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  • 3 Ideas to Transform Your Home (for Almost Nothing)

    Photo: Peter Rosa

    By Emma Haak

    The Living Room

    Try painting a piece of furniture in a bright color, suggests Atlanta-based interior designer Suzanne Kasler, author of Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style. (She once lacquered a desk orange.) If you've got a mirror, hang it opposite a window. "Mirrors reflect light and make a space feel larger," Kasler says. "So when you place one across from a source of natural light, it adds even more impact-and sparkle." Finally, if you want to make the room look blessed with high ceilings, just reposition your curtain rods. "Hang them flush with the ceiling," Kasler says. "You'll cover that blank wall space above the window and create a tall, beautiful vertical line."

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    The Kitchen

    Your countertop has probably become a catchall for mail, rubber bands, and that rice cooker you use twice a year; start by clearing it off, save for the appliances you need every day. Now you have space to create a

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  • What's the Deal with Face Oil?

    A Trend That's Here to Stay

    Like many successful movements, this one started slow. A few people were excited about it, but there were skeptics, even dissenters. Recently, though, rubbing oil on your face has become accepted beauty practice. Once produced only by small brands, face oils are now on drugstore shelves and department store counters. So how do you use them? Let us count the ways: Massaged in every morning as a skin-smoothing base for makeup (or just sunscreen). Mixed with your favorite foundation (about one drop of oil to three pumps of makeup) when you want sheer coverage. Smoothed over a retinoid cream at night to prevent irritation and flaking. Patted over the flyaways around your hairline. (Hey, why not?) If you're convinced this is a beauty crusade worth joining, try one of our four favorite ways to get involved:

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  • 5 Seemingly Innocent Things that Lead to Weight Gain

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Jena Pincott

    You Doubled Down on the Quantified Life

    Your mistake: You believe wholeheartedly in the "If you can measure it, you can manage it" theorem. That's right, we're recommending that you ditch your digital scale with the two decimal places. When dieters at the University of Utah received a "health index score" that was pleasingly vague-a weight range rather than an actual number-they lost up to four pounds in just three weeks. In contrast, when participants received their score in the form of an exact number, they gained up to a pound on average. The fuzzier the feedback, the more room there was to interpret it optimistically, the study concluded. ("Almost there!") As a result, the goal seems more achievable-and we become more motivated. On the flip side, a precise number makes us aware of when we're not doing well-which all too often drives our discouraged self to lapse or quit.

    The lesson: If you weigh yourself daily, even normal fluctuations could throw you

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  • 10 Questions Your Partner Still Needs to Answer

    By Amy Shearn

    Illustration: Pascal Campion/Getty Images 1. Why did you take so long to ask me on a second date?

    In the beginning of a relationship, you don't want to seem needy or nosy. Certain topics are simply not your business (not yet, anyway). So when Ed waited a few months to call you after the two of you met at a friend's party, you assumed he had been seeing someone else. But you didn't ask about it. You just went to dinner with him. Over time, you got to know one another. You grew closer. Your businesses mingled, and soon you were " RachelAndEd." As in, your friends say, "Who else should we invite? What about RachelAndEd?" Which is when it is finally the time to fill in the blanks, and ask what happened in that months-long gap between the first enchanting conversation by the guacamole bowl and when he actually called to see if you wanted to get dinner. Ed's answer-he wanted to make sure your mutual friend was okay with his asking you out-could surprise you. And make you love him even more. As if that were

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  • 7 Dresses that Make You Look Slimmer

    By Candace Braun Davison


    No matter your budget or body type, these figure-flattering ensembles will have you looking-and, most importantly, feeling-your best.

  • 10 Easy-to-Follow Rules for Healthy Eating

    Photo: Christopher Testani

    By Lindsay Funston and Emma Haak

    Rule #1: Eat Two Pounds of Vegetables

    Every single day. "Loading your diet with vegetables will naturally crowd out things you shouldn't be eating," says Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of Eat to Live Cookbook, who recommends this amount after analyzing studies connecting vegetable consumption with overall health. Aim for one pound raw and one pound cooked: Certain cancer-fighting compounds in some vegetables, like broccoli, cabbage, and kale, are better absorbed raw, while cooking others (carrots, sweet corn) can boost their levels of antioxidants. Though two pounds might sound like a lot, a single sweet potato can get you a quarter of the way there. "You don't necessarily need to measure your food; just use this figure as a reminder to eat a hefty amount of veggies every day," Fuhrman says. "Work in cooked greens and interesting stir-fries, and you're set."

