August 2011

See You Next Week!


Papercube_stringlights1b So, lovely, devoted and irresistibly charming readers of I Heart Daily, we are going offline for the week! Though you may miss getting our nuggets of joy in your inbox every day, we're leaving you with some of our favorite posts:

Cute Summer Dresses Under $40. It is still summer! Soak it up, people! Wear frilly, cute, fun dresses while you can. Before you know it, you'll be wearing socks again.

Quiz: What's Your Vintage Style. For those of you who missed it the first time around, this quiz will tell you if you're more Jackie O or Twiggy.

DIY Nail Art. Jazz up your nails with some simple do-it-yourself nail art. Polka dots anyone?

Book to Read: Small Town Sinners. So I may be biased because she's my friend, but this book about a small town girl who undergoes a radical religious transformation is a must read.

And though we didn't write this, I love this DIY project I found from Wit And Whistle on how to make paper cube string lights (pictured). So pretty!

See you next week!

Tattly: Designy Temporary Tattoos


Latetattoo I went through a phase where I really, really, (REALLY) wanted a tattoo. However, two things kept me from it: 1) My mom would've disowend me and 2) I am extremely indecisive. So I never got one. Kind of disappointing.

Now I just have to depend on temporary tattoos to get my fix, and these options by Tattly are so fun that I want to wear them all! Not your average run-of-the-mill "rose" or "peace sign" design, Tattly makes unique and quirky artwork to stick on any body part.

Some of my favorites are "You're Late" (pictured), "Instant Camera" and "Scribble." Each design comes in a set of two for $5. They're all of the thrill of a tattoo without the lifelong commitment.

RED Hearts: Gambian Tunes You'll Dig!


Immigres 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 Amy Hunt, 21, in Lexington, KY, who's reporting on the best shows of summer:

I recently spent a semester studying abroad in The Gambia, the smallest country in mainland Africa. It’s on the west coast, kind of nestled within Senegal. One of the most magical things about my experience there was its soundtrack: Everywhere you go in The Gambia, you are surrounded by music. I especially fell in love with mbalax, the Senegalese-Gambian genre that stars Youssou N'Dour and Viviane N'Dour.

Mbalax kept my friends and me dancing everywhere we went, and whenever Viviane's "Waaw" came on we’d sing along as best we could (she sings in French and Wolof). Gambians would smile and ask, "You know Viviane?!"

Then I got back home and felt I was hopelessly asking the same of the Internet. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that you can't buy any of her stuff online. But that's what's beautiful about YouTube. Check out Viviane videos there for "Waaw," "Kumu Neexul" and "Bamba Ji."

On the other hand, Youssou N'Dour is one of the most well known musicians to come out of West Africa, and his music can be found everywhere. He's been in the business since the 1970s, and he’s spanned a number of sounds and styles: from developing the mbalax sound with his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar in the early '80s (I recommend the album Immigrés, pictured), to his 1994 duet with Neneh Cherry "7 Seconds," to his album Egypt in which he sings about his religion, Senegalese Sufism. He plays everything from traditional Senegalese music to the Beatles.

Youssou N’Dour is also highly involved with the non-profit Malaria No More, an organization aimed at eradicating the disease, and is a partner of the IntraHealth International fund. Oh, and he’s also worked with the United Nations, UNICEF and Amnesty International. N’Dour is a leader in a tradition of Senegalese musicians who not only sing about social issues but are highly involved in them as well. Right now, many local artists are getting behind the current political movement and urging youth to vote, despite a crackdown on protests and criticism.

Youssou and Viviane N’Dour are only two of the many amazing musicians I heard while abroad. Baaba Maal, Orchestra Baobab, Thione Seck—they're all worth a listen. Senegal's got a world of musical exports beyond Akon; you just have to dig a little deeper to find it all.

Red hearts RED Hearts guest poster Amy Hunt is an author of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today, which is out in paperback.

5 Dream Catchers For Sweet Dreams


Dreamcatcher The concept of dream catchers is that they let the best dreams through (like ones about puppies, good grades and cute boys), and catches the bad ones (like monsters, showing up naked at school and failing a test). Sounds pretty awesome, right? Here are five dream catchers we found on Etsy that will ensure a sweet slumber.

Chained Dream Catcher Necklace, ThePurpleShmurple ($35, pictured). Made from turquoise suede, colorful beads and an antiqued copper/gold colored chain, this piece will look right at home against a plain white t-shirt.

Heart Dream Catcher, TickledPiinkBoutique ($13). Obviously, we at I Heart Daily have a certain affinity for hearts, which is why we are smitten with this particular dream catcher.

 Dream Catcher Earrings, SerenityJewelry ($8.50). This pair features amethysts, and a tiny dangly feather. Irresistable, no? Plus, they come gift boxed with a printed copy of the dream catcher legend.

Turquoise Suede Dream Catchers, Darkdreamcatcher ($5). These 3" dream catchers are the perfect size to hang from your car mirror or to decorate your bag, because you never know when a bad dream might be lurking!

 Light Tan Dream Catcher with Feather, WebbFoxDesigns ($15). For you minimalists, this simplistic dream catcher features a lone beaded feather.

Cool Girl: Teen Art Gallery Founder Audrey Banks, 17


TAG Teen Art Gallery (T.A.G.) is an organization that promotes teen-curated, teen-organized and teen-created art in galleries around New York City. Founded by Audrey Banks, 17, T.A.G.'s first show took place this summer. We talked to Audrey about teen art and how to pursue a big dream while you're still in high school.

I Heart Daily: Tell us about T.A.G.
Audrey Banks: The goal is to both provide young artists with a place to view their work and become an active participant in the art world at an earlier age. Many of the submissions we received demonstrated unbelievable sophistication, talent, and dedication. For some young artists, especially high schoolers, there is little opportunity for to become fully involved in the arts. This is what T.A.G. hopes to change.

IHD: When did your interest in art begin?
AB: By the time I could scribble, but I actually began thinking about choosing art as a career around age 7. I realized that I loved drawing horses and, well... it grew from there. I only recently became involved with painting, which is what I plan to major in in college.

IHD: What advice would you give to another teen who has a passion like yours?
AB: Really hold onto something you want. If you keep thinking about it, even if it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere, you are getting closer to obtaining it. I would also say that once you have the opportunity to obtain it, do it without hesitation, even if it's a multi-step process.

IHD: What are you hearting right now?
AB: Samson Keller and Halal Food.

Thanks, Audrey! Keep up with T.A.G. on Facebook, and watch for the call to submit your work for next year's exhibitions. And remember, Audrey says, "We accept all mediums including literature and music. If you consider it art, then submit it.

Photo: Sam Williams

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