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    Eczema flare-ups mean you can't do a lot of things. Among them: you should avoid acidic foods, sweating, and itching. Especially the itching.

    But while there might be plenty of restrictions, there are also plenty of things that you should do. Case in point: You CAN be stylish even when you are going through an uncomfortable flare-up. Here's how.

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    Happiest of birthdays to the bra! The undergarment that holds our "girls" in place, keeps our clothing looking sleek, and is probably indirectly responsible for the birth of at least a few million babies throughout modern history, turns 100 today. To be fair, the very first bra-like contraption, which looked and felt more like a torture device, dates way back to the 14th century, but women are breathing easier these days thanks to New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob, who patented the design for a more comfortable backless bra on this date in 1914.

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    Since its inception, the brassiere has been reinvented and reimagined so many times it barely resembles Jacob's original concept, which basically consisted of two handkerchiefs tied in the back with a ribbon.

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    Here's a look back at 14 of the most memorable moments in the history of the bra.

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    I know that at 36, I'm not exactly a spring chicken anymore -- but the other day while I was getting dressed, I realized I could probably put a little more effort into trying to make myself feel remotely sexy.

    And I'm not talking about getting my ass over to the gym to try and tone up and shed a few pounds -- although that would certainly help matters too.

    And I'm also not referring to my typical work-at-home mom attire. Let's face it -- I'm not about to put on a skirt and heels when I'm not planning on moving from the kitchen island all day.

    But there is one simple thing I know would work wonders and would make me feel put together, borderline hot, and also a little bit naughty.

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    Well isn't this just great. After years of trying to find the perfect bra to lift, separate, and make us look voluptuous and womanly -- new research suggests that going braless might be better for your breasts than keeping them locked up.

    Get this one -- when you don't wear a bra? Supposedly it actually strengthens your breast muscles, which in turn wind up giving your girls a boost. Oh, and wearing a bra may make sagging even worse.

    Seriously? Who knew?

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    Mannequins are having quite a decade. They are looking more realistic than ever before and have really evolved from their 1950s cousins, which were mostly blonde and svelte. Now, stores have the option of using multiethnic life-size dolls that have round booties, curves and, in some cases, even reflect the bodies of people with disabilities. And why the heck not? Aside from having the power to make a powerful statement about beauty ideals in our society, it makes sense that we should be able to visualize how different clothing designs look on various body shapes and types since the average female consumer is not 5’9 and model-skinny.

    American Apparel has always been a company that pushed the envelope in terms of what is considered ideally beautiful. One store in New York City took things pretty far this week when it unveiled female mannequins with one asset we've yet to see: pubic hair.

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    I didn't grow up loving princesses and all-things pastel, but I've seen most Disney princess films and have absolutely nothing against these cherished characters. My daughter learned to sip juice from a Cinderella cup, and we sometimes read Snow White before bedtime. So, no princess issues for me.

    But as a grown woman, I leave the tiara-wearing and princess love to my toddler. So when I found out that one Japanese company named Bellemaison makes sexy Disney-themed lingerie for adult women, I chalked it up to "things I don't understand and never will." But I couldn't help wanting to get another glimpse. 

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    It's been a long, hard winter of crop tops. Judging by Spring's 2014 runway shows, I regret to inform you that the 90s throwback piece isn't going away quite so soon. The good news is that many new trends will be heading our way and a great deal of them are exciting and totally wearable.

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    I finally went bra shopping last weekend. It was needed, you guys. I had wires poking out of one or two of my old ones, and it seemed like my boobs were always either being smashed down or spilling out, depending on the style and cup size. I had a variety of band and cup sizes, and I was pretty sure none of them were right.

    So I saved some money and ventured out of Victoria’s Secret and into the Nordstrom lingerie department, where the bra technicians (as they shall henceforth be called in my world) measured, poked, and lifted me into the best bras I’ve ever owned.

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    Even when she's not breaking up with the hottie of the month, Taylor Swift has a knack for making headlines about discord with other stars. Most recently, Australian Victoria's Secret model Jessica Hart dissed the country-pop sweetheart after she performed at the lingerie brand's televised fashion show. 'Course the press blew it way out of proportion. Basically, when asked by Women's Wear Daily whether or not she thinks Taylor could "pull it off" as a lingerie model, Hart replied, "No ... God bless her heart. I think she’s great ... But I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit." Interesting she should say so, because I was thinking the same thing!

    Unfortch, Hart's now backtracking, saying, "It was taken out of context, but I have certainly learnt my lesson." But was her initial quote really off-base?

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    The Victoria’s Secret fashion underwear show was on this week, which means there were probably more than a few hangry glamazons with hollow cheeks and pointy hip bones loitering about New York City.

    One model that probably let her hunger and bikini wax get the best of her was Jessica Hart, who was asked if she thought this year’s performer Taylor Swift could pull off a bra and panties on the runway. She responded with a flat, “No.”

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