Just because the economy looks bleak doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself. With a little creativity, you can live a rich life without being rich - try ideas:
1. Plan a swap meet. Organize a group of friends with similar styles; everyone brings rarely or unworn clothing and walks away with some new (to them) styles.
Make the most of the clothes you have by wearing them in many ways.
2. Put the web to work for you. Before shelling out full price, check eBay, where a slightly used or even brand new version may be available for a fraction of the price. You can even request that the site email you when the item you're looking for becomes available. If you can't wait, do a search to see if any coupon sites have codes for free shipping or discounts.
Check out these designer styles from QVC.
3. Learn the art of the haggle. "No matter where or when you're shopping, or for what, the day of the fixed price is over," says Fred Brock, author of Live Well on Less Than You Think. "If you don't
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- Redbook | Love + Sex – Fri, Feb 26, 2010 9:52 PM EST
Getting your guy to share his fantasies - and sharing what's on your mind, too - can bring fresh heat to your sex life and help you both feel more loved. Here's how to help him to open up.
1. Put him at ease. Create a "safe zone" by making it clear you won't freak out or judge him if he reveals a turn-on that's not up your alley. Manage his expectations by adding, "This doesn't mean I'll be up for doing it, but hearing it makes me feel closer to you."
2. Ask him what fantasies he has about you. Avoid the open-ended query, "What are your fantasies?" It puts him on the spot, and he could blurt out something scary (like he has the hots for your friend). Instead, try, "Do you ever fantasize about us? What are we doing?" This way, he can share some safer musings.
3. Give him options. Treat him to a game of multiple choice with questions like, "What would turn you on - me dressed up as a nurse, a schoolgirl, or in
Photo Credit: Ondrea BarbeThe winter blahs are upon us, and that generally means dry, frizzy, overtaxed tresses. But don't pull out your trusty hat. These easy changes to you routine can fix your biggest hair woes.Read More »from Bad Hair Days Be Gone â€” 4 Quick Fixes
Stop a Bad-Hair Day Before It Starts
Turns out there was something to your mother's nagging about leaving the house with a wet head. While you may not catch a cold, wet hair is more fragile, meaning it's more susceptible to the outdoor elements (wind, cool temperatures) than dry hair.
Set It Straight: Sexy, straight hair is back. Learn How to Get it.
Upgrade Your Blow-Dryer
In a cheaply made blow-dryer, the coil and motor can overheat, frying your hair's cuticle. This doesn't mean you should drop your next paycheck on a professional blow-dryers; since these are extra-powerful, incorrect use can burn your hair. Instead, pick up an ionic blow-dryer (like Conair ION Shine 1875 Watt Dryer, $37). Ionic technology shrinks water molecules, so hair dries faster but with less damage.
Blow It Out: Watch
Weather got you down? You're in good company. If you need something to look forward to during these miserable months, one of these hot dates with that special someone just might do the trick.Read More »from 10 Hot Dates for Cold Weather
And one of the best parts -- these romantic ideas don't cost a fortune. Find a whole new reason to be excited for the weekend...
1. Dinner and a Movie: Try brunch and a matinee; fancy restaurants are way more affordable in the A.M.
2. Check In to Your Private Hotel: Transform your bedroom into a getaway retreat by setting it up as a hotel room, complete with number on the door, mints on a freshly made bed (use crisp white cotton sheets), a huge stack of towels and a few fizzy bath tablets in the bathroom (for an instant Jacuzzi), nice stationery and a pen (for writing each other love notes), a bottle of something chilling in an ice bucket, and room service.
CHECK OUT 16 MORE CHEAP DATES
3. Take in the Art Scene: If it takes a little black dress (and a little red wine) to put you in the mood, get
Credit: Brand New Images/Getty ImagesA better sex life, a deeper connection, more time together - it all can be yours! Single or attached, follow these tips from feng shui expert Ellen Whitehurst to improve every aspect of your love life - and then watch all your romantic dreams come true.
If you want to attract the right partner
GRAB A RED PEN. According to feng shui, the stronger and clearer you are in stating what you'd like to see happen in your life, the easier it is for the universe to send you your heart's desire. In red ink and on white paper, write a list of all the qualities you think your ideal mate might possess. Is he a smart and savvy world traveler? Or is he a homebody who loves to spend quiet evenings watching movies on the couch? Once he looks good on paper, place your list and an image of two peonies inside a small silver box, and place the box in the relationship area (see bagua map) of your bedroom for 49 days. Your love life will bloom and grow faster than you can say "I do!"
