By Connie Wang, Refinery29
.One of the draws of a septum piercing is the ability to turn up your retainer in situations where you don't want your boss/grandparent/recruiter giving you the hairy eyeball. But, we've found a mass resin of a septum ring that's as plain as the…well, nose on your face.
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Beginning with Givenchy's massive, mouth-covering faux ring - that appeared on both its men's and women's runways - the silver-dollar-sized septum piercing was something we always associated with high-fashion wackadoodery (much like McQueen's armadillo heel or Marc Jacobs' pantsless fall season). However, this seems to have trickled on down to us plebeians. ASOS is selling a spiked (pierce-less) cuff for under $10 that you can technically wear anywhere, but they chose to model it on the septum. Though we don't recognize this piece of jewelry for any event that involves ingesting foods and liquids or verbally communicating, this is
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By Liz Black, Refinery29Read More »from Is This the Next Big Thing in Plus-Size Style?
.If you're a plus-size woman, going shopping ain't easy. When your selection of styles is either hidden in a dimly lit basement corner or better suited for someone 40 years your senior, let's just say the experience leaves much to be desired. However, new plus-size brand Fashion to Figure is angling to be your saving grace.
Fashion to Figure is the first fast-fashion brand devoted solely to the plus-size woman. Launched by the great-grandchildren of fashion pioneer Lena Bryant (yes, of Lane Bryant fame), Fashion to Figure combines over 100 years of experience with the fast-moving, trend-focused reality of the modern shopper.
To learn more about this burgeoning fast-fashion brand, we spoke with co-founder and CEO Michael Kaplan. Read on to see why this brand may be the plus-size fashion lover's new best friend.
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What inspired you to create Fashion to Figure?
"My brother [Nick] and I felt there was a void in
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By Refinery29Read More »from DIY Chicken & Broccoli (That's Way Better Than Take Out)
.Let's face it: You're busy - too busy to mess around with complicated cooking at the end of the day. Still, dinner should be more than just a cup full of cereal and the dream of a brighter tomorrow. Enter: Jenny Rosenstrach, a busy mom who makes dinner happen with style, simplicity, and just the right amount of sizzle. Whether or not you're cooking for kids, we love her easy, delicious approach. In fact, we love it so much, we'll be sharing one of her recipes every week, so you can have a life - and a REALLY good meal, too.
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Restaurant-Style Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, brown 3 or 4 chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces, tossed in a little cornstarch if you have time) in a few tablespoons of vegetable oil. After a few minutes, push all the chicken to one side and turn down heat to medium-low. Add 2 cloves garlic (minced) and 1/2 large onion (chopped) and cook about 2
- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Thu, Jul 25, 2013 10:37 AM EDT
By Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29Read More »from The Dish: A Top NYC Resto Spills Its Best Salad & Cocktail Recipes
It's hard to really flip over a salad. It's not that we don't like being healthy, but sometimes they tend to taste the same: all lettuce-y. So, when we had the Green Goddess salad at rustic East Village restaurant Exchange Alley, and heard our fork hit our empty plate in five seconds flat, we knew we had to scoop up the recipe. Also not-to-miss at the New Orleans-inspired spot (that has its own garden out back)? Creative cocktails like the Lavender Lemonade and Djinn Verde. And, yep, you bet, we've got those kitchen how-tos for you, too, straight from head chef Paul Gerard. Check out these three must-serve recipes for your next summer get together and try all the finger-lickin' fare at Exchange Alley.
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.Green Goddess Salad
2 heads butter lettuce (a.k.a. Boston Bibb)
2 ripe avocados
8 tablespoons of Green Goddess dressing (see below)
Crunchy sea salt
- Refinery29 | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 11:06 AM EDT
By Nicole Catanese, Refinery29Read More »from The Sugar Myth: Are You Eating Too Much (By Accident!)?
.Ah, sugar. How can something that tastes so good get such a bad rap? And, how is it able to work its way, basically undetected, into practically everything we eat? Not only is all of the above, well, just darn confusing, it's also exactly what makes navigating the not-so-nice side of sugar feel as out of control as your sweet tooth.
"Many people have a love affair with sugar, and it is easy to see why: It gives us a quick energy and mood boost," says Sara Vance, a nutritionist in San Diego and founder of Rebalance Life. "But, the downside is that the high is followed by a crash, and that is when we reach for more sugar, which then creates a dangerous cycle that I call the sugar roller coaster. It is no surprise that people can feel 'out of control' around sweets."
