RED Hearts: Mental Floss

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 Sarah Schelde, 16, of Watervliet, New York, who writes about her love for the magazine and website, Mental Floss:

From faster texting on full QWERTY keyboards to shorter blog posts (ala Twitter), in today’s big world of little time, we love to pick up things as quickly as possible. And what’s faster than trivia and facts boiled down to amusing yet informative morsels? Try mental_floss, the wonderful magazine and website where, in their words, “Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix.”

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Cool Girl: Lindsay, 18, Fashionista For A Cause

We’re big fans of fashion outreach. After all, style has a lot to do with self-esteem and confidence. Lindsay Giambattista, 18, of Fort Lauderdale, FL, understands that, which is why she founded Taylor’s Closet, an organization that allows girls in foster care to come into a “store” and shop for clothes — free of charge. We talked to Lindsay about how awesome that is.
What made you want to start Taylor’s Closet?
I knew there were many girls who love clothes just as much as I do but who, due to circumstances beyond their control, might never get a chance to feel beautiful in a new outfit, or pick out their dream prom dress. I wanted to give these girls a great experience shopping for nice clothes, but even more importantly, it would all be absolutely free. I named it Taylor’s Closet, after my twin sister who died at birth.

How has TC expanded since its founding in 2005?
We started out as only offering used clothes, but recently, so many designers have been donating their clothes that we switched to new — now we have clothing that Macy’s carries!

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RED Hearts: Pocahontas Fringe Fashion

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 Charlotte Steinway, 20, reporting from Paris, France, who writes about her love for Native American-inspired style:

Ever since Disney’s Pocahontas came out in the mid ’90s, I’ve had a mild obsession with all things Native American. It’s gone from an innocent penchant for moccasins to a severe affinity for feathered and fringed accessories. In fact, I distinctly remember the first time I laid eyes on Sam Edelman’s “Uri” over-the-knee, tiered fringe boots. I dragged my boyfriend to the store window in Harvard Square and pointed to the glorious feats of footwear: “Beautiful!” I exclaimed. “I thought you were talkin’ about me,” said a middle-aged man standing in the general vicinity.

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Hear(t) It: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

I’m a sucker for jingly-jangly guitars and sweet sounding vocals: it’s the bread and butter of my record collection. Black Tambourine, Velocity Girl and Jesus and Mary Chain are among my trusted canon of feel good music staples. And this is why the Pains of Being Pure at Heart has been echoing through my apartment lately. With layered background vocals of “oo’s” and “ahh’s,” trebly power chords and driving drum beats on the two and four, this quartet from Brooklyn, NY takes influence from these aforementioned bands so well, it’s like 1990 all over again (the pre-flannel days).

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We Heart Venus Zine!

Even though Melissa and I run this web site, belong to MySpace and Facebook, read a hundred blogs a day, have multiple Twitter accounts, and virtually document our lives on Flickr, we still love reading a good old-fashioned magazine. And one of our favorites is Venus Zine.
Venus has been circulating among cool, cultured young women since 1995 (it started out as a photocopied zine run out of a dorm room). If you want original stories on new bands, culture, art and inspiring DIYers, get your hands on a copy.

Its amazing new issue with Evan Rachel Wood gracing the cover hits stands March 2, but we were lucky to get an exclusive sneak preview! (Aren’t we special?) Here five stories for you to look forward to:

ACROSS THE SEA
1. “Scene and Unheard: Osaka, Japan”
This feature uncovers cool culture from around the world — in this case, Osaka, Japan. What do you get when you cross the Ramones and the Donnas? You get Scandal, a spunky quartet of Japanese girls, playing sweet as sugar rock ‘n’ roll.

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Sweet Feet

Foot creams are a slight obsession of mine, and I’m always searching for the best incarnation of this beauty staple. I’ve decided, however, that there is not one, but two near-perfect options:
Lush’s Fair Trade Foot Lotion ($19.50, 7.9 oz, pictured). This is like a pot of liquid peppermint candy. The smell is appropriately intense, the consistency is yogurt-like (but not in an icky way) and the color is pure Barbie. Genius, and worth the price for such a big tub — plus the ingredients are sustainable and ethically sourced. As part of Lush’s Charity Pot program, every penny of the retail price (excluding tax) goes to charities supporting animal rights, environmental protection and humanitarian concerns. Do-Gooder Bonus!

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RED Hearts: The YMCA

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 Cindy Morand, 19, reporting from Buffalo, NY, who writes about the wonderful attributes of the YMCA:

You can ignore the “Men’s” and the “Christian” — the YMCA is for everyone, and even they seem to have phased out their original name. But the Youth part is worth keeping in mind. The YMCA is a great organization that many know as a sports club. Now, I’m not knocking any place with a pool — most Ys have them — but there’s a lot more to be found here. Their mission is to help people, often young people, have a healthy spirit, body and mind. There’s a Y near you and Ys all over the world, in countries from Gambia to South Korea. Their services change people’s lives.

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RED Hearts: The Big Bang Theory

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 Rebecca Murray, 20, reporting from Saint Augustine, Florida, who writes about her favorite TV show:

Television shows, even the generally good ones, can be filled with characters that are predictable. Girl meets boy, girl falls for boy, boy is dating someone else and after a lot of trials and tribulations they seem to get together. (Like in Grey’s Anatomy you can guess nearly every time what Meredith is going to say next.) Girl is usually either smart and pretty and underestimates her own looks — or the tall, knowingly gorgeous one who feels that no one can see past her exterior.

So I started looking for more original TV. I had my first success with The Big Bang Theory, and I found myself downloading as many episodes from iTunes as I could. I don’t normally say this, but watching this show is worth being broke.

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Miss Couturable Author Noel Duan

As New York Fashion Week winds down, we’re end capping our style coverage with an interview with another favorite fashion blogger, Miss Couturable, a.k.a. Noel Duan, 18, from San Jose, California. Not only does she cover obsessions like petticoats and Barbie (which I share!) but she also muses thoughtfully about summers past and future, and she smartly references key Vogue spreads from 1992. Plus, she wants to own a fro-yo machine. Is this girl my new best friend or what?
Why/when/how did you start blogging?
It was the summer before my junior year of high school, and I had just come back from journalism camp and was finishing up an internship with a local fashion designer. I was so fired up about NYC, fashion, and writing that I figured starting a blog would let me pour out the creative thoughts in my head.

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RED Hearts: Soccer Star, Steven Gerrard

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, 19, of Kalamazoo, MI, who writes about her favorite soccer player:

Are you tired of all the David Beckham hype? How the sport has become watching what he and Posh are wearing, more Fashion Week front row than football? Consider switching teams to Steven Gerrard. He’s hot, he’s talented, and he’s British — what’s not to like?

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