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Five Weird-Ass Facials

While it’s not clear if they actually work, facials tend to focus on two things: relaxing or acne-fighting. Most treatments involve a cleansing of the skin, followed by an extraction of blackheads and whiteheads, and finished off by a mask or, in more severe cases, a chemical peel of glycolic acid to remove the top layer of the epidermis. However, facials can get creative. Get ready to flex your face at some of the weirdest. Keep reading »

Boutique of the Week: TheOutnet.com

Ordinarily, being on the outs isn’t a good thing. That’s all changing thanks to newly-launched discount designer e-boutique, TheOutnet.com. The brainchild of the team behind the super luxe Net-A-Porter.com, the site features a battery of high-end goods for as much as 70 percent off (“It’s Chic-Onomics,” the site proclaims). There’s no hit or miss thanks to the impressive list of designers that includes Jill Stuart, Derek Lam, Miu Miu, and DvF. You may recognize pieces from last year like a Vera Wang strapless graphic print dress, but you’ll be glad you waited to buy when you see that it’s 60 percent off. Our picks for today include a bright yellow Marc by Marc Jacobs bow top ($95) and a fancy See by Chloé metallic dress ($252). Be sure to also check out the Dress Me section, which compiles fashion choices for vacations (choose from Jet Set, or Day in the Country) as well as social events (first date, cocktail hour). [TheOutnet.com] Keep reading »

Why I Ditched Gwyneth Paltrow’s Detox Cleanse

In theory, I love detox cleanses. The idea of spending three to five days concentrated solely on health and emerging energetic and, um, skinny, excites me. In reality, I can’t quite conjure the joy.

This is not to say that I don’t force myself through them on a semi-regular basis. I’ve tried a number of cleanses, from the popular BluePrint juice diet to the extreme Master Cleanse. I was excited when last week a friend (who is also into this stuff) recommended I try Gwyneth Paltrow’s regime from her GOOP newsletter. I was eager to try something new, something homemade that (I assumed) wouldn’t cost me too much. However, I ended up dumping the whole thing in three days. Keep reading »

Little Edie’s Fashion Rules

Here’s Edie Beale in the original “Grey Gardens,” describing her “best costume for the day,” an insane combo of pantyhose and safety pins. Best costume, indeed.

The fashion expert claims, “I don’t like women in skirts…you understand.” We understand she means a plain old skirt. But a skirt fashioned out of a turtleneck or cardigan — now that’s another story, darling.

After the jump, the essentials of how to get Edie’s pantyhose-over-pants-under-skirt look. Note: You must pair with major attitude. Keep reading »

Booze 101: Stock A Liquor Cabinet Like A Big Girl

Certain things go out of style, but a classic martini isn’t one of them. So, if your idea of liquid entertainment is a pitiful six-pack of Bud Lite, you might want to educate yourself in the language of liquor. (You can get drunk as part of this, but please wait until the end of the class.)

Setting up a liquor cabinet from scratch may not be cheap (about $100 for the basics), but if you decide to start entertaining more at home, it can be cost-effective, not to mention cute, if you get a cool piece of furniture (like a bar cart or hutch) to house your loot in. Here, what you’ll need, plus some basic recipes. Keep reading »

Sliding Scale: Plaid Sundresses & Star Necklaces

It’s a plaid, plaid, plaid, plaid world! Or at least, it is for us when we see cute sundresses made hip by the preppy print. Go girly by accessorizing with a thick headband and pearls (so “Gossip Girl”), or make the look boho chic with some feather jewelry and braided sandals. “Check out” our cool picks…

1. Poofy sleeves and a collar make this dress super sweet. [$435, See by Chloe, ShopBop.com]
2. Wear this boyish shift alone or over pants.[$128, Modern Amusement, Saks.com]
3. The drawstring on this scoopneck can be worn loose or tight for several body types. [$58, Kimchi Blue, Urbanoutfitters.com]
4. This triple-button dress makes us want to go on a picnic. [$44.50, Delia's, Delias.com] Keep reading »

Slideshow: The Best of “As Seen On TV” Beauty Products

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Are your beauty products boring? Do you get easily frustrated by complicated grooming devices like hairbrushes and combs? Fear no longer! With this selection of beauty accessories, your life will never be the same again! Act now!

Hide your ghastly sagging earlobes with the Ear Lift, a plastic adhesive disk that somehow holds up your skin while wearing dangling earrings. [$9.95, AsSeenOnTV.com]

Crave: Truly Madly Deeply Pocket Tank

Who doesn’t love a good pocket? It’s especially satisfying to find them in unexpected places like on the pointed corner of this summery Urban Outfitters tank top. A racerback and asymmetrical hem add to the edginess of this shirt, which would go great with some black skinny jeans, alone as a beach cover-up, or a dress for those with pockets full of confidence. [$38, Urban Outfitters] Keep reading »

Making The Cut: Why Women Chop Off Their Hair

The alt band Pavement once sang, “Darlin’ don’t you go and cut your hair, do you think it’s gonna make him change?” True, when a woman lops off her long locks, it’s often assumed that her action was a result of man troubles. Fair enough. I’ve seen this happen to several friends after breakups as a way to cleanse their lives. But of course, as multi-faceted human beings, there are a number of explanations as to why ladies may suddenly cut off their hair. Here, some reasons you may not have considered… Keep reading »

Sliding Scale: Espadrille Wedges, Floral Tops, & Trench Coats

Three big trends for spring to fit every budget!

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We’re stoked that espadrilles are making a big comeback this season because they’re the ultimate multi-purpose shoe. They’re the sort of dress-up/dress-down accessory that works particularly well with jeans and simple dresses. We’re loving the candy-colored varieties that are popping up all over stores, that add an extra zing to your spring.

  1. This sweet criss-cross strap slims and flatters the ankles. [$170, Bettye Muller, NeimanMarcus.com]
  2. We love the retro feel of this peep-toe sandal. [$69, Victoria's Secret, VictoriasSecret.com]
  3. Satin fabric and a flower detail lend a classy touch to these shoes. [$60, J. Crew, JCrew.com]
  4. Patent leather makes the pretty colors of these espadrilles shine. [$24, Newport News, Newport-News.com]

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