Hey Philly! It's that time of year. YES, that time of year, where warm weather, good music, and the infamous #fishbowls all come together to form the Making Time Memorial Day Weekend Rad-B-Q at Bamboo Bar (927 N. Delaware)! So grab your bathing suits (UGHH girl, no, you're NOT look too fat to go swimming) and get ready for a night of dancing, sweating your ass off and cannonballing.
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, let's take a look at some of the awesome bands and musicians that have come out of Ireland over the years. Although there are numerous others (Bono, anyone?), these bands seem to embody the spirit of Ireland better than anybody else. And no, not all of the songs are about drinking. God.—Katie
The Pogues "Streams Of Whiskey"
Ah, The Pogues. While lead singer Shane MacGowan's teeth may leave something to be desired, their songs do not. If you feel like having the most depressing Christmas ever, you can always pop on the song "Fairytale Of New York" and think about how glad you are to not be spending Christmas Eve in a drunk tank.
Fionn Regan "Be Good Or Be Gone"
Fionn Regan sometimes flies under the radar, but he's as good an Irish musician as the rest of them. Although one of his best albums, The Shadow of an Empire, is kind of hard to find here in the states, make sure you give "Catacombs" off that album a listen because it is good.
The Undertones "Teenage Kicks"
Irish punk dudes The Undertones were catchy, cool, and were able to incorporate New Wave sounds into their songs without sounding weirdly '80s.
Stiff Little Fingers "Suspect Device"
While The Undertones focused more on teenage troubles, Stiff Little Fingers focused more on the actual troubles that were plaguing Ireland around the time of their inception. And that made them another good ol' fashioned Irish punk band.
Van Morrison "Tupelo Honey"
Van Morrison is like, the ultimate singer-songwriter from Ireland, and this live version of the song "Tupelo Honey" proves that he deserves every ounce of his success because da-da-da-damn. His voice is like honey, amirite?
The Cranberries "Linger"
Don't worry, the ladies are not totally forgotten. The Cranberries basically made the '90s their bitch with hits like "Linger" and "Zombie" and female vocalist Dolores O'Riordan's signature lilting voice. "ZAAA-HAAAM-BEH, ZAAA-HAAAM-BEH, EH-EHH, EH-EHH, OH-HO, OH-HO."
B*Witched "C'est La Vie"
Silly you, thinking you could get through a post on Irish musicians without seeing B*Witched. Don't worry, here they are! If you act like you don't love "C'est La Vie," the catchiest song ever made, then you're a goddamn liar.
I've been seeing lots of cabin pictures floating around the internet, most likely from the site Cabin Porn, and I have to say, if you're not into the beach scene for spring break, an adorable cabin is a pretty great second option. You might not get a tan, but you'll definitely have plenty of time to kick back and relax. Just make sure you don't accidentally end up in the cabin from Friday the 13th because yikes.—Katie
So, Valentine's Day is practically here, but do you really want to go with that little black dress again this year? This V-Day, I'm rooting for looks in various shades of red and pink for this oh-so-special day. I say try a magnificent bright or printed dress, or maybe a groovy jumpsuit for something new. Even if you don't have a Valentine, it doesn't hurt to look super fabulous anyway, right? Trust me, I've got you covered.—Maddie
Sister Jane Crepe Cutout Collar Dress
This dress is all proper with a collar, but then surprises you with a cutout. BAM.
Sparkle & Fade Surplice Flutter Sleeve Jumper
So, this is the crazy awesome jumpsuit I was talking about. I love the loose '70s cut that makes it so appealing. If you're not feeling as adventurous as I am, it comes in black too.
Pins and Needles Lace-Up Back Babydoll Dress
I'm currently in love with a dark, winter floral like this one, and the lace-up detailing is a super rad touch.
DV by Dolce Vita Agata Shirtdress
If a bright red isn't your thing, try something like this adorable polka dot print shirtdress.
DV by Dolce Vita Debbie Peplum Dress
This dress combines two things that are happenin' right now: peplums and animal print. PLUS it's red! Basically, I think this dress will signify that you're ready to have a good time.
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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.
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.
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!
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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.
Heat Miser is from the claymation Christmas special The Year Without A Santa Claus, and he's badass. Look at his totally rad sparkly shirt! His wide, red-rimmed eyes! That nose! That hair! A true style icon if I ever saw one. If I was the child of Mother Nature, I would definitely rather be Heat Miser instead of his brother Snow Miser because life would be a permanent beach vacation. Who cares that Heat Miser is mean? Bitches get stuff done.—Katie
Sparkle & Fade Velvet Cropped Top
This red velvet shirt will shimmer nicely as you melt away your stupid brother's ice castle.
Kimchi Blue Metallic Jacquard Skirt
When you're screaming at Santa for paying more attention to your Snow Miser brother, a good idea would be to wear this sparkly skirt because why not?
Kimchi Blue Velvet Chelsea Boot
You are the Heat Miser, lover of all things hot, and as such there is no such thing as too much velvet.
Color Club Hearts Nail Art
Even though you're really mean and nobody likes you, you can at least put a little love on your fingertips. It goes with the outfit.
NYX Glitter Powder
Glitter does not need a reason.
Classic Bob Wig
Your hair is your art, and it takes a lot to make it look so good. The first step is this beautiful pink wig.
Hair Wear Makeup
The second step is combing in some of this yellow hair makeup to make it look like your beautiful pink hair is some sort of flaming, bubblegum explosion.
Michael O'Rourke Rock Your Hair Hard Gel
The third step is to empty this entire bottle of hair gel into your hair because your hair needs to stand straight up. Like, way up. Like, you have to look like you got electrocuted, or you're not doing it right. If nobody likes it, you can just melt them.
The so-called "end of the world" as told by the Mayan calendar is today and already I've received one million invites to parties embracing the end. It was only a little over a year ago that the last doomsday was predicted and parties were had. Whether or not you believe the hype, having a party seems like a pretty good way to go out. Let's take a look at some ways the occasion has been celebrated in film shall we? -Bob
I can't help but just laugh at this video from Joey Bada$$ and crew on "How To Rap A Present." Watch as present get pulled from Santa's bag and freestyled about. "The Christmas tree's getting lit with me" is by far my favorite line and now I'm feeling totally ready for all the fun this weekend holds. -Ally