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Wish List: Maitri's Valentine Wish List

Obsessions: Maitri's Wish List

V Day? More like ME DAY! If you’re anything like me you’re always looking for an excuse to treat yourself, and what better day than Valentine’s Day to show yourself a little (more) love? Even though I have a sweetheart this year (Vice President Francis Underwood on House of Cards, thankuverymuch) I think it’s just as important to say, hey me, I love you. Here’s a wishlist of all-black everything because roses might be red but black is better (not bitter) and eternal. (And so is loving yourself!) Maitri

Cold Picnic Talking Rocks Ring
Who needs a significant other to buy you jewelry when you already have impeccable taste? This irregular stone ring is gorgeous. If you like you, then you should def put a ring on it.

Coolgirl Catmaster Sunglasses
If you plan on spending Valentine’s Day drunk as all get out with your girlfriends, you’ll need some sunglasses to shoddily hide your hangover tomorrow.

Skull Candle
No better way to say “death to love” than through home decor.

Anna Sui Nail Polish
Black glitter nail polish from Anna Sui is made exponentially better by the adorable, dress-shaped packaging.

Deena & Ozzy Cutout Buckle Boot
After a long, hard (SO HARD) winter of wearing very utilitarian but not-very-cute Doc Martens, I am so excited for spring and, consequently, shoes that don’t make me look like a morose clown from the 1940s. I love these cutout bootie heels.

Madame Scodioli Solid Perfume
Do yourself a solid and get some of this solid perfume. The Laudanum is a more heady, masculine scent, and you can throw it in your bag to use wherever you go.

Dark Jewel Flask
Bad date? Stiff drink. Good date? Celebratory drink. Can’t afford the bar? Bejeweled flask. It’s a tough holiday to get through. You deserve a drink.

Get Gifted: Maitri's Wish List

Get Gifted: Maitri's Wish List!

Ah, Christmas-time—a season that makes me very bitter because I am an atheist from a Hindu family so I’ve never done the gifting or getting. Luckily my birthday comes not long after, so I always try to treat myself to a few things. Because I suffer from severe buyer’s remorse, I made a very concerted effort to convince myself all the items on my wish list are practical or reasonable in one way or another. (Spoiler alert: they are neither.) Maitri

1. This Is How You Lose Her
This stunning illustrated version of Junot Diaz' latest masterpiece is just outrageous. GIVE IT HERE!

2. Paddywax Apothecary Candle in Vetiver and Cardamom

"I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."

3. Soap Revolt Organic Solid Lotion Bar

'Tis the season for my eczema to take it to the next level. I love the no-nonsense packaging of this hand cream. Lavender scent to relax ya.

4. Urbanears Headphones in Berry

It's almost the year 2014 and I still don't know how to make earbuds stay in my ears, so I'm making the switch to headphones. I like the monochrome pink - it's berry cute, ha ha ha. I'll use these to pretend I'm listening to hip jams on the L train when really I'll be listening to Harry Potter on audiobook.

5. Zodiac Nameplate Necklace
To declare to all the world that I am a stubborn little seagoat and I can't be tamed. [Editor's note: As hard as I tried, Polyvore would not let me pull in the Capricorn necklace. Stubborn indeed.]

6. Deena & Ozzy Tassel Square Backpack
Bulky winter coats are not conducive to shoulder bags. I like this little square shape with the tassel zippers. Very Ten Things I Hate About You.

7. Fashion Flap Journal

A new year, a new journal! Ideally when I start new diaries I hope to fill them with my dreams, desires, insecurities, mixed with poems and sketches - a stream of consciousness self-portrait. But eventually they just degenerate into scratchy to-do lists and bewildered questions to myself like, "Did I pay my credit card bill?! Check on this!!!" At lease this journal is beautiful and stately with a pen-holder so it will always look dignified even when the contents are not.

8. Moon Bath Light

This precious ball of ambient light shaped like the moon just delights me!

