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    Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, nail art, Ryan Gosling. These are a few of my favorite things and now I can have it all.

    That's right, ladies, INNI custom nail wraps' new flavor of the week is none other than Ryan Gosling.

    Offered in an array of images (yes, some shirtless), you get to choose your favorite looks and then INNI will create custom nail wraps just for you.

    Let's think through this strategically: Ryan topless definitely would go great on your thumbnail, because his pecs deserve a constant thumbs up; let's go Ry in glasses on your pointer fingernail, since that's the hardworking digit; maybe a deep v-neck Gosling on the middle finger so you both can party; and maybe let's save the tux one for your ring fingernail? Can't hurt. Am I overthinking this? Absolutely. But we are discussing Ryan Gosling nail art so I am pretty sure there are no rules here.

    Best part is that INNI nail wraps are like gel polish, as in they won't chip and they will last up to 14 days. So now you can confidently rock Gosling nails for two weeks straight and never look back

    Thank you, INNI, for putting the man in manicure.

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    1. Fun Necklace: I'm a big fan of fun, cheap necklaces. It's amazing how much dressier and special you'll feel with a big necklace even if you're just wearing jeans and a T-shirt. I have a lot of places that I buy necklaces, but most of my favorites are from Accessory Concierge, both their website and the Facebook sales. This is one of my current favs, the Monarch Gem Collar.

    2. Elie Saab "Le Parfum" Eau de Toilette: This perfume is the reason I rarely do perfume reviews. In the past I did one review a week, now I only want to wear Elie Saab, all day every day. This light floral is perfect for every day.

    3. Jonathan Product Infinite Volume Thickening Foam: I'm a sucker for extra volume, so I'm in love with the Infinite Volume series from Jonathan Product. It's effortless volume, the mousse is lightweight and I can't feel it in my hair. Perfect.

    4. Pond's Luminous BB Cream: I love this stuff. It's one step for my moisturizer, primer and foundation. I love that it has just the right light coverage for the summer.

    5. Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Mutine: I've only had Chanel nail polishes in the past, but when you're in the airport on your way to your grandmother's funeral, you deserve to buy yourself the Chanel lipstick trio in the duty-free shop. I opted for the Coco Rouge Shine because it is pretty translucent but still has color, and it feels very hydrating. Mutine was my favorite of the trio; it's the perfect pinky-nude shade and I carry it with me everywhere.

    6. Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliners: Yes, for real. When you're pregnant, you have certain issues, and you need to feel fresh. These pantiliners are soft and thin and work all day. Buy in bulk.

    7. Gap 1969 Demi Panel Always Skinny Jeans: These jeans are everything. At 24 weeks I finally have more baby bump, and I can't fit into any of my regular jeans (even with a Bellaband). The Gap Always Skinny jeans got me through my first pregnancy, and with my second I've been wearing them in dark blue almost every day. I just got a white pair a few days ago, I know I'll be wearing them just as much.

    8. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash: I seem to collect little bottles of this face wash from hotels. For years I've loved using it, but I didn't buy a big bottle until a few weeks ago. I don't know what took me so long. It gets everything off without overly drying my skin, I love the light exfoliation and it feels like a big step up from my previous boring cleanser.

    9. Tory Burch Aaden Ballet Flat in Natural/Tan/Gold: I'm a big Tory Burch fan, and I've been wearing these flats everywhere. They go with every outfit. I wear them with my skinny maternity jeans rolled up just a little over my ankles and I get so many compliments. The Aadens are more comfortable than my Revas (even when I size the Revas up a half size), and they run true to size. I'll be buying more colors for the fall.

    Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration with Carefree and SheKnows.

    Photo credit: Image Course/Photodisc/Getty Images


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    Sierra Sandison wears an insulin pump

    Photo credit: Susan Hessing Photography

    Not only is she proud of her body exactly as it is, but she wants other sufferers with chronic illnesses to know they don't need to be ashamed of their bodies either.

    "Honestly, it is terrifying walking out on stage in a swimsuit, let alone attached to a medical device," she wrote on her Facebook. "My message to everyone, diabetic or not, is that we all have something that doesn't 'measure up' to the beauty standards set by the media — and that is okay! It does not make you any less beautiful. We also all have obstacles, challenges, and trials. Diabetes turned my life upside down when I was first diagnosed. Don't let your challenge hold you back or slow you down."

    Sandison follows in the footsteps of Bethany Townsend, a young woman with Crohn's disease who bared all — including her colostomy bags — in a bikini photo. The picture went viral and now she is realizing her dream of becoming a model.

    Bethany Townsend

    Bethany Townsend

    "If I can inspire or help other people in my position to feel a little more comfortable in their own skin," she told the Daily Mail, "then I'm really happy."

    It's working. Both Sandison and Townsend inspired a huge social media response, prompting others to share pictures of themselves showing off their medical devices. Chronic illnesses can be devastating in so many ways so it's amazing to see these women not just not hiding their medical devices but wearing them with pride.

    "Isn't it amazing that we can have most of our guts removed and still show more 'guts' than everyone else combined," tweeted another Crohn's sufferer to Townsend.

    Add this to the models with disabilities featured by JC Penney and Nordstrom and it feels like for the first time in a long time, a fashion trend is emerging that could really help and empower women to feel happier with our bodies and embrace all the quirks and "flaws" that make us who we are. The fashion industry isn't exactly known for being kind to women, especially those that differ from the norm (whatever that is).

