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Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes at My Dove® Photo Shoot with Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend

Celebrity stylist Mark Townsend and Dianna Baros, editor of

Recently I had the chance to collaborate with Dove® Hair on a video tutorial that shows you how to easily create a soft & romantic up-do at home. While struggling to hold back tears, I left my little one with Dad for the day and headed to NYC where I met up with Dove® Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend - he instantly put me at ease with his gracious personality and kept me laughing the whole time!

The Look for Less: Elizabeth and James Leather Jogging Pants

Elizabeth and James makes a pair of luxe leather jogging pants, available at for $675.50 (down from $965). These statement-making bottoms are tough and relaxed at the same time.

Celebrity fans of the leather jogging pants trend include Alessandra Ambrosio, who dressed hers down with a sleeveless tee and bow-pumps, and Cassie Ventura, who dressed her joggers up with a mixed material jacket and sexy heels.

To get this look for less, check out Topshop's faux leather track pants, $76 at

Or these faux leather joggers, $48 at

UPDATE 12/3/13: Now Forever 21 has this look for less, too, for just $22.80!

Under $100 Holiday Dress Guide

Holiday Dress Guide Under $100

With all the holiday parties coming up, know that you can look stylish without breaking the bank! Here are 12 amazing holiday dresses for under $100...something for everyone! Where do you usually shop for holiday dresses? Comment below with your go-to places!

5 Tips to Help You Survive Black Friday

Black Friday is the biggest shopping holiday of the year, which means massive crowds and long lines. So how do you avoid the Black Friday craziness and still get the best gifts for everyone on your list? Follow me to Marshalls, of course! This holiday season, I've teamed up with one of my favorite stores to bring you my best gifting tips as I take on each week's mission, which I'm also sharing on Twitter and Instagram with hashtag #TheGifter. Last week I was challenged to find gift ideas for hard-to-shop friends. Tackling this week's mission, "Black Friday", here are my tips for scoring the best gifts on this busy shopping day:

(p.s. What are your strategies for managing Black Friday mania? Share your finds on social media with using hashtag #TheGifter to be entered to win a $500 TJX gift card, with one winner being selected each week!)