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  • Fewer Women Than Ever Are Dieting, but There's a Catch

    Less women are dieting.Less women are dieting.Looks like all those "real body" campaigns might be majorly paying off in the self-esteem-boosting department: A new poll shows that fewer women than ever say they're on a diet nowadays. (Cue the applause!)

    By Natasha Burton

    Roughly 23 percent of American women report that they're currently dieting, compared with 34 percent in 1992. Which sounds pretty damn awesome to us. Though, before you try to get a crew of "real bodied" pals together to skinny dip in celebration, you should know that the same poll also found that 60 percent of Americans say they want to lose 20 pounds.

    Maybe we're all just so busy trying to balance work and life that sticking to a diet is kinda impossible? Though, we'd like to think that maybe fewer women are dieting because, while they may want to lose weight, they're ultimately happy with how they look. Or, even better: Perhaps instead of going on an official (or potentially gimmicky) diet, more women are just trying live healthier lifestyles.

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  • One in Four People Find Love Through Their Dogs

    Behold: puppy power!Behold: puppy power!Dogs are known as man's best friend, but they may also be your best matchmaker, too.

    By Natasha Burton

    According to a study by Pets At Home, one in four dog owners have found love while taking their pooches for a walk. (After all, who can resist a hot guy with an adorable puppy?) So, if you're single and looking, get your butt to a dog park.

    But not only can dogs help our love lives, the study also showed that owning a pet helps our social lives in general. One in three people say that they've made new friends just by walking their pets. So, if you don't score a date while taking your pooch out on the town, you may at the very least meet your future BFF.

    All the more reason to get a furry friend, we say.

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  • Oscar-Winning Wines

    Wines just as good as the movies.It's all about your viewing party on Oscar night, and I love how some people go crazy making all this food that matches the nominated movies. Well you should definitely do the same with your wine! For more fun wine tips, check out grapefriend.com

    By Alyssa Vitrano

    Les Misérables
    Ah, who wouldn't raise a flag for a simple French wine even a villager can afford? Beaujolais is a really light, fruity option made from the Gamay grape. Villages-level Beaujolais is completely affordable (and not as pricey as the Grand Cru ones, which are amazing). Try the strawberry, satiny Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2011 ($11) or the more mineral, drier Potel-Aviron Beaujolais Villages 2010 ($14).

    Django Unchained
    Django's a modern spaghetti western, so go for an Italian grape that goes great with spaghetti. The high-acid Barbera will be able to match the equally acidic tomatoes in pasta sauces and pizza. Most Barbera's grown in Piedmont, Italy and I really like Marziano Abbona Barbera d'Alba 2011

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  • Decode His Date Drink

    Find out what him loving a Bud Light means.Find out what him loving a Bud Light means.Decode His Date Drink His beverage of choice tells you more than you'd think about his dating MO. Here's what you need to know.

    By Cosmopolitan

    1. Craft Beer
    First Impression:
    Men who drink specialized beers, like IPAs, dig that they're a cut above plain-old brewskies.

    Translation: He nerds out over whatever he fancies, including you. He'll appreciate your quirks.

    Mascot: Danny on The Mindy Project

    Related: 5 Delish Cocktails for Men

    2. Classic Bud
    First Impression:
    Budweiser may be the king of beers, but it's the least showy drink ever.

    Translation: This guy's not interested in impressing anyone. He'll make you feel at ease, but if you want someone complex, he's not your man.

    Mascot: Richie in Magic Mike

    3. Scotch
    First Impression:
    Scotch is smoky, masculine, and...expensive!

    Translation: He's half woodsman, half businessman--but all manly man. He will treat you to nice stuff, but be careful: He may be too overbearing.

    Mascot: Don Draper on Mad Men

    Related: Decode How He Handles

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  • Best New Temporary Hair Color Products

    Forget natural-looking honeyed blondes and chestnut brunettes - the new way to make a beyond-sexy statement is with bright pops of rainbow bright hair color. From extreme looks like Nicki Minaj's Crayola-colored wigs to subtle styles like Lauren Conrad's dip-dyed pink ends, this smoking hot trend shows no signs of abating. Get into to the look at home with the best DIY sprays, chalks, and mascaras!



    By Tia Williams



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  • Makeup Looks Men Love

    Do the cat eye, he totally digs it.Do the cat eye, he totally digs it.Ever wonder what makeup look your guy likes but are too timid to ask? We tracked down some hotties who gave us their opinions on what turns them on when it comes to the makeup you wear. Get ready, girls, here are the answers to your burning cosmetics questions...so take notes!

    By Carly Cardellino

    1. Au Naturel
    "I like it when a girl doesn't wear any makeup at all. I know it sounds cliché, but it lets me know that she takes care of her skin and is confident in herself because she doesn't need to cover her complexion up with foundation or anything like that." - Dawson S.

    2. Smoky Eye
    "I love it when my wife wears a smoky eye. It's very sexy and mysterious." - Nick R.

    Related: 8 Things Men Notice About You Instantly

    3. Light Eyes, Light Lips
    "When a woman wears light sparkly shadow around her eyes that makes them glow and minimal lip color, I think that's the perfect makeup look. If her lipstick is too bright, I'm afraid to get in there and really kiss her if the

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  • Why You Should Slack Off at Work

    Sit back at work...Sit back at work...Okay, so what if you spend 30 minutes of each workday perusing Pinterest? You can jpoint your boss to this new study and tell her you're just working on "refocusing" your efforts.

    By Meagan Morris

    Seriously, though: Researchers from the University of Toronto found that so-called slackers at the office typically just are refocusing their efforts from one task to another when they seem like they're not doing anything. The researchers went on to say that managers should view this as a sign of adaptability-a good thing to have in today's ever-changing business climate.

    Related: Can Looking Too Young Hurt You at Work?

    Basically, this says that you shouldn't limit yourself to one task at a time. Instead, try to work on several different projects throughout the day to keep your mind sharp and fresh.

    The reward? You'll develop more work skills that will, in turn, make you more marketable in your industry. And more skills=more money. We can get behind that.

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  • Fragrances He'll Fall for This Valentine's Day

    Going on a hot date this Valentine's Day? Of course you are. Spritz on these eight fragrances to make him seriously weak in the knees.



    By Carly Cardellino



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  • The Sexiest Movie Hairstyles

    These movies feature hairstyles that are so show-stopping, we had to put them together in one place and collectively swoon. Need some mane inspiration? Here are 14 silver-screen approved styles.



    By Carly Cardellino



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  • 6 Ways to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

    These tricks will help you perk up.These tricks will help you perk up.Even if you don't have full-on Seasonal Affective Disorder (or S.A.D.), chances are you still get a little down in the winter. Just the fact that the sun sets at 4 p.m. these days is enough to make a grown woman cry. That's why we reached out to Nieca Goldberg, MD, for the best ways to boost your mood until spring.

    By Emma Barker

    1. Let There Be Light
    Part of the reason we feel so bummed out in the winter is that we're not exposed to sunlight as much as we are in, say, the middle of the summer. Enter HappyLight. It's a lamp that mimics sunlight in your gloomy apartment. It sounds hokey, but 30 minutes in front of one of these will pep you right up.

    2. Load Up On Tryptophan
    Foods like turkey, milk, and egg whites contain the famously calming chemical, but turns out it also boosts your mood. Aim to have at least one serving a day.

    3. Become a Home Chef
    Incorporate basmati rice into your diet to keep your blood sugar level even When your blood sugar is good, you feel more

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