Lifestyle » Fashion The latest Lifestyle news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:56:14 +0000 en hourly 1 Turn Your Unwanted Fashions Into Cash Online Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:41:02 +0000 ABC News

Brooke Alper and her husband, Josh, not only have two growing children but also a mountain of clothes that don’t fit anymore.

Alper of Livingston, New Jersey, said that her closet was bursting at the seams.

“I have a ton of clothes that still have tags on them or are gifts that people give us that you can’t return or exchange,” said the mother of two boys, ages 2 and 5.

The “Real Money” team learned, however, that with a little work, Alper’s closet could become a gold mine.

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Cleaning closets in hopes of a cash payout.

Enter Lauren Lerner, an online-resale specialist from Ambler, Pennsylvania, who said online outlets are the new mega-marketplace.  Lerner said she’d made more than half a million dollars since she started selling clothes online a decade ago.

“I see it as green, I see it as money,” Lerner said of the Alpers’ piles of clothing.

With Lerner’s help, Alper was able to convert her family’s closets into cash.  After selling clothes online for just a few hours a week, Alper has made more than $1,200 in her first year of selling online.

Lerner shared the following money-making tips:

  • Snap at least two pictures of the item you’re trying to sell online — front and back — so there are no surprises for the buyer. Use a high-quality camera and really zoom in.
  • Keep the clothes clean and remember that sizing does matter so be as specific as possible about the fit and fabric. Lerner said to include whether an article of clothing has a tight fit or runs big. Details can reduce your chances of having a buyer return an item.
  • Sell seasonal items on resale sites like Tradesy and Poshmark.
  • Bundle, bundle, bundle. Sell your clothes by the bagful to save time. Sites like ThredUp and LikeTwice will send you a bag to fill and then they price and sell the items for you. What doesn’t get sold is then donated to charity.
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More than Sculptural: The Artwork of Nick Cave Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:18:24 +0000 Troy Mcmullen In 1991, Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits,” a pioneering body of work that pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism and Conceptualism, catapulted the artist to a kind of insular stardom rarely achieved in today’s crowded and increasingly global art world.

The project, more than twenty sculptural forms bedecked with dazzling and bejeweled costumes based on the scale of his body, forced viewers to contemplate the works as art and fashion. A former dancer in Alvin Alley’s company, Mr. Cave created colorful, orchestrated performances that framed the project both as performance art while proposing the pieces as ritualistic objects.

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Artist Nick Cave's work titled, 'Sculpture.'

Mr. Cave has long employed a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance while mounting shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Denver Art Museum and the Trapholt Museum in Denmark.

Now, Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan is hosting a two-part exhibition of new work by the artist at the gallery’s two Chelsea locations. “Made for Whites by Whites” and “Rescue.”

Both shows include artifacts and found objects Cave amassed from his travels around the globe.

“Rescue,” on view at Jack Shainman Gallery at 524 West 24th Street, includes  sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens, the gallery says. “Made for Whites by Whites,” showing at the Jack Shainman Gallery at 513 West 20th Street, centers around objects which promote racial stereotypes, the artists says.

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James Prinz Photography

“The materials and forms tell a story,” Mr. Cave said at the show’s opening. “What you see here are objects found and created to lift the idea of what art can explore and can tell you about our lives.”

Mr. Cave, a Chicago-based artist, who shouldn’t be confused with the Australian musician of the same name, has been represented by Jack Shainman since 2006.

“He’s very ambitious as an artist and that drives the scale of his work,” says Mr. Shainman, a veteran New York gallerist who recently opened a 30,000  square foot, multi-purpose project space in Kinderhook, New York. “He’s not a person who takes any short cuts so what you see really comes out of this amazing, ambitious personality.”

Both shows run through Saturday, October 11, 2014 and will be accompanied by special programming.

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Department Store Vs. Drug Store Makeup: Can You Tell the Difference? Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:48:29 +0000 ABC News ABC makeup mar 140902 16x9 608 Department Store Vs. Drug Store Makeup: Can You Tell the Difference?

One of these models is wearing $600 in makeup from a department store, and the other model is wearing $180 in makeup from a drug store. (ABC News)

Even if you have the cash to spend, do you really need to pay big bucks for makeup to look great?

To find out, ABC News’ “20/20″ tested out products from a drugstore and from a department store on two identical twin sisters.

Former cosmetic salesperson Shaina Azad and ABC makeup artist Camilla Zola applied $180 in drugstore makeup on one sister and $600 in department store makeup on the other sister.

