Beauty  &  Style

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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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    The month of October makes some people think of the colors orange and black. But for many women, pink is the color of October because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And one way you can help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and treatment is to "shop pink."

    Dozens of retailers are offering beautiful, indulgent products that give back to cancer organizations. Why not give twice and treat one of the women in your life to a luxurious gift?

    Here are 10 lovely pink treats that help support breast cancer awareness.

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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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    We all know Miley Cyrus has been going to great lengths for some time now to erase all our memories of the gal who made her a star. But her latest move is so bold, not only will you forget all about Hannah Montana, but you won't even think about her twerking scandal either.

    At an after-party for Alexander Wang‘s New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 show, the 21-year-old singer didn't just leave her bra at home, she ditched her shirt as well. The pop star wore only ice cream cone pasties covering her nipples as she partied the night away. 

    While Fashion Week has never been the place where I, as a mom of three, look for realistic clothing inspiration, this is definitely going in my own personal "fashion don't" category.

    Cyrus, of course, can (sort of) pull off this wacky look, but can you imagine if we moms tried it? Talk about taking "Mom, you're embarrassing me!" to new heights!

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    The Duggar kids may be all about love and marriage, but it's still not every day we get a gander at a 19 Kids & Counting star's new engagement ring! But yesterday, 21-year-old Jessa Duggar took to Instagram to flaunt her bling from fiance Ben Seewald.

    Let's just say she's as elated as the rock is romantic and sparkly! Alongside the video, she gushed, "My beautiful engagement ring! .75 carat diamond -- 18 karat gold band. Gorgeous!"

    Check it out up close!

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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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    Somewhere out there, I'm sure there are mothers who spend an hour or more each morning taking a sudsy warm shower, carefully applying mascara, and even straightening their hair and putting product in it. 

    Those moms aren't me. Nor are they anyone I know.

    I haven't gotten myself "ready" in the morning in eight years since I quit my full-time, in-office job to stay home with the kids. Morning shower? I don't even know what that feels like anymore.

    My daily routine looks more like this: My husband brings the baby to me at 5 a.m. She nurses for an hour while I fall in and out of sleep. By 6 a.m. all three of my children are in my bed, piled up like puppies on top of my husband. If the baby falls back asleep, I carefully place a pillow beside her so she won't roll away and climb over the rest of my sleeping brood.

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    Hello fellow parents. It's me, that total slob at dropoff. And you know what? I don't care if you don't like it.

    Once upon a time I had a sense of propriety. I wouldn't step out the door in yoga pants unless I were actually going to yoga class. I brushed my hair. I put on makeup. Verily, I pulled myself together before I walked my son to the school bus stop every morning. Why? Because I had standards.

    And then I got a life.

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    Perfection is overrated. And intensely boring. Think about it: though physically gorgeous, would Angelina Jolie have the career she has if she weren't intriguing on the inside as well as the outside? Nope -- she'd just be another pretty face who played someone's girlfriend in some movie and never acted again.

    We continue to be bombarded with images of flawless celebs who have had plastic surgery, never seem to age, and whose images are photoshopped practically beyond recognition. But a former fashion editor and her daughter are determined to prove to the world that beautiful women come in all shapes, sizes, skin tones, and hair textures with an amazing new effort called "The What's Underneath Project."

    In each "body positive" video -- one of which features Demi Moore and Bruce Willis' daughter Tallulah Willis giving a candid and chilling interview about suffering from body dysmorphia -- women remove their clothes and reveal their true selves.

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    It's that time of year again! With all the back-to-school shopping you've been doing for your kids, you deserve some new supplies too, don't you think? And by supplies, of course I mean ... beauty supplies!

    From pencils to highlighters, here are some gorgeous products to replenish your book beauty bag, along with some time-saving tips for those stressful, rushed mornings. Because isn't that what we really wish we could shop for ... more time?!

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