By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
Every 1,000 years or so, a new idea comes along and changes everything. An idea that reaffirms the rare, wonderful qualities that make us human. This is probably not that idea.
The name? Kandals The goal? To "redefine the shoe experience." We don't generally think of the "experience" of wearing things to protect your feet from the hard, rough, germ-covered ground as something that needs redefining, but who are we to stomp out change (pun intended)? We assume they're called Kandals because of their kan-do attitude, and in case you're wondering, no, they're not mandals designed by Kourtney Kardashian. They're scented shoes, and they're organic, sustainable, and made of 100% Green Certified European Cotton.
We like the sustainable aspect, and we don't mind the idea of improving everyone's foot-odor issues, either. That is one experience that does need to be redefined. So, perhaps this isn't the idea that reaffirms our humanity; rather, it's the rare idea that
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By Angela Tafoya, Refinery29Read More »from Cha-Ching: Facebook Interns Make More Than the Average American!
Some will argue that between the pay (or lack thereof), busy work, and schlepping around - being someone's intern is hardly a breeze. Remember those days? But hey, you know what they say...you've got to start somewhere, right? Well, in a surprising new study by Glassdoor, it turns out Facebook interns may be an exception and are not exactly working for chump-change. In fact, they are living quite the lavish life and making more than the average American (who nets around $40,000 annually). We're talking $5,602 a month, averaging $67,000 a year. Um, suddenly being an intern again doesn't sound too shabby. On top of the mega bucks the social-media giant dishes out, it also supplies interns with employee perks like gym access, laptops, phones, and more. Perhaps it's not that much of a surprise, though, considering Facebook is ranked one of the top companies to work for, but $67,000 a year? Wowza! Okay, where do we sign up?
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By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29Read More »from Happiness 101: 6 Ways to Be in a Good Mood All the Time
In a perfect world (a.k.a. on a desert island) we'd never be grumpy, feel down, or find ourselves irrationally snapping at people. But of course, sometimes life gets messy and everything isn't all rainbows and unicorns. Well, don't phone your bestie for a bitchfest or cry into your beer just yet. Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Spirit Junkie and May Cause Miracles is sharing some simple (and free!) solutions to help you completely transform your mood, even on the cloudiest of days.
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While voicing how you feel (especially when it's not in line with what you're hearing around you) might seem like the catalyst for a confrontation, it's actually the secret to making love, not war. "When you deny your feelings, you start to make up stories in your mind that drive you - and everyone else - totally nuts," says Bernstein. "These 'stories' can create chaos in your relationships and in your life." The stay-calm trick: State the reasons
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By Dr. Frank Lipman, Refinery29Read More »from Quinoa is 2013's Superfood of the Year — Here's Why This Tiny Seed Rules
.Dr. Frank Lipman is an integrative and functional medicine physician and the founder of Eleven Eleven Wellness in NYC. In his new 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.
Despite its relative youth with the North American health food(ie) crowd, quinoa's history dates back thousands of years. Originally grown in the Andes in South America, the Incas revered quinoa as the mother of all grains. In fact, it was so integral to their culture that the Spanish conquistadors forbade the growing of it as a way to control and suppress them. Lucky for us, quinoa love has come full circle and the UN has actually declared 2013 as the international year of quinoa.
You may be wondering why this unassuming little grain is such a nutritional superstar, but the answer is because it's actually not a
- Refinery29 | Love + Sex – Thu, Dec 13, 2012 11:45 AM EST
By Connie Wang, Photographed by Winnie Au, Refinery29
For the couple who prefers a quiet dinner to a blowout affair, there's no reason to throw an over-the-top wedding complete with self-brewed hooch, a 400-person guest list, and enough harvested wildflowers to cause a national scarcity. Nope - for the low-key couple with a proclivity toward old-school romance, a City Hall wedding is the only way to do it.
With that in mind, we staked out the steps in front of the New York City Clerk's Office to catch the couples who've vowed to keep things real - documenting everything from their outfits to their love stories. So, crank up the Boyz II Men and make sure the Kleenex box is within reach - all you saps out there, this one's for you.
