Look at your inbox. How many holiday parties have you RSVP'd to? Probably a few more than you have dresses to wear. And, you know what that typically means: another paycheck and one more trip to the mall. But, since we don't all have that superstar salary that allows us to jaunt off to a fancy department store for each and every frock, we've rounded up dresses (for every holiday-party occasion) that you can actually afford. Meaning: Forget about buyer's remorse, and prepare for a much happier bank statement.
And, no, just because these beauties are affordable doesn't mean they look cheap. You won't find any ill-fitting or way-too-short dresses here. So, whether it's a sparkly stunner you seek or something more reserved, the under-$50 numbers ahead will keep you sophisticated, stylish, and, most importantly, festive all the way through New Year's.
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Look at your inbox. How many holiday parties have you RSVP'd to? Probably a few more than you have dresses to wear. And, you know what that typically means: another paycheck and one more trip to the mall. But, since we don't all have that superstar salary that allows us to jaunt off to a fancy department store for each and every frock, we've rounded up dresses (for every holiday-party occasion) that you can actually afford. Meaning: Forget about buyer's remorse, and prepare for a much happier bank statement.Read More »from The Year's Top Festive Frocks for Under $50
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While you might have a couple of people on your list who you're definitely planning on spoiling, the majority of the folks you're shopping for this season probably are a whole lot like ours: gym friends, random acquaintances, work buddies, party hosts, and second cousins, with the occasional name you drew from the Secret Santa hat. For that group, you're probably not going to spend more than $20 on a gift. But, this year, do better than just slapping a paper bow on a bottle of Shiraz. Because, now you've got this shopping list.
We really picked through the e-commerce world with a fine-toothed comb to find the best of the under-$20 bunch for gifts that you'll actually want to give. And, in all honestly, you'll like these so much, you might find yourself shopping for some of them in pairs - you know, one for them, one for you. Check out the definitive guide to the 50 gifts under $20 that'll give you sticker shock - in the good way.
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On Sundays, you can nearly always find us sitting on our sofa (or, okay, in our favorite gastropub) wearing our hometown team's football colors. But, we don't really care about Eli Manning's workout tips or favorite practice outfits (sorry, Eli). It just doesn't seem relevant. Instead, we turned to our own backyard and found five incredible female athletes who kick ass in NYC on the daily. We tapped these strong, inspiring movers and shakers (and weightlifters and boxers) to help us create a go-to guide for all kinds get-in-shape goodness.
There are at-home ab-tightening tips, lessons on what to eat while training, and even the top songs to blast to while getting your heart rate up. Plus, as we're wont to do, we styled these gorgeous women in equally standout looks, relying on designer styles from Norma Komali's new fitness line. As for those football players? It's safe to say these ladies could take them any day - in both a walk-off and anRead More »from Fitness Tips from 5 Inspiring NYC Athletes
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Maybe you're looking to get the ultimate gift for your partner this year. Or, maybe you're just interested in trying something a little different. But, when incorporating a new sex toy in your relationship, there are many things to consider. For example, what works well for solo sessions might not always translate to a fantastic shared experience. There are tons of options out there for women and men of all preferences and desires. The trick is figuring out which one is exactly right for you.
So, this holiday season, do you want to get your partner some boring socks - or knock them off with a sexy toy?
We had three couples check out nine amazing sex toys. Ahead, what was so-so, what worked, and what really worked for these adventurous reviewers.
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.Lana Del Rey might have summertime sadness, but for most of us? It's December, with its brutal frigid temperatures and scarce daylight hours, when the blah feelings seem to never end. Here's how to ease winter blues and figure out if you might actually have seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.)
First, know that not having that same get-up-and-go sensation in the winter that you usually have in the summer is actually totally normal. In fact, it's legitimate chemistry. "Mild changes in brain chemistry or the circadian rhythm - your body's internal clock - related to the seasons can make you feel down," says Dr. Melina Jampolis, M.D., a physician nutrition specialist in Los Angeles. "Winter blues, or feeling a bit less energetic on occasion during these months, is relatively common and may be related to a number of lifestyle factors - including decreased light exposure, decreased exercise due to colder temperatures, and decreased socialization during theRead More »from How to STAY Happy in the Winter
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Unless you work at a company dedicated to the crushing of dreams and suppression of fun, you probably have an office holiday party coming up this month. You've already got your outfit picked out, and you're practicing your hair DIYs nightly. But, what about your behavior? This is no warehouse kegger, and there's more at stake than your potential appearance on the street-style blogs.
These things can end in one of two ways: new friendships or horrific scenes of sloppiness followed by a stern meeting with your HR rep. If the former sounds more like your bag, well, read on for what NOT to do. This is your go-to guide if you like your stellar reputation the way it is: intact.
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Is it just us or does it seem like the stresses that bear down on us every day multiply exponentially as the holidays creep closer?
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With parties, gift shopping, and menu planning closing in, it's overwhelming just to even think about all the organizing necessary to remain the slightest bit calm. And, if you're anything like us, you know that wellness goals are the first thing to fall by the wayside in the ensuing chaos.
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Luckily, as with many things in life, it turns out that there's an app for that - or, more accurately, 10. Everyday Health has rounded up the very best iPhone apps that promise to magically transform your life from straight-up crazy to crazy-organized. Food and recipe apps from Food52, Yummly, and The New York Times-endorsed foodie Mark Bittman, for example, help you plan your menus, make grocery shopping a bit less painful, and
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The halls are nearly decked. Visions of sugar plums sweaters and pumps are dancing in our heads. And, the sugar cookies are frosted (and, um, eaten). Yep, the season's in full swing, so it's time to make your list and check it twice. We're talking about the giving and receiving lists, of course.
In case you're still looking for gift ideas (and, who isn't), we've checked in with a few of our favorite designers, DJs, and artists to get the lowdown on what they want for the holidays. From the night cream Chelsea Leyland swears by to the luxe chess board Simon Doonan can't live without - these presents look mighty fine to us. Here's hoping you weren't naughty this year.Read More »from 10 NYC Influencers, Endless Gift Ideas
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We have to admit, it's kind of hard not to get pretty jazzed about the latest techie doodads. We find ourselves scouring the web regularly, checking out the latest innovative items to hit the scene. And, lucky for you, if you're looking to add rad devices to your holiday list - our lengthy browsing habits will come in handy.
We've rounded up 8 of the hottest tech toys that you'll definitely want to find under the tree. You can thank us later.Read More »from 8 Under-$100 Gadgets to Add to Your Wish List
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We're firm believers that the best things in life get better with age: wine, cheese, George Clooney, a perfectly worn-in leather jacket… The list goes on. We'd also like to believe that when all is said and done, we as human beings get better with age as well. Life is a journey, after all, and we'd choose laugh lines over missed memory-making any day.
But, we're not going to deny the secret little thrill of getting carded when you were actually born during, say, the Ford Administration. So, in the interest of creating more of these, "Oh stop it, you're just being flattering!" moments, we've uncovered the scoop on how to reverse time without injections, surgery, or lasers. Let the age reversal commence.Read More »from Look 5 Years Younger Without Lasers