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    If you've never been to a burlesque show, you're missing out on seeing incredible female performers of all shapes and sizes whose charisma, talent and positive body image is truly inspirational. But the management at Lucky Pierre's in New Orleans clearly didn't get that memo because they reportedly fired a performer named Ruby Rage because she was overweight and didn't fit their high "standard for burlesque."

    Rage was a danger in The Blue Book Cabaret show at the club Lucky Pierre's and had worked there for one year before she began noticing her name had vanished from the schedule. When she spoke with upper management, she says she was told her body type didn't fit in with the burlesque show.

    Ruby Rage Burlesque

    Ruby Rage Burlesque

    Lucky Pierre's has reportedly defended its position, citing famous (and thin) burlesque stars like Dita von Teese as women they believe fit the impossibly high standard they're seeking. They're also making it clear that folks are using "a sensitive subject like body shaming to incite a misled mob" and that they let the dancer go because of expectations they have about "skill, costume and entertainment."

    Oh, yes, in case you're wondering, Ruby Rage has a lot of supporters who are slamming the club for the way they treated her.

    I want to be fair here and not accuse Lucky Pierre's of terminating Rage's employment because of her weight. And I sincerely hope that wasn't the reason because it's one that goes against everything that makes burlesque far more riveting than your average striptease performed at a typical gentleman's club.

    Unlike stripping, burlesque is an expression of self-love that has even more to do with theater and comedy than it does with taking off one's clothing. The naked body is used as a prop in burlesque and a performer who has a "perfect" body and D cups isn't automatically going to cut it based solely on her beauty. She has to bring her game, as well. She has to be able to transform into characters and appeal to both the men and women in her audience. Whereas stripping is purely about appealing to the male gaze (and the male everything else), burlesque allows us to watch a woman find joy in her body, no matter how much she weighs.

    Ruby Rage burlesque dancer

    Ruby Rage burlesque dancer

    The good news is that Rage will not be unemployed for long. I'm sure that, given the publicity she has received, a club that understands what makes burlesque so captivating will snatch her up in a heartbeat.

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    Millie Mackintosh

    Former Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh compared her outfit for the Giles show on Monday night to a flamingo. We loved her fluffy feathery jacket and white wide leg trousers combo.

    Millie Mackintosh at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

    Laura Whitmore

    TV presenter Laura Whitmore seemed to be taking a leaf out of Uma Thurman's book at the Jasper Conran show with a mascara-free makeup look. But it was her white silky sports luxe outfit from Conran's Spring/Summer 2015 collection that did it for us. The look was finished off perfectly with a pair of white ankle boots embellished with bows, spots and frills.

    Laura Whitmore at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Entertainment/Getty Images

    Cara Delevingne

    The girl that can pull off any look always looks best when she's dressed down. To cheer on BFF Kendall Jenner from the front row at the Giles show, she gave her slim fit black trousers and double-breasted coat a lift with strappy black sandals.

    Cara Delevingne at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

    More: What we've learned from London Fashion Week

    Yasmin le Bon

    Yasmin le Bon teamed an Emilia Wickstead polo neck, flares and waterfall coat to watch the designer's show at London Fashion Week. The vintage Dior bag gives the outfit an edge.

    Yasmin Le Bon at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Kirstin Sinclair/Entertainment/Getty Images

    Rosie Fortescue

    Rosie Fortescue joined her reality TV pal Millie Mackintosh for the Julien Macdonald show and looked stunning in a black scallop edged dress, long green coat and statement cage effect sandals.

    Rosie Fortescue at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: David M. Benett/Entertainment/Getty Images

    Alexa Chung

    Alexa Chung embraced the latex trend at the Christopher Kane show, teaming her zip front pencil skirt with a monochrome sweater.

    Alexa Chung at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby/Entertainment/ Getty Images

    More: Temperley London uses pregnant models at LFW

    Whitney Port

    US reality star turned designer Whitney Port stood out at the Julien Macdonald show in a blue print dress with a semi sheer bodice by the designer. Her bright red bag was the perfect accessory.

    Whitney Port at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: David M. Benett/Entertainment/Getty Images

    Daisy Lowe

    Daisy Lowe went for a 1950s vibe at the Emilia Wickstead show in a roll neck sweater and full skirt in different shades of blue.

    Daisy Lowe at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Kirstin Sinclair/Entertainment/Getty Images

    Laura Carmichael and Natalie Dormer

    Two of our favourite British actresses, Downton Abbey's Laura Carmichael and Games of Thrones' Natalie Dormer, showed off their style credentials at the Roksanda show, both opting for the colour block trend that's huge this year. We love Laura's Roksanda long sleeve top in grey and orange with a navy midi skirt, which looks even better next to Natalie's neon pink and black Roksanda Camely waistcoat.

    Laura Carmichael and Natalie Dormer at London Fashion Week AW15

    Photo credit: Eamonn M. McCormack/Entertainment/Getty Images

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    Beyoncé (2004)

    Glowing skin, gorgeous curves, natural makeup and a figure-hugging sequinned gold dress: Beyoncé won the Brits red carpet in 2004.

    Beyonce at the BRITS 2004

    Photo credit: WENN

    Gwen Stefani (2005)

    Once upon a time Gwen Stefani didn't go anywhere without her Harajuku girls around her. For the 2005 Brit Awards Stefani wore Westwood and her Harajuku girls were head-to-toe in sailor girl kitsch.

    Gwen Stefani at the 2005 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Amy Winehouse (2007)

    The 2007 Brits were huge for Amy Winehouse. She performed "Rehab" and took home the award for British Female Solo Artist, after turning heads on the red carpet in a plunging yellow mini dress.