Get Gifted: Katie's Wish List

Get Gifted: Katie's Wishlist

All throughout December on the blog we'll be bringing you Holiday wish lists from our nearest and dearest, creative collaborators, stylish individuals and UO staff, and yours truly is kicking it all off. My choices are obviously a beautifully curated collection, only suitable for the fanciest adults out there, and filled with the essentials. Let's take a closer look at some things I've chosen. —Katie

1. Taylor Swift Red LP
If you've never wept in your car to Taylor Swift, then you're really missing out on a life-changing experience. Everyone deserves to feel like a teenage girl every once in a while, and that's why Taylor Swift's Red on vinyl is a must-have.
2. Etta + Billie Horchata Soap
I am dying to try this Horchata soap. I wish I could reach through the screen like that kid in Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, because I want it, and I want it now.
3.  Kewpie Doll Figurine
My bedroom looks like the room of a teenage serial killer. I love taxidermy and vaguely creepy knick-knacks (like teeth molds), but I also love pop music and rainbow unicorn Pillow Pets, so when all that mixes together it makes for a very... interesting aesthetic. Anyway, this beautiful, slightly terrifying Kewpie doll would fit right in.
4.  Animal Ears Beanie
"One can never own too many animal hats." -Abraham Lincoln

Win This: Autographed Album from The 1975

*Update 10/17: THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winner of the LP is Jenna W. Thanks for entering the contest, and stay tuned for more!*

When we interviewed The 1975 over the weekend, we also got our hands on this LP signed by the band. If you'd like to get your hands on it, all you have to do is email us here at the UO blog [] with the subject line "The 1975." Tell us your favorite lyric from the band in the body of the email, and that's it! You'll be entered to win.

Winner will be chosen randomly and announced tomorrow, 10/16 at 12:00pm EST. Open only to U.S. and Canada residents, please. Good luck!

What Would Ann Want?

Her? —Katie

What would Ann want?

Eggspress Heart-Shaped Egg Mold
For when she's got a hankering for a romantic mayonegg.

Diament Jewelry For Urban Renewal Vintage Name Bracelet
It doesn't matter that it doesn't say Ann. No one remembers her name anyway.

Anna Sui Rose Body Cream
I'm sure that Egg is a very nice person, but I don't want you spending all your money on diamond cream for her.

Staple Satchel Jersey Baseball Tee
Ann's low center of gravity makes her a great asset to the softball team.

A Hipster Joke Book
...She's really funny.

TLC - CrazySexyCool
She needs something to bring to the record burning party.

Walking With the Dutch Giant

A silent auction to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Walking with the Dutch Giant opens tonight at Space 1026. The show is in memory of artist and gallerist Justin Van Hoy, who passed away in November. Watch Justin being interviewed on MTV's House of Style, and see the list of artists contributing to his memory on the Space 1026 Tumblr, where you can also bid on items online if you can't make it to the show in person. 

Shark by Jolanta Uczarczyk

Wow, I know Christmas is over now, but if no one buys me this shark laundry basket by artist Jolanta Uczarczyk, then I'm not sure I can continue on.—Katie

God Bless the USPS

Around this time of year, you really must take a moment and appreciate the fine people who make holiday wishes come together by delivering them. God Bless The USPS is a project that Washington-based artist Mary Rothlisberger took on to showcase the variety in which post offices exist with a particular emphasis on small towns. Without the hard work of flying reindeers and postal workers everywhere, your gifts would have a hard time finding their way! -Bob


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. 

How has that changed today?
Today, we took that a step further to combine not just housing but support services (that includes helping the parents become better parents helping them to build skill, to obtain jobs that can earn wages to support the family) and then we took it a step further and said in order for these families to truly break the generational cycle of poverty, we believe that they need a certain amount of skills and education, so for every family in the program, every adult has to go to college or has to achieve some sort of post-secondary degree or certification that is approved by the organization. 