The department store products:

  • Foundation,$62 x 2
  • Concealer, $40
  • Powder, $62
  • Bronzer, $52
  • Blush, $62
  • Eyelid primer, $16
  • Eyeliner, $22
  • Eye shadow, $79
  • Mascara, $25
  • Lip liner, $30
  • Lipstick, $35
  • Plus tax, TOTAL: $600

The drugstore products:

  • Foundation,$16 x 2
  • Concealer, $40
  • Powder, $10
  • Bronzer, $15
  • Blush, $7
  • Eyelid primer, $5
  • Eyeliner, $12
  • Eye shadow, $8
  • Mascara, $15
  • Lip liner, $2
  • Lipstick, $11
  • Plus tax, TOTAL: $180

Can you tell which sister you think is wearing the department store makeup and which sister is wearing the drugstore makeup?


The sister on the left is wearing the department store makeup, and the sister on the right is wearing the drugstore makeup.

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Inside the US Open Salon, Where Tennis Champs Get Glammed Up Before Matches Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:34:44 +0000 Lauren Effron

The world’s top tennis players, from Roger Federer to Maria Sharapova, are not only superior athletes but brands unto themselves, and part of being a brand is looking good, even during a sweaty hours-long battle on center court.

When these big names hit the salon at the annual U.S. Open tennis tournament in Queens, N.Y., the stylist many of them come to see is Julien Farel.

“It’s about looking good,” Farel told ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis, noting that professional athletes have become icons and celebrities.

“They must look great. So hair, clothes, makeup, everything [has] to work,” he said.

Farel has even doubled as a good-luck charm. He cut Rafael Nadal’s hair before he won one of his U.S. Open titles.

“Two days ago I got Andy Murray for the first time and he said, ‘What is so particular with your haircuts?’ I said, ‘You might win the tournament,’” Farel said.

Heading into the tournament, Ana Ivanovic said Farel trimmed her locks and gave her “sunkissed” highlights, noting it was the first time in her life she had ever had her hair colored.

“We compete and we are tough on court, but off-court, and also on-court, we want to be feminine, we want to still be woman, and beauty is such a big part of that,” the Serbian tennis champion said. “I think that’s the first thing someone notices, is your hair, your appearance, so it’s important to look good.”

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Tennis champion Ana Ivanovic (right) shows off her new haircut styled by Julien Farel (center), to ABC's Rebecca Jarvis (left) at the 2014 US Open in Queens. N.Y.

Before her first match, Jelena Jankovic got her nails done and said she waited to get her hair cut until she got to the tournament so that Farel, who cut her long brown locks up to her shoulders a few days ago, could do it.

“I just wanted a change,” Jankovic said. “I had long hair for so long and I just wanted a nice short cut. It’s nice. I look younger.”

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Stylist to the tennis stars Julien Farel works on tennis champion Jelena Jankovic's hair at the 2014 US Open in Queens. N.Y.

This Grand Slam tournament means big money — bigger than the Super Bowl. U.S. Open winners take home $3 million each, compared to $92,000 paid out per NFL player who wins a Super Bowl. Last year, U.S. Open spectators and athletes generated an estimated $720 million of economic activity in the New York City area, compared to the $430 million the Super Bowl is expected to bring in when it comes to MetLife Stadium at East Rutherford, New Jersey, in February. The U.S. Open is a two-week tournament, whereas the Super Bowl is a one-day event.

So it seems getting glammed up before taking center court is just another part of loving the game.


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Hand Rejuvenation for Better Engagement Ring Selfies: Before-and-After Shots Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:35:54 +0000 ABC News ht hand plastic surgery split mt 140814 16x9 608 Hand Rejuvenation for Better Engagement Ring Selfies: Before and After Shots

These are Christa's hands before (left) and after (right) her hand rejuvenation. (Courtesy of Dr. Ariel Ostad)

ABC News’ Alexa Valiente reports:

When Christa got engaged last fall, she, like thousands of other women, wanted to show off her engagement ring on social media. But after snapping a few photos, she realized she didn’t like the way her hands looked.

So the 33-year-old from Mount Sinai, New York, turned to fillers, hoping it would smooth out her hands in order for them to become more “selfie worthy.” She recently shelled out more than $3,000 for hand rejuvenation at her dermatologic surgeon Dr. Ariel Ostad’s office in New York.

Christa told Ostad she was unhappy with her hands because she thought they were veiny and her knuckles were “very red.”

