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  • Gayle King Takes You Behind the Scenes of Sarah Jessica Parker's New Shoe Line

    Sarah Jessica Parker gives fellow sole sister Gayle King (and creative director Adam Glassman) a walking tour of her new line of fabulous footwear-and we have the gorgeous photos!

    By Lisa Kogan

  • 5 Signs You've Found Long-Lasting Love

    By Leigh Newman

    Photo: Thinkstock1. He teaches you how to fill out your Schedule C without gnashing his teeth...or breaking his computer.

    Back in the late '90s, when my then-boyfriend, Lawrence, and I were dating, he considered my tax-preparation methodology upsetting, but almost wondrously so--a kind of Grand Canyon of incompetency. A few years into our marriage, he decided to help. He put the computer in a closet, so as not to break it in rage, as had happened when he tried to teach me to budget. He spoke slowly, but not so slowly that I suspected he was patronizing me. He explained his reasons behind every single action I had to take (I am unable to do anything unless I understand the why), and he provided a lot of potato chips (I am also unable to do anything unless fed, watered and salted). By the end of the night, I had completed a respectable 1099 and gained a sense of being understood, down to my weaknesses (details, forms, numbers, rules and small print). A feeling, which was--and

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  • Do Standing Desks Really Work?

    By Kirsten Bohlke

    Illustration by Ciara PhelanI exercise four times a week. I always take the stairs instead of the escalator, and when it's practical, I walk from point A to point B. Yet for most of my career, I counteracted this healthy behavior by spending nine hours a day at the office lolling in a chair. So a few months ago, when my coworkers began converting to standing desks--you burn more calories! you activate your core! you can tack years onto your life!--I couldn't resist. Sure, it's hard to eat lunch at my desk without dribbling it on my blouse (too much distance between food and mouth); still, I've become a total convert. Here's why you should, too:

    1. Despite my best intentions (and years of childhood ballet training), I'd hunch over in my chair for hours at a time. Slouching while standing at a desk would require real effort.

    Related: 6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Memory

    2. Since I'm already up, I'm more likely to walk over to someone to ask a question or discuss an idea than to fire

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  • 4 Natural Remedies for Whatever Ails You

    By Leslie Goldman

    Photo: ThinkstockWhen mini emergencies arise, like a minor burn from a hot stove or a pounding headache, antibiotic creams and ibuprofen are often the first line of defense. While these old standbys can help, research shows that more-natural cure-alls may be the ultimate win-win, producing faster relief and fewer side effects. For at-home triage, consider these healthy swaps.

    What Ails You: Sore Muscles

    Old-School Fix: Smelly pain-relieving creams containing methyl salicylate. If you're taking a prescription blood thinner, the interaction could lead to dangerous side effects. New-School Remedy: Tart Cherry Juice Sipping two 10-ounce glasses of this highly anti-inflammatory drink may be enough to ease the damage you did in yesterday's spin class. A 2010 study showed that when runners downed a glass of cherry juice twice daily for a week before a race, they reported 67 percent less postexercise pain than those who didn't drink it.

    Related: The Simple Blood Test That Could

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  • How to Get French Style at Home

    By Abbe Wright

    Photos: Jonny ValiantGive an Old Piece a New Home

    "French style is all about being creative and incorporating some surprise into a room," says Erin Swift. For instance, you could bring an armoire-like this Napoleon III bibliothèque from 1860-into the bathroom, where it can serve as a linen closet to hold toiletries and extra towels.

    Box Yourself In

    "A plain room can really benefit from decorative molding," says Swift. If crown molding along the ceiling gets pricey, add molding to the walls. "Measure out squares or rectangles on your walls and have a home-improvement store cut thin molding to your specifications," she says. "Some people choose to paint theirs white, and the wall a darker color, but I like everything the same. It's easier to execute-and visually interesting without being distracting."

    Related: How to De-Clutter Your Home-for Good

    Go a Little Wild

    In France, taxidermy is considered an art form, and some of the finest examples come from Deyrolle, a famous

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  • The Totally Normal Freak-Outs that Can Shape Your Relationship

    By Amy Shearn

    Photo: ThinkstockYou Can't Hear What He's Saying

    I have a friend who told me that after seven years of rolling her eyes and getting grouchy whenever her husband says, "Calm down," she recently realized what he actually means by telling her to calm down. It's not, as she suspected, a passive-aggressive attack designed to make her feel rotten about her fiery temper. After a particularly huge blowup (conveniently, in front of their couples therapist), she learned something life-altering: what her husband thought he was saying when he said, "Calm down," was--wait for it--"Calm down." She'd been responding to the way she would have said the phrase, as a barb. All of us need to arrive at this moment: when we learn not just to listen to our partners, but also to stop listening to ourselves talking over our partners.