    I'll admit to feeling less than after looking at glossy magazine spreads or runway shows. Even though I know the pictures aren't totally real, they still remind me of the huge gap between my body and those set as the ideal (and I'm not talking about a thigh gap). Granted, both women are still tall, thin and white but just knowing they're dealing with chronic and sometimes life-threatening illnesses makes them beautiful beyond their bodies — something we all need to be reminded about.

    However, just the fact that Sandison and Townsend made such big news shows that this trend isn't as mainstream as we'd like but I applaud them for being pioneers and showing that you cannot just survive but thrive with a chronic illness. Not to mention this really puts cellulite, freckles or wobbly bits in perspective.

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    Thankfully, I've resisted the urge to taste-test these yummy concoctions, but they've certainly got me thinking. What's the difference between sugar and salt scrubs, anyway? I caught up with Dr. Marina Peredo, clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, to find out.

    The word on the street: Size matters

    According to Peredo, the main difference between sugar and salt scrubs is the size of the exfoliating granules. "Generally, sugar particles are smaller than salt particles, making them less abrasive on the skin," she explained. "Sugar scrubs are best for people with sensitive skin, and they're also preferable to use on the face instead of salt scrubs, since coarse salt granules can irritate delicate skin."

    OK, cool. But if sugar scrubs are best for the face and otherwise sensitive skin, what are salt scrubs used for? According to Peredo, the coarser texture of salt is ideal for buffing away thick, rough patches of skin like calloused elbows, knees and feet. "Salt also has many healing and antiseptic properties, which can kill bacteria and reduce inflammation," she added. Use it on dry and rough skin for an invigorating glow — just keep it away from your face.

    Sugar and salt scrubs to try now

    So now that you know the importance of size, head to the store to try out one of these fabulous scrubs for lustrous skin.

    Sugar and salt scrubs

    • TastyFace Organics Tahitian Vanilla Lime Sea Salt Body Scrub. According to SheKnows Beauty Editor Catherine Conelly, this scrub "smells like a margarita so it takes your mind to happy places!" She prefers, and I quote, to use it on her feet so she doesn't smell like a tequila shot. (tastyfaceorganics.myshopify.com, $21)
    • Yes To Coconut Polishing Body Scrub. Need hydration? Check out this sugar body scrub for sensitive skin. It features moisturizing coconut oil so you'll feel soft and oh-so-tropical after just one use. (yestocarrots.com, $8)
    • Fresh Sugar Face Polish. Yum! This all-natural face polish boasts brown sugar and antioxidant-rich strawberries to gently dissolve dead skin cells and reveal gorgeous skin underneath. We also love that it's gentle enough for regular use on your face. (Sephora, $58)
    • Origins Incredible Spreadable Smoothing Salt Body Scrub. Get the best of both worlds with this salt and sugar scrub. The salt buffs away rough skin, and the sugars — along with delicious spearmint and citrus — moisturize for touchable skin. (Origins, $29)
    • Glô Minerals Sugar Body Polish. A blend of sugar cane, shea butter and cocoa butter awaits you with this luxurious and gentle body polish. You'll smell like happy memories, we swear. (gloprofessional.com, $25)

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    The site is also aiming to give back to children in need in the U.S. Naturally, the destination is a hybrid of cool, cutting edge and classic, kind of like Blake herself. And overall, we like what we see... especially these 12 items from the site's "shop" section. Here's what we're already lusting after.

    Triangle Studs, $30

    Triangle Studs, $30

    You could dress these sparkly studs up for a night out, or wear them with a tank and shorts for a little extra somethin' on the daily.

    Wire-Wrapped Stone Neutral Ring, $60

    Wire-Wrapped Stone Neutral Ring, $60

    We're big fans of this statement stone ring. Whether you wear it alone or with itty-bitty rings on your other fingers, it's sure to become an accessory staple.

    Briella Maxi Dress, $138

    Briella Maxi Dress, $138

    Maxi dresses rock for the lazy days of summer, but this boho one is extra special with its black piping and edgy side slits.

    Provence Hat, $162

    Provence Hat, $162

    Courtesy of Manhattan hat maker Worth & Worth, this sunny day topper is a little bit French, a little bit Ecuadorian, and a whole lot stylish.

    I + W Indigo Plus Bandana, $62

    I + W Indigo Plus Bandana, $62

    The denim-like look and plus sign design of this bandana make an old classic feel suddenly current. If you're a creative soul, we bet you'll find a million different ways to wear it.

    Lune Bangle, $64

    Lune Bangle, $64

    Bangles, bangles and more bangles... can you ever have enough? Stack these bent gold bracelets together for a modern take on arm candy, or try wearing one alone if you're a jewelry traditionalist.

    The Looker, $275

    The Looker, $275

    Just in time for fall shopping, grab these great printed jeans by MOTHER. All you'll need is some confidence and a white tee to make a big statement.

    York Messenger, $280

    York Messenger, $280

    The exquisite leather work in this Sandast messenger bag makes the piece a classic — which also makes the $280 price tag a steal.

    White Freshwater Pearl Lariat, $330

    White Freshwater Pearl Lariat, $330

    Fall hard for this drapey, waterfall-like strand of freshwater pearls. You can wear them wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet, or try the cord out as a cool necklace for variety.

