmas in our household if I’m not holed up in my craft room muttering and cursing as to why I left hand-embroidery and/or actual sewing til Christmas Eve!
      Good luck among the charging hordes this weekend!

      • annabelle archer

        Craft room. Bless.

        We’ll be cussing in our own special ways.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          When we bought this house one of my must haves was literally a room of my own-my husband was an archivist, and is a historian and has an extensive book collection that overran our first house. It’s usually fairly chaotic, but I do have a desk where I can sit with a decent light for embroidery, sewing and whatever other mischief I attempt.

          • Sarah

            Lucky! I have an enclosed sun porch, which is more than I ever had before. It is, however, about 7 x 10″ and shared with bicycles. The windows are good, but I REALLY have to be in the mood to get the machine out if I want to sit out there and smell boots and tires.

          • demidaemon

            I wanted to make a recipe book of all the family recipes for everyone this Xmas as a present. This may or may not still happen, depending on my chutzpah. I’m going to try, though it may not be as fancily printed as I originally planned.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Go for it, even if you don’t do the fancy printing. Sharing family recipes is such a good idea.

          • formerlyAnon

            I know a couple of people who’ve done this. The most popular books are the one with the recipes legibly printed and placed inside plastic page protectors, so that they’re very user friendly. I’ve seen them in full sized binders and in those little photo flip books.

      • Sarah

        Ha! I just had to scrap a decoupage project (too many bubbles), hot glue a shadow box, and begin painting a baby name plaque I promised a friend for Monday. What was I thinking…

        • marlie

          I will be furiously knitting my fingers off this weekend to finish my gift for my dad (a scarf). He’s the only one who’s getting a hand-knit gift this year, after last year I nearly killed myself knitting for everyone else in the family.

          • Sarah

            My sister is the knitter, so I leave the yarn stuff for her to give. But, that leaves every other possible craft for me, and that’s a lot of stuff. My plans are always WAY bigger than my output. My SIL is getting a store bought scarf instead of the hand-painted henhouse sign I was planning. (They have chix.)

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I’ve already been told that my hand-knit Christmas present will be arriving in late January!

          • marlie

            I’ve definitely told people that. “So… you’re not actually going to get your birthday gift ON your birthday…”

            BUT – Dad’s scarf is finished! :D

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Well done!

            Apparently the fact that I chose a really fine Mongolian cashmere means I’m bloody lucky to get it at all…

          • marlie

            I’m a “fiber snob,” and that sounds absolutely glorious.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I thought so too! It’s a lovely lilac-y blue colour too.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’ve been there-asking myself WTF I got myself into. One piece of advice-NEVER try making Barbie clothes the night before Christmas.

          • formerlyAnon

            Ha.

          • Sarah

            Finished said plaque. All varnished, all good, just 1:30 am. No biggie. I’ll just be a zombie at work tomorrow, but at least I’m getting paid for this one! And I think anybody who attempts to make Barbie clothes is boss, no matter what day it is. It is hard to sew tiny things!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Sewing for my Barbies was my introduction to sewing, and I was drawn to the glamour looks, so my Barbies were all regularly costumed to taffeta and tulle.
            Once our nieces were old enough to enter American Girl doll Land I began sewing for them, and their clothes are so much easier. I once made Halloween costumes for the dolls, including a pink taffeta Princess-y one which our then 7 year old niece topped with a blue cardigan-it still makes me laugh to think of that.

          • Sarah

            Ha! Fun. I made clothes for my Barbies, too, but it was a whole lotta ponchos and togas ;)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I also peddled Barbiie outfits to my aunts for my cousions, and my aunts actually paid me for them-my first and only time as an entrepreneur!

          • Sarah

            Go you Bx3! Merry Xmas!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Merry Christmas to you,too!

    • annabelle archer

      Hoping replying to myself will put this at the bottom. I just wanted to let y’all know that I not only survived, I thrived. hubs and i had easy shopping, the crowds weren’t awful, we found some unique and special gifts for each kid and all ordered electronics have arrived. I even managed to get laid a couple of times in there. (I know how to keep my man motivated. “More shopping? Ok, honey.”) and have lasagna with the extended family. I just may be making this holiday season my bitch.

      • formerlyAnon

        You rock, most definitely!

  • In_Stitches

    I loved the idea of Korto’s suit, but the fit just wasn’t flattering. It made her model look thick through the middle with stumpy legs. On the flip side, I hated the idea of Christopher’s, but actually thought the final look was pretty awesome. None of them really hit on a believable trend for 2014 though. I was hoping someone would do a monochromatic/tone on tone, head to toe look. That’s my bet for 2014.

    • StellaZafella

      Korto’s “model” sabotaged the pants by insisting on those busy, black shoes which came from another look and cut her off at the lower calves making her look stunted…Korto should have insisted on a lighter shoe and her blogger should have already known that.

      • AnneElliot

        I wish T and Lo could be guest judges AND models, for the ultimate menswear challenge. Or, they could get male models, and we could all dish about them on Sausage Friday afterward. What do you think, BKs?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Totally in sync with this, Anne!

        • kimmeister

          That was my immediate thought when they said the clients were bloggers.

        • Demeter

          When I heard that TLo were not the selected bloggers, I thought they had probably been asked but declined to be associated with this show. They probably would not have agreed to faux-judging and manipulation.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Can you imagine if each contestant had to make something for both T & Lo? Now THAT would challenge their tailoring skills.

  • Pennymac

    Merry Pre-Christmas Lounge, fellow BK’s! My post surgical ankle is in a big girl cast now, and no more good drugs for me. I’m headed out the door in a moment to drive to Florida for Christmas with the fam.

    Korto was the clear winner of yesterday’s challenge. Chris and his sea weed dress of doom should have gone home. I think Alyssa is better than the Schmeidi’s but not by much. Sanctimonious much? And badly styled as well.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hope the travels were safe and you convince the family that you must elevate the ankle and require waiting on.

      • Pennymac

        Currently sitting on the *chaise lounge* (pronounced in the Dowagers voice), sipping coffee and eating Christmas cookies for breakfast. They are waiting on me hand and foot. I’m in my glory! Merry Christmas, FA!

        • Sarah

          I like your morning! I shall imagine mine was like that, for kicks :)

    • Qitkat

      I didn’t catch you earlier, but hope you are having a great time in Florida. I still have relatives and friends there from long ago (I actually went to high school and college there), so it’s one of my favorite states. Heal up well, and Merry Christmas to you!

      • Pennymac

        Right back atcha, Qitkat. The window are open in the house and there’s a warm breeze blowing. Heaven!

  • demidaemon

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    Life has been a whirlwind for me this week. Finished grading for my classes, so I’m not touching work again until Jan 6th. I had a great weekend with my new man, knocked out a couple of firsts. However, Wednesday comes around, we get on the phone, he goes batshit crazy on me about trust and stuff for really innocuous things. We broke up for all that it is concerned. Today, I remembered the caveat I needed to know before: “A broken person will only result in a broken relationship.” I just wish I had been more aware of the red flags. But that’s what puppy love is, I guess. I think I’ll probably take a break from romance until I move to Maryland in the summer.

    Hope that doesn’t harsh anyone’s buzz, but I knew everyone her would be super understanding. Another post on PR to follow.

    • tallgirl1204

      There are times when “make it work” does not apply. Sounds like this was one of them. On we go!

    • MilaXX

      Girl no. A smart person knows when to say “this is my stop, I’m getting off now.” Enjoy your time off !

    • conniemd

      Aack, sorry to hear that, but glad that you are forward looking rather than depressed. We hurt, life changes, but always goes forward to new things.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Wash that man right outta your hair and start all over again. Good enough for Mary Martin in “South Pacific,” and I’m sure you’ll rebound as well, just fine.

    • annabelle archer

      Yay for breaks.
      Boo for dud dudes.

      The earlier it is, the easier it is to walk away when you know it’s the right thing.

      • demidaemon

        Thanks everybody for your well wishes and great advice! I always knew the right people to come to. MWAH!

        I just wish I hadn’t loaned him something. I looked it up on Amazon and am more than willing to pay the forty bucks to replace it than get in contact with him again.

