Have you ever worn a corset after giving birth?I don't know about you guys, but I break out in sympathy sweat even when I see women in the appropriate garb at a summer Renaissance fair (yes, my nerdiness is showing: Let's just say I see this more often than most people see it). So Jessica Alba's confession to Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine that she wore two corsets day and night for three months to try to get back to the weight she was at before she had her daughters Haven and Honor sounds, well... horrible.
By Anna Breslaw
"It was sweaty, but it was worth it." She admitted: "It was brutal; it's not for everyone."
FYI, Honor and Haven were born at the beginning and end of summer, respectively: Even worse. I'm imagining trying to sleep in 95 degree heat wearing that straight-jacket they wrap Hannibal Lecter in from Silence of the Lambs.
Related: Kim Kardashian's Maternity Style
Regardless, let's go ahead and ask the inevitable question. Is this awful-sounding three-month torture sesson actually an effective post-partum weight
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- Cosmopolitan.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 3:54 PM EDT
Have you ever worn a corset after giving birth?I don't know about you guys, but I break out in sympathy sweat even when I see women in the appropriate garb at a summer Renaissance fair (yes, my nerdiness is showing: Let's just say I see this more often than most people see it). So Jessica Alba's confession to Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine that she wore two corsets day and night for three months to try to get back to the weight she was at before she had her daughters Haven and Honor sounds, well... horrible.Read More »from Jessica Alba Wore Two Corsets Day and Night for Three Months to Drop Baby Weight
- Cosmopolitan.com | Shine Food – Fri, Apr 26, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
Mmm. Chocolate covered bananas...Don't let desserts' bad reputation discourage you. You can still get your sweet fix without undoing all the work you've been done at the gym. We tapped two health-minded chefs, Kendra Peterson of Drizzle Kitchen and Heather Crosby of Yum Universe, for eight low calorie dessert recipes that tally up to about 200 cals each.Read More »from 8 Low Calorie Desserts that Still Taste like Heaven
By Jessica Herman
1. Grilled Peaches with Honey and Greek Yogurt
Cut one semi-firm peach in half and remove the pit. Marinate in a half-cup of white wine with one teaspoon of dried thyme for 30 minutes. Remove and pat dry. Brush the cut side lightly with olive oil and place cut side on a hot grill (or under the broiler) for two to three minutes, flip to the other side and heat another two to three minutes. Place on a plate, and drizzle with one tablespoon honey. Spoon a quarter cup of two percent Greek yogurt over the top, and sprinkle with one tablespoon slivered toasted almonds.
2. Warm Blueberry-Ginger Parfait with Pistachios
Cook a half cup of fresh blueberries
Whoa! Guys fall in love at first sight!When it comes to falling in love, a lot of guys fall hard: According to a new study of over 10,000 people, 48 percent of men say they've fallen in love at first sight, while only 28 percent of women said the same.Read More »from More Guys Than Gals Fall in Love at First Sight
By Natasha Burton
So are guys just more romantic than we are? I'm not so sure. Maybe men are simply more apt to feel those fluttery butterflies right away because guys are more visual creatures while women typically take some time to get warmed up. (Hey, just like during sex!)
Related: Love at First Sight: Completely Crazy or Totally Possible?
At least for me, a man gets more-or less- physically attractive after I've gotten a sense of his personality and sense of humor. I'm totally projecting my own views on this study right now, but I would guess that the falling in love feeling many men report might have just as much to do with their hearts as their, erm, loins.
Because, in general, guys seem to be guided by their below-the-belt brains when it
- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Thu, Apr 25, 2013 4:58 PM EDT
We dare you to try and not cry when watching Titanic.Sinking ships. Cancer. Daughters who need to drink their juice and are secretly dying. These are just some of the topics that pop up in our most favorite tearjerkers. There's just something about a movie that inspires a good cry that we just love in a super-sick way. If you haven't seen one on our master list, grab your gal pals and make it happen stat.Read More »from 19 Heartbreaking Tearjerkers Every Girl Should See
By Michelle Ruiz
1. My Girl
Before Macauley Culkin was kinda weird and Anna Chlumsky was a real grownup on Veep, they were Thomas J. and Vada Sultenfuss, the two best friends that anyone could have. Until a swarm of bees attacks a certain allergic, adorable someone. Cue: Us bawling our eyes out.
Leo DiCaprio at his hottest. Kate Winslet at her naughtiest. Billy Zane just being Billy Zane. This three-hour epic thrusts you into a rollercoaster, er, sinking ship of sadness. We'll truly never let go.
When Susan Sarandon gives a quilt stitched with a lifetime of memories to her daughter for Christmas. That's all we
Lingerie, for men?When it comes to lingerie, guys don't exactly have many options: It's basically a choice of banana hammock, tighty-whities, or boxer briefs. (We're partial to the third one.)Read More »from How Do You Feel About Dudes in Frilly Lingerie?
By Natasha Burton
However a just-launched line of lacy duds for dudes seems to be filling the void. The HommeMystere collection features teddies, padded bras and delicate man-thongs. In fact, the line specifically targets straight dudes: The website depicts guys and gals fooling around pre-sexy time in coordinating skivvies. (See above. Yes, that is a real photo of a man-cami.)
