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    1. Baking soda

    Honestly, what can't you do with baking soda? Not only does it make a better shampoo than my shampoo, but if you add a 1/2 cup to your bath water and let it dissolve, you'll end up with the silkiest of smoothiest skin. Crazy, right? (The baking soda thing, not my habit of making up words.) 

    2. Apple cider vinegar

    This is something I didn't believe until I tried it myself: If you've got a nasty sunburn and are in desperate need of relief, all you have to do is add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath water. Bam.

    More: 10 Apple cider vinegar beauty benefits you're missing

    3. Green tea

    Not only does green tea offer oodles of health benefits when consumed, it also makes for a fabulous addition to your beauty routine. Adding eight to 10 teabags to your next bath may help detox your skin from pollutants, not to mention act as an astringent for oily skin. You won't care how weird it seems when your skin's looking all amazing.

    4. Sea salt

    If you experience post-workout muscle cramps and soreness, add a handful of sea salt to your bath water and give yourself a soak. Word is the salt releases minerals and nutrients that break down the buildup of lactic acid (which is what causes muscle pain).

    5. Red wine

    I know what you're thinking: Leftover wine? What's that? But hey, maybe your bestie left some behind that your taste buds don't enjoy. Instead of letting it go to waste, pour a glass or more into your next bath. The polyphenols in red wine are stellar antioxidants for your skin, while the tartaric acid helps reduce pesky discoloration. Soak for 20 minutes or so, and enjoy what it must feel like to release a rap single.

    6. Honey

    Cleopatra totally knew what she was doing: Honey not only moisturizes your skin, but helps it retain moisture. It's also perfect for sensitive skin, thanks to it being an anti-irritant. Make sure to use 100 percent pure honey, which is best for skin, and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to your bath water.

    7. Coconut oil

    Whether it's coconut, olive or baby oil, adding a splash of it to your next bath will basically guarantee super-soft skin is in your future. Melt 1/4 cup of coconut oil in the microwave and add to your bath water.

    More skin care tips

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    Here, we take a look at the most practical tips for transitioning your beauty routine from winter to spring, from head to toe!

    1. Say yes to sunscreen

    Yes, you should be applying it year 'round (even in the dead of winter!), but now that the weather is warmer, you'll be outside more frequently with those limbs exposed. This means extra sun exposure, which equals more opportunities for freckles, wrinkles and damage. Be sure to apply at least a quarter-sized amount to your face, and if you're outside for longer than two hours, reapply!

    2. Love your lips

    Romance blossoms in spring, and so you'll want to make your lips their most kissable. The delicate area of your lips gets dry and flaky over winter. Perfect your pout by gently brushing with a toothbrush to exfoliate, then applying emollient balm to seal in moisture.

    3. Treat your tresses

    After a long, cold winter, your skin isn't the only thing requiring TLC. Hair is likely to be lank, limp and desperately in need of (conditioning) love. Apply a deep-conditioning mask in the shower at least once a week, and don't forget to use heat protection sprays while blow drying and styling. And start the season off right by scheduling an appointment at the salon to get rid of dull, dead ends.

    4. Pamper your elbows and heels

    You take care of the rest of your body, but areas like elbows and heels are often neglected. Scales and rough, dead skin can build up over the winter, so these areas require a two-pronged approach. Start by exfoliating: You can use a granular scrub, a foot file or even a washcloth to tackle rough skin. Finish with a healthy dose of daily hydration.

    5. Nighttime pedicure prep

    Spring means open toes and feet on display! Get pedicure-ready by applying a thick layer of moisturizing cream to feet before bed. Top your tootsies with socks to lock in hydration while you sleep. You'll have baby-soft feet by morning!

    Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration between Abreva and SheKnows.

    Images: Tiffany Egbert/SheKnows


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    Florals are quintessentially spring. What I love about Kate's floral dress is that the colors are less expected, which makes it more modern than a traditional pink or yellow floral dress.

    To get Kate's look, first find a blue and green floral print dress. I suggest you look for a floral dress made out of jersey, like Kate's appears to be. Jersey is the best because it is ultra comfortable and doesn't wrinkle, perfect for busy moms on the go.

    Image: Becci Burkhart/SheKnows

    Once you find your dress, look for navy suede pumps, a navy clutch and statement earrings. Top the look with a classic wool coat in navy or dark teal.

    Whether you have a modest or large spring shopping budget, you can get Kate's look. If your budget is extra crunched, start with buying the dress and finding items already in your wardrobe to swap in for the other pieces.

    You don't have navy pumps or a navy clutch? Try pairing the dress with other neutral colors like brown, ivory, gold or silver (yes, metallics are neutrals!). You don't want to splurge on another winter coat? Any dressier coat that hits below your hips (knee length preferred) will work.

    If you're looking for a fun and feminine way to get Kate Middleton's floral dress look, check out my shopping suggestions.

