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    Once upon a time, it might have seemed unusual for couples to ditch church or a banquet hall and host their wedding in an extremely rustic setting — I speak of the woods — it doesn't get more rustic than that. But times have certainly changed. As we continue to explore creative options for the most special and romantic day of our lives, our dress desires will reflect that. By all means, you should choose a dress that makes you happy, no matter where you marry, and if you equate pure joy with a beaded princess ball gown, go for it. But, if you're looking for a dress option that suits the laid-back, charming, wood nymph feel of a wedding in the woods, look no further than these eight gowns.

    1. Melissa Sweet Wedding Dress With Flutter Sleeves

    Melissa Sweet flutter sleeves
    Image: David's Bridal

    This dress by Melissa Sweet (available at David's Bridal for $1,200) is all about the Boho lace flutter sleeves and hemline, which give it vintage appeal. The length is ideal for traipsing along grassy paths and the cream hue is an earthier tone to opt for over shocking alabaster.

    More: 8 Unwritten rules about what to wear to a wedding

    2. Daria Dress by Amsale

    Amsale front
    Image: Amsale

    Amsale back
    Image: Amsale

    There's nothing quite like a bridal gown that gives you something interesting and beautiful to gaze at from both the front and the back. The Daria gown by Amsale looks deceptively simple from the front, with little more than a single ruffle on the bust and a sheer neckline. But, my goodness, the back — with its shimmery floral and leaf pattern and layers of floaty fabric — will make you look like a goddess in the woods.

    3. Trudy by Pronovias

    Trudy Pronovias
    Image: Pronovias

    Here's a totally different take on woodsy bridal fashion: Why not take a cue from Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty), who knew a thing or two about how to look beautiful in a forest? Picture this Trudy by Pronovias gown, sans veil, and you've more or less got a white, lacy, bateau neck-lined version of something a Disney princess would wear in the woods. The cool pocket detail lends it a degree of casual cool.

    More: Gisele finally shows us her surprisingly simple wedding gown (PHOTO)

    4. J. Crew Harper Beaded Mermaid Gown

    J Crew mermaid
    Image: J. Crew

    Just because you're getting married outside doesn't mean you can't shake things up with a so-not-great-outdoors sequin mermaid gown — as long as you keep the silhouette and embellishments subtle and modern. This J. Crew Harper Beaded Mermaid Gown works because the hand-sewn sequins and seed beads add the right amount of shimmer (perfect for a sunset wedding) without overpowering the dress. And, because this gown isn't skintight, the slight mermaid kick is more casual and outdoor friendly.

    5. Alfred Angelo Lace Column Gown With Sleeveless Net Jacket

    Alfred Angelo Lace Column Gown With Sleeveless Net Jacket
    Image: Alfred Angelo

    This allover lace column gown with a simple scooped neckline and cute sweep train by Alfred Angelo is lovely on its own, but a detachable net jacket with a belted waist and chapel-length train is the perfect cover-up and veil alternative for brides who prefer to leave their hair unadorned. If white isn't your thing or you'd prefer to tone things down, it also comes in ivory and ivory/gray.

    6. Maggie Sottero Kalisti Wedding Dress

    Maggie Sottero Kalisti Wedding Dress
    Image: Maggie Sottero

    A romantic tulle sheath dress with Swarovski crystals and a detachable Watteau train, the Maggie Sottero Kalisti dress might as well be named the Khaleesi dress. Slip it on and you'll feel like you're about to enter an enchanted forest — even more so if you opt for the light gold/gold accent color option (but it's also available in ivory/gold accent and just plain ivory).

    7. BHLDN Fable Gown

    BHLDN Fable Gown
    Image: BHLDN

    Perfect name for the perfect woods wedding dress: BHLDN's Fable Gown is gold, features a peekaboo bodice, and a vintage-inspired cascading pink floral appliqué that blends in beautifully with a natural setting. It's pretty much a given that not one of your guests has ever seen a gown quite like this one.

    8. BHLDN Tulley Top & Amora Skirt

    Bhldn crop shirt and skirt
    Image: BHLDN

    There's something so whimsical, sweet and unexpected about this sequin floral crop top paired with layers of pale blush tulle (it also comes in ivory and gray). This look is casual enough for a wedding in the forest, but also memorable. Add a crown of flowers and you've instantly created a fresh and modern bridal look.


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    Step 1:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step
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    Apply a rosy mauve matte shadow like Urban Decay’s Laced to your crease.

    Step 2:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 2
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    Press a silvery purple shadow like Urban Decay's ACDC all over the lid.

    Step 3:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 3
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    Using a pointed brush, place a deep purple shadow onto the outer "v" of the eye. This is Root’s Pressed Eyeshadow Pigment in Pixi.

    Step 4:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 4
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    Drag that same deep purple along the lower lashline.

    Step 5:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 5

    Line your top lashline with a black pencil liner like Julep’s When Pencil Met Gel in Blackest Black.

    Step 6:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 6
    Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

    Grab a smudge brush and smoke the line out before it sets.

    More: Commit to date night

    Step 7:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 7
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    Line your waterline with that same black liner.

    Step 8:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 8
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    Add a pop of shimmer at the inner corner of the eye like Urban Decay’s Sin.

    Step 9:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 9
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    Apply mascara to top and bottom lashes.

    Step 10:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Step 10
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    Now apply a nude pink lip color. I mixed Urban Decay’s Sheer Revolution Lipsticks in Ladyflower and Walk of Shame.

