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Amber Rose Mini-Me’s and How To Be One Too

She’s got a great body, great style, and a great haircut. But what really sets stripper, turned Ford model Amber Rose apart is that face! In our book, her flawless skin and minimalist makeup trumps the luxury clothes and super-star boyfriend, Kanye West, anyday! Her stans agree! Take a quick look online at party pics from across the country and you’ll spot a growing crew of girls who are sporting Roses’ signature cropped and colored do; rouged lips, and fresh face. Sure, you are a long way from stripping (maybe not) and snagging a super star boyfriend, but you can always try Amber’s look. Here are a few products to help you achieve it. Keep reading »

The Summer Survival Guide For College Freshman

It’s been a lovely summer. I’m living in my favorite city in the world, writing at The Frisky, living with my boyfriend, and relaxing in the Berkshires on the weekends. All is fine, dandy, and I’m as easy and breezy as a cover girl…until I see a new email in my inbox. As soon as I open it, the walls around my perfect summer start to crumble: The season is ending and I’m about to begin graduate school. In Scotland. Cue multiple panic attacks.

Do I know anybody? Nope. Have I any clue where I am going and what am I doing? Eh, no. Will I be smart enough? Will I make any friends? What if people don’t like me? What if I’m not good enough? But wait, I’ve thought all of this before. Truth be told, I have variations of these thoughts all the time, but I’ve had this specific anxiety attack before. In fact, it was the summer before my freshman year of college. If you feel similarly, follow the jump for your coping strategy. Keep reading »

It’s My Wedding Day And I’ll Sue If I Want To

Wedding planning ’tis always a bit of a hassle. Despite hours upon hours of meticulous planning something is bound to go wrong. Grandma gets drunk, the ring boy swallows the wedding band, the maid of honor locks herself in the bathroom crying about how she looks like a fat cow and won’t come out. There are so many tiny details which will inevitably get screwed up, but the hair and makeup is usually a pretty straightforward process. Not so for bride Shivani on her wedding day. It was almost lights, camera, action time when Shivani and her sister skedaddled over to the Cleopatra Day Spa Beauty and Slimming beauty parlor for their pre-arranged 3:30 appointment. That’s when disaster struck.

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Crave: Tarte CelluFIGHT Anti-Cellulite Self-Tanner

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Tarte’s CelluFIGHT Anti-Cellulite Self-Tanner. This self-tanner is the Superwoman of all self-tanners. Not only does the super powered self-tanner create a shimmery golden tint all over your body, it simultaneously fights the super villain Dr. Cellulite. Tarte’s secret weapon: CelluFIGHT formulated from the not-so-creatively-titled skinTIGHT complex. Sadly for us, CelluFIGHT doesn’t come with a cape, but it does give you the taught thighs of a super heroine. This product uses organic and environmentally friendly materials to fight flab for the short term and anti-inflammatory properties to halt the long-term accumulation of fat under the skin. The only question is, will it give you super powers? [$40, tarte, Sephora]

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Crave: Tory Burch Jelly Reva

Jumping in puddles…what delight it brings to the inner child. Our shoes, however, are not quite so happy with our love for water sports. We could wear rain boots, but it’s been difficult finding a pair that don’t look downright silly in the summer or are cute enough to actually want to wear. In a somewhat ingenious move, Tory Burch has combined the lust with the must: the jelly ballet flat. Dancing in the rain has never looked so stylish. Oh yes, did we mention that the jelly flats are a fraction of the price of Tory’s classic flats? You may just find yourself praying for rain or wearing these shoes everyday you think you spot a cloud. [$95, Tory Burch] Keep reading »

What’s Your Favorite Madonna Style Moment? (Cameron Diaz Likes Blond Ambition)

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Signature City Style Spanning The Globe

There are many fashion capitals scattered across the globe, but surprisingly no two are alike. You might think that one well heeled and shiny lipped city could not be distinguished from it’s other couture colleagues, but oh how wrong you would be. Residents of these fashion forward cities are stylish, trendy and decked out in designer duds but in unique and innovative ways. Here is a rundown of the signature city styles of fashion capitols around the world. Keep reading »

Crave: Crocs Prima Ballet Flats

Don’t start yelling at us for losing our style sense just yet. We know it’s hard to imagine a pair of Crocs that aren’t fugly, but lo and behold, we present you with a pair that is totes adorable. Someone over at that company got the hint that fashion conscious gals may have liked the comfort of the shoes, but didn’t dig the dowdy silhouette. The result: ballet flats so cute you would never think they were Crocs. Slip your feet into these comfy flats and marvel at how stylish your tootsies look and how happy they feel. At a bargain of 20 bucks and a color variety spanning the rainbow, you will be hard pressed to find a reason not to buy these. [$20, Crocs] Keep reading »

The Power And Politics Of Height

I was intrigued by the amount of interest and opinions voiced in last week’s posts about height, which led me to think that there was more on this topic than is usually discussed. When I think about height, it is usually in terms of style. As the fashion industry tends to favor the long of limb, I am not always thrilled by my lack of inches. What I found particularly interesting was that most of you who said you were short did so with pride and without fashion phobias. Clearly I was not on the same page as everyone else, so I began talking to women in all ranges of the height spectrum to see how they felt about their height and why. The results were staggering: women viewed height in the context of power and politics. Keep reading »

Unfogging The Fashion Future

A recent New York Times article stated that for every step fashion step forward, fashion took three steps back. This theory got me thinking, is it true that every new trend is actually a revamped version of trends past? While there is certainly no lack of innovation in fashion, very few styles are completely fresh and unseen. Even the most outrageous shapes and lines have often been seen before, possibly centuries before. Don’t believe me? Don’t those Grecian dresses look familiar? Haven’t you seen Oxford shoes in some period movie? Aren’t corseted women in every museum around the world? Oh yes, every runway show has at least a few items that harken back to the good old days. Taking inspiration from the past is hardly a minus on the creativity scale, as long as the styles are not taken too literally. Rather, I take comfort from the fact that I can predict the fashion future. With the arrival of a new decade, new president, new economic climate, etc., there are bound to be dramatic shifts in style. Instead of blindly stumbling into the fashion of a new era and decade, I have taken a cheeky peak into my fashion fortune telling ball to study the secrets of the fashion future inspired by the fashion past. Read what trends from olden days will make big come back after the jump. Keep reading »

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