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Dangerous deep freeze to bring coldest temps in nearly 30 years

Brutally cold temperatures with an accompanying wind chill are expected to continue in regions across the U.S., with lows in the minus teens and minus 20s in parts of the Midwest. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

Frigid temperatures generated by what one meteorologist labeled a “polar vortex” took hold across a wide swath of the Midwest and Northeast on Saturday, as the regions dug out from a deadly snow storm and braced for another blast of dangerous winter weather.

The frigid air is coming from the North Pole and — due to a jet stream — will be intense and mobile, Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weather Bell, told the Associated Press. Forecasters said record lows could be eclipsed.

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” Maue said “If you’re under 40, you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

Because of the winds, “It may feel as cold as negative 50 to negative 60 on Sunday night over sections of the north-central states,” the National Weather Service said. In those conditions, frost bite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes, forecasters warned. 

The High Plains was already feeling the chill Saturday, with North Dakota at minus-6 in the afternoon and temperatures in the negative 20s expected overnight.

“It’s the mother-load of cold air,” Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said. “On the heels of what will be the coldest air of the season, will be dangerous, life-threatening winds.”

Snow was expected to begin falling throughout the Midwest on Sunday, and could accumulate up to 10 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

The snow is also expected to reach as far south as Tennessee and Alabama and icy conditions should even be expected in the Deep South Sunday, according to NWS. Atlanta’s high temperature on Tuesday is forecast to be in the mid-20s, while the city’s January average high is usually in the mid-50s, according to Weatherbase.com.

At least 16 people were killed across the U.S. due to Friday’s snow and ice, and negative temperatures could bring comparable safety hazards. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett said the wind child levels will be so low that, “a person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions.”

“Anybody living out on the streets needs to be rounded up and put into a shelter,” Moore said. “The repercussions for not could be deadly, and I’m afraid we’re going to see cases like that.”

Minnesota wasn’t taking any chances. Gov. Mark Dayton said all public schools will be closed Monday, for the first time in 17 years.

The city of Boston, Mass., saw a record amount of snow in the latest storm, with plummeting temperatures, school closures and flooding. NBCrsquo;s Ron Mott reports.

“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Dayton said in a statement. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”

Temperatures in Embarrass, Minn., had already plummeted to minus-36 degrees on Friday, breaking a record for the lowest temperature in the U.S. outside of Alaska.

Minneapolis will see a high of minus-14 degrees and a low of minus-27 degrees through Monday — but with the wind chill it would feel like the minus-40s.

Temperatures won’t be any better in Chicago, which will come close to a high of minus-11 degrees — a record mark previously reached in December 1983 and January 1994.

While many schoolchildren with a “cold day” might want to strap on ice skates for some winter weather fun, even an ice skating rink will shutter because of the cold. Managers of Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines, Iowa, have decided to shut down the rick Sunday and Monday when temperatures are expected to drop to minus-15 and barely breach zero during highs.

Nati Harnik / AP

Sunlight streams through the windows of a building covered in ice Friday after it was sprayed with water by firefighters putting out a blaze in Plattsmouth, Neb.

But other athletic activities will go on as planned. Sunday’s NFC wild-card game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers will play out in bone-chilling minus-5-degree temperatures in Wisconsin.

Regardless of the forecast, fans scooped up the remaining 40,000 tickets needed to sell out the game this week.

Meanwhile, cities across the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast — walloped by Thursday night’s snowstorm — will see milder temperatures with rain Sunday into Monday. New York City will see highs in the lower 40s. Boston, digging out from as much as two feet of snow, could reach 50 degrees.

While airports in the areas hardest hit by Friday’s big storm still grappled with some residual flight problems, less than 900 into or out of the U.S. had been canceled as of 12 p.m. ET Saturday, according to FlightAware. More than 2,600 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled by midday Friday.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, which reported 192 cancelled flights due to “zero visibility and high winds” at midday Friday, cut that number to 37 on Saturday morning. The trend carried to other area airports; La Guardia only reported 25 canceled flights on Saturday as compared with Friday’s 271, and Newark slashed its numbers from 285 to 37.

