Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • How Psychics Could Be Affecting Your Dating Life

    Are women relying on psychics as a last resort?Could modern-day fortune tellers be the saviors of single women - of just purveyors of false hope? By Sarah Ivens

    After a year of radio silence, my friend Beth had got back in touch with some good news: There was a man. My friends and I finally understood her distance over the previous months: As many of us had embarked on the road to marriage and motherhood, Beth had been stagnant. But after a long period filled with heartbreak, divorce, and living alone, there was now a promising guy in her life. She could finally put her jealousy to rest and resume girls' nights out.

    "His name is Richard, and he's a lawyer," she said excitedly. "He's been married before but doesn't have children. He's handsome, successful, and clever, and he's going to adore me."

    Going to?

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    "I'm due to meet him next summer," she said. "We'll get married shortly after, have two healthy children immediately, and then move to a beautiful home in the country." As we

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  • Would Your Boyfriend Sue You After a Breakup?

    Is an expensive mojito on the path to legal trouble?

    When I broke up with my boyfriend, he served me with papers. By Kim Gamble

    Other than catalogs and bills, I rarely get mail. So I was delighted several months ago when I received an official-looking letter. For the few seconds it took to open the envelope, I held out hope it contained something good. It didn't.

    The letter was from the Civil Court of the City of New York. My ex-boyfriend Todd was suing me.

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    Over a DRINK?!

    A few months before, my ex had sent me an e-mail I'd ignored, asking to be reimbursed for money he'd spent on a vacation we'd taken to India. He wanted more than $900 - a figure that included a few big-ticket items like hotel and spa charges, as well as a comical number of smaller expenses, like $22 for appetizers and $18 for a scooter rental. Aside from being petty, this seemed wildly unfair. During the trip, our mutual willingness to pick up the check was one of the only ways we'd resembled a healthy couple.

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  • How to Get Over Your Insecurities

    Would you shudder at the sight of this perfect pedi?

    Can a woman who showers in Crocs and has sex in her socks ever sidestep her foot hang-ups? By Stephanie Fairyington

    It's a hot August night in 2010. My girlfriend and I are celebrating our second anniversary in Provincetown, a gay enclave in Cape Cod. I'm in an idyllic place with a girl I'm crazy about, yet anxiety gnaws at me. If I want to take our relationship to the next level of intimacy, I must show Sabrina my feet.

    It may seem laughable, but I've managed to keep my feet in shoes or socks the entire time we've been together. I wear Crocs when we shower together and socks every time we have sex, and avoid open-toed shoes - even in the midst of sweltering heat waves. Sabrina's feet - adorably dainty size 7s - heighten my anxiety. The thought of intertwining them with mine makes me feel like a well-cast brute in some lesbian version of Beauty and the Beast. Luckily, she possesses saintly levels of empathy - whenever we're alone, she actually dons Crocs and socks with

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  • Are You Exercising TOO Much?

    Like anorexics, fitness obsessives can't seem to stop. Tatiana Boncompagni on why more women than ever are going on workout benders, pushing themselves to dangerous limits. By Tatiana Boncompagni

    Women are pushing themselves more-and-more to dangerous levels while exercising.

    Celebrities do it all the time: In anticipation of a film or event, they whip post-baby bodies into top shape by training like madwomen - lunging, squatting, and tricep-dipping their way back into the size-00 kingdom of heaven.

    The good news for the rest of us: a) We aren't endlessly scrutinized by paparazzi, and b) it doesn't actually take that kind of high-intensity training to reach peak form. In fact, most experts agree that by pushing your body to the limits, you're more likely to get injured, sick, or burnt-out than reach HD-ready perfection.

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    A Rising Statistic

    And yet, more Americans are engaging in extreme exercise than ever before. According to Running USA, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, the number of

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  • How to Make Time for Sex EVERY Night

    How one writer makes room for sex in her schedule - every single day. By Agnes Dawson

    I have sex every day with my husband

    Recently I was having lunch with two married friends when the subject of sex came up, specifically an analysis of vibrators.

    "I don't use one," I said.

    "But without a sex toy, how do you get off?" one asked, with unblinking earnestness.

    "Well, I have sex every day," I replied. "Does that count?"

    Flatware clattered to the table.

