Blog Posts by Glamour Magazine

  • Alternative Beauty: Make a Condiment into a Conditioner

    Sometimes the best beauty products aren't in the aisles of Sephora, but in your kitchen. Welcome to a new TGIBD feature I am calling Alternative Beauty, where I will subject myself to a variety of homemade beauty treatments and remedies and report back. This week, a favorite sandwich ingredient doubles as a deep conditioning treatment.

    Mayonnaise, which, in its purest form, is simply a combination of egg yolks, oil and vinegar, has long been rumored to be a highly effective conditioner. And while there are beauty versions of the remedy-Sally Beauty sells something called Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise Treatment-I wanted the real stuff. So I bought a jar-I opted for Trader Joes organic variety, versus Hellmans to avoid any extra additives-and gave it a go.

    After scooping the mayo out of the jar and combing it through my dry hair, all the while resisting the urge to add salt and pepper, I covered my head with a plastic shower cap (saran wrap will also work) I swiped from a

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  • Delicious: Even more patriotic than apple pie

    If it is true that there is nothing more American than apple pie, then I submit that there is nothing even more American than this totally ingenious apple pie with cheddar crumbles baked right on top. Wait for it! It totally makes sense. We are a country of go-getters, ambitious dreamers with ambitious dreams, and really, what's more ambitious than taking an already nearly-perfect dessert food that has long symbolized the beauty of America (i.e., apple pie) and making it twice as beautiful. And not only just twice as beautiful any old way--twice as beautiful with the addition of cheese. America, I salute you. And I salute the two fat Als who were kind enough and patriotic enough to have brought this kind of resourcefulness, creativity, and live wire enthusiasm to the world as a whole.

    Sticking to traditional apple pie? Try this delicious (and healthy) recipe from SELF--half the amount of sugar, still satiably sweet.

    Photo via TwoFatAls

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  • Crave: Organic, super-green paper goods from Whimsy Press

    WP-Notecard-Wildflowers.jpg Whimsy Press makes some of my favorite paper goods ever in the history of paper goods. There is something about having a gorgeously graphic little notebook to make to-do lists and grocery lists and notes about work almost bearable and even a little wonderful. They make note cards, holiday cards, gift tags, and calendars, most with recycled and sustainable materials and all of them so cute. But now, to my great delight, they're offering a line of adorable things called "Mixed Greens," a collection of cards and wrapping papers and accessories made with certified Forest Stewardship Council paper, soy inks, organic and biodegradable cotton, compostable packaging. It's feel-good loveliness. And if you place an order by October 31, you get 20 percent off with the coupon code GREEN. Then write your mom and tell her you love her.

    Use your Whimsy Press paper to create a happiness list--collecting together all in one place reminders of all the things that make you happy!


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  • Crabmommy: Kid questions that crack you up (or put you in a daze)

    We are living in uncertain times. And Crabkid feels it. She is full of tough questions and so she forces me to confront the big issues of the day, whether I'm ready for them or not, e.g., "How do you make a toilet?"

    She asked me that at the crack of dawn last Friday. And at breakfast, "How do you make a spoon?" And walking to school: "How do you make a country?" When I was younger I used to laugh at my aunt when her little boys asked questions that made her scratch her noggin for half-baked answers: What do whales drink? Do fish sleep? It's a cute stage cute in kids, yes, but one doesn't feel quite as cute when after many years of living, one still can't spill the answers, or at least, not without some serious hemming and hawing.

    After several slugs of coffee, I did manage to spit out something about "runny stuff in molds" for the toilet and spoon questions, but I know this is only the beginning of what is surely to be a long line of questions about the natural and man-made

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  • Election Cheat Sheet: Which candidate's economic spin best suits your family's needs?

    Money may make the world go round-but in the face of the upcoming election, which candidate's economic spin best suits your family's needs? Here's how the nominees' plans compare.

    --By JJ Ramberg and Jen Rogers


    The senator supports some changes to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) but would not call for increased funding. He supports providing school vouchers for families, which could financially assist parents who want to move their children from struggling public schools and which he believes will foster competition between schools. He also supports merit-based pay for teachers and bonuses for teachers working in troubled school districts.
    Families that can afford a portion of private- or parochial-school tuition might be able to use funds from their public-school districts to pay the rest of the costs.

