Blog Posts by DivineCaroline

  • The Six Biggest Reasons You Get Dumped

    Biggest Reasons You Get Dumped

    You're dating, it's wonderful, then bam! The breakup happens out of nowhere. Here are the biggest reasons why relationships don't last.

    1. You Have Secrets
    Joe was a nice guy, but he had lots of secrets. For example, his parents didn't know he drank alcohol, and so when they came for a visit he and his girlfriend had to stash their wine collection in the basement. There were dozens of these little life secrets that he felt he had to keep. One day Kari said, "Enough!" and threw in the towel. If you've built a web of lies for your family, your coworkers, and various groups of friends, don't be surprised if a new romantic partner balks at wanting to join the charade.

    2. Jealousy
    Have you ever said, "Who were you with?" Have you ever told your partner that you didn't want them hanging around certain opposite-sex friends? Perhaps you think you've been subtle in your jealous tendencies. It doesn't matter. If you seem threatened by the

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  • Seven Outrageous Wedding Gowns

    Every bride-to-be wants her wedding dress to make a lasting impression, but most hope that their guests will be struck by their gown's timeless elegance and flattering details, not the fact that it was made out of human hair or condoms. These seven outrageous bridal gowns-some quirky, some stunning, and some a little disturbing-ensure that their blushing brides will be the talk of the town for years to come. Take a look at some of the most bizarre and creative wedding gowns to ever walk the aisle.

    White Chocolate Wedding Dress

    White Chocolate Dress

    Chocolate connoisseur Rococo Chocolates paired up with designer Ian Stuart to create a wedding dress made entirely out of white chocolate. As Billy Idol would say, it's a nice day for a white chocolate wedding dress.

    The World's Longest Bridal Train

    World's Longest Bridal Train

    A Bucharest fashion label known as Andree Salon hired ten seamstresses to slave away for one hundred days on a wedding dress with a 1.85-mile bridal train. The entire gown, which

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  • Five Surprising Foods that Boost Immunity

    Five Foods That Boost Immunity

    You've probably heard that orange juice and chicken soup can help kick a cold or combat the flu, but there are less obvious (and more appetizing) mealtime choices that help an ailing immune system. Below are five surprising foods that you might want to toss in your shopping cart the next time you feel a tickle in your throat.

    Many yogurts and almost all kefir, a fermented milk product, contain probiotics, the so-called "good" bacteria. These bacteria alter how the immune system in the digestive tract reacts to microorganisms. Studies have found that probiotics can help with diarrhea and other intestinal disorders. Although more research is needed, probiotics may also help reduce the severity of colds and the flu, according to the Mayo Clinic. Opt for the yogurt and kefir that contain live and active probiotics to make sure you're reaping the benefits of these miracle-workers.

    Black/Green Tea
    A hot cup of tea can help soothe a sore throat and

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  • Eight Ways to “Cheat” on Your Diet and Still Lose Weight

    Ah, dieting. Millions of people each year become intimately acquainted with the agony and the ecstasy of trying to shed-and keep off-unwanted pounds. Of course, nothing compares to the triumph of ultimately succeeding in this quest, but when it comes to making over your body, the journey truly is the destination. But just because it's a long, arduous process-not to mention an opportunity to demonstrate supreme willpower-doesn't mean you can't also have a little fun along the way. In fact, if you don't loosen the reins on your dieting habits once in a while, you're likely to end up even more dissatisfied-and possibly even heavier-than you were before you started your mission to be a lean, mean fighting machine. With moderation in mind don't be afraid to "cheat" on your diet in the following ways.

    Drink a Glass of Wine

    Drink a Glass of Wine

    Alcoholic beverages may constitute "empty calories" when you're swilling piña coladas, but there's nothing meaningless about including red wine in your

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  • Six Ways to Impress a Guy

    Ways to Impress a Guy

    There are women who are attractive to men, and then there are women who impress men. Women who leave men saying, "Wow!" Each guy is different and some men just don't care about certain things, but the following is a list of traits that are likely to wow your next date.

