Blog Posts by Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor

  • 12 reasons why Blake Lively is not the best dressed woman

    Every January Vogue dedicates their January issue to the best dressed women in the world, but apparently they had a tough time deciding this year, and thus made an entire special edition issue filled to the brim with stylish ladies. Sarah Jessica Parker, Angelina Jolie, Michelle Obama, Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung, Kate Moss... all the usual suspects are in there. Oh, and Lady Gaga, who many wouldn't refer to as "best dressed," but she definitely deserves props for taking her outfits to such a heightened level of extravagance. But one selection has us REALLY confused. "Gossip Girl" star Blake Lively is on the issue's cover, leading the pack of best dressed women. Really?! Vogue's editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has become quite chummy with the actress, even sitting front row with her at Fashion Week. But that doesn't change the fact that Lively, who makes a statement nearly once a week about she doesn't want or need a stylist, frequently shows up on worst dressed lists and is slammed by the

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  • Are you a shopaholic?

    ThinkstockThinkstockMany of us spend more than we should on clothing but 6% of the population suffers from Omniomania, aka shopping addiction. Sure, being a shopoholic may not sound like a serious condition but for those who truly cannot control their buying habits, life is no picnic. According to its clinical definition, shopping addiction is often triggered by a traumatic event and occurs when a person attempts to fill a void. To an addict, what they buy is the only thing they feel they can control, and when they purchase something they feel a major sense of accomplishment. We have all experienced a shopping high after buying something special, but the intensity and lifestyle of a true shopping addict is both frightening and depressing. A new article in Newsweek chronicles several experiences with shopping addiction and her struggle to overcome it. Hearing her story and learning about the warning signs has made us want to revamp our spending habits and become more conscious of our purchases.

    Claudia

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  • Freaky new trend: baby braces

    Eight-year-old Bailey Berman received braces to correct a crooked front tooth. Photo courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.Eight-year-old Bailey Berman received braces to correct a crooked front tooth. Photo courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.In today's image conscious society, more and more children under 17 are getting braces, with a 46% increase over the past decade. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 3.8 million kids had the treatment in 2008. But what these numbers don't say is just how young these kids are. Lee W. Graber, the Association's president, told the Wall Street Journal 15% to 20% of his 7- to 10-year-old patients are getting braces, often on their baby teeth.

    This new trend in youngsters getting braces does seem to be society driven. Parents want their kids to look perfect, even if that means fixing that charming youthful gap between their baby teeth. Some adults recall their traumatic experiences with braces, and hope their kids can avoid teasing from buck teeth or being called "brace face" by getting their orthodontic work out of the way at a young age. Janice Slonecker Berman, got braces for her eight-year-old daughter, Bailey, to correct a crooked front tooth. Six braces across her

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  • 9 reasons why the Kardashians should stay out of fashion

    We've never really understood why the Kardashians are famous. Sure they had a famous father, they have a famous step-father, they're incredibly wealthy, and the girls are attractive. Then of course there was the Kim Kardashian sex tape, the family reality show, and Kourtney and Khloe's spinoff. They became famous for being famous! So in an attempt to legitimize themselves, Kim and her sisters started putting their names on perfume bottles, clothing lines, and even their own clothing stores. But what do these girls really know about the fashion industry, other than the fact that they wear expensive clothing? Not much. And after their latest stunt, we'd like kick their butts out of it.



    Last week, Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe opened their new Dash boutique in the Soho area of New York City with much fanfare. And it wasn't because people wanted to buy their clothing. They publicly Tweeted exactly when they would be there and created a mob scene-turned-riot that resulted in multiple arrests!

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  • Holy rotted lipstick! Sixty-six percent of women knowingly use expired makeup

    ThinkstockThinkstockMost women wear some sort of makeup every day, but very few pay any attention to the ingredients and expiration dates. Perhaps your blush has started to crack or change colors, or your mascara has a bit of a funny odor, but you have barely used it-so...you'll just keep on applying? No harm, no foul, right?

    Well, actually, a little harm and quite a bit of foul. Makeup can be a full of potentially dangerous bacteria and, if stored improperly, it can go bad within just a few months. Yet, according to a new UK survey, 49 percent of women do not look at expiration dates and 66 percent admit to using expired products because they're npot worried about health concerns. (This could be because 15 percent don't even realize cosmetics can go bad!) Here's a quick refresher on when to toss your favorite items:

    Foundation: three to six months
    Mascara: three to six months
    Eye shadow, blush, and bronzer: one to two years
    Lipstick and lip gloss: one to two years
    Eye and lip liner: one to two years

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  • What do we mean by “real women”?

