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Alex Wikoff

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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It’s no secret that we’re partial to the flair that a touch of animal print can add to any ensemble. It’ll take you from drab to fab in a second flat, but what’s key is figuring out the right way to wear it. Too much and you’re teetering on gaudy, but just the right amount can add some serious attitude to an otherwise drab outfit. So without further adieu, here are our picks for wearing animal print the right way.…

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Totes for Spring

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Kick the snow off your boots, and hang up that drab bag you’ve been using all winter, because spring is right around the corner. Whether you’re running to work, grabbing a quick bite to eat with friends, or jetting off to a music festival (hello, Coachella) you can never go wrong with a tote or cross body bag. Convenient and easy to carry, here are our top picks for spring:…

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Pons Avarcas

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VERRY:: What inspired you to create Pons Avarcas? We moved to California from Barcelona in 2004. Among many packed possessions were a few pairs of Pons avarcas which both of us grew up wearing. It only took us a dozen of compliments for us to realize there was an unmet demand for avarcas in the U.S market. V:: I know avarcas are the traditional footwear of Menorca, what is the cultural significance behind the sandal? Avarcas, with more than a…

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a-thread:: Philanthropy at a great price!

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More and more these days it seems as though the notion of dressing well, comes with a rather hefty price tag; people automatically assume that just because you look nice, you must have paid top dollar. Not so. In fact, my mother would probably tap her half price, Ralph Lauren flats at me for failing to be a smart shopper, but shopping in store and online are two completely different things. Online smart shopping is hard to come by, but…

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Designer Spotlight:: Kristen Connolly of Odile Designs

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VERRY:: Tell us a little bit about yourself? Kristen:: I’m 28 years old. I grew up just outside of Boston, around Lowell, Massachusetts, the middle child of three girls. I studied fashion design at Massachusetts College of Art, graduating in ’08. I spend a lot of time reading, and hanging out with my boyfriend and two cats. V:: What sparked your initial interest in design? K:: I don’t even know that I had a choice of being interested in design.…

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“MEND”ing the Lives of Women

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Nearly everyone has heard of Invisible Children, the charity that initiated the viral Kony 2012 campaign, but hardly anyone has heard of MEND, the in house, “social enterprise geared toward improving the quality of life for women in Gulu, Uganda who were directly affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) conflict”. MEND, a double entendre for both the seamstress’ work and the overall mission of the company: to “mend” the lives of the seamstresses that have been affected by the…

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Never fear, super blush is here!

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There are some things you should never leave the house without: your ID, keys, and of course, blush. Regardless of if you put on any other make up, blush will always make you look fresh faced and radiant. That being said, having to reapply your blush throughout the day can be irritating. If you’re paying $20-30 for a blush, it should last all day, which is why we’ve rounded up our top picks for long wearing, face-framing, cheek bone-loving, super…

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Casting Off The Shackles of Approval

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Throughout each day, as we live our lives, we interact with and encounter many different people. From our family members, to friends, to co-workers and acquaintances around school, there are countless opinions, reactions, and impressions that are drawn about us and who we are. As humans, we like to size people up, compare them to ourselves and pass judgments. It is a part of life, it’s natural and it’s how we interact. However, how it actually affects the way we…

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Bonjour, Mini M!

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Chipped nails can be incredibly irritating, and when you’re on the go, and nowhere near your nail salon of choice, you might have to stare at that chipped manicure for quite some time. But aside from the initial annoyance, gel manicures can really add up.  Ranging anywhere from $30-$40 per set (not to mention fills), gel manicure upkeep can be quite costly, but thanks to Marinho Paris, the leader in French nail lacquer, touch ups are not only affordable, but…

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Changing the World One Bra at a Time

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 Like most people today, my life has been impacted by cancer. At the young age of 36 my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer; she went through chemotherapy and then a single mastectomy. While she was going through all of this, she was also faced with the daunting task of caring for then six-year-old me. At the time I didn’t really understand what was happening, and my mom made sure not to let her fight with cancer change our lives…

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