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Two Ways To Style a Topknot, Your Weekend Plans Solved, Diane Keaton Makes Us Proud to be Women, and More: Reading List

We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news you need to read this weekend.

How To Style a Topknot Two Ways—Sleek Vs. Messy: The topknot is on our regular weekend rotation, but there’s no reason we can’t alter the style to suit our mood. Watch this video and let us know which version you prefer—sleek or messy? 

Birchbox’s March Agenda: Need fun plans for this weekend? We’ve rounded up what to do, watch, read, eat, and try—don’t miss our awesome recs.

Dove’s New Ad Campaign: Photoshop Trick or Reality Treat?: Find out how the beauty brand used a sneaky tool to speak out about modern day Photoshop practices.

6 Easy Upgrades For Your Home: This article might be geared towards the guys, but there’s no reason you can’t bogart these tips for your own humble abode.

Diane Keaton Knows You’re Worth It: In honor of International Women’s Day, this video of Diane talking about what her L’Oréal ad campaigns mean to her will fuel your girl power confidence for days. 

The Boho and Disco-Chic ’70s: Guest Blogger

Sometimes, our greatest inspirations for new looks come from the past. Which is why we love The American Vernacular, a recently launched (it started last November!) online vintage store with fantastic, bygone-era inspired taste. Each piece on the site comes with information about its brand history, written by TAV’s owner and founder, Bryn Lander. This week, Bryn shares her vintage style secrets with us and gives the downlow on how to score those glam, leading lady looks.

Top: Diane Keaton, Liza Minnelli, Ali MacGraw, Faye Dunaway
Bottom: Pam Grier, Jerry Hall, Lauren Hutton, Bianca Jagger

During the ’70s, liberated women had more choices and fewer social constraints than ever before, producing two very distinct styles.

The eclectic boho style that stemmed from the ’60s hippie look became part of high fashion by the mid-’70s, when designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Ossie Clark, and Thea Porter created the ‘haute peasant look.’ The was also the decadent and glamourous style associated with Studio 54 and disco, which was largely defined by designers like Halston, Bill Blass, and Diane von Furstenberg, who experimented with draped jersey knits to create distinct silhouettes like the open-back halter neck, flowing maxi dresses, catsuits, and wrap dresses. My favorite iconic fashion films of the era are Love Story (1970), Cabaret (1972), Chinatown (1974), Shampoo (1975), Mahogany (1975) and Annie Hall (1977).

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Reading List: New Product Launches, Celebrity Ponytails, and Hunger Games Fever

Photo: Capitol Couture

This week has been full of so many product launches, from Benefit’s first foundation and NARS’ tinted moisturizer to Garnier’s BB Cream and Katy Perry’s False Lashes. We’ve hardly had a chance to read about anything else but here are a few of the links worth clicking through this weekend. 

  • A campaign to get Mattel to mass-produce a bald Barbie is gaining traction. The Barbies would be for children suffering from hair loss or whose mothers, sisters, grandparents, etc have lost hair during chemotherapy. [Styleite]
  • Hunger Games excitement is at a fever pitch. The latest development is a new “Capitol Couture” website, plus new information about the reported 500 hair color styles designed by Joico. [Fashionista]
  • Turns out we’re not the only ones into nail stickers—Diane Keaton is also a fan. The Annie Hall star tweeted a picture of her awesome new plaid nail stickers on Monday. [WhoSay]
  •  Here’s someone we don’t often associate with beauty: Mario Batali! The celebrity chef is lopping off his ponytail of 15 years for charity. Now can we convince him to get rid of the Crocs? [Fashion Etc]
  • After news broke today that Kristen Stewart will be the face of the new Balenciaga fragrance, we couldn’t help but wonder what the fragrance will be, and what the campaign will look like. The Gloss has an idea plus a roundup of pictures of Stewart looking surprisingly cheery. [The Gloss]

—Lorelei

If you need more beauty inspiration this weekend, check out all our brand new January articles and videos in the Birchbox Magazine.