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I know that I'm way late to this game, but multiple factors have contributed to my growing obsession (many steps past love) for Kate Moss. As a fashion follower, she was always in the mix as a big player in my consciousness, but I never really investigated further. After becoming obsessed with everything about her wedding and subsequently reading articles and interviews, I was already part way down the slippery slope to fangirlville. As she continues to get better with age, my obsession grows (I mean, come ON). 

I was excited to hear that she was posing for Playboy because, like Marilyn Monroe, the original centerfold, Kate is classy and professional who makes smart decisions about when to take her clothes off for the camera and who to take them off for. There was no bottle blonde weird half shirts and porny poses in this shoot. It was pure classy, arty perfection. Not like it was going to be anything else. I wanted to repost for reference. All photos (there are more! and she is more naked in them!) from WhoWhatWear.com via Playboy
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what it is: Neutrogena Body Oil
why I love it: Winter is all about fighting off dry skin, so I always keep my ears open to products that will do that successfully. The windy, dry weather has arrived, which means it's time for a beauty product regimen change. I was skeptical when a friend told me she loved this stuff after seeing it praised in several magazines. Body oil immediately evoked images of slippery, overly tan sunbathers on the beach, and that is neither a look or feel I was trying to go for. But I was feeling pretty meh about my current lotion and was curious enough to give it a try. After one use, I was sold. A few drops on arms and legs immediately after a shower changes the feel of skin almost instantly. Rub it in like lotion, and skin drinks it up leaving no oily feeling, but an ultra-moisturized, velvety one that lasts and lasts. My only complaint is that it doesn't work so magically on my winter-dry knuckles, but that's not really what it's meant for. It works so immediately and so well, and because you only need a few drops every time you use it, it lasts a long time. And even though it would be fine just boasting the amazing effects it has, it also smells amazing.
where to get it: Neutrogena, $9.99-$15.99
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Tonight was everyone's favorite men want to be with/women want to be situation: the Victoria's Secret fashion show. This sparkly, pink, musical runway peppered with celebrity models and a crowed filled with model celebrities and fashion people is the most commercialized of fashion shows/parties and undoubtably a great time. The zoom-happy, televised version will air December 10th on CBS when the country (and world?) can get backstage and showtime close-up shots of giant wings, gravity defying platforms, mind bending lingerie contraptions and the result of models' grueling show beauty and diet preparation (aka non-human perfection). Until then, we'll have to do with our favorite square, filtered visuals and crippling FOMO.
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And check out #VSfashionShow for lots more Instagrams from behind the scenes and the runway.
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Jennifer Lawrence eclipsed fellow famous Jennifer Aniston in hair cutting news last week when she appeared in pictures in a fresh pixie cut while kicking off the press tour for Catching Fire. Reactions were unanimously shocked and decidedly mixed on the new look, and Lawrence claimed damage from dyeing as the reason for the dramatic chop. I was on the end of not thrilled when I first saw the cut in the picture on the left and later that day in shots from the cast's Google Hangout. I think that Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful in a very unconventional way and this pixie did nothing to complement her face. Also, never forget Kate Gosselin. But when I saw the first red carpet photos of her hair styled in a sleeker, younger and much more flattering style, I was floored. Though the Dior she wore to the world premiere of the second Hunger Games, threatened to steal the attention from her face, I don't think it does (despite the backless, drapey, sparkly, ankle length situation going on below the neck). Her face looks natural and fresh and her hair looks so cool and fits her personality much better. This just goes to show how important styling is. And that whoever was responsible for her San Francisco press day probably shouldn't be given the privilege of styling her hair again.
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what it is: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick
why I love it: On days when you're really trying to make a beauty statement via lip color, you really want something that packs a punch in terms of color saturation. The last thing you want from a lip color is for it to be disappointingly sheer, requiring too much time layering just to have it wipe off immediately. Well, this lip color is the answer to any woes you might possibly have. I have the "Icon" and "Raven" shades. The former is a true red that makes me feel old Hollywood glamorous every time I wear it, and the latter (pictured above) is a coralish/orangish red that is the perfect choice for when I need something just a few blocks from classic. Jessica Alba wore "Riviera," their perfect shade of orange to the 2013 Golden Globe awards and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it ever since. Apart from the colors being absolutely perfect and coming in a range from neutral and feminine to bold and head turning, the colors are truly opaque and one swipe on each lip is pretty much all you need. You apply the color like gloss, but it has the consistency of lipstick and it stays on for hours. I just wore "Raven" yesterday from about noon until 10PM, eating, drinking, talking and generally living in between and only had to reapply the color once. I would say the only thing to potentially improve the color is to add a clear gloss on top if that's the look you're going for. If matte is what you want though, nothing extra is needed. The tubes seem small, but when you need so little so seldom to get the same coverage and staying power as other lip products, you don't need one the size of your normal gloss.
where to get it: hourglass.com, $28
*Note: the colors on the Hourglass website seem a little off on my computer screen. A little extra research into the true appearance of the shade might be required!
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Following in the much-discussed Elisabeth Moss, Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, etc. chop department, Shailene Woodley has been added to the Hollywood pixie cut list. In preparation for her role as Hazel Grace in 2014's The Fault in Our Stars (based on the amaaaaaaazing but weepy young adult novel by John Green), Shailene chopped off and donated her very long, very thick hair (and asked others to do the same). I couldn't stop staring when I saw an Instagram photo of her on the red carpet at Elle's Women in Hollywood event for which she is one of the cover stars in the corresponding November issue. Every role she's had before has her hair long and flowing, so I never really thought about how she'd look with such a short cut, but I'm officially obsessed. I think she looks great, and it's styled perfectly here. I can't wait for her to start press for March's Divergent (and then almost immediately after for Fault, probably) so we can see what else she does with it.
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Jennifer Lawrence, everybody's dream BFF, has been the face of Dior for about a year now, wearing the hell out of the iconic label's dresses on red carpets worldwide. But one of the most exciting aspects of this partnership are the beautiful editorials that come out of it. The newest photos were just released, and they feature J-Law with that effortless, no-makeup look, which nicely contrasts the polished Dior clothing and accessories she's wearing in the shoot. Not only does she look extremely gorgeous in the natural makeup look, it's a welcome change from the also beautiful but heavily made-up and (seemingly) highly airbrushed photos that were released in February. Even she claimed they didn't look like her in an interview on the Oscars red carpet. Not that she was complaining, she said that she "loved PhotoShop" after she saw the photos.
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And while we're on the topic of Jennifer Lawrence owning high fashion photo shoots, let's not forget the spot on shoot in British Harper's Bazaar that Buzzfeed nicely rounded up earlier this month. Keep doing what you're doing, J-Law, and can't wait for American Hustle press/Oscar season/Hunger Games press to keep it coming on the red carpet. Never change.
 
