October 2010

A Halloween Music Mix!


Halloweenstereo Melissa and I have been pretty excited about Halloween (if you haven't noticed).

While I've been carving pumpkins and eating various fun-sized candies, I've been listening to a mix of spooky-themed songs I conjured up. And because I'm in a magnanimous Halloweenie mood, I'm sharing it with you through the awesome music sharing site 8tracks. At 8tracks you can upload your own music, make mixes and share them with friends or the site's community. (Things have come a long way since my Memorex tapes.)

Here's the track listing:

"Baby Vampire Made Me," Helium
"Same Ghost Every Night," Wolf Parade
"Deathly," Aimee Mann
"Ghost," Neutral Milk Hotel
"Witchcraft," Wolfmother
"Pet Sematary," The Ramones
"Little Ghost," White Stripes
"Thriller," Michael Jackson

(It's not Halloween without a little "Thriller" action.)


RED Hearts: Do Something to Help the World


Dosomething 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 Zulay Regalado, 21, in Miami, Florida, who is inspired by an organization that invites you to... well... do something (that's their handbook for young activists, pictured):

Want to start a movement in your community but you don't know where to begin? Inspired to do something -- only you're not sure exactly what?

Dosomething.org is a non-profit organization that gives teens free reign to stand up for the causes you love. You can find ways to support any issue you care about, from poverty to racial discrimination and health to animal testing, or even start your own club with friends to help raise awareness. You can launch a petition, become an activist for your community, or even stand beside Paramore’s Hayley Williams in her fight against sex trafficking.

Whatever your areas of interest and activism, the site provides interesting facts and background to help you decide where best to apply your energy. (Did you know that there are six million more women than men in the world, yet women only receive 11 percent of the world’s income?)

On top of making the world a better place, it’s a fun way to earn some community service hours for school and even add that extra humanitarian touch to your college resume. By connecting with others around the things you're passionate about, “something” can mean everything.

Red        hearts        logoRED Hearts guest poster Zulay Regalado is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is available in paperback.



All Hail: Manic Panic Hair Dye


Manic panic Bow down to Manic Panic. In 1977, sisters Tish and Snooky, who were singers in the original Blondie lineup, opened up a punk-style boutique on St. Mark's Place in New York City. The most lasting product to come out of this venture is the still-legendary Manic Panic hair dye, used by icons of wacky style like Cyndi Lauper and Marilyn Manson.

We're happy this punk-age hit is alive and well -- it does not disappoint. You get bright, crazy results with one application of shades like "Electric Lizard" green or "Atomic Turquoise." "Cotton Candy Pink" ($10, pictured) even glows under a black light. The color will fade gradually with each shampoo, but we bet you'll be sad to see it go.

While I'm too shy to use Manic Panic in an everyday way, Halloween is the perfect opportunity to dive into a tub. You can pick it up in person at Urban Outfitters if you're wanting it for this weekend.

PS-You can even get Emily the Strange versions of Manic Panic (we heart Emily!). 

Threadless Select


00flamingo We're already devoted fans of Threadless -- the t-shirt site whose wide selection of graphic tees is designed by the online community.

Now, Threadless has launched Select a premium line of clothing made from finer, softer cotton, and printed with water-based inks. (Softer t-shirts? We're not going to complain about that!) The designs in Select are still chosen from the community submissions, but curated by the Threadless staff.

The women's collection has a nature theme: a diving whale, a giant feather, a pair of flamingoes ($35, pictured), a shy deer. Printed on v-necks, racerbacks and tunics, there's a fit for your personal preference.

On the men's side, there's a wicked Bone Idol shirt with a skull print. Perfect for Halloween? I think so.

The FEED Trick-or-Treat Bag Gives Back


Feed bag I know there's a point when people say, "Aren't you a little old to be trick or treating?" but I really hate that. If you're as much of a candy collector as I am, you'll want to hit the streets with confidence this coming weekend.

It'll help if you're armed with this FEED Trick-or-Treat bag ($13) -- it makes you look cool (reflective webbing,ahem) while you nab your sweets, but that isn't why we love it. With every purchase of one of these FEED bags through HSN.com, a donation of $3.50 goes to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF! That's enough to provide one year's worth of micronutrient powder to a child in the developing world, which helps ensure he or she receives vitamins and minerals needed to survive and be healthy.

If you let people know about all the good you've done by carrying the FEED bag, they might give you a Snickers instead of an old, tired piece of generic hard candy... I'm just saying.

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