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Must Haves: 10 Summer Tanks Suitable For Work And Play

Rising temperatures call for clothing as minimal as possible while still remaining (mostly) decent for public viewing. Don’t get me wrong — I will never forsake my overflowing collection of loose, well-worn tanks — but sometimes a sheer top with a hole here and there just doesn’t cut it. Like, not even close. When these situations arise, and on the hottest days when exposed arms and shoulders are still a non-negotiable, I turn to sleeveless tops that are a step up from my usual un-fancy fare. Here’s my roundup of ten tank tops that are just dressy enough to wear to work or play, but won’t break your bank account should they be compromised by a couple of sweat (or Popsicle) stains.

Stuff I Buy On Gilt Groupe Keeps Breaking [UPDATED]

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I love, love, love Gilt Groupe, because I am a lazy person that loves to shop. And there’s nothing more lazy than online shopping. Gilt usually has a good assortment of designers, and semi-reasonable prices. Over the past couple of years, I’ve purchased several things from them, including a 3.1 Phillip Lim blouse, a Tracy Reese cardigan and a pair of great Faryl Robin wedges. If I count it all up, I’ve probably bought around 10 things from them, but of those, three items have fallen apart just weeks after buying them. Keep reading »

Wedding Dress Porn: 15 Amazing & Absurdly Expensive Wedding Gowns

It’s wedding season, and whatever. While everyone else is off pledging eternal devotion, or crying whilst watching others do so, I embrace the opportunity to (pointlessly) browse the prettiest, most ornate wedding dresses money can buy, waxing quixotic for the day a Pinault puts a ring on my finger — or even just knocks me up! (Right, Linda?) Hell, I’d even take a Sarkozy. Lest I go on too long and reveal too much about my gold-digging ways desire for a comfortable lifestyle, check out these 15 wedding dresses vastly beyond my means. For now.

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How To Turn Your Pinterest Page Into An Online Store

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I use Pinterest as a visual wishlist of the products I’d love to buy if I had a little extra cash–everything from shoes to clothes to makeup to home decor–and I’ve bought a number of products after seeing them pop up on my Pinterest homepage. This is why I’m both intrigued and excited about a new program called Shopinterest that allows you to turn a Pinterest board into an online store. Here’s how it works…

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Makeup Bag: 10 Fresh Face Mists To Make Sweaty Summer Skin A Little More Bearable

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I don’t know about the rest of the world — or the rest of the country, for that matter — but it’s depressingly hot at my latitude and longitude. Don’t get me wrong, I love the warm weather and sunshine, but I also like to look fairly presentable, and that is not happening right now. This city is a sauna, and there is no hope for me. Because a hot, flushed face is basically my main accessory right now, I’m making a conscious effort to keep refreshing facial mists at my disposal. Though one in the bag will never have quite the same cooling effect as one that’s been chilling in the fridge all day, a burst of a skin-soothing, lightly fragranced water is enough to get my simmering brain, if not my appearance (I’m beyond help), back on track. Here are 10 spritzes (some purse-sized, others larger) that will bring you back to life when the heat is dragging you down.

Kohl’s Ups The Designer Collab Stakes With A Little Help From Narciso Rodriguez

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Designer collaborations with fast-fashion department stores make me sad. I love them in theory — my favorite big ticket aspirational brands producing clothing similar to their runway designs at a tangible price point sounds like a dream come true, but the reality of the situation isn’t nearly so fanciful. Waiting in long lines and fighting with other, more aggressive shoppers and prospective eBay sellers only to emerge with, like, two things you didn’t even want in the wrong size is not my idea of a satisfying retail experience (though I will wade through hell and high water to elbow my way into a J. Crew sample sale). It strikes a vague, aching chord in my heart to see the pieces from the designer-cum-discount collections, knowing full well I am not under any circumstances going to march my lazy ass out to Target at eight in the morning the day it’s released. Keep reading »

Style Stealer: Miranda Kerr Stays Comfortable And Classy Toting Her Yorkie In NYC

Miranda Kerr’s devotion to casual classic looks with a contemporary twist has earned her a bonafide spot as one of my primary sartorial inspirations, and while I’m sure the Victoria’s Secret mainstay (and she of the picture-perfect life) has a sharp-eyed stylist laying out her clothes and quite possibly putting them on for her while she’s fed grapes by hand, she never looks, well, styled. Miranda has assimilated seamlessly to the streamlined Manhattan aesthetic, so much so that I could feasibly be fooled into thinking that the native Australian was born and raised in my fair city. Bottom line, when doesn’t she look Style Stealable? Also, having a cute dog on your arm never hurts. Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: 10 Sleeveless Summer Blouses

I used to harbor an inexplicable hatred for button-down blouses. Actually, I can explain. I don’t mean the actual blouses themselves, or on other people — I actually would see other people wearing them and be jealous of how good they looked. The problem was when I would try them on myself. Suddenly, my shoulders looked broad, my boobs flattened, and my hips enormous. I continued to try them every once in a while in hopes that I would one day be the type of girl who looked good in them… and now I am! My body didn’t change or anything, I just realized that I was going for the wrong type of shirt. Starchy button-downs still look terrible on my difficult-to-dress figure, but it turns out that a semi-sheer, silky blouse might even be my best look. They don’t fare well for the summertime, which is why I’m turning to the sleeveless variety to carry me through. Click through for 10 stylish, flattering sleeveless blouses perfect for wearing right now!

New Website Uses Algorithm To Find Your Perfect Bra

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Aarthi Ramamurthy and Michelle Lam, the founders of a new lingerie website called True & Co., worked at Microsoft before making the leap into the world of undergarments, which might explain their approach to identifying the perfect bra: they built an algorithm. Here’s how it works: True & Co. customers answer a series of questions about cup size, favorite brands, clothing fit, breast shape, and even weight loss patterns; based on this information, the website suggests a customized selection of bras. For a $45 deposit, you get five bras to try on at home, and if you don’t like any of them, you can send them back for free and get your deposit back. Sounds pretty sweet, huh? I just filled out the questionnaire, and while I was impressed with the thoroughness, I did notice that their size options were fairly limited, and to be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever get on board with bra shopping online, even with a money back guarantee. So, what do you all think? Will you be giving True & Co. a try? [Gizmodo]

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.

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