    High Prices

    J. Crew Coat (Net-A-Porter, $500)
    Erdem Dress (matchesfashion.com, $971)
    Cheaper dress option, Floral Tie Waist Dress (Ann Taylor, $130)
    Petra Clutch (Everlane, $198)
    Clare Vivier Flat Clutch (Steven Alan, $198)
    Envelope Convertible Crossbody clutch (Banana Republic, $130)
    Ivanka Trump Janie shoes (Zappos, $100)
    Nine West Juliette shoes (Zappos, $90)
    Givenchy Light Hematite-Tone Black Crystal Medium Drop Earrings (Macy's, $68)

    Low Prices

    Calvin Klein Wool Blend Peacoat (Nordstrom, $130)
    Women's Tweed Wool Car Coat (Lands' End, $140)
    Bookmaking Lunch Dress (ModCloth, $60)
    Girls On Film Flare Dress (Dorothy Perkins, $69)
    Danielle Nicole Tina Faux-Leather Envelope Clutch (Nieman-Marcus, $17)
    Nina Labreya clutch (Zappos, $45)
    Karen Scott Clancy Pumps (Macy's, $40)
    Deco Stone Earrings (Sole Society, $30)

    Have other spring style questions? Give me a shout at Stacey@poshinprogress.com.

    Lead Image: SIPA/WENN.com


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    Ferrario posted the following image on her Instagram with a message saying that the term "plus-size" isn't empowering, but rather a put-down. She shared the image in response to former Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester's own image about dropping the plus-size label because it is damaging to women and girls' self-esteem.

    #Droptheplus 1

    #Droptheplus 1

    "I am a model FULL STOP. Unfortunately in the modelling industry if you're above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I'm often labelled a 'plus size' model. I do NOT find this empowering.

    "I fully support Ajay and agree with her. Let's have models of ALL shapes, sizes and ethnicities, and drop the misleading labels."

    #Droptheplus 2

    #Droptheplus 2

    Ferrario and Rochester argue that models who are not overweight being referred to as plus-size sends the wrong message to young women and girls about what it means to have a healthy body size and what it means to be overweight.

    Plus-size, in my mind at least, always sounds like it means overweight. Plus-size traditionally meant between the sizes of 12 and 16. But now it seems like every model who isn't sample size is plus-size.

    These women are also referred to as plus-size models.

    #Droptheplus 3

    #Droptheplus 3

    Yes, even this one:

    #Droptheplus 4

    #Droptheplus 4

    Photographer and body image awareness campaigner, Victoria Janashvili, says she's no fan of the term either, saying, "I don't like the label 'plus-size' in general," she says. "Some women are curvier, some women are skinnier, some shorter, some taller. I think there's beauty in all."

    But, of course, people like to categorise and put things into nice, neat, easily decipherable boxes.

    Model Laura Wells, though, thinks the plus-size label actually brings attention to bodies of different sizes and celebrates them.

    #Droptheplus 5

    #Droptheplus 5

    "It's the first time a regular-sized activewear brand had used a plus-size model, let alone anyone over a size 8AU," Wells says. "We need to stop shaming other people's bodies, be happy that models like me are helping to change the tide of the industry."

    What do you think? Is the plus-size label empowering or an insult? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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    If someone were to judge 22-year-old Naud's beauty, using all of society's impossibly lofty standards, she'd pass with flying colors. Incredible dancer's body? Check. Shiny brown hair and exotic hazel eyes? Yes to both.

    But the professional dancer, who hails from Alberta, Canada, has been told by casting agents that to be truly perfect she has to get plastic surgery to remove a sizable dark brown birthmark that sits under her right cheek and is covered in hair.

    The procedure is risky. Because her birthmark is several layers deep into her skin, surgery could lead to scarring or leave her with a lazy eye.

    Her parents refused to have it removed when she was a baby. And, instead of criticizing them for that decision, Naud praises them — because she says she considers her birthmark a part of who she is and a feature that has never held her back from succeeding in life.

    It's unusual for any woman to accept herself the way she is, even without an obvious "flaw" that can't be covered up with makeup or clothing. So many of us are constantly working on changing at least one part of ourselves at any given moment. Today: flabby arms. Tomorrow: unruly eyebrows. The day after tomorrow: dry hair.

    Since there's a solution to practically every one of our beauty problems, we sometimes look at women like Cassandra, who refuse to buy into any of it, and think: What's up with her?

    I know one of the first questions on my mind was: Her parents must have done something truly amazing — but what? (Admittedly, I was slightly suspicious). What secret words did they say to her when she was 13 that resulted in a lifetime of self-confidence and the strength to ignore bullies who taunted her in her teens (and they did)?

    The answer may not be what they said, but what they didn't do.

    By refusing to put their daughter's health at risk so that she can have a typical "perfect" face, they sent the message to her at a very early age that a woman is beautiful when she is driven. When she values herself and her unique identity. And when she refuses to bend to others' beliefs about how she should look because she is good enough the way she is.

    Thank you for inspiring us, Cassandra.

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    You may have thought this was a trend from your past you could look back and laugh at, or maybe you melt with nostalgia for the days of Lisa Frank folders and pencils. But the brand is making a comeback and targeting all the now-adults who were once the cool girls who couldn't start a school year without new Lisa Frank accessories.

    Even further, they are tricking you into becoming a giddy schoolgirl all over again by letting you vote on your favorite pattern for their new adult tennis shoe.

    They have yet to release details on when and where you will be able to purchase. So, in the meantime, vote for your dream Lisa Frank shoe, why don'tcha?

    Lisa Frank adult shoes

    Lisa Frank adult shoes

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    Beauty experts recommend giving your brushes a thorough cleaning every week to rid them of residue, oil and bacteria. I don't know about you, but I seldom remember and am lucky if I get to my makeup brush cleaning routine once a month.

