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The Kinder, Gentler Flatiron
Instead of two heated plates, this flatiron has one. The other is covered with a fabric pad to reduce hair damage.
Ferrum Professional Styler, $189 | FerrumIron.com
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Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Klutz-Proof Curler
Clamp a one-inch section of hair between the plates, and watch as it's automatically drawn into a heated chamber. (Not as scary as it sounds.) After a few seconds (eight for waves, 12 for tight curls), release the clamp...et voilà!
Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret, $100 | Amazon.com
Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Fuss-Free Roller
This set of heat-retaining brush heads works like rollers. Attach the handle to one of the barrels, and roll a section of hair to your scalp while you blow-dry. Click the handle off, then let the roller cool before removing.
Click n Curl, $46 | Click-n-Curl.com
Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Cordless Stylers
Spend more time in front of your rearview mirror than your bathroom mirror? Both of these
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Photo: Hugh KretschmerBy Oprah.comRead More »from 5 Hairstyling Tools that Will Change Your Get-Ready Routine
Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul
7 a.m. Get up when your alarm goes off.
"The worst mistake I see my sleep-deprived insomnia patients make is staying in bed in the morning to try to reach the magic eight hours," says Chad Ruoff, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University Sleep Center. Sleeping later than normal throws your body off schedule and will make it harder to fall asleep tonight, perpetuating the problem. No matter how tempting it feels to huddle under the blankets, your body won't react well to a snooze-in--and neither will your boss.
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7:10 a.m. Go out on the balcony, the deck or the porch.
"Natural light calibrates your body's clock for the rest of the day," says Michael A. Grandner, PhD, a research associate at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Bright natural sunshine is the strongest and therefore the best, but it's not always easy to find. Bring the sun indoors byRead More »from How to Feel Alert when You Haven't Slept
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Could this be the recipe for deflating the muffin top? A recent study compared three groups--those who ate a reduced-carbohydrate diet, those who combined the diet with strength training and those who combined the diet and strength-training with cardio workouts--and found that a three-tier approach was the most effective strategy to decrease abdominal fat. It's important to note that the exercises you choose and the effort you put into them really matter, says Marta Montenegro, a certified strength and conditioning coach who teaches exercise physiology at Florida International University. Instead of ho-hum treadmill-trotting and sit-ups, she recommends high-intensity workouts, which have been shown to be more effective at reducing the belly fat you can pinch with your hand, as well as the visceral fat that pads internal organs (which has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes).Read More »from The Miracle Muffin Top Workout
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- Oprah.com | Pets – Fri, Sep 6, 2013 1:55 PM EDT
Photos: Pauline ZonneveldBy Susan HauserRead More »from Old Dogs, New Pics: 5 Photos Guaranteed to Make You Smile
On a winter day in 2010, photographer Pauline Zonneveld recalls, she noticed her neighbor's elderly Australian shepherd, Kali, "walking gingerly, with such a gentle expression." She made a mental note to photograph her and surprise the neighbor with a portrait, but before she had a chance to do so, Kali died.
Recognizing that the clock is always ticking, Zonneveld, 53, set out to find more aging models--cockeyed teeth, grizzled smiles, graying beards, and all. "They might not be puppies," she says, "but these dogs have real vitality."
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For the Good Old Dog Project, now in its third year, Zonneveld has photographed more than 188 canines, all of whom have reached or surpassed their expected life spans. (She charges owners only a retainer for prints.) The portraits are exhibited in her studio and in galleries and coffee shops around Zonneveld's hometown of Portland, Oregon, but she plans to extend the project to Los Angeles, San
Photo: Diego UchitelBy Clarissa CruzRead More »from Trendy Fall Looks You Can Wear at Work
Actress Maria Bello, who stars with Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis in Prisoners, out this month, models the latest ways to change up the menswear-inspired look.
In a sharp silhouette and burnished gold (one of the season's hot trends), this is a supermodern riff on the structured jacket.
Jacket, LWrenScott.com. Pants, $40; HM.com for stores. Earrings, MelindaMaria.com. Black envelope and blue diary, Smythson.com. Blue leather clutch, Paul Smith; 646-613-3060.
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Photo: Diego UchitelCheckmates
Leather pants and a detachable-collar white button-down make a glen plaid jacket less stuffy; the sexy double-breasted style is the perfect day-to-dinner piece.
Jacket, $149; Jones New York, JNY.com. White shirt, $40; HM.com for stores. Pants, $1,025, Theyskens' Theory; Shopbop.com. Lizard brooch, Sequin; 212-398-7363. Cuff links, Tateossian.com.