Boston’s Logan International Airport reported 23 cancellations Saturday morning and most other U.S. airports reported cancellations in the teens or single digits.

While the next wave of northeast weather might not affect air travel, another frigid plunge is forecast for Tuesday: the Big Apple is expected to see a high of around 10 degrees, while Philadelphia and Boston will be in the teens.

Don’t despair, Moore said, there’s a silver lining: warming temperatures by the end of next week.

“We’re going to see a moderating trend as a whole,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Throughout the Northeast, the side roads remain the biggest trouble areas. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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Temps descend to record breaking levels after killer snow storm

Brutally cold temperatures with an accompanying wind chill are expected to continue in regions across the U.S., with lows in the minus teens and minus 20s in parts of the Midwest. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

Frigid temperatures generated by what one meteorologist labeled a “polar vortex” took hold across a wide swath of the Midwest and Northeast on Saturday, as the regions dug out from a deadly snow storm and braced for another blast of dangerous winter weather.

The frigid air is coming from the North Pole and — due to a jet stream — will be intense and mobile, Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weather Bell, told the Associated Press. Forecasters said record lows could be eclipsed.

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” Maue said “If you’re under 40, you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

Because of the winds, “It may feel as cold as negative 50 to negative 60 on Sunday night over sections of the north-central states,” the National Weather Service said. In those conditions, frost bite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes, forecasters warned. 

The High Plains was already feeling the chill Saturday, with North Dakota at minus-6 in the afternoon and temperatures in the negative 20s expected overnight.

“It’s the mother-load of cold air,” Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said. “On the heels of what will be the coldest air of the season, will be dangerous, life-threatening winds.”

Snow was expected to begin falling throughout the Midwest on Sunday, and could accumulate up to 10 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

The snow is also expected to reach as far south as Tennessee and Alabama and icy conditions should even be expected in the Deep South Sunday, according to NWS. Atlanta’s high temperature on Tuesday is forecast to be in the mid-20s, while the city’s January average high is usually in the mid-50s, according to Weatherbase.com.

At least 16 people were killed across the U.S. due to Friday’s snow and ice, and negative temperatures could bring comparable safety hazards. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett said the wind child levels will be so low that, “a person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions.”

“Anybody living out on the streets needs to be rounded up and put into a shelter,” Moore said. “The repercussions for not could be deadly, and I’m afraid we’re going to see cases like that.”

Minnesota wasn’t taking any chances. Gov. Mark Dayton said all public schools will be closed Monday, for the first time in 17 years.

The city of Boston, Mass., saw a record amount of snow in the latest storm, with plummeting temperatures, school closures and flooding. NBCrsquo;s Ron Mott reports.

“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Dayton said in a statement. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”

Temperatures in Embarrass, Minn., had already plummeted to minus-36 degrees on Friday, breaking a record for the lowest temperature in the U.S. outside of Alaska.

Minneapolis will see a high of minus-14 degrees and a low of minus-27 degrees through Monday — but with the wind chill it would feel like the minus-40s.

Temperatures won’t be any better in Chicago, which will come close to a high of minus-11 degrees — a record mark previously reached in December 1983 and January 1994.

While many schoolchildren with a “cold day” might want to strap on ice skates for some winter weather fun, even an ice skating rink will shutter because of the cold. Managers of Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines, Iowa, have decided to shut down the rick Sunday and Monday when temperatures are expected to drop to minus-15 and barely breach zero during highs.

Nati Harnik / AP

Sunlight streams through the windows of a building covered in ice Friday after it was sprayed with water by firefighters putting out a blaze in Plattsmouth, Neb.

But other athletic activities will go on as planned. Sunday’s NFC wild-card game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers will play out in bone-chilling minus-5-degree temperatures in Wisconsin.

