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  • Trend Alert: Fabulous Feathers!



    Fashion has literally gone to the birds this fall. Dozens of designers sent feathers down their Fall 2011 runways, creating a floating, carefree and luxurious feeling. That translates to pieces that are fresh and festive for a party (like Charlize Theron and Eva Longoria's looks) or an elegant accent on a gown (similar to Beyonce's). From dresses to skirts to accessories, feathers, including the various implementations below, are must-buys for fall.

    Party Plummage
    Feathers are the new fringe; keep accessories minimal with a dress like this one from Guess ($128) so your look don't compete with itself.




    Skirt the Issue
    Add balance to this brazen Zara skirt ($129) with an unexpected top (a dark denim jacket or leather bomber, a white button-up blouse).

    Sensational Skirts Fall Skirts


    Aerial Accessories
    If you're not comfortable going with the proverbial flock, accent your wardrobe with a subtler example of this trend, such as this flirty feather clutch

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  • Celebrity Trend Alert: Magnificent Menswear



    The women in Hollywood who consistently wear menswear flawlessly, including Charlize Theron, Evan Rachel Wood and Jennifer Aniston, know the key rule is to add feminine touches; Sure they may borrow suspenders or a hat from the boys, but the rest of their outfit is cut to the female form. The outfits above are cases in point. A satin blouse balances Charlize's wide-leg trousers; a bustier and layered necklaces work for Evan Rachel; and peek-a-boo lace keeps Jennifer's look soft. Plus, they all added killer heels to their outfits. If you want to master the menswear look, add any of the three following masculine styles to more womanly wears.

    A Vest
    Wear a vest, such as this $13.19 steal from Sears, with a lace bra showing for nighttime (as Jen did) or pair it over a blouse (with rolled-up sleeves) for the office.



    A Jacket

    Look for a slim cut, like this $29.99 Mossimo blazer from Target, which contours the body for a sexier, more feminine silhouette.



    Trousers

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  • Celebrity Trend Alert: Sheer Style


    Yes, sheer is beautiful and timeless. But even better is the way it can guide the focus to your best asset, whether it's your legs, tummy, or arms. Take a lesson from the stars: the eye goes straight to the sheer over Gwyneth Paltrow's middle, Minka Kelly's arms, and Kerry Washington's legs. It's revealing, but in a subtle way. Draw attention to yourself with one of these stunning styles.



    Hint o' Leg
    Skirts and dresses accentuated with sheer fabric, such as this American Apparel maxi ($69.84), accentuate the legs, especially when paired with heels.



    Stripe Tease
    From peek-a-boo at the chest to an ab reveal, a little bit of sheer provides a subtly sexy look. Slip on this dress from ASOS ($52.38) to get the effect.




    Arm Flirt
    Revealing but not blatant, the sheer arm is a throwback to old Hollywood, and an elegant way to rock the trend. We like the patterned addition of this A|Wear's belted midi ($69.84 at Asos).






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  • What Not to Buy Used


    Everybody loves a great deal-and often, buying things "used" or "slightly used" can save money without sacrificing quality or value. But some second-hand purchases should be avoided in the name of health, safety, or plain old return on investment. Following are eight products that are best bought new.


    Cribs
    Did you know drop-side cribs have been recalled altogether and are no longer recommended? With safety guidelines changing almost every year, it's really best to buy a new crib. If you buy used, you are potentially are purchasing a recalled or improperly installed crib. For the safety of your baby, when it comes to baby furniture-particularly cribs-go new. Plenty of stores have affordable options including Babies "R" Us and IKEA.

    Televisions
    It might be tempting to buy a used television instead of dropping the cash for a brand new model-but we suggest you fight the urge. Used TVs don't come with any warranty and become outdated more quickly as new

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  • The Best Snacks Under 100 Calories


    When that 3 p.m. hunger pang hits, it's easy to reach for candy or chips. But they're hardly ideal-especially if you're counting calories or focusing on healthy eating. The best way to avoid filling up on junk is to have delicious alternatives, including the following seven healthy-yet-delicious treats, each of which boasts around 100 calories.

    Turkey and Breadstick Rollups
    Here's a quick twist on the infamous turkey and cheese roll-up: spread two teaspoons of honey mustard on one slice of deli turkey and wrap it around a sesame breadstick. Viola! You've got a savory snack with a satisfying crunch. Best part? You can actually eat two of these roll-ups and still come in around 100 calories.

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    Nuts
    When you don't have a lot of time and need to grab something quick on the go, a handful of nuts is a great option. Depending on the type of nut, you can actually have a good-sized snack, with appetite-curbing

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  • Have Sexy Halloween Costumes Gone Too Far?

