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ELLE's advice columnist on using biology to get ahead of the dating pack
Dear E. Jean: I'm 37 and have never had a boyfriend. I've been on many, many blind dates, speed dated, tried online dating, and no luck. I occasionally socialize with people through Flickr, Twitter, and Tumblr; and, of course, I have friends at work. But when I go home at the end of the day, there's…just me.
When I was at university, I was never brilliant at attracting boys, and after I graduated I never clicked with anyone. Nobody dislikes me, but nobody is desperately seeking my companionship, either. I'm not shy, but I'm not the life of the party. I'm rarely bored, mind you: I find the world interesting, and I have hobbies; but I get so lonely and want things to change! I've read all the self-help books, joined gyms and groups of like-minded people, but I've come to a dead end! I need your help. How do I get out of this lifetime rut? I assure you, no suggestion will be too outlandish. -So Alone!
It doesn't take a shear genius to see why short hair is trendy for summer; besides being lighter and cooler, it's also great for fuss-free styling. Here, Hollywood's go-to hairstylists take the guesswork out of going short and reveal surefire ways to make the cut.
Face Type: Square JawBrooklyn Decker
To offset Brooklyn Decker's strong jaw line, Ted Gibson gave her a soft, textured bob. "I also created graduated layers and made the cut a little longer in the front," he adds. "You want hair in the front to be below the jaw so that it doesn't draw the eye to that area of the face."Another Popular Hairstyle for a Square Jaw
RihannaFace Type: High ForeheadThe Best Celebrity Haircuts EVER
"Rihanna had a great pixie cut," says Campbell. "To minimize her forehead, her stylist gave her fantastic chunky bangs."
"Bangs work well with this face type, but they don't have to be cut straight across," says Gibson, who likes Rihanna's side-swept, angled fringe as an alternative.
Reese WitherspoonFace Type: Heart-ShapedRead More »from Short Haircuts Perfect for Your Face Shape
- Elle | Fashion – Mon, Jul 18, 2011 11:00 PM EDT
Peach-oil-infused lip sheers, ruby-red polish, and Riviera-rich scents: This month, celebrate Earth's natural beauty.Tree Hugger
In homage to the beauty of botanicals, Emilio Pucci Verde 072 Eau de Toilette combines mint, cedar, and Turkish rose for a lively scent.
Loaded BulletGreen Stars: Our annual guide to the best eco buys, curated by 20 hair, makeup, and skin experts
A sheer veil of pigment is made ultraluxe with conditioning peach, apricot, and almond oils in Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour, shown here in Dollface and Hibiscus Bloom.
Lashes fully blossom this summer with a boost from biotin-rich Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Serum. Apply under mascara or overnight (or use to give sparse brows some TLC).
A wet-effect, candylike coating of Sephora Collection Glossy Gloss in Confectionery brightens pouts with fuchsia shine.
Warm all skin tones with a gold-flecked sweep of Napoleon Perdis Bronze Patrol. Add a drop of water to Read More »from The 8 Best Beauty Buys for July
The perfect picks for a lit-from-within summer glow!
GlamGlow mud mask
GlamGlow mud mask is loaded with volcanic rock and sea clay to exfoliate dead cells and reveal radiant skin.
Spray Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening Mist
Spray Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening Mist with vitamin C on skin in the morning to set makeup and throughout the day to revive a lackluster complexion.
Top Beauty Experts Reveal Their Secrets for Luminous Skin, Hair, and Teeth
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Enamel Renewal
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Enamel Renewal toothpaste removes 90 percent of surface stains in just two weeks.
Kate Somerville Somerville360 Tanning Towelette
Kate Somerville Somerville360 Tanning Towelette is concentrated with a paraben-free self-tanning formula for a quick, streak-free application. Bumble and bumble Shine On Finishing Spray
A spritz of Bumble and bumble Shine On Finishing Spray gives hair an instant glossy sheen.
Make like Kate and try Dior Addict Lipstick in Beige Casual.John Frieda Sheer Blonde
Safe for color-treated hair, John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo usesRead More »from 7 Products for Brighter Skin
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- Elle | Fashion – Fri, Jul 1, 2011 7:39 PM EDT
In honor of our nation's birthday, we searched from coast to coast to find the loveliest native of each state in the union (plus the District of Columbia!). Click through to find out which Hawaii native has dual citizenship, and which denizen of the Dakotas is a die-hard Steeler's fan.
The studly model-turned-actor spent a rural childhood in Alabama and Mississippi before going on to star in films like Step Up and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.
Photo: Thomas Whiteside
Plame's rise to fame was a result of the end of a career-her outing as an undercover CIA operative by the Washington Post. The memoir of the comely clandestine agent was turned into a movie, Fair Game, in which Valerie was played by the lovely Naomi Watts.
Emma StoneRead More »from America's Most Beautiful People: The Hottest Natives from the 50 States + DC!
The Golden Globe-nominated actress started her acting career as a member of
Beach season has arrived-and with it comes the fresh yearning to tone areas that were, until recently, comfortably covered. While terms like "fat blasting" and "calorie counting" used to typify an industry starving for fast results, experts say a holistic view of fitness is gaining ground and that many clients want a serving of inspiration alongside their cardio. "Everyone continues to get busier and busier, and our minds and bodies need to unload and decompress," says Lashaun Dale, creative manager of group fitness at Equinox. "Workouts that combine movement with meditation are growing."
Another trend: becoming a connoisseur of a handful of methods carefully chosen to target your goals. A new Manhattan-based site, FITiST, even offers a solution for the inconvenience of having to buy and maintain multiple memberships by selling a collection of classes that vary from cycling to yoga to boxing and are geared toward a specific end result, like "slim," "body and soul," or "bride."Read More »from 5 Must-Try Summer Fitness Crazes