    Amy Winehouse at the 2007 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Joss Stone (2007)

    Who could forget Stone's psychedelic print mini dress at the 2007 Brits? Unfortunately it wasn't enough to overshadow her catastrophic onstage appearance: when presenting the award for British Male Solo Artist to James Morrison she spoke in a fake American accent, sang a passage from Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and implied that host Russell Brand was headed for rehab himself. The fallout lasted for months with Stone's record label cancelling all her press appearances to promote her then upcoming third album.

    Joss Stone at the BRITS 2007

    Photo credit: WENN

    More: 10 Moments we'd love to see repeated at the Brit Awards 2015

    Rihanna (2008)

    In 2008 Rihanna's career was about to go stratospheric. She walked the red carpet at the Brit Awards in a silver strapless mini dress before performing her massive hit "Umbrella" with The Klaxons.

    Rihanna at the 2008 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Katy Perry (2009)

    Katy Perry brought fun to the Brits red carpet in 2009 with a Hello Kitty themed ensemble but unfortunately the enjoyment was soon over for the star. Not long after she received the award for International Female Solo Artist she vomited backstage and had to leave. Rock and roll.

    Katy Perry at the 2009 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Estelle (2009)

    Estelle's high fashion Dolce & Gabbana dress at the 2009 Brit Awards may have made it onto numerous Worst Dressed lists but we have to admire her for bringing something different to the red carpet. With its exaggerated shoulders and bow embellishment she was bang on trend for Spring 2009.

    Estelle at the 2009 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Lady Gaga (2010)

    Ah, Lady Gaga. Always guaranteed to wear headline-grabbing outfits. Her white tiered Francesco Scognamiglio dress with towering white pompadour wig left everyone else — literally — in the shade. Her onstage outfit was rather more revealing: she wore a sheer bodysuit with lace detailing to pick up three awards for International Breakthrough Act, International Album and International Female Solo Artist.

    Lady Gaga at the 2010 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Lady Gaga at the 2010 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Leona Lewis (2010)

    X Factor winner Leona Lewis showed a more risqué side at the 2010 Brits in a silver William Tempest dress with neon pink heels and matching lips.

    Leona Lewis at the 2010 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN

    Jessie J (2012)

    Jessie J's dress for the 2012 Brit Awards got everyone talking. Her sheer red number showed off her awesome body — and her pants.

    Jessie J at the 2012 BRITS

    Photo credit: WENN.com

    Taylor Swift (2013)

    Swift was elegant and sophisticated at the 2013 Brit Awards in a flowing, floor-length black Elie Saab gown with two thigh-high sheer panels.

    Taylor Swift at the 2013 BRITS

    Photo credit: Daniel Deme/WENN.com

    Jessie J (2014)

    Possibly the most shocking thing on the red carpet at the 2014 Brits was Jessie J's lip colour. It wasn't to everyone's taste but she still looked awesome in a plunging silver Julien Macdonald catsuit. Kudos to Jessie for being quick to admit defeat, "The lip didn't work," she said, "Get over it. I have. Onto the next look!"

    Jessie J at the 2014 BRITS

    Photo credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com

    More: Why are the Brit Awards less fun than they used to be?

    Fearne Cotton (2014)

    We're not sure how much Fearne Cotton could have fitted into that teeny tiny handbag but we loved her metallic prom-style skater dress at the 2014 Brits.

    Fearne Cotton at the 2014 BRITS

    Photo credit: Lia Toby/WENN.com

    Lily Allen (2014)

    Lily Allen sparkled on the 2014 Brits red carpet in a navy sequinned gown from William Vintage and she even matched her hair to her handbag.

    Lily Allen at the 2014 BRITS

    Photo credit: Joe/WENN.com

    Kylie (2014)

    Ms. Minogue looked as polished as ever in her William Wilde symmetric latex cocktail dress with huge bow on the red carpet at the 2014 Brit Awards.

    Kylie at the 2014 BRITS

    Photo credit: Joe/WENN.com

    Watch the Brit Awards 2015, presented by Ant and Dec, live on ITV from 8 p.m. tonight. Red carpet coverage begins on ITV2 at 7 p.m.

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    Over the past decade or so, there has been lots of information published about the dangers of name brand deodorants/antiperspirants, claiming they can cause or lead to breast cancer or Alzheimer's. However, don't panic yet. Most of the claims just aren't true.

    Why you still shouldn't use store-bought deodorant

    According to the American Cancer Society, "there are no strong epidemiologic studies in the medical literature that link breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, and very little scientific evidence to support this claim." Phew. But — and this is a big but — parabens, the chemicals used as preservatives and food additives in many types of personal care products, are absorbed through the skin and "studies have shown that parabens have weak estrogen-like properties... and have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer."

    It's confusing, right? Does it cause cancer or doesn't it?

    I don't know about you, but upon learning about this quagmire, I wanted to say goodbye to conventional deodorants, and go all hippy-dippy and embrace my natural B.O. But that wasn't going to happen. So I decided to go the natural brand route.

    Homemade DIY deodorant

    Ingredients to make homemade deodorant

    • A glass jar with a lid
    • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil (roughly 4 tablespoons melted)
    • 1/4 cup arrowroot flower (the original recipe called for cornstarch, but I have sensitive skin under there, so I went for the more natural alternative, which you can find at most health food stores)
    • 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I used tea tree peppermint oils, which can cause a slight tingly feeling. Lavender is another excellent, and lovely smelling choice.)

    How to make it

    Combine all the ingredients into a bowl, and immediately mix together, before the coconut oil solidifies. A yummy smelling mix will congeal. From there pour the paste into your glass jar. Let air dry, with the lid on or off, and then either store in your bathroom or in the fridge. I prefer mine to be room temperature because it's easier to dip my fingers in and apply under my arms this way.

    The results

    I've been using this recipe for a few months now and so far, I've experienced dramatic results. I do hot yoga frequently, which results in maximum perspiration but lately, I don't smell as pungent as I did with regular deodorants. My underarm skin, which would sometimes have slight razor burn or irritation, is noticeably smoother, most likely due to the great benefits from the coconut oil.