    Core Top, $62

    Core Top, $62

    This core bralet top by District is great for layering under dresses or tanks, or can be worn under a tee for comfort while lying around the house. Also love the allusion to geometric design on the back.

    Faceted Strawberry Quartz Teardrop Necklace, $295

    Faceted Strawberry Quartz Teardrop Necklace, $295

    The versatility of this piece makes it worth the investment. Not only does it come in a pretty little-brighter-than-blush pink, but you can also wear it long for a bohemian vibe or short and double-wrapped for a classic, girlie feel.

    Oxidized Sterling Silver Organic Hoops, $75

    Oxidized Sterling Silver Organic Hoops, $75

    If you're a little more country than rock 'n' roll, these hoop earrings are for you. The hand-hammered texture lends a perfect rustic vibe to any laid-back outfit.

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    woman with nail polish

    Maybe it's their clever names or the dreamy, delicious hues that make us so attracted to Essie colors, but one thing is for sure: Essie nail colors are a huge hit.

    The company has released over 900 colors to date, and last year the creamy, light blue polish Bikini So Teeny became the number-one-selling trend nail color of all time.

    Steel-ing the scene

    That achievement confirms that nail polish has evolved from its '80s cliques of ladylike mauves or racy reds to a beloved spectrum of colors that allow us to wear our emotions on our fingers. Someone who helped make this happen? You guessed it: Essie — Essie Weingarten, that is, founder of Essie Cosmetics. "I remember wondering, as a kid, why can't I paint my nails blue?" she recalls.

    As a special treat, her mother began taking her to the beauty salon for manicures when she was 6 years old. Years later, Essie embarked on her rebellion against the "limited and quite boring" nail colors available to women at the time. In 1981, she launched her first set of 12 colors in Las Vegas hotel salons. This collection included several shades that are still on shelves today, like Blanc, Bordeaux and Baby's Breath, a soft white that she created for a natural-looking French manicure.

    My private jet to success

    Then, it was, well, Smooth Sailing from there. A year after that first launch, Essie's company hit the international market, beginning in Japan, England and France and then quickly achieved other successes:

    • 1985: Essie introduces its square bottle design, setting it apart from other brands
    • 1989: Queen Elizabeth requests Ballet Slippers, the only nail color she would wear
    • 1996: Essie receives Allure Magazine's first Best of Beauty Awards for Best Nail Polish Colors
    • 2005: Essie works with Platinum Guild International to create one of the most expensive nail polishes, I Do
    • 2010: Essie is sold to L'Oreal USA, but Weingarten still remains the global creative director
    • 2011: Princess Kate Middleton chooses the color Allure for her wedding day

    Berry naughty names

    "I always say, 'If the color fits, wear it.' Because if it's pleasing to the eye, it's pleasing to the soul," Weingarten says.

    Some of Essie’s best-selling colors include: Mademoiselle, Ballet Slippers (of course), Sugar Daddy and Wicked. "I like to have fun with names," Weingarten says. With inspirations everywhere, she always carries her Mont Blanc notebook with her to jot down ideas when the lightning strikes. "... I just let my personality influence the color names... and the naughtier the better... the number-one-selling red last holiday season (2011) was Size Matters. Come on! I told the team, 'I don’t know what you're thinking about, I was thinking about diamonds!'"

    The Essie team comes out with six new colors every season, each collection with its very own tagline. This summer's set begs the question, "Want to stay haute in the heat?", complete with colors like Urban Jungle, Roarrrrange, and Ruffles & Feathers. Weingarten reveals, "I can never do enough blues and greens. People go wild. Why? It makes us happy; it's the sea and the sky."

    No butler please

    Surprisingly, Weingarten never does her own nails. Instead, she has been going to the same manicurist for 20 years and pencils in her nail appointment for every Friday at 5 p.m. She wakes up as early as 5:30 a.m. each morning and works as late at 9 p.m. every night.

    What’s more? "I don’t have a personal assistant," she says. Weingarten prefers to answer the phone herself, on the first ring. "When your company grows, it can become impersonal. Personal touch is important."

    True to her word, Weingarten is always extending her hand. "If I have appointments in the city, I always make a point of popping into random salons to say, 'Hi; I’m Essie.' And they say, 'Manicure? Pedicure?' And I say, 'No. I’m Essie.'"

    Nine A-list shades

    In an interview with StyleList, Weingarten revealed her top nine favorite colors, which are:

    1. Allure
    2. Ballet Slippers
    3. Mademoiselle
    4. Marshmallow
    5. Chinchilly
    6. Wicked
    7. Mint Candy Apple
    8. Downtown Brown
    9. Size Matters

    Tips for adore-a-ball nails

    Thinking outside the bottle? Weingarten recommends three subtle color combos for just the right touch. Try one coat of Ballet Slippers with Mademoiselle, Blushing Bride with Sugar Daddy, or Vanity Fairest with Aurora. She also offers these expert tips:

    • Treat your nails like jewels, and don't ever use them as tools.
    • The more you cut your cuticles, the more they grow; opt to push them back instead.
    • Keep a bottle of cuticle oil by your nightstand or at your desk.
    • Always use a base coat.
    • For Essie polish, wait two minutes before applying each successive coat.
    • For a strong finish, complete your manicure with a glossy topcoat.

    "People say, 'Why nails?' and I say, 'Number one, it's an affordable luxury. We still make women feel good for very little money. Number two, it takes any old outfit and makes it new, and three, you can talk about it for days.' For women, it's better than any psychiatrist."

