Ann Shoket’s 5 Thing’s I’d Tell the Teen Me

Our guest today: Ann Shoket

Why we love her: Um, she’s the editor-in-chief of SEVENTEEN magazine-and the giggling Guess jean-wearing teen girls inside of us are jumping up and down that she’s on CLIND!

Her latest: Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails and Makeup Ideas for you

The scoop on it: When it comes to teen beauty advice, no brand is more trusted than Seventeen, the #1 best-selling monthly teen magazine. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty is a girl’s handbook to celebrating her natural beauty. It’s packed with clear, customized service that helps make the most of her skin tone, her face shape, her hair texture, and her style! Each chapter is filled with detailed how-tos, amazing inspiration, and awesome advice from Seventeen’s editors and the Beauty Smarties, our real-girl beauty experts, to help the reader have fun with her look!.

Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty is broken down into three main sections: makeup, hair, and a resource guide. Makeup is organized by five beauty vibes—Girly, Boho, Classic, Glam, and Edgy—and shows you how to look great for any occasion (school, weekend, party, date). Each vibe offers exclusive makeup looks from Seventeen’s Beauty Smarties, insider secrets from celeb experts, and an inspiration board filled with runway, red carpet, and real girl ideas. Hair is organized by styles: braids and twists, waves and curls, updos and buns, sleek and straight, and ponytails. Each chapter includes easy-to-do styles for every occasion, a Smarties spotlight, celeb tricks, and an inspiration board. The book ends with comprehensive resource guides to getting clear skin and great nails—and gives detailed info on getting ready for a big event, like prom or sweet sixteen.


Our thoughts: Whether you’re a teenager or just still feel like one, this guide is super fun!

Giveaway: FIVE copies! Leave a comment and we’ll choose a winner on Sunday, July 8th after Noon PST.

Fun Fact: They’ve made a cool book trailer-check it out here!

Where you can read more about Ann: Twitter and Facebook.


1. Stand up straight and own being tall! Slouching doesn’t make you look more petite, it makes you look more slouchy. Your feet will look smaller in heels and your clothes will look better if you roll your shoulders back and have good posture! (I wear 4″ heels every day now and I feel weird in flats!)

2. Your life is endless possibility! Don’t let anyone tell you that they way things are now are they way they are always going to be. There are huge adventures in store for you if you go looking for them.

3. Your gym teacher knows that you write your own excuse notes to get out of gym. No one could have cramps that often. But you will wish you were more into sports sometime around 25 when all that pizza finally catches up with you.

4. You are pretty. Even if you don’t feel it, even if you don’t look like the people around you. You will figure out how to get bouncy hair and clear skin and you will find people who appreciate your looks.

5. You are becoming the person you want to be. It’s easy to think of high school as practice for “real life” but it turns out that the things you’re learning now about drive, positivity, ambition, tenderness . . . are the things you will carry with you forever. This is real life, so make it count.

Thanks Ann! xoxo, L&L


24 Responses to “Ann Shoket’s 5 Thing’s I’d Tell the Teen Me”

  1. Nina

    I have to say, I became a big fan of Ann’s after seeing her appear on so many episodes of America’s Next Top Model, the best guilty pleasure show ever!!! No wait, just the best show ever. I have no guilt! Excited to hear about the book–she must have lots of words of wisdom about fashion and beyond!

  2. Lisa

    Oh, I so need this for my daughter, who is just entering her teen years and feeling somewhat unsure — that feeling we all felt at one time or another! Hoping I get a copy!!

  3. Donna Elliott

    God the things I would tell my teenaged self…probably could fill a book!….oh wait! — no, but seriously, this sounds like a really cool read.

  4. Camille

    I would love to win this book! I am such a big fan of anything Seventeen. They are my all-time favorite magazine and I hope to one day work there as a fashion editor.

    I feel like winning this book would really help me to learn about makeup because I am clueless when it comes to makeup. I am 17 and really only wear lipgloss. This book would not only help me find out what my beauty vibe is but would help me feel more confidant with my looks.

  5. Priscilla

    Ann is one of my favorite role models! Her dedication to girls everywhere is simply amazing & in person she is just as lovely! A very admiral woman, right for the editor in chief job! I can’t wait to read this book! I’m a fan of all things Seventeen, & as a seventeen year old, I live up to their motto, “it’s fun to be seventeen!” I’ve been subscribing for years & I am so happy to have found a great magazine that sends a healthy positive message to their readers!

  6. Penny

    Omg i didnt know about this until now.
    This book sounds amazing! I would love a copy! :)

  7. Jillian R.

    I’m sixteen, and my dream is to be an editor at seventeen magazine on day. I was planning on buying this book as soon as it came out, but I just lost my job so I have to save up to pay my phone bill! But I would love to have this book so I can learn how to personalize my beauty routine to make it perfect for me. I especially would enjoy the tips on how to get clear skin and nice nails!

  8. nova c.

    my daughter would LOVE this; and i am sure i could get alot of useful info out of it, too! thanks for being on here to recommend it. i agree totally with #3; gym teachers always know!

  9. Harmony

    I didnt even know they were coming out with this book! But I would really enjoy a copy.

  10. Kristin

    I STILL struggle with #1 even though I am far from my teens

  11. Betsy

    I’m not a teen anymore but I could sure use some tips!

  12. diana mack

    i loved it as a teen and my daughter loves it now…she saves all copies and they are dogeared!

  13. faith

    love 17, 2 teen girls in the house do too

    kyfaithw at aol dot com

  14. Melody

    I wrote fake notes ALL THE TIME when I was in high school. I guess I never realized the adult on the other end reading it was laughing her ass off at my excuses.

  15. Kim Hays

    Sounds like a must read for every teenage girl! I would love to win a copy for my step-daughter!

  16. Ivy

    Me being a teen I would love to have this book because of all the amazing tips that could help me this school year.

  17. Francesca

    If there’s ever an age where it’s unacceptable to read 17, then I don’t want to know it! 17 fan for life!

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