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New color of the year

This year it was turquoise. For 2011 Pantone, the global authority on color, has named Honeysuckle the color of the year.

The color -- described as "a dynamic reddish pink" -- is said to be encouraging and uplifting, emboldening us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor.

"In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going -- perfect to ward off the blues," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a release.

"Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum," she says.

That's not all: Whether it's in women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics or men's ties, shirts and sportswear, Honeysuckle will produce "a healthy glow."

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Pet peeves

Beauty experts share their collective knowledge in a feature in the January issue of Better Homes and Gardens. Among the topics: pet peeves.

Here are some of them: Teeth that are so white they're almost blue. Women who skip blush. And wandering mascara.

"Black circles are cute on raccoons, not on me," says one pro, Tanya Kazeminy Mackay, founding partner of Mama Mio Skincare.

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Tailored elegance

Some women like frilly holiday dressing. For others, especially come New Year's Eve, a sleek, modern, fitted tuxedo is more their style.

"The man-tailored suit -- usually a jacket with lapel and trousers with a tonal-fabric stripe down the leg -- can be sophisticated and super-sexy. Just look at Angelina Jolie, who wears them regularly on the red carpet," writes Samantha Critchell, fashion writer for the Associated Press.

It's what you wear underneath, from the top down to the attitude, that makes a difference.

"It's what gives the woman a little tailored naughtiness," Francisco Costa, creative director for Calvin Klein, tells the AP.

"It's very sleek. It's for that kind of woman who really likes to have that spirit -- easy in pants, structured shoulders. It says something about her: She's a little different from everyone else," he says.

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And finally

"People tend to shy away from strong colors in winter, but in fact this is when color is at its uninflected purest: reds are deeper, browns richer, even ivory is dreamier than ever. Orange on a gray day is a beacon of warmth; turquoise adds glamour and personality."

Designer/author Kate Spade

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