Category: Style

Cool & Edgy Teen Gift Ideas for the Holidays from Redbubble – GIVEAWAY!!!

Its almost our favorite time of the year – Holiday season! We just love spending time with family members and friends, and eating all that good food is a bonus.

Another bonus is, of course, PRESENTS!

If you are looking for something cool for yourself, or perhaps want to impress someone with a gift that stands out this year, check out some of the designs from Redbubble below. And if you want a chance to win some of them…scroll down a bit more to ENTER OUR GIVEAWAY!

Before we show off some of the products, let’s talk about what makes Redbubble cool. First, you can buy stuff with your own designs on them…or even sell them to other people and make money. Second, the designs here are a notch above what you might find on typical “print your own stuff” websites. Redbubble has a strong community of artists and designers who sell there, so you will find edgier, higher-quality artwork — all of it beautifully rendered on premium materials.

Okay, have a look at some of the cool samples they sent us!

Special Thanks to our model: Keira Pena

Tote Bag

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Throw Pillow

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iPhone 6 Plus Snap Case

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V-Neck T-Shirt

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Pretty cool stuff right? Want some? Well, one lucky winner is going to get the following as part of our Teens Wanna Know Redbubble Giveaway!

V-Neck T-shirt in Medium Size, iPhone 6 Plus Case, and Totebag

To Enter:

Simply follow @teenswannaknow on Twitter and tweet the following line from your account by 10/31/14:

I’ve entered to win the @redbubble prize pack of cool swag from @teenswannaknow at http://bit.ly/1tB9PnP #giveaway

Contest is open to U.S. addresses only. We will pick one (1) random winner on 11/01/14, who will receive the 3 items pictured above (V-neck shirt, iPhone 6 Plus case, totebag). Winner will be notified by DM on Twitter, so must be following @teenswannaknow in order to be eligible to win.

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$50 Prep Sportswear Giveaway from Teens Wanna Know!

What better way to start the school year off than with some free sports gear?

Well, enter our EZ photo caption contest below and you could be a winner!

Prep Sportswear is giving away $50 in customized sports gear perfect for back to school. They have two cool new collections this season, including their Tonal design collection that offers a low-key way to show loyalty to your favorite team, school, or city:

Tonal Design Hats

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and their new Sparkle Twill applique design that is super sparkly for those who want some attention!

Sparkle Twill Shirts

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They have lots of things to choose from, including jerseys, sweats, backpacks, sports bags, iPhone skins, blankets and more. You get to pick whatever you like if you are the winner of this contest.

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To enter the contest, provide a funny caption to this picture of a baby by commenting below (where it says “Leave a Reply”). The judges at Teens Wanna Know will pick ONE lucky winner who we think came up with the funniest one, who will receive a one-time code redeemable for $50 at prepsportswear.com:

The rules:

1.You can post up to three(3) captions each day from 8/11/14 to 8/15/14.
2. A winner will be picked by Teens Wanna Know staff, who’s decision is final — although we may share your caption on our social media accounts to ask our fans for help in picking the best!
3. Keep it PG, family-friendly. No profanity.
4. All entries will be moderated and we may remove any at our sole discretion and for any reason.
5. Contest runs until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014. Winner will be announced shortly thereafter here and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
6. We reserve the right to modify/add to these rules during the contest should we have forgotten something important!
7. Only one winner will be picked and will receive, via email or other electronic means, a code for $50 to spend at prepsportswear.com. The code is for one-time use, and expires December 31, 2014.
8. If you are the winner, you agree to allow us to use your caption however we see fit, such as promotional use, social media, printed items, etc. in exchange for your $50 prize.
9. If you do not reply to our communication regarding claiming your prize within 48 hours of us sending it, we may award the prize to another entrant.
10. You must comment using a valid email address so that we may contact you if you win. Invalid email addresses will not allow us to reach you, and you will forfeit your prize.
11. Contest open to those residing in the United States of America only.
12. Winner assumes responsibility for correct use of the $50 code and transacting with Prep Sportswear. Should any issues arise, winner will contact Prep Sportswear’s support department for resolution, not Teens Wanna Know.

UPDATE: Marcy Sohn is our winner!

