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  • 6 Easy Ways to Seduce Your Man

    Seducing a man can feel really intimidating. What do you do when you're finding it hard to get your man into your bed? How do you get a man into bed? What tips and tricks for seducing a man are there?

    Here are some simple ways to seduce a man, get him into the bedroom and keep him there.

    1. Flirt coyly. Sure, it's been awhile since you've practiced your coy flirting maneuvers, so now is the best place to dust them off and get them back into rotation. Soon enough, you'll find the coy flirting to be a turn-on -- for both of you.

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    2. Give him your attention. It doesn't matter if you've been with your man a dozen years or five minutes, men love it when women pay attention to them. Attention to what, you ask? Everything -- what he likes, how he likes it, and what he wants in the bedroom.

    3. Confidence is king (or queen). I know I've said it a million times if I've said it once, but men dig

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  • Hot New Headband Braid: Here’s How to Do It! (VIDEO)

    Dianna AgronDianna AgronI wanted to BE Dianna Agron at the SAG Awards on Sunday night.

    Not only did she look amazing in a gorgeous fuchsia Carolina Herrera gown, but her hair!

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    I was loving the braid-as-headband look she was rocking. And she was just one of several celebs sporting the look that night --

    Kaley Cuoco, Busy Philipps, and Renee Bargh all wore crown braids as well (you can see all of the looks here), and I honestly can't decide which of them looked best.

    This is a lovely look for spring and summer, and it's actually fairly easy to do yourself, particularly if you have longer hair.

    If you have shorter hair, you might just want to invest in a braided headband that closely matches the color of your own hair.

    YouTube has several great tutorials on crown braids. Check them out after the jump -- then tell me in the comments if you'll try this look out!

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  • Stylish Basic Black Pants for Every Body Type

    rooney mararooney maraRooney Mara is not only the girl with the dragon tattoo, but she's kind of the girl that just won't go away. I feel like she's everywhere these days, attending premiere after premiere after premiere, awards show after awards show ... everywhere. It doesn't bother me too much, though, because I happen to love whatever she wears. It's generally a bit edgy with a touch of softness, and her outfits are mostly something I'd like to wear myself.

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    Take Rooney's look during a promotional tour in Tokyo. She paired a white Givenchy blouse with black H&M pants. Rad, right? Fancy on top, party on the bottom. Her ensemble brings up a good point, though. Great black pants don't have to cost a fortune, and they'll go with anything, even multi-thousand dollar tops. So here are five great pairs that would work wonders in any woman's wardrobe.

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    J.C. Penney black pants, $17

    These are totally

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  • How to Find a Sex Therapist and Your Orgasm

    Wedding ringsWedding ringsOrgasms are fantastic. If you don't climax during intercourse, a sex therapist can help you understand why. The decision to see a therapist doesn't mean there's something wrong with you. Your sexual health is important to your physical and emotional well-being. A good sex therapist will provide psychotherapy with an emphasis on making your sex life even sweeter.

    When I mention I'm a sex writer, people often ask, "What does that mean?"

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    Chefs and farmers share the same forte - food - though their occupations aren't identical.

    Similarly, sexual health professions include physicians, licensed clinical social workers, journalists, educators, psychologists, sex therapists, and others. You've read fellow sex columnists Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Dan Savage's sex tips. If you saw Dr. Laura Berman on Oprah and wondered what it would be like to schedule a counseling session with a sex therapist, here are a few tips for finding

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  • Kyra Sedgwick's New 'Family Tattoo' Turns Some Heads

    kyra sedgwickkyra sedgwickKyra Sedgwick and her new tattoo wowed on the red carpet at of the Screen Actors Guild awards last night. The Closer star stunned in an orange Pucci dress, the cut-outs of which perfectly showed-off her fresh ink. Kyra told Giuliana Rancic of E! that her tat is a "family tattoo" -- it has the initials K, K, S, and T in a rectangle, standing for Kyra, husband Kevin Bacon, son Travis, 22, and daughter Sosie, 19.

    I suppose if she was going to get inked, a tattoo that symbolizes the connectedness of her family is a sweet gesture.

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    It's probably better than getting just her husband's initials tattooed on her body -- that seems to be the kiss of death. One minute you're in love and want his name on your body, the next your scrambling to find an artist you can turn the word "Kevin" into a canoe floating on a sea of solitude.