    The silly thing is: It's truly an effortless endeavor. To prove my point, I dropped everything I was doing this afternoon and made it a priority to clean my makeup brushes. I'm delighted to share that it took a whopping five minutes. Easy breezy.

    Here's the simple, effective way to make your makeup brushes seem like new again:

    Step one: Gather your materials

    How to clean makeup brushes: Step 1 | Sheknows.com

    You'll need all of your brushes, a nice big bowl filled with lukewarm water and shampoo. I prefer baby shampoo because it's incredibly mild, but I also have a baby to go with that shampoo — use whatever you have in your bathroom. Drop about a tablespoon of shampoo into the water.

    Step two: Dip

    How to clean makeup brushes: Step 2 | Sheknows.com

    Take each brush and dip it into the soapy water. Move the brush around your bowl so that you help loosen any residue or grease trapped inside.

    Step three: Soak 'em

    How to clean makeup brushes: Step 3 | Sheknows.com

    If it's been a while since your last cleaning, you may need to soak your brushes for about 10 seconds in the water. Don't keep them submerged in water for longer than that because you don't want the glue that holds the head of the brush to peel off.

    Step four: Rinse

    How to clean makeup brushes: Step 4 | Sheknows.com

    Take your brushes out of the bowl of water and give each a separate rinse under cool running water. Again, no need to wash anything other than the bristles.

    Step five: Lay them flat and Shape 'em

    How to clean makeup brushes: Step 5 | Sheknows.com

    Lay all of your brushes flat on a dry dishcloth or small towel. Using your fingers, push the bristles of your brushes back into shape. Continue to allow them to dry overnight.

    Seriously, that's it — that's all it takes!

    Of course, you could get fancy and purchase a brush cleaner like Shu Uemura, which we hear is just lovely. How you handle your makeup brush business is totally up to you, but don't neglect this crucial beauty step — your skin will thank you!

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    Florals are quintessentially spring. What I love about Kate's floral dress is that the colors are less expected, which makes it more modern than a traditional pink or yellow floral dress.

    To get Kate's look, first find a blue and green floral print dress. I suggest you look for a floral dress made out of jersey, like Kate's appears to be. Jersey is the best because it is ultra comfortable and doesn't wrinkle, perfect for busy moms on the go.

    Once you find your dress, look for navy suede pumps, a navy clutch and statement earrings. Top the look with a classic wool coat in navy or dark teal.

    Whether you have a modest or large spring shopping budget, you can get Kate's look. If your budget is extra crunched, start with buying the dress and finding items already in your wardrobe to swap in for the other pieces.

    You don't have navy pumps or a navy clutch? Try pairing the dress with other neutral colors like brown, ivory, gold or silver (yes, metallics are neutrals!). You don't want to splurge on another winter coat? Any dressier coat that hits below your hips (knee length preferred) will work.

    If you're looking for a fun and feminine way to get Kate Middleton's floral dress look, check out my shopping suggestions.

    Image: Becci Burkhart/SheKnows

    High Prices

    J. Crew Coat (Net-A-Porter, $500)
    Erdem Dress (matchesfashion.com, $971)
    Cheaper dress option, Floral Tie Waist Dress (Ann Taylor, $130)
    Petra Clutch (Everlane, $198)
    Clare Vivier Flat Clutch (Steven Alan, $198)
    Envelope Convertible Crossbody clutch (Banana Republic, $130)
    Ivanka Trump Janie shoes (Zappos, $100)
    Nine West Juliette shoes (Zappos, $90)
    Givenchy Light Hematite-Tone Black Crystal Medium Drop Earrings (Macy's, $68)

    Low Prices

    Calvin Klein Wool Blend Peacoat (Nordstrom, $130)
    Women's Tweed Wool Car Coat (Lands' End, $140)
    Bookmaking Lunch Dress (ModCloth, $60)
    Girls On Film Flare Dress (Dorothy Perkins, $69)
    Danielle Nicole Tina Faux-Leather Envelope Clutch (Nieman-Marcus, $17)
    Nina Labreya clutch (Zappos, $45)
    Karen Scott Clancy Pumps (Macy's, $40)
    Deco Stone Earrings (Sole Society, $30)

    Have other spring style questions? Give me a shout at Stacey@poshinprogress.com.

    Image: SIPA/WENN.com


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    So, imagine my shame when I stumbled upon an article devoted to Stassi's (a character from Bravo's awful "Vanderpump Rules") hair extensions. My confusion over how her extensions warranted an entire article was only matched by my confusion over the fact that she looked exactly the same as she did before the extensions.

    Men are notorious for not noticing changes in hair. I grew up with two sisters and they would come home after cutting off (gasp) up to two to three inches and, quite honestly, it looked the same.

    Several times I've missed opportunities to comment on co-workers' or friends' new hairdos simply because I didn't notice any change, but women notice their friends' hair changes right away.

    A few weeks ago I met a friend at a salon in New York City, Ryan Darius Salon, where I was further educated by my friend's stylist on the art of hair enhancement. Our conversation got me thinking about what changes a guy would actually notice versus the ones he would look right past. Here are my thoughts.

    Low probability of him noticing

    "Trim": Up to 1.5 inches cut off

    Unless you chop off a lot, we won't notice, particularly if you show up with the same style of hair. In all honesty, 1.5 inches really doesn't seem like a lot.

    Redoing the same highlights

    Sure, the highlights are fresh and new, but they are ultimately the same thing you had; probably won't notice that. Isn't that just maintenance anyway, sort of like repainting the same color wall?

