Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • 13 Bad Habits to Avoid If You're Single

    Why can't we have THIS when we're single?

    By Rich Santos

    While some of us associate single life with loneliness,
    a ticking biological clock, and social pressure, it's possible to live a healthy life while single. But you must avoid bad "single life habits." They are all too easy to perform and repeat, and sometimes you don't even know you're doing it until you stop and think about it. These habits can bring on depression and loneliness, and they can also prevent you from meeting someone.

    Here are some behaviors to avoid when single:

    1. Letting Other Balls Drop

    Ok, so your dating life isn't going the way you want it to. Make sure you don't let other parts of your life slide. They say "when it rains, it pours," but you can avoid that.

    When you're single, you have an opportunity to work on your career, and on yourself. After that, the dating stuff usually falls in to place. Remember not to let other parts of your life trend downward just because your dating life is at a low.

    Yesterday at the

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  • What Does Your Hair Color Say About You?

    A blonde fashionista goes blonder.A star colorist analyzes why we go lighter, darker - and a little crazy - in the salon chair. By Kyle White as told to Ning Chao

    There's a reason why one of the first things fugitives do when they're on the run is dye their hair: Hair color is an identity-when you change it, you can become a different person. Fugitives tend to go dark because they want to hide and disappear, while most celebrities tend to go lighter and lighter because they crave the constant spotlight.

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    In fact, a lot of clients come to see me when they're going through life changes. Sometimes it actually helps bring out what she's feeling inside-or how she wants to feel. What else can you do in two hours that completely transforms you (but that can be undone, unlike plastic surgery)? I see so many women drastically changing their color at the end of a relationship that I've coined it the "breakover"-instead of a makeover. I think it's an intricate part of the healing

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  • 7 Ways Guys Try to Act Aloof & Mysterious

    Playing hard to get is the oldest trick in the book, but does it work?

    The most frustrating girl advice is: "act like you don't care."

    How (and why) should I act like I don't care about someone that I'm interested in?

    I can understand the rationale. I'm attracted to women that are gloriously unavailable.

    It is this aloofness that I strive to master. I can't seem to get the mix right: I'm either not aloof enough or (when I try to be aloof) I look uninterested.

    In addition to creating "a chase," aloofness creates mystery. The person might wonder, just who is Rich Santos (even though it's clear I'm just a dumb guy who likes the Ravens, Ramen, and chicken tenders...and sleep).

    My main weakness is my tendency to wear my heart on my sleeve and remain honest with my affection and intentions.

    Here are some aloofness tactics I've tried:

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    Sending Mixed Signals

    One moment, I'll be affectionate, totally paying attention to you. The next minute, I'll be a little distant.

    Sending mixed

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  • 4 Female Misconceptions About Sex and Dating

    4 Female Misconceptions About Sex and Dating

    By Rich Santos

    The other day - thanks to my friend Bob "Hilarious Break-Up Lines" Powers - I received a copy of a strangely entertaining memoir-cum-sexual-instruction manual called How to Make Love to Adrian Colesberry, written by none other than Adrian Colesberry himself. The book - often funny, occasionally odd, always honest, and frequently filthy - is all about Adrian's experiences with his former lady-lovers. It's full of tips and insights about how to have good sex - and it's written as a direct address, as if Adrian were telling you, the reader, everything you needed to know to have the best sex possible ... with Adrian Colesberry.

    I decided to ask Adrian to tell me what he thinks the biggest female misconceptions are, when it comes to sex and dating. Here's his take.

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    1. Many females think men like blow jobs because they're degrading to women.
    "The truth is," says Adrian, "we mainly like it because nothing makes us

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  • The 5 Moves You Need to Get Toned Celeb Legs

    Check out these killer legs walking down the runway.

    Start with dumbbells that are at least 3 to 5 pounds and gradually work up to using 8 to 15 pounds, depending on the exercise.

    Start by performing one set of one to 12 repetitions of each exercise, and work up to doing three sets of 10 to 12 reps. Do this workout two to three times a week with a rest day in between.

    Move slowly during the first set of repetitions. For the second and third sets, move more quickly, but with control so that you do not swing through the motions.

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    Fit in 30 to 90 minutes of cardio activities per day, such as walking, running, cycling, swimming and dancing. You can break this up into shorter bouts throughout the day.

    1. Squats

    Hold a weight in each hand above each shoulder, palms facing in. Stand with your feet hip-width apart, toes pointing forward. Soften your knees and lift your ribcage away from your pelvis to lengthen your spine. Tighten your core muscles to maintain your

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  • Hollywood's Top 4 Beauty Treatments

    A holistic facial - the secret of star's beautiful skin.Ever wonder how celebs get in shape for a stroll down the red carpet? Here's why they're so photogenic.

