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Direct selling companies are taking the modern consumer landscape by storm, proving that a personal touch can go a long way.

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Blo and Go by Laurie Coleman ($30)

This is a stand for your hair dryer that enables you to have both hands free to style your hair. The holder suctions onto any flat surface and offers flexibility depending on the height of the person. 

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Do something kind for someone today! #MotivationMonday

The Goodman Theatre in Chicago celebrates its 90th anniversary this season.

It is another milestone for the longest active nonprofit theater in Chicago, and its two stages will be filled with works by established playwrights and some promising comedies by bright new names. 

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We picked the brains of eight local and national stars from the finance world, including Jean Chatzky, about what they have learned from their own money mistakes, how you can take better control of your finances in 30 minutes or less, and much more. Here’s what they had to say.

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New Yorkers marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with moments of reflection and honor for those lost. At the North Pool, a memorial observance at the site of the World Trade Center saw politicians, dignitaries and victims’ relatives gathering. Washington and Pennsylvania also remembered the nearly 3,000 people killed in al Qaeda’s attacks with services of their own.

Red Lips

This classic trend continues to be a favorite this fall. Anyone can wear red lipstick. Honestly. Paired with subtle eye makeup, the addition of red lipstick alone can take your look to another level. If you’re wary of wearing red, start out with a lip stain, which is less bold and easier to wear. 

Find 5 more beauty trends for fall 2014 here

Jessie Mueller has had a good year.

This past June, the 2001 ETHS grad scored the 2014 Tony Award for “Best Lead Actress in a Musical” for her brilliant performance as Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Actually, it was more of a transformation than a performance, as Mueller’s complete lack of artifice on stage allows her to fully inhabit a character. Clearly the Tony voters felt the same way.

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