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  • 5 Tips for Your Halloween Wardrobe

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    Party queen Violet Naylor-Leyland, founder of dress-up boutique site VioletsBox.com, reveals tips and tales from the costume bin.

    TIP 1: Make it two-for-one.

    Invest in pieces that are versatile, such as a kimono, which is a hugely popular costume - but can also be worn poolside or as a dressing gown. Corsets can also make a great non-dress-up party outfit.

    TIP 2: Theme your event.

    I like a specific theme because all the creative people bust a gut to come up with an original outfit. But a general theme can be brilliant, too. I went to a "Food" party, and there were such inventive costumes, like runner beans and Carmen Miranda - with an edible headpiece!

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    TIP 3: Just do it.

    If you're not into dressing up, add a little touch to your normal partywear - like a colorful tie or scarf or a wonderful hat - to help get you in the spirit. My best advice: Try it! You might like it!

    TIP 4: Be on-trend.

    Films impact costume

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  • 3 Halloween Candies that Are Actually Kind of Good for You

    StarburstsStarbursts1. Starbursts

    They contain real fruit juice, and one package covers 50 percent of your daily vitamin C.

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    2. Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms

    The nuts provide a dose of protein, while the dark chocolate offers antioxidants.

    3. Raisinets

    Raisins are one of the most nutritious (and sweet-tasting) dried fruits.

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  • 5 Aussie Designers Taking Over New York

    Karen WalkerKaren Walker

    These Australian designers are taking over the New York fashion scene, and you need to know about them! By Tara Lamont-Djite

    As an Australian fashionista hailing from Sydney, it comes as no surprise that I'm eager to champion some homegrown designers. But when I got a glimpse of the schedule during New York Fashion Week, I couldn't help but get even more excited than I normally do (blame it on my shopping addiction, but each fashion week brings a frenzy of I-want-runway-look-#14-now! hysteria).

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    For spring/summer 2014 there were not one but five designers making a splash on the New York

    TomeTomecatwalk. Zimmermann, a beloved Australian swimwear label that recently launched their first store on Mercer Street, showed at Lincoln Center for the first time. "In some ways the customer here is no different than our girl in Sydney-they appreciate a casual, sexy aesthetic and they value a point of difference on what you do," said designers Nicky and Read More »from 5 Aussie Designers Taking Over New York
  • 4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Cubicle or Office Space

    OfficeOfficeWhether you're in a cubicle or corner office, ensure that your work space telegraphs major mojo with these basic decorating rules from fashionista turned pro interior designer Cindy Greene.

    TIP 1: Splurge on organizational accessories. A neat desk suggests you've got all your bases covered-even if you don't. Invest in a matching desk set for all your loose pens, papers, and clips. (Search SeeJaneWork.com and Pinterest for fun finds.)

    TIP 2: Ditch the conventional desk. Instead, opt for a stainless-steel worktable sans drawers. (Stash your stuff in those spiffy desk accessories we suggested you invest in!) The sleek look works best in large communal spaces. (Try BluDot.com or JaysonHome.com for options.)

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    TIP 3: Visually toot your own horn. Line up every award, certificate, and framed photo taken with a VIP on a single shelf, above eye level, ideally a few feet below the ceiling where they're certain to be seen by visitors. They'll

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  • Who Needs Monogamy?

    Thoughts on a non-monogamous relationship?Thoughts on a non-monogamous relationship?

    Arianne Cohen and her husband have a happy-and open-marriage. Why they decided to try the brave new world of polyamory-and how they make it work.

    I'M UNDER THE COVERS WITH TIM, a burly video artist, ostensibly watching Mad Men on Netflix but actually making out. This happens most Tuesdays. My phone buzzes with a text from my husband, Thomas: "Have a good night, babe. Say hi to Tim."

    Thomas knows what's going on. We've been married for a year and in an open relationship for five, meaning that we're free to see other people. He likes not feeling shackled-before me he was in a 12-year monogamous marriage, and now he prefers freedom-and I enjoy the occasional variety, while improving my relationship skills tenfold. (When multiple men complain that you're not communicating well, you know it's time to change. It's like relationship-feedback boot camp.)

