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Do-It-Yourself Fashion

While I'm much too busy lazy to actually do anything about it, I've always loved the idea of do-it-yourself fashion. Unfortunately--or maybe fortunately--the height of my forays into hand-crafted apparel and accessories peaked right around the time of neon puffy paints and Jams shorts. However, my generosity compels me to share some of the best DIY tutorials from talented bloggers across the web. From bib necklaces to Miu Miu-inspired minis, here are some great ways to...

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Top 10: Online Shops

Not that I would claim to be an expert, but I've been shopping online since 1999 or so, back when I worked for Victoria's Secret in the online customer service department. Since then, a lot has changed--some sites have disappeared (remember Girlshop?), sites like etsy have given independent designers a stronger voice, and I've purchased many many more pairs of shoes--but there are still shops I consider to be my go-to shopping destinations. Here, in no particular...

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Casual Style: Lazy Sunday

The thing about Sunday brunch is that it usually occurs immediately after I've rolled out of bed, which leaves precious little time for primping. Inspired by the recent onslaught of sweats on the runway, I decided to try my hand at wearing them outside of the house--in public, even! Cardigan and pants, Forever 21; tank, Victoria's Secret; heels, Steve Madden; clutch, vintage; earrings and ring, Urban Outfitters. I think the real trick is to keep the colors...

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Memorial Day Closet Remix

Memorial Day weekend usually marks the unofficial start of summer, and as such, is usually when I start pulling out my warm weather wardrobe. This year is a little dicey because I'm so busy doing other stuff--working on the 2nd issue of Style Sample Magazine, preparing for a business trip, gorging myself on fried foods at Taste of Cincinnati--but I figured I'd at least take inventory of what I have. Except...

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Fashion Math

I'm not really a math person. As a left-brained creative type, reading, spelling, and language have always been my favorite subjects. However, due to my anal-retentive control freak tendencies and a maniacal need for organization, I do appreciate formulas--as long as they don't involve numbers. This translates to my wardrobe accordingly: I like coming up with easy-to-understand combinations--recipes, if you will--for putting clothes together. For instance, trousers + fitted tee + blazer, or this pencil skirt...

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