    Moderate probability of him noticing

    New highlights

    Showing off new highlights to him might cause him to quip, "there's something different about you but I can't quite place it." If the highlights are in stark contrast to the rest of your hair, we might notice but sometimes it simply looks like the light is playing off your hair differently.

    Radical styling, like Jennifer Aniston-styled

    He might think you tried really hard at home with your original hairdo on a particular night without going to the salon, but there's a chance he will say, "wow, did you change your hair?"

    Extensions

    We are too stupid to notice that your hair suddenly is longer and fuller, but if it's not done well, we will notice and find it a bit odd. The whole idea of extensions kind of freaked me out until my friend's stylist at Ryan Darius allowed me to conquer my fear by examining the extension product they use: Platinum Seamless. The stylist explained to me how they are taped in, pretty much invisible and they are made of real hair. I fact-checked against Stassi's beauty blog and she too uses this method (apparently you can tape/glue in or weave in). But I must say, I don't want to run my fingers through a woman's hair and have chunks of her hair come out with them.

    High probability of him noticing

    Radical cut, Ellen Degeneres short

    Not only will he notice, but he'll probably think it's awesome. My little sister got her hair cut very short in high school and came home crying because it was apparently traumatic. Most of the guys at school were impressed with the change and the courage it took to make that change.

    Serious dye

    ... particularly if it's blonde or very dark. Most guys have imagined their blonde girlfriends as a brunette and vice versa.

    Why don't guys notice most of the things you do to your hair? Perhaps it's because we are focusing so much on what you're saying, and listening so well. OK, maybe not. The good news is that we do notice beautiful hair. We are not very detail oriented, and it's tough to notice subtle nuances that contribute to beautiful hair.

    When you change your hair, do you expect guys to notice? Do you even want guys to notice, or would you rather the guy think you have naturally gorgeous hair with low effort?

    Image: Anne-Louise Quarfor/Getty Images

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    With brands like Burberry, Ann Taylor and other modern designers, the style has remained relevant with a multi-purpose reputation. The trench coat has certainly evolved over time, giving us versatility with studs, leather accents and various lengths, but it's nothing like the classic style. With it being refashioned over the years, we have picked up this trend for just about any occasion. Versions of the trench are priced anywhere from $50 to $1,500, so there is no excuse for you not to own one. From casually chic to your sporty-luxe wear, watch how the classic trench coat can be remixed three ways for the spring season.

    Summer night out

    A white, pristine jumpsuit would be fab with a classic light-colored trench. Accessorize with gold hardware and colorful sandals to put it all together.

    Calvin Klein Double-Breasted Belted Trench Coat (Macy's, $100); Miss Selfridge White Trim Detail Jumpsuit (Miss Selfridge, $85); Stella and Bow Henrietta Earrings in Gold Pearl (Revolve Clothing, $83); Sophie Hulme Mini chain envelope crossbody bag (Matches Fashion, $577); Get Your Feet Fete Heel (Modcloth, $80).

    Casually chic

    Kick back with a pair of canvas sneakers for your day of relaxing. A floral shift dress is the perfect boost for rather classic pieces.

    Icon Trench Coat (J. Crew, $298); Straw Baseball Cap (Scotch & Soda, $49); White Leaf and Flower Print Shift Dress (Choies, $30); Downing bucket bag (J. Crew, $138); Chuck Taylor Washed Canvas (Converse, $45).

    Sporty

    With "athleisure" becoming a tried-and-true trend right now (thanks Alexander Wang), go for the unexpected with this long-length trench for a sporty luxe look. Athletic wear has never looked so chic.

    Isabel Marant Khaki Garnett Trench Coat (Ssense, $510); Friend of Mine Netted Top (Revolve Clothing, $49); Black Crepe Zip Side Joggers (River Island, $76); Sunpocket Tonga sunglasses (Madewell, $110); Oversized Faux-Leather Studded Clutch (Neiman Marcus, $43); French Connection Maya Colorblock Cutout Nappa Point Toe Pumps (Saks Off Fifth, $60).

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    She caught our attention with an androgynous look on the Fashion for Relief catwalk and it seems Katie Price is growing to love the more minimal look.

    On the cover of this week's Evening Standard Magazine 36-year-old Price looks incredible in a black lace dress from Jane Bourvis and dramatic Pebble London earrings. Inside the mag she dons more gothic numbers, including a Jane Bourvis black lace veil and dresses from Catherine Walker and Steph Aman.

    Katie Price showing a whole different look on the cover of London's Evening Standard Magazine

    Photo credit: ES Magazine/Twitter

    As glossy magazine spreads go it's super sultry and stylish but not particularly unique. However for this particular model, who has always favoured rather more, um, colourful attire, it's a huge departure. I mean is this even the same woman?

    Katie Price

    Photo credit: WENN.com

    More: Why Katie Price was the right person to win CBB

    So what's behind Price's willingness to strip back for the cameras? It's no coincidence, it seems, that she recently got rid of her 32FF breasts, which always looked a little cartoonish on her slender frame but to give them their dues had a large role to play in her £40 million fortune.

    "I like the way I look now, clothes fit better," the mum-of-five told the Standard. "I did it because I didn't like the way my boobs looked any more. I think I look good. It's sexy, I feel comfortable in my skin. I've had so many surgeries, that's it now. I can't say I have regrets but I won't do any more to my body. I'll still have Botox, but at the moment the thought of one more needle going into me makes me feel ill."