    Maybe she's born with it, maybe she's a Tinseltown celebrity who has access to the most state-of-the-art beauty treatments available on the market. Walking the red carpet takes more prep than simply dialing up your top stylist, makeup artist, and hair guru. You already know that Tracie Martyn's Resculpting Facials and Botox are old standbys, but here's a guide to the latest and greatest beauty regimens of the box office's biggest stars.

    1. Lash Extensions
    Makeup Mandy
    For $350, you can bat longer, thicker lashes applied by a certified technician that last four to eight weeks. Also available? Eyelash Tinting, $30, another new Hollywood favorite.

    Famous Fans: Adrien Brody (random!), Vivica A. Fox, and Leighton Meester

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    2. Detox Package
    The Arcona Studio
    Celebs flock to Santa Monica in order to detox and lose weight on the double. For

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  • Katie Miller: A Beautiful Mind

    Katie Miller: A Beautiful MindKatie Miller is among the small group of women diagnosed with autism. She's also a gorgeous artist who's never been on a date and has difficulty meeting new people. But to her, being autistic isn't the disadvantage it might seem. By Alissa Quart

    For several years, Katie Miller, a 27-year-old artist based in Parkton, Maryland, 30 miles north of Baltimore, found inspiration in newborns. She nudged her friends, family, and neighbors to allow her to photograph their tiny babies so she could paint painstakingly detailed portraits of them. That work would take hours, so Miller tacked handwritten notes to the walls reminding her to eat and take breaks. "I am so extremely focused that I don't realize I'm hungry or have to go to the bathroom," she explains. "I only later realize my muscles hurt from sitting in one position for so long."

    That unwavering intensity isn't just the mark of a die-hard artist. Eight years ago, Miller was diagnosed with autism, the neurological and

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  • Gina Keatley: From Homeless to Pro Chef Who Opens Her Own Soup Kitchen

    Gina Keatley: From Homeless to Pro ChefOne woman took the kindness she experienced in soup kitchens as a child and opened her own. By María Eugenia Miranda

    At the age of 4, Gina Keatley - along with her 12-year-old sister and 15-year-old brother - left her parents. She didn't understand what was going on at the time, but she knew that she had to say goodbye because her father had gotten into legal troubles and her mother had health problems that prevented her from caring for them. In order not to get swept into the foster care system, Keatley and her siblings did everything they could to stay together.

    "I think that's where I really learned that you have to decide your own future," says Keatley, 30, who is now a chef living in New York City.

    Keatley and her siblings spent their childhoods moving from state to state, often living in their car or wherever her brother found work - at funeral homes and with mentally ill patients.

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  • 4 Must-Try Sex Positions

    4 Must-Try Sex PositionsYou on top? Him on top? On the floor? Outside? We asked women to give us the down and dirty about what gets them going every time. Here, four positively orgasmic sex positions to steal.

    MAYA, 26, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
    FAVORITE POSITION: We're standing. I face my boyfriend and wrap my legs around his torso. He puts his hands beneath my butt and lifts me up and down while thrusting into me. I call it "The Claw."

    WHAT MAKES IT SO HOT: I'm a very independent woman, but I occasionally love being dominated. My partner is in total control here-I don't have to do a thing! It may be a physically demanding position for him, but it makes me feel virtually weightless- and totally orgasmic.

    FUN PROP: The Claw is even more fun when you're greased up, so slick yourselves down with Johnson's Baby Oil Gel beforehand. But practice it dry a few times first so you don't get hurt!

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    MAJESTA, 28, NURSE'S ASSISTANT/ NANNY
    FAVORITE POSITION: I lie on my back with my legs over my

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  • 5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat Every Day

    5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat Every DayThe new trend among the weight conscious? Eating more. Don't focus on consuming less of the "bad" foods - aim to incorporate more of the good foods into your diet. Not only will you feel less deprived, but you'll also end up being too full to crave the junk. Try these five nutritional superstars for a result that's even greater than the sum of its wholesome parts. By Hannah Geller

    1. Spinach
    For $1.50, the price of a large bag of spinach at most grocery stores, you can reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis, lower your cholesterol, and raise your I.Q. Spinach is an excellent bone-builder, containing vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium. It's also high in flavonoids, plant molecules that act as antioxidants, which have been shown to prevent breast, stomach, skin, and ovarian cancer. Spinach is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, which not only keep you from getting sick in the winter, but also de-clog your arteries and reduce heart disease.

    Spinach contains

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