Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • How to Wear Ankle Boots to Work

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    A query: You're only allowed to wear one pair of shoes for the rest of your life (imagine, too, that the steppers will never fall apart, and you'll never have to replace them). You'll need to sport them to a variety of events, in a variety of climates, and they'll have to match a variety of trends, outfit types, and styles. Which do you choose?

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    If you've given this enough thought (and we have a sneaking suspicion that all fellow fashion freaks have), it's likely you chose the ankle boot. Ultra versatile, practical, and cool enough to elevate casual outfits but still dressy enough to wear out in the evening, this footwear staple is probably the hardest working shoe you'll ever own. So, the next time you can't figure out how to style your pair of weekend ankle boots for the office (and vice versa), allow us to be your guide. We played around with two common pairs of ankle boots and created 4 expert

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  • Carry On: 16 Beautiful it Bags Under $100

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    We're gonna go out on a limb here and assume you always want to look your best. Big revelation, we know. But, we're also willing to bet you'd rather not max out your plastic on the latest It accessory. And, sure, we can't get enough of a really good pair of shoes or a gorg piece of jewelry, but it's the bag that really makes the outfit. The perfect purse can instantly dress up an ensemble for work, make your weekend look infinitely cooler, and, well, you get the picture.

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    So, when we spot an affordable outfit maker that could easily pass as the newest Céline or Givenchy stunner, we kind of majorly freak. And, so does our savings account. Well, prepare to lose it, because we tracked down 16 must-buy carryalls - from totes to clutches and backpacks to duffels - perfect for every occasion. And, they're all priced under $100. Because, you so deserve to look like a million bucks without spending it.

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  • The Best Brows for Your Face Shape

    By Kristin Booker, Refinery29

    Folks, the shape of your eyebrows is insanely important. If the eyes are the windows to the soul, your brows are the drapes around said windows. So, it makes sense to tidy up the place a bit, yes?

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    First, finding the right shape depends on the shape of your face. And, finding the right way to achieve that perfect brow shape is just as important as finding the right haircut. We're not kidding. The wrong one can throw off your entire look and growing either of them out is a total pain.

    Since we'd never go venture into this territory alone, we don't think you should, either. Meet founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills Anastasia Soare, a woman to whom many a well-manicured celebrity entrust their angles and arches. She's come armed with her expertise on different types of face shapes and the best brows to bring their beauty looks to a whole new level.

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  • Why I Gave Up on Losing Weight

    Refinery29By Marianne Kirby, Refinery29

    The summer before I turned 8, I went to stay with my great-grandmother. A woman used to feeding a large family, she took extra delight in giving me all of my favorites on a daily basis. We had pancakes and bacon for breakfast and government cheese and grapes at night before we curled up on the couch to sing songs from her hymn book.(That seemed like a damn good time in my ever-so-sophisticated mind, especially the Christmas carols and patriotic songs.)

    During the day, I did what I always did when I spent the summer with my Florida relatives - I rode my bike in endless circles around the block, swam, played in the dirt, and otherwise got myself pretty filthy and sweaty. I helped pick peas in the garden and then shelled them on the front porch. I read back issues of my granny's stash of tabloids, like the National Enquirer and Weekly World News. It was a totally normal summer. But, when my parents picked me up, they were horrified. Because their skinny

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  • The Science of a Perfect Relationship

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    We're not the only ones spending all our time thinking about L.O.V.E. and romance (and not just because Valentine's Day is looming). Researchers are always looking to understand the inner workings of a happy relationship through science. Now, it seems they have. May we present to you the Frankenstein's monster of relationship studies, which cobbles together all of qualities needed to be a successful couple. Your mind's about to be blown.

    For starters, put down that phone. Members of a happy relationship don't text all that much. And, they certainly don't fight or make important emotional decisions over text. Phone calls, however, are acceptable. Though, if you do fight, you should try to have "angry but honest" conversations earlier on in the relationship. Apparently, it will make you happier in the long run.

