T-Minus 5 Days To Shop boohoo’s NYC Pop-Up Shop

boohoo.com, one of our very favorite places to shop, is an online-only retail destination. They have 8,000 products on their website, and trust us when we say that you could shop for hours. So. Much. Cute. Stuff. But for two weeks only, boohoo decided to expand to the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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Since November 1, boohoo has settled in to their pop-up at 462 West Broadway, right in the core of the Big Apple. The store features a beautifully curated collection of men’s and women’s apparel, edited down from the impressive selection of products available on their website. The pop-up shop seamlessly integrates fashion, music, and technology in order to promote boohoo’s re-launch and re-investment in the U.S. market. Complete with meet and greets with Carli Bybel and Nadia Aboulhosn, boohoo wanted to make a statement with American shoppers.

Based on all the hype we’ve been hearing, we don’t think we’re the only ones who think their pop-up shop is a hit. But don’t take our word for it; if you’re in NYC, go check it out yourself!

The pop-up shop is open until this upcoming Friday, November 14. The hours are as follows:
Monday: 11am – 7pm
Tuesday: 11am – 7pm
Wednesday: 11am – 7pm
Thursday: 11am – 4pm
Friday: 11am – 2pm

If you visit boohoo’s pop-up shop, be sure to share pictures and tweet about your shopping experience with the hashtag #theboohoostore. Remember: 462 West Broadway, between Prince and Houston streets.

Live in New York City but can’t make it to the pop-up shop this week? Stuck in Indiana at school? No worries. You can still shop boohoo online, and save 20% off your purchase with the code SAVE20.

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Headlines You May Have Missed: November 6

In case you missed ‘em, here are some headlines you may have missed from November 6:

Kidnapper Admits to Crime
Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, is safe and home from the hospital. The suspect in her abduction, 37-year-old Delvin Barnes, is at a detention center in Baltimore County, Maryland as of Thursday. According to a criminal complaint, Barnes admitted to being the kidnapper. He also reportedly admitted that he didn’t know the victim before he took her. He has charges for another crime similar to this one in Virginia and will be up for trial on both soon. From the amount and severity of charges he will be receiving, it’s clear that if convicted he won’t be getting out anytime soon.
Read more here.

Ebola Outbreak Over In Texas
We are on the brink of having an Ebola-free Texas again as it has been 21 days since anyone has come into contact with a person infected with the Ebola virus. After constant contamination control and precautions taken to prevent the spread of the scary disease, it seems like there is no more Ebola threat in Texas. Of the nearly 200 Texans who were being monitored, none of them tested positive for Ebola. Hopefully this means that the country will soon be declared completely Ebola-free as well.
Read more here.

Postal Service Makes Big Holiday Change
So much for no post on Sundays! The postal service is all about getting you your mail on time, so with the influx of things being sent to and fro during the holiday season, the United States Postal Service has decided to start delivering seven days a week from November 17 all the way through Christmas Day. Even so, it’s still important to remember that USPS has an arrival chart for mail this time of year and even 7-day shipping won’t get packages to their destination if sent too late.
Read more here.

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Headlines You May Have Missed: November 5

In case you missed ‘em, here are some headlines you may have missed from November 5:

Abducted Philadelphia Woman Found
The video of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither being chased and subsequently attacked by a man was all over the Internet. In the video, Freeland-Gaither tried to fight back but is quickly subdued and taken by the abductor. Thanks to a manhunt sparked by FBI special agent in charge, Ed Hanko, she was found after three days in Jessup, Maryland, near a town south of Baltimore. Delven Barnes, 37, has been taken into custody as the main suspect in the investigation of the abduction. Freeland-Gaither is currently in good shape but is currently in the hospital.
Read more here.

The Panda Triplets Who Lived
There have been very few births of panda triplets in history. The only surviving panda triplets have turned 100 days old, which is a huge deal for the panda population. Prior to their birth, panda triplets had been dying from birth defects or being underweight. One girl and two boy pandas were born, are doing well, teething, and now over 11 pounds. The pandas are remaining in contact with their mother in order to continue their progress. The best part about the triplets is that the only thing cuter than one panda is three!
Read more here.

Meet Mia Love, The Republican Wunderkind
At 37-years-old, Mia Love is the youngest woman and the first black GOP congresswoman ever to be elected to the senate. Mia Love is considered to be a dynamic combat veteran who is also the daughter of Haitian immigrants and also a graduate of Harvard University. The average age of a senator is 62, almost twice that of Love. Both Democrat and Republican voters are admiring Mia Love and what she represents.
Read more here.

