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Anya Strzemien

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United States In Style: Our New Video Series Kicks Off In New Mexico (VIDEO)

(11) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 7:13 AM

Check out the entire United States In Style series here.

About two years ago, I was being shown around Orange County, California. Up until then, everything I knew about the OC was from MTV's "Laguna Beach." In reality, I noticed a uniform that Stephen Colletti could only give...

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John Varvatos Talks About The '90s Fashion 'Blur,' Quitting Ralph Lauren & Starting His Line In One Day (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 11:41 AM

HuffPost Style Sessions--a series in which we have interesting conversations with icons of the style world--took its show on the road last month when executive editor Anya Strzemien (that's me!) interviewed designers Billy Reid and John Varvatos during the SXSW Festival. The Austin event...

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Why I Want To Live Out Of A Suitcase Even When I'm Not Traveling

(8) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 4:58 PM

I never met my grandfather Solomon, but he liked to say "a man is rich in proportion to the things he can live without."

The older I get, the more I embrace that sentiment.

I've always had a pretty on-and-off relationship with stuff. When I moved into my first adult,...

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The Zen Of Letting A Hairstylist Do Whatever The Heck She Wants (PHOTOS)

(21) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 9:03 AM

Hair is arguably the most important aspect of our appearance, which is how I justify spending a non-Supercuts amount of money cutting it. We wear it day after day--right there on our heads--so if you net it out, the daily rate is probably equivalent to the price of your Starbucks.

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Dolly Parton's Style Evolution: Or Why This Country Singer Is A Natural! (PHOTOS)

(177) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 12:23 PM

I can't remember when I starting loving Dolly Parton's music, but I will never forget the first time I saw her live. It was a few weeks after a death in my family, and one of my friends had given me tickets to see Parton play at Radio...

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Shopping My Closet: How I Learned To Love My Clothes Again (PHOTOS)

(37) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 9:07 AM

I'm a total morning person. It's a trait I get from my mom, who wakes up naturally at 3:30 AM -- that's how excited is she to get the morning party started. I love my coffee, I love "Morning Edition" on NPR and I love the renewed possibility of each...

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My Own Private Terrorists: Why I'll No Longer Let Mouse Phobia Ruin My Life (Or Apartment)

(39) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 3:40 PM

I'm not the first person to have a fear of mice. But I might be more unique in the lengths I've gone to trying to avoid them.

In summary, I ate nothing but takeout for a year, wore heavy winter boots in summer, got carried around like

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Get Dressed, Not Stressed: Introducing The New HuffPost Style and United States In Style (VIDEO)

(7) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 8:44 AM

Today it brings me great pride to unveil a brand-new HuffPost Style. We celebrated our 4th birthday on July 28th (complete with Momofuku Milk Bar birthday cake, of course), so now it feels natural to graduate to our next life phase: bringing all the great style...

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How Accidentally Going Blonde Made Me Realize I Actually Like Ombré (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 10:40 AM

This is the story of how I relearned a long-known, time-honored tenet of hair salons: always bring a picture.

I've been a brunette for a long time and was antsy for a change. It had been 15 years since I last colored my hair (red)--an era you can see captured...

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The Naked Face Project: What I Learned From Going Two Days (Yes, Just Two) Without Makeup

(38) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 12:54 PM

I used to believe that (almost) everyone looked better without makeup. Celebrities without makeup? Yes, please. This conviction didn't stop me from falling in love with a tube of red lipstick, but I really didn't think I was all that dependent on it. I don't wear...

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HuffPost Style Turns 4! A Look At The State Of Fashion And Our Favorite Subjects In 2008 (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 8:56 AM

On July 28th, 2008 at 8:06 AM*, the Huffington Post Style section was born. And like any new mom, I can't remember the specifics of that day, probably because a) I was in an exhausted haze by the time it rolled around and b) my body won't allow me to--biologically...

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I Have A Girl Cave (PHOTOS)

(20) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 2:44 PM

When my boyfriend and I first discussed moving in together, we knew we wanted two bedrooms. We wanted a place for guests to have privacy -- but we also wanted an escape plan. Particularly for me. I had been living with two friends for the last five years, but the...

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How We're Paying For Putting Ourselves Down (And Why We'll Pay For You To Say Something Nice!)

(2231) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 3:51 PM

I have a very strange allergy. Some people are allergic to wheat, others are allergic to cats. I'm allergic to hearing women put down their appearance. I use the word allergy because something truly visceral happens to me: my toes curl, my hair stands on end, and I stumble over...

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Alicia Sacramone, Olympic Gymnast, Gave Me A Makeover (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 7:26 AM

If you happened to read my post about appearing on "Project Accessory" in November, you know I hate wearing a lot of makeup. In fact, the way I looked on "Project" threw me into a day-long depression: I didn't look like myself, so I didn't feel like myself....

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I'm Obsessed With My Red Lipstick

(32) Comments | Posted December 9, 2011 | 6:16 AM

Self-portrait by Anya Strzemien

Slowly but surely, red lipstick has taken over my life. I now buy clothes for it. I build outfits around it. I select colors that will look good with it. I require pockets in which I can...

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Why We Wear Maternity Clothes...Even Though We're Definitely Not Pregnant (PHOTOS)

(45) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:34 PM

My greatest talking point of late has been how my coat is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill fall transition coat. Nay, my fall transition coat this year happens to be a maternity fall transition coat. What makes this so interesting to people (or so I like to think) is that I...

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'Project Accessory' Episode 4 Recap: That's Me! (Under All That Hair And Makeup)

(7) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 3:09 AM

Hello "Project Accessory" Recap Readers! You might be wondering what happened to your beloved Jessica, whose recaps you've called better than the show itself. Well, don't worry about Jessica; she'll be back next week. This week I'm guest-recapping because I happen to be in episode 4.

In other...

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I Was A Challenge On 'Project Accessory' (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 11:37 AM

I'm a big fan of accessories and, I'm not embarrassed to say, reality television, so when I was presented with the opportunity to be a challenge on Lifetime's new show "Project Accessory," saying no was not an option.

My episode airs tonight (Thursday) at 10pm on Lifetime, and...

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Heidi Klum And Christian Siriano Discuss Glazed Donuts, Katharine Hepburn (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 10:40 AM

Old pals Heidi Klum and Christian Siriano caught up backstage at the showing of Christian's Spring 2012 collection on Saturday. Heidi was wearing a dress designed by the "Project Runway" winner, and Christian revealed the inspiration behind his latest collection and what he eats for a pre-show power breakfast (answer:...

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Michael Kors Dishes On His Wedding With Heidi Klum (VIDEO)

(78) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 8:45 AM

It may be Fashion Week, but even the stress of an impending show on Wednesday didn't stop Michael Kors from gushing about his wedding to Lance Le Perre almost four weeks ago. When his pal Heidi Klum caught up with him and Nina Garcia at the...

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