    Read More: 3 Quiet Acts of Gratitude That Cultivate Connection

    You Get Embarrassed (By His Ice Crunching)

    So you take him to a party to meet your co-workers, or out

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  • 4 Myths About Heart Disease (and the Real Ways to Stay Safe)

    By Melinda Wenner Moyer

    Photo: Adam VoorhesWant to know the secret to a healthy heart? It's got nothing to do with fate and everything to do with the lifestyle decisions we make daily. But too many of us aren't taking the right steps to protect ourselves: Every year more women will die from cardiovascular disease than from all types of cancer combined. To safeguard your heart and keep it ticking for years to come, top doctors address common misconceptions and set the record straight.

    Myth 1: The essential part of a heart-healthy diet is avoiding saturated fat.

    Where cardiac trouble is concerned, saturated fat has long been considered public enemy number one, but a 2010 report that reviewed the findings of 21 studies found no conclusive evidence that consuming saturated fat increases a person's risk of heart disease. The likely culprit: refined carbohydrates. "The high levels of sugar raise insulin levels and after a few hours cause blood sugar to crash, which can make many people crave more

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  • How to Trick Yourself into Thinking It's Warmer Than it Is

    By Jena Pincott

    Photo: ThinkstockReplay Your First Real Kiss

    Or listen to the songs you loved when you were 18, driving your first car, the wind whipping through your hair. When asked to recall old times or to listen to nostalgic music, people reported feeling physically warmer than when they were asked to remember ordinary things, found a study published in the journal Emotion. As proof, they could immerse their hands in ice water longer and thought a cold room was a higher temperature than it really was. Psychological warmth activates the same circuits in the brain associated with physical warmth, the theory goes...which effectively convert memories' golden glow into (the perception of) heat.

    Take a Vase Breath

    First-time students who took a mere half-hour lesson in g-Tummo, a Tibetan "inner heat" meditation, increased their body temps in just 10 minutes...without moving. Learning the "vase breath"--a technique that involves contracting the abdominal and pelvic muscles while holding hot

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  • 5 Decorating Trends to Try This Year—And One to Avoid

    By Candace Braun Davison
    Photo: Courtesy of Sherwin-WilliamsTry: The Light That Brightens Things Even When It's Off

    With mixed metals on the rise, it's no surprise that interior designer Holly Mathis has seen a sudden interest in adding brass pendant lamps to what once was stainless-steel-only territory: the kitchen. "A few years ago, I couldn't talk anyone into a brass light," she says. "Now, it's so popular I've practically memorized the SKU." The no-fuss semicircle works with almost every taste, from traditional to country to steampunk.

    Try: The Shine-Free Style That's Surprisingly Low Maintenance

    From honed countertops to flat finishes on the walls, the matte look is spreading to all areas of the home, says Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. High-gloss and polished surfaces can feel overly formal, like you can't relax in your own home, which is why some people are gravitating to the softer, unvarnished look matte provides, she explains. New paint technology makes the chalkier

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  • Surprising Things that Cause Bad Breath (and One Cure)

    By Corrie Pikul

    Photo: ThinkstockYour Stuffy Nose

    Pass the tissues--and some gum, please. When a cold prevents you from breathing through your nose, you're forced to inhale and exhale through your mouth. This dries out the tissues and reduces the flow of saliva-the mouth's built-in cleanser, which not only rinses away food particles but also neutralizes decay-causing acids and acts as a natural antiseptic to keep bacteria in check. The less saliva, the more bacteria-and the more potent the odor. An easy remedy (for your breath, if not your cold): Chewing gum--as long as it's sugarless--has been shown to increase the flow of saliva.

    Your Movie Treats

    Bacteria have a sweet tooth, too. When you eat sticky candy like gummy bears, cherry vines and even mint chews, the bacteria "has a party," says Kimberly Harms, DDS, the consumer adviser for the American Dental Association. It feasts on the sugar and spreads to all areas of your mouth--including hard-to-reach areas in the grooves of the teeth.

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