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    It's like, the moment a designer shop goes on sale, a metaphoric gun goes off in women's heads everywhere, and they immediately drop what they're doing and race over to the nearest Target like road runners on speed. By the time I make it there, the shop is more picked over than a gazelle carcass after hyenas have had their fill. But this year, it's going to be different. I have a full-proof plan to beat the sale scavengers which I will share with you as long as you don't tell anyone. But first, let me whet your fashion appetite with some of the beautiful pieces the Pulitzer line will be offering.

    Lilly Pulitzer for Target, on sale April 19, 2015

    Here we have a push-up halter bikini top ($24), high-waisted bikini bottoms ($24) and a fringe kimono jacket ($30). So retro cute, and classic Pulitzer with those bright, bold patterns.

    All 250 items that will be sold through Target will go for between $2 and $150. Getting excited yet?

    Rompers are the piece to sport for spring, and this line has done it so right. This Challis romper is only $34, and looks so great with Lilly's charm and starfish cuff bracelets (both $20). As Lilly herself once said, "Palm Beach is a state of mind." It's also apparently a state of romper.

    Here are some more of her adorable accessories:

    The Target line also offers plus-size outfits and some of the cutest children's clothes I've seen to date.

    So now that you're salivating over this beautiful collection, you're probably wondering, what is this girl's plan to beat the craziness that will no doubt ensue on April 19? Well without further ado, here it is:

    How to beat the designer for Target heat:

    1. Find a super out of the way Target and camp out there the night before. And I'm not talking about a few miles off the highway. I'm talking about the middle of a one-horse town in the far reaches of Vermont kind of out of the way.

    2. Keep hydrated. I find that when I'm sale shopping and I'm dehydrated, I lose focus real quick. However, you also don't want to over-hydrate because then you'll have to go to the bathroom and everything will be gone before you get back.

    3. Don't think, just buy. This is not the time to be picky. Just remember, if you wind up with something you're not crazy about, you can always sell it on eBay for twice the price once the line is totally sold out in stores. One woman's size too small is another woman's size perfect.

    4. Forget the store and buy online. If shopping in that kind of sale frenzy gives you heart palpitations, don't fret. You can buy all of the goods online. However, the caveat here is many others will have this same idea, and the site could crash at any moment. So like any good fashion soldier, get in and get out fast with as much as you can theoretically carry.

    5. Make a list of what you want ahead of time. Don't be caught browsing in this whirlwind of a sale. Go online right now, pick out what you want, and make beelines for the items once in the store (or online).

    6. Keep calm and carry on. Yes, awesome, inexpensive fashion is great, but is it worth getting into a bitch fight over? If you grab something at the same time that someone else does, be the bigger person and do what Elsa from Frozen says, "Let it go." Remember, it's always better to leave the store with one less outfit and no facial injuries.

    Image: Giphy

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    The Danish Fashion Ethical Charter is a document compiled by the Danish Fashion Institute, Danish Fashion and Textile, the Danish textile organisation WEAR, the country's eight largest model agencies, the Danish Association Against Eating Disorders and Self-Harm and Model Union Denmark. The charter was first made public in 2007 but it has recently been completely reworked.

    The Danish approach is more focused on changing standards and practices within the fashion industry than on punitive measures and the charter includes mandatory health checks for models, compulsory wages (i.e. payment in money rather than clothes) and a requirement to educate models about nutrition and make healthy food available at model shoots.

    More: France recently rejected a ban on super skinny models

    All models signed to Danish model agencies who have signed the charter will have an annual compulsory health check and must be referred to another doctor if they don't pass. The charter also imposes a minimal age limit of 16 on models working alone.

    The charter doesn't define what constitutes a "healthy" model but this omission could actually be seen as a significant step forward in the way we address the whole too-skinny-model problem. Because health, weight and body image issues are complicated. Relying on the somewhat outdated BMI (body mass index) method isn't the answer: health professionals readily admit that this is not an accurate measure of individual health. Using BMI alone has the potential to unfairly punish models who are simply naturally thin and let those who do have an eating disorder slip through the net because their BMI falls within the "normal" range.

    It's also important that models aren't simply rejected for being too thin or having health problems (mental or physical). This isn't solving the problem. More responsibility needs to be taken by designers and model agencies: they are, after all, in charge of signing the models and creating the clothes for them to wear.

    It's an issue that requires a sensitive, realistic approach and Denmark's initiative seems to be a tentative step in the right direction. While the United States has a similar non-binding document — the Council of Fashion Designers of America Health Initiative — which also concentrates on awareness and education rather than policing, it doesn't include any penalties for non-compliance. This is where Denmark could really make a difference and lead the way.

    Signing the charter isn't compulsory but there are huge incentives for doing so. For starters only companies who do will be eligible to take part in Copenhagen Fashion Week, run by the Danish Fashion Institute. If you sign the charter but don't stick to the rules you'll receive warnings and could ultimately be banned from the country's biggest fashion event. You'll also be placed on an online blacklist for the entire world to see.

    According to Eva Kruse, chief executive of the Danish Fashion Institute, over 300 companies and individuals have signed the charter so far, including the fashion label Day Birger et Mikkelsen and the PR agency Hill & Knowlton Strategies.

    “We think that the fact that the industry is taking such an active part in the charter will have a much greater impact, also in the long run, than legislation issued by the authorities and fines,” said Ms. Kruse.

