Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • Hair of Ages: 5 History-Making Bob Cuts

    Get Your Bob OnGet Your Bob On

    Wavy bob, straight bob, blunt bob - we like 'em all - especially with a bang. Check out some of our favorite statement bobs throughout history. By Liana Satenstein

    1. Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

    This fiercely independent gal kept her hair short while leading France to several victories against England during the 100 Years War and while she was imprisoned. The saint's wide-faced bob resurfaced in France almost five hundred years later, becoming the hair trend du jour of the early 1900s.

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    2. Louise Brooks (c. 1928)
    An American dancer and actress, Louise Brooks is credited with bringing the bob into mainstream fashion during the '20s. We dig the cropped edges and blunt bangs - just this past week, Miley sported a similar bleach blonde 'do.

    3. Shannyn Sossamon (2002)
    With her short and wispy locks, Sossamon was the queen of the early 2000s bob. This style is still popular even a decade later. In fact, Lena Dunham herself

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  • 5 Things Your Man Doesn't Know About Fashion

    Men and FashionMen and FashionGuys don't understand your need to find the perfect pair of shoes to match that one dress you just bought. We get it. He doesn't. Here are five things your boyfriend definitely doesn't know about fashion that you should probably tell him. By Lodro Rinzler

    1. We don't know what you mean by "color palette"

    I remember when I was in my early 20s, a gay friend of mine came to visit from out of town. He took one look at me and said, "I think we should go shopping." That day he took me to a store and showed me two color palettes: the brown/green world and the blue/grey world. It revolutionized my life. I had no previous concept that my outfits were clashing; it was like a veil was lifted and I've been able to shop for myself ever since. Your guy is likely in the same boat so take him out and show him how certain colors compliment others.

    2. We don't know how to be creative with accessories

    Most men think a tie is the be-all, end-all of accessories. Let your guy stand out from

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  • For Love or Money?

    For love or for Money?For love or for Money?

    Julia Scheeres wanted a provider, but she fell in love with a man who earned way less than she hoped and drove a beat-up pickup. The sex was great, but how much was true love worth? By Julia Scheeres.

    AT THE BERKELEY CAFÉ WHERE WE MET, Tim leaned on the table, his T-shirt riding up over his curved biceps. I've always gone for swarthy types, and with his dark Irish eyes and widow's peak, he was even sexier in person than in his online-dating profile photo. Unlike other first dates who yammered on about themselves ad nauseam, Tim asked a lot of questions. I took a sip of my cappuccino and fantasized about him lounging in my breakfast nook, clad only in boxers. "Enough about me," I said. "What's your line of work?"

    "I'm a graduate student in American history," he said. "I hope to teach someday." I put my cup down. Had he mentioned this in his profile, I would have deleted his message instantly.

    I know that might sound shallow, but let me explain. My dad was a surgeon; my

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  • Cheese Plate 101: Building the Perfect Platter

    Cheese Plate 101Cheese Plate 101A well-composed cheese plate is guaranteed to be a show-stopping hit at any party you're hosting this holiday season. With its practical setup-the appetizer requires no oven time and little more than a large board and a few basic knives-the only challenge is choosing your cheeses. For some stinky, delicious guidance, we turned to Jason Sobocinski, owner and founder of New Haven's award-winning Caseus Fromagerie Bistro.

    Shop: Buy 1 to 2 ounces per person per cheese, and limit yourself to 3 to 5 cheeses total-just enough to keep things interesting, but not so many that the options become overwhelming.

    Curate: Try to include one of all three milk types (cow, sheep, goat), and look for an exciting mix of geographic regions, flavors, textures, and colors.

    Plan: Cheese tastes best at room temperature, so take it out of the fridge at least an hour before serving.

    Prepare: Make sure your serving board is large enough to comfortably hold everything. Arrange the cheeses-and

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  • Why You Won't See Jackie Kennedy's Pink Suit Until 2103

    Jackie Kennedy's Pink SuitJackie Kennedy's Pink SuitJacqueline Kennedy's wardrobe was chock full of enviable outfits, but perhaps none is more firmly engrained in our collective memory than the pink Chanel suit she wore the day her husband, the nation's president, was killed. She wore it all day, refusing to take off the blood-splattered suit at the hospital in Dallas or on the flight back to Washington where Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president. "Let them see what they've done," she said.

