If You Could Wear Your Voice, This Is What It’d Look Like

Ever since you got booed off your high-school talent show for a particularly breathy rendition of “My Heart Will Go On,” you resigned your singing career and spared your friends the embarrassment of your voice at karaoke night. For bad singers who want to look good, there’s now a Berlin-based clothing line that creates personalized prints based on your vocal patterns, and sticks them on sweaters, sweatpants, and basics. A program on the website takes a sound recording and converts the frequencies into edgy, futuristic-looking binary codes. So people can now appreciate the sound of your voice … by being seen and not heard. [Fashioning Tech] Keep reading »

6 Organization Obsessions, High- And Low-Tech

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Everyone has their own idiosyncrasies when it comes to personal organization. Even if “organization” to you means a chaotic mess of napkins and papers (it’s OK, we get that it’s your thing and it makes sense to you). Here is how we like to stay in order. What about you? What’s your organization default?

Springpad: We’ve just developed an obsession with Springpad, a list-maker that you can access on your iPhone or manage through its website (but it automatically updates both platforms). We especially love it for making lists of local businesses (made simple with a business/restaurant search option), so you can easily browse your database of picks. You can also follow your friends, adding items from their own Springpad, and sharing yours with them. [Springpad]

Jane Aldridge Constantly Violated Dress Code—Did Your Outfits Get You In Trouble, Too?

When you’re a teenager and have a closet like Sea of Shoes blogger Jane Aldridge, you’d imagine that the high school halls would be your runway. Turns out, Jane’s dreams were often cut short because she was constantly getting in trouble at school for her fashion choices. In this video (starting around 42 seconds), she explains that “I felt so repressed by public school, how, like, they tried to make every kid the same and if you didn’t wear the same thing as everyone else then you had to go to, like, a special class … I was sent to the office everyday for the shoes I wore.” We admit that we were sometimes reprimanded for violating dress code—although our belly tops and showing bra straps were a far cry from Chanel platform heels.

What about you—were you ever sent to the principal’s office for your high school wardrobe? Did you act out with fashion as a teen? [Stylelikeu] Keep reading »

Banned Books Week: In Which We Enter The Land Of Forbidden Literature

This week is Banned Books Week — a time to celebrate and acknowledge all the great and not-so-great works of literature that at one point or another have been considered too hot or too controversial for libraries. Among the most famous banned books? J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Banned Book Week is a great time to celebrate our freedom to read, and to think about how important access to information really is.

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Khloe Kardashian Found Herself When She Found Lamar

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”I feel like sooooo much has happened in just one year. My life has changed so much, and I as a person have changed even more. I have never been happier, never been so at peace, never been so in love. I am a better person because of Lamar. I laugh constantly! He brings so much laughter, happiness and fun to my life yet he also keeps me calm and grounded. I feel like I truly discovered myself the moment I met Lamar.”

Khloe Kardashian on her first year of marriage to Lamar Odom. It’s actually so sweet I have nothing snarky to say. I hope they last. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Is It OK For An Elementary School Teacher To Have A Sordid Past?

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How would you feel if you knew your young child’s art teacher used to be a prostitute? This is the question at the heart of a news story making waves this week in New York City. Melissa Petro, a “well-liked” elementary school art teacher in the Bronx for the past three years, was recently reassigned to administrative duty after the school system caught wind of her history as a prostitute. Petro was never arrested and has no criminal record. So, how did the school find out about her past? Oh, because she blogged about it for the Huffington Post a couple of weeks ago.

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