    Finished look:

    Simple date night makeup tutorial: Finished look
    Image: Ivy Boyd/SheKnows

    Now enjoy a night on the town with your love and don't be surprised if they can't stop gushing about how hot you look!

    More: How Men Really Want to Spend Valentine's Day


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    More: Style experts say social media to blame for comeback of real fur

    But while it's a rare phenomenon it's also a completely hilarious one and has made for Internet gold, after Imgur user CuriousGuyPMnudes scoured the web (or took the photos himself) to find images of people who somehow blend into their surroundings.

    There's a lot of chatter surrounding the post (which has already been viewed more than 240,000 times and has 374 comments), as people are clearly amused by it, and below are some of the most hilarious images.

    Finally, something to make the train ride more enjoyable.

    Outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    If only the person with the snazzy cellphone case gave it to the woman in the image then she'd be able to complete her outfit with matching accessories!

    outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    What are the chances that both the top and the bottom half of your outfit are so well blended to your surroundings?

    outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    Everyone travelling needs these socks. In fact, according to one commenter, this person has intentionally worn these socks (and you can too). SexyDataScientist wrote, "PDX airport socks are intentional. You can buy them in lots of styles. People worship that carpet…" We can totally see why it's so hipster!

    Outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    More: Reversible, colour-changing sequin dress will leave you mesmerized (VIDEO)

    Chameleon powers, we tell you.

    outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    We really had to do a bit of a double take with this one.

    Outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    What an adorable little yellow fire hydrant.

    Outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    That's not the most attractive sofa we've ever seen but its camouflage properties are kinda magical.

    Outfits that perfectly blend into their surroundings
    Image: CuriousGuyPMnudes/Imgur

    "That was probably the only time camo-wear actually worked as camo," IAmNoGoodWithNames shared.

    More: Katie Eary gave fans more than they bargained for at London show (PHOTOS)

    Really, we're incredibly entertained by this post but we'd be seriously impressed if blending into your surroundings became the latest fashion trend. What do you think?

    Has your clothing ever accidentally matched your surroundings? Let us know your amusing tales in the comments below.


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    The Nadi Pantis a line of yoga pants that connect to an app and use technology (and vibration) to tell the user whether or not their alignment is on point. And as anyone who has ever struck a downward dog knows, it's very difficult to assess your own alignment when your butt is in the air and you are gazing at your naval.

    More: 7 Yoga poses to avoid during your period

    But do these work?

    It looks like we will have to wait to find out. The pants, while getting a lot of buzz (pun intended) are not yet commercially available. But as a yogi myself who is almost finished with my 300 hour teacher training program, I must say alignment is a huge issue. No matter how long you have been practicing, your body tends to find comfort in certain expressions of the poses. If you turn your foot out in half moon once, you will do it forever.

    More: DIY chemical-free deodorant, stinky-girl tested and approved

    I have many poses in which proper alignment is tricky. I struggle in Warrior 3 to keep my hips level and in triangle to fully stack my shoulders. I struggle in half moon to keep my standing foot straight and in wheel, my feet turn out. In other words, even people with a strong practice could benefit from something like that.

    That said, I would really have to see this to believe it. One of the reasons I prefer to practice in a studio rather than at home is that I love the human element. There are some things in terms of adjustment and interaction that simply cannot be replicated when you are practicing on your own. And I am not confident a pair of pants really has the eye that a teacher has from the front of the room.

    Still, I would give them a try. Anything that helps improve private practice sounds like a winner to me.


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    Historically, our revulsion over underarm hair seems to partially stem from religion. In the Islamic tradition, men and women were required to pluck their armpit and pubic hair in order to be observant Muslims. While they believed such hair removal was necessary to maintain good hygiene, today we know those little tufts don't carry any really harmful bacteria.

    MoreMiley Cyrus' fans leave horrible comments about her dyed armpit hair (PHOTO)

    The tradition appeared in several other religions as well, but somewhere down the line, men were let off the hook, while women continued to achieve hairlessness. One theory behind why both women and men seem particularly disgusted with female underarm hair has to do with the pheromones we emit from that area. Yes, pheromones are supposed to light up the attraction sensors in our brains, but too much pheromone stimulation can actually stir up the opposite effect — as in, disgust.

    According to a 2014 New York magazine article, the scent coming from male armpits has a relaxing effect on women, whereas the scent from female armpits results in sexual excitement in men. Armpit hair works like a scent diffuser, allowing more pheromones to affect surrounding males and females. And while inhaling more male pheromones may be soothing to women, inhaling too many female pheromones can result in tipping the scale from being aroused to being grossed out. Apparently there's a very thin line between arousal and disgust, and armpit hair on women is what pushes our pheromone level over the edge — hence women's obsession with keeping their pits bare.

    MoreYou can still be a feminist and shave your armpits

    Despite all this scientific mumbo jumbo, women are becoming more and more frustrated about being held to this sexist double standard. One reporter from Buzzfeed decided to take to the streets to get the average person's take on armpit hair on women and see if this long-held stigma might be changing.

    Armpit hair

    Armpit hair

    Yes, people in general still seem to find armpit hair on a woman off-putting. Women are more accepting of the idea, but when pressed, some said they weren't thrilled by the thought and would never think of growing out their own. The guys, on the other hand, were not afraid to be blunt — many think it's "super disgusting" and "gross." When the reporter asked a few of the men if they think it's a double standard, they plainly said, "No, because women need to be more clean than men."

    But why? That's the reigning question.

