Ladies, it's time to step into party season. And, though we know you're going to do it in style, why not add a little comfort and practicality to the mix? Enter the kitten heel.
A far cry from your great-aunt's favorite orthopedic pair, this season's low heels are just as chic as their towering counterparts. Sound like something worthy of a night filled with cocktailing, mingling, and dancing? We thought so. Click through for the lineup - trust, your tootsies will thank you.
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- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:59 AM ESTBy Amanda Keiser, Refinery29
Ladies, it's time to step into party season. And, though we know you're going to do it in style, why not add a little comfort and practicality to the mix? Enter the kitten heel.Read More »from 5 Low-Lying Heels That'll Take Your Style Sky-High
- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 10:51 AM ESTBy Connie Wang, Refinery29
.We've all been tempted. You've found the perfect thing to wear to tonight's big shindig - it's just too bad that it's way out of your budget, and you can't figure out where you could wear it again. But, if you tuck the tag underneath the zipper and make sure you're extra careful about that Merlot, you think you could get away with bringing it back the day after...
That's when the crippling anxiety sets in, and a slew of scenarios - What if they find you out? What if the sales associate notices the bent tags? What if she can smell my perfume? - prevents you from going any further. However, there are communities of women who've managed to beat the system by treating shopping like a rental service. We spoke to one of these buyers-and-returners about her secrets, her motivations, her guilt, and how she's going to return the $600 dress she wore to her prom seven years ago.
So, when did this all start? Have you always been a buyer-and-returner, or is this aRead More »from Buy, Wear Once, & Return: We Talk to One Guilty Shopper
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:26 AM ESTRefinery29By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29
In a move that has huge implications here and abroad, French pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma has announced plans to change the packaging information on its emergency contraception pill, Norlevo. Mother Jones reports that the new information will read: "Studies suggest that Norlevo is less effective in women weighing [165 pounds] or more and not effective in women weighing [176 pounds] or more" and that Norlevo "is not recommended…if you weigh [165 pounds] or more."
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Because the active drugs present in this version of emergency contraception are identical to Plan B One-Step and its generic varieties sold here in the U.S., this revision is extremely important.
After research from the University of Edinburgh suggested that levonorgestrel - the pregnancy-preventing drug in both Norlevo and Plan B One-Step - was prone to fail in women with higher BMIs, HRA Pharma petitioned the EU to allowRead More »from Morning After Pill Likely Ineffective in Many American Women
- Refinery29By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29
It's taken us a long time, but we think the population at large is finally convinced that women not only want, but enjoy sex. Wild, right? But, according to a new study by British beauty brand Sanctuary Spa, women do have a very interesting set of priorities. The data from the study reveals that 55 percent of women surveyed chose skin moisturizer over their sex life. Ninety-four percent also chose watching the newest episode of Downton Abbey over sex, too.
Now, the average woman likely won't face a life-or-death situation in which she must choose either smooth skin or a roll in the sheets, but it's interesting to know where sex wins out when it comes down to it. Is it our fault that Matthew is so devastatingly handsome, and that staring at him for an hour is preferable? No.
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In other findings, of the 1,000 women surveyed, 91 percent picked skin as
- Refinery29 | Beauty – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:18 AM ESTBy Tara Rasmus, Refinery29
Call us fickle, but we never seem to be able to resist the siren song of a new skin-care product - a habit which tends to leave our medicine cabinets clogged and our skin freaking out from the lack of routine. Yes, we know we should probably find a super-basic, French-lady-worthy skin regimen, but the promises of new lotions and potions are just too much to resist. How can we say no to all of the latest claims and promises?
Well, our Euro-chic skin-care dreams have come true: The latest skin craze is micellar cleansing waters, which are liquids that claim to take the place of cleanser, toner, and makeup remover. According to dermatologist Dr. Brandt, who recently debuted his very own one, micellar water does all of the work of multiple products - without disturbing the skin's delicate pH balance.
