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What You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman

(593) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 10:56 AM

I'm 38 weeks pregnant. Two more to go. Looking back at my pregnancy, I really can't complain... that much. My morning sickness wasn't bad. But, my OB/GYN thinks I've gained way too much weight. And, my husband thinks an alien has taken over my body since I seem to snap...

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How Handbag Designer Dareen Hakim Left Wall Street and Hasn't Looked Back

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 1:36 PM

Imagine working for one of the most successful beauty companies in the world and imagine choosing to give it all up at the height of the financial crisis. A risky move, one that handbag designer Dareen Hakim says it was all worth it. The Dareen Hakim collection is...

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Kinda Hibrawi and Her Modern Abstract Arabic Art

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 9:31 PM

Recently, I had the pleasure to sit and talk to Syrian American artist, Kinda Hibrawi. A meeting I've wanted to do ever since I laid eyes on her beautiful work almost three years ago. She is most known for her colorful, modern take on Arabic calligraphy, an art...

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Raising Awareness to Orange County Homelessness

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 11:19 AM

Behind the gated and opulent communities of Orange County, there's a picture perfect world, lined with multi-million dollar homes, expensive cars, and manicured lawns. But outside these gates exists a community that is rarely noticed, made up of tens of thousands of homeless people. According to a 2009 - 2010...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: Undergarments, Nighties, and Bunny Costumes

(7) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 1:41 PM

This week, I'd like to focus on the garments we rarely get to see, underwear and pajamas. Actually, it seems that we've had quite a few glances of undies this season. But, before we get into that, I'd like to discuss what so many of you last week were upset...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: Beautiful Girls in Floral Prints, Pastels and Navy

(15) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 3:46 AM

What a rough few days for the ladies at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce. It's tough being a woman. They say that behind every great man is a great woman, which is true...just ask my husband! But the honest truth is that there is no way in hell Don, Roger, Bert,...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: The New York Fashion Week Edition (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 8:58 PM

Update: Janie Bryant will be appearing on QVC Wednesday night at 10pm ET. She'll be selling a reversible swing coat, a leopard bag, and much more from her line Mod. You can find her items online at 9am ET tomorrow on QVC.

Sorry for the four week...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: California Don and Hot Pants

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 7:40 PM

Hellooooo 1965! The times they are a-changing but it seems the L.A. vs. New York style has not. We all know that nowadays everyone dresses up a lot more and wears a whole lotta black on the east coast, but on the west coast the color palettes are definitely lighter...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: Red Hot Joan and Decorative Necklines

(5) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 6:19 PM

No wonder Roger wanted Joan to wear that red dress. Or the way Roger described it "that red dress, the one with the bow on the back, that makes you look like a present." I, too, have been thinking about that dress since Sunday night. I'm thinking how and where...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: Who is Peggy Olson?

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 1:10 PM

"Who is Don Draper?" The line that opened the season 4 premier of Mad Men that finally aired Sunday night. Maybe some day we'll be able to eventually answer that question but if we're going to discuss fashion, I think the appropriate question should be "Who is Peggy Olson?" because...

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Mad Men's Janie Bryant Talks About Peggy's New Hair, Her Mod line, and Vintage Shopping (PHOTOS)

(12) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 11:06 AM

The season 4 premiere of Mad Men is less than a week away and I, along with thousands of others, can no longer control the excitement. While many of the obsessed fans have been trying to figure out the latest clues from the sneak peak photos and videos,...

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Congrats to Miss USA But Here are the Arab American Women I Look Up To

(104) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 12:47 PM

Yaaaaay! Rima Fakih, an Arab-American, has won the crown of Miss USA. Now young Arab American girls everywhere have something to aspire to: strutting in skimpy bikinis and winning pole-dancing contests.

I'm not denying that many Arabs, including myself, thought it was really cool that...

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Reza Aslan and NPR's Mike Shuster Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program, Its Government, and Its People

(71) Comments | Posted May 8, 2010 | 1:48 AM

On Thursday night the Foreign Policy Roundtable (FPR) held one of it's salon style events in Los Angeles to bring together international scholars, journalists, and some of Hollywood's elite to discuss one of the most important foreign affairs issues: Iran's disputed nuclear program. FPR invited Reza Aslan, a highly regarded...

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Asma Al Assad: Syria's First Lady And All-Natural Beauty (SLIDESHOW)

(225) Comments | Posted July 17, 2009 | 2:55 PM

A couple weeks ago headlines were made when Syrian First Lady, Asma Al Assad invited the Obamas to Damascus. HuffPost readers ended up commenting more on Asma's beauty and less on what an Obama/Assad meeting would mean for the Middle East. And we couldn't help but notice the Syrian...

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Getting Inspired by the Women's Foundation of California

(2) Comments | Posted May 19, 2009 | 2:32 PM

In the spirit of optimism, three hundred women gathered at the Women's Foundation of California Momentum Awards on Friday May 8th to honor 6 influential women who have trail blazed their way to become extraordinary pioneers in their communities. These women have in their unique way stood forward...

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Fragrance Bizarre: Paint Perfume In A Spray Can?

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2008 | 2:27 PM

If you passed by Elizabeth Charles lately, or if you're part of their mailing list, you might have seen an ad of a woman who looks like she just took some sharp object and thrashed it through her jugular. The model lays there motionless, seems dead, and has her...

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Iraqis Respond To House Of Saddam

(38) Comments | Posted December 19, 2008 | 5:38 PM

For some, he was a national hero. For most, he was a terrifying tyrant. And for the past two Sundays, HBO gave us an inside look into the life of the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein and his family. House of Saddam is a four-part miniseries that can best be described...

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What A Billion Plus People Are Celebrating Today

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 10:45 AM

Hanukkah and Christmas are just around the corner. But the first holiday of this December happens to be a Muslim festivity, known as Eid al Adha, or the day of sacrifice. It marks the last day of the Muslim pilgrimage, known as the Hajj. Many Muslims start this day...

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Empty Wallets And Empty Malls Leave Retailers Desperate

(20) Comments | Posted November 28, 2008 | 7:07 AM

These days are very good times for bargain hunters, but not so much for retailers. Take a walk through your favorite shopping center or department store. You're guaranteed the deepest discounts you've seen in years. It's like Black Friday started a month ago. Could this be the silver lining in...

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Mad Men Fashion Report: Pearls And Brooches, Then And Now (SPOILER ALERT)

(6) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 11:49 AM

**Spoiler alert! Do not keep reading if you haven't yet watched your Tivo'd "Mad Men" season finale.**

Sunday's season finale included a lot of bomb dropping moments - and I'm not talking about the threat of a Soviet nuclear strike. The first strike... "Don, I'm pregnant," -Boom! Strike 2: "Peggy,...

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