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Anne Bratskeir

Anne Bratskeir covers shopping, fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends for Newsday, and is a reality television show addict who reports on everything from Housewives to American Idol.

Author Alice Harris releases coffee table book 'Blow Me a Kiss'

The cover of "Blow Me a Kiss," a

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The focus is on lips, lips, lips in author Alice Harris’ new book, “Blow Me a Kiss,” ($35; powerHouse Books), a visual photo feast that explores the fascination with lips from the lacquered mouth of a supermodel to the pout of a young Mick Jagger.   

The 120-page hardcover tome features more than 80 photographs and includes the works of Francesco Scavullo, Andy Warhol and Roy...

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BaubleBar launches at all Nordstrom stores

Nordstrom has partnered with online fashion jewelry company

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Statement jewelry definitely does not need to bust the bank. That’s the underlying philosophy of online fashion jewelry company baublebar.com co-founded by Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky three years ago. Guilt-free bling … what could be better?

But there is something about touching the stuff and seeing it in real life that is downright compelling and purchase propelling. Apparently Nordstrom...

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Battleshop: The new online fantasy shopping game

Battleshop is a new fantasy shopping game that

A group of social media savvy, fashion loving Long Islanders has launched a new online game -- www.Battleshop.co – that may satisfy fashionable shoppers’ lust the same way that fantasy sports leagues sate sport fanatics.

In 2012, six friends in Islip came upon the idea for the game. “We were all sitting around having a conversation about the obsessions with fantasy sports,” says Stephanie...

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The Limited announces 'Scandal'-inspired clothing line

Kerry Washington in a scene from the series

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Followers of ABC’s hit show “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington love the political plotline, the suspense, the sexy side stories and the drama, but fashion retailer, The Limited, is betting big on the fact that the clothes, worn by Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, are a major part of the draw as well.

In late September, the Limited Scandal collection will launch at 250 Limited stores and...

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Lupita Nyong’o gets her first Vogue cover

Lupita Nyong’o graces the cover of Vogue’s July

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Win a SAG award …great.  An Oscar?  Wow ... even better. But when it comes to fashion, you know you’ve really arrived when you make the cover of Vogue magazine.

These are the real life events of Lupita Nyong’o, 31, whose image graces the cover of Vogue’s July issue (it hits newsstands on June 30). In a downright gushing story penned by the magazine’s editor-at-large Hamish Bowles,...

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Joey Fatone sports shirt from Manhasset's nuBest Salon

Joey Fatone, formerly of boy band 'N SYNC

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Every season, nuBest Salon and Spa switches up the "uniform" for its 125 stylists, colorists and makeup artists to underscore how beauty and fashion coexist.  This time around, it's all about the football-style jersey, here, emblazoned with the number 73 to commemorate the year nuBest opened its doors.

The look was inspired in part by Tom Ford's Fall collection which featured two sequin...

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Lullanest, a luxe new baby store, opens in East Hampton

There's a brand new baby store in East

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The chic boutique factor in the Hamptons is a given but one little (and we mean little) sector of the population has been virtually overlooked ... babies. Now Lullanest, a luxe, all-inclusive baby merchandise store has opened in the East Hampton to serve the infant set.

Here, owner Katerina Williams, a mom who is expecting her second child this summer, has culled what she considers the most...

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Textile Elizabeth and James releases fashion-forward World Cup tops

These World Cup tees by Textile Elizabeth and

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Super-cute World Cup-inspired tees, tanks and crop tops for gals are the newest offering from Textile Elizabeth and James. (If you didn’t know it, this is the contemporary brand from those famous twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who most recently won the CFDA accessories designer of the year award for their work on high-end line The Row.)

Support your favorite competing country with these...

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