There have been a few loves in my life, but I'll never forget my first:
I saw it right after my high school graduation: the watch of my dreams. Unfortunately there were two things against me: The watch was Gucci, and I'd already spent all my graduation money. Worst timing ever.
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I pined for it for four years, and by the time college graduation rolled around I was ready. I saved up all of my grad money and finally bought the beloved timepiece. It was (and is) as perfect as I imagined: I wear it every single day, since it matches with everything from these colored jeans to these white t-shirt combos.
Now, when I see its mother of pearl face and diamond dials smiling back at me, I know it was worth every single penny - even if it was an exorbitant amount of pennies.
Now it's your turn. Have YOU ever fallen in retail love? Leave a comment with your priciest fashion buy below.
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I was shopping at American Apparel the other day when I saw a girl wearing bright turquoise jeans (kinda like these). They looked amaaazing.
Up until that point, colored jeans were a trend I would never have considered. They bordered on tacky in my mind, drawing up images of the '90s, big hair and Arsenio Hall. But this girl? She made me reconsider.
So I enlisted the help of fashion bloggers. Could they show our readers how to do the colored denim trend right? Indeed they could -- see their pictures and get their tips here.
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- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Tue, Nov 1, 2011 9:30 PM EDT
One of my biggest beauty pet peeves? How amazingly flawless every actor looks when you flip on the tube. Think about it: There's never a pimple in sight. Lips are always soft and kissable. And forget dark undereye circles. (These people definitely don't live in my world.) Then, I spoke with the makeup artists behind "Modern Family" and visited the makeup trailer on "Community." Here's what I learned …
It turns out makeup artists work some real magic. Actors do get pimples -- this is just how they hide the fact. As for that bright, refreshed skin? Everyone has his/her own special skin cocktail, like this, which keeps the face blemish free. And even the men spend a lot of time in the makeup trailer (those secrets are right here).
So, it turns out actors aren't as flawless as they seem on TV. They just fake it really well. To find out all the makeup secrets TV shows use, click here, or check out the gallery below. TV viewing will never be the same again.
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- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Tue, Nov 1, 2011 1:56 AM EDT
Phase 1: Interest is piqued. 48 hours?!
Phase 2: Disbelief/scoffing. There's no way a lipstick can last two full days with all that eating, drinking, and (hopefully) kissing. Plus, who actually wears makeup for 48 hours straight?
Phase 3: Curiosity. But what if it did work? Wouldn't that solve some of my major makeup concerns?
By the time the commercial is over, I'm looking online to find out where I can buy this amazing product. This is exactly what happened when I went on the hunt for the best red lipstick for my skin tone. (Find yours here.)
OK, as a beauty editor, it's my job to be curious ... and a little bit brave. (If you want real bravery, check out what happened when my fellow editor actually let her boyfriend dress her for an entire week.) So, after watching one of these commercials, I dared myself (yep, like I said, brave) to wear 7 different longwear products for 24 hours straight.Read More »from 7 Longwear Makeup Products, 24 Hours -- Which One Actually Lasted?
Ideally, before a person does something (mostly) permanent, like get married or get a boob job, they take a moment to reflect on the decision they're about to make. The same should go for getting a tattoo. Unfortunately, these people didn't exactly think things through.
I don't know about you, but when did a "cow butthole" tattoo (see here) ever look good? Um, never. How about an Oprah portrait (that's right here), or a permanent thong (yep, check it here)? I can't think of anything those tattoos will bring besides embarrassment -- and maybe a costly tattoo removal treatment. Let's just say, these ugly tattoos almost make barbed wire ink look like high art.
Now, don't get us wrong -- we like tattoos. Our staff has quite a few of them. But if you're about to get your first tattoo, we HIGHLY suggest you check out this tattoo checklist. Trust us. Nothing is worse than a tattoo that looks like a 4-year-old drew it, unless that's what you're actually going for, like this woman.
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- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 3:26 AM EDT
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As a girl who loves to travel, I've caught a glimpse of a few famous stars in the past (the latest being Jessica Alba at LAX). But I'll admit it -- there have been times where I thought I spotted a celeb (she was wearing layers of scarves, larger than life sunglasses, and carrying a giant purse, c'mon!) but it turned out to be just a regular girl that looked like one. Bummer.