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Ready For Winter: Nine Necessities For Cold Weather

Although it’s still technically fall, the first snowfalls have begun occurring across the country. Like it or not, it’s time to prep for the freezing weather and snowy days. Here are nine necessities for cold weather that will keep you cozy and cute.

First things first, you have to have a warm winter coat. Whether you prefer short styles or long styles, puffer coats or more tapered designs, there is a winter coat for you. Here are some of our favorites:

wintercoats1.  DKNY 3/4 Faux Fur Hood Puffer Coat
60% down / 40% waterfowl feathers
2.  Columbia Gold 650 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket
550 fill down and 100g polyester microtemp insulation
3. The North Face Greenland Jacket
550 fill down and HyVent fabric

Once you’ve got your coat covered, it’s time to think about boots. There are a plethora of practical (and stylish) options out there, but it’s important to consider the boot style(s) that will work best for the weather you’ll be trekking through all winter.

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1. Sperry Top-Sider Saltwater Boots
The classic “Bean Boots” from L.L. Bean are great, but even with wool socks your feet may end up freezing in the snow. These Sperry boots are ahead of the game with their microfleece lining and cushioned insole for added warmth. Talk about preppy perfection.
2. Sorel Joan of Artic Knit Boots
Sorel is known for making warm, high quality winter boots. While not always the most stylist option, they surely get the job done.
3. UGG Classic Short Boots
Some of us love them. Some of us hate them. Some of us are indifferent. But if you live in an area that is very cold but light on the snow, UGGs are a solid option. Their warmth is unparalleled and that’s why we hate to love them, but these boots definitely aren’t made for the snow.

Last but not least, we can’t forget about the winter accessories that complete your cold weather gear and keep your extremities warm!

winteraccessories1. UGG Nyla Cable Beanie with Lurex and Pom
Because a winter hat isn’t a winter hat unless it has a pom at the top.
2. Vans Meddle Gloves
Appropriately named, since it has touchscreen compatible fingers that allow you to meddle with your phone while braving the cold.
3. Prana Canyon Scarf
This is actually a “men’s” scarf, but shh, we won’t tell if you don’t.

Headlines You May Have Missed: November 4

In case you missed ‘em, here are some headlines you may have missed from November 4:

Saudi Arabia Drops Our Oil Prices
Saudi Arabia has steeply dropped the oil prices for the U.S., leaving people wondering if they’re trying to start a price war due to America’s current shale oil boom. Meanwhile, the Saudis have risen their prices for oil in Europe. These pricing changes have sparked a lot of scrutiny, as OPEC prepares for a meeting coming up in Vienna next week. For the first time in almost four years, gas prices are averaging under $3 for American consumers.
Read more here.

Police Release Video Of Philadelphia Abduction Suspect
The abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, and the chilling video of it has made its way all around the nation. The video clearly depicts someone coming up on the woman on an empty street and forcefully taking her. She struggles in an attempt to escape her captor but she could not. Now the police have released a video of a person of interest at a gas station. His face is clearly on camera and they hope the video will lead to them finding the missing woman.
Read more here.

The GOP Takes The Senate
It was a big day for the Republican party as the GOP seized control of the senate from the Democrats. The GOP took over states such as Arkansas, Colorado, and North Carolina from the Democratic party. In North Carolina, Republican Thom Tillis unseated Democratic Senator Kay Hagan. In Kentucky, McConnell swept to an easy victory over Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Mark Pryor was beaten by Tom Cotton, and in Colorado Cory Gardner defeated Senator Mark Udall just to name a few of the big changes made to congress yesterday.
Read more here.

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Five Eyeshadow Palettes You Have to Check Out

I’m a bit of an eyeshadow junkie.

I own way more eyeshadow than I know what to do with. Of course, I have my favorites and there are some palettes that I find myself reaching for day after day. Today I’ve put together a list of what I consider to be some of the best.

Check these palettes out!

1. LORAC PRO Palette

This is by far my most used palette. I adore this palette because it has a great color selection and fantastic color payoff.  This palette features a variety of matte and shimmery shades, including my favorite transition brown color, “Taupe.” “Sable” is one of my most used shades, and is one of the best colors to deepen up your crease. This palette retails at $42 and comes with a mini “Behind the Scenes Primer,” which is a fantastic primer. For all that this palette has to offer, it’s truly a great value!

