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Intuition to Redemption: A Breakdown of Beyoncé’s Visual Album, Lemonade

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is nothing short of exceptional. And it’s so much more than the, “Jay Z cheated on Bey” hype. It’s an emotional artwork. A spectacle of honesty and unsettling cinematography. A true testament to exploring the visceral with the intangible through multiple mediums that ensure it cannot be locked down as merely an album, or a personal declaration. It’s a narrative that explores love, anger, betrayal, femininity and forgiveness, wrapped in the layers of rhetoric and body paint to ease your consumption of what is, at many a time, uncomfortably raw — partly due to being punctuated by hauntingly emotional poetry from Warsan Shire, a Somali–British writer and poet. So without further adieu, here’s a brief breakdown of the 11 chapters of Lemonade (or Bey’s 11 stages of grief) — little snippets of narrative included — until you can get home and put it on repeat. 1. Intuition “What are you hiding? The past and the future merge to…

Everything You Need To Know About Beyoncé’s New Activewear Line, Ivy Park

Okay ladies, now let’s get into formation. Because Beyoncé’s new activewear and athleisure brand, Ivy Park, is here. Now we love Queen B, but she’s been rather secretive in the build-up to Ivy Park’s release. So before everyone loses their minds, here’s the skinny on what promises to be one ***flawless sportswear collection. Bey collaborated with Sir Philip Green, chairman of the Arcadia Group (which owns the likes of Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins, amongst others) to create Ivy Park. And after a year and a half of waiting, it’s finally here. Now Bey is notorious for keeping her personal life, well, personal, so the promotional video is a rare illumination into Beyoncé’s life. Little Blue Ivy even makes an appearance, which is possibly the most adorable thing we’ve ever seen. “I’d wake up in the morning and my dad would come knocking on my door and tell me it’s time…

Valentine’s Day: Your Top 10 Alternative Gift Guide

If you follow the roses and chocolate with a complementary teddy bear Valentine’s Day script, you might find your partner scoffing down that heart-shaped box of chocolates you bought — either to compensate for the emotional trauma, or because a sugar rush might be the most exhilarating thing they’ve experienced all day. So in the spirit of not being stabbed with the long-stemmed rose from sheer boredom, we’ve decided to help a brother out with our alternative gift guide. Satisfaction for both partners guaranteed. 1. Roses that Last Click on the image to get your alternative Valentine’s Day goodies. Get piccing now. Some people love flowers. But let’s get this straight. It’s in no way romantic to make your beloved watch the supposed symbol of your undying love decay and die over a week. And then you have to clean the mess, like those guys in the white hazmat suits after they’ve cleared…

10 Things To Be Grateful For In 2015

It’s officially Thanksgiving Day, and hopefully you’re reading this while stuffing your face guilt free, because turkey. And pumpkin pie. But besides the cornucopia of deliciousness that is currently occupying your dining table, there are a few things we’re pretty grateful for this year. 2015 has definitely been tumultuous, but let’s look back on the highlights in pop culture that made us laugh, cry, and unite the world over. Don’t agree with our list, or want to add a few of your own top highlights, then comment and let us know! 1. Adele Click on the image to get Adele’s look. Get piccing now. This is obviously a biggie. After a lengthy hiatus, Adele has finally returned to our playlists with her new album, 25, and it’s safe to say that people pretty much freaked the hell out. Kate Hudson, along with other celebrities, broke down in tears, and we joined in…

Thanksgiving Day Free Placemat Printable

It’s the eve before Thanksgiving. Which means you’re probably staring down the turkey on your counter, daring it to even think about drying out in the oven on its big day. No family should ever be subjected to dry turkey, and you’d prefer that your reputation goes untarnished. That said, certain areas might then go amiss when a turkey obsession takes hold, like some Thanksgiving decor. That’s why we’ve created this Thanksgiving placemat printable, which will only take a few minutes to print out while you’re slicing and dicing. It’s a great activity for the whole family, and it takes the stress of remembering what to be grateful for when you can’t remember where you put down your keys five minutes ago. We suggest you use brown paper for a rustic effect, or color it up to match a your centerpiece. Or maybe you opt for a hue to perfectly…

