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The same way you wouldn't take a trip without a map, shopping without a plan in hand is, well, asking to get lost. See our step-by-step directions for finding your ideal wardrobe straight from InStyle's new book, The New Secrets of Style, on sale October 27. Click to pre-order your copy now!
Step 1: Plan
- Determine what you can spend. Set aside enough money to get what you need without spending more than you can afford. Remember that winter clothing often costs more than spring clothing, so plan accordingly.
- Feel good about yourself. If you're having a bad day, don't shop impulsively to lift your mood. It's a momentary high, but the steep bills you can incur will be killjoys.
- Dress comfortably. Wear lightweight clothes that are easy to get into and out of, as well as simple panties and a smooth bra to avoid distracting lines and creases when trying on tighter-fitting pieces. If what you're shopping for requires a specific undergarment-say, a strapless bra or
- InStyle.com | Fashion – Thu, Oct 22, 2009 6:01 PM EDT
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Feel better in an instant with these easy tricks:
1. Be a Chocoholic
"Dark chocolate is the ultimate superfood," says integrative medicine specialist Jeffrey Morrison of N.Y.C. The high concentration of polyphenols helps protect your body from free radicals and can reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer. Your daily dose? "One ounce of dark chocolate (with 77 percent cocoa content)."
CHOCOLOVE Organic chocolate bars, $3 each; at Whole Foods.
2. Avoid the Fumes
That "new-paint smell" you're used to is actually the scent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) being released into the air. Opt for a zero-VOC paint and you won't even have to air out a room before you can enter it. Benjamin Moore's new Natura line is VOC-free and available in more than 3,000 hues.
BENJAMIN MOORE Natura paints in Erin Green, Poppy, Purple Rain, and Mozart Blue, $50/ gallon; 800-672-4686 for stores.
3. Get on Tap
Trade in that plastic water bottle for a reusableRead More »from 10 Ways to Detoxify Your Life
Take your wardrobe cues from First Lady Michelle Obama, whose unstuffy style has redefined what modern American women wear to work.
Whether in an airy neutral tone or bursting with color, a clean-lined coat that comes to the knee makes a tasteful statement. Combine it with a matching dress or skirt (like the Narciso Rodriguez ensemble Mrs. Obama wore at the "We Are One" inaugural concert) for pulled-together polish.
Left: Wool, Juicy Couture, $398; revolveclothing.com
Photo Courtesy of Time Inc. Digital Studio; AP Photo
The new business chic swaps restrained suit jackets for spirited sweaters. Crewneck or V-neck, worn open or closed, solid or patterned-these lively knits look both approachable and office-appropriate. Plus, they're comfortable! Mrs. Obama wore a Junya Watanabe cardigan to the Office of Personnel Management.
Right: Cashmere, J. Crew, $178; jcrew.com.
Photo Courtesy of Landov; Time Inc. Digital Studio
Nichols worked with her longtime trainer Valerie Waters to get into fighting shape for G.I. Joe. For the four months leading up to filming, Waters replaced Nichols's regular routine with three weekly full-body circuit workouts she calls "Action Hero Babe."Read More »from Movie Star Workout: Get in G.I. Joe Shape
The circuits are each made up of 4-5 exercises that work arm, core, leg and back muscles. "Try this workout, leaving a day in between for two weeks, and tell me if you don't feel like a female action hero," says Waters. "Strong. Sexy. Fierce!" Click here to find the first circuit. The second circuit is below. Check back next week for circuit three!
Repeat the circuit 2-3 times, resting 1-2 minutes in between sets.
1. Romanian Dead Lift: 12 reps with 30-pound weights
With your legs shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell in each hand with your palms facing your body. Keeping the weights close to your body, slightly bend your knees and lean forward with a flat back until you reach a table-top position. Slowly return to the