Stories by Frances Vega

I Survived a Groupon Laser Treatment

I am not one of those people who was blessed with perfect skin -- not by a long shot. And, while this might sound overly dramatic to those of you with a pimple-free complexion (I hate you all), I think it's fair to say that acne is one of the most traumatizing skin ailments a young person can face (pun intended). You might as well be walking around with a permanent "kick me" sign -- except instead of it being on your back, it's on your face. Not everyone gets acne, but for those of us who do, it is a serious self-esteem killer.   read more


Is Your Gut Bacteria Making You Fat?

Coveting celebrities' body parts is nothing new. We pine for Zooey Deschanel's big blue eyes, and Sofia Vergara's dangerous curves, but there's one body part that perhaps we need to be more envious of: the gut. Or, more specifically, the contents of it.   read more


We Tried It: A Teen Pimple Treatment on Adult Acne

Remember those major breakouts you had when you were 14, 15, 16 years old? And the adults who tried to console you by telling you that you'd eventually grow out of pimples? Ha. I'm hovering near 30 and still fighting the good fight against breakouts on a daily basis.   read more


Got the Insomniac Blues? 8 Playlists That Will Knock You Out

How many stories or headlines have you read this month about the millions of Americans suffering from chronic sleep disorders? Every week, it's the same old story: we're all sleep deprived -- 40 million of us, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Hell, we even posted a sleep story a few weeks ago (but we had the smarts to serve it up as The Best Anti-Aging Remedy Ever -- because lack of sleep doesn't just make you cranky ... it hits your face with the old and ugly stick.)   read more


We'd Pay to See Kate Middleton's Post-Baby Bod Like This

We all saw the pictures of Kate Middleton looking pre-pregnancy perfect not long after having Prince George, but we'll never really know what's happening underneath those Alexander McQueen dresses. Which is why we are mesmerized by boudoir photographer Ashlee Wells Jackson's 4th Trimester Bodies Project.   read more


It Ain't Easy Being Green

Green is the "it" color for Fall 2013 according to Pantone, the authority on all things color. The color gurus featured three shades of green in their fall color palette (deep lichen green, linden green, and emerald) and selected emerald as "color of the year."   read more


Watch NYFW 2013 Live Coverage NOW

Did your invites to New York Fashion Week runway shows get lost in the mail? NP. (Who needs the head-to-toe "whats-she-wearing?" stare-downs, anyway?) Watch the runways from the comforts of your own couch -- in your pajamas, if you please -- via the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week cam.   read more


Would You Spend $1200 on a Sweatshirt?

We're not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point in the last year, sweatshirts became a high fashion staple. Variations of the oversized sweatshirt have appeared on so many runways it's easy to lose track. Givenchy, Balenciaga, Kenzo, and Rebecca Minkoff have all walked "statement sweaters" down the runway.   read more


Giveaway: The Cordless Flat Iron Our Beauty Editor Loves

It's not often Dawn, our NYC beauty editor, gushes over a styling tool (she's quite ... "selective," shall we say?), but when celebrity hair stylist Sarah Potempa launched the Jetsetter, a cordless flat iron, she went a little nuts for it. In fact, it inspired her to write 8 Beauty Inventions That Changed Our Lives.   read more


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