 

Cute Summer Outfits and Accessories for Tweens and Teens (girls)

With Memorial Day celebrations out of the way, its time to focus on summer. And this includes summer fashion! Here are some select cute summer outfits for both tween and teen girls, with a few modeled by our very own junior red carpet interviewer Keira Peña!

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The Daisy Petal girls party tee, shown above in both marshmallow creme and black pearl, makes a great match with their ribbon skirt to create an elegant look for more  formal occasions, such as a late afternoon party or evening celebration. From our review samples, we can tell that maker Diviine Modestee pays attention to excellence in manufacturing, with high-quality fabrics that feel great against the skin and move just right. And the best part: they are affordable! 000IMG_0013 Another piece in the Daisy Petals line, this Tulle party dress works earlier in the day or even at the beach. It sports a ruffled hem and a satin bow tie 000Capture2For older girls seeking that retro 50’s look, perfect for a picnic, the Trapunto stitch trim dress from eShakti would make a cute summer outfit selection. 000bracelet And to make things interesting, check out this Rebel Star Silver Halo bracelet by South Florida’s HEET. Each piece is handmade out of quality materials, including premium leather. It’s a bit on the pricey side for most teens, but what a way to make a statement! 000IMG_0090 Finally, make sure to keep your lips and hands looking great with eos lip balm smooth spheres and everyday hand lotion, They are made with good stuff, mostly natural, and are paraben-free. You can find then at most major pharmacy chains, and are pretty cheap!

Out of Print Clothing – Making New Fashion from Old Classics

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Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester is a fan!


If you haven’t noticed from our celebrity interview web series, in addition to celebrities and the great music, movies, TV shows, and other creative stuff they do, we are also big fans of good news, charity and community work, and supporting positive social causes.

We also love when companies give back to the community in creative ways.

One such company is Out of Print Clothing, who not only brings back the art from literary classics and puts them on fresh gear, but also donates one book to a community in need for every item purchased through a partnership with Books for Africa.

According to the company, its mission is “to celebrate literature through fashion and help increase access to books around the world.”

So far, they have donated over 800,000 books! Right on!

Out of Print sells things like:

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  • tote bags
  • iPhone cases
  • jewelry
  • stationery
  • gift items

So, if you want to show off your book smarts while supporting a good cause, check out Out of Print Clothing!

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Teens Can Make Money & Wear Their Own Designs with Redbubble

For teens who possess that entrepreneurial spirit, working at the local burger joint or clothing store at the mall just isn’t going to cut it. Rather than slave away for minimum wage while being micromanaged by a cranky boss, those with some design skills can turn that into moolah by uploading their designs to Redbubble.

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Model: Nathaniel Pena

Redbubble, similar to competitors Cafepress and Zazzle, allows you to upload your own original art designs which are then printed on-demand whenever an order is placed. The difference between the companies seems to be mainly in quality, with Redbubble offering premium materials and a larger “canvas” to display your artwork on shirts, for example.

Model: Michael M. Pena
Model: Michael M. Pena

As such, Redbubble attracts some really great designers who print their art on:

  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Stickers
  • iPhone cases and protectors for other devices
  • Posters
  • Metal Prints
  • Canvas Prints
  • and more

How can teens make money? Simple, Redbubble allows you to charge a markup to their base price, and you keep the profits!

Just in time for the summer, they have just introduced two new products you can put your art on: ladies’ scoop shirts and unisex tank tops made by American Apparel from 100% soft jersey cotton.

Model: Keira Pena
Model: Keira Pena

Redbubble was kind enough to send us a few samples, and Teens Wanna Know hosts Michael, Nathaniel and Keira immediately stole claimed them, remarking on how comfortable they felt against the skin and how cool the designs were. So, you will probably see them wearing them around town!

Stop Losing Your Keys with Finders Key Purse

We received a sample of a pretty clever little device that provoked a “why didn’t anyone think of this before” response. Introducing the Finders Key Purse (sounds like “finder’s keepers,” get it?) invented by former airline attendant Sandy Stein of West Hills, CA with some heavenly inspiration

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The unit we received

The device simply consists of a curved piece of metal decorated with a nice charm on one end and fitted with a clasp on the other. You attach your key ring to the clasp and place the device over the rim of your purse or backpack.

The side of the hook with the decoration goes outside, and the business end goes inside your purse or backpack. This makes it easy to find your keys, as the hook keeps them from falling to the bottom of the bag.

