Who cares about this one's new movie or that one's reality show - we're mostly loving celebs for their beauty and style ideas. Try these ASAP!
1. A statement necklace
AS WORN BY: Michelle Yeoh
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: A dramatic piece like this turns even a basic tee into an outfit. In fact, any simple top is the perfect blank canvas for a showstopping necklace. Our fave versions are chunky stones, multistrand metallics, and mixed-media combos.
PAIR IT WITH: Slicked-back hair. As with the clothes, you want to keep hair simple. Apply gel to damp hair and blow-dry it smooth. Pull hair back and spray it into place.
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2. Winged eyes
AS WORN BY: Olivia Wilde
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Smoky shadow shades are always sexy - and the little sweep up at the corners is like an instant eye lift. To get the look, choose an eyeshadow palette with four shades: the lightest goes under your brow bone, next lightest is for your lids, the second darkest is your "wing" shade,
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Who cares about this one's new movie or that one's reality show - we're mostly loving celebs for their beauty and style ideas. Try these ASAP!Read More »from 6 Celeb Trends You Can (and Should) Rock
New friends, new teachers, new routines - making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the school year is chaotic for your kids and for you. Get back into the swing of things with fresh ideas from fellow moms who've been there, done that.Read More »from How to Have a Better Start to the School Year
Get Your Kids Psyched!
"I talk with my daughters about how the start of a school year is about new beginnings, new friends, and new opportunities. My oldest will be starting fifth grade this year, so we discussed how it's a great chance for her to let her personality shine through in the new surroundings. I encourage her to approach the new year with a big smile - it's a small thing, but it really does instill her with confidence. When my younger one started at a new school, I told her to walk in like a princess, with grace, confidence, and courage; those words alone were enough to get her excited." -J'Anmetra Burgess, 33, Raleigh, NC; mother to Kourtney, 11, and Rosmound, 4
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"I talk to my children
Photo Credit: JupiterimagesWhat did researchers see when they spied on every living, breathing moment of 32 families for four days straight? Fights, bribes, hugs, eye rolls, and some amazing truths about how we can all live more happily together.Read More »from 7 Secrets of Low-Stress Families
Researches found that getting a glimpse into the lives of other families gives us a unique perspective on how to better take care of our own. Use what they learned to calm stress and create joy in your house.
1. Low-stress couples don't divvy up the chores.
"Surprisingly, it didn't matter how evenly couples split up the chores," says lead researcher Tami Kremer-Sadlik, Ph.D., director of research at UCLA's Center on the Everyday Lives of Families. "We found that both spouses were happier when both felt like they were working toward the same goal, regardless of who did more" (and women did more across the board). Know that just talking about your joint mission for the family can eliminate much of the "keeping score" conflict.
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- The right jeans should fit your life, work with your style - and make your butt look uh-ma-zing. To save you hours of dressing-room drama, we've found the sexy, flattering pairs that do all that and more.
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Laundry seems simple: detergent, water, spin, dry. But then there are those laundry mysteries - and we're not talking missing socks. Here's what you must know about what's going on in your washer.Read More »from Your Laundry Made Simple
How many detergents do I really need?
Your regular all-in-one detergent will clean your clothes - but specialty detergents keep those clothes in better shape for longer. Do you really need a detergent for every color and fabric in your wardrobe? Some specialty detergents are worth adding to your laundry-room shelf. Here's why:
WOOL/CASHMERE DETERGENT: When it comes to your cashmere, skip the dry cleaner! Hand-washing wool and cashmere delicates maintains the soft, feel. Dry-cleaning chemicals, on the other hand, break down the yarn in wool and cashmere and strip the fabric of its natural oils (plus, the process is pricier than hand-washing!). Try The Laundress Wool & Cashmere shampoo - the formula is more like a hair shampoo than a laundry detergent, which means it effectively targets sweat
Photo Credit: Ben GoldsteinHey, it's called a junk drawer for a reason. Say goodbye to these all-too-common space wasters.Read More »from 8 Things You Can Get Rid of Without Guilt
1. Kitchen items you haven't used in a year or longer. If you've never used your breadmaker or panini press, the odds you'll use it in the near future are pretty slim. Donate the bulky appliances and enjoy the extra space.
