Summer Style: The Swimsuit Fashion Hack to Try Now

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Those cute crop tops aren’t what you think.

See those crop tops up there? Cute, right? And how fantastic do they looked paired with a full midi-skirt? It’s a look that’s more put-together than shorts and a tank, and more unexpected than summer’s ubiquitous maxi dress. It’s my summer uniform — I throw on a light silk jacket and heels for work, and a pair of simple sandals for the weekend. But it’s not exactly what it seems …

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5 Easy, Gorgeous Hairstyles to Wear This Summer

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As soon as I sense any sort of heat or humidity — like the exact kind you’ll find outside right now — my immediate go-to has always been the same mundane ponytail, plagued by fly-aways and devoid of volume. Surprisingly, some of the best hair inspiration I found was on the runways — actual ‘dos you can actually. Here are five of the best hairstyles that look chic, beat the heat and keep frizz at bay. But the best part: They’re not as daunting as you may think. Just follow our handy how-to guides, and give yourself an extra ten minutes in the morning. Your topknot will never be the same again.

Your perfect summer hairstyle lies ahead.

5 Tricks for Styling Short Hair

How to Style Short HairConfession: I am hair-challenged. Like, can’t-blow-dry-my-own-hair kind of challenged. So when I had long hair, I ran to the beauty gurus of the Internet with every embarrassingly simple need (read: “how to French braid”). There was always an endless supply of expert advice, product recommendations and Pinterest-worthy tutorials that helped take my hair from frizzy disaster to fabulous (see our roundup of the best 9 hair tutorials on the web here). My hair incompetency was my own little secret.

But last summer, I cut my hair super-short. And while it was adorable when I left the salon, as soon as it came time to style it myself, I was clueless. So of course, I turned to my trusty blogs and YouTube channels for help, but what I found was totally disheartening. There was nothing to help me navigate this new short-hair world. The first few weeks of my short cut were filled with awkward style attempts and lots of headbands. I learned the hard way: It’s hard out there for short-haired ladies.

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How to Get Rid of Hanger Bumps and Other Quick Fashion Fixes

Go on. Be a fashion MacGyver.

Go on. Be the MacGyver of fashion.

At least once a week, a panicked co-worker comes into my office with some sort of fashion-related crisis. I’ve seen a jacket with belt loops … that was missing the belt (I used a pair of scissors to veeery carefully remove the loops after determining that this wouldn’t leave any holes), a small scuff in a black shoe (a swipe of black permanent marker did the trick), and a sweater that sheds everywhere (stick it in the freezer!).

But some problems are stumpers—and tough to deal with when you’re not at home. Take, for instance, those horrible shoulder bumps that appear on sweaters that have been hanging in closets for too long. Or realizing that the the tips of your heels are completely worn down, leaving you quite literally walking on nails. If you’re armed with a steamer, a sewing machine or another pair of shoes, fixing fashion mishaps is a cinch. When you’re stuck in an office, though, it can be trickier. Here, five easy tricks for solving sudden sartorial dilemmas using things you can find in your office. May you never have hanger bumps again.

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Organize Your Life! Day 5: How to Store Your Accessories

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Photo via Ellen Silverman.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

Maybe the trickiest of organization foes: accessories. Unlike jewelry or shoes, there’s no “standard” accessory size so you’re stuck finding a place for everything from sunglasses to umbrellas to weekender bags. It’s tough. So with that in mind, I set out to find the chicest and most innovative ways to store all your accessories. You’ll never find a rogue scarf at the bottom of your closet again!

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Organize Your Life! Day 4: How to Organize Your Jewelry

Keep display-worthy pieces out by incorporating them into your decor.

Keep display-worthy pieces out by incorporating them into your decor.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

Organizing your jewelry, especially if you’ve got a lot of it, can be tough. And jewelry boxes don’t always cut it: Chunky bangles don’t fit, necklaces get tangled and earring backs get lost. Enter: Legions of crafty folks who’ve come up with all manner of ways to store their gems. Some of the ideas are great—I’ve rounded up my picks below, and shared how I store some of my favorite pieces—and some, well, aren’t. (See: hanging earrings on old shutters.) Keep reading for some inspiration and tips on how to organize your baubles in ways that would make even jewelry stores jealous.

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Organize Your Life! Day 3: Eight Clever Ways to Store Your Shoes

Shoes hanging from salvaged wood moldings? Perfection.

Shoes hanging from salvaged wood moldings? Perfection.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

Sometimes it might seem like the only way to store your extensive shoe collection is to call up a contractor and start making blueprints for a new walk-in closet, a la Mariah. But before you start wielding a sledgehammer, here are eight tricks to keep all your shoes neat and tidy. From creative ways to incorporate shoes into living spaces to all-around better storage techniques, all of your stilettos/sneakers/sandals/etc. will have a place in no time.

No renovations needed.

Organize Your Life! Day 2: Six Stylish Ways to Organize Your Desk

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Your new best friend: the wall-mounted organizer.

Maybe it was the 72-hour stint of warm weather last week, but we here at Shoppist are ready for a little spring-cleaning. Each day this week, we’ll be compiling the best ways to organize your life. Trust us: Imagine how good it will feel to spring clean, before spring. Collective sigh of relief, everyone.

There’s nothing that saps creativity and dashes productivity than a messy desk. But Staples and Office Depot are woefully lacking in the style department. (Trust me: My office is primarily white, and it took me at least 10 trips to various stores to find a cool white stapler. Also, yes: I am that crazy.) Here, some of the best ways to keep your workspace chaos-free, and totally stylish to boot.

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Bleach, Paint and Patch: 7 DIY Tricks for Your Boring Old Jeans

8 Coolest Jeans—And How to Make 'Em Yourself

What we have here, Shoppists, is proof that denim can be utterly, painfully cool. We also have proof that denim—especially when it’s ultra cool—can also be utterly, painfully expensive. For those brave enough to venture beyond the skinnies (you are! I know it!), I’ve found seven incredible pairs that take denim to another level. But if you don’t have deep pockets—a few of these pairs break the bank—I’ve also given you some helpful  tips for turning your old jeans into modern works of art, along with a handy ranking of where they each fall on the DIY scale. So read on, friends, and if you attempt any of these at home, please let me know! I’ll certainly be taking a paintbrush to my oldest pair. Happy shopping/creating.

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