December 10, 2007

Julia's SUPER WICKED AWESOME BESTEST Holiday Gift Ideas Ever!!! (well, for 2007 at least)

Tired of the same old bullshit Bath&Body-Works-shower-gel-and-loofah-set kind of gifts??  Of course you are!  They are a pile of SUCK.

In no particular order, here are some WAY FUNNER ideas:

For the girl/guy/dog who has everything, except their own URL and a blog
Buy them a URL from (it's only $10!), then set up a Tumblr account (the blog software even your mom can figure out).  Then, when it's time to exchange gifts, just tell them to go type in their name.  Awesome, right??  Just think, you've now contributed to a significant decrease in their productivity for the next YEAR.  What other gift does that besides Xbox?!?!

For your grandma, who's not 100% clear on the concept of "computers"
Printer that sends email & photos to old people who don't own computers

For your friend who takes washing clothes VERY seriously.  In card, joke about combining red socks and white sheets.  Watch her cry.
Anything from

For that walking contradiction: the Organized Procrastinator

"Later" File Folders

For the nap-lovingest person in your life
Bath & Body Works - Sweetest Softest Nap Blanket on Earth
Bath & Body Works - Sweetest Softest Lambie Sleep Mask on Earth

For the one who just can't STOP napping
"Clocky" - the Alarm Clock that Runs Away and Hides

For your OCD friend
Take Charge Charger Case

For your ditzy friend
Do Not Forget Door Knob Organizer

For your ignorant friend.  This'll learn him.
Subscription to The Economist

For your friend who WILL. NOT. STOP. TEXTING. even though it's negative 20 out.
J.Crew Wool-Cashmere Convertible "Texting" Gloves

For anyone who needs a little perspective
Expecting Adam

For anyone who needs a little oral hygiene
Braun Oral-B Power toothbrush 9900 (my parents once got me a dentist appointment as my sole Xmas gift.  I am exaggerating 0%.)

For the 15-year-old in your life.  Or the girl who wishes she were 15.
Design Her Gals Stationary

For the 7-year-old in your life.  Or the girl who wishes she were 7.

Out to Tea hair bows

For that friend who basically works in the real life version of The Office
"I'm Savin' Up to Quit My Job" Tin Bank

For the girl in your life who thinks of her clothing as ART which should be displayed

Pottery Barn Teen - Pink Dottie Dress Form

For the friend who bores the SHIT out of you
"Would you rather...?" Conversation Starters Original Set

For the dog lover who's too poor to hire a dogwalker
Walking the Dog Doorknob Hanger

For your friend who just got knocked up
Baby Tattoos - see?  Parenting is fun!  You can tat your baby up!

For your girlfriend, who won't wear Uggs (SOOO 2003!!) but then refuses to walk outside for more than a block in her 4 inch pumps, which makes it difficult to actually do much. (I own a pair and they are the best thing to have ever happened to my feet.)
Rubberduck - Snowjoggers

For a sibling you farted on in your youth
What's Your Poo Telling You?

For that crazy friend of yours who uses her kitchen.  (Or your mom.)
Lazy Spoon.  I wouldn't normally condone a $27 spoon, but, I mean, this is pretty brilliant.  And hell, it's Christmas.  GO CRAZY!

For married friends in couples therapy.
Marital Bliss Chocolate Bar

For your stylish friend / sister
Elbow Length Gloves

For anyone in your life who already owns (or aspires to own) monogrammed bath towels
Crabtree & Evelyn - Rosewater collection

For the annoyingly serene Yoga bitch in your life.  Slut.
Yoga Paws

For your favorite alcoholic (so many choices!)
Dear Cab Driver Paper Napkins

For the one friend of yours who actually owns Louis Vuitton luggage, and every goddamn time you vacation together, becomes convinced all the other passengers are trying to steal it.
Funniest Luggage Tags Ever

For your friend who just owns LL Bean luggage.
Luggage ID Tag

For your friend who gets into bitchfights with TSA.  Every.  Time. ("Do you KNOW how much this Chanel Lipgloss COSTS!?!  I AM NOT THROWING IT OUT YOU WHORE!")
See-Thru Cosmetics Travel Bag

For your iPhone obsessed boyfriend.  The iPhone MUST NOT TOUCH THE FLOOR.
Mobile Device Charging Holder

For the crankiest bitch you know.
"I Need Chocolate" Tampon Case

Pair it with Midol Maximum Strength and it's like some sort of super-clever, super-useful gift set for the PMSing!

PS: If anyone wants to snap up an extra of ANY of these items for me, I wouldn't send it back, if you know what I mean ;)

September 20, 2007


If you read my blog regularly, you know I've been a stress case the last month ... so tonight I'M GETTING A MASSAGE, DAMNIT.  And no one can stop me!!!

Best massage place in all of New York City:

Asia Tui-na
37 E 28th St, Suite 800
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 686-8082

September 15, 2007

In Praise of ... Noelle Hancock

You may never read me again after you start with Noelle's blog, "Just Putting It Out There" ... she's - among other things - hysterical, brilliant, witty, self-deprecating, gorgeous, blonde and yeah, a Yale grad.  I know, I know, it's just wrong, really.  But that's not the worst part - she has to be the most likable women I've ever met.  I adore her.  I want to adopt her and force her to toil at a desk next to me so she can make me laugh/feel better about myself all day long.  Hmm ... I've got to somehow figure out a way to do that!  Any suggestions?

last night at the Beverly Feldman event

August 21, 2007

Introducing Top Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Bobby Buka

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the BRILLIANT and yes, incredibly handsome Dr. Bobby Buka, dermatologist to the stars - including Sarah Jessica Parker, Julianne Moore and (college buddy) Zach Braff - who's just opened up his brand spanking new practice in the South Street Seaport.

After completing both undergrad and medical school at Northwestern, Dr. Bobby did his residency at UCSD - and in his free time, picked up a law degree from Fordham.  (Because, you know, why not??)  While his area of expertise is pediatric dermatology, he treats patients of all ages - and really, how different are demanding, perfectionist New Yorkers from their younger counterparts?  Except they can complain using bigger words.

Although he's been a friend of mine for some time, I only recently checked out his dermatological prowess.  It is, in a word, exemplary.  He solved a rather arcane skin problem I had last week in less than 30 minutes (even brought out a textbook to explain to me exactly what it was - and since using his treatment trifecta, it's gone away!!), while also giving me a chemical peel AND making sure I didn't have skin cancer (hurray!).  His own skin is FLAWLESS, and now, I might add, so is mine (well, it's on the way).  I literally cannot say enough good things about Dr. Bobby and his medical skills.

He is, in sum, my epidermal hero.

Address - 220 Front Street, New York NY
Phone - 212-385-3700
Website -

Dr. Bobby at Maxim's Hot 100 Party this spring

March 27, 2007

Shortest Book Review Ever.

There are three types of books in this world:  those that make you want to befriend the author, those that make you want to slap the author, and those that make you want to fuck the author.

Mergers & Acquisitions is the last.

In fact, the book is good enough to almost make up for Dana's ... unfortunate ... first name, which, let's just be honest, is not one many ladies would normally fantasize shouting out mid-coitus.  Of course, names can be changed (D. Vachon, anyone?) - but first novels are forever.

Update: my coverage of Dana's book party on the Huffington Post.