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Step Away From The Sink! The Best (And Worst) Of Dry Shampoos

Dry shampoo, while not exactly a new commodity (drugstore brand Psssssst! has been around for god knows how long; seriously, I Googled it and couldn’t find out), has received more hype than ever in the past few years. I ascribe the uptick in use (and, consequently, offerings) to the fact that less women are washing their hair every day than they did previously. We’re now more aware of how daily washing can affect factors like hair color (especially if you pay good money to get it done) and condition (both dry and oily hair types can benefit from washing less). I, for one, wash mine three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. I frankly hate to wash my hair because I hate to wait for it to dry, and I also hate to blow-dry it myself. I don’t know which I hate more, actually…

Anyway, on those days in between, I’m showering with a cap at night (come on, I’m not gross) and using dry shampoo in the morning. It usually only buys me a day (one dry shampoo day after another is not a good look), but that is one glorious day. I have super-fine, wispy hair and I find that dry shampoo actually makes it easier to style and work with whether it’s freshly-washed or second-day. Bottom line: I am a huge, huge proponent of dry shampoo, and I’ve tried so many that I consider myself somewhat of an authority (humor me, please) on the stuff. I’m also a terrible (really awful, seriously) snob, so if I like something, it’s probably pretty good. Behold, my roundup of the best dry shampoos and what makes them great — and at the end, if you’re curious, a quick summary of the ones that I would rather go greasy than use.

Must Haves: 7 Stackable Bracelets

A few years ago when fashion bloggers and stylish starlets started stacking tons of bracelets on their dainty wrists I was pretty sure it was a passing trend. Fast forward to today and the look is more popular than ever. Whether you’re just starting a bracelet collection or want to add some variety to your daily rotation, click through to check out seven bracelets that look fabulous worn alone, but even better all at once!

Awesomely Affordable: 10 Items Under $50 From Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins is one of the largest fashion chains in the UK, and late last year US shoppers finally got the chance to get in on the action online. The Dorothy Perkins website boasts an impressive selection of trendy, feminine pieces, and I’m especially loving their flirty retro dresses. Click through to check out 10 items guaranteed to add some British charm to your wardrobe, all for $50 or less…

Must Haves: 10 Summer Sandals In Neon Hues

Sometimes, all it takes is the perfect shoe to take an outfit from boring to blam. That’s why we’re all for neon sandals this summer. Pair a neon sandal with a khaki short and a white T-shirt and you’ve got a foolproof summertime outfit. We’ve picked out 10 of our favorite pairs for your perusal. Check ‘em out in the gallery above!

Summer 2012 colors
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Must Haves: 10 Petite Summer Purses

In the summer it’s all about keeping things light and carefree, so there’s nothing more annoying than lugging around a huge bag. Of course, a tiny clutch is equally annoying, if not more so — if something is not physically bound to me with a strap or handle, I will lose it. I promise. There’s also the question of what you need to fit into it: my list is pretty minimal, but it’s still more than I can squeeze into a tiny shoulder bag. The right bag must have enough room for my phone, my keys, sunglasses, a pack of Wet Wipes (yep), a compact, the obligatory 3-5 beauty products and, well, anything else I might want to throw in it. It’s a bit of a conundrum — small enough to not be annoying, yet big enough for all of my necessities. I know I’m not alone; this is a plight that all women must face come summertime. Fortunately for the rest of you, I’ve done all the dirty work and found 10 petite, perfectly-sized purses at a range of prices.

The Essentials: 5 Bags Every Woman Should Own

I love buying handbags, so I often find myself with a huge pile of purses and a lack of uses for them. My friends who aren’t so into handbags often try to make one bag work for everything, which means they’re cramming their laptop and gym socks into their shoulder bag. Since both ends of the spectrum could use some help, I’ve compiled a list of the five essential bags you need for a complete and functional handbag wardrobe. Click through to check ‘em out…

How To Choose A Purse
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Must Haves: 10 Perfect Polka Dot Pieces

Polka dots! So cute! So spring-like! So much verve and personality! Wear ‘em, okay? They’ll perk you right up. After the jump, 10 polka-perfect options.

Must Haves: 10 White Dresses For Summer

When the weather takes a turn for the hot, hot, hot (fingers crossed it actually happens, I mean, does anybody remember winter?), societal requirements mandate you should be wearing clothes, but I’d rather be… not, not, not. Seriously, I love the warm weather, but the idea of sticky shorts and tank tops has me sweating already. It may not be so bad when you’re lounging poolside, but think New York City in the summer time, and by New York City I mean the subway. Ah, public transportation — for the low price of $2.25, you, too can have your perspiring thighs stuck to a metal bench or, even better, an equally swampy stranger. Fun! (No, terrible.) I don’t consider myself over-the-top girly, but dresses suddenly become a whole lot more attractive when the thought of putting my legs through pants makes me want to hop into the Hudson. I’m foreseeing loose, easy (/lazy), short, diaphanous, versatile, and white as the characteristics I’ll be desperately seeking in frocks this summer, and now’s the time to stock up before everyone beats you to it. After the jump, ten white dresses I can’t wait to get my (train-hopping, A/C-craving) hands on.

Packing List: 10+ Things To Bring On A Tropical Vacay

Though I don’t travel as much as I’d like to (technically, I’d like to travel full-time, but you know what I mean), I consider myself an expert packer. I do not believe in checking baggage (lost luggage has happened to me too many times to risk it again) so that means that mo matter where I’m going and for how long, I have to find a way to squeeze it all into one suitcase that can fit in the overhead compartment. Luckily, I like traveling to beachy locales, which means lots of light fabrics which don’t take up much room. Even still, I have been known to waste valuable suitcase space on ridiculous items that I will never get any use out of. But for my trip to Tulum, Mexico last week, I packed (almost) all the right stuff AND still had plenty of room left in my suitcase so I could haul back a massive dreamcatcher. After the jump, get details on the 10 essentials (outside of, like, toothpaste and my birth control pills) I packed for my trip, plus seven things I can assure you from prior experience are absolutely not necessary. Keep reading »

Awesomely Affordable: 25 Summer Skirts For $25 Or Less

The challenge: find 25 cute, summery, affordable skirts you’d love — for under $25 each! It was difficult, but we managed to do it, giving you tons of new options for your summertime wardrobe. Sheer skirts, flowery skirts, stripes and more — we’ve got it all. Click through to browse and shop!

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