Yo, NASA has been killin' it lately! First they're like, "Don't worry, Earth! We're making it possible for you to send all those idiots you hate into outer space! Forever!" Now they're like, "You know what? We have some extra money lying around. How about we figure out how to create pizza from nothing?" Like... are you kidding me?! You dudes are putting all your genius-ness to good use. I really like that someone made one 3D printer and then everyone else was like, "YES, LET'S RUN WITH THIS!" and now we've got everything from dresses to iPhone cases. In honor of that, here are some other things we should make. —Katie
Ourselves Pretty sure if they can make pizza from dust, then they could make a clone for everyone. I mean, you could definitely make me by throwing in some like, Backstreet Boys CDs, 4 blueberry Red Bulls, a tub of Sour Patch Kids and a cat sweater. How happy would everyone be if some beautiful plastic counterparts could take over their day jobs? Score.
The best pet You could make the best pet because 1) it would be anything you can dream up (a unicorn badger! Gorgeous and terrifying!) and 2) it would never poop anywhere because it would have no insides. And also you wouldn't have to feed it. Wow!
A fucking rad car So, they can make 3D-printed guns, but those aren't fun at all, and are also sort of nightmarish. Let's instead put all that awesome technology towards making everyone their very own flying Falcor machines.
We'd all be so fucking happy.
The hippest furniture First of all, 3D printed furniture would probably be surprisingly comfy, and second of all, think about how many swaggy chaise lounges you could make. A TON!
A DVD that explains what 3D printing is Because like, does anyone even understand how this works?
These NPW nail wraps are super easy to use, and that's coming from someone who is mostly a disaster whirlwind when it comes to anything that is vaguely related to "doing" beauty. If you don't have the time to paint beautiful (but hard) flowers all over your nails, look no further than these flowery nail wraps. I'll even break down the (super easy) steps for you. —Katie
Step one: Peel off nail decal These decals are not super flimsy and are easy to pull off the paper, so you'll have to try pretty hard to fuck them up. (Just make sure you don't go getting your grubby hands all over the sticker part, because then they won't stick as well, obviously.)
Step two: Put it on your nail These Nailwraps have good adhesive on them, which is a must for nail decals. (After messing around with several brands of decals, we realized how important getting the right amount of "sticky" is.)The good thing with these is that you can readjust if you mess up the placement the first time, and they still go on smoothly.
(See? So easy!)
Step three: File off excess Unless you have beautiful talons (I have stumpy baby nails :c), you will have some excess nail decal hanging off your nail. Sand it off. You don't have to go nuts with it; the file will take the decal off smoothly, and it's better to just gently rub, so as not to get a jagged line.
Step four: Topcoat, y'all You don't need a topcoat with these since they're a durable vinyl, but it certainly won't hurt. In case your topcoat is buried in a gigantic tub of cosmetics and you can't be bothered, your nails will still hold up on their own, but a topcoat will make them last a good deal longer.
(My nailbeds suck.)
Step five: Admire Honestly, this entire process took me about 10 minutes, and my friends were complimenting my nails all weekend long. It made me feel like a nail wizard. You'll definitely want to do some gratuitous Instagramming. Trust.
Floss Gloss has an incredibly fun palate of colors to choose from. With their bright colors and pretty packaging, we had a feeling the women behind the brand, Janine and Aretha, could teach us a thing or two about nail art... and we were right. Using inspiration from the Bazaaaaar Pop-Ups in L.A. and NYC, and products from our site, the duo has created three unique and easy-to-follow tutorials to get your nails on-trend just in time for summer. Here, Janine takes us through Round One, and it has us dying to see what they have in store for next week!
I love the triangles and the variety of the print with only the simple triangle shape. This design is fairly easy and can be done just on one nail, two or all ten! Play with different color stripers or do the design on naked nails with a colored tip for a lace effect.
Always base coat! Using a base coat will help make the longevity of your manicure longer and protect your nails from any staining from highly pigmented lacquers etc. This design can be modified for ability level by simply not doing step seven. Get playful! Try just one triangle on each side of the center front line or two center front lines! The possibilities are endless and because African Prints are so organic, the lines do not have to be perfect."
Janine getting into the zone! (And showing off her crazy cool nail station)
Step Seven: Add the Gloss and...
Ta-da! Janine shows off her amazing work.
Already getting ready for next week? Stay tuned to find out!
