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5 Types Of Female Literary Voices And The Best Reads They Have To Offer

As a lady, I find that I often unconsciously gravitate to books with female narrators or protagonists. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily prefer them to male-driven books, but I generally feel far more of an intrinsic emotional connection to female voices than I do to those of men (with the obvious exception of my homicidal spirit animal, Patrick Bateman). I’ve observed that, as with all things, there are certain “types” of female characters (in fiction and in memoirs and biographies) — not necessarily stereotypes, but overriding themes of personality that are in many ways the driving force behind the story being told. After the jump, a short list of some of the most prevalent personalities in literature, and the best and most prolific of each.

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This Is What Lena Dunham Is Doing In Preparation For The Emmys

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Give Dunham A Break
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“Zooey Deschanel and I have been e-mailing all morning, like, ‘Can you believe the women that we are getting mentioned in the same breath as?’ Also, we’re planning our Emmy nails … She’s got a lot of nail style. I mean, I have a couple ideas, too … I want to shock the world with what I do, and/or be stopped from painting my nails a very strange color by my very smart and crafty publicist.”

— If you were wondering how Lena Dunham reacted to the news of her four Emmy nominations, well, now you know: she immediately began plotting her nail art debut. With help from her friend Zooey Deschanel, of course. As you do. [Fashionista via Vulture]

Well Played: Kate Middleton Steps Up The Princess Style Stakes In Gorgeous Blue Stella McCartney

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Kate's No Style Icon
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Kate's Cousin
katrina darling burlesque photo
... a burlesque dancer who is posing for Playboy! Read More »

Kate Middleton has gotten a lot of flack for her somewhat staid royal dress sense. William’s bride hasn’t made a sartorial misstep to date, but she definitely tends to go for a lot of very safe, very modest looks that are, well, kind of yawn-inducing. They aren’t necessarily the wrong choices — she does have a certain regality to uphold, and have you seen some of the busted polyester shit Beatrice and Eugenie wear? — but I think Kate has wonderful taste and really could grow into the style icon lot she’s been prematurely dealt. I’ll admit, I covertly cross my fingers whenever she makes a formal appearance in hopes that she’ll step out in a seriously jaw-dropping (yet palace-appropriate) look this time … and I think we’re getting closer! Stella McCartney’s designs occasionally leave me lukewarm, but this simple short-sleeved azure shift with its nipped-in waist is flawless on Kate, and a promising sign of fashion “risks” (I use that term lightly) to come. But seriously, I am still dying — dying — to see the duchess in an Elie Saab creation. I’ll send her an email with the address to his London store just in case. [Photo: FameFlynet]

Style Inspiration Taken From 4 Very Famous Literary Leading Ladies

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Movies may offer you your favorite characters served up live on the big screen, but books allow your imagination to run wild. Sure, they describe details of appearance, and mannerism, and style of dress, but it’s up to you to fill in the blanks. The film versions are often disappointing when they don’t live up to the image in your mind’s eye, but sometimes they’re truly spot-on — like these ladies, who happen to have been plucked from the pages of four books and reincarnated onscreen in overwhelmingly effective ways. They all were given distinct style entities in their respective books, but it’s the movies that made them real, and I have to admit that live action did them more than appropriate justice. After the jump, a series of style inspirations straight out of some of my very favorite pages…

I Honestly Don’t Know Who’s Better Looking, Amanda Seyfried Or Her Dog(s)

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A lot of celebs say that they love their dogs, but Amanda Seyfried really loves her mutt Finn — as in, more paparazzi shots exist of Amanda with Finn than without him. Last year, she even told OK! that she didn’t have time for dating because she just wanted to spend time with her dog, which I think is totally respectable, no? To be honest, I one-hundred-percent understand why Finn is the only man in her life: he is so handsome. Look at that lustrous coat! [Photo: FameFlynet]

Kristen Stewart’s Hot Pink Lips Are The Perfect Low-Maintenance Accessory For Summer

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I have my doubts about Kristen Stewart’s capabilities as a dramatic actress, but I’ll gladly take her as a red carpet presence: in the last few months (or, really, publicity rounds) she seems to have emerged from her cocoon of hideously uncomfortable public awkwardness to flit around like a sneaker-clad fledgling butterfly (if only she would keep her damn hands out of her hair!). As far as beauty goes, the “Twilight” actress (duh) rarely ventures outside of a semi-safe smoky eye/nude lip or clean eye/red lip scheme, but this weekend’s appearance at Comic-Con saw her switching it up in the most on-trend way possible. Keep reading »