        • annabelle archer

          What a couple of weeks, maybe you wont’ miss it and not need to spend the money, Merry, Merry, my friend.
          xo
          a-

          • demidaemon

            Unfortunately, it is a pivotal part of my game collection. On the other hand, he gave me something as well, but I’m probably going to mail it back to him because I am a good person. ;)

          • marlie

            A better person than I am. ;)

          • In_Stitches

            What game? Having busted out (and worn out) Puerto Rico, Carcassone, Dominion, Chinese Checkers, and about 7 others in the past few days, I am on the hunt for some fresh challenges.

          • demidaemon

            It’s a videogame….

            But, if you are looking for fresh challenges, do you need something that is single player or multiplayer? because I have suggestions, depending on your answer.

          • In_Stitches

            I should have known from the (Sephiroth?) avatar. To be honest, a suggestion in either category would be great. Haven’t really touched a video game since Mass Effect ended. I tried to get into Skyward Sword, but it just didn’t grab me.

          • demidaemon

            The avatar is actually the wizard from Dragon’s Crown, who does resemble Sephiroth. I do highly highly recommend that game. As for board games, Spot It is pretty fun as well.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Someone who goes batshit crazy over small innocuous things does not need to be in your life. Congratulate yourself on being done with him, and yes, a break from romance can be helpful. Toast yourself with something delcious,too, and consider yourself hugged.

      • demidaemon

        Awww, thanks. I’ll take that big internet hug and return it tenfold.

      • Peeve

        Amen on the advice and the hug. Sounds like you’re well rid of him, but sympathies nonetheless. Lousy timing to go batshit crazy! Unfortunately, puppy love blinds us to the red flags for quite some time–been there!

    • formerlyAnon

      Well, at least the weekend was fun. Otherwise, I agree best to read the signs early and be honest with yourself about them. As a friend of mine who’s had the divorce from hell (14 months and no end in sight and more money spent than anyone can afford and worst of all, kids involved) says “I knew he was twice-divorced when I married him. No matter how many new behaviors popped up and things deteriorated over the years, I didn’t want to face all sorts of warning signs that were there before we got married. I have no one to blame but myself.”

      And, bright side: no vacation time or expensive Christmas presents wasted! Spend the money and time on yourself.

      • demidaemon

        True, true. I’m looking forward to spring break in March when I’ll get to see my best friend in the flesh for the first time in 3ish years.

    • Sarah

      Yikes, sorry! You are clearly way smarter than that fool. And Maryland is close to me! Come down here and I’ll buy you a drink!

      • demidaemon

        When I get down there, I will definitely take you up on it!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Silly man – his loss!

    • Qitkat

      What great advice all the BK’s have passed on to you. I second all of them.
      Make it a wonderful holiday for yourself, and think no more of him than you would a stale doughnut. Hugs.

      • demidaemon

        Thanks! Everyone has been better than awesome, which just reminds me that no matter how bitter we may be, we are PUFS who gather in this forest known as TLo Incorporated. Hugs to everybody!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    Happiest of holidays, Sirs T&Lo, and to the bitter kittens. I will continue my fabulous lack of holiday cheer by continuing to channel Wednesday Addams up through New Years.

    • formerlyAnon

      There are worse choices.

  • demidaemon

    So PRAS:

    Great challenge, I thought. Actually very straightforward all said, and the clients weren’t really problematic at all. Loved Nina’s repartee with Christopher. Hilarious! So, outfits, in my order of placement:

    Korto: Clear winner. Smartly done. My only problem were the pants, whose silhouette wasn’t as perfect as I would have preferred.

    Elena: Despite everything, she had the second most designery look with the fewest problems. Her problem was that it was on the wrong girl, but Elena does not shange her game plan for anyone but Elena.

    Seth Aaaron: A good look, but a little underdesigned, especially for him. Still, his model looked smoking.

    Christopher: Honestly, in any other challenge, I would have placed him 2nd or 3rd, but he clearly decided he hated Pantone’s color and disregarded the main point of the challenge, unlike Korto who thought about the problem and solved it well. Also, despite Isaac’s desperate need to blow him, Isaac’s reasoning was lame. “He defended it well?” No, Isaac, he got snotty, which is another reason to dock him.

    Victor: Poor, poor Victor. Poor concept, badly realized twice. He had no trend, his silhouette was very much not right. Despite all of Christopher’s problems, Victor’s was the clear clunker to me.

    Point of thought, though: Best judging panel of the season?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      So right about Elena. She even did that in the workroom when consulting her model! The blogger was saying how she liked to dress in a looser style, then Elena says she is planning on a structured jacket. Did she not at all listen to her model??

      I don’t get how Viktor does not have a jacket line already. He is a boss at making them. I think he could do very well at such a specialization.

      • demidaemon

        he really should. It was the best part of his look. Unfortunately, it was completely meant for the look he didn’t show, which created that disconnect.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          i really wish he had just stuck with the jumpsuit.

        • alyce1213

          Victor shot himself in the foot when he decided to make a strapless flare dress for the jacket — a look from 2008 that any girl with a hole puncher could put together from Forever 21 — instead of a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits can be tricky, but at least it’ wouldn’t have been a tired retread. They responded so well to Korto’s pants ensemble, I think a decent jumpsuit + that jacket would have saved him. But I also think he should have been previously aufed, so it’s ok.

      • conniemd

        IIRC in his season Victor made some amazing jackets, particularly given the time limitations.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I was sorry to see Viktor go, and yes, the man should definitely be designing jackets.

    • NMMagpie

      Agreed on the judging panel. That stare of death from Nina was worth the entire show, IMHO. (Sidebar: what is it with her and black pantsuits?)

      I absolutely hated Christopher’s dress. That clutch was nothing more than phoning it in, diva-style. And yes, he should have been shown the door for bypassing the challenge.

      I love me some Seth Aaron but he could have kicked it up a notch, especially when the camera so completely loves his model. She was gorgeous. I could do with PR editing out the flirtation (?) between him and Alyssa, it’s just uncomfortable.

      Korto FTW!! I hope.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Is it just me or does Seth Aaron look just like Foghorn Leghorn’s little friend (the chick with the big glasses)? I hated Christopher’s look too but I disagreed with whoever said army green and orchid did not go together. I love that color combination. His dress was just looked so sloppy and clearly he should have used the color in more than a clutch.

        • demidaemon

          True. I didn’t hate it so much as that I thought it was inappropriate for the challenge and not very well thought out in terms of an answer to the problem.

          • Sarah

            The mullet hem is what killed it for me. It is NOT a new trend. And too much hardware on the coatdress, because you didn’t need that with the busy lace.

          • demidaemon

            And aren’t we all tired of lace anyways? Just because it’s in an unusual color doesn’t make it new. And whoever thought olive green lace was a good idea needs their textile design license revoked.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Olive green lace enters my personal fabric/fashion hall of shame.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            it seemed like it had stuff hanging off of it everywhere.

        • NMMagpie

          Hilarious! I can’t see those glasses the same way again!

          I agree about the color combination; it’s very striking.

        • Sarah

          I’m a chickenhawk, huntin’ for a chicken!

          • MoHub

            Henry the Chicken Hawk wasn’t the one with the giant glasses. It was an actual chick with a high IQ who wore the glasses and a beanie. His mom had Foghorn babysit him.

          • Sarah

            Your attention to detail extends beyond grammar and punctuation, I see ;)

          • MoHub

            Generally, if it’s trivial, I’m a genius. Important stuff is another matter. altogether.

          • Sarah

            I know all lyrics to every song on classic rock radio. It does me zero good in life. I feel you.

  • BobStPaul

    I thought Christopher’s outfit was far and away the worst and that he should have been eliminated. It was not only ugly but also didn’t even attempt to meet the parameters of the challenge. Why is it some weeks that’s considered important and others not? My guess is the plan is to have Seth Aaron eliminated next. I think the only question is whether they will put Christopher or Elena into the final along with Korto. I for one won’t be the least bit surprised if it’s Christopher.

    • MilaXX

      Seth isn’t long for this season. It seems they let the previous winners play, but none of them are going to be allowed to win.

    • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

      because, for one thing, isaac seems to be enamored with christopher. he’s his golden boy. and i get the feeling it has little to do with his design ability. i’d like to hear la nina’s response to isaac encouraging christopher to smart-mouth her.

      • MoHub

        Yep. Christopher is Anthony Ryan Mark II.

