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  • Sporty Flats Are Your Must-Have Spring Shoes

    by Amber Herring

    We can hardly believe it, but it's almost time to store those clunky waterproof boots that have gotten you through this Polar Vortex of a winter. So you know what that means -- time to start thinking now about your go-to spring shoes!

    To our delight, sporty flats in all styles and colors will flood the stores this spring, summer and fall. Now don't get me wrong, I love a good heel (I am an accessories editor after all), but these flats are awesome because of the options: slip-on and low top sneakers, smoking flats, menswear-inspired oxfords and loafers. And many steal sportswear styles, like perforated leather, mesh, color blocking and stripes.

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    And did I mention the comfort level? No more lugging an extra pair of shoes for your commute.

    But don't limit flats like these to casual attire. Many designers paired them with skirts and dresses on this season's catwalks. Check out our tennis-inspired fashion story to see

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  • Steal Julianne Hough's Fitness and Beauty Secrets

    Loving the single life means dinner parties, dancing and being happier, busier and hotter than ever. And that's why you should steal her tips. Now go behind the scenes at her photo shoot.
    by Erin Bried

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    Spend a year single.
    "I'm a relationship girl, and I feel so grateful for the ones I've been in. They've been excellent--I've been hurt but never angry--and they've helped me grow to be who I am today. But my goal has been to be single for an entire year. There have been moments when I'm like, 'This sucks!' But my dad used to say to me, 'When you feel happy with who you are, you won't need anybody to fill a void.' So for now, I'm focusing on my work and my soul. I honestly don't care if I meet somebody or not. I'm just loving life on my own with my own two feet on the ground.

    Take a great selfie.
    "Get the Camera+ app, set it to night exposure, take the picture 20,000 times and use the Instagram Mayfair filter."

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    Work a dinner

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  • "Switched at Birth's" Vanessa Marano Shares Her Easy Move for Better Balance

    by Thailan Pham

    WireImageWireImageAre you ever that chick in the gym who's really just counting down the minutes till you're done? Well, you're in good company. Actress Vanessa Marano totally feels your pain.

    "I trick myself into working out by mixing things up: hiking, yoga, kickboxing, or a few of these awesome moves you can do at home," says the Switched at Birth star, who works out with trainer Derrick Cox.

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    When she's not out on a sunny trail or pushing back into downward dog, Marano is a fan of balance moves like the side step-up with a stool or fitness step. This one works your core, legs and (duh) balance. A bonus? After doing them regularly, "You'll feel a lot less shaky the next time you're wearing heels, trust me!" she says.

    Even though she's only 21, Marano stays focused on the fact that she wants to still be fit and healthy by age 90. (Uh, is this chick ahead of her years or what?) "I use that to motivate me," she says. "That, and the

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  • The Number One Yoga Pose to Try

    by Marissa Stephenson

    Courtesy of Yogi CameronCourtesy of Yogi Cameron

    If you've ever wished for your own yoga guru, you're in luck: Today's #TrainerIntel taps Yogi Cameron, a former model turned go-to instructor to celebs like Maria Menounos. Besides one-one-one teaching to stars and appearing on TODAY, The Dr. Oz Show and Ellen to give advice, Yogi Cameron -- or YC, as clients call him -- has also started a program in Afghanistan to bring yoga and meditation to U.S. soldiers and local Afghanis, and works with the Somaly Mam Foundation to help rehabilitate girls rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia. Oh, and he answered our questions below via email from a forest in India on his wedding day. So yes, he's pretty much the most generous, thoughtful and enlightened guru we've met.

    If you're feeling stressed, anxious or unable to focus during a yoga session, how do you deal?
    "Bring the focus back to breathing. The reason people become anxious in anything they're doing (not just yoga) is because of thoughts and emotions. By

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  • Jennifer Lopez Could Not Have Rocked a Cut-Out Dress Better

    by Jacqueline Risser

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    OK, we know we shouldn't really mention a lady's age.

    But how can we not talk age right now with this pic of Jennifer Lopez, who seriously brought the sexy to the red carpet at the American Idol show last week?

    The woman is 44 years old! And she's rocking this cut-out dress by Cushnie Et Ochs hard freakin' core.

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    Of course, we're totally body crushing. The abs are super sculpted. Those shoulders, super toned. And those arms are so defined.

    Plan on showing skin in cut-outs this weekend? We've got the moves to do before you slip on your dress.

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    And we know that having a sick hourglass body helps nail this look. Take a look at our tips and tricks to create a cinched waist of your own, so you can look as confident as Jennifer wherever you are.

