Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • 7 Cheap and Cute Summer Date Ideas

    Date IdeasDate Ideas

    Skip the expensive brunches and the standard dinner and a movie date - you do not need to have deep pockets to enjoy some creative summer dates. Here are some invaluable ways to spend more time (and less cash) with your significant other this summer - you can't put a price on that.

    1.
    Beer Festival

    What is better than a nice cold brew on a hot day? Bonding over 100 different types of hops anywhere from Germany to Brooklyn. Check out beerfestivals.org to see what festivals are in your area. Not a beer person? Take a look at localwineevents.com/festivals for local wine tastings.

    Related: 10 Guilt-Free Summer Snacks

    2. Baseball Game

    Instead sitting in the nosebleed section, get front row seats to a minor league baseball game on the low. Add in a hot dog, a beer, some team spirit, and it's batter up time. Check out milb.com for $5 dollar ticket prices in your area

    Related: 30 Dates That Spice Up Your Relationship

    3. Street Fairs

    Street fairs or parades are a great way

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  • 5 Tips for Healthy Summer Hair

    Hair ConditioningHair Conditioning

    For frizz-free beach days and glossy sunny highlights, top stylists reveal their best thirst-quenching hair recommendations. By Ning Chao

    1. KEEP CONDITIONING

    Just as your body needs water to survive, your hair must replenish its moisture to stay healthy. "Conditioner for hair is like water for the body: You're always going to need it," says hairstylist Lorraine Massey, founder of Devachan Salon in New York City. So if you're a dry-shampoo fan, add moisture, even if you're not washing. The time-saving formulas of dry shampoos are designed to soak up oil, leaving hair lackluster. To rehydrate without wetting, spritz a dry conditioner on thirsty ends every two days.

    Related: 3 Different Top Knot Tutorials

    2. GO GENTLE

    People are talking about sulfate-free shampoos, but even gentle surfactants (which create suds) can fade color and cause parched scalps and strands. "Lather removes moisture, but a cleansing conditioner contains essential oils that wash hair without

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  • 6 Surprising Health Risks of Sitting at Your Desk

    Sitting at the deskSitting at the desk Dry eyes? Weight gain? You might not realize what being parked at a desk is going to your body. Here, cubicle-caused issues and their surprisingly easy fixes. By Ashley Ross


    1. DIABETES RISK

    Stressful job environments can raise women's risk of heart attack by 88 percent, but those who sit all day also have a greater chance of developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at the University of Leicester Departments of Health Sciences and Cardiovascular Sciences.

    Prevention: To keep your blood pumping, take a quick break once an hour to walk to the elevator or watercooler.

    Solution: A study in England tested sedentary workers' caloric burn by placing small pedal machines under their desks for four weeks, and found using the machine for about 23 minutes a day helped. Try the Aerobic Pedal Exerciser, sold on amazon.com.


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    2. MISALIGNED HIPS

    A female's wider hip sockets put more pressure on hips, knees, and

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  • 6 Health Mistakes Smart People Make

    Health MistakesHealth MistakesThe little things you can fix right now to keep your body healthy and happy in the long run.

    MISTAKE 1: Dropping pounds with diet drinks.
    A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that people who sipped one diet soda a day for seven years were 41 percent more likely to be overweight than non-soda drinkers. The reason: Diet drinks often lead to overeating as people "spend" the calories they just saved on a second slice of pizza or a cookie. There's also evidence that artificial sweeteners may whet your appetite for more sweets.

    THE SOLUTION: Sip water, coffee, or unsweetened tea. If you crave a sweet taste, add a half teaspoon of sugar (just 7 calories) or natural agave syrup (10 calories) to coffee or tea. If plain water is too bland for you, try a flavored unsweetened water.

    Related: 45 Secrets To Your Best Body EVER

    MISTAKE 2: Skipping the second opinion on a major condition.
    It could alert you to alternatives your first doctor never mentioned or even correct

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  • 9 Signs You're About to Get Fired

    Getting FiredGetting Fired

    No one likes to be caught unaware, especially when it comes to your career. Thanks to Monica Wofford, an expert in leadership development, you don't have to be. After chatting with Wofford, we've rounded up the top nine signs you're about to get the axe at work. By Diana Pearl.

    1. Distance: When things get bad, they can get awkward. And when things get awkward, people tend to run in the other direction. An impending termination is no different. If your boss seems aloof and stand-offish, it could be because they aren't sure how to deliver the news. Take to heart that if they didn't care about you, they'd fire you without a second thought.

    Related: 5 Secrets of the Highest-Paid Women

    2. More Work, Less Play: Laughs less common around the office? The jokes you once shared with your superior now few and far between? This could be a sign that a serious discussion is on its way.