So what brought you to ACHIEVEability?
I’ve been here for over three years now. I came to ACHA because of a friend who thought this organization was awesome and thought it needed the type of leadership I could bring. I came over and visited with the board members and some of the staff and immediately fell in love with the mission and what was going on here.

(Marcus Allen)

What’s a normal day of work like for you?
It changes so often, there’s no one particular thing I do on a day-to-day. As a non-profit and a small organization like ours, there are just so many things that need to be done and not enough people or time to do it. So, I might find myself at one part of the day talking to stakeholders, sponsors and donors, and then later on I could be at one of the house that need repair work—it kind of runs the gamut for me.

What are ACHEIVEability’s biggest needs overall?
I think we have a couple of big needs. One is just for us to get information out about us to as many people who would be interested in what we do. Non-profit organizations suffer when there is the potential for people to get involved that you don’t tap into. There are a lot of good people with good intentions out there, and I think one of ACIEVEability’s biggest challenges is identifying those people, touching them, and getting them involved in our mission to help these families.

Another challenge is lack of resources. We don’t always have enough money to build the houses we need to build or to support the families we need to support. On a monthly basis, our waiting list continues to grow of families who are trying to and need to be in our program. Unfortunately, we can’t help every family that comes to our door and it’s difficult to even do other things we’d like to do with the families we already have in our program. That’s why it’s important for us to build strong relationships like we have with Urban Outfitters, who actually step in the gap for us on many occasions to help us with our mission.

What have you done for the holidays this year?
We did a really nice holiday party at the beginning of the month. We had over 250 people from our program to attend and we had it at a really nice church in the community where we had a moon bounce, Santa Claus, candle making, music, dance performances, we served food… The families, you should have seen their faces, they were just beaming with joy and the staff loved it. We know the holidays are a difficult time for many families, especially ones going through economic troubles. Our goal was to take some pressure off he families, provide presents for the kids and give parents a chance to see their kid have fun in a non-judgmental environment and just relax!

What other events or fundraisers you do over the year?
Our biggest fundraiser is the one we do at Urban Outfitters! We do that on March 23rd and it’s called “Food For Thought.” We come together and honor the people or person or entity that has done the most to promote education for those who are most in need. We get the top chefs in Philadelphia to come out and support ACHEIVEability by cooking for for the fundraiser and not only do they cook and donate the food, but their personalities just make the event a great event. Last year we raised about $350,000 and had over 600 attendees. This year we want to break that record and we’re in the process of putting together another phenomenal event. Tickets are available now to the general public!

What can readers, local or not, do to help ACHIEVEability?
There is so much that people can do to help by donating or volunteering. People come out in teams to help paint our over 150 houses that families reside in. We have volunteer opportunities for people to tutor the kids and parents who are in school. We need people who can help with basic office duties like answering phones and help with filing. Readers can donate money online, mail it in, or do a match with their employer, or donate their time, houses, and things like coats in the winter months.

Any heart-warming stories you can share?

We have a woman named Brenda who has been in our program for nine years. She came to us as a more mature adult, probably in her late 40s. She never thought she would ever go back to school or go to college, but had just a great heart. She ended up going to college while she was in our program and got her four-year degree. But they thing about Brenda’s story that is interesting is that she was told when she was younger that she would never be smart enough because they believe she was slow and had a low IQ. Her mom always told her she didn’t have what it took to go to school. So not only did she end up getting her degree, but also she got certified in special education and now she works with special ed. kids. An on top of that, she had two daughters when she came here and both of her daughters went on to college with honors. It’s a common story we hear at ACHIEVEability that after the parents go to college they break the cycle and their kids end up going too.

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What Would Shoshanna Want?

