Shopping for beach attire can be stressful on the ego and pocketbook if you don't know what to look for! But the following four tips will make your search for stylish beach essentials easy and successful, leaving you plenty of time to focus on perfecting your tan!
1. Start with a flattering, well-priced swimsuit.
To find budget-friendly swimsuits that wow, try stores like Old Navy, H&M, and Victoria's Secret, which are known for providing stylish options at affordable prices. We love Victoria's Secret's Maya Twist Bandeau Top and matching Bottoms featured here ($40 for the set) for its sleek shape and versatility. Monochrome swimsuits in simple cuts don't go out of style and are easy to change up by mixing and matching standout accessories, making them return on your investment for seasons to come!
Tummy-Slimming, Stylish Bathing Suits
2. Buy a versatile cover-up.
A cover-up that takes you from a day to night is a summer essential. Forever 21's Embellished Maxi Dress ($27.80),
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Shopping for beach attire can be stressful on the ego and pocketbook if you don't know what to look for! But the following four tips will make your search for stylish beach essentials easy and successful, leaving you plenty of time to focus on perfecting your tan!Read More »from 4 Tips for Affordable Summer Style
While on-the-job experience is critical for selling yourself through your résumé, plenty of other factors can increase your odds of being hired. Here are five easy-and potentially fun-ways to get a leg-up in relevant work skills and experience:Read More »from 5 ways to increase your employability
1. Become a social media guru.
Many businesses now consider connecting with consumers through social media an essential part of their business strategy. Ironically, the medium is so new, there are few "experts." Learn how to write and maintain a blog, garner and engage a Twitter following, and leverage Facebook as a self-marketing tool and you will not only have a leg up on the competition, but also you will firmly establish a network that can help you in your job search. Just remember that everything you do online is now regarded as your collective résumé, so keep it clean and professional.
2. Master a new computer program.
Employers are much more likely to invest in someone who comes in with prior knowledge than someone who will require
What Not to Buy at SephoraRead More »from What Not to Buy at Sephora
With its supreme sampling program and lifetime return policy, it's no wonder Sephora is one of the most popular and profitable chain stores-beauty or otherwise-in the world. Although we're huge fans of the one-stop beauty shop and many of the brands it carries, we found certain items you can snag elsewhere for significantly less-reminding that it always pays to comparison shop and to rethink whether a product is splurge-worthy or not. Following are four.
1. Makeup Brushes
Most makeup artists we've talked to swear by "a good makeup brush," and we found just that for a fraction of Sephora's price. The most affordable foundation brush we could find at the behemoth beauty store is $25-a great brush from the brand's in-house collection. However, we spotted other foundation brushes that work just as well for a quarter of the price, like Eco Tools Bamboo Foundation brush ($6 at Walgreens). Looking for good deals on entire brush sets? One of our editors recommends skipping the beauty store
- Kaboodle.com | Work + Money – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 6:07 PM EDT
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Last week, the World Health Organization classified cell phones as possible carcinogens, suggesting a link between cell phones and the risk of cancer. While the classification isn't cause to abandon all cell phones immediately, it should inspire us to take the following simple precautions to reduce the amount of exposure to cell-phone radiation.
1. Choose a phone that emits less radiation.
The FCC measures and informs consumers of each cell phone's radio frequency (RF; a form of radiation) and specific absorption rate (SAR, or amount of radiation absorbed by the body). While phones need to have a SAR score of less than or equal to 1.6 watts per kilogram in order to be approved by the FCC, some phones are safer than others in terms of the amount of radiation your body absorbs when using it. Business Insider has a handy list of phones with the least and highest radiation rates, citing the Motorola Bravo as the greatest offender with a SAR score of 1.59 and the Samsung Blue Earth as the
Read More »from 7 Decorating Tips for Small Spaces
Whether you're moving into a tiny dorm room this fall or simply want to make your apartment appear more spacious, follow these simple decorating tips to maximize your living areas.
1. Open up floor-space.
The more floor you can see, the larger the room seems. Place larger pieces of furniture against walls and never block a walkway. If you have the space, try positioning one piece of furniture, like your sofa, at an angle. The angled positioning will trick the eye into seeing a longer distance across the room because the longest line in a square room is the diagonal. Plus, you'll score a little extra storage space out of the corner you've just created!
