Whether you've just set your wedding date or have been married or in a relationship for years, having children is not necessarily a goal for some people.

Laura S. Scott, author of “Two Is Enough: A Couple’s Guide to Living Childless by Choice” and director of “The Childless by Choice Project,” tells Yahoo Parenting that there are generally five compelling motives in a woman’s decision to remain childfree: loving her life and feeling that a child won’t enhance it; valuing her freedom and independence; no mothering desire or maternal instinct; wanting to accomplish or experience things in life that would be difficult with a child; and not wanting the responsibility of raising a child.

Read more at Yahoo Parenting.

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Clothes have the power to define a person and a position, and though they are often seen as handicapping women in positions of authority, acting as a distraction from their achievements and substance, they can also be a strategic communication tool. One that is, ironically, more accessible to women than to men, who are stuck in a never-ending generic suit loop, forced to rely on the distinguishing characteristics of hair and tie color.

If in doubt, simply consider an exhibition that opened Wednesday in London at the Design Museum titled “Women Fashion Power.” It has little to do with fashion as trend-driven designer vision, makes no aesthetic judgments and shies away from “power dressing” in the 1980s-Joan Collins-“Working Girl”-big-shouldered sense of the word. Rather, it focuses on image and authority in the public eye.

Read more at The New York Times.

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We love cutout shoes of all kinds, but when we find a cutout pump at a lower heel height, we can't resist. With a three-inch heel, the Coach VANDA pump in black leather is high enough to avoid looking frumpy, but low enough that we can walk at the office, or on a New York City concrete sidewalk, without fear of twisting our ankles or breaking our necks. It's cool, but still sophisticated. Available at Coach.com.

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Audrey Hepburn was not beautiful. That was her firm opinion, at least, if no one else's. ... Luckily for us, no one else agreed. And for a too-brief time, Audrey Hepburn brought gorgeous, elegant style to a crass, hard-nosed industry that immediately fell in love.

"Class," Billy Wilder marveled. "Someone who went to school, can spell, and possibly play the piano... You're really in the presence of somebody when you see that girl."

But Hepburn was also, not just a cultured young woman, but a fine and unaffected actress — as a new Blu-ray set helps prove.

And the older she got — the further she left Hollywood behind — the more beautiful she became.

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Some 21 years after her death, Audrey Hepburn—who would have been 85 years old on Sunday—continues to be the gold standard for class and glamour among Hollywood actresses.

... On the occasion of what would have been Hepburn’s birthday, Vanity Fair looks back at some favorite shots of the icon: a collection of captured moments of the star from the 1950s and 1960s.

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