    1. She Can Disagree Gracefully
    During a first or second date there can be great pressure to agree on everything. The strategy is "agree and then run for the door." But those little differences may not mean you are incompatible, and meeting someone who can disagree without being disagreeable is a fascinating experience. A woman who can say, "That's interesting, but I have a different take on it," is impressive. More importantly, a person who knows how to "argue" with sophistication and tenderness is showing a great set of conflict management skills.

    2. She Has Hobbies and Is Knowledgeable About Them
    It's a generalization that's very often true. Men cultivate hobbies. Women cultivate

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  • Six “Mad Men”–Themed Cocktails

    After a seventeen-month hiatus, the dapper suits, old-fashioned cocktails, and drama-filled storylines return to AMC for the highly anticipated premiere of Mad Men's fifth season. Libations have played a big part in the show right from the opening scene, contributing to plotlines and offering insight into the characters' personalities. So what better way to fuel a Mad Men viewing party then with some traditional cocktails inspired by our favorite Sterling Cooper men and women? Thanks to our friends at BevMo!, we've rounded up six old-timey concoctions that are guaranteed to have you sipping in 1960s style come Sunday night. Enjoy!

    Don Draper - Old-Fashioned

    Don Draper

    1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon water
    Two dashes angostura bitters
    One slice orange rind
    2 ounces Canadian Club whiskey
    One maraschino cherry

    Preparation: In an old-fashioned glass, muddle the sugar, water, bitters, and orange rind together until the sugar

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  • Twelve Ways to Manage Anxiety

    Ways to Manage Anxiety

    If your mind were a diesel engine, anxiety would be the leaded gas that was accidentally poured in and responsible for all the burps and stutters. Even more so than depression, I think, anxiety is the big disabler in my life, with a capital D, which is why I try to nip it in its early symptoms. That doesn't always happen, of course, but here are some techniques I try.

    1. Recognize the Reptilian Brain
    My therapist friend Elvira Aletta gives a brilliant neuropsychology lesson in one of her posts where she explains the two parts of our brain. The first is the primitive part, containing the amygdala, which is responsible for generating and processing our fear and other primal emotions. The second part is our frontal lobes, the neocortex, or the newest part of our brain, which is sophisticated, educated, and is able to apply a bit of logic to the message of raw fear that our reptilian brain generates.

    Why is this helpful? When I feel that knot in my stomach that

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  • What’s Worth the Investment for Your Wedding (and What’s Not)

    According to BRIDES magazine, the average cost of a wedding in 2011 was $26,501. Sadly, it's hard to keep a wedding at around the $20k mark these days. However, in the wedding planning game, knowledge is power; and discerning important purchases from frivolous ones makes all the difference. Following is a list of what's worth the investment-and what's not.

    Worth It: Beer, Wine, and One Signature Cocktail

    Worth It: Beer, Wine, and One Signature Cocktail

    Unless you (or your family) live a temperate life, you should provide some form of libations at the reception-it is a party after all! Select one red, one white, and a couple of beers. If you want to take your beverages up a notch, ask your caterer to supply one mixed drink-in a hue matching your color scheme-and give it a cute moniker. Offering one hard liquor option gives guests the feeling of being pampered with potables yet keeps the cost down for you. Finally, don't forget about the celebratory champagne; one half-glass per guest is usually enough to cover the night's

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  • Do Good-Luck Charms Really Work?

    Do Good-Luck Charms Really Work?
    I would never call myself superstitious by nature, but there are certain things I do (like kiss my fingertips while going through a yellow light) and don't do (like walk under ladders) that might suggest otherwise. Most people don't admit to being superstitious, lest others think they're foolish. But according to a 2008 ScienceDaily story about superstitions and decision making, businesses across the United States lose an average of $800 to $900 million on Friday the 13th. I suspect the reasoning behind that is similar to my own when I avoid ladders: we don't necessarily think something bad's going to happen, but why take the risk?

    I don't know why we're so embarrassed about superstitions, considering how many prominent figures in society, particularly