If you want to make Read More »from 7 Simple Feng Shui Tips to Improve Your Love Life
REDBOOK recently asked more than 2,000 women to reveal the good, the hot, and the ugly in their relationships for a no-holds-barred love survey. The survey is a lot of fun to read - who doesn't like to see what other women desire, what they're actually doing in bed, and where your love life fits in - but one of the parts I thought was the most interesting didn't have to do with anything hot and heavy.
It was about nicknames. Here's a snippet of the survey:
71% percent of you have nicknames for each other:
"He likes to call me Mrs. Darcy, from Pride and Prejudice. Of course this melts my heart." - Jennifer Braun, 39, McFarland, WI
"I'm called Meatball because I sing 'On top of spaghetti...'" - Megan Capone, 34, Dracut, MA
"My husband nicknamed me PITA: pain in the a**. I call him Oscar, as in the grouch!" - Laurie Zeck, 42, Cleveland
"I call him Pot Roast, because he is hot and juicy!" - Kristina Daggs, 32, Terrytown, LA
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You've got a great kid, but the bully who lives down the street doesn't agree. He's always picking on your child -- shoving him, swiping his scooter, calling him a loser -- even though your son has asked him to stop. You know you need to talk to this little stinker's mom, but you worry: What if you aren't able to speak coherently (you're that angry), or she's as unnervingly nasty as her kid? Here's how to make yourself heard.Read More »from How to Handle a Bully's Mom in 7 Steps
Step 1: Don't judge her.
Maybe you have a pet theory as to how this woman has managed to raise that big bully of hers ("I bet she's one of those really irresponsible types, and lets him watch a ton of violent TV!"). Forget all that. "If you go into the conversation with a negative opinion of her -- and the attitude that you're a better parent than she is -- she'll smell it and won't want to help you," cautions Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing With the Difficult Parents in Your Child's Life. The truth is, you don't know a thing
- Redbook | Love + Sex – Thu, Jan 14, 2010 11:11 PM EST
Call it the Edward Cullen Effect. Call it vampire mania.
Call it the fact that I have bite marks all over my neck from my most recent date last night. And before you chalk that up to a freak incident, let me tell you that in the past three months, I've been bitten more times than I have in the past twelve years of my dating life.
In fact, the past three guys I've been on dates with have leaned in for the kiss - and then went for the bite. Last night was the worst though. I was hanging out with Lighting Designer, who I've been on three dates with. He made dinner at his apartment (and, honestly, I really did appreciate the sentiment, but I could tell he wasn't confident in the kitchen, so it was sort of stressful. I love dates when men know how to cook, when they can easily chop and pour a glass of wine and let you sit on the counter and watch...anyway, I digress). So we ate, had some wine, then were watching episodes of "Weeds" when he leaned in...and bit my neck!
- Redbook | New Year – Fri, Jan 8, 2010 9:33 PM EST
This may be the easiest New Year's Resolution you've ever made:
Not only does it make you feel closer to your partner, but it may just stave off all sorts of diseases, according to a slew of studies that have determined some surprising findings: including the idea that having more sex could lead to a lower risk of cancer and people who have more sex tend to be slimmer than those who don't (sex burns 50-60 calories per encounter!)
The article goes on to profile a couple who made the decision to have sex every day for a month to try to kick bad habits (she: smoking, he: chocolate) to the curb. And the surprising thing? It worked for them!
I love that resolution! And I also feel that studies like this highlight how important sex is to our emotional and physical well-being. Oftentimes, in our to-do list world, it's hard to take half an hour - or half a day - to get naked, get under the sheets, and just have fun - especially when you're inRead More »from Could You Have Sex Every Day for a Month? Here's Why You Should Try
Alice anonymously chronicles her sometimes thrilling, sometimes romantic, sometimes boring, real-life sex life at Hot & Bothered. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author.
According to a recent study, people whose latest sexual encounter was a casual one don't have any sort of different emotional status than those people whose latest sexual encounter was with a committed partner.
Wow! As someone who's single and dating, and, yes, have had a casual encounter or two in my past, this is something I've always known personally, but it makes me breathe a HUGE sigh of relief to have it acknowledged. We've all heard so much about how casual sex can be damaging, but this seems to show that casual sex - in itself - doesn't significantly change your emotional state. Now, of course, that all depends on your motivation. If people are having casual sex because they feel bad about themselves, because they want to get over a breakup, because they wantRead More »from Why One Night Stands May Not Be So Bad