    It all comes back to the hygiene thing. But there's one problem with that — there's nothing really unhygienic about armpit hair. People only blame their disgust on hygiene because it's an easy answer. The real answer is much more complicated. When I did my own crowdsourcing, I received a much more varied response:

    Sander, a playwright from the Pacific Northwest, said, "I'm into it, but then I'm from Oregon, land of mist and drum circles."

    Jena, a teacher and sociologist from California, said,  "I'm a fan ... but I hate to shave."

    MoreCovering your armpits in glitter is a trend now

    Meanwhile, one New York composer hated on all armpit hair, both male and female. "Aren't all hairy armpits pretty gross? I don't want to see men's hairy armpits, and I don't want to see women's hairy armpits. It's not a double standard, it's just a standard. Men are so disgusting that we have to cover up everything but our heads and hands — at least in the workplace. Why? [Because] we're hairy. It's gross."

    So there you have it. Some are starting to change their tune with regard to female armpit hair, while others remain staunchly opposed. However, I think there's one thing we can all agree on — shaving is a pain in the ass.


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    If you don't already know Ms. Atkins, she's been touted as one of the world's most influential hairstylists because of her awesome online tips and her work with always smokin' celebs such as the Kardashians. She has more than 900,000 Instagram followers because she knows how to reel in her audience with gorgeous hairstyle photos and easy-to-follow hair tip videos.

    More10 Different ways to tie a scarf in your hair

    Now that she has a new product line, Ouai, you can buy her awesome, incredibly reasonable hair essentials and learn to use them with several great styling tricks trademarked by Atkins herself. One of our absolute favorites is her "clip trick" for effortless waves.

    Clip trick

    Clip trick

    Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to try every one of her styling tips on my own hair. If you don't hear back from me, it's because my head was swallowed up by an excessive amount of mousse.

    MoreThe sunset-hair trend is back, and it's bolder and more beautiful than ever


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    Levi's just announced the latest style in its iconic jeans lineup, and it is called — I swear I'm not making this up — Wedgie Fit Jeans. Made with 100 percent cotton and heavyweight denim, with smaller, angled pockets, they're supposed to hark back to a vintage ('80s?) look. But lest you think the wedgies of your youth were accidental, the most defining feature of these jeans are the intentional rear wedgie they give.

    More: Derms say new "moisturizing jeans" could cause infection

    But don't worry, this is pain with a purpose. The jeans "hug your waist and hips, showcasing your best assets," according to the promo, adding that they'll be "the cheekiest jeans in your closet."

    Indeed!

    Levi's Wedgie Jeans

    Levi's Wedgie Jeans

    And there do appear to be some nice upsides to nice backsides. The jeans have a high rise and tapered waistband, and as a girl with a waist that's much smaller than her hips, I have been waiting anxiously for this look to make a comeback — no more waist gaps! I also appreciate the return to heavier denim after too many seasons of wondering if my cellulite is showing through my jeans.

    More: How to tuck non-skinny jeans into boots

    Still, this perma-wedgie brings up so many questions. Will you absentmindedly pick at your crack all day, always hoping to get the material out of your butt but never quite achieving that glorious satisfaction? Are they meant to be worn with a thong for wedgie-lifting double action? Couldn't you DIY this by just buying too-small pants? How do they give an effective back wedgie without also wedgifying your lady bits, too? And if so, how many women really enjoy having their labia parted like the Red Sea?

    Ultimately, the only question that matters is are wedgie jeans really a thing women want? Apparently, the answer is yes. Despite selling for $88 to $158 (depending on wash) and only having been available for a week, they are almost sold out in every single color and size on the company's website. And they're getting a five-star rating among wearers, who rave about the flattering fit and, yes, comfort.

    More: 16 Bra types every woman should know about

    Hold me (or at least hold my butt cheeks up until I can find some appropriate denim scaffolding for them).


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    You're at an art museum, the beach — basically anywhere but a makeup store — and see a color that you think would make for a perfect lipstick color. You have two choices: Try to remember the color or get a crude cell phone picture and hope you can match it up later.

    More: Catherine Zeta-Jones reveals her secret for wrinkle-free skin

    Well, now there's a third choice: Flawless, now available for free in the iTunes App Store under the name "Flawless Makeup."

    According to Cosmopolitan, app developer Chris Merkle got the idea for Flawless when his girlfriend couldn't find her favorite lipstick color. It works like this: Snap a picture of the shade you like, no matter what it is, and the Flawless app analyzes the color and then finds the closest shades and lists them on the app for immediate purchase.

    Flawless Makeup App
    Image: Chris Merkle/Flawless

    More: 7 Natural polish removers that are good for your nails

    The app also gives you the option to custom-blend shades and even has an option to recreate a discontinued color for $45. That might seem steep, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

    A rollout to other makeup categories is in the works, as is an Android version, but if you're in the market for hard-to-find lipsticks, this is definitely for you. And maybe it'll even help you create a new shade that people will be begging you to buy.

    More: Airbrush makeup that's actually practical for everyday use


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    More: Dolce & Gabbana releases first ever hijab collection (PHOTOS)

    Dolce & Gabbana's latest collection may be their attempt at an apology to the gay community as they roll out handbags and T-shirts featuring same-sex couples.

    Co-founder Stefano Gabbana took to Instagram to share pictures of the new collection along with the hashtag #dgfamily. The beautiful thing about this collection is that it understands that family comes in many different shapes and forms, as it features images of multiracial and same-sex families instead of focusing solely on the traditional family structure (a man and woman with two children).

    It seems that the Italian brand is now firmly focused on inclusion: one image portrays a lesbian couple holding their two children and another shows a multiracial gay couple.

