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    I want to start by saying NO ONE is actually serious about this "jewelry" -- it's just a silly fashion stunt. Silly? Gross is more like it. At a fashion show in London, designer Meadham Kirchhoff put a "bloody" tampon earring on a model and sent her down the runway. Ew, right? WHY???

    The blood on the earring wasn't real. So at least there's that.

    Kirchhoff's does "punk-style" designs that are meant to be provocative, so the earring fit right in. The invites to the fashion show read, "Reject Everything!" "Okay!" said everyone. "We're definitely rejecting that earring."

    That said, you obviously want to see what we're talking about.

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    I love tattoos -- just not permanent ones. It's fun wearing temporary tattoos knowing I don't have to live with them forever (not to mention, they're painless). This summer, temporary tattoos got even better with the introduction of metallic jewelry tattoos.

    Have you seen these? You apply them the same way you do regular temp tattoos, but they have a gorgeous metallic shine in gold or silver. Here are 9 fun ways to wear gold and silver jewelry tattoos.

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    Take a look at this vintage-style Urban Outfitters shirt. It's just a faded, pink sweatshirt, right? Or is it? Look closely and you'll notice it reads "Kent State University" and appears to have blood splatters, due to the uneven fading.

    And if you know your history, you'll know why this one-of-a-kind sweatshirt Urban Outfitters was selling for $130 should make your stomach lurch -- and why the retailer had to apologize for it yesterday.

    Wait, you do know why a seemingly blood-splattered Kent State University sweatshirt would be offensive, right?

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    What are you going to be this Halloween? If you're like most moms, that hasn't even crossed your mind. I usually go as Tired Mom Who Stayed Up All Night Sewing Her Child the Perfect Costume. (It's a winner!) You put so much work into making the night magical for your kids, your own costume is often just an afterthought, if you consider it at all.

    I do feel like a party-pooper when I take my son trick-or-treating without wearing any costume at all. But who has the energy to figure out a grown-up getup, not to mention the time or money? Plus, some of us are a little too shy to go out in full character to begin with.

    So for moms who want to play along but don't want to spend a lot of money or time on it (aka pretty much all of us!), we have some ideas. Here are 11 super easy Mom Halloween costumes that match your kids and won't break the bank.

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    When I had my first baby, I expected to be sleep deprived. I knew I would have to kiss my two-hour afternoon coffee/reading breaks at my local cafe buh-bye. I even came to terms with the fact that most of my high-heeled shoes would remain buried in my closet until my child was a wee bit older. But I worked to maintain my beauty regimen. I felt a bizarre obligation as a new mom to prove to the world that personal style needn't die a sudden death the second your baby is born.

    It worked. Anna Wintour would have been proud.

    And then I had my second child. And that's when I realized I'd have to part ways with these 10 beauty and fashion habits and luxuries that I once loved so dearly.

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    I have a love-hate relationship with seasonal trends. On the one hand, I really want to know what's hot and happening right now. On the other hand, updating my wardrobe is kinda-sorta-completely-not-at-all in my budget. Know what I mean? Especially at the beginning of the school year when we're all buying kids' clothes and supplies.

    Fortunately, fashion recycles. What's old becomes new again. Chances are some of fall's style trends are already sitting in your closet, just waiting for a second life as your favorites. All you need are a few tricks for styling the clothes and accessories you already own so they look fresh again.

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    If I opened up my lingerie drawer right now you'd see eight to 10 nude and off-white bras and panties at the tippy top where I can easily reach for them at eight in the morning.

    Remove those items and just beneath you'll find, oh, about 30 bra and panty sets that rarely see the light of day. They are turquoise. Melon. Raspberry with white polka dots. One pair has glitter and tassels on it and no, not because I used to dance on a pole for money.

    My pre-mom lingerie features glitter that comes off in your hands and thin straps that take forever to tie and miniature bows -- oh, the bows. And let's not forget: far too many lumpy, lacey bras to count -- I'm sure you know the kind I mean -- the ones that look horrendous when worn under 90 percent of the shirts you own.

    Nude bras and panties are a MUST these days -- and it's about time companies get a better idea of what the word "nude" means.

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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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