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Does the Pain-Free Bikini Wax Actually Exist?

• Is there such a thing as a pain-free bikini wax? Relax and Wax No Scream Cream is designed to numb the region before the wax attack. Oh, we get it: Now you just numb it, then rip it and strip it. Still sounds painful. [Bella Sugar]

Kanye West and His ‘Bazaar’ Angel Mural

MEDIA • Kanye West says Harper's Bazaar "pissed me off" when they reported the rap star's L.A. home features a giant mural of himself with angels. "That made me so mad. Because who would want to hang out with a guy with an 8-foot picture of an angel of himself?" Too bad Harper's got almost every detail right, and Kanye is indeed featured in the painting. [WWD] • CBS News writers voted to authorize their own strike. Watch out, Katie Couric! [NYT] • Did Star really pull on an online poll because Ron Burkle, the billionaire investor the mag flattered with a recent photo spread, wasn't doing well enough? Star claims they're just planning to publish the results in the next issue — plenty of time to stuff the ballot box. [Mixed Media/Portfolio]

Blair Waldorf Had Breakfast at Bendel, Not Tiffany's

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Earlier today we posted an item that suggested that in Blair's dream sequence during Gossip Girl last night, she was paying a visit to Tiffany & Company. She was, after all, dressed as Holly Golightly. But readers were quick to correct us, pointing out that it was Henri Bendel where the opening scene was shot. Or was it Bergdorf? We were très confused. All the mixed Fifth Avenue metaphors! But now the verdict is in: As you can see from the above photo, the store in question was Bendel. It's "the same place they went in the 1st episode, where Dan and Serena met the first time," explained reader Emily, patiently. "Bendel's is Serena's favorite store she says!" Well, then, it's settled. Until next week, here's to caviar wishes and DVR dreams! Earlier: Daily Intel's treasure trove of Gossip Girl episode recaps, interviews, and dish!

Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Vera, Chaiken, and Phi

Throughout the week, buyers from Kirna Zabête, Henri Bendel, Intermix, and more will be filling us in on which runway looks they plan to snag for spring. Today, Ann Watson, vice-president, fashion director for Henri Bendel has her eye on Vera's pitch-perfect modernity, Chaiken's tailored suits, and PHI's mini skirts.

Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Yigal, Josh Goot, and L.A.M.B.

Throughout the week, New York's biggest buyers will be filling us in on which runway looks they plan to snatch up for spring. Today, Ann Watson, Vice-President, Fashion Director for Henri Bendel has her eye on Yigal Azrouel's pencil skirt, Josh Goot's scuba dresses, and L.A.M.B.'s dresses.

Ann Watson of Henri Bendel Likes Kors, Sui, and Malandrino

So far, buyers from Bergdorf Goodman, Bird, and Intermix have told us which runway looks they plan to snatch up for fall. Now Ann Watson, VP fashion director at Henri Bendel, joins the party. Ann will be stocking Michael Kors's cocktail dresses, Anna Sui's prints, and Malandrino's purples.

Department Stores Don't Know It's Christmas

The consolidation of department stores — a trend cooling only because there's nothing left to merge — leaves Manhattan as the last hospitable environment for that Norman Rockwell tradition, the holiday window display. The city's flagships — Barneys, Bendel, Bergdorf, Bloomingdale's, Saks, and Macy's — began unveiling their windows over the weekend, and, as usual, they're secular spectacles. Out: Santa, model trains, gingerbread men. In: scary, postmodern vignettes. So which ones are worth wistful gazing? We've rated them according to four categories: holiday cheer, narrative, a sense of childlike wonder, and set design. Check back daily for three installments, culminating on Wednesday when the winner is revealed.