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My Beauty Must-Haves

I was very excited to meet Jane Larkworthy and visit the <i>W</i> beauty closet! Here are some of my favorite products to bring on summer vacation.

Going Vegan? Here's What You Need To Know

Veganism has come a long way. Once reserved for peace-loving hippies, interest in a totally animal-free diet is at an all-time high, with celebrities …

Why I Eat A Plant-Based Diet

The on-trend diet isn't a fad and it's way more sustainable than it sounds. Here's how I started eating more veggies and grains and loved every healthy second of it.<p>I started eating a whole foods plant-based diet nine months ago. I had gained 20-something pounds from a hormone-related health issue …

Forget Macarons, Here Are Instagram's Next-Level Fashion Memes

No offense to all the French-pastry fans out there, but Instagram fashion memes have come a long way since endless stacks of rainbow macarons and …

Memes

How to Craft the Perfect Instagram

From the editors at ELLE.com, the science behind your "likes"<p>Sometimes, when I find only a fraction of the "likes" that I expected in that crucial first hour following an Instagram upload, I start walking towards my Internet box to reset it, because that <i>must</i> be the problem. My vacation shot of …

What's the Secret to Lauren Conrad's Gorgeous Instagram Photos? She Finally Reveals Her Strategy

Confession: We've been obsessed with Lauren Conrad's picture-perfect Instagram feed for quite awhile now. So much so, that we asked the star herself …

How To Enjoy Being Bad At Something

Illustrated by <b>Sydney Hass</b>.<p><i>The Billfold — which, mind you, is not another personal finance site — aims to do away with the misbelief that talking</i> …

Instagram's Start-Up Secrets

What can fashion-tech companies learn from Instagram’s success? Co-founder and CEO Kevin Systrom shares his start-up secrets.<p><b>PALO ALTO, United States</b> …

Found It! Taylor Swift's Preppy Collared Sweater

She may sing about wearing t-shirts and sneakers, but in real life Taylor Swift also likes to give her wardrobe a preppy twist every once in awhile. …

A 3-Step Guide To Winning At Fashion Parties

Full disclosure: I am not a social butterfly by nature. I wasn’t born into it. I’ve always been a little bit of an introvert, but, alas, I’ve chosen …

Amber Valletta On H&M, How Modeling Has Changed And How To Look 'Freakin' Amazing'

You may know Amber Valletta for her extensive modeling career, or maybe you know her as Lydia on "Revenge." But what you might not know is that this model/actress has also emerged as an advocate for sustainable fashion over the years.<p>It's no surprise then, that H&M chose her to be the face of their …

Why Your April Horoscope Is So Out of Whack

Much ado has been made about April by astrologers and amateur stargazers alike. And it's certainly an intense time in the cosmos. There are two change-making eclipses (on April 15 and 28), as well as the climax of a Grand Cardinal Cross—four-way faceoff—between Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus and Mars. …

A New Way to Decorate Your Notebook With Photos

We’re crushing hard on this DIY photo dot notebook that turns magazine clippings and old photos into a cool graphic. It’s a fun way to personalize your office supplies!<p>WHAT YOU’LL NEED<p>Read More<p>journal<br>• photos you don’t mind cutting up (pictures from magazines work as well)<br>• scissors<br>• Glue<br>• small bottle …

Chemicals

6 Easy Ways To Feel More Energized

Power up your mind—and body—with these easy tips.<p>Sure, it's the New Year, so you want to have that get up and go sensation. But between frigid temperatures, early sunsets and most likely, a sugar and carb-filled holiday, that's not as easy as it sounds. Frank Lipman, MD, an integrative and …

"Elizabeth wasn't the kind of girl you should hate. She truly was a loving and giving person. You just had to make sure you kept your husband in the garage if ever she came to visit." —Debbie Reynolds

Sneaky tricks to transform your mornings: http://r29.co/1ewvX8f

Why These 'Mean Girls' Apps Should Frighten Women, Too

<i>Photo: Courtesy of Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection</i><p>Earlier this week a new app called Rumr launched, canon-balling into a crowded pool of similar social tools (Secret, Confide, Whisper, Yik Yak, Wut, Sneeky) that I despise for their anonymous, shady-behavior-enabling backbones. I just …

The 10 Best Thrillers and Crime Writing By Women

Crime, thrillers, and mysteries are generally thought of as genres written by and for men, most likely because they're so violent. You might think of the Stephen King novel you had to hide under the covers as a kid, or the James Patterson books that fly off the shelves at the airport, or the …

Take a Peek at Kate Moss and Johnny Depp's Old Love Nest

It's been 16 years since supermodel Kate Moss and actor Johnny Depp were a thing.<p><i>Related: The Best of Johnny and Kate, in Photos</i><p>Still depressed over their break-up? Relive their glory days via their former NYC love shack on 112 Waverly Place—that you can now move into for a cool 19K a month! …

Inès de La Fressange Reveals the Secret to Effortless French Style

Earlier this week, some of fashion's finest gathered to celebrate Roger Vivier's spring 2014 collection at Mari Vanna, a Russian eatery that feels more like your best friend's living room than a New York City restaurant.<p>The event, hosted by Vivier and the inimitable Inès de La Fressange, was in …

Allure Man: When Razor Meets Laser

Big science strikes again! I, too, was skeptical when Philips recently introduced the world's first beard trimmer equipped with a real, live laser beam to help men shave in a straight line. Sounds like a gimmick, right? And yet I walk by botched grooming jobs every day on the street. So today, …

Why layer mascaras? Because you get lashes like this: http://into.gl/1pzVceL

View From the Beauty Closet: Works of (Scented) Art

Today, while attending a press preview, I came across these Cire Trudon bust candles. (Yes, they're candles! If you look closely, you can see the yellow one has a tiny wick coming out of her head.) And if you think they look as intricate and detailed as real works of art, it's because they <i>are</i> real …

Calling All Animal Lovers! Sugarpill’s New Vegan Makeup Brushes Are Here

Synthetic makeup brushes often get a bad rep. The earliest versions on the market were known to feel a little plasticky, not to mention stiff and …

The Smoothest Blowouts Start in the Shower (Really)

You probably already know that whole "lather, rinse, repeat" thing can damage your hair. But here's something you may not know: Getting smooth hair can be a whole lot easier if you start styling it in the shower—and avoid sneaky mistakes that cause breakage and flyaways in the long run.<p><b>The chances</b> …

Only the Best

Shopping for beauty products can be a pain. Even I know that. A great destination, where everything is carefully selected, however, makes it easier. Two new shops have that concept mastered. First, there’s Violet Grey, Cassandra Grey’s newly launched e-commerce site, which offers goods picked by …