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    Just the other day I found myself carrying a diaper bag, heavy purse, and my 5-month-old on a quick trip to the store. My back hurt and I'm sure I looked like a donkey. I'm not saying an innovative-as-all-hell new pair of clear platform shoes by Nasty Gal is the solution to all of my bag-lady problems, but it certainly wouldn't hurt.

    So here's the deal: Nasty Gal has created a totally transparent, strappy shoe called the YRU Surize Platform that you can actually fill. With stuff. With stuff that you won't have to put in your purse, which could possibly mean fewer shoulder pains and the ability to swing your arms back and forth while you walk like you're some kind of carefree teen again.

    Anyone else ready to explore this option?

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    Good news for those of you who love to appear as disheveled as humanly possible: this fall it will be even easier to look like a total mess, thanks to the latest jeans trend. Coming to us straight from the bowels of 1987, fashion designers have, yet again, resurrected a popular favorite: distressed boyfriend jeans, otherwise known as ripped jeans that appear shapeless from the thighs down and that you must pair with six-inch leopard-print heels so that the world doesn't mistake you for a teenage boy.

    A teenage boy who emerged from a time machine after spending the night tailgating before the big Bon Jovi concert.

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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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    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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    No matter what our size, most of us prefer to look slim. And the key to looking svelte can be -- what's in your closet! Some clothes betray us and make us look heavier than we really are. But it doesn't have to be that way -- you could be dressing to enhance your figure. It just takes knowing a few clever tricks to make yourself look longer and leaner. Here are 12 different ways to look thinner just by how you dress.

    Don't forget the most important one of all: Stand up straight!

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    For the longest time disabled people have been all but invisible in the media. But look how quickly that's been changing lately! One giant retailer has struck another victory for diversity. Nordstrom's new catalog features a woman in a wheelchair. But she's not just any woman -- Jillian Mercado is a style blogger (Manufactured1987) who just happens to have purple hair and muscular dystrophy. And she makes her Moto Lite boots look incredibly chic. 

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    There's at least one woman on television who is perfectly content NOT being a size 0: celebrity chef Rachael Ray. While promoting her "Shelter Cats are Beautiful" project, the 45-year-old animal advocate came down hard on a popular clothing chain that has started offering a vanity size she says no one needs: 000.

    Ray says she was working out in the gym when she learned J.Crew had changed the sizes of its popular preppy-inspired trousers, shirts, and dresses. And she didn't hold back when it came to telling us how she really feels about triple zero-sized clothing.

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    A statement necklace sold by Topshop has just a little too much to say -- or maybe it's the way it's saying it? I never thought I'd have a reason to write the words "racist jewelry" but that's pretty much what the fuss is all about. Topshop selling a yellowface "head charm necklace" -- with matching bracelet and earrings, no less? Why on God's green Earth would a person think this is a good idea?

    Topshop thinks we're making a big deal out of nothing. When a shopper complained to a store manager she was told the jewelry was "acceptable, because it was vintage style and not racist," she says via Twitter. Facepalm! Since when are "vintage style" and "racist" mutually exclusive? Oh man, if we listed all the "vintage" things we no longer buy because they're also racist ... well, let's just say I have better things to do with my day.

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    There's scrimping and saving to shave down a wedding budget, and then there is REALLY scrimping and saving. We are all willing to compromise when it comes to "expensive" if it means having our true dream day. Hiring a friend as a photographer instead of a professional? Sure, we'll risk it. But making our wedding dress out of ... toilet paper? That's just insane.

    Unless you are one of the women who put her toilet paper-based sartorial skills to the test at the Tenth Annual Cheap Chic Weddings “Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contestsponsored by Charmin. Now sure, we've all been to wedding showers where we've "made dresses" out of toilet paper -- but this really takes it to a whole other level. 

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