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  • Inside NYFW Day 5: Surf, Sand and a Quirky Front Row

    by SELF Staffers

    Courtesy of Lindsay HugginsCourtesy of Lindsay HugginsLadies, in case you didn't know, it's New York Fashion Week (NYFW) -- and some of the world's hottest designers are showcasing their Spring 2014 collections. Each day, one of our fashion editors will be sharing their favorite moments from inside the trenches. Tody, Senior Fashion Market Editor Lindsay Huggins shows us her favorite moments from today's shows. And even though summer just ended, we're ready for 2014 after watching Tommy Hilfiger do his thank-you wave from a set of beachy dunes.

    MAJOR TREND ALERTS: Sporty details and SKIN. We showed you the exposed zipper on an otherwise prim dress at Kate Spade, and the cut-out trend we saw at Herve Leger and Jill Stuart is not disappearing anytime soon. At Tommy Hilfiger, the sportiness went next-level with the designer's use of surf-style fabrics, zippers and cut-outs. We're in love.

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    PEOPLE WATCHING #FTW: We've never seen a front row so fun -- this was snapped at Karen Walker today.

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  • Taylor Swift Rocks Cut-Outs, Looks like a Grown-Up

    by Jacqueline Risser


    Getty ImagesGetty ImagesYou guys, how fantastic does Taylor Swift look?

    Looking at this snapshot, you almost forget that this is the same wholesome girl who dressed up in gowns and penned songs like "You Belong With Me," "Love Story," and, our guilty pleasure, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."

    Course, she's still our every-girl, whether she's singing along to her fave band or wearing short-shorts on stage.

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    But we are totally blown away by this red carpet look she wore last night to the premiere of the movie, One Chance, at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Sophisticated and sexy all at once, right?

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    We love the cut-outs, and not just because we love showing a hint of skin here at SELF, but T Swift is so ahead of the trend! Our fashion editors are spotting cut-outs all over the runways here at New York Fashion Week for Spring 2014.

    Also on our lust-list? That dressed-up ponytail. Fun

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  • Study Drop: Hookah Smoke Contains Same Toxins as Cigarettes

    by Amanda MacMillan

    photo: Yanes,Romulo Aphoto: Yanes,Romulo AHookah bars and lounges are gaining popularity among young adults, even as smoking rates decline and cigarette bans spread through bars and restaurants around the country. But is one actually safer than the other? According to new research being presented today at the American Chemical Society annual meeting, maybe not.

    The truth is, doctors and scientists are really just beginning to establish the known health risks and safety issues surrounding hookah, a type of pipe that is used to smoke tobacco that's passed through water. But researchers at the University of Cincinnati have taken some initial steps to quantify the dangers, studying both hookah smoke and the unsmoked version of "shisha," the type of tobacco used in hookahs.

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    The researchers found that both the tobacco and the smoke it produces contained lower levels of four toxic metals also found in cigarette smoke: arsenic, lead, cadmium and chromium. However,

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  • Katy Perry's Body Looks Uh-Mazing in Her "Roar" Video

    by Jacqueline Risser

    via Youtube, mad screen capture skillz by @jackierisservia Youtube, mad screen capture skillz by @jackierisserHave you checked out Katy Perry's music video for "Roar" yet?

    Wait, let us rephrase that: Have you checked out Katy Perry's seriously fierce body in her music video for "Roar" yet?

    Every minute in the vid marks a new body part the singer shows off. And we're totally body-crushing. We love that Katy looks strong and fit, yet super feminine, too.

    Look at those guns! They're gorg.

    Try these moves for sexy arms in case you plan on rocking a Tarzan bra anytime soon. [Ed. note: Maybe I am, Jax. -RJ]

    Also on our Katy Perry bod wishlist? Those abs, baby.
    via Youtube, mad screen capture skillz by @jackierisservia Youtube, mad screen capture skillz by @jackierisser
    Toned, but not at all man-ish, right? Pay a visit to our Ultimate Guide for Flat Abs, then rock out in a midriff top before we bid adieu to warm, sunny days.

    Of course, we can't forget her killer legs under the Indiana Jones-inspired look/teensy grass skirt.
    via Youtube, mad screen capture skillz by @jackierisservia Youtube, mad screen capture skillz by @jackierisser
    Oh, wait, you don't live in the jungle? You're in luck -- it's all about showing off your legs this fall.