 
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what it is: Essie After School Boy Blazer
why I love it: I've loved navy polish ever since high school, when I was attracted to dark nails, but I didn't quite want to go with black polish for fear of the associations is used to bring. A lot of times, they add some sort of shimmer or too much blue to the formulas, and they just aren't right. I was at CVS the other day to pick up something that wasn't even near the nail polish, but naturally I passed the nail polish and this color from the Fall 2013 collection caught my attention. It's a cream formula and in the bottle it's the type of navy that look almost black, exactly what I look for in a navy. I talked myself out of buying it considering I already own at least 3 navy polishes, but I don't know if I'll be able to continue to talk myself out of this one.
where to get it: CVS (and wherever they sell Essie), $8
 
 
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I don't know how to take a selfie. The before shot.
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Maybe slightly better? The after shot.
The last time I dramatically cut my hair, I was a junior in high school and I was donating it. I donated a traumatic 13 inches which left my hair shorter than I expected and it took forever to grow back. The last time I had bangs was my sophomore year of college. As part of my plan to intern in New York City the next summer, I thought I'd do my part and get a "metropolitan" hairstyle to go with my new fabulous intern life (LOL). I had bangs for about a year and then decided that I wanted "mermaid hair" and a center part and to just leave it alone. So that's what I've done for the last few years. 

I've been itching for a change for a little while, but I had yet to see a style that I really wanted to commit to. My hair is thick and curly, and if I'm going to have to put a lot of effort into maintaining a style, it's gotta be one I'm happy to deal with every day. I saw this style in a magazine my mom brought back from a trip to the UK as the after component of a makeover story, and I just knew it was the one. I took it to The Drawing Room upon a recommendation from Stephanie, and now I have a spiffy new 'do. Thanks, Stylist!

I've never been attached to my hair. It grows back, and a lot of times I'm just annoyed with it, so cutting it has never been a big deal. However, a lot of people don't know how to negotiate curly hair in a way that makes it look normal styled and somewhat natural, so I get nervous going to a stylist that is different than my trusted-since-fifth-grade stylist at home. After I found nothing but praise for The Drawing Room, I decided I better just go for it since it was time for a change, so here it is! I couldn't be happier with the service at the salon, even though it was definitely an NYC price, something I've never indulged in before. It was worth it, though, when I didn't want to walk away unhappy and stuck with a bad haircut.

UPDATE: Now that I've worn this cut both straight and curly, I can confirm that he did an excellent job cutting my hair since it holds shape when it air dries. Many times with curly hair, it just looks like a house, so I'm happy I can just let it go (once I deal with the bang situation) when it's wet now, and I don't have any Liz Lemon issues.
 
 
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About seventeen years ago, my mom became a breast cancer survivor. Four years later, she became a double survivor, very thankfully. Since that time, the breast cancer cause has been one that's very close to me, whether it's contributing through races and donations or really any other type of support possible. This is why I love the fashion industry and the "girl power" attitude that comes with it. Over the years, many fashion and beauty brands have come to participate in the cause, so it's very easy to get involved or contribute money through various "pink" efforts. Now, so many national companies are on board, not just in fashion and beauty, but food, tech, activewear and many other genres of business. I'm so thankful that such a large number of companies get on board so that more people struggling now and in the future can have success stories like my family's. I love you, mom, and I'm grateful every day for your fight.
-E

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Chop't salads, Panera bread and Crumbs Cupcakes are just a few food outlets that contribute to BCA efforts, both with financial contributions and specialty food items and containers that signify the cause.

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Tons of beauty brands participate in BCA efforts with different pink beauty offerings the contribute to the cause. Amongst them are popular brands Essie, Ralph Lauren, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and Bumble, Clinique, Estée Lauder and Paul Mitchell.
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Fashion brands are also quick to get on board with the cause. Big names like White House Black Market, Rebecca Taylor, Ann Taylor and LOFT, Lilly Pulitzer, Van Cleef & Arpels and Coach all have clothing, accessory and jewelry offerings as contributions.
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bonus: sports! love from the men
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The NFL really goes all out with their "Crucial Catch" campaign. Goalpost protectors, shoes, mouthguards, gloves, cheerleaders' uniforms, refs' accessories are all in pink for the cause. Image via: FoxBusiness.com