    I also feel better knowing that I'm in control of what I'm putting on my body, and not worrying about whether toxic chemicals are sneaking into my pores. And the natural ingredients all have a purpose: The coconut oil provides moisture and is a natural antioxidant, the baking soda tames your B.O., the essential oils are aromatic scents and each has its own function (i.e., tea tree and peppermint oils have antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties), and the arrowroot flour holds it all together and absorbs moisture.

    So as it might be more convenient to pick up the go-to deodorants, try this for a healthy change and let me know how the recipe works for you.

    Image:Karen Cox/SheKnows

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    Forgive me, guys, but when it comes to women's fashion — and I do mean women's, not girls' — I'm just about Disney'd out. Every time we turn our backs for a second, some clothing designer or makeup artist is using his or her God-given talent to come up with new ways of making us look like characters that appeal to toddlers (Literally. My 3-year-old is obsessed with Rapunzel).

    Lauren Conrad, former queen of Laguna Beach-turned-fashion designer, has always been partial to feminine designs. But her latest collection for Kohl's takes dressing like a princess to new extremes — because it's actually called Disney's Cinderella, a Collection by LC Lauren Conrad.

    The most notable thing about her spring collection of dresses, light sweaters and shoes is that there isn't a lot of variation in terms of color: expect to look soft in hues called fawn, marshmallow, ballad blue and heavenly pink.

    Conrad didn't hold back when it came to tulle, specifically, layered tulle. Chiffon, which is gorgeous, but probably the second least practical fabric a woman can wear after tulle, also factors heavily in her collection. There's even a cami tank with a bow appliqué. This is exactly how my daughter would choose to dress each day of her life before promptly shredding her clothes into pieces the minute she stepped out of the house to roll around in the grass.

    Honestly, Conrad's collection is pretty. With the exception of three tops — a sweater that features a glass slipper, a chiffon T-shirt with Cinderella's image on it and a tank top that reads "Once Upon a Time" — the princess influence is subtle.

    Cinderella clothing line

    So, why use Cinderella to promote it?

    The answer is obvious: A lot of grown women still get a kick out of dressing like Disney princesses. Cinderella (and Belle and Ariel) sell. Everyone from wedding gown designers to MAC are getting in on the craze. The message is clear: F*** middle age. F*** Sophia Loren. And, if you want to keep the focus on Disney, f*** Maleficent. I am a princess, hear me be as totally silent as a tree.

    I believe women have the right to dress however they want. But I'd be lying if I said I understood our obsession with youth culture or why some women want to wear Mickey Mouse jumpers. Say what you will about Kim Kardashian, but when she's wearing clothes, the woman dresses like a woman. Designer Carolina Herrera is a master at creating strong, but incredibly feminine styles that make women look their age — which is a good thing, despite what we've been brainwashed to believe. It can be done and it can be done well.

    When little girls, even the ones who wish they could hang out in Elsa's dress all day long, parade around in mommy's heels and grown-up dresses, it makes total sense. Grown women in Cinderella shirts? Not so much.

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    The 23-year-old made her debut as a female runway model Monday during the Giles Deacon show at London Fashion Week. The gorgeous Pejic walked alongside fellow models Kendall Jenner and Lily Donaldson wearing a dramatic Victorian high-collared blouse with a bow and black coat, along with a dark gothic lip — and her impossibly high cheekbones.

    Andreja Pejic walks the catwalk as a woman during London Fashion Week

    The model — born Andrej Pejic — underwent sex reassignment therapy last spring, though she recently told Style.com that she's known since age 13 that transitioning from male to female "was always something I needed to do."

    Pejic's next plans? To break more ground in the work of beauty, though that is more of a challenge because "you have to prove to them over and over that you are liked by people, you have a skill and you can sell a product."

    Something tells us she's breaking through that barrier, too. For now, she's happy to model as a woman — and, most importantly, she's now comfortable in her own skin. "It makes me feel freer than ever," she added to Style.com. "Now I can stand naked in front of a mirror and really enjoy my reflection. And those personal moments are important."

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    1. Hydrate your skin at night

    Yes, this means drinking water, but you can help your skin combat the ultra-drying effects of winter weather (and indoor heat!) with some effective products, as well.

    Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask

    Did you know you lose over twice as much water from your skin during the night than you do all day? I just learned that from an Olay skin expert, and I found it quite mind blowing. To help counteract this, max out your beauty sleep with the Olay Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask. The gel-based formula, made with vitamin B3, mulberry extract and humectants (ingredients that help skin retain its natural moisture), absorbs into the surface of your skin throughout the night, revealing bright, pearlescent-looking skin in the morning. Used over time, this treatment helps to brighten and even skin tone. (CVS, $30)

    2. Use a primer that does double-duty to hydrate and treat your skin

    Too Faced Hangover Primer

    The Too Faced Hangover Primer is infused with coconut water, probiotics and skin revivers that work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity and help hydrate your skin. Think of it as a creamy energy drink for your skin. Wear it alone for a dewy, healthy look, or let it create the perfect canvas for bronzers and other makeup. (Too Faced, $32)

    3. Try a subtle, buildable self-tanner

    Kiehl's Sun Free Self Tanning Formula

    What you're looking for here is something that gives a very low-key but sexy glow of color with each application, so you can build it up over time if you want to go darker. Kiehl's Sun Free Self-Tanning Formula is a really nice, non-greasy and lightweight formula that you can use on your face and body. Made with apricot kernel oil, cocoa seed butter and vitamin E, it's super nourishing as well as glow-imparting. If you can't go lay on a beach, you can at least look like you just did. (Kiehl's, $23)

    4. Use bronzer, but with the right technique & brush

    Makeup Forever Double Ended Sculpting Brush #158

    Celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman, who recently did Amy Poehler's gorgeous makeup for the Golden Globes says, "Apply your bronzer with a full brush and always remember to tap off excess product. The trick here is to build slowly — it's always easier to amp-up the glow, than to fix over-application."

