Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • 10 Ways to Make Skinny Jeans Feel New

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    When it comes to big fashion moments, there's Before Skinny Jeans and After Skinny Jeans. The super-tight pants had their moment in the '80s, but they never felt quite as revolutionary, as fresh, or as obvious as they did in the early '00s after a decade and a half of stovepipe styles, hip-hugger flares, and tapered legs. Skinnies saved our closets a decade ago - but you're not the only one who's starting to feel a little stale in them today.

    Enter: the new skinny-jean styles. From interesting details that'll dress up the trusted trouser to clever new outfit pairings, we've found 10 looks featuring these pants in an entirely different light. So, for some much-needed inspiration, click through to see our picks - because those skinnies definitely aren't on their last legs.

    Refinery29 1. Fold 'Em Up - Buying your pants a few inches too long doesn't have to mean a trip to the tailor. Roll them up, and wear your pair with a few chic layers and some killer heels. It's an

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  • 12 Oversized Pouches That'll Seriously Improve Your Bag Game

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    No matter your budget, be it thrift store or designer, fashionable finds need not be out of reach. So, we're bringing you the cream of the crop in trending buys - and in price ranges to suit every girl's wallet.

    Let's just face the facts: We are never going to fit all of our junk into a teensy-weensy little pouch. While pint-sized purses are just about as cute as they come, this bag is perhaps a little too small to be taken seriously in the large-pocketbook arena. But, we're not throwing in the towel on them just yet. As it just so happens, we're huge advocates of this clutch silhouette, and we're also into anything oversized right now. Fusing together both concepts, the oversized pouch is pretty much a no-brainer - and a definite fashion "do."

    From leopard prints and python textures to metallics and good ol' polka dots, the 12 buys ahead are the perfect size to carry your cell phone, lipstick, credit cards, morning yogurt, and an iPad, too. So, go ahead -

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  • The 8 Raddest Ways to Wear Stripes

    By Ali Hoffman, Refinery29

    From roses to evil eyes, wacky prints seem to pop up every season. Though fun and fresh, they tend to disappear the minute the latest trend arrives.

    All, that is, with the exception of the stripe. What other singular trend boasts Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick and Alexa Chung as well-known supporters? Click through for 8 reasons we're more in love with the linear look than ever before.

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  • Got Itchy Skin? Here's What Might Be Causing It

    By Erika Stalder, Refinery29

    .Remember that bout of poison ivy you got as a kid? Or maybe it was the chicken pox. The itchiness was relentless, but everyone around you kept advising: Just. Don't. Scratch. Yet, that prickly, tingling sensation kept getting more and more agitating, to the point where ripping your eyeballs out would have seemed a welcome distraction.

    For some eczema sufferers, that hellish circumstance can be part of everyday life. Except unlike the chicken pox or poison ivy, many sufferers are uncomfortably stuck: Science hasn't pinpointed exactly why one to three percent of the adult population has eczema, nor does it have a cure for the skin disease. Perhaps most frustrating of all, the relief that any eczema solution provides for a patient can suddenly cease to work at any given time - taking the sufferer back to a state of needling, not-sure-what-to-do-about-it flare-ups.

    As if all that skin irritation shrouded in uncertainty weren't enough, the American

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  • 7 DIY Beauty Recipes for the Thrifty Gal

    By Rebecca Taras, Refinery29

    Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, but what happens to our skin, hair, and nails as a result of the weather change is not so glorious. Between chilly temps and whipping winds, it becomes increasingly difficult for a girl to retain shiny tresses and a glowing complexion. But, instead of investing your hard-earned cash on a new collection of products, we suggest you make your own - thrifty-girl style.

    To help you out, Kelly Ryan O'Brien and Jill Badlotto of Chicago Blogger Network told us about seven amazing beauty bloggers who were willing to share their favorite homemade recipes for getting gorg on a dime. Not only are these DIY formulas easy to prepare, they're all natural, too. See ya later, drugstore products. Looks like Mother Nature just stepped in to save the day.

    Refinery29Megan Jedlinski, the Stylish and Scatterbrained

    Moisturizing and Strengthening Hair Mask
    "I love my ombré locks, but I don't love the dry and damaged effects

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  • Curli- Cute ! 4 DIY Braided 'Dos

    By Barbara Herman, Refinery29

    Despite the easy volume and natural va-va-voom drama, curly-haired girls often complain that they're left out when it comes to styling ideas. And, while stuffing curls into a bun or choke-holding them into a tight braid is a no-brainer, there are some stunning plaits that make curls more manageable (while still letting them bounce and breathe). To prove it, we enlisted the help of hair guru Bethany Brill to come up with four genius braided 'dos to play up all that beautiful texture.

