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A Season of Darkness and Light

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 3:08 PM

Since the year I turned ten, the days following Thanksgiving have marked the arrival of my personal dark season. When sun sets too early and the temperature drops, I am brought back to the last day of my father's life. He had fetched me a pair of gloves that December...

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Broke Is the New Black

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 12:46 PM

"That girl needs some new clothes," says one boy in my grade to another, without realizing I can hear. "Some very new clothes," his friend agrees. I am in sixth grade and my father has been dead for one year. As always, I am wearing hand-me-downs: an oversized purple top,...

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Why We Need a Little Oversharing

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:19 PM

My name is Kimberly and I am an occasional oversharer. When I read Elizabeth Bernstein's article, "Thank You for Not Sharing," in The Wall Street Journal, I immediately recognized my own behavior. Sometimes I say too much, often out of nervousness. I was so anxious during my college...

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How to Unfriend Someone in Real Life

(24) Comments | Posted January 4, 2013 | 5:06 PM

Once in a while, I'm unpleasantly surprised to find that I've been unfriended on Facebook. If the person is someone I've met once and will likely never see again, I don't mind. Sometimes, though, I get unfriended by people I know well -- people I will probably see again, and...

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Confessions of a Designer Bag Lady

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 10:55 AM

"Is that a fake Prada? I could spot it a mile away."

I still have trouble believing that a girl from my cheerleading squad actually said this to me in the 10th grade. To be fair, she was right. The authentic black nylon Prada backpack that she owned -- and...

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10 Things Gossip Girl Taught Me About Fashion

(8) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 12:15 PM

With only a handful of episodes until the series finale, I'm feeling nostalgic for the fall of 2007, when Gossip Girl began. In their April 2008 cover story on Gossip Girl, New York magazine's Jessica Pressler and Chris Rovzar wrote that the show is "changing the way we...

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For a Good Time at the Movies, Hire a Babysitter

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 2:14 PM

While American culture in the year 2012 has certainly moved past the notion that children should be seen and not heard, not everyone can agree on the places and situations in which the presence of children is inappropriate. Recently, Greenwood Park, a Brooklyn beer garden, banned children after...

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The Perks Of Being A Blonde

(5) Comments | Posted October 8, 2012 | 5:55 PM

Most people know what I mean when I tell them my natural hair color is Avril-Lavigne-circa-2002. It's a dirty blonde that needs some serious highlights, as Elle Woods would say. Aside from my extended family, there were very few girls at school with blonde hair when I was growing up....

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Felines: Fashion's New Muses

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:52 AM

Is fashion getting cattier?

Supermodels of the world, make way for your feline competition. They're fierce, they're fabulous, and they have twice the legs. Fashion's new muses, it seems, are none other than the couture-loving cats of industry's elite.

The fall 2012 issue of V magazine features a spread...

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My September Issues

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 11:53 AM

For the fashion-conscious, the month of September means not only New York Fashion Week, but the arrival of the year's thickest and most style-saturated glossies in our mailboxes. "Fall will always be a time for reinvention... Fall fashion has purpose, direction, possibility," wrote Lucky editor-in-chief Brandon Holley in the September...

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My Colorful Addiction

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 12:34 PM

Few people are happier than I am that neon hues have made their way back onto our runways and store shelves. Wearing and shopping for vibrantly colored items is an automatic mood booster for me; getting dressed in beautiful yellows and purples brings me back to my childhood in the...

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How I Learned To Love Being Tall

(105) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 9:00 AM

For years, I've been plagued by a fear of heights. Specifically, my own height. I was in eighth grade when I started to notice that I was different from everyone else. I grew from 5'4" to 5'9" in a single school year and my subsequent awkwardness was obvious. I towered...

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