Melissa L. Haney
Melissa lives and writes in New York City. She spends her spare time reading about women's history, listening to Bruce Springsteen, and trying not to become a twenty-something cliché. Although she does love a good think piece.

How To Sort Through A Jewelry Box

It's pretty easy to sort through a closet or to clean out a makeup bag. But what about organizing a jewelry box? Clothes are pretty straightforward — take what still works for you and hang it up, take whatever doesn't work, and either donate it or…
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7 First Day Of High School Styles From The '00s

First impressions undoubtedly matter, but nowhere do they seem to have as much influence as the judgmental halls of a high school, ruled by teenagers who don't often seem to realize that there is more to a person than their first day of high school…
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17 Stylish Backpacks For Epic Summer Adventures

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12 Rose Beauty Products For Skincare Revival

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8 Ways Beauty Pageants Could Be More Feminist

Can beauty pageants actually become a positive force in society? As we await an already controversial Miss USA pageant in an America finally embracing ideas of body positivity and feminism, questions pertaining to the influence of beauty pageants…
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How Selena Gomez Is Living Her Best Life

I don't know if you've been paying attention or not, but Selena Gomez's style has been killing the game recently. By this, I mean not only did she just drop "Good for You," a sure-to-be summer hit single with a totally new sound and make waves with…
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Rihanna's 12 Best Music Video Looks Ever

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5 Of The Most Stylish But Underrated Rockstars

Humans love a stylish rockstar. But here's the thing — it's an unfortunate reality of society that the majority of rockstars are dudes. As such, most of what's considered "rockstar style" comes in the male form, and while this isn't an entirely…
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What Is Festival Fashion Actually Like?

Fashion proves its most fun at music festivals — something about the environment, from the campgrounds to the main stage, makes for the perfect place to push the fashion boundaries. As last weekend marked the start of Glastonbury (perhaps the…
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Why Kacey Musgraves Is A (Country) Style Queen

Harry Styles was right: It's impossible to listen to too much Kacey Musgraves. Be it her twangy songs full of wit ("mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy") mixed in with some pretty cool and progressive politics (particularly in terms of the…
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12 Of Broadway's Most Fashionable Folks

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What Belmont Stakes Taught Me About Preppy Fashion

Remember when preppy fashion was cool? I'm talking back in say 2005, when nothing seemed to go better with green than pink, no collar seemed wearable unless it was popped, no shoes seemed to look cooler than a pair of boat shoes. Now, in 2015, just…
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Why My Dad Is My Fashion Inspiration

He doesn't know it, but amongst the many lessons from my dad, he played a huge role in how I approach fashion. If you ever told him I said such a thing, he most certainly wouldn't believe you. As with pretty much any angst-y teen, I made a point to…
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Turn Your Old Jeans Into Shorts In 5 Easy Steps

Making jean shorts at home should be easy, right? Well, after successfully crafting a pair of cut-offs from an old pair, I can confidently say that for the most part, yes, making denim shorts at home is easy — but, like using dry shampoo or…
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First Date Beauty Mistakes To Avoid This Summer

It's only natural to want to make a good first impression whenever going out with someone new, which is why it's perfectly normal to worry a bit more than usual about making crucial makeup mistakes on a first date. At a time when most first dates…
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How I Came To Terms With Wearing Shorts

I have a complex relationship with shorts. Every summer, I wait until the heat becomes absolutely unbearable before I forgo my pants to slip on the sole pair of shorts sitting at the bottom of my closet. I wait because I know that for me, putting on…
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All The Probs Four Eyed Folks Go Through In Summer

Normally, I don't mind wearing glasses, but wearing glasses in the summer is an entirely different story. For years, I've gone back and forth between contacts and glass lenses, but recently I decided that despite a few pitfalls, glasses are without…
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12 American Brands Offering Fairness In Fashion

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If You Don't Know Tori Kelly, You Need To

By now, you've probably heard of Tori Kelly. Her debut album, Unbreakable Smile, is due out this summer, and her oh-so-catchy single, "Nobody Love" has most certainly been stuck in your head these past few weeks. So what makes her any different than…
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Brittany Howard Is Your New Fashion Inspo

By now, you should know about Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. Through a mix of blues, jazz, Americana, and straight up rock-and-roll, the group has established itself as one of the coolest American bands of the moment. Maybe you've heard the song…
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