By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29
What is summer without a rooftop, backyard, or poolside party? It's a summer misspent, friends. One of our favorite evening activities is the impromptu hangout, enjoying the warm night air and a cool, summer cocktail in our hands. But, let's face it: Whipping up drinks for a bunch of friends can be a costly headache, and do you even know where your shaker is?
Enter: sangria. This is a classic wine punch you can whip up in five minutes and serve all your thirsty friends at once, for less than what costs for one fancy bottle of wine. Plus, nothing says summer like this light, fruity quaff. A little juice, a little fruit, and one bottle of red - and you have yourself an evening...plus, cash leftover for a second round.
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Check out our recipe for the classic red wine sangria, served in homes, restaurants and roadside cafes all over Spain and Portugal. Cheers!
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Your skin care routine - not that hard of a concept to master, right? Wash your face, slap on some moisturizer, maybe a treatment every now and then? In theory, skin care is supposed to be idiot-proof, provided you have a super-simple routine. For those of us who have expanded our regimens beyond the usual soap-water-moisturizer approach, there's actually a bit more to it.
As we've gotten more involved with our skin, the question of which order to put on our products is a vexing one. "I think it's the most confusing issue in all of skin care, not only to consumers, but to professionals, too," says Dr. Neal Schultz, an NYC dermatologist and founder of DermTV. According to Dr. Schultz, if you don't put your products on in the proper order, not only will the products not work effectively, it's a waste of time, money, and effort. "Nothing bad will happen to your skin [if applied incorrectly]," he explains. "But, if you are going to the store, spendingRead More »from The Biggest Skin Care Mistake Every Woman Makes—Yes, Even You
By Connie Wang, Refinery29
You might have been bringing your lunch all month or managed to avoid those coffee lines. Heck - you got up this morning. You deserve a treat!
Lucky for you, you can get something really, ridiculous nice for a song, courtesy of all the blockbuster sales on the web. That's right, some prime treasures can be found for 70% off, which means that all those lovely designer pieces that were way, way out of reach last season can now be in your cart, in your closet, and on your body (yep - with your arm and leg still attached). But remember, this batch of booty is in limited qualities and sizes, so shop fast - your prize might be someone else's if you've got a slow trigger finger.
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.The Dove Real Beauty Sketches aimed to prove one thing: That women are their own harshest critics. It was a nice reminder with a gentle message behind it, except for one thing - according to science, it isn't necessarily true. As research continues to show, as we are presented with our own image, we (both women and men) choose to envision an idealized, not-totally-realistic version of our visage.
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The fascination for figuring out what we really look like continues to intrigue scientists, and a new study has a theory that makes a lot of sense - we understand how we appear, but we just prefer an idealized version of ourselves. The often-cited University of Chicago study discusses what happens when researchers show individuals photos of themselves, plus enhanced or edited versions (both traditionally "better" and "worse" looking). The participants, it appears, picked the prettier versions - when they
By Neha Gandhi, Refinery29
"Spinster" is traditionally a divisive, pejorative, incendiary word...sad face. Maybe because it's the only equivalent we've got to "bachelor" (seriously!), and over a few centuries, it really hasn't aged so well. But why? What if this historically dismissed and depressing moniker was somehow re-imagined as...Spinster Chic?
Hear us out. It's high time we level the playing field and reclaim all that is truly amazing about being a single lady. Today, that stupid stigma around flying solo is fast fading - and as women and men are rethinking what partnerships, love, and life goals really mean to them, we're all understanding the reality of single status much differently. Which all boils down to this: There's never been a better time to be untethered - and we've got 10 solid points of proof. We think Jane Austen would approve.
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By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29Read More »from Soothing Homemade Cures for Sunburnt-To-A-Crisp Skin
.So, despite your best efforts (or, let's be real, you just plain forgot to SPF up) this weekend, you OD'ed on outdoor time and now have the painful, seared, angry red skin to prove it. The kind of burn where the mere act of putting cloth against your skin causes you to howl in agony. No fun.
While you may be making vows now about your future sunscreen use, that doesn't do your singed skin any good right now. You need relief and you need it right this second. According to Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, D.C., your first course of action upon realizing you've been burned is to get your pink self out of the sun, pronto. "Drink plenty of water to rehydrate, because a lot of water is lost through the skin, and take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine like Advil," she adds.
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By Holly Thomas, Refinery29
. If you've ever lived on a shoestring budget, you know that the greatest danger lies in the continual self-deprivation. You deny, deny, deny yourself, and then suddenly, your inner toddler rebels. Soon, you've dropped a small fortune at your fast-fashion outpost of choice - because you deserve it, dang it all. Been there, done that.
The secret to success? Small indulgences that don't take a chunk out of your budget. Enter our essential guide to the best and brightest goodies lining drugstore shelves right now. So, go ahead - read on and find your next "treat yourself" present. You actually do deserve that.
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If you're going to master one classic this summer, let it be the lobster roll. Whether you take a kind-of-homemade approach or really go for it with a full DIY, this beachy meal is breezily luxe!
For this task, we used a little savvy shopping to cut down on time, mess, and stress (read: transporting a live sea creature). Most fish markets offer frozen lobster meat or they'll steam live lobsters for you for a nominal extra cost. Once you settle on an approach, there are two popular styles of lobster roll to consider: Connecticut style (butter-based) and Maine style (mayo-based). Pick your favorite or host a side-by-side tasting. Here's how.
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. Procuring the lobster
Option 1: Frozen
Find frozen cooked lobster meat at your local fish market or order it online. It often comes in one-pound or two-pound vacuum-sealed packs and contains tail, knuckle, and claw meat. Thaw the
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By Jada Wong, Refinery29
.When it comes to summer footwear, we like to swap our sweat-inducing leather sandals for more natural-looking and cooler (literally) alternatives. Enter: espadrilles.
Most styles have a canvas upper that don't cling to our sweaty feet (sorry, it happens to everyone - deal with it!), along with a comfy jute sole that also adds texture to an outfit. And best of all, they're so-darn cute.
Stash a pair of flat espadrilles under your desk for after-hour cocktails, or try a wedge style at your friend's summer wedding. Either way, these canvas steppers should be your new warm-weather staples.
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It's iced-coffee season, and we couldn't be more thrilled! You see, mastering your morning fix at home is easy, especially with our homemade iced-coffee hacks. We've been using these tricks to save us time, money, and the stress of long (steamy) café lines…and we're ready to let in you on our secrets. So, get ready to improve your iced-coffee routine - we're here to help!
.The Perfect Ratio
Every coffee drinker has his or her own ideal ratio of coffee-to-beans-to-time. This method is our favorite. Remember: Some say cold-brewed coffee is more caffeinated than regular coffee, so use this as a concentrate and mix it with a little cold water before using.
Best Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
Makes: about 2 cups concentrate
½ cup whole coffee beans
2 cups room temperature water
1. Grind the coffee beans in a grinder for about 30 seconds. Transfer to a French press. Pour the water over the grounds, cover with the French press top, and set aside at room