    D&G new collection

    D&G new collection

    More: First gay marriage takes place in Ireland

    A second shows a range of T-shirts and the third image shows three models sporting white T-shirts featuring the same motif as the handbags, along with a single crown logo.

    D&G new collection 2

    D&G new collection 2

    D&G new collection 3

    D&G new collection 3

    Comments on the images are relatively mixed.

    "Ridiculously trying to fix what you said about homoparental families #not," commenter gercuevas wrote.

    "little & too late," hongersstoo agreed.

    "I wan [sic] one! Too bad it will cost like a thousand €" sgburigom wrote.

    Other positive comments include, "Amazing," "So Gorgeous!" and "Bravo!"

    The collection comes at an important time in Italy, as the country considers passing a bill that would legalise same-sex unions across the country — a move that has already received a lot of resistance as hundreds of thousands of Italians protested against the bill in Rome last week.

    The new collection may not be enough to earn forgiveness from everyone for the designers' earlier views on IVF babies and gay adoption but it could be a step in the right direction.

    Are you impressed? Or is it too little too late? Let us know what you think about the #dgfamily collection in the comments below.


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    Eating disorders are rampant among models in the fashion industry. The Model Alliance, a union based in the U.S., ran a survey which found that over 31 percent of respondents who work as models have had an eating disorder. Over 64 percent were asked to lose weight by their agency and almost half make use of strategies such as fasting or cleanses in order to restrict their food consumption over short periods of time.

    In Heidy Rehman's experience the situation seems even more dire. When working on a campaign she asked every model (some as young as 12) if they felt pressured to lose weight. They all said "yes." When taking test shots with models ahead of a campaign launch none of the models ate anything during the day of shooting. She found out also that it was common practice for models to eat tissues ahead of castings to stop their stomachs from rumbling.

    More: Thin teenage model stupidly called "too big" by fashion industry

    To address the situation, Rehman has stated that models working with Rose & Willard will be required to sign a contract agreeing to eat a meal (not "a tiny morsel") while being observed by company representatives. If the model fails to do so she will not get paid and nor will her agency.

    "Yes, it's a form of nannying," Rehman writes. "But we feel we have a responsibility to protect these young women from an industry which we believe can leave them exploited and puts them under pressure to starve themselves and damage their health and wellbeing. [sic]"

    Rehman is not the only one expressing concern. Last year a bill was passed in France requiring models to obtain a doctor's certificate stating that they're healthy enough to work. A Danish charter, which was revised last year, requires models who have signed on to have a compulsory annual health check. In the U.K. an ongoing parliamentary inquiry may suggest that models under the age of 18 should be banned from catwalks as the presence of their prepubescent physiques pressures older models to lose excessive amounts of weight to compete.

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

    The concerns of Rehman and a number of European governments seem well-placed and it is important to support people in making healthy choices in a deeply flawed industry. However Rehman's suggestion of watching models while they eat begs the question: how far is too far?

    Even in the context of eating disorders treatment in clinical settings the idea of force feeding is controversial. In cases where a person is actively recovering from their illness, and wants to get better, the choice to eat is still a fraught one and requires skilled help.

    Staring at young women while they eat will always make them uncomfortable, regardless of whether they have an eating disorder but especially if eating is something they struggle with. The coercion involved in withholding earnings comes from a good place but it is based on the misguided assumption that well-being is solely about eating and putting on weight. Nutrition helps but, as Something Fishy, an online resource about eating disorders, advises, the most common element to all eating disorders is low self-esteem, a complex issue which can't be solved by a plate of pasta. Moreover recovery is about the person who is going through difficulties. It is about them finding new habits and making positive changes. It is not about managing the discomfort of fashion brands.

    It is, after all, major industry players who create a disempowering environment for models which doesn't exactly promote self-esteem. Aside from mandated weight loss, those in the industry, according to The Model Alliance, commonly suffer from sexual harassment and assault, compromises in child labour laws and a lack of financial transparency. The modelling population tends to be young and female and is therefore particularly vulnerable to coercion and exploitation.

    The prevalence of models in the industry who are experiencing mental illnesses and related physical health concerns is worrying. Regulating what health benchmarks are required of models is one way to create a healthier work environment. But, ultimately, very little will be done to improve the daily lives of models without addressing the complex underlying issues that impact them and until they are better empowered to make good choices on their own terms.

    More: Leading modelling agency confirms size 12 models are classed as "plus size"


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    Saying “I love you!” doesn’t have to be expensive. The old adage is true; it really is the thought that counts, but it surely doesn’t hurt if your gift is adorable and totally spot on!

    Here are nine totally Galentine’s Day-approved gifts. From the most delicious chocolate on the planet (hello, GODIVA) to a sassy hair accessory every girlfriend will love. Plus, it’s totally acceptable to pick something off this list for you. You deserve to be celebrated too!

    Image: Lauren Kelp/SheKnows

    1. Tinted lip treatment

    Image: Anthropologie

    For the lipstick-loving friend, this tinted lip treatment from Anthropologie is just the thing! Not only is it adorable, the tint is subtle enough to complete her effortlessly cool style while keeping those lips moisturized (because you are always looking out for your friend!)

    2. Kate Spade glass water bottle

    Image: Nordstrom

    For the yoga-loving friend, this Kate Spade glass water bottle is just the thing to keep her hydrated without sacrificing style. Plus, it’s so cute; it’s basically an excuse to work out just so you can use it!

    3. For the friend who loves a good desk accessory

    Image: Rifle Paper Co.

