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Trend Watch: Fall’s New Flared Denim

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Boyfriend, girlfriend, skinnies, boot cut, patchwork... the denim landscape is constantly evolving. The good news is that the hottest denim trend to hit the scene for fall also happens to be one of the most flattering -- flares! Yes, the '70s inspiration is going strong! Flare-leg jeans provide a balanced look for curves because, instead of accentuating your hips and thighs like tight skinnies that cinch around your ankles, the width at the bottom of the pant makes your overall look more proportional. Of course, flares are best worn with chunky heels, platforms or wedges to elongate your legs, especially if you're ...Read more.

The Dress That Flatters Every Body

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The fit & flare dress. It adds curves to boyish figures and accentuates waists while minimizing womanly thighs and booties. It comes with sleeves for those that need coverage and sleeveless if you prefer to show those lovely limbs. It works for both tall women and petite ones. The perfect dress style for an endless number of occasions and situations. Here are some of our top picks, from affordable to designer. Plus, how we styled one dress for work and the weekend. ...Read more.

Angela’s Lab | All-American Girls

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The American Girl phenomenon... 30 years and going strong. Our daughter, who's now seven years old, is crazy about her dolls and the whole American Girl experience. We do not leave on a trip without a doll in tow. And the doll's backpack, several outfits, pajamas and accessories... As a mom, what I love about the brand is that they do a fantastic job of promoting a positive image for girls, from diversity to brains. You can even build your daughter her own "mini-me" doll by choosing the hair, skin and eye color, plus add on glasses, braces or any number of accessories. After all, doesn't every little girl wish ...Read more.

Fab from the Lab | The Go-With-Everything Bootie

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Angela’s Lab | Dreaming of Fall

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As I write this, it is 115 degrees outside in Phoenix -- we're having an excessive heat warning! -- but I am dreaming of fall... In addition to pouring over the fall fashion issues that hit my mailbox this last week, I attended the Neiman Marcus fall trend media breakfast where we were treated to an advance look at what's ahead for the season and must-haves as chosen by Neiman Marcus' incomparable fashion director, Ken Downing. Like the majority of fashion lovers, fall is my favorite season and I can't wait to start wrapping myself in cashmere, brocade, velvet and tweed -- all the yummy, luxurious, cool weather ...Read more.

Angela’s Lab | Beauty Arsenal Update

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At MSL, we are constantly on the lookout for the next best product or serum to help address our beauty woes, from patchy sun-damaged skin to dull hair. And, like computer technology, beauty technology is improving and evolving at a rapid rate. (Thank goodness!) Here are my own beauty finds as of late that I've become a fan of and added to my personal beauty regimen. ...Read more.

Angela’s Lab | Color Crush on Army Green

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My latest color crush is on army green. AKA, olive green if you want the shade to sound more sophisticated. I've inadvertently added several items to my closet recently in this arguably neutral hue, including a dress, jacket and jeans, plus these camo sneaks and super versatile vest, which is the perfect layering piece for any time of the year. (Yes, I admit I may have a wee bit of a shopping addiction... Hey, it's cheaper than therapy, right? And an investment really.) ...Read more.