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Great Gatsby, The Kentucky Derby, Before Midnight and More: Birchbox May Agenda

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May is one of our favorite months of the year, especially here in New York. After months of grey skies and barren sidewalks, the city’s parks are finally in full bloom, and everyone suddenly has the newfound energy to make plans.

In the latest edition of the Birchbox Agenda, we’ve assembled a list of things to do, eat, drink, and watch in May—whether you’re with your friends or flying solo. Foodies especially will love recipes for a Kentucky Derby-inspired mint julep and a raw asparagus salad (the yummiest way to redeem a winter’s worth of pasta dinners). And film buffs will have a field day this month, with a slew of upcoming flicks—including the Great Gatsby and the long-awaited sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. There’s so much to do we couldn’t even think of spending another weekend afternoon on the couch. 

—Mai 

Gear up for sunny days by picking up some new beauty essentials from the Birchbox Shop.

Reading List: A Couture Show Roundup, LiLo Returns to Her Roots, British Brand Releases Gatsby Makeup & More

From the midweek holiday to the Paris runway, it’s been a tumultuous seven days. At last the weekend’s here to give us time to digest. To help you reflect on the week, too, here are the top 25 most beautiful couture looks, the verdict on pore shrinkability, and, of course, even more on a perennial Birchbox favorite—nail art. 

From left to right: Looks from the Elie Saab, Dior, Giambattista Vali, and Zuhair Murad couture shows. (Photos: fashionista.com)

  • The Fall 2012 Paris Couture Shows are coming to a close, and audiences were as wowed as ever. Our favorite runway moment? Raf Simons’ victorious debut at Dior. Could you get any more polished or glam? [Fashionista
     
  • After going blonde, then brunette, then Elizabeth Taylor black, Lindsay Lohan is ginger once more. We’re always in favor of sticking to your roots. What do you think of LiLo’s latest transformation? [StyleNews
     
  • Something to go with your flapper dress and sleek straight bob: British brand Boots No. 7 is releasing a Great Gatsby makeup line.  [Racked
     
  • We’ve heard this one before, but is it true? Stylelist digs deep into the myth: Can you really shrink pore size? [Stylelist
     
  • Nail art never gets old in this office. What to throw in your beauty bag now? These artsy and leak-proof nail pens. [She Finds]

—Caroline

Speak of the devil: click through to read up on our best nail art ideas.