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Within minutes of the procedure, Christa was happier about the appearance of her hands. “The veins are not as blue,” she said.

Ostad said he has had several patients show him photos they had taken of themselves and point out their flaws.

“I’ve noticed over the last six months [that] patients actually bring a selfie in the examining room,” he said.  “They show me what bothers them and what they would like to fix.”

The quest for the perfect selfie photo has gotten so extreme that filters and photo edits just aren’t cutting it for some people, who are instead going under the knife to physically alter their appearance in hopes of a better selfie.

After seeing how she looked in photos from her wedding day, Jen Muir, 33, said she realized she hated the way her nose looked and has shied away from taking selfies ever since.

“I can see everybody posting pictures of themselves, and I’m thinking, ‘Why can’t I do it? What’s the problem?’” the Long Island, New York, woman who’s originally from Costa Rica said. “I saw a guy taking a selfie one of these days, and I thought, ‘I wish, I wish I could do it.’”

So Muir decided to have a nose job and spent $15,000, all for a better selfie.

“I want to change my profile. I feel like my nose hangs,” she said. “I also want to change my bump. I feel like it’s too big.”

Her plastic surgeon, Dr. Samuel Rizk of New York City, also credited social media for an uptick in business, the biggest trend he has seen in his 16 year career. “I personally would see two to three patients a day that have come in from selfies and social media,” he said.

Muir was so happy with her new nose that she started crying.

“I love it,” she said. “I just see my eyes and my lips and my teeth. I can see my teeth more, and that’s what I wanted.”

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College Junior Pledges to Go Makeup-Free for a Year Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:51:20 +0000 ABC News

Going bare-faced is something some women might never dream of doing. Even celebrities like Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow have been known to strip off the makeup for a shot or two.

But college student Annie Garau, 20, is taking it to a new level, pledging to go makeup-free for a full year.

Today marks day 206.

“Your appearance isn’t everything and we have so much more to bring to the table,” Garau told ABC News.

A soon-to-be junior at Indiana University, Garau has beenblogging abouther makeup-free mission. Her goal, she says, is to see how others would react to a more natural look and whether it changed the way she felt about herself.

“I felt so bad about how I looked and I had so little confidence that I might have been acting differently,” she explained.

But there was something that surprised her. Garau says many men, who often say they like women without makeup, didn’t seem to act that way.

“Definitely at fraternity parties, I would feel so awkward and felt like guys were treating me differently,” she recalled.

But she says she doesn’t much care. Indeed, when “Good Morning America” sent a makeup artist to see what Garau would look like wearing makeup, she couldn’t take it off fast enough.

“It was weird seeing my face that way,” she said. “And I actually now prefer it the way it is. I haven’t had this beauty revelation where I’ve realized, ‘Oh, I’m actually gorgeous.’ That’s not really the point. I have more confidence, but it’s not in how I look, and that’s fine.”

Even Garau’s boyfriend says he’s notice a positive change.

“Her self-confidence has picked up,” said Jon Toth. “It definitely takes her less time to get ready.”

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Miss Indiana Mekayla Diehl ‘Blown Away’ by Being Called ‘Normal’ Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:29:30 +0000 ABC News

ABC News’ Juju Chang and Alison Kenworthy:

The beauty queen who set social media on fire for her “normal” body says she was “blown away” by the reaction to her more curvaceous figure and hopes it helps both young girls and boys.

“I never imagined me competing in Miss USA would do this,” Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl, 25, told ABC News Tuesday.  “It warms my heart to know that my 30 seconds onstage has touched so many girls’ lives, and even boys as well.”

Diehl’s 30 seconds on stage at Sunday’s Miss USA pageant did not result in her winning the crown – that title went to Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez- but it did result in a flood of comments on Twitter, Facebook and more applauding her for being more than a size zero, like most pageant competitors.

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Among the more than 10,000 tweets tagged to Diehl are sentiments like, “Finally a contestant that is not a bag of bones,” and “Dear #MissIndiana thank you for looking live an average woman.”

“I was blown away,” Diehl, who placed in the top 20 in Miss USA, said of the response.  “Never in my right mind would I imagine that this would blow up to what it is.”

The flattery for Diehl as a “normal” woman came even though the beauty queen is 5-foot-8 and wears a size 4, while, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the average American woman wears a size 12-14 and is 5-foot-3.

Diehl, a collegiate volleyball player, says she did not go overboard to train for the pageant but just trained as she would for volleyball season.

“I didn’t starve myself or go to any crazy extremes,” Diehl said.  “I just lived a healthy lifestyle and trained just a little harder, like an athlete, to get ready for it.