Regardless of the forecast, fans scooped up the remaining 40,000 tickets needed to sell out the game this week.

Meanwhile, cities across the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast — walloped by Thursday night’s snowstorm — will see milder temperatures with rain Sunday into Monday. New York City will see highs in the lower 40s. Boston, digging out from as much as two feet of snow, could reach 50 degrees.

While airports in the areas hardest hit by Friday’s big storm still grappled with some residual flight problems, less than 900 into or out of the U.S. had been canceled as of 12 p.m. ET Saturday, according to FlightAware. More than 2,600 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled by midday Friday.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, which reported 192 cancelled flights due to “zero visibility and high winds” at midday Friday, cut that number to 37 on Saturday morning. The trend carried to other area airports; La Guardia only reported 25 canceled flights on Saturday as compared with Friday’s 271, and Newark slashed its numbers from 285 to 37.

Boston’s Logan International Airport reported 23 cancellations Saturday morning and most other U.S. airports reported cancellations in the teens or single digits.

While the next wave of northeast weather might not affect air travel, another frigid plunge is forecast for Tuesday: the Big Apple is expected to see a high of around 10 degrees, while Philadelphia and Boston will be in the teens.

Don’t despair, Moore said, there’s a silver lining: warming temperatures by the end of next week.

“We’re going to see a moderating trend as a whole,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Throughout the Northeast, the side roads remain the biggest trouble areas. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

Related:

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Out of the blizzard, into the icebox; low temperature records may be shattered

Brutally cold temperatures with an accompanying wind chill are expected to continue in regions across the U.S., with lows in the minus teens and minus 20s in parts of the Midwest. TODAY’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

Frigid temperatures generated by what one meteorologist labeled a “polar vortex” took hold across a wide swath of the Midwest and Northeast on Saturday, as the regions dug out from a deadly snow storm and braced for another blast of dangerous winter weather.

The frigid air is coming from the North Pole and — due to a jet stream — will be intense and mobile, Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weather Bell, told the Associated Press. Forecasters said record lows could be eclipsed.

“All the ingredients are there for a near-record or historic cold outbreak,” Maue said “If you’re under 40, you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

Because of the winds, “It may feel as cold as negative 50 to negative 60 on Sunday night over sections of the north-central states,” the National Weather Service said. In those conditions, frost bite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes, forecasters warned. 

The High Plains was already feeling the chill Saturday, with North Dakota at minus-6 in the afternoon and temperatures in the negative 20s expected overnight.

“It’s the mother-load of cold air,” Weather Channel coordinating meteorologist Tom Moore said. “On the heels of what will be the coldest air of the season, will be dangerous, life-threatening winds.”

Snow was expected to begin falling throughout the Midwest on Sunday, and could accumulate up to 10 inches in some areas, the National Weather Service said.

The snow is also expected to reach as far south as Tennessee and Alabama and icy conditions should even be expected in the Deep South Sunday, according to NWS. Atlanta’s high temperature on Tuesday is forecast to be in the mid-20s, while the city’s January average high is usually in the mid-50s, according to Weatherbase.com.

At least 16 people were killed across the U.S. due to Friday’s snow and ice, and negative temperatures could bring comparable safety hazards. National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Truett said the wind child levels will be so low that, “a person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions.”

“Anybody living out on the streets needs to be rounded up and put into a shelter,” Moore said. “The repercussions for not could be deadly, and I’m afraid we’re going to see cases like that.”

Minnesota wasn’t taking any chances. Gov. Mark Dayton said all public schools will be closed Monday, for the first time in 17 years.

The city of Boston, Mass., saw a record amount of snow in the latest storm, with plummeting temperatures, school closures and flooding. NBCrsquo;s Ron Mott reports.

“The safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority,” Dayton said in a statement. “I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday. I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”

Temperatures in Embarrass, Minn., had already plummeted to minus-36 degrees on Friday, breaking a record for the lowest temperature in the U.S. outside of Alaska.