    Courtesy of DoveCourtesy of DoveAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the average woman in the United States is 63.8" tall (just over 5'3") and weighs 164.7 pounds. Sure, the average does not mean the most commonly found measurements, but one thing is clear: these statistics are not represented enough in fashion. Runway models are typically over 5'10" and wear around a size 4. Are these models "real women"? Of course they are. But when the majority of the women the fashion industry presents are so far off from the average many would argue this is not a "realistic" portrayal of the American woman.

    Surely there are many ladies out there who are tall and thin. There are women who are tall and heavy. There are women who are short and thin. There are women who are short and heavy. There are women who are "average." There are women who are unhealthily thin. There are women who are unhealthily overweight. As women who are unique individuals inside and out, we all are different and come in different

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  • “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cop to loads of plastic surgery

    The plastic surgery backlash has begun with industry insiders bashing Heidi Montag's extreme makeover, and stars like Lisa Rinna getting operations to reverse revious ones, Teri Hatcher posing with no makeup to prove she hasn't had Botox, and Drew Barrymore swearing off cosmetic procedures altogether. But for every famous lady who denounces plastic surgery you have scores of them secretly still going in for a little nip tuck. But Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" aren't ashamed to admit they've had work done, and they told US Weekly about each of their procedures. Here's the rundown from left to right:


    Taylor Armstrong:
    "Just start from the top, right? You should've seen what I looked like before--oh my God! I mean, scary! So yeah...filler [lips], Botox. And I had my boobs done."

    Camille Grammer: "Oh God, what have I done? Let's see, obviously I've had a breast augmentation and...Botox absolutely--just a crock full of Botox."'

    Lisa VanderPump: "I plead the fifth...Okay, I

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  • Generic new Urban Outfitters logo: another Gap-style publicity move?

    The new Urban Outfitters logoThe new Urban Outfitters logoThis week, retailer Urban Outfitters unveiled a new orange logo, scheduled to roll out right before the busy holiday shopping season. And while we've had a hard time remembering what its old logo looked like (which doesn't bode well for its design, right?), this new golden-arching iteration is more than a bit odd, and even pretty terrible. We also wonder if this dramatic change is a calculated publicity move a la the recent Gap Logo-gate, since it's yielding tons of internet chatter and trending on Twitter.

    Past Urban Outfitters logos. Past Urban Outfitters logos. We understand-Urban Outfitters is a trendy store that likes to change with the times. Styles come and go from season to season and UO needs to appear modern and on-trend. To that end, its retail locations remodel three to four times a year with different "floor sets" that change the whole look of the store, and the company often shifts its logo designs at these times. As for the logos themselves, they're all over the place, with a wild variety of fonts, characters, colors, and

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  • 10 scenarios where magnetic lingerie is a bad idea

    Lingerie Dement underthings use magnets for quick and easy removal.Lingerie Dement underthings use magnets for quick and easy removal.You know those steamy sexy scenes in movies where the guy rips the woman's lingerie off? Sure, it looks hot, but we can't help but think, NO! Don't ruin the nice undies! Because let's face it, that steamy affair lingerie often comes with a higher price tag. And deserves to be worn more than once! Parisian company, Lingerie Dement, has solved this dilemma by creating magnetic closure bras, underwear and bustiers for occasions when you want those pretty underthings yanked off in a hurry without the damage.

    We're not sure magnetic lingerie is necessary, though it is kind of a cool concept (and a plus for guys who are still completely inept when it comes to bra removal). But with magnetic undergarments come a whole slew of other problematic and potentially awkward scenarios. Yes. Think about all the items that may stick to your bra magnets. Or items your magnetic panties may stick to.

    Here's a quick list of items you'd need to avoid at all costs should you choose to wear Lingerie Dement

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  • Jackson family continues to cash in on Michael with new clothing line

    The J5 CollectionThe J5 CollectionMichael Jackson's image is an iconic one, and if there's one thing we know it's that his family loves cashing in on it. So a week after Michael's televised funeral in July 2009, his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy Jackson, along with the estate of the late Michael Jackson, starting working on a clothing line. The J5 Collection is set to launch in stores like Kitson and Urban Outfitters and websites like online at RevolveClothing.com and 80spurple.com by February.



    For those who aren't into red, a white version of the jackets will also be produced. For those who aren't into red, a white version of the jackets will also be produced. The J5 Collection consists of 24 Jackson 5 concert-style tees, which will run between $45-$55, and exact replicas of the "Thriller" and "Beat It" leather jackets for around $900.
    Designer Rafi Weisman, who made MJ's original jackets, was consulted to create the replicas. While admittedly, there is a part of us that always wanted to own those leather jackets, we feel the price tag is too steep to make it a reality.

    The new clothing line isn't the only way to get your hands on a piece of Michael Jackson's

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