  • Tracy_Flick

    My take on PRAS:

    - The brief was a little silly. Foresee and show the next trend! We’ll know it when we see it and be extremely objective!
    - I actually like Alyssa but OMG whoever put her in that shiny Easter pantsuit and then hemmed the pants into showgirl shorts should be fired.
    - The clothes:
    1. Korto: Gorgeous, clear winner. The peep of orchid color was very well done. I agree that something wasn’t working with the pants/shoes combo – the shape of the pants was a bit stumpifying on anyone not a 6-ft-tall model.
    2. Elena: I thought she was going to get reamed for that nothing of a skirt. The jacket was cool, but too stiff and quilted-looking for my taste. It looked like it was choking the model.
    3. Seth Aaron: He makes great, flattering clothes but he really can’t seem to break out of what he’s done before. Anyone else not really getting Union Jack from that dress? More 80s Body Glove.
    4. Christopher. I loved the idea of a military trench dress, but with lace. I really feel like that could have been gorgeous. But I found myself agreeing with Nina, it went heavy and sloppy. I couldn’t quite tell, but it looked like there was some draping/gathering/ruching. If so, that was a big mistake. It needed to be clean and perfect. Also, those big brassy buttons were eyesores. I actually liked the coordinating clutch in the orchid color.
    5. Victor. Eh, I probably would have picked Christopher for the auf, but I can’t really argue with letting Victor go. Cutting a fabric and letting another fabric show through isn’t exactly the next trend – Elena JUST did that last challenge. I love the coat, though.

    • AnneElliot

      It’s too bad Christopher didn’t incorporate just a peep of the orchid color, like Korto did — maybe lining it, or on the lapels? I personally like olive green with a pop of bright color. Maybe instead of the lace so it wouldn’t have been so busy.

      • MoHub

        The orchid on the lapels would have been perfect. However, the rest of his design—

    • MilaXX

      Christian Siriano himself dressed Alyssa.
      1. Agreed, great suit, poor accessorizing
      2. Peplum should have been smaller to accommodate her petite client & she should have given her pants to elongate the leg
      3. Nice but nothing new
      4. Skipped the challenge altogether, should have been auf’d
      5. He should have built a outfit around that jacket

      • demidaemon

        On 2, I think it needed a different shape for that girl. It looked a bit cloying and constricting as is. Great idea, wrong girl, as I said upthread. 4, agreed. I do wonder what he had against the color. I thought it was particularly beautiful and vibrant. He should hand in his gay card. ;) 5, definitely, but the jacket seemed to be the clincher piece to an outfit TBD and he couldn’t determine it in time.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          christopher has mentioned several times that he doesn’t use color or, god forbid, prints.

          • demidaemon

            Hmm, I forgot that. That would explain the attraction to olive green, I guess. Guy needs to expand his horizons a bit.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            This should be something that is asked of people when they audition for Project Runway.
            “Do you use colors or prints?”
            “Neither. I love black.”
            “Okay, goodbye! Don’t apply again until you can be versatile!”

    • swanpride

      Honestly, I think they all were bad and Christopher was just a little bit worse. Nothing about this worked. Not that I’ll miss Victor. He should have been out last week, and I hated how he kept playing the camera. But to be honest, there were at least two worse looks on the runway. One was Christopher’s, the other one Elena’s. She managed to shorten the (for her size long and beautiful) legs of her client to a degree that it looked like her upper body is larger than her legs. Everything was wrong about it, from the length of the jacket over the skirt down to the shoes, every element added a little bit to an effect, which made the poor girl look like a dwarf. Never mind that this is just another variation of “dress with jacket” we have seen from Elena multiple times already.
      So, yeah, it was for me between Korto and Seth Aaron, but only by default. Korto’s was not bad, but really not the best pick for client, who would have been better served with something which slims her legs down (what white never does) and underlines her curves instead of hiding them behind strange petals. Plus, the button on the jacket looked stretched. And, really, the new trend is white pants? How…exciting….
      Seth Aarons on the other hand was mostly boring, and the shoulder pats a really bad idea. But at least he did not mess up the proportions of his client.
      Honestly, the episode was just disappointing.

    • Demeter

      I agree. I thought Elena was going to say that Viktor was copying her again. Last week she made a black dress with slashed openings to show the multicolor fabric underneath

  • guest2visits

    My God – the tarts…. will they NEVER END! Drags limp body back to the kitchen. To the best informed, wittiest, and deliciously snarky bunch on the webs; thanks for all TLo’s never ending efforts; and the Merriest Christmas, and Happiest New Year to all.

  • GillianHolroyd

    My memory is that the designer with the tallest, thinnest model won.

    I loved what Elena did with her jacket but it overwhelmed her petite model.

    I actually liked Christopher’s concept (for once) of the olive green lace but I would have just made a shirtwaist with some orchid contrasting trim. I couldn’t see it clearly but it looked like he had some stiff fabric underlining it and it looked bulky on the runway.

    It’s between Korto and Elena for the final.

    • conniemd

      Christopher needed to have the orchid color as the lace or as the lining. It would have made a better contrast than olive green lace over olive green khaki. The green and pink color combo was interesting. Elena needed to make pants to help the proportions so the jacket wouldn’t overwhelm the small skirt.

    • demidaemon

      No, I think that would have been Seth Aaron. Korto’s model had some curve to her that she, of course, knew how to rightly show off and accessorize.

      • MoHub

        Beat me to it!

    • MoHub

      Not necessarily. Seth Aaron’s model used to be a guy, so she probably had the closest to model proportions there. Yet SA didn’t win.

  • annabelle archer

    Question….Is anyone else experiencing problems with this site on your mobile’s? I’m having issues with super slow loading, freezing and other glitches. But only here, so thinking it’s maybe the new layout? It’s making me a sad panda.

    • mmebam

      I’ve been having problems with the occasional crash and layout issues.

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      We’re working on a new mobile version (faster and glitch-free), it should be up and running soon. Thank you for your patience.

      • annabelle archer

        No, no. Thank you.

    • guest2visits

      Slow loading on my laptop since new format, but it gets there eventually.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        The new version is much faster on my laptop. Used to take forever to load before I could start scrolling.

    • MilaXX

      New format doesn’t work on my mobile. I can’t scroll left/right so I can’t post or exit out of mobile version which the site defaults to . Glad to see an upgrade is in the works. It just means I’ve lost my favorite keep busy activity while in the doctor’s waiting room.

  • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

    Oh dear. I missed the show because I was watching versions of the Christmas Carol on TCM. How bad is that? I may have missed a good show too. Please comment away, I hope to catch up.

  • tired_mommy

    Uncles, have a wonderful break and enjoy the holidays!!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Happy holidays, BKs, PUFs and minions. I wish I could feel festive, but I just learned this morning that my best friend from prep school (meaning I’ve know this gal for 50 – yes, all you youngsters, 50 – years) was diagnosed yesterday with breast cancer. On top of my sister…. well, I wasthisclose to bursting into tears at IP Central. G/f and my sis actually live only a couple of miles apart, so my sis can give g/f advice and encouragement, but this is just a terrible blow. G/f, too, doesn’t have the financial resources that my sis has, so sis and I are both hoping that g/f’s insurance from her employer is a good policy and that the good docs in the area take her policy.

    My oncologist, on the other hand, continues to award me “miracle girl” status with my robust remission health. My oncologist did reassure me (he and his team had met my sis last year) that breast cancer is very treatable and manageable, but it’s a bit hard to revel in that when my sister’s lost her hair, is queasy, fatigued and has rashes where the hair follicles are all riled up.

    And that was waaay too much information.

    Holiday cards will be done tomorrow, the little wrapping of gifts as well, and then it’ll be off to a very charming Massachusetts town where brother, sis-in-law (2x BCA survivor and physician to boot)and their two very lovely teenagers will host Aunt NDC for Christmas week. I hope the T Lo gang travel safely and smoothly if to’ing and fro’ing are in your plans, and if not, enjoy the don’t-need-to-pack comforts of home, hearth and those you hold dear.

    • guest2visits

      Cannot send enough heartfelt and sincere thoughts and blessings your way. And even praise for your ability to make some sense of truly grievous, harsh news. It’s always good to read your input about anything. I’m glad you’re here.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        I look for your posts, too, guest2visits, and I’m going to cheer-lead my sis, my g/f and the g/f from law school who’s battling an ovarian cancer similar to mine (and she’s having a much rougher time of it). Telling ‘em to eat crystallized ginger and to bring a beach towel to line the chair at the infusion suite doesn’t seem to be much, but, in fact, it really does help a person who’s overwhelmed with fear, uncertainty, chemo brain and weakness.

