Teen Authors Break Into Nonfiction: Are You Next?

School Library Journal reported this week that nonfiction is gaining popularity with young readers, so I had to take this opportunity to point out a set of nonfiction titles that blew me away recently: The Louder Than Words books.
Marni, Emily and Chelsey — three works named after their teenage authors — cover the topics of a hair-pulling stress disorder, chronic illness and the murder of a parent, respectively. Edited by Deborah Reber, these titles capture the voices of their young authors in a way that had me laughing and crying at the same time, an emotional state that I love (I’m weird, I know). The bottom line: Each is a riveting read.

Now, Reber is searching for her next trio of teen writers to tell tales from their lives.

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5 Fantastic Fall Florals

I held onto my tank tops and sandals for as long as I could, but I have to face the hard truth: summer is definitely over. I’m very emoticon sadface about it, so I’m making the transition easier for myself by wearing pretty floral patterns that remind me of sunshiney days! Take a look at these weather appropriate fall florals.
1. Bloom Necklace, ShanaLogic ($35). Artist Lauren King makes these one-of-a-kind pendants out of vintage flowers and beads. Bright. Cheery. Happy. They’re the jewelry equivalent of The Muppets.

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Ash: The A-Z Series

The year was 1996, and a trio of high school punks from Downpatrick, Ireland calling themselves Ash released an album called 1977 (in honor of the year Star Wars opened in theaters). I was instantly smitten with the band’s dirty, no-holds-barred, pop punk tunes. Teenage rebellion? Check. Cute lead singer? Check. Songs that made me feel cool? Check.

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The Matte Effect: Get Knockout Nails

A few weeks ago, we interviewed NYLON Beauty Director Holly Siegel about her favorite beauty picks, and she dropped such a treasure trove of info that we’re only just now catching up.
One item she mentioned, I have to give an extra rave. I finally got my hands on matte nail polish from KO (which stands for “Knock Out”), started by Mike Potter, the makeup artist on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. I won’t even go into how much I wanted red glitter lips after seeing that movie.

Anyway, this cruelty-free find is changing my life — or at least my look.

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RED Hearts: Loving Arrested Development

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 Maya-Catherine Popa, 20, reporting from New York, NY, who appreciates smart, human-based television:

Tired of romances between the undead? Bored of America’s Next Top blonde, sandwich or kite flyer? Then maybe it’s time to watch a TV show that’s funny — actuallyfunny, not “Isn’t it funny how that model suspended in the air is crying upside down?”

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Origami? GIRLigami!

In Japanese culture, folding a thousand paper cranes — called senbazuru – makes a person’s dream come true. For this reason, senbazuru are given to people on special occasions, like birthdays and weddings. I have made a thousand cranes twice in my lifetime. Not sure if anyone’s wish came true, but one thing is certain: it will be a long time before I fold another thousand.

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Textually Harassed? That’s Not Cool!

True story: I was once textually harassed by a guy for two weeks. The sound of a SMS alert started to sound more like a death toll than a happy reminder. The line between attentive and stalkerish is a fine one, people!
Most people have a similar dating experience to share. Long gone are the innocent days of passing notes between classes in the hallway. Social-networking sites and cell phones make it easy to connect with others, but also easy to harass. Whether it’s your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or your current main squeeze, technology has added yet another speed bump on the road to modern romance.

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Alison Lewis’ Essential Accessories For Fall

I Heart Daily loves young, up and coming designers, and 26-year-old Alison Lewis of the modernly vintage line, Lewis, is one of our favorites. Her vibrant Spring/Summer 2010 collection was just revealed at New York Fashion Week amidst a whimsical set of carnival-themed props. “The clothes were inspired by the idea of teenage rebellion meets summer of love,” says Alison. “I wanted to design that dress you would wear all summer to run around with your friends.”
But fashion is weird, because it’s barely fall and we’re just putting away our summer clothes! So to keep things in fashionably seasonal order, Alison gave us her three essential accessories for a fall wardrobe.

1. Ines Sunglasses ($11). “I found these glasses in yellow and somehow I’ve made them match everything. People always ask me if they’re vintage. The shape is totally classic and looks good on almost everyone. The best part is since they’re only $11 you don’t have to feel bad abusing them (I’m guilty of never putting glasses in cases) and if you lose them you can buy another pair!”

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Style Blogger: Kylie of Nice and Shiny

We have yet another fantabulous fashion blogger for you today: Kylie of Nice and Shiny, whose DIY style can best be described as awesome. The 20-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba (that’s in Canada!) doesn’t play it safe when it comes to putting together outfits. It’s all about bright colors, bold statements and a vivid imagination. We like.
I Heart Daily: Why/when/how did you start blogging?
Kylie:Nice and Shiny began in the spring of 2008. I knew that I didn’t want to have a blog that was the same as all the other ones. I wanted it to be fun with all the types of posts that I personally look for in a fashion blog, like DIYs and outfit posts. The name “Nice and Shiny” just came to me one day, and I pretty much started posting immediately after that…and here I am today!

IHD: Who are your favorite designers?
Kylie: I used to be OBSESSED with Marc Jacobs, but now I’m more drawn to designers whose clothes show a lot of passion and a tangible message or emotion behind their construction…and consequently, are usually less wearable. If I had to do some name dropping, I suppose I would list off people like Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Alexander McQueen, and Gareth Pugh as some of my favorites. I also will forever love Karl Lagerfeld and wish he was my Grandpa.

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