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There’s a lot to look forward to this month (besides your new promotion to the corner office). Take a peek at the ten things topping our list.


1. “Mad Men,” The Final Season

Split into a pair of seven-episode parts, the latter half of this epic series finale started up again on April 5 (10 p.m. EST). We’ll leave you with this: After the first reading of the script, each original cast member was reportedly shocked. Even Don.


2. The Alabama Shakes' New Album

In a not so coincidental cameo, the Alabama Shakes song “I Found You” happens to be playing in the final episode of Mad Men. The band’s sophomore album “Sound & Color” also happens to be released April 21. Good placement or good placement?


3. Sponsored: Sargento Tastings

Why stick to the same basic cheese board when you can include options like Bruschetta Jack and Creamy Havarti? This month, branch out and discover something new with Sargento Tastings. These snack-size wedges come in a slew of unique flavors to ensure that your palate is never boring. Have you ever heard of the New Zealander before? We didn’t think so.

4. Cushion Compacts

What the heck is a cushion compact, you ask? Think of it as an alphabet cream (aka BB or CC cream) without the mess. Housed in a mirrored compact, this Korean-approved liquid foundation is now applied with a saturated sponge that releases in controlled quantities (meaning more on your face and less on your blouse). Lancôme is launching its inaugural product April 29.

5. Matcha Green Tea

Next time that mid-afternoon slump hits, might we suggest sipping on matcha (instead of another cup of coffee)? Made from the fine powder of green tea leaves, matcha is gaining popularity stateside for it’s nutrients and antioxidants (one cup of matcha equals ten cups of green tea). We’re partial to the matcha latte, in case you’re wondering.

6. Paula Hawkins' “The Girl on the Train”

Publishers have been promising us the next Gone Girl pretty much since the moment Gillian Flynn hit print on that manuscript. But as far as page-turning, head-spinning, totally engrossing psychological thrillers go, nothing has been able to hold a candle to it. Until now. Get your hands on a copy of The Girl on the Train, stat.


7. Lip Sync Battle

Jimmy Fallon already made this a huge viral sensation. Now Spike is taking lip sync battling to the next level with its very own show, hosted by LL Cool J. First up, Jimmy Fallon (!) vs. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Anna Kendrick, John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant are also on deck. If you don’t plan on recording, we don’t want to know you.


8. Ikea's “Home Smart” Collection

Introducing, furniture that charges your phone. We know. With IKEA’s latest technology called Qi Wireless, all you have to do is place your phone down on a pad and it automatically charges. The collection of desks, tables and lamps will be available later this month. But buyer beware: It currently only works with Windows and Android. iPhone users, adaptable cases will be coming soon.

9. Google Flights

Preparing to book a Spring Break getaway? Get off Kayak. Instead, look no further than your Google search bar. The revamped feature dubbed Google Flights makes it easy (we mean really easy) to search, see and discover the best flights for any trip. You can even see when people are most likely to travel to a certain location (in case you’d like to avoid the high school crowds).


10. Brand Assembly

Hosted by Lord & Taylor this pop-up, ecommerce shop features rising contemporary designers curated with an L.A. tradeshow of the same name. For spring, they are introducing a bevy of newbies to the mix including New York’s own Whit, Rodebjer and Michelle Kim. Pieces begin hitting the (online) racks this month.

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