    This Rifle Paper Co. floral pencils set couldn’t be more perfect. Because you know her love for office supplies, these beauties will probably elevate you to best-friend status. They really are that cute!

    4. For the glam-loving gal

    Image: Rifle Paper Co

    These gold floral tattoos are one part rock star with their gold metallic tone and one part adorable with their delicate design. I mean, who doesn’t love a gold temporary tattoo?

    5. For the foodie friend

    Image: GODIVA

    What could be better than the most delicious chocolate on the planet? Give her something unique, Godiva’s new Coupes d’amour (“little cups of love”) 9 piece round Gift Box; perfectly paired flavors inside an artfully designed box.

    6. For the minimalist friend who loves an edgy accessory.

    Image: Urban Outfitters

    This metal ponytail holder is perfectly chic without being loud or trendy. Plus, for the price, why not get five of them?

    7. For your all things apothecary friend

    Image: Sephora

    This Herbivore Coco Rose body scrub is so good, you might just have to pick up an extra for yourself. It’s a fabulous treat at the end of a day and kicks dry skin to the curb. Plus, it makes you feel like you’ve just come back from the spa. Hello beauty night!

    8. For the romance-loving gal pal

    Image: Nordstrom

    This roses candle by diptyque is delightfully sweet and perfectly lovely, just like your dear friend. Everyone loves a good candle, and diptyque makes some of the best. Plus, it’s the perfect container for her makeup brushes once it’s burned down. A two-in-one gift — you are such a thoughtful friend!

    9. For the fashion-loving friend in your life

    Image: Riffle Paper Co.

    These Garance Doré notepads are just the thing. Chic, on trend and totally practical at the same time — what could be better? She will be the most fashionable one at the meeting thanks to you!

    This post is part of a sponsored collaboration between GODIVA and SheKnows.


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    We asked natural beauty expert Kim Wallace, founder of kimberlyloc.com, for her insight into the beauty benefits of honey and how to use it on your skin. “Raw honey is incredible for your skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants,” she tells us. “Whether you're looking for an inexpensive DIY solution or a powerful skin treatment, raw honey can help you regain your glow.”

    Wallace shares four of the main skin-saving properties of honey.

    • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it's great for acne treatment and prevention.
    • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
    • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
    • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

    More: How to treat dry skin with honey

    1. DIY Honey mask

    Wallace tells us that one of the easiest things you can do with raw honey is layer it on as a mask. “Raw honey can help unclog pores while simultaneously delivering moisture to parched skin,” she says.

    Apply a thin layer of raw honey to slightly damp skin using a circular motion. Leave the honey for at least 30 minutes and then gently rinse it off with warm water. “You'll find that it easily washes away, leaving you with soft, radiant skin.”

    2. Honey spot treatment

    Try zapping pesky zits with honey. “If you're suffering from a breakout, reach for a swab of honey instead of an overly drying over-the-counter pimple cream,” Wallace advises. “Applied ever so lightly, you can sleep with a dab of honey on your face and awaken to less-stressed skin.” Swirl a small amount of honey onto a cotton swab and dab onto your blemish. If you want a little extra boost, Wallace suggests mixing the honey with tea tree oil and lavender oil for additional natural cleansing.

    3. Honey cleanser

    Though it's not meant for removing delicate eye makeup, honey still makes a good cleanser. “It is amazing at dissolving other makeup, especially when mixed with your favorite natural plant oil and spices,” Wallace tells us. She suggests creating a mixture of honey and oil (try coconut oil or jojoba oil) to form a balmy texture that is slippery enough to slide across your face. “Add in a dash of cinnamon, turmeric or nutmeg for an aromatic treat. Massage the concoction over your face, loosening up heavy makeup and moisturizing your skin at the same time.”

    More: Make a banana honey face mask

    4. DIY Honey exfoliator

    You can exfoliate your skin once or twice a week with a gentle scrub made with two parts honey and one part Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. “Baking soda offers light exfoliation while the honey soothes and smooths the skin,” explains Wallace. “Don't be shy about using this recipe from head to toe — your arms, legs and feet will also benefit from this simple yet effective concoction.”5

    5. Honey bath

    Once you start dealing with dry winter skin, turn to honey to soothe. “As the seasons change, your skin can go into overdrive trying to rebalance itself to the conditions. Warm baths with soothing ingredients can keep your skin in check,” affirms Wallace. “Add two cups of honey to a running bath to create body-smoothing bliss. Soak for 15 minutes and then add a cup of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for your final 15 minutes to help rid your body of dead skin cells without irritation.”

    More: Beekeeper reveals why honey is good for your hair

    Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/4/2016


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    The offending item was a Wasted Heroes T-shirt on the Marketplace section of the ASOS website which had the word "Slave" on it and was modelled by a black man.

    ASOS Slave T shirt

    ASOS Slave T shirt

    As word spread on Twitter, many vented their anger, including @kerritweetz who tweeted: "Y'all are racist @ASOS @ASOS_HeretoHelp You really labelled a black man as a slave?"

    @RaedKhan_ tweeted: "Not sure what I'm more shocked by. ASOS promoting a clothing line called 'Slave' or the black male that was happy to model it..?!"

    More: Research reveals a shocking wage gap between black and white graduates

    The ASOS Marketplace is an unregulated section of the site selling clothes from vintage stockists and independent designers, such as Wasted Heroes.

    While the T-shirt was swiftly removed from the site and the ASOS customer service team tried to placate furious customers, Liverpool-based Wasted Heroes was quick to apologise.

    A spokesman tweeted that the garment "wasn't meant to cause any offence" and "was about being a slave to a label," adding that "it really was extremely stupid of us."

