• Cosmetic Box of the Cupbearer Kemeni. Egypt, ca. 1814–1805 B.C.

    Vanities: Art of the Dressing Table

    Let’s face it: we humans love to dress up. Long before we were using metal tools, we were painting our faces and bodies, combing and dressing our hair, and deciding which necklace goes with…

    January 7, 2014
  • IFB’s Links à la Mode: December 19th, 2013

    Wearing the Pants in the Family Do you know what? Every time you think you got the pants down, something new comes up! Transparent pants, sequin pants for any occasion, no-pants… heck even changing…

    December 20, 2013
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    The “Yoga Body”

    We see them everywhere: some are serene, blissful, meditating in drugstore fliers. Others – lithe visions of feminine happiness, stretching in yogurt and maxi pad commercials. And then there are the hardcore sisters, holding…

    December 10, 2013
  • IFB’s Links à la Mode: December 5th, 2013

    The Best of Independent Fashion Bloggers This Week Glamourous Giving This year feels especially glamourous, not sure why, it’s just a feeling. And believe me, it’s strange because my personal life is considerably less…

    December 6, 2013
  • Stealing Beauty: On Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

    If there’s any constant in fashion, it is that it always changes. And part of that change is fashion’s taking of inspiration from every time and place that it can.   One of fashion’s…

    November 27, 2013
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    Makeovers in the Movies: Working Girl

      Makeovers always hold the promise of a better life – new beginnings, being accepted into a better crowd, or finally measuring up. But what happens when other people won’t help? What happens when…

    November 20, 2013
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    Beauty Bytes: November 8, 2013

      Hair Rules: With the election of Bill de Blasio as New York’s next Mayor, the incoming first family will be bringing more than their progressive politics – they’re the first multiracial Mayoral Family…

    November 8, 2013
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    Beauty Bytes: November 1, 2013

      Are there cockroaches in your cosmetics? Cockroach farms are a new and lucrative trade for enterprising Chinese businesspeople, who are selling dried “American” roaches for up to $20 a pound. Because cockroaches are…

    November 1, 2013
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    Halloween Repost – Beauty Archetypes: Witches

    (Hi, Wild Beauties! I’m not sure if reposting this is counts as a cop-out, but since this article is more in tune with Halloween week than other posts I’m working on, I’ll bring it…

    October 29, 2013