Wendy Diamond"Just try it, what's the worst that can happen? You won't like it and then you try something else?" Those words are still fresh in my mind, even though they were said to me more than a dozen years ago. It was the night before I started an internship at a local television station in Albany, NY, and that was my mom's response after I exclaimed to her, "But I don't even like the news!" I'm grateful I listened, because after I completed that internship, I spent four amazing years honing my journalism skills at that very station.
Now, as a published author, television correspondent, and stylist, I am giving out my own career advice to the many students and young women I speak to at various college classes and appearances. Something I always tell them? Always carry flats in your bag and check the bad attitude at the door. The point is that while you may not have walked in another woman's shoes , you can still learn from her steps (or missteps).
We reached out different successful women
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Wendy Diamond"Just try it, what's the worst that can happen? You won't like it and then you try something else?" Those words are still fresh in my mind, even though they were said to me more than a dozen years ago. It was the night before I started an internship at a local television station in Albany, NY, and that was my mom's response after I exclaimed to her, "But I don't even like the news!" I'm grateful I listened, because after I completed that internship, I spent four amazing years honing my journalism skills at that very station.Read More »from "The Best Career Advice I've Ever Received"
what brides would do differentlyOkay, okay, we know. Every bride looks gorgeous on her big day. Yet when a bride looks back at her pictures, there always seems to be something she wishes she'd done differently. That's why we rounded up 5 brides to reveal what they wish they would have done with their wedding look. Take their beauty advice and be regret-free!Read More »from Bridal Beauty Advice from Real Brides
1. Wedding wish: "I should have stayed truer to my fun, bold everyday style." "Now that I look back on my wedding, I think I went way too traditional with my look. I have never been labeled 'traditional' when it came to my [personal style]. I wore my hair in a very traditional way, pulled back and curled under the veil. I love bold colors but don't think that showed with my look. I am a wedding photographer now and most of the brides I shoot know exactly what they want! They have these great headpieces, small funky veils, hot pink shoes-just fun! They show their personality much more than I did."
More advice: As a photographer I'd say being too tan is out. Don't
apples and peanut butterWhen it comes to nutrition and your health, you're constantly bombarded with information. It can be hard to figure out what info you can trust, and what you should ignore. So we went to nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH, to help dispel some of the more common nutrition myths we've heard.Read More »from Nutrition Myths that Can Cause Weight Gain
1. Going vegan will help you lose weight: "While various research shows that vegetarians and vegans, on average, consume fewer calories and less fat than omnivores (a 2009 Oxford study found that vegetarians weigh 3 to 20 percent less than their meat-eating counterparts, and a National Cancer Institute study found that subjects who consumed four ounces or more of red meat weekly were 30 percent more likely to die of any cause than those who ate less), these numbers may be misleading," says Rania Batayneh, MPH, a certified nutritionist and owner of Essential Nutrition for You. Going vegan solely for weight loss can backfire, big time. If you aren't vigilant with a vegan diet, it's easy to lack in vital
cranberriesIt's easy to get distracted by less-than-ideal holiday goodies, but this time of year, some of the healthiest foods are also quite popular. Here are five of my favorites and good-for-you ways to enjoy them:
Corn: A lot of people think of corn as food that offers no nutritional value, but a half cup cooked counts as a whole grain serving. More than 90 percent of adults don't eat the minimum recommended three daily servings of whole grains, and hitting the mark has been linked to a lower risk of nearly every chronic disease, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and obesity. Corn also supplies B vitamins, fiber, minerals and the pigment that gives corn its beautiful, bright hue is linked to lung and eye protection. One study found that corn packs nearly twice the antioxidant activity of apples! Just be sure to choose organic corn, which can't be genetically modified and has been shown to be higher in nutrients.
Enjoy : Thaw frozen corn kernels, lay them onRead More »from 5 Healthy Holiday Super Foods
baked chicken fingersWhether you're throwing a tailgating party, a holiday party, or a just-because party, try these amazing finger foods and appetizers! They make it easy to serve delicious food on a budget at your next get-together.Read More »from The 10 Best Party Foods Under $10
1. Baked chicken fingers: Chicken is one of the cheapest meats at the supermarket, so when you split one breast into six or more strips, you can get even more bird for your buck! Serve party guests this healthier version of the classic finger food-jazzed up with flavor-packed condiments-to save major calories and cash.