"Micelles are tiny molecules that are extended in water, and they help digest oil, debris, makeup, and dirt from the face and hold onto it, so that it'sRead More »from This Water Could Change the Way You Wash Your Face
- By Alina Gonzalez, Refinery29
The holidays are still a ways off, but somehow, it seems there's never enough time. The days get shorter, the to-do lists get longer, and scoring the perfect gift for your boyfriend becomes the proverbial thorn in your side.
Since we'd like for you to win Most Valuable Girlfriend this year, we did the work for you and put together a handy gift guide just for the dudes. Whether you're hunting for a guy who's gadget obsessed, a TV fiend, or one who just found his sea legs in the kitchen, your search ends here. Click through for the easiest holiday shopping of your life - and clear a little space for that MVG trophy.Read More »from 8 Perfect Gifts for Your Main Squeeze
- By Ali Hoffman, Refinery29
'Tis the season for tinsel, carolers, eggnog, and really annoying skin breakouts. Well, you can cross the latter off the list this year! We've enlisted Hollywood's cult-favorite aesthetician Francesca Paige to help us conquer the holiday hurdles that stand between you and perfect, radiant skin.
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Ahead, we break down the six meanest skin grinches and how to combat each. Come on, let's leave the very shiny nose to Rudolph.
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- By Kelsey Miller & Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
It happens every year. We hit the perfect storm of holiday travel, gift shopping, and suddenly everyone gets engaged. Everything costs money. Oh, and it's your mom's birthday. And, rent is due. In the next month we'll spend more cash than any other time of year - and somehow, we still have to eat. Realizing that a person cannot live on party snacks alone (we tried that once; it was a very bloated season), we challenged ourselves to come up with some real meals we could make on the cheap. We're not talking about microwave meals or basic, bland staples either. We wanted solid, healthy, sustaining dinners that would carry us through the season feeling healthy, satisfied, and not so poor.
Turns out, it wasn't so challenging after all. If you shop just a little smarter, and think outside the microwave you can come up with some great stuff. We asked the pros for tips on how to up our grocery-store game and then whipped up four fabulous dinners,Read More »from The Five-Dollar Dinner: It's Possible...And Good
- By Erin Phraner, Refinery29
We're all for starting the day on the right foot, but it takes some serious planning to squeeze in a healthy breakfast before work. And, to be perfectly honest, sometimes we totally fail (read: grab a big, buttered bagel from the coffee cart outside). So, to avoid any carb-crash mishaps, we're stocking up on ingredients for these three quick-and-lean breakfasts. They're loaded with good-for-you ingredients and can be prepared in literally seconds. Pack 'em to go, or enjoy at home between fluffing your hair and blotting your lipstick.
.Breakfast Berry Tart
Who says a quickie breakfast can't be beautiful? We created a breakfast "tart" using a toasted English muffin as the crust, topped with low-fat ricotta cheese, berries, honey, and pistachios. Trying to go dairy-free? Use softened Tofutti cream cheese (or similar) in place of the ricotta.
IngredientsRead More »from 3 Insanely Yummy Breakfast DIYs
1 whole-grain English muffin, split and toasted
¼ cup low-fat ricotta cheese
- By Dianna Mazonne, Refinery29
We're all for post-Thanksgiving sales of every variety. But, the problem with discounted designer duds is that after all that turkey, the only wardrobe decision we want to make is whether to wear our elastic or drawstring sweatpants. Luckily, we have no problem summoning up the post-meal motivation to scroll through beauty products. After all, lip gloss is one size fits all.
That being said, we've rounded up the best of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals from some of our favorite beauty brands. Value sets? Gifts with purchases? Plain old-fashioned discounts? Consider this your official cheat sheet for post-Turkey Day savings. Go ahead, take notes. Black Friday is, after all, the ultimate test of shopping prowess.Read More »from Black Friday Beauty Sales You Need to Know About