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    This "new" style "first" made an appearance at New York Fashion Week, and has since popped up all over the European runways. According to The Cut, Guido Palau, Redken's creative consultant, called the gleaming look at Versace "very glamorous, but in a nonchalant" way. I'd like to call it the "I barely put any effort into this, but I still look fabulous" style.

    Image: Wenn

    Paul Hanlon, lead stylist for John Frieda at Prabal Gurung's New York Fashion Week show, told The Cut that the look was meant to complement his "luxurious sportswear" line. Gurung wanted the girls looking, "as beautiful as possible, in the most natural way."

    Stylists creating the look at these various Fashion Weeks want to make it clear that the look is very different from beach hair. Where beach hair is more choppy, texturized and wavy, "rich-girl hair" is smooth and straight, with just a slight curve halfway down. But make sure you keep these two separate in your mind, otherwise you might get slapped with a curling iron.

    Image: Giphy

    How to get the look

    The lovely and talented Vernelle Murphy, owner and head stylist at Salon V, one the highest-rated salons in New York City, has some tips on how to easily achieve "rich-girl hair" sans stylist. She has also worked New York Fashion Week herself, and is thus at the forefront of hair trends.

    First, she stipulates that it's an especially great 'do for girls who have straight hair normally, and just want a way to get a little movement without a lot of time and effort.

    "In today's modern world, busy women everywhere are looking for effortless beauty. I think this look is chic and natural without looking ‘done.'"

    DIY "rich-girl hair" without having to fuss with a curling iron.

    1. Apply a smoothing cream from roots to ends on damp hair.
    2. Part your hair neatly down the center or deep side part. Let your hair dry naturally.
    3. When your hair is 98 percent dry, twist your hair into two loose buns on the side of your head and let air dry the rest of the way.
    4. Take hair down and enjoy loose waves without too much volume.
    Bonus: Tucking your hair behind your ears for 10 minutes will give you a soft bend around the face.
    Now the next time you want that effortlessly cool, rich-girl look, give this a try and see how many yachts you'll attract by the end of the day.

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    For all the steps the industry appears to be taking in the right direction — such as Rihanna's recent appointment as the first black spokesperson for Dior — a sobering statistic reminds us that things haven't changed enough. For example The Guardian reported that, over the course of fashion week, eight out of 10 models on the catwalk were white — a number that has barely changed over the last few seasons.

    This is why Lorde Inc, a London based street casting modelling agency, is a breath of fresh air. Established in 2013 by arts history graduate Nafisa Kaptownwala, the agency is highlighting models of colour and celebrating them in all their untouched glory: there's no shirking away from cellulite, acne scars and body hair here.

    More: Does Denmark have the answer to the skinny model debate?

    Many of the models signed to Lorde Inc were discovered on Tumblr, which Kaptownwala praised in a recent interview with Dazed: "There is so much importance in community. I went to university in Montreal at a really white school. Often, I would be the only non-white person in my 100+ lecture halls and Tumblr was my saving grace. It's such an essential place for other marginalised people to reach out to one another and establish a sense of solidarity and support for each other's experiences and ideas. But also Tumblr puts people on blast when they're slipping, fosters progressive thought, and gives you certain people's insight that you may not have access to otherwise."

    Of the response to Lorde Inc from the fashion industry Kaptownwala reckons the jury's still out: "People seem to be into us, but we mostly get love from socially conscious platforms. We're always asked to participate in projects that have some social justice element, which is cool and we're about that, but we also want our models to get work with mainstream projects too. I can't tell if people are ready for us or not."

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    I typically go for the classic yellow chicks or pink bunnies, and I like 'em stale. But a recent trip to CVS opened my eyes to a marshmallow rainbow. I couldn't resist buying a pack in every color. Then a friend suggested I bring my nail polish obsession together with my new Peeps, and the Peep-icure was born.

    Try these seven (easy!) styles on mani-Monday, Easter Sunday or any day you need a sugar rush.

    1. The pink Easter grass Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Pinkalicious to match my pink Peeps. Then, while the polish was wet, I dipped two accent nails in metallic hot pink fringe from Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art collection. The only thing better about actual Easter grass is you can usually find a couple of jellybeans hidden in there. Nail grass, not so much.

    2. The purple polka-dot egg Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with Sephora Formula X Nail Color in Indelible to match my purple Peeps. Then I painted a metallic accent nail with Sephora Formula X in Racy. After applying two coats and letting them dry, I used a dotting tool (also from one of Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art kits, but a bobby pin would work, too) to make polka dots using the two purple shades. Finally, I added dots of Sephora Formula X in Radioactive for a bright green pop. Waaay easier than those stinky little egg dye kits from Paas.

    3. The pink sugar-dipped orange Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with Julep Nail Color in Princess Grace to match my orange Peeps. I let that dry, then painted a quick stripe across each tip before dipping it in a pink pot of Hot Magenta nail sugar (also from Julep). You'll want to work quickly so the tip stays wet enough for everything to stick. But you seriously can't tell the difference between this stuff and the actual sugar that collects in the corner of a pack of Peeps. Just don't eat it!

    4. The birds of a feather white Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with Nails Inc. London Nail Color in Mayfair to match my white Peeps. Then I applied York (orange) and Chester (multi) from the Nails Inc. Feathers collection. They get kind of gloppy, so work quickly and try to ignore the fact that white Peeps look a little naked. Also, spoiler alert: The mystery flavor tastes like sour apple for the bunnies and pineapple for the chicks.

