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Alison Bernicker

Alison Bernicker is the shopping/lifestyle manager for newsday.com and exploreli.com. From the newest style and beauty trends, to the latest sales and store openings right here on Long Island, she'll keep you updated on all things shopping. She has a B.A. in journalism from Stony Brook University and was born and raised in Suffolk County. When she's not updating the site, Alison loves catching up on celebrity gossip, scrolling through social media and (unsurprisingly) hitting the mall.

Ooh La La Boutiques announces fourth annual charity fashion show

Ooh La La Boutiques will host their fourth

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There's nothing quite as fun as fashion that gives back.

Long Island-based Ooh la la Boutiques announced they'll be hosting their fourth annual Glitz, Glamour, Groove, Give Fashion Show benefiting Habitat for Humanity on Friday, May 16 in Island Park.

Tickets for the show, which will feature food, an open bar and a chic runway show, are $75, or $100 at the door.

In the past, celebs...

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Debbie Gibson reveals battle with Lyme disease

Debbie Gibson attends the "Celebrity Apprentice" live finale

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Debbie Gibson has opened up about her struggle with Lyme disease after coming under fire for her new, super-skinny appearance.

The singer, who grew up in Merrick, faced harsh criticism about her weight when she posted photos from recent sold-out performances in Chile.

In response to the comments, which Gibson called "mean and ignorant," the 43-year-old posted a lengthy explanation on...

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Ed Sheeran debuts new song about mystery ex on 'SNL'

Ed Sheeran at the Grammy nominations concert live

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Last night Ed Sheeran hit the stage on "Saturday Night Live," and his performance has everybody talking.

The British singer-songwriter performed his upbeat new single "Sing" and also debuted a biting new track, "Don't," which tells the story of a former fling that ended badly (to say the least).

"I was seeing someone for a bit of time, and then they ended up physically involved with...

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Alexander Wang reveals collaboration with H&M

Alexander Wang arrives at the Alexander Wang X

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New York-based fashion designer Alexander Wang has revealed that he will be partnering with H&M to release a new collection.

Wang made the announcement via Instagram, posting a video featuring a scoreboard clock counting down to the line's release date. He then celebrated with a party at Coachella.

“I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their...

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Bryan Cranston channels Walter White for teen's 'promposal'

Bryan Cranston arrives at the 71st Golden Globe

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Attention "Breaking Bad" fans: Walter White is back. Well, sort of.

Bryan Cranston, who is currently starring in the Broadway play "All the Way," recently channeled the infamous character to help a fan who was looking to land the perfect prom date.

High school student Stefan Montana caught up with the actor outside the show and asked whether Cranston would film a quick video to ask his...

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Peter Som releases spring collection at Kohl's

Tank maxi dress, $78

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Shopping for a tropical vacation? Before you pack up and fly to the beach, you might want to stop at Kohl's.

Designer Peter Som has partnered with the retailer to launch a spring capsule collection full of pieces that are enough to make anyone want to grab a suitcase and head oceanside.

The line, inspired by the beachy beauty of St. Barths, features patterned maxi dresses, chic jumpsuits...

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Win your prom dress with Newsday's Project Prom

Danielle Trotta, last year's Project Prom winner.

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Last year Newsday readers picked a prom dress for Danielle Trotta of Seaford High School. Now it’s time to select a new Project Prom winner--someone brave enough to let our readers pick her dress.

Teachers, friends; all are invited to submit--or nominate yourself.

To enter, please email the following information to exploreli@newsday.com (please put PROM in subject line) or click here...

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Lane Bryant partners with Isabel Toledo for first designer collection

Designer Isabel Toledo has partnered with Lane Bryant

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Designer Isabel Toledo, worn most-famously by Michelle Obama at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, has partnered with Lane Bryant to create the plus size retailer's first-ever designer collection.

The line, priced from $98 to $178, includes jackets, tops and dresses featuring Toledo's signature textures and fun, metallic prints.

“It’s really about proportion and fit, which can be a...

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