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Nip And Tuck Without Going Under The Knife

Lately, it seems everywhere I turn I’m bombarded with images and stories of celebrity plastic surgery. I gawked at the TV incredulously as Heidi Montag revealed her plethora of cosmetic procedures to her flabbergasted mother on “The Hills.” I shook my head at the pages of coverage on Kate Hudson’s alleged boob job. Now, even Courtney Love has a new face?!?!

Our culture is obsessed with plastic surgery and it’s only getting worse. Women get “routine” liposuction and face lifts with the same nonchalance as going to the dentist for a cleaning. As my high school graduation present, my parents bought me a video camera; some of my classmates got new noses. On TV, you’re able to choose between a number of plastic surgery reality shows, and on the web, you can browse through before-and-after surgery pictures.

Obviously, we all want to look our best and be confident in our appearance. If you are one of the rare individuals who are absolutely satisfied with their entire physical form, then I salute you. For the rest of us, there are non-surgical ways to enhance and minimize areas that we are insecure about. After the jump, check out our five favorite ego-boosting quick fixes. Keep reading »

Money 101: 5 Ways To Find Summer Travel Deals And Steals


Just because we’re in a recession doesn’t mean you can’t get your vacation kicks. On the contrary, when the tourism industry is suffering, deals are to be had. Check out the best ways to score big and save money on your summer travel plans.
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Mexicana Mama: Affordable Embroidered Whites

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Lately, we’ve been lusting over whimsical Mexican embroidery on fresh summer whites. The light, boho look is perfect for hot summer days, and you can pretend you bought them on your last vacation. Here are our favorites, all priced under $55!

Denim You Can Wear On Hot Days

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We would say denim is making a comeback this season, but it never really went out of style to begin with. Denim does, however, often get overlooked in the warmer months. But there are plenty of ways to wear it in the summer. Click through to check out our warm-weather denim finds.

Strike A Pose, Shorty: Short Models

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When you think of supermodels, you think of towering women: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Elle MacPherson. But the modeling world is not completely devoid of variety. Shorter models are gaining momentum in the industry. Tyra Banks even devoted an entire season of “America’s Next Top Model” to contestants under 5’7″. Granted, that’s still taller than the average woman, but in the modeling world, it’s minuscule. Click through for petite models of the past and present. Above: Despite standing at just 5’6″, Twiggy became one of the first international supermodels in the 1960s.

“I Don’t”: Totally Tacky Wedding Stuff

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With just under four months to go until my wedding, I’m starting to go completely insane. I never thought I’d be the “bridezilla” type, but while my fiancé sits playing video games without a care in the world, I sit crouched over table linen samples and escort card choices. I agonized for days over the paper stock for our invitations, and I somehow ended up with two wedding dresses.

But no matter how crazy I go, it’s comforting to know that there are much loonier brides-to-be out there. Want proof? Check out these tacky, totally unnecessary wedding accessories.

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