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DC-based boutique, Ella-Rue   Phew, we were worried for a minute there. According to President-elect and renowned truth-teller Donald Trump on Monday, all the “dress shops” (we call them “stores” these days, Donald) in DC were fresh out of dresses. “There will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” he told the New York Times in an attempt to hit back at Meryl Streep by showing off how cool and popular he is. “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great...
Today, I am here because I “need” candles. This will be the first of many lies I tell myself on this trip.There is no scenario in which scented candles are a necessity for anyone. Are you performing a séance that only summons demons with a realistic sugar cookie scent? Do you only work by cherry blossom candlelight? Or are you just committed to perpetuating the lie that your home naturally smells like fruity ocean water despite living in a landlocked state and having to Google...
GabiFresh is here to save women from bikini shopping hell. The New Year brings with it a deluge of aspirational thinking that is meant to be positive but is actually inherently negative to one’s sense of worth. They are self-appointed reminders that we are less than, we are lacking. After the holiday season, months before the snow melts, women are subject to a barrage of “fitspiration," urging them to start on their “beach bodies." It is purely marketing, aimed at women precisely at the time when our...
  Natasha Vaynblat is New York-based improviser and comedian who owns a lot of clothes and feels a type of way about it. On her Instagram, Natasha pairs her colorful wardrobe with captions that satirize the ridiculous world of fashion tips. Since youth, many of us have had a fraught relationship with "fashion" and its inner trappings; meant to simultaneously express and stifle oneself. Natasha's photos depict that hilariously! Check it out: "The holidays are a time for reflection. I like to do mine in abandoned public bathrooms." Photo:...
“Sir,—I am a dressmaker, living in a large West-end house of business. I work in a crowded room with twenty-eight others. This morning one of my companions was found dead in her bed, and we all of us think that long hours and close confinement have had a great deal to do with her end.” So starts the anonymous letter which brought the death of seamstress Mary Ann Walkley to the forefront of public attention. Originally printed in a June 17, 1863 edition of The Times,...

  A new bra-volution is here and we like it. Like many industries important to women— tampons, pads, shaving and condoms— bras have been stuck in the past, mostly dominated by men and simply inflexible (like bras themselves). But not to worry; after dedicated development and research, ThirdLove is here to save the day (or the bae’s). Heidi Zak, an MIT MBA grad who has worked in many product-oriented jobs, realized there was huge potential for an innovative lingerie market. Many start-ups were already turning traditional products...
A look at Melina DiMarco may leave you with a familiar feeling, like you know her but can’t quite put a finger on just how, exactly. We’ll help you out: DiMarco is one of the models for Thinx underwear, so chances are you’ve seen her in those cheeky ads that garnered a lot of attention for their too-close-for-comfort imagery. Modeling agencies had warned their clients against posing for the company as they feared being associated with a brand that is so in your face about...
Courtney Love’s holiday collection will have you feeling like Miss World! Say what you will about Courtney Love, but in the ’90s, no one straddled the fashion line between freak and femme fatale like the former Hole singer. From the grunge queen of baby doll dresses to subversive red carpet star, Love’s signature style inspired the Sassy-reading set for years to come. And her new fashion collection Love, Courtney by Nasty Gal ($68 to $398, nastygal.com) is just the right mix of nostalgic and modern. Pair the...
Danielle Brooks — aka Taystee on Orange Is The New Black and Tony-nominated Broadway star of The Color Purple — is taking a stand for plus-size visibility with a heartfelt series of tweets and Instagram posts about the new season of America’s Next Top Model. The season features plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham as a judge, but not one of the 24 contestants is plus-size. As Brooks rightfully points out, this does not reflect the world we live in: more than half of women in the US...
Tucked away in a peaceful, sun dappled plaza in L.A.’s Chinatown is Friend Mart (970 N Broadway #105, friend-mart.com), a brand-new shop full of things you’ve probably coveted on Instagram, from Rachel Howe’s Small Spells tarot decks to Sara M. Lyons’ “Whatever Forever” patches to ’zines like Got a Girl Crush. “It’s exciting because I get to pick it all, so it’s like Tuesday’s personal Christmas wish list,” says illustrator and shopkeeper Tuesday Bassen, known as much for her own badassness as for the badass...
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