    However the T-shirt is only one of a collection featuring the word "slave" alongside logos in the style of global brands such as Disney, Burberry, Nike and Burger King.

    ASOS in trouble for selling 'Slave' T-shirt
    Image: Wasted Heroes

    ASOS in trouble after selling 'Slave' T-shirt
    Image: Wasted Heroes

    None of the range has been removed from the Wasted Heroes website, which begs the question: what exactly do they think was "extremely stupid?" Creating a T-shirt collection around the word "slave" or selling it on ASOS where there is a far greater chance of it triggering a public outcry?

    An ASOS spokesperson told MailOnline: "Marketplace is a collection of independent sellers who must agree to our terms and conditions when they join. Whenever we find a product that violates our policies we remove it immediately. There is also a 'report this item' link under every product picture."

    Was the reaction to this T-shirt justified or not? Let us know your thoughts below.

    More: 9 Signs white privilege is absolutely real


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    With a few beauty adjustments, you can turn your bathroom into a beach-themed spa. Why not? It's February, and you deserve a little sun in your life — even if it's from self-tanner. Try these seven products if you want to be (or at least feel like) a bronzed goddess all winter long.

    summer beauty
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    1. Temporary tattoos

    Lulu DK Pop Tats
    Image: Lulu DK

    Nothing says "June fling" like a temporary tat of a gold feather. It may be hiding under your sweater — for now — but you'll still know it's there. (Lulu DK, $10)

    2. In-shower gradual tan

    St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan
    Image: St. Tropez

    What pairs better with a temporary tattoo than golden skin? Devote three minutes (yep!) to getting bronzed in your next shower. The formulation works off your existing skin tone, so you'll have a natural glow that deepens the longer you use it. (St. Tropez, $25)

    3. Your favorite summer perfume

    Vince Camuto Capri
    Image: Vince Camuto

    Inspired by a Mediterranean breeze, this fruity-floral fragrance has notes of pear, violet and vanilla. Keep it on your desk, and spritz yourself for a reminder that spring (and your next vacation) is nearer than you think. (Vince Camuto, $82)

    4. Creamy eye treatment with avocado

    Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
    Image: Kiehl's

    There's never a wrong time of year for avocado, and this cult favorite eye cream provides the extra moisture we desperately need during the colder months. We have a feeling you'll already be on jar two come spring. (Kiehl's, $47)

    5. A spa treatment in a bag

    Kona Body
    Image: Kona Body

    Treat yourself to a spa day straight from Hawaii with this body scrub made with coconut, coffee and Himalayan pink salt. The natural exfoliants will leave you smooth and, well, Netflix ready. (Kona Body, $15)

    6. Proganix Quench shampoo and conditioner (complete with electrolytes)

    Proganix Quench Shampoo & Conditioner
    Image: Ulta

    Nourish your hair with moisturizing coconut and electrolytes (yep, they do to your hair what they do to you on a Saturday morning). In addition to replenishing your dry, winter hair, the line is sulfate-free and made with beachy ingredients, from coconut to aloe. (Ulta, $10)

    7. Sea salt pop candle

    Jonathan Adler Sea Salt Pop Candle
    Image: Jonathan Adler

    There's no shame in literally bringing the beach to you, and Jonathan Adler knows just how to do subtle while still sending just the right cozy beach house vibes. With notes like "water hyacinth" and "blue lotus," this candle is nicer than your summer share is going to be anyway. (Jonathan Adler, $38)


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    Sherene Zarrabi, a 21-year-old college student in Oklahoma, was just doing what lots of young women love to do — snapping pics of herself in cute outfits and posting them to Instagram. As a bonus, she worked at the Dainty Hooligan, a boutique clothing store found in the South, and so had access to all the latest fashions. Her manager loved Zarrabi's snaps so much she posted some of them to the store's own Insta.

    But her stint as an unofficial spokesmodel quickly ended — and in the most humiliating way possible. Store owner Jessica Issler yanked the pictures and sent this email to Zarrabi and her manager:

    "Something I want to make sure you keep in mind. I want size small, the stereotypical 'model' to model our clothes. Please use our pictures of our models if Stillwater store can't find someone who would be considered 'model material.' This is not to put anyone down but to communicate expectations of presenting our brand. Don't take it personal, all I ask for is really good representation. In exchange for the freedom, I ask you to take down all pictures of anyone that doesn't fit the criteria."

    Zarrabi rightly took exception to this and quit. But instead of going on a crash diet or crying over her "not model" body, she showed confidence and courage, explaining her feelings on Facebook: 

    "I am fully comfortable with who I am and the way I look. I have recently been attacked and discriminated against by the owner of Dainty Hooligan. She went on our stores Instagram and deleted all of the pictures where I was modeling the clothing and then sent this email to my manager. I do not want to represent or support a business that has such archaic values and beliefs. THIS is the reason young girls have body image issues. This is disgusting. I quit immediately and I suggest that my friends and family do not support Dainty Hooligan. Love yourself, no matter what you look like."

    Her honest response struck a nerve, and women everywhere celebrated her body positivity and unwillingness to take any crap.

    Issler, on the other hand, doubled down on her policy, saying, "I'm not apologizing for the unsaid fashion rule." Then she added in an interview with O'Colly, the Oklahoma State University paper, "My No. 1 priority is the safety of my staff, so the evil and lack of positivity is terrifying. This girl has now created a hostile work environment because she has a sad body image of herself." She even added that she thought Zarrabi was not "mentally healthy."

