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Bewildered by the big, chunky bracelets, earrings, and rings seen everywhere from Forever 21 to J.Crew? We asked the sister duo of Jodie and Danielle Snyder behind cult-favorite jewelry line, DANNIJO, how to pull off bold pieces (like their Bea necklace at left).
Their company started as a labor of love after Jodie's visit to Lwala, Kenya for an internship in 2006. She learned about the devastating rate of HIV infection among the villagers after one-third of them were tested by doctors at the nearest hospital--a four hour walk away. Determined to make a difference and build Lwala's first health facility, she co-founded a non-profit and named it after the community (L.W.A.L.A.) giving it the acronym "Live With a LIfe-long Ambition." To raise funds for the cause, Jodie and her sister designed a capsule jewelry collection--a passion they shared as children. The small line was so successful that their charity project quickly turned into big business, resulting in the creation of their attention-grabbing accessories label.
Many things cause people to make a radical change--a new job, marriage or moving to a new city just to name a few. But for O's creative director Adam Glassman it was a yearly physical with his doctor and the discovery of high blood pressure that caused him to re-evaluate his relationship with food. A self-described skinny kid, he says, "I never had to diet in my entire life."
After doing a search online, he found one major cause of high blood pressure was salt. He didn't often add it to meals, but he found it was in everything--especially processed and canned foods. (And the heavy, rich business dinners and fast food he ate during late nights at the office didn't help either). In addition to eliminating sodium from his diet, he put his gym membership to use, doing 45-minute cardio sessions every morning while he caught up on the news. "The first 45 days are the toughest, but it took me that long to break bad habits," says Adam. He quickly noticed that he didn't just lose weight and lower his blood pressure, but he had more energy, his mood and skin improved, and he slept better. Compliments didn't hurt either. "Every person told me I looked younger," he says, "I never realized that I had gotten big or looked like a hag."
It wasn't until a visit to dermatologist David Colbert, M.D., that Adam found a more detailed regimen for him to follow in the doctor's book, The High School Reunion Diet. He cut out red meat, coffee, white foods (like bread and pasta), alcohol, and soda and replaced with healthier options, reminding him that dieting doesn't mean you have to feel deprived or unsatisfied. After sticking to Colbert's plan for three months, he started to slowly integrate things back into his life--like the occasional glass of champagne at a party--but found he no longer had the same cravings. "My palate had completely changed," he says.
A debate recently broke out in O's fashion department--a few staffers strongly argued in favor of keeping breasts supported 24/7 to prevent sagging, while the rest of us said strapping our chests down at night just isn't worth the trouble (or discomfort). Which is when our creative director Adam Glassman stepped in, declared it a toss up and asked me to get to the bottom of this bra (or no bra) battle.
I called in the experts, bra whisperer and founder of Intimacy boutiques, Susan Nethero, and Phil Haeck, MD, and president of The American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, to find out what's myth and what's fact when it comes to keeping the (ahem) girls perky.
If you're taken with wine/book/cheese of the month clubs, you might want to consider becoming a member of one of these style societies, where you can treat yourself to something new and affordable every 30 days. Need a gift for a friend or family member who hates to shop? Sign her up and create a personal profile based on her fashion likes/dislikes so she's guaranteed to receive something that she'll actually want to wear (without having to hit the stores). Check out three of our favorites:
Jewelmint: Created by actress Kate Bosworth and her stylist Cher Coulter, this jewelry club emails you a personalized selection of earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces to choose from--offering a range in styles from dainty to daring. And you're not obligated to buy each month--if you don't see anything you love, skip it. The cost: Membership is free, each piece of jewelry is $29.99.
Sole Society: Put a spring in your step with new sandals, flats, wedges, or heels every month. Ideal for the shoe obsessed or the woman who doesn't have time to hunt for the perfect pair. Like Jewelmint, you're not obligated to buy every time and if they don't fit, return them free of charge. The cost: Membership is free, each pair of shoes is $49.95.
StyleMint: Is your go-to weekend uniform a T-shirt and jeans? This club, created by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, sends you a super-soft tee and style tips direct from this duo so that you can add to your collection and find new ways to wear your old favorites (in other words, give your jeans a day off and try a long skirt or slim khakis, etc.). The cost: Membership is free, each T-shirt is $29.99.
Which club would you join? If you could create a fashion item of the month service, what type of clothing or accessory would you want to receive every 30 days? Jeans? Handbags? Hats?
