When my friend Jenene competed in her very first duathlon (that's like a triathlon, but no swimming) and mentioned that the bottom of her foot started hurting midway through the race and it still burned like fire a week later, I just looked at the unsupportive flip-flops she was wearing and said just two words. "Plantar Fasciitis."
As you know, about a year ago, I gave myself plantar fasciitis. Like Jenene, I'm a fan of the impractical shoe.
I still mourn the demise of my favorite high-heeled strappy sandals. And after my own bout with plantar fasciitis (caused by stupidly dancing all night long wearing really adorable but totally unsupportive ballet flats), I couldn't wear floppy, cute shoes for months, and even after I could walk barefoot without screaming in pain, I still relied on a rotating set of Clarks Privos all summer long, just to be safe. (Our pal Anne found a way to keep her feet pain free--even in strappy high-heels.)
Jenene didn't believe me but she went to the doctor
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When my friend Jenene competed in her very first duathlon (that's like a triathlon, but no swimming) and mentioned that the bottom of her foot started hurting midway through the race and it still burned like fire a week later, I just looked at the unsupportive flip-flops she was wearing and said just two words. "Plantar Fasciitis."Read More »from 4 ways to avoid beating your feet
rAs far as we know, there is no such thing as kiddie-Xanax yet. Thankfully, parents of high-strung, nervous, or tantrum-prone tots (or even those with a simple case of first day of school jitters) can find drug-free solace in Bach's Original Flower Remedies remedies for kids. Just few drops of the sweet-tasting liquid in your youngster's drink or on their tongue, and the strategic concoction of natural floral ingredients will quickly help to calm nerves. It even does the job for stressed out magazine editors on deadline--take our word for it!
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- Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Sep 26, 2008 5:30 PM EDT
Every morning as I curse myself for staying up two hours later than I wanted to, watching You Tube clips of John McCain on The View; thinking about, but not buying, Rachel Comey dresses; and exploring the Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey website, I stagger to the shower, then pull out the same five makeup items:
- Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 (translucent, and slightly gleamy)
- Tarte Blushing Bride gel blush (I am kind of embarrassed by the cheesy name, but it's worth it)
- Cle de Peau concealer, patted on under my eyes with my finger
- Laura Mercier Eyeshadow in Black Plum, used as an eyeliner, applied with an unknown liner brush (the name rubbed off long ago)
- Benefit BadGal Blue mascara (again with the cheesy name--but the blue really does make the whites of your eyes look whiter)
Mind you, all this simplicity goes to heck in a handbasket once I get to the office--where I find myself testing green shadow, luminizer, lipRead More »from Essential beauty products when you've woken up late...again
- Glamour Magazine | Fashion – Fri, Sep 26, 2008 5:05 PM EDT
The thing that has been most interesting to me while planning this mini-wedding has been finding out the preconceived notions my boyfriend and I have about how something like this is supposed to go down. My soon-to-be husband has been surprisingly traditional about some elements. For example: As much as I'm dying to show him, he doesn't want to see my wedding dress for fear of the bad luck curse. Then last night he asked me: "So what are you doing about the old, new, borrowed, blue thing?" "Hmmm. I don't know. The shoes are new, I thought maybe I'd get some kind of glamorous blue clutch or maybe I'll carry a really pretty vintage blue hankie. And maybe I'll borrow a piece of jewelry from a friend." "What about the old? Will that be underwear?" "Um, NO." This whole thing is insane.
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- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 25, 2008 10:57 PM EDT
Dear Dr. Kate,
I have been on the Pill since the age of 18, and I am now 23. I requested the pill due to the fact I have extremely painful and long periods.
The pill has been a wonder, but now I am concerned after reading that being on the pill for 5 or more years increases your risk of cervical cancer.
I have only ever had 3 sexual partners, all of whom I used condoms with, and I am not in a relationship at present. I had a smear test done last year and everything was clear but am just a bit worried. I really don't want to come off the pill as I had 6 years of torture before being prescribed it. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Dear Pill Lover,
The relationship between cervical cancer and the birth control pill is a tricky one. Some research has suggested that being on the pill makes it harder to clear the HPV virus if you become infected with it. And we know that HPV is the real culprit in cervical cancer. On the other hand, otherRead More »from Ask Dr. Kate: Does the pill increase your risk of cervical cancer?
