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  • Retro Dinners Everybody Loves

    Photo: Michael LovittPhoto: Michael LovittBy Lynn Andriani

    Crystal Cook (right) and Sandy Pollock (left) started dressing in '50s-era ensembles--full skirts, pearls and heels--long before the throwback style made a resurgence. The Joan Harris look made total sense for the two friends, who live in Austin, since they run a home delivery casserole business and wouldn't dare come to your door bearing a pot pie without wearing hose.

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    The Casserole Queens, as they're called, serve dishes that are as retro as their outfits--meatball pie, corn dog casserole, tuna noodle casserole--which is one reason to love them. And if you don't live near Austin, there are many more reasons to make your own casseroles: They're easy; generally don't cost much; and can be made months ahead of time and frozen--then heated and served when you're ready.

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    Cook and Pollock's new book, Recipes from The Casserole Queens Cookbook: Put Some Lovin' in Your Oven

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  • 3 Lessons Learned from Wearing False Lashes Everyday

    Photo: Oprah.comPhoto: Oprah.comBy Amber Kallor

    Inspired by the eye-opening effects false lashes had on Gayle King, O's Deputy Photo Director Christina Weber split a big box of them (left) with another staffer to see if she could achieve the same look at home. Following makeup artist Carmindy's instructions, Weber has been wearing false lashes to the office almost every day-and the results are surprisingly natural-looking.

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    Although it took her two or three times to get the hang of it, she says allotting yourself plenty of time to apply (it used to take her up to 15 minutes, she's since narrowed it down to five) and wearing them consistently is key. "One eye is going to be easier to do than the other," she says, "But with practice it becomes less of an event to put them on." We asked Weber (our new resident lash pro) to give us three of her best tips:

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    • While Carmindy used black lashes on Gayle, Weber (who has light
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  • The Easiest, Quickest Exercise Ever: Giving Thanks

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amy Shearn

    Like pretty much everyone else in America, I constantly find myself ignoring health advice I know to be sound. "Exercise is very important," I lecture my daughter, shooing her off to run at the playground while I stand stone-still, drinking my billionth coffee of the day, eating some simple carb, and pressing my cell phone to the side of my brain. So I'm relieved when I learn about some health-improving practice that I know I can actually maintain. Like being thankful.

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    Everyone has something to be thankful for, even on the most horrible, terrible, no-good, very-bad day. And remembering what we're thankful for makes us feel a whole lot better.(That's why every week we make a list of things we're grateful for.) But it turns out it can also improve your health-Ocean Robbins' comprehensive essay on the Huffington Post explores why.

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    According to Robbins, multiple studies have shown

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  • Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerBy Rachel Mount

    O asked star chefs to share dishes that honor their heritage for a very American holiday meal.

    Jose Garces's Green Beans with Oranges and Dates Recipe

    "My parents are Ecuadoran," Garces says, "so I find myself adding Latin American ingredients to everything I cook," His take on green bean casserole is a vibrant medley of beans tossed with oranges, dates, and almonds-plus a sprinkle of his secret ingredient, smoked paprika.

    To make Jose Garces's green beans with oranges and dates create a dressing out of oil, vinegar, thyme, honey, mustard and shallots. Blanch green beans, then sauté them with the vinaigrette and add oranges, dates and almonds.

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    Photo: Craig CutlerPhoto: Craig CutlerEmeril Lagasse's Spicy Sausage Dressing Recipe

    Lagasse's mother cooked her family's Portuguese specialties year-round, but her Thanksgiving dressing-filled with spicy sausage, lots of parsley, and milk-soaked bread-is his favorite. After years of trying to

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  • The Guide to a Perfect Home Manicure

    Photo: Chris Ecker/Studio DPhoto: Chris Ecker/Studio DBefore

    It has often been suggested to Melanie Chambers, a photo editor here at O, that she consider a gig on the other side of the camera-as a hand model. The compliments inspire her to polish her nails, religiously, once a week-but the results aren't usually fit for a close-up. So manicurist Roseann Singleton walked Melanie through her fine-tuned technique. First: Swap her go-to pinks for a deep purple (like Jessica Nail Colour in Dangerously Dark, $7.50; JessicaCosmetics.com); it's more striking against her pale skin.


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    1. File Your Nails

    Make sure they are completely dry (filing wet nails can cause splitting). Rounded nails (mirroring the shape of your cuticle) that extend just over the edge of the fingertip always look elegant.


