Stories by Emily Woodruff

The Most-Wanted Beauty Looks From Fashion Week

Oscar da la Renta's Spring '15 New York Fashion Week show was everything dreams are made of: swingy bell skirts, oversized gingham and lace combos, elegant feather details, sparkly crop tops and flirty florals. It makes sense that the makeup by Gucci Westman for Hourglass was just as feminine and polished. De la Renta's models, including Karlie Kloss, sported berry-stained lips; glowing skin; straight, full brows and, for added drama, a bold winged eyeliner. The effect was stunning, yet effortless looking.   read more

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Rainbow-Colored Hair Trends to Try on Your Nails

It's official: Rainbow-colored hair is the trend du jour. If you love those crazy-pretty colors but can't bring yourself to take the dye dare just yet, swipe this season's hottest hair colors on your nails first.   read more

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12 Body-Nourishing Recipes for Every Season

Ready to rearrange your grocery list? We've put together 12 recipes, organized by month, so you can get the most flavor, nutrition, beauty benefits and value out of your food.   read more

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12 Perfume Bottles Even Prettier Than Their Scents

Even if you hate the smell of perfume, you can't deny the timeless beauty of a grouping of a few gorgeous perfume bottles. Design no-brainer: Group a few bottles of classic perfumes (you can never go wrong with Chanel, Burberry and Guerlain) in any room except, maybe, the kitchen, and you add instant elegance and sophistication. Design not-so-no-brainer: You don't have to actually wear the perfume you're displaying. Think of it as cheap, multi-purpose artwork that doesn't require a hammer and nail.   read more

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How Doing Good Makes You Feel Great

That rush of elation that comes with letting a harried mom in front of you at airline security. The sense of satisfaction that accompanies returning a lost wallet to its owner. The lightheartedness that follows giving up your hard-won subway seat for someone who needs it more than you. All of these feel-good moments have something in common: They're just as beneficial to you as the person you're helping -- maybe even more so.   read more

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'The Beginning of all Beauty Is Knowing and Liking Oneself'

Think positively. It's something we've been told our whole lives -- by our parents, our grade school teachers, our significant others and even bumper stickers. Call it the Oprah Effect, but there's no denying that the idea of positivity has a strong hold on our culture. Proponents of positive thinking would have you believe that changing your outlook can cure cancer or help your lotto chances.   read more

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How to Wear Color on Your Wedding Day

Just because your white wedding dress is traditional doesn't mean you can't wear color on your wedding day. Use these subtle, elegant ideas to add color to your big day.   read more

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Outrageous High-End Fashion Made From Food

When it comes to fashion you can eat, Ring Pops pretty much top our list. That is, until we saw these insanely fashionable food items. From purse cakes that could be passed off as the real thing to a dress made entirely out of artichokes, these edible pieces make a statement. Besides being an impressive art form (replicating a Chanel purse out of beef jerky is as hard as it sounds) these food-as-fashion finds prevent your blood sugar from getting too low and couldkeep you alive on a deserted island. Fashion has never looked so good.   read more

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7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

You may not be a witch doctor or herbalist, but that doesn't mean you've never used a plant to heal your body. In fact, some of the most common modern medicine is plant-based -- aspirin contains salicylic acid, the active component of willow bark, and penicillin was made from fungi. While we're not suggesting you start growing mold cultures in your kitchen, you can benefit from many easy-to-grow, easy-on-the-eyes indoor plants. Some of the prettiest perennials are hiding some of the best health and beauty remedies. Based on scientific studies, we found the healing plants that help you look and feel your best. These indoor plants will turn your home into the pharmacy version of the great outdoors.   read more

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The New Way to Exfoliate: Fizzing Beauty Products

There isn't much that isn't improved upon by adding bubbles. Case in point: Beverages, baths, gum and hot tubs are infinitely more fun with fizz. Now, beauty products are getting in on the game -- and it's not just for show. According to dermatologist Dr. Jeanette Graf, MD, fizzing skin care products have an exfoliating effect that allows their active ingredients to penetrate the skin more effectively. The result: impossibly gorgeous, glowing skin.   read more

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