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Anna Dello Russo at H&M 'Fashion Shower' Video

In a new video titled "Fashion Shower," Anna Dello Russo shows off pieces from her upcoming accessories collection for H&M while teaching viewers everything they need to know about fashion. One of her fashion lessons, for example, states that "Fah-shun is un-com-for-ta-ble. If you're com-for-ta-ble, you never get the look." I've watched it three times (it's mildly addicting) and the only lesson I learned is that I need to start waking up at 6 a.m. to go swimming (like Anna Dello Russo does) so I can get her legs. The Anna Dello Russo at H&M collection hits stores October 4th, 2012.

Win Cool Stuff: Denimocracy Premium Knit Leggings

UPDATE 10/1/12: And the winners are… #74 Meghan, #12 everywheresafe and #22 Stacy! Congrats to our winners (please check your email) and thanks to everyone who entered!

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Cynthia Rowley Spring 2013 Nail Looks with Deborah Lippmann

To achieve a strong and edgy nail look at Cynthia Rowley's Spring 2013 presentation, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann opted to layer two shades on short, rounded nails as I discovered backstage. Pairing Billionaire, a creme hunter-green and Wicked Game, an iridescent lavender-grey shade, Deborah and her team brought not only an eye-popping color that changes with each shimmer of light, but completed the entire look for Cynthia's playful presentation. I sense a trend with this nail look and might just even try this at home. What do you think? —by The Budget Babe Correspondent, Megan Zietz

Marimekko Spring 2013

If you've ever shopped at Ikea or Crate & Barrel, then you're probably familiar with Marimekko, the Finnish makers of happy prints that seem to invite onlookers to smile. My friend Mary Hall aka The Recessionista couldn't make it to New York to cover the show so she graciously invited me to attend on her behalf (no small gesture since Fashion Week invites are so hard to procure). I'm so glad she did because it turned out to be one of my favorite shows - relaxed and upbeat with a feeling of egalitarianism, from the colorful palette to the models (legends like Carol Alt, Carmen Dell’Orefice, and Pat Cleveland represented women of all ages). Tropical prints popped on loose tunics while graphic patchwork designs played on breezy sundresses. The funky Marimekko x Converse sneaker collection also made its debut. Comfort and style, what more could you want? For more coverage and show photos, visit