Birchbox Short List

Forgive us for stating the obvious but: It’s Monday, and you’re not quite ready to start the work week. That’s why we’re bringing you the Birchbox Short List, a spirited guide to the best celeb gossip, videos, beauty news, and more. Think of it as your second cup of Joe—we promise we’ll leave you feeling ready to conquer the day (and week) ahead. Here, our picks for the week of June 16.

Listen to Bey's Current Playlist

With picks from the likes of Prince, Robyn, and Kayne, Beyonce's curated playlist, featuring songs from artists born in June, delivers with a capital D. Even if you aren't a June baby, this mix will remind you that every day is B-day.

Support Female Authors

Consider giving a few bucks to SheBooks's Equal Writes Campaign, which aims to publish at least 100 female-penned e-books in 2014. With literary bigwigs like Bustle and Galleycat on board, your donation will be going to a good cause.

Decode Ayn Rand's Letter to Cat Fancy

Yes, you read that correctly. In 1966, Ayn Rand wrote a letter to the editor of the feline fanzine criticizing the semantics of what we gather was a basic questionnaire for subscribers. Who knew she was a bestseller and major cat lady?

Get to Know Nathan Fielder

If you recall the recent "Dumb Starbucks" debacle, then you're already familiar with the absurdest comedian who has made a name for himself by creating totally awkward situations. Read this recent NY Times article to get inside the funnyman's head.

Read our New Favorite Blog

You may know Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane on Suits, but did you know the actress is also the editor of her own site, The TIG? Covering everything from food to travel to fashion, it gives us some gorgeous insights into the good life. As New Yorkers, we especially love her Insiders Guide to Brooklyn, full of food, bar, and culture recs that only a local could know about.

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