She's a Carrie at heart, with, like, some Samantha aspects, you know? Shoshanna from HBO's Girls is the kind of girl who has a perfectly teal and pink, color-coordinated apartment, but still accidentally smokes crack at Bushwick warehouse parties. Here's what to get Shoshanna for the holidays or any of the other ladies (you ARE the ladies) in your life. - Hazel

A cherry-scented perfume that comes in a cupcake? So fucking classy.

All the makeup she could ever need so she can make her face look, like, hauntingly beautiful.

Oh my F-ing G, no way, this dress is totes gorgeous. Get it.

Because, well, she's new to it. 

Flower! Headband! It's almost, like, painfully pretty.

4 Artists 1 Cause Was Awesome

(Photos by Roger Kisby)

We just want to thank Converse, The FaderCultsThe AntlersGrizzly BearSleigh Bells and—MOST IMPORTANTLY—all the fans who came out to the 4 Artists 1 Cause event last Friday at Terminal 5. Together, we raised almost $300,000 to benefit the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and hurricane Sandy relief, and also had a really good time. 

See more at #4artists1cause and The Fader

The UO Employee Nice List: Daisy

Find out what our Urban Outfitters employees are asking for this holiday season!

Introduce yourself. What do you do here at Urban Outfitters and what is your job title?
I’m Daisy and I’m the Canine Brand Ambassador at Urban Outfitters.

What's your favorite food to eat around the holidays?

I love empanadas all year round but around the holidays I like to put turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and gravy in them. Delicious!

You may be on our Nice List but what's the naughtiest thing you've done in 2012?

I got into a pretty nasty fight with a parrot named Hunter. He got in my face one day when I was over visiting a friend and started squawking up a storm—I totally lost control. Luckily there were only a few ruffled feathers, but after that Hunter didn’t come back down on the ground anymore when I was over.  

(Said Parrot)

What's your New Year's Resolution and do you think you'll stick to it?

I want to be more social in 2013. I moved here from Los Angeles a year ago and haven’t met a new PBFF (Pooch Best Friend Forever) and it’s been a major drawback. Especially after a long day at the office when all I want is to enjoy a tall drink and a nice steak. I don’t think I’ll have a problem sticking to this as, being a Sagittarius, when I set my mind to something, I get it!

Choose: When it comes to dating… a bite-sized cutie like yourself OR a big dog who can carry you around when your feet hurt?
I find myself drawn to the big, strong and silent types. I’m looking for a boy who can listen! Astrologically my ideal pup would be an Aquarius or fellow Sag, but I try to keep an open mind (just no Virgos—woof).

What's on you wish list this year?

Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old by J. Nichole Smith

Mr. Pug Trunk

Karlsson Crazy Dog Wall Clock

Sock it to Me Hipster Dog Sock

Animal Clothes Hanger

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The UO Employee Nice List: Jess Smothers

Find out what our Urban Outfitters employees are asking for this holiday season!

Introduce yourself!
Hi! I'm Jess and I'm the women's senior stylist for the web! 

What is your all time favorite thing in the world?
I think my favorite thing in the world would have to be my pup, Winston!

How did you find out Santa wasn't real?
My sister's boyfriend would play Santa and run outside my bedroom window yelling with jingle bells! I think eventually I figured it out and it just became an ongoing joke in the family.

How far do you travel for the holidays? The furthest you've ever traveled?
I usually travel back to Florida, where I'm from, for the holidays. It's the best time of year to go—the weather is perfect!

What's your ideal New Year's Eve outfit?
My ideal NYE outfit is definitely a pair of printed or embellished trousers, a basic top and a good pair of heels or boots!

Choose: The Nightmare Before Christmas or the actual night before Christmas?
Definitely the actual night before Christmas! Christmas day is for the kids, but Christmas Eve is for the adults ;).

Tell us... what's on your wish list this year?

