April 2010

Hear(t) It: Lauren Pritchard

04-30-10
Lolo You might remember Lauren Pritchard from the Tony-award-winning musical, Spring Awakening, where she originated the role of Isle (recognize her co-star from the show?). She left the show in 2008 to pursue her dream of being a singer: "Spring Awakening was the opportunity of a lifetime, something that changed me and my life for the better, but I always knew that I wanted to move on to doing what I'm doing now."

For the last year, the 22-year-old has been living in London: "I originally came across the pond just to do some writing, but that turned into writing a record, which turned into making one and then it was signed to Island Records." Her EP The Jackson Sessions drops May 3rd, so seriously -- check it out, because this lady's got an amazing voice.

IHD: What inspired the songs on your album?
LP: A few things... A long relationship and a terrible break up. Missing my family and a longing to be nearer to them. Sorting myself out. New relationships. Deaths of two family members and a few close friends. Seeing my friends and family going through ups and downs and my own ups and downs. It's a very honest record about actual moments in time.

IHD: What are you hearting right now?
LP: Music: I'm listening to Neil Young, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Pete Lawrie, Erik Hassle, Mumford & Sons, Regina Spektor, old-school Mariah Carey. Books: I'm re-reading all of J.D. Salinger's books. Currently on Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. TV: Catching up on Season 3 of "Mad Men." Other things I'm listening to: NPR's "This American Life" podcast, MLB.com Daily podcast (gotta keep up to date with Baseball!!). 

IHD: How many tattoos do you have and what does each one mean?
LP: 6 tattoos!! One on my right rib cage, it's the first bar to my favorite hymn "Be Still and Know." One on my right forearm, two swallows in turquoise ink. One on my right wrist in yellow ink, it's my Mayan calendar birthday symbol (Yellow Rhythmic Star). One on my left bicep, my family's initials in a peace sign. One on the front of my left rib cage, it's my lucky number, 13. And one across the middle of my back in latin, "Benedictus Qui Venit Un Nomine Domini" which translates to "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord".

IHD: One last question, do singers actually sing in the shower?
LP: Oooooh yes. Yes I definitely do!


Now, listen to a song from The Jackson Sessions, "When The Night Kills The Day." C'mon, do it.

5 Affordable, Cute Skirts

04-29-10
Cuteskirt Time to take off your pants and kick up your heels! In skirts, I mean. Sheesh. We found five great picks for spring -- all $35 or less.

Nikkita Floral Skirt, Delia's ($34.50, pictured). This floral mini with a side zipper will break my solid-color rut and get me to wear little flowers!

Ruffle Swiss Mini Skirt, Wet Seal ($18.50). This one combines ruffles (a noted spring trend), layers and a gray-ballerina style that makes me want to spin around at a party.


Recycled Denim Skirt, Repossessed ($27). You need a jean skirt, capiche? Snag a cool, already-broken-in version in this unique etsy shop -- each skirt is one-of-a-kind.

Contrast Trim Linen Skirt, Forever 21 ($16). With pleats and pockets and a satin lining, this linen skirt has the trappings of an expensive piece at a bargain price. It's short, but its swingy shape makes it more playful than provocative.

French Terry Tulip Skirt, Fred Flare ($28). Black skirts are a staple, and this one's unexpected shape (I love waist flair!) and military buttons elevate its style.

Read It: Books About Popular Girls (Trust us!)

04-28-10
Beforeifall Often, books cast popular girls as the villains, while the quirky-cool heroines emerge victorious in high school hallways. We are all for that type of book, as you know.

But we've found three books that put the popular girl in the spotlight, and each one (eventually) made us fall in love with the Queen Bee. Check out these spring reads:

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins). A-list hot girl Samantha Kingston dies (don't worry! Not a spoiler!) and then starts reliving the day of her death over and over. Each time she relives the day, Sam finds out more and more about her friends, the people around her at school, her family, and ultimately herself. You may start out disliking her, but don't worry -- Sam grows on you in a beautiful and heartbreaking way.


Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers (St. Martin's Griffin). This book outlines the pitfalls of the in-crowd in a shocking way that will have you feeling like you've been kicked in the stomach along with Regina Afton, a formerly popular girl who's been ousted by her so-called best friends. The brutal immediacy of Some Girls Are is riveting (and the emotional honesty at its core makes it well worth the beaten-up feeling I mentioned).

The Exile of Gigi Lane by Adrienne Maria Vrettos (Margaret K. McElderry). This one is pure fun -- sparkly popularity characterizations and a love-to-hate-her main character, Gigi, who'll make you laugh out loud as you watch her fall from grace.

A Worthy Cause: 1MillionShirts

04-27-10
Onemillionshirts I know about your dirty secret, because I'm guilty of it, too -- the "clothes-I-don't-wear-drawer."

The drawer that holds all the stuff you haven't looked at in a year, like that shirt you promised you'd wear by spring or you'd give it to Goodwill. But you haven't done either (have you?). Well, now is your chance!

Jason Sadler, of IWearYourShirt.com fame, has embarked on a new adventure called 1MillionShirts. The goal is to gather one million shirts, donated by people like you, that will be sent to people in Africa who need clothing. Not only is it a worthy cause, but it's kind of cool to think your donation could end up in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana or Ethiopia!

Along with the shirt you send in, 1Millionshirts asks that you also contribute $1, which -- if all goes well -- will raise $1 million to help fund the project. 1,000,000! That's a lot of shirts. So get out your gently worn 'NSync "No String Attached" tour shirt or your Bahamas vacation tee and send it in.

More fashionable philanthropy:
Fashion for a Cause: The Uniform Project
Donate Your Shoes to Soles4Shoes

Felted Soaps = Gentle Exfoliators

04-26-10
Felt soaps When I first saw lucky lou lou's felted soaps ($8), I was skeptical. Washing myself with fabric-covered bars seemed... weird. But they're so pretty that I had to try them anyway. I'm a sucker for bright colors.

She makes them with a super soft merino wool, and the soap bars themselves are 100% vegan and cold-pressed. When the soap is covered in the wool, it turns into a type of exfoliator. I am a huge fan of gentle exfoliation (I still use this disk on my feet!) -- it is the key to keeping your skin smooth. So yes, I've been won over. Plus, the felt case makes the soaps last longer -- bonus!

Shop for your favorite wonderland color combinations.

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