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  • Ivanka Trump's Guide to Looking like a Boss

    By REDBOOK

    Take it from Ivanka...

    You can dress prettily and still get the minions in your life to listen. Here's how she polishes it up.

    Ivanka Trump

    Go White For Summer

    "There's nothing I have more of in my closet than little white dresses. They're versatile and elegant, but sexy in a feminine way. And then I'll have a bit more fun with accessories--like a pair of neon sandals."

    You Can Never Have Too Many...

    "Cardigans. I stock up on them--I own tons. They go great over dresses and help them transition from season to season."

    If You're Going to Splurge...

    "A timeless piece of jewelry, like pearls or stud earrings, has lasting value. I bought a vintage ring for $600 with my first paycheck; I plan to pass it down to my daughter."

    The Hardest-Working Thing You'll Own Is...

    "A great pair of flats. I'm always running up and down buildings or around 800-acre properties for work--you can't do that in heels or flip-flops!"

    Related: Beauty by the Minute: The Perfect

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  • 5 Tricks to Make Cellulite Disappear

    By Cristina Mueller, REDBOOK


    Legs.USE A FIRMING CREAM

    Let's get this out of the way: There's no miracle cure-in-a-jar for cellulite. But "a firming cream that contains caffeine and hyaluronic acid may help disguise cellulite for up to eight hours," says dermatologist Doris Day, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University Medical Center. She says her patients love Estée Lauder Body Performance Firming Body Creme, $40.

    DOUBLE UP ON SELF-TANNER

    This might sound like Snooki's beauty regimen, but celebrity faux-tanner Jimmy Coco, whose clients include Kim Kardashian, swears by a two-layer technique. First, apply a self-tan lotion only to the bumpy areas (try L'Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion, $9.99). Then mist your entire body with a self-tan spray (like St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray, $35). "The contouring has a slimming effect that lasts several days," he says.

    GIVE YOUR THIGHS A RUBDOWN

    "Massage boosts circulation and plumps the skin,

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  • End-of-Year Teacher Gifts: Yay or Nay?

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    teacher"So...teacher gifts," began my sister's Facebook status, echoing dozens of other anguished statuses over the past week or so. School is winding up for the year, which means it's time for the annual end-of-class parties, yearbook signings, and existential angst over what to give your child's teacher to properly demonstrate your undying appreciation for their selfless service that will also not break the bank. After talking to my mommy friends, I've discovered that nobody really knows how to do that-not even the mommy organizing the class gift.

    Related: 16 Ways to Lose Weight Faster

    On one hand, our kids' teachers almost spend more time with them than we do, and their dedication and influence can't be overstated. On the other hand; however, there's a huge gray area between the apple kids used to give her (or him) and the BMW she probably deserves. The first problem is that there are no formal guidelines for this sort of thing. In corporate culture,

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  • 4 Secrets to Keeping Your Sanity as a Single Mom

    By Alicia Harper, REDBOOK

    There's no doubt about it: Being a single mom is tough stuff. Raising kids all by your lonesome self is not for wimps or softies. But it is possible, especially with these tried and true "Single Mom Secrets."

    Mom and Toddler

    Build up a savings account.
    It may seem like you don't have extra money to save every month because, well, you're pretty much doing everything with one paycheck. I know the feeling, and it's not a good one. However, I've learned that I can't rely on child support because the times that it actually comes are few and far between, and the inconsistency is not helpful at all. So trust me on this one: Start building up your savings account. Start small if you have to, but start somewhere. I have a certain amount of my paycheck automatically deposited into my savings account twice a month. At first I really missed that money (like, really missed it), but now I'm so used to living without it that it's like I never had it to begin with. More

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  • 30-Day Money Cleanse

    By Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK

    Start a Financial Plan

    Think of this four-week program as the money equivalent of a fat-busting juice cleanse. It's meant to shock you out of your financial rut and put you on a path to better spending habits that'll last forever. Pick a Sunday to get started. You'll use weekends to tackle long-range goals, and complete doable, satisfying challenges on the weekdays. By the end of the month, you'll have a solid budget, way less money stress, and a healthier bank balance. Like any cleanse, you'll see results fast. And you can eat whatever you want... except maybe caviar.

    30 Day Money Cleanse
    Day 1:

    The "weigh in": Know what you owe. Make a list of all your debts, along with the interest rate you're paying for each and your monthly payments. Do you have a mortgage? Student loans? A balance on credit cards? Did you buy a sofa on an installment plan? Owe any back payments to the electric company? Write them all down on a sheet of paper or in a Google document.


    Day 2:

    Now,

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  • Beauty by the Minute: The Perfect Summer Makeup

    By Kayleigh Donahue, REDBOOK

    Summer Makeup TipsIn 15 Minutes...