“Just like anybody can,” she said.

Now the beauty queen deemed “normal” says she has advice for young girls who want to follow in her footsteps.

“You can’t worry about the girl standing next to you because you’ll never be that girl,” Diehl said.  Your body is a gift and you have to love it and have that confidence because that’s the only thing you can do.

“You can’t worry about being somebody else,” she said.  “You have to be yourself.”

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Technology Helps Online Shoppers Get a Better Fit Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:44:08 +0000 ABC News ABC News’ Becky Worley reports:

Online shopping has one huge problem: you can’t try on clothing and shoes over the Internet. The return rate for clothing purchased on the web is estimated to be anywhere from 25 percent to 40 percent. And with the rise of vanity sizing, it’s almost impossible for a purchaser of pants to feel confident guesstimating size across different brands and styles.

New technologies are trying to change that: Levi’s is asking shoppers to identify their body shape, bra company True & Co. asks women a veritable Cosmo Quiz about their lingerie to predict sizing, and a company called Truefit wants to create an online profile of your body shape based on the clothes you already own and love.

Truefit is the most ubiquitous of these new tools and it can be found on hundreds of different websites including some heavy hitters of apparel like Nordstrom and Macy’s. Truefit is an algorithmic predictor of what size a shopper will be in a particular brand. To use one technology to explain another, it’s like Pandora for the shape of your butt. If you like Justin Timberlake you might like Jason Derulo. If you are a size 28 in Citizens jeans, you’ll probably be a size 6 in Lucky jeans.

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Looking for boyfriend jeans at, I see the Truefit icon and click. I need to create a profile and it asks for more than my email address and zip code. I give Truefit the brand and size of my two favorite pairs of jeans: a size 28 in 7 For All Mankind jeans and a size 4 in a pair of Anne Taylor skinny jeans. With those two data points, Truefit recommends that I get a size 28 in the two pairs of jeans I’m considering on the Nordstrom site.

Next I move on to shoes. I want to get a cute pair of metallic Sperry flats. I enter data into Truefit about the two pairs of shoes that fit me best: my size 9 Adidas running shoes and my beloved size 9 Cole Haan flats. Now I’ll admit this is a bit of a test of the TrueFit technology because I already have a pair of Sperry Topsiders and they are a size 8.5. I would have ordered an 8.5 in the metallic flats without Truefit assuming the sizing is uniform across the Sperry brand. But True fit says to order a 9.

Once all the parcels arrive I start the trying on. To my surprise, the Sperry shoes fit perfectly. They are a little narrower than the other pair of Sperry’s I had and the 8.5 would have been much too tight. Score that as a big win for TrueFit. The pants however are a different story: both the pairs have a 4-6 inch gap at the waist and droop considerably through the seat. They are both going to be returned.

I reach out to the CEO of TrueFit, Romney Evans. He says: “The service is constantly learning your size preferences from what you buy and what you return.”

Fit is subjective, he points out, and with “multiple data points Truefit gets better and better. Just like Pandora, it takes a series of ‘thumbs down’ clicks for the service to get it right,” he says.

Romney adds that the cumulative effect for online retailers is that they see their return rate decline significantly as the service gains traction: That is good for the retailer’s bottom-line and the fit on the shopper’s bottom. I for one will keep using Truefit. The idea of its progressive improvement makes sense and I’d like any help I can get with my online purchases.

Next I head to the Levi’s site and try to identify myself based on their “Curve ID” parameters. I narrow it down to the two boxiest shape profiles: I’m going to be positive here and describe my figure as athletic and steer away from my more critical self who looks in the mirror and sometimes sees a rectangular bag of potatoes. So knowing that I am not one of their “Supreme Curve” options, they ask “Do you have straight hips with a bit of a curve?” or “some definition from waist to hip?” Some photos are offered, but in the end I guess on this and am assigned the designation of “Demi Curve.”

I order my pair of Levi’s accordingly and wait with much trepidation for their arrival. To my complete amazement, when the jeans arrive they fit like a glove. Honestly, I’ve never had a pair of Levi’s that fit this well. I will definitely keep using their Curve ID service.

Finally, I try the True & Co predictive bra fitter. After a series of questions about the bras I already own, their tool asks me some questions about the shape and uhhh … behavior of my girls. It’s actually very elucidating in its own right to consider why my existing bras fit the way they do.

