Studio DWhat's Percolating? Few morning brews match coffee's punch. But if you are hoping to ease up on the jitters, Jody Villecco, Whole Foods Market nutritionist, gives the scoop on three alternatives:
HERBAL COFFEE (such as Teeccino)
MAIN INGREDIENT: Chicory root.
BUZZ EFFECT: No caffeine-but fans insist it gives a "natural" alertness.
FLAVOR FACTOR: Tastes like classic joe, but slightly sweet and smoky.
HEALTH BOOST: Chicory's got inulin (a digestive aid) and heart-friendly potassium.
YERBA MATE (such as Guayaki)
MAIN INGREDIENT: South American holly tree leaves.
BUZZ EFFECT: Less than half the caffeine of coffee.
FLAVOR FACTOR: Evocative of herbal medicine.
HEALTH BOOST: Antioxidant levels akin to green tea, plus potassium.
MATCHA (such as Morning Matcha)
MAIN INGREDIENT: Green-tea leaves ground into powder.
BUZZ EFFECT: Half as much caffeine as regular coffee.
FLAVOR FACTOR: Similar to steeped green tea, but kicked up several zillion notches.
HEALTH BOOST: Three times the antioxidants of
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Studio DWhat's Percolating? Few morning brews match coffee's punch. But if you are hoping to ease up on the jitters, Jody Villecco, Whole Foods Market nutritionist, gives the scoop on three alternatives:Read More »from 3 Alternatives to Drinking Coffee
TIPS FOR TOP-QUALITY GROCERY-STORE FLIRTING!
By Maura Kelly of A Year of Living Flirtatiously
TIP # 1: HANG OUT IN THE DEMO STATION!
Why? Here, you have a guaranteed topic of conversation: whatever food you are sampling. You also have a perfect excuse to hang around for a minute or two, as you use another tiny cracker to scoop the remaining bit of spicy hummus from your tiny cup. And there's nothing wrong with grabbing a second sample if you need an excuse to stick around for a while. Plus, the brochures and recipes that are available at the demo station are perfect material if you need to write down somebody's number or email.
TIP #2: ASK FLIRTY QUESTIONS JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE IN THE STORE:
Don't be afraid to ask a cute guy for help reaching something on one of the top aisles! And regardless of your gender, if you spot something interesting in another person's cart, feel free to ask about it. You might say Wow! I see you have an entire flounder there. How are youRead More »from 4 Ways to Flirt at the Grocery Store
Kateryna Govorushchenko/iStock ImagesWe asked victims of bad kissers at Marie Claire Ask & Answer - Marie Claire's online Q&A community for dating, sex, and relationship advice - for their bad kiss horror stories, and they're generously spilling the details on what ruins a smooch. Before you pucker up, study up on these four makeout mistakes to avoid:Read More »from 4 Kissing Mistakes
KISS KILLER: Attack of the Mouth
"A kiss should be soft and gentle, not like being mauled by an animal," says Answerology kisser snowbear08.
When in doubt, proceed with caution. Start slow and let kissing momentum build naturally. Forcing a passionate liplock might catch your partner off-guard, so avoid coming off like an overzealous puppy and show some restraint-pay attention to your partner's signals. Kissing is a team sport, and if your significant other has to play defense all night, you're being too aggressive. Suppress your alpha urges and let your partner take the lead. You might learn a trick or two!
KISS KILLER: The Grandma Peck
"No tongue is
We've heard it (and said it) a million times: confidence is sexy. But how do you deal when you're lacking in that department? We asked members of Marie Claire Ask & Answer - Marie Claire's online Q&A community for dating, sex, and relationship advice - for their secrets to appearing confident and sexy. "This is one of those areas where you start out faking it, but as you go along, you feel more capable of handling situations, and hence become more confident," Answerology member logash365 says. How to fake it until you make it:Read More »from 4 Secrets To Being Confident
Secret #1: Stand Up Straight. Slouching has never done anyone's appearance any favors, so before you can speak and flirt with confidence, you need to look the part. Your mother was right. Now, shoulders back and chin up! And, silver75 adds, "Smile and look people in their eyes when you talk to them."
Secret #2: Speak Softy. "Don't raise your voice," says logash365. "A soft, but firm voice will give the impression that you are in control of yourself and the
Do you tell all, from your sexual past to your political affiliation, on the first date? Or do you keep things under wraps before you get to know someone? The rules have changed, and we're no longer learning from the same dating etiquette book our parents used. So we asked members of Marie Claire Ask & Answer - Marie Claire's online Q&A community for dating, sex, and relationship advice - for their new rules of first date conversation. Here's what they said:Read More »from 4 First-Date Conversation Rules
DO talk about religion and politics.
"I don't mind taking about religion or politics, I think it's interesting and a good way to learn about someone," says Answerology member w0nd3rw0man. "If it turns into an argument or you really disagree with each other, no biggie, you can move on. I think most rational adults should be able to have a casual conversation on these topics without getting too heated."