    Bring the drama with major eyeliner and juicy nails--the perfect balance of sexy and sweet. Pick a rich plum pencil, which is dark enough to define your eyes but easier to wear than black, and line your lashes, top and bottom. Start light and go as Cleopatra-esque as you want; finish by flicking up the line slightly at the outer corners (our favorite eye-lifting trick). Then even things out with a shimmer-free powder bronzer swept along your cheekbones and a pink-tinted lip balm. Final touch: Paint your nails a ripe tangerine color. Dee-licious.


    In 5 Minutes...

    Try an all-over mix of peach and gold makeup: These romantic, sunset colors flatter everyone. Rub a peach (or coral, if you have darker skin) cream blush along your cheeks. Then brush a copper-gold shadow on your lids up to the creases; for extra oomph, lightly dust it up to your brow bones. Top it all off with a swipe of creamy peach lipstick.


    In 2 Minutes...

    Throw on a

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  • 10 Reasons I Don't Care About TIME's Breastfeeding Cover

    By Joslyn Gray, REDBOOK

    Woman breastfeeding.You have to wonder how TIME's now-infamous "Are You Mom Enough" cover was planned out. I'm picturing their marketing and editorial departments sweating it out over late-night Chinese take-out at a conference table, trying to figure out how to drum up magazine sales.

    "I know! Let's create some kind of controversy, where absolutely none is needed!"

    "Great idea! Can we trot out the old working mom vs. stay-at-home mom debate? That one's always fun."

    "Nah, that's old school. Let's make it more personal."

    "Circumcision?"

    "Ew, no, not that personal."

    "Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding?"

    "Closer..."

    "Oh! I know! Let's make everyone feel bad about every choice they've ever made regarding their own mammary tissue!"

    "Sweet! Nothing sells covers like boobies."

    Here's the thing, TIME staffers, and I say this as someone who happens to have kids and breasts: I don't care. I truly don't care what other women do with their breasts. Assuming their kids are being fed,

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  • How to Keep Your Bride Body for Good

    By REDBOOK

    Keep off the weight.Fact:

    Half of all Americans who lose weight gain at least some of it back within a year, according to research published in the International Journal of Obesity. As the novelty of weight loss fades, so can the motivation to walk past your coworker's candy jar without reaching a hand in. But remember this: It's a lot easier to keep the weight off than it is to lose it all over again. And maintaining your slimmer shape is very possible--if you adopt these simple habits.


    Related: 16 Ways to Lose Weight Faster

    1. Step on the scale regularly.

    When weight comes back, it creeps up on you so slowly--one or two pounds at a time--that you might not even notice. J. Graham Thomas, Ph.D., a researcher for the National Weight Control Registry, which tracks 10,000 people who have maintained a weight loss of 30 pounds or more, suggests regular weigh-ins to catch a slip.

    Wedding Dress Challenger Lisa Barksdale said getting on the scale every morning showed her how different

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  • The Sexy Men of "What to Expect"

    By Lori Berger, REDBOOK

    Yes, there are men in the movie What to Expect When You're Expecting. And they have opinions! Read on for their nuggets about dads, dating, delivery, and more.

    Matthew Morrison
    Matthew Morrison

















    On labor and delivery
    :
    "My dad is a midwife, so I grew up hearing all these stories. I was so scared of sex! He'd show me every possible venereal disease and say, 'I delivered a 14-year-old's baby today.' When I was a senior in high school, I helped him deliver two babies. In fact, I want my dad to deliver my baby--what a great story that would be for my child to tell, that his grandfather brought him into this world. Though obviously, my wife would have to be okay with it!"

    Related: 50 Fun, Cheap Date Ideas

    JOE MANGANIELLO
    Joe Manganiello











    On sex and dating: "As a guy, a lot of your job is defining what the relationship is before anything physical happens. You have to talk about expectations and where this is going, and let the other person know

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  • 50 Shades of Beef: Why I’m Not Enjoying 50 Shades of Grey

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    Two weeks ago, I promised to start reading Fifty Shades of Grey in an effort to answer some questions all the media coverage had left me with, and because I was curious about this trilogy that started as fan fiction and has now spent several weeks occupying the top three spots on The New York Times Bestseller list. What is it that makes this book so popular?

    Fifty Shades of GreyThat question was incredibly easy to answer. I had heard that this book was like Twilight for grown ups, but I didn't realize that E.L. James has literally rewritten Twilight without the vampires. She's just added the sex that Twilight, as a YA series (with a religious message) could never adequately provide.

    But I'm sure E.L. James is untroubled by that fact as she rests her head on a giant pillow made of white tiger fur and stuffed with ruby and sapphires.

    With that in mind, I'd like to announce that I'm working on my first book. It's called: The Totally Non-Magical Adventures of Gary Porter,

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