    You know that your children will always be a part of your life, that you'll always love them no

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  • Ban on Valentine's Day Candy in School is Sweet

    Valentine's Day candyValentine's Day candyRoses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet ... but it doesn't need to be included in the Valentine's Day cards children take to their friends at school. One school in Newton, Massachusetts, has done what I wish every school in America would do -- they've banned kids from sending in candy with their Valentine's Day cards.

    The principal has instead suggested they send in things like origami, small stickers, or pencils if they must send something in addition to a card. And the outrage has ensued. They're ruining these kids' childhoods! They're sapping the fun out of life! How could theeeeeeeeey?

    I say good for them.

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    I'm not one of those parents who hands out only healthy treats on Halloween, nor does Santa only fill our stockings with organic, sugar-free candy. I absolutely believe that holidays and special treats go hand-in-hand, and that they are the times we can and should indulge a little. But

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  • Super Bowl Recipe Challenge: Chocolate Stout Cake Vs. Guinness Gingerbread

    Guinness cakeGuinness cakeWe're getting ready for the showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants by cooking up some crowd pleasing football party foods in our Super Bowl Recipe Challenge. Each day we'll be pitting two delicious recipes against each other and declaring one a winner. Join us today as we make Guinness cake.

    We've already tested recipes for onion dip, spinach dip, quesadillas, guacamole, chili, and burgers and saved the best for last: dessert. Here's a question: Is there any better combination for Super Bowl Sunday than Guinness beer and cake? Answer: Not a chance.

    In search of the best Guinness cake to serve on Sunday, I test-drove two recipes: Nigella Lawson's Guinness Gingerbread and Smitten Kitchen's Chocolate Stout Cake. Any guesses as to which one turned out better?

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    My roommates and coworkers tasted the stout cake and gingerbread, and the result was ... dead even! Those who

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  • Super Bowl Recipe Challenge: Easy Guacamole Vs. Grilled Guacamole

    Guacamole recipes super bowlGuacamole recipes super bowlWe're getting ready for the showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants by cooking up some crowd pleasing football party foods in our Super Bowl Recipe Challenge. Each day we'll be pitting two delicious recipes against each other and declaring one a winner. Join us today as we make guacamole!

    Guacamole is always a crowd-pleaser, whether you're a Patriot or a Giant. (Or really, anyone in the entire universe.) With only a few ingredients and a bag of chips, you can throw down the green stuff and watch it disappear. Which is why the guacamole recipe challenge was a no-brainer. Make guac two times? No problem-o.

    Trying to step up the guacamole game, I tested out a truly easy version and compared it to a grilled recipe that also added sour cream to the mix. Super interesting! Grab your chips, and dig in to see what won the Super Bowl guacamole challenge.

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  • 35 Brutally Honest Reasons Women Say No to Sex

    broken heartbroken heartYou know how sometimes people say women say one thing but mean another? Well, that's totally true. For women and men, but I can only really speak for women because I am one. One subject that is often difficult to be totally and completely upfront about is sex. And I mean whether you are a woman having sex with a new lover or sex with your husband of 3,987 years (or maybe it just feels that long). We kind of have a one size fits all phrase for when we don't want to have sex. Perhaps you've heard it before? "I'm just not in the mood."

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    Fair enough. Sometimes we just aren't in the mood and it's for no other reason than the thought of getting naked gives us a headache. (Headache, of course, is another common excuse and often very real.) But there are many times we aren't in the mood for a reason. Maybe it's something the man did, or something we did. So I took this topic to a whole bunch of women and

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  • Bacon burgerBacon burgerWe're getting ready for the showdown between the New England Patriots and New York Giants by cooking up some crowd pleasing football party foods in our Super Bowl Recipe Challenge. Each day we'll be pitting two delicious recipes against each other and declaring one a winner. Join us today as we make hamburgers.

    I love experimenting with hamburgers. There's an infinite number of ways to have it your way! For the Super Bowl I thought I'd try out two "super" ideas: The Animal-Style Cheeseburger (from In-N-Out's famous "secret" menu), and the Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with Apples. This isn't just a burger with strips of bacon in it -- it's a burger with ground bacon mixed in with the beef. Who will win?

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    Animal-Style Cheeseburger adapted from Serious Eats

    This is a double-decker cheeseburger with special sauce and caramelized onions. If you want to totally geek out on getting this as authentic as possible

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