The company also has an interesting business model to help with fit issues. Once you go through their questionnaire, they suggest about 30 bras. You input your credit card info, then pick up to six bras and they will send them to you without charging your card. Once the bras arrive, try them on, send back the ones that don’t fit, and they will only charge you then for the ones you keep. Of the five bras they sent, four fit me well. Overall that’s a much better ratio than the bras I select for myself as I walk through a lingerie store.

Finally a note about what was hailed as the future of online shopping fit technology: Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, 3D body scanners were touted as the solution to this problem. Shoppers would get a full body scan in a device not unlike what you go through in the airport these days. You’d keep your data as a profile to be shared with online retailers for custom garments and virtual try-ons. Companies like Meality and Body Metrics set up shop in malls and department stores across the country. But the future of this technology is not resonating with consumers.

Getting scanned seems more like a TSA event or, worse, the result of some bad medical news. It’s not pleasurable for us to imagine a wire-frame depiction of our body’s “trouble spots” and it’s unclear to the consumer what benefit really arises in everyday shopping experiences online: I’ve never had an apparel retailer ask me to upload my 3D body scan for a better fit.

So while the new online technologies for better fit like Truefit and Curve ID may not be perfect out-of-the-box, I for one will be using them as I try to avoid the mall and get the right size remotely.

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Woman Claims COVERGIRL Mascara Made Her Eyelashes Fall Out Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:09:24 +0000 ABC News

A 21-year-old Florida woman’s complaint that COVERGIRL’s Bombshell Volume mascara made her eyelashes fall out in chunks has led the company to update its packaging and post an online tutorial on how to use the product.

Amy Schavolt, of West Palm Beach, Florida, says that after a few uses of the product, she discovered that when she removed it, her eyelashes came off along with the mascara.

“I was using eye make-up remover on a cotton ball and I was just wiping downwards on my eyelashes and all of a sudden I looked down and on the cotton ball was a chunk of eyelashes with the mascara still attached to it,” Schavolt told ABC News.

“I was petrified,” she said.  “I stood in the bathroom for a good five minutes and cried.”

New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton tells ABC News that it could take as long as eight weeks for Schavolt’s eyelashes to grow back, assuming it is the first time it has happened to her.

Other commenters also spoke up online claiming they too had difficulty removing the mascara from their eyelashes.

In response, COVERGIRL told ABC News it is updating the packaging of the Bombshell Volume mascara and has already posted a YouTube tutorial that advises users to use cotton balls to apply regular mineral oil on their eyelashes and let it sit “for a few moments” before removing the makeup.

“We’ve taken steps to more broadly communicate the need to use an oil-based remover with long-lasting mascaras,” the company told ABC News in a statement.

COVERGIRL also provided Schavolt with a $15 voucher, which she said she has already spent on other products.


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U.K. Designer Adds Kick With Hydraulic Heels Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:43:35 +0000 Gillian Mohney HT hydraulic heels 02 jef 140604 16x9 608 U.K. Designer Adds Kick With Hydraulic Heels

Silvia Fado created the"Kinetic Traces" shoe line. (Elixabete Lopez and

U.K. designer Silvia Fado decided she wanted to do something a little more exciting than your average heel for her recent collection — so the designer decided to create shoes using a dash of engineering.

Fado came up the idea for the special collection, which uses technology, engineering and a bit of hydraulics, to make walking in heels like walking on air.

Called “Kinetic Traces,” the footwear collection features springs, rubber balls and pneumatic hydraulics all designed to absorb the impact of walking on sky high heels.

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Fado told ABC News that the futuristic looking heels may look impractical but were inspired by architecture and functional design.

“I [have] always been attracted for product design and architecture,” Fado told ABC News in an email. “I started looking to functionality and movement during motion.”

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The shoes feature springs, pneumatic hydraulics and rubber balls. (Elixabete Lopez and

Rather than looking at other heels for inspiration, Fado focused on sports footwear and how a pair of sneakers absorbs the heavy impact of a runner on pavement. Working with an architect and an engineer, Fado was able to construct fantastical footwear that is still comfortable.

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The shoes have "shock absorbers" to protect tired feet. (Elixabete Lopez and

“I thought to bring this idea into fashion footwear and see the benefits when applying into high heels,” said Fado. “As the project is born as a concept the real benefits are still to be studied.”

Currently, the shoes are in the prototype phase. But if you want to buy a pair of the shoes made from wood, leather and hydraulic components, Fado said a commercial line will be available by the end of the year.

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A commercial line of the shoes will be available at the end of the year. (Elixabete Lopez and





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