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Your morning fashion and beauty report: beauty, blondes and blizzards

December 30, 2010 |  9:00 am

Reese Witherspoon 
We knew it! We've been complaining about this lack of fairness for years. Now, finally, our concerns about been validated. A recent British study concluded that blondes (yes, that's one of them above) have greater earning power compared to brunettes and redheads. How much? $900 a year more. [BellaSugar]

The end of the calendar year produces many assessments (see items No. 5 and 6 below), and Women's Wear Daily has stepped in to assess L.A.'s retail scene. The economic recovery is "sporadic," WWD reports. "Prime stretches of marquee venues — Rodeo Drive, Robertson Boulevard, Melrose Place and Melrose Avenue — are starting to get traction, but second- and third-tier retail enclaves have it tougher." [subscription required]

On the other hand, the blizzard that shut down much of the Eastern Seaboard this week may have cost the economy $1 billion in post-holiday sales. [The Cut

Kate Moss wants to ...what else? ....record an album. The supermodel has the right boyfriend for it -- Kills guitarist Jamie Hince, who has allegedly told friends that she wants to record a "set of edgy urban songs." [Daily Mail]

Will this be our last mention of  best- and worst-dressed lists this year? Perhaps. New York magazine points out that some names -- Carey Mulligan and Anne Hathaway, for example -- appear on multiple lists. Naturally, Michelle Obana is "widely adored." Rihanna and Victoria Beckham popped up on some best-dressed lists as well. Taylor Momsen? Not so many mentions on the best-dressed lists. [The Cut]

If beauty's your thing, check out a list of top beauty stories at Fashion Gone Rogue.

Diamonds? Did we hear mention of large diamonds this week? The engagement kind? Let's see, LeAnn Rimes seems to have acquired a 5-carat oval sparkler, and Reese Witherspoon is sporting a 4-carat Ashoka diamond "stunner." How do we know this? People, of course.

--Alice Short

Photo: Reese Witherspoon. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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