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  • Pulling Off Peplum

    By Olivia Ciardi, GalTime.com

    Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli (Janet Mayer / PR Photos)Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli (Janet Mayer / PR Photos)When I first heard peplum was making a comeback, all I could think was, "You want me to do what?

    Add MORE fabric around my waist?" That can only result in a bulky fashion disaster, right?

    Thankfully, I was wrong! Peplum's cinched waist and flared hips actually flatter our curves in all the right places. (Who knew?!)

    Shannon Davenport, the Women's Editorial Lead for Stylesight, shows us how to pull off the trend. Here's what to keep in mind:

    MIX IT UP: Mixing streamlined pieces with peplum EHANCES your natural hourglass figure, showing off those curves. That means classic pencil skirts, slim trousers, and silk button-ups are all ideal pieces to pair with peplum.

    For a bolder look, Shannon suggests wearing a peplum top with wide-leg trousers.


    Related: Blazer Madness: Spring's Freshest Picks


    Feeling feminine? Try peplum with lace! Feeling feminine? Try peplum with lace!


















    ASOS Peplum Skirt in Lace, $50.13

    DRAMA VERSUS DAYTIME: Stiffer fabrics and pieces with more structure mean one thing: drama.

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  • The Top 3 Hair Color Trends for 2012

    By Anastasia Nam for GalTime.com

    Landmark/ PR PhotosLandmark/ PR PhotosHair color trends come and go! Last year, chunky highlights, funky colors (think hot pink and electric blue), and even gray strands were popular.

    This year, softer, more subtle shades are "in." Here's a guide to what's en vogue for 2012:

    Small highlights closer to your natural color are a hot trend this year. Celebrities like Nicole Richie who have a honey-gold base are opting for golden highlights for a more sophisticated look. The key is to go for highlights just two shades lighter than your natural color. Ask your stylist to give you small thin strands throughout your hair to achieve the look.




    Andrew Evans/ PR PhotosAndrew Evans/ PR Photos























    Copper reds are "red hot" right now. Avoid purple or blue based reds for a more modern look. A warm red is more natural looking and flatters almost every skin tone. Your stylist can formulate a color that works the best for your skin type.

    Related: Why Does My Hair Color Fade!?

    If you want warmth, but aren't crazy about red, consider

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  • St. Patrick's Day Treat: Leprechaun Crunch

    Malia Martine Karlinsky, GalTime.com

    Leprechaun CrunchLeprechaun CrunchLooking for a quick treat to make for St. Patrick's Day? My "Leprechaun Crunch" recipe is super simple to make and you only need a few ingredients.

    Plus, it's also a great way to use up any "extra" cereal or pretzels in your pantry.

    Ingredients: 1/8 cup of sprinkles (shamrocks sprinkles are fun), 1/4 cup broken pretzels, 1/2 cup marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal, 18 oz (approximately 1 1/2 bags) of Ghiradelli White Chocolate Baking Chips, a 9 x 9 baking dish and parchment paper.

    Related: 5 Easy Ideas for St.Patrick's Day

    Directions

    1. Line the baking dish with the parchment paper.

    2. Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 1 minute intervals, stirring each time until chips are melted (a rubber spatula does the trick).

    3. Pour melted chocolate into lined baking dish. Working quickly, smooth over with the rubber spatula to make it as flat as possible.

    4. Add pretzels, mashmallows

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  • What to Do when the 'Queen Bee' Targets Your Teen

    By GalTime Teen Expert Jennifer A. Powell-Lunder, Psy.D.

    Is the 'Queen Bee' targeting your teen?Is the 'Queen Bee' targeting your teen?Research indicates that the majority of popular girls achieve their status through beauty inside and out. The 'it' girls appear to have it all--looks, intelligence, and personality.

    There are, of course, exceptions to this situation. There is a subgroup of girls who in contrast prove themselves via relational prowess. We call this relational aggressiveness. They achieve popularity through confidence and strategy. Queen bees establish themselves at an early age and their hive of followers dutifully buzzes around them.

    Some call this category of female the 'mean girls.' This does not indicate that the gaggle of girls in the hive are all mean or lack empathy; in fact, the contrary is most likely more accurate. There is however safety in numbers. This means that group members may respond to the whims of its powerful leader in an effort to avoid her wrath. So what happens when your teen becomes the Queen's latest target?

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  • Your Sexy Photo Shoot: Boudoir Photography

    By GalTime.com

    Boudoir PhotographsBoudoir PhotographsMaybe you're getting married and want to give your husband-to-be a very memorable wedding gift. Or perhaps you'd like something special to surprise your boyfriend with that's sure to spice up your relationship. Or you'd like to celebrate yourself with a permanent reminder or how gorgeous you are.

    It's a new trend-- more and more women are stripping down and getting glammed up for boudoir photography. Sheryl Warwick is the owner of Warwick Boudoir, a boudoir photography studio. She has some expert advice for women interested in creating their own sexy one-of-a-kind photo session.

