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Dudes, Glam Up Your Beards!

By Kirsten Clodfelter

Cooler weather is just around the corner, and as you're growing out that scruff, consider beefing up your typical grooming process by adding a little flair to your facial hair and adorning ornaments in your beard this year. This twee-est of twee trends seems to have started with Pierre Thiot's "Will It Beard" Tumblr experiment (Spaghetti noodles? A Mr. Potato Head? Absolutely, why not.) which launched the magnificent flower beard trend that took Pinterest and Instagram by storm last summer.

The results are pretty beautiful, honestly, 
as thousands of #flowerbeard hashtags clearly attest.


Apple Cider Doughnut Mix

It's mid-September and you're already over pumpkin thanks to a saturated market of pumpkin spice ... well, everything. Do your palate a favor and bake up a few goodies with Williams-Sonoma's Apple Cider Doughnut Mix. There's no pumpkin here -- just the refreshing taste of fall's other staple, apple. Don't skip the glaze once your donuts have cooled (it's included); it has a sweet, complementary vanilla flavor that will have you reaching for a second doughnut. Okay, and then splitting a third with anyone who's willing.

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YSL Pop Water Nail Lacquer

With nail art becoming more and more popular, you need lots of options to choose from, and Yves Saint Laurent's new Pop Water Nail Lacquer will have you hooked. We were shocked at how much we loved it; it's not a long-lasting formula per se, or an overly bright and colorful line. Instead, the pink-tinted polishes glide on with a lightly sheer watercolor effect. They're refreshingly understated while still being trendy. We adore our bottle of Rose Splash, but have already gone back to order Fuchsia Rain, too.

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Your New Wardrobe Secret Weapon: Online Consignment Apps

By Kirsten Clodfelter

Need new clothes? Pretty much always, right? My list of wardrobe staple must-haves is continuously four or five or twelve items too long for what my meager quarterly clothing budget allows. The clearance rack at Kohl's or a day of carefully picking through T.J.Maxx can land some sweet finds, but it's epically time consuming.

Enter: The Consignment App.

Here's the truth: my daily year-round uniform is pretty much just leggings and a tank-top. If it's cold, add a sweater to that little ensemble. Basic B? Whatevs. I like to make getting ready in the mornings as easy as possible. In reality, it's not always appropriate to show up dressed as if I've just left a yoga studio (especially if I didn't, which -- save for exactly three times in my entire life -- is never the case).

Online consignment stores have been a lifesaver whenever I've needed to update my business-caj options ahead of meetings with new clients, anytime I haven't had $100+ to drop on a fancy dress for a friend's wedding, and when I've been desperate to find good deals on seasonal necessities, like a good winter coat. They're also a great way to cull my own closet and get rid of things I never wear anyway (because leggings: see above) in exchange for a little cash or credit toward future finds.

Sound like something you've been looking for all your life?

Here's a list of a few faves to get you started:

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Colorblock Pleated Skirt

You can always count on Kate Spade to help you line your closet with chic staples designed with a playful twist. We're looking at you, Colorblock Pleated Skirt. The midi-length, office-worthy skirt will have you looking as sweet as scoop of neapolitan ice cream. It's an investment piece, sure, but you can slip into it in every season, and we bet you'll still be reaching for it a few years down the line. Shake up your look and go casual by wearing it with a simple black or white tank and some eye-catching, coordinating jewelry.

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10 Stylish Prescription Glasses for Under $100

By Chantel Delulio

Prescription glasses are a blessing and a curse.They're an extra accessory in your holster and dramatically removing your glasses is the ultimate in verbal punctuation. But when shopping for a new pair the price of the frames plus the price of the prescription itself can leave your bank account reeling. Luckily, you can still be fabulously four-eyed without spending your rent money.

Here are ten spectacular specs that won't drain your wallet:

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4 Women Who Are Changing the Fashion World (For the Better!)

By Cailyn Cox

There's no denying the fashion world lacks diversity.

But these four women are among those helping to revolutionize 
the industry and breakthrough the stringent beauty barriers.

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It's It Sweatshirt

After spending the summer eating salads and doing all manner of healthy outdoor activities, it's easy to fall into a mode of hibernation. Our bodies are ready for rest, and for me that looks like lots of couch time and comfort food. I always vow that I won't spend the cold months layering on "insulation" by eating sweet treats, and this year I'm sticking to it*. I'm going to feel just fine about staying warm by putting this It's It Sweatshirt on my body rather than a case of delicious chocolate-covered ice cream sandwiches in my body.

*Please don't show me this post in February.

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Creator Crushes: Alicia Pauslon

By Rachael Levitt


Alicia Paulson shows us how to craft-ify our lives through handmade gifts, crotchet, sewing and more.

While bedridden from a car accident, Alicia honed her talents and went on to publish two books on her passion (Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy and Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living). She loves all inspired by folk arts and traditional motifs. Her stuff is decorative AF. She provides both kits and patterns for many of her creations.


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4 Couture Trends You Can Actually Wear in Everyday Life

By Cailyn Cox

We love the creativity of the couture collections, but let's be honest, there aren't very many that are wearable.

Luckily, we did spot a few trends emerging from the 
2015 Couture runways that will be right at home in your wardrobe.

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Keds Watermelon Print Sneakers

When it's too cold for sandals but you're unwilling to acknowledge that summer is waning, these Keds Watermelon Print Sneakers ($54) will do just fine. An homage to the tastiest part of summer, these cute kicks are adorably appropriate all year - save for those months of snow and rain, of course. We're fully embracing our denial that winter is coming.

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Fashion Through The Ages (And How To Make Old Looks New Again!)

By Cailyn Cox

In the 1920's we had flapper dresses and cloches, and now we have crop tops and culottes; clothing has changed dramatically through the last nine decades and so has our attitude towards it.

Below is a quick recap of all the different styles
and style icons throughout the decades.

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Lorna Jane Work It Tank

Let's be real: your workout needs more Missy Elliott in it. Adding a few gems to your playlist is a great way to start, but if you really want to feel supa dupa fly, consider this Lorna Jane Work It Tank ($36)

For a little fun and inspiration, here are a few of my fave Missy jams. If nothing else, these videos are a great way to relive the early 2000's. Enjoy!
Work It
Lose Control
Get Ur Freak On
One Minute Man

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How To Master The Art Of Thrift Store Shopping

By Angela Germano

When most people think of thrift stores, they think of this vague, overhead lights flickering like some sort of zombie-clothing movie, but the truth is this atmosphere is a thing of the past. Now, they're clean, well-staffed and well-organized, with charitable benefits from each purchase ranging from supporting everything from people with AIDS to people with any number of disabilities. You can find anything from new, unopened household items to designer clothing and really neat socks.

But you can't just walk into a thrift store and
have all of the really nice stuff fall at your feet.

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Bridal Fashion for 2016: Be Beautifully Yourself

By Kirsten Clodfelter

Bridal trends for 2016 from top designers include sensual styles like plunging necklines and thigh-high slits, 3D floral embellishments and layered fabrics to create dresses with dimension, and delicate touches, such as feathers, that add fluidity to gorgeous gowns.

But the best trend in wedding fashion right now is personalized, 
powerful beauty celebrating the unique aesthetic of every bride.

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