It’s finally summer, a.k.a. time to jump in the pool and perfect that mermaid hair flip. But all that fun in the sun (and chlorine) can be more damaging to your locks than you think. To restore softness and shine to tired tresses, try this simple avocado hair mask.

DIY avacado hair mask

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Mash the avocado into a paste – the fewer the clumps, the easier it will be to apply to your hair.
2. Add the olive oil and lemon juice and mix them into the paste.
3. Apply the mask to your hair from root to end. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
4. Shampoo your hair to remove any residue. It may take two washes to get it out completely.

Now the only thing you’ll have to worry about at the pool is belly flops.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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June 13, 2015

Marilyn Monroe’s iconic style (both on and off screen) is just as relevant now as it was when we were first introduced to that famous white dress 60 years ago. So take it from the queen of Hollywood and add these four tips to your daily dressing regimen for a classic look that never gets old.

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1. Keep It Simple
She’s known for being the quintessential “glamour girl,” but in everyday off-screen life, Marilyn dressed much more casually. Easygoing ensembles like cropped pants paired with a fitted boat neck sweater were mainstays in her wardrobe.

2. Dress for Your Body
The icon was best known for her perfect hourglass shape (35″, 22″, 35″, and she knew how to dress for it. Marilyn was drawn to neutral-hued, figure-flattering silhouettes – think below-the-knee pencil skirts and halter, sweetheart, and plunging necklines.

3. Wear Heels
Marilyn’s pumps of choice? Salvatore Ferragamo. It was actually thought that she kept one heel a bit shorter than the other to create her famous side-to-side sway as she walked. However, a Salvatore Ferragamo exhibit of her shoes proved otherwise, as every heel on display was the exact same height.

4. Try Red Lips
To make her lips appear fuller, Marilyn’s makeup artist would apply up to five different lipsticks and glosses to create dimension.

Now it’s time to get your Marilyn on. Our Style Icon: Classic Looks Inspired by Marilyn Monroe Boutique opens Friday, June 12, at 3PM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Fashion Editor, and Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 12, 2015

Is that fierce red lip wreaking havoc on your outfit? It happens. No matter the fabric, read on for tips to beat the stain.

How to Remove Lipstick Stains

For Cotton
This one is pretty easy. Head to the nearest sink and grab some dish soap, which will attack the oil-based beauty product. Soak the stain in the soapy water, then launder according to the label. Not near any Palmolive? Spritz a little hair spray on the spot to neutralize it until you can tend to it later.

For Silk
In this situation, it may be best to take a quick trip to your trusty dry cleaner. But if you’re feeling daring, there is an at-home option. Take a piece of tape, lightly smooth it over the stain, then rip it off. Repeat until you’ve seen the last of the red.

For Leather
You’ll want to be on your most delicate behavior for this one. Use a non-abrasive tool, like a plastic spoon, and gently scrape off the excess lipstick. Dab (don’t rub) what’s left with a clean, dry paper towel. Still stuck with the smudge? Break out the rubbing alcohol and pour a small amount onto a lint-free, white cloth. Gently blot the stain with the towel (you’ll want to test it on a hidden spot first), then leave to air dry. For any leftover greasy marks, sprinkle on cornmeal or talcum powder and leave overnight.

And now that your lipstick-wearing fears are no more, simply grab your favorite hue to gear up for the season.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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June 11, 2015

Puppy Instagrams. Cat memes. If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the animal kingdom. But there are a few celebrities whose love for furry friends extends past the domestic and into the great outdoors.

weird celebrity petsAudrey Hepburn
Well-known for her classic pearls and quintessential LBD, turns out our favorite Funny Face also fell for a fawn. The name of her unusual pet? Pippin.
Continue reading “Fur Family: 5 Unusual Celebrity Pets” »

June 10, 2015

That dream kitchen you pin over and over again? It probably looks something like Ina Garten‘s (a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa), clean and white with hints of French country style. We’d cook just to hang out there. But since a full remodel probably isn’t in the cards, here are six pieces that easily channel Ina’s laid-back Hamptons look.

