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MarieClaireBig girls are forever being told what not to wear: Shiny fabrics add bulk; pleats make your hips look huge. Even my slimmer friends, self-conscious about this or that, are slaves to these rigid fashion diktats. One size-8 colleague looked like I'd splashed paint on her Louboutins when I suggested she rock a pair of booties with a shirtdress. "Booties?! They'll make my calves look like pork chops!" she shrieked.
While it's true that many fashion rules are based on a kernel of fact-shiny garments made of cheap fabrics will accentuate every roll-most are just guidelines and can be tweaked. Take skinny jeans. No question, these are less flattering on bottom-heavy women. One saleswoman had the gall to sniff, "These jeans aren't for you," as I was buying a killer pair of size-18 dark-rinse skinnys. "Tell that to my AmEx," I told her. Here's my no-fail antidote to the thunder-thigh effect: Pair skinny jeans with a tailored blazer, longer shirt, and towering heels. You'll look like aRead More »from Plus Size No-Nos Busted: How to Wear Tricky Looks
e Weight Forget every carb-cutting, craving-canceling trick you know. We combed through the latest diet research for what really works.Forget every carb-cutting, craving-canceling trick you know. We combed through the latest diet research for the skinny on skinny.Read More »from New Diet Rules: 6 Surprising Ways to Lose Weight
1. OLD RULE: CUT CARBS
Why you should break it: Low-carb diets reigned during the Atkins craze, but in the long run, people can't maintain them. According to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, dieters who ate carbs in moderation lost about five pounds more than carb-avoiders.
New rule: Eat five servings of grains daily, especially whole ones (oatmeal, brown rice), says Dr. Marion Vetter, medical director at the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "Carbs provide great energy and fiber," she says. Besides, "avoiding them isn't realistic." But you knew that.
She's lighter, but her wallet isn't.1. We won't ask you to set aside your Saturday nights for coupon clipping, but most major supermarket chains will list their weekly sales online, so log on before you
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Don't let his eyes wander. Here's how to to keep him focused on you.While trolling the internet, the headline "How Do I Keep a Man's Attention" caught my eye. It was based on a question posed from a female reader who lamented having sex too early in relationships. The article, however, did not address the subtle points of keeping a man's attention outside of sex. Non-sexual tactics help in the beginning of a relationship. Or these tactics can simply get you male attention at a social event.
The main thing that keeps my attention is confidence. If I feel like a woman is too dependent, it's unattractive and eventually it pushes me away. Men, just like women, are drawn to strength. There exists, in every guy's past, a list of needy women that didn't pan out. A confident woman makes a man jockey for position as the center of her world. So, it gives him the "thrill of the chase" excitement.
There few things you can do to appeal to a guy's visual tastes, and it doesn't mean you have to dress like you're working aRead More »from How to Keep a Guy's Attention
Troy Word; Marie ClaireThe first vacation with a significant other can make or break a happy union. We asked the members of Marie Claire Ask & Answer-Marie Claire's online Q&A community for dating, sex, and relationship advice-about their recipes for getaway success.Read More »from How to Survive Your First Vacation as a Couple
Answerology member Anonymous warns, "Make sure you are WELL RESTED." When she went on vacation with her boyfriend, things started to fall apart when he didn't feel well on their first night. "It wasn't so much sick, it was tired," she says, "and he's so melodramatic about illness/fatigue. It spoiled the first night for me, and I'd warned him the night before to get his rest in so we could have a fun and active time. I ended up going out by myself. We made up fine, but it stung that he didn't at least try to muster up the energy for a short walk." If you know you tend to get cranky and snap when you're tired or hungry, make sure you plan for that so you don't end up taking it out on your unsuspecting partner.
5 Vacations That Could Boost
Sure, you've never had a personal stylist or set foot on a red carpet - but that doesn't mean pulling off one of this season's glamorous dos is out of the question. Here we have the most elegant styles from this year's Academy Awards - and tips on how to create these evening hairstyles yourself. What would your favorite celebrity hairstyle look like on you? Try it on in our Virtual Hair Salon!Read More »from Oscar Hairstyles on Real Women
Greg KesslerWhen I was 13 and my mother forbade me from wearing makeup to school because "it makes you look like a tramp," I learned the dangerous art of applying makeup at high speeds without blinding myself or others. I was a princess when I climbed aboard that school bus, nothing on my face but the smell of Ivory soap and a kiss from my mother. However, when I disembarked, resplendent in black mascara and kohl liner, my cheeks in full blush, I was a queen. And as that badass teen queen Cleopatra once proclaimed, shaking her fist, "I will not be triumphed over!"
But forget ruling an empire. I couldn't even get my sister to do my chores, and I certainly wasn't like the tough chicks smoking in the bathroom. I wasn't really a bad girl. Girl Scout's honor. Sure, I wore makeup when I wasn't allowed to, and sure, my hemline rose two inches the minute I left the house. And yes, OK, I was indeed booted from the Girl Scouts for setting a fire. And, OK, fine, I have stolen a boyfriend or two for aRead More »from How to Channel Your Inner Bad Girl
Marie ClaireOne of the best parts about graduating from college and matriculating into Real Life is getting away from all those awkward guys who a) you've already hooked up with or b) boned your roommate or even c) whose roommate you hooked up with a week after him (sorry!), d) realized they were gay after you dated them, or e) you drunkenly made out with one time (one time!) and had to see in class every week thereafter for the next three years. Yes, it is good to be rid of them.Read More »from Life After College: How to Meet Guys
And then, you're graduated. You are in Life. You were told there would be men here. Hot ones. Nice ones. But where are you supposed to find them - bars? Good luck.
But I have discovered a solution, a secret pool of confirmed decent, nonpsycho, attractive men: guys you went to college with, but who weren't in your year! Genius, right?
6 Online Dating Profile Red Flags
They're generally easy enough to find, particularly if you're in a major city. If you want to be proactive about it (and let's face it,