    PS: We love that the American Idol judge didn't let anything distract from her fierce curves. Note the tight bun,

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  • Academy Awards Countdown: Steal Halle Berry's Oscar Winning Abs!

    by Jacqueline Risser

    WireImageWireImageWe are super psyched for the Oscars this Sunday, March 2nd -- in fact, it may slightly be soothing our Olympics 2014 withdrawal!

    In preparation for Hollywood's biggest night, we'll be posting our favorite hot bodies from Oscars past along with the beauty product and fitness move you need to get their red carpet-ready looks. Come back each day to check out a new star!

    First up -- we're starting strong, ladies -- is Academy Award winner Halle Berry.

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    The Look: Halle was the buzziest celeb of the 74th Annual Academy Awards in 2002 -- and not just for being the first African-American woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monster's Ball. Jaws dropped when she stepped onto the red carpet with those flat abs peeking through the super sexy (yet still classy) sheer top of her Elie Saab gown. Today, we're still crushing on that toned and oh-so feminine stomach.

    The Product:
    So, some real talk: No

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  • Should You Have Rebound Sex?

    Newly single? Rebound sex (with someone other than your former S.O.) can be tempting--but it can also be risky. Answer these three questions before bedding a brand new mate.
    by Zahra Barnes

    John DolanJohn DolanPost-breakup rebound sex is a real thing (duh), says a new study from University of Missouri. Out of the 170 undergraduate subjects tested, 35 percent were getting hot and heavy with a new partner within four weeks of their respective break ups, researchers noted in the online journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. While these results are far from shocking, there is a significant catch: the same participants who got down with someone new suffered more long-term emotional distress than those who didn't have sex. Bummer? You know it.

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    Before you committ yourself to a semester of celibacy, consider that having an exciting (and R-rated experience) might be just the thing to help break you out of your broken-hearted funk. So how do you know if you're ready to

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  • Five Fit Tips from Top Trainers

    by Kafi Drexel

    Kid SpaniardKid SpaniardIn New York City, you never let 'em see you sweat. ...unless you're getting an amazeballs workout, that is, and it's for a good cause. This weekend the most dope fitness studios in Manhattan (with the help of British workout wear company Sweaty Betty) join forces for Sweaty Saturday to support Partnership For A Healthier America. If you're a New Yorker, or lucky enough to be in or near the Big Apple tomorrow, come out to burn cals and torch fat with the best. Plus, all the proceeds will go toward national programs to fight childhood obesity. We can't wait to see this awesome idea catch on in other major cities.

    Until then, we've got exclusive tips from some of the trainers from participating Sweaty Saturday studios -- the same places that hotties such as Sofia Vergara, Gwyneth Paltrow and team Kardashian drop in.


    Sadie Kurzban, 305 Fitness, a dance-based cardio class that makes you feel like you're at a bachelorette party


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  • Gold, Silver and Bronze Beauty Picks

    Find your winning style in these gold, silver and bronze products.
    by Rachel Jacoby Zoldan

    Unless you're living under a rock, you're probably up to speed with the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. And as each day passes, one thing has become clear to us (beyond the fact that we'll never nail the halfpipe like Kaitlyn Farrington) -- we want an Olympic medal. But since we can't perform triple lutz-triple toe loop combinations on the ice, we'll have to settle for different kinds of metallics: makeup, skin and hair goodies!

    There are a ton of gold, silver and bronze beauty products available -- and they're not just for nighttime anymore. Wanna look better naked? Try softening up with one of these shimmering body oils: They're great at hiding your skin imperfections. Sculpt a thinner face with a matte bronzer or use the powers of 24K gold leaf to keep your lips smooth.

    So what are you waiting for? Go get some Olympic beauty-ware of your own!

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  • We Found the Latest Secret for a Flawless, Share-Worthy Selfie

    by Alexandra Samuel

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    I love a good in-the-moment selfie, but taking a random selfie that's actually super flattering? Yeah right. Literally, mission impossible. Not only do you have to catch the perfect, non-double-chin-inducing angle, you also have to make sure the lighting isn't too harsh or there isn't random a red splotch in the middle of your face that came out of nowhere or that you eyeliner isn't randomly racooning. Get my drift?

    Well now, the flawless selfie is officially no big deal thanks to Perfect 365, a brand-new free app that lets you do everything from touch up skin imperfections and whiten teeth to give you a totally new hairstyle.

    Sure, these kinds of apps exist, and I've tried them all. But this app? Holy crap. Don't take my world for it, though. Take a look at my before and after shots.

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    (Guys, I'm about to get really real with you here and show you what I look like right when I wake up after four hours

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