Ina Garten–Inspired Kitchen

  1. Stainless Steel Cookware
    If you’re going to follow Ina’s recipes to a T (she is, after all, the author of nine cookbooks), you might as well follow her cookware lead. Even if all you can do is boil spaghetti, a gleaming set of pots and pans makes you look like a pro.
  2. Flowers
    Ina goes for the real deal, but if you don’t have a green thumb, a forever-fresh arrangement can come in the form of silk florals or a faux topiary. Set it down and never give a moment’s thought to watering.
  3. French-Style Baskets
    Woven baskets made from natural materials – this set is water hyacinth – bring that rustic country touch. Use them to store anything from dish towels to cutting boards and cooling racks.
  4. Cake Stands
    Scoop up as many as you have room for. Ina displays her collection on a top shelf as if they were sculptures. No shelves? Putting them in a glass-front cabinet works equally well.
  5. White Dinnerware
    That clean, white look we’ve been going on and on about? This is a key piece of it. Stock up on sparkling white plates and serveware and you’ll never be in danger of setting out a mismatched set.
  6. Quality Wood Cutting Boards
    Displayed on the countertop, the rich wood tone adds a natural contrast to gleaming stainless steel and white everything. Plus, they’re easier on your knives.

Get that kitchen makeover started. Our The Hamptons Kitchen: Inspired by Ina Garten Boutique opens Tuesday, June 9, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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June 9, 2015

The looks we’ve been obsessing over? Africa-inspired graphics bursting with color and muted, wear-with-everything animal prints. Rock either with simple basics – or if you’re feeling daring, mix the two in one look.

African-Inspired Prints

Bold & Geometric
When it comes to eye-catching patterns, the bigger the better. Pick from abstract or floral designs in a medley of saturated hues. Only want a pop of color? Include a single focal point in the form of an A-line skirt or a button-front blouse.

Neutral & Chic
Sure, animal print is always in style. But this time around it pairs best with natural, soft color palettes and safari-inspired detailing. Think: subtle cheetah mixed with a khaki cargo-pocket skirt.

Find your next statement piece in our Passport to Africa: Bold Printed Style Boutique, which opens on Monday, June 8, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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June 8, 2015

These leading ladies may not have scored any awards at Broadway’s biggest night, but they certainly earned a style nomination in our books. Let us give you a quick red-carpet rundown.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Anne Hathaway
has ruled the red carpet in Oscar de la Renta more times than we can count. Our top pick? This classic LBD from 2009. Her feather-print sheer skirt added just the right amount of playfulness.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Lea Michele
 is no stranger to mixing sultry with sweet, and this look from 2010 proved it. Her strapless goldenrod gown put her tiny frame on display, while her pink lips added a touch of ladylike perfection.

Best Dressed Tony Awards
Emmy Rossum 
was the essence of glamour (and drama) last year in Ralph Lauren. Between her dark flowing locks, sparkling chandelier earrings, and champagne dress, we couldn’t decide what we liked best.

It’s your turn to dress the part. Our Broadway’s Biggest Night: Awards-Inspired Style Boutique opens Sunday, June 7, at 11AM ET.

By Kelly Hamilton, Staff Writer

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June 7, 2015

All dressed up and everywhere to go. Lucky for you, we’ve decoded the just-right shoes for wherever you’re headed. From desk to drinks, check our trusty chart before you choose.

what shoes to wear where

So go ahead – put your best foot forward.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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June 6, 2015

Most of us have come to terms with the fact that we’ll never have Carrie Bradshaw’s closet. But if you’re on the lookout for the perfect pair of wedding shoes, Sarah Jessica Parker has you covered.

SJP Wedding-Shoe LineImage via Martha Stewart Weddings

The actress recently expanded her SJP collection to include wedding shoes, and they certainly live up to what you’d expect from the style icon. Bright hues? Check. Sparkling embellishments? Got ’em. There’s even a pair that looks exactly like the cobalt Manolos from Carrie’s wedding. (Coincidence? We think not.)

SJP told Martha Stewart Weddings, “At a wedding, people might strive for a more formal feeling, but a lot of the rules can be broken today.” So don’t expect total tradition from this line. It’s all about standout options and finding a pair fits your personality – and feet.

By Leah Welcome, Staff Writer

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June 4, 2015

Getting rewarded for wearing designer threads on the red carpet sounds pretty fabulous, right? Well, your favorite celeb might be doing just that. Vulture Festival’s Hollywood Power Stylist Panel had the inside scoop.

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According to stylist Jessica Paster, whose clients include Emily Blunt and Eva Longoria, the financial deals between luxury brands and celebrities are “ambassadorships” and often lead to full-on ad campaigns. So when it comes to money, these luxury brands aren’t playing around.

In Jessica’s experience, stylists can receive anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 for these deals and actresses are offered figures ranging anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000. However, she argued money isn’t always the driving factor, saying, “If it looks awful on you, $100,000 or $250,000 is not worth it, but if it looks gorgeous on you and this was the dress we were going to pick anyway, why not get paid?”

Guess it just goes to show you can never underestimate the power of a great dress – or paycheck.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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June 3, 2015