SOLD Design Lab Baroque Embroidered Skinny Jean

SwitchEasy Color iPhone 5 Case

Wood Wood Lee Hat

Karaoke Machine

Matiko Milan Split-Wedge Platform Ankle Boot

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UO X Rudy's Barbershop Pop-Up

Who knew something as simple as getting your haircut could help the local families and businesses of the NY and NJ areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy? UO and Rudy's Barbershop are teaming up to aid the surf-based costal communities who are still in need of some major help with a pop-up shop at 33 Grand St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Along with a clean cut, they will be featuring an assortment of UO men and home products available for purchase, with 100% of our proceeds going to the Waves for Water's Project: Sandy Relief Initiative. This season, give the gift of support and look good doing it.  The pop-up is open now until February 1! -Ally

Stocking Stuffers for Whimsy Addicts

Everyone's got that special someone in their life who loves tiny paper garlands, mason jars, ukeleles and typewriters. If you're clueless on all things twee, give one of these gifts to your best whimsical pal and watch their face light up as they imagine posing in a wheat field with their newfound treasure laid delicately at their feet.—Katie

PX 600 Silver Shade UV+ Instant Film by Impossible Project
Those old-school Polaroid cameras are the epitome of whimsical, but they're nothing without film. And at $28 a pop, anyone will appreciate getting gifted a couple cartons of these.

Woodland Twilights LED Nightlight

These adorable critter nightlights can light your path as you meander through the woods on a starry, moonlit night. Or they can like, light up your bathroom.

Flower Crown Headband
A delicate flower headband is a nice, subtle alternative to the over-sized rose crowns Lana Del Rey made so popular.

Craft-A-Day by Sarah Goldschadt
A craft for every day! Perfect! The quest for whimsy is not complete until approximately 96% of your house is a homemade good of some sort.

TLC - CrazySexyCool LP
If your friend has been spinning a little too much Belle and Sebastian (is that even a good whimsical band reference?), slip them this TLC album. It's TLC. It's vinyl. It's the perfect marriage of everything great in life.

Project H.O.M.E.

Here we speak with the team behind Project H.O.M.E.—a non-profit who is focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty through the compassion of our society.

Introduce Project H.O.M.E. to our readers.
Project H.O.M.E. empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, with the underlying values that “None of Us Are Home Unless All of Us Are Home” and each person has a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.

What is your mission?
The mission of the Project H.O.M.E. community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. 

How does Project H.O.M.E. work to achieve that mission?
Project H.O.M.E. achieves its mission through a continuum of care comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care. 

What are some of the ways you spread the word about your work?
Project H.O.M.E. is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies. 

What's a day at work like?
Each day employees of Project H.O.M.E. are: doing outreach on the streets, connecting with homeless individuals and working to place people into temporary housing; working with individuals in recovery while they get back on their feet; creating individualized plans to keep residents moving forward into permanent and stable housing; providing employment services to residents to help them gain job skills and training toward meaningful employment on the road to self-sufficiency; increasing literacy and building life skills in both children and adults; being advocates for the needs of the poor and those who are homeless; and developing housing for formerly homeless and low income men, women and children. 

How did Project H.O.M.E. get its start?
Project H.O.M.E. began modestly in 1989, when co-founders Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon opened an emergency winter shelter in Philadelphia. Within a year, Project H.O.M.E. had opened its first transitional residence. Within five years, the organization had grown to such a degree that it was able to expand its residential program while also taking over the management of the Outreach Coordination Center, a key component in the coordination of public and private outreach efforts for the City of Philadelphia.  To read about our story from there you can visit our history page here.

What do you think is Project H.O.M.E.'s biggest need in general? For the winter season?
Project H.O.M.E.’s biggest need is always permanent, affordable housing. There are still many people in shelters who need a place to call home. It’s hard to take a shower, find a job or take care of your health when you must pack up each day and leave a shelter with your belongings in tow. A home is a launching pad for everything people can accomplish.
Our seasonal needs, as winter is upon us, are new bedding, blankets and towels. We would also love to have people create stocking stuffers for residents to add to their holiday cheer!