Get The Look: Mila Kunis Brings The Heat In “Interview” Magazine

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Dianna's Shimmery Look
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ANGELINA'S SMOKY EYES
Get her sexy smoky eye look from the 2012 Golden Globes. Read More »

Mila Kunis is a force to be reckoned with: she’s the rare celebrity, or even human being (!), who is all at once beautiful, hilarious, intelligent, ballsy, self-deprecating, honest, and humble — at least, she appears to be all of those things. (Who said girls couldn’t be gorgeous and sidesplittingly funny? Oh yeah, that was you, Joseph Gordon-Levitt.) Every time I read a new interview with Mila, I’m consistently impressed by how well she carries herself and how “in touch” she is with real life and herself, and how much better she could do than Ashton Kutcher (though actually I’m erring on his side of favor what with Demi’s rumored brand of crazy).

Her August cover of Interview magazine reveals a soul-searching conversation with James Franco (a glorified “interview” between friends in Interview fashion) and an equally compelling photoshoot, but I’m really just partial to the front image. While I’ve been steering clear of eyeshadow and heavy-handed bronzer lately given the makeup-melting heat, this look is forcing me to reconsider my stance. It’s one of the simplest faces to create, but it’s so sultry and so effective, if “summer sexpot” is what you’re going for, and of course it is. Tips, tricks, and products, after the jump! Keep reading »

Mischa Barton Seems To Have Rejoined Us On Planet I-Wash-My-Hair

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Or she's trying to get back, at least. Read More »
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Mischa Barton’s attempted comeback has not been what one would generally call a success, but she has improved significantly since her strung-out post-”O.C.” years, which had all the makings of a Lohan-doppelgänger life story (unfortunate mug shots, ever-present cigarette, cocaine-induced emaciation, and all). Now I guess she has this kind of bizarre and hilariously overpriced online store, and that’s whatever. She also enlisted celebrity stylist June Ambrose to give her a wardrobe revamp, which wasn’t the worst thing in the world, because Mischa stepped out last night for a club opening in London looking the best she’s looked since, like, 2005 (totally disregarding the sketchy Brillo Pad fabric of the dress) — pretty, natural, and even better, clean, not at all like when she was dating Cisco Adler. That was a weird time.

“Into The Gloss” Is Poised To Become The All-Inclusive Mecca Of Beauty Addicts Everywhere

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As resident beauty fiend among beauty fiends (my product collection has surpassed hoarder status and shows no signs of ever stopping), I find the Internet to be the most conducive medium by which to feed my addiction. I will always keep close to my heart the shiny, aspirational aesthetics of glossy magazine beauty spreads, but hello, there’s like three pages of them, and the internet just has such an infinite wealth of knowledge and experience — especially where sources like Into The Gloss are concerned. This treasure trove hardly needs my recommendation given their immense success, but I’m going to give it anyway, especially in light of their recent renovation: in September 2010, former Vogue stylist Emily Weiss took her passion for beauty and combined it with her your-coolest-prettiest-worldliest-friend editorial voice and aptitude for sharp, unnerving photography (reminiscent of a decidedly less pervy Terry Richardson), then got all of her famous fashion-world friends in on it. I mean, where else can you find Beth Ditto’s beauty secrets, personal, behind-the-scenes looks at fashion shows, and insight into the life of a beauty editor, all in one place? Keep reading »

Marion Cotillard Rises High Above The Rest At “The Dark Knight Rises” Premiere

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Natural makeup and no retouching for this Italian cover. Read More »
Marion Goes Goth
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Marion Sans Fards
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The cards are stacked undeniably in Marion Cotillard’s favor, but she always manages to surprise me with her impeccable sartorial choices. It’s incredible how one woman can go so long without wearing anything boring or even erring on the questionable side: she kills it, and she’s so believably dynamic that it’s never like, “oh, it’s just Marion in a fantastic dress again.” It’s jaw-dropping every time like it’s the first time. She often chooses Dior for events, given that she’s one of the faces of the brand (like a girl really needs a reason to wear Dior), and in my opinion she wears it better than anyone. This frock, a delicate combination of a fitted, ’50s-inspired bodice and a frothy ruffled skirt, is beautifully swan-like (in no way reminiscent of Björk’s O.G. swan dress), but it’s the fierce shoes that really (quite literally) hammer it in. Check those bitches out. They’re an unlikely pairing for such a ladylike little dress, and that’s what makes the whole look thoroughly awesome.

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