        • formerlyAnon

          My mom and my friend who both beat breast cancer bonded over comparison of prescription stool softeners. It IS the little things, because little bits of comfort make all the difference when the big picture is overwhelming.

    • marlie

      Hugs to you and yours this holiday season, and here’s hoping that everything somehow manages to work out. xoxo

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Thanks, marlie, I’m a testament to and a vocal proponent of modern medicine and better living (I’m alive!) through chemistry. My sister’s tumor is responding gratifyingly to the big guns aimed at it, and she certainly appreciates that, even if the side effects are wearing. I don’t yet know what my g/f’s treatment plan will be, but I’m hoping that it will achieve like results. She’s a very good woman – pillar of her church, devoted mother to two grown children, looks after her 91 year old father who now lives in her home, and supports her husband. She doesn’t need this. But cancer is a non-discriminating enemy and ambushes whomever it gets its sights.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Dear, your sister and g/f will most definitely be in my prayers. And I am so thankful that you continue in remission.
          Many hugs sent, too!

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Indeed, your kind sentiments belie your tough-girl moniker! ;-) Thanks, my friend.

          • SRQkitten

            Dear NDC, (((hugs))) and best wishes for a holiday season full of the things that matter, being close to the folks we love. Cancer deserves to get kicked and HARD so am sending positive thoughts for yr sister and gf to give it a serious stompin’. You’re the model for this, kickin’ ovarian cancer is muy impressive! Here’s hoping your 2014 is bright! Friend of mine had warned me that any year ending in ’13 was trouble and boy, she called that one right.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You are welcome, dear friend.

    • demidaemon

      You and your family are in my prayers. You remind me of what we really should be appreciating in this season. Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring you better tidings!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        If you’ve got your health, trite truism though that is, you really have a lot. Healthcare expenses are the major cause of personal bankruptcies in this country. But friendships provide support that is unquantifiably important in health crises, and that encouragement and reassurance really helps. Don’t stint in offering it to those in need. It’s appreciated more than you can imagine.

    • formerlyAnon

      In NO way too much information. Sorry to hear that you are getting discouraging news on all sides, but really quite happy that YOUR news continues good. Somebody’s gotta be the encouraging and longed-for odds-against success story and I’m thrilled that it seems to be you.

      Happy Christmas, may the best of time with family and friends surround you.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        My sister’s recommendation on “that” prep – OTC/health store tea called “Smooth Move,” since sis had had real difficulty with nuthin’ movin’ after chemo and with some of the other meds she’s taking. That tea, taken as directed, has been very efficacious. What we now talk about without batting eyelashes (and mine regrew, and she’s slowly shedding hers)!

        Thanks, my virtual friend. Hope your travels and holidays make happy memories. Traveling?

        • formerlyAnon

          I have the easiest holiday season ever, most years. As the friend/relative with the best weather, people travel to me in midwinter. I’m doing Christmas twice – once with friends on the day and once a week later when my kids & the odd girlfriend or boyfriend will be in town. I feel blessed.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          Raw kale is a great natural “mover.” My daughter swears by hummus.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Coffee works for me.

          • Lisa_Co

            Coffee and *hides face* a cigarette works well for me (it’s the nicotine).

    • Sarah

      You can count yourself hugged, friend. You have enough strength to share, Miracle Girl. Take care of yourself, too.

    • MilaXX

      What a challenging few weeks you have. Hope your friend connects with some Breast cancer groups that can help her advocate.Sending all the positive vibes and prayers your way!

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Hideous timing! Hope it all works out, and you don’t have to be too strong for everybody.

    • decormaven

      So sorry for your dear friend. Healing, healthy vibes sent her way, and blessings for you for being such a caring friend.

    • Qitkat

      Such tribulations seem like so many difficult things are being dumped in your small corner of the Universe. You are indeed a Miracle Girl, and I wish the same results for your sister and your best friend. Many cancers seem to have become so much more conquerable than they were even 10 years ago. I can only imagine your pain with learning these two people dear to you, as well as your g/f from law school are suffering with what you know all too well. Your resilience and optimism are magnificent, and I’m sure they will draw from that well. Blessings and healing thoughts and love to all of you. We all can benefit from knowing people like you because the strength you have shown is so inspiring.

    • rainwood1

      I’m so sorry to hear about your g/f. Things like that seem to come in clusters, especially as we get to this point n life. You’re tough and that counts for a lot, but it’s still hard.

      We’ve had a spate of bad news this year and I keep joking that my life is filled with sickness and death and old people. Not much ho ho ho in that, but the FDA just approved the leukemia treatment my husband has been waiting for so things are looking up. Have a great Christmas week in Massachusetts and hang in there!

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Good news about the treatment!

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope the treatment is a flat out miracle for your husband. And that you get plenty of good days, regardless.

  • marlie

    Merry, merry, merry Christmas to TLo and all of the Bitter Kittens. I’m thankful that I have you all in my (virtual) life. Safe travels next week!!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Happy, Happy Holidays to my favorite uncles!!! All the best to you in 2014-with your book coming out how can it not be a fabulous year!!!

    • SouthernGirlRena

      If you keep make such sweet comments you are going to have to change your name :)

  • Sarah

    Merry Christmas, Tom and Lorenzo! And I agree about the break. I am gearing up for the dutiful trip to Dad’s this weekend, so tonight I did nothing at all holiday-related (lie. I wrapped some stuff, but I was watching stand-up on Netflix, so I didn’t really think about it). RE: PRAS, I guess I shoulda seen Viktor’s elimination coming, since they so awkwardly dropped his dramatic bomb last week, but I was kinda surprised. Christopher’s mullet trench was worse, to me. I didn’t think it looked bad, but that hem, LORDY, it is so over.

  • formerlyAnon

    Merry Christmas Tom & Lorenzo, and to all the Bitter Kittens, vocal and silent. You guys bring me so much entertainment and, yes, comfort here; I learn things and am distracted from whatever my current big or small worries are. I’ve spent a lovely evening with wine, great food and friends, walked our (their) dogs in unseasonably beautiful weather and can only hope that everyone is granted some similar moments or hours during this season. If it seems unlikely for you, I hope you are surprised.

    I have completely lost the thread of PRAS, so nothing to say there.

  • CeeQ

    Jingle your bells dearies and happy holidays to you both! And a very merry Christmas! Also – happy 2014!

  • unbornfawn

    Happy Holidays to my favorite gay uncles!

  • somebody blonde

    Has anyone else looked at the queens for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 6 yet? I have opinions, but I want others to share.

    • demidaemon

      Oh yes indeed. My favorites are Adore Delano, BenDeLaCreme, Bianca Del Rio, Kelly Mantle, Milk, and, my local Rochester gal, Miss Darienne Lake. I will be rooting for Miss Lake as long as I can. Gotta support the hometown queen! The others all really milked their time and performed in their introductory videos. I am super unimpressed by the Puerto Rican contingent this time–though I pretty much have been since Jessica Wild–and everyone else was kind of blah. My number one least favorite was Joslyn Fox. I seriously consider using her video as insomnia cure.

    • MilaXX

      I’ve looked them over. I’ll be real interested to see how the one who was an American Idol contestant fares.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        which one is that?

        • demidaemon

          Adore was an AI contestant as a dude; the one who looks pretty much like a woman and is Australian also competed on Australian Idol.

        • MilaXX

          I forget his drag name but his real name is Ben something.

    • Sarah

      The fact that I don’t get that channel and Netflix is not buying new seasons is my deepest entertainment regret. I would give up like fifty of the channels I DO have just to watch RPDR. DAMMIT.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        I watch it online. Logo is pretty good about having it up the next morning… most of the time.

        • Sarah

          This is good to know. I do tend to think of RPDR as an evening partytime type of program, so i just never thought of looking for it online. I guess i felt i needed my reclining sofa with built-in beerholder to watch it, haha. Computer it is!

          • somebody blonde

            We don’t have Logo either, but we have an HDMI cable so we just hold a RPDR viewing party the day after the official release at our place- when you’re in college, no one has the fancy cable, you know?

          • Sarah

            I do! (I never had it until I was 36)

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

            Viewing parties every day of the week! Wahoo!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      They’re finally up?? Where is the TLo post for it, then?
      ETA: Arrrgh! While googling the drag race website, I came upon headlines saying Alaska and Sharon broke up.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        that’s so sad. they seemed like a great pair. it must be hard juggling two careers and a relationship.

