As I learned this past weekend, nothing makes you as keenly aware of thin, uncomfortable purse straps like a nasty sunburn on your shoulder. I love my bag, but damn, those skinny straps have got to go. This morning I stumbled across an easy (and super cute!) solution: this DIY purse strap cushion tutorial. All you need is a little scrap of cardboard and a bit of lace to make any bag instantly more wearable. Your shoulders will thank you. [Making Life Beautiful]
Blogger Bobby Glam created this awesome hairstyle she calls the “punky pony,” and I love it for two reasons: 1) it’s totally badass, and 2) it gets all the hair off your face and neck, which is a godsend in the summer months. Because as much as I love my sideswept bangs, when it gets hot I don’t want them anywhere near my face, and my old routine of clipping them back with a bobby pin is getting a little old. Check out this tutorial (including a step-by-step video) to get the punky pony look for yourself! [Bobby Glam]
Just when you thought people had run out of ways to dress up a simple hamburger, something like the lasagna-bun burger comes along. Created by Philadelphia restaurant PYT, the lasagna-bun burger forgoes the classic burger bun for something a bit richer: two thick slices of deep-friend lasagna. The generously portioned beef patty in the middle is seasoned like a meatball and topped with provolone cheese and marinara sauce, and the massive finished product is served with a side of fries, obviously. My mind is kind of disgusted by this, but it’s hard to hear my rational thoughts over the incessant growling of my stomach. I’ve gotta get myself to Philly. [Huffpo]
Remember when Ryan Gosling said he wanted to join the Backstreet Boys, and it was like a mutual wet dream for Amelia and me? Now my beloved BSB — currently touring in China — have gone and posed with five adorable pandas, which happen to be Jessica’s #1 top favorite animal ever. Are the Backstreet Boys trying to kill off the entire Frisky staff with cuteness-induced heart attacks? Ami, Julie, Rachel, Megan — watch out! [NYMag.com]
So far, our Compassionate Fashion feature has spotlighted a company that still makes most of its clothes in the U.S. and a big brand that has found an ethical approach to overseas factory production. This week we want to shine a light on a fair trade company, Mata Traders. Everything Mata sells is handmade by women in India who are treated with respect and compensated fairly for their work. Mata strives to empower the women they work with in every way they can: “Whether a beginner sewer or the marketing director, all the women that make our clothing and accessories have a voice.” Pretty rad, right? They stock an awesome selection of handmade clothing and jewelry in an array of eye-catching prints — and pretty much everything is less than $100. Click on the gallery to check out 10 of our favorite items in their current collection!