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By Carly Pifer, Refinery29
Holiday shopping can be fun, but finding a gift that triggers that fuzzy, generous feeling can be tough on a student's budget. Not to mention the fact that you're also studying for finals and working the holiday-party circuit, and it doesn't help that you suddenly have about three times the amount of people to shop for than ever before. Between family and friends - new and old - teachers, bosses, and coworkers, it can seem like you have the gift list that rivals Santa's.
Time to stop panicking and check out our seasonal selects for all the wonderful people in your life. Your favorite aunt? A tea-infuser mug. Your kinda clumsy roommate? An extra-cute cell phone case. And the best part: With every present cashing in at less than $20, you won't be wiped out financially come 2013. Oh, and if you have a college-aged son or daughter that uses his student ID as an excuse not to buy gifts, you might want to send this on over to them!
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By Megan McIntyre, Illustrated by Naomi Abel, Refinery29
Contrary to popular belief, our staffers did not emerge from the womb knowing how to braid, curl, or draw a perfect cat-eye - we all had to learn it somewhere. With that in mind, we're starting a new series for you guys called Amateur Hour, where our staffers (with the help of top-notch experts) will teach you the basic techniques for some everyday beauty looks and tools. First up: hot rollers.
We've sung the praises of hot rollers on numerous occasions - they really are a one-stop shop for a coterie of curly coiffs. But for some women, they continue to be a mystifying hair tool that they just can't seem to conquer. Here, with the help of hairstylist Dan Sharp, we'll show you the basics of hot rollers, including how to create different types of curls and some sneaky tricks for mastering this handy hot tool.
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By Leila Brillson, Photographed by Atisha Paulson, Refinery29Read More »from How Much Should You Tip Over the Holidays? Our Guide
.Tipping isn't a city in China and it's certainly for more than just cows, but during the holidays, our general 15- to 25-percent rules are thrown into a tizzy. Who gets a gift? Is giving cash insulting? With so many different, complex relationships in our lives - our barristas often act as therapists and confidantes - how much is enough? We linked up with Tessa Baker at Lifehacker to chat about holiday extras, and whether or not to give the old greenbacks, or a more personal gift.
1. Every Day Relationships: Cash
Your old, faithful doorperson. That mail carrier who gives you a friendly wave. The superintendent who really helped you out over Sandy. All of those people deserve to be thanked during the holidays, but common etiquette is a sliding scale: You don't have to tip everyone equally. Those who have helped you plenty in the past should get a heftier tip than those who you rarely see. The more they have helped you, of
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By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29Read More »from The Truth About Kate Middleton: What Exactly is Hyperemesis?
So, as the entire world has heard, a pregnant Kate Middleton was recently hospitalized for a rare form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. The illness is actually really scary, with the key symptoms including nonstop nausea and vomiting, leading to serious dehydration and dangerous weight loss (notably, it has been reported that author Charlotte Bronte died of the disease). Even more shocking, however, is the lack of comment from health professionals being reported amidst all of the the alarming personal accounts of how serious and debilitating the condition is.
While hyperemesis gravidarum is rare (it affects only 1-2% of pregnancies, morning sickness affects close to 90% of cases) and treatable, thanks to modern availability of rehydration and renutrition via IV, but there isn't a cure per se. Some women that have suffered the condition have come forward saying that they found some relief via acupuncture. Others were offered Zofran (a
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By Connie Wang, Refinery29
Whether you're still trying to find your car buried somewhere in the snow (hello, Minnesotans!) or drowning in an unusually warm-and-wet winter (hello, Manhattanites!), your winter boot game needs to be on point now more than ever. But if your budget is holding you back, no worries - we found the bargain pairs that'll help you weather the elements without compromising on style.
From snow boots to galoshes to mild-temperate-appropriate booties, we've found 16 pretty pairs - under $100 - that'll have you and Old Man Winter back on speaking terms.
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