Stories by Erica Smith

How to Wear Summer's Hottest Trends at Work

Dressing for the summertime and dressing for your nine-to-five often means living a double life. In a sad twist of fate, all the joys of summer dressing -- flip flops, crop tops, spaghetti straps, cut-offs -- can make your boss frown and give HR a heart attack. That's why we chatted with an expert, style consultant and "Styletini" author Ashley Martini, who revealed exactly how to pull off this summer's stylish trends and still earn your boss' respect. Here, office-chic pieces that will not only earn you a thumb's up from HR, but get you from work to summer night soirees sans a wardrobe change.   read more

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8 Stay-Dry Solutions for Every Sweaty Scenario

Some sweat buckets when working out. Others get drenched when the mercury climbs. There are those who perspire when a deadline looms. And then there are those who sweat pretty much all of the time. Whichever camp you fall into, slyly sniffing your pits when no one's looking or shedding a tear for all the white shirts you've ruined doesn't have to be your daily routine. According to Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City, finding a stay-dry solution that works depends on the reasons behind your clamminess.   read more

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7 Ways to Keep Cellulite From Ruining Your Summer

Orange peel skin, cottage cheese thighs ... no matter what food item or snack you try to associate it with, cellulite still sucks. And the majority of us feel the pain -- about 80 percent of women (of every age and every size) have some form of cellulite on their thighs, butts, legs and arms. What's a girl to do? We talked to Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist in New York City, who revealed why we're plagued with skin dimples in the first place and what we can do about it. Here, what works, what doesn't and everything else you need to know about getting a smoother tush and thighs.   read more

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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

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10 Feel-Better Yoga Moves

Thanks to desk jobs, sky-high shoes and fitness classes gone awry, it seems like there's always some body part that's aching or out of whack. While it's tempting to find relief inside your well-stocked medicine cabinet, sometimes all your body needs is a little finessing, by way of some quality time on the yoga mat.   read more

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Graphic Design: Bold Patterns Sizzle This Summer

There are a handful of seasonal trends that we can predict -- pastels in spring, jewel tones in fall. Bright prints aren't exactly groundbreaking for summer, but this time around, celebs aren't just hitting the red carpet in expected floral, traditional stripes or one-dimensional polka dots. They're wearing bold graphic prints, unusual shapes and mixing quirky patterns with even crazier ones. The end result? Head-turning, memorable looks we never saw coming.   read more

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Face Mists: The Summer Skin Saviors You Need Now

There's a fine line between dewy skin and sweaty skin. And let's be honest, in the summertime, we're almost always sporting the latter. In theory, strategically placed sweatbands, a gym towel and a portable fan would pull the whole look together, but alas, '80s athletic wear isn't completely on-trend this season. The best accessory for the sweltering months ahead? A refreshing facial mist.   read more

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The New 'It' Ingredients for Treating Hyperpigmentation

Treating hyperpigmentation is tricky and often frustrating, so it's no surprise that Latinas cite hyperpigmentation as one of their top skin care concerns. Hyperpigmentation is caused by overproduction of the pigment melanin, and refers to any area of skin that's darker than surrounding skin. It can be caused by anything from a mosquito bite to hormonal fluctuations, says Miami-based Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D.   read more

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Just Pleat It: 9 Origami-Inspired Picks for Summer

Fine tune your summer wardrobe with crisp creases, folds and pleats inspired by the runways   read more

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8 Summer Beauty Bummers -- Solved

Heat and humidity, be damned: After what goes down as the worst winter in our memory, we're spending every last second outdoors this summer. And we're not even going to complain about the furnace-like temperatures or the melt-in-a-puddle mugginess that makes us feel less beach babe and more swamp monster.   read more

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16 Sandals You'll Want to Walk in All Summer Long

After months of boots and closed-toe shoes, you can finally let your toes wriggle out of hibernation (and show off your new pedi). But strappy sandals and more time gallivanting outdoors also mean a greater chance of blisters, chafing, rubbing and just as much heel pain as your high heels. Thankfully, you don't have to turn to Crocs to make your feet happy this season. The latest summer shoe trends are less about intricate designs and height and more about wearable, walkable sandals that are also super stylish.   read more

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