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  • Amanda Bynes and her many minis

    Posted on 05/28/2010 by Lisa

    A few of Amanda's many minis.Every time I see a photo of Amanda Bynes, she's wearing a mini-skirt or mini-dress. In honor of Amanda, let's talk about minis and what makes them so great.

    A mini questionnaire:

    1. How important are minis in your life?
    2. What kind of shirt looks the best with a mini?
    3. What shoes are you most likely to wear with a mini? (Boots, heels, flats, flip-flops?)
    4. When you wear a mini, what's on your legs? (Leggings, tights, socks? Or do you keep them bare?)

  • Random Cuteness: Jane and Spinner

    Posted on 05/27/2010 by Mary

    I just saw this pic of Jane and Spinner (or is it Paula and Shane?) and it made me go "awww" right out loud. Love is the best.

    How do they rank on your "favorite Degrassi couples" list? Do you think they're built to last?


  • Prom hair tips from a Degrassi stylist

    Posted on 05/26/2010 by Mary

    At the Degrassi carnival shoot, since everyone was looking so gorgeous and all, I decided to ask some of the hair and wardrobe stylists if they had any advice for prom. The hair the cast was wearing that day was all a little too high-maintenance for a night out dancing, but I did find out about:

    A simple, elegant, danceable prom hairstyle

    A low side chignon for prom Hair stylist Heather Fox recommended a low, loose chignon for prom, because:

    1) It's beautiful and elegant. (Here's a pic of Amy Adams wearing the same style to the Oscars last year.)

    2) It's simple enough that if it falls out 'cause you're dancing too hard, you can go into the bathroom and do it again, no sweat.

    3) Since it's a loose, soft look, you don't have to put a tube of gel and two cans of hairspray on it. So your hair will be touchable.

    Here's how:

    1) After your hair is thoroughly dry, pull it gently into a low side ponytail. Don't pull it tight... just gather the hair and secure it gently with a ponytail holder.

    2) Back-comb the ponytail (also known as "teasing" it), but don't be rough with it. Just enough to give it a little volume.

    3) Twist the ponytail around loosely once or twice, roll it into a very loose bun, and use as many bobby pins as you need to secure it. Then finish with a light coat of hairspray.

    4) Don't worry about every little flyaway hair. If you plaster them into submission, this hairstyle loses its charm.

    Awesome. And next time... one of the wardrobe stylists told me how to make a cute DIY bubble skirt out of any ol' thrifted prom dress. Coming soon!

  • What's going on your summer mix?

    Posted on 05/24/2010 by Mary

    Iyaz's "Solo" video (click to watch!) on Obsess This this weekend made me want to bust out a sundress and go drink lemonade. Plus with next Monday being Memorial Day, I keep hearing the word "summer" get casually thrown around.

    It's happening! Summer is actually going to happen this year! I dared not believe it! But now...so stoked.

    So come on and tell the world: What's going on the first version of your Summer 2010 playlist?

  • Hyde and the art of "Whatever."

    Posted on 05/23/2010 by Mary

    Hyde. Chillin'.Hyde from That '70s Show is a pretty cool guy, and in the "Cat Fight Club" episode, he gives Jackie a few tips on how to achieve his level of coolness. (We're showing it as part our That '70s Show marathon.) This is the episode where Laurie and Kelso are dating, and Laurie is doing her best to make Jackie jealous. Hyde tries to help Jackie out by teaching her how to remain aloof.

    Hyde's main tip to Jackie is to say "That's cool." and "Whatever." a lot, so people won't know what's really going on in her head. When Jackie starts doing this, she does come across as a cooler person, because she seems so emotionally detached from all of the Laurie/Kelso drama.

    I sort of love this as a way to deal with an ex (and the ex's new bf/gf) if they're people you have to see on a regular basis, but I bet it's much easier said than done.

    How do you deal when people try to make you jealous? Is whatever-ing the way to go?

  • Behind the Scenes at the Degrassi Carnival

    Posted on 05/21/2010 by Mary

    I got to visit the set for one of the carnival shoot days, and it was probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

    They seriously did build a carnival inside a giant warehouse...it was amazing. It's like, you're outside in a parking lot at 7 a.m. in kind of the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a bunch of what look like enormous garages -- just boxy and bland -- and then you walk inside one of them and it's like, "Oh look! We're at a carnival, at night."

    They had covered the floor with peat moss, so it really felt like you were outside, and the Ferris wheel and merry-go-round were really spinning, and the popcorn truck had real popcorn in it. There was even one of those thingies where you shoot the target with a water gun to get your clown car across the finish line. And every once in a while randomly throughout the day you'd hear a big loud RRRRRRRRRIIIINNNGGGG, which would be someone winning the water gun race, because people kept playing with it when they were bored. Because how could anyone resist a free water gun race game! (And for the record, no one got yelled at for it, either.)

    OK, I'm just gonna show you some pics. You can also check out our video hub for behind-the-scenes videos, and I'll tell you more soon (including the Charlotte/tiger story).

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    I forget who won this race.

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    But I remember that this new boy's name is Luke. What's up, Luke. (He's 15. You're going to love him. A lot.)

