Quirky-Cool Back to School Buys

The best part about going back to school is picking out the stuff that you’ll go back with. Here, some ideas.
Natural Markers, Clementine Art ($5.99, shown). This set of four vibrant colors is made with plant and mineral pigments, so you’re completely eco-friendly when you doodle all over your notebook.

The Perfect Notebooks, ecosystem ($10-20). Build your own notebook in one of six standout hues, and choose the style (advisor, architect, artist or author), cover (hard or soft) and size (S, M, L) too. Did we mention they’re made of 100% post-consumer recycled material. Cuz they are.

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Hurraw! Lip Balm

It’s no secret that we love lip balm. For no-nonsense beauty girls like Melissa and myself, a good balm is our go-to makeup product.
I’m excited to tell you about a brand I’ve just discovered: Hurraw! They’re a small company in Whitefish, Montana, who have quite possibly perfected the right consistency of balm: smooth, not grainy, not sticky (but stays on your lips), tasty and super moisturizing. And for those of you ethical consumers, Hurraw! products are fair trade, organic, vegan and use raw ingredients. It’s a lip balm with integrity.

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Spotted Moth Giveaway!

Have you checked out Spotted Moth yet? It’s a great new online store with tres many things that I’m coveting — it’s sort of like a more affordable Anthropologie, which is a dream come true! Romantic dresses, vintage-inspired items, and adorable accessories? Yes.
Lucky for you, I Heart Daily has teamed up with Spotted Moth for a giveaway. Things in store for the potential lucky winner: Black Bow Earrings, a snap-on Minnie Bow Bracelet with sparklies, and a great Canvas Messenger Bag that will be perfect for carrying around books (of the leisure or academic sort!).

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History Byte: Sister Suffragette!

Hey, guess what? Today isn’t just any other run of the mill Thursday — it’s Women’s Equality Day. That’s right, 90 years ago in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was signed, giving women the right to vote. It states: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” How ’bout them apples?
I feel dorky saying this, but whatever you may think, say or feel about this country, we were founded upon this important statement: “all [persons] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Indie Crafter Du Jour: Body Language Soaps

I’m big on slightly imperfect homemade cosmetics and bath stuff — it’s a weakness. Body Language Soaps uses natural vegetable oils and butters, herbs and botanicals, to make extra-green beauty products. Awesome.
Below, a few faves:

Pomegranate Pucker Lip Tint ($10, pictured). This pretty red that looks super-bright in its pot (and chicly sheer on your pout) enhances the natural color of your lips.

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Hunger Games Style

In case you didn’t know, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins — the third book in The Hunger Games sci-fi trilogy — is out today. We love a heroine as badass as Katniss, so today’s spotlight is dedicated to all things Hunger Games.
Mockingjay Tribute Charm Bracelet, Treasureslane ($10, pictured). This sparkly piece includes nods to Prim, Peeta and even the Trackerjacker bees. (If you haven’t read the book, aren’t you intrigued?)

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Let Us Entertain You

Happy Monday, everyone! To get your week started, here are a few things to check out this week to keep you entertained and looking busy when you’re really supposed to be working.
READ: Scott Pilgrim graphic novel series. Whether you’ve already seen the movie starring Michael Cera or plan to, definitely check out the comic series that the film was based on. (It’s much more enjoyable than reading War and Peace.)

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Style Blogger: Rebecca of The Clothes Horse

It seems like everyone and their mom and their mom’s mom has a style blog these days, so you have to be pretty awesome to stand out in a sea of fashionistas. Enter: Rebecca of The Clothes Horse. With great photography and gobs of personal style, Rebecca shares her outfits and inspirations on her three-year-old blog. It’s original, stylish and quirky. But what really bestilled my heart is Nasha, a little toy bunny that occasionally poses for photo shoots. Read more about that in our Q&A with Rebecca!

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RED Hearts: Simple Summer Salad — YUM

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 by Dani Cox, 16, reporting from Pleasanton, California, who learned a cool summer recipe that makes her feel like a Top Chef candidate:

Cooking has never been my forte. As much as I love to eat and want the spices and measurements to come naturally to my capable, master-chef hands, I have always been dependent upon recipe books to lead me to a successful meal. 

That is, until my aunt showed me one of her typical dinner recipes, Tomato Pepper Salad. It really was the turning point of my cooking career, because it really doesn’t call for any cooking!

 

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