What are your holiday plans for 2012?
Thanks to many donors and volunteers, the holidays at Project H.O.M.E. are warm and full of community. This Thanksgiving, over 700 turkey baskets were donated and over 45 volunteers celebrated with our community. More events are planned for the end of the year holidays, including decorating parties, meals and presents for all of our over 900 residents and children.

What are some examples of other events or fundraisers you do?
Our Young Leaders event pairs young business leaders with our up and coming teen entrepreneurs. The event showcases teen products and performances. Also, our online store showcases the work of our teen entrepreneurs and our formerly homeless residents paintings, sweatshirts, cars, etc.

What can readers (local and not local) do to help?
Amazing ways to stay involved with Project H.O.M.E. are:
1. Hold regular donation drives for items like canned food for our food pantry, personal care items or cleaning supplies 
2. Volunteer regularly at one of our sites (serve meals, host bingo nights, tutor children in math and reading, mentor people just getting back into the workplace, etc.)
3. Lend your professional skills to a short or long term project by consulting on IT, HR, Marketing, Retail, Nutrition, and more 
4. Support our work with financial support or by advocating for the poor and those who are homeless by visiting our website.

Any heart warming holiday stories you could share?
Our annual Project H.O.M.E. holiday party took place in mid-December. Hundreds of residents, staff and board members came, many with family, to celebrate the hundreds of people brought in from the streets this year. It was standing room only with music, dancing, and even a little holiday shopping provided by our teen entrepreneurs. But the most special part of the evening was the cheer that went up as our first college graduate was singled out and congratulated. 

Tanisha Clanton spent the first ten years of her life living on the streets with her addicted mother and siblings. After finally moving into Rowan Homes at Project H.O.M.E., she attended our after school programs and our college access program. She graduated from Albright College in May, started working as an art teacher later that month, and then this past fall drove her younger brother to college!

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The UO Employee Nice List: Julie Drexler

Find out what our Urban Outfitters employees are asking for this holiday season!

Introduce yourself!
Hello! I’m Julie Drexler and I am the marketing project manager for Urban Outfitters.

What is your favorite thing in the whole wide world?
My favorite thing in the world is hiking with my dog Dylan. I also love sour gummy worms and board games. 

If you had no spending limit, what would be the #1 thing you would ask for this holiday?
A fully loaded 1950s airstream.

Who will be your New Year's Eve Kiss?
My fiancé, Tom. He’s the best! 

Write a short holiday rap.
Because 90’s music's my jawn... 

Yo, Santa, let's kick it!
All right stop, celebrate and listen
Julie's back with a holiday addition
Christmas, grabs a hold of me tightly
Drinking hot toddies daily and nightly
Will it ever snow? Yo—I don't know
Drop the beat and say HO HO HO!

Choose: Old school Bing Crosby holiday tunes or a Now That's What I Call Christmas! Album?
Now That's What I Call Christmas!  I grew up in New Jersey so Bruce Springsteen’s Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town was a holiday staple in my household.

What's on your holiday wish list this year?

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Stocking Stuffers for Your Brother

Brothers—many of us have them, but what the heck do we buy them for their stockings? Luckily, UO has us covered in that department with gifts for every type of brother out there: the artsy brother, the comical brother, the stylish brother or whatever type of awesome (or maybe not so awesome) brother that you're shopping for in the next few weeks!Maddie

Caswell-Massey On-The-Go Shaving Kit
Some guys love mustaches, some don't. For the guy in your life that doesn't, why not prepare him for his daily shave with this classy shaving kit?

Icon Brand Horns Up Necklace
Maybe you have a brother who likes wearing jewelry AND rockin' out. This necklace is a nice reminder of that.

World Maps 5-Panel Hat
Camp caps are what's hip and cool for guys right now, so how about one with a map on it?You know, in case your brother gets lost somewhere.

Butt Face Soap
Perhaps that brother of yours has a good sense of humor, and will laugh at the irony behind this carefully designed regular soap.

