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    Tights are the 'frenemies' of the world of intimate apparel. Especially with all the runs they get. That's why we've got 5 ways of saving you and your tights when you're on the run.

    Sure, tights can make us look great, sleek, pulled-together -- But they all get runs in them. It might happen as soon as you pull them on, or it could take months, but eventually every pair of tights gets a creeping ladder. Most of the time when we notice them, it's too late to do anything about it. 

    That's where we come in! Because there are things you can do, even in a pinch, to stop those runners right in their tracks. They might not all be permanent solutions, but they are all guaranteed to keep you from worrying about the damage spreading. Read on for 5 of the best ways to stops runners without having to head for the hills! 

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    After I finished breastfeeding my fourth baby and lost most of my baby weight, I was pretty depressed about my boobs.

    I realize I'm not supposed to say that because it sounds vain. Plus, they fed my children and that's amazing! And awesome!

    And yes that's great, really it is, but I miss my old breasts.

    As it turns out, half of my problem was that I was wearing the wrong bra. Maybe you are too.

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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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    Plenty of women absolutely swear by them, but would you believe there's a new report going around saying Spanx are hazardous to your health? Yep. Spanx. The shapewear that smooths, sucks, and makes us appear thinner than we actually are.

    According to medical professionals, Spanx literally squeeze your organs when you wear them, which can lead to things like acid reflux, heartburn, and can interfere with digestion. Oh, and supposedly shapewear can restrict your breathing too. You know, kind of like back in the olden days when women wore corsets. (Same concept.)

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    If you are like me, you love your body shapers. There are certain dresses and blouses I won't even consider wearing without one. Problem is, who wants to put on a super-tight, compression undergarment in the sweltering heat of summer? Not me. So what's a muffin-top fearing girl to do? I have found the perfect style solutions. Take a look at 5 bottoms that will help you beat that dreaded belly bulge.

    What other figure-fixing pants are you a fan of?

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    Have you ever slipped into some really cute top or dress and thought, "I look fantastic." Then, you do a swivel to catch the view of the backside and the confidence you had just seconds ago crumbles. Why? Back fat -- that fleshy patch the protudes over and under the back of your bra. Ugh. It's the worst. Can you relate?

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    Here comes summertime and all its pool parties, beach trips, and picnics along the river! Are you groaning? Fretting over all the swimsuit time in your future? Trying to figure out how you can skip THEM ALL? Well, you can if you must, but bathing suit worries shouldn't keep you away from all the fun in the sun. Girl, you need to get out there and work what you got! And we all got something!

    The good news is that this year's swimsuits have lots of built-in solutions for what you probably consider "flaws." Yes, finally! There are so many different swimwear tricks now that can play up your good stuff and downplay your "other" stuff. And p.s. -- cellulite looks much worse in a department store dressing room than it ever does on the bright, sunny beach -- trust me, I've checked!

    So let's take a look at some sexy swimsuits (that still cover up enough). The pricetags will surprise you too -- all these swimsuit picks are under $50!

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    'Tis the season to be joyful, not jiggly. That's hard to do with all the carbs I've been downing lately. It's especially problematic when I want to look svelte for parties and family get-togethers. It's not like I can drop 10 pounds before the next festive fete -- and I am not even going to try. Who wants to deny all those fabulous sweet treats floating around this time of year? No fun in that. Instead, I have come up with these surefire tricks to help me look great no matter what the occasion. Take a look at these 6 figure fixers that will help you too!

    What are some of your slimming tips?


    Image via Spanx

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    Ok, I have a confession. As much as I bitch and moan about not being thrilled with my body right now, I still refuse to purchase any sort of shapewear, like Spanx, to wear underneath dresses and skirts because the idea of having to resort to wearing something to suck me in only makes me feel fatter and more self-conscious. (Yes, I know I kind of have a self-image issue right now. I'm dealing with it, ok?)

    And that's why I'm sitting here scratching my head after hearing that Katy Perry actually feels fat without her Spanx -- leading me to wonder if there's really more to slimming shapewear than meets the eye.

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    Do you feel like you’re caught in the rut of rolling out of bed, donning the "Mom Uniform" with a ponytail, and heading out to start your day? 

    I don’t! That's because I make a conscious effort not to get stuck in the "mom trap."

    Look, I’ve let go of lots of things: workouts with any regularity, my ability to have a glass of wine midday, my affinity for "me time." But I refuse to give up the glam! I don’t care if I’m at the park with my stilettos digging into rubber mulch -- I simply won't let my style go (it’s all I have left!).  

    And in that spirit, this week on The Jenny Isenman Show, I’m the expert. Watch after the jump and I’ll share a couple of my favorite tips for going from forgettable to fabulous, like:

    How to make your knockers knock-outs. How to make your mane magnificent. How to emphasize your eyes. Read More
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