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    Have you heard about this controversy? Women's clothing store Zara has been selling a T-shirt that says "White is the new black," and some people are calling it offensive and racist. 

    But Zara staffers told The Stir that no one seemed to take issue with the top when it was on store shelves a few weeks ago.

    "Excellent job Zara for the 'White is the new black' tee," said Twitter user Jennifer Stevens. "Whichever anonymous designer drew up that needs to be fired."

    Zara employees at a store in New York City, who declined to give their names, told The Stir the top sold out when it was on U.S. store shelves about three weeks ago. There were no complaints from customers, they said. The company has yet to issue an official statement about the uproar, but the shirt is no longer available on its website.

    So was it all just an innocent mistake -- or should the brand have known better?

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    Ever since I abandoned ballet as a little girl, I've been waiting for this: an excuse to wear a tutu. Since becoming a grown-up, it's been looking pretty bleak. You just don't walk around dressed like a ballerina, at least not if you want to be taken seriously. But I think the tutu may be having a moment this year! I could be wrong, but I swear, I've been seeing tutus everywhere -- yes, for grown-up women.

    Can I pull it off? DARE I pull it off? It all depends on the styling. It just so happens that there are ways to wear a tulle skirt without looking like a little girl playing dress-up. Here are 9 styles we think any mom can pull off.

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    Barbie Loves Forever 21 I have been waiting for this moment since I was 5 years old. At long last, I will soon be able to dress like Barbie.

    Yes, that Barbie. As in THE Barbie doll. She of the ridiculously proportioned figure, sure, but also of the fantasy ball gowns, the hilariously impractical "career gal" suits, the purple monster-fur coats. Mattel is collaborating with Forever 21, Lord and Taylor, and Wildfox to create lines of women's clothes inspired by Barbie. And I can't wait.

    Talk all you want about setting more realistic expectations for body image. If we're talking about just the clothes, I am all for this.

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    Soooo ... yeah. Jessica Simpson has a new perfume ad out, and all I can say is that after seeing it, you won't be able to get the image of her more than ample bosom out of your head.

    Wait, let me rephrase that.

    To put it a little more bluntly, Jessica Simpson's boobs will basically hit you smack dab in the face after watching this. It's no big secret that Jess' body is somewhat of a work of art these days, but good GRIEF -- she might as well have gone topless for this video, given how "out there" her girls are.

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    Many moms have a love-hate relationship with their bodies. Yes, it's incredibly amazing that you're able to grow one or more human beings inside yourself. When you think about that, you're completely in awe. 

    But then there are those other moments, like when you find yourself beneath the unflattering glare of the fluorescent lights of just about every fitting room, and suddenly you're cringing. (I've often joked that I'd rather see a rattlesnake in a dressing room than catch a glimpse of my own sagging behind!) 

    It's hard not to focus on every flaw, especially when society foists perfection (albeit sometimes the Photoshopped variety) in our faces constantly. And, let's face it, after having one or more children, it's probably unrealistic to think our bodies, especially our skin, haven't undergone some serious changes. 

    A new Instagram campaign, Love Your Lines, aims to change those negative feelings and empower women to love the skin they're in. 

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    Let's say you're cooking dinner for your husband or some friends, and the kitchen is in a room quite separate from the dining room. And let's say you have a series of mishaps, and you keep splashing food on your clothes. Oh dear ... what to do?

    Well, if you're Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge, you continue cooking in your underwear, naturally. That's what happens in the lingerie store's latest shoppable video ad.

    Aldridge is a good cook, but she's a total klutz in the kitchen, which is something I can relate to. Gazpacho flies everywhere, a goblet full of wine breaks on her, and she even spills oil on herself. Good thing she looks so amazing in her undies, because that's what she finally resorts to wearing as she finishes preparing her meal. Because don't we all make dinner in our skivvies?

    There's one thing about it I didn't expect, though.

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    I put on lipstick every morning before I leave for work, and it usually disappears by the time I get into the office. Obviously I could reapply once I get into work, but then I'd have to 1) remember to bring it with me and 2) remember to re-apply it. Believe it or not, these two things are completely beyond my capability. Help! I need lip color that thinks for me and works overtime.

    Am I asking too much of my makeup? Of course not. I've come across 5 lip products that multitask for me like a busy mama needs them to. I love these lip treatments so much, I could kiss them.

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    Who wouldn't want to look like stunning starlets Megan Fox or Miranda Kerr? But what if achieving their glowing skin and shiny locks meant drinking a pretty distasteful concoction?

    The gorgeous brunettes are among Hollywood A-listers who've put down the juice cleanses in favor of what they believe could be a new magical elixir: vinegar. (Did you just grimace? We did too!)

    But Fox, the 28-year-old mom of two, believes that the bitter beverage is responsible for "cleaning out your system." A self-proclaimed sweets-lover, the star of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles drinks a cocktail of apple cider vinegar and water each morning. 

    As wacky as it may sound, Fox isn't drinking alone!

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    Maybe it's because I once unknowingly spent 30 minutes talking to the guy I was hoping would invite me to the junior prom with poppy seeds polka-dotting my teeth that when it comes to beauty and fashion mishaps, I'm downright paranoid. 

    While you think you may have it (and yourself) totally together, there are days when things definitely fall through the cracks. 

    If you live alone, some of these are more understandable. But even if you have a full house, you can't always count on someone else to have your back. Quick side note: my mom was folding laundry one Sunday morning before leaving for church, and it wasn't until she had walked down the center aisle and returned to her seat that she noticed her newest accessory -- a lone, black dress sock flung over her shoulder that she'd been hoping to match before she left the house! (Not the look she was going for!) 

    The following are 7 of my biggest fashion nightmares 

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    Jessica Simpson continues to amaze with her startling transformation to fit uber-hottie after her second pregnancy. Honestly, she hasn't looked this good since her Daisy Duke days. What the heck is she doing? (Besides Weight Watchers, I mean.) Jess recently posted a pic of herself on Instagram wearing a sexy black bikini with plunging neckline and sky-high heels.

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