    It wasn't a smooth road to our current sexy landing. For starters, staying open was Thomas' idea. We met at a party five years ago

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  • Cheating Boyfriend? Sneakiest Snooping Moments Revealed

    SnoopingSnooping

    In a technology-filled world, the temptation to read your man's Facebook messages or snoop through his texts his overwhelming. But are you in the right to do so? By Diana Pearl

    When Emily Gold* logged onto her husband's email with dread pooling in stomach, she was hoping for the best. Instead, she was met with a rude awakening: clear cut evidence of her husband's affair scattered throughout his emails. Love notes, song lyrics, photos of the two of them together, but that wasn't all. The worst was a pro/con list, written by her husband, on whether or not he should leave her. "It was the worst thing I have ever seen with my eyes," Gold said.

    She's not alone: according to a 2011 study, 41-percent of women have snooped through their man's phone or emails. Modern technology offers a whole new variety of ways to spy on your partner. Looking through drawers and checking for lipstick on the collar is a thing of the past. According to a January 2013 poll by the Daily Mail, going through

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  • Four Step Guide to Turning a Friend into a Boyfriend

    Friend to BoyfriendFriend to Boyfriend

    From Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford, to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, some of Hollywood's most notable couples started out first as friends. But taking a friendship to the next level is oftentimes tricky and can require the utmost of care. So we asked Marie Claire love guru Siggy Flicker to help us navigate the steps ahead.

    After speaking with New Yorker Maddy Bloch, a fashion buyer too often caught in the "friend zone," Siggy crafted a step-by-step guide for those overlooked as "just one of the guys."

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    SIGGY'S Step-by-Step Rx:

    Tip #1. Turn up your sexuality and femininity in a way that's true to you.

    Tip #2. It's OK to go slow. Let the man chase you. It takes three to six months to get to know someone.

    Tip #3. End the date leaving him wanting more.

    Tip #4. Flirt! Compliment him, smile, and make direct eye contact.

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  • Dangers of Energy Drinks

    Rethink the Pink DrinkRethink the Pink Drink

    After a rash of deaths linked to its products, the high-octane beverage industry has gone through a female-friendly makeover. Are these drinks actually safer-or are marketers just trying to repackage a frat-boy favorite? Virginia Sole-Smith investigates.

    ON DECEMBER 16, 2011, 14-year-old Anais Fournier went to the Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Maryland, with her friends for an everyday teenage-girl afternoon of trying on clothes and eating at the food court. At some point, Fournier popped in to Gardners Candies and picked up a 24-ounce Monster Energy drink. The next day at the mall, Fournier drank another massive Monster. Afterward, she felt jittery; her heart beat erratically. Shortly after arriving at home, Fournier went into cardiac arrest. By the time the ambulance arrived, she was unconscious. Her parents spent the next six days at Johns Hopkins Hospital, praying for their daughter's life, but the damage to her heart and brain was too extensive. On December 23, they took her off

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  • Healthy Eating Tips for 3 Types of Travelers

    Healthy Travel TipsHealthy Travel Tips

    In planes, trains, or your own car, you're constantly on the move. These insider tips from nutritionists and trainers help you stay in tip-top shape, no matter the workplace conditions. By Crystal Meers

    1. THE COMMUTER
    You're a nine-to-fiver who wishes you could swap your to-and-from-work trek for the treadmill.

    SMART FOOD: Having healthy snacks handy is the best way to avoid falling into the vending-machine trap or the receptionist's candy dish. Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, author of The Beauty Detox Solution, recommends travel-friendly fresh fruit like bananas and oranges, along with walnuts, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. "And dates," she adds, "for sweet cravings." Swap the soda in the break-room fridge for cold-pressed organic fruit and vegetable juices. Los Angeles-based Pressed Juicery, a favorite of Nicole Richie and Zooey Deschanel, ships seven different kits-including Greens, Detox, and Celebration-with 12 drinks in each, nationwide.

    NO-EXCUSES

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