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Every Little Thing There Is To Love About Online Shopping

By Cailyn Cox

Technology has changed the way we source information, the way we date, and now the way we shop.

Online shopping has managed to make shopping an even more enjoyable experience, and apart from the glaringly obvious pro of being able to do it all from the comfort of your own home (and in your pajamas), there are less obvious things to love about online shopping, too.

Time to embrace Cyber Monday:

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Blackout: Remembering Things In The Dark Is A Bracing Take On Addiction--And You Won't Be Able To Put It Down

Most of us have had a few of those nights: the rum and Cokes taste more like Coke than rum until the next morning when they taste like hangover death. But what happens when those nights start blending together, or worse, are impossible to recall? Author Sarah Hepola wrote Blackout: Remembering Things In The Dark, a brilliant, heartfelt memoir about her not-so-healthy relationship with alcohol. The honesty is raw, often laugh-out-loud funny, and occasionally cringe-inducing. It's also relatable, even if you've never struggled with addiction. Hepola writes universal truths that make you cheer for the unflappable human spirit in all of us.

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Footwear Startup Sseko Designs Works To Help Ugandan Women Afford Higher Education

By Samantha Arroyo

Sseko Designs is making it possible -- one sandal at a time -- for hundreds of Ugandan women to earn enough income to enroll in higher education. Of the 15 million women living in the impoverished country of Uganda, 70% live below the poverty line, only 17% will go to high school and fewer than two percent will go off to college. That's where Sseko Designs feels they can make the biggest impact.

Following high school, there's a nine-month gap in education. It's a time when young men and women go off and try to earn a living to raise enough money to attend university. But in a country where 70% of women live below the poverty line, finding work is, well, near impossible.

So Sseko hires university-bound students temporarily, allowing them to work just nine months to earn the income needed to enroll in higher education. Fifty percent of the money they earn is put in a bank account and the funds are earmarked for tuition expenses. Plus, Sseko matches 100% of what their temporary employees earn, doubling the amount these women are able to save.

The end result?

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6 Simple Tips For Achieving Flawless Airport Style

By Cailyn Cox

For some flying is an incredibly enjoyable experience; unfortunately I am not in that category, but I do know a thing or two about fashion, and if you follow these simple tips then you can rock the perfect airport style.

Prepare for takeoff:

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Creator Crushes: The Extensive Catalog Of DIY Projects -- For Just About Anything -- At A Beautiful Mess

By Chantel Delulio


Sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman started the lifestyle and DIY site A Beautiful Mess for thos that believe in the spirit of "learning, trying ... and above all else ... embracing imperfection." The collection of creative DIY projects and tips rang from everything from leafy crowns to making a pet bed.


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Create A Radiant Glow On The Go With The Luminous Definition Kit

If you're looking to perfect your highlighting and contouring skills, you're going to need a little help from Tata Harper's Luminous Definition Kit. The bronzer and highlighter duo are creams, not powders. They rub in smoothly and give your skin a natural-looking dewy glow. You can use special brushes, but I've found that they blend best with the warmth from my fingertips. Both creams are made from mostly botanicals, too, so you can feel good knowing that you aren't spreading artificial ingredients all over your face. (Which is definitely important for those of us who have ultra-sensitive skin.)

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How Michelle Obama Maintains Her Flawless FLOTUS Style

By Cailyn Cox

Michelle Obama isn't just the United States' First Lady, she's also a style icon. Whether she's pulling off some of the season's biggest trends (jumpsuits, wide leg pants, off-the-shoulder dresses), or recycling a look, her sense of style cannot be beat.

Mrs. Obama gets it right every time.

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The Medallion Blouse Is Versatile Without Being Boring

Need more effortless office styles to pad your wardrobe? The you-at-6-am-and staring-into-the-depths-of-your-closet says, "YES!" Where better to shop for new work duds than LOFT? They've got perfectly versatile pieces, like this Medallion Blouse, ready and willing to be worn with everything, from chic skirts and knee high boots to your favorite pair of wide leg trousers and a shiny statement necklace. Hurrah for easier pre-coffee decision-making!

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Here's Everything You Need To Pack For Thanksgiving Weekend

By Carly Zinderman

Thanksgiving weekend is more than just a dinner with the family. From traveling to getting together with old friends, here is everything you'll need for the long weekend. The key to packing light, even with heavy winter clothes, is to pick pieces that do double duty, like leggings that can be layered under jeans or dresses for extra warmth.

Get your suitcase ready:

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With Its Dramatic Bell Sleeves The Flounce Dress Is Sure To Wow

I want to have a place and a reason to wear this great Flounce Dress from Zara, but I spend more time hunched over a laptop with a mug of coffee than I do waltzing around cocktail parties with a martini. My loss is your gain, though, and you can snatch up the dress and plan your next evening out schmoozing with other people who don't wear yoga pants for two-thirds of the day. Get out the strappy heels and go for big hair, Adele-style, to wow 'em all the moment you walk through the door.

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Creator Crushes: The Charming DIY Projects From Hello Whimsy

By Chantel Delulio


Alyssa Ki chronicles her beautifully photographed DIY fashion projects, including beaded jewelry and unique hair accessories, on her blog Hello Whimsy.


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5 Beauty And Style Apps To Make Your Life Way Easier

By Carly Zinderman

From bringing the beauty shop to you, to virtually trying on new looks, these beauty and style apps are designed to make your life easier.

Siri? Let's get started!

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Keep The Little One's Toes Warm In The Timber Genuine Leather Moccasins from Freshly Picked

Babies. They always get the best fashion items! How positively adorable would a little cherub look toddling around in Freshly Picked's Timber Genuine Leather Moccasins? The real leather moccs are simply designed with just a touch of front fringe and a darling plaid flannel print. They'll keep your little one feeling sturdy as they practice their steps and comfy when they're all tuckered out and ready for a ride in the stroller or baby carrier.

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When You Buy One Of Out Of Print Clothing's Literary Tees You're Sending A Book To A Community In Need

By Samantha Arroyo

Book lovers, rejoice! Out of Print is an online clothing store that "celebrates the world's greatest stories through fashion." As the name suggests, some of their apparel features cover art from titles that have been out of print for quite some time, while others celebrate some of the greatest works of literature: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and Sherlock Holmes, to name a few. 

Like a well-read book, Out of Print's tees, tanks, long-sleeved shirts, leggings and socks are just as soft and worn. But in a good, comfortable and buttery kind of way. Their fitted vintage tees, for example, have a distressed appearance that continues to develop as you wear and wash the item -- just like reading your favorite story over and over. Hence why each product is uniquely faded, each one with a slightly different color variation.

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Understated And Versatile, The Gorjana Circle Necklace Goes With Everything

It may be small and simple, but the Gorjana Circle Necklace manages to still make a pretty big impact when you wear it with your winter v-neck sweaters and collared blouses. In fact, the 18-karat gold-plated pendant would glam up even your plunging cocktail dress necklines as you venture out in the snow to attend holiday parties. Not planning on getting gussied up any time soon? No prob, it's easily layered with longer, more flashy pieces over a comfy oversized sweatshirt for your Saturday trips to the dollar bins at Target and the lunch counter at Panera.

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