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Our May Giveaways Will Make You Want to Go on Vacation (Like, Tomorrow)

Apr/17/2014 at 03:48 PM ET

March StyleWatch Giveaways

Did you plan your summer vacation yet? You’re about to as soon as you enter to win our fabulous May giveaways. If you don’t feel like running to the newsstand, you can download the new issue on iTunes, but you’ll want to do it quickly, because we’re about to fill you in on all the free stuff you can win. To be a bit more specific, $4,498 worth of swag is up for grabs. Excited yet? Read More

What We're Buying: The Bags and Shoes We Can't Live Without for Spring

Apr/15/2014 at 05:19 PM ET

Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” Below, check out our favorite finds at the moment, from chic metallic bags to investment heels (courtesy of stylist Anita Patrickson!) to a pair of shoes that our editor is going to passionately defend, no matter what you think.
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The Self-Tanner for People Who Hate Self-Tanning

Apr/14/2014 at 06:00 AM ET

If you can wipe yourself off with a towel, you can master using this self-tanner. If you have five minutes to spare, you’ve got time to give yourself an allover glow with this self-tanner. And if you can type STYLE15, you can get an exclusive discount on this self-tanner.

Take it from someone who has tried dozens and dozens of at-home bronzers: It doesn’t get easier than this. These towelettes don’t require a PhD in self-tanning in order to avoid streaks, splotches, stains on your clothes and orange spots. All you have to do is swipe a towel over your body, let it try for a couple minutes then get dressed and wait for your glow to appear.

Within a few hours, you’ll look like you just came back from vacation … not like you spent the last few months in jeans and sweaters, hibernating during a Polar Vortex.

Click here to shop them and be sure to enter STYLE15 to get an extra 15% off (for first-time Joyus customers).

Now all that’s left to do is break out those spring dresses and show off your tan!

And P.S. If you’re not looking to give yourself a tan, but you want your skin to just look more perfect, smoother and free of imperfections like cellulite, this other magical product, Prtty Peashun lotion, is for you.

–Zoë Ruderman

What to Wear this Weekend, From Date Night to Brunch: the Black-and-White Edition

Apr/11/2014 at 06:32 PM ET

On weekends, you just want to keep things simple. And what’s more simple than a two-color palette from head to toe? Below, see our three recommendations for fool-proof outfits for every one of the events on your social calendar, but if you’re feeling bold, feel free to swap in a bright shoe, swipe on a red lip or add a neon accessory a for a little extra oomph.

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Elle Macpherson's Favorite Red Carpet Moment Involves a Couture Gown and ... Flip Flops?

Apr/10/2014 at 03:53 PM ET

We were lucky enough to spend our Thursday morning with the stunning Elle Macpherson — somehow her hair is more amazing in person — to celebrate the launch of her Body Collection at JCPenney. And in honor of #TBT, we had to put our serious journalist hats on and ask Macpherson one very pressing question: What’s your favorite red carpet moment of all time? Her answer led us to this truly killer photo below (Elle, you should get this on Insta stat.)

Elle Macpherson Calvin Klein Collection Met Gala 2005 Evan Agostini/Getty

“My favorite red carpet moment is the acid-green, strapless luminescent dress with flip flops that I wore to a Met Gala,” Macpherson told PEOPLE of the whiplash-inducing Calvin Klein Collection gown she wore to the 2005 ball. “And the tan. It was great.” Read More

We Tried It: A Push-Up Bra For Your Butt

Apr/10/2014 at 10:30 AM ET

We Tried It Spanx Booty BarCourtesy Gillian Morales

What it is: Shapewear that promises to give your butt a lift [I'm holding it in the photo above, along with the before (center) and after (right) back views!]

Who tried it: Gillian Morales-Fraietta, Associate Fashion Editor

Why she did it: Because I’m a new mom whose body can use a lift in more places than I care to admit

As soon as I became a mom, shapewear took on a whole new meaning in my world, and as much as I hate to admit it, I have a drawer dedicated to different miracle workers. I have always used shapewear to flatten and smooth out certain parts of my body (and by certain parts I’m referring to my troublesome thighs), but never to lift. Then I had my daughter and well, a little thing called gravity came into my life along with her.

When the “Booty Bra” made its way into our offices, I had to try it. The name alone had me intrigued. My first thought when I saw it: This thing can’t be comfortable. It has a thick strap that goes right down the middle of your backside (the same way a thong does), but this strap is wide. I imagined I’d feel like someone gave me a major wedgie, and would look like that too. But if something is promising to lift, tighten or hide, you can always count me in.

We Tried It Spanx Booty BarCourtesy Gillian Morales

[Editor's Note: Three editors stood around a computer just to rave about how pert Gillian's behind looks in the "after" photo, right]

So, I tried it. Might I note, I didn’t just “try it.” I really put it to the test and wore it all day long. I could not believe how comfortable it was. The only time I felt any discomfort was when I changed into my pajamas at the end of the day and forgot I still had it on. But I have to be honest, even if it was uncomfortable, if it made my booty look good (which it did!), I’d wear it all day every day.

The first thing I noticed when I looked in the mirror was that my butt looked perky. It was visibly higher. There was actually a “lift” and I was genuinely surprised. Nothing can be more disappointing than putting on shapewear with the hope of seeing a difference and instead — nada. This was not the case. So far, I was happy.

Now I needed outside opinions. I asked my mom and husband if they noticed a difference and if my butt looked perky. My husband responded “Your butt always looks perky.” Well played, Sir, well played. But he wasn’t helping, so I turned to my mom. Now this is the difference between a woman and a man. She made me take it off and do a “before and after” fashion show for her. She confirmed it was definitely perkier and also asked if I could get her one.

Final Verdict:
It delivers, and the name “Booty Bra” is so very fitting. It’s a push-up bra for your bum.

What shapewear have you had success with? Would you test out the Booty Bra like Gillian? Share your thoughts, and see what other trends editors are trying, below!

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What We're Buying: The Hottest Heels, Coolest Jacket and Perfect Pick-Me-Up

Apr/08/2014 at 04:08 PM ET

Have you bought anything you loved lately? In the PEOPLE StyleWatch offices, the answer to that question is usually “Yes.” Below, check out our favorite finds at the moment, from soothing beauty products to the best transitional jacket — plus, the haute heels ESPN2 anchor Cari Champion is loving!
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