    • Chartreusite

      My personal favorites so far are Laganja, Milk, Bianca del Rio, Ben de laCreme, and Vi Vacious. I don’t think any of them really have a strong shot of winning (Laganja is too inexperienced, Milk too out-there, Bianca too shady, Ben too Jinx, and Vi Vacious too off-genre) but they all seem like really interesting and strong queens with a lot to offer the show, especially Vi; out of everyone I want her to be on for a while just because she seems like such a breath of fresh air for the program.

      As for least favorites, I canNOT with Adore or Gia. Adore’s got the hype and I get that she’s “edgy” but she just seems like such a stank and sour queen; I’m not sure she can serve anything but scowly face and honestly that’s just not my thing. Gia, on the other hand, makes me incredibly uncomfortable and I can’t help but feel like she’ll be the nastiest queen this season (in a just bitter way), but we’ll see.

      • somebody blonde

        Heh, I had similar taste. I like Laganja partly because of her video, but also because I saw her on Ask a Mortician, so I have a decent handle on her personality already. I liked Ben de LaCreme and Vi Vacious a lot as well. Probably my other favorites were Kelly Mantle and Courtney Act. Adore and Milk both made strong impressions on me, but I’m not sure they were good impressions.

        • Chartreusite

          I should probably look into Courtney Act, since I’ve heard nothing but really strong hype in her favor. She does seem really polished, so she could be a strong contender.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          I LOVED her on Ask A Mortician!

    • StellaZafella

      I’ve watched since the first episode and season but I never seem to develop a favorite until a few shows in…
      I’m impressed that Ru and WOW seem to be bringing in more faceted forms of the arte d’drag but it remains to see how long any of them last.
      I’m all for a ballsy drag queen…even a shady one (if she’s genuinely funny and good at it) but, for me, it’s about being the best at your craft, and a strong contender. I don’t give a rat’s ass about who came to be the biggest bitch in the room…and, based solely on the staged first interviews, a lot of these contestants seem either dangerously ‘sweet’ or infuriatingly full of themselves.
      As an old, retired drag queen myself I can only say to these kids what I’ve said all along: “Cut the shit and show me what ya got…and I don’t mean what you’re tuckin’!”
      In my world Nina Flowers still OWNS EVERYTHING in six seasons of GREAT contenders. RuPaul, herself, notwithstanding.

      • somebody blonde

        Oh I agree, I have a hard time picking favorites this early, but I like to discuss RPDR early and often because I am so sorely deprived in my tiny college town. I really loved that first season- Nina, Ongina, and Bebe were so great to watch, it really made me want to learn about drag. I actually learned how to do my own, girl makeup from drag videos.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I really am intrigued by Milk…just because after following her on Twitter for a bit, I’ve found she’s SO odd, but seems relatively nice. I know I will end up rooting for Courtney Act because I knew of her and LOVED her before the show, but we’ll see what happens. Sharon and Alaska breaking up was predictable, but still SO sad.

  • kismet026

    I am loving Elena so much this season. She was my favorite in her season, though with some reservations, but I’m 100% for Elena this season. I think the constraints of Project Runway brought out the worst in her the first time, but she has been a sweet – though prone to drama – contestant this year. And as a designer, I think she’s one of the best they’ve had recently. I still go back to her decoy collection as one of the best in recent seasons, and she has been on fire this season. Her Marge Simpson dress and blazer were both amazing, especially considering they were made together in one day. She probably didn’t win the challenge because she put them together, but both were immaculate. And though she still freaks out when stressed, I’ve loved seeing her kinder side with Viktor, and she has been a sweetheart on Twitter since I began following her during her first season. I’m glad that regardless of how she finishes, Elena has had a chance to redeem herself and present herself as a stronger designer and person during All Stars this year.

    • Chartreusite

      Agreed. Out of all the all-stars, I think she’s the person who’s been making the best second(third) impression.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m finding that I can appreciate Elena’s work more this season of PRAS-and appreciate her as a human being as well.

        • Chartreusite

          Definitely. Additionally, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I think she’s probably the most successful designer on this season, with the possible exception of Korto. I don’t know about anyone else, but I really admire the PR designers who are really able to mill and mine a career out of their exposure on the show in a very productive way and get their business going.

          • demidaemon

            I think Irina and Jeffrey both have had some success, though quite limited. Jeffrey always seems to be in his own way, so that probably contributes. I am not sure about everyone else, but most of the rest of them are still quite young.

          • Chartreusite

            Makes sense. I wasn’t in any way implying that the other designers haven’t found some success I’m sure they definitely have had a degree of business boost from the show, just that I’ve been seeing Elena’s line popping up a lot (with Ciara, Tyra, and Gaga all wearing her clothes) in the media world.

    • lifeisastory

      Oh I can’t take Elena at all. I think she’s made some great pieces, but I can’t take all her drama. I have to give kudos to all the other contestants for putting up with her noise all this time.

  • kimmeister

    Was anyone else scratching their head at Seth Aaron’s description of his new trend of seamed color blocking? Isn’t that how most color blocking is done?

    Checked off a few things on my to-do list today, including cleaning the fridge and going to optometrist. My eyesight improved since last year, which wasn’t bad to begin with. I am getting new glasses in fun retro frames though.

    • MilaXX

      Mine have gotten worse. I now need the treaded bifocal and the doc is sure I can get progressive lenses because of my vertigo issues. :(

      • formerlyAnon

        Boo hiss. Though I have progressive lenses and have considered going to regular bifocals because I think these are less than optimal when I’m driving at night with a lot of lights & reflective surfaces. Just not sure if the bifocal would be significantly better (that is, make it easier to find the spot on the lens for best focus), though some have told me they will. Lenses aren’t cheap, I hate to make the wrong decision.

        • MilaXX

          I don’t like bifocals because you can see it on the lens. Just a matter of vanity for me.

      • conniemd

        I’ve had progressive lens for about 10 years now. Amazing how suddenly the eyes deteriorate as you age. The first couple of days they made me dizzy, but I did adapt. I’d suggest you at least try them.

        • MilaXX

          I have no problem with trying them, but I currently have ongoing vertigo. If the vertigo looks to be permanent, I may not be a candidate for progressives because it would make it worse.

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

        I’ve been wearing progressive trifocals for about 10 years and have never had a problem with them. You just have to get them made by a really competent lab. (I use Costco.) I also get a non-reflective coating with a slight tint to protect against bad rays from the computer. Oh, and they’re also Transitions lenses so I don’t have to change to sunglasses when I go outside. You absolutely can’t see any of this when you look at me and I’ve never felt dizzy from them.

        • MilaXX

          The issue is I am already dizzy from the vertigo so the adjusting that my eyes have to do to use progressive lenses, which has been known to happen to is increased in my case.

      • alyce1213

        I started needing glasses at 40+. I did very poorly with progressive lenses. After a year of trying to get used to them, I was still dizzy whenever I wore them. I did some math, calculating the cost of my Rx with progressive or bifocal lenses over a few years, allowing for a broken or lost pair, and finally decided on Lasik surgery, which I did 3 years ago. It will save me money over time, not having to buy eyeglasses any more. It’s not for everyone. but it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can see to put makeup on and polish my nails, read labels, menus, etc.!!!

        • MilaXX

          I’m a bit leery of lasik surgery & I like wearing glasses most of the time since they’re an accessory for me. The need for bifocals may be a game changer though. I may ask when I go back for my follow up. I can only do fancy cat eyes when I wear contacts.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            The episode of the Simpsons where Homer gets his eyes lasered puts me off.

          • alyce1213

            I’m glad I didn’t see that. It wasn’t bad at all.

          • alyce1213

            I was leery too. I mean EYE SURGERY is not to be taken lightly . And I really liked my glasses, I used to get this nice green tortoiseshell. Only glasses didn’t like me after I needed more than a simple Rx. Bifocals made me crazy and progressives made me dizzy. Also, I wasn’t the most responsible glasses-wearer, frequently misplacing them, sitting on them, etc. So for me it was part vanity (I could not put on makeup) and part practicality. It worked out well, thank goodness.

      • Sabin

        Sympathy. I’ve tried valiantly to get used to progressives for about three years. They definitely exacerbate the vertigo. Sigh. Late middle-age ain’t for sissies.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    Blessed solstice and happy Christmas to all the kittens who celebrate.

