By Hayden Manders, Refinery29
.Picture this (if you can): You wake up minutes before your alarm feeling rested with a clear head ready to tackle the hours before you. You take your shower, brew some coffee, pick out a great outfit, and even sit down for breakfast. For most of us, this kind of morning is a dream. Rahul Gursahani, a representative of belVita Breakfast, told The Daily Mail the, "demands on people's time in the morning means breakfast is often sidelined," and as a result of this, four in ten women are at a risk of gaining weight. Yeah, that extra 15 minutes spent browsing the web in bed could be forcing us to go without grub.
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It's old news skipping breakfast corresponds to weight gain, but new research says the time that could be spent fueling your body is now spent on e-mails, Tweets, and updating Facebook status. The Daily Mail reports that one in four people log on to Facebook before starting their day, and one in three
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By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29Read More »from Sip in Style with This Great Gatsby Homage Cocktail
.There's something about this almost-warm weather that makes us long for the languid days of summer more than we have all winter. Yacht parties, fizzy drinks, life-changing love affairs with wealthy and doomed gentleman of leisure... Well. We can dream. But, at least the fizzy-drink part is doable.
In celebration of The Great Gatsby film's upcoming premiere, mixology guru Jim Meehan teamed with Moët & Chandon to craft this bubbly blend - The Moët Imperial Gatsby. A twist on the classic Champagne Cocktail (a roaring-twenties favorite), this drink adds green chartreuse and a twist of lime in reference to the characters' preferred spirit, and that ever-present green light, illuminating their garden parties.
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The drink is available exclusively at The Plaza hotel - but we've got the recipe right here. Step up your cocktail hour with this
By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from Are Belly Button Rings on the Way Back?
If you've been interested in fashion for more than about .0001 milliseconds, you know it's all cyclical. Sure, things get updated, infused with current pop culture - but at the end of the day, we're often just trying to reinvent the wheel in the most creative way possible (unless you're Martin Margiela, in which case, please disregard). So, with that in mind, what do we think about belly button rings?
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For the more squeamish, it's a fad many hope will never return. And yet, it does have a certain appeal in a late-'90s hot-girl kind of way - the same girl who had a million crop tops featuring a bejweled ladybug, was the first one in her class to get low-rise jeans, probably had (or has) a belly button ring. Her, and Beyoncé. Queen B showed off her still-there ring in her H&M ads, leading us to speculate - is this trend on its way back? Fashionista, for one, has noticed a number of other recent iterations of the
By Connie Wang, Refinery29
You're smack-dab in the middle of the week, stuck at your desk, and that alfresco margarita you've been dreaming about seems so far away. You know what gets us through it all? A little retail therapy, of course.
We're not talking about getting irresponsible now, but if you're looking for something that'll give you a little more of a shopping high than a 5-cent gum ball, $50 is that magic number. For that amount, you'll get something new and shiny (that won't fall apart on you) - that won't send you to the poorhouse. Need to see it to believe it? Ahead, 22 under-$50 finds that'll make TGIF come ASAP.
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There are few other phrases that strike fear into the hearts of women quite like "swimsuit season." And to that, we say: No more! Sunny, 90-degree days are fast approaching and, instead of stressing, we're putting your endless search for feel-good, look-sensational swimwear to rest - with a guide to styles perfectly suited for you.
With a little help from Everything But Water's fit expert Audrey Jimenez, we've rounded up 12 trends that will flatter every curve and body type. Trust, there's nothing but smooth sailing ahead.
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By Locke Hughes, Refinery29
We all know that 3 p.m.-on-a-workday feeling: your eyelids start drooping, your computer screen gets blurry, and the floor beneath your desk looks like the perfect place to curl up for a nap. As it turns out, there's a scientific reason for your slumping shoulders: "Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., a drop in body temperature naturally occurs in most people, which releases melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy," says Dr. Michael Breus, sleep expert and author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan.
Of course, having a regular sleep schedule is key to feeling more alert all day, but if you're dragging after watching one too many Homeland episodes last night, here are five research-backed methods to overcome a midafternoon crash - even if there's not a Starbucks in sight.
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By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29Read More »from Quite Possibly the Most Beautiful Thing We've Seen All Week
As much as we try to keep our beauty outlook full of positive affirmation, even the most self-confident among us can have critical moments when we look in the mirror and don't like what we see. Decades of social conditioning and promotion of one stereotypical ideal of beauty can do that to a girl. But those so-called flaws we think we have are not what the rest of the world sees when they look at us.
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Need proof? Dove just released a new video that sets out to prove that we are really our worst critics. The brand commissioned a forensic sketch artist to draw portraits of women based on their descriptions of themselves, and then again based on other people's descriptions of them. You can probably guess where this is going: The participants were overly critical of their own faces, pointing out supposed flaws that weren't actually noticeable,
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By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29Read More »from Michael Kors Goes Retro for His...New Makeup Line!
.Michael Kors' designs are known for their ability to appeal to multiple generations with simple shapes, neutral tones, and a certain demure glamour that's never prissy. Sound good to you? Well, expect more of that ineffable combination from his upcoming cosmetics line.
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The launch this August will come in the form of three distinct yet harmonious collections: Sexy, Sporty, and Glam. You won't find your usual foundations and concealers; instead, these kits will include lip lacquers, bronzers, after-sun creams, and even self-tanners. Kors took inspiration from his mother and grandmother (who "worshipped at the altar of Elizabeth Taylor"), but he hoped to bring that image into modern times with the infusion of the confidence embodied by the "sporty" character, as portrayed here by Karmen Pedaru. The collection will be available in a year-long
By Jen Hazen, Refinery29Read More »from Belly Fat: How to Get Rid of It, for Good
Ah, the F word - fat. Tastes amazing, found in everything, loves to set up permanent residence on your ass and beyond. But, not all body fat is created equal. Take belly fat, for example - it's more dangerous than that dimpled fat on your thighs, and just as tricky to banish. But with a few tweaks to your lifestyle, you can conquer the muffin top that keeps you from quickly zipping up those skinny jeans.
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Belly fat a.k.a. that thickening middle that comes with age - as well as lower estrogen levels, shorter sleep cycles, and a not-so-hot diet - is mainly visceral fat. We're not talking cottage cheese, subcutaneous "just under the skin" fat; visceral fat is the nasty, hidden kind. When you put on extra pounds, the body runs out of safe places to store fat - so it starts accumulating around major organs, like the heart and liver.
Visceral fat can wreak all
By Erika Stalder, Refinery29Read More »from Go On, Get Mad! Here's How to Manage Your Anger
.When it comes to research, angry women have everything to lose. Not only do they outwardly defy the "sugar and spice and everything nice" expectation that society lays on ladies from when we're little girls, but study after study shows that angry women are viewed as less competent and less deserving of money for work done. What's more, they feel less powerful than angry men.
This may explain why some women tend to view anger as counter-productive, tend to hold grudges and resentment longer than men, and tend to keep anger quelled until a point of detonation. And, while there's nothing in the DSM about anger suppression being an illness, it can have grave effects. In addition to eruptive behavior, anger suppression manifests itself in myriad physical illnesses, from irritable bowel syndrome to lowered libido to eating disorders.
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