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  • Delicious Green Foods to Make This St. Patty's Day

    Not a fan of corned beef and cabbage? Here are some alternate recipes perfectly suited for the Irish holiday.



    Healthy Mexican Recipes to Try Now


    1. Spinach-Pesto Ravioli (above)

    Ingredients:

    • 16 spinach ravioli (frozen or fresh)
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons pesto sauce (recipe below)
    • 1/2 cup bottled vinaigrette

    Preparation:

    Boil 16 spinach ravioli as the label directs. Drain and pat dry. Fry the ravioli in 1/2 cup olive oil until golden on both sides, one to two minutes. Drain on paper towels. Mix two tablespoons pesto sauce with 1/2 cup bottled vinaigrette. Place the ravioli on skewers and dip in the sauce.

    Pesto Ingredients:

    • 3 cups chopped fresh basil
    • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup pine nuts
    • 1/8 cup Brazil nuts
    • 2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

    Pesto Preparation:

    Place the basil in a blender. Pour in about 1 tablespoon of the oil,

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  • 5 Things You Should Know Before You Shop Vintage

    Here are some tips and tricks to ensure that your next thrifting trip is a success.



    The Best Trends From Fall Fashion Week 2010!

    When someone compliments us on what we're wearing, it often becomes a knee-jerk reaction to reply, "Thanks, it's from Marshall's (or fill in any discount retailer here)!" Although no one asked where we purchased our fashionable finds, we feel compelled to share our discount prowess anyway. The same scenario often happens with anyone sporting vintage pieces. Now, when we hear, "Thanks, it's vintage," we like to mess with people and reply, "I'm not familiar with that brand. Vin-taaage? Am I saying that right?"

    Mocking aside, it truly is amazing to find vintage pieces that are worthy of praise. There's an odd sense of accomplishment that can be found in buying a fantastic vintage blazer or dress at a ludicrously low price. However, if you're not equipped with the right skills, you may receive excessive dry cleaning and tailor bills instead of praise for your

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  • 5 Quick Tips to Speed Up Your Morning Beauty Regimen

    We polled our Facebook fans to see how long it takes them to get ready each morning-- and came up with some tips to speed things along.




    The Best Celeb Endorsed Skincare Products to Try Now

    Dragging ourselves out of bed in the morning gets increasingly harder as the week goes on-- especially now, after losing an hour of sleep thanks to daylight saving time.

    Some girls adjust by taking their routines on the road (i.e. mascara in the car, lip gloss as you walk, etc.)-- but, this can prove to be dangerous. By now, we've all heard the shocking story of the woman who crashed her car while shaving her bikini line...

    We polled our Facebook Fans to find out how long it takes them to get ready each morning. The results are in-- 48 percent said they dedicate 30 minutes to one hour, while 34 percent said they dedicate over an hour to the beauty gods. To help everyone catch a few extra minutes of shut-eye-- we've compiled some tips on how you can speed up your daily routine and get yourself out

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  • How to Get the Least Painful Wax Possible!

    As we gear up for spring, we're dreading our routine waxing-- but this year we've discovered a nearly pain-free alternative to the traditional method.


    Green Makeup You Can Wear Past St. Patrick's Day

    Spring is drawing closer, which means it's time for girls to start getting prepared-- so break out the self tanner, moisturize more rigorously, and book an appointment at the waxing salon (that is, if your winter wasn't already filled with these beauty-maintaining activities).

    Many of us dread the waxing salon but know it is a crucial component to looking our best in minis and short-shorts (and, of course, our bikinis). Luckily, we've discovered a haven among waxing centers-- no more wondering if the girl who's touching your sacred parts has washed her hands, and no more screaming in pain from scalding hot wax.

    Uni.K.Wax is an all-natural, herbal wax center, that offers both full-body and facial waxing, and completely removes hair with less pain. The secret is a special

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  • Fake a Spring Break with a Healthy Mexican Fiesta




    5 Dishes to Boost Your Mood

    Spring break is just around the corner (for those lucky enough to get one), which means many of you will soon be enjoying tropical getaways-- perhaps to Cabo or Cancun? For those of you forced to remain stateside, however, why not bring some south of the border flavor to you? Bust out the margarita mix and follow one of these guilt-free Mexican recipes to create your own fabulous fiesta at home.

