Blog Posts by Marie Claire

  • Get Jessica Alba's $200/Session Workout for $15

    S.Granitz/Wireimage.comS.Granitz/Wireimage.comGo ahead and slash that gym membership from your monthly expenses. Celebrity trainer Ramona Braganza shares the simple, 40-minute at-home workout that got Alba and Halle Berry into fab post-baby shape.

    Follow her fat-burning program four times a week:

    10-MINUTE CARDIO: Jog for two minutes; run hard for six; jog again for two.

    STRENGTH TRAINING 1: Three rounds of 20 reps using 3-pound dumbbells.

    • Forward lunge with biceps curl: Curl weights up as you step forward; release arms down and back as you return to starting position. Alternate legs.
    • Reverse flys: Step forward with one leg, bend forward at the waist, and let arms hang. Raise arms, slightly rounded, to sides until they are in line with shoulders. Switch legs every 10 reps.
    • Lateral raise: Stand with arms by your sides; lift arms out to the side until they're in line with shoulders.
    5-MINUTE CARDIO: Alternate between 30 seconds of jogging and 30 seconds of sprinting.

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  • 4 Ab Exercises That Really Work

    Chloe WebberChloe WebberGet a sexy, sleek and healthy stomach with the best gut-strengtheners of all time. The first three work all your ab muscles at once; the fourth slims and strengthens your sides. Add one or more of these moves to your ab routine every time and say hello to a new bikini.

    Standard Crunch
    Lie with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor, fingertips lightly touching behind your head, elbows out to the sides. Contract your abs and let your head, upper back and shoulders come off the floor. Keep your chin one fist's width from your chest. Hold and squeeze for a moment at the top, then slowly return to the starting position.
    Beginner Tip: Don't pull your head with your hands! Imagine a rope pulling your body up from your sternum.

    Lie on the floor with your fingertips behind your head. Bend your knees and raise your legs above your hips, calves parallel to the floor. Bring one elbow to the opposite knee while pressing the other leg away from your body at a 45-degree angle. Alternate

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  • 10 Fat Busting Exercise Moves

    Our friends at fitness Mecca - Physique 57 have given us some fab exercise moves that are not only fun but really work! Tanya Becker, Co-Founder, Director of Training and Head Instructor of Physique 57 showed us the ropes. Tune in and feel the burn...


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  • Throw a Party for Less Than $100

    Saturday nights spent charging three-course dinners and rounds of Mojitos are so 2008. We consulted some of the craftiest tastemakers we know to help create the ultimate blueprint for an easy, rockin', cheap-ass party.

    "This is the perfect little bite," says Carla Hall, hootie-hooing Top Chef contestant and owner of Alchemy Caterers in Washington, D.C., of her secret crowd-wowing appetizer recipe that serves 10. "Just don't forget to put some love in it!"

    Parmesan Black Olive Shortbread With Goat Cheese
    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup rice flour
    2 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, finely grated
    1 tsp. salt
    8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    1/2 cup Kalamata olives, finely chopped and diced
    6 oz. goat cheese, softened
    2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
    Preheat oven to 350°. Mix flours, Parmesan, and salt in food processor. Add butter and process until dough forms. Add olives and pulse two times. Shape dough into a ball, then cut in half. Roll each

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  • Find money you didn't know you had

    J. Hetherington/Getty ImageJ. Hetherington/Getty ImageLaid off? Taking a pay cut? Call your cable company, turn on the waterworks, and hint at having to downgrade from premium - they could trim $10 from your bill and throw in six months of free HBO. How else might you find cash between the couch cushions of your life? We asked the experts:

    Haggle over everything. If you've paid your credit-card bill on time for the past six months, call and ask for a lower APR (this works about half the time, with an average savings in interest of 33 percent). If you carry a $9000 balance - the national average - and get your 20 percent APR reduced to 11 percent, you'll save $1000 this year. Also try it for mortgages, student loans, and car loans, says Jean Chatzky, author of The Difference: How Anyone Can Thrive in Even the Toughest Times.

    Start a bidding war. Call and threaten to switch cable or phone carriers because of a competitor's better offer, says Farnoosh Torabi, author of You're So Money. (Do your research so you can be specific about their

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  • What NOT to Say On a First Date

    That you're a 40-year-old virgin; that you're taking Viagra; that you played a major role in creating the sub-prime mortgage crisis: Hopefully, it's obvious that these are a few topics that would be best avoided on a first date. But perhaps there are some other matters that you're not so sure about. Like, do you talk about your ex? Your parents' divorce? Your joblessness? Let's discuss, shall we?

    Former relationships

    Best to avoid most, if not all, talk of these puppies till date two or three, at the very least, if you ask me. Otherwise, your date's romantic fantasies about you and him might be overshadowed by images of that other dude whom you've described as someone you're "still not quite over."

    Former non-relationships + other sexual exploits

    If I had a dime for every time I screwed up a date by getting nervous, drinking too much, and then attempting to regale my date with stories of my wild childhood, growing up in Jersey as a repressed Catholic

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  • I lived on coupons for a week

    Radu Razvan/WireImage.comRadu Razvan/WireImage.comWe're shopping our closets, brown-bagging our lunches, and thinking twice about every purchase...or at least we're trying. In an attempt to rein in my spending, I put the credit cards away and vowed to live frugally for one week, limiting myself to only discounted and coupon-subsidized purchases. Read a my daily coupon journal here.

    Here's what I learned:

    • Look for deals in your mailbox, your favorite stores, and online - but if you're not looking for them, coupons and deals are easy to miss. Between the "junk" mail I usually throw out without looking at, my local paper, and email offers, I had coupons for everything from grocery shopping and restaurants to haircuts and car tune-ups. Log on to save-check out four websites that can save you money.
    • When it comes to grocery shopping, think one week at a time. Doing one big grocery trip each month can mean missing out on a lot of deals, like the "Reduced for Quick Sale" section in your supermarket, which is full of
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  • How To Be Single AND Happy

    If you're like me - and just about every last one of my single female friends - you often think that you'd be happier if only you were in a relationship. But does being in a relationship really make you happier? And how can you make yourself happier, with or without a mate? I talked to Gretchen Rubin, the author of the popular blog The Happiness Project about all this. She had some great pointers for how single people can get more out of life-and maybe just find their way to a relationship in the process.

    1. Remember how much freedom you have, as a single person.
    Don't focus on what you think you're missing. Focus on all you can do.You don't have to coordinate your schedule with anyone else's. You have all the time you want to go to the gym, see old friends, make new ones, take classes, meet new people - whatever you feel like doing.

    2. Stop comparing yourself to other people who seem better off than you are - like everyone else who's in a relationship. The more you do that, the less

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  • Hairstyles in 5 Minutes or Less

    Ben GoldsteinBen GoldsteinQuestion: I only have five minutes to spend styling my hair in the morning. What are the best products to get a natural, wavy look?

    Answer: For soft but controlled waves, the trick is to layer your frizz-fighting products from shampoo to styling cream. Try Garnier Wonder Waves Shampoo and Conditioner ($3.99 each), which contain a small amount of styling ingredients to make waves more manageable. When your hair is damp but not dripping, emulsify a curl cream, like Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer ($18) or Aveda Be Curly Curl Control ($18), between your palms and apply to your hair, concentrating on the ends. Do not comb or brush your hair, because it will break up the curls and cause frizz.


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  • 4 Best Products for Curly Hair, Under $8


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