    NYC-based celebrity makeup artist Jennifer Fleming reveals that one of her best tips for using bronzer is making sure you use a fluffy blush or powder brush. "A common mistake women make is applying too much of a good thing," she says. "A fluffy brush gives a sheerer application and thus, a more natural look." She loves the Makeup Forever Double Ended Sculpting Brush #158. (Sephora, $53) 

    5. Take it easy on the shimmer

    Cargo Matte Bronzer

    Too much shimmer and you'll start to look more like a leftover Christmas tree decoration than a sun-kissed goddess. “For an overall boost in color, use a bronzer that has a matte finish and highlight select areas of your face with a shimmer or opal finish bronzer," says Jennifer. Try Cargo Matte Bronzer, which Jennifer says is also great for contouring and sculpting your face. (Beauty.com, $29)

    Another great pick: Laura Geller Bronze-n-Brighten, with swirled color-corrective pigments that create a natural-looking tan with a dewy, radiant finish. (Laura Geller, $33)

    6. Don't limit bronzer to your face

    Urban Decay NAKED Flushed palettes

    "To ensure that your glow is seamless, brush bronzer under the chin and down center of the neck," says Brett.

    Urban Decay NAKED Flushed palettes are great, because they each feature a bronzer, highlighter and blush. You can use these micronized, jet-milled pressed powders individually or blend them together to create the perfect flush. (Sephora, $30)

    7. To play up your bronzer, do some highlighting

    The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance

    The Body Shop Lightening Touch Universal Radiance is an affordable, lightweight and moisturizing liquid makeup tool made to hide imperfections while highlighting your best features and leaving your skin looking brighter and smoother. (The Body Shop, $15)

    8. Let your eyes and cheeks add to your gorgeous glow

    Nars Multiples

    "Letting your bronzer do double duty by applying a small amount to the eyelids will help give a bronzed balance to the face," says Jennifer. Try Nars Multiples for matte, creamy color you can use on cheeks, lips or eyes; Jennifer recommends "Cococabana" for lighter complexions, and "Palm Beach" for deeper-skinned beauties.  (Nars, $29)

    9. And let lips play, too

    Clinique Chubby Stick in "Oversized Orange"

    “Add a golden peach lip for a sunny, yet subtle look," says Brett. A Clinique Chubby Stick in "Oversized Orange" will add a perfectly peachy glow with a soft shine. (Sephora, $22)

    Images: Karen Cox/SheKnows

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    The dress is obviously gold and white. I think. And most of my friends agree (according to an informal Facebook poll), but some people are claiming they see blue and black. Like Emmy Rossum:

    dress

    dress

    Say what?!

    Some theorize that the color depends on mood and that people in a good frame of mind will see white and gold while people in a bad mood will see blue and black. Others theorize that it is a male versus female thing. My husband swore up and down the thing was blue and gold, while other male friends said it was black and blue. Another theory is that it's about how strong your vision is. Whatever the reason is, one thing is clear: people are divided! Here is the dress in full:

    crazy dress

    How crazy is that?

    As it turns out, according to Mother Jones, it's actually all about how the colors hit your computer, the angle you are looking at it and also a variety of other factors. They say, definitely, that the dress is blue and black. I'll take their word for it.

    But I still say it's white and gold.

    Either way, one thing we can all agree on is that this dress is pretty unattractive. Which is good. Because the blue and black camp versus the white and gold camp might come to blows. Better that this dress be hidden from public view. Forever.

    What colors do you see?

    Blue and black or white and gold dress

    Blue and black or white and gold dress

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    With its soothing blue-green hue and status in Native American Indian folklore as a spiritual "fallen sky stone," it isn't surprising that we equate turquoise with the hippie counterculture movement. But, if you need proof that turquoise can be as elegant as it is earthy, look no further than this year's Oscar Awards, where Cate Blanchett proved a vision in a simple black Margiela gown by John Galliano paired with a turquoise bib statement necklace by Tiffany & Co. Laura Dern's exquisite Bulgari turquoise ring was also a thoughtful accessory: one worn to support the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Initiative.

    When worn well, turquoise is gorgeous and powerful.

    The trick to taking turquoise out of Coachella and into the real world is to stay away from anything too "hokey," says Maria Divaris, fashion stylist and blogger for Red Soled Momma.

    "No need to go totally Western with it," Divaris said. "The color is strong and can actually be really modern and slick. Turquoise jewelry can be stand-out statement pieces, but there are also some more delicate options that are equally beautiful."

    Here are Divaris' top six ways we can rock turquoise jewelry:

    1. Choose quiet pieces

    If you want to wear turquoise to the office, or if your style is a whole lot more subdued than Cher's, let the color do all the talking and keep everything else about the piece understated. Divaris is a fan of the Jennifer Meyers Jewelry minimalist take on turquoise because the pieces can be worn every day. Exhibit A:

    turquoise necklace

    And the loveliest of Exhibit B's:

    bracelet

    2. Black and white and blue all over

    turquoise denim

    turquoise denim

    "Turquoise adds a great pop of color to your outfit so it works brilliantly with black, white and denim," Divaris said. Keep in mind: A little turquoise goes a long way. A lot of turquoise + denim = modern cowgirl.

    3. Kick neutrals up a notch

    turquoise neutrals

    turquoise neutrals

    If you're wondering how to bring a bit of excitement to your classic camel coat or beige slacks and white blouse, consider turquoise drop earrings, which Divaris says bring color to your face. A few understated turquoise bangle bracelets can also do the trick, as can a classic statement necklace. Just don't won't wear them all together.

