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7.15.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We flipped for five newly minted Olympians:
“In a field with such depth that the U.S. has far more Rio-ready gymnasts than they can take, five athletes have been selected to go the 2016 Olympic Games.  After a hard-fought Olympic trials, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian were announced as the team headed to Rio at the conclusion of the two-night trials on Sunday.”

An iconic pop song made a meaningful return:
“The 1996 hit ‘Wannabe’ has been spiced up to promote gender equality — and celebrities around the world, including the original Spice Girls, are digging it. In the new girl power video, performers bring the famous song and dance routine around the world, from India to South Africa and the United Kingdom. The video encourages people to share their own wishes for girls and women, using the hashtag #WhatIReallyReallyWant. The messages will be presented to world leaders during the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit in September this year.”

We queued up our DVR to catch up on notable shows:
“The 2016 Emmy nominations have been announced, and, as usual, there’s a range of interesting surprises and puzzling snubs to be found on the list of honorees.”

We found out that being a multitasker isn’t always something to brag about:
“Millennials are skilled at moving from task to task, between various technological platforms, at lightning speed, all with relative ease—in fact, this research shows millennials switch their attention between media platforms an average of 27 times per hour. But if all of this is sounding like a good thing, it’s not. Rather, this research shows that multitasking during cognitive tasks can lower a person’s IQ by 15 points—the same equivalent of not sleeping the night before.”

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6.3.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We were inspired by a list of creative, powerful females:
“Forbes released its second annual ranking of 60 of America’s wealthiest, most successful self-made women today and several women in the retail, fashion and beauty world were cited. To be eligible to make the 2016 list, the women needed to have a minimum net worth of $250 million. Forbes valued private companies by speaking with outside experts, and compared them with public competitors.”

We kept hitting “refresh” on our iPhones and hoping to see an avocado:
“It’s seems the Unicode Consortium (the people in charge of creating emoji—and doing other software stuff) has a knack for surprises. Though the organization assured the world that no more emoji would come until 2017, they just hit us a with a major plot twist and decided to fast-forward the release of 72 emoticons. That’s right, 72 brand-new emoji will be coming to your phone this month. Wild.”

We loved watching one special little girl get the gift of a lifetime:
“Parents of a young girl living with a prosthetic leg went out of their way to make sure her new doll was special: The Texas family got the doll retrofitted with its own prosthetic leg in pink, their daughter’s favorite color. Her reaction has gone viral.”

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5.13.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

Condé Nast wants you to know what #TheLookIs:
“A new social media friendly network called #TheLookIs (hashtag included) will launch digitally in September, as well as in the pages of October issues. It is ‘designed to connect with a new generation of beauty enthusiasts,’ and ‘advertisers will have the opportunity to prominently integrate their brands, and co-create content across formats and platforms,’ said the company in a statement. The beauty content will take the form of video, print pieces and branded-content portfolios, and will live on all of the major social media platforms. #TheLookIs will be organized quarterly around a seasonal look or trend, and be customized for each magazine’s voice and audience.”

We had flashbacks to saying goodbye to Tammy Taylor:
“Nashville has sung its last sad country ballad. ABC announced that it is canceling the musical drama, along with a whole host of other shows, including newcomer The Family along with fan favorite Castle, whose cancellation was not a surprise in the wake of the announcement that star Stana Katic was leaving the mystery series. A total of 12 broadcast series were sent to the TV graveyard on Thursday in advance of next week’s fall presentations to advertisers, known in the industry as the upfronts.”

Instagram kept the unexpected updates coming:
“You’ll see an updated icon and app design for Instagram. Inspired by the previous app icon, the new one represents a simpler camera and the rainbow lives on in gradient form. We’ve made improvements to how the Instagram app looks on the inside as well. The simpler design puts more focus on your photos and videos without changing how you navigate the app.”

A household name in beauty put their own spin on the Shark Tank experience:
“L’Oréal has announced a new annual program in partnership with Founders Factory, a digital accelerator and incubator in London. Together, the corporations will invest in five beauty tech startups from around the world, as well as co-create two brand new companies every year. L’Oréal, which owns brands like Lancome, Maybelline and Kiehl’s, will help these early-stage startups in launching products and services while Founders Factory will mentor them on digital strategy.”

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5.6.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We were impressed by a tech-savvy 10-year-old:
“A 10-year-old took home a hefty payday when he discovered a bug that allowed him to delete Instagram comments made by accounts other than his own. Facebook paid the boy, identified only as Jani, a $10,000 bounty for finding the bug.”

The morning television shakeups continued:
“Natalie Morales is set to join Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live as a co-host while continuing to work on NBC’s Today show as West coast correspondent, according The Hollywood Reporter. Morales, who joined Today in 2006 as a news anchor for the morning show, will replace Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush — believed to be joining the Today show this summer. She will also continue to appear on the primetime broadcast Dateline, according to NBC executives.”

Our pop playlist has an exciting new addition:
“Rejoice, the Justin Timberlake drought is over — soak it all in like you’re starring in the ‘Cry Me A River’ video.  JT has shared his first new solo song in three years on Thursday night with ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling.’ His last single came in November with his 20/20 Experience track ‘Drink You Away.’ The song is available on Spotify, Vevo and iTunes. The video he released on Vevo and YouTube is star-studded, with cameos from car karaoke aficionado James Corden, Gwen Stefani and other celebs.”

4.29.2016

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We’ve got all of our fingers on the pulse here at Skirt, so each week we’re rounding up a few of the news stories we can’t stop chatting about. Click on the quotes below to read more about the week’s hot topics, straight from the source.

We were surprised (and excited) by a certain redhead’s new gig:
“Tiffany & Co. has enlisted Grace Coddington as its first outside creative partner. The former Vogue creative director has styled and wrangled celebrity talent for the American jeweler’s fall campaign, presently in production in New York. More about the nature of the campaign was not revealed.”

We found a new use for Snapchat (and started packing our bags):
“WOW air, the airline that will fly you from California to Iceland for $99, just launched their SnapTraveler program. The program offers four trips over the three months of summer to any of their 28 destinations worldwide. You could be kicking back in Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, or even Boston for the low low price of nothing, plus a travel stipend. (One of the four must be to Iceland, but you can go to Boston for the other three, don’t worry.) To apply, create a Snap story of no more than two minutes, save it to your phone, and submit it here. In return, you get all your expenses paid. Yes, all.”

Vogue launched and app and Anna Wintour really, really thinks you should download it:
“It’s official: Today marks the launch of the new Vogue app, bringing the world of fashion to your iPhone-wielding fingertips. And we mean you. Upon opening the app, you’ll find a daily selection of eight new stories that have been tailored to your interests. If that’s not enough to satisfy your app-etite, fret not: You can scroll through and read all of the latest stories from Vogue.com, whether you’re craving style, beauty, culture, or living content. We’ll be publishing articles, photos, and videos by the minute, so you can enjoy all things new, no matter what the hour.”

We started getting really, really excited for the Summer Olympics:
“The 100-day countdown to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has begun, and Team USA is ready — on the sartorial front, at least. During a segment on Today on Wednesday morning, the U.S. Olympic Committee debuted Polo Ralph Lauren’s designs for the Closing Ceremony parade uniforms. Polo Ralph Lauren’s official Team USA Closing Ceremony uniforms are now available for purchase for men, women and children over at RalphLauren.com.”

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