Are you free this Friday night? Well, I hope you are, because I'm hosting a DIY Crown Making Party at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in Hollywood from 6pm-9pm. The party will be taking place inside the current Hattie Stewart pop up shop, where we'll have plenty of crown supplies to go around (fake flowers, headbands, sparkly things, etc!), but feel free to bring any other things you'd like to add to your crown. There will also be drinks, treats, and tunes! Be sure to stop by, I don't want you to miss it! Email to RSVP@Space15Twenty.com. - Maddie
In true Rookie fashion, all of the amazingly dressed readers came out and enjoyed some fun under our UO Backlot Sesh tent. With amazing performances by Mount Moriah, Icky Blossoms, Nu Sensae, White Lung, and the incredibly sweet ladies of Icona Pop, we kicked off our week with a bang and a lot of flower crowns. Now it's day two and we're just going to keep the fun times a-comin'!
Yesterday's looks were out of control awesome, but what else would you expect from a DIY craft fest presented by the always stylish crew from Rookie Mag?! Here's some of our favorite looks of the day. We'd like to post them all, but I don't think a post can hold 200+ photos...-Ally
RISE AND SHINE YOU LITTLE SOUTH BY SPRING BREAKERS! That's right, it's 9AM and I'm writing to you from Austin, Texas after a wild night of petty-cabs, flaming shots and lots of music. Not pointing any fingers, we're all over 21, amirite? JK. We mostly chugged Red Bulls so major shout out to them for keeping us awake until four.
So, today is day one of our UO Backlot Sesh, which will be kicked off by a pizza party and some cutesy DIY crafts hosted by Rookie Mag and a few of their contributors! After we stuff our faces, adorn ourselves in flower crowns and try to bring out the Rookie in all of us, we'll have a day filled with killer music and the hot sun of this weird town. Come grab some free music and free beer! Beer is 21+ obvs, but the shows are all ages.
The back doors open at 1PM (NOTE: NOT 12! Oopsies. Or you could just, like, help us set up if you're antsy?) with artists Mount Moriah, Icky Blossoms, Nu Sensae, White Lung and Icona Pop (plz no Hannah-inspired ideas, y'all). There's going to be a lot of chicks but that's even more of an excuse for you cute boiz to come check out the bands. See you babes there, and don't forget to pick up one of the totes below on your way out the door! ;) -Ally
If there's one thing in the world I love more than cats, it's pure, unadulterated sugar. While perusing the inter-webs this morning looking for my next fix, I came across Signe Sugar—an amazing cake topping decoration option for just about any occasion. Creating a variety of pastel, glittery and gold colored fonts, symbols, and romantic shapes, founder Sarah Foote makes each one by hand using sugar gum paste and non-toxic coloring. She even teaches you how to make your own letters and shapes so you can impress your friends. Try it out here! —Ally
Whoa! It's about to get really hard to mindlessly doodle during a boring class or meeting, because with the 3Doodler, your wiener drawings are going to literally burst off the page. But everybody will be so fascinated by your cool gizmo that even your teachers won't care that you haven't been paying attention.
Seriously though, this could be a game changer for artists. People have been calling 3D printing the most significant technological advancement of our time, but it's still something that regular people are confused by, and the pen could be an affordable and fun introduction to the possibilities of the field. The Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its funding goal by more than a million dollars, so it shouldn't be too long before you'll be able to get your hands on one and finally give your cat comics the life they deserve. -Angelo
Do you not have a creative bone in your body? Does every craft you touch turn into a pile of smeared glue and pipe cleaners? This Valentine's Day, instead of making a Valentine that even a 3-year-old would scoff at, why not turn yourself into a Valentine? I mean, your SO would definitely appreciate that just as much, if not more than a doily taped to a piece of red construction paper. So you really can't lose.—Katie
Classic Bob Wig Beautiful Valentine's Day cards are always covered in red and pink, so cover up your stupid, boring, normal colored hair with this festive pink wig!
Unicorn Hair Extensions Add these extensions into your pink wig so you will be absolutely drenched in Valentine's beauty and amazingness.
Shimmer Twins Treasure Lashes Did you think we were going to let your eyes off the hook? If you're making yourself a Valentine for Valentine's Day and you don't put on these heart-shaped lashes, then you should really sit down and have a talk with yourself.
Being clean. So fresh, so honorable, such a common courtesy for anyone who regularly ventures out in public. But is our version of "clean" really as wholesome as we think? Maybe you eat organic, use energy-saving light bulbs and switch off the faucet in between tooth brushing and spitting, but are you absent-mindedly slathering yourself and your environment with potentially harmful chemicals on a daily basis? Quite possibly. It's cool, we're not here to judge, we're here to help. We're a bit of a hippie and we think about these kinds of things a lot. So, not to go all GOOP on you, but may we suggest four super-simple all-natural, non-toxic, earth-kind everyday product swaps? Okay!—Natalie.
