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    My husband tends to get on my case about taking forever when shopping -- at the mall or the grocery store or from the comfort of my couch on Amazon, doesn't matter. My response is always the same, no matter where he thinks I'm lollygagging: I need to read the labels! If you don't read before you buy, you never know what you're gonna get. Turns out even if you read sometimes.

    At least that's the issue facing Kohl's shoppers. The department store was called out earlier this week by The Humane Society of the United States for "violating a federal law by selling real raccoon dog fur advertised as 'faux.'" The offending item: A men's parka, which The Humane Society bought and tested from the store's website.

    Here's the pic ...

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    The eternal question: Why do I need to carry around a big, heavy purse when guys manage to walk around with a few things in their pockets? The answer is I don't. I could definitely stand to pare down to, say, a little crossbody bag. This is a hand bag just big enough for a phone, wallet, keys, and lipstick, with a long strap you wear crosswise over your body. It's perfect for day, night, and travel. And I've picked out the perfect one! If only it didn't cost $1,600. Why does such a tiny bag cost so much?!?

    Okay, back to Earth. Surely there's a crossbody bag in my price range? Realistically, that's around $5, but I don't think I'm going to find anything at that price outside the toy department. Instead, here are 8 crossbody purses under $50 that will definitely fit the bill.

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    Have you seen this shoe? I'm talking about Stuart Weitzman's "Nudist" sandal, seen on every celeb's well-manicured foot these days. They have a simple elegance (er, because they're barely there) and they'll go with almost everything in your closet. I love them! If only they did not cost $398 I would have one in every color. Or even just one pair.

    But guess what -- the Nudist is already being knocked off by everyone. And this is great news for us non-celebs who spend all our shoe money on sneakers for the kids. Here are 8 version of the It-sandal of the season you can actually afford.

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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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    Pastel colors are going to be a big trend this spring, but many women tend to shy away from them because they fear looking like Easter eggs or little girls. There's no need to avoid the lightest and sweetest lavenders, pinks, blues, and yellows, which can soften your overall look and make you feel happier and lighter than you have all winter long -- if you can keep a few tricks in mind for how to wear them well.

    Lucky for us, it's easier than ever to find great and sophisticated pastel clothing and accessories. Here are 9 essential pastel pieces that will make you super excited to add light hues to your spring wardrobe.

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    While an illusion dress won't give the illusion that you've dropped 10 pounds (a girl can wish), it will give the appearance of a more contoured shape. It highlights your figure through color blocking and lines, essentially making this the most flattering dress style this season. I'll even go so far as to say the illusion dress eliminates the need for shapewear because the design does the shaping for you (without restricting your breathing).

    Over at The Prowl, we rounded up our favorite illusion dresses for spring that are as bright and colorful as spring dresses should be. Check out this preview of illusion dresses for spring style inspiration!

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    Here's some shocking news ... swimsuit shopping can actually be lots of fun. You just need to know which styles of swimsuits to look out for. Some styles are universally flattering (can you say ruching?), while others highlight your best assets. It's all about finding what looks best on you!

    At The Prowl, we rounded up swimsuits that are designed to flatter your figure without forcing you to cover up. Take a look at this preview of slimming swimwear and get ready for lounging poolside this summer.

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    Walking down the street in SoHo NYC yesterday, I spotted a gorgeous floral dress in a shop window. My frozen little heart leaped at the sight ... because it means winter really is coming to an end! Of course, it being SoHo, that particular frock cost a million dollars (or it might as well have; I didn't go in to inquire!). But no worries! There are PLENTY of pretty, sexy, and flattering spring dresses out there that "we the people" can actually afford.

    Here are some of my favorites ... happy almost-spring!

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    Like shoes and tubes of lipstick, you can never have enough pairs of jeans in your closet. Multiply this rule by a thousand if you're a mom because we desperately need quick, fuss-free dress options that are sturdy enough to hold up after a day of chasing our toddlers, but fashionable enough to look great when we finally venture out of the house for a much-needed cocktail.

    But with so many styles of denim out there, it can become easy to get sucked into the vortex of super-trendy, over-the-top, or plain old unflattering jean items that no mom actually needs in her closet. Over the years, I'll admit I've accumulated more pairs of skinny, lime-green jeans with zippers in places zippers aren't needed than I care to admit. The moment I rid myself of these pieces, the better I felt!

    Here are 3 kinds of jeans you absolutely need in your closet in order to look your best and 3 you can toss right in the trash.

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    There are times when we want the latest and the greatest beauty product that money has to offer. And then there are times when we bring that new shiny product home, use it once, and realize it's okay, but that it's nothing like the cream good ol' grandma swore by. There's a reason certain creams, soaps, and makeup products become cult classics and continue to receive favorable reviews after years and years (and sometimes even decades or centuries) on the market: they're simply that good.

    Whether you're an Oil of Olay devotee or have fond memories of your mom or grandmother removing her makeup at night with Pond's Cold Cream, these 10 retro products may look familiar -- or not. The one thing they all have in common is that they've stood the test of time and continue to be hits among women looking for skincare and beauty products that really work.

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