Don't sidestep potentially touchy subjects-a chat about the day's biggest headlines can lead to a passionate discussion or a
Stockdisc/Getty ImagesJohn Travolta and Olivia Newton John had it right-but that summer lovin' can be a drain on your wallet. You're probably pinching pennies and keeping a close eye on your spending, but whether you're coupled up or single and mingling, you can still keep the flame burning without going broke. Thankfully, enjoying the simple pleasures of the outdoors has no price tag, and with some planning, neither should your next date. We asked members of Marie Claire Ask & Answer - Marie Claire's online Q&A community for dating, sex, and relationship advice - about their favorite cheap summer dates. Keep reading for their top four ideas.Read More »from 4 Cheap Summer Date Ideas
If you can't stand the heat, get in the kitchen! Head to the library and cool off under the AC while browsing for cookbooks, and then make each other's favorite dishes together - work as a team on a brand-new recipe. Not too handy with a spatula? Keep the takeout menu nearby just in case.
Answerology member justpassingthru loves the idea, suggesting "How
Jupiterimages/Jupiter ImagesAre you guilty of these online dating blunders?Read More »from 4 Online Dating Profile Don'ts
From bad spelling to sketchy pictures on online dating profiles, lots of things will cause us to raise an eyebrow and proceed with caution-but there are a few red flags that have us scrambling to click the little X. We asked members of Marie Claire Ask & Answer - Marie Claire's online Q&A community for dating, sex, and relationship advice - for the online dating profile mistakes that have them running in the other direction. Here's what they said:
RED FLAG: Claims of being young at heart.
two469 says statements like "... have the heart and spirit of a seventeen year old." send her running. Why? It screams "Peter Pan complex." Let your silly side and sense of humor show in your profile without making direct statements about your mental age-it's a tip-off that you don't have your life together and will be a disaster to date.
RED FLAG: Non-solo photos.
"Photos with someone else who's WAY more attractive standing alongside" are a
Photo Credit: Jeremy Sutton-HibbertBorn into Japan's most notorious crime syndicate, Shoko Tendo is struggling to break free of her violent legacy. Marie Claire's Abigail Haworth met the marked woman in Tokyo.Read More »from Born Into The Japanese Mob
Shoko Tendo calmly puffs on a cigarette beneath the twinkling chandeliers of The Cafe de Paris in Tokyo. She knows she could shatter the decorum by merely rolling up her sleeves. Her arms - and almost every other inch of her birdlike body - are plastered with the trademark tattoos of a Japanese gangster.
In a knee-jerk way, I expect the russet-haired Tendo, whose father was a high-ranking mob boss, to be intimidating, or at least loud and brash, but she speaks to me with a quiet thoughtfulness in her native Japanese. Her best-selling memoir, Yakuza Moon, shocked this conservative nation with its graphic accounts of her addictions to sex, drugs, and violent lovers.
Tendo tells me how her early life was dominated by her volatile father. He was the head of a gang allied with the largest yakuza syndicate, the
By Maura Kelly of A Year of Living FlirtatiouslyRead More »from How To Avoid Embarrassing Flirting Moments
Aim for a friendly dude.
I will admit that part of what made the whole experience so low-impact was the guy himself: He was a total mensch about the whole thing; a truly nice guy. And if you'll recall, his friendly face was the main thing that drew me to him.
Remind yourself you're just going over for a friendly "Hello, how do you do?"--not a ring.
In other words, the stakes are really low. The thought I had in my head when I marched over to this guy was NOT: I hope I will marry him! Neither was it: I hope he will fall madly for me! Also not: This man is going to be the father of my love-child! All I was thinking was: I want to make the most of this party; I want to meet that nice-looking dude and find out what his deal is. So that's what I did. I asked him how he ended up at the party, and if he--like most of the other people there--was a writer, and that was enough to get a chat going.
Seriously. Just till you get used to
- Marie Claire | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 13, 2009 7:18 PM EDT
By Maura Kelly of A Year of Living FlirtatiouslyTo write his new book I'M NOT HANGING NOODLES ON YOUR EARS (which is the Russian equivalent of "I'm not pulling your leg!"), author Jag Bhalla traveled the globe, talking to people from all sorts of countries and cultures to discover the most colorful, unique and hilarious phrases that the citizens of the world have for describing all sorts of situations. One chapter is dedicated entirely to the language of amor ... and I asked Jag to pick out the cherries for us, so we could get a taste of how daters and lovers speak in different places. So ... did you know that ...
IN MEXICO: When someone says "You're a monkey face!" what he means is "You're cute!"
IN JAPAN: When someone says "You have fast hands!" what she means is "You womanizer!"
IN PLACES WHERE HINDI IS SPOKEN: When someone says "You have thighs like banana tree trunks!" what he means is "You're hot!"
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