    Photo credit: BLOOMimage/Getty Images

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    We all have a unique sense of personal style, and our handbags should reflect those preferences the same way our wardrobes do. Here are seven crossbody bags, each reflecting a different look, so you can celebrate your weekend with (hands-free) style.

    Bohemian

    Bohemian

    Photo credit: WENN.com

    As evidenced by Vanessa Hudgens in this photo from Coachella, boho ladies like flowing fabrics, floral prints and leather boots. Get the look with this fringed leather crossbody bag from Free People. The elaborate braiding and beaded accents are totally hippie-fab. It isn't cheap, though, so maybe skip the "rolling in the mud" session at the next outdoor music festival you attend. (Free People, $300)

    '60s mod

    '60s Mod

    Photo credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

    Sienna Miller, our modern-day Edie Sedgwick, demonstrates what mod looks like in the year 2014 with her glam black-and-gold dress, dark eyeliner, and long blonde hair. Channel her look with this boxy black crossbody from Forever 21. The bag even has a leopard-print lining, adding to the 1960s vibe. You'd fit right in at Andy Warhol's Factory. (Forever 21, $22)

    Minimalist

    Minimalist

    Photo credit: TNFY/WENN.com

    As Victoria Beckham illustrates, minimalism is all about clean lines and excellent fit. You don't have to forgo colors, however, nor should you. The sparse look of minimalist design means that color and the odd detail pack a far more powerful punch, evidenced by this ASOS crossbody bag with large metal buckle. (ASOS, $48)

    Hipster

    Hipster

    Photo credit: WENN.com

    Hipsters come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of variations on style, but if there's one thing all hipsters enjoy, it's some joie de vivre. This bag is shaped like an old school lunch box, but the aqua and black color scheme is ultra cheeky. Wear this and you'll be right at home at a Bushwick loft party. (Topshop, $44)

    Ultra feminine

    Ultra Feminine

    Photo credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

    You like flowers, polka dots, cute animals and being compared to Zooey Deschanel. You've never seen a circle skirt or a hair bow you didn't like. And now you've found the bag of your dreams, the Adventurous Acumen Bag, available on ModCloth. You are not messing around with that daring shade of mustard yellow, plus the retro shape and sweet bow on the front closure will go so perfectly with your closet full of sundresses. (ModCloth, $84)

    Androgynous

    Androgynous

    Photo credit: KIKA/WENN.com

    Menswear just... suits you. Like Cate Blanchett in this flawless black pantsuit and white blouse, you gravitate towards men's button-downs, loafers, and impeccably-cut blazers, even on the weekends. You'll want a no-frills purse, but something less sparse than a minimalist might wear. The buckles on this Frye satchel won't distract from your polished, unisex look, but this red shade also prevents the bag from fading into the background. (Urban Outfitters, $438)

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    I'm all about looking chic and fresh all day long. Here's a look at my morning essentials that help get me ready for the day.

    1. Fresh green juice: I have been adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet, and drinking a green juice is the perfect way to start your day a little healthier.
    2. A roll-on perfume: You can apply it before heading out, or take it with you in your bag and reapply as needed.
    3. The cutest ombre lingerie: I think that when we are wearing cute underwear, our overall confidence increases.
    4. Sunglasses to hide your under-eye circles in the morning.
    5. Carefree Acti-Fresh Pantiliners to stay fresh throughout the day.
    6. A red/orange lipstick is the best way to look put together in seconds.
    7. Statement earrings make me feel like I'm ready to conquer the world.
    8. Mascara to make your eyes look brighter and awake.
    9. A little bit of foundation or powder to hide minor imperfections.
    10. And... a trendy bag that updates any look instantly.
    Photo credit: RuslanDashinsky/E+/Getty Images

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    Why we're obsessed

    There's a reason the minimalism trend is in style this summer: It's always a classic choice. Here, Jennifer pairs two super simple basics (a white top and high-waisted black shorts) and pumps up the fashion factor with a statement bag in a bold hue. Simple, but incredibly fashionable.

    Get the look: Jennifer Morrison's minimalist work style

    Photo credit: Michael Wright/WENN.com

    How to style the look

    This look is meant to be easy on the eyes, so don't go too crazy with your accessories. Keep things streamlined with one or two attention-grabbers, add a flirty hairstyle (like Jennifer's curls) and you'll be good to go anywhere from the office to a night out.

    Get the look: Jennifer Morrison's minimalist work style

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    The app promises to be Shazam for fashion. See someone wearing an outfit on the street you absolutely must have? Snap a picture with your smartphone, and the Style Thief app will use its image recognition software to find the same look through partner e-commerce sites and sell it to you with one easy click. It's what Bosworth and her Style Thief team have termed the "Snap and Steal."

    "Everyone has fashion envy," Bosworth told WWD. "Everyone can relate to that feeling of looking at an editorial, for example — or a friend, or the runway, for that matter — wanting to steal something exactly as you’re seeing it, or something similar."

    Bosworth, 31, has been a fashion fave for years and recently designed her very own lines for Topshop. In 2010, she launched a subscription-based accessories line called JewelMint.

    Along with her director husband, Michael Polish, whom she named Style Thief's chief creative officer, Bosworth hopes the app will take off and hints to WWD that she might be designing products herself for the app in the future.

