Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani
Coming in the door after a crazy day at work, you're probably thinking about the long list of stuff you didn't get to finish, the many unread emails still in your inbox and, most venomously, your undermining cubicle-mate. When you finally plop down on the couch, maybe you start rattling off all the things that are rattling you to your partner, just home from his own crazy day at work.
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Shockingly, the evening doesn't unfold in daze of gallantness and rose petals.
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Well, the Wall Street Journal has found a name for this: "stress spillover" (and here we just thought it was a mean case of the Mondays). In Putting the Honey Back in 'Honey, I'm Home!', Elizabeth Bernstein looks at "the real Witching Hour, that after-work period when we are tired, hungry, desperate to unwind yet still thinking about work" and offers solutions for avoiding a blow-up (read the story to find out how a man cave and other
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- Oprah.com | Love + Sex – Sat, Oct 22, 2011 3:03 AM EDT
Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from At Last: A Name for What Happens to You (and Him) at 6PM
By Amber Kallor
Adam Glassman tells you what will look best on your body this season and what's better left on the runways.
Photo: GettyTrend to Skip: Dance Shoes
Unless you're auditioning for a part on Dancing with the Stars, says Adam, don't wear these. Ankle straps cut off your leg line. Plus, Adam says, "Every time I show a shoe like this to Gayle King, she says, 'Oh, that looks like an Aunt Esther shoe to me.'"
Photo: GettyWhat to Wear Instead: A Classic Pump
Think unadorned. Think Mad Men. Whether you choose a stacked heel or stiletto, Adam says, the traditional pump is back.RELATED: 5 Ways to Extend Your Summer Wardrobe into Fall
Photo: GettyTrend to Skip: Head-to-Toe Pattern Collision
Although mixing whimsical prints looks great on the runway, it's often hard to do on your own without looking like a clown, Adam says.RELATED: Fashion for Rent
Photo: Marko Metzinger/Studio DWhat to Wear Instead: Pieces That Are Already Mixed and Matched
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- Oprah.com | Work + Money – Fri, Oct 21, 2011 9:47 PM EDT
By Barbara SherRead More »from Throw an Idea Party and Get the Answers to All Your Little Questions
Isolation is a dream killer. Sitting alone for too long with an idea is more likely to breed self-doubt than spark an action plan. So before your goal succumbs to inertia, I suggest inviting some friends to what I call an idea party. When you gather people at a party where the goal is making your dream a reality, something amazing happens: A friend of a friend has a contact who can help, your neighbor knows a workaround for what's tripping you up-and suddenly, you're in action.
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I've seen so many fantastic plans get traction at idea parties. A woman interested in fashion got instructions on how to work backstage at Fashion Week-and an introduction to a local designer. Someone who couldn't afford to quit her corporate job but dreamed of working with primates met a zoo liaison who invited her to volunteer with spider monkeys on the weekends. A woodcarver who designed harps out of rare wood was upset that her usual supplier in
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from How to Beat the October Morning Blues
For anyone who likes to get outside in the morning, October can feel like the most unjust of months. The crisp, cool weather is perfect for a.m. leaf-peeping, dog-walking, jogging and cycling. The problem is that the sun is rising progressively later here in the Northern Hemisphere, and will continue to do so until Daylight Savings Time ends on November 6 and we turn our clocks back an hour earlier. Waking up in what feels like the dead of night is hard enough, and especially problematic for those training for one of the many marathons that take place in the fall.
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So we called Philip Gehrman, PhD, the clinical director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine program at the University of Pennsylvania. "This ultimately comes down to a biological issue," he explained. At night, when we turn off the light to go to bed, we trigger the release of the hormone melatonin, which makes us feel tired and sluggish. As we sleep in a room that stays
Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from The Inside Scoop on Making The Perfect Meatball
Meatballs never went out of style (just ask any Italian grandmother), but they seem to be having a moment. Cooking instructor Rick Rodgers, who has dozens of cookbooks to his name, chose the ground meat classics as the subject for his latest, I Love Meatballs!, out this week. And the guys behind The Meatball Shop, which has two line-out-the-door locations in New York, now have written a cookbook, too.
