New Year’s Eve for the Planning Averse

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Congratulations, you made it all the way to New Year’s Eve without making solid plans. Let’s face it, New Year’s Eve is so overhyped, overpriced and overdone, that you refuse to make a big deal about the day. But you’re a social person and aren’t the type to skip a party. So here are some last moment suggestions for tonight.

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5 New Year’s Eve Looks That Don’t Involve Sequins

New-YearsThree things are definites at New Year’s Eve parties: 1. There will be champagne. 2. There will be a countdown. 3. There will be at least 14 girls wearing sequins. I love a good sequin-spangled dress as much as the next girl, but on New Year’s Eve, I prefer to play it sleek or pattern-happy. Here, five fresh looks that will have you standing out from the crowd—because when ringing in the New Year, your style should shine, not your dress.

1. Wear a jumpsuit. But opt for one with crisp tuxedo leanings and slim legs. Veronica Beard tuxedo jumpsuit, $795 at Kirna Zabete

2. Choose pastels. Preferably a soft pink dress with clean lines. (Because the only thing more ubiquitous than sequins on NYE is an LBD.) Simone Rocha dress, $518 at The Corner

3. Wear a bold ball gown skirt. I adore this Alice + Olivia version. Tone it down with a simple black turtleneck or sleeveless top. $698 at Neiman Marcus.  

4. Mix and match patterns. Leave the LBD at home and opt instead for a geometric dress with contrasting patterns. $130 at Topshop

5. Think scattered embellishments, not allover sequins. A smattering of interesting embellishments (holographic acrylic!) juxtaposed with a sweatshirt material is perfection. Roksanda Ilincic embellished sweatshirt dress, $3,995 at Browns.

 

 

Top 10 New Year’s Eve Movie Scenes of All Time

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I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by the number of iconic movie scenes with New Year’s Eve as a backdrop. The night offers directors and screenwriters the rich dichotomy of celebration and sadness. The end of the year is the perfect opportunity for a movie or a character to make a dramatic change or pronouncement. The relationship between two characters can either end or begin anew in the midst of a sea of humanity, or above or apart from it.

I found well over 50 movies with iconic New Year’s Eve scenes in my search for a top 10. Whittling them down was not easy and I’m certain film aficionados will cry foul at the omission of classics like Holiday with Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant or An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, or the strangely wonderful Hudsucker Proxy by the Coen Brothers or Strange Days written by James Cameron and directed by Katherine Bigelow, or the never-ending array of romantic comedies like Sex and The City, About a Boy and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

There are so many great movies and great scenes that I left off the top 10 list. You know it’s a tough cut when a movie entitled New Year’s Eve by Gary Marshall doesn’t make the cut. Please make the case in the comment section for your favorites. My criteria was simple:

1. The NYE scene’s importance to the movie

2. Popularity of the movie

3. The iconic X factor of the scene and

4. If I could find a clip

So without further ado, here are the top 10 New Year’s Eve Movie Scenes of All Time.

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7 Gay Ways to Ring in the New Year

Now that we’ve stuck a big ol’ fork in Christmas it’s time to turn our sights on the dawning of 2014. Here, we round up seven of the most-fun-sounding gay ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Philadelphia — from a tassel-twirling bash at Tabu to Nightlife Gay’s very first Pub Crawl of 2014. Happy New Year!

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Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque will bring in the New Year with sparkle and lots of skin at Tabu.

Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque will bring in the New Year at Tabu with sparkle and lots of skin. Photo by Maggie Lee.

Tabu is going burlesque for its NYE festivities, bringing in “genderfuck royals” Notorious OMG and the Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque troupe to bring in 2014 with sparkles, shimmies and, at least in OMG’s case, some of the tightest tuck jobs this side of the Interior Illusions Lounge. The soirée is geared to satisfy all your typical NYE cravings: sit-down dinner at 7 p.m., LiCK performance at 9 p.m. and dancing from midnight till close. 7 p.m.-2 a.m., $17-$75, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.

Six more NYE and New Year’s Day parties after the jump