    Style Thief uses a program called Cortexica for its image search and recognition functionality and hopes, like Amazon, to provide a one-click shopping experience. It also includes features that set notices to alert users when items go on sale, and it even offers searches based on color or pattern.

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    She tells the mag: "In my big group of girlfriends at home, I am definitely not the best looking. I did not grow up feeling like I was particularly attractive. You should have seen me at 14, with ­braces and glasses, gangly and doing ballet! If I looked good in [The] Wolf of Wall Street I cannot take full credit; it was because of hair extensions and makeup."

    From a young age, girls are taught that pride is unattractive. So, in response, it's all too common for us to dismiss compliments or praise, saying we simply are not that pretty/smart/kind/strong/fill-in-the-blank because we're afraid of seeming too proud of ourselves. The problem with that, though, is that you begin to believe your own words. You begin to believe you are less.

    This sentiment saddens me. Every woman is allowed to feel pretty — whether you achieve that through makeup and hair extensions, or feel best completely natural. As long as you do it for you and like how you look, that's all that matters. And if someone says she loves your blond waves or that you have gorgeous eyes you're allowed to accept that compliment, revel in it for a moment, and turn it into a little self-love. (Yes, I give you permission.)

    Margot's comments speak to a larger problem, outside of simple physical appearance.

    Us ladies have a problem accepting praise in general. And by constantly batting away anything that feels like a compliment, we sow the seeds of self-doubt that take their toll, not only on our own self-esteems, but on other women's, too. Think about it like this: If the prettiest/smartest/kindest/strongest woman you know doesn't believe in her most amazing qualities, then it becomes hard to believe in your own.

    One of the best lessons my mother ever taught me was to accept both criticism and praise gracefully. Try it. Next time you're tempted to respond to a compliment by saying you're not all that, replace it with a simple "thank you" instead. You acknowledge the person's praise as meaning something to you, and remind yourself that you are allowed to feel special, worthy and important. In fact, you are those things.

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    If you're like me, you adore the coconut scent. It's summery, sweet and sassy without being overwhelming, after all. So when Yes To Coconut's new line hit my desk, I was ready to dive right into the new releases.

    Formulated specifically for dry skin, the natural collection combines nourishing moisturizers like hydrating coconut oil to help smooth dry and cracked skin. In typical Yes To style, there's something for everyone in this collection — everything from a lip oil and body balm to a conditioner and hand/cuticle cream. I could go on and on about the collection, but I'll save you some time and just give you a little sneak peek at some of the highlights.

    One of my favorite items in the new line is the Coconut Naturally Smooth Lip Balm. Lip balm is a staple in every woman's purse, but some are extremely overpriced and ineffective. Luckily, this little baby is affordable ($3) and works overtime to moisturize dry lips. It's smooth, compact, light and totally tasty (cuz let's be honest ladies, that's the most important part). Even better, the effects are long lasting.

    Moving on to skin care, we have the Coconut Cleansing Wipes. Like the rest of the collection, these wipes feature a fun coconut scent, but the appeal doesn't stop there. They're refreshing and non-sticky, and don't leave behind a residue like some other cleansing wipes — definitely a plus when you're wiping off so much in the sweaty summer months.

    In addition to the beauty cabinet staples, the collection also features a few fun innovations like the Coconut Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion (we're loving it for its ease of application) and Coconut Eczema Relief Spray.

    If hair care is more your thing, there's a shampoo, conditioner and hair smoother in the collection, too. Or, if you prefer to indulge your body in the shower, there's a luxurious (and delicious smelling) body scrub we've quickly fallen for and have been using to amp up our exfoliating game for the summer.

    Intrigued? Head on over to Yes To's website to check out the rest of the collection and let us know what you'll be trying first.

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    Don't know where to begin? We've got you covered. There are so many ways to style wordy outfits so that they're chic, not tacky. First things first, make sure you choose a slogan that represents your unique personality. Not sure how to wear it? Here are some outfit ideas that will make styling that quote T-shirt or word bracelet a cinch.

    The shorter and sweeter the phrase, the stronger the impact. Pair a quippy T-shirt with a sweet floral skirt in this season's "midi" length to add interest to the outfit. Shirts with sayings are generally pretty sparse, aside from the words, making them perfect for mixing with prints. To prevent yourself from looking totally "twee," add edgy details like a faux leather jacket and heavy metal jewelry in unique shapes.

    Wordy outfits we love for teens

    Coffee First Muscle Tee (Forever21.com, $13), Biker Jacket (H&M.com, $60), Midi Skirt in Floral Rose Print (ASOS.com, $57), Put a Ring Chevron It! Ring (ModCloth.com, $13), Women's Carraway Perforated Oxford (Payless.com, $40).

    Want a truly subtle way to sneak a favorite phrase into your wardrobe? Try ankle socks. Wearing them with heels is a popular look that pairs well with casual dresses — perfect for homeroom. Wear a cutesy dress, like the chambray shirtdress pictured here, with an edgy word sock and crisp white Keds. Sneakers are key here... you want to be able to walk to class.

    Wordy outfits we love for teens

    Walk This Way Slogan Ankle Socks (ASOS.com, $6), 1969 Western Denim Shirtdress (Gap.com, $65), Teacup Sneaker (Keds.com, $45).

