Beaded Bracelet Bonanza!

I’m not an accessorizer. My fingers, my wrists and my neck usually always leave the house naked — how embarrassing for them! But, dear faithful readers, I’ve taken a new turn, and become quite fond of adorning my wrists with bracelets… lots of them in the beaded variety. Now, onward ho to some of my favorites that won’t break the piggy bank. Wilbur will thank you later. Oink.
1. Urban Outfitters’ Beaded Bracelets ($20, pictured). These babies are on sale and you’ll get two for 20 bucks. Keep one for yourself and give one to an amiga/o for an updated version on the friendship bracelet, or keep them both for yourself. There’s no shame in being selfish when it comes to style.

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Do Something: Vote for the $100,000 Grant Winner

Do Something has been one of my favorite organizations since they produced a shirt that Andrew Shue wore on Melrose Place back in the 90s. Yes, I’m easy.
The rule of Do Something is: “No Money, No Car, and No Adults.” The organization gives teens easy ways to take action and get involved in dozens of causes and issues. Plus, they offer two $500 seed grants every week to people wanting to get their project or cause off the ground.

Next week, they will announce the Grand Prize winner of the 2009 Do Something Awards, who gets a $100,000 grant (the four other finalists will get $10,000 each–not too shabby). Go watch a video about these finalists and vote for your favorite.

They all deserve a spotlight, so check out their action:

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Revlon’s $4 Scented Nail Polish

There’s something magical about drugstore nail polish. Maybe it’s the fact that I can buy three shades for $12 and feel like a color queen. I’m constantly picking out new nail personalities for myself, which is why I’m excited to know about Revlon’s Fruitful Temptations.
Upon drying, they’re scented. That’s right–they’re like the scratch-and-sniff stickers of beauty. Other nail polishes may look pretty, but these also smell nice! It’s kind of amazing. I’m wearing Passionate Fruit (a rich purple color) right now, and I can hardly type because I keep stopping to sniff my fingers. Mmmm…

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Hear(t) It: Phoenix’s “Lisztomania”

I’ve long had a love affair with French pop music. From Serge Gainsbourg and Nino Ferrer, to Air and Dimitri From Paris to Tahiti 80 and Daft Punk, there’s something about that French air that produces high quality tunes. (I’d like to think it’s attributed to their buttery pastries, but after eating eight croissants and attempting to write a song that sounded pretty much like “Row Row Row Your Boat,” I can safely nix that theory.)
Another band on my list of favorite French acts is Phoenix whose fifth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, drops today. The foursome from Versailles writes delicate pop tunes, with a veneer of synth-rock slickness, and the beats to entice some dancing feet. Some snootier music critics might label Phoenix’s brand of pop perfection as a guilty pleasure, but I simply like to call it “Hey-This-Sounds-Damn-Awesome!”

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3 Colorful Finds Under $15

I admit: I am an all-black sort of girl. Black goes with everything, and if you own enough black clothing, you can get dressed blindfolded because everything inevitably matches. Woohoo!
However, I’m turning a new leaf for the summer and trying to brighten my wardrobe, so I won’t be mistaken for a member of the Cullen clan. But instead of committing to one color, I’m into the color blocking trend that’s been popping up everywhere, because sometimes you just can’t commit to just one shade of the ROYGBIV family. Here are a few of my favorite, affordable finds!

1. Fred Flare’s Risky Business Sunglasses, ($11, pictured). OK, so Tom Cruise may not be so cool anymore, but the sunglasses he rocked while dancing around in his tighty whites still are. Neon colors + color block = unstoppable combo.

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Hear(t) It: Yonlu

I want to tell you about an album that didn’t get much attention, but that I think you should know.
The story of singer-songwriter Yonlu is ultimately a sad one. Yonlu was 16-year-old Vinicius Gageiro Marques, a talented and gifted teen who lived in the Brazilian city of Porto Legre. Living his life mostly online, he was known to his Internet friends as Yonlu, and the music he made won him many admirers.

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RED Hearts: Mc A Difference

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.
Today’s RED Hearts post is from Jordyn Turney, 19, reporting from Alpine, California, who writes about a charity near and dear to her heart:

My first memory of the Ronald McDonald House Charities:  

I’m young. Let’s say four or five. Sitting in the car (our old Ford Festiva) next to my mom as we pull through the McDonald’s drive-thru. When the cashier hands her change back, my mom drops it into a coin bucket outside the window.

“What’s that for?” I ask her, as I am apparently a very shrewd and observant child. And that’s when I learned what this wonderful charity does.

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A Stylish, Single Blade Shaving Starter Kit

When I first started shaving my legs, I used a Bic Daisy, which I dutifully replaced every couple of weeks. Then I graduated to multi-blade versions, and I was happy… for a while. But you know how those moisture strips can gunk up and get a little nasty? Yeah, that’s why I’m glad there’s a new blade in town: The RetroRazor Safety Razor.
This classic safety razor has a single blade that gives a clean, close shave. Plus, it’s got a sleek 1950s design (it’s been featured on Mad Men) and it’s eco-friendly.

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All Natural Cake (Yes, Even Funfetti…)

Although Anne sometimes goes all out and makes cupcakes from scratch, I’m more of a box-mix girl. But I do worry about all those diglycerides and polysorbates and other unpronounceable things.That’s why I was happy to try Naturally Nora‘s cake mixes–these have just eight ingredients, compared with other brands’ 18!

So I was excited, and yes, a little nervous. I didn’t want some cardboard-tasting cake with watery frosting, so I approached Naturally Nora with some healthy skepticism.

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