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The Change Up: How About a New Hair Color This Season?
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The official beginning of fall is quickly approaching. As the leaves start to change, most women feel the need to make changes to their hair color. If you're looking to switch things up this season, check out some of the options available for adding some oomph to your locks. Rich browns,... Read More...

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Urban Beauty: 5 Fall Beauty Trends You Should Get On
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Urban beauties, your quick guide to the best in fall beauty is here! When upgrading your look this season, keep the following trends in mind.   1. Full Brows Full brows are still in full effect this season, so let them grow. To get that Cara Delevingne brow use Anastasia Beverly Hills "Dipbrow" Pomade. 2. Soft Eye... Read More...

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Join the Curve: Pretty—and Big Too! Chats with UR
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I recently caught up with BriTTany Mo’Cha, founder of Pretty—and Big Too!, a website dedicated to the beauty of plus-sized women. BriTTany met me at one of my favorite Philadelphia Thai eateries where we dished over hard cider about her brand and her message. Throughout the year, Pretty—and Big Too! has been running a... Read More...

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DIY With Francesca: When Life Gives You Lemons, Part 2
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Let’s squeeze every bit of that amazing vitamin C from the miracle juice lemons provide. This time we're taking it to the kitchen with two favorites: cocktails and cake! If you're looking for a twist on the classic martini, the lemon basil martini is a must-try. The blend of these two... Read More...

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UR Beauty Bag: NY Fashion Week Edition, Part 4
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The pencil brush is the multi-use tool that concludes our Fashion Week must-haves used by the professional makeup artists that help bring the runways to life. The pencil brush is all about precise application for the eyes, lips, and brows. A pencil brush is traditionally used to create a "v" shape on... Read More...

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Ms. New Booty: The Dangers of Butt Injections
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Even the most routine surgery can be dangerous; however, the risk factors are significantly enhanced when having an illegal cosmetic procedure. Do you know the safest procedures available and the dangers lurking on the black market? Where there is a demand, somebody will supply the service. Ethical plastic surgeons routinely turn... Read More...

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UR Beauty Bag: NY Fashion Week Edition, Part 3
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Our Fashion Week must-haves continue! For this installment, get to know the metal palette and spatula. Ever get the urge to experiment with your beat by mixing shades and creating custom blends, but you only have a paper towels or goodness knows what else on which to do your mixing? Are you... Read More...

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UR Culture: Popular Black Actresses Make Their Broadway Debut
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You can't celebrate the accomplishment of Keke Palmer being the first African-American to play Cinderella on Broadway without acknowledging that this will be the final run of Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Don't panic. You have until January 3, 2015 to catch Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway. Directed by Mark Brokaw,... Read More...

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The Best F*cking Relationship Advice Ever
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Fall is a great time for renewal, with the possibility for new looks, new activities, and perhaps a new way of thinking. In the interest of focusing on my fall renewal, I have been cleaning out my emotional house. One thing in particular that I feel needs a refreshing adjustment... Read More...

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The Brighter Side of Day: Kathy Sledge Pays Tribute to Billie Holiday
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Internationally renowned recording artist Kathy Sledge is on a six-city tour showcasing her latest project, The Brighter Side of Day. The former lead vocalist of Sister Sledge—the girl group that gave us timeless hits such as "We are Family" and "The Greatest Dancer"—is paying tribute to Lady Day with a brilliantly... Read More...

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Off the Runway: Fall Hair Trends To Try Now
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From the fashion houses in New York to the runways of Milan, the fall hair trends for this season are strong and chic. This season, it's all about the deep-center or side part with straight or textured hair tucked behind the ears or pulled into a sleek ponytail for effortless chic. Blonde is... Read More...

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UR Beauty Bag: NY Fashion Week Edition, Part 2
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Peek into any trendy one-stop-shop retailer that sells everything from handbags to headbands (looking at you Zara, H&M, ASOS.com) and you will find bobby pins in various colors, styles and sizes in the hair accessories section. Exposed bobby pins as hair ornaments were huge on the runways of the Fall 2014... Read More...

