The Pop Culture Rainman™ Best of 2013 Part Deux (a wee bit late–whoopsies!)

Greetings Friends & Lovah’s

Who says ‘End of Year Lists’ have to come out before the ‘end of the year??!!’ (Everyone. Absolutely. everyone. says. it.)

Think of this missive as merely ‘fashionably late’ and take comfort in the knowledge that it’s clearly the most comprehensive list out there considering I was able to add in stuffs from the 11th hour of ‘2013. (I did no such thing.)


Best in Tattoos

2013 was a great year to get inked as so many trends in the industry were emerging–a rarity for such an ancient art. I wrote about the popularity of White Tattoos on this blog; which by-the-hey is my most read piece on The Pop Culture Rainman™ to date!


White Feather Tattoo

White Feather Tattoo

In addition to White Tattoos, another HUUUUUUUGE tat trend in 2013 were Written Tattoos and also Itty Bitty Tattoos placed on or around the hand and wrist, or most popular of all mid-arm.

Best in Food

2013 was magically delicious! Is it a flaky Croissant? Is it a Donut? Even Better! It’s the CRONUT!!!!

The Infamous Cronut

The Infamous Cronut

Not since the racially harmonious ‘black and white cookie’ has a New York confection gotten this much air play. Overnight, people wanted, nay… they DEMANDED some immediate Cronut tastin’. The foodie trend soon went international showing up in every major city around the globe!

Runner Up was The Crookie–a mix of a croissant and cookies originating in the Toronto bakery Clafouti.

Da Crookie!

Da Crookie!

Best in Kanye Cray-Cray


As a self-professed genius (in his own mind), Kanye West dominated 2013 in some good ways– his album Yeezus was a staple on many a year end list, but mostly in some very baaaad ways as well. His candid admissions koo-koo bananas interview he gave to BBC’s Radio 1 very patient host Zane Lowe, was the stuff of many a lampoon in 2013. While showing that he clearly had no idea how to keep his composure while constantly blaming ‘the man’ for his inability to break into the fashion world, one good thing did come out of it! He single-handedly put black leather jogging pants on the map for the uninitiated!

Black Leather Jogging Pants Were Kanye's Idea Fendi!!!

Black Leather Jogging Pants Were Kanye’s Idea Fendi!!!

Among other jewels like erratically answering the paparazzi by telling them to NEVER SPEAK TO HIM, TO NEVER EVER TALK  (Can’t say I blame him)

…the highlight of his unbridled ‘passion’ was best exemplified during his morning show interview with Sway that was additionally mashed up into song and many a tumblr Gif..

Experience the magic for yourself below in good ‘ol video form, and enjoy the knee-deep emotional *feels* of someone very famous on the verge of a very public breakdown.


No-one straddles flashy gluttony (Kim’s rock was an economical 10 million) and woe-is-me-victimhood better than Kanye and because of this, he got his very own category on my year-end list.

Count your blessings whiny face.  

Nike's Air Yeezy 2

Nike’s Air Yeezy 2

You’ll always have the Yeezy. Move on.

Best in Gal Trends

You thought I had just one? Have you just met us females? Pffft. Have a seat… this may take a while.


Jessica Bie'sl Balayage Hair

Jessica B’s Balayage Hair

…So…Baylage took over from the Ombré trend of 2012. I wrote about it on this blog earlier in the year here:

Geometric Jewelry

If it looked like something you *may* have used in high school math class, or like something that would probably cut glass–it was on ladies fingers, necks or ear lobes in 2013.

Knuckle Ring Confetti (I just made that up)

Rings gathered and stacked in that sweet spot just above your knuckle was another huge ‘thang’ in 2013–the mo’ the ‘merrier.

…And lastly the dark and moody color Oxblood (or variations thereof) were seen everywhere in ladies fashion and beauty in ’13–my personal fave being the Black Orchid lipstick from Tom Ford. Fierrrrrrrrrrrrrce!

Tom Ford's Black Orchid

Tom Ford’s Black Orchid

Best in Gettting Busted

Rob Ford's Menagerie of 'Pussy' at home

Rob Ford’s Menagerie of ‘Pussy’ at home

No-one, but NO ONE produced more verbal snafu’s and outrageous quotables than Toronto’s own crack-smoking, all-you-can-eat-at-home-munching, LYING foolio, the very sweaty, and non-sveltey; Mayor Rob Ford.

Now unless you were pinned under a Mack Truck for all of 2013 and are not aware of the entire story, it is best wrapped up in a tiny bow courtesy of the following SNL skit. FYI; Torontonians don’t talk that way. It’s not the ‘frickin YUKON. Nor Helsinki.

Runner Ups: It’s a Big ‘ol tie between Robin Thicke’s ass-grabbing caught via a mirror photo and South Africa’s faux-deaf interpreter for the wins!

Best man-made-holiday-you-will-never-again-see-in-your-lifetime.

Thanksgivikahthe ancient holiday of the pilgrim Jews??? Close!