Here is an example of what it should look like from the outside. The keys, wallet, pen or whatever else you can attach to the clasp stay protected inside! aaaakey While the product clearly seems it was designed for females originally, there are some charm designs which are suitable for boys as well on the Finder’s Key Purse website. You can also find the product available on Amazon.

Now, what was the heavenly inspiration we mentioned earlier? Well, it seems that the inventor was going through a financial rough patch, and asked her deceased father for some guidance. In a dream, he described this invention, and she ran with it. Against all odds, she sold a whopping FOUR MILLION in her first year…what an inspiring story!

Would you like your own Finder’s Key Purse for FREE? Well, we are giving away our review sample about to a lucky winner (must live in the U.S.) on Twitter on Monday April 28, 2014. Follow us on Twitter @teenswannaknow  (http://twitter.com/teenswannaknow) and watch our feed for a special tweet we will ask you to retweet. We will pick a lucky winner at random from everyone who retweets us!

Customizable Prom Dresses Make Individuality Easy and Affordable This Party Season

With Prom season in full swing, many girls are looking beyond the off-the-rack look and seeking something completely individualized — without spending hundreds of dollars, of course.

Online fashion retailer eShakti.com is providing a solution with its unique customization features, allowing teens to get a customized dress to their exact measurements, regardless of their size. This is great for larger girls who might not have many choices at traditional shops, as well as the very petite ones who might have to shop in the little girls section to find something that fits.

Some of the customization options include:

  • added sleeves
  • a scalloped neckline
  • extended or shortened lengths

The best part? The pricing, which is comparable to off-the-rack dresses or even a bit cheaper. So not only can you get a one-of-a-kind look, but you can save money to boot!

Below are a few looks put together by the store, accessorized by SuperJeweler

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Bangle Bracelets | Dress |  Beaded Earring

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Diamond Stud Earrings | Skylar Dress | Diamond Necklace | Bangle Bracelet Set

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Diamond Stud Earrings | Diamond Ring | Dress | Stretch Cuff Bracelet

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 Pearl Drop Pendant | Dress | Pearl Stud Earrings | Diamond Bracelet

 

New Clothing Brand “Girls Will Be” Aims to Break the “Girly” Mold

Main image - girls pyramidLaunching a business is hard enough. Launching a business which challenges long-ingrained gender fashion archetypes is even harder.

Girls Will Be is a clothing brand that aims to do just that, by producing clothing that avoids the stereotypical pink-and-glitter so common in girls’ clothing, while still remaining uniquely feminine.

We asked one of the founders, Sharon Burns Choksi, a few quick questions about the company and the inspiration behind it:

1. Why launch this clothing line in a market which is already glutted with brands — what makes you stand out?

The girls clothing market is glutted with brands that all pretty much look alike, especially if you are talking about the larger brands you find in the mall, catalogs, and online. Girls Will Be stands out because of our four style rules: colors beyond pink, no “girly” embellishments, imagery that break gender stereotypes, and styles that let girls be kids.

Finding clothes that do not break any of these rules is quite a challenge! Even when you can tell a retailer is trying to offer a “less girly” style, it’s as if they can’t quite bring themselves to eliminate all the “girly” at the same time. You’ve all seen the blue soccer shirt covered in hearts, the pink Spiderman t-shirt, or the jeans with rhinestones on the pockets, right? Those work for some girls, but not for all of them. We design clothes for those other girls!

2. Why are you countering the stereotypical girly look — what is wrong with that in your eyes?

There is nothing wrong with pink and sparkles and ruffles and bows. But there is a problem when that is the only option offered to girls. Girls who do not like the “stereotypical girly” look should not have to shop in the boys department to find clothes that reflect who they are and what they like. We want them to know it is also OK for girls to dress in a different style.

3. What challenges have you had to overcome in getting these products to market?

As a new, small business, the biggest challenge is getting the word out.

4. What is your background…have you successfully marketed other clothing products?

The clothing industry is new to all of us, but we bring a lot of other experience that has been extremely valuable in building this business. My background is strategy and business consulting, as well as marketing at Dell. My sister, Laura Burns, is an experience graphic designer and my brother, David Burns, is an architect and artist. Plus, as parents, we have spent countless hours shopping for our girls and know all too well the challenges faced by girls who do not want to wear the stereotypical “girly” styles. We want to make shopping easier for those girls!