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    Wardrobe was insane, obviously. Aislinn told me she got to see the warehouse this all came from, which was basically like if you went into a walk-in closet the size of a Walmart...but packed wall to wall with every single kind of clothing, from any era, in any size, that you could ever possibly want or need. One of the wardrobe people told me a lot of it is either thrifted or actually donated from completed productions that just don't want all their beautiful clothing-hunting to go to waste.

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    It's the little things... one of the set designers put giant stuffed animals in all the Ferris wheel seats. Hee.

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    So many beautiful, little details that would never make it onto the screen, but totally set the mood for the shoot...

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    Snaaaaaaakes. (And that boy's name is Munro in real life. If you were wondering. Which you were. Because you're going to love him, too.)

  • Degrassi Breakdown: "Keep on Loving You"

    Posted on 05/21/2010 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOOOOOOOOOW if you haven't watched the Degrassi season finale yet but everyone else... let's bond.

    1) Yo. This might have been hormonal but... I cried. Every time Declan and Holly J looked at each other and you could tell how much they genuinely love each other... I died inside. I love love. Anyone else a sop like me?

    2) Also, score one for Holly J for teaching us all what a little patience and flexibility can do in a relationship -- I totally thought this was headed in a "Holly J is going to get her heart trampled" direction and instead, it was "Holly J is going to get what she wants by being tender, instead of being a hard-ass." What did you think was going to happen?

    3) How much would it freak you out if your bf/gf had to kiss someone else for a play? 'Cause I feel like it wouldn't bother me in the slightest, but maybe that's 'cause I've never had to actually see it happen.

    4) How many "L bombs" have you dropped -- in a relationship situation, not a friends one. And how did it go?

    5) Regardless of how you feel about Jenna, you gotta admit she can sing, right?

    6) Dude. Chantay probably did already have the germs. That's what I was thinking too!

    7) Uhh... did anyone see that Shark in the Water video? The carnival? With all the Degrassi people? Interesting.

  • Girl Crush: Degrassi's Charlotte Arnold (Holly J)

    Posted on 05/20/2010 by Mary

    Soooo I met Charlotte Arnold recently, at a thing, which I can't tell you about, but did I mention that you really probably definitely want to watch the Degrassi season finale tomorrow night at 9 p.m. et? Anyway, from my time spent with her , I have compiled for you this list of...

    10 Interesting Charlotte Arnold Facts Many of Which Are Also Reasons I Now Have a Total Girl Crush On Her .

    Charlotte Arnold, Holly J from Degrassi 1) That's her natural hair color -- she has what they call "virgin hair", meaning it's never been processed.

    2) She loves Leonard Cohen and she went to see him twice on his last tour.

    3) She's a total journalist. Not just because she's studying journalism in college (perhaps with an eye toward broadcast, which I can see her completely owning at) but because it's just in her nature to always be asking people about themselves; their work, their lives, whatever. For instance at lunch, she started a round of "which Degrassi character do you most identify with" -- and not because she was like, waiting for her turn to talk, but because she seemed to genuinely want to know what everyone's character was. (PS: she said she has Manny's sense of humor, and Jane's Jane-ness, or at least she wants Jane's Jane-ness.)

    4 ) Which makes sense because she and Paula Brancati are good friends in real life.

    5) She says Sam Earle is 'the love of her life' -- which is Charlotte-speak for 'he's exceptionally cute and smart', not that she actually wants to break up with her boyfriend for him.

    6) And she's totally Team Clare, if you were wondering.

    7) She has Alexz Johnson's old dressing room at Epitome.

    8) She has tiny feet, like size 5, which I can tell you from experience makes it IMPOSSIBLE to find shoes. But she says she can swing a 6 if the shoes are important.

    9) She works hard for the money, honey. Out of all the cast members there that day, she had to stay the longest -- like 13, 14 hours? -- because her scenes were scheduled all over the day. And that whole time she was in costume and full makeup, which involved a jauntily-angled hairpiece so that she couldn't lie down and take a nap in-between. And even at the tail end of that long-ass day, she could still nail a smile that looked fresh as a daisy. Oh, and she didn't complain once. The entire day. Stephanie Cohen (an Epitome bigwig and long-time Degrassi cast den mother) told me that's completely standard for Charlotte -- always delivers, never complains.

    10) And one time she almost got eaten by a tiger, but I'll tell you about that another time.

  • Degrassi Wardrobe Tip: Declan's hoodie

    Posted on 05/20/2010 by Lisa

    Nice hoodie, Declan!After Mary posted about Declan's wardrobe awhile back, great1zero wrote in with a question about Declan's striped hoodie:

    "I have been trying to identify the designer of it for awhile now but haven' t had any luck and was hoping you could help out. Declan wears a lot of cool clothes and I never seem to see any name brands on any of them."

    I checked in with Steve Wright, the wardrobe supervisor on Degrassi. He says, "The hoodies in question are from Montreal, Canada. Point Zero is the brand." Steve also mentioned that Declan wears a lot of Armani Exchange and that "you can find great stuff at the outlet store for cheap."

    So there you go! YAY, now we can all dress like Declan.

  • Degrassi season finale... this Friday!

    Posted on 05/19/2010 by Mary

    Can it really be the end already? Finale sounds so... final. No fair.

    And yet, we've had such a lovely season. And we've got the movie coming this summer. And... I have a feeling you're not exactly going to be bummed out on Degrassi after you watch the finale this Friday. (9pm et! Don't be late, son!)