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30 Reasons to get excited for 2014

  • 1/1 | The Affordable Care Act goes into effect. Guaranteed maternity coverage for all!

    January

  • Downton Abbey Season 4 premieres on PBS. Lady Edith, we really think 1922 is going to be your year.

    January

  • 1/13 | The buzz of the 2014 North American International Auto Show will be driverless vehicles, or cars that take over steering in tricky, congested situations.

    January

  • 2/7 | The Winter Olympics kicks off in Sochi, Russia. Did you know that a 150-pound male figure skater can land a jump with the force of a 1,000-pound baby elephant?

    February

  • 2/14 | The return of House of Cards on Netflix. Women everywhere wonder if they can pull off the Robin Wright pixie cut.

    February

  • Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs is out, and the former Balenciaga designer is in. We've got our eye on him for Paris Fashion Week.

    February

  • 3/2 | Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars. Seth MacFarlane watches
    alone, at home.

    March

  • The sleek, low ponytail: Your 2014
    go-to hairstyle.

    March

  • Kate Moss's Topshop collaboration hits stores. Fingers crossed it channels the '90s blasé-grunge aesthetic (not the '90s butterfly-clip aesthetic).

    April

  • 4/22 | Neil Patrick Harris returns to Broadway to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. We always knew he was born to wear glitter eyeliner and a wig.

    April

  • 5/6 | Food writer Ruth Reichl's first novel, Delicious!, hits shelves. We're hungry just thinking about it.

    May

  • Four words: herb-infused ice cubes. (Think strawberry-basil and hibiscus-mint.)

    May

  • All hail the boxy shift blouse. From Cynthia Rowley to Calvin Klein, this style was all over the spring '14 runway. Pair with high-waisted pants to avoid showing the world your belly button.

    May

  • 6/6 | Best-selling YA book The Fault in Our Stars gets the cinematic treatment. See it with your teenaged niece and sob the entire time.

    June

  • 6/12 | Brazil hosts the World Cup. Americans claim to like soccer for 3.6 days.

    June

  • The dessert of summer is the high-end ice cream sandwich. Coconut macaron with mango sorbet filling? Yes, please.

    July

  • Our sources tell us that Adele's new album--a.k.a. the sound track to everybody's next breakup--is coming in July.

    July

  • Get ready for Coin, a razor-thin, swipe-able piece of plastic that stores all of your credit cards in one place.

    July

  • Gochujang (Korean fermented dipping sauce) is the new summer grill marinade.

    August

  • High-Intensity Interval Training is the new CrossFit (which was the new Zumba).

    August

  • Everyone who's anyone will be vacationing in Macedonia.

    August

  • The USDA's "Smart Snacks in School" law goes into effect, banning energy drinks and candy from public-school vending machines.

    SEPTEMBER

  • 9/25 | Girls fans line up to snag Lena Dunham's essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl. Will it be worth the $3.7 million advance?

    SEPTEMBER

  • Hooray for bucket bags! More swingy in nature, this trendy purse is smaller than your average tote and offers the strap of a cross-body.

    SEPTEMBER

  • 10/3 | OMG, Gone Girl is a movie. And OMG, it stars Ben Affleck.

    OCTOBER

  • Tina Fey returns to television--well, writing for television at least--with a new comedy about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult. We, for one, "want to go to there."

    OCTOBER

  • We're betting that Apple's mysterious iWatch will be released before the holidays. Think Google Glass meets Fitbit meets your old-school Casio.

    NOVEMBER

  • 11/4 | The midterm elections are here! Is a House/Senate changeover indicative of 2016? And which Fox News anchor will have an on-camera meltdown?

    NOVEMBER

  • Fewer men will suffer from cold heads this winter. Why? The FDA's pending approval of a new cure for baldness.

    DECEMBER

  • 11/4 | December 25: It's a hard-knock life once again, thanks to the long-awaited Annie remake starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and the unpronounceably named child actress, Quvenzhané Wallis.