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    2. Soak Your Nails

    Apply a rich hand cream. Then, soak your nails in warm, soapy water for five minutes to soften the

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  • 5 Ways to Give Better This Holiday Season

    Photo: ThinksockPhoto: ThinksockBy Leigh Newman

    Slightly altering how you donate your time or money boosts the real benefits to the organizations you support.

    Celebrate the Holidays by Not Volunteering


    We all want to help out when the whole world-meter maids and landlords included-feels infused with joy and gratitude. This is why soup kitchens and retirement homes are overrun with volunteers during Thanksgiving and the December holidays. Consider lending a hand during slower, lonelier times instead, like January (the stay-at-home month) or the summer (the travel and beach season), when your energy and efforts will be most appreciated.


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    The Group Gift Hug

    Pooling money with neighbors, family or friends makes a bigger impact on the cause you're supporting and boosts the sense of accomplishment you'll feel about what you're all doing. (Building, say, a whole house for somebody instead of just a basement sure can give you the warm fuzzies.) Not to

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  • Are Hairdressers the New Derms?

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amber Kallor

    As if the scalp massage wasn't reason enough to go to the salon, researchers at Harvard's School of Public Health say that your hairstylist could potentially spot things other than split ends-like skin cancer. Since he/she gets a bird's eye view of your scalp, face, and neck (areas that are frequently exposed to UV rays and where more than 80 percent of the most common types of skin cancers occur, as reported by NPR.org) they could point out suspicious-looking moles or lesions that you may not even know are there or that your doctor might miss during a routine exam.

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    Alan Geller, a senior lecturer at Harvard and co-author of the study, told NPR that most of the dermatologists he spoke with had melanoma cases referred to them by a hair professional and 37 percent of the 203 Houston-based hairdressers surveyed in the study checked their clients' scalps for anything abnormal without any formal training.

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  • Ten-Minute Mentoring with a Former White House Staffer

    By Kelly Dinardo

    When Dana Perino worked as President George W. Bush's press secretary, she was bombarded by invitations to coffee from young women eager for career advice. While she wanted to help, her job left little opportunity for afternoon lattes. "My schedule was packed," she recalls. "But I knew these women deserved some time."

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    When she left the White House in 2009 and started her own communications firm, Perino had an idea. Why not model mentoring on speed dating, which pairs romance seekers with a new prospect every few minutes? She envisioned a recent graduate getting cover letter pointers from a speechwriter, then-after a bell signaled ten minutes had passed-quizzing a lobbyist on how to get her foot in the door, all over wine and cheese.

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    In November 2009, Minute Mentoring (minutementoring.com) hosted its first event. Perino invited high-profile pals like Democratic strategist

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  • Politicians Have Mothers Too

    Photo: ThinkstockBy Amy Shearn

    It appears that some day my tiny toddler daughter is going to go off on her own into the world (today, actually, if I'd let her). And it also seems to be the case that she may possibly have hard, bad, sad things happen to her, and she will feel upset, and this will be heartbreaking to me: whether it's someone saying something mean about her, or her having marriage troubles, or, you know, losing a bid to be the presidential nominee. I'm sure she could bear anything - but me? I'm not so sure.

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    Dorothy Howell Rodham, the mother of Hillary Rodham Clinton, died early Tuesday, at age 92. According to the Daily Beast, Rodham had been living with her daughter since 2006, just before Clinton launched her campaign for the presidency. Whatever you think of Clinton, can you imagine how proud her mother must have felt in those days, and how worried for her child? Rodham moved to Little Rock to be near Hillary when her marriage was in

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  • Hand Washing Vs. Hand Sanitizers

    undefinedBy Corrie Pikul

    I recently saw the movie Contagion, in which a ruthless, jet-setting, flu-like virus kills millions of people in a matter of weeks and causes global hysteria. The movie makes spreading the disease look as easy as:
    1. Sick person coughs on folder.
    2. Healthy person handles same folder.
    3. Healthy person touches their face and--bam! Turns into dead man walking.

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    In a post-bird flu, post-swine flu world, we kind of knew that's how the transmission process works, but seeing Gwyneth keel over made us wonder how we might avoid that fate-or the common cold.

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    Surface-to-person contagion is technically called fomite transmission, says Anna Bowen, MD, MPH, a medical epidemiologist who works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Generally, germs can live on surfaces for minutes to hours to days, depending on the nature of the germ and the surface." Smooth surfaces transmit viruses

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