2012 may have been bad, may have been good, but whatever it was, it was definitely NOT boring. Here, we compiled a list of our favorite moments from the past 12 months. Full disclaimer: This list does not represent all of Urban Outfitters, just the blog team. And admittedly, we're a bunch of dorks who spend too much time on the internet, and the rest of the company probably has way better taste than we do. XOXO—The UO Blog
If you're spending New Year's Eve at home, no need to be bummed about it. I mean, definitely don't start thinking about how you used to be a lot more fun while stroking pictures from past New Year's Eve parties and bemoaning the loss of your youth. Stay posi! Having a solo N.Y.E. can be fun. Big parties are usually such a letdown, anyway. Accept your life for what it is, and lean into your future status as stay-at-home cat-mom. I know I have.—Katie
Cupcake Booty Buddy
Yo, I mean, even if you have an actual party to go to, you should probably wear this.
When none of your friends show up to your party, whip out this camera to take pictures of yourself. The super adorable cat graphics that show up on the pics will help hide your tears.
Rextarossa Crew Sweatshirt
If you're gonna phone it in this year, at least get yourself a totally rad sweatshirt to flop on the couch in. Because c'mon, look at that.
BDG Tapered High-Rise Lounge Pant
Sweatpants that almost pass as regular pants will make you feel like you could go somewhere if you really wanted to, even if deep down you know you're not moving from the couch until January 2, 2013.
Minnetonka Cally Slipper
As you wander sadly around your house looking for Peanut the cat, your only friend, at least your feet will be toasty warm.
BDG Floral Button-Up Long-Sleeved Romper
The floral pattern will help hide the Velveeta cheese stains you're gonna get all over this thing.
Wanted Cat Pint Glass
Fill this with your beverage of choice at midnight and like I said, lean into that cat-mom status, man.
New Year's Eve resolutions are hard. Does anyone manage to keep them anymore? I don't think I've even bothered making a N.Y.E. resolution since like, 2003 because it's such a hopeless cause. This year, I've figured out an easy way to stick to some common resolutions, and it happens to involve pizza and beer. You're welcome.—Katie
Collapsible Pizza-To-Go Box
1. Bring lunch to work.
No one said it had to be healthy.
A Cat's Life By Gemma Correll
2. Read more.
Reading cartoons about cats is just as prestigious as reading War & Peace, I promise. If you're looking for a way to be terrible all year long, the book A Year Of Living Sinfully would also be a fantastic way to start off the new year.
Moxi Lolly Roller Skates
3. Be more active.
Why run on a stupid old treadmill when you can rollerskate?
Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Making Kit
4. Learn something new.
Most people want to learn a new language or something, but let's not kid ourselves with that. Learning to brew your own beer means you're one step closer to your REAL N.Y.E. resolution of never getting off the couch again. (If you're underage, mix together different sodas and imagine.)
Kozyndan For Society6 We Came Together Art Print
5. Become more cultured.
Cat art is art, too, people.
What happens if you take a classic Norman Rockwell painting and make everyone in it a pizza-eating, cigarette-smoking, brain-munching Satanist? This T-shirt illustrated by Otto Splotch, that's what!—Hazel
(Photos by Felisha Tolentino)
Now that Christmas is over, your New Year's Eve outfit is what's up next on the agenda, I presume. If you find yourself in Los Angeles this week, stop by Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) and visit (PUR) Project Urban Renewal to find an entirely unique look for NYE. (PUR) is one of my favorite spots to shop in L.A. because it is perfectly curated for each season, and they've always got the cutest things for the holidays. Perhaps you'll find something to create an entire look, or something to top one off with! The shop is located inside Space 15 Twenty, open Tuesday from 12-5 PM, and Wednesday-Sunday from 12-8 PM.—Maddie
New years celebrations are upon us and I haven't got a stitch to wear.. well, a tuxedo at least. I confess that the only time I had a new years event fancy enough to attend in a tux I had to borrow it from my father. To boost your confidence in sporting a tuxedo I offer generations of Bond men who seem to make it look oh so easy. At top we've got the Bond of today Daniel Craig in the new Skyfall, take note of the baller watch just peeking out of the cuff.
I love music critic Chris Ott's series of video essays on music, "Shallow Rewards," and this episode on the history of goth is awesome. You might be surprised to find out that modern bands like Iceage and Deerhunter are actually totally goth. - Hazel
2012 was a year full of songs. Some of them were great, and some of them were not-so-great. Here are five of the not-so-great ones that need to stay in the black hole that will soon be 2012 and never come out.—Katie
"'People look at Amy and expect her to be a straight-up pop singer, but she busts out a rap and she just slays it,' Nick Noonan says." Does she, Nick? Does she? (Hint: The answer is no.)
Train "50 Ways To Say Goodbye"
Is Train a real band? Sometimes I can't tell. Sometimes they feel like a parody of a parody, what with their nonsensical lyrics and all. Am I missing something here? Are they in on the joke? Are they actually geniuses? Their songs do make them a gazillion dollars. What kind of witchcraft are you enchanting us with, Patrick Monahan?
