Read It: January Round-up

The library, the indie bookstore, Barnes & Noble–wherever you get your reading material, try these in January:
Ten Things I Hate About Me by Randa Abdel-Fattah ($17, Scholastic). Jamie has a double life. At school, she’s a bleached-blond Aussie; at home she’s Jamilah, a Muslim girl from a traditional family with an ultra-strict dad. The quest to find your true self is a common theme in Young Adult books, but Abdel-Fattah’s swift, smart and hilarious writing makes Jamie’s a standout journey.

But we’re not done! Two more titles to pick up are…

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An Eco-friendly Font? Yes!

While recycling soda cans and glass bottles is part of every day modern life, most of us still toss out our technological garbage with the rest of the trash. Case in point: 95% of printer cartridges end up in landfills, resulting in millions of pounds of waste every year. Not good. To help combat this issue, the Dutch marketing company, Spranq, developed an eco-friendly font that uses up to 20% less ink called, appropriately, Ecofont.

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Style Steal: Thakoon for Target

Let’s get this out of the way–it’s pronounced “Tack-oon.” The designer is Thai-born and Omaha-raised, and was once an editor at Harper’s Bazaar. Now he makes pretty clothes for the runway, and–lucky us–for Target. Even Michelle Obama is a fan; she wore a Thakoon dress at the Democratic National Convention last summer.
Thakoon for Target hit stores just yesterday, and I’m psyched to stock up on florals and stripes (and maybe even wear them together if I’m feeling ballsy). My favorite piece is this 100% cotton Cyber Floral Dress ($40); it’s a nice representation of the vivid colors in the line. Explore the whole collection, which includes a ton of shibori patterns (like on this awesome cardigan) and retails for just $15-$45 per item.

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Hap-hap-happy Holidays!

Yup, that’s all you get today: a cute little holiday greeting. Nothing informative or interesting, but isn’t it cute? We hope you don’t consider this coal in your stocking! We’ll be back to our regular posts tomorrow, but for now, sit back, be cozy and eat some tasty treats.

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Get Folding: Holiday Origami

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except this crazy girl who keeps on making origami. Since I stumbled upon this Japanese website, I’ve beenobsessively making paper reindeer (I named them all), which is all kinds of awesomeness. Plus, it reminded me that it costs approximately zero dollars to have a good time. All you need is some paper, the ability to follow instructions and a flat surface. I am pleased as punch, or more appropriately, eggnog.

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Mmm… m&m’s

I’ve always loved m&m’s, partially because when I was younger, my dad used to put two together, one upside-down, and make it look like my initials, “mw.” I thought that was so cool.
And now I like them because they taste good and they keep inventing new colors and sizes (minis rule) and they’re just generally a classic candy. Plus, I can put my face on them.

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On Sale: Threadless Tees

Many of you may be familiar with Threadless, the online community store that sells hundreds and hundreds of amazing shirts, printed with fun designs, illustrations and catchy slogans. Members submit their designs that are then voted on by the public; the winners get their shirts made and sold through the site. (Which means you aspiring graphic designers can get in on the action, too!)

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Poladroid: Shaking It

Polaroid pictures are iconic in the galaxy of modeling go-sees and photo shoots and general fabulousness, partly because there’s something about their grainy exposure, the streaking light and the glossy-center-framed-in-matte-white that makes everyone look instantly cool. So the news that Polaroid film was finito left many in the fashion industry bereft.
But now, there’s a little bit of sunshine in the instant-photo world: Poladroid!

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It Works! Natural Deodorant

I’ve been searching for an all-natural deodorant for a very long time. Those hippie crystal sticks you can get at natural food stores? They don’t work. Seriously, don’t even go there. Sorry, hippie crystal sticks, but you stink.
Despite the fact that I’m afraid of scary ingredient lists on some deodorants, my experiments with “organic” deodorants have left me wary. So it was with a skeptical eye that I approached the Everyday Deodorant ($10) from Glory for Girls, a natural skincare products line that purports to be “fun, fresh, safe and effective.” It’s that last part I care most about most, at least when it comes to the pits.

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