    DECEMBER

  • January
  • 1/1 | The Affordable Care Act goes into effect. Guaranteed maternity coverage for all!
  • 1/5 | Downton Abbey Season 4 premieres on PBS. Lady Edith, we really think 1922 is going to be your year.
  • 1/13 | The buzz of the 2014 North American International Auto Show will be driverless vehicles, or cars that take over steering in tricky, congested situations.

  • February
  • 2/7 | The Winter Olympics kicks off in Sochi, Russia. Did you know that a 150-pound male figure skater can land a jump with the force of a 1,000-pound baby elephant?
  • 2/14 | The return of House of Cards on Netflix. Women everywhere wonder if they can pull off the Robin Wright pixie cut.
  • Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton. Marc Jacobs is out, and the former Balenciaga designer is in. We've got our eye on him for Paris Fashion Week.
  • March
  • 3/2 | Ellen DeGeneres hosts the Oscars. Seth MacFarlane watches
    at home...alone.
  • The sleek, low ponytail: Your 2014
    go-to hairstyle.
  • April
  • Kate Moss's Topshop collaboration hits stores. Fingers crossed it channels the '90s blasé-grunge aesthetic (not the '90s butterfly-clip aesthetic).
  • 4/22 | Neil Patrick Harris returns to Broadway to star in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. We always knew he was born to wear glitter eyeliner and a wig.
  • May
  • 5/6 | Food writer Ruth Reichl's first novel, Delicious!, hits shelves. We're hungry just thinking about it.
  • Four words: herb-infused ice cubes. (Think strawberry-basil and hibiscus-mint.)
  • All hail the boxy shift blouse. From Cynthia Rowley to Calvin Klein, this style was all over the spring '14 runway. Pair with high-waisted pants to avoid showing the world your belly button.
  • June
  • 6/6 | Best-selling YA book The Fault in Our Stars gets the cinematic treatment. See it with your teenaged niece and sob the entire time.
  • 6/12 | Brazil hosts the World Cup. Americans claim to like soccer for 3.6 days.
  • July
  • The dessert of summer is the high-end ice cream sandwich. Coconut macaron with mango sorbet filling? Yes, please.
  • Our sources tell us that Adele's new album--a.k.a. the sound track to everybody's next breakup--is coming in July.
  • Get ready for Coin, a razor-thin, swipe-able piece of plastic that stores all of your credit cards in one place.
  • August
  • Gochujang (Korean fermented dipping sauce) is the new summer grill marinade.
  • High-Intensity Interval Training is the new CrossFit (which was the new Zumba).
  • Everyone who's anyone will be vacationing in Macedonia.
  • SEPTEMBER
  • The USDA's "Smart Snacks in School" law goes into effect, banning energy drinks and candy from public-school vending machines.
  • 9/25 | Girls fans line up to snag Lena Dunham's essay collection, Not That Kind of Girl. Will it be worth the $3.7 million advance?
  • Hooray for bucket bags!

    More swingy in nature, this trendy purse is smaller than your average tote and offers the strap of a cross-body.

  • OCTOBER
  • 10/3 | OMG, Gone Girl is a movie. And OMG, it stars Ben Affleck.
  • Tina Fey returns to television--well, writing for television at least--with a new comedy about a woman who escapes from a doomsday cult. We're already working on our night cheese.
  • NOVEMBER
  • We're betting that Apple's mysterious iWatch will be released before the holidays. Think Google Glass meets Fitbit meets your old-school Casio.
  • 11/4 | The midterm elections are here! Is a House/Senate changeover indicative of 2016? And which Fox News anchor will have an on-camera meltdown?

  • DECEMBER
  • Fewer men will suffer from cold heads this winter. Why? The FDA's pending approval of a new cure for baldness.

  • 12/25 | It's a hard-knock life once again, thanks to the long-awaited Annie remake starring Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and the unpronounceably named child actress, Quvenzhané Wallis.

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