    The popularity of sexy Halloween costumes has grown considerably over the past five years. What used to be a holiday filled with cute kids trick-or-treating has become an evening for women of all ages to don skimpy costumes and hit the town. While we have no qualms with women's decisions to wear whatever makes them feel good, we have to ask the question: Have sexy Halloween costumes gone too far? The following get-ups definitely make us wonder if flesh-favoring Halloween gear has completely jumped the shark.


    Sexy Chewbacca and Darth Vader
    Sexy Sexy
    It's one thing to have a sexy slave Princess Leia costume. After all, Carrie Fisher's costume in Return of the Jedi was undoubtedly hot. However, there's nothing sexy about Chewbacca or Darth Vader. Not only are these costumes totally silly, but also who really wants to wear furry leg warmers?!

    Our Favorite Classic Costumes


    Sexy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Sexy TMNT CostumesSexy TMNT Costumes
    We can think of a million things sexier than four life-sized mutant turtles that love pizza

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  • What Not to Buy at Payless


    Payless made a name for itself by selling trendy shoes, boots, and accessories-at affordable prices. But it still can be a bit of an enigma. The store is in practically every mall and is always brimming with people. Still, browsing the aisles it can be hard to decide whether or not to actually buy anything-unless you have the following list. Here, we review what's worth buying and what should be left on the shelf during your next visit to Payless.

    WHAT NOT TO BUY

    Women's Boots

    Generally speaking, it's wise to stay away from the boots at Payless-particularly knee-high boots. Payless boots tend to be made from PVC (aka plastic) and they aren't very well made. There are exceptions; some of the American Eagle and Airwalk boots aren't bad. Still, it's probably best to shop elsewhere for your fall and winter boot purchases-especially if you want them to last more than one season.

    Beauty
    When it's time to select your signature scent, stick to the department stores. The

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  • What to Buy (and What to Skip) at 12 Children's Clothing Stores


    If you're like us, you can't help but splurge on cute, well-made clothes and shoes for your little ones, but don't want to spend a fortune to keep them looking great. Unfortunately, there's no one store that offers the best gear at the best prices. The best way to get the most for your money is to know what to buy and what to skip at each of the major retailers. Here we take the guesswork out of shopping for children's clothes with our cheat sheet.

    Gap Kids, Baby Gap
    Gap Kids and Baby Gap clothes are cute, on trend, and durable. They also tend to be expensive. Not so for the sale racks. Shop them regularly and buy a couple of seasons-or even a year-ahead and you'll get great tee-shirts, pants, dresses, sweats, and jackets for 50 percent or more off.
    Best bests:
    jeans, shirts, sweats, flip-flops
    Worst bets:
    new, trendy items, which cost a fortune

    Cute and Cuddly Halloween Costumes for Baby


    Gymboree
    Well-made and the epitome of cute, Gymboree clothes are a

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  • 5 Surprising Health Benefits of Beer


    With Oktoberfest celebrations in full swing, it's the perfect time to justify all the beer drinking you may be doing in the coming weeks. While the health benefits of red wine are frequently reported, the plus-sides to beer aren't as widely known. So, pour yourself a pint and check out these five reasons to imbibe-in moderation, of course. Prost!


    1. Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
    According to several studies, including one conducted at the Institute of Epidemiology at the University of Muenster, moderate beer drinking reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. The reasons are simple: Alcohol can increase HDL-or "good" cholesterol-levels and reduces the chances of hardening of the arteries and thickening of the blood-two main contributors to heart attacks.


    2. Drink Your Vitamins

    Years ago, Guinness used the slogan "Guinness is Good for You." It looks like they might have been right. According to a Dutch study conducted at the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, beer

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  • 2011’s Best Pop-Culture-Inspired Halloween Costumes

    Classic Halloween costumes, such as a witch or ghost, are worn year after year. But there are some costumes that are only culturally relevant once (except, perhaps for Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson, who are repeatedly imitated). They're the hot ones everyone's buzzing about-ripped right from 2011's top entertainment news headlines. These are the ones we're predicting will be everywhere this Halloween.

    1. Glee's Sue Sylvester


    Spirit Halloween, $50

    Two episodes into her third season, Glee's sharp-tongued athletic coach Sue Sylvester proves she's still on top by delivering some of the most laugh-out-loud-funny one-liners we've heard and hurling endless insults at her nemesis Will Schuester, including mocking his affinity for wearing vests by addressing him as "Weepy the vest clown." This year for Halloween, Sue's outfit is sure to be a hit because it's feared 'round the nation-and incredibly comfortable. Made up of a red track suit, white sneakers, whistle, and wig, this

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