2. Urban Decay Naked Palettes

I’m not going to choose my favorite Naked palette because I honestly love all of them. I love all of the bronze shades, the taupe shades, and the rosy shades. You should pick the one that best suits your fancy. I currently use the one with the bronze shades, because I love the colors “Smog” and “Darkhorse” which are great for creating a deep brown smoky eye. “Virgin” is a great shade for highlighting, as is “Verve.” These palettes all have the amazing pigmentation that Urban Decay is known for, and the color variety is great. These palettes retail at $54 and come with a double-sided brush that is actually quite nice. Pick your favorite!

3. Maybelline The Nudes Palette

This is currently one of my favorite drugstore palettes. This palette features 12 shades with a variety of matte and shimmery finishes. I love how pigmented these colors are, and I like that Maybelline created 13 looks that you can check out on their website. These looks will inspire you to recreate them for yourself. The color selection is slightly more limited in this palette, but I personally enjoy a palette that has one focus instead of a palette that tries to offer every color. This is a great palette if you tend to do neutral looks on a daily basis. It retails for $10 at drugstores, which is an awesome price for a palette like this! I applaud Maybelline for being one of the first drugstore companies to come out with a full-on palette (others include NYX, e.l.f., and Wet N’ Wild).

4. Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Palette in “Comfort Zone”

If you haven’t heard about this palette yet, crawl out from that rock you’ve been living under, go to the drugstore, and buy it. The pigmentation on this palette is out of this world. I’ve tried high-end palettes and drugstore palettes and this one remains one of my favorites. This palette features eight highly pigmented shades in a variety of colors. If you have brown, green, or hazel eyes, you MUST have this palette for the green shades! I love this palette, mostly because of the price—$5! It’s a great buy for great quality. Check it out!

5. e.l.f. Prism Eyeshadow

Finally, we have a smaller palette on the list. Although it’s tiny, it’s still one of my favorites. This palette comes in three color selections, all of which are gorgeous, and super shimmery. “Naked” features six neutral colors, including the prettiest white highlighting shade I’ve ever used. “Sunset” is a collection of jewel toned purples and oranges. And “Smoke” contains deep blues and greens that are reminiscent of the ocean. I absolutely love each of these palettes! They retail for $10 on e.l.f.’s website. Check these palettes out for some of the best shimmery shades you’ll find on the market!

These palettes are absolutely the best palettes on the market. If you hadn’t heard much about them, hopefully you learned something new about them today! Check some of these palettes out, you won’t be disappointed!

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An Open Letter To Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham,

For a while now, I’ve been skeptical of your critical acclaim. Both your fans and mainstream media have taken it upon themselves to applaud you as a modern feminist icon. But, I never understood all the hype. However, feminism is all the rage right now, and amongst many famous women claiming they aren’t feminists, people might have seen you as a breath of fresh air. I wasn’t so easily impressed. But my opinion on your persona, your show, or their mutual acclaim is not the focus of this letter. Instead, I would like to focus on the disturbing excerpts of your memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl.

In your memoir, you detail numerous disturbing instances in which you engaged in inappropriate behavior with your little sister, Grace.

“One day, as I sat in our driveway in Long Island playing with blocks and buckets, my curiosity got the best of me. Grace was sitting up, babbling and smiling, and I leaned down between her legs and carefully spread open her vagina. She didn’t resist, and when I saw what was inside I shrieked. “My mother came running. “Mama, Mama! Grace has something in there!”

My mother didn’t bother asking why I had opened Grace’s vagina. This was within the spectrum of things that I did. She just got on her knees and looked for herself. It quickly became apparent that Grace had stuffed six or seven pebbles in there. My mother removed them patiently while Grace cackled, thrilled that her prank had been such a success.”

It is repulsive that after this incident, your mother apparently asked no questions or taught you boundaries. Your little sister’s body is not an object for your amusement. Yet you seemed to think it was, using it for your own twisted pleasure as you describe in the memoir.

I understand that children are curious about their bodies and the bodies of other children, and I don’t proclaim to be well-versed in early childhood development. I’ve seen and heard stories of children kissing each other, talking about their private parts, and asking questions about human anatomy. But some of the things you describe go way past curiosity and into the realm of manipulative and deceptive towards a child who was years your junior and unaware of the inappropriateness of your actions.