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UR Beauty Bag: NY Fashion Week Edition, Part 1
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What better way to begin our fall UR Beauty Bag fun than with Fashion Week essentials? This four-part series includes multi-use beauty tools—used by professional makeup artists during Fashion Week—that you'll want to add to your beauty toolkit this season and beyond. Fluffy Blending Brush The fluffy blending brush is used to buff... Read More...

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UR Style File: Crop Tops, From Casual to Dressy
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Summer is nearing its end, but that doesn't mean you have to put your skin-baring ensembles into the abyss that is the back of your closet just yet. One trend, resurfaced from the glory days of the 90s, that has taken spring and summer style by storm this year is the... Read More...

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Opinion: Why We Should Refrain from Calling Ourselves Poor
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For many Millennials it has become in vogue to make light of one's financial situation by referring to oneself as "poor." I have been guilty of this on many occasions, but it’s starting to become a pet peeve of mine. The reality is, while the entire world's economy is struggling,... Read More...

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Laughter and Lament: The Link Between Depression and Comedy
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You know that one friend of yours? The funny one? The person who’s always cracking jokes, trying out impressions, and in general is just a hoot to be around. The one exception to that person’s neverending chucklefest is when a switch gets flipped somewhere and they withdraw. Maybe they start... Read More...

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DIY with Francesca: When Life Gives You Lemons, Part 1
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No need for a sour face. These lemon tips are as sweet as they come! The lemon is an amazing little fruit jam-packed with great vitamins; immunity boosting properties; and hair, face and body benefits. Let's start from top to bottom with some fresh-squeezed tips. Hair When life gives you lemons, put them... Read More...

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Black-on-Black Crime is Not the Issue Here
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The past couple of weeks have been extremely hard for me and many of us, as the drama in Ferguson, MO, has left us feeling worn, confused and maybe even a bit helpless. Yet despite those feelings, there are thousands of men and women who are marching the streets of... Read More...

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Listen to These Voices: Why We Shouldn’t be Afraid of Ferguson
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I don’t know how to write this article and not have it sound like every other article since the Trayvon Martin shooting. Or since Marissa couldn’t “stand her ground”. Or since the reporting statistics never discuss white-on-white violence because, duh, racism. I don’t know how to write about this and... Read More...

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“Purge-uson”, Missouri: Martial Law & No Order
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Ferguson, MO – Several cities in these United States have been deemed war-like zones. "Chiraq" and "Killadelphia" come to mind immediately, but Ferguson is the latest to join the list. With each day turning up new allegations in the Mike Brown shooting, tensions returned at an all-time high. At this... Read More...

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UR Book Club: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
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Emily Dickenson famously called for literature, poems and words to “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” The Night Guest by Australian writer Fiona McFarlane does just that. In her debut novel, McFarlane creatively uses her tale to navigate the mysterious waters of aging memories and the ties of... Read More...

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Ask An Urban Romantic
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Here at Urban Romance Online, our aim is to help you style your life—that is, to live your best life while conquering the urban jungles we all love so much. To help you pull it together when life gets to be too much, we offer Ask An Urban Romantic—an advice segment for... Read More...

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UR Book Club: California by Edan Lepucki
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Edan Lepucki’s first novel, California, joins the ranks of a long and successful list of post-apocalyptic popular fiction. It’s a fast and exciting read laced with a twinge of unsettling realism, although it never quite manages to be the clever and incisive book it wants to be. The story of how... Read More...

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UR Recipes: Spice Up Your Summer Salads
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Who says salads have to consist of the usual lettuce, tomato and croutons? These unique and flavorful salad recipes are great for any summertime event and can serve as the main course or a cool side dish. Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad Ingredients 3 pounds unpeeled, cooked large shrimp 1 large red onion, sliced 1 red bell... Read More...

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