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  • 17 Drugstore Beauty Finds Every Girl Needs

    By Rebecca Taras, Refinery29

    One of our biggest gripes about winter in the Windy City isn't the increased commuting time or the grim street-parking situation. Rather, it's our pasty complexion, dry skin, and brittle tresses. Yep, nothing like whipping winds, single-digit temps, and a serious wintry mix to work a number on a girl's self-esteem. So, since it seems like everything goes to pot this time of the year, we scoured the aisles of our favorite drugstores to bring you 17 amazing products that will bring you back to life minus a trip to the poor house.

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    Split-end central? It's time to tame your mane with a deep-conditioning treatment. Parched puss? You better up the ante with an intense serum or face oil. So, don't be afraid to stock up. After all, we've got at least another month to get through.

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  • 10 Plus-Size Winter Layering Tips

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    It's far too often that "The Best Styling Tricks Evaaarrrr"-type stories leave you at a loss. Sure, if you had the legs of a supermodel and a closet full of designer goods, you, too, could probably pull off wearing a shoe on your head and your drop-crotch pants backward. But, for real life, where looking not-crazy is as important as looking unique, sartorial advice needs to be more tailored to accessibility, practicality, and what's actually flattering. So, yes, this story is titled "Plus-Size Layering Tips," but we're confident these pointers can benefit everyone's dressing game.

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    Our stunning model, Karissa, is five-foot-10 and rocked clothes that ranged from a size 12 to 14; however, this advice works for women who are bigger, smaller, shorter, or taller. From finding perfectly fitting boyfriend jeans to the correct way to mix and match your blacks, the 10 clever tips ahead are what you should

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  • Navigate a Life Crisis like a Pro

    By Alison Peters, Refinery29

    Even as a virtual Washingtonian, Olivia Pope can do no wrong. Maybe it's Scandal's girl-power undertones or the heroine's killer work wardrobe - or the show's plentiful local ties - the allure of the ABC series is undeniable. Whatever the reason for our addiction, we couldn't resist tracking down a few real-life Gladiators of our own.

    From White House vets to K Street power players, we sat down with four D.C. crisis and reputation managers who have that elusive "Pope factor" in spades. We got them to dish on the best parts of their jobs, and share some timeless advice on how to navigate through the worst professional and personal shake-ups. That's right - it's handled.

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    Tiffany Carter, Account Director at Rep Equity
    Tiffany Carter knows what it's like to build a business from the ground up. She worked alongside her boss to develop Rep Equity, which was recently named the 106th fastest-growing company by Deloitte. With an A-list clientele and

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  • Glam Grammys: 12 Prettiest Beauty Looks

    By Liesa Goins, Refinery29

    Since the music business naturally draws some of the more creative personalities, the Grammys are usually the time of year when artists get to let their freak flags fly. And, while this year's red carpet delivered many surprises (Did you see the clown?), what might be the most unexpected was the lack of over-the-top crazy.

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    We didn't have Lady Gaga emerge from an egg, but we did have an acrobatic Pink spinning in the air, along with Beyoncé making wet hair look appropriate outside of the shower. Enjoy our list of the surprisingly prettiest looks from the 2014 Grammys and prepare to be impressed by beautiful skin, stunning hair, and all-around insanely gorgeous looks you'll want to copy, stat.

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  • Why I Became a Plus-Size Model

    Refinery29By Lauren Chan, Refinery29

    For as long as I can remember, I have loved models. In fact, I still own a copy of the 2004 September issue of American Vogue. Covered by Daria, Natalia, and Gisele, and featuring a foldout of Isabeli, Karolina, Liya, Hanna, Gemma, and Karen, the "Models of the Moment" issue marked the beginning of my love affair with the modeling industry. In the photos, the gorgeously styled models appear ethereal, desirable. And, despite the differences in their appearances, they share one thing: They are all unmistakably and overwhelmingly thin .

    The problem was that I was young and impressionable, and took that one measly theme - thinness - to heart. At the time, there were no plus-size models, like Tara Lynn, Robyn Lawley, or Candice Huffine. I hadn't read Crystal Renn's Hungry or heard of Ford's plus-size division-head Gary Dakin. In essence, thin was all I had to look up to.

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