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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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    You're making a statement any time you wear a printed T-shirt. It's like wearing a bumper sticker on your chest. You're saying, "This is me, this is what I'm all about." So what exactly are you saying if you wear a tee with the word "BLOW" printed in big capital letters and images of cherries on the shoulders? I'm thinking you're saying something along the lines of, "Hello, world, I would like to make the sex with you now. Yes?" Except this is 2014, and the clothing I'm describing is actually from Beyonce's emoji T-shirt collection, so ...

    Well, why don't we let you have a look at it and you can decide if this top is too crazy to wear in public or what.

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    Women asked for them, and starting in July, we're getting 'em. The Spanx denim jeans line launches next month. There will be two styles: Signature, smooth-fit with a high, wide waistband and size zipper, and Slim X, a traditional five-pocket jeans with a stomach control panel (pockets for decoration only, I'm guessing). Both styles will come in skinny, straight, and boot-cut shapes. And the magic number? They'll cost you $148.

    Spanx founder Sarah Blakely says these pants aren't just about squeezing your lady flesh. She knows you want more out of your clothes than just that.

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    When was the last time you wore a slip dress? You know, those little spaghetti-strap dresses that look adorable when you're in your teens but start looking a little too insubstantial once you start having kids? Well, don't give up on them yet. Summer temperatures are creeping up already, and nothing keeps you cool like an easy, breezy slip dress. You don't have to be a 19-year-old waif to pull them off, either. They come in different shapes that flatter everyone. Here are 6 slip dresses that will make you feel cool and feminine this summer.

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    The word "caftan" might conjure up visions of Mrs. Roper (please tell me you are old enough to get the reference), but believe it or not, those flowy garments are having a moment. Case in point: Andre Leon Talley packed one for Kimye's wedding, and Rachel Zoe says summer is "caftan weather."

    And for good reason: They're super comfortable, super easy to wear, and can be super flattering. SUPER I TELL YOU!

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    Of course, worn the wrong way, they can make you look, well, super frumpy (hello, Mrs. Roper). Here are some simple tips for keeping your easy, breezy caftan days on the sexy side.

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    Ladies, I have accomplished the nearly impossible: I have downsized from a humongous, stuffed-to-the-gills handbag to a wee purse nearly the size of my palm. And I feel so light and free now! After years of lugging around a 2-ton bag and suffering back and shoulder pain -- not to mention, never being able to find anything in it, ever, I have culled my cargo to the bare essentials. I got sick of watching guys run around with nary by their pockets to keep their essentials in and finally thought, why not me, too?

    "But what about all your STUFF?" you may be wondering. I was carrying this baby around with me (see below), and it weighs about 5 pounds empty. Well, I'll tell you --here's how I took care of the STUFF issue and made carrying a tiny purse work for me. 

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    Well, it's officially "wear white" season! I'm a fan of white all year long, but I especially love white jeans in summer. Of course, the first thing you need to know about wearing white jeans is this:

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