Check out O's summer fashion handbook
See our Great Buy of the Day
You're two days away from the weekend. Here are a few fun finds to help the time go by faster:
Dining Room Measuring Spoons, $24. Why save the good silver when you can put it to use everyday? So much prettier than the plastic kind--you might be tempted to keep them on display instead of tucking them back into the kitchen drawer.
Magic Wand Programmable TV Remote, $90. Calling all Harry Potter fans! Control your television with this magic wand; it learns up to 13 commands from your existing remote and maps each to a unique motion (flicking the wand from side to side changes the channel, flicking up increases the volume--and you can do it all minus the Hogwarts degree).
Joie de Vivre Banner, $10. Celebrate life (or a friend's birthday) by hanging this festive French phrase on the wall or above a door.
Creme Filled Cookie Soaps, $5. Give these chocolate-scented, Oreo-shaped soaps to your favorite cookie monster.
If you never know what to expect from your hair in the morning, you're going to love the new (free!) app "Curls on the Go." The creators of NaturallyCurly.com worked with a chemist to create an equation based on temperature, precipitation, humidity and dew point that provides you with a daily, 3-day, or weekend frizz forecast, tailored to your kind of curls and where you live.
You can also browse a list of products recommended to keep things under control. They're road-tested and reviewed by women with a curl pattern similar to yours (the app breaks curls down into 9 types--from wavy swavy to kinky ziggly). Plus, there's advice from experts, a salon-finder to help you locate stylists in your area who specialize in cutting and styling curls, and how-to videos so you can treat your hair like a pro. With this tech-y tool in hand, you'll never have to guess about what Mother Nature has in store for your curls--making bad hair days a thing of the past.
Keep reading for more curly hair advice:
Curls gone flat? Val explains why and what to do about it
The best products for your hair type
If crazily-colored shadows aren't your bag, you're going to love this palette that comes with 20 eyeshadows and 10 lipsticks all in neutral, foolproof shades. (And the fact that you get all of them for $25 doesn't hurt either). Neutral, however, definitely doesn't mean boring--there are enough eyeshadow options here that you can create a smoky eye for night or a barely-there look for day. Plus, the lipsticks (which include a bright red and coral) are so sheer you can pull off the most vibrant shades at the office. The bottom line: Getting gorgeous on a budget has never been easier.
NYX Cosmetics Nude on Nude Set, $25
While there are many things we enjoy about summer (long days, warm nights, and multiple excuses to indulge in ice cream), there will forever be the annoying signatures of this season that drive us all bananas--sweat, frizz, and humidity-induced cranky-ness--just to name a few. That's why we were excited to discover MAC Cosmetics' Magically Cool Liquid Powder--this product offers summer skin temporary relief from the heat and gives an instant glow. Formulated with 70 percent water, it feels like a liquid going on, but dries to a sheer powder finish. We especially love dusting it on sun-kissed cheekbones or the tops of our shoulders for extra shimmer. But no matter where you choose to wear it, applying this--especially on steamy days--feels, as the name suggests, like magic.
Check out 12 other beauty treats that will keep you cool all summer
Self-tanner is a smart alternative to spending days baking in the sun, but applying it can be tricky, especially to your face. (Not to mention the Oompa Loompa factor). That's why we're glad we found Givenchy's Mister Radiant. This weightless clear gel is filled with gold and bronze beads that distribute color as you rub it in--leaving you with a subtle glow minus the commitment and the streaks. Plus, it gives enough coverage that skipping foundation--especially appealing on hot, sticky days--is an option.
Givenchy Mister Radiant, $36
Self-tan without the streaks
5 Steps to getting gorgeous legs
We recently told you about the first 3D printed swimsuit, but it was just announced that Kristin Cavallari (star of The Hills) will be walking the runway tomorrow at Miami Fashion Week Swim in a bikini made of...glass. While it's certainly cutting edge, we imagine that sitting poolside or actually swimming in this creation would be nearly impossible. Plus, you'd need to apply sunscreen to parts of your body that, ahem, you never thought needed sunscreen before.
If the idea of walking onto the beach in this swimsuit makes you cringe, here are 8 confidence-boosting and affordable options to try on for size. Like the one at left by Yokini, which which has a 5-in-1 bottom that can be rolled up or down depending on the amount of coverage you desire.
For more swimsuit advice keep reading:
Find the most flattering swimsuit for your body
Slimming suits for plus-size women
Pear-shaped? 7 styles made for you.