    GalTime: What is boudoir photography?

    Sheryl Warwick: Think of it as an updated version of the 80's glamour shots, but with a sexy twist! Boudoir photography is a chance for a woman to be a supermodel for a day and look like those women we see on TV or magazines.

    Related: 5 Sexy Secrets from a Burlesque Star

    GT: Who is the "typical" client and why?

    SW: Clients range

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  • DIY Painted Easter Projects

    By GalTime DIY Diva Malia Karlinsky

    Make your own Easter memoriesMake your own Easter memories

    It's almost springtime and that means eggs, baskets and candy. Of course you can buy some pricey Easter decor-- but why not make some yourself... and use up some of last year's plastic Easter eggs in the process?

    DIY Painted Easter Eggs

    Supplies: Modge Podge, plastic eggs, letter stamps, Staz-on Ink, acrylic paint, scrap material (canvas, cotton or even light colored ribbon would work). Optional: Stickles or glitter.

    Directions

    1. Channel your inner child and paint the plastic eggs with the acrylic paint. It may take up to 4 coats, but the paint dries quickly. If you like things sparkly, you can use Stickles or glitter to sparkle up the eggs.

    2. In the meantime, stamp some sentiments on your scrap fabric. Some happy little words I used: Tweet, Chirp, Cheep!, Swoon, Glee, Spring, Delight, Bloom, Grow and Fly. Cut out the words and glue them on the eggs with Modge Podge.

    Related: 5 Egg-cellent Ways to Save on Easter

    Peat

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  • Spring Shades: Timeless Shapes Make a Comeback

    By Kerri Winick, GalTime.com

    Sunglasses Sunglasses Sunglasses will be one of the biggest accessory trends of Spring 2012... which happens to be a mere 3 weeks away now.

    If you're a brave fashionista, think round and perhaps flourescent. If you're not the daring type, you can still catch the vintage vibe with a nice cat eye. And sporty is always in style.

    You'll see all different sizes, shapes, patterns and colors out there this season... and history is definitely repeating itself! Sunglass trends are coming full circle. Curious about which decade your favorite look was first introduced? Check it out!

    Related: Best Sunglasses for Your Face Shape


    Fashion comes full circle

    Infographic courtesy of: Dicks Cottons Sunglasses & Hats

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  • Don't Objectify Me... Just Tell Me I'm Hot!

    By SMF Marcus Osborne for GalTime.com
    Am I hot?Am I hot?

    So race car driver/spokeswoman/model Danica Patrick objects to being called "sexy"


    Huh?

    This is the same woman who's known just as much for her barely-clothed appearances in Super Bowl commercials every year as she is for being one of the few female drivers on the NASCAR circuit. You're kidding, right Danica? It must truly be an odd position for women. Quite difficult indeed. Women, the world's most wondrous, amazing and confounding creatures, hate to be objectified. And not a single soul should begrudge them the right to rail against having their entire essence summed up by their cup size or waistline. Few, if any, could successfully argue the merits of judging a woman's intelligence or job competence based on the "hottie scale."

    "There's more to me than my looks!", most women would tell you - and rightfully so.

    On the other hand

    Based on the crazy ridiculous profits generated by the cosmetics, fashion, and plastic

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  • How to Get Through March Madness Without Killing Your Guy or Losing Your Mind

    By Mary Schwager, GalTime.com

    March MadnessMarch MadnessFirst, let's just admit it: Some of us gals are happy when baseball season is over. Happy when football season is over. Happy when our significant other is not parked in front of the TV for hours, yelling at it-- acting like the coaches can actually hear him-- and could not care less if a bomb dropped outside the house if his favorite team is about to score. So after the Super Bowl frenzy ends and before baseball starts, there's a nice little reprieve… until, sigh, March Madness rolls in. It seems like you're the one who just can't WIN.

    Okay, let's look at this as the beer glass, half full rather than empty. We found a relationship expert who has tips on how you can actually SCORE points with your guy as he turns into an obsessed teenager over basketball and brackets from noon to midnight. Barbie Adler, President of the national matchmaking firm Selective Search says here's some ways to help you save your sanity:

    • If you can't beat

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  • 11 Ways to Teach Younger Kids About Money

    By Money Crashers's David Bakke for GalTime.com

    Teaching your kids about money. Teaching your kids about money. It's an unfortunate truth that money management and personal budgeting are not taught in schools. Until that happens, teaching your children these lessons is a responsibility that lies solely with you.

    Maybe you have had - or currently have - financial problems in your life. Don't let this make you feel as though you are not able to pass on lessons to your children. This should not preclude you from raising your children to be financially fit. In fact, it should allow you to provide them with more insight on the topic and help them to avoid making the same mistakes you've made. If you can instill in your children the basics of smart money management now, you'll give them the tools that they need to have a sound and rewarding fiscal life.

    There are various ways to teach kids how to save money and learn important money management skills.

    1. Use Visuals

    No matter the lesson, I always try to use real money with my son to

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