Eye-Catching Decorative Pillows
2. Use multifunctional furniture and accessories.
The key to making the most of a small room is to minimize the number of pieces in it and ensure every piece serves a purpose. Furnish your pad with a chest that can be used as a coffee table, a TV stand that has a cabinet to conceal books and DVDs, or a
Actor Tom CruiseRead More »from 10 Shocking Real Names of Celebrities
Music industry mogul Sean Combs recently announced he is changing his name-again. This isn't the first time the business tycoon has gone by something other than given name, Sean Combs, aka Puff, Puffy, Puff Daddy, P Diddy, Diddy, and King Combs. While Mr. Combs announced he's only going by this latest iteration, Swag, for one week, his decision reminded us of other celebrities whose real names are not the ones they're famous for. Following are some of the most shocking real names of stars we know and love.
1. Tom Cruise
Real name: Thomas Cruise Mapother IV
The actor behind one of Oprah's most infamous on-air moments was born Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. Cruise's great-grandfather, Thomas Cruise O'Mara was adopted by a Welsh immigrant and renamed Thomas Cruise Mapother. Cruise shortened his given name to arrive at Tom Cruise early on in his acting career.
2. Julianne Moore
Real name: Julie Anne Smith
At the time American actress Julianne Moore began her career in the '80s, there were
Read More »from The 10 Funniest Movies of the Last Decade
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Hangover 2 can boast the biggest opening of an R-rated movie ever, bringing in $137.4 million during Memorial Day weekend. Judging from its massive success, it would seem that America's favorite movie genre is comedy-with a generous dose of wild, often raunchy, humor. While we can always rely on the blockbuster's "Wolf Pack" to deliver gut-busting, off-beat antics, The Hangover and its sequel are just two examples of the popular genre over the last decade. If the sequel has you hankering for even more lewd laughs, check out this list of 10 of the funniest movies of the past decade. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!
1. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Sure this film is a celebration of lowbrow humor, but the cast, featuring sketch comedy veterans and beloved comedians at the beginning of their careers, makes a nostalgic trip back to the days of summer camp debauchery well worth it.
2. Old School (2003)
This Will Ferrell movie taught us all
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With so many old wives' tales and a slew of recently updated FDA tanning and sunscreen regulations, it's hard to separate sun-damage facts from fiction. So behold our debunk of seven of the most common myths-just in time for you to enjoy a safe, sunny summer!
1. Myth: You won't burn when the weather is overcast.
Fact: Just because the sun isn't visible doesn't mean you can skip the SPF. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80% of UVA and UVB rays are able to pass through clouds and penetrate skin. In fact, cloudy days can be more dangerous than sunny ones because clouds gives people a false sense of protection. Your best bet is to treat every day as if it were a scorcher and spread sunscreen all over your exposed areas.
The Most Effective Sun Protectors and Bronzers
2. Myth: If you have dark skin and don't burn, you won't get skin cancer.
Fact: Although rare, people with darker complexions-and higher amounts of melanin, which provides some natural protection against
- Kaboodle.com | Fashion – Wed, Jun 1, 2011 4:49 PM EDT
Dresses made out of cheddarDresses made out of cheddarRead More »from Students Make Dresses Out of Cheese: Superb or Silly?
Following the foodie-fashion footsteps of Lady Gaga, who donned the infamous meat ensemble at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, fashion and textile students at Bath Spa University, about 100 miles west of London, molded five wearable dresses using Pilgrims' Choice Vintage, Extra Mature, and Red Leicester cheeses. The edible endeavor took approximately 1,000 hours and one ton of cheddar, according to the UK's Daily Mail. The "strong smelling" fashions, which include 'Jimmy Cheese shoes' are on display until Saturday-most likely their expiration date.
Via Daily Mail UK
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Read More »from 6 Kid-Friendly Summer Activities That Wonâ€™t Break the Bank
Summer is fast approaching, which means long, lazy afternoons, vacation, and tons of outdoor fun. But if you're a parent trying to figure out how to keep kids occupied, entertained, and out of trouble on a budget, summer break sounds more like a working vacation! Instead of shelling out serious cash for pricey summer camps and other costly activities, consider these six free (or nearly free) activities that offer fun for the entire family:
1. Go on a nature walk.
If you've got bored, restless kids on your hands, resist the temptation to let them waste the day way in front of video games and the television. Instead, get them outside with a scavenger hunt. For instance, if you're near nature, challenge them to spy a spotted butterfly, collect certain indigenous plants, or a rock shaped like a heart. The city offers just as many interesting treasures to discover and collect. See if youngsters can map the correct bus route to a destination across town, decode hints that lead to city