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    Summer is still going strong (woohoo!), and if you're like me, you've fallen into a bit of a ponytail/messy bun rut. Granted, those are both easy ways of "doing" your hair and keeping it up off your neck and away from your face, but they do tend to get boring after a while. Adding a braid into your hairstyle can really take it from blah to super cute!

    Here are five ideas for hair with a twist, from long styles to a pretty updo that will work on short or long hair.

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    "We should Skype!" Have you ever heard those words and cringed because you just don't look good on Skype? We're not all super confident on camera, especially when it's a webcam. Something about the way it blows up your face to fill the whole screen is just so ... ugh, the worst. But if you want to talk with someone you love and see their face -- yay, the best of technology! -- you've gotta do it.

    It doesn't have to be painful. You just need a few camera tricks, the kind anyone can pull off. Here are 8 essential tips to looking your best on Skype, you superstar, you.

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    Any mom of a 6-ish-year-old girl who's shopped for clothes with her daughter eventually stumbles across this puzzling conundrum: What's the difference between size 6 and 6x? The reason this is such a head scratcher is it's the only size that has an "x" version. There's no 5x, 7x, or 8x ... so why 6x? Even more mystifying is the fact that there's no 6x in boys; it's just a girl thing. What's the deal?

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    You know how when you're, like, a teenager, and you see something that say, your step-mom does, and you're all I WILL NEVER DO THAT because it looks so goofy and suburban and will totally never fit in to your future jet-setting life of glamour and mystery?

    Yeah, so ... about that. Turns out, something I used to snicker at in that way only teen girls can do, is now something I can't live without. Why? Vanity, obviously. Because these babies are the secret to your manicure lasting more than a day. Three words:

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    I take the worst selfies. Honestly, I have no idea what I'm doing when I hold that phone up to my face and click. What's with this special talent for making myself look all derpy? Clearly I need help. And so, I'm turning to the pros. I figure, who better to show me how to take a FLATTERING selfie than celebrities! And so, here are some of the best celeb selfies I've seen lately, and what we can all learn from them.

    P.S. This post is a duck-lips free zone!

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    You say Rachel McAdams and I think two things: The Notebook movie and eyeliner. That sharply defined eye is practically her signature look. And it's fine -- it's been working for her. But in her latest magazine cover, she took it all off -- and we barely recognize her! McAdams is gorgeously eyeliner-free on Allure. She positively glows with a no-makeup look -- well, of course she's still wearing some makeup. But it's a fresh, barely there look that's perfect for summer. Is this something the rest of us could pull off?

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    Ah the stages of packing for a vacation: From excitement to procrastination to the good start to the panicked tossing of everything in your suitcase, and off you go -- only to find out you packed all the wrong stuff. How do you make the whole process simpler and still end up with the right clothes?

    For me, packing for a summer vacation is all about reading the weather report, picking out separates in the same color family (so you can mix and match), planning to repeat a few things, and preparing for a few surprises. Here is my essential summer vacation packing list.

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    I love summer, but between the sun, the sand, the salt, the chlorine, and all the products I use to try to combat frizz, this season can really do a number on my hair!

    More From The Stir: 10 Surefire Ways to Get Rid of Hair Static

    Here are six tips on how not to fry your hair this summer and keep it shiny and gorgeous -- from great products you should try to natural DIY beauty tricks.

    What's your biggest summer hair concern?

     

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    Once upon a time, if someone said "you dress like a mom," you'd recoil in horror and flock to the nearest stylist to beg for help. For whatever reason, having a beautiful baby also meant you were doomed to a lifetime sentence of bad dressing. Society and popular culture dictates you should wear things like "mom jeans," which buckle up above your waist and are tapered at the ankle. You'd find yourself mysteriously drawn to Laura Ashley floral dresses that were three sizes too big. And you all but threw out your stilettos -- filling your shoe rack instead with big, plastic white sneakers and comfortable navy pumps with a respectable 2-inch heel.

    Gaining the blessing of motherhood meant losing your fashion sense and the freedom you once felt to wear anything you liked.

    More From The Stir: 5 Bad Fashion Mistakes Moms Need to Stop Making Right Now

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    Congratulations are in order for former The City star Olivia Palermo and her new husband model Johannes Huebl -- these two gorgeous people were recently married!

    Olivia announced the news on her website recently and we've learned that she and her love decided to keep their ceremony very private and intimate, opting to marry in a countryside setting in upstate New York.

    And when it came to her wedding gown, Olivia's approach was equally subdued. Don't expect to see her wearing your typical princess gown/cathedral veil. The fashion maven took a spectacular risk -- and she looked AMAZING.

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