    "Sometimes, tight braids can make straight-haired girls look like they have no hair, but with curls, all the texture helps pump up the braid, making it look full and voluminous," says Brill. Not that Yasmin Daguilh, our model for this story, needs any convincing. "I've had my hair straightened before, but it wasn't for me. My curly hair makes me stand out," she says. If you, too, are ready to let your ringlets get all the fanfare they so rightly deserve, this tutorial will

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  • The Scary Truth About Sleeping Pills

    By Lex Berko, Refinery29 Refinery29

    We've all had sleepless nights - lying in bed, staring at the ceiling, wondering why our brains keep chugging along even as the clock strikes four in the morning. The answer is probably different for everyone: too much caffeine, an onslaught of anxiety, bodily discomfort. But a fidgety night here and there is normal.

    However, over the past few decades, either our insomnia has increased dramatically or our tolerance for it has precipitously dropped - because we're taking more sleeping pills than ever before. Between 2002 and 2008, there was a 70% increase in prescriptions from an industry that brings in over $2 billion a year. So what's going on: Who isn't sleeping well and who is turning to pills? As it turns out, the answer in both cases is more women than men.

    Who Uses Them?

    According to a nationwide survey administered between 2005 and 2010, five percent of women versus three percent of men reported using pills to assist them in sleeping.

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  • 5 Great Costumes You Can Whip Up Tonight

    By Holly E. Thomas, Refinery 29

    Every year, we're resolved to get an early start and whip up an amazing Halloween guise well before the 31st. But, the reality is, it never happens. The weeks leading up to the big day tend to be crazy busy, so we end up with whatever we can cull from the remains of a ransacked CVS Halloween aisle.

    But this year, that's going to change. We've dreamed up five super-cool costumes inspired by iconic celebs - which means you won't get that annoying "Who are you supposed to be?" query all night. The best part? You can assemble these getups from the pieces you already have on hand. From pop superstars to fashion heavy hitters to the coolest couple's costume ever, these ensembles require minimal effort (at most, a phone call to borrow a prop) for maximum impact. So, what are you waiting for? Seriously, there's no time to lose!

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  • In Defense of Kim Kardashian

    By Seija Rankin, Refinery29

    .There's something I have to get off my chest. While most of the world is watching the spectacle that is Kimye, thinking awful thoughts and poking pins into their Kim and Kanye voodoo dolls, I am eating it up. And, it's not because I'm a sucker for grandeur or have some sort of fantasy about a baseball-stadium proposal where I'm presented with an engagement ring worth the GDP of Bhutan. It's because I, Seija Rankin, love Kim Kardashian. In fact, I love the whole Kardashian klan, but my true affection belongs to Kim. It's shameful. It's dishonorable. My family probably wants to disown me (not my dad, though, because unless it's on NPR, he hasn't heard of it), but it's the truth.

    Let me start out by addressing the obvious. I completely understand why a person would dislike Kardashian, and why you're probably all crafting angry comments now and maybe even starting a petition to have me fired. So, I should mention that I totally get it. Kim, and the rest of

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  • A 3-Step Chicken Dish to Get You Out of Your Poultry Rut, Once & for All

    By Erin Phraner, Refinery29

    .We're always looking for a quick and tasty improvement on the everyday chicken dinner - we all know how easy it is to get stuck in that poultry rut. And, that's exactly why we're excited for this super-savory recipe, which jazzes up a simply prepared chicken cutlet with a delicious tomato-caper dressing.

    Chicken With Tomato-Caper Dressing
    Mix up the tomato-caper dressing when you have a free minute, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. We spooned it over chicken tenders, which we lightly dusted with flour before pan cooking for a little crust. But, feel free to get creative! This simple condiment (grape tomatoes, capers, shallot, olives, and parsley) is also tasty over steak, pork chops, salmon, and even scrambled eggs.

    Serves: Four

    1 small shallot, minced
    1 small clove garlic, pressed or grated
    2 cups halved grape tomatoes
    1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
    4 tablespoons

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