    4. Make it pop against a contrasting color

    neon turquoise

    neon turquoise

    Looking to make a bold statement? Consult the color wheel and pair a turquoise necklace with a purple sweater, coral dress, or even a neon-yellow blouse.

    5. Be boho glam without looking like you're going to a Halloween party

    turquoise boho glam

    turquoise boho glam

    So, here's the thing. There's nothing wrong with wanting to perfect your boho glam style, but the key word here is "glam." In other words, know when to stop piling on the boho. Divaris explains: "Steer clear of anything too Western themed, but a bit of turquoise jewelry with skinny jeans and a suede fringed bootie is always a great look. Remember: Never go head to toe with a trend. If you're doing boho, stick with two pieces that give that look and feel and keep everything else more simple."

    6. Work it with a gown

    gown turquoise

    gown turquoise

    If you're a woman who always opts for the most minimal gown you can find, you're in good company — and may have just found your dream accessory in turquoise. Divaris cites Blanchett, Sofia Vergara and Eva Mendes as Hollywood celebs who have rocked turquoise statement necklaces on the red carpet in a glamorous, modern way. For inspiration, turn to the stars. Blanchett and Vergara's simple, well-cut black gowns served as the perfect backdrops to their turquoise jewelry, while Mendes looked as fresh as a daisy at the 2009 Golden Globes wearing a white Christian Dior with a turquoise and diamond necklace.

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    We love the flower and the slight metallic sheen on this classic beanie. Target.com, $10.

    pretty gray knit beanie hat Target

    Eyelash knit is the coziest thing ever, and the pretty pale pink of this hat is right on trend for winter. At this price, you can buy it and stash it in your bag for hair or weather emergencies. Forever 21, $3.

    pink eyelash beanie

    Love the bow on this simple hat, and the neutral color means you can wear any coat and glove combo with it. Francesca's, $15.

    verona bow hat

    The flower embellishments on this crazy-cute hat give it standout style. Mixit, $10.

    flower embellished hat

    It's maybe a little crazy cat lady, but I can't resist this adorable beret. You'll get comments on this one for sure. Modcloth, $15.

    cat beret

    The floral print and fine knit of this slouchy beanie will carry you right into early spring. H&M, $10.

    floral print beanie

    The brimmed military style stands out, and the studded bow is edgy and cute all at once. Collection XIIX, $13.

    collection military hat

    This veiled beanie is wacky as all get-out, but what else do you expect from Betsey Johnson? And hey, winter doldrums mean you need a hat that will make you smile like this one will. Betsey Johnson, $15.

    veiled beanie hat

    The rolled brim is stylish, the royal blue color is bright and cheerful, and it's a cashmere look at an acrylic price point. Lands' End, $15.

    blue rolltop hat

    This sporty pick would add some punch to jeans, boots and a black sweater. Xhilaration, $9

    star beanie

    It's not a hat per se, but this super-cute headband would keep your ears warm and provide some vintage-y style to your winter look. Forever 21, $5.

    vintagey headband

    For a wholesome, outdoorsy, snowboard-girl look, this earflap hat can't miss. Foursquare, $14.

    foursquare earflap hat

    The turquoise hue and interesting knit of this slouchy beanie make it a winner. Chaos, $11.

    turquoise beanie

    This chunky, colorful hat is chock-full of boho chic. Forever 21, $5.

    boho chunky beanie

    Berets are classic for a reason — they have unbeatable style. The interesting knit on this one gives it a romantic edge. Target.com, $15.

    gray beret

    Another not-quite-a-hat, this turban-style headband makes you look like a silent film star. ASOS, $13.

    turban headband

    This looks like a basic boring black beanie... until you spot the whimsical pink tulle flower on top. Mixit, $10.

    pink flower beanie

    Fair Isle-patterned fleece provides cozy warmth and fabulous chilly style. Lands' End, $7.

    fair isle fleece beanie

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    Fashion shows are one of the last places you expect to see children. (Unless you're Kim Kardashian toting North along and getting the stink-eye from Anna Wintour.) So it was a welcome surprise to see mamas walking the catwalk, either pregnant or with their babies as part of the Viva La Mama! show for Dolce & Gabbana's fall/winter 2015 line.

    Dolce and Gabanna Fashion Week

    Image: Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images

    Having kids didn't make me trade in my stilettos for Skechers, but motherhood certainly gives me less opportunity for dressing up — or "putting on my fancy," as my daughter says.

    Luckily, motherhood is intrinsically gorgeous. From feeling the first kick to the look on a mommy's face when her baby walks for the first time, there are so many moments that bring out an internal beauty in a woman.

    And you could see that in the models, showing an openness and vulnerability that is a far cry from the usual model blank-faced pout. It also felt good to see women still working and doing what they love after having kids. Anyone who's had a baby knows how hard it is to find your shoes much less your sense of self.

    But while I enjoyed seeing pretty mom models, I realized that they are still just that: models. Every last one of them, even the pregnant ones, were white, tall and very, very thin. While I don't need every model to represent me exactly (we won't talk about how I gained 60 pounds with my first child thanks to a craving for Dairy Queen and an aversion to everything else) these mommy models have the same diversity problem as every other model.

    Dolce and Gabanna pregnant women on the runway

    Image: Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images

    Where were the model-moms of color? Where were the plus-sized moms? D&G's size range, like most high-fashion houses, only goes up to a U.S. size 10 (size 8 in pants), which is hard enough for any woman to attain, much less a new mom. And where were the moms with spit up down the back of their shoulder? This vanilla standard of beauty has been one of the biggest problems with the industry since, well, it was created.

    I applaud D&G's efforts but in the end it felt more like they were using motherhood as an advertising gimmick for their clothes rather than using their clothing to "honor motherhood," with cute babies as accessories instead of as mini humans. The message seemed pretty clear: Mommies in the D&G world bounce back to their pre-baby weight practically before they give birth, are always put together and while they may be both mother and model, are model first. And that's a problem.

