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Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Functional Girl: Three wine tips for three budgets

In her weekly advice column, Functional Girl CJ LEGARE refers a reader's question about wine to Tracy Stevens, the wine steward at Brookshire Brothers in Wimberley.

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Functional Girl: Give yourself a pro dye job

In her weekly advice column, Functional Girl CJ LEGARE offers tips for at-home hair color that looks like it was done at the salon.

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Functional Girl: Three store brand products you need in your arsenal

In her weekly advice column, Functional Girl CJ LEGARE shares some of her favorite generic products that she says are just as good as the pricey name brand.

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Functional Girl: How to create smoldering, smoky eyes

In her weekly advice column, Functional Girl CJ LEGARE gives step-by-step on how to apply cosmetics to create the sexy, popular look.

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Functional Girl: How do I treat puffy eyes? Plus: Mexican lasagna recipe

Functional Girl CJ LEGARE offers tried-and-true tips for treating puffy eyes without wildly expensive creams and salves.

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Functional Girl: Fool-proof tips for the perfect paint color scheme

Functional Girl CJ LEGARE offers advice on color selection with an assist from HGTV designer CY WINSHIP.

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Functional Girl: Finding the right hairstylist

Functional Girl CJ LEGARE advises a reader how to find a 'hairapist' with the right moves. Plus: A simple summer dessert idea.

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Functional Girl: An inspiring (inexpensive) gift idea. Plus: Skin care emergencies

Functional Girl CJ LEGARE suggests an meaningful present for a friend going through tough times. And she tells you how to shine in pimple emergencies.

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Functional Girl: A brilliant white smile that doesn’t cost much green

Functional Girl CJ LEGARE offers tips on brightening up your pearly whites without breaking the bank. Plus: How to apply makeup for a professional setting.

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