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  • Now Trending: Gifting Plastic Surgery for the Holidays

    Plastic surgery for the holidays?It's holiday gift crunch time, people. And if you're still struggling to find the perfect gift for your mom, sister, or boyfriend, why not consider giving some Botox or even a neck lift? Yep, that's on the table. According to a new survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), more people are gifting aesthetic procedures than ever before.

    Dr. Julian Few, a Chicago-based plastic surgeon, acknowledges that he's seen a dramatic increase in procedure gifting, prompting him to start offering the type of electronic gift cards one typically gets at department stores.

    "I had one patient come in and say that she was giving 'Few' this year," Dr. Few said. "At first I didn't know how to take it, but it's a sign of the times I think." Dr. Few said he's sold more than 50 gift cards so far this season, many of them for lower priced procedures like medical-grade peels, which cost between $150 and $200. An owner of a small company even came in to Dr. Few's Read More »from Now Trending: Gifting Plastic Surgery for the Holidays
  • The Workout Pants that Will Make You Want to Go to the Gym

    Courtesy of Nike

    As New Year's Eve starts to approach, we've all got resolutions on the mind. Of course, fitness goals are high on the list. In order to achieve those goals, we're thinking some chic new gear is in order. Cue: Nike's new limited-edition Arctic Monarch print tights. They look cool enough to wear around town post-gym (throw on a chunky knit sweater and boots and you're set), and you'll look like you are already a pretty serious athlete when you are sweating it out on the treadmill. Also, according to Nike, the prints on the dri-fit leggings were "body-mapped to accentuate the athlete's movements in a flattering fashion." We're sold. Here's your exclusive first look at the leggings ($130) and matching sports bra ($80) before they land in Nike stores and online at


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  • 10 Foods for Gorgeous Hair

    Getty ImagesOne secret to getting luscious locks? Your diet, says nutritionist Dana James. Nibbling on nutrient-rich goodies stimulates the hair's proteins, nourishes and protects its fibers, and increases circulation to its follicles. Here are the best things you can eat for healthier, stronger, and shinier strands. Bonus: These foods help lashes and nails, too.

    1. Brown Rice

    Brown rice is highly concentrated in biotin, a B vitamin that helps improve the elasticity of hair and reduces brittleness. Eating brown rice also nourishes the hair follicle and stimulates hair cell renewal, which leads to thicker strands.

    2. Swiss Chard

    The magnesium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and sulfur in Swiss chard pack a powerful punch, activating the production of keratin, elastin, and collagen. This makes hair resilient, glossy, and less likely to tangle. (And nurtures eyelashes and nails, as well!)

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    3. Chia Seeds

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  • 9 Foods to Help You Burn Those Thanksgiving Calories

    We know, it sounds like it's too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed unwanted pounds. Just be cautioned: For these foods to work their miracles, they must be consumed as part of a clean diet. That's right, don't expect to make up for a junk-filled day by noshing on a few fat-burning kale chips.

    1. Broccoli Rabe

    Who knew that food could talk to your fat cells? That's exactly what the phytonutrient sulforaphane in broccoli rabe does. It stimulates an enzyme that tells your fat cells to burn fat. Meet your negotiator.

    Easy meal ideas:
    Sauté broccoli rabe with lemon zest and chili flakes, mix broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage together, or toss broccoli rabe and summer squash with olive oil, mint, lemon juice, and pine nuts.

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    2. Avocados

    The much-maligned fat in

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  • Style Tips from the Chicest Celebrity Daughters (and Their Moms)

    Splash NewsFrom Blue Ivy and Suri to North and Matilda, these celebrity kiddos have totally inherited their mothers' style smarts-and so can you!

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    Beyoncé Knowles & Blue Ivy Carter: Big Hair, Don't Care

    Even now that she's ditched the hair extensions, Beyoncé is the queen of the pop star mane. Her hair has as much range as her vocals, and we can already see Baby Blue following suit with her adorable "halo" of springy curls. And it's just a matter of time before Blue Ivy picks up another of her mother's fashion habits: wearing Tom Ford heels. The designer created a pair of pink satin pumps especially for the tyke.

    Gwyneth Paltrow & Apple Martin: All-Natural Is All Goop Good

    While Apple Martin's personal style is a bit trendier and more playful than mama Gwyneth's typically streamlined wardrobe (purple Uggs are a favorite), the nine-year-old has definitely inherited her mother's all-natural beauty and long,

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  • 6 Steps to Better Dreams

    Courtesy of Walt Disney/Everett CollectionI've always been a fan of things that feel a little magical, like they might provide some kind of insight towards what I should be doing with my life. Tarot cards. Horoscopes. Dream guides. So if someone says that I can actually learn to harness my dream-state subconscious and use it for my own personal greater good-yeah, I'm game to try.

    A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming (Workman), is written by a trio of writers and filmmakers, Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel, who also happen to be longtime self-proclaimed "nocturnal explorers." They aim to turn readers into oneironauts-pronounced "oh-nigh-ro-nots," the term is derived from a Greek word that means "dream navigator." This isn't about learning how to interpret nightmares about, say, losing teeth or missing a flight, it's about becoming aware of the fact that you're dreaming while you're dreaming, and then getting into the driver's seat of that dream. I have some pressing questions. How long does this take to learn?

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  • How to Protect Your Blowout at the Gym

    How to Protect Your Blowout at the GymRaise your hand if you've ever skipped a cardio session in the name of a good hair day. New York City entrepreneur Erika Wasser was tired of choosing between exercise classes and blowouts, so she founded Glam & Go, a newly opened blow-dry bar at Manhattan's Exhale Spa (with more in-gym locations in the works). "I was spending a ton of money on workout classes I wasn't attending and realized the reason I wasn't going was [because of] my hair," she told us. "The point of going to the gym is to look better than when you came in. I wanted that to be true for my blowout, too." Wasser's fledgling business offers post-workout hair touch-ups ($20 for 15 minutes or $40 for 30 minutes). While we can't all hit the salon after a run, these tips will help keep your professionally polished strands intact while you work out.

    Choose Your Workout Wisely.

    If your goal is to maintain your waistline and your blowout, your best bet is to stick to strength-based exercises like barre or CoreFusion

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  • Finally, a Tech CEO with Style: Snapchat's Evan Spiegel

    Evan Spiegel doesn't look like the movie version of a college dropout (see: Seth Rogen, couch, bong) or the movie version of a pioneering tech entrepreneur (see: Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg in a hoodie and ill-fitting khakis). Still, he's all of those things in real life. He left school three classes short of graduation and lives with his dad indefinitely-"until he kicks me out," Spiegel told The Associated Press-but the dude's hardly the scrubby stereotype you might picture. That college he left was Stanford, and his motivation for doing so was to run the most popular image sharing app in the country. The 23-year-old Snapchat CEO is kind of a big deal, and along with company co-founder and CTO Bobby Murphy, he both looks and acts the part.

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    You probably know that, though, because you've likely seen the news: the duo just reportedly turned down Facebook's $3 billion dollar offer to buy their company. (Instagram and Tumblr

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  • 5 Wavy Hairstyles to Master

    Whether you favor a look that's more relaxed than glamorous, or vice versa, these five styles from the spring runways are a cinch to do yourself. MORE ON ELLE.COM:

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