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By Yolanda Wikiel
Get in step with the season's trends with stylish (and comfortable) spring flats.
Zara Ballerina With Metal Toe Cap
As if the bright shade didn't make these fabric slippers stand out enough, the intricate metal cap at the toe gives them a high-end designer touch (for a song!). Also in black.
To buy: $40, zara.com .
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Sole Society Tanya Ruched Ballet Fl
Metallic flats are like the LBD of footwear-you can wear them anywhere, anytime, and they always look perfectly on point. Also in bark and jazzberry.
To buy: $50, solesociety.com .
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Banana Republic Ashley Bow Ballet Flat
You can never go wrong with the quintessentially timeless ballet slipper silhouette. This one's fabric upper makes it different yet still versatile. Or choose from one of the 21 other colors and fabrics.
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Quentin Bacon Ingredients
1 3-pound piece corned beef brisket (with spice packet, if included)
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch lengths
1 12-ounce bottle amber ale
3/4 pound Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
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1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, place the beef, the contents of the spice packet (if included), carrots, and ale.
2. Cook, covered, until the beef is tender, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours.
3. Ten minutes before serving, thinly slice the Brussels sprouts. (This is easiest to do in a food processor with the slicing blade.)
4. Transfer the beef from the slow cooker to a cutting board; if the slow cooker is on the low setting, turn it to high. Add the Brussels sprouts to the carrots and liquid in the slow cooker. Cook,
Find out which colors are subconciously associated with certain feelings, and how that affects how much you spend at the mall.
By Yelena Moroz Alpert
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Papercut.fr At the mall, you'll spot nearly every shade of the rainbow on signs, labels, doors, shopping bags-you name it. But did you know that those colors may have been strategically placed to influence your spending? Marketing experts say that people subconsciously associate specific colors with specific social or cultural messages. Knowing this, retailers carefully select the colors they use in an effort to get you to loosen your purse strings. Here, experts explain how 10 different shades affect your purchasing habits.
The signature color of sophistication (hello, little black dress), it dominates high-end makeup packaging and can even make inexpensive blushes and lipsticks seem more upscale.
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Are you one of the millions of Americans who make dangerous mistakes with their medications? You can avoid that bitter pill with these simple strategies.
By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
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Your doctor writes a prescription; the pharmacist fills it; you take the medication and get better. That's how it's supposed to work. But in the real world, plenty can go wrong, and it regularly does: More than 1.5 million potentially dangerous drug mistakes occur every year, according to the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences. But with a little vigilance, you can make sure your medication leaves you healthier, not sicker. Here is a capsule review of the most common medication mistakes and how to properly take what's prescribed to you. (Spoonful of sugar optional.)
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It's the best part of waking up, but there are a million ways to brew it. Here, 2012 U.S. Barista Champion Katie Carguilo, from Counter Culture Coffee's training center, in New York City, spills the beans on her choice method.
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Jamie ChungThe Right Equipment
Carguilo likes the clean, robust taste that comes from a manual dripper, since it filters out oil and sediment. And she's not alone. As basic as it is, the pour-over has become the latest thing at gourmet coffee shops. Cone-shaped drippers work fine, but Carguilo prefers the flat base of the Kalita Wave (shown at right, $38; filters, $13 for 100: shop.wreckingball coffee.com). "The grounds lie evenly, so the water saturates them equally," says Carguilo.
The Right Water
If you don't like the flavor of your tap water, use filtered or bottled.
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How to heal dry skin, ace eyeliner application, curl stick-straight hair, and master other beauty skills-each in three simple steps.
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1. Smooth primer onto your face. This creates an even canvas and helps makeup last longer, especially if you have oily skin.
2. Put a dot of foundation on each cheek and your chin, nose, and forehead.
3. Blend from the center of your face outward, using a damp foundation brush or a makeup wedge for the thinnest coating. You can also blend with just your fingers- your body heat will help the formula melt into your skin for a more natural finish.
Extra credit: If your foundation tends to cake up, especially in the creases around your nose and under your eyes, smooth it out with a fingertip's worth of eye cream.
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Scared of highlighters and bronzers? A compact duo makes the two products super-wearable and a snap to apply. Swirl and swipe the powders on cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, and just above the brow to get the perfect glow.
To buy: $28, benefitcosmetics.com.
St. Tropez Tanning Essentials Anti-Ageing Face
Avoid streaks-and the sun!-with a hydrating face cream that gradually "tans" skin with every use. Its fragrance is tropical, instead of the often-icky self-tanner aroma.
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Unless your dog is Lassie, you probably can't always tell what your beloved pup is thinking. Stanley Coren, Ph.D. (stanleycoren.com), whose books include How Dogs Think ($16, amazon.com), The Intelligence of Dogs ($20, amazon.com), and How to Speak Dog ($15, amazon.com), and Jonathan Klein, founder of the "I Said Sit!" School for Dogs, in Los Angeles, offer their expert opinions on interpreting a dog's expressions and behaviors.
Ever looked at your dog and thought, She's grinning at me? It turns out she is. Like humans, a dog "smiles" when it's content. The muscles in the body are relaxed, which you'll notice most by observing the face: Instead of clenching its teeth together, the dog lets its mouth hang open. The tongue is relaxed and hangs loosely, so that it's visible over the front of its teeth. The eyes are soft and the ears are straight. Bottom line: When
Saying no is never easy, but it's often necessary. Here are several ways to make it easier on both you and your kids.Read More »from How to Say No to Your Kids
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No. It's a little word with a lot of influence, especially for parents. Maybe it's because of what happens after we say the word "no" (you know, the screaming and tantrum-throwing) that we skirt around it, try to disguise it and sometimes just don't say it all.
"News flash: Kids need you to say 'no,'" says Lori Freson, M.A., a licensed marriage and family therapist. "Children are not emotionally or developmentally equipped to make major decisions or rules, or to self-regulate. That's your job. And if you don't do it, your child will feel a sense of confusion and internal chaos, which could manifest itself in stomach aches, headaches, tantrums, and even ulcers."
That's why it's a big deal every time you dodge "no" for the more kid-friendly "here, get distracted by this ice pop." But, we all know, putting