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    Do you have a "mom uniform"? Maybe you don't wear exactly the same thing every single day. But we all have a default outfit that we rely on all the time when we're having a busy morning. And let's face it, isn't every morning a busy one if you're a mom? Mine is skinny jeans, V-neck T-shirt, and blazer with boots. It covers me from school drop-off to the office and back home again. 

    I asked some of my friends around the country what their "mom uniforms" are and was amazed at how different they all look. Each of these women lead very different lives, and you can definitely tell by the way they express themselves through their outfits.

    What's your mom uniform, and what does it say about you?

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    It seems like it happened overnight. My little girl went from wearing whatever her practical mother laid out for her to being a major fashion bug. And a fussy one at that! Everything has to match perfectly. Everything has to fit perfectly. And everything has to be the latest fashion.

    But, unfortunately, that very same daughter has the patience of a pea and can’t stand to go clothes shopping!

    Problem solved!

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    I know it’s a cliché, but I don’t know how else to say it. My kids are growing like weeds! I know everyone who has young kids is going through the same thing, but this back-to-school season makes it all too real -- and way too expensive!

    I’m not kidding, I can barely afford to keep my kids clothed. And once you add a fashionable tween to the mix, you’re adding a whole new element!

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    Have you heard about this controversy? Women's clothing store Zara has been selling a T-shirt that says "White is the new black," and some people are calling it offensive and racist. 

    But Zara staffers told The Stir that no one seemed to take issue with the top when it was on store shelves a few weeks ago.

    "Excellent job Zara for the 'White is the new black' tee," said Twitter user Jennifer Stevens. "Whichever anonymous designer drew up that needs to be fired."

    Zara employees at a store in New York City, who declined to give their names, told The Stir the top sold out when it was on U.S. store shelves about three weeks ago. There were no complaints from customers, they said. The company has yet to issue an official statement about the uproar, but the shirt is no longer available on its website.

    So was it all just an innocent mistake -- or should the brand have known better?

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    Barbie Loves Forever 21 I have been waiting for this moment since I was 5 years old. At long last, I will soon be able to dress like Barbie.

    Yes, that Barbie. As in THE Barbie doll. She of the ridiculously proportioned figure, sure, but also of the fantasy ball gowns, the hilariously impractical "career gal" suits, the purple monster-fur coats. Mattel is collaborating with Forever 21, Lord and Taylor, and Wildfox to create lines of women's clothes inspired by Barbie. And I can't wait.

    Talk all you want about setting more realistic expectations for body image. If we're talking about just the clothes, I am all for this.

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    No matter what our size, most of us prefer to look slim. And the key to looking svelte can be -- what's in your closet! Some clothes betray us and make us look heavier than we really are. But it doesn't have to be that way -- you could be dressing to enhance your figure. It just takes knowing a few clever tricks to make yourself look longer and leaner. Here are 12 different ways to look thinner just by how you dress.

    Don't forget the most important one of all: Stand up straight!

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    When Tennessee-based TV meteorologist Julya Johnson received an unsolicited and unappreciated letter from a viewer criticizing her fashion choices, the veteran forecaster saw it as an opportunity to speak out about judging people based on their appearance.

    While previously "weather girls" were known for their plunging necklines and figure-flattering frocks, Johnson's attire is hardly skimpy. Still, the author of the letter -- "A WATE TV Friend" -- found fault with her "high bodice" dresses.

    The handwritten letter, which begins with a compliment to Johnson's professional skills, ends with a question: "Do you have any dress or dresses that don't fit snugly under your [bust]? Please!" Yikes.

    If you're doing your job well, just how much should what you're wearing matter? 

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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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    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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    Putting on pants can be a major struggle. There's squirming, contorting, and multiple squats involved. It's a workout in and of itself. For busy moms, it's even trickier when you have kids and spouses demanding things from you while you try.

    But can you imagine putting your pants on in a "Look, Ma, no hands!" kind of way? And how great would it be if you DID have your hands free to get other things done while pulling those pants on? Talk about the ultimate exercise in multitasking!

    Luckily, we have a step-by-step tutorial from one very limber YouTube guy to show us how to put on pants without using your hands. And believe us when we tell you that it's so strangely fascinating, you won't be able to look away.

    First, there's the mood-setting opening soundtrack ("The Final Countdown," of course!). Then, there's the stretching in preparation for the monumental feat. And finally, we have one of the most amazing hands-free acrobatic performances to ever hit the Internet ...

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