Photo: Diego UchitelRed Alert
"I feel so dynamic in this. A power suit doesn't have to be about houndstooth
Photo: Courtesy of Mimi MartelBy Corrie PikulRead More »from Treat Pain Before it Hurts
The Body Part You Abuse Even More When You Stand
The hot spot: Upper back
The problem: We're all trying to decrease the amount of time we spend in our seats. But few desks are optimally configured for standing while working with the top of the screen at or below eye level, leaving many standers hunched over. "For every inch your head inclines forward, you add 10 pounds of weight for your body to carry," says Jill Miller, ERYT, a fitness therapy expert and creator of the Yoga Tune Up program. "Your spine becomes like a fishing rod with a giant tuna hooked at the end of the line--but that tuna is your head," Miller says.
The potential pain: Tightness and aches that start at the back of the neck and run down to the middle of the back or up into the head (turning into a tension headache).
The pre-hab: Miller says that this Thoracic Rolling Pin exercise is one of the most requested moves from students in the Rx Series at Equinox gyms, a recovery and performance-boosting
Photo: ThinkstockBy Candace Braun DavisonRead More »from 6 Rules for Choosing the Perfect Paint Color
1. Boldly Shop Your Closet
Figuring out where to start can be the hardest part. If you don't have a specific color in mind, interior designer and The Big Book of Chic author Miles Redd has a suggestion: Take a closer look at your wardrobe. "Look for the common themes and what colors draw you in," he explains. "If your closet is full of gypsy caftans and old vintage furs, let that inspire what colors you choose."
In fact, your entire paint palette could come from a single item. When you take a picture using a paint-selection tool like Benjamin Moore's Color Capture or Sherwin-Williams' ColorSnap, the app will immediately pull out key colors and match them to the respective brands' paint colors.
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Photo: Roger Davies/Dazzling Design (Abrams)2. Ask Yourself 2 Questions
You may have the perfect color in mind for your living room, but there are two factors that can impact which shade you choose: (1) when you'll be using the room the most; and, (2)
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Startup cost: $79 (includes a full carbonator that can make 60 liters of sparkling water, plus 12 liters of soda flavors)
How often you need to use it to make it worthwhile: Every other day for eight months.
If you drink seltzer or other sparkling beverages like it's, uh, water, it makes economic (and eco) sense to purchase a machine. Let's say you finish a bottle of store-bought seltzer every two days (which is about how long it takes before the bubbles get flat): In eight months, you'll have gone through 120 bottles, which would cost about $80 (at 67 cents per liter)--aka the equivalent of your initial investment in a Sodastream. And that's just for plain, sparkling water. If you're making cola or another flavored soda, you'll save even more.
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Photo: ThinkstockYogurt Maker
Startup cost: $40, plus ingredients
How often you need to use it to make it worthwhile: Once a week for two-and-a-half months.
Yes, you can make yogurt with a pot, a thermometer
Photo: ThinkstockBy Oprah.comRead More »from 5 Great Workouts You Can Do While Watching TV
The Routine That Makes You Appreciate Your Favorite Sitcom Even More You can use a character's predictability to remind you to keep you moving--sort of like a college drinking game, but with squats instead of shots. Love New Girl? Try this circuit workout from Mike Donavanik, a Los Angeles-based personal trainer and the creator of the Extreme Burn DVD series. Every time Schmidt says something offensively lame, use that as a cue to do one exercise for one minute. Donavanik recommends alternating upper and lower body moves: Start with push-ups, then squats, then tricep dips, then lunges. Finish with crunches. Keep cycling through these five exercises for the entire 30-minute show.
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Strengthen Your Arms Without Ever Leaving the Couch
Tricep dips tone the muscles on the backside of your upper arms, Donavanik says, and the only piece of equipment you need is a sturdy piece of furniture. Position your hands on the
Photo: Lynn AndrianiBy Lynn AndrianiRead More »from 7 Fun Recipes Using Cereal
The Mac 'n' Cheese with a Snappy, Crackle-y Top
A toasted, crunchy topping is the perfect contrast to ooey, gooey mac 'n' cheese. One of the easiest ways to achieve optimal crunch is to mix equal parts crisped rice cereal, like Rice Krispies, with grated cheese (use whatever kind you'd like, from Parmesan to cheddar), and sprinkle over the casserole before baking.
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Photo: Lynn AndrianiThe Crunchy, Cinnamon-y Pie Crust
The base of a cheesecake, pudding pie or ice-cream pie can be made from graham crackers, so swapping in the mini version, using Cinnamon Toast Crunch, for instance, isn't an enormous leap--yet it yields supercrispy (and cinnamon-flecked) results. Combine 2 cups of crushed cereal (you'll probably need to start with about 4 cups) with 3 tablespoons of melted, unsalted butter and press into a pie dish; chill, then proceed with your filling recipe.
Photo: ThinkstockThe Chicken Salad with Better-for-You Croutons
This lunchtime standby doesn't have