“As she grew, I took to bribing her for her time and affection: one dollar in quarters if I could do her makeup like a “motocycle chick.” Three pieces of candy if I could kiss her on the lips for five seconds. Whatever she wanted to watch on TV if she would just “relax on me.” Basically, anything a sexual predator might do to woo a small suburban girl I was trying. Maybe, I thought, she would be more willing to accept kisses if I wore the face mask my grandmother had for when she did her dialysis. (The answer was no.) What I really wanted, beyond affection, was to feel that she needed me, that she was helpless without her big sister leading her through the world. I took a perverse pleasure in delivering bad news to her — the death of our grandfather, a fire across the street — hoping that her fear would drive her into my arms, would make her trust me.”

What?! I was astounded by this passage. It seems so emotionally abusive and inappropriate that I’m shocked that you are surprised by people’s reactions. You bribed your sister to kiss you. You played with her private parts when she didn’t know any better. You use the words “sexual predator” and “perverse” to describe your own actions. And yet, apparently, your parents never caught on to your misconduct — or never cared to address the situation. Apparently, you don’t even see a situation to address.

And it seems as if you never learned your lesson:

“I shared a bed with my sister, Grace, until I was seventeen years old. She was afraid to sleep alone and would begin asking me around 5:00 P.M. every day whether she could sleep with me. I put on a big show of saying no, taking pleasure in watching her beg and sulk, but eventually I always relented. Her sticky, muscly little body thrashed beside me every night as I read Anne Sexton, watched reruns of SNL, sometimes even as I slipped my hand into my underwear to figure some stuff out.”

You masturbated with your little sister in the room? In fact, you masturbated with her lying right next to you? There is nothing okay about that. And perhaps this is the most disturbing aspect of the situation. You are going on a self-professed “rage spiral” because of how people are handling your book, when you yourself equated yourself to a sexual predator.

I understand that your sister may think you did nothing wrong. But that’s the problem with sexual assault, particularly when the victim is a child and abused by a relative. The victim is so young and impressionable that it becomes easy to associate this twisted manipulation and control with love. You should know what you did was wrong, and you should stop using feminism as a bizarre way to defend your actions.

Feminism is great, Lena. I feel like women and men, regardless of their political affiliation, should realize that equality between genders is beneficial for everyone. But, apparently you don’t feel the same. You want to be a feminist when it is convenient. You want to promote that “There is no ‘No’ that means ‘Yes,’” and that reproductive rights are important, and that woman deserve equal pay for equal work; but, you don’t want to take the heat that’s coming out of the kitchen. You don’t want the disgust, criticism, abandonment, and repercussions that result from being a perpetrator of sexual assault.

You see, Lena, if a 17-year-old boy had masturbated in front of his sister or brother, the world would be in uproar. There would be no “benefit of the doubt,” no gray area, and no questions as to how vile these actions are. His name would be dragged through the mud. He wouldn’t have a hit show anymore. Everyone would brand him as the filth that he is for masturbating in front of a sibling — a prepubescent one nonetheless. But you don’t see the problem. You are so jaded by your own self-righteousness that you think us, the people being critical of your actions, are the problem. No. It’s you. You engaged in sexual misconduct with your sister, and you chose to write about it. Now you’ll have to face the much deserved backlash.

You issued a cease and desist to Truth Revolt, simply because they criticized some of the passages that you chose to include in your book. It’s time to stop passing the buck, Lena. Own up to the fact that you did some screwed up things as a kid, some of which are being considered sexual assault. You were just “curious,” but a young boy who did the same things would be called a deviant and an abuser. Children can commit sexual assault; take a look inside a courtroom. Because you are a privileged woman and a feminist, you think you don’t deserve the accusations being thrown at you.  But in fact, that’s exactly why you deserve these accusations.

Being a feminist and someone of privilege doesn’t give you a pass or make your actions any less offensive. If you want to get paid like the boys, you also have to pay the price like the boys. What you did was wrong.

Now it’s time to pay what you owe. (And hopefully learn a thing or two about feminism.)

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9 Fun Facts About Friends

You watch Friends. You love Friends. You may have even seen every single episode. But, did you know these 9 fun facts about one of your favorite TV shows?

1. Monica and Joey were originally meant to be the main love interests.

Anyone else think Joey and Rachel were the ones who actually belonged together?

2. Courteney Cox was originally asked to play the part of Rachel, but she asked to play Monica instead after reading the script.

Yeah, Jennifer Aniston was definitely more of a “Rachel.”

3. When Matt LeBlanc auditioned for Friends, allegedly he only had $11 to his name. When the cast got their first paychecks, the first thing Courteney Cox reportedly bought was a car. The first thing Matt LeBlanc reportedly bought? A hot meal.

4. James Michael Tyler was working in a Hollywood coffee shop when he was cast as an extra. He didn’t receive a name (Gunther) until the middle of the second season.

