Stories by Hayley Mason

The Fall Shoe Trend We're Stealing From the Boys

We're pretty fond of stealing looks from the boys -- oversized blazers, boyfriend jeans, motorcycle jackets -- and women's clothing lines are following suit. Oxfords, brogues and saddle shoes are popping up everywhere, and much like this summer's Birkenstock trend, they're stylish and comfortable. Embrace the look with other menswear separates or put a girly twist on the trend with a heeled, metallic pair. Whichever you choose, here's your style inspiration.   read more

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9 Most Awe-Inspiring Fall Fashion Ad Campaigns

When New York Fashion Week happens, we get all excited for the gorgeous fashions coming our way ... months from now. The fall shows came and went this past February, and since then, we've waited anxiously for this moment: When the designer looks are finally available. These fall/winter 2014-2015 print ad campaigns are every bit as momentous an unveiling as the clothes themselves. And we are giddy from what we're seeing. With whimsical forest scenes, out-of-this-world space motifs and our favorite supermodels -- these are the print ad campaigns we'll be pinning to our inspiration boards.   read more

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The Fun, Fruity Print That's Everywhere This Summer

The cure for a balmy, sweltering summer: refreshing pineapple prints. This season, bold graphic patterns have hijacked our wardrobes, and taken us straight to the tropics. Dreamy palm fronds and luscious summer fruit are giving us a serious case of island fever. Our favorite fruit-print phenomenon right now, the pineapple, is popping up on scarves, iPhone cases, totes and every accessory you can think of. Adorable, whimsical and breaths of fresh air, they're everything we look for in our summer statement pieces. With brands like J. Crew, Kate Spade and Ann Taylor embracing the pineapple trend, we're sure to see even more sophisticated takes on this pretty, of-the-moment pattern.   read more

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11 Beauty Looks from Miami Swim Week You'll Want to Wear Everywhere

If Mercedes Benz Fashion Week conjures up iconic New York scenes, fashion editors wrapped in the craziest coats you've ever laid eyes on, and of course, Bill Cunningham, you're a woman after our own hearts. But while we're anxiously awaiting New York Fashion Week for a couple more months, we decided to turn our attention to the south. Miami, that is. Miami Swim Week is almost a complete 180 from the other Mercedes Benz Fashion Weeks. The shows take place late at night in an almost party atmosphere, and the bikinis can be so skimpy it makes us blush. As always, our favorite part of any fashion week are the beauty looks. Here, our favorite hair and makeup looks from the hottest city around.   read more

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8 Must-Wear Nail Colors That Flatter Dark Skin Tones

You would think picking out a nail polish color would be as simple as putting on your shoes in the morning (you know, once you've decided which pair you're going to wear). But finding a nail polish color that will flatter your skin tone, appear on-trend and keep your hands from looking dull or aged -- that's the challenge. We spoke to Elsbeth Schuetz, celebrity manicurist for Nailtini, and celebrity and editorial manicurist Gina Edwards on how to find the nail color that's right for you.   read more

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3 Ways Even Your Stick-Straight Hair Can Have Beach Waves

Every summer, I'm bombarded with magazine spreads and YouTube tutorials on how to get the perfect beach waves -- and I devour every one of them. I buy salt spray and sit religiously in front of my vanity trying to create those perfectly undone, (seemingly) low-maintenance waves. Summer beach waves may be considered a "quick and easy" hairstyle, but my limp, un-waved hair insists otherwise. Enter the hair geniuses at Salon Mario Russo in Boston. Owner and lead stylist Mario Russo has created three out-of-the-box techniques for creating beach waves that will work on even the straightest hair, guaranteed. And get this -- you don't need a curling iron, wand or automatic machine doo-dad to get the look. Get ready to have your world rocked, and your waves turned seriously beachy.   read more

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18 Sunscreens for People Who Hate Sunscreens

Frankly, sunscreen is a pain in my tuckus. It's sticky, it smells bad and just one day by the pool with multiple reapplications to my face leaves my chin a battle zone of acne for the following week. Since forsaking the sun and becoming a hermit didn't work out, I moved on to a new plan: Find a sunscreen that doesn't suck. Luckily, I have a fairly large beauty closet and a team of editors always willing to try a new product at my disposal. We worked tirelessly attending pool parties and outdoor barbecues weekend after weekend -- all to find the best sunscreens that aren't sticky, don't stink, play nice with makeup, are kind to sensitive skin and won't make you break out. Try out a few of our new "holy grail" sunscreens for yourself. We recommend your testing be conducted on a balcony with margaritas -- for the sake of science, of course.   read more

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Throw Out All Your Shoes -- This Is the Only Pair You Need

If you haven't heard of "shooties" yet, let us fill you in. A shootie is a cross between a high heel and an ankle boot -- or a full-coverage high heel if you want to think about it that way. And they go with everything. Pair shooties with a blazer and jeans like one of our favorite fashion bloggers did for a super polished casual Friday look. Or, wear a pair of completely badass metallic-accented shooties like the pairs we saw at multiple Fashion Week shows to give a little black dress some major attitude. Need more convincing that your closet is missing out in a big way? Here, eight very compelling reasons you'll want to hightail it to the mall ASAP.   read more

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The Limited Edition Makeup Collection We're Hoarding

We see a lot of makeup brands and new products come through our office. But no matter how often we test out makeup collections, a new product from Nars never gets a blasé reaction. The same can be said for the collection's new shades for fall 2014. Nars' fall 2014 collection, Night Caller, boasts eyeliners flecked with gold, glistening eye shadow combos and the prettiest cranberry lip stain I've ever set eyes on. And that's just the makeup.   read more

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Everything You Need for Your Summer Girls' Getaway

1. NARS Lipstick in Schiap, $26
A bold lip really pulls together a look in my opinion. If I had a signature shade -- this would be it.   read more

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