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:
So, if you want to show off your book smarts while supporting a good cause, check out Out of Print Clothing!
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.
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.
As such, Redbubble attracts some really great designers who print their art on:
iPhone cases and protectors for other devices
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.
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!
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
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! 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!
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:
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.
Launching 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!
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.
It’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.
“TRY A DIY FACIAL
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.
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.