Stories by Amanda Montell

25 Ways to Step Up Your Ponytail Game for Summer

Ah, the ponytail: The no-frills hairstyle we wear to the gym, around the house or running errands. At least that's what it used to be. Unlike the plain Jane ponytails of the past, this summer's ponytail hairstyles are turning heads. Inspired by the runway, the blogosphere and the city streets, we're seeing voluminous texture, woven details and other creative elements that are taking the age-hold ponytail to 2015. Here, we present the 25 ponytail tutorials we're most excited about this summer -- from high-fashion styles to quick looks anyone can master.   read more

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Can't-Live-Without Beauty Products From Our Favorite Influencers

Peek into the makeup collection of this must-follow beauty guru   read more

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9 Stylish Flip Flops You Can Wear Anywhere

The comfier our feet, the better our lives. (Isn't that an ancient proverb?) Don't get us wrong -- we love our heels. But we can all agree that things are easier when we don't have to worry about blisters, foot cramps and falling over. Sadly, it's a touch too casual -- and often against the employee handbook -- to wear flip flops on a daily basis. Until now. Keep scrolling for nine pieces of style inspiration that prove you can wear flip flops anywhere. Click on the links throughout to snag each style.   read more

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18 Scents for People Who Hate Perfume

Culturally, women are taught to love perfume. A pink, vanity-top spritz bottle is a classic feminine image. The scent that the bottle holds, however, may not be so universally appealing. While most of us love spritzing our way through the department-store counters, there is a minority of women who can't stand perfume.   read more

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11 Gorgeous Dresses to Wear to a Summer Wedding

It's officially wedding season, and the question on all our minds is what on earth to wear. While it's tempting to throw on the same little sundress for every event, it's so much more fun to mix it up. And thanks to these affordable wedding outfit ideas, you'll never have to wear the same dress twice. Click through for 11 lovely looks for every wedding occasion -- from laidback beach weddings to fancier affairs.   read more

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10 Foundations for the Most Youthful Skin of Your Life

The search for the perfect foundation is a constantly evolving quest. "As women age, they need to adjust their makeup products and application accordingly," says Jill Glaser, makeup artist and owner of Collage of Life   read more

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A California Blogger's Beachside Basics

1. Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner, $29

Keep your hair from drying out with a shimmering leave-in conditioner. Comb this through after you get out of the water for flawless summer hair.   read more

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13 Best Body Lotions Under $10

When it comes to what we put on our faces, we'll splurge on the latest anti-aging cream that promises to work miracles on those crow's feet and clock far too much time in the bathroom dutifully performing each of the six steps in our skin care regimens.   See lotions

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16 Massage Horror Stories That Will Make You Cringe

A massage is supposed to be one of life's simplest and most relaxing pleasures. But put nakedness, body oil and strangers in a dim room, and something's bound to go wrong eventually. Scroll through to read all about the painful rubdowns, reflexology gone wrong and not-so-happy endings that have us cringing. May these embarrassing massage moments serve as cautionary tales for the next time you book your bodywork.   read more

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17 Sexy Pairs of Granny Panties We'd Actually Wear

It's official: The days when unbearable, stringier-than-floss thongs were the only sexy kind of undies are gone. What's taken their place? Granny panties. It's true. The undies of today are high-waisted, full-coverage and doused in flowers and lace. Skeptical? Scroll through for our 17 favorite pairs of granny panties, which you don't have to be a lingerie model to pull off. Let's all join hands and thank the undie gods.   read more

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