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  • 4 Unforgettable Hostess Gifts

    Photo: Yos KumthampinijPhoto: Yos KumthampinijWine and flowers are nice but not noteworthy. We asked frequent hosts to recall gifts that made an impact.

    "The Zoku Quick Pop Maker has become a permanent fixture on my kitchen counter. You'd be surprised by the endless flavor options!" -Ivanka Trump, jewelry designer

    Zoku Quick Pop Maker, Studio Parade, $50, zokuhome.com

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    Photo: Courtesy of Chef Madeline Lanciani, Getty ImagesPhoto: Courtesy of Chef Madeline Lanciani, Getty Images"Someone gave me petits fours with my initials, from Duane Park Patisserie. It was like receiving four tiny, darling birthday cakes." -Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help

    Petits Fours, Duane Park Patisserie, duaneparkpatisserie.com
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    Photo: Thinkstock, Getty ImagesPhoto: Thinkstock, Getty Images"A friend brought a warm, fresh-baked peach cobbler and ice cream! I was so pleasantly surprised. I ate way too much dessert that night." -Laila Ali, boxer

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    Photo: Thinkstock, Getty ImagesPhoto: Thinkstock, Getty Images"My most memorable hostess gift was a trampoline ...though I promptly flew off it and broke my arm. That was unforgettable!" -Cynthia Rowley, fashion designer

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  • 3 Fast Styles for No-Shampoo Days

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Amber Kallor

    No time to wash your hair? No problem. The creative director of the Chris Chase Salon in New York City, Paul Cucinello, shows you how to look polished in no time.

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    If You Have Long Layers: The Sophisticated Pony

    Here's a quick solution for taking your ponytail up a few notches on the style scale.


    1. If your hair is dry, work in a pea-size amount of styling cream for hold.
    2. Then make a center part. Leave a two-inch section out in front on either side of your face. Gather the rest of your hair back into a low ponytail, securing it with an elastic.
    3. Next, pull each front section around the left and right sides of your head, joining them with your low pony. Wind another elastic on top of the first one to keep these pieces in place.
    4. Finish by taking a one-inch section from the tail and wrapping it around the base of your ponytail (to camouflage both elastics) and secure with a bobby pin underneath.

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  • Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: Thinkstock"For Friday dinners, I had a vase stuffed with folded Post-it notes, each with a conversation topic on it, like 'What do you love most about the person sitting next to you?' When my kids were young, we'd all pick one and take turns answering. Mixed in were bonus coupons for a kid's-choice meal or free ice cream." -Lisa Rowsell, 45, Falmouth, Massachusetts

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    "It's so easy to crowd the calendar with activities, but last year we decided not to enroll our son in anything on weekends. Instead, we have Explorers Day-we take turns picking a destination. We bike or drive with grandparents, which feels leisurely because we're not racing back for other things on the schedule." -Anne Medved, 33, Boston


    "Deciding which movie to watch as a group used to take forever. Now my sisters and I play a game we call 3-2-1. One of us picks three movies to watch, the next narrows it down to two options, and the last person makes the final choice. It's a fun bonding

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  • What Men Aren't Telling Us

    Photo: Stockbyte/Getty ImagesPhoto: Stockbyte/Getty ImagesBy Chris Abani

    That women are mysterious and unknowable is something every young man grows up believing. Men, on the other hand, never think of themselves as mysterious or confusing, and we are often at a loss as to why women want to figure us out. But since you asked:

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    When you say we don't really talk to you or reveal ourselves to you, we wish you knew just how much we have had to suppress about our desires, pains, fears, and vulnerability over the years to conform to the script of masculinity that we are given. Sometimes we don't open up because we are afraid of what we will find. We are also afraid that if you see who we really are, in all our flawed humanity (and not the flaws that annoy you, like being untidy or driving fast), you won't like us.

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    Men do communicate, often very directly, but women sometimes cannot accept how simple what we have to say is. We seldom play games-we

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  • 4 Must-Haves From the New Missoni Collection at Target


    Photo: Courtesy of TargetPhoto: Courtesy of TargetBy Amber Kallor

    Mark your calendars! Missoni's patterns arrive at Target on September 13 (with nondesigner price tags). Snag our four must-haves.

    These chevron-striped flats are easy to slip on, and their multicolored pattern will match most of what's already in your closet.

    $30

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    Photo: Courtesy of TargetPhoto: Courtesy of Target

    Ditch your giant mug and sip espresso like a suave Italian. This set adds color to your kitchen counter, but we love that the stainless steel holder makes it easy to quickly stack and stash these cups and saucers away.

    $40

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    Save gas and help out the environment by hopping on this bright bike. Accessorized with a metal basket, zigzag stripes, and a leather seat and grips-you're guaranteed to speed by in style.

