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Ginny Dunleavy

H&M and Lady Gaga open glitzy Times Square headquarters

The Times Square H&M is located at at

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Times Square is about to get even flashier.

H&M opens its enormous flagship store at midnight, complete with 3-1/2 floors, sweeping city views, lit-up logos visible from Connecticut and New Jersey, and a ribbon-cutting by Lady Gaga. (Who else?)

Shoppers started lining up outside throughout the day Wednesday, and though it will be crowded, the loud store is surprisingly made to provide...

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Rebecca Minkoff sample sale, makeovers with the 'Long Island Princesses'

Amanda Bertoncini of the Bravo reality show "Princesses:

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Nov. 12

SHARI'S PLACE in Greenvale offers free eyebrow shaping from Truth + Beauty and a swag bag to the first 50 guests, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at 44 Glen Cove Rd.; 516-484-7400. RSVP suggested; 10 percent of event purchases to benefit Children's Medical Fund of New York.

Nov. 13 and 16

BLOOMINGDALE'S Roosevelt Field hosts the Michele Watch trunk show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 13; 516-873-2786....

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Wanted: ExploreLI's Black Friday Super Shoppers

Do you have what it takes to be

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Are you a Black Friday shopping expert? This is your time to shine! We're looking for Long Island's fiercest deal hunters to become ExploreLI Super Shoppers.

You'll get to show off your skills and share your tips while competing against four other shoppers in a bargain-finding face-off. 

Think you have what it takes to lead less experienced Long Islanders on the biggest shopping...

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Power hair: Why you need it, how to get it at every age

Hairstylist to the stars Julien Farel gives tips

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By now you've traded in your no fuss summer uniform of sundresses and sandals for fall's power suits and heels, but it's time to take that final step-- upgrading your hair.

“We saw power style all over the runways from structured jackets, tailored, feminine skirts, and slimmer silhouettes, but the hair is what really gives it the edge-- the full package,” says Julien Farel, hairstylist of...

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The fashion field is Ray Navarrete’s next play

Retired Long Island Duck second baseman, Ray "Digmi"

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One door closes, another opens. The cliché works for Ray “Digmi” Navarrete, 35, who Sports Illustrated called, “the greatest Long Island Duck ever.” The second baseman, who played for eight seasons with the team and is the all-time franchise leader in games played, hits, home runs, RBIs, runs and doubles, retired this season. Next playing field?

Fashion. That’s where the “Digmi” comes...

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Kerry Washington dons FLOTUS dress on SNL

Kerry Washington playing Michelle Obama, along with SNL

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Art imitated life on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last week when guest host Kerry Washington, who opened the show impersonating Michelle Obama, wore a Tracy Reese dress that FLOTUS actually owns -- and wore in September. Yep, Obama donned the flared, black $498 frock embellished with giant red poppies and a bit of beading to the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony for the 50th anniversary celebration...

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Gilt City Warehouse Sale, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Louboutin, Phillip Lim sample sales and more

The Gilt City New York Warehouse Sale is

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Nov. 7

See the David Yurman fine jewelry trunk show, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (with stylist, 1-4 p.m.; 516-873-2745) at Bloomingdale's Roosevelt Field store. Then meet with Yves Saint Laurent makeup artist Pamela Morgan and team, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., for a new fall look; reservations suggested (516-873-2829).

Join the Glam party at L'Occitane's Flatiron boutique, 5-8 p.m., for complimentary hand massages,...

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U.S. Olympic Committee unveils Ralph Lauren closing ceremony parade uniforms

Figure skater and 2010 gold medalist Evan Lysacek,

They’re patriotic, cozy, cute, stylish, practical and warm. Annnnnd…(this is a big "and") they’re all made in the USA. We’re talking Ralph Lauren’s closing ceremony parade uniforms along with casual village wear for American athletes participating in the 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia which were unveiled earlier this week.

You might remember the huge...

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Rebecca Minkoff facing fines of $77,000 for her messy Manhattan office, report says

Rebecca Minkoff is facing fines of $77,000 from

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Fans of Rebecca Minkoff's coveted handbags probably think working for the designer would be a dream come true, but the situation at her Manhattan headquarters is a little bit messy at the moment, Vogue reports. OK, more than a little bit.

Minkoff is facing fines of $77,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor for "willful and serious violations of workplace safety standards," including...

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Halloween makeup tutorials that are pretty, not scary

Elizabeth Taylor's Queen Cleopatra eye makeup is surprisingly

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We give major props to those brave enough to rock a man-eating zombie costume for Halloween, but for the women who are more into glam than gory, we found three YouTube makeup tutorials that enhance your natural beauty.

1. Cleopatra

If you're always looking for an excuse to add drama to your makeup routine but just can't find the time and place to go crazy with winged eyeliner, this is...

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