    Yes, we live in a world where a girl is being called mentally ill for loving her body the way it is.

    An outcry against Issler and the Dainty Hooligan erupted all over social media as people rushed to Zarrabi's defense. As more and more called for a boycott of the store, Issler finally sent an apologetic email to Zarrabi, saying she doesn't wish her former employee any ill will and thanking her for a "humbling experience."

    While that is nice, unfortunately the Dainty Hooligan's backwards model policy isn't the problem. The real issue is that this type of "You're not worthy if you don't look like a model" message is pushed on girls and women everywhere, all the time. And most of us don't stand up for ourselves. We accept the poison and let it infect us until we hate ourselves, until we believe that our bodies really are the problem instead of our greatest gift.

    This is so much bigger than a small-time clothing store.

    Which is why I want to give @OKStateProbs the last word, who tweeted:

    "Props to Sherene for being confident. I love that. But my stand isn't for Sherene. It's for the girl in the gym trying to lose weight to feel better. It's for the girl who eats lunch by herself because she's self-conscious. It's for the girl who goes to these boutiques or stores because she loves their clothing, only to embarrassingly find out they don't have their size. My stand is to say you're beautiful no matter what you look like. Because beauty is not your appearance, it's your interests, love for others, and who you are."

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    "Consumers should not purchase or use 'Bentonite Me Baby'," the FDA said in its statement. "Anyone who has used this product or provided it to a child should consult a health care professional immediately."

    The reason: It poses a "potential lead poisoning risk."

    More: 5 Face washes that can take on your dry winter skin

    The investigation into the product created by Alikay Naturals started after a Minnesota woman noticed the product was touted as both a mask for the skin and hair and a "detoxifying" treatment for the inside of the body.

    "The jar just caught my eye," Megan Curran de Nieto told the MinnPost of seeing it at Target. Curran de Nieto is the director for a non-profit that works to reduce the public's exposure to lead.

    She bought a jar and sent it off for testing and was startled with the results. The Bentonite Me Baby had lead levels at 29 parts per million, way over the 0.1 parts per million the FDA sets as the limit for products that could be consumed by children.

    "That finding scared me," said Curran de Nieto. "We all know that this is not a product that is marketed to kids, but a pregnant woman could have this in their home."

    More: The beauty benefits of honey will make it your skin's new savior

    Both Target and Sally Beauty Supply have removed the products from shelves, but the maker behind the product claims it's not intended for internal use and that they "never provided recommendations or recipes for the internal consumption." It's also not found on the company's official website with its other products.

    Except that the jar Curran de Nieto purchased clearly said it "works to aid in colon and detox cleansing to remove harmful toxins from the body, which helps many things including raising energy levels."

    Other products containing bentonite clay haven't been tested — and that won't necessarily change. However, actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley tout the benefits of consuming clay and this could lead to potential problems if other brands have similar lead levels.

    "Be very aware of anything that you’re taking, and carefully consider if that product is serving you in your best interest," Stephanie Yendell, supervisor of the health risk intervention unit at the Minnesota Department of Health told the MinnPost, adding that, even if it was used as a treatment in ancient times, "the way such medicines were prepared a thousand years ago is very different from the way they are prepared today in an industrialized setting."

    More: 10 Tips for radiant skin you barely have to work for


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    More: Rick Owens creates a buzz with a very unusual Paris Fashion Week show

    We don't, typically, picture it filled with rails of haute couture, makeup artists and supermodels — but that's set to change in June when Gucci unveils its cruise collection in the famous Abbey's Cloisters. It will be the first time a fashion house has been given permission to show there.

    A statement from Gucci said: "Gucci has chosen one of London's most historic and beautiful settings for his cruise 2017 fashion show: the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey."

    Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele told The Telegraph: "London is always on my mind and in my memories. I'm obsessed with British culture, past and present. To be able to show the collection inside the Cloisters in Westminster Abbey is magical."

    A spokesperson for Westminster Abbey told MailOnline: "The response to the Gucci show has been overwhelmingly positive. The show is taking place in the Cloisters. Westminster Abbey has a number of spaces in its precincts which are available for corporate bookings. These include evening receptions, conferences and garden parties, which have taken place at the Abbey for well over a decade. In terms of the future, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster are always prepared to consider new and exciting innovations provided they do not disrupt the daily worship."

    More: Gucci made me go from loathing to loving pleated skirts

    Many Gucci fans shared their excitement on social media. ShinyAndrea said the show was going to be "epic."

    However not everyone thinks it is a good idea, including Marilyna2111 who tweeted, "I am appalled. What has the church come to?"

    Vanessa Friedman, style director of the New York Times, was also unsure and asked her 829,000 Twitter followers: "Anyone else think the context is a little weird for a clothes show?"

    "Very creepy," agreed CeciliaNY. "Was just at Westminster Abbey walking among dead poets, kings, queens and scientists."

    Others deemed the decision as "sacrilegious" and a "Disneyfictation" of the place of worship, to which Woo100 responded, "It's already a theme park charging 20 quid admission to get in."

    What do you think of Westminster Abbey as a fashion show venue? Let us know your thoughts.

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    Nail design tutorial

    Follow these easy steps to create this nail design at home. Here is what you'll need.

    Step 1: Gather materials

    Valentine's Day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    • OPI Color So Hot It Berns
    • OPI Black Onyx
    • Essie Knockout Pout
    • Scotch tape

    Step 2: Choose your base color

    Valentine's Day nail design
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    Start with a base coat — we chose pink.

