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  • Actress Amanda Righetti from 'The Mentalist' Shares Her Total Body Toner

    by Thailan Pham


    Courtesy of Amanda RighettiCourtesy of Amanda RighettiAmanda Righetti, who plays smoldering special agent Grace Van Pelt on The Mentalist, means business on screen and off. According to her trainer Marcus Pierce of Body Drama Fitness, she faces workout sessions with a bring-em-on attitude -- and it shows! Nearly nine months after giving birth to son Knox, Righetti's back on the red carpet looking as svelte as ever.

    "Working out is a huge stress reliever for me," says the actress. "It gives me energy and helps me clear my head."

    And Pierce isn't shy about giving props to his star client's incredible focus. "She inspires me with her hard work and dedication with such a busy schedule -- and a baby!"

    One thing that's important to the actress -- while pregnant and now as a new mom -- was incorporating serious calorie-burners into her routine. Helloooo, Plank Walkup! Even those of us not walking the red carpet can get a lot out of this total-body toner.

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    THE MOVE: Plank

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  • Why a Little Leather Jacket is Your Fall Essential

    Whether faux or real, we're seeing leather jackets everywhere this season. We've got 10 picks from steals to splurges.


    by SELF Staffers




    Even though fall temps here in NYC haven't dropped much below 70 (Indian Summer!), our fashion department is still obsessing over little leather jackets. This little essential is classic and structured but still sexy -- in other words, it's a must-have!



    Let's get right to it -- most jackets are going to be a splurge (if you go real over faux leather, you'll definitely drop some benjamins). But the beauty of this material is that it lasts forever.



    We've got picks from a $52 denim/leather mash-up (love!) to a lust-worthy motorcycle jacket (omg olive green!) for under $700. Start shopping now.



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  • Can Athletes Really Go Vegetarian?

    by Amanda MacMillan


    courtesy of/via Instagramcourtesy of/via InstagramWe love blogs about running -- the motivation, the practical tips, the reminder that there's a huge community of people who care about getting their miles in just as much as we do. The voice behind one of our favorite blogs, Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete, has a new book out this week that promises to be as inspiring and chock-full-of-useful-knowledge as his beloved blog.

    As a vegetarian (and, eventually, vegan) long-distance runner, Frazier has amassed a following of loyal readers over the years. But he still faces skepticism from those who think endurance sports and animal-free eating don't mix. To clear up the popular misconception -- and get some tips on fitness and healthy food -- I spoke with Frazier recently on his way to one of his first book signings.

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    What do you say to the people who tell you 'I do CrossFit' or 'I'm training for a marathon. I need protein?'
    "You absolutely do not need animal protein. If you

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  • How to Order Guilt-Free Buffalo Wings, Courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell


    courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wingscourtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings Heading to Buffalo Wild Wings (A.K.A. "B-Dubs") to catch a game, and don't wanna forfeit your diet? Fear not! There are low-cal options on their menu -- you just need to go in with the right strategy. And we're here to coach you.

    First let's talk sauce, since almost everything at BWW comes with a condiment. These small side sauces range from 40 calories to a whopping 320, so you've gotta shop smart. Stick to Sweet BBQ, Mild, Medium, Spicy Garlic, Hot, Hot BBQ or Wild sauces. Dodge the Blue Cheese, Ranch, and Southwestern Ranch.

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    As for food, there's no shame in the Naked Chicken Tenders. Order four and add a skinny sauce we suggested for just 225 calories. On the side you can still have a Veggie Boat of carrots, celery, and light ranch dressing for 110 calories, or split regular fries or Buffalo Chips with a friend for about 140. But heads up! The side salad has more saturated fat than an order of fries. If

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  • The Turband Trend: Why We're Loving it and Ways You Can Rock

    by Alexandra Samuel


    WireImage/Getty ImagesWireImage/Getty Images Oh my God you guys, did you spot Kourtney Kardashian rocking that adorable Jennifer Behr Leather Turban? It kind of reminds me of the shot of Vanessa Hudgens rocking the look over the summer. In fact, I feel like tons of celebs are pulling out the Turband* look, and maybe us fashion mortals should dive in head first for Fall too.

    *Yep, I said Turband. That's turban (think: Liz Taylor in the 1960s) plus headband. And before you run away chuckling, we think you should consider it.

    Rock it right and it's ultra-chic, not ultra weird. The secret? Choose a solid color Turband with clean but dramatic makeup. Translation: liquid liner, red lips, and black turband = Brooklyn boho perfection.