    1. Mango Tomato Salsa (above)

    Ingredients:

    • 1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced
    • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
    • 5 medium tomatoes, diced
    • 3 Thai Dragon Chiles, minced and seeded, to your taste
    • 1 medium cucumber, diced
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • 5 cloves garlic, minced
    • Salt to taste
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
    Preparation:

    In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers, chiles, cilantro, and garlic. Stir in the salt, red onion, and lime juice. To blend the Read More »from Fake a Spring Break with a Healthy Mexican Fiesta
  • Green Makeup You Can Wear Past St. Patrick's Day





    Beauty Habits Men Don't Want to Know About



    Color is a huge beauty trend for spring-- from pastel purple to aqua blue. Experimenting with these hues makes us reminisce about sixth grade-- when we believed that our roll-on shimmer eyeshadow (which we owned in every single shade, thank you very much) made us look instantly grown-up.

    Well, fun colors are back in a big way. A great way to ease into bold hues and be festive is to experiment with green-- just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Below are a few of the best green beauty products out there. Plus, they'll look just as great after the Irish holiday.

    1. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Mascara Duo
    in Green, $10.99, at ulta.com



    Physicians Formula recently released a line of colored mascaras for spring-- which coordinate with the company's eye-enhancing liners and shadows. The green mascara is meant for girls with green eyes, but feel free to mix and match different shades regardless of your eye color. A great

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  • How to Pull Off Daytime Sequins

    Who says you can't incorporate a sequined piece into your Sunday brunch outfit?



    How to Wear Mixed Prints Like a Pro

    Personally, I've always associated sequins with a short period of time, during my adolescence, when anything and everything with shine, shimmer, or glitter (i.e. eyeshadow, nail polish, sneakers, etc.) was a must-have.

    Since then, the only contact I have had with sequins ended disastrously. I was in a fitting room when I foolishly opted to squeeze my bubble butt into a too tight sequined mini skirt. When I turned around to face the mirror, the sequins-- taut over my rear end-- caught the overhead light and nearly blinded me. It was like my behind became a lighthouse pointing out to sea. I'm surprised the attendant didn't come in and ask me if I was setting off flash bombs needed a larger size. Needless to say, I was scarred.

    However, this spring (and fall) sequins are looking to be a huge trend-- evidenced by the runways of Vera Wang, Erin Fetherston, and Jenni Kayne.

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  • 5 Dishes to Boost Your Mood




    6 Classic Dishes Everyone Should Know How to Make

    As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Feeling cranky or grumpy, lately? It may be the result of your diet. Recent studies have proven that certain foods have a direct impact on mood. Feeling drained or sleepy? It's probably due to low blood sugar. However, don't reach for that candy bar just yet! Although some foods, namely concentrated sources of sugar, provide an instant pick-me-up, the effects are only temporary. Soda, candy, and even fruit juice can cause huge spikes in blood sugar-- and eventually, an even bigger crash. Carbohydrates like bagels, white bread, and crackers have a similar effect. According to nutritionist Joy Bauer, it's best to substitute these empty carbs with nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, peas, lentils, oatmeal, and brown and wild rice.

    Additionally, fiber is another surefire way to boost your mood. Soluble fibers slow down the absorption of sugar in your body, thus decreasing erratic

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  • How to Wear Mixed Prints Like a Pro

    With mixed prints slated as a huge trend for spring and fall, here are a few tips to help you keep your outfit looking pulled together!



    Fashion Week Fall 2010: Paris Recap

    When it comes to mixing prints, there is little grey area between looking like you are deliberately clashing, yet pulled together and conjuring images of a "bag lady." This is, understandably, why so many women shy away from pairing printed pieces. However, prints are a great way to shake up your wardrobe and get more wearability out of a fun top-- which you would usually reserve for pairing with dark denim.

    Dual prints are a noted trend for both spring and fall, so here are a few helpful tips on how to style mixed prints to get more mileage out of your closet. If you're feeling a bit tentative, stick with muted tones in black, navy, grey, or tan.

    Outfit #1: Casual (above)
    When mixing two prints on top, keep the bottoms basic. The wide stripes of this Sammy Davis Vintage jacket paired with the looser, leopard print

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  • 7 Reasons Why It's Okay to Drink Coffee




    10 Foods to Add to Your Diet Now

    It's hard to imagine going through a full day without our morning cup of java-- actually, make that morning, mid-day, and evening cups of java. Yes, we admit it, we're hooked on the stuff. But, we've been told for years that coffee drinking is a terrible habit-- you've all heard the old "coffee will stunt your growth" lecture at some point in time.

    While we're well aware of the cons to drinking coffee, we've learned that the positive benefits can sometimes outweigh the negative effects. So, why have older studies given coffee such a bad rep? The reason is quite simple-- studies that had previously linked coffee consumption to cancer were inadvertently studying coffee drinkers who were also smokers. A 2006 issue of Harvard Women's Health Watch claims that moderate coffee consumption, defined as 3 to 4 cups per day, is actually beneficial to your health. So, to all of our fellow addicts out there, you don't have to feel guilty anymore! Below

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