    3. The Dreaded Call: Getting an unexpected call from Human Resources is a sure-fire sign that big

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  • 4 Must-Try DIY Nail Designs from the Experts

    Just when you thought cool nail art was best left to the pros, Marie Claire asked the world's top experts to create exclusive looks you can do at home (really). By Jennifer Goldstein

    Jessica TongJessica Tong

    1. Nails By: Jessica Tong

    @jestongnailart

    The Look: This fierce, tribal-inspired design is the handiwork of New York City-based artist Tong, who showcases her work behind the scenes at photo shoots and fashion shows on her Tumblr (jessicatongnailart.tumblr.com).

    How-To: Apply two coats of (1). Let dry. Paint a V-shape on the tip of each nail using (2), and allow to dry. Lay down an inverted V-stripe of (3) on each nail where the two base shades intersect, and allow to dry. Finish by using (4) to outline the white stripe and draw a zigzag through it, then fill in half the zigzag with tiny stripes.

    1. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Erda, $13. 2. CIRQUE Nail Lacquer in Bejeweled, $15. 3. BUTTER LONDON Nail Lacquer in Cotton Buds, $15. 4. SALLY HANSEN Nail Art Pen in Black, $7.

    Related: How to Look

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  • The Day I Stopped Falling for Jerks

    Falling For JerksFalling For Jerks

    After years of dating charismatic, brilliant, slightly off-their-rockers men who were never that into her, Laura Fraser learned to quit chasing unavailable guys and embrace real love. By Laura Fraser


    I recently came across a photo of a sexy Brazilian man I had an affair with a few years ago. (OK, I Googled him.) When I saw his sly smile and unruly black hair, I couldn't help thinking that, by comparison, my live-in boyfriend wasn't quite as darkly seductive or exciting.

    I met the Brazilian in line for a film screening while visiting Manhattan from San Francisco. I was convinced I'd found my ideal man: intellectual, witty, artistic, and hot. We spent a passionate week together, and when I left town, I thought I was leaving behind a new long-distance boyfriend-one who, it turned out, didn't like to call or e-mail...ever. I thought our fling was the start of a relationship; he thought it was a fling, period.

    Disappointing, but it fit my usual pattern. I would fall for a

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  • 6 Professional Work Tips to Memorize Now

    Professional TipsProfessional TipsSo you need a mentor, your calendar is a mess, and you double booked yourself - maybe your professional life is in a bit of a slump. We spoke with a black belt in business - Teresa Taylor, the author of The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work/Life Success - for some fast, confidence-boosting tips for your professional life. Her credentials? She's the COO of a Fortune 200 and a Board Member for multiple companies, like T-Mobile USA (we're sure you've heard of it). Teresa gave us the lowdown on how to seek out a mentor, combine your calendars, and that "confidence is key." What do we recommend doing after you read this? Take Teresa's six tips, print them out, hang them up on your desk, and conquer the professional world.

    1. One life, One Calendar

    "This literally means to put your personal and work calendar together. People often try to have one life at home and at work which becomes conflicting - you start missing things, they overlap or you just forget about them. One of my most

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  • 7 Workplace Blunders and How to Avoid Them

    Workplace BlundersWorkplace Blunders

    Putting in the hours and still not getting that promotion? Here's why. By Hannah Seligson

    1. Taking things too personally - A thick skin is the ultimate office survival tool. Taking the daily gruffness of an office atmosphere personally is, frankly, a waste of time. Perhaps your boss is being terse with you because she can't kick her nicotine addiction. Maybe she is fighting with her boyfriend or husband. Or, quite possible, she's just having one of those days. Whatever the reason, taking workplace hostility personally is an unnecessary distraction that will surely stymie your climb up the ladder.

    2. Not asking enough questions - Judy Woodruff, a senior correspondent for NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, put it like this: "College didn't teach me how to be a reporter, so I asked a ton of questions and learned that way." In addition, ambiguity is often the source of many office issues. Therefore, ask questions, clarify expectations, and don't be afraid to clarify your clarified

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  • 10 Must Eat Beauty Foods

    Healthy Foods for SkinHealthy Foods for Skin

    Chow down on Lisa Drayer's top 10 beauty bites, like antioxidant- and zinc-rich oysters, dark chocolate, and blueberries for a clear complexion.

    1. Wild salmon
    A primo source for omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce skin inflammation, preventing redness, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. It's also potent in antioxidants and vitamins B and D.

    Related: 7 DIY Skincare Treatments

    2. Low-fat yogurt
    In one word, calcium. Good for strong bones, nails, and teeth. One cup of plain low-fat yogurt has more calcium than a glass of skim milk.

    3. Oysters
    The best source of zinc, period. Zinc helps build collagen, which supports the structure of skin and speeds up renewal and repair.

    Related: 10 Guilt-Free Summer Snacks

    4. Blueberries
    Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that prevent long-term cell damage.

    5. Kiwifruit
    Another good source of antioxidants, kiwis are also a great source of vitamin C and potassium, all which help prevent wrinkles.

    Related: 10

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