On the morning of New Year’s Day, the Grand Canyon received a perfect dusting of crisp snow, transforming the already-gorgeous park into a wintry paradise. National Park Service staff members captured stunning photos of the snowstorm’s aftermath including panorama shots, which you can see more of here. What a magical start to the year! [Neatorama] [Images via Grand Canyon National Park]
We’ve all heard the criticism that Barbie dolls warp young girls’ beauty ideals, but what if those little girls got to see a Barbie with a less than perfect appearance? Paris photographer Hamid Blad wanted to take a deeper look at Barbie’s beauty (or lack thereof), so he put together his “Barbie Blad” series, which features Barbies from varying eras in a less flattering light than we’re used to seeing in the toy aisle. His goal was to illustrate the line between real and false beauty, so Blad used the 19th-century collodion image-making process for the photos, which takes longer than modern photography to expose and develop. He also incorporated a UV light that makes the dolls seem a bit less fake and cropped them tightly. Blad styled the dolls’ hair and skin as if they were real models and named them after ’70s runway icons. Keep reading »
I was surrounded by wonderful people and lots of champagne this New Year’s Eve, but I wasn’t really in the New Year’s spirit as the clock struck midnight. This year included some not-so-great stuff that I should’ve been thrilled to say goodbye to (and so many wonderful moments too), but something about 2014 didn’t feel over yet. I wasn’t ready to let it go. The end of the year snuck up on me, and as it would happen, even midnight itself arrived with no warning as the neighborhood celebration we’d gathered at forgot to start a countdown in time. Seeing the excited faces around me in the first minutes of the year made me happy too, but I wasn’t as energized for a fresh start as I usually am. The idea that I could scrub clean the hard times and losses of loved ones this year and wake up on the 1st having pushed a reset button just seemed ridiculous. But life keeps moving forward whether we want it to or not, and we should seize every opportunity we can even when we don’t feel ready for them — maybe even especially when we don’t. I have a lot to be grateful for, and even the most seemingly arbitrary new beginnings are a gift. I want to be as full of joy as I can be in 2015, and I want the same for you. Here are some teeny tiny ways to put an extra spring in your step, in January and every other month of the year.
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The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Doll stain has adorable packaging, but does the product on the inside match the outside? I love lip and cheek stains but I find them kind of stressful. When done right, they look fabulous, but when done wrong, they streak all over the place and can look like play makeup. Every brand of stain has its own consistency and shading to figure out, and that makes it tough to get just right on the first try.
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Hell, if I was a rich celebrity with all the money, I would hire Anh Co Tran to do all of your hair too, dammit, that’s just how awesome I think he is. You get a haircut, and you get a haircut, and you get a haircut — we all get HAIRCUTS! The LA-based hairstylist is known for his soft undercut, which gives hair of all lengths and types what he calls a “lived-in” look. He’s all about embracing the hair’s natural wave, which he emphasizes with a curling wand, alternating the direction of each curl starting with away from the face in the front, then towards the face, then away, etc. so you don’t get that weird, sausage curl look.
I don’t live in LA, so I can’t get a cut from Tran himself, but I showed my hairstylist friend one of Tran’s haircuts for inspiration and she jumped for joy because he’s apparently one of her hair gurus. She did a kick ass job recreating his soft undercut on my hair, giving me one of the best ‘dos I’ve had in years. So, if you’re in need of a fresh new look and want some inspiration to pass along to your hairstylist before they start chopping, click through this gallery of some of Tran’s best cuts for women with straight, wavy and curly hair and see if one speaks to you! [Mister Anh Co Tran]
Sure, there’s the stuff that shows up on roundups of the year’s most popular music, movies, TV shows, books, trendy lettuces, vibrators, painful caught-on-video mishaps, or what have you. But a better way to sum up your own year in culture is to take a look at the things that really hit home and stuck with you. Here are the five things Amellia discovered and loved the most in 2014! Keep reading »