    And now, we present to you, Katy Perry's "Roar"

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  • Inside NYFW Days 3 and 4: Lots of Skin and MAJOR Accessories

    by SELF Staffers

    Courtesy of Amber Herring and Lindsay HugginsCourtesy of Amber Herring and Lindsay Huggins Ladies, in case you didn't know, it's New York Fashion Week (NYFW) -- and some of the world's hottest designers are showcasing their Spring 2014 collections. Each day, one of our fashion editors will be sharing their favorite moments from inside the trenches. Accessories Editor Amber Herring and Senior Fashion Market Editor Lindsay Huggins catch us up to speed on what went down over the weekend. PS: Like the look above? It's Amber's from Saturday.

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    SKIN IS IN:
    Both at Jill Stuart and Herve Leger, slits, cut-outs and unique shapes confirmed that the skin-showing trend will remain -- and become even bigger -- for Spring/Summer 2014. Maybe we should start working on our midriff-baring bellies and miniskirt-ready legs now?
    Courtesy of Amber Herring and Lindsay HugginsCourtesy of Amber Herring and Lindsay Huggins

    Courtesy of Amber Herring and Lindsay HugginsCourtesy of Amber Herring and Lindsay Huggins

    SHOES WERE THE WORD:
    From show attendees to the pastel presentation from Isa Tapia, shoes were a huge focal point of the weekend. At Rebecca Taylor, there was a meeting of everything from spiked heels to comfy-cool

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  • Study Drop: Every Minute of Brisk Activity Counts

    by Amanda MacMillan


    photo by Riccardo Tinelliphoto by Riccardo Tinelli Think just one minute of exercise won't do your waistline any good? Think again: According to a new study, women weigh nearly half a pound less, on average, for every 60 seconds of high-intensity, heart-pumping activity they cram into their days. This is pretty much great news for everyone: Those of us who are on-the-go, those who don't always have time for a full-on workout and anyone who is really kinda busy at all.

    You've probably heard the usual prescription: Aim for 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a day, right? It's fine to break it up, experts say, but current guidelinesrecommend making those chunks no less than 8 to 10 minutes each, in order to really activate your body's fat-burning potential and to sizzle a sizable number of calories.

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    But University of Utah researchers wanted to see if even shorter periods of exercise could have a weight-loss benefit -- so they outfitted more than 4,500 men and

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  • 3 Delicious and Unusual New Ways to Eat Superfood Avocado

    by Sarah-Jane Bedwell


    Courtesy of AmuseYourBouche.comCourtesy of AmuseYourBouche.com If you are an avocado fanatic like I am, you're probably already well aware that they're a great base ingreident in recipes beyond an amazing guacamole. You may have even enjoyed sneaking some avocado into your smoothie, blended it into a luscious chocolate pudding or even tried avocado-based ice cream. But I bet you (probably) haven't had an avocado risotto, creme brulee or crispy avocado fries -- all of which are totally and utterly delicious. Think outside the bowl (and the pit) with these swag new ideas.

    * Avocado Risotto: A classic creamy dish, risotto is made even better when you add some avo. Not only does the mild avocado flavor pair perfectly with the herbs and other ingredients in this recipe but it also lightens-up the traditional version since the risotto's creaminess is coming from the heart healthy fats in the avocado, rather than the usual saturated fats from cream and butter.

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    * Avocado Creme Burlee: Although we

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  • Elizabeth Banks Has Salad for Dinner, is Left Hungry

    by Jacqueline Risser


    photo: Tyler Boyephoto: Tyler BoyeFunny lady (and unabashed girl crush) Elizabeth Banks tweeted that she had herself a "wonderful" salad last night. But being the comedienne that Banks is, "wonderful" doesn't mean "wonderful." See what we mean:



    Elizabeth, we feel you. And we're here to help:
    * Maybe give these satisfying salads a try?
    * Perhaps this sizzling bikini-body salad?
    * Or next time, go crazy and try some lettuce cups?

    Ugh, now we're hungry, too.

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  • by SELF Staffers


    photo: CN Digital Studiophoto: CN Digital Studio SELF's mental health expert, Catherine Birndorf, M.D., is here to help.

    There's a wide range of normal when it comes to baby love. Some women have been dying to become a mom since they were playing with dolls. Others never want children, and still others have no desire until the urge suddenly strikes at age 25, 35 or later. Biologically, the ideal time for women to have kids is in our late teens and early 20s, when our eggs are healthiest. But that's only biological!

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    Sociologically speaking, it's a few years later: The average age of first pregnancy in this country is 25 and creeping up, so it might be that the desire or right circumstances to even consider it won't come along until long after our bodies are "ready." Try not to worry about what everyone else is doing, and remember that just because you're not feeling it now doesn't mean you won't get the mom bug later--or that you won't be a terrific mother if you ever

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