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    Cheryl Cole haircut

    Cheryl Cole haircut

    Photo credit: Cheryl/Instagram

    Don't do it! screamed those who hate change (whether it's their own hair or not), while everyone else waited in anticipation to see how short Cheryl would go. And she's gone pretty short.

    Cheryl Cole haircut 2

    Cheryl Cole haircut 2

    Photo credit: Cheryl/Instagram

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    Naturally everyone's talking about Cheryl's new do today. But she's not the first celebrity to go for the chop. In fact short hairstyles are having a bit of a moment. From Scarlett Johansson's super short crop to Sienna Miller's chin length bob, the A-list ladies are showing that short hair can be just as versatile as long. Even Kim Kardashian, who's had long hair forever, lobbed off a few inches last month.

    Kim Kardashian hair cut

    Kim Kardashian hair cut

    Photo credit: Kim Kardashian West/Instagram

    We love Cheryl's new look. Let's hope she doesn't do as so many of us do: get our hair cut and immediately start growing it again.

    Thinking about a short haircut? Check out these celebrities with awesome short haircuts for inspiration.

    Kirsten Stewart shows off short hair do

    Photo credit: Marc Piasecki/WireImage/Getty Images

    Scarlett Johansson

    Photo credit: Apega/WENN.com

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    Sienna Miller

    Photo credit:  Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.com

    Rita Ora

    Photo credit: Euan Cherry/WENN.com

    Shailene Woodley

    Photo credit: Brian To/WENN.com

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    And although I traditionally do spend these sessions in person, the reality is, not everyone lives in New York, therefore potentially limiting my clientele.

    That is where Skype comes in! Working with Skype has been a total game changer for me. It has helped me expand my client base, create versatility within my work and offer various types of sessions, especially for those that don't have the time to invest in a total closet overhaul. As much as I love to physically work in a client's closet, go shopping with them and style them in person, working with clients online has proven to be exciting, inspiring and is an innovative aspect to my business. So when SheKnows asked me to style one their editors, Hayley, for an upcoming date with her boyfriend, I jumped at the chance to show how easy and accessible using Skype can be for a quick styling session. In under an hour, we were able to create a perfect date night look for her by revamping some of her tried and true favorites and pairing them with a statement piece to create a chic and stylish outfit. Follow Hayley and I through our styling process and get some takeaway tips to use for your next date out on the town!

    1. First, we factored in the logistics of her date.

    The ol' who, what, where, why will help you narrow down what is appropriate and help cut out pieces that are unnecessary i.e. open-toed shoes in winter. Hayley was heading out on a date with her boyfriend in New York, so we wanted to style her according to the chilly winter weather but still have her look chic and feminine.

    2. Pick 3-4 pieces you currently wear

    Next I had Hayley pull out 3-4 pieces that she was currently loving and would feel comfortable wearing. When doing this step yourself, try and focus on items that you love or make you feel good when you put them on. This could be anything from a pair of pants or skirt to you new favorite top or sweater. Bottom line, you want to feel like your best self in the item. Think about what you want the overall vibe of the outfit to be. Is it mod, classic, sexy, feminine? Then go from there and style accordingly.

    3. Pick a statement piece, keep everything else simple

    In Hayley's case, she was into a mod-chic vibe, so we paired her favorite black short-sleeve turtleneck sweater, black tights and black boots with the skirt, which helped it stand out and make it pop. Remember that whatever you decide is your statement piece, whether it's a metallic skirt or bright pump, build from there and create the focal point around that item. Then keep everything else simple.

    4. Hair, accessories and makeup

    Almost done! Now that we nailed down the basics pieces of her outfit, we focused on accessories, hair and makeup. Because we opted for a turtleneck, we decided to go with dangly earrings and a simple bracelet or two instead of a necklace. And since the outfit is made up of two colors (white and black) I suggested that we add in a punch of color by having her wear a poppy/coral/red lipstick. Bright nails or clutch is also an option if you wanted to take it one step further, but we decided to stay simple and use a black clutch. For hair, it depends on what jewelry you are wearing and what kind of top. In Hayley's case, I suggested that she wear her hair half up. This hairstyle helps draw the eye up and showcase her face and earrings.

    5. The finishing touch

    Lastly, we went with a simple and pretty gray overcoat, but feel free to have fun with your jacket. If your outfit is mostly monochromatic, maybe this is where you inject your pop of color! As Jenna Lyons says, "The coat: It's your finishing touch. Your very own candy wrapper."

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


    Christine Cameron is a personal stylist, writer, and editor of the website she launched in the fall of 2008, My Style Pill. She specializes in one-on-one consultations both in the New York area and throughout the country, providing you with helpful tips to create stylish outfits and inspire you to be become a more confident dresser with items you already own.


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    Tribal-inspired

    Mardi Gras Black

    Mardi Gras Black

    This is one way to embrace Aboriginal culture and crank it up a notch or two.

    Animal-inspired

    Mardi Gras Felines

    Mardi Gras Felines

    You could look fabulous in pride-coloured fur wraps.

    Graffiti-inspired

    Mardi Gras Grafitti

    Mardi Gras Grafitti

    Big, bold and in all the colours of the rainbow, you'll stand out in the crowd if you wear an ensemble like this.

    Floral-inspired

    Delta Goodrum

    Delta Goodrum

    Delta Goodrem performed at last year's Mardi Gras, so perhaps you could don something similar to her outfit if you don't mind attracting the odd bee.

    Peacock-inspired

    Flambouyant Feathers

    Flambouyant Feathers

    Kylie Minogue rocked Mardi Gras in 2012 and she looked like she proudly took her inspiration from a peacock.

    Despicable Me-inspired

    Minion Mardi Gras

    Minion Mardi Gras

    What better way to enjoy Mardi Gras than dressed as one of the most loveable cartoon characters — a minion.

