Adventures in Dollar Store DIY

There’s something super exciting about dollar stores. All that colorful merchandise waiting to be had for a few measly bills? It thrills.
And now there’s a blog that tells you just what to do with the silly bird figurines or rainbow pencils or bags of felt you picked up: Dollar Store Crafts. Here are three ideas I love from this site (all of them cost less than $2 to make!):

Felt Flower Corsage (pictured). Sooooo much more fun than buying a rose to pin on your date’s chest. The site says that this is a wrist corsage for girls (guys, crafty ladies will swoon for this — trust us) but we think you could also use it as a boutonnière and get big DIY points.

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Lesbian Student Banned from Prom

Oh, Mississippi. Sigh. I grew up in the south — I’m not bashing anybody. But come on. First we hear about recent Prom segregation, and now this?
Constance McMillen, left, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, wanted to go to the prom with her lesbian girlfriend, and she wanted to wear a tuxedo. She was told by her school district that she couldn’t do those things, and the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in, saying there can be no policy banning same-sex prom dates — it’s a student rights violation. Her school decided to call off the senior prom rather than let the Constance and her girlfriend go.

Yeah, nuts.

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Hear(t) It: Imelda May

I was lucky enough to catch Irish singer Imelda May‘s first stateside show a couple weeks ago in Brooklyn, NY (you might have seen her performance on the Grammys). With femme fatal rockabilly looks — check out her impeccable quiff — May’s music is influenced by 1950s rock legends like Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, while her soulful, crystal clear voice draws comparisons to great female vocalists like Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline.

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Must-Have Product: Spray Shampoo

In addition to her amazing clothing line, my friend Alison Lewis’ hair also consistently looks amazing — long and straight with perfect bangs. The other night as it was getting late she sleepily said, “Well, I think tomorrow is a spray shampoo day.” Huh? She turned me on to this product: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo. It’s great for those days when you’re just too lazy (–>Anne) to wash your hair and you need to de-greasify your mane.    

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RED Hearts: Read The Naughty List

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, 20, reporting from Alpine, California, who writes about cheerleading spy girls who won her respect:

In my very first RED Hearts post, I talked about the incredible Agent 99 from “Get Smart.” Now, I revisit the topic of kick-butt female spies with an amazing debut novel by Suzanne Young. The novel, The Naughty List, is the first in a series about — get this — a cheerleading squad that doubles as spies.

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Reader Request: Cute Shoes for Wide Feet!

A reader recently contacted us and told us she has wide feet. “I can never find any cute shoes!” she wrote. Emily B., this one’s for you! Here are a few styles we heart that are available in both regular and wide width.
Paige Peep Toe Wedge, Avenue (pictured, $20, sale!). So pretty, so pastel, and made by Cloudwalkers. Hello, comfort!

Clarks Book Pump, Zappos ($60). Simple and chic, and in lots of colors.

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Chyna Lane’s “Precious” Hearts…

If you watched the Oscars last night, you saw Mo’Nique win the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious. Melissa and I saw Precious together and it was an amazing and brutal film that left us speechless.
But there was a supporting character that stood out to us — Rhonda, played by Chyna Lane, who was a brief reprieve of comedic delight with her sassy attitude and spunk. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Chyna has mad style, so you better listen to what she says. Here’s what she’s hearting!

Luxe Link. “It’s a cute little compact, ultra-sleek medallion that you can carry around in your purse – well, it looks like a medallion until you open it up and it transforms into a hook with a super magnet. At a restaurant, you simply place the magnet on the edge of a table, let the hook dangle and hang that cute little hot pink Marc Jacobs bag of yours on the hook instead of putting it on the floor!”

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Alice In Wonderland Goes Goth

Melissa and I are catching a matinee of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland  today (starring Johnny Depp — woot!). To aide your Mad Hatter fix, we suggest getting your hands on the new edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland illustrated by the talented Camille Rose Garcia. Her vivid, goth-inspired interpretation of the story brings a whole new element to the classic tale about going down the rabbit hole.
And guess what? One lucky I Heart Daily reader will win a copy of the book, along with an awesome tote bag and signed and numbered exclusive lithograph of one of Garcia’s illustrations. All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter before March 17th and you’ll be automatically entered — yay! (If you’re already subscribed, you’re automatically entered. Go here for official rules.)

Now, here’s a Q&A with the artist herself:

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5 Tie Dye Steals For Spring

Long gone are the days when tie dye only meant hippies and visions of the Grateful Dead — now it’s totally en vogue and one of this year’s biggest trends. Here are five affordable finds!
1. Tie Dye Hair Ties, Etsy ($1.50 each, pictured). I buy hairbands frequently (partly because I lose them all the time), but these are so pretty, I won’t misplace them! ManeMessage hand dyes these beauties that also double as bracelets. I love two-in-ones.

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