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    Sexual Anomalies

    Looking at the statistics, I can understand my friends' shock. My husband and I are sexual anomalies. In a 2011 survey of adults in 26 countries, Americans have the least amount of sex, second to the Japanese. Half of married couples in the United States say they get busy only once a week - the rest, even less often.

    Barring an occasional bad mood or a particularly nasty fight, my husband and I have sex almost every single day. I've even done it with the stomach bug.

    It wasn't always

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  • How to Get Back on Your Feet and Find Love

    After the death of her husband, one writer attempts to rediscover love. By Rosie Schaap

    Finding love as a widow

    One March afternoon in 2010, I logged on to Facebook and glanced at my relationship status. My 42-year-old husband, Frank, had been dead for a month, but it still said "Married." Then, in a surreal, only-in-the-21st-century moment, I changed it to "Widowed." I hesitated, but I had to do it: No word but widow described what I was. Single said too little. I noticed the other options: It's complicated. Well, yes (what loss is uncomplicated?) and no: Death leaves you with zero options. Separated. I was that, too, but more drastic and sadder than the word usually suggests. Some hope that separation from their spouses might be temporary; mine could be nothing but permanent.

    So, at age 39, after seven years of marriage, I was no longer married; I was a widow. And this, the only appropriate designation, felt hard-earned. Frank's sickness and death belonged to him, but they had changed my

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  • 10 Post-Vacation Beauty Treatments

    Frolicking in waves and soaking up the sun on vacay is heaven for our moods, but tropical trips have the potential to wreak havoc on everything from our manes to manicures. To help bounce back post-trip, we tapped a trio of beauty professionals for their expert-rejuvenating tips. By Jessica Velez

    Kate SomervilleSunburn - Body
    Hey, we don't blame you for relaxing oceanside in the sand, but if you laid out sans UVA and UVB protection, then your skin is suffering at the helms of the sun's rays - which is almost sure to leave a mark. To help ease the burn, dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler advocates one surprisingly natural ingredient to treat the body. "Whole milk contains proteins and is a super-soother for sunburn and other skin irritations," she advises. For all-over body care, Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Body Lotion ($32) is up for the job.


    Clogged Pores

    Sipping sugary cocktails and gobbling up those endless vacation buffets might have left your pores as big and full as it did your belly.

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  • How to Relax and Get Your Best Skin Yet

    The bad news: Your anxiety over aging could be causing wrinkles, zits, and blotchy spots. The good news: You can - and must - relax. By Sarah Z. Wexler

    Stress affects skin

    The yoga class I'd signed up for to unwind was doing just the trick--that is, until the instructor stopped in front of me during corpse pose and told me to relax. "Try to cut the imaginary string that's furrowing your brows together," she whispered. "You're getting a stress wrinkle." Stress wrinkle? I wanted to tell this guru to namaste out of my business, but I had a hunch she was right. It doesn't take a genius to realize that the kind of stress that drives us to yoga class--or a third Diet Coke or checking our e-mail from bed--isn't good for our skin, but it may be more serious than we realize. "There are very few skin conditions that stress doesn't exacerbate: among them dryness, acne, rosacea, eczema, sensitivity, redness, and wrinkles," says Boston dermatologist Dr. Ranella Hirsch. It may even play a role in the development

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  • The Scary Truth About Vegan Diets

    Could the so-called healthiest diet in the world actually make you sick - and fat? Jessica Girdwain investigates the scary side of extreme eating. By Jessica Girdwain

    Vegan Diet Risks

    While veganism's draw is clear--ranging from the moral argument against eating animals to the health impact of overconsuming red meat--for many women, one motive is to lose weight. Trade the meat-packed standard American diet for plant-based foods and you'll slim down like you just stepped out of a fat suit. A small percentage of the American population eats animal-free (no eggs, fish, dairy, gelatin, etc.), but the number may be growing as proponents like Michelle Pfeiffer and a dramatically slimmer Bill Clinton praise its virtues. So why have other die-hard vegans like Ginnifer Goodwin and Megan Fox recently defected and (presumably) gone back to ordering medium-rare?

    Good in Theory

    There's no question that a balanced, well-planned vegan diet can be healthy. "Studies show that vegans have lower BMIs

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