Minneapolis will see a high of minus-14 degrees and a low of minus-27 degrees through Monday — but with the wind chill it would feel like the minus-40s.

Temperatures won’t be any better in Chicago, which will come close to a high of minus-11 degrees — a record mark previously reached in December 1983 and January 1994.

While many schoolchildren with a “cold day” might want to strap on ice skates for some winter weather fun, even an ice skating rink will shutter because of the cold. Managers of Brenton Skating Plaza in Des Moines, Iowa, have decided to shut down the rick Sunday and Monday when temperatures are expected to drop to minus-15 and barely breach zero during highs.

Nati Harnik / AP

Sunlight streams through the windows of a building covered in ice Friday after it was sprayed with water by firefighters putting out a blaze in Plattsmouth, Neb.

But other athletic activities will go on as planned. Sunday’s NFC wild-card game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers will play out in bone-chilling minus-5-degree temperatures in Wisconsin.

Regardless of the forecast, fans scooped up the remaining 40,000 tickets needed to sell out the game this week.

Meanwhile, cities across the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast — walloped by Thursday night’s snowstorm — will see milder temperatures with rain Sunday into Monday. New York City will see highs in the lower 40s. Boston, digging out from as much as two feet of snow, could reach 50 degrees.

While airports in the areas hardest hit by Friday’s big storm still grappled with some residual flight problems, less than 900 into or out of the U.S. had been canceled as of 12 p.m. ET Saturday, according to FlightAware. More than 2,600 flights into or out of the U.S. were canceled by midday Friday.

New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, which reported 192 cancelled flights due to “zero visibility and high winds” at midday Friday, cut that number to 37 on Saturday morning. The trend carried to other area airports; La Guardia only reported 25 canceled flights on Saturday as compared with Friday’s 271, and Newark slashed its numbers from 285 to 37.

Boston’s Logan International Airport reported 23 cancellations Saturday morning and most other U.S. airports reported cancellations in the teens or single digits.

While the next wave of northeast weather might not affect air travel, another frigid plunge is forecast for Tuesday: the Big Apple is expected to see a high of around 10 degrees, while Philadelphia and Boston will be in the teens.

Don’t despair, Moore said, there’s a silver lining: warming temperatures by the end of next week.

“We’re going to see a moderating trend as a whole,” he added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Throughout the Northeast, the side roads remain the biggest trouble areas. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

Related:

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FDA finds fraudulent Botox in the U.S.

Reuters

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday that fraudulent versions of the wrinkle treatment Botox, which is made by Allergan Inc and also used to treat headaches, underarm sweating and overactive bladder, are being sold in the United States.

The FDA said in an alert posted on its website that the outer carton of the fraudulent Botox is counterfeit, and the vial inside is foreign and not approved for sale in the United Sates.

“FDA cannot confirm that the manufacture, quality, storage, and handling of these products follow U.S. standards,” the agency said.

Allergan said that in addition to violating federal law, products that are illegally imported may either be counterfeit or the quality may have been compromised.

“Therefore, healthcare professionals purchasing products from a non-Allergan supplier are purchasing products that are fraudulently diverted and sold through unauthorized channels,” the company said in a statement.

Authentic Botox is stored and transported by Allergan according to rigorous specifications, the company said. 

Botox is a sterile, purified version of the same toxin that causes botulism, which can cause potentially deadly swallowing and breathing difficulties, and when injected, acts to temporarily smooth certain frown lines. It generated sales in 2012 of $1.77 billion, of which roughly half came from cosmetic use.

In 2004, four people were hospitalized with poisoning after being injected with unapproved botulinum toxin, which a doctor had passed off as Botox.

The case prompted a wide scale investigation of more than 200 clinics throughout the United States and dozens of convictions of people who injected patients with unapproved, cheaper substitutes for Botox.