More like the only time in herstory that American Thanksgiving and Passover shared the same airspace, and it all happened in 2013! To commemorate? The beautifully constructed Manurkey, meant to give off some Turkey Lurkey ‘lovin for eight glittery, glittery nights.

Happy Thankgivikah!

Happy Thankgivikah!

And there you have it. A totally non-linear, nonsensical, in-yo-face account of 2013 highlights through my pop culture lenses. And yes, I’ve had laser surgery that has all but petered out…why do you ask?!

But truly, I hope you enjoyed the lists and please, feel free to use the facilities.

Here’s to 2014 and taking The Pop Culture Rainman to Bloglebrity and beyonnnnnnd…Let’s Do THIS!



Loving you,


The Pop Culture Rainman

The Pop Culture Rainman™ Best of 2013 Part 1!

Tah Dahhhhhhhhhh!

My totally un-scientific and disjointed list of the year’s biggest Pop Culture noise makers, trend forecasts and infotainment, mixed in with a big chewy nougat of celebrity *cringe*! So in no particular order (what is this order you speak of?) Here it is Friendsicles!

*No interns were hurt in the making of this list

Best in Music

As a former full-time music journalist, I still try to fuse some of my musicology prowess into this newly minted blog. In 2013 I reviewed an exceptional body of work, one of which landed at #1 on virtually everyone’s end-of-year lists. Read my review of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories here.

Runner up is Beyoncé’s self-title end of season surprise album which sold a whopping 828,773 copies worldwide in its first three days on iTunes. A.K.A. The Visual Album, the 14 songs which feature everyone from Drake, Frank Ocean and even her daughter Blue Ivy, comes with the ‘visual’ accompaniment of 17 slick music videos.

On a side note: It’s good to see newcomer like her finally get their comeuppance 😉 Don’t let your aversion to commercialism over-ride this funktastic album and just wish Beyoncé and her buckets of money a Congratuloncé. (Yes, I just did *that*)

Best in Television

Netflix took over 2013 in a big way and with that came more eye balls on Breaking Bad and the season end finale with a colossal 10.4 million views on AMC. The number has grown exponentially larger from all the cross-pollination views on Netflix, but I’m allergic to math so your on your own to figure out the number crunching. Mea Culpa. What became of Walter White and his five-year Cancer Battle/Meth Cook-off?

Spoiler is here. You’re welcome.

Breaking Bad Season Finale

Breaking Bad Season Finale

Best in Television Spin-off

Better Call Saul...

Better Call Saul…

“Better Call Saul,” Walter White’s sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman get’s his own gig in an exclusive Netflix arrangement. I know. So many *feels* on this. It’s gonna be uh-mazing!

Best in Books

2013 saw two of my favorite bloglebrities put out exclusive hilarious tomes. Kelly Oxford’s Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar and Fashion Assassin Leandra Miller’s Man Repeller


These foxy bitches parlayed their Twitter/Blog Fame into 360 degrees of Real Life Fame!  I’ll be damned if I’m not next!!

Best Magazine Cover

It’s a Three Way Tie! Rolling Stone’s cover of Lena Dunham and juicy interview were the stuff of Girly dreams and Oprah’s hair-raising cover was simply too much fun!

New York magazine featured one of my favorite actresses Lake Bell in her birthday suit. I know what your thinking. Yes, her *hair* is TOTALLY fake.

Best in Former Child-Stars A.K.A. ♪ “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be 

Disney Constructs…”♪

The maniacal barely-dressed selfies. The haterade towards ‘ugly people.’ The suggestively ‘rapey’ come-on’s to Drake? 2013 was the year Amanda Bynes officially went crazy-cakes via her Twitter account. Oh and the ratchet wigs! Absotootly fetching!

 *Do* try and work with your medication(s) in 2014 will you Ms Bynes? (Be Well!)


Miley Cyrus made headlines in 2013 proving to everyone in try-hard doses how much she didn’t want to be viewed a Hannah Montana any longer. She’s Not a Girl….Not Yet a Hoookerrrrr.”♪ 

Yes, I’m slut-shaming. Deal with it.

Take one part pasty tongue-wagging gymnastics, two parts ass gyrating twerking, mix it in a cusinart with some oooooh-you-naughty-pot-smoking-rebel-on-live-tee-vee, some interrogation-lit Terry Richardson porn, and…we got it Miley.

We. Really. Got. It. You all GROWNS UP.  

Best in Guy Trend

My local coffee shop is THE place where hipsters converge in their natural habitat on the daily. When not sipping their fair-trade lattes and eating vegan muesli bars, I have a game I like to play called “count the hipster beards.”Hey brothers; it was fun while it lasted. Here’s to 2014 and some clippers, mmmkay?

Best Photo Bomb

There have been some epic photo bombs in the past year, but none as bomb diggity as this one taken last February at the Grammy’s. Here’s the adorbs Kelly Clarkson bombing Portia and Ellen’s photo opp with absolute aplomb. *see what I did there?

…Stay tuned for Part Deux of 2013 Pop Culture Rainman’s Year in Review.

In the Mean Nice Time…Merry Christmas Lover Heads!

The Pop Culture Rainman