1. Hand Sanitizer
February is the season of all things beginning with F, namely the flu and Fashion Week. And according to the New York Times, fashion folk and flu season do not mix well. (Nina Garcia, in fact, shields her face with an Hermès cashmere scarf at all times and "avoids breathing in other people's air.") She probably, like Rachel Zoe admits, slathers on the Purell with pure abandon, too. The antibiotic and synthetic ingredients in most drugstore hand sanitizers are not only harsh on your skin but they can also kill the good bacteria your body relies on to fight infection. Most also contain triclosan, a known carcinogen. Try essential oil-based germ killers, like Herban Essentials Lemon Towlettes and Burt's Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel spray, which are packed with natural antimicrobial ingredients that smell lovely and don't contain enough alcohol to make teenagers wind up in newspaper headlines.
2. Household Cleaners
This one's pretty obvious, but trust us, the natural alternatives works just as well. Ditch multi-purpose cleaning sprays often loaded with scary things like phalates, neurotoxins, quarternary ammonium compounds and chlorine for readily available natural alternatives like the beautifully packaged, refillable Common Good range. Better yet, make your own detergents: A tablespoon of vinegar and a few drops of tea-tree oil mixed with water in a spray bottle (scented with another essential oil of your choice if you like) works for general wipe-downs, while baking soda is a great scrubbing agent for tougher clean-up jobs.
We didn't think too much about the talc, mica, aluminum powder and ethylhexyl paliminate we were plastering onto our precious eyelids until we discovered brands like 100% Pure and realized there was a better way. The New Zealand company's products, like its Pure Party Naked Palette and Pure Gel Eyeliner, are 100% natural, vegan and gluten-free and get their pigment from friendlier stuff like black tea leaves and fruit. Also keeping things clean when it comes to cosmetics is Rose-Marie Swift who, having worked in the fashion industry as a makeup artist for many years with photographers such as Mert & Marcus, Terry Richardson and Patrick Demarchelier, quickly became schooled in the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty products and decided to create RMS Beauty, which uses nourishing, raw ingredients like coconut oil and rosemary extract.
Yes, the romantic allure of perfume is hard to resist, like the storied scent of Chanel No.5 or attractively designed Fantastic Man-endorsed indie brands such as By Redo, with their handsome founders and exotic product names like Gypsy Water and Oud Immortel. But do you really want your personal body odor to be branded? And, for that matter, containing ingredients that have been linked to a host of chronic allergies and illnesses? Seek out natural alternatives like Malie Organics' ready-to-roll Perfume Oils and Beridan Naturals Perfume (which boasts its own evocative names like Mysticism and Midnight Nectar). Crafted from hand-blended botanicals, these fragrances react with each individual's body chemistry to create a more unique, subtle scent. If spritzing's your thing, try Spit O' Rose body mist, a refreshing blend of rose distillate, vegetable glycerine and organic aloe by local Philly salon American Mortals.
Our friends New Friends (Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski) make super awesome weavings, housewares, jewelry and all things textile. They made this video for the Scion Motivate contest. 'Like' it and help them win!
Stop, smell the roses, then use them in this step-by-step guide to making the perfect Valentine's Day flower crown!
What you'll need:
-Fake flowers (white, pink, and red roses)
-Flat wire (1/2 centimter)
-Rhinestones (stick on or not)
-Double sided Glue Dots
Step 1: Pull apart all of the fake flowers, until you're left with two petals that are attached in the middle [Picture 2]. Toss the leftover leaves. Keep the hard, white, bell-shaped flowers.
Step 2: Wrap wire around your head until you find the perfect fit. Add two inches to the wire for extra space, and cut it with the scissors. Make a circular loop or twist at one end of the wire so the flowers won't fall off of the wire.
Step 3: Tie the double petals and bell flowers-shaped flowers in a bow. Next, slide the wire through the hole. Push the flower to the end of the wire where it has been looped, so that way the petal bows will not be able to fall off. Alternate between the white and pink flower bows until the whole wire is filled, adding in the bell-shaped flowers every so often (between ever 10 or so flowers). When the wire is filled, add the same loop or twist at the end so that the flowers can't slide off.
Step 4: Spray the flowers with glitter hair spray—go glitter crazy!
Step 5: Add the roses! Using the Glue Dots and Krazy Glue, push the roses in-between the flowers. Use stapler if needed to hold roses in place.
