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Show Us Your Most Stylish Teen Self!

The other day we saw a list of the 10 most stylish kids under 20. A lot of the usual suspects were on the list: actress Chloe Moretz, singer Willow Smith, and blogger Tavi Gevinson. These girls all have great style–but it helps that they have stylists, unending budgets and access to top designers to make it happen. We didn’t have that when we were teens, but still, we had pretty wild style when we were younger. Now it’s your turn to share. We want your teenage photos! Were you channeling Angela Chase? Were you a preppy gossip girl? A mallternative punk? We want to see it!

Send us a picture — with a description of what you’re wearing — that best encapsulates your teenage style, and we’ll include them in a giant Frisky reader fashion slideshow. Send your stylish teen images to me at Julie@TheFrisky.com. Keep reading »

God Save The Tastykake!

When you think of your typical store-bought snack cake, you probably think Hostess or Entemann’s. But if you live in Philadelphia you’ll immediately think of Tastykake, a Philly-based, equally delicious local snack company. As anyone who has ever had a Butterscotch Krimpet (which is basically like a bizarre wavy-shaped piece of cake with vaguely butterscotch icing) or a Peanut Butter Kandy Kake (tiny rounds of cake coated in peanut butter and dipped in chocolate) after chowing down on a Wawa Shorti hoagie knows, Tastykakes are great–and an integral part of the city. Their freaking bakery is located right on the Philadelphia Naval Yard. So we were sad to hear that the Tastykake corporation is having financial troubles and may be going under. Lagging sales of Krimpets, Koffee Kake and Kandy Kakes mean the company is possibly looking for another buyer. We really hope that Tastykake stays alive and well–while there are a lot of great snack cakes out there, there’s nothing like eating the one you grew up with.

Is there a local or regional food you love that you’d be sad to see go? [Philadelphia Daily News] Keep reading »

Yes, Please: Feather Hair Extensions

Regular hair extensions are so 2010. Step into the future of hair extensions with colorful feather-y extensions from Wendy Nichols. We’re not saying we’d wear these every day–to the grocery store or the post office, per se–but Nichols’ colorful extensions are perfect for a night out. [Refinery 29] Keep reading »

Can’t Get Laid? Listen To Some Music

Put another record on: It turns out that listening to music is just about as good as sex when it comes to making people happy. A new study from Canadian researchers at McGill University in Montreal found that the dopamine released while having sex is the same you get when listening to music. Researchers vetted 10 subjects to receive specialized brain scans to measure dopamine levels. They were then played their favorite music while dopamine levels were measured. Regardless of the genre of music — punk, classical or pop — subjects felt a dopamine high. The coolest thing: Dopamine responds to the pauses and pathways in different songs. So if you’re particularly familiar with a song or a sequence, your brain will anticipate it and produce dopamine ahead of it.

The music dopamine is particularly good news when it comes to figuring out how to treat depression and anxiety. “For reasons that we don’t entirely understand, somehow music was able to kick in with the same system,” said Robert Zatorre, lead researcher on the study. “And that gives it power that it might not otherwise have…Because it gives us pleasure, we can use it to our advantage to modulate our state of mind.” [Montreal Gazette]
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Ashton Kutcher Will Teach You Sex Ed Now

“One thing [high school sex ed classes] teach about is how to get pregnant or how to not get pregnant, but they don’t really talk about sex as a point of pleasure for women. The male orgasm is actually right there and readily available to learn about because it’s actually part of the reproductive cycle, but the female orgasm isn’t really talked about in the education system. Part of that creates a place where women aren’t empowered around their own sexuality and their own sexual selves, and from a purely entertainment point of view, to create a movie with a female lead that’s empowered with her own sexuality is a powerful thing. And if we can give teenage people something to think about from a sex perspective, I would say it would be to open a conversation where women are empowered with their own sexual experiences from an educational level as well as an entertainment level.”

Ashton Kutcher talks about sex ed and the female orgasm, presumably to shill for his new female orgasm-centered movie, “No Strings Attached.” [Movieline] Keep reading »

“Black Swan” Gets the “SNL” Treatment


It was inevitable that all the chatter about “Black Swan” would result in a “SNL” parody, and we’d trust Jim Carrey to do it. His fat, bloated black swan Lily is no match for prim white swan Nina. Oh, what sex appeal! [NBC] Keep reading »

Suri Cruise Is Nobody’s Fashion Darling

“The other day we came out of a store, and she said, ‘I want to go there,’ pointing at another store quite a distance away. In that store was the dress that she wanted. I said, ‘Wow, Suri. You’re something. You picked that out from a football field away.’”

Katie Holmes on her ridiculously fashion-forward daughter Suri. [Elle] Keep reading »

What Trend Did You Discover?

When I was in college, I started doing this innovative thing with my clothes: I wore dresses over jeans. It was not cool. It was so not cool that one of my coworkers at the college paper wrote in my bio, “Julie started the dresses over jeans trend–AND WE WISH SHE WOULD STOP.” But then! Lo, some three years later, EVERYBODY was wearing dresses over jeans. Marc Jacobs was putting dresses over jeans down the frigging runway. We now have an entire confusing category of clothing–the dress/shirt or shirt/dress–created from this trend. I feel vindicated: I was ahead of the curve on the dress/jeans combo. Maybe I even invented it (probably not).

Have you ever been on the cutting edge of discovering a new fashion phenom or pervasive trend? Keep reading »

Four Loko Now Goes In Gas Tanks

Oh Four Loko, you worthy alco-pop opponent. We had some good times, but those days are over — and now a company in Virginia is turning recalled cans of the super-caffeinated, super-alcoholic beverage into ethanol. MXI Environmental Services distills the alcohol from the drinks and then sells it to be blended into gasoline (isn’t it troubling that we’re drinking stuff that also goes in gas tanks?). The plant expects a couple hundred trucks–carrying several thousands of cans of the beverage–to start rolling in soon. [NY Post] Keep reading »

Shampoo You’ll Love To Lather

We’re such suckers for a good shampoo–and Davine’s LOVE Smoothing Shampoo fits the bill exactly. Released just in time for Valentine’s Day (a totally crap holiday), LOVE Smoothing Shampoo is fortified with prickly pear extract to help smooth and moisturize your desperately dry hair follicles. Plus, it smells really great, so even if V-Day blows, LOVE shampoo does not.

[$16.95 Davines.com]
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