    Related: 25 Superfoods to Incorporate Into Your Diet Now

    Rule #2: Put an Egg on It

    So

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  • The Best Things to Do when You've Had Too Much to Drink

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul

    When it's last call...

    Skip the brandy, whiskey, red wine-all of which have a higher concentration of congeners, chemicals believed to worsen alcohol's effects. Instead, stick with a nightcap with a lower concentration, such as a lager, gin or vodka. The best choice? A lemon-lime soda. A recent study from China showed that a carbonated, sugary, lemon-lime beverage (similar to Sprite or 7Up) helped liver enzymes metabolize alcohol faster, reducing the production of acetaldehyde, the toxic byproduct of alcohol and a suspected cause of hangovers. Keep in mind that this study was done in dishes and test tubes in the lab and not on real, live, intoxicated people, so experts are still hesitant to call lemon-lime soda (or anything, really) a proven "cure" for hangovers. Nevertheless, the liquid in the soda is rehydrating, and the sugar can give you some energy for the trip home.

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    When your friend offers you a cigarette

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  • Put Down the Bacon: Foods that Cost Way, Way More

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Lynn Andriani

    Price Up: Bacon

    Experts began predicting that prices would zoom up last year after droughts affected feed crops, and then a new virus affecting pigs migrated to the U.S. this summer, further lowering supply of this high-demand meat. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average cost per pound of bacon has gone up 56 percent in 10 years (from $3.14 to $4.92)-compare that to beef steaks, which are up 41 percent in 10 years. In U.S. cities, the climb has been even steeper. Over the last 12 months alone, the average price of a pound of bacon in urban areas rose 22 percent to $5.62 per pound, up from $4.61 a year earlier. But if you use bacon as an accent instead of a main course, you'll get the salty, smoky flavor without spending as much. This stew recipe calls for just two slices.

    Related: 25 Superfoods to Incorporate Into Your Diet Now

    Price Up: Chocolate

    News that will give chocolate lovers pause: Not only is demand up for chocolate

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  • Health Mistakes You Didn't Know You Were Making

    By Jena Pincott

    Photo: ThinkstockYou Air Your Dirty Laundry

    The mistake: You hang up damp clothes and towels inside your home. Fresh from the washer, your laundry may look clean, but it pollutes the air, found a study at the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit at the Glasgow School of Art. Damp clothes can increase humidity, creating an allergenic environment in which dust mites and mold spores grow (depending on where you live) at concentrations 300 percent higher than safe limits. About 25 percent of the homes where laundry was air-dried tested positive for Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus that causes lung infections in people with weakened immune systems. (And just because you don't see greenish fuzz on the wall doesn't mean you're safe-spores are often invisible to the naked eye.)

    The lesson: For eco-lovers who worry about using the dryer but don't hang the wash outside, the researchers recommend hanging it in a space that has, ideally, an independent heat source and

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  • 5 Things Wealthy People Don't Do

    By Lynn Andriani

    Photo:ThinstockThey Don't Retire When Everyone Else Does

    The average age for Americans to stop working is now 61, according to a recent Gallup poll, up from 59 ten years ago and 57 in the early 1990s. But America's highest earners-i.e., those with the biggest savings-don't plan on retiring until they're at least 70, another new survey shows. Almost half of those people, who make $75,000 or more a year, say they plan to keep working because they want to. Granted, this group holds white-collar jobs that aren't physically taxing-but the "never quit" concept is one that almost anyone can embrace. Stepping down to a less stressful position, or shifting to part-time work can put you farther ahead, savings-wise, when you do decide to retire. Because although you can start collecting Social Security anytime from ages 62 to 70, the later you start, the bigger your benefit. This article gives some useful guidelines for deciding when to begin.

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