    5. The classic pink bunny yellow Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with NYC In a New York Color Minute Quick Dry Polish in Lexington Yellow to match my yellow Peeps. This shade required three coats for full coverage. Once it (quickly?) dried, I used NYC's Greenwich Village to make a hot pink bunny shape, which was really just a blob for the body, another for the head and two little stripes for the ears (I used the regular nail polish brush here, as you can probably tell). Another Sally nail art kit came in handy to create the eyes and nose with black crystals. She's fancy like that.

    6. Spring flowers green Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with Essie Nail Lacquer in Mojito Madness to match my green Peeps and let that dry. There is absolutely no way I could draw delicate white daisies on my fingers (did you see my weird bunny?). So, I took the easy road and used a few nail stickers from Red Carpet Manicure's First Class Nail Appliques. Easy peasy and super Spring-y.

    7. The blue bonnet Peep-icure

    To create this look, I started with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish in Model Behavior to match my blue Peeps. My original intent was to use Sally's Barely Blue Bell (turquoise) and Lightening (yellow) to create a marble effect on my nails. But guess what? That technique isn't easy at all (#pinterestfail). So... I went with a far easier color-block accent nail and did a free-hand French tip in bright yellow as an ode to the OG Peep.

    Finally, resist the temptation to eat your Peeps with wet nails. Sugary coating stuck to your fingers is like sand in your bathing suit. No bueno. And don't forget to use a great top coat (I like Sally Hansen Mega Shine) for a glossy, chip-free finish.

    Happy Easter!


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    1. Ora's Amazing Baby Powder

    ora's amazing baby powder

    Instead of spending a fortune on dry shampoo, you can get rid of the greasefest your scalp has become with baby powder. Lightly sprinkle Ora's Amazing Baby Powder onto your roots, then comb through until it disappears. The powder will absorb the excess oil, giving your 'do a quick refresh when you're crunched for time (which, since you're a mom, is all the time). (Amazon.com, $13) 

    2. Seventh Generation Baby Wipes

    seventh generation baby wipes

    Why spend hard-earned dough on pricey makeup remover when Seventh Generation Baby Wipes will do the trick? Anyone? (Drugstore.com, $4) 

    3. Weleda Baby Shampoo

    weleda baby shampoo and body wash

    Believe it or not, mixing baby shampoo (such as Weleda Baby Shampoo) with a smidgen of water makes a fantastic makeup brush cleaner! It not only leaves your brushes squeaky clean but is gentle on the bristles so you won't have to worry about them shedding. (Drugstore.com, $13)

    4. Honest Company Breathe Easy Rub

    organic breathe easy rub

    Sniffles are the worst, no matter what age you are. Honest Company Breathe Easy Rub is a menthol-free, petroleum-less balm that's made with certified organic aromatherapy ingredients to ease the lungs, such as rosemary, eucalyptus and tea tree oil. (The Honest Company, $10) 

    5. California Baby Everywhere Spritzer

    california baby spritzer

    California Baby Overtired + Cranky Everywhere Spritzer is a soothing aromatherapy blend of chamomile, tangerine and sweet orange. Spray on Baby's blankets, inside the car or anywhere else crankiness strikes. Once Baby's calm, spritz it on yourself so you can finally get your nap on. (California Baby, $14) 

    6. Burt's Bees Dusting Powder

    burt's bees baby bee dusting powder

    When the humidity's at its peak and you're both sweating like a faucet, Burt's Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder is your partner in crime against chafing: Just sprinkle on after bathing and towel drying. (Drugstore.com, $9) 

    7. Burt's Bees SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick

    burt's bees baby bee sunscreen stick

    Fragrance free, non-greasy and 100 percent natural, Burt's Bees Baby Bee SPF 30 Sunscreen Stick is gentle on Baby's skin — and yours too. It goes on easily, and the convenient stick application means you don't have to worry about sunscreen spilling all over the diaper bag (also known as your purse). (Drugstore.com, $10) 

    8. Johnson's Baby Oil

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    What woman doesn't want her skin to feel as soft as a baby's... well, ass? Not only is Johnson's Baby Oil soothing and refreshing, it also makes for an ah-mazing post-shave moisturizer. Just slather onto your skin while it's still damp and bam — you're going to spend so much time touching yourself your sig-o's going to get jealous. (Drugstore.com, $5) 

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    It has been implied and studied for years that the UV lamps used to dry gel manis also increase the risk of skin cancer and age our hands. And while there is some truth to the fears, it's not as bad as we all feared.

    According to a study published recently in JAMA Dermatology: "UV nail polish drying lamps pose only a small risk to clients." As it turns out, the risk is really minimal. Yay!

    Allure magazine points out:

    The study looked at the use of only UV lights, which have become less common as some salons have switched to quicker, presumably less-risky LED lights.

    So what does all this mean for the average user?

    As someone who uses gel manicures on the regular (every two weeks) half the year and then gives my nails a little mid-year break, I am excited by the prospect of being able to keep my nails more glam year-round. But that doesn't mean there is no risk. It may be minimal, but it's not gone.

    As with everything in beauty, it's best to know what you are getting into with each treatment. Know the ingredients of your nail polish. Know what a UV lamp does to your skin. Know what that facial mask is made of. Know the chemicals in your hair product. The more you know, the more you can make empowered choices.