    Step 3: Create your lines

    Valentine's Day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Place a piece of tape diagonally across each nail, making sure to press down firmly.

    Valentine's Day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Step 4: Paint your second coat

    Valentine's Day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Paint a coat of red over the area not taped off and let dry.

    Step 5: Paint nail tips black

    Valentine's Day nail design
    Image: Kara Endres/SheKnows

    Gently peel off tape. Paint a line of black on the tips. You can do this by hand or tape it off. Follow with a top coat.

    Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

    Love nails
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  • 02/06/16--12:00: How to walk in heels
  • Get the right support

    High heel shoe gel insert
    Image: AliExpress

    Before you take a single step, let’s talk about those pretty shoes on your feet. Do they fit properly? Are they comfortable? If you’re slipping and sliding around or feeling stabbing pains on the balls of your feet from the get-go, your chances of walking effortlessly are pretty slim. But with the help of a few sneaky heel-helpers, you’ll get there. Head to a department store or shoe shop, and ask for the support you need:

    • Toe gels — these cushion the ball of the foot, so use them if you're feeling pain when your foot strikes the ground.
    • Weight shifters — these shift weight off the ball of the foot and onto the heel, which is useful when wearing stilettos or heels that don't offer much stability.
    • Heel pads — pop these into too-big shoes to prevent feet from moving around.
    • Arch supporters — for those women with naturally low arches, these supportive pads fill in the "gap" between the foot and shoe and relieve pressure from the ball of the foot.
    • Blister pads — keep these handy to prevent and heal blisters usually caused by rubbing on the back of the foot, which can happen with new or stiff shoes.

    On the flip side, if your heels are too small, get them stretched out by a local cobbler. It will be money well spent, promise!

    More: 13 Ways to make high heels more comfortable

    Perfect your posture

    Mountain Pose
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    Now that your shoes are ready, it’s time to work on looking elegant — and that comes down to posture. Plus, heels pitch your weight forward, so you need to balance that with some clever body movements. When you’re walking in heels, you want to stand tall, strong and confident. To do that, roll your shoulders back and down, and make sure your head is in line with your spine. Gently engage your abdominals (like you would in a Pilates class) to protect your lower back, and bend your knees ever so slightly. Lastly, place your heels directly behind your toes.

    Find a rhythm

    Walking in heels is a whole new ball game. When you’re wearing flats, you put your whole foot down at once — but this is the quickest way to give away your amateur status in heels! When you’re wearing shoes with a bit of height, put your heel down first, followed by your toe. Place one foot in front of the other, and try to get into a rhythm: heel, toe, heel, toe. This is called the “heel to toe” method (crazy, we know), and it’s the most natural way to walk in heels.

    If you're donning a pair of skyscrapers? Take extra care, and spread your toes in the shoe you’re putting down on the floor. This will help to distribute your weight evenly and prevent any teetering.

    Lean back a little

    When wearing heels, you may find yourself leaning forward. This usually means you’re trying to walk faster than your heels will allow. To counteract this, lean back a little. If you’re standing still, shift weight from one foot to the other to alleviate pressure. Model-of-the-moment Kendall Jenner relies on this trick, telling Elle.com, “I switch from one foot to another a lot, like this. [She crosses one foot behind the other in her now-signature pose.] You have to keep moving your feet!”

    More: 5 Yoga poses to improve your balance

    Take small steps

    While we’re on the subject of striding, do so with small steps. Wearing heels makes your stride a little shorter, so you’ll inevitably need to take more steps to go the same distance. Think small and dainty, not baby steps — we are busy women with places to go and things to do! Try not to rush, though. Between the extra height and small steps, walking quickly in heels looks a little awkward.

    Toned legs make wearing heels much easier, so spend a little time stretching and working on your legs, particularly your calves.

    Walk a straight line

    Walking in a straight line in heels
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    Finally, don’t look down at your heels while you walk. Instead, find your end point (a coffee cart, colleague’s desk, shop), and visualise an invisible, straight line leading there. Then, walk it. One foot should come down directly in front of the other, with your toes pointing straight ahead. With a little bit of practice, it’ll become second nature.

    More: How to keep high heels from cramping your (running) style


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    We've got the 3D-makeup printer, Mink, that lets people print makeup based off photos. And then there's Adorn, the device that claims it will print your perfect foundation (though that's yet to be proven).

    More: 11 Glow-in-the-dark makeup looks that will totally mesmerize you

    The world has not yet created a device that actually helps us apply makeup perfectly, but it's not for lack of trying. Case in point: Simone Giertz — a self-described "non-engineer" — creates fun robots and then posts demonstration videos on her YouTube channel. Her latest is a lipstick robot that has so much potential, but doesn't quite do the job.

    Simone Giertz lipstick robot

    Simone Giertz lipstick robot

    That is, unless you're going for the "outside the lines" look.

    It's pretty obvious that she created this robot as a joke, but it's not the first time she's tried to program a machine to do daily beauty maintenance tasks. Last year, she created a helmet designed to brush teeth — and very aggressively, I might add.

    Simone Giertz toothbrush helmet

    Simone Giertz toothbrush helmet

    More: Amazing app finds the perfect lipstick color based on photo

    "... I like building things," she told Vice of why she made the toothbrush helmet. "I like telling people about things I build. I like making videos. I like making tools that people can use to be creative."

    "Creative" is definitely the way to describe the lipstick robot, but she's on the right path. I don't think makeup robots are really that far off... and the person who does create one that can perfectly contour will undoubtedly be a billionaire within a few days.

    More: The best makeup for your face — finding the best look for your features


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