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 December 9.

Oh My, Lorde

Apparently Kiwi singer Lorde’s new video for “Team” broke Vevo on the evening of its debut. We’re digging the moody storyline, but even more intriguing? The singer’s mohawk-style cornrows. Would you dare to try this bold look?

InstaWrap

Here at Birchbox, we love a good DIY. We’ll also be the first to admit our major Instagram addiction. Thankfully, we can now marry the two with this make-your-own Instagram wrapping paper. Whether you buy it or make your own in Photoshop, surprise your family this season with a grid of selfies!

Crafting and Cocktails

And speaking of DIYs, this week Birchbox staffer Jenny shared her ideas for upcycling your used Birchboxes. Try your hand at making a glittery photo box or an elegant catchall, and don’t forget the tipples!

Wearable Wedding

This week, The Cut pointed out that actress Keira Knightley has worn her wedding dress at least twice since her nuptials. We say, good on Knightley for repurposing her dress. Would you ever re-wear your bridal gown?

By the Book

Holiday vacation gives us the opportunity to catch up on the things we’ve been putting for months—getting haircuts, seeing movies, and (especially for me) reading books. Looking for something good this break? Check out the New York Times’s Top 10 for 2013. (I highly recommend Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, which I’m about to finish!)

iCups

Well this is new. Perhaps inspired by the popularity of fit bands, Microsoft has designed a “smart bra.” What, you ask, is a smart bra? The (as yet unreleased) techie design incorporates sensors to monitor heart rate and stress levels, and hopes to eventually alert the women wearing it to stress-induced eating habits. Ugh, does anyone have a cookie?

Pizza, Pizza

As even more proof that Beyonce should be our friend, the singer was spotted this week wearing an ensemble inspired entirely by… pizza. Since she and hubby JayZ are on a 22-day vegan challenge, Bey must be missing some of her beloved toppings. You know what Lady Gaga says—if you can’t eat it, wear it.

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