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 March 24.

Here’s a story from A to Z…

Emma Stone is truly a woman after our own hearts (because who doesn’t still secretly love the Spice Girls?!) Watch as she’s moved to tears, by a personal message from Mel B (aka Scary Spice) in pure fan girl fashion.

Zappos Gets Personal

Would you ever turn to Instagram for shopping advice? Online superstore Zappos is urging customers to do just that. Tag your ‘grams with the hashtag “#nextootd” and the company’s personal shoppers will reply with a customized recommendation.

High School: A Dystopian Nightmare?

This weekend saw the release of Divergent, the next big dystopian blockbuster. Just like The Hunger Games and The Giver, it’s already a hit with teens. What gives? Slate makes the point that high school—with its totalitarian regime (hello, faculty) and clickiness—bears a great resemblance to the settings of these dark young adult tales.

Storytime

What could be better than a short story by comedy writer and actor B.J. Novak? When it’s read in the intoxicatingly British voice of Carey Mulligan. Vogue has published the story “Kate Moss” from his new collection, One More Thing.

A Fruit-Filled Hello

Now that spring has officially sprung, we’re looking for fun and affordable ways to spruce up our homes. Enter this DIY welcome mat that takes boring, monochromatic mats to a bright, citrus-y level. There’s nothing like a watermelon to say welcome home!

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