    $400

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    This nubby, double-sided throw looks good tossed across your couch but feels even

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  • 6 Easy Ways to Extend Your Life in One Minute or Less

    Photo: Dan SaelingerPhoto: Dan SaelingerBy Dr. Mehmet Oz

    If your reason for not adopting healthier habits is that you don't have enough time, consider your problem solved: I've put together a list of practices that could literally add years to your life, and each one can be done in 60 seconds or less.

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    Get Up Every Hour
    A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology discovered that people who sat for four or more hours a day outside work had a 50 percent greater risk of dying from any cause than those who sat less than two hours a day. I recommend taking a minute-long walk at least once an hour. Every step counts toward the 10,000 you should be taking every day.

    Eat an Egg
    This nutritional powerhouse does a body good: One egg provides 13 percent of your daily protein requirement and only 4 percent of the average recommended daily calorie count. Plus, it contains a hefty dose of lutein, an antioxidant that protects your eyes from macular degeneration and UV

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  • 3 Ingenious Storage Solutions from Stylish Women

    Photo: Bjorn WallenderPhoto: Bjorn WallenderBy Lambeth Hochwald

    Making Every Inch Count

    Joy Booker, principal at a human resources consulting firm

    When Booker moved from a house to an apartment, she waved goodbye to her walk-in. "I had to be creative with space since I had so little of it," she says. That meant installing a rod along the top of the closet from which she suspends boots from hooks. And gluing photos of 50 pairs of shoes (stacked by type) onto their boxes. Finally, she mounted a jewelry organizer and a tie rack. "Every time I open the doors, I smile," Booker says.

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    Joy's Closet Credo

    Use Matching Hangers
    "The uniformity helps clothes hang nicely and saves space," says Booker. "I like polished wood hangers, with swiveling hooks, to avoid snags."

    Don't Overstuff
    "If everything is squeezed in tight, you'll spend 20 minutes trying to find things instead of spending that time accessorizing. Plus, your clothes get wrinkled!"

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  • The Best Gluten-Free Cookies on Earth

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockBy Kate Rockwood

    Gluten-free cookies can be downright disgusting--crumbly, pasty, smelling faintly of beans--but they can also be delicious. To separate from the so-so from the oh-so-tasty, we selflessly sampled more than 70 varieties to bring you our favorites.

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    Best Chocolate Chip: Get Fresh Bakehouse Chocolate Chip
    When Jeff Robbin's daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, he decided to try his hand at gluten-free baking. After three years of research, his New Jersey team fired up its ovens and started cranking out batches of hefty cookies in flavors like Butterscotch Walnut and Oatmeal Plus (with white-chocolate chips, walnuts and dried cranberries). The classic chocolate chip--huge hunks of chocolate laced through buttery, sweet dough--was a runaway winner in our taste test.

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    Best Oatmeal: Whole Foods Nutmeal Raisin

    Imagine the flavors of an oatmeal-raisin cookie--brown sugar, chewy raisins, almonds

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  • 3 Ways to Get Your Career Back on Track After the Mommy Years

    By Sara Reistad-Long

    Of the 37 percent of college-educated women who quit their jobs, many to raise children, 93 percent are ready to go back to work within about two years, according to data published in the Harvard Business Review. But by most accounts, trying to re-enter is highly stressful-from facing down the "What have you done lately?" question to shaking off the kind of insecurity that comes with years of speaking mainly toddlerese. And most women who find new jobs, research shows, end up taking a marked pay cut.

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    To the rescue, fortunately, is a whole new slew of crash courses specifically designed for reentering women. O checked out a few of them to wrangle some tricks of the trade.

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    1. Make a Life Map
    Plan logistics like who your babysitter will be or what you'll do about dinner well before you start looking for a job. "A sense of preparedness will, however subtly, translate to confidence," says Monica

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  • Ken Paves' 6 Rules For Getting a New Hairstyle

    Photo: ThinkstockPhoto: ThinkstockCelebrity hairstylist Ken Paves lays down the "dos" and "don'ts" of getting a great new look.

    Do
    tell your stylist you want a look that works with the texture you were born with, so that you can manage the cut at home. But...

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    Don't assume your old hair products are appropriate for your new cut. Ask your stylist which products can reduce styling time or let you air-dry. (And make sure he shows you how to use them.)

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    Do ask for layers around your face. Bangs or long layers around the jawline create a soft, flattering frame for your features. But...

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    Don't get lots of layers all over. Whether your hair is thin and fine or thick and curly, overlayering results in lack of shape.

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    Do consider returning to the color you had as a kid. It's probably the most flattering shade for your skin tone. But...

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