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What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think—we’ve got mini-makeovers to help you upgrade everything from your workout to your weekend. #15: An easy DIY to keep your jewelry knot-free.
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A: Remember dickeys? True, they have the world's most undignified name, but I can still picture the pulled-together look these wardrobe workhorses gave my mother back in the '70s, and now I see versions that elevate crew-neck and V-neck sweaters in a really modern way. The new line CeCe Toppings includes dozens of lightweight cotton styles that have the crisp effect of a collared shirt without any of the bulk. I love how they give one sweater multiple personalities.
Sweater, $210, whiteandwarren.com. Dickeys, starting at $30 each, cecetoppings.com.
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What would it take to change your life for the better? It may be less than you think—we’ve got mini-makeovers to help you upgrade everything from your workout to your weekend. #13: Introduce yourself with style.
News flash: You are not your job. So why, at social events, should you be stuck swapping business cards? Instead, go retro with a calling card—a stationery statement of personality through art, color, and a simple presentation of contact info. Browse crisp letterpress at Suitor and Page Stationery or a riot of colorful motifs at Crane & Co.
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A Python-Print purse in versatile dove gray is a smart look for every day.
From the designer of Oprah's finale-show dress, this luxurious calfskin style has an iPad compartment.
L'Wren Scott, $2,700, Barneys New York, 888-822-7639.
Gold-Plated hardware and a deep Bordeaux shade give this roomy bag a Grace Kelly feel.
Mark Cross, $695, select Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 877-612-7257.
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We promise these fun finds will make getting over this week's hump a little easier...
3D Drawing Pad, $8. This sketch book even makes stick figures pop off the page.
Kling Magic Wall Paint, $16. Where do you put important papers and pictures when the fridge is already maxed out? Anywhere you put this paint, which turns any surface into a magnetic one.
Milani Specialty Nail Lacquer Jewel FX, $5. This glittery top coat makes an ordinary pedicure an instant party.
iFrogz Custom Headphones, $35. Personalize everything—from the headband color to the ear cushion fabric—and jam to your favorite tunes in style.
Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant and Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen are collaborators behind a sharp, new retro-inspired line.
A cheetah-print scarf or leopard-print clutch gives basics instant drama. And yes, you can mix them with florals and geometrics.
For a surprisingly dressy effect, nip the waist of a classic trenchcoat with a wide leather belt, and finish it with a jeweled brooch. Multi-Strand Pearls
A chunky, collar-grazing necklace is great for framing the face.
Dress, Mad Men Collection, $150, bananarepublic.com.
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Fresco Towels, Originally $96, now $77 with code "OPRAH," frescotowels.com
A Dozen Roses, $95 each for 3.4 ounces, neimanmarcus.com
Her Passion: The world looks different in the company of Kim Soerensen--specifically, it's mounted on a pedestal, in an array of colors, sizes, and materials. Over nine years, Soerensen has acquired thousands of unique globes. Some have textured mountains; some illustrate ocean currents in fine detail. Some are faded with age--and many depict national borders long since dissolved.
"Each one is a tiny piece of history," says Soerensen, whose collection includes delicate glass orbs, toy tin balls, retro black spheres, Soviet-made moon globes, and even an upside-down globe with Australia on top.
Her Start: The first globe to catch Soerensen's eye, in 2002, cost $5 at Goodwill. It looked old, but Soerensen couldn't be sure how old. So she did some digging--and traced its origins to turn-of-the-
century Germany. An obsession was born.
In 2005, when Soerensen unearthed proof prints for the first complete moon globe, she offered them to the Austrian National Library, which houses the world's most respected globe museum. Impressed by her knowledge, they asked Soerensen to become their globe scout in the United States. She's been finding antique models for European museums ever since.
Her Empire: The day she counted 150 globes in her home, Soerensen knew it was time to upgrade her space. She opened Omniterrum, a store where people can marvel at--and purchase--her spectacular spheres. (Prices start at around $25, but she once sold a 17th-century Italian globe for $150,000.)
Soerensen also maintains an online business omniterrum.com and delights in giving tours of her worldly wares--because even if you're not planning to do any globetrotting, she believes there is plenty of pleasure to be found in, as she calls it, "traveling with your fingertips."
A: This neutral fedora looks sophisticated whether you're on the beach or walking to work. It offers UPF 50+ sun protection; crushable organic cotton and raffia means it travels well; and its hidden drawstring provides the perfect fit.
As for sunglasses: This glamorous pair flatters all different faces (our entire fashion department tried them) and will never go out of style. The squared-oval shape softens angular features and gives definition to rounder ones; tortoiseshell frames complement any outfit, skin tone, and haircolor.