    Allow a tarot-card-inspired graphic tee with an inspirational message to take center stage by wearing it with a military-green jacket, slightly distressed skinny jeans, and paisley print sneakers. This low-key outfit is super comfy but still has a lot going on with multiple prints and layering. Perfect for those days when you have way too many extracurricular activities lined up after class.

    Wordy outfits we love for teens

    In the Night Women's Tee (Tillys.com, $30), Parka (H&M.com, $50), Jayden Low-Rise Skinny Jean (Delias.com, $50), Liberty Era Sneakers (Vans.com, $60).

    Do your English homework the stylish way with a literary cuff like this one, which has this quote from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley printed on the surface:  "Beware for I am fearless and therefore powerful." Let the bracelet speak for itself by forgoing prints and keeping the rest of your outfit simple. A white lacy blouse, tight oxblood jeans, and funky brown Chelsea boots play off the colors of the accessory without distracting from the words.

    Wordy outfits we love for teens

    Frankenstein Jewelry Cuff (Etsy.com, $30), Embroidered Shoulder Shirt (AE.com, $40), Moto Oxblood Joni Jeans (Topshop.com, $65), Robin Chelsea Boots (Target.com, $35).

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    Stick to neutrals

    If comfort is your main goal, kicks in colors like black, white, gray or beige will definitely be your new BFF. Why, you ask? Well, because neutrals will help keep the focus on your outfit without drawing too much attention to your shoes, points out fashion and lifestyle blogger Natalie Zimmerman of natalienotions.com. "Sneakers in these colors can be paired with almost any outfit too, but a canvas style is best if your outfit is a bit dressier," she says. Think a cute pair of Converse shoes with a fun maxi skirt or midi dress and feminine accessories to top it off.

    Stick to neutrals

    Make a statement

    Speaking of accessories, nothing says girly quite like statement jewelry. We suggest balancing out the masculinity of your favorite pair of sneakers with an over-the-top statement necklace or an armful of bangles that will quickly become the center of attention. A glittery backpack is a cute touch too, as long as you're not wearing the statement jewelry, that is, and the rest of your outfit isn't super busy either. Sometimes less really is more.

    Make a statement

    Skip the pants

    If you plan on wearing bright trainers to school, pants will only make your outfit look more sporty and less girly, so style them with a dress, skirt or even shorts, recommends Zimmerman. And don't be afraid to show off those legs (just be sure your bottoms are school-appropriate, of course). To tie together your entire outfit, pick one color from your sneakers and repeat it elsewhere in your ensemble. It can be the dominant color or not. For example, if your shoes are purple, burgundy and orange, you might want to put on an orange top for summertime and a burgundy one in the fall. Slip into a pretty pleated maxi skirt and add on some statement jewelry and you’re as ladylike as they come (or you know, close enough).

    Skip the pants

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    Casual Cool Sleeping Beauty

    Photo credit: Kento Nara/Future Image/WENN.com

    Remember the epic Disney T-shirt dress Elle rocked on a flight to the Tokyo premiere of Maleficent last month? Albeit out there, the actress somehow managed to pull it off perfectly. "Of the Disney princesses Sleeping Beauty was my favorite because I looked like her the most, so I'd always gravitate towards her items at the toy store," she revealed in a recent interview with The Daily Beast. Um whoa, she really does — how crazy. If sporting a full-on Sleeping Beauty frock isn't exactly your style though, you can tone down Elle's daring look by slipping into an Aurora crop top with a basic blue high-waisted skirt and some fun heels instead.

    Casual Cool Sleeping Beauty collage

    The "ugly sandal" outfit

    The "Ugly Sandal” Outfit

    Photo credit: WENN.com

    The ugly sandal trend is back and better than ever. And we say if Elle can hop on board then so can you. The teenage trendsetter grabbed some frozen yogurt with her dad this Father's Day in a simple outfit we're pretty sure we'd look like a total bum in. Naturally, however, Elle was anything but that. She radiated coolness in her white Birkenstock sandals styled with some lightly colored blue jeans, a basic striped T-shirt, some seriously rad sunglasses and a matching Miu Miu purse to top it all off. Steal her daytime ensemble and those exact same Birkenstocks below.

    The "Ugly Sandal” Outfit

    Runway ready pastel perfection

    Runway Ready Pastel Perfection

    Photo credit: WENN.com

    As the brand new face of Miu Miu, we guess it's sort of Elle's job to look drop-dead gorgeous at their events. And drop-dead gorgeous she did look at their Fall 2014 fashion show. Elle mixed-and-matched a plethora of pastels, pairing a purple pleated houndstooth miniskirt with a matching yellow houndstooth crop top and an exquisite pale blue coat, which was layered on over top. She has never been shy about her love for layers either. In the same interview mentioned above, Elle told The Daily Beast, "I prefer to layer with a cute jacket because the more accents and layers you put into an outfit, the more of a sense of self it gives it." We agree. And now we'll just sit here and drool over this cotton candy ensemble. Um, can we say obsessed?