2. Personal pizzas: The easiest way to please every guest at your party? Serve pizza! You can customize your pie to be as healthy (or unhealthy) as you want. Plus, with this cheap pizza dough recipe, you can afford to splurge on fresh, tasty toppings. Our favorite ingredients for the perfect pizza: whole-wheat flour , spicy tomato sauce, and low-fat ricotta.
3. Black bean cakes: Black beans are a savvy party host's best friend. They're not only packed with
Carry on these beauty buys and fly through security this holiday season!Read More »from TSA-Approved Beauty Products We Love
1. Boots No7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes: Use these Boots No7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes (pictured below) ($6.99 for a 30-pack at Target.com) to clean, condition, tone, and moisturize your skin . Yes, it really does all of that. It also has vitamin pro-B5 in it, which does wonders for pores. The result: a smooth, clean, and fresh face when you're away on vacation , even in the air during a long flight.
boots no7 wipes
2. Abrioné's The Clean Slate: Just because you're away (and didn't feel like packing large containers), doesn't mean your skin should ditch your three-step beauty regimen! In fact, when you're on vacation, your skin might need it more, depending on the activities and excursions you're participating in. A great alternative to your usual is Abrioné's The Clean Slate Facial Cleanser, Balancing Act Herbal Toner, Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub , Vanishing Point 5, Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Cell Enhancer Hydrogel
avocadoProtect your heart with every bite of these natural foods!Read More »from Artery Cleansing Foods You Should Be Eating
1. Avocados: "Instead of using a whopping dollop of mayonnaise on your sandwich, try using thin slices of avocado," suggests Megan Madden, a registered dietitian in New York, NY. A 1996 study done by researchers in Mexico found that people who ate avocado every day for one week experienced an average 17 percent drop in total blood cholesterol. What's more, their levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol decreased and HDL ("good") cholesterol increased. Finding it tough to work avocado into your diet ? Try drinking it in this delicious smoothie.
2. Olive oil: A 2011 study found that people ages 65 or older who regularly used olive oil (for both cooking and as a dressing) were 41 percent less likely to have a stroke compared to those who never use olive oil in their diet. Use a little olive oil instead of butter or drizzle some over pasta, salad , or veggies to take advantage of its high mono- and polyunsaturated fats, Madden says. "And
- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 21, 2011 9:05 AM EST
snowshoe the bearVacations are fun. Running races is fun. So what could be more fun than combining your vacay with your own amazing race? From running wine tours to running tours of New York City, using your feet can be the perfect way to enjoy your new surroundings and fit in your workout. There's no shortage of beautiful places to vacation that also have road races , but if you need a little inspiration, here are 10 destination races you need to try before you die!Read More »from 5 Destination Races You Need to Try Before You Die
1. The Avia Wildflower Triathlon: The Avia Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio in California is known as the "Woodstock of races." Not only do you have three distances to choose from, but you'll enjoy all the beauty of the Big Sur region with the added fun of camping, live bands, and gourmet food.
2. Snowshoe the Bear: Spring and summer may be prime racing season, but the Snowshoe the Bear race in Big Bear Lake, California shows that a little snow can be a lot of fun. Whether you're a novice or a pro at running in snowshoes, this race
Ditch those nude nails and try these bold shades!
With flavors like apple, pumpkin and more, these low-cal recipes don't sacrifice taste!
145 calories, 3 grams sugar
Drink to your health with this pomegranate-based potion. Using natural ingredients and premium grain alcohol, Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka harnesses the exotic, nourishing flavor of fresh pomegranate. Sparkling wine adds extra fizz!
4 oz. sparkling wine
1 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka
Pour chilled Van Gogh Pomegranate Vodka into a flute. Top with sparkling wine and garnish with a strawberry (pictured above).
2. Orange Spiced Cider248 calories , 26 grams sugar
Take a cue from James Labe, the nation's first tea sommelier, who adapted a classic cocktail cider for a more health -conscious diet. Accented with a splash of rum, this potent brew of apple cider and organic orange spice tea is perfect for a chilly fall evening.
Ingredients:Read More »from The Best Low-Calorie Cocktails for Fall
1 Numi Orange Spice tea bag
8 oz. apple cider