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Like every Italian grandma, the books each have their own ways of doing things. Here's some of their most valuable advice:
When it comes to beef, sirloin (93% lean), ground round (85% lean), ground chuck (80% lean) are most popular. Rodgers likes ground round because it stands up well to long simmering. The Meatball Shop's Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow use chuck. If you're using ground chicken or turkey, make sure it's a mix of dark and white meats, with skin. Breast meat is so lean, if you use it alone, your
Photo: ThinkstockBy Amy ShearnRead More »from So You Want to Be An Astronaut
Little kids always have the best career plans. "What are you going to be when you grow up?" We ask them, as if it were that simple. And they lay out come fantastic projected CV: Veternarian. Movie Star. Ballerina-firefighter-doctor-kitty. Or the ever-popular, astronaut. We just nod our heads, knowing that the chance of any given person making it to outer space is about as likely as cookies for dinner.
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Then,recently, as reported by the LA Times blog, NASA announced it would soon start accepting applications for its next class of astronaut candidates, some of whom will be selected from the civilian world. Bad economy got you down? Here's one job application that's worth rustling up some references for! Duane Ross, manager for astronaut candidate and training selection for NASA, told the LA Times that applicants don't have to be in perfect shape: "Once they get here, we'll torture them and make them fit." Fun! He also said
By Barbara SherRead More »from A Game That Reveals Your Greatest Strengths
How often have you gotten a compliment on your creativity or your patience or your resilience, only to wave it off, assuming that these strengths must come easily to everyone? In my 30 years as a lifestyle/career coach and author, the mistake I see people make time and again is failing to recognize their talents. An honest inventory may be difficult-even impossible-for you to do yourself. So sit with a friend and try this exercise.
It's a new twist on something I call the Self-Correcting Life Scenario, and it's one of my favorites.
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1. Ask your friend to name three of your strengths (The words in the image above may provide some inspiration.)
2. Tell your friend your top passion. Then have your friend tell an imaginary story of your life, based on this passion and your strengths. For instance, "You're organized, creative, and friendly, and your passion is baking. So, you run a bakery where customers can buy cupcakes with little
Photo: Dan SaelingerBy Jessica GirdwainRead More »from What Does Your Skin Say About Your Health?
Your epidermis is showing-and it's trying to tell you something. It turns out that the body's largest organ is an excellent early warning system for all sorts of maladies: "Almost every health condition translates to the skin," says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. "When something isn't functioning well on the inside, the clues start appearing on the outside." Give yourself a quick check for these five surprising signs.
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If you have: Many deep wrinkles
It could mean: A heightened risk for bone fractures
In a new study on 114 postmenopausal women, researchers discovered that subjects who had numerous deep wrinkles on their neck and face were more likely to have low bone density in their hips, spine, and heels. "The collagen in your skin is the same as the collagen in your skeleton," explains lead researcher Lubna Pal, of the Yale School of
Photo: Courtesy of SephoraBy Amber Kallor
There's a big difference between a natural glow and too much shine. Here are a few ingenious ways to help you stay matte all day.
Sephora Collection Bamboo Charcoal Blotting Papers
Slip this sleek book of 100 double-sided sheets into your tiniest clutch. Highly absorbent charcoal, infused into each blotting linen, leaves skin refreshed without residue.RELATED: 14 Stylish Gifts That Give Back (for Under $100)
Photo: Courtesy of Bobbi BrownBobbi Brown Oil Control Lotion SPF 15
Get sun protection plus hydration and a shine-free finish-seaweed extract absorbs excess oil while lavender soothes irritated skin.
Courtesy of JK Jemma KiddJK Jemma Kidd Show Stopper Water-Resistant Bronzer
There's enough bronzer in this jumbo compact to use on your face, décolleté and anywhere else you need a little matte color.
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Olay Shine Control Lathering Cleanser
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- Oprah.com | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 18, 2011 9:41 PM EDT
Photo: Think StockBy Corrie PikulRead More »from 3 Answers to Your Most Embarassing Health Questions
If you've got a mortifying, bizarre, out-there problem, not to worry. We've got the answer. We brought our awkward questions to these top doctors-who not only see patients but also instruct students at some of the country's best medical schools-and also inquired about the concerns they've heard during office hours. These are professionals who deal with conditions that afflict women in their twenties and beyond, like herpes, skin fungus and folliculitis (that's what many of us think of as, um, buttock acne), every day. "We don't even think to be embarrassed about these kinds of things," said Daniela Carusi, MD, the director of general gynecology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston (a teaching affiliate of Harvard medical school).
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Q: I recently noticed these large, irregular patches of white on my back-it almost looks like my skin has lost pigment in that area. What's going on?
A: "This sounds like tinea