    Runway Ready Pastel Perfection

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    Mojo Puff'd Pyramid Backpack

    Mojo Puff'd Pyramid Backpack

    Perfect for the girl who likes the look and feel of a traditional backpack but is anything but traditional, this bold, bright bag is sure to stand out from the crowd be it at school or a music festival. Made of a lightweight and water-resistant nylon, it features fun stud details on the front and plenty of storage space for your personal stuff and tech gadgets. (Mojobackpacks.com, $35)

    New Look Backpack in Owl Print

    New Look Backpack in Owl Print

    Hoot, hoot hooray for this adorable owl print backpack. Young and fun yet still decidedly grownup, it has adjustable straps so you can wear it as a backpack or slung over one shoulder like a purse as soon as school lets out. With plenty of pockets to choose from, you'll never have to worry about finding a place to stash your cell phone or lip gloss. (Asos.com, $38)

    PeleCheCoco Renewal Axl Backpack

    PeleCheCoco Renewal Axl Backpack

    A black leather backpack is a fab choice for any fashionista who's always on the run because you can carry it with you practically anywhere. Great for day or night, this baby is classic, cutting edge and looks cool with either jeans or a dress. We can totally picture Cher in Clueless sporting it to school or Mary Kate Olsen rocking it out on the streets today. (Urbanoutfitters.com, $149)

    Old Trend Washed Leather Hobo Bag

    Old Trend Washed Leather Hobo Bag

    Feast your eyes on this super-soft and slouchy leather stunner, which offers studious free spirits the best of both worlds. Long double straps make it oh, so simple to don as a backpack for class, but then wait; it turns into a relaxed hobo too. Just throw it on over your shoulder to instantly update your look. Um, we wanted one like, yesterday. (Freepeople.com, $478)

    Nicole by Nicole Miller Wendy Backpack

    Nicole by Nicole Miller Wendy Backpack

    Lighten your load and give your back a rest with this basic black bucket-shaped backpack that quickly converts into a shoulder bag. All you have to do is remove the straps, and voilà, you've got a brand spanking new purse. Oh, and did we mention that the top handle comes off too? Gotta love that for school. (Jcpenney.com, $37)

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  • 07/23/14--06:00: Locker room looks we love
  • Workout clothes have come a long way in recent years. Leave that ratty T-shirt and stretched-out pair of leggings at home and stock up on these adorable items to help you move seamlessly from gym class to math class.

    Contrast leggings

    Contrast leggings

    Suit up for a round of dodge ball in these contrast panel performance leggings. The teal bands add interest to simple charcoal bottoms, which are made of a lightweight knit designed to wick away moisture so you won't break too much of a sweat out there on the court. Changing back into your skinny jeans at the end of class will be no problem at all. (Forever21.com, $22)

    Floral tank

    Floral tank

    Who says gym clothes can't have adorable patterns? This floral cutback tank from Roxy is so cute you'll want to wear it to your after-school pizza and ice cream date with friends. Go ahead and do it... we won't tell them you played badminton in that shirt during fourth period. (Roxy.com, $38)

    Purple pullover

    Purple pullover

    If you're often chilly at the start of gym class, warm up with this purple pullover from C9 by Champion. The vibrant color will keep your mood upbeat, while the stitching along the torso makes for an ultra-flattering cut. Just because it's gym doesn't mean you need to hide behind baggy silhouettes. (Target.com, $20)

    Neon sneakers

    Neon sneakers

    The sneakers are the pièce de résistance of any good workout outfit. New Balance's are comfy enough to allow for maximum performance. The fun neon colors of the 1400v2 style make these sneakers look like a party on your feet. Chances are they'll even go with your regular clothes, meaning you don't have to pack a pesky change of shoes. (NewBalance.com, $100)

    Banded tank top

    Banded tank top

    Tired of irritating bra hooks and straps peeking out from underneath your workout tank? Try a shirt with a built-in bra, like this one from Under Armour. It also features a fitted band at the waist to prevent your shirt from riding up during activities, and a super-adorable V-neck back. Running late for your next class? Toss a cardigan over it in a pinch and you've got an outfit. (UnderArmour.com, $50)

    Chic sweats

    Chic sweats

    Sometimes you really need to rock sweatpants during gym, especially in those chilly winter months when the idea of shorts is enough to make your hair follicles freeze. Luckily, sweatpants are cuter than ever these days. The No Sweatin' It Pant from Athletica has a relaxed silhouette and comes in heather gray or black. Warning: They're made of French terry so you may never take them off. (Athletica.com, $89)

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    GIRLS

    1. Sequined heart

    Sequined Heart

    Give a whole new meaning to the saying "wear your heart on your sleeve" with this sparkly, sequined pin. Bonus, it doubles as a hair clip. (Ban.do, $15) 

    2. Wild shoelaces

    Wild shoelaces

    Boring black shoes or sneakers become decidedly more fun with a pair of brightly patterned laces. (Little Miss Matched, $7)

    3. Fancy ponytail holders

    Fancy ponytail holders

    Ponytails are practical, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Glam it up with these embellished elastics. (Anthropologie, $16) 

    4. Patterned tights

    Patterned tights

    As soon as the temperatures drop, tights will be essential. And who doesn't love a polka-dotted version? (Forever 21, $3) 

    5. Animal print scarf

    Animal print scarf

    Scarves are a back-to-school essential. Not only do they add some color, they also help with those over-air-conditioned classrooms. (Old Navy, $13) 

    GUYS

    6. Colorful belt

    Colorful belt

    Whether it's necessary to hold those khakis up or not, a bright belt is one of the easiest way to personalize a uniform. (Urban Outfitters, $29) 

    7. Cool watch

    Cool watch

    Watches might be less popular thanks to smartphones and iPods, but this preppy grosgrain watch is a back-to-school must-have. (Gap, $13) 

    8. Retro ball cap

    Retro ball cap

    It might not be allowed in the classroom, but until the bell rings this hat will show off a little old-school style. (Forever 21, $10) 

    9. Hipster glasses

    Hipster glasses

    No, they won't help raise anyone’s GPA, but these glasses will at least help affect a more studious air. (Forever 21, $5) 

    10. Stylish socks

    Stylish socks

    Well-coordinated socks are a sign of true sartorial style. You can't go wrong with these varsity pairs. (Gap, $20 for 7 pairs) 

    Express yourself

    Have fun expressing your own personal style and check out some new gear at the same time with this emoji maker from JCPenney.

