Beauty & Fashion

When Does Self-Care Turn Into Splurging?

When Does Self-Care Turn Into Splurging?

In the past few years, “self-care” has popped up everywhere. Women are told that we don’t do enough of it, so we’re encouraged to buy another massage, get a manicure, or treat ourselves to something nice. The problem is that all that self-care spending can have a big impact on our bank accounts.
How to Dress Professionally for Special Events

How to Dress Professionally for Special Events

You know that sinking feeling when you walk into a party and realize you’ve failed to read the dress code fine print?

The late historian and fashion writer Anne Hollander argued that we want to look “right” far more…

Affordable Makeup Brands to Buy

Affordable Makeup Brands to Buy

There are plenty of drugstore cosmetics that perform just as well as pricier versions in fancier packaging, and the savings can be significant. For example, if you adore your $27 mascara but find an $8 version that works just as…

6 Ways to Improve Your Look Beyond Fashion

6 Ways to Improve Your Look Beyond Fashion

We love a quick fix — life’s bandaids for personal improvement. And when it comes to our appearance, we are particularly susceptible to purchasing things that promise to be the holy grail of beauty and attractiveness, like a magical potion…

Should You Buy Luxury or Basic Fabrics?

Should You Buy Luxury or Basic Fabrics?

You may not thoroughly inspect every item that lands in your shopping cart, but you likely invest some time at the grocery store reading food labels. After all, it’s important to know what’s going into your body. Armed…

Are Gel Manicures Worth the Money?

Are Gel Manicures Worth the Money?

Every woman I know has a completely different take on her nails — some get weekly manicures and never have bare nails, some occasionally pop on nail art for a party, and some rarely set foot in a salon.

Regardless of…

10 Quick Fixes for Fashion Emergencies

10 Quick Fixes for Fashion Emergencies

We’ve all been there. The run in your pantyhose as you’re late to work, the stain on your blouse during a client lunch, the unsightly deodorant streak across your black dress. With most wardrobe mishaps, it’s not…

Why I Bought Myself a Diamond Ring — Kunnecke

Why I Bought Myself a Diamond Ring — Kunnecke

The woman paying for her green smoothie flashed a discreet sparkle. Vintage, maybe 1920s. The mom behind me sported a huge solitaire. Too much for my taste, but impressive. The hipster working the cash register had three sweet, tiny stones…

I Overcame Shopping Addiction Using eBay

I Overcame Shopping Addiction Using eBay

Shopping can be like an orgasm: Making a purchase releases dopamine, the same brain chemical that’s released during sex. No wonder why I'd leave a store on a high.

For most of my adult life, I…

The Truth About DIY Beauty Tricks

The Truth About DIY Beauty Tricks

In the world of beauty, it’s the tips, DIY tricks, and backstage secrets that have real currency. We asked dermatologists and aestheticians to weigh in on some of the more popular products that were never intended to be put…

25 Spring Dresses to Wear to Work

25 Spring Dresses to Wear to Work

Dresses are the go-to, one-ingredient recipe for a successful (i.e., not stressful) workday morning. But now that spring has sprung, finding an office-appropriate frock is a little trickier.

Taking into account hemlines and necklines — and…

What Colors to Wear Spring 2015

What Colors to Wear Spring 2015

The colors you wear send subtle signals out into the world. And while the idea that we should change colors with the seasons sounds both impractical and tedious, playing chameleon can highlight and draw out different aspects of our personalities…

5 Times Things Women Pay More For

5 Times Things Women Pay More For

At this year's Oscars, Patricia Arquette demanded wage equality for women “once and for all” — and she has a point: Full-time working women earn only about 77 percent of what their male counterparts…