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  • How to Get in the Mood for Sex

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    If you have 0 minutes...follow the advice of that classic Nike ad campaign.

    Most of us believe that desire sparks the idea to have sex, which ideally leads to us feeling like it's the Fourth of July when it's really the third of March. So if we're not already in the mood, then it's hard to for us to motivate to light some candles and change out of our yoga pants that are too baggy to actually wear to yoga. But the desire-then-sex formula can be limiting, says Laurie Mintz, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Florida and the author of A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex. Research clearly shows that women can have the idea to have sex, start having sex and then become excited, and then become really really excited, Mintz says. Often, the trick is to just do it and tell yourself that you'll be glad you did. What makes the difference between sex-as-foreplay and sex-as-duty is your attitude, says Mintz (who acknowledges that yes, this is harder than it

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  • 5 Must-Haves that Are Missing from Your Diet

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    Potassium is a vital mineral for the function of all cells, tissues and organs in the human body--i.e., life as we know it. "We also know that potassium is important for controlling blood pressure, and there's a lot of evidence that it reduces your risk of stroke," says Walter C. Willett, MD, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School for Public Health. And, as many athletes are aware, it can help prevent muscle cramps and post-workout soreness.

    You need: 4,700 mg a day

    RELATED: 3 Ways to Make Smarter Food Choices

    You get: National survey data shows over 90 percent of Americans don't get the recommended daily allowance, says Willett, who is also the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating.

    Good sources: Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables that have higher levels, like broccoli, cantaloupe, winter squash, sweet potatoes and, yes, bananas (these foods should be eaten raw, steamed or baked but not

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  • Mistakes Everyone Makes when Decorating Their Walls

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Candace Braun Davison

    Your Wall Collage Is Missing This One Thing
    Collecting several pieces of art and displaying them together, collage-style, on one wall is an ever-popular trend, but creating a look that's cohesive--not chaotic--can be challenging. "It is okay to mix different genres and types of art, playing with frame sizes, shapes or no frames at all, but make sure there is some sort of consistent theme or color that brings the pieces together: all white frames, all frames with a wide mat or all black and white art," says Abby Larson, founder and editor of Style Me Pretty and Style Me Pretty Living.

    RELATED: 3 Ingenious Ways to Decorate Small Spaces

    Photo: ThinkstockYou're Afraid of the Dark
    Figuring out the right color to paint the walls can feel like an exercise in futility. You can compare swatches for weeks, in natural and artificial light, and yet somehow wind up with taupe walls that feel a little too mauve, or gray walls that seem just a bit too green. Most often, though, the real

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  • 5 Men You Need to Meet (But Not Marry)

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Adelle Waldman

    1. The One Who Never Wanted to Commit--Until He Met You
    This sounds like the dream, right? The guy who proclaimed to all that he'd never settle down with anyone ever, and then ate his words when you came along? But the problem is that no matter how wowed by you he is now, the moment things become less exciting, less overwhelmingly amazing between the two of you (and the moment will come), he is likely to have second thoughts. And that will make you feel awful. Maybe you'll sense it happening, in which case you'll probably try harder, to do whatever you can to make sure things don't get less exciting. But that's a basis for a performance, not a marriage.

    You need to meet this guy, however, so that when you meet the guy you should marry you can tell the difference. The one you ought to marry will be a person who wants to be in a committed relationship and who will work with you to make your marriage strong. He won't feel he has made a mistake, or been duped, every

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  • 6 Stylish Alternatives to the Boyfriend Watch

    By Adam Glassman

    Want an alternative to the ubiquitous boyfriend watch? Here are some timely new options.

  • 5 Hairstyling Tools that Will Change Your Get-Ready Routine

    Photo: Hugh KretschmerBy
    The Kinder, Gentler Flatiron
    Instead of two heated plates, this flatiron has one. The other is covered with a fabric pad to reduce hair damage.
    Ferrum Professional Styler, $189 |

    RELATED: In the Eye of the Befuddled: Five Beauty Decisions We've Made for You

    Photo: Hugh KretschmerPhoto: Hugh KretschmerThe Klutz-Proof Curler
    Clamp a one-inch section of hair between the plates, and watch as it's automatically drawn into a heated chamber. (Not as scary as it sounds.) After a few seconds (eight for waves, 12 for tight curls), release the voilà!
    Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret, $100 |

    Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Fuss-Free Roller
    This set of heat-retaining brush heads works like rollers. Attach the handle to one of the barrels, and roll a section of hair to your scalp while you blow-dry. Click the handle off, then let the roller cool before removing.
    Click n Curl, $46 |

    Photo: Hugh KretschmerThe Cordless Stylers
    Spend more time in front of your rearview mirror than your bathroom mirror? Both of these

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  • How to Feel Alert when You Haven't Slept

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    7 a.m. Get up when your alarm goes off.

