Razor Blade Bag = Cutting Edge Fashion?

On Hot Topic’s website, the description of this purse reads: “This silver foil bag is shaped like a razor blade.”
A razor blade?

Selling a “fashion item” that’s a symbol for cutting is not only irresponsible, but also insensitive to the vast number of people that struggle with the urge to self-harm.

Katy Crittenden, 18, first spotted this bag at a Hot Topic in her hometown of Oakland, CA. “When I first saw the purse I laughed because I thought it was so ridiculous,” she says. “After we left I realized how suggestive it was. It made me really angry, because as someone with a past cutting habit, I know how dangerous and addictive it can be.”

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RED Hearts: A Dancing Flower for Winter

RED Hearts are guest 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 by Saskia Boggs, 20, reporting from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has found a winter pick-me-up as she waits for spring:

Before my birthday package arrived this month at school (bursts of surprise are always extra-welcome in Michigan in February) my mom told me that she’d included something from my favorite kitschy little store back home. Fully expecting a cute necklace or maybe a DIY book (as moms do), I was surprised to find a plastic, solar-powered dancing flower in the box.

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Japanese Beauty Secret: Azuki Beans

When I was growing up, my mom used to make a tasty sweet treat with azuki beans. The beans are small and red, and when cooked for a long time with some sugar, the result is a delicious red bean sauce we ate with mochi or atop shaved ice. Yum!
But these little beans work double-time as a potent beauty secret that Japanese women have been using for centuries to keep their skin soft, smooth and blemish-free. When ground into a fine powder, these beans act as a gentle exfoliator that won’t damage or over dry your skin. And luckily, it’s simple to make:

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Download This Mystery: Cathy’s Book

Electronic devices like the Kindle have made it possible to read books digitally — which is cool — and though I’m all for technological advancement, I still prefer ye olde paperback.
But, something’s changed my mind. I recently downloaded a book onto my iPhone, and it’s making me a believer in the power of digital reading. Called Cathy’s Book, it’s the personal journal/sketchbook of artsy high schooler Cathy Vickers.

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Country Chic on the Cheap

Here’s what I have to say about the Vermont Country Store: Don’t knock it. It all started as a mail order business in the 1940s (and I’m betting they still have a lot of the same products).
Look at all this cool stuff I found in the catalog, then get your own, uh, free subscription. It’s kind of like looking through your grandma’s attic, in a good way. Even better: the finds are all new.

1. Chambray Smock Apron ($22, pictured). Kind of like what your elementary school art teacher wore, but also pretty awesome.

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Runway the Real Way: Spring Style Steals

We turned to uber-stylist Laurie Trott when we had a reader question about how to layer for winter, and now that spring is about to break through the winter clouds, we had to ask her about her favorite seasonal trends. Of course, Laurie’s designer taste runs $$$$, so we found some affordable options too, just for you. (And ourselves.)

1. Neon. A bright accent can make an entire look pop.

♥ Runway: Nanette Lepore.

♥ Real way: Neon Cutout Pumps (shown), Wet Seal, $15 sale!

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Cool Girl: Olympic Snowboarder Elena Hight

Elena Hight, 20, (that’s her in the air, left) starts competing today for the US Snowboarding Halfpipe Team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In 2003 — at age 13 — Elena was the first woman to land a 900 (that’s a freestyle trick where you spin 2.5 full rotations — watch Elena do it) in competition. Badass. She took 6th place in the Snowboard Halfpipe at the 2006 Turin Olympics, and she’s back in Vancouver for more!
We talked to Elena about snowboarding, eating and her boyfriend Greg Bretz, who’s also competing in Vancouver (how cute is that? Olympic love!).

I Heart Daily: Training so much must leave little social time, but you met someone through snowboarding… fellow Olympic team member Greg Bretz! What do you like most about him?

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What’s in Her Bag? Hillary Kerr from Who What Wear

Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power, the girls behind the essential fashion site WhoWhatWear, always have on the perfect lipstick. So when we saw them this week, we begged Hillary to open up her bag and show us what products she carries around with her on the fly for Fashion Week. People, it was a Sephora in there.
Let us count the reasons why Hillary’s bag is so big and fun:

1. Stila Convertible Color ($25, shown). Hillary wears this lipstick and blush-in-one in Petunia.

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Fashion Matters… Too Much?

At I Heart Daily, we believe fashion should be fun — it’s a way to showcase your style, personality and individuality. However, fashion does have a dark side, one that involves eating disorders, unhealthy body image and an obsession with being a svelte sample size. And a recent survey, Beauty Defined, conducted by the Girl Scouts of the USA illustrates these dangers.
The survey included more than 1,000 girls between the ages of 13 – 17. Some stats:

  • 75 percent said fashion is “really important” to them
  • 42 percent said they know someone who has forced themselves to throw up
  • 37 percent said they know someone who has been diagnosed with an eating disorder
  • 25 percent think taking diet pills is acceptable

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