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How To Save Your Sweaters

It’s time to be honest with ourselves and with our closets — Fall is here. Time to put away those barely-there slipdresses and airy tanks, and make room for an arsenal of cozy wear-everyday sweaters. And, if you’re like us, you’ve probably had most of these layering lifesavers stored away somewhere dark and out of sight. Translation? You’re now having to deal with mothballs and pillings. In effect, we’re making the seasonal switchover way easier for everyone involved, and here’s how: know your fibers, invest in the power of Woolite, and stay far, far away from the dryer. For more tips and tricks on sweater-care etiquette (ones that will save you from the daily evils of wear and tear), just keep reading… 

Why Mindy Kaling Is A True Man Repeller

“I have found it to be true that men tend to not understand or like sequins very much,” actress and writer Mindy Kaling said in an interview on Tuesday with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air.” She continued, “Men don’t like the wedge shoe, I have noticed. Men don’t like the statement necklace or chunky, tribal jewelry.”

But, she hasn’t let this “unscientific research” have an impact on what she actually wears. Kaling explained her list is somewhat meaningless, “These are all the things, by the way, that I love, so the overlap in the Venn diagram of things that men hate for women to wear, and things that I love to wear, is almost full overlap … which is unfortunate for me.” Hey-o! Man repeller alert! Read more…

Are Fake Glasses A Good Thing?

Fake glasses or spectacles are the easiest fashion fix there is. Yesterday, after three meetings before 11 a.m. my fake specs came to the rescue when I dashed over to NYFW in the afternoon. Out of the door at 7:30 a.m. meant my hair was limp and clothes creased, but I felt brainy, busy and bright in my glasses. Looking round at the shows too, my guess is I am not the only one faking it.

Earlier this year, my optician made up some Hackett black-rimmed glasses for me — with clear lenses. They are similar to, but larger than my prescription readers and I love them. All through my last year at high school I wore a pair of glasses I had lied to my optician to get. They gave me a terrible headache, but looked great. Now, when I feel like being anonymous but it’s too dark for sunglasses, on go my fakes. Read more …

The Naked Face Project: I Went Without Makeup (But I Shouldn’t Have To)

Are mascara and lipstick a feminist barometer? Recently, talk about makeup has heated up this old debate about the sociological significance of putting on a little face paint. Hillary Clinton not wearing any? Obviously she’s above paying mind to her appearance. Kim Kardashian wearing a ton? Insecure or somehow representative of her tabloid-fodder personality. How do we get it right? Can’t a girl just swipe on an apolitical dab of lip gloss?

I pondered this one recent morning, staring into the mirror, mouth agape in that “I’m applying mascara” way. As women, we’ve heard the arguments — makeup is a societal convention that forces women to put on a literal mask in order to be acceptable to the world.

But have we fetishized the act of going without makeup? Maybe I’m part of the problem — whenever I write about a celebrity tweeting a naked-faced photo on HuffPost Style, I describe them without fail as “radiant” and “fresh-faced.” Does that mean putting on foundation makes us blobby, dusty canvases who’ve succumbed to society’s expectation that women have to “pretty up” for the rest of the world? Read more…

Panty Power: How Pretty Underwear Can Boost Body Image

Two weeks ago, I went for a bra fitting. Having been told by dozens of style experts that 137 percent of women wear the wrong bra size, I fully expected to be told that my 34C was FAR too small/big/narrow/high/thick/whatever for my frame. Miraculously, the lingerie shop owner confirmed that I was already wearing the correct size. I will admit to feeling slightly smug about this.

My smugness dissipated as she began to show me a dazzling assortment of silky, frilly, and coyly transparent bras in every style and shape imaginable. I’d worn my one cute bra to the fitting: A satin leopard print that fit beautifully, but featured thick straps and strangely stodgy detailing. Somehow, just glimpsing the universe of beautiful underthings that I’d been studiously ignoring for the past 20 years made me feel anxious. Virtually all of my friends wore and adored gorgeous lingerie, but I’d dismissed it as a frivolous expense and focused on flattering but practical underthings for myself. Yet as I discussed the physics of bras with the owner — learning about underwire placement, the importance of band fitting, and how different styles would achieve different silhouettes — I knew I needed to formulate a plan. A panty plan. Read more…

The 15 Best Nail Art Blogs

One of the best things about being online editors is that we get to spend hours perusing the web for inspiration (even though this may not be best for our eyesight or posture). Nonetheless, there are tons of budding makeup, hair and skincare ”experts” sharing their straightforward reviews and in-your-face tutorials. Impressed by their serious skills and online superstardom, we’ve decided to round up the best beauty blogs.

This week, we’re kicking things off with the crème de la crème in DIY nail art. From Miss Ladyfinger (who can transform any runway design to her digits) to London’s WAH Nails (famous for their mani mash-ups), you’ll get motivated to switch up your average manicure.

Click through the 15 best DIY nail art blogs. Read more…

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