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 November 4.

WWEB (Watch While Eating Breakfast)

We already knew Kerry Washington (aka Scandal’s Olivia Pope) is a take-no-prisoners goddess. This weekend we discovered she’s funny, too. Watch her in this hilarious clip from this weekend’s SNL.

Must-See Makeunder

Understated chic is not something usually associated with Pamela Anderson, but behold: US Weekly has an unrecognizable photo of Anderson with a new, cropped cut and minimal makeup. We barely recognized her—in a good way! Which style do you prefer?

Required Subway Reading

This week’s #longread comes from Ann Friedman at The Cut, who explores the aspirational, image-driven world of Tumblr and Pinterest as it relates back to her photo-plastered teenage bedroom and quest for identity. Are you a pinner? What’s your take?

The App to End (Okay, Temporarily Distract You from) Your Instagram Addiction

Weary of sifting through Instagram filters and crafting immaculate Vine loops? Enter Seene, a trippy new app that allows you to turn your iPhone into a 3D camera. Wow your friends with this party trick (and share it with other Seene users). Bonus: it’s free!

Cold-Weather Hibernation Essential

Autumn means apples—and apples mean apple cider. Whether spiked with bourbon or sprinkled with cinnamon, hot cider is our pick for a warm weekend treat. And if you want to make your own, Bon Appetit has 10 great recipe ideas.

Holiday Shopping 101

Now that it’s November, holiday shopping season is a GO. This year, we’ve made it so very easy for you to hit everyone on your list (seriously, everyone) in one fell swoop with our Holiday Shop.

An A to Z Guide to Ladylife

We finally got our hands on The Book of Jezebel, a fun and informative encyclopedia of all things lady, courtesy of the writers and editors behind the popular women’s site. Entries range from Beyonce to Susan Sontag to glitter, all written with Jezebel’s trademark snark. (An entry for nachos reads simply: “Yes, please.”)

Support This Techie Gadget (and Support Girl Power)

If you’re curious about wearable technology, but aren’t ready to shell out the cash for Google Glass, you should check out MEMI. It’s a bangle-shaped accessory that links with your iPhone to notify you—via vibrations—of calendar alerts and important phone calls (you can choose who you want to hear from). While MEMI is still in development, you can contribute to its progress by donating to the MEMI Kickstarter here.

—Maura M. Lynch

Photo: ©2013/Dana Edelson/NBC

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