By Dr. Frank Lipman, Refiney29
.Dr. Frank Lipman is an integrative and functional medicine physician, founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC, and the creator of Be Well By Dr. Frank Lipman. In his monthly column for R29, he'll talk about the latest health and wellness news; his favorite stay-healthy tips and tricks; plus answer your questions on how to be your healthiest, best self, every day.
When Valentine's Day rolls around, "aphrodisiac" is always the buzzword. There are a lot of foods out there that have been known to stimulate the libido, and while they aren't scientifically proven, they are certainly worth a try! Many of them have health benefits that will increase your body's overall health, and therefore your sexual health.
One of my favorite foods for this is chocolate, which stimulates serotonin production in the brain, leading to increased feelings of pleasure and wellbeing. Try adding unsweetened cacao powder into smoothies, or enjoy a piece of dairy-free dark chocolate
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- Refinery29 | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 14, 2013 5:09 PM EST
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from Would You Ever Rent a Date? What If it was Pretty Cheap?
Stateside, those of us with no luck finding love in real life turn to the Internet for a helping hand - OkCupid, Match.com, and a host of other, lifestyle-specific dating sites. But if you've ever tried any of said sites, you know that not all of the fish in the sea are particularly fresh. So, here's the question: In a desperate moment, would you ever shell out cold, hard cash for time with a special someone? And we don't mean paying for dinner.
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In China, many women say yes. ABC News reports that searches for "rent-a-boyfirned" have gone up 884% this year, presumably due to the unusual proximity of the Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day. And, while these services come at a price, it's nothing like the exorbitant rates we hear about on Law & Order: SVU. Of course, you have to factor in exchange rates and local price points, but a full day of fun will cost you about $128. Just going shopping? That'll be $6.42 an
- Refinery29 | Love + Sex – Wed, Feb 13, 2013 6:54 PM EST
By Krisitian Laliberte, Refinery29Read More »from Supermodel Secrets: A VS Angel Dishes on Her Sexy V-Day Tips
.Whether you've got a S.O. or are single and ready to mingle, Valentine's Day is all about sexy time. And, you know what that means - it's the right moment to bring out the hot, racy lingerie to make this holiday as un-PG as possible. So, what better place to start than the purveyor of all things amazing in the undergarments arena, Victoria's Secret. Just in time for Cupid, the retailer is bringing out all the stops to bring you the best, and yes, sexiest, offerings in the nearly naked department.
If scanning Victoria's Secret's doesn't put you in the mood, fret not, sweethearts. We sat down with VS angel and gorgeous-as-all-get-out supermodel Candice Swanepoel to chat all things V-Day related, as well as seduction tricks, pickup lines, and date prep. Check out our Q&A below, and get your Valentine's Day game plan started - after getting intimate with Candice, who says V-Day can't be every day of the year?
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- Refinery29 | Fashion – Wed, Feb 13, 2013 6:32 PM EST
By The Editors at Refinery29
Sure, fashion shows may only last five minutes, but with dozens of people invested in making sure that the millions of dollars at stake don't slip away, you're pretty much guaranteed that those five minutes are some of the most beautiful you'll ever experience.
While the looks at New York Fashion Week were definitely the most commercial we've seen in years, there were a few intrepid dreamers who pushed the limits to create truly fantastical fashion and beauty creations that left us blinking. Compound that with our staff of talented photographers, and you're left with photos that'll make you feel like you got knocked over the head with a stiletto. Now, without further ado - lights, camera, fashion!
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- Refinery29 | Fashion – Tue, Feb 12, 2013 1:35 PM EST
By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29
Lingerie for Valentine's Day? Yeah, we know it's not a groundbreaking idea, but that doesn't mean we don't love to unwrap a sexy little somethin'. And this year, whether you're trading cutout hearts and tossing back truffles while watching HBO (no judgement), prepare for a little sexy indulgence, courtesy of - wait for it - JCPenney. The mass retailer has joined forces with one of our favorite lingerie lines, Cosabella, for a collection that's a bit lacy, a bit frilly, and completely crush-worthy.