Now, we consider ourselves pretty darn open-minded when it comes to sex. And we appreciate the fact that this company is making frilly lingerie tailored to guys' bodies for dudes who are into this sort of thing. (To each his own when it comes to pleasure of the flesh, we say!)
But, try as we might, we're not all that turned on by the image of a dude in a matching bra and panties. In fact, we'd probably be more than a little turned off
- Cosmopolitan.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Apr 22, 2013 3:50 PM EDT
All those buttons, he hates them.Everywhere you look, there's a new list of tips on how to "Drive Him Wild!" The message they send? "Hey, girls, if you'd only try harder, he'll like you more." But actually, most guys we know are pretty simple. As long as you skip these seven moves you think he wants, but really doesn't.Read More »from 7 Moves You Think He Wants You to Make – but He Really Doesn’t
By Josh Aiello
1. Join him in his prework morning shower.
A GUY'S GUT REACTION: Oh, you mean the only 10 minutes of alone time I get all day?
WHY IT'S NOT THAT SEXY: Getting intimate in the shower can be a divisive issue. Taking it to his prework morning shower ups the ante. This might be the only time all day a guy isn't dying for sex. As D, 26, says, "Unless you have a seat in there, a shower romp is never as fun as it sounds. Who gets to stand under the water? And she can't like it when she goes down on me and there's scalding hot water blasting her in the face." Sure makes the climax kind of anticlimactic.
2. Strongly hint that you're in the mood, then play hard to get and make him
Ready for a career change?Whether you're a doctor who dreams of doing hair, or a hairdresser dreaming of climbing the corporate ladder, we believe changing careers shouldn't mean losing your mind.Read More »from How to Pull Off Changing Careers
By Carson Griffith
Making the jump from one job industry to another can be one of the biggest decisions of a woman's life (right up there with moving cross country, finding a great partner... or lobbing off all your hair a la Karlie Kloss). But don't fret: It's not an impossible task. It just takes some thought-and great advice.
"A lot of times people don't like what they're doing in their current job, but they haven't defined what they want to be doing in their potential new job," Nicole Williams, career expert and author of Girl On Top, tells Cosmopolitan.com.
She says nabbing your dream job starts with doing some soul-searching: "I ask people to assess components of their current working life, and match them against the career they are looking to get into."
Try asking yourself these questions...
Time: How many hours do
Is it time to end your friendship?Having really great girlfriends is the best. They can offer you dating advice and share a drink or two with you. But sometimes, friendships come to an end. Breaking up with your boyfriend is the worst, but breaking up with your friend can be even tougher. Shasta Nelson, a life coach and C.E.O. of GirlFriendCircles.com, walks you through the important steps on how to end a friendship.Read More »from The 7 Important Steps to Ending a Friendship
By Dara Adeeyo
1. See the Warning Signs
If you notice that she makes you feel worse about yourself, time to reevaluate. The sooner you can see that you're in a friendship that isn't serving you in a positive way, the sooner you can either fix your relationship or part ways.
2. Maybe You Just Need a Break
Perhaps you need to cut back on the time you guys spend together. When you hangout with someone a lot, you can also become irked by their quirks you once loved. Try only seeing each other once a month instead of weekly. Cutting back on time together will help you decide if you want to continue your
Find your career here...Whether you're still in school and figuring out what career to pursue, or on the hunt for something new, we rounded up the absolute best jobs for women out there. Career consultants Alexandra Levit, author of How'd You Score That Gig? and Laurence Shatkin, coauthor of 50 Best Jobs for Your Personality, break them down.Read More »from The 14 Best Jobs for Women
By Molly Triffin
1. Reputation Manager
It's the hot new PR job-think Scandal on a smaller scale. Fine-tune a company's online presence by strategically tweaking its Website, social media platforms, and search results to making sure it has a positive image for average annual pay of $58,000.
2. Digital Strategist
Play around online all day…and get paid about $60,000 for it? Yes, please! Digital strategists advise clients on how to improve their tech presence-making Websites user-friendly and entertaining, etc. You don't need a specific degree to nab one of these jobs, but digital experience helps, and you have to be on the cutting edge of the latest
When she no longer felt at home in the bustle of New York City, single writer Sarah Z. Wexler up and moved to laid-back Portland, Oregon. In the second chapter of her moving diary (read part one here!), she deals with some inevitable culture shock…and loneliness.Read More »from Part 2: Why I Moved 3,000 Miles Away—Alone
By Sarah Z. Wexler
When I get off the plane at the cute little Portland airport, I'm greeted by my friend Lindsey, who'd made the same move from New York City a year before. She informs me that she's leaving on a 10-day trip starting the next morning. That brings my friend count within a thousand-mile radius to a grand total of zero. She drops me off at my apartment, where I'm greeted by piles of cardboard boxes. I officially enter panic mode. Who picks up and moves 3,000 miles away from friends and family-alone except for her dog-because a city she visited for three days seemed cool? I plunk down on my shrink-wrapped couch and try not to bawl.
Projects always make me feel more in control, so my first order of