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Recession Chic: Best At Home Manicure

There's no doubt about it: Getting your nails done professionally is worth the money--if only because of the pampering that comes with it. But for most of us, booking and keeping a regular appointment is next to impossible. And also, kind of expensive! It's easy to nail a good manicure or pedicure (one that lasts a week or more) at home if you allow yourself 30 minutes--about 15 minutes for prep work and application and 15 minutes for nails to dry. You can shrink that time if you use drying aids, like speedy topcoats or finishing sprays. While you are at it, pamper yourself with easy things like aromatherapy and some of your favorite music! Here's how to score a perfect 10 -- without the $40 nail salon visit.

1. Start by removing old polish. For natural nails, use a non-acetone remover. Try Cutex Essential Care Advanced Nail Polish Remover Pads.

2. Use a very handy 4-sided nail buffer for polishing, buffing and shining your nails. After using this product, your nails will have a beautiful manicure shine without the polish, so this inexpensive tool is great for when you want to go bare.

3. File nails to desired shape. What looks modern now is a shortish nail,straight across the top with rounded edges. File your nails in one direction starting at the edges and moving toward the top.

4. Soak in soapy water for a few minutes to soften cuticles.

Home Decor Faves: The StairCASE by Danny Kuo

It's no surprise that a dude who lives in a city of 18 million people would appreciate the need to conserve space. Shanghai-based artist Danny Kuo created the StairCASE, a shelving system where the lower shelves double as a pull-out step ladder. This aesthetically savvy storage piece is a bright solution for people with a lot of books. This storage unit has three moving boxes, each of which can easily be pulled out to form a ladder. As a result, you will find reaching items on high shelves are no longer troublesome.

Hot In The Hive: Dsquared Skeletal Stilettos.

This year on the runway, bones other than model's ribs and knees made a debut. Alexander McQueen without a doubt has introduced the fashion industry to the wondrous world of skulls, making the normally Gothic symbol a fashionable success years ago. Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel followed the trend by creating dodgy heels, and taboo imagery nearly two years ago. Currently, these Dsquared Fall 2010 shoes carry on that legacy with an anthropologist's dream shoe - thus resulting in the creation of these skeletal stilettos. The series features a variety of high heeled boots and shoes that feature heels that look like they are made from spinal columns.

Beauty: Alfresco Bug Repellant Moisturizer

Finally! All the beauty required without any of the bites! Formulated by a British botanist who found herself being served up as a mosquito main course! Alfresco has a sweet, spicy fragrance that smells lovely to humans but is repugnant to insects. So why is Alfresco Natural Insect Repellent a choice beauty find? Simply because the 'Beauty with out Bites' lotion keeps annoying bugs at bay, with the added bonus over other repellents of moisturizing and conditioning the skin without adding toxic chemicals. It is DEET-free and uses the botanical extracts of 20 blended essential oils, including geranium, lavender, cinnamon, and melissa, to ward off pests. It is also recommended by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which put it through extensive testing. In fact, they have gone so far as to recommend the anti-bug lotion particularly for babies, children, and people with sensitive skin.

Label Love: Bijules NYC

Some people simply have what it takes to get downtown NYC buzzing about an up-and-coming social event, especially when said event is revealing the new line by internationally and nationally acclaimed jewelry and accessory designer Jules Kim of Bijules NYC. The brand has an unconventional, innovative approach to creating not simply jewelry, but pieces of wearable art. Tackling all potential aspects of the jewelry world, be prepared to rifle through the website under these eight categories: Finger, Wrist, Neck, Waist, Shoulder, Face, Nose, Ear. That is exactly what you€™ll find, a menagerie of oddities and spectacularly constructed pieces for essentially all parts of your body. Designer Jules Kim put in some serious thought when constructing Bijules NYC, and what type of jewelry she wanted to create. In a video interview with URB Style, she categorizes the essence of jewelry itself into a mere two categories: Costume jewelry, which is €œ...affordable, not quality, and just threw up something onto pearls...€�

Hot In The Hive: D&G Mickey Mouse Print Mini Skirt

Iconic designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have made a trademark of their surnames which is known throughout the world, easily recognizable thanks to its glamour and great versatility. For their Spring 2010 collection, the established pair joined forces with another celebrated iconic duo: Mickey and Minnie Mouse! D&G€™s portrait print of the nostalgic Disney Cartoons are done in black and heather gray ink, while red ink is used for the hearts, which float around their loving embrace. It is a very romantic and playful sketch of the characters, artistically showing their adoration for one another in a very chic and contemporary way. Given the classic nature of the adorable print, it was only natural that the next logical step was to create the cream silk-georgette lampshade Mickey Mouse mini skirt, a chic homage to the cartoons that still evoke pleasant memories of childhood.

Accessories: Bon Bon Clutch by Deux Lux

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this insanely adorable Bon Bon Clutch by Deux Lux, featuring a shimmering metallic gold and multicolor crystal-covered front flap! This clutch literally looks delicious enough to eat, resembling those nostalgic high-fructose corn syrup concoctions of our youth. On the plus side, this pastel candy clutch will not leave you feeling sticky, regretful, or suffering from the ramifications of an unattractive sugar-bender. It doesn€™t even rot your teeth! The only thing that will 'crash' due to the Bon Bon Clutch is the hearts of envious onlookers, as you casually walk on by.

Trend: Oversized Dress Shirts

In the present moment, Womens fashion seems to be leaning towards the bigger is better side of things, and are seriously kicking it up a notch. The Oversized Trend has sprouted wings, and can be seen from the Sonia Rykiel Pre-Fall 2010 Collection, to the more affordable BDG Western Detail Shirtdress from Urban Outfitters. For all you recession chic girls out there, before you decide to go on a shopping spending spree, you might go check your boyfriend€™s closet first! All you need is a nice button down shirt, with enough length to preserve your dignity.