The FDA’s alert comes as lawmakers are seeking to create a national set of standards for tracking prescription drugs through the distribution chain to help prevent counterfeit or contaminated products from reaching the public. 

David Beckham on H&M underwear ad: ‘I can confirm that’s my bum’

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Video: Soccer superstar David Beckham’s new bodywear ad for HM has him dashing through Los Angeles wearing little more than his tattoos in a mini-movie that is racking up views on YouTube. But a debate has unfurled on Twitter after viewers spotted a Beckham look-alike on the film set and began to speculate that a body double may have been used for the model and soccer star in some scenes.

David Beckham has admitted to using a body double in portions of his HM ad, but now, he wants to take ownership of some very specific body parts.

Namely, his butt and his crotch.

Hey, can you blame him?

Here are even more shots of sexy, shirtless David’s HM campaign!

While appearing on the live French television show LeGrand Journal Thursday night, the soccer stud was asked directly about the butt-double rumors surrounding his HM short film for his underwear ad campaign, and he had no qualms setting the record straight:

“No, I can say the crotch is mine and the backside is mine as well,” he clarified before adding, “I heard this the other day. Someone said that I had a stand-in for my bum, but no, I can confirm that’s my bum.”

Becks came under fire earlier this month after watchdog fans and tabloids began speculating that the father of four used a stuntman in the Guy Ritchie-directed short film. HM subsequently issued a statement clarifying that a body double was used in “smaller parts of the video” due to David’s “tight schedule.”

All the details on Beck’s body double

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West go for matching tuxedos

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 Ready-to-Wear show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 3 in Paris.

Leave it to Kim and Kanye to hit up Paris Fashion Week – in theme.

The celebrity couple, who are expecting a child together, joined Jessica Chastain and Amanda Seyfried in the front row at Givenchy on Sunday. Smiling and looking rather demure at times, the fashionable duo wore his-and-hers matching Givenchy tuxes, in opposing colors.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West arrive at Givenchy's show in Paris.Cute or not? Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in Givenchy suits.

This isn’t the first time the pair has been spotted in similar outfits. Kimye’s style has evolved together, no doubt in part to Kanye’s influence: In an August episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kanye and his stylist politely cleaned out the reality TV star’s closet. (Sample wardrobe feedback from Kanye: Upon looking at an unappetizing purse, he shouted “Oh, hell no!”).

More recently, on “Kim and Kourtney Take Miami,” Khloe remarked how Kim generally only wears black and white now. A good evolution for Kim? Or is she suppressing her own style? Either way, some folks think Kim wields more influence in fashion than say, Duchess Kate.

Bright white: Kim and Kanye wear matching outfits.MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 6: Recording Artist Kanye West and Reality Star Kim Kardashian talk prior to the New York Knicks , Miami Heat game on December 6,...

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Nurse refuses to perform CPR despite 911 plea

An elderly woman being cared for at a California retirement facility died following the refusal of a nurse at the facility to perform CPR on the woman after she collapsed, authorities said.

When Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old resident of Glenwood Gardens, Bakersfield, collapsed at the facility around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a staff member called 911 but refused to give the woman CPR, according to a recording of the call.

In refusing the 911 dispatcher’s insistence that she perform CPR, the nurse can be heard telling the dispatcher that it was against the retirement facility’s policy to perform CPR.

During the exchange between the nurse and the dispatcher, the dispatcher can be heard saying “I don’t understand why you’re not willing to help this patient.”

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An ambulance arrived several minutes after the call and took Bayless to a hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. She has been identified as a resident of the home’s independent facility, which is separate from the skilled and assisted nursing facility.

The retirement facility released a statement extending its condolences to the family and said its “practice is to immediately call emergency medical personnel for assistance and to wait with the individual needing attention until such personnel arrives.”

The statement also said a “thorough internal review of the matter” would be conducted.

A call to the facility by The Associated Press seeking more information on the incident was not immediately returned.