- Glamour Magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 25, 2008 10:51 PM EDT
Do you know what's in your food?
Don't eat this for breakfast! Frozen food aisle items you definitely don't want to be putting in your mouth.
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I'm trying to make a change in my life and re-assert my healthy living goals with strategies that will actually (hopefully) stick. Maybe it's time I actually listen to some of the same old advice we've all heard time and time again. For instance, we've been told that you're more likely to exercise if you have a workout buddy (the term alone seems so condescending--we're not kids on a field trip, you know?) to hold you accountable, but there are so many perfectly good reasons not to get one.
- I kind of cringe at the thought of going to the gym with a friend--it's like, what if they judge me?! What if they laugh at how little weight I lift or how little time I last on the treadmill? Tell me I'm not alone when I say this.
- There are just things that I prefer to do myself. The gym is a bit of private time in an ordinarily busy life.
- What if I want to quit? I'm an independent-minded person, and I reserve the right to quit whenever I damn well choose, and I don't want to feel pressured
Splenda.jpgRead More »from Splenda: Not so splendid, after all
I confess: when I tried Splenda the first time, I was excited. It was sweet! Not slippery and weird like saccharin, not weirdly after-tasty like aspartame. In fact, to me it tasted even sweeter than real sugar. I was set!
I hooked up my bowls of Special K and my Starbucks iced teas with the stuff, feeling like I was doing good things for my body and was avoiding a jacked-up insulin response and potential sugar crashes. Awesome.
And then I started hearing things: that it was one molecule away from being powdered bleach and that maybe it wasn't really "made from sugar" like the box suggested. My friend Mopie started joking that she was going to grow a second head out of her stomach (which she named Splenda Head and gave hilarious Audrey II monologues). I realized that the 16 calories from a teaspoon of ultrafine vanilla sugar on my cereal in the morning wasn't going to kill me and I actually preferred the taste of unsweetened iced tea, so I walked away from Splenda like a one-night
- Glamour Magazine | Work + Money – Thu, Sep 25, 2008 5:38 PM EDT
I was at the lovely garden/home of my friends Jorge and Veronica - a beautiful place I love not only because it is super special, but because it was one of the first gardens I did solo, about 10 years ago. And it has grown and changed, the way gardens are supposed to; it is wild and kind of prehistoric, the way we wanted it, and it has taken on the reflection of the people who enjoy it and live in it - that makes me very very happy.Great gardens come in all shapes and sizes; these lush plots and minimalist masterpieces.
Something else made me very happy - and it is technically a mistake. The 'Garden Janitor' didn't know how to properly prune a wildly out of control fruiting pomegranate, so he cut the thatchy underside of the shrubby tree into ... a cave!
What the?... but it works! It is strange and mysterious, and gives us a nice Alice in Wonderland moment. And that feeling is enhanced by the beautiful burnished globes hanging so very enticingly within reach. HowRead More »from Creating an Alice in Wonderland moment in your garden
I have a few friends who refuse--I mean absolutely refuse--to go anywhere near an eyelash curler. I've even heard one pal call it a "horrible lid-pinching torture device." Well, I get what the fear is all about--they do look a bit like something from the Medieval period! And I, too, avoided them at all costs in my high school years.
But I got over it sometime in college when I saw what lovely things they do for lashes. Now I am an eyelash-curling fiend. I even have a tiny one just for my corner lashes. My secret to staying injury-free: Just squeeze slowly. That way, even if you do occasionally catch a little skin, you can feel it and readjust before it gets to the blinding-pain level.
What about you? Are you an eyelash-curler user? Too afraid to give them a go? Have any tips for making sure you don't end up yelping in pain? Anyone have some other method of curling your lashes?Read More »from Are You Intimidated By Eyelash Curlers?