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The Heels Lena Dunham Couldn’t Walk In During The Golden Globes Were Louboutins

Can’t walk in heels? We feel you, girl. Especially for a red carpet event so high-profile and fancy, you want to feel confident, beautiful, and traditional — especially if it’s your first time there. It’s no surprise that Lena Dunham went with the safe choice in terms of red-carpet footwear — a black, peep-toe Christian Louboutin pump with a bit of a platform and a heck of a heel. However, the mix of nerves, Moët, and an unwieldy skirt probably made a precarious situation even worse. Read more…

What Your Bag-Holding Style Says About You

It may be subconscious, but what if we told you that the way you hold your bag can tell us a little something about you? Unless you’re the type to carry your wallet in your pocket and your keys off your belt loops, your bag probably contains some of your most important items (including, for some of us, the bag itself — have you seen the sticker price on a Céline tote lately?). And how you choose to house your possessions, tote it around, and keep it on you reveals a little about your own personality.

So, we tapped body-language expert Patti Wood to shed a little insight onto what it all means. Now, take a look down. What are you telling the world? Read more…

2 Eras, 1 Milestone: “Downton Abbey” Vs. “Girls”

Whether it’s a pastoral manor in Edwardian England or New York City in the 21st century, being a female in one’s early 20s is all about identity. For us ladies, it’s the time when, as Hannah says on “Girls,” most of us are “busy…trying to become who [we are].” Unfortunately, you can’t call a time-out on life to figure out all the problems the world is throwing at you. You’ve just gotta keep on moving forward…despite suddenly realizing how monumental all decisions are now that you’re making them as an adult. For the quartet of friends on “Girls” and the three ladies of “Downton Abbey,” the course to self-actualization has already been charted by the world into which they were born. Yet, it’s the intersection between circumstance and character where things get interesting.

Look, the worlds of “Downton Abbey” and “Girls” are incredibly different, but the archetypes of the characters in both shows are universal. There’s Hannah, who may come across as a hot mess but is actually quite self-assured and confident when it comes to her own opinions and moral compass; Marnie, the type-A, put-together gal whose deep insecurities only surface in times of great emotional turmoil; Jessa, the free spirit quickly tiring of her own selfish ways while finally realizing that her actions actually affect other people; and Shoshanna, whose overeagerness to please and do the socially acceptable thing have become her entire anxious personality. Read more…

Stressed? 5 Ways To Avoid A Holiday-Fueled Freak Out

The holidays are good times — everything is sparkly and Mariah Carey is blasting wherever you go. But they also create the perfect storm of getting-to-the-airport, gift-giving, bring-on-the-crazy stress. The good news: Your body has your back. “The way the body responds to stress is the same during the holidays as during any other time of year,” says Ari Novick, Ph.D, a psychotherapist and founder of the AJ Novick Group for Anger and Stress Management, in Laguna Beach, California.

First, your heart rate and blood pressure go up a notch (or two) spurting out chemicals to amp your fight or flight response just in case things get out of hand; then, having this happen on a daily basis may lead to feelings of anxiety or depression and the next thing you know, you’re snapping at the Starbucks barista for no apparent reason. But, why do you need to chill out right now more than ever? “The holidays bring up additional stressors that may be don’t exist in our day-to-day lives,” says Novick. That means extra anxiety on top of your already-stressful life, which could cause a full-blown meltdown. Here’s how to nip those holiday WTH moments in the bud. Read more…

Meet 6 Superstar Models, The Faces Of Plus-Size Fashion

Say the word “supermodel” and one immediately thinks of women like Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Iman, etc. But with the broadening body- acceptance movement and the increase of full-figure fashion, the general public is being exposed to supermodels of a different size.

They may have been dubbed “plus-size” models (seriously, we should just call them models!) but these beautiful women prove that they can hold their own among the under-size-4 set. Whether they’re starring in banned commercials or strutting down haute couture runways, these are some of the hottest size 14+ supermodels in the biz. Read more…

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