March 2009

Anti-Teenager Lights


Bbc In the town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England, residents have installed fluorescent pink lights to deter teenagers from hanging out and socializing in outdoors areas. Huh? Pink lights? That actually sounds kind of cool, except the hue highlights zits, thus keeping those pesky teens away to avoid embarrassment and insecurity. Wow. What a great…idea. NOT.

The Layton Burroughs Residents’ Association installed the lights. A member of the Association has said: "We used to have quite a problem with large groups of young people hanging around in the underpasses drinking, which felt quite intimidating, but the pink lights have really made a difference.”

These adults need to stop treating youth like pesky insects and more like human beings. Or maybe we’ll just invent some lights that highlight their crow’s feet and saggy butts.

(Image: BBC)

nettiscrub's Natural Beauty


Lavenderbodybalm Sometimes my hands gets so ragged (hangnail alert!) that they need more than a moisturizer--they need a balm. I am so comforted by that word, balm, because it makes me think of "calm" and "balmy," which are both relaxing, vacation-like terms.

Anyway, I've found a new favorite soother--nettiescrub lavender body balm. It comes in regular and mini sizes, which I appreciate (I have an unnatural love for mini-sized things), and it makes my hands smell like I've been running through lavender fields in the South of France (this is kind of a life long dream of mine).

Even without my odd affinities for mini beauty items and French lavender fields, you'll be into nettiescrub products. Nettie herself is a celebrity manicurist who started her line based on her clients' luxury needs. She whipped up a perfect body buff (which also comes in a mini format--grapefruit is my favorite scent) and then started creating balms, soaps and candles--all with natural ingredients. "I realized most ingredients found in common scrubs and moisturizers are totally unnecessary and toxic," she says.

Nettie's natural products are handmade and sold in sustainable and reusable packaging. Bonus: everything from nettiescrub costs $25 or less (the minis are especially great deals).

Win Prom Accessories from Tarina Tarantino!


FlowerclipLtPink She has bright pink hair. She sat in the front row for Barbie’s 50th Anniversary Fashion Show. She’s been a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model. She counts Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen among her fans. Shall we continue to count the ways we love designer Tarina Tarantino?

No, you probably get the picture. And while you could spend hours trolling Tarina’s site for amazing accessories to wear to Prom, or on any day you want to look awesome, we’ve chosen three items of particular interest for our second-ever contest:

 HeadbandBlue2The Paisley Peacock Tulle Flower Headband ($125, right) and two Spring Silk Flower Anywhere Clips ($45 each, above) were all featured on Ms. Momsen in the COSMOgirl! Prom cover shoot, and now they can be featured on your head.

To enter, all you have to do is sign-up for the I Heart Daily newsletter, and we will randomly select one winner on April 17, 2009. If you’re already signed up, you’re automatically entered. Tell some friends about it--this is a grand prize to share. Full contest rules here. Good luck!

Want more Tarina? Check out her story and peek into her colorful photo gallery. If you get to browsing various Barbie, Hello Kitty and Alice in Wonderland beauties (and you will) use coupon code "sweetpink" to save 15% off your entire order through March 31st.

RED Hearts: Pieces of Me


Heartcollage 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 Cammi Henao, 15, of Chicago, Illinois, who writes about where she leaves her secrets:

I stumbled across The Little Red Heart Project while attempting to avoid my biology homework, and I fell in love with the entire idea of leaving a piece of your heart behind.

If you want to get involved in the project, it’s fairly simple: find some cardboard, cut it out in the shape of a heart, paint or Sharpie it red, write your secret and the website URL on the back, and leave it somewhere. ANYWHERE. Anywhere someone might stumble across it: the bus, the train, in between packs of M&M's at the 7-11, on a tire swing, in random mailboxes. It's all about writing to someone you don't know (or do know, if they happen to come across it) and sharing a part of you. 

The handwritten messages are usually secrets--that you may have, that a friend may have, or a general secret you believe everyone has. One of my favorites in the photo gallery on their site is “I don’t have much, but it’s great!”

I’ve been making and carrying around my little red hearts, and whenever I feel the need to leave one somewhere, I do. The liberation I have felt has no comparison. It's like I've left that secret behind, and that’s it, I’m done with it.

If you really want to know (and you're in the Chicago area), look around Lincoln Park: Borders, 7-11s, and the Armitage brown line all hold my secrets.

Red RED Hearts guest poster Cammi Henao is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which was recently published in paperback.

Safety-Pin Couture


Safetypin I tried to make friendship bracelets out of some leftover embroidery thread I found in my room, but my adult hands are somehow less skilled than my 10-year-old hands and I wound up with one big colorful…knot. 

To make myself feel better -- and less like a total DIY loser -- I started to think of other nostalgic jewelry from my childhood. I found this kids' craft site that gives you instructions and cute patterns that show how to make safety-pin brooches. All you need are some safety pins and beads, and in no time flat you’ll be in possession of a great spring accessory. Move over Tiffany’s! Hello beaded wonders of style and frugality!

The horse looks great on my denim jacket. I named her Daisy and she likes apples.

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