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Fashion Night Out is just around the corner September 8th and promos, events, and products are making their way across the internet. If you're unfamiliar with FNO, it's an annual event now in its third year that occurs just before fashion week. It was created during dark economic times to encourage retail therapy and  the love for shopping America once had.

  It always blows my mind to hear the close-minded reasons that the best books are banned.  Whenever I hear about a book being banned, I’m also instantly curious about it and think it must be worth reading.  It’s funny how book banning can have that effect.  However I also like to think that this isn’t happening in US high schools anymore, and that they’re working to incorporate more diversity into their English curriculums.

Today marks the 91st anniversary of the signing of the 19th amendment - the right for U.S. citizens to vote regardless of sex - into U.S. law. Women were officially given the right to vote on August 26, 1920 though the amendment was drafted and introduced 42 years earlier by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On the same day half a century later, the National Organization for Women organized a nationwide "strike for equality".

As the fall approaches, you don't have to say goodbye to the fruits and flowers that colored your summer. Artist Claire Nereim captures the garden in her vibrant and graphic posters. They're sure to add a little California to any room in the house, whatever your ZIP code may be.  Even in winter, her "Seasonal Vegetables of California" (above) screenprint will have you thinking 'endless-bounty-and-sunshine', not 'impending-blizzard-of-doom'. (Oh, the joy of living in New England.) Claire Nereim lives and works in Los Angeles.

I confess -  I've been a huge product junkie ever since I could bike to Rite Aid and drool at the rows of eyeshadows and press-on nails. At the ripe age of 12, I was introduced to Sephora and subsequently spent all of my allowance buying neon eyeliners and beauty tools a middle schooler had absolutely no uses for.  Ten years later, I wish I could go back in time and slap little Erina in the face with a piggy bank. But when I do need to pick up a few things, I like to research before I pull out my bills.

Worn Fashion Journal is amazing for so many reason, but the fact that they've given the internet this 60 second clip of every outfit Cher Horowitz wore in Clueless makes me love them even more.  The internet can never have enough Cher Horowitz so thank you to Wornette Daniel Reis for making the internet a better place. To check out this amazingness, head over to WornJournal.com.  As if! In other adorable Clueless news, here's a Clueless reunion picture of Alicia Silverstone and Paul Rudd at the Our Idiot Brother premiere Monday night.

Vogue Italia was doing so well with their well-intended plus-sized model issue, but then they had to go and mess up their good PR with this monstrously tacky naming of a trend on the Vogue Italia website. They've always been one to push the envelope, but this time, I literally don't know what they were thinking. As of Monday morning, they replaced "slave" with with the word "ethnic," but is that really any better?  I never understood fashion's use of the word "ethnic," especially since the U.S. and parts of Europe are such a melting pot of cultures.

A young American woman strolls down a side street of Florence, Italy.  Along the way men jeer at her, shouting crude complements in the hopes of catching her eye for just a moment.  She is unfazed outwardly, her scarf a protective shield from their world as she continues on her way.  Although this image is from 1951, it could easily have happened today.  When I first saw this picture I empathized completely with the woman, and not only because I’ve experienced being catcalled.

  A superhero has been unmasked!  Namely, the patriarchy-smashing Twitter superhero of feminism, the Feminist Hulk (@feministhulk)!  In an interview with Ms. Magazine, the Feminist Hulk came out as 28-year-old Jessica Lawson.  Lawson is a new mother as well as a Ph.D English Lit candidate at the University of Iowa.  Lawson describes herself as a “white, vegan, queer, woman-identified female.”  She released the Feminist Hulk into the Twitterverse over a year ago, and since then he (the Feminist Hulk) has gained more than 45,000 followers.

Rodarte's simple, yet dreamy lookbook for their newest Opening Ceremony collection was shot by frequent Rodarte collaborator Autumn de Wilde and features models, Stephan Haurholm and twins Gwen and Donna Loos. The collection, inspired by Scandinavia, is full of muted colors of ruffles and pleats that give way to delightfully full, bright patterns showcased in their jumpsuits and dresses. I have to say, I'm most fond of the short, pleated party dresses above and the graphically patterned jumpsuits below.
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