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- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 1, 2013 5:55 PM EDT
By Amy Shearn
How He Looks in an "I ♡ NY" Shirt and Beard
Maybe you've never seen this man in any non-earth-tone hue, but the second you get to the tropical hotel he's in a Hawaiian shirt. Maybe he is a secret souvenir guy, the one who buys a "Yellowstone" ball cap that first day and proceeds to wear it every day of vacation until the last, when he promptly retires it to a stack of place-marking caps you never noticed before in the back of his closet. And then there's the facial-hair situation. There are those men who go all Conan O'Brien at the prospect of a week or two off, and suddenly you know what he looks like with a beard. After all, vacation isn't just a chance to visit a new place, it's an opportunity to experiment with being a new person.
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His In-Flight Elbow Span
Forget all that business about how he treats his mother. You can really tell what kind of husband someone will be by sitting beside him on a 20-hour flightRead More »from 8 Things You Only Learn About Your Partner from Traveling Together
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul
Eating the Right Foods for Your Body...
...Which happen to be the wrong foods for your small intestine. Experts have recently determined that some of the most formidable culprits of bloating and irritable bowel syndrome are small carbohydrates that aren't well absorbed in the small intestine, says Cynthia M. Yoshida, MD, a gastroenterologist in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the author of No More Digestive Problems. They fall under the umbrella term "FODMAPs," short for "fermentable oligo-, di, mono-saccharides and polyols." Yoshida explains that these particles travel on down to the colon and large intestine where they're fermented by normal gut bacteria, forming gases that result in bloating and flatulence. Unfortunately, some of the healthiest foods we know (cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, leeks, cherries, avocados, many kinds of beans--including soy, and more) contain FODMAPs. The good news is that there are many other superfoods (berries, pumpkin, leafyRead More »from 4 Habits that Are Making You Feel Bloated
Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani
Myth #1: Pay for Your Vacation After You Get Home...
...since you're getting a bonus next month anyway, right? Or, take advantage of the department store's buy-now-pay-later option on that beautiful rug for your living room, because it's an interest-free deal. But there's a psychological reason to pay ahead of time, says Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, authors of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. They've found research that suggests you'll enjoy your vacation more if you aren't sitting on the beach while thinking about what a huge bill you'll be facing once you get home. We get more happiness from things--whether it's chocolate, a new book, or even a vacation--we pay for, but don't use right away, than we do from goods we put on credit cards or deferred plans.
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Myth #2: To Save Money, Shop Early
The "official" start to the holiday shopping season is Black Friday, with a staggering number ofRead More »from Money-Saving Myths You Can Ignore
Photo: ChobaniBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from 6 Unexpected Flavor Combinations You'll Love
Smoked Salmon + Yogurt
As yogurt shakes off its only-for-breakfast, only-with-fruit-and-granola reputation, we're seeing lots of innovative ways to serve and eat this protein-packed food. The one we're most smitten with right now: topping plain Greek yogurt with chopped smoked salmon. It's creamy, savory and salty, and a fantastic snack or light meal for any time of day (it's even better with a squirt of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of fresh dill). Yogurtmaker Chobani serves the combination at its New York City shop and it's been a runaway hit.
Try it: Combine a half-cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 1/2 Tbsp. smoked salmon, a squirt of lemon juice, 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch each of salt, pepper and fresh dill. Eat with a spoon or with bagel chips.
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Photo: ThinkstockVanilla + Cardamom
Cardamom's fresh, sweet, more-exotic-than-cinnamon flavor is a mainstay of Scandinavian, Baltic and
Photo: Courtesy of Pure YogaBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Get Slimmer Thighs While Sitting Down
The Move: Crossed-Legged Extension
The "4" in Figure 4 classes by Pure Yoga refers to the areas of the body targeted: abs, arms, glutes and, of course, thighs. Madeline Day, the creative coordinator for Figure 4, says that you'll really feel (and see) this move in the top of the thigh--right about where a miniskirt would end and self-consciousness would usually begin.
1. Sit in a chair with your back straight, your core engaged. Grip the seat of the chair lightly for support.
2. Cross one leg over the other, at the ankles. Exhale and extend your bottom leg until it is completely straight and parallel to the ground. (The top leg will lift as well, but keeping it relaxed will allow it to act as a "weight" for the active leg.)
3. Do 5 reps of lifting and lowering, then hold at the top for 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
4. Straighten both legs and lower to the ground, pause, then re-cross with the opposite leg on top. Repeat exercise with opposite leg.
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Could I have accidentally peed the bed during sex?
If the condom is intact and you've ruled out the possibility that the wet spot came from him, take a discreet sniff. Does the wet spot smell like urine? If so, there's your answer. There's often a tiny bit of fluid left in the bladder even after women use the bathroom, says Lauren Streicher, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Certain sexual positions--such as the missionary--can put enough pressure on that area to cause it to leak. If this happens only once in a while, then there's no need to worry. If the fluid has no odor or a musky scent and you're about to have your period, then, Streicher says, you may have ejaculated. (Hey, it happened on Sex and the City, so it could happen to you, too!) "But if you're regularly leaking urine, it could be a sign of incontinence," she says. She advises strengthening your pelvic-floor muscles through
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DBy Adam GlassmanRead More »from Stylish Ways Anyone Can Wear Fall's Boldest Color
How to wear it: The peacoat works now with a tee and knit dickey (which adds coverage without bulk) and later with a heavy sweater; the pop of red warms up a black-and-white palette.
From top to bottom: Jacket, $675, Mackage.com. Turtleneck dickie, Thakoon Addition, $270, Shopbop.com. White Skirt, Calvin Klein, $79, Macys.com. Bag, Rafe, $195, Couture.zappos.com. Shoes, $60, Solesociety.com.
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Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DRed Pants
How to wear it: The pants that looked so chic with a tank and flats this summer can also mix with a leather jacket, scarf and top in autumnal reds.
From top to bottom: Pants, Worthington, $36, jcp.com. Scarf, $35, Loft.com. Jacket, Boss, $1,295, Hugoboss.com. Top, $75, Jcrew.com. Shoes, Daniele Michetti, $525, My-wardrobe.com. Bag, Reece Hudson, $495, Barneys.com.
Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DRed Sheath
How to wear it: This richly colored dress--which features stretch fabric, a flattering square necklines, and super-slimming
- Oprah.com | At Home – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 6:24 PM EDT
Photo: Reza Estakhrian/Getty ImagesBy Candace Braun DavisonRead More »from 7 Unexpectedly Awesome Things to Do with Digital Photos
Décor That Gets the P-A-R-T-Y Started
Whether you're planning a birthday surprise or a baby shower, a personalized twist on the classic party banner--you know, the one with the cutout letters--is what can really get the guest of honor gushing. Bloggers Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson include this how-to in their new release, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book.
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For the photos, Chapman recommends choosing simple images with a clear subject--think one or two people, not a crowd shot--so the banner doesn't look busy and hard to read. Then, select a few of the banner's cutout letters and trace each one onto a photo. Cut out the images and glue them to the letters. If you plan on keeping the banner long-term, use an acid-free adhesive, Chapman says.
Photo: Courtesy of Baking for GoodBake Up Sweet Memories
Those dessert photos you post on Instagram look good enough to eat, and with Baking for Good, you actually can devour them. The online bakery lets people