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Take your heels into your own hands

SHOE LOVER, HEEL THYSELF Calling all female shoppers:

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Calling all female shoppers: Now that you've pulled off all that holiday shopping for everyone else, why not indulge in something for yourself? Make it shoes.

CHROMATICgallerie has a customization process that takes the fear of heights out of shoe shopping.

You pick the color, material, width and heel height -- so if you're not crazy about today's crazy-high heels, custom-design your...

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Beauty Spot: Luxe soaps

Handmade Organic French Lavender Soap, using a recipe

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Fresh celebrates its birthday with limited-edition Fresh Turns 21 soaps, in three iconic scents -- Sugar, Patchouli, Hesperides Grapefruit -- packaged in opulent metallic wrap; $15 each ($22 for set of matching note cards) at Fresh shops, Manhattan, and fresh.com.

Handmade organic French lavender soap, using a recipe direct from France, offers a creamy lather of luscious goat's milk, coconut...

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HBO 'Girls' costume designer to style Aerie intimates

Jenn Rogien, costume designer for HBO TV series

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They may not strut around in Manolos like Carrie Bradshaw or have Samantha Jones' sex appeal, but everyone wants a piece of this generation's fab four — Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna of HBO's "Girls."

That's why Aerie, American Eagle's intimates-focused sister line, has called on the show's costume designer Jenn Rogien to be their new style and fit expert.

“[Aerie's]...

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No Pants Subway Ride returns to NYC

A participant acts normal despite his attire during

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If this doesn't faze New York subway riders, nothing will.

Thousands are expected to gather below the streets of Manhattan on Sunday to prove in a rather unconventional way the fashion statement "less is more."

Clad in winter coats, scarves, gloves and their finest undergarments, pranksters will board subways with straight faces and without their pants as part of a large-scale...

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Banana Republic announces Milly Collection

A sketch from the Banana Republic Milly Collection,

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Spoiler alert: Now we know what everyone will be wearing in the Hamptons this summer.

Banana Republic and designer Michelle Smith announced a new collaboration Monday, the Banana Republic Milly Collection, set to launch in late May.

Polished and preppy with just the right amount of breezy simplicity, the collection should fit perfectly into Banana Republic's summer styles. It features...

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Experts: Big discounts you will find only in January

Victoria's Secret offered big sales. Tanger Outlets in

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Left with a shopping hangover from the hectic holiday season, many declare January a month of rest and steer clear of stores.

Smart shoppers know, however, that slow retail sales in January means big discounts.

While retailers offer sales in December to make a profit on gift hunters, in January they often have even better deals to minimize losses, says MaryAnn Bekkedahl, president and...

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Winter styling help, prom dress drive

Get styling advice by Aqua on Jan. 9

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Jan. 9

Stop by Bloomingdale's Roosevelt Field, noon-4 p.m., for a professional Aqua winter styling session and attend a tropical party with Caribbean music and snacks in the Portfolio women's department (first 25 guests receive a gift; one per customer, while supplies last); 516-873-2700.

Through Jan. 19

Ulta holds its annual "Love Your Skin" series with...

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Struggling Tri-County vendors: 'We're still here'

Tri-County in Levittown.

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It's the only place around where you can have your nails done, shop for diamond jewelry, get a snack and visit a psychic under the same roof.

So why are some vendors at the Tri-County Bazaar in Levittown struggling?

"August is usually the quiet time, but this year it didn't seem to pick back up again," says Anthony Sesack, who has had his airbrush booth, East Coast Brush Works,...

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Party with Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha

'The Face,' a reality series searching for the

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Party like a supermodel as ULTA Beauty and Oxygen celebrate “The Face,” an Oxygen reality series searching for the next face of ULTA Beauty.

The grand prize winner of “The Face” contest will attend the VIP premiere party on Feb. 5 and receive a trip for two with a two night stay in Manhattan and mingle with the cast. Twenty first prize winners will receive a $100 ULTA Beauty gift card and...

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White House Black Market launches Inaugural Dress Collection

First lady Michelle Obama wears a White House

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Inauguration Day is approaching, and as usual the fashion world has its eyes on what first lady Michelle Obama will wear.

While it's likely the all-American style icon will opt for a high-end designer frock for the big event, White House Black Market is ready and waiting with more affordable options, just in case.

Obama set off a buying frenzy when she appeared on “The View” in a black...

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