    Statement-inspired

    Funny bunnies Mardi Gras

    Funny bunnies Mardi Gras

    These cute bunnies were making a statement about supporting cruelty-free lives for animals. Find something you're passionate about and take your costume inspiration from there.

    Vegas showgirl-inspired

    Mardi Gras Feathers

    Mardi Gras Feathers

    Bring a little Las Vegas to the streets of Sydney with a flamboyant showgirl ensemble.

    Fruit-inspired

    Bananas Mardi Gras

    Bananas Mardi Gras

    Get a little fruity and transform yourself into a banana.

    Celebration-inspired

    Present costume

    Present costume

    By dressing up as a gift, you get to live in the present. Okay, that was a terrible pun, but it's all we could think of.

    Sci-fi-inspired

    Daleks Mardi Gras

    Daleks Mardi Gras

    The pink Daleks invaded last year's parade to exterminate homophobia. Use your favourite sci-fi TV show for great costume ideas.

    Rock glam-inspired

    Mardi Gras Glam

    Mardi Gras Glam

    Big hair, makeup and black leather were fashion staples for '80s rock bands like Poison and Kiss. Replicate the look and you'll be able to rock the night away.

    Circus-inspired

    Mardi Gras Clown

    Mardi Gras Clown

    A little bit Vegas showgirl, a little bit court jester and a little bit clown: If you can't decide what to dress up as, go for the eclectic look.

    '70s-inspired

    Disco mermaids

    Disco mermaids

    No Mardi Gras is complete without a little frosting, so deck yourself out to look glitter-tastic.

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    "On average, we lose 50-100 hairs day," says dermatologist Rebecca Kazin, M.D., FAAD. "This is all normal and part of the natural growth cycle." However, she adds, "When hair loss becomes more noticeable, it may be time to seek professional help to determine the underlying causes."

    There are a lot of reasons you might be losing your hair more than usual, from the totally benign to the worrisome. Here are some of the most common causes and some of the more concerning ones...

    It could be as simple as a styling habit…

    1. Using a plastic or artificial brush

    "Plastic or artificial brushes can be aggressive with your hair and scalp," says Dr. Kazin. "A natural brush will help limit damage."

    2. Skipping conditioner


    "Conditioners help restore the natural oils that are removed from the hair and scalp during the washing process," explains Dr. Kazin. "A nourishing conditioner will help soften and strengthen your hair." She says to use protein-based formulas and to stay away from sulfates.

    3. Excessive styling and tight ponytails

    "Our daily routines and hair treatment regimens can cause hair loss," says Robert Dorin, D.O., medical director of True & Dorin Medical Group in New York. "Although not all of this is true hair loss but rather breakage of hair strands resulting in less volume, pulling and traction on the hair itself can actually cause the follicles to be killed if done on a continual basis." Yikes!

    4. Brushing your hair when it's wet

    Hair is at its most fragile (and prone to breakage) when it is wet because the protective cuticle is slightly raised, explains Dr. Dorin. "Brushing your hair in the shower followed by aggressive towel-drying is a recipe for breakage." Instead, he recommends, try this technique: Brush your hair before getting in the shower. Then, don't vigorously towel-dry your hair by rubbing it back and forth, as this lifts up the cuticle layer of the hair, making the hair rough and dull. Instead, use a superabsorbent microfiber towel, and gently blot your hair to absorb as much water as possible.

    5. Taking super-steamy showers

    Hot showers feel great, but hot water dehydrates the hair shaft, leading to dry, brittle hair that is more prone to breakage, says Dr. Dorin. Hot water also strips hair of its natural oils and "throws your scalp’s pores into overdrive in order to keep up with the oil production, which damages the root and leads to additional shedding."

    So, he says, always wash your hair in warm (not hot) water, and do a cool water rinse. "The cool water will cause the keratin-filled cells of the cuticle to clamp down and lay flat, rendering you hair more shiny and ensuring its natural integrity to protect the cortex of the hair shaft," he explains. Got that?

    6. Blow-drying with hot air all the time

    "Heat is extremely damaging to hair," says Dr. Kazin, so switch your hair dryer to a cooler setting. "It might take longer to dry and style your hair, but it will prevent harm," she says.

    7. Letting your head soak up too much sun

    The keratin proteins in your hair break down when exposed to UV rays, says Dr. Dorin. "Sun can damage your entire hair, from the cuticle to the end, even causing dreaded split ends." So wear a hat, ladies! And when you apply sunscreen to your face, Dr. Dorin recommends also using a hair mist or spray that contains UV protection.

    8. Using "long-lasting" styling products

    "Products that claim 'all-day mega-hold' are making hair harder to hold on to," says Dr. Dorin. Why? They are usually high in alcohol content — the culprit in dry, brittle hair. Once you brush those products out, he explains, the residue causes hair to break and fall out. "Try opting out of products that cause hair to harden and stiffen," he says. "Instead, try using softer-hold products, like styling creams that maintain the moisture of the hair cuticle without creating that friction when being brushed."

    Of course, it could also be something more serious...

    9. Taking too many supplements

    "Unnecessary vitamins can build up in the body if they are not water-soluble and could cause detrimental side effects," says Dr. Dorin. "Certain vitamins, such as vitamin A, can trigger hair loss and breakage when taken in excess." He recommends making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your intake of vitamins and nutrients. "If you are advised to stop taking supplements, you're in for good news," he says. "The hair loss caused by excess vitamins is reversible, and your hair should quickly turn back to normal."

    10. You may have a scalp condition

    Scalp conditions such as seborrhea dermatitis, psoriasis and scalp fungal infection (tinea capitis) can suppress hair growth and cause localized hair loss to the region of the scalp affected, explains Dr. Dorin.

    Definitely see a specialist if you suspect you have one of these issues, because they're treatable! "In general, antidandruff shampoos, shampoos containing salicylic acid, UV light, steroid ointments and antifungal shampoos will treat these conditions," he says.