    Related: Photos JFK, Jackie O and Their Adorable Fam That Will Melt Your Heart

    It has since become a symbol of the tragic day. As New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn put it, "If there is a single item that captures both the shame and the violence that erupted that day, and the glamour and artifice that preceded it, it is Jackie Kennedy's bloodstained pink suit, a tantalizing window on fame and fashion, her allure and her steely resolve, the things we know about her and the things we never quite will."

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  • How to Get Kate Middleton's Highlights

    Kate Middleton's Highlights Kate Middleton's Highlights We talked to Allison Gandolfo of the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman to get the low-down on the royal color.

    We're all for going the wallet-friendly route and coloring your own hair on the bathroom floor. However, if you want to look like Kate Middleton, it's better to let the professionals take over. Read on for exactly what to tell your colorist when you're in the chair.

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    1. ALWAYS bring in a photo to give your colorist a better idea of the look their trying to achieve.

    2. Explain that you'd like your base color to be an auburn-brown with chestnut highlights framing the face, at the hairline and at the nape of the neck.

    3. For added brightness, ask for select highlights at the mid-shaft and ends of the hair.

    Related: How to Look Great in Every Photo

    4. The Balayage method is best to achieve this look because it is free-form placement of the highlights on the hair (this is how Kate Middleton achieves the

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  • 8 Dresses for Under $100

    Between hostess gifts, office parties, and holiday trips, this time of year can feel like it's all about budgeting. But that doesn't mean you should let your style suffer. We've got 15 dresses that'll help you look your best without breaking the bank.

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  • What Your Favorite Holiday Says About Your Personality

    Favorite Holiday Favorite Holiday That pitter-patter you feel in your heart every time you think about dressing a turkey, decking the halls with boughs of holly, or getting down to "Thriller," could tell you more about yourself than you might imagine. "What people love about life is on display when it comes to what holiday they prefer the most," says Kit Yarrow, a consumer research psychologist and professor at Golden Gate University, and author of Gen Buy and the upcoming Decoding the New Consumer Mind. Here, she breaks down what type of person you might be-whether it's New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day that sends you into celebration overdrive.

    If you love Thanksgiving, you may be a nurturer The recipes? Check. The ingredients? Check. The set table? Check. Hours in the kitchen toiling over a hot stove? No problem. Your guests' smiles upon finishing the feast? It is those responses that will make you do just about anything to carve out this holiday as your own. "Nurturers can even get mad if someone else steps up to

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  • 10 Food Terms to Know NOW

    Food Terms There's no doubt that culinary culture is having a moment. Expanding your foodie knowledge will make those steep prices at no-reservation hotspots worth the hours-long waits. Avoid menu mishaps by familiarizing yourself with these commonly misunderstood food items.

    1. Pan Roasted
    While delicious, pan roasted is not the healthier option you might think. Generally, pan roasting means cooking meat or fish in fat, and continually basting it. If you're looking for a lighter option, stick with a grilled protein.

    2. Confit
    While the French word confit simply means "preserved," the culinary term refers to cooking meat, vegetables or fruit at a relatively low heat in either fat (meat and vegetables) or concentrated sugar syrup (fruit.) If a menu lists meat (usually duck) served confit, it means that it's been cooked in its own fat, rendering it unbelievably tender. Vegetables confit are prepared in oil, while fruits confit are cooked in a very thick sugar syrup.

    3. Lardo vs Lardons

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  • How to Interpret His Texts

    Texting 101 Texting 101 Shocked or just bored by what he's texting you? Our dating expert tackles text messages his lady friends have recently received, deciphers them, and then offers you the perfect analysis.
    For more text advice, take a look at Text Messages from a Guy (and What to Reply).

    TEXT: "I swear we gotta hang when I finish cross country in about 3 to 4 weeks."
    I am guessing that this guy is younger, in college, and not used to being attentive to a woman's feelings, but his lack of flattery is striking. If he had said, "I've been having a lot of fun with you" before this statement that would at least indicate he's thinking about the good times you've already had. Here, he's just listing you as something to do on his to-do list (pun intended). His intention is good: he does want to see you and is just very busy with running. I have a friend who ran in college and it did take over his life. I get that. So don't think he's blowing you off. I'm guessing he's all for blowing, but in a very

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