Style Blogger: Hannah, 20, of An Aesthetic Feast

We love a style blogger who tries out runway beauty trends, combines what-I-wore with what-I-ate in a post, and raves about beautiful books. Which is why we adore Hannah, 20, of An Aesthetic Feast. Enjoy her archives, and subscribe to keep up with her colorful antics. Here’s a taste of Hannah:
I Heart Daily: How did you start the blog?
Hannah: Originally my blog started out as a food blog, but then it sort of just branched out into things that I wanted to see and look at. That’s where the title came from, “An Aesthetic Feast.” I just wanted eye candy.

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Read A Banned Book Week!

Put on your civil liberties hat, because it’s the last week of September, and you know what that means… Banned Book Week! From September 25 – October 2, books that have been banned or challenged in libraries and bookstores across the country are celebrated.
The American Library Association has this to say about it: “Imagine how many more books might be challenged — and possibly banned or restricted — if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.”

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The Runway’s Best Beauty Trends

In the past, we’ve asked Beauty Blogging Junkie Amber Katz about the perfect eyebrow shape, how to get great bangs, and under-$10 drugstore make-up finds. Today, she’s sharing the most chic and doable trends she saw on the runways at New York Fashion Week:
Pop-art Eyes. “Orange lipstick was swiped on eyelids in a vibrant swoop backstage at Derek Lam (pictured). Makeup maven Tom Pecheux used a combination of Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Coral with a shade of the brand’s new Pure Color Lipstick in an orange iteration out next spring. To get your orange fix on now, MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go is loud and proud.”

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Cool Girl: Jessica Watson, 16, Solo Sailor

Jessica Watson, 16, is the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted and non-stop around the world (that’s her on her boat, Ella’s Pink Lady). She’s from Australia, she finished her trip in May, and she wrote a book about her epic voyage,True Spirit. The book takes readers on the adventure with her — through gale-force winds, mountainous seas, hazardous icebergs and extreme loneliness on a vast sea.
So, you know, she’s kind of a badass. And we got to talk to her!

I Heart Daily: What made you want to sail around the world?
Jessica Watson: I grew up with a pretty adventurous family, living on a boat and doing a lot of travelling. The thing that first made me think of sailing around the world was when Mum read me Jesse Martin’s book about his solo voyage around the world when I was 11, that’s what gave me the idea.

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5 Booties Under $50

I’m on a fall shopping spree, and I’m not talking about leaf blowers and candy corn. Right now, I’m really into boots, but I’m not quite ready to take the plunge into my knee highs yet, so I’m going the bootie route until further notice — perfect for wearing with skirts and tights, or tucking into skinny jeans. Did I mention they’re all under $50? Take a gander.
Devoted Fallow-ing Boot, Modcloth ($45, pictured). These feminine cuffed boots have a comfortable heel that isn’t too high
or too low. I picture them paired with some skinny jeans and a
lacy top
. Romantic!

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The Perfect Fall Nail Color: Essie’s “Merino Cool”

Along with my flip flops (weep), sundresses (wah!) and cutoffs (crycrycry), my bright neon nail shades are done for the season. But I’ve found my fall nail color, which eases the sting of summer being dunzo.
It’s called Merino Cool (pictured), by Essie. Neutral shades have been super trendy lately, but I prefer a hint of color in my polish instead of a straight gray or beige. Merino Cool has the perfect mix of gray and lavender, creating a pretty muted purple, or as Essie describes it, a “sensuous autumn mulberry” (who knew mulberries could be… sensuous?).

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Teen Acne Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

 This was an upsetting piece of news to read: Teen acne is linked to suicidal thoughts.
The recent study was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. The article states that teens with severe acne are more likely to think about suicide, due to feeling depressed about their appearance (girls with acne are twice as likely and boys three times as likely to consider suicide). For the study, Dr. Jon Anders Halvorsen of the University of Oslo surveyed 3,775 Norwegian teens aged 18-19, about how acne has affected their mental health.

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Cute and Snuggly Fall Sweaters

Sometimes in fall, I feel like wearing a blanket. If that were socially acceptable, I’d probably do it. Luckily, chunky shapes are in this season. Here are a few sweaters (and one special vest) that you can snuggle in.
Audrey Sweater,
Delia*s ($44.50, pictured). This cable-knit hooded pullover has a flattering shawl collar — not to mention it’s the perfect shade of red for standing out.

Wild Thing Vest, Spotted Moth ($35). It’s a little Almost Famous and a little Rachel Zoe, so this vest is definitely not shy, but it sure is cozy.

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Read It: Three Books To Make You Think

These three books all deal with important issues without being pedantic. Instead, they’re fun, fast-moving page-turners that we think you’ll love.
Sellout by Ebony Joy Wilkins (Scholastic Press, pictured). NaTasha has grown up as the only African-American in her Connecticut school district, but she hasn’t felt like she’s missed out on anything. She has good friends, a crush-worthy guy and a comfortable life. But Tilly, Tasha’s grandmother from Harlem, wants her to know her roots, so she brings Tasha to her house for the summer. There, Tasha meets girls who have grown up completely differently — and she finds parts of herself, and inner strengths, that she didn’t know were there. The book isn’t flawless, but it’s written with an honesty that resonates, like in these lines: “They hated me. My hair, my skin, my body, my voice — they hated everything I hated about myself.”

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Style Blogger: Arabelle, 17, of Fashion Pirates

Arabelle’s mini-biography on her fantabulous blog, Fashion Pirates, is simply irresistible: “I am weird and I enjoy it. I believe in girl power and pin-up girls. Let’s talk.” Yes, shall we?
I Heart Daily: Why/when/how did you start blogging?

Arabelle Sicardi: Almost four years ago now, I suppose! January 14th 2007 to be exact. My birthday. I started blogging because I was reading all of these other blogs and wanted to contribute (read: my friends couldn’t get me to shut up and suggested I start my own  blog so people who would understand what I was talking about could read my rants).


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