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Long Island fashion designer: I did not amputate my leg so I could wear stilettos

While fashion is a huge part of her

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Undergoing leg amputation surgery did change Mariah Serrano's life for the better-- but not for the reason headlines are claiming.

As a teen, the now 21-year-old fashion designer from Mastic Beach lived with chronic pain and often missed class at William Floyd High School due to her clubfoot, until she made the decision to remove it days after her junior prom in 2009. Serrano had tried six...

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Black Friday safety tips

Simple safety tips will help keep shoppers safe

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With Black Friday quickly approaching, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco has provided safety tips to help everyone enjoy a safe shopping experience.

“Whenever people feel stressed and rushed, they can be more vulnerable to crime," he says. "These tips offer some basic guidelines to follow to be safer while holiday shopping."

Parking lots:

- When walking through...

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Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday: When to shop?

Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have their

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To brave the crowds or surf the web? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide.

For more Black Friday infographics, visit


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Black Friday at Roosevelt Field, Smith Haven and Walt Whitman malls

The Walt Whitman Shops of Huntington Station underwent

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Heading to one of Long Island's Simon malls this Black Friday? Here's what to expect. To find deals and hours for specific retailers at all three malls, visit


Where: 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City

Opens: Thursday, Nov. 28 at 8 p.m.

Freebies: The first 250 shoppers who come to Guest Services starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving will get special...

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Ooh La La opening, bridal trunk shows galore

Bridal Reflections is hosting the Yaki Ravid bridal

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Nov. 26-Dec. 1

Nouveau Bride in Merrick hosts the Intuzuri bridal gown trunk show, by appointment only, at 1613 Merrick Rd., Merrick; 516-868-1500.

Nov. 28-Dec. 1

The Wedding Salon of Manhasset is hosting the Victor Harper Fall 2014 bridal collection trunk show, with a designer visit on Saturday and Sunday; 1468 Northern Blvd.; 516-869-8455. Then, on Nov. 29-Dec. 1, view the Amsale...

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Saks Fifth Avenue preview, Judith Leiber sample sale

Judith Leiber evening clutches, exotic skin bags, sunglasses

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Nov. 21

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE in Huntington offers a preview of the Fall 2013 and Resort 2014 handbag collections, with the buyers (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), plus the Anzie fine jewelry trunk show (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) and informal modeling (12:30-4:30 p.m.). A portion of sales storewide benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation when you mention the group at purchase.

Nov. 21-23


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H&M and Lady Gaga open glitzy Times Square headquarters

The Times Square H&M is located at at

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Times Square is about to get even flashier.

H&M opens its enormous flagship store at midnight, complete with 3-1/2 floors, sweeping city views, lit-up logos visible from Connecticut and New Jersey, and a ribbon-cutting by Lady Gaga. (Who else?)

Shoppers started lining up outside throughout the day Wednesday, and though it will be crowded, the loud store is surprisingly made to provide...

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Rebecca Minkoff sample sale, makeovers with the 'Long Island Princesses'

Amanda Bertoncini of the Bravo reality show "Princesses:

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Nov. 12

SHARI'S PLACE in Greenvale offers free eyebrow shaping from Truth + Beauty and a swag bag to the first 50 guests, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at 44 Glen Cove Rd.; 516-484-7400. RSVP suggested; 10 percent of event purchases to benefit Children's Medical Fund of New York.

Nov. 13 and 16

BLOOMINGDALE'S Roosevelt Field hosts the Michele Watch trunk show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 13; 516-873-2786....

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Wanted: ExploreLI's Black Friday Super Shoppers

Do you have what it takes to be

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Are you a Black Friday shopping expert? This is your time to shine! We're looking for Long Island's fiercest deal hunters to become ExploreLI Super Shoppers.

You'll get to show off your skills and share your tips while competing against four other shoppers in a bargain-finding face-off. 

Think you have what it takes to lead less experienced Long Islanders on the biggest shopping...

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Power hair: Why you need it, how to get it at every age

Hairstylist to the stars Julien Farel gives tips

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By now you've traded in your no fuss summer uniform of sundresses and sandals for fall's power suits and heels, but it's time to take that final step-- upgrading your hair.

“We saw power style all over the runways from structured jackets, tailored, feminine skirts, and slimmer silhouettes, but the hair is what really gives it the edge-- the full package,” says Julien Farel, hairstylist of...

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