Hallmark's got it's time and place -- like your second cousin's graduation and when your grandmother turns 88. Some of us, however, don't share the innocent emotions and vocabulary of drugstore greeting cards. That's why we should stock up on the genius-desktop publishing creations of Blue Barnhouse, who not only convey your messages in a more light-hearted manner, but that sometimes are just plain crude, like my sense of humor. Christmas cards with Santa refusing autographs and romantic cards with lovers calling one another just a "booty call" are exactly the kind of honesty that is lackick from most gift shops. The Asheville, North Carolina letterpress studio has taken the glitter and pop-up flower idea of the 99 cent greeting card section out and given us a reason to actually keep the little vessels for birthday checks. While not all of their cards are an honest slap-in-the-face, the more cutesy cards still may give you an honest giggle (like the skunk apology card that says "I'm sorry I stink"). If you've already got a stand-out personality, share your true self with your friends and express on paper what you really think about them on their special occasions -- or at least check out this slideshow for a good chuckle!
by Ida Hsiang
Valentine's Day is pretty much here and regardless of whether or not you have a sweetheart to spend it with, it's still fun to get girly and festive with Valentine's Day inspired apparel and beauty products. Lacy lingerie, sensual body creams and seductive scents are perfect for this love holiday, but work just as well for any other day of the year. The stars have read our hearts for the week and whether you're having a romantic day for two or a red and pink themed girls night out, they know just what you need to make this 14th extra special. Click on the slideshow to see what the stars have chosen for your Valentine's Day treat and have a happy Valentine's Day full of love and loved ones!