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Working from home isn’t glamorous! Just let me tell you about my typical work day to explain. I climb out of my loft bed and leave on exactly what I slept in. Sometimes I brush my teeth and wash my face first thing; other times I wait a few hours. Then, I walk into my living room where my “office” is. Basically, I have a plush chaise that’s wide enough for me to work and my fat cat to sleep next to me. It’s comfy most of the time, but, occasionally, I get a pain in my tailbone from having too much pressure on it for hours at a time. Not to mention, my cat sheds about a pound of hair a day, so I’ve taken to draping my chaise in a sheet. Obviously, this isn’t the ideal work-from-home setup. So I allowed myself to daydream about how I would decorate my dream work space. Maybe this will inspire me to actually do it. And don’t forget to tell us: How would you build your perfect work space?
OK, so we’ve all had the burning sensation in our stomachs and bowels when you know you’ve got to let a big fart go, and it’s definitely going to be smelly. But instead of doing a butt-clenched duck walk to the nearest restroom–trying to will the fart back to the safe territory of your upper stomach (I can’t be the only one who tries to do this), or actually busting out a lighter to burn off the methane after you’ve let one rip –maybe try Subtle Butt: Disposable Gas Neutralizers. These ingenious carbon pads filter odors from flatulence, but the side of the pad that touches the skin is treated with an antimicrobial. These Subtle Butt fart filters are a good idea, but only if you know ahead of time that you’re going to consume gassy foods. I can’t see anyone sticking one of these into their pants or underwear on a daily basis just in case. Also, what about a fart that’s as loud as it is smelly? I guess a strategic cough could hide the sound. But all this still begs the question, would you use a fart neutralizing pad? [Solutions That Stick] Keep reading »
As a hat lover since the day I was born, I’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to the fedora for reacquainting women with hats. The fedora has gone way past trend to become a fashion staple, and now I’d like to introduce you to the felt floppy hat. Glamour girls–you know, those who like to be seen lounging by the pool, not in it–are rather acquainted with the felt floppy hat’s cousin, the big straw floppy hat. But I can attest that the felt hat is much easier to wear than the straw one. I mean, hats are expected in the colder months and don’t seem as forced as in the summer. Also, few items can bridge the divide between the boho-chic look and the edgy-downtown vibe like the felt floppy hat. To prove this point, I put together one day and one night look where the felt floppy hat was the foundation. To work the downtown-bohemian look, contrast sleek, fitted fabrics with more plush ones and top the body-conscious outfit with a looser piece of outerwear. The result is a luxe and chic head-to-toe look that will have the style hawks flocking.
Deciding to make a drastic hair color change is quite a daunting task, but figuring out how to adjust your makeup look can be even worse, especially if you’re going from dirty blond to Sara Rue red. Such is the dilemma of reader Rachel, who sent us a beauty distress mayday recently. You see, Rachel is worried about clashing her lip and eye colors with her new dark red hair, but she needn’t worry because TF has her covered. First off, let us congratulate Rachel for having the guts to go from one hair color extreme to another. Let us also say that we would never criticize or caution against wearing any color of eyeshadow, lipstick, or blush regardless of hair color. Makeup is supposed to be fun, right?! So if you like a particular color then, by golly, wear the hell out of it. It’s all about attitude, and don’t forget that makeup can be wiped or washed off. Keep reading »
Let’s face it, when we think of sweaters, cardigans automatically come to mind — this is the era of extreme layering after all. But having lived in an open-stitch pullover sweater all summer, I’ve realized how one can transform a wardrobe. Not only are they easy to take on and off, but they also go with practically everything, including cropped pants and pencil skirts a la Joan Holloway of “Mad Men.” Since pullover sweaters simplify a look, choose one that has a bit of embellishment, pattern, intricate stitching, or color to kick up the panache-factor without the heavy use of accessories. I wouldn’t recommend ditching all your cardigans this fall, but maybe one of these 10 wardrobe-transforming pullover sweaters will get some heavy rotation in your style life.
To say that I’m “clutch-obsessed” is an understatement. I’m a full-blown, self-professed addict of these neat little purses. Having practiced all summer, I am now a pro at fitting my daily essentials into a clutch (hint, hint: It all begins with a mini hold-all wallet). So this fall I’m not putting away my clutches for sturdier and larger bags. Instead, I’m looking for clutches done in heavy fabrics and autumn colors. My first find was a delectable goodie by Rue 114. The Africa Rising Collection celebrates the “endless riches of Africa” and features animal and other organic prints in beige and brown. I’m partial to the Bamako clutch for the simple geometric lines of the mud cloth. But I also recommend checking out the other collections in the Rue 114 Etsy shop because you can’t beat one-of-a-kind style for $35 to $45!
[$35.00 Rue 114]
The beauty industry is all about developing products and then creating a demand for said products — which actually means they convince us that we really, really, really need those creams, salves, and washes or we’ll turn ugly! So I have to admit I was quite skeptical when I was invited to try out Bliss’ Fabulips Treatment Kit at one of the Bliss spas in NYC … That and y’all know I’ve been having some lip issues this summer, but I took one for the TF team and puckered up for the nice lady in the Bliss lab coat, anyway.
Is the Bliss Fabulips Treatment Kit worth the hype and the money? Keep clicking to find out. Keep reading »
We have literally been obsessed with the French Connection Vaity Lace Flared Dress since we came across it last week. Thanks to its fit-and-flare shape and lace fabric, the Vaity is a dress that can go from good or bad depending on your mood. But it’s also a timeless piece that will work well with trendy or classic pieces. Since we’re all about making a wardrobe stretch, we styled an autumn day look and night look using the Vaity dress. Keep clicking to check ‘em out.
I loooove getting a bargain! I also loooove to take myself on mini-shopping sprees. But this year has been a bit of a financial doozy, and I forced myself to examine my shopping practices. Gone are the days when I’d drop hundreds of dollars at Gilt Groupe a few times a week. Instead, my equally-shopping-addicted friend and I made a pact — we wouldn’t spend more than $20 on a single item. And that also meant we couldn’t go shopping and buy five items for $20 each — I wasn’t falling into that $100 loophole, either. Keep reading »
Look at Olivia Wilde trying to be all incognito in the photo above. It’s okay, Liv, we’re paying more attention to your early fall look than you, actually. Why are we so smitten with her ensemble, you might ask? Well for starters, we’re suckers for stripe maxi dresses. But even more than that, we love that Olivia took a summer staple and made it appropriate for fall. The trick to successfully working a maxi dress for autumn is to have hints of skin showing while also adding rugged leather and suede pieces. That way you don’t look as if you’re trying to push the season too far or hold on to the last one. A word of caution, though: your leather items should be more boho than biker. Click on to see our inspiration look. Keep reading »