Step 6: Using the Glue Dots, stick the rhinestones onto the flowers petals, spreading them evenly throughout the flowers.
Step 7: Stick heart stickers throughout the flowers, using Glue Dots to hold them in place if necessary.
Step 8: Using the wire cutters, cut a piece of the thin wire (about 6-8 inches worth, depending on how you want it to fit). Slide the wire through the loops made with the thick wire, and use the thin wire to make the now-completed flower crown fit snug on your head by twisting or bending the thin wire to make it tighter or looser.
*make sure to close all wire ends so nothing pokes out!
We all know what procrastination is because we all do it. We put off things until last minute and then let things pile up on our desks until we have a mini, hysterical melt-down an hour before your deadline. Or, maybe that's just me? Anyway, procrastination CAN be stopped with some extra effort and a few simple tips that will help get your work ethic and shape and your eye on the prize (getting shit done on time). -Hazel
Create A Rad To-Do List
Always have a to-do list. Whether it's the "Reminders" app on your iPhone (those Apple people know what they're doing; they made the iPod!), a stickie note, or whatever, having a to-do list where you actively list the things you need to do and cross them off when you're done will help you keep your priorities straight. When you list your things to-do list them in order of importance or how time-consuming they will be and get the first one done off your list. Decorating said to-do list with cute stickers wouldn't hurt either because looking at a long, long list of tasks can be hellah daunting.
Schedule Your Time
You don't have to get everything done in one day! Unless you do, and even then it's okay because there's this magical thing called scheduling. On your to-do list (which you've just made, right?) next to each task write down how much time you're going to spend on it. From 2:00pm - 3:00pm, you'll clean your room. From 3:00pm - 4:00pm you'll go out and buy me McDonalds. This method works great! Seriously though, go get me McDonalds.
Get Rid of Distractions
When you work, work in a place where, say, your friends aren't having an awesome rager two feet away from your desk. Clear your desks of slinkies, adorable pug puppies, and crossword puzzles. And, yes, of course you need to get off the internet. "But I'm on the Internet all day for my cool blogging job!" you cry. Don't fret! Download the app Self Control for your computer and you can pick and choose which websites you want to block and how long you want them blocked. After you block them they will be blocked for that time and you can't change it, even if you turn your computer off.
Getting Things Done Now Means More Time For Fun Stuff Later!
There is nothing more sad then having to say no to things (parties! hangouts! dates with Ryan Gosling!) because you have to do work, work you should have done ages ago. When you do your work as soon as you can it leaves room open in your schedule to do things you actually want to do!
Getting Shit Done Feels GOOD
It does! No matter how small (washing the dishes, taking your old nail polish off) or big (starting your gourmet cupcake business, successfully breeding dinosaurs for a theme park) accomplishing a task and crossing it off the to-do list feels really satisfying.
Team Art Delights makes a coloring book filled with '90s pop divas and I need it. They also make other coloring books, including one titled "Boy Bands" which speaks to my soul on a very personal level. It's stuff like this that convinces me Etsy is the greatest website to ever exist.—Katie
Project: BABE is a feminist art collective that aims to empower and engage internet youth culture through exhibitions, publications, and more. They're currently taking submissions for their latest exhibition "Becoming pt. II," which is inspired by the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode of the same name. The exhibition, which will take place in March, will focus on identity and the process of "becoming" as defined by the internet generation. Sounds awesome! - Hazel
Fiona Stoltze is a Boston-based designer who prints and hand-dyes all-natural textiles; the end results are awesome! I'm so into the above calendar, but her dip-dyed tote is also calling my name. Her Etsy shop is brand new this year, and I'm excited to see what other projects will be put up. (More wall art, please!)—Katie
We asked Jolie Kerr, cleaning expert and author of the upcoming My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag, And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha, how to keep our apartments from looking like college exploded all over them.
Interview by Katie Gregory
I have roommates AND cats. How do we keep our house from looking like it's inhabited by frat boy squatters? Get rid of the roommates and cats. No seriously. Get rid of them, it's the only way.
Oh, I'm just yanking your chain (sort of). I realize that some of you are unwilling and/or unable to do those things, and we'll address the cats on down the line but for now: THE ROOMMATES.
One good way to keep the house looking tidy is to control clutter, and a good way to control clutter is to set some parameters with the roommates (the cats are impossible, forget about trying to control them) around what can and cannot be left in common spaces. There should also be an agreement that things that fall outside those limits—mail, dirty socks, clean socks, nail varnish, pimple cream, popsicles, live chickens awaiting ritual sacrifice by the light of the waxing gibbous of a blue moon—can be tossed into personal living spaces with impunity.
