RED Hearts: The Pretty Puff Slouchy Hat

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Erika Kwee, 18, of Houston, Texas, who writes about the making of the Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat:

To begin with, let me say that I am not a hat person. I hate wearing them. They tend to squash my bangs awkwardly across my face, or they make my head itchy, or they just poof out weirdly… It’s good that I go to school in Texas, where it’s not ever really THAT cold.

But. Over winter break, I decided that I needed a new knitting/crochet project. Besides, I was home in northern California on a damp, dreary Eskimo-hood kind of day and tired of scarves. I wanted a quick, cute project–so I ran an Internet search and came across this free pattern for the “Pretty Puffs Slouchy Hat” on a blog called Crafty Pants!

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Use It: Pretty Protection

The National Center for Healthcare Statistics reported this month that births among 15-19-year-olds are on the rise for the first time in 14 years.* Lame. As 19-year-old RED author Cindy Morand wrote in her standout essay–“Since When Is Teen Pregnancy Cool?”–on The Huffington Post, “We’ve initiated a dangerous new member of the breakfast club: the no-problem pregnant teenager.”
Is it the US Weekly effect of having celebrities and their babies smiling from glossy covers? Is it Jamie Lynn Spears? Juno? Bristol Palin? Nah, it wasn’t Bristol (though the largest increase, 19%, was in her home state of Alaska), and we’re not fans of blaming pop culture either.

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RED Hearts: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Alison Smith, 18, of Brooklyn, NY, who writes about her love for Animal Collective’s new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records):

It may be hard to believe that 2009’s best album has arrived when it’s only January. But it has.

Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. If it is though, at least I’m not the only one making it. Pitchfork gave Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion a 9.6–the highest rating they’ve given in five years.

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Your Teen Bloggie Nominees!

It’s awards season. The SAG, People’s Choice and Golden Globes have already come and gone. Now we wait for the Grand Poobah of all awards. We’re not talking about the Oscars, we’re talking about the Bloggies–the Web’s longest-running blog awards!
Today, we feature the five stupendous blogs nominated in the category of Best Teen Weblog. After you check all of them out, go vote for your favorite at the Bloggies site. (One more thing: I Heart Daily is also up for a Bloggie in the category of Best Group Weblog! How ’bout dem apples? We won’t twist your arm, but cast a vote for us if you please. Voting closes on Monday, February 2!)

Now, on to the nominees!

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Natural Balmshells

Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Apricot Kernal Oil, Vitamin E… these are good things. They also happen to be the main ingredients in Pin Up Balms ($4), nourishing lip products that come in retro slide-top tins with old-school bombshells on the covers.
Have I mentioned that I’m a sucker for packaging? (Especially when it’s vintage and hilarious, like this polar-bear-riding peppermint beauty. WTF? Gorgeous genius.)

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Win this Monica Burnett Hat!

Monica Burnett is what we like to call, a “Ms. Craftypants.” The 23-year-old from Orange County, CA. crochets her own line of head wear, making colorful and quirky hats and headbands, to keep your melon fashionably adorned.
Lucky for you, you can win this adorable “Valentine” beanie ($50), in all shades of pinks, purples and reds (sorry, the awesomely retro mannequin head is not included!). To enter, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter, and we will randomly select one winner on February 10, 2009. Full contest rules here.

Keep on reading to learn more about the woman behind the hat, the hands that loop the yarn, the fingers that work hard for their money:

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RED Hearts: Out, Damn Spots!

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Saskia Boggs, 18, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who writes about a zit fix that actually works.

I am 18 years old, and I get a lot of zits.

For the past, oh, five years (at least), I’ve been searching for the perfect acne medication. I’ve gone through the washes, the face masks, the treatment pads. I’ve tried Neutrogena, Clearasil, and Rite-Aid off-brands. I’ve gone for the tea-tree oil and the chamomile tea.

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RED Hearts: Katy Perry

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Jessica Goodman, 19, of Northridge, California, who writes about her favorite singer, Katy Perry, who just kicked off her world tour:

When I saw Katy Perry at the Vans Warped Tour last summer, I instantly became a fan. Her music is realistic and just straight to the point; it might not be romantic or lovey-dovey, but it’s honest. She says what’s on her mind, and that’s what many girls my age are able to connect with.

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RED Hearts: Pick a Pepper

Introducing RED Hearts, guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today. RED Hearts will be posting every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through February.
Today, our first RED Hearts post is from Zulay Regalado, 20, Miami, who writes about her new favorite fashion line, Pepper + Pistol:

One of the many highlights of my trip to NYC this December was getting the chance to attend a fashion sample sale. And what girl doesn’t enjoy a sale, let alone in a cool Chinatown loft space (sketchy old elevator and all) with a view of the Manhattan Bridge and sugar cookies? Hello!

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