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The news with sugar isn't all bad. As with all food, sugar has a major impact on the chemicals in the body, some of which can be
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By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29Read More »from DD Creams Now Come in a Drinkable Form — No, We're Not Kidding
And now, in news of beauty trends mating and spawning super-trendy babies, Juice Generation has launched a menu of "Dynamic-Do-All Shots" (or DD for short) that claim to make your skin look fabulous from the inside out.
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Juice Generation has launched six DD shots, all with different ingredients, such as Sea Buckthorn (which provides anti-aging and anti-acne benefits) and Aloe Vera (which promotes healthy digestion and healthy cell growth). Now, in partnership with celebrity dermatologist Dr. David Colbert, Juice Generation has created a seventh shot featuring green tea and guarana, which can have benefits ranging from the improvement of eczema symptoms to aiding in weight loss.
We're not sure how much of an immediate difference these shots could have on one's skin, but we do know that many of our perfect-skin heroes have super-clean, nutrient-rich diets (looking at you, Miranda Kerr). So, maybe
- Refinery29 | Beauty – Wed, Jul 24, 2013 10:23 AM EDT
By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29Read More »from Talia's Fans Petition MAC to Get Her the Makeup Line She Always Wanted
Fans of Talia Joy Castellano are petitioning MAC to honor one of her dying wishes: To have her own MAC makeup line. Castellano, the 13-year-old Youtube beauty star whose life was cut tragically short by cancer last week, inspired millions of viewers with her infinite amount of positivity. Now, they're turning that inspiration into action, with some supporters urging the makeup company to not only fulfill this wish but to donate some of the proceeds to cancer research.
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Having her own MAC makeup line was one of a long list of bucket wishes that her mom posted to Facebook a few days before she passed away. We're moved by the effort to make this come true, and we hope that MAC is listening - it's such a natural fit and such a wonderful way to honor such an inspirational young lady's memory.
That's not the only bucket list item her fans are helping to fulfill. With the
By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29Read More »from Check Out Emma Stone's New Haircut (And Color!)
No one's hair keeps us entertained more than Emma Stone's - one minute she's icy blonde, the next, she's blazing red. She changes hair colors like most of us change our socks.
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Just recently, the star went red after wrapping The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (as she told yours truly, the actress does prefer being a redhead, despite the fact that she is a natural blonde), and now Stone has taken her hair chameleon status to another level by chopping it into a summery bob with long bangs. Just another reminder that Ms. Stone can truly pull off any look. Now, the big question on our minds is which color protecting product she uses to keep her always-changing hair so dang shiny!
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- Refinery29 | Shine Food – Tue, Jul 23, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
By Erin Donnelly, Refinery29Read More »from This Easy Summer Salad Will Cool You Down (+ Fill You Up!)
.Takeout, again? Not to get all dramatic, but there's so, so much more to summer cuisine than franks and burgers. Summer is all about sourcing the freshest ingredients, taking advantage of the abundant fruits and veggies in season, and coming up with inventive dishes that are light, cool, bursting with flavor, and incredibly satisfying.
But, since you might need a little help in the kitchen to make that happen, we asked one of London's most successful chefs to share the ultimate summer recipe - and the results are pretty darn delicious. Now, where did we put our apron?
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Crab and Samphire Salad
Courtesy of James Ferguson, head chef at Beagle
"Crab is also at its very best at this time of year, as the temperature of the water right now is perfect for large, tasty, and plentiful crabs. The flavors themselves in this salad are zesty, light, and fragrant, which I think is exactly what you want when
- Refinery29 | Love + Sex – Mon, Jul 22, 2013 10:45 AM EDT
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Birth Control: What the Pill is REALLY Doing to Your Body
The birth control pill is one of the most groundbreaking drugs to be introduced in the past 50 years. It served as a player in the sexual revolution - giving women sexual freedom and allowing us to pull in the reins on family planning. And, when introduced, it was viewed as a tool with the potential to wipe out poverty and save marriages, in addition to preventing unwanted pregnancy, according to historian Elaine Tyler May, author of America and The Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation.
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While it may not have eliminated poverty, per se, it has become the undisputed queen the birth control scene: Just five years after being introduced in 1960, it became the most popular form of birth control in the U.S., with more than 6.5 million women opting for the drug. And, its popularity hasn't waned.
Today, it still rules as the most popular form of birth control for women who use contraceptives,