We really want to do the bare minimum of cleaning every week. What do you make sure you clean every single week, even if you’d much rather be lying comatose on the couch? You have two options, bare minimum-wise: you can go for a "If I keep the main living space tidy, I'll feel happy" approach — which will entail maybe a 30-minute-a-week straightening up of things, tossing or sorting out mail and old magazines, removing any lurking cups, glasses or plates to the kitchen, and giving the surfaces a once-over with a dry rag to get up dust. You can use Endust or the like to make things look really nice if you feel particularly ambitious. This can easily be done while watching the type of television program that you enjoy but don't ever want to admit to others that you watch.
[Oh, you mean like this pointless show that has taken over my entire life?]
The other option is to make sure you clean the bathroom every week. Yup! EVERY. WEEK. And actually? If you do it every week it will probably not take you any more than 15 minutes, if you know the right things to do. We'll get to those things in a sec. But the cat ladies still require my attention because they're cat ladies and that's their nature.
Is there a secret to cleaning cat hair, or are we just going to have to accept that we’ll have a thin film of cat hair on everything we own until we die?
The secret is a handheld vac and lint rollers, which will help to keep the cat's impact to a minimum. Of course you have to use them in order for them to make an impact, which is, I think, important to mention.
[Another adorable option is to just get one of these little fellas.]
The bathroom is a nightmare. How can we keep beard trimmings out of the sink, and that unsightly ring out of the tub? You can do those things with a combination of paper towels, microfiber sponges and Scrubbing Bubbles.
Stashing a roll of paper towels in the bathroom will make it easier to wipe up spills; the microfiber sponges can be used to wipe down the sink area to keep it free of whiskers and such. I like the combo of the two because while the sponges are more eco-friendly, they're not great in terms of absorbency (they work better on damp messes, rather than puddle-type situations). You'll also need to launder those sponges fairly regularly; blessedly, they tend to come in packs of three so if you're a laundry-once-a-month person, you can swap a new sponge in once a week or so and rather than do more frequent laundering.
[Probably an accurate representation of how I feel while cleaning.]
As for that tub (and the sink and toilet, too!) Scrubbing Bubbles are where it’s at. Do you know about Scrubbing Bubbles? Because if you don't your entire life is about to change. They're just like what they sound like: Bubbles that Scrub. To use the product, spray the tub/sink/toilet down and walk away for 5, 10 minutes. Come back with a damp sponge or a clean rag and wipe everything down. That's seriously it. It's that easy. If there's any lint that the sponge didn't get up, do a final pass with a paper towel.
Since we’re spending all our money on cat toys, what are some cheap, DIY cleaning solutions we can make at home? White vinegar basically cleans everything, and it is ABSURDLY cheap. You can mix it with equal parts water to make glass and all-purpose cleaner (it has antibacterial properties that will work just fine for cleaning kitchen counters and all manner of other germy spaces); a small amount of it poured into a bowl will take unwanted odors out of a room, which is a great thing to know if you get loaded one night and decide that smoking is absolutely allowed indoors; it's also a natural fabric softener and odor absorber to use in your laundry (a half cup in the wash cycle will do it).
When combined with baking soda it makes a cool volcano that will clear drains and help to get tricky shaped items like vases clean. Baking soda on its own can be combined with boiling water to get stuck-on gunk off the bottom of a pan.
What are some things that need to be cleaned that 20-somethings forget about? Like, sometimes it’s hard to remember that everyone has been using the same kitchen sponge for the last 2 years. One of my particular nits is people who don't regularly wash their dish towels and the hand towels in the bathroom. (What's that? You don't have hand towels in the bathroom? How are people drying their hands? ON YOUR BATH TOWEL?? Right. Go out and buy a set of hand towels.) Pillows are also another one that virtually everyone, myself included, fails to wash as often as should happen.
[Here is a terrible quality clip of the greatest thing ever shown on TV.]
Do you have any cool, “underground” cleaning supplies you use? Maybe something that’s environmentally friendly and doesn’t smell like lemons? I can't even begin to understand the problem with things smelling like lemons, but okay sure! My favorite "underground" cleaning product is a thing used for laundering called bluing. It does precisely what the name implies, it makes things blue. Which is great if you've got dingy or yellowed white clothes, towels or bed linens that you want to make bright white again. Unlike bleach, it's eco-friendly and won't cause certain stains, like sweat, to become more yellow.