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  • Life Advice from the Ladies of Girls

    Your favorite Girls are back.Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna - the characters on HBO's Girls - are not the best people to look to for advice, especially on things like success in the workplace (reminder: rape jokes are always taboo in a job interview), dating, or handling stress. However, Cosmo spoke with the actors who play those characters at the premiere for season three of Girls and they dispensed sound advice on important matters like motherhood and butt acne. Here's some handy life advice straight from Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, and Zosia Mamet:

    By Darla Murray

    1. Lena wants you to remember that we share the sky, so don't vandalize it:
    "I hate skywriting and it's not just about Shia LaBeouf. It's about the concept of skywriting entirely. Tell them yourself; why do you have to put it in the sky? We share that thing!"

    2. Lena says if you piss someone off, say by turning them into a character on your hit TV show, don't be afraid to hide:
    "I try to be generous and let them

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  • 8 Steps to Clean Out Your Closet and Reset Your Style

    The idea of cleaning your closet is probably enough to induce a mild panic attack.

    By Charles Manning

    Just the idea of cleaning out your closet is probably enough to induce a mild panic attack. It's full of everything from embellished peasant tops to bandage mini skirts and there's a whole dark area at the back that you don't even try to access anymore. At this point, you probably couldn't name half the clothes in your wardrobe if your life depended on it, let alone make outfits with all of them that you would actually want to go out in. It's not your fault. This sort of thing just happens. Fashion is wonderful and fun and exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. There's always more and more stuff and you want it all. You walk into a store or go online and all the beautiful things you see intoxicate you and you start buying things, unsure of how or where to wear them and the next thing you know your closet is full of things you never wear and you need a running start just to get the door closed. It's time for an edit, but it's not enough to just get rid of

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  • 20 Fashion Rules You Should Resolve to Break

    20 fashion rules that were made to be broken.

    By Charles Manning

    1. No white after Labor Day. White is amazing - white shoes, white dresses, white jeans, white everything. Assuming you can keep it clean, white makes you look fresh and awake and tan and completely pulled together, all desireable characteristics, no matter what time of year it is.

    2. You shouldn't wear white to someone else's wedding. You shouldn't wear a wedding dress to someone else's wedding, but that's no reason you can't wear white. You're not going to steal focus or upstage the bride simply by wearing a certain color.

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    3. Don't let your bra show. An errant nude bra strap falling down over a bare shoulder is one thing, but with all the beautiful bras out there, it would be a shame not to show them off once in a while. Just make sure to frame it in a way that feels intentional. Layer a long-line bra under a sheer top or unbutton a sweater to show off the middle of a pretty lace demi-cup

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  • 12 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Person

    When dealing with the utmost in hormonal women, choose your words very carefully… By Michelle Ruiz

    1. "Oooh, you're getting BIG." (In a terrible singsongy voice.)
    You're probably just referring to my belly, which really is getting big. There's a baby in there, and she might become the president or marry Prince George or be a ballerina, or all three, and it's wonderful! But pregnant people already feel large, because they're actually two people. So as a golden rule, just avoid the word "big" and let the words "tiny" and "Gisele" flow freely.

    2. "So… how much have you gained?"
    Some people actually think a fun conversation topic would be disclosing how much weight you've gained. In what world?! I fully understand that a healthy pregnancy means gaining weight. But that doesn't mean I am excited about disclosing the precise numerical value of my all-time high number on the scale like some sort of reverse Biggest Loser finale.

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    3. [Leaving an emoji whale as a comment on one of my Instagrams.]
    My

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  • What Guys Say Vs. What They Really Mean

    Guys aren't really complex or nuanced in terms of how we communicate.

    By Frank Kobola

    Guys aren't really complex or nuanced in terms of how we communicate. For the most part, what we say is what we mean. I realize women assume there's subtext to our statements, or that we play mind games, but our mind game is not playing mind games. It's like Inception if there were no dreams at all and everything going on in the movie was happening at face value. With that in mind, here are some things we say, and what we really mean when we say them:

    1. When you present us with a choice and we say, "I don't care, you pick." We literally and absolutely mean it. There's no pressure on your end. Whether the question is, "What should we get for lunch?" or, "What bouquet will look better at our wedding?" we know it's a decision better made by you. Maybe we're avoiding a potential fight, or maybe we know we're just out of our element. Your best response at this point is just to make your choice and never look back. Oftentimes, these situations can result in weird

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  • 26 Signs He's Cheating on You

    If you think your guy is acting shady, chances are he is.

