Growing up in a traditional Korean family, I never thought twice about my position on tattoos. I was never going to get one. My parents thought tattoos were "from the devil" and I believed them … until I met my college boyfriend. He had a bunch, and over time I began to appreciate the artwork behind the ink. I'm sure you know what happened next: I ended up with a butterfly tattoo on my ankle.
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And now I've got another one on my back. And my hip. While the jury is still out on tattoo addiction, I know that when I got my first one, I never thought I'd eventually have three and who knows, maybe more.
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I bet Kat Von D can relate. Kat got her first tattoo when she was 14, and since then it's been a slow slide into full body ink. (Check out her entire transformation below.) Seeing pictures of Kat makes me think tattoo addiction isn't so far fetched after all.
Kat's late teens/early 20s: Forget the face, neck, or hand
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Growing up in a traditional Korean family, I never thought twice about my position on tattoos. I was never going to get one. My parents thought tattoos were "from the devil" and I believed them … until I met my college boyfriend. He had a bunch, and over time I began to appreciate the artwork behind the ink. I'm sure you know what happened next: I ended up with a butterfly tattoo on my ankle.Read More »from Poll: Can Tattoos Be Addictive?
I live for Monday nights, 'cause that means "The Bachelor" is on. There are so many reasons that show is wrong -- reinforcement of gender stereotypes, tacky clothing (like this), and the belief that you really can find true love on reality TV. Still, I can't help but love it.Read More »from Blondes Vs. Redheads: Guys Admit the Truth
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The biggest shocker of the season for me? When Bachelor Ben sent the beautiful, smart, "best-kisser in the house" redhead home. I'm sure he had a semi-good reason for it, but seeing how it came out of nowhere and she was the only redheaded contestant on the show, it immediately reinforced my belief that guys don't dig red hair.
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But when I mentioned this to my coworker Jane, she insisted I was all wrong. "Guys love redheads," she said. The challenge was officially on. Holding photos of Emma Stone as a redhead and a blonde, we hit up the local food trucks during the lunch rush to poll guys about what they think. (Obviously, not the
Everybody's been raving about Elizabeth Olsen since her acting debut in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" last year (myself included). I've always been a fan of the Olsen clan (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are her older sisters, in case you live under a rock), and after seeing the film, Elizabeth is now -- hands down -- my new favorite Olsen.Read More »from Poll: Which Olsen Sister Has the Best Style?
Here's why: At only 23 years old, she's gorgeous, talented, down-to-earth, and has great style (no surprise there, she is an Olsen after all.) And with her newest horror movie "Silent House" coming out this weekend, she's been in the spotlight a lot more lately -- especially for her trendy fashion choices.
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Which brings me to this point: While I think all three Olsen sisters have great fashion taste, Elizabeth wins because of looks like these. Check out the girls' looks below, and tell me what you think by leaving your favorite Olsen pick in the comments section below.
Ashley's style is more
Have you ever tried to learn a new braid just by reading instructions? "Cross section one with section five, then flip over section two ..." Huh?Read More »from Top Five Braided Hairstyles
Usually, you don't end up with a pretty result like this. In my case, following a braid how-to leads to a "nice" bird's nest on top of my head.
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If I'm really serious about learning a specific style (say, a waterfall braid), I need to see it done in person, or watch a video of someone doing it. So this time, instead of reading a bunch of braiding how-tos, I decided to plant myself in front of my computer screen and watch the best YouTube braiding video tutorials.
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Believe it or not, I learned how to create more than 10 braids in one afternoon, with only one minor nest-like incident (not bad!). Every single one of these braids comes with a video, clear step-by-step voiceover instructions, and important tips to remember, which makes it sooo easy
In case you didn't know, Jessica Biel is really, really good at keeping secrets. When she and Justin Timberlake got engaged, all we got were spotty sightings of the engagement ring and seriously limited details of how it happened. (Talk about flying under the radar.)Read More »from Jessica Biel's Wedding Look: You Decide
But with all of this recent prenup talk -- she gets $500K each time he cheats … supposedly -- we know the wedding is coming up soon, as in, this summer. And since it's her birthday tomorrow (she's turning the big 3-0), we figure now is as good a time as any to discuss the wedding details. Besides, who doesn't love wedding talk?