Supaboy Portable Game Console
Gadgets are always something guys love, and I think this retro game console is perfect for any sibling. Your brother can play all of his favorite Super Nintendo cartridges from childhood (or adolescence—who's to say!)

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The UO Employee Nice List: Mike Wade

Find out what our Urban Outfitters employees are asking for this holiday season!

Introduce yourself!
I'm Mike Wade and I'm the men's buyer of shirts and jackets.

What's your favorite thing in the world?
Getting new clothes and shoes.

What's your favorite holiday TV show episode?

The "Chrismukkah" episode from The O.C.

What do you wear to your family holiday parties?
Nothing special. They're easy to impress!

Tell us about the worst NYE kiss you've ever had.
Under a pool table at my friends house. The worse part was my outfit. I was going through a Boho-Lenny Kravitz moment. I was wearing bootcut jeans and Miu Miu cowboy boots. What!!!????

Choose: Elf or A Christmas Story?

A Christmas Story. I have a deep and profound connection to Ralphie.

What's on your wish list this year?

Fugees - The Score 2XLP

Red Wing Work Oxford Shoe

Lifetime Collective Blundetto Cable Knit Sweatpant

Schott 626 Moto Jacket

Braun Date Watch

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The UO Nice List: Portlandia

We got through an entire interview with Fred Armisen and Carrie Browstein from Portlandia without once mentioning putting a bird on anything.  Find out what this comedy duo are doing during their bird-less holidays!

Please introduce yourself.
Fred: I am Fred Armisen.
Carrie: Hello, I'm Carrie Brownstein.

What do you love/loathe most about the holidays?
Fred: Chocolate (love).
Carrie: I love that strange stillness on the holidays. Once all of the bustle of shopping and anticipation comes to a halt, there is a wonderful, momentary quiet on Christmas morning or New Year's Day. It carries with it a very nice contemplative feeling. I loathe the crowds and long lines.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

Fred: A homemade synthesizer.
Carrie: I appreciate any gesture and am fine with not exchanging gifts and just getting to be around people whom I love.

What’s the worst gift you’ve ever received?
Fred: All gifts are nice.
Carrie: There are no bad gifts though my father's continual attempts to buy me clothing borders on misguided.

If you could ask for anything this year (and money is no object) what would you ask for?
Fred: Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Carrie: To be able to touch my toes. A short cut in putting the duvet cover on the bed.

What is your favorite holiday tradition that you share with friends or family?
Fred: Eating chocolate.
Carrie: Taking a walk on Christmas day after opening presents.

What’s your favorite holiday snack or food?
Fred: Chocolate.
Carrie: All of the cookies and chocolate that make up the inevitable sugar binge count as my favorite.

Without looking it up, what are the ingredients in eggnog?
Fred: Cream and sugar.
Carrie: Eggs and sugar. If eggs aren't in eggnog then I really have some studying to do.

Any idea how you will spend New Year’s Eve this year?
Fred: Not yet.
Carrie: Probably in that mind frame wherein you keep wondering whether you made the right decision as to your New Year's Eve plans.

If you could be any character from a holiday movie, who would you be and why?
Fred: Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I loved his commitment to making the best sushi in the world.
Carrie: Esther Smith from Meet Me in St. Louis.

If you could plant a New Year’s kiss on your dream crush, who would that be and why?
Fred: Cindy Sherman. She is the greatest.
Carrie: Joan Didion. I mean, just a kiss on the cheek or a polite kiss atop her hand. She is one of my favorite writers.

What was your proudest moment from this past year?
Fred: Playing music with Hugh Cornwell.
Carrie: Learning steadiness.

What are you looking forward to most about 2013?
Fred: Is it not 2013 yet? I have to reset my calendar. Mine totally says 2013. That's why I was so early for that flight!
Carrie: Everything.

Carrie and Fred's Wish Lists