APW Happy Hour Last happy hour of the year! by Meg Keene Hey APW, This is it! I hate to break it to you, but APW always shuts down for two weeks around the holidays, and we’re shutting down a few extra days after this whirlwind of a year. Not to give ourselves extra time off (like normal people would) but to attempt to get ahead. So we’ll be back on Monday, with awesome stuff you don’t want to miss (hello, Maddie’s last minute gift guide), and then we’ll see you on January 6th. So let’s happy hour it UP today. But before I go, a note to the ladies in the Bay Area. Long time friend of the site Jillian has shifted her focus from wedding photography to a new crazy amazing project—Electric Blanket is her new vintage store and art space in The Mission. It officially opens on January 12th (mark down the date for a good party), but is having a soft opening pop-up this weekend from 11–4 on both Saturday and Sunday. As honorary girlfriends of mine, I felt like I should tell you about it. I was lucky enough to get to go to her soft launch for friends (that’s me, Jillian, and APW copy editor Kate above). Jillian’s taste is flawless, the vintage collection is stellar, and I’m going to wear the shoes I got for $32 into the ground. Go snap up the good stuff… before she goes to Europe and gets another round of good stuff that I intend to snap up. Sadly, I currently have a ban on buying vintage dress clothes. Hopefully you do not, because LOOK at that nonsense Jillian is wearing. Jillian wrote for APW about how she was building this project to fail… which is sad for her, since after shopping there, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to fail at all. Till Monday, happy weekending. I hope to (finally) make curtains, shop for presents, and make some of Elizabeth’s boozy winter drinks to have by the fire. XO, MEG Highlights of APW This Week GIFT GUIDES! For your husband, wife, parents, friends, and more! And we still have one to go! On celebrating softly, and taking care of yourself within a tough family dynamic. We talked international travel with babies, and so, so much more. It’s okay to hate your wedding. Elisabeth & K’s urban clambake. Don’t you dare miss it. Link Roundup This one’s long, to tide us all over till 2014… Let’s get things started with Medium’s four part series on women and the internet: part one, part two, part three, and part four. Story of the year: Kiera Knightley re-wears her wedding dress not once, not twice, but three times. And still going, we hope? David is going to cry when he sees this, because he loves Williams-Sonoma so much in his heart (see: his gift guide, for evidence), but the 2013 Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog is plain brilliant. A hilarious scene from Grey’s Anatomy, in which Kepner dumps her sisters as her bridesmaids. For the ladies like me, who hate pregnancy and feel like they can’t talk about it: Kelly Clarkson gets it off our collective chests. Nate Hill wearing naked women as scarves. Crazy. Smart. (Sidenote: I particularly like what he says about letting go of what his wife thinks about his art.) Well done, Pantene. Watching this commercial made me extra proud to have partnered with Pantene this year. Oh yeah, it’s engagement season alright. (I… obsessively love this.) Wifey sweatshirt? Ain’t No Wifey shirt. I want both. One more ironically than the other. Speaking of gift guides, file this gift under “what to buy for Maddie.” There is a lot to unpack in this Sunday Times Article, “The Case for Filth.” Gawker makes a nice start. “This all sucks, and it’s stupid that it has to happen, and we have to suffer through it like this.” “It’s just a good story about love, about inspiration.” The Tutu Project. (Tissues, please.) Secondary cry warning for this video “To forget the illness, if only for a second” In long, but absolutely worth it reads: “The Invisible Child.” A must-have Christmas ornament to round out your tree. (Or Maddie’s tree, at least.) Bay Area folks this adorable comic is a must-read. Just in time for the holidays, a reminder of a visitors joy in your home. We couldn’t round out 2013 without a list of the most iconic feminist moments of the year, so here you go! Thumbnail image by Lisa Wiseman. Electric Blanket photo, personal for APW. Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.