    OBAMA: The senator wants to reform NCLB by changing the solitary emphasis on standardized tests and putting more funds into the law. He intends to

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  • Beauty confessions of the naturally gorgeous

    One of the weirder things about being a beauty editor is the perfect-looking people who consult you for solutions to their supposed beauty problems--even as you stand there gazing at them in disbelief. Such people are full of solutions they've already enacted, insisting that they would be completely disfigured if only they hadn't gotten "the problem" under control. But just because they're delusional doesn't mean they don't have great beauty tips:

    Vaniqa: This prescription cream minimizes facial hair, and not one but two stunning friends of mine insist that this product is the only thing standing between them and an alternate destiny involving Trotsky's goatee.

    Prescriptives AnyWear Multipurpose Makeup Stick. My former-model friend Christy whipped this cream foundation out of her purse one night on the way to dinner, smoothed it on till it was virtually invisible, and went suddenly from tired and blotchy to smooth, lovely perfection. Not that Christy can actually look bad,

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  • Replacing the irreplaceable wool scarf

    So, I washed my favorite wool scarf this morning. I just scooped it up with a bunch of sheets, and what was once the best neck warmer of all time (a long, soft swath of wool in light brown with a subtle check) is now a fluffy, shapeless, short mess that smells like a wet dog. It is beyond a bummer. And, because it's already freezing outside, I need a replacement immediately. What to choose? Should I go boldly patterned? Something more salt-and-pepper '80s? Or a more classic and bookish version, like this muted plaid? Incidentally, if, say, I was still grieving and unable to let go, does anyone know any way to fix a washed wool scarf?

    Had a fashion mishap? These simple tricks might just fix the problem.

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  • Delicious: Celebrate Halloween in your kitchen

    On the one hand, Halloween is all about the delicious, delicious candy. On the other hand, if you eat nothing except delicious, delicious candy, you will go into sugar shock and your heart will seize up and your eyes will roll back in your head, and in that condition, how can you eat even more candy? So I would suggest that maybe it is prudent to save a little room in your stomach and a little piece of your heart for actual, nutritious food. If you can make it Halloween-themed, it might even be just as good! Nearly.

    Heidi of 101 Cookbooks, a site that is as dear to our heart as candy, has pulled together a collection of Halloweenesque recipes from the misty, water-colored archives. Start with a roasted pumpkin salad, move on to Thai-spiced pumpkin soup, and then, who are we kidding? Back to the sugar, with caramel apples and pumpkin pies. You have to save some of that candy for the kids, right? But they can't have any pie.

    For another great pumpkin recipe, check out SELF's Spicy

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  • Avoiding food allergies

    You can't allergy-proof your baby, but you may be able to reduce the likelihood of allergies developing.

    The best predictor of whether a child will have food allergies is if her parents or siblings are allergic-not just to food, but to anything. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, if one parent has any kind of allergy, the estimated risk of the child developing allergies is 48 percent; the child's risk grows to 70 percent if both parents have allergies. So if they run in the family, you might want to take some steps to limit your child's exposure to common food allergens. Here are some recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

    Don't eat peanuts during pregnancy: It's been shown to increase the incidence of peanut allergy in children. Studies are inconclusive regarding other allergens, such as eggs, milk, and fish--and given the essential role of these foods in providing balanced prenatal nutrition, no dietary restrictions are

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  • Daylight Saving Time prevents heart attacks?

    Anyone who knows me well knows that one of my personal pet peeves is Daylight Saving Time (Rant Warning: I hate it! I hate that I have no choice in the matter! I hate that time is arbitrary! I hate that you're borrowing an hour in the fall that must be paid back in the spring! I hate that I have what is essentially a week of unnecessary jet lag twice a year! Hate! Ire! Contempt! Gah!). But one interesting component is that scientists have noted a reduction in heart attacks on the Monday following the switch in the fall. They theorize that fewer people are having MIs because they use their extra hour to get some extra shut eye.

    Here are 5 ways to get better sleep tonight!

    Um, holy crap?!

    Seriously, that's an impressive statistic on the power of sleep, and I'm kind of amazed that it's buried in a boring news item about Daylight Saving Time. An hour of extra sleep reduces heart attacks. Conversely:

    ...moving clocks forward in the spring appeared to have the opposite effect. There

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