With nothing over $35, the Cosabella Amour collection is filled with sexy-yet-sweet bra-and-panty sets, as well as cheekier nighties for whatever you're planning on the 14 (or 15, or 16...). The collection is available on JCPenney right now, which means you can order up something sexy and still have time to secure your V-Day plans.
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By Erika Stalder, Designed by Isabelle Rancier, Refinery29Read More »from Let's Talk About Sex (Drive), Baby
Real women have voracious sexual appetites - or so it would seem, judging by the hot-and-heavy messages currently dominating pop culture. Go behind the societal myth, though, and one in three women say that they're actually uninterested in sex. And, it's not just premenopausal women we're talking about; in fact, studies show that they're more sexually driven and sexually active than women aged 18-26. Women of all ages, relationship statuses, and sexual orientations can have low (or missing) libidos.
Is it really a reason to worry? Jill Blakeway, renowned NYC acupuncturist, director of the YinOva Center and author of Sex Again, says it is. "Sex in a long relationship is one of the things keeps us bonded in ways that we don't necessarily think of," she says. "In Chinese medicine, we say there's an energetic connection we create when we have sex with someone, and that's really important to a relationship." So, what's happening to
By Connie Wang, Photographed by Mark Iantosca, Refinery29
Thank you, Mother Nature, for making New York Fashion Week more of a struggle than it usually is. In addition to canceled flights, delayed shows, and destroyed blowouts (is there a such thing as a blizzard-proof hairstyle?), we had to figure out how to style our old Wellies and rubber boots as best as possible. Not an easy feat, if you must know.
But for those more intrepid than us, the snow provided an opportunity to spotlight fashion fearlessness (not to mention, a stunning background for street-style photography). Ahead, the lucky soles that hit the NYFW streets just as Nemo hit us.
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- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 3:49 PM EST
By Gabriel Bell, Refinery29Read More »from Surprise! Mixing Your Booze with Diet Soda Gets You Drunk (And Fast!)
From a purely economic standpoint, this could be good news. Just hear us out; according to a study conducted by a cognitive psychologist at Northern Kentucky University, "Alcohol, consumed with a diet mixer, results in higher (BrAC) Breath Alcohol Concentrations as compared to the same amount of alcohol consumed with a sugar-sweetened mixer." Translation: Mixing your rum with Diet Coke gets you to sloppytown faster than stirring it up with the original formula. As we said, great for cheap thrills, but potentially very bad if you want to imbibe responsibly.
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Now, you ask, what sort of spell has been cast on diet soda to transform it into a magical alcohol-enhancing elixir? Well, none. Since diet soda lacks the added sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup) of the regular variety, you'd be metabolizing only the alcohol in your drink. Basically there's nothing else in your cocktail to slow down its punch. Notice how a
- Refinery29 | Beauty on Shine – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 11:12 AM EST
By Leila Brillson, Refinery29Read More »from Jennifer Aniston Takes a Page from Gwen Stefani with New Platinum Hair
Though always well-assembled, Jennifer Aniston has never been a risk taker with her 'do. Caramel highlights, sure, perhaps even bangs. But there have been no major cuts or color changes since the dawn of time (i.e. when Friends launched). So, when she was photographed with wildly blonde (Gwen Stefani-esque) hair, immediately we thought: This has got to be a wig.
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According to People, Jen's major transformation is probably an impermanent one, but she covered up any tell-tale signs or obvious roots with a jaunty beret in this latest pap snap. Though the Christina Applegate-y dye job is most likely fake, how cool would it be if it wasn't? Aniston is known for polish and poise, not peroxide, so it would be fun if she rocked our expectations.
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- Refinery29 | Beauty on Shine – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 3:12 PM EST
By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29
Do you really need more hair products? Well, probably not, but nonetheless, we're so excited about the multitude of spring launches hitting stores right now that we just had to share. The big news for spring '13? Major diversification: Rather than your typical volumizing/smoothing/color care lines, we're seeing an assortment of products designed for more specific hair types (such as dyed red locks or fine-yet-dry hair).
No matter what your hair type or styling woes may be, there's likely a new product that has been designed for your specific needs (and that will probably put your current hair routine to shame). Here are our spring product picks that are definitely worth a look - and, come to think of it, we actually might need them, too.
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