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The cuteness surge

Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008

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The things we did for love

Cry and the world laughs with you
Your high-school experiences probably fall between middling and unspeakably horrifying on the unofficial scale of shame.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 30, 2008

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Abs of steel

American Gladiators does the gym proud
A wonderfully campy, oddly comforting motivator that suggests anyone with the guts and desire can become a modernized version of a Roman warrior.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 28, 2008

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Artificial flavor of the month

The Spice Girls test their shelf life
There is a part of me that sympathizes with Victoria Beckham.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  January 22, 2008

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Lagerfeld Confidential

“Ephemeral, dangerous, and unfair”
Karl Lagerfeld is a cherished enigma of the fashion world.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007

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It parade

In 2008, novels turn to fairies, fashion goes faux green, and Star Trek  gets all 90210
There is a moment, at the end of a beauty pageant, when the previous year’s winner is forced to place the sparkling crown on a new champion’s head.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 26, 2007



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Challenging Voldemedia

Potter activists
Is Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin working under the Imperius Curse?
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 20, 2007

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The art of cause

A T-shirt designer on a mission
Michael Crigler is something of a mini-celebrity in artsy Boston circles.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007

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The princess bride

Disney weds girlish fantasy with adult desire for, er, girlish fantasy
When it comes to weddings, at this point in my life, I have no idea what I should want.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 12, 2007

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Fashion weak

Project Runway ’s slump
My roommate Mike enjoys watching reality television that depicts people with actual skills.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  December 11, 2007

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Used but not abused

Are you afflicted with mall madness? Escape the suburban mobs at these 11 incredible vintage stores
The Maginot Line of vintage clothing is most assuredly underwear.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 20, 2007



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Smartest girl

Diane Vadino’s secret nerd heart
Many people will pre-judge Betsy Nilssen — the heroine of Diane Vadino’s debut, Smart Girls Like Me — as another Bridget Jones or Andy Sachs, and that’s a shame.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 13, 2007

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Freakin’

Tila Tequila’s ass-ets
Tila Tequila terrifies me.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 13, 2007

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Green is the new black

How to be socially responsible in a $240 pair of pants
Approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used and discarded worldwide each year.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  November 08, 2007

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Can Britney rise again?

It’s tough to be a celebrity on the skids, but even a ‘ticking time-bomb’ can stage a convincing comeback
The first movie star was a woman named Florence Lawrence.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  October 18, 2007

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Mean girls

Digging the Gossip
Josh Schwartz loves filming scenes where his simpático underdog punches a nasty and absurdly rich Yeah Dude in the face.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  October 01, 2007



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Show fetish

The MFA’s new ‘Walk This Way’ exhibit traces the history of footwear fashion, from sandals to stilettos
Ever since Salvatore Ferragamo designed the first stiletto heel in 1955, podiatrists have faced a steady stream of female patients seeking physical relief from their devotion to fashion over function.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 26, 2007

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Nothing's sacred

Biting art at AIB
“I’ve been called anti-woman, a racist, anti-Semitic, anti-American, you name it!”
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 05, 2007

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Anna Wintour's hair tells all

Why an editor’s locks are more revealing than her covers
By the time you read this, the frenzied seven days that are New York Fashion Week will be drawing to a close.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  September 06, 2007

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Aesthetic genius

Why can’t more writers be smart enough to be beautiful, handsome, or at least cute
When I saw Marisha Pessl in the New York Times Style Section, meticulously posed on an antique chair wearing a pair of high heels and a coy smile, I cringed.
By: SHARON STEEL  |  August 30, 2007

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Blown dry

The Hills  have hair
When Lauren Conrad is blow-drying her hair before her camera crews arrive, does she ever consider giving up and allowing her tresses to frizz into a rat’s nest?
By: SHARON STEEL  |  August 21, 2007


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