5 Recipes For The Morning After Halloween

One of the joys of Halloween is free license to eat chocolate and candy in as many wondrous shapes and flavors as possible. This quest, as noble as it is, does have some draw backs. Namely, the morning after, when you wake up to a bed covered in crumpled candy wrappers and a stomach that’s a little overwhelmed by your dietary choices. It’s a bitter sweet dilemma, but not to fear. These five recipes will have you back to normal in no time so you can get back to what’s important — planning for next year’s Halloween celebrations. Banana, Fig & Chai Smoothie Bowl Click on the image to get your home decor on Piccing. Get piccing now. This banana, fig and chai smoothie bowl is a delicious cocktail of feel-good ingredients. The figs and walnuts have anti-inflammatory properties and will balance your omega 3 and 6 levels. And it’s super easy…

Frighteningly Easy Homemade Halloween Treats

Trick or treat time is around the corner, and we’re a hundred percent invested in choosing treat. Homemade treats to be specific. We’ve got vegan options, healthy options, and some naughty options that you can whip out this Halloween. Either way, these are treats that every ghoul, ghost or witch that arrives on your porch will adore. Well, that’s if you don’t gobble them up first. Click on the image to get your Halloween home decor on Piccing. Get piccing now. These vegan peeps are like little ghostly swirls that everyone is guaranteed to enjoy. The recipe is terrifyingly simple (see what we did there?) and it serves 40, which is the amount you’ll need when trick or treaters get a taste for it. Click on the image to get your Halloween home decor on Piccing. Get piccing now. This is a great take on the classic and much loved seasonal treat, candy corn.…

Fall Harvest Recipes: Beat the Dietary Chill

It’s a wonderful time of year. Fall foliage ripples through shades of orange, yellow and red, while squirrels battle each other for the last of summer’s yield, Halloween is around the corner, and it’s finally time for the fall harvest. Now, before everyone looses their minds over the imminent barrage of all things pumpkin, we’re here to remind you of some other fall harvest favorites, with delectable recipe recommendations included. Oh, and before you panic, pumpkin is still definitely on the list. We’re not animals, you know…. Acorn Squash Click on the image to get your fall home decor on Piccing. Get piccing now. Acorn squash is a wonderful little fella that will keep you warm in the coming months, while providing some pretty nifty health benefits. Acorn squash is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, but what’s really impressive is that it contains almost a third of your daily dietary…

Summer Popsicles for Adults

There’s nothing like a ice cold popsicle to provide sweet relief from the sweltering summer heat. But when there’s a dash of naughty juice involved, well … things can only get better. Here are seven mouth-watering recipes for making your own summer popsicles, with a dash of alcohol for those hard working adults that still love a popsicle, or three. Piña Colada Ice Pops Click on the image to share on Piccing. If you like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain, then this is the popsicle for you. All you need is rum, pineapple, water, coconut milk and sugar. Pop it into the blender, freeze it, and you have yourself a great treat for guests at a summer soiree (or just for yourself, while lounging by the pool). Get the recipe here featured on Shutterbean. Mango Magarita Boozesicles Click on the image to share on Piccing. This recipe for…

Father’s Day Free Printable

Dads are awesome. They let you win at Monopoly, listened on many occasions during your childhood to a cornucopia of reasons why you refuse to eat that green thing on your plate, and taught you the difference between a star and flat screwdriver. For these reasons and many more, we’ve put together a printable card for Father’s Day, as well as labels that you can place on a beer bottle, or a bottle of wine (depending on which kind of wind-down beverage your father prefers). It’s the thought that counts, and he’ll probably love that it’s not soap on a rope. We’re wishing all the fathers around the world a spectacular, and memorable, Father’s Day. Click on the image or here to download the Father’s Day card. We’ve done all the work for you! So just click on the link above, print out your quirky Father’s Day card, and fold it in half.…

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