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With a little help from Photoshop, we created four different looks for Ms. Biel, with everything from the dress to the hair and makeup look. (Not to brag, but we consider ourselves experts on finding the perfect hairstyle for any wedding dress, check out more of our work here.) Personally, we think she'll look gorgeous in any of these options -- as long
I have a problem. It's a bit unusual. See, I have this thing for leopard print. Anything I see with leopard print, I have to buy … kinda like Victoria Beckham and her sky-high heels. That's just part of my collection to the left.
And for the most part, I've been OK with my leopard print obsession. It's not like I'm a hoarder … or so I thought. The other day, while out shopping with my boyfriend, I picked up another leopard blouse. "You're not really going to get that," he said. "You have four just like it at home." Whaaaa? That's when I explained my LP theory, which mainly consists of how a girl can never have too much leopard print. Needless to say, I now have five such blouses.
The thing is, I know I'm not alone. My coworker Sarah seems to buy everything and anything with blue and white stripes, though she only recently realized this. And my other coworker Jane has a thing forRead More »from Do You Buy the Same Clothes Over and Over?
The perks of being a celebrity: Tons of money, adoring fans, the best clothes and makeup, no waiting in lines, and the ability to hire someone else to take care of all your life problems (i.e. publicist, assistant, driver, maid, trainer … you get the gist).Read More »from Celebs Without Makeup -- Normal or Gnarly?
The downside of being a celebrity: Fake tabloid stories, public break-ups, and getting caught not wearing makeup, like these celebs.
Yup, that last concern is a real one. After seeing thousands of photos of a star with picture perfect skin and a sexy pout, a non-made up face comes as quite a shock. Although, we admit it's pretty nice to see an actual celeb who looks a little more like us, as in dark under eye circles, uneven skin tone, and even a pimple or two. (Looking at you, Katie Holmes.)
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This week alone, four major celebs appeared in public without makeup -- two of them even posted their own pics themselves. Take a look, then tell us: Do you think these stars look beautiful or busted without
When I get obsessed with something, I get crazy obsessed. For example, right now I'm obsessed with cats and thanks to Pinterest -- a site where you can create inspiration boards from images anywhere on the Internet -- I have boards and boards dedicated to cats. Cat outfits. Cat jewelry. Cute cats. Ugly cats. Cats so ugly they're cute. I just can't help it -- how can you resist something this tiny and furry?!Read More »from Who You Should Follow on Pinterest Right Now
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But before you think I'm a crazy cat lady, you should know that I do use Pinterest to find some really amazing beauty-related stuff, too. I've got boards like "gorgeous braids," "funky fashion," and "makeup lust" (all on our Beauty Riot Pinterest -- check it out here.) And though I find a lot of this stuff on my own, I have to hand it to my 10 favorite pinners for the inside scoop on the coolest fashion, hair, makeup, and nail trends. They've got so many gorgeous images and fun how-tos, I can't re-pin them fast enough.
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My new favorite word is "lens lurkers." I learned it when I was in New York for Fashion Week (read my behind-the-scenes diary here). It's the word for a girl who shows up at Fashion Week wearing ridiculous clothes and hangs around outside of the tents, hoping to get her picture taken. I even saw a girl come thisclose to tripping while wearing nine-inch stilettos with a spiky toe. You can only imagine how entertaining that was.Read More »from 10 New York Girls with Risk-Taking Style
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In fact, while everyone else was watching the fashion shows inside Lincoln Center, I spent hours one day outside the tents just watching these girls. And then, I pulled out my camera to snap a few pictures of the more risk-taking styles. They went beserk. (Warning: If you're ever in New York for Fashion Week and you've got a camera, you're going to get mobbed for attention.)
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While there were tons of fashionable girls to choose from, I narrowed it down to the best 20 looks I found.
Celebrities: Not only are they adored by millions, mega-rich, and amazingly beautiful, but they also get tons of free stuff. (So not fair.) And I'm not just talking Oscar gowns, like these, that are returned the next day. Nope, I'm talking about the Oscar swag bags -- emphasis on the plural.
Yup. There's more than one swag bag handed out at the Oscars (and at myriad pre-Oscar events), and they are stuffed with gifts that range from a reasonably priced mall trinket to an outrageously fantastical vacation or spa getaway, like this. This year, we decided to snoop on one of the bags celebs will walk away with, and give you the break down. Get ready to be jealous …
The Bag: "Everyone Wins at the Oscars" 2012 Nominee Gift Bag (valued at over $70,000)
This swag goes to Oscar nominees like Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, and George Clooney
- 7-layer caramel cake from Caroline's Cakes
- DearfoamRead More »from Peek Inside an Oscar Swag Bag