Gotye "Somebody That I Used To Know"
This one almost goes without saying, like "Call Me Maybe" (I love you, though, Carly), and I'm sure Gotye is a lovely man, but seriously—this song needs to blow away in the sands of time like all the other pop songs of yore. "Now you're just some single that I used to know." (See what I did there?)
Alex Clare "Too Close"
I am so mad at this song because every time I hear it on that Internet Explorer commercial I find myself singing the one line "I FEEL SO CLOSE TO YOU RIGHT NOW" six hours after it airs, so damn you, Alex Clare.
Chris Brown "Don't Wake Me Up"
Bye, Chris Brown. Just bye.
A party is always better when you look your best, right? So why not bring in 2013 looking 100% awesome with my six statement pieces that can bring together your whole ensemble? For the ladies, I'm thinking sparkles, sweet kicks, and embellishments. For guys, go with classic silhouettes in cool fabrics that will make you stand out without going over the top, but still look like you're in for a rad time with your pals! - Maddie
Motel Sheer-Sleeve Sequin Dress
There's definitely no question that you'll see some sequins on New Year's Eve, but be the girl who shows up in iridescent ones!
Hawkings McGill Stanton Tweed Blazer
Bottom line, you can't go wrong with a simple blazer for a night out, and the salt and pepper look of this tweed makes things a little bit different.
Jeffrey Campbell Brazen Split-Wedge Heel
If you're going for a pair of shoes that stand out, Jeffrey Campbell has it down with a muted metallic and comfy wedge!
Your Neighbors Dress Polka Dot Shirt
A simple oxford shirt in my favorite print of the season: navy background with white polka dots. Need I say more?
BDG Cigarette High-Rise Jean - Pearls
Who needs diamond encrusted anything when you can have pearl encrusted jeans?!
Leopard Print Bowtie
Animal prints aren't just for the ladies, boys. I say add a finishing touch with this bowtie!
Shop party for girls and guys.
Saving money is the hardest thing in the entire world, and budgeting is even harder because it's like, before you even know it, you're spending $35 on a mold of someone's teeth and how do you fit that expense into your monthly plan? Luckily this super adorable journal exists to help you organize your expenses. Usually I put on my grumpy feminist hat whenever things are dolled up to be more accessible for ladies, but I can't even argue about this one because one, it is cute and two, it beats using one of those dolphin-covered checkbook ledgers.—Katie
Next year is going to be a glorious year for award shows. It was just announced that Rebel Wilson is going to be hosting the MTV Movie Awards on April 14, 2013, and that means I am going to actually watch the MTV Movie Awards for the first time in a million years.—Katie
Wow, remember when disco balls had that spread in Vogue last month? Yeah, me neither, but they totally should have. Disco balls have got it going on! They're sparkly, shiny and, uh, sparkly. We should all follow in their footsteps, especially with NYE coming up. So, suit up, but make sure that suit is covered in glitter and/or sequins.—Katie
Motel Sequin Stardust Romper
A sequin covered romper? Be still, my heart.
Pins and Needles Sequin Blazer
When you're twirling away on the dance floor, you might get a little chilly. This sequin covered blazer will (probably not) warm you right up.
Pretty Polly Embellished Sparkle Tight
Real disco balls don't have legs, but if they did, I bet they would wear these tights.
Druzy Stone Earring
While disco hits from 1973 blare from the speakers, let these earrings do the talking for you.
Le Specs Halfmoon Magic Sunglasses
This disco ball theme is sort of devolving into a rave theme, but these sunglasses are too fun to pass up.
UO Nail Polish - The Sparkle Collection
If you are trying to emulate a disco ball and you don't put on sparkly silver nail polish, then what are you doing?
Vans SK8 Sequin High-Top Flatform-Sneaker
These sequined flat-form sneakers will ensure that you tower (and sparkle) over the rest of the crowd so that your sparkling goodness is visible to people far and near.
I literally do not understand how pinhole cameras work. I think it must be some kind of sorcery, but aren't they awesome? This pinhole camera was designed by Gangwoo Park, and uses REAL FILM. Think of all the gnarly NYE pics you could take with this thing.—Katie
Here we speak with Marcus Allen, the CEO at the Philadephia-based non-profit ACHIEVEability.
Introduce ACHIEVEability! What’s the official mission statement?
ACHIEVEability permanently breaks the generational cycle of poverty for low-income single parents and homeless families through higher education, affordable housing, supportive services, community and economic development, and accountability.
How did ACHIEVEability get started?
We originally started out trying to provide housing to stabilize a lot of the single women with kids in the early ‘80s that were in Philadelphia. At that time there was low access for those women to shelter. So, some of our founders decided that they wanted to do something about the problem and received donations for four houses from some business people and the Sisters of Mercy. So that’s kind of how it got started: people sitting down, talking about an issue, writing some thoughts on a napkin and before you know it, they came up with an organization, which later became ACHIEVEability.
One fine day, I was going over some email previews at work and saw a really rad holiday drawing. I decided to get to the bottom of it and find out who drew it, and at the bottom found a Mr. Ben Kopp! Ben works down the hall in UO's art department and makes some pretty awesome art. Fun fonts, clever doodles, the occasional Spongebob—he does it all! Check out his Tumblr and get ready to treat yo self to some eye presents. -Ally