Bayless’ daughter told a reporter for KGET, the NBC affiliate in Bakersfield, that she was also a nurse and was satisfied with the care her mother received.

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Gwyneth Paltrow reveals her red carpet regret

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Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Red carpet regrets: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow wore Alexander McQueen to the Oscars on March 24, 2002 in West Hollywood, CA.

It’s never too late to apologize.

Gwyneth Paltrow offered her fashion mea culpa this week, admitting she should have styled a few of her Oscar gowns a little differently.

“The Calvin Klein [I wore in 2000] is an okay dress but not Oscars material. I chose it because I wanted to disappear that year,” the actress said in a Q A on her GOOP website posted Thursday. “Also, the goth Alexander McQueen I wore a few years later. There were a few issues; I still love the dress itself but I should have worn a bra and I should have just had simple beachy hair and less makeup. Then, it would have worked as I wanted it to – a little bit of punk at the Oscars.”

The infamous Alexander McQueen gown was called everything from an “unflattering, figure-flattening goth getup” to a “fashion disaster” to “the worst dress ever.”

“The actress didn’t even try to cover up in see-through Alexander McQueen and a bucketful of eyeliner that she must have borrowed from Margot Tenenbaum,” Entertainment Weekly wrote of the gown.

The late designer, however, disagreed. “She looked incredible,” Alexander McQueen said, according to Stylebistro. The gown will soon be presented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s upcoming “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibit in New York City.

Too revealing? Actress Gwyneth Paltrow regrets how she styled her Alexander McQueen dress in 2002.Gwyneth Paltrow, wearing Calvin Klein, arrives at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards, on March 26, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA.

Being named on the Oscars worst dressed list is never easy – a lesson which newly-minted Oscar winner Anne Hathaway learned last week.

The “Les Miserables” star’s pale pink Prada dress was criticized for its unfortunately-placed darts, which quickly became the talk of the Twitterverse, even inspiring a mock Twitter account (sample posts include: “I’m cold. Would anyone mind if Anne wore the red carpet?”). Others called the dress “perky,” “Paltrow-esque” and “leaving little to the imagination,” all things which can be viewed as either good … or bad.

Actress Anne Hathaway, in Prada, poses at the Oscars on Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.

In our TODAY.com Oscar fashion vote, Hathaway’s dress came in second to last, with Jennifer Lawrence’s Dior selection coming in first.

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Maternity-appropriate? Kardashian’s pregnancy style criticized

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Dressing a growing pregnancy bump can present a set of sartorial challenges one never knew possible. Besides the precious bump, there are other areas to consider: the breasts, hips and ankles all tend to swell as hormones and the natural progression of pregnancy unfold.

Kim Kardashian is the latest celebrity trying to navigate dressing her changing body while keeping the fashion plate aspect of her brand intact, and even she acknowledged on Friday that finding clothes to fit her new shape can be “awkward.”

“When I really get my bump I will love showing it off, but some days it’s bigger than others and it hasn’t really popped yet,” she wrote on her blog. “So this in-between phase is so awkward to dress. I have gained lots of inches in width but can’t wait for the bump to pop…finding ways to conceal it is hard!”

Pregnant Kim Kardashian dressed up for a photo shoot in Los Angeles on Feb. 22.

Kardashian caught flack recently for stepping out in a pair of textured pants festooned with a flouncy peplum. Some thought the curve-hugging style was too tight and looked cumbersome on her growing frame.

“In my opinion, she doesn’t seem too happy about being pregnant,” one commenter wrote on a Daily Mail post about Kardashian’s questionable ensemble. “She tries to still wear tight clothing to look ‘sexy’. When you’re pregnant you’re supposed to accept the fact that you are going to be flaunting a bump and not trying to hide it.”