2. The entire contents of your junk drawer. There's a reason you call it that! Think you might have some useful items stored there? Empty the whole drawer into a box, and any time you use an item, place it back in the drawer. At the end of the month, toss whatever's left in the box and rename the newly functional drawer.
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3. Clothes that no longer fit. They make it more difficult to search your closet to find the things you do wear. If you truly believe they'll fit at some point in the near future, then box and store them until then.
4. School work from high school or college. The material is most likely outdated, and the
photo credit: Lara Robby/Studio DThe Prettiest New Use for an Old Bottle! Raid your recycling bin and give glass bottles a pretty, new purpose with patterned paper. You'll have vases in only 3 steps!
TOOLS YOU'LL NEED
- 5 to 7 glass bottles
- Glue dots (available at michaels.com)
- Heavy-stock wrapping paper (we used reversible wrap from smockpaper.com, so coordinating the patterns was a cinch)
STEP 1: Select five bottles in different heights and hues. Mix it up with apple juice, milk, soda, sparkling water, and wine bottles. Remove labels with hot water. (Use Goo Gone for sticky leftovers.) Lay wrapping paper flat. Wrap a piece of paper around each bottle, adding a 1/2-inch overlap.
STEP 2: Now that you know how much paper you'll need, cut pieces to desired widths. Taller bottles should get a band that measures about 4 inches wide, and smaller bottles look best with 2-inch bands.
STEP 3: Use one glue dot to adhere the paper to the glass and a second glue dot to stick down the overlap. For extra Read More »from 3-Step DIY Project: Designer Vases
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1. Stash a permanent marker in the bathroom cabinet and mark makeup, sunscreens, and medicines with the dates of purchase so you know when they should be tossed. In general, mascara shouldn't be kept for more than three months, and sunscreens and medicines should be pitched at the end of a year, advises Lorie Marrero, creator of The Clutter Diet. Look for POA ("period after opening") icons, like the one at right, on packaging; "3M" means a product lasts three months.
2. Record birthdays, anniversaries, and other key dates at sites like americangreetings.com or giftelephant.com, which can send you reminders when someone's special day is approaching. Some even set up an automatic free e-card delivery.
3. Corral clutter where it lands. Keep containers near mess hot spots, such as the front door, the bedroom dresser, and the kitchen
Make Your Living Room a Showstopper! How much would it cost to have über-designer Kelly Wearstler create a serene refuge like this for you? Trust us, you don't want to know. But her tips and your budget-friendly finds are within reach for all of us.Read More »from 6 Easy Ways to Makeover Your Living Room
photo credit: James Waddell
1. Use trendy pieces as accents
"Look for unanticipated elements that add sophistication and excitement," Wearstler says. Right now, think fruit: Golden apples and pears look glam on a side table or mantle and are inexpensive enough to swap out when you get bored. Gold apple and pear fruit, $18 each; tozaihome.com for stores.
2. Create the illusion of space
"The coffee table plays off the scale of the sofa and generous room size," Wearstler says. Even an average-size room feels big and airy with a glass-topped coffee table.
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3. Stick with one finish
Wearstler suggests using just one metallic finish throughout a room. Matte gold or bronze adds warmth.
4. Bring in bright accessories.
You had that fantasy again, the one where you came home to find George Clooney in the kitchen, in a towel. Now you're feeling aroused, and a little embarrassed. But don't. Whatever your sexual daydreams, they are normal, says Hilda Hutcherson, M.D. She tells us what your sexual daydream says about you.Read More »from What Does Your Erotic Fantasy Mean?
1. Sex with another man (usually he's a celebrity). This doesn't mean you're dissatisfied with your real sex life, just that you're excited by new experiences - and, of course, gorgeous stars. Related: 28 Hot Little Sex Life Ideas
2. Ménage à trois. If you're picturing yourself with two men, you want to be adored and doted on - heck, maybe even fought over. Thinking about yourself and your guy with another woman ignites the very sexy idea that other ladies find your guy attractive too. Related: 15 Ways to Channel Your Inner Seductress
3. Domination. This fantasy allows you to engage in sexual stuff that may seem taboo, without any guilt. Seeing yourself as submissive can signify a