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    1. Sport a sporty mani

    Chevron nails

    You may think no one pays attention to your fingernails, but you'd be wrong. Give your manicure a dash of team spirit by creating a chevron design with your school's colors. Not sure what you're doing? Check out this easy tutorial.

    2. Shop smart

    Head to a store that you know carries many clothing options at a reasonable price. For instance, we created this bright board with clothing from only JCPenney for a colorful game day look.

    Shop Smart collage

    3. Chalk your hair

    Chalk your hair

    Chalk is the solution if you love bright hair color but, you know, have to return to a work or school dress code on Monday morning. Follow these instructions for a rinse-out ombre style fit for game day. Want to spice it up even more? Add a colorful, rolled-up bandana for a funky headband.

    4. Upcycle old beads into jewelry

    earrings

    Image Credit: Brit + Co.

    Do you own a stash of old Mardi Gras beads that are going to waste and possibly bringing you shame? The answer to your woes is upcycling. Turn those old Mardi Gras beads into outrageously beautiful and bright jewelry — like these bauble hoops made from a tutorial on Brit + Co.

    5. Look fly with feathers

    Look fly with feathers

    You can find feather hair accessories in all the colors of the rainbow, so they're perfect for school spirit. (Don't forget that you can also find feather bracelets and earrings, too). Just fix a feather clip, like this one made for tiny dancers, into your ponytail or braid. (All About Dance, $4).

    6. Play with makeup

    Seattle Seahawks eye makeup

    It takes a special woman to wear bright eye makeup, so it sounds right up your alley. We love the idea of using your team's colors in metallic and matte eye shadows for a bold and spirited look. Need help? This Seattle Seahawks eye makeup tutorial is easily tweaked with your team's special colors.

    7. Make a funky tutu

    Make a funky tutu

    Photo credit: Daisy Francesca

    Little girls shouldn't have all the tutu fun. We've loved the tutu trend popping up at 5K races and mud runs, so why not sport a colorful tutu for game day, too? You can make a tutu however you like, but this tutorial from Daisy Francesca promises an extra-flouncy outcome.

    8. Layer cut-outs

    Layer cut-outs

    Photo credit: All Day Chic

    OK, so game day T-shirts aren't so bad, as long as they're shredded and layered. Grab one of your old team T-shirts, and follow this DIY tutorial to create a cut-out angel wing design with the back of the tee. Layer the final product over a tank top of your team's complementary color.

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    The good news, though, is that it's not much more complicated at all. If your child's school requires a uniform, your kid may even grow to appreciate the simplicity of selecting an outfit each morning. Just make sure his or her uniform is perfectly fitted by following these steps for a put-together appearance.

    1. Choose a specialty fit, if necessary

    I cannot overstate the importance of buying clothing that fits your child, even if it's more expensive. For instance, I was 6'2" by the eighth grade, and my mom suggested we just buy my pants in the men's section since extra-long juniors' pants were so pricey. No. There are many options available for boys and girls who don't exactly fit the mold, and it's worth the extra expense. Your child will both look and feel better if you buy clothing that fits and flatters.

    2. Learn the beauty of an undershirt

    Undershirts and well-fitted camisoles are a lifesaver. They prevent sweat stains, and they also even out lumpiness, bra texture and muffin top that may make your child feel self-conscious. Keep your kid's closet stocked with many colors and textures to layer under a uniform polo or sweater for a smooth finish.

    3. Find wrinkle-resistant brands

    Nothing ruins a well-fitted uniform like unsightly wrinkles, but it's hard to keep a kid looking perfectly pressed. Avoid the problem in the first place by paying a little more for brands that offer wrinkle-resistant options. You can avoid wrinkles entirely by choosing a jersey fabric rather than cotton, too.

    4. Check out the hemline

    Here's another trick from an incredibly tall woman: Look at the hemline before purchasing an item. If there are at least two inches of fabric at the bottom of a hemmed jacket or pants, you'll be able to let out the seam and alter the length for an extra few months of wear. No more high-water pants, Mom. It's embarrassing.

    5. When in doubt, call a tailor

    Tailoring isn't a luxury for the extraordinarily wealthy among us. In fact, you can find tailors who charge only $5-$15 for standard changes to an item, like adding or removing inches from a hemline or taking in the sides of a blouse for a closer fit. It's hard to find a fit as perfect as that created by a tailor.

    6. Accessorize with intelligence

    Once your child's outfit looks perfect, add a few accessories to personalize his or her look. Consider adding a headband, leather bracelet or classy messenger bag for a perennial fashion statement that will set your kid apart from the crowd.

    If you need additional instructions, let's conclude with one final word of wisdom from wikiHow's school uniform tutorial, for you to pass on to your child: "Smell good and carry breath mints." Truth.

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