Carousel: Dangerous Accessories & An Unexpected Ass-Kicking!

Carousel: Dangerous Accessories & An Unexpected Ass-Kicking!Photo from the New York Times.

Friday! Hello! We’re so happy to see you! It has been a mega-week, hasn’t it?! I’m really looking forward to kicking back this weekend. I usually work through it, which is extremely uncool, but this week I am determined to actually relax!

In case you’re sitting around hanging out for the weekend to officially kick off, here’s some reading for your procrastinatory pleasure!

First up, my posts for xoJane! Read up! You’ll Take Your Eye Out! Man, I Love Dangerous Accessories; These Are A Few Of My Favourite Nail Stickers; 5 Reasons To Buy Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters In Every Conceivable Shade; I Was Bullied Into Trying Something New & I Am A Better Person For It; Get Your Babe On: A 5 Minute Beauty Routine (this is a video post! EXCITING!); Take A Peek In My Suitcase — Yes, Suitcase — Of Products For Daily Glamour. Phew!

How do you feel about trolls? I love this post. It is so right on.

Would you like an unexpected ass-kicking? Thanks to Whitney for sending this through!

Amanda emailed me this study: Thinking About Giving, Not Receiving, Motivates People to Help Others.

Not surprised by this one: Believing you are fat could lead to weight gain. “Healthy teenage girls who mistakenly believe they are fat are twice as likely to become overweight in their twenties, a study has found.”

You need Bei’s Kawaii As Fuck pillow-cases! & I do too!

Vanessa Paradis kind of talked about her split from Johnny Depp. Kind of.

What My Son’s Disabilities Taught Me About ‘Having It All’ is a pretty fantastic response to all that talk about whether women “can really have it all”. Don’t you think?

This article about Jane Pratt — hey, new boss! — is really good. I need to ask her what my emotional age is. (I think it’s probably about 16 or 17.)

I loved what Alison wrote about crazy old lady style.

I learned how to organise my stuff without spending any money. This is brilliant! So good for Virgos & other people who bliss out over a clean house.

Jess told me about Print What You Like. Clever!

Wow: 1% of Caucasians have celiac disease. That’s a lot.

Want to know about the true secret of success! Hint: it’s all about GRATITUDE!

I love this esoteric breakdown of colour therapy. I find this kind of thing completely fascinating! It’s interesting to me how obsessed I am with pink, & how I constantly attract people into my life who are similarly obsessed with red! (My best friends, my husband, both my parents, etc…)

Miranda Kerr (who I think is gorgeous & also intelligent) has been living in Wellington (my home town!) for a while. Here’s a NY Times piece all about it.

I loved what Autumn wrote about Helen Gurley-Brown.

I don’t think I will ever get sick of Leo Babauta. This interview — remove the clutter, be a badass — is great, & I love what he said about men.

Want to see a video of Hugh Hefner’s “Big Bunny” Playboy Jet?!

The Upside of Ugly. I don’t agree with everything in this piece — after all, I think learning to love yourself is totally transformative — but some of it is great. This sentence particularly made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck:

“Beautiful” is bullshit, a standard created to make women into good consumers, too busy wallowing in self-loathing to notice that we’re second class citizens.

Did you see Beyonce’s new video?

We don’t all adore public speaking, but if it’s something you know you need to do, this tips on becoming a presentation sensation might help you!

What do your internet habits say about your mental health?

I adore Seth Godin.

On loving yourself every day: hating your body is easy.

Did you know that doing a “mirror fast” can help take the focus off yourself?

Damn, Derek Sivers makes me want to push myself even harder! I love this piece on comfort zones.

Have you heard P.O.S.’ new track, Bumper?

Baby Got Back… As sung by the movies. What!

Celebrities read mean tweets about themselves!

Have a fantastic weekend… See you on Monday!