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Style 911: How Do I Buy A First Suit?

I bought this gray pinstriped suit jacket the other day, and I really like it, but it was being sold in the separates section so I couldn’t find the pants that were supposed to go with it in my size. So … what CAN I wear it with? Are black pants acceptable? Navy? Should I cut my losses and return it?

Alternately, have you ever considered doing a post about suit rules? Two of my suitemates are about to graduate and last week we were all sitting in the kitchen trying to help one of them decide what to wear to an interview. I’m sure a lot of first time suit-buyers could use a guideline on what’s acceptable and what’s not. – Karen

Suits can suck pretty hard if done wrong. Take the jump for some tips on doing it right. Keep reading »

How To Curl Un-Curlable Hair

I’m a self-loathing, straight-haired girl. I tried to hide it for years, but having recently found a hairspray that allows me to maintain some curl, I’ve come out of the closet. For the rest of you straight-haired ladies suffering in silence, take the jump for tips on how to curl your relentlessly flat locks. You won’t have ringlets all night, but there should be a definite sense of body and shape, even at the end of a long evening. Keep reading »

How To Organize Your Gross Old Beauty Products

Nothing will cause you to reevaluate your beauty product stash more than attempting to organize the usually prodigious, crummy mess. Even the most meticulous chick will admit to hiding a hot mess of broken eye shadows, four-year-old hot pink lipsticks and almost empty hairspray somewhere under her cupboard. Once you make the decision to get it together down there, you will see that you should make a new commitment to minimalism, and never again will you buy a sixth lip gloss willy-nilly. Well, for a few weeks anyway. After the jump, a few tips for getting it together. Keep reading »

Style Stealer: Preen’s Easy Runway ‘Do


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One of our favorite trends from the fall 2010 runways was the plethora of easy-going hairstyles. The epic, totally un-doable up-do was an unusual sight as high-maintenance hair faded into the distant fashion past. Even the most complicated styles rarely involved more than a little mousse and a rubber band! Check out the video above for a five-minute hairstyle stolen straight from Preen’s runway show and explained by stylist Luke Hersheson, the dude who first thought of the look. [Modelinia] Keep reading »

How To Dress Like A Model

Perhaps it’s a result of working around the coolest stylists and designers in the world, but models are just as much trend setters as they are clothes hangers. Leggings and combat boots? Models were doing that long before the rest of us. Laid-back makeup and messy hair? That was a look amongst the lovelies even before a bevy of designers decided to put it on the runway this past season. The mannequin-obsessed blog Modelinia knows all about the power of the model in setting styles and they’re helping the rest of us catch up with model style before it’s a full-blown trend. Check out their “Shop Her Style” posts for ideas ripped straight from models on the street. [Modelinia] Keep reading »

The 4 Makeup Brushes You Actually Need

Every time I go to Sephora to get some concealer in an attempt to cover up my under-eye zombie circles, some perky salesgirl tries to convince me that I can’t possibly apply said concealer without an army of extra brushes. Ditto on everything from blush to eyeshadow and even lip gloss. Unless you’re a hardcore beauty Nazi who insists on doing everything by the book though, it’s all kind of BS. You don’t really need different brushes for blush and powder or different layers of eye shadow; that just tends to get confusing and expensive. Find out which four brushes will get you through every makeup situation, after the jump. Keep reading »

How To Shop For A Mid-Weight Jacket

We’ve officially entered that odd, in-between season where temperatures hover between the mid 40s to 60s and make navigating jacket selection an obnoxiously difficult task. We should be wearing medium-weight toppers, trenches and leathers. Instead, however, I look around and see droves of women in too-heavy woolens and too-light cottons, apparently having decided to ignore pre-spring jackets entirely. Sorry to be a stickler, but this sort of outerwear behavior is totally unacceptable. Every girl needs a coat for the in-between times, and we’ll help you pick out the right one after the jump. Keep reading »

6 Ways To Maximize Your Suitcase Space

I’ve just zipped a carry-on-sized suitcase that holds all the contents necessary for me to look presentable (maybe even good!) for nine days. Bow to me, gods of efficient packing, because my days of checking two huge bags for a one-week trip are dead and gone. Read on to learn how to pack like an OCD organizer a pro for your next vacation.

  • Choose pieces that complement one another both in color and in style. That means choose a color scheme and stick to it, but also choose a general look so that pretty much any and every piece can be mixed and matched. This should be easy for those of you who are more consistent in your dressing, but for those of us who are fans of dress-up days and odd outfits, it can be more of a challenge.
  • You get one statement piece, so choose wisely. Something like a great skirt or jacket is better than a dress because it can be mixed in with a handful of the other pieces you’re bringing, in case you need to repeat.

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10-Minute Hostess Gift: Cookies In A Jar

Lately, my group of friends has gotten really into home entertaining. Call it an effect of the recession if you please, but we’re hosting potlucks, game nights, and movie screenings at out apartments like it’s nobody’s business. This means I regularly pop into corner stores on my way to the host’s house to pick up some cheap flowers, a six-pack, or dessert to contribute to the evening. These offerings aren’t exactly original, so I pulled something out of my mother’s arsenal the other night: cookies in a jar. “Make” oatmeal — or another variety — of cookies by following my video primer. Here’s the recipe I used: Country Oatmeal Cookie In A Jar (I left out the chocolate chips and walnuts). Keep reading for links to other varieties! Keep reading »

Crystal Renn’s DIY High Fashion Headband


Check out everyone’s favorite real-sized model, Crystal Renn, and craft chick Erica Domesek of DIY blog P.S. I Made This constructing floral headbands inspired by various runway shows. Headgear is hot right now and this is a fun way to get your hands on some without spending tons of cash. Let us know how it goes if you make on yourself! Keep reading »

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