    "The worst mistake I see my sleep-deprived insomnia patients make is staying in bed in the morning to try to reach the magic eight hours," says Chad Ruoff, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University Sleep Center. Sleeping later than normal throws your body off schedule and will make it harder to fall asleep tonight, perpetuating the problem. No matter how tempting it feels to huddle under the blankets, your body won't react well to a snooze-in--and neither will your boss.

    RELATED: How Fast Can You Be Ready?

    7:10 a.m. Go out on the balcony, the deck or the porch.

    "Natural light calibrates your body's clock for the rest of the day," says Michael A. Grandner, PhD, a research associate at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Bright natural sunshine is the strongest and therefore the best, but it's not always easy to find. Bring the sun indoors by

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  • The Miracle Muffin Top Workout

    Photo: Courtesy of Andrew Meade PhotographyBy Corrie Pikul

    Could this be the recipe for deflating the muffin top? A recent study compared three groups--those who ate a reduced-carbohydrate diet, those who combined the diet with strength training and those who combined the diet and strength-training with cardio workouts--and found that a three-tier approach was the most effective strategy to decrease abdominal fat. It's important to note that the exercises you choose and the effort you put into them really matter, says Marta Montenegro, a certified strength and conditioning coach who teaches exercise physiology at Florida International University. Instead of ho-hum treadmill-trotting and sit-ups, she recommends high-intensity workouts, which have been shown to be more effective at reducing the belly fat you can pinch with your hand, as well as the visceral fat that pads internal organs (which has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes).

    Montenegro put together

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  • Old Dogs, New Pics: 5 Photos Guaranteed to Make You Smile

    Photos: Pauline ZonneveldBy Susan Hauser
    On a winter day in 2010, photographer Pauline Zonneveld recalls, she noticed her neighbor's elderly Australian shepherd, Kali, "walking gingerly, with such a gentle expression." She made a mental note to photograph her and surprise the neighbor with a portrait, but before she had a chance to do so, Kali died.

    Recognizing that the clock is always ticking, Zonneveld, 53, set out to find more aging models--cockeyed teeth, grizzled smiles, graying beards, and all. "They might not be puppies," she says, "but these dogs have real vitality."

    RELATED: Do-It-Yourself Dog Care

    For the Good Old Dog Project, now in its third year, Zonneveld has photographed more than 188 canines, all of whom have reached or surpassed their expected life spans. (She charges owners only a retainer for prints.) The portraits are exhibited in her studio and in galleries and coffee shops around Zonneveld's hometown of Portland, Oregon, but she plans to extend the project to Los Angeles, San

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  • Trendy Fall Looks You Can Wear at Work

    Photo: Diego UchitelBy Clarissa Cruz

    Actress Maria Bello, who stars with Hugh Jackman and Viola Davis in Prisoners, out this month, models the latest ways to change up the menswear-inspired look.

    In a sharp silhouette and burnished gold (one of the season's hot trends), this is a supermodern riff on the structured jacket.

    Jacket, Pants, $40; for stores. Earrings, Black envelope and blue diary, Blue leather clutch, Paul Smith; 646-613-3060.

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    Photo: Diego UchitelCheckmates
    Leather pants and a detachable-collar white button-down make a glen plaid jacket less stuffy; the sexy double-breasted style is the perfect day-to-dinner piece.

    Jacket, $149; Jones New York, White shirt, $40; for stores. Pants, $1,025, Theyskens' Theory; Lizard brooch, Sequin; 212-398-7363. Cuff links,

    Photo: Diego UchitelRed Alert
    "I feel so dynamic in this. A power suit doesn't have to be about houndstooth

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