    11. Crash dieting

    A sudden change in diet or starving yourself can lead the body to direct its energy toward the more essential functions (such as helping the heart and brain function), leading it away from making hair, explains Dr. Dorin. Of course, hair loss is only one of the many dangers of this kind of behavior.

    Conversely, for a great hair-healthy diet, consider adding leafy vegetables and eggs to your meal repertoire, says Dr. Kazin. Also, she adds, "It's been shown that diets rich in calcium and iron can help reduce or prevent hair loss. Be sure to also include proteins in your diet, because hair is rich in protein."

    12. A medical issue

    There are medical issues of which hair loss is a symptom, says Dr. Dorin. A few of the common ones: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, iron deficiency anemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, discoid lupus and sarcoidosis. The good news: "Most of these, if diagnosed and treated, can stabilize hair loss and see some form of recovery of hair," he says.

    Not sure whether your hair loss warrants a visit to a professional? It's always better to be safe than sorry. Dr. Dorin offers these signs that it's definitely time to seek help:

    • Your hair loss is sudden rather than gradual.
    • You notice hair shedding in large amounts after combing or brushing, or if your hair becomes thinner or falls out.
    • You are concerned a medicine may be causing your hair loss.
    • Your skin is scaly or has a rash, or you have any change on your skin or scalp with hair loss.

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    The picture of the original dress was first posted on Tumblr by Scot Caitlin McNeill, who asked for help deciding what colour it was. Some of her friends saw it as black and blue, while others insisted it was white and gold.

    After Buzzfeed picked up on the story it quickly went viral, with internet users practically coming to virtual blows over what colour the dress really was. Black and blue insisted the woman who saw the dress in person. But most online polls revealed that almost 50 percent of people saw it as white and gold.

    And thus began the 15 minutes of fame (and then some) of what will forever be known as #TheDress.

    The Dress appeared on The Ellen Show:

    The Dress on Ellen

    The Dress on Ellen

    For some, The Dress became a metaphor for life:

    The Dress metaphor for life

    The Dress metaphor for life

    This guy got a tattoo of The Dress because he "didn't see a reason not to have it done:"

    The Dress tattoo

    The Dress tattoo

    Ant and Dec even created their own version of The Dress for last weekend's Saturday Night Takeaway: 

    Ant and Dec The Dress

    Ant and Dec The Dress

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    Roman Originals, the clothing company behind the dress that divided the internet, has now produced the garment in white and gold and is selling it on eBay for Red Nose Day. The auction starts today and all proceeds will go to Comic Relief.

    You've got until Sunday to bid on this exclusive white and gold version, specially made in your size. (And yes, it really is white and gold.)

    More: Here's the explanation behind the colour-changing dress that has baffled the world

    Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, hosted by Claudia Winkleman, Davina McCall and Lenny Henry, is on BBC1 on March 13 at 7 p.m.

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    While at first I wasn't a huge fan of the new color, I came around to it approximately 30 seconds later. (FYI: In internet time, that's about five days.)

    If you feel like you've suddenly come down with a case of the déjà vus, know that this isn't the first time she's gone blonde. Back in 2014, she donned a blond wig that made headlines, because of course it did. And all the way back in 2013, she actually went all out and dyed it a different shade of blond after the birth of North West. And now in 2015...

    Image: Getty Images

    So far there's no word on why she decided to make the change. But honestly, if I had her money and her stylist, I would dye my hair all the time for no reason. After all, it's just hair, and you might as well have some fun with it.

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    Previously, Nimoy's work featured "traditional-looking" models, or as he put it, "always within range of the current social consensus of what is 'beautiful.'" And while he always thought they did a good job conveying the ideas he was going for in his work, he felt they "were allotted no individual identity." And that is something he desperately wanted to change.

    Thus he created a series featuring full-figured women from the burlesque group "Fat-Bottom Revue." In Nimoy's artist statement about the project, he seems not only inspired by these women's bodies, but by their individual spirits.

    Images courtesy of Leonard Nimoy/R. Michelson Galleries

    "I wanted these pictures to be more about them. These women are projecting an image that is their own. And one that also stems from their own story rather than mine. They will tell you that too many people suffer because the body they live in is not the body you find in the fashion magazines." That's a right-on-the-money statement about beauty and self-image if ever I heard one.

    According to CBS, Nimoy's inspiration for this series came out of a full-figured woman asking him to take a picture of her and her friends. That sort of boldness is exactly what he attempted to capture in the photos that make up "The Full Body Project." In reference to the full-figured models, Nimoy wrote, "I asked them to be proud, which was a condition they took to easily, quite naturally."

    This series was turned into a book, with an introduction by author Natalie Angier, who admired Nimoy for presenting women the way he did. "It really disturbed him that women who considered themselves overweight had this terrible feeling about themselves," Angier said to Mashable. "He wanted to show the world that there's beauty to be found in different body types."

    She also appreciated how he had his models standing tall and proud, often times staring the viewer down in defiance. She told Mashable, "I admire the way he presented the women as standing there looking the viewer full in the face. Saying look at me — I'm entitled to stand here and present myself to the world. I don't have to be ashamed and cower in the corner."

    While the work received a mix of comments, ranging from praise to criticism to health concerns, Nimoy seemed simply honored to photograph such strong women. "In these pictures, these women are proudly wearing their own skin. They respect themselves and I hope that my images convey that to others."

    See the full photo series here >>

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    It's one shirt that can be morphed into 24 different shirt looks, hence why she named it MORF — the multi shirt, as she describes it on her Kickstarter.

    In the video below the same model is wearing the same shirt in each outfit and it's only a small sample of the possibilities, according to Tamara. Not different colors of the same style shirt, no, the exact same shirt is in each. Watch and prepare to press replay.

    Morf 1 shirt 24 ways

    Morf 1 shirt 24 ways

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