Free-flowing muu muus aren’t the answer for every expectant mom, and clearly Kardashian and other style-savvy women may be adamant about sticking to their style during pregnancy, regardless of what people say. But for many mothers-to-be, striking the balance between stylish and pregnancy-appropriate remains a priority.

“I think pregnancy style is something unique to each person. Personally, I don’t want to give up my sense of style, but I will make adjustments,” Ryan Patterson, an L.A based mother of one with another baby on the way, told TODAY.com. “For example, I will still rock my black leather pants, but now I will wear a loose, long tee or jacket with them to balance things out.”

Despite her critics, some women feel that Kardashian is balancing the mix of fashion and comfort quite nicely.

“Kim Kardashian has her own sense of style, and honestly, it works well for her voluptuous body. In pregnancy she will gain more curves, and I’m confident Kim will understand her body and what she can wear as each day comes,” San Francisco-based mother and maternity wear designer Ingrid Carney told TODAY.com.

She applauds Kardashian for accentuating her small arms with a form-fitting top, and says that if the reality star is confident enough to wear a peplum, then the one she chose was the most flattering possible. “Honestly, it’s a pretty conservative ensemble with a timeless shoe,” Carney said. “Now, if Ke$ha were pregnant, we’d really have something to review.”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian celebrate New Year's Eve on December 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As much as pregnant women want to celebrate their growing bellies and personal style, there are limits. “Are there style compromises to be made as the bump expands?” said Dallas-based mom and interior decorator, Jessa McIntosh. “Definitely! In other words, maybe hang up the miniskirt during the 3rd trimester.”

Kardashian isn’t quite in miniskirt territory, but much of her maternity wear does look a bit restrictive. The pressure to say goodbye to her designer duds and don drapey cotton jerseys doesn’t seem like a reality for the TV star. That’s more than fine, says Patterson, as long as some level of comfort — and most importantly, confidence — is maintained.

“The bottom line is that a pregnant woman should do what feels best for her and what she feels most comfortable in,” Patterson said. “We may not think Kim Kardashian looks good in that outfit, but if she feels beautiful, then that’s really all that matters.”

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Jennifer Lawrence on ‘Photoshopped’ Dior ad: ‘Doesn’t look like me at all’

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Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is the star of Dior's latest handbag ad campaign.

Jennifer Lawrence may be the new face of Dior’s new handbag campaign, but it’s a face she doesn’t particularly recognize.

While walking the Oscars red carpet on Sunday night, the 22-year-old actress was shown photos from the 2013 Spring/Summer Dior ad campaign for the first time and remarked that they looked nothing like her.

“Oh my God I haven’t seen this,’’ she told Access Hollywood. “That doesn’t look like me at all. I love Photoshop more than anything in the world.’’

The ads show the newly-minted Oscar winner dressed elegantly with her hair pulled back against a neutral background and holding the company’s Miss Dior handbags. Lawrence believes some digital manipulation was involved.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence believes digital manipulation was involved in her latest ad campaign.

“Of course it’s Photoshopped,’’ she said. “People don’t look like that.’’

The new Dior ad campaign has been criticized for allegedly Photoshopping actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Aside from the ads’ questionable digital alteration, some fashion editors also took aim at their creative direction. The Huffington Post wondered where the personality of one of the “bubbliest, goofiest and most endearingly gaffe-prone stars in Hollywood’’ went in the understated campaign. The Gloss said she looked excellent in the photos but “seems cold, blank, and to be frank, boring.”

Lawrence wore a Dior gown on Sunday while taking home Best Actress honors for “Silver Linings Playbook.’’ The dress was a last-minute choice.

“I just woke up and tried on the dress, and it fit, thank God!” she said in a press conference following the Oscars. “Then I took a shower – that’s what I did. And I got my hair and make-up done. And then I came to the Oscars.”

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Video: Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence handled post-Oscar questions with good humor, even the ones about her falling on her way up the stairs to accept her award, and the 22-year-old joked that the day was so stressful, she felt like Steve Martin in “Father of the Bride.”