    I’m trying to force myself into some Christmas spirit, through the start of a head-cold. I’ve realised that as we’re going to friends for Christmas Day, we really need to take some gifts. So I am making some boozy chocolates and some fancy pork scratchings. Their child is getting some pink patent brogues. I’m going to decorate today, that should help the Christmas mood lift.

    • Sarah

      I decorated last weekend, but haven’t trimmed my tree yet. I’m saving it for tomorrow night after I return from my dreaded obligatory visit. I hope it makes things more Spirited, too! And I want some boozy chocolates! :)

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        I’m hoping the chocolates work – I’m not sure I’ve made the walls thick enough.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        The bastard things didn’t work – the chocolate bloomed. Last time I try to make moulded chocolates. Anyway, I *think* I can re-purpose them and make them into truffles.

        • Sarah

          Urg. Frustrating! Looks are not as important as taste, is what I always say. Chocolate = tasty, right?

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            You’d think, but the bloom makes the taste a bit weird too, because the fats separate out.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’m thinking you need less sophisticated palates than your own to serve these to. I know of many, too bad they are probably not on your holiday list!

          • Sarah

            Ah, so that’s what that is! I have seen it, but didn’t know the chemistry there.

        • formerlyAnon

          My theory is you can salvage any sweet with confectioner’s sugar (UK: icing sugar, I think), cocoa and/or whipped cream. Or combination thereof.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            That is exactly the principle I am following!

    • conniemd

      Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to my husband’s sisters for their “sister’s” dinner – there are 3 of them. We each bring a $25.00 gift to trade. I also realized the need to bring something – despite being told just bring ourselves – so we’re bringing bottles of wine.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Sounds good to this BK. I just finished another batch of almond spritz cookies, packed four boxes of cookies to give asgifts, and delivered two. Taking a short break before mixing another batch of cookie dough…..

        • formerlyAnon

          Go you. I did errands and laundry and thought very seriously about finishing the tree and cleaning out the fridge before the real cooking begins. Then I had some wine.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope you have a good visit. I imagine all of you could use some undemanding time with those who share family memories.

  • decormaven

    Best Christmas wishes to our dear Uncles and all the Bitter Kittens. Extended car travel looms on Monday; know that all are wished a happy, healthy holiday.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Drive safely!

      • decormaven

        I leave the driving to Mr. DM. Manning the car wheel is not one of my skills.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Wise. I mostly do too. Although that’s partly because I am a better navigator than he is, so we are more likely to get where we want to go.

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          i enjoy a good nap while my spousal unit gets us there. ear plugs are essential if there’s a grandchild or two in the back seat.

    • formerlyAnon

      Safe trip!

  • LadyCelia

    What’s with not being able to see PRAS online anymore? They’ve only got Season 2!

    • Trickytrisha

      I just watched this week’s episode online last night on Lifetime’s website.

  • mrspeel2

    Hope you have THE Merriest First Christmas Together (officially, that is!) TLo!!

  • John11581

    This has to be the most underwhelming season of PRAS ever. I don’t know if it’s because there are only so many cycles of PR I can take in such quick succession, or if it’s because this season’s All Star moniker is more hyperbole than fact than ever before. Maybe Lifetime should stifle itself a bit with the All Star seasons until PR actually produces designers worthy enough to actually be called All Stars. It can be argued that those who were eliminated earlier on in the season were serviceable at best (much like they were on their own seasons of PR). I’ve taken to leaving the show on as background noise until runway time. I really don ‘t have much to say about the challenge, and I’m fine with Viktor going home for no other reason than I’ve been SO over his flicking that fan hither and thither since episode 2.
    Anyway, I just want to wish everyone here a wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy new year. To our favorite uncles, I say thank you for continuing to provide such a wonderfully entertaining place for me to visit on a daily basis when I need some me time to decompress from the stresses of my workday. I appreciate the time and effort it takes you to maintain such a quality site, and thank you for your diligence in ensuring it remains a friendly and respectful haven for us Bitter Kittens. You are, without a doubt, my 2 favorite people I’ve never met.

  • guest2visits

    PRAS: I forget which Ministry of Colour declares the new, hottest, must have shade of the year, and it was pretty laughable how it was received by the designers. No one was exactly eager to use the orchid as a central theme to build from. Well, maybe Seth, who always loves some purple. Chris, Korto, and Viktor all had a very minimal flash of the purple shade. I thought it might work against them in judging but turns out Isaac thinks it was clever to introduce a ‘new’ color in subtle measure.
    I thought Korto deserved the win, maybe it was the white; but her pantsuit seemed the most updated, fresh and visually pleasing. It fit her client well and while i know a white pant suit isn’t really new…. it didn’t look tired or have issues like most of the others on the RW.
    I loved-loved Christopher’s idea to use the khaki with the orchid. I also knew he was really skilled in his ability to work with lace, so I was sure his would be a contender. Unfortunately, no. The fussy elements overwhelmed the coat. Awful belt loops, buttons, drippy hems, and the unnecessary double breasted design made it messy and unflattering. And he knew it, which I guess is why he was so testy with Nina. He was clearly last night’s auf.
    I’m bummed they auf’d Viktor. His dress wasn’t a new shape or especially great but it fit his client’s personality and form very well, and the jacket was another perfect Viktor designed jacket.
    Seth’s dress was a color block of black and purple, with tacky shoulder pads. I thought it appeared dated in the workroom and the surprise addition of the pads made it worse. It looked a bit 80s-90s to me. Not awful, but not at all different or new… and with the pads, I don’t know who would wear it.
    I liked the jacket Elena designed but it was ALOT of jacket. It worries me that she could not ajust her vision for her obviously tiny client. And that she made a tiny scrap of skirt underneath that just accentuated the hefty jacket. In fact, her jacket had so much going on with the shaping and the cutout work, it would take a very tall, model-esque figure to pull it off perfectly, in my view.

    • Pennymac

      Those shoulder pads! It was like the top was inside out. I thought surely they shouldn’t have sat on the outside like two weird tumors of fabric!

      • guest2visits

        They DID look inside out! – for me, the big shoulder pads/epaulets took a simple, nice dress and made it caricature.
        What’s going on with the previous winners tapping out as if on cue; these were all strong winners in their seasons… it doesn’t seem possible.

    • lifeisastory

      Elena’s jacket completely overwhelmed that tiny little lady. She looked like a jacket with legs. Nina was 100% right in that it did have the stiffness and heft of the chest piece for a suit of amour.

      I did not understand the “Radiant Orchid thing.” Is that how it really works? Somebody declares what the color trend will be 6-9 months from, now, and everyone follows along?

      • guest2visits

        It would be interesting to know more about how colors are determined to be trending. Who are the big movers and shakers of purple, blue or green. Certainly shows like Mad Men influence what people come to like or want to wear.
        Elena needs to make sure she has a big enough bag of tricks for the judges; not just play out one nice effect endlessly. (imo)
        That shape jacket was way too busy for that petite client.

        • guest2visits

          Well… just looked over the Pantone site; the enigmatic corporate mixer and distiller of color and shade, and how it’s utilized it in the market place. It’s actually an interesting field. Radiant Orchid is also discussed by two stylish and fashiony types in all black (HA).

  • TigerLaverada

    Hope my fave Korto wins this cycle. I think she more than deserves it.

    Happy Christmas/Holidays to all Bitter Kittens, and especially to you Uncles. Your site is my first stop on the interwebs every day.

  • Qitkat

    Heading for a busy weekend, but here’s the scoop, kittens, on my drag queen night out. A group of nine, including me, my daughter-in law and her mom went to an annual holiday show, called The Buttcracker, staged at a small atmospheric club, where all the seats were good, and the drinks never stopped flowing.

    The four men, known as the Demented Divas, not really trying to pass for real women, each with a stage name, of course, (Nuclia Waste, Portia Potty, Marion McKuzins, and Gabriella But’zin) dressed in glittery holiday drag, and other costumes, skewer both familiar and original holiday songs. Nothing is a sacred cow, equal opportunity offending of drug use, plastic surgery, Christmas, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, etc. Of course all the jokes and songs are vulgar, mocking, indecent and lewd, and mostly, very funny. A nun sings about all she wants for Christmas is to get laid; the 12 Days of Christmas turns into the 12 Days of Boozing, with the singer becoming more and more convincingly drunk, staggering on stage to the music. Boob jobs and plastic surgery are topics of songs and Christmas wishes. Barbra Streisand’s version of Jingle Bells will never sound the same to me again. The famous SNL sketch of “Schweaty Balls” is reenacted. And much more.

