Carousel: Week Ending 15th January 2010

Ready, Set, Go!

My favourite things on the internet… this week, anyway!

WOW — Fashionista University! Okay, I am going to paste the whole press release because it is fab.

Starting January 23rd, students will have the opportunity to take a variety of “Saturday-only”-seven week, hands on courses where they will learn the ins and outs of the fashion business including design, publicity, wardrobe styling/costume design, event planning, jewelry/accessory design and more. Run by fashion designers Kathlin Argiro and Courtney Zellmer and publicity guru Gwen Wunderlich-Smith, Fashionista University gives students a Project Runway meets Gossip Girl real world approach, with celebrity, editor and guest designer appearances as well as access to fashion shows, showroom events, publishing houses, TV stations and more! Fashionista University provides tools teens need to turn their dreams into a reality and break in to the world of fashion with opportunities and experiences beyond anything they ever imagined.

Dear teenagers, you should take this opportunity, for REAL. You will learn sooooooooo much. Additionally (bonus, ding ding ding!), nonpareils can get $100 OFF registration if you mention the code FU011110!

Astronomers: We could find Earth-like planets soon. “Quiet planets like Earth where life could develop probably are plentiful, despite a violent universe of exploding stars, crushing black holes and colliding galaxies.”

The Rise of the Hot Jewish Girl! Word up!

As Elvis Turns 75, Celebrity Worship Alive and Well — this is super-interesting, all about the role celebrities play.

College in America. Um, gosh.

Ten Psychology Studies from 2009 Worth Knowing About — read this! It’s fab. As you can tell, I find psychology really fascinating. It was what I went to university to study, in fact.

This may come as sweet relief to many of us! New Health Rule: Quit Worrying About Your Health.

Michael Pollan Offers 64 Ways to Eat Food from the New York Times. I think Michael Pollan is fantastic.

Famous Buddhist Quotes & Sayings = nice.

American Mustache Institute: “AMI continues to battle negative stereotyping that has accompanied the mustache since those glory years of the 1970s – the peak of mustache acceptance – fighting to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, flavor saving, and upper lip warmth for all mustached Americans alike.” !!!

Carnal Nation is excellent! Sri linked me to The Kinky Shopaholic’s Guide to Japan & Sex Magic Readings (which is like a kinky horoscope!), & I think you will like ’em too.

Are you in Minneapolis? Do you want to meet some rad new people? (I know so many good people in Minneapolis but that is beside the point!) Nonpareil Coco is in a band called Courtney McClean & the Dirty Curls & she describes it as “naughty hillbilly” music! You can read all about it here & find out about her shows. You should go along! & become friends with her! & tell her I sent you!

New year’s resolution: have more sex from CNN.

Sadie Nardini and her husband decided to have sex every day in December to help them resist the twin temptations of cigarettes and chocolate. It worked. The unexpected fringe benefit of all that sex: they felt and slept better, too.

A Chat With Tarina Tarantino about her upcoming make-up line! I am so excited! You cannot belieeeeeve!

Create Our World. Who? What? Why? “I’m Benjamin Jenks and I am Hitchhiking around the USA, sharing stories of the Goodness of People.” WORD UP! Also, he is way cool, & sent me an email which said, “My weekend was rad. Met one of my female soulmates & slept on the floor of a man who lost part of his lower leg in Afghanistan. San Diego weather is the bomb!”

My friend Bianca Alexis has a new photography site up. Have a geeze. She is really good at what she does, & you should hire her to make you look beautiful. Remember these photos?! Blast from the past for reals!

Collective 5: A new idea. I am totally going to do this, you should too.

NOWNESS is amazing. Thanks, Sarah!

Top 9 Easy Ways to Personal Reinvention!

A Year Without Sugar sounds impossible but obviously can be done!

A “rambling tirade from a 37 year old technophobe”, aka DJ Shadow, on the state of the music industry.

I am so delighted to be included in A Book of Blog Stars by Emily Mews. It is obscenely adorable, you should download the pictures & print it out!

I love Dirty Projectors. You can download their digital 7″ free.

Come into my boudoir is a sweet little piece about the idea of a bedroom gallery.

I suppose chicken clothing was a logical next step, but it sure looks silly…

This wedding is beautiful, though the comments gave me a headache. & reading this brought tears to my eyes. What a GIRL! Also: vintage stamps = yummy.

Men More Keen To Start A Relationship Than Women! & Are You A Fool For Love? from the Telegraph.

A survey in 2008 carried out by the National Year of Reading revealed that 26 per cent of men would try to entice a woman into bed by leaving a copy of a highbrow book by the bed.

Great Grandmother Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Like Jessica Rabbit… WHOAH.

Victoria’s Secret? 20 Layers Of Butt Makeup! Alright then!

Top 10 Places YOU Can’t Go In The World. Secret clubs, hidden subway systems & ancient shrines… Awesome.

& on that note, have a look at 100 Incredible & Educational Virtual Tours You Don’t Want to Miss. But don’t come crying to me if you never get any work done ever again!

If you’re sick of romantic comedies (though honestly, they are pretty much my favourite kind of movie to watch, shh, don’t tell anyone), check out THE WORLDWIDE CELLULOID MASSACRE — “an encyclopedia of extreme, surreal, twisted & bizarre movies” — & spice up your Netflix queue.

Then & Now. People recreate their childhood photos. It sounds creepy, I know, but is so cute!

Writing Good English: A talk to the incoming international students at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, August 11, 2009. I love this!

How Google Tells You What Men & Women Want. Oh lawd.

New research: Sticking to diets is about more than willpower — complexity matters.

“Many people think the success of dieting, seemingly a national obsession following the excesses and resolutions of the holiday season, depends mostly on how hard one tries — on willpower and dedication. While this does matter, new research has found that a much more subtle aspect of the diets themselves can also have a big influence on the pounds shed — namely, the perceived complexity of a diet plan’s rules and requirements.

Shady Lady seeks male escorts with staying power. “A Nevada brothel is recruiting to take advantage of a law change and offer services to women clients.” Wooooooooow.

10 Dead-of-Winter Fitness Motivators.

The New Age Cavemen and the City. I admit, I made a face when I read this.

Photo yums: Catrinel Menghia for Unica Romania (beware, boobs); Yana Pova for Archetype X (3D & bunny ears!); Christina Ricci for Pop (2004); Mila Kunis is really hot; Runway by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia (eyeball symphony); Toni Garrn & Baptiste Giabiconi by Karl Lagerfeld for Vogue Germany (hello, Metropolis)!

Ooooooof, cute.

On The Corner is an excellent street style blog from Buenos Aires.

My lovely friend Zoetica is in a self-portrait competition. Have a look — the girl is good! — & vote!

Tent! Yes please!

Seven steps to evaluate energy-vampires & eliminate bad relationships from Glass Of Win!

Amazing India gallery & India Tumblr. Sri is the best!

I am loving Handbook 2010 too.

“I was saying boo-urns!”

Enjoy your weekend, bunny!