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The founders of Girls Will Be

5. Where can people buy the products?

Our products are available on our website, girlswillbeHQ.com. Our clothes are currently available in sizes 4-12, and we will be adding a size 14 in late May.

6. What’s next for the brand/company?

We just finished a Kickstarter, which raised over $30,000 to add two styles of not-so-short shorts for girls to our line of t-shirts. So we are busy working to get those shorts made, as well as to introduce a few new t-shirt designs for summer. We know girls need more options in everything from pajamas to underwear to pants, so we will keep working to expand our line over time.

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Get Beautiful, Camera-Ready Skin for Prom – 5 DIY Tips and Tricks

prom makeup tipsIt’s prom season, and we know how important it is to look your best on the big night. Dr. Vish Banthia, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of ZendyBeauty, provides some DIY solutions that will help your face radiate with a healthful glow without breaking the bank.

Note: Zendybeauty connects visitors with cosmetic procedure providers. We want to stress that while we appreciate the beauty tips below, most teens DO NOT need any kind of cosmetic procedure and are beautiful just the way they are!

“CLEANLINESS IS KEY

Wash your face twice a day (no more) with warm water and a mild cleanser.  Always, remove your makeup before you go to sleep, and throw away any old makeup that smells or looks different from when you first bought it.

“LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE

Resist the urge to pop pimples – this can push infected material further into the skin. Keep your hands away from your face – this can spread the bacteria that cause pores to become inflamed and irritated.

To keep bacteria at bay, wash your hands before applying anything to your face, such as treatment creams or makeup.

“SCALE DOWN YOUR SKINCARE COLLECTION

One of the most common skincare mistakes Dr. Banthia sees is an overabundance of products in one’s daily regimen. Using too many products may cause an inflammatory reaction or further irritation.

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Steam your face! This is one of the simplest, most inexpensive treatments you can do at home – all you need is hot water, a pot or bowl and a towel. The steam does double duty by cleansing skin of impurities and hydrating it at the same time. It also boosts circulation and draws blood to the surface of the skin, giving the face a warm, healthy glow.  Just boil some water and put it in a pot or bowl.  Tie your hair back and use a towel as a tent for both the bowl and your head, and lean your face over the steam.  Do this carefully – give yourself about 12 inches of room – getting too close to hot steam can cause broken capillaries.  One minute of steaming is plenty – exposing skin to steam for too long can actually dry it out.

Afterwards, try ZendyBeauty’s signature yogurt mask: Take one teaspoon of yogurt; squeeze a lemon; and put a pinch of turmeric. Mix and apply to face for 10 minutes on a daily basis. Turmeric has high anti-oxidant potential; other ingredients within have lightening and brightening potential as a bonus.

“SAY BYE-BYE TO CHICKEN SKIN

Keratosis Pilaris – those pesky little bumps often found on the back of the upper arms and legs that are commonly referred to as “chicken skin” –  is a tough condition to treat and cure. The basic treatment concepts: exfoliate and moisturize.  When moisturizing, use something super emollient, like Vaseline to trap in moisture.

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Virtual Style Pod by Engage Allows You to Try Clothes On Virtually in 3D

For those that like to try on new fashions, but dislike the drudgery of changing clothes repeatedly in a cramped, messy dressing room (with a 3 item limit), a new piece of technology just might to change the clothes buying experience for the better.

The Virtual Style Pod works by combining a “life-size screen mirror which overlays the user’s image with incredibly realistic 3D renders of clothing, the world’s first 3D cloth simulation. It enables users to quickly create outfits by mixing and matching a wide range of garments from the host’s inventory,” according to the maker Engage Production‘s Youtube channel.

As if Instagram selfies weren’t enough, this new technology allows users to share their virtual outfits with the world at large through social networks.

From the video preview which you can see below, the concept seems cool, although the graphics look a little shaky. A big part of buying clothing is how the fabric feels against the skin and how it moves when you walk and run, two things that this device doesn’t address.

Still, for a quick visual of what you look like in certain gear without having to get undressed, this thing cannot be beat. No word on when or if the Virtual Style Pod will be showing up in a mall near you.