His role wasn’t originally meant to be a speaking part. Lucky for him (and us), the writers changed their minds and he ended up appearing in all 10 seasons of the show.

5. Kathleen Turner said that Matthew Perry (Chandler) still calls her “dad.”

A woman playing a transgender father in the nineties? Mega edgy. (Heck, that would still be edgy nowadays.)

6. The story line about Phoebe having her brother’s babies originated after Lisa Kudrow became pregnant in real life.

She wasn’t actually pregnant with triplets though.

7. Monica’s apartment changed numbers.

During the series, Monica’s apartment number changed from 5 to 20.  Since they lived across the hall, Chandler and Joey’s apartment number also changed accordingly, from 4 to 19.

8. Potential names for the show included “Friends Like Us,” “Six Of One,” “Across The Hall,” and “Insomnia Cafe.”

I think they made a good choice.

9. All the main cast members were paid the same.

From Episode 1, where they were apparently making $22,500 per episode, to the final season where they apparently made $1 million per episode, each of the main characters were paid the same. They negotiated in unison and Lisa Kudrow apparently once said, “The six of us are far stronger than just one person.”

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It’s Ugly Sweater Season!

Fall is flying by, and before we know it it’ll be time for holiday parties and winter shindigs. When it comes time for the first ugly sweater party of the season, you no longer have to scour through aisles and aisles of clothing at the thrift shop. boohoo.com has just released a bunch of cute holiday sweaters that are affordable and stylish. Ya know, as stylish as a gaudy holiday sweater can be. Check out some of our favorites below:

azz27448_red_xl_2Ida Brushed Snowflake Jumper

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azz23330_black_default_xl_2Ria Reverse Knit Snowflake Jumper

azz23883_green_default_xl_2Rowde Christmas Jumper

azz21233_navy_default_xl_2Ella Prancing Reindeers Xmas Jumper

azz23887_blue_default_xl_2Jaimie Snowman Pom Pom Jumper

azz24155_red_default_xl_2Festa Ladies Jumper With Motif

azz19627_green_default_xl_2Happy Holla Dayz Christmas Jumper

Thanks to boohoo you can get a feminine fitting holiday sweater that isn’t 17-years-old with hole in the armpit. Ditch the thrift shop and start the holiday season in style by rocking the cutest ugly sweaters out there!

While you’re at it: if you need new going out gear, boohoo is offering 24% off their cute clubwear and party-perfect clothing when you use the code GLITTER at checkout.

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Outfit Ideas From Summer to Fall

Fall is upon us, and I couldn’t be happier. One of the things I love the most about fall is watching the outfits change from their summery counterparts. Today, we’ve taken a look at some basic summer outfits and transformed them into fall-appropriate looks. Try out some of these ideas this fall!

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For this first outfit, we’ve taken a basic look—a t-shirt and shorts—and transformed it into a classy outfit for school or work. Ditch the shorts and replace them with jeans and add a sweater on top. These two looks incorporate a simple white tee and denim, but each applied to their appropriate seasons. Try out this transformation on days when you want to look professional and sophisticated!

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For this look, we’ve taken a tank top and shorts with sandals and brought it to a new level of cozy. Maxi skirts are super fall-appropriate (not to mention comfy!), and a denim shirt on top will help fight the cool wind. Try the tank top tucked into the maxi skirt for extra style points! Rock this look for a coffee date, or a cuddle sesh by the fireplace.

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This look uses a summery skirt in two ways— one with a simple t-shirt for a classic sweetheart summer look, and one with a leather jacket and a scarf, both fall staples. Leather jackets are always in, and this color helps lighten up the look. Infinity scarves have been super on-trend for the past few seasons, and this fall is no different. Wear this outfit for a day of classes or shopping.

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This look goes out to all my girls living in states like mine where summer to fall means going from 80 degrees to 70 degrees. One of the easiest ways to accommodate fall in areas like this is by using the denim shirt. The material of this shirt is just thick enough to comfortably keep out that cool breeze, but can still be worn to the beach at sunset. This look remains reminiscent of summer by keeping on a pair of shorts and oxfords (one of my favorite pairs of shoes for fall), so, it’s perfect for girls that want to keep showing off that summer tan. Keep it casual for a study session, or dress it up for a date!

These four looks are just the beginning of the options you have for this season. Remember that a t-shirt and jeans are always classy, and accessories can finish off any look! On days off, it’s perfectly acceptable to rock sweatpants and a hoodie, but, on days when you want to look put-together, try out some of these looks!

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