    As for me, I am going to keep on keeping on. I love gel manicures and this news only confirms that.

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    Loads of famous faces have dipped their barnetts in the murky waters of what's currently trending as #GrannyHair but we're pretty sure Marina Diamandis (of Marina and the Diamonds) was the first to go Granny on the red carpet. She showed off grey tresses at the BT Digital Music Awards in September 2011.

    Marina Diamandis with grey hair

    Photo credit: WENN

    Over the last couple of years lots of celebs have also gone grey the unnatural way including Kelly Osbourne, Kylie Jenner, Perrie Edwards, Ellie Goulding and Jaime Winstone. Nicole Richie got the fashion press talking at the 2013 Met Ball with her grey updo and Rihanna chose a dip-dye take on the trend with a long ponytail at her Annual Diamond Ball last year.

    Nicole Richie at the Met Ball 2013 with grey hair

    Photo credit: Rob Rich/WENN.com

    Rihanna with grey ponytail

    Photo credit: Adriana M. Barraza/WENN.com

    If I was to go grey it would be a picture of Girls actress Zosia Mamet I'd be clutching in my nervous little hand at the hair salon. The tousled bob with deep side parting keeps it looking super current and not too try-hard and proves that any complexion can pull off #GrannyHair. Also her vampy red lip and dress complements her hair tone perfectly.

    Zosia Mamet with grey hair

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

    Naturally where the stars go, the Instagrammers follow…

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    Think you want to get yourself some #GrannyHair? I'm still undecided. For starters I've got dark brown hair and not much natural grey (which is not something I thought I'd ever complain about). I spoke to my hairdresser about it — purely for research purposes of course — and she gave me some things to think about:

    • Consider your current hair colour. It's a lot easier to go grey or silver if your hair is blonde or light brown right now. Obviously the lighter your hair is, the more options you have for adding colour. If you have dark brown or black hair it's a long, laborious, potentially damaging process to go Granny. It could take months to go grey — without ruining your hair — if you're very dark. Your hair should be slowly lightened over several months until it's a light enough shade to be dyed silver.
    • If you plan to go grey with a home dye kit on your own head be it. (Yes, she would say this but haven't we all had a home dye nightmare? I still shudder when I remember my accidental orange phase). If you DIY, read the instructions carefully. Twice.
    • Don't expect your hair to look like any of the pictures you've seen in magazines or online. Everybody's hair is different (*My Zosia Mamet picture goes back into my pocket*). Chat to your hairdresser about what's realistic for you and what will work with your skin tone.

    More on hair

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    One of the biggest perks about a long-distance move is the change of scenery it creates; a new home state creates endless new road trip opportunities and ever since we moved to San Francisco I’ve been eager to pack my bags and head up to Napa for a weekend of wine tasting.

    Is it just me or are weekends sometimes the hardest to pack for? You're always tempted to bring a few extra outfits just in case and before you know it, you've over-packed and are that girl with 50 pounds of luggage for only three days away from home. I've found that the secret to not over-packing is limiting yourself to a weekender bag (I mean, they have the name for a reason!); they're roomy enough for everything you really need yet lightweight and portable so you're not weighed down.

    Here is a glimpse into what I'd pack while heading north for a little weekend escape from the city.

    Get the look!

    (Lo & Sons Catalina Weekender BagAE Twill Midi ShortUGG Jordyne Metallic Leather SandalWarby Parker Piper SunglassesGorjana Sansa RingGorjana Nadine Hinge BangleGorjana Taner CuffJ. Crew Panama HatMadewell Silk Cami DressJ. Crew Shadow Stripe TopMadewell White Skinny DenimDrunk Elephant SunscreenCuyana Leather ToteUGG Char Mar Ankle Cuff WedgeTrapezoid, Teardrop Stone EarringsBaubleBar NecklaceRevlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in "Love Struck"J. Crew Denim JacketUGG Jules Platform WedgePanasonic Lumix LX-100, J. Crew Linen Tee)

    When it comes to the weekend away I'm all for planning out complete outfits to avoid over-packing; ditch the mix-and-match mentality (which is the best for long trips but is pointless for shorter ones) and instead think of the outfit occasions you're likely to encounter. One area you shouldn't skimp on when it comes to packing? Shoes. They're what makes the outfit! For a weekend in Napa I'd bring a casual flat sandal, like UGG Australia's Jordan metallic leather sandal; they're comfortable, while still being cute which makes 'em a go-to for exploring the vineyards or an afternoon bike ride.

    For an instantly put-together look I always go for white denim paired with a bright, colorful top; it screams spring while being really timeless and easy. A neutral shoe is the best way to finish the look; an UGG Australia's Char Mar low wedge would make the outfit polished enough for a fancy wine tasting while still being easy to walk in so you can say yes to a tour of the wine cellars.

    Finally, every long weekend getaway creates the perfect excuse to dress up and treat yourself to an amazing dinner and you can never go wrong with a simple black dress and gold jewelry. Pairing these basics with a shoe with an interesting detail, like the bow on the back of UGG Australia's Jules wedge keeps things from being too plain Jane while not being too showy. Perfection!

    There's nothing better than a weekend escape, and having the right pieces packed will not only keep you looking great from head to toe, but also help you spend less time figuring out what to wear and more time making the most of your trip. Do you have any weekend getaways planned?

    Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration between Nordstrom, UGG Australia and SheKnows.


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