    The Editors

    If you think your guy is acting shady, chances are he is. Trust your gut - but when in doubt, see if he's indulging in any of these shenanigans.

    1. He tells you he isn't really ready for a relationship early on.Yet he continues to talk to you and lead you on in a way that seems serious. You just go with it because he is cute, seems genuine, gives you attention, and you might just think he'll change and realize you're "the one."

    2. He puts his phone on airplane mode. That way you can't see incoming texts when you ask to see pictures on his phone that you guys just took of each other.

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    3. He wears a man ponytail. AKA ponymale.

    4. He takes his phone with him every time he goes to the bathroom.

    5. He has more friends that are girls than you do, and he only has a few guy friends.

    6. You haven't met a lot of his friends even though you hang out with him a lot. They're always busy.

    7. His phone battery seems to

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  • 9 Bra-Fit Secrets You Absolutely Need to Know Now

    You know your bra doesn't fit right. You look at yourself in the mirror and you can see that something is off. Maybe the straps are digging in or the back is riding up. Maybe your cups are gaping or your back is bulging. Recognizing that there is a problem is easy. It's figuring out how to fix it that's the hard part.

    By Charles Manning

    "A lot of women just hold onto their bras for way too long," says Michelle Lam, founder and CEO of online bra boutique, True & Co., and overall bra-fit badass. "If you're the kind of woman who wears the same bra every day, you need to be prepared to replace it every 3 to 4 months." The reason, Michelle says, is that bras stretch out over time, especially if you have a larger bust, since your bra has to work that much harder to support you. "Think about it: if you're wearing your bra for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 4 months, that's over 10,000 hours of wear time. Of course it's going to get stretched out!" You can prolong the life of

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  • A Complete Translated List of 16 Backhanded Compliments

    "I love that outfit, you're so brave." I'm wearing a bodycon dress, not saving twenty-seven handicapped orphans from a burning schoolhouse.

    By Anna Breslaw

    1. You look so skinny!
    As opposed to before, when you had Velveeta running through your veins instead of blood.

    2. You look so healthy!
    You look fatter than you did last time I saw you.

    3. [if your hair is not straight naturally, but you straightened it for a day] Your hair looks so good today!
    When you tone down your unique physical attributes to align with conventional beauty standards, you actually look kinda pretty!

    4. You're pretty for an [ethnic group.]
    Thanks? You're about as ugly as most racists are.

    5. Your shoes look so comfortable.
    Ew, those are such sad "I-don't-even-try-to-be-a-woman-anymore baby boomer hag with three wolf moon t-shirts who lurk in the self-help section of Barnes & Noble" clogs.

    6. You're such a strong person.
    If I had experienced the series of misfortunes that comprise your miserable, lonely

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  • 6 Ways to Look Hotter Than Everyone Else on New Year's Eve

    You'll be sexy no matter what on New Years Eve!It doesn't matter if you're going out or staying in - everyone needs a fun New Year's Eve outfit! Whether you're hitting a friend's house party, taking the cheap flight home after the holidays, or braving the crowds to watch your local ball drop equivalent in person. Here are six great outfits that will help you kick off 2014 in style. Here's to a freaking awesome 2014!

    By Charles Manning

    1. House Party
    You never want to be too dressed up when you're heading to a house party, whether it's a low-key hangout with friends or an up-all-night rager. A tuxedo jean is festive, but not too dressy. A fun, colorful sweater offers a laid back, approachable vibe (wear a cute top underneath in case you get too hot). Flats will ensure you're comfortable enough to last the whole night, even if you can't find a place to sit down.

    2. Home Hangout With Your Boo
    Sometimes staying in on New Year's Eve can be even more fun than going out, especially if you're with your lover. Heighten the

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  • 22 Signs You've Been Doing Too Much Partying

    How many of these signs do you recognize? By Amy Odell

    1. You find cash money in your pockets that you forgot you put there four days ago when you last wore those jeans.
    You feel excited when this happens, like it's money you just earned instead of money you almost lost.

    2. You have "befriended" door people so that you can cut the line at da club.
    If you are a man, this means you have determined just how much cash you have to slip your door comrade in order to cut the line. If you are a woman, this means you rush up to the velvet rope as soon as you arrive with your girlfriends and flutter your hands in a waving-like fashion while shouting "Derek! Derek! Hey babe! Missed you!" all fake-like. Air kissing happens.

    3. You are still drunk and outside when the crazy fitness people start jogging in the morning. And this will either make you giggle wildly as you and your friend bond over how you're the biggest badasses of all time (LiLo circa 2009 got nothin' on us! etc.), or - if you are in the cursed state of being

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