This Week in Pop Culture: Dry Bars, Tidal, and the Canadian Tuxedo

We talked to some reputable sources and rounded up five-ish hot topics you can bring up on the sidelines of the soccer field or if you just want to stay in the know…

Where everyone’s going: Dry Bars

Although the name sounds like your worst nightmare (a bar with no wine?! The horror), Dry Bars actually have very little to do with inebriation and a lot to do with beautification.

These salons on-the-go are a one-stop shop to get your hair blown out and styled, say before a big event or weekend trip. You’ll have to take your haircut and coloring needs elsewhere though, these stylists take what you’ve got and work with it.

The results? We hesitate to say magic, but the pictures pretty much speak for themselves …

We know that finding the time (or free hands) to blow-dry your hair is a luxury for moms, so going out to pay a professional to do it for you might seem like the royal treatment. But honestly, sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up, a reminder that yoga pants aside, we’ve still got it going on. So treat yourself (and your little girl)! You’ve earned it, mama bear.

What everyone’s obsessed with: The Kind Campaign

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that never go out of style — white tees, grilled cheese, and the virtue of being kind. Such is the premise behind the Kind Campaign, a national organization dedicated to ending girl-on-girl bullying.

Babble chatted with the two founders, Molly Thompson and Lauren Parsekian (AKA Mrs. Aaron Paul) about how to talk to your daughters about bullying, and being brave in the face of cruelty, and came away from the experience feeling completely enlightened.

Lauren and Molly are about to start their spring tour, visiting schools and giving assemblies nationwide, so there’s no time like the present to check it out, see if they’re stopping by your kids’ school, and make a pledge to end girl on girl bullying.

What everyone’s wearing: The Canadian Tuxedo

Looking for a new way to wear your chambray shirt? Just think Britney and Justin circa 2001. Yup, that’s right — denim on denim on denim for days.

It is not only acceptable, it is now cool to dress like the models in those L.L. Bean catalogs you let pile up on the kitchen table. In the same vein of logic that convinced you to let your friend pierce your ear with a safety pin at summer camp, it’s time to board the Canadian Tuxedo train because “everybody’s doing it.” Don’t you want to join the ranks of cool moms like Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr, and Kim Kardashian?

Blame it on the way fashion fluctuates faster than your tween’s hormone levels, or blame it on Canada’s increasing stateside influence (thanks a lot, Bieber), but as far as we’re concerned, this trend is a giant win for moms. You no longer need to feel ashamed when you get dressed in the dark and end up looking like a dude ranch fugitive. Double denim is in now guys. It’s fashion. Like, obvi.

What everyone’s talking about: Tidal

There’s been a lot of media coverage surrounding this new website in the past few days, and it’s gotten about as confusing as the first time you watched Frozen (why doesn’t she just TELL Anna about her powers?!).

Long story short: Tidal is a music-streaming platform. It is partially owned by a conglomerate of megastars like Jay Z, Beyonce, Madonna, Usher, Rihanna and yes, Kanye West. Its selling point is higher quality sound, exclusive premieres, curated editorial content, and a fair profit return to those involved in producing the music. But make no mistake, this is a product to be sold — at a solid rate of $20 a month.

This is the latest in the Shakespearean drama between the artists and the streaming services over the measly amount of money made from the seemingly unlimited free listening to the masses. Does this tip the scales in the musicians’ favor? Only time will tell.

Much like a fight between your kids, it’s best to stay out of this one, moms. You’re just fine with your Fleetwood Mac CDs anyways.

Other things you should know …

+ Lilly Pulitzer is designing a collection for Target (kids clothes included!)

image source: target
image source: target

+ The award for lamest mascot but greatest financial aid policy goes to Stanford University, which is now offering a full ride to all students whose families meet the financial requirements. #GoTrees …? Trees? Really?

+ In case you thought of making plans Sunday night, think again. Winter Game of Thrones is coming. Season 5 of the HBO hit is shaping up to be an interesting one, as it is departing from the books for the first time in the series’ history. If there was a time to get caught up, now would be it.

And if you’re just fine without the swords and dragons and excessive nudity, just make sure to avoid planning things for Sunday evenings for the next four months, because you might be the only one.



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