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    While we completely adore the leather turban look, unfortch some of us may have other things to spend $252 on (that's how much the Jennifer Behr one is). So, consider the adorbs kinder-on-the-wallet $30 stretchy version from Nasty Gal

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  • Five Ways to Hide a Muffin Top

    Nothing like a little pooch to make you self-conscious (and after a summer full of margs and barbecues, we're all feeling a little pooch these days). But with some styling magic, you can conceal that muffin top. Here's five ways to do it.


    by SELF




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  • How Much is Too Much Working Out?

    Work out, don't burn out. Here's how.
    by Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie


    Arthur BelebeauArthur Belebeau Do you work out every day and worry that you're "addicted?" Well, let's ask another question: Do you skip social events for an intense sweat session? Or how about being so sore or injured that you get less out of taking your favorite class? If the answers are yes, you're probably a classic overdoer. (Addicts are rare and need more help than we can offer in these pages.) To score the most from exercise, you only need to go hard three or four times a week. But in our more-is-better world, when CrossFit and killer boot camps are the norm, we fear this idea falls on deaf ears.

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    The fact is, hitting the gym too often can make you less fit. And, shocker: It can even pack on pounds. "The benefits you want from working out--getting leaner, stronger, healthier--reverse when you don't take breaks," says Holly Parker, Ph.D., a lecturer in the psychology department at Harvard

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  • Red Wine is the New Face Mask

    by Alexandra Samuel

    A glass of red wine is the classic end to a crappy day, but when you don't finish the bottle and it sits around 'til you dump it into some sauce -- or worse, down the drain -- it seems like such a waste.

    Until now.

    The geniuses at Estancia teamed up with the Hotel Bel Air Spa to whip up the most amazing DIY Vinotherapy recipes. Red wine is packed with antioxidants and resveratrol, right? So why not slather it all over your skin after a long day? (While also enjoying a glass the old fashioned way...)

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    One of their most remarkable recipes is Estancia Vino Tea Anti-aging Facial Mask.

    You'll need:
    * 1 tablespoon Estancia Monterey County Pinot Noir (or whatever leftover red wine is taking up space on your counter)
    * 1 green teabag
    * 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with active cultures (we like Siggi's)
    * 2 tablespoons organic raw honey
    * Start by pouring yourself a glass of wine (obvs). Then make a cup of green tea

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  • The Women at the 'Gravity' Premiere Gave Us Serious Leg Envy

    by Jacqueline Risser


    FilmMagic, FilmMagic, WireImageFilmMagic, FilmMagic, WireImage First off, how cool are the dresses Sandra Bullock, Jamie Chung, and Emma Watson wore to the NYC premiere of Sandra's film, Gravity, last night? Simple, but not-at-all boring, right?

    But take a closer look. You guys seeing what we're seeing?

    These ladies all have a set of killer legs, right?

    We're totally gushing over Sandra's toned quads.

    Our Fitness Editor, Marissa Stephenson, suggests a weighted lunge to score that awesome definition peeking out from her Grecian-with-a-twist dress:

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    Grab a set of 10 lb weights. While holding the weights at your side, step forward with one foot and lunge down to 90 degrees. Step back for 1 rep. Do 2 sets of 12 reps alternating legs. Don't go crazy though -- only do these every other day.

    If you want to go the extra mile, Marissa says you can tone your biceps at the same time by holding the weights 90 degrees to your body instead of at your sides. (I'm sweating just thinking

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  • Peanuts: 3 New Ways to Enjoy This Secret Superfood

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell


    Courtesy of Eating WellCourtesy of Eating WellPeanuts are classics at cocktail parties and the ballpark, but did you know they're also a superfood? They pack more protein than any other nut. Peanuts are perfect straight out of the shell, but we dug up some other ways to sneak this nutritious nut into your diet.

    * Brown Rice and Tofu Maki: You've likely had peanuts in Asian foods like Pad Thai, but have you ever had them in sushi? This recipe uses roasted peanuts to add a punch of protein, a great nutty flavor, and a nice little crunch to this Japanese favorite.

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    * Sweet Corn and Peanut Soup: Soup is the ultimate fall comfort food. You'll love cozying up to a bowl of this sweet-and-savory soup created by the Culinary Institute of America. Peanuts provide a yummy creaminess, while ginger and jalapenos add the perfect spicy finish.

    * Peanut Hummus: Tired of serving the same old hummus? Liven up the classic Mediterranean dip with this peanutty version. Try it with

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