Stories by Amanda Montell

What I Learned From a 6 a.m. Rave

It's 6 o'clock in the morning. Ungodly, unfamiliar 6 o'clock in the morning. I'm sitting in the backseat of my Uber ride -- a conspicuous Kelly green Scion -- sipping a papaya Vitamin Water and coasting toward Downtown Los Angeles. Eyewitness News plays on TV screens imbedded in the back of each headrest, a feature my driver tells me he added extra. He offers me Tic Tacs and tissues. I deny both. I am trying hard to focus on the horizon, to stay awake, to prepare myself.   read more

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Must-Follow Beauty Rules for Getting Ahead at Work

To climb the career ladder, an Ivy League degree and intellectual prowess certainly help, but -- fair or not -- studies show that for women, beauty matters too.   read more

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The Only Way to Wear Ankle Boots This Season

Socks and sandals? No way. Socks and ankle boots? Yes. Don't believe us? Take it from the likes of designers Tory Burch and Josie Natori, as well as style icons Grace Mahary, Gizele Oliveira and Jennifer Anniston -- socks with ankle boots are a major trend this season. It may be hard to wrap your head around such a sock-centric look at first, but trust us. Whether you pair them with a midi pencil skirt or cropped boyfriend jeans, this is the only way to wear ankle boots in 2015. Read on for all the inspo you'll need to style socks with ankle boots in the chicest way possible.   read more

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This Is What Beauty Looks Like Around the World

Pay close enough attention, and you'll find that everyone on the planet can be divided into the following two categories: Those that be, and those that observe.   read more

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8 Structured Handbags We're Drooling Over

You don't have to belong to a country club or live on Central Park West to add one of these structured, ladylike handbags to your collection. In fact, structured bags are the hot bag this season. We've spotted the trend on the catwalk, the silver screen and all over the fashion blogosphere.   read more

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10 Stylish Pieces to Help You Ease Into Spring

1. Eyeglasses by Chillibeans USA, the YACHT Collection, $70

These are a must for spring. They are superhip and look incredible with any outfit.   read more

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7 Underwear Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Panty lines, muffin top, back fat, saggy breasts, camel toe... We're talking underwear problems, of course -- the unspoken issues that cause unflattering wardrobe fails from the very foundation.   read more

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12 Most Influential Black Women in Hollywood Right Now

If you're an African American woman possessed with the drive to succeed in show business, expect to find yourself neck-deep in challenges. Even today, Hollywood is a white man's world -- and though this idea is nothing new, it may not take on real meaning until you look at the numbers...   read more

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12 Pairs of Shoes We Really, Really Want From NYFW

The stars of the catwalk at New York Fashion Week are typically gowns, gowns and more over-the-top gowns. But this year, we could not keep our eyes up from the floor. That's right -- this season's runway had us dreaming of the gorgeous, heart-stopping fashion pieces that you don't even have to look like a model to pull it off. We're talking shoes, of course. Our favorite shoe trends from fashion week this season spanned metallic heels, fur-flecked stilettos, sassy menswear-inspired flats and more. Here, 12 fashion week shoes that kept things stunning from the ankle down.   read more

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Brittany Snow Reveals Her Best -- and Worst -- Red Carpet Moment

The movie star dishes about makeup must-haves, her mom's best beauty advice and that one time she wore leopard-print cowboy boots in public   read more

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