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Hello, September! Catch up on some reading and enjoy your Labor Day (or plain ol’ Monday!):

The meaning behind some emoji may surprise you.

Have you noticed all the tech companies with animal logos? Adorable.

Is TJ Maxx is the best retail store?

What does it tell wavy- and curly-haired girls when celebs don’t put down the straightening iron?

Five songs that probably inspired “Shake It Off.” (Yes, I have it on repeat but haters are gonna hate, hate, hate.)

Revisiting the beautiful sites of Anne of Green Gables (one of my favorite novels).

Is being Pop-Up City bad for Philadelphia?

Any good reads to share?

~ Sarah

Trailer Tuesday: Divergent

Since this blog is primarily supposed to be about fashion and pop culture, well, I figured I should be doing some more talking about pop culture, huh? So now every week I’ll be sharing a movie trailer — whether it’s new in theaters, a coming attraction or even an old classic you may have missed, it’ll be something worth checking out!

If you thought I was going to highlight a movie other than Divergent today, then you were kidding yourself. I loved the book series (though I need a couple more rereads before I can decide if I favor it over The Hunger Games), and this cast is killer. The early reviews are meh, but I always think it’s challenging reviewing book-to-film adaptations — especially when the source material is so well-loved. (I mean, I think it’s fair to say it took several movies before the Harry Potter films hit their stride.) I probably won’t be seeing it this weekend (I’m too old for all that screaming in theaters), so I think I’ll enjoy rereading Divergent during a trip down to DC first.

Anyone else looking forward to Divergent finally being released?

~ Sarah

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Happy Monday!

Movies

Looking to add to your reading list this year? Read up on these books before they become movies this year.

Watch out: these starlets may have been missing on the big screen last year, but they’re back in a big way. (Yay, more Emma Stone!)

Beauty & Fashion

Alicia from River City Chic breaks down the 5 jackets every girl needs.

As someone who wakes up at 5 a.m. on work days, I totally appreciate this early morning hair and makeup advice from College Fashion.

Awesome

A group of nuns in upstate New York adopted a senior pit bull which is pretty much the sweetest thing I’ve read all week.

These world maps bring to light some interesting global trends, some good and not as good.

Not sure why this floating around now, but these flags made of food associated with each country is making me hungry (but not for hot dogs and mustard).

Although I’m an awful ice skater, I really enjoy trying it every now and then — turns out Philadelphia has a long history of ice skating, going back to colonial times.

Not Awesome

It turns out today’s low wage workers are better educated but, when adjusted for inflation, are making less than low wage workers forty years ago. What I thought was surprising is that the trend actually pre-dated the recession.

And finally, in very grim news, there was a deadly mall shooting in Maryland this weekend. The shooter and two victims were all under the age of 30, and investigators are still searching for a motive. Very sad.

~ Sarah