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This got me thinking. Is it really that easy to fool someone into thinking you're a celebrity? I mean, with paparazzi stalking the airports during the holiday season, they're usually on the lookout for celebs. But how do they know who's famous and who's not? I think I've figured it out. There are four tell-tale signs of a celebrity jetsetter, and if you
- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Wed, Oct 26, 2011 8:21 PM EDT
Heidi Klum just released this sneak peek of her Halloween costume, which she'll wear at her annual celeb-filled Halloween party this weekend.Read More »from This Halloween, Heidi Klum is Going To Be (Drumroll, Please) ...
It's one skin-tight bodysuit, and shows where all of her muscles, veins, and bones would be ... if you were looking at her without her skin. Creepy, huh? The entire outfit, which she's calling "Visible Woman," was hand-painted by designer Martin Izquierdo.
I think it kind of looks like something Lady Gaga would wear -- or feature in one of her music videos -- although, to be fair, all of Gaga's normal outfits could pass for Halloween costumes. (Hmm, I wonder what Lady Gaga dresses up as for Halloween? Now that's something I'd like to see.)
Either way, gross or beautiful, I love that Klum is always super creative with her costumes. Over the years, she's dressed up as a black cat, the Hindu goddess Kali, and a giant robot superhero (just to name a few).
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You know those annoying commercials where a woman prances around in her gorgeous, form-fitting coat? The tagline goes something like, "So many coats, so many choices!" Ugh. (No offense, Burlington Coat Factory.)
I absolutely hated those commercials, not because I thought they were lame and cheesy (they were), but because they're totally misleading. Every single jacket I've ever tried on makes me look like the abominable snowman. So, a warm coat that's actually flattering? Just like the abominable snowman, it simply doesn't exist.
Or so I thought. What changed my mind? This -- the official website of the Abominable Snowman. Just kidding, I'm actually talking about this. My entire perspective changed when I read the guide to finding the perfect jacket for your body type. With these tips, I found a coat that actually fits me. In case you're interested: it's knee length, and it has a belt to cinch in and shape my waist, which is the recommended style for rectangular body shapes, see?
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Everyone remembers the first bra they bought. Mine was a nude demi with convertible straps like this one. In fact, it's been over 15 years and I still wear the same bra style. Does that mean I'm boring? Nope. In fact, I just found out that my bra style means I'm down-to-earth, comfortable in my own skin, and like to avoid drama. Yep, sounds about right.
According to the experts at Victoria's Secret, your bra style says a lot about your personality. (Go here for your own bra analysis). And they should know -- Vicky's sell about a bajillion bras a year. From pushups like these, to racerbacks like this, there are a bunch of options when it comes to supporting the ladies. But what does each mean? Besides the ladies at VS, I also spoke to the guys at ModernMan.com for the male perspective. Hilarious? You bet.To find out what our experts had to say about your bra, click here. You'll be amazed -- what you thought was just a random (but very necessary) purchase actually says a ton Read More »from What's Your Bra Saying About You? We Found Out
- BeautyRiot Diva | Fashion – Fri, Oct 21, 2011 1:20 AM EDT
Did you know the average woman owns approximately 20 pairs of shoes? And out of those 20 pairs, she only wears five of them on a regular basis? Shocking, I know. Who only owns only 20 pairs of shoes? Definitely not me (my number: 42, don't judge).Read More »from How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Own -- and How Many Do You Actually Wear?
The fact that I'm so far from average makes me wonder if I'm just especially susceptible to the evil geniuses at work in the shoe department in Nordstrom. No matter what my shopping mission is that day, something just pulls me toward the shoes. Then, somehow, half of my paycheck vanishes. Seriously though, how do you resist when you see shoes like these? I'm telling you, evil geniuses.
But of course, it's impossible to wear all of those shoes when you're constantly buying new ones. Which means I end up sticking to my two or three favorite pairs, usually these super comfy and trendy ones. The rest? They end up sitting in my closet for years -- unworn.
I was getting sick of this happening, so I decided to have my first