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  • Audrey Hepburn Had Body Insecurities, but Wasn't Afraid of Aging

    By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    During Audrey Hepburn's 20 years in Rome, the star developed an iconic style that became the epitome of perfectly-coiffed European chic. Now, the actress' son, Luca Dotti, is releasing Audrey in Rome, a book of photos he culled from over 2,500 pictures on file in the archives of the Reporters Associati, who chronicled his mother's time in Italy. Behind the pictures, though, lies another, more personal tale of a woman who actually developed some of her famous looks out of necessity.

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    In a revealing interview with Vanity Fair, Dotti says that Hepburn's signature scarf and sunglasses were a way for Hepburn to disguise herself in public so that she could run errands without big crowds trailing behind her. Hepburn also didn't understand the public's fascination with her beauty. The actress described her look as "a good mixture of defects." "She thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny and not

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  • 5 Sneaky Health Issues Doctors Miss — but Should Be on Your Radar

    If you've ever felt like your MD brushed off your concerns, but that the problem wasn't in fact in your head, you may be suffering from one of these often overlooked conditions. By Kathleen Rellihan

    Sleep apnea
    Fighting low energy is a normal part of a busy life, right? Not always. When fatigue becomes chronic, it may be a sign of a lurking health disorder. "As women, we tend to brush off our symptoms, thinking they may be from overextending ourselves or taking on too much, but this may not be the case," says Dr. Lauren Weber, a physician at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Specialized Women's Health. Depression, hypothyroidism, vitamin-D deficiency, diabetes, and sleep apnea are among the issues Dr. Weber says could be the underlying reason for your fatigue. Sleep apnea is particularly common and worrisome because if left untreated, it can increase your risk for hypertension, stroke, and even heart attack. Focus on good sleep habits - like keeping the same bedtime every night and

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  • 6 Liquid Lipsticks You'll Love

    These formulas - which go on like gloss but last and last - are popping up all over. We tried dozens to find the best. By Gina Way, REDBOOK.

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  • Can Chore-Avoidance Actually Break Up a Marriage?

    As chore wars rage in the media, we couldn't help but wonder: Can little things like vacuuming actually make or break a relationship? By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.

    Household chores
    When it comes to fights about whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher, it's actually a clash of different personality types. Dr. Karyn Gordon, a relationship, marriage, and family expert, explains that there are 16 personality types, and only half of them are focused on organization, structure, and cleanliness.

    Since opposites often attract, one partner may be extremely neat, while the thought of dusting may not even enter into the other person's mind. "Explain that cleanliness is important to you, and you understand that it may not be that important to them," Dr. Gordon advises. Teach them what to do and calmly let them know why neatness is something you prioritize.

    Always choosing the restaurant
    "Some people are much better at picking movies and restaurants than other people, so it might be that one

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  • It's Now Okay to Break These Health Rules

    From the best time to have non-urgent surgery to what you should and shouldn't eat and drink, these new scientific findings suggest it may be time to tweak your routine. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.

    Your BMI should be between 18.5 and 25
    It turns out that carrying too little weight may be worse for you than packing too much. That's not to say we should eat chocolate cake daily - sorry! - but a new report suggests that those whose 25-to-30 BMI ranked them as overweight had the lowest risk of dying. Mildly obese people, with BMIs between 30 and 34.9, had no higher chance of death than those with BMIs that fell in the normal range. In turn, experts suggested that the definition of normal BMI - 18.5 to 25 - should be revised to exclude the lowest weights. The findings strongly suggest that other factors such as blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels must also be considered when it comes to assessing one's health, so be sure your keeping watch on your overall wellness.

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  • Take Yourself Out! 10 Super-Fun Solo Date Ideas

    You schedule time with your husband, kids, and friends, but sometimes you need to pencil in a little me-time, too. Make it fun with these solo adventures. By Gena Kaufman

    Finally complete a Pinterest project
    If you're a typical pinner, you probably spend hours saving images of beautifully prepared vegetables and DIY furniture makeover projects, but never seem to have the time to actually test out one of the ideas. Instead of you taking yourself out, send your husband off with the kids, gather your art materials or cake frosting tools, and have a crafternoon. Then, enjoy the fruits of your labor by munching on a few of those homemade salted caramels, or hanging all your necklaces on your new picture frame-turned-jewelry organizer.

    Tap into your inner techie
    Does your toddler know how to work the iPad mini you received for Christmas better than you do? The Apple store offers free workshops that can teach you how to do anything better on your gadgets - take photos, make movies, run your

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  • The Most Stylish TV Characters of All-Time

    These 15 fashionable leading ladies were a large part of what kept us tuning in. Watch the memories flood back with these reminders of the hot looks of their eras. By Julia Malacoff, REDBOOK.

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  • The 9 Sexiest Things You Do Without Trying

    It doesn't necessarily take a whole lot of effort to get your guy going. Nine men spill the the things you do that drive them wild - without even knowing it. By Gena Kaufman, REDBOOK.

    1. When you play dress up
    "Like most guys, I'm not that into shopping but it's well worth enduring it for a few hours when I watch my wife try on clothes. She will play with the top, cock her head to the side and bend one knee. It's the sexiest look I've ever seen. Luckily for the store employees, I maintain dressing room decorum. But barely." - Steven L., 34

    2. When you give him a challenge
    "I find it oddly stimulating when my wife brags about finding a big sale on something. We have a fun ongoing challenge between us to see who can score the best deal, and it's hot when she outdoes me. And underneath the silly game of it, I know that when we're saving money, we can put it towards our next travel adventure. Thinking of that makes me want her even more." - Michael Y., 31

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  • AMC to Jon Hamm: No More Going Commando

    By Lauren Le Vine. REDBOOK.

    It sounds like Jon Hamm's talent may be getting too big for AMC.

    As everyone waits with baited breath for the season six premiere of Mad Men (April 7!), some interesting news filtered out from the set. According to the New York Daily News, AMC had to ask Hamm to don (pun intended) underwear because "This season takes place in the 1960s, where the pants are very tight and leave little to the imagination." The source went on to reveal that "Jon's impressive anatomy is so distracting that they politely insisted on underwear." The AMC insider even revealed that the network had to do some Photoshopping in seasons one and two to cover up Hamm's distracting bulge.

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    Whether or not this rumor is true, the Internet already has a well-documented relationship with Jon Hamm's, um, allergy to underwear. A few years ago, someone managed to pull his or eyes eyes away from Hamm's handsome face for long enough to notice that

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  • Are We All Just Trying to Live Facebook-Worthy Lives?

    By Sarah Smith, REDBOOK.

    All this "lean in," "lean back" business: It's a smoke screen. It seems like it's a discussion about women's choices, but it's really about Facebook, and not just because Sheryl Sandberg works there.

    Why? Because we're all comparing ourselves to each other more than ever, and there doesn't seem to be a way to live a Facebook-worthy life, in a Pinterest-worthy home without a ton of money or somebody at home, documenting the adorableness and coordinating the towels. But let's be real: Most of us are just glad when there's a clean towel.

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    Whether women get what they deserve at work, and the complex emotions that come with deciding whether to stay at home to raise kids: These are worthwhile things for us all to think about - when we have a spare five minutes between reading a bedtime story and cleaning up the kitchen. But we'll all make our own decisions, based on who we are, how much money we have, and what our family

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