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Reading List: Awesome Ladies

Another Friday, another Reading List, folks. This week we just happened to come across an unusually high number of stories about awesome women. Whether they’re founders of beauty companies, the brains behind brilliant websites, models with fun attitudes, or just ladies teaching us how to make great nail art, we couldn’t get enough. 

Lara Stone at her favorite pancake house. Photo: T Magazine

  • Stop the presses! Lauren Conrad is starting a beauty line! Okay, this really shouldn’t have been so surprising to us since she already has a successful beauty blog, TheBeautyDepartment. Nevertheless, we can’t wait to see what she comes up with. [Fashionista]
  • Okay, we’ve been trying to get marble nails right for months now. Somehow it  never seems to work, but after watching Connie from Refinery29 do it, we have newfound inspiration — and faith in our own abilities. Wish us luck and go watch her tutorial! [Refinery29]
  • Quite a few members of the Birchbox team are hanging out in LA this week (we just hosted a fab party with Smashbox last night) and have been looking for lots of fun things to do while they’re there. We stumbled across this profile of two of the coolest LA ladies we wish we knew: Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power from Who What Wear. [Into The Gloss
  • Speaking of awesome ladies, W Mag has an interview with Dany Sanz, the founder of Make Up For Ever. We had no idea she was so charming. [W Magazine]
  • Finally, since it is still fashion week somewhere, we have a little model inspiration. Dutch beauty, Lara Stone hung out with Lynn Yaeger in The Netherlands for a piece in T Magazine. [T Magazine]


Have a great weekend! Use your downtime to catch up on all our new September articles!

The Dip Dye Trend Shows No Signs of Dying

This past weekend, I saw some pictures of Sienna Miller’s peachy-pink tips. She’s now the fourth celeb I’ve seen rocking dip dye hair, which got me thinking that this trend has some staying power. But how exactly do you get this exaggerated look?

Dip dye pioneer Lauren Conrad used six items to get the style: hair bleach, developer, gloves, brush, foil, and dye. You divide your hair into sections and apply a mix of the hair bleach and the developer to the ends of your locks. Cover each section in the foil and heat the ends with a blow dryer. After rinsing, you pick your fave color and apply generous amounts of dye. Wrap it in a plastic bag, blow dry again, and let your hair cool for five minutes. Once you rinse the ends, you could very well be mistaken for a celebrity.


Dip Dye Trend

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Summer Must-Try: Dip-Dyed Tips

This week’s guest blogger is Natalie Alcala, a Cali girl with a penchant for all things style and fashion. When she’s not soaking up the sun or rocking dangerously high heels, you can catch her feeding her insatiable sartorial appetite on her blog, Natalie’s Menagerie. She also pens a daily fashion column for BlackBook Magazine and is an assistant editor at FashionStake.

Jeremy Scott fall 2011, Lauren Conrad

While everyone is still on the ombré hair train, I’ve been obsessing over the rainbow tresses that appeared on the runway this year, especially at Jeremy Scott’s fall 2011 show. However, the outré designer’s choice of chunky multi-hued strands is a bit too bold for my taste, so I’ve been looking for more subtle alternatives. Enter the dip-dye effect.

I’m loving Lauren Conrad’s bold but wearable take on the technicolor trend, which she recently revealed on her own blog. One of my favorite up-and-coming jewelry designers, Kate Albrecht (also known as Mr. Kate), whipped up this super-easy video tutorial for anyone looking to give their tips some pizzazz. Kate only experiments with one highlighter hue, but if you’re looking to replicate Lauren’s look, simply repeat each step with punchy colors like turquoise and purple. Happy dipping!

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