Stories by Erica Smith

9 Colorful Leather Pieces Perfect for Fall

When fall rolls around, there are certain cool-weather staples we're programmed to automatically pull out of our closets. At the top of that list? Leather. But this season, the popular fabric is getting a colorful makeover. Take a cue from the runways of Fashion Week and swap your black leather jackets, boots and gloves for leather pants, leather dresses and even leather shirts in bright blues, deep burgundies and other unexpected pops of color.   read more

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13 Products That Prove Black Is the New Black

Zombie apocalypses, vampires, covens, dystopian alternate realities -- the dark side has certainly been in style lately. Heck, even scientists have created a black so black we can't see it. The beauty world is also going back to black with ominous ingredients and inky packaging.   read more

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Get Ready to Drool Over Eugenia Kim's New Shoe Collection

Milliner Eugenia Kim's 2004 foray into shoes was good. Like, earning the CFDA's Accessories Designer of the Year award, good. For the past decade, fans of Kim's kicks have anxiously awaited her triumphant return to dazzling footwear, and this fall, it finally happened.   read more

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10 Buzzworthy Beauty Products for Coffee Junkies

Our drowsy, heavy-lidded eyes will be the first to tell you: Coffee is the best way to jump-start any day. And caffeine addicts, rejoice -- getting your fix doesn't have to stop at your barista. Coffee is also a great pick-me-up for your skin and your beauty routine. To help you steer clear of caffeine-induced jitters, we present 10 beauty products filled with and inspired by the buzzy brew we sip (or guzzle) every morning.   read more

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10 Reasons Your Hair Is Thinning

As a woman, you've probably debated the following at some point in your life: Is all that hair clogging my shower drain a sign that I need a cleaning lady or a sign that I'm going bald?   read more

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The Best Pink, Red and Neutral Nail Shades for Dark Skin Tones

The good news: There are a bajillion nail polishes out there. The bad news: Not all of them are going to look amazing on you. That beige nude polish may look fabulous on your friend but completely wash out your complexion. Knowing a few insider tricks can help you cut through the clutter and pick the most flattering colors for you. We asked celebrity manicurist Casey Herman, who works with Lupita Nyong'o, for her top tips when picking flattering pink, red and neutral nail polish colors for dark skin tones.   read more

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9 Heavy-Duty Concealers That Can Cover Up Tattoos

Tattoos have their time (spring break, mid-life crisis, life-changing moment) and their place (small of the neck, ankle, back), but a job interview rarely qualifies as either. Instead of fretting over strategically placed jewelry or how you're going to pull of a turtleneck, turn to your makeup bag to cover up your tattoo. The proper full-coverage makeup can make your ink do a disappearing act. Here, we've compiled the best heavy-duty concealers that can temporarily camouflage any permanent work of art to help you snag that new gig this fall.   read more

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The Styles, Cuts and Colors You Need for Fall

A lot of things happened this summer: Kimye made it official, we all realized how handsome soccer players are and virtually every celeb decided to ditch their old hairdo. We don't blame them. It's hard to snap out of summer mode and get back to reality refreshed and recharged for the new season, but a new haircut, hair color or hairstyle (or all of the above) usually does the trick. Take a cue from these celebrity hair makeovers for a sharp, new look this fall.   read more

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11 Ways To Lose A Few Pounds Without Really Trying

You can look high and low for a magical pill, squeeze out a few more juice cleanses, or drift from fad diet to fad diet, but at the end of the day, we all know the only way to lose weight is through a healthy diet (or "lifestyle" if you're not a fan of the D word) and exercise.   read more

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13 New Ways to Wear Black and White This Fall

The celebrity fashion trend that's all over the red carpet this fall: head-to-toe, black and white ensembles. Summer's checkered trend has given way to new, just as bold ways to wear to classic color combination. Black and white outfits cropped up front row at show after show during New York Fashion Week, and now we're experiencing déjà vu on the red carpet as stars flaunt their gorgeous (and super wearable) black and white wardrobes.   read more

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