    They swagger through the isles, sitting in male customer’s laps (and a couple of these DQ’s were really big guys), and have a couple of audience participation skits. I got sabotaged by my group when they called for folks to raise their hands if they wanted to come up on stage, and then told them to point to someone else to get the honor. I would have consumed several more drinks, instead of just one, had I known this was going to happen to me. In spite of my protests, I went on stage, and tried to be a good sport about it all.

    Three of us sat in chairs, they briefly asked our names and where we were from and what we did, I was the last one and said I was a starving artist. They then whipped out 3 bananas and said I would not be starving any more! The idea was to blindfold each of us and see who could eat a banana the fastest. My first thought, was Shit, this is not on my diet!, and my second thought was, I am terrible at peeling bananas (they always bend instead of break for me). But, hold on, there was a twist! The first and second guys (also chosen by their friends from the audience) get blindfolded and handed their bananas. They come to me and put a finger to “Shhhh” and don’t blindfold me, and have me put my banana on the floor. Then they go to the first guy, remove his blindfold and take his banana too. Then they say Go, and the middle guy wolfs down his banana as fast as he can. They announce that it’s a tie, and there has to be a tie-breaker, to eat a second banana. The guy again wolfs down the banana. The audience is howling, and we two on stage are trying not to laugh out loud. It was very funny. Then we two get sent off the stage and the winner is crowned. And told he was the only one to eat the bananas. His prize, a banana! with a ribbon on it, and a cool mug from the club. We other two didn’t get any prizes.

    The guy was a very good sport, and during the intermission I went to his table to congratulate him, and their friends took pictures of the three of us in the competition. Ironically the man who had to eat the bananas was a botox doctor. Everyone was really cool and funny about it. Later the final act had a man chosen by a drag queen, taken back stage, dressed in an appropriate booby outfit, and taught a little dance which he performed with the four drag queens. I think he was mortified but was also a good sport.

    It was a fun evening, but I think my relatives were more offended than I was. Is that because I’m a Bitter Kitten? (They are ignorant of my secret life.) ;-)

    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all. I’ll check back in later. Want to comment on some others posts. Mwwwhh!! Love you guys!!

    Apologies for such a long post.

    • Trickytrisha

      Such fun, Qitkat. Thanks for sharing. I always look forward to your posts!

      • Qitkat

        Glad you enjoyed my little story @Trickytrisha:disqus :-) Enjoy your holidays.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      What a fun evening! Sometimes it’s just easier not to share with people what we do here. It’s like a secret habit you can’t explain.

      • Qitkat

        You are so right! I think most of the BK’s would have had fun too.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      That sounds great! I cringe at audience participation, so I may have actually died if I had to go up on stage.

      • Qitkat

        I’m pretty much of the same mind, but i was so shocked that this was happening to me that it was almost like I was observing it happen to someone else. But once I was up there, and figured out what to say, which didn’t have to be much, and it got funny, I felt more relaxed, and felt like it was a good experience for me all told. “if all else fails, fake it!” ;-)

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Merry Christmas Qitkat!

    • demidaemon

      This sounds so AWESOME!

      • Qitkat

        You always sound like a fun person, you definitely would have loved it! Have a very Merry Christmas!

    • formerlyAnon

      Sounds like fun! I enjoyed hearing about it.

      • Qitkat

        A new version of losing my virginity! Merry Christmas Anon!

    • Pennymac

      No apologies necessary! I’ve been waiting for your update. Can I just say, those are the best four drag queen names EVAH!

    • Sarah

      Hehee, Tales of Ribaldry! Fun! I attended a hypnotist/comedian show a while back with my bff, her mom, and our fellows, who hate each other. It consisted of the unfunny comedian “hypnotizing” audience members and telling lewd jokes or forcing them to engage in sex act pantomime on stage. It was unpleasant. Not because I’m a prude, or because anybody else was, but because it was demeaning, the jokes were VERY lame, and when two of your party are NOT friends, it’s not going to be fun even if the “comedian” should be sticking to their day job. Your time sounds SO much better, not least because they were obviously up front about how it was going to be from the start!

    • marlie

      That sounds like such a good time – thanks for sharing! And you wouldn’t be a Bitter Kitten if you *were* easily offended. ;)

  • Jessica Freeman

    Family Christmas dinner on the town tonight…Panthers game tomorrow, great way to start my 2 week vacation.

    Love to the Uncles and Bitter Kittens. Be safe and have great holidays!

  • Jacob Bowen

    The article is OUT!!!

    • Sarah

      Cover of the Style Section! Nice.

  • AutumnInNY

    Happy Holidays to my favorite Philly boys, Tom & Lorenzo. May your days always be merry and bright!

  • Constant Reader

    Happy Holidays, Tom and Lorenzo! Thanks for all you do all year long to keep us entertained and informed, and to give us a place to vent our fashion opinions. I don’t know about the other BKs, but I’m pretty sure that because I have a place to rant about visible granny panties (among other things) I’m a little less annoying in my daily life. All the best to you for 2014!

    • marlie

      I think I might be MORE annoying in my daily life because of this site. My sister didn’t get why I was so irritated by a high-waisted peplum top with cutouts (seen in the mall yesterday). “It’s a crime against fashion!” I said.

      • Constant Reader

        Recently, I was waiting in line at Panera Bread with my boyfriend when a woman in a tight top walked by. My boyfriend raised his eyebrows at me and I thought it was about the rather large boobs, but then he leaned over and whispered “The 80s called. They want their hairdo back.” Obviously, my work there is done — and I’m probably fooling myself about being nicer in real life.

        • marlie

          We can go sit in our corner and be snarky together. ;)

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I TELL people I’m not nice, and they don’t believe me. Until they do. Bwahahahahahahahaha.

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          He’s definitely a keeper.

  • Peeve

    Have a lovely, happy, and restful Christmas, guys! My best to you both and all the bitter kittens!

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Happy holidays, bitterest of kittens! And especially well wishes to T and Lo, who I hope are doing fabulous family things in ridiculously chic sweaters/coats. Me, I’m unpacking my new apartment in Brooklyn (yep, finally moved to where things are somewhat cheaper), with my parents contributing some lovely new furniture as Christmas/early birthday present.

    • Qitkat

      I’ve moved myself more than once right before Christmas, and while it makes for hectic times, there is something deliciously satisfying about it too. Enjoy the new adventure, and Merry Christmas!

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        Thanks! It’s stressful but nice.

  • neeBarbero

    Merry Christmas Uncles and all the Bitter Kittens.

  • alyce1213

    Merry Christmas to all.
    A propos of nothing, I saw Madonna on SNL last night. She wore her nerd glasses, a black pantsuit, silver peep-toe platforms, and a hair bump.
    What struck me was her hands, which were uncovered — no glove things — and looked perfectly nice. We’ve speculated here that maybe she wears gloves because she’s trying to hide aging hands, but I tell you, she gesticulated a lot and they looked fine. So I’m thinking it’s a fashion, not a cover-up choice.

    • Sarah

      I saw that too, and felt she looked fine all over, but didn’t think about her hands. Definitely that she looks good and shouldn’t be hiding anything, even though I have issues with hair bumps, personally ;)

      • alyce1213

        The hair bump was my only complaint; she looked good.

    • marlie

      Is it weird that at first I kept staring to figure out if it was REALLY Madonna, or just a really, really good impersonation of her? She’s become a caricature of herself.

  • LaSylphide

    Wishing the Uncles and Bitter Kittens a peaceful new year and lots of awful, sorry awfully interesting RC fashion in 2014.

  • Coolekat

    Very nice story in the Washington Post. Captured your essence! Thanks for posting the link – not a regular stop for me unlike your site :)

  • Qitkat

    Kittens, while it is late, and the Lounge weekend is all but over, I would like to briefly address a subject not normally discussed. Please hold in your hearts, and prayers, if you are so inclined, the grieving family of Claire Davis, the young woman who died over the weekend from her injuries during the recent shooting at Arapahoe High School. Our community has been shattered once again by an act of unbearable violence, the third Colorado high school to do so in recent years, all of them in nearby towns to my home. I’m sure the entire nation is touched by this tragedy. No agenda here, just sharing in sorrow, and sympathy.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Poor girl, what a tragic loss of potential. Even more tragic is that I don’t remember seeing this incident in the news in the UK. Have we become so desensitised to school shootings that they don’t even rate a mention any more?

    • Christy Bishop Cricow

      The tragedies are staggering, and Colorado has had more than its share. No agendas here, today, but boy I’m on it soon, as I hope others will be as well. So many families devastated, and it just cannot go on. Thanks for bringing it up.

    • decormaven

      Healing thoughts to the family and to the community.

  • annabelle_archer

    Ok y’all. I’m going to put this here, which is super silly. I should have done so Friday, but work was calling. Years ago, I created my blog, and I used a pen name to protect the innocent and guilty. So when I created a Disqus account, it was for blog reasons. Now, I rarely blog and I feel like I have multiple personalities. So this is going to be my last post under the Annabelle Archer account. I’ll be here, but under my Twitter handle, Biting Panda. Yep, I’ve caved and joined Twitter. I hope you find me and follow me there.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Done!

      • Biting Panda

        I’m still not bold enough to use an actual photo for my avatar, but as my name is actually Amanda, I’ve always had some form of pandas represent.

        • Qitkat

          Nice to meet you Amanda! *g*
          This will take some getting used to.
          My real name is almost a Ricky Nelson song, so maybe I should use his pic as an avatar.

          • Biting Panda

            Nice to meet you too.
            It’s such a relief to finally make this switch over. It’s one thing to listen to the voices in your head, it’s another to give them an email address. : ) Once I caved and started a Twitter, I realized with a couple of weeks of little to no posts here, it would be a good time to make the blog private, shut down all the AA, accounts, and just be me. WHEW.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Mary Lou? Cindy? Garden Party?

          • Qitkat

            I’d like to say Garden Party, good one! However, I’m MaryLu. And yourself? (as long as we’re telling ;-)

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            Hi MaryLu! I’m a Frank Sinatra song — Nancy with the Laughing Eyes.

          • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

            My response doesn’t seem to be showing up, so I’ll post it again.

            I’m a Frank Sinatra song–Nancy with the Smiling Eyes. The original smizer?

        • LaSylphide

          Don’t take this personally, but there’s no way you’re as cute as a panda ;)

          • Biting Panda

            See, you know.

    • Biting Panda

      See, this is me now.
      I hope this can migrate all my social peeps into one place. I’d hate to think my fellow Bitter Kittens would feel as if I’ve run away. Love, love, love y’all!!

      • decormaven

        Whoops! Didn’t read down far enough to see you changed avatar pic as well. Hi, Amanda!

        • @Biting Panda

          Hi Sugar!
          Hope y’all had a merry merry.

    • formerlyAnon

      Thank god you told us. It would have taken me forever to match you up with a new name (or, maybe never). I can be clueless. And I would have worried. I always do when someone drops out of regular commenting without a farewell post, or even with. (Yes, even though I know full well that’s the nature of the beast.)

      • Biting Panda

        I felt a bit like an ego maniac for even doing so, this isn’t my blog, I’m just a regular Kitten. But I’ve made so many other Kitten friends, I’d hate for anyone to worry, as I would have also.

        • Tracy_Flick

          Ah! I’m glad you told us, I never would have figured that out. *off to twitter*

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I would have been very confused and thought you were lost.

        • Sarah

          I THOUGHT YOU WERE LOST AND A NICE PANDA WAS SAYING THINGS TO ME!!! Thank goodness I checked back here. Phew. Happy New Year! (and I heart your avatar)

          • @Biting Panda

            It was harassing you not to smoke that clued you in, right?

          • Sarah

            Any and all harassment is welcome. I am working on it :)

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

      I figured comments to this post had run their course by Monday night, so I wasn’t going to open it again. But I was bored, so I thought I’d see if anyone had added anything new since Sunday.

      Well, Annabelle/Amanda/Biting Panda, I sure am glad I checked in. I, for one, would certainly have noticed your absence and am very glad you gave us a heads-up about your new handle.

      Looking forward to seeing your panda avatar, but your stylish bow and arrow will be missed.

      Merry Christmas to you and all the BKs.

    • decormaven

      Hope you’ll keep your avatar pic!

      • @Biting Panda

        Nope. I am this adorable panda instead.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I just followed you. My twitter handle is not the same, but my avatar is. (Which is a punch-out TARDIS, if anyone is interested.)

  • Violina23

    Merry Christmas to all BK’s who celebrate! Happy Movie & Chinese food day to the rest of us! ;-)

  • unbornfawn

    Merry Christmas Bitter Kittens!

  • Violina23

    I’m not sure if TLo are going to be blogging about it, but anyone want to talk about the Dr. Who Christmas Special?

    *possible spoilers below*

    I feel like I have to watch it again to process it, so my raw thoughts are as follows: I enjoyed it a lot, on an emotional level, but of course I was getting hung up on stupid details that probably don’t matter (like, when Clara entered the Doctor’s time stream in “The Name of the Doctor”, but apparently resumed her normal time stream in Day/Time of the Doctor? How did that happen? Also, the 11th Doctor’s been around for a few hundred years at Matt Smith age, but all the sudden he spends a few hundred years in this town and he’s an old geeser?).

    But on the other hand I liked how it tied everything together — Trenzalore, The Time Lords existing again (e.g. the events of “The Day of the Doctor”). And the emotion of it all (including the Amy Pond cameo) felt earned. The TIme Lords magically granting him a new regeneration cycle felt a bit too “dues ex machina” for its own good, though, that made me roll my eyes. After all, I thought River Song gave the Doctor her regenerations, or was that just a one time thing?

    Pardon my incoherent ramblings. There’s a reason I would be a horrible blogger ;-P

    • ookamigrrl

      The Doctor entered his own time stream to save Clara, carried her to safety. I think he aged because he just stayed there. He probably travels so much that he never ages. Timey wimey, you know ;pI was wondering about the regenerations from River also.

    • Qitkat

      I quite forgot to watch it! Thanks for the reminder. I’ll be back to read your comment and reply after I catch up.

    • Qitkat

      I thought Matt was marvelous in his final outing. He got to play all the range of emotions he has become known for, silly and endearing, moody and broody, outraged and fierce, quirky and aloof, tender and caring. The transition into the new Doctor was different, drawn-out, and then suddenly, Poof! here’s Peter! and he doesn’t remember how to drive the TARDIS?? As for the story, mysterious at times, very timey-wimey, but I appreciated (and got a bit of a shiver) with the reappearance of The Silence, The Weeping Angels, The Crack in the Universe; and funny, with fish fingers and custard, and PG nudity; and, as you said, Trenzalore, Gallifrey and The Time Lords, and a final good-bye from Amy Pond. I did wish for a scene, however small, with River Song; I wonder if she is gone for good. As far as the “deus ex machina” I think we all suspected that had to be coming, as perhaps the only way to reference past regenerations and continue ad infinitum, as the writers had really written themselves into a corner. I don’t know what happened with RS’s regenerations. The Doctor’s aging was a bit of a shock, and I thought it looked mostly quite authentic, especially with the first aging moment. In the end, I had gotten teary a few times, and thought it an admirable send-off for Eleven. I will miss Matt in the role more than I would have thought.

    • zky

      Re: RS and her regenerations, I think she used them up saving the Doctor’s life; she didn’t give him her regenerations to use later.

  • OrigamiRose

    Shoot, I know we can’t post links but for all my BKs out there… google “pink martini auld lang syne.” It is the song I sing for you all. I hope you are all well and happy and looking forward.

    (Now, if I could only plant DA spoilers here. What is wrong with you anti-streaming manics? *smile*)

    xoxoxo
    OR and the FatCat

    • Nancy Woodard

      I’ve streamed all the season 4 DA episodes. can’t figure out why they don’t show them at the same time around the globe.

  • Fannie Wolston

    Thanks for the hospitality in 2013! best wishes for a stellar new year! I promise not to be so bitter in 2014, such a jagged little pill i’ve become…
    faire la bise el tio TLo

  • http://www.erptraining9.com/ SAP Training

    I am late here .
    Nice hang out though.
    Happy holiday to all of you.
    And a very, very happy new year 2014!!!

  • http://www.rebeccarip.blogspot.com/ Rebecca Rip

    Ooh, what have you two been baking? I’ve been on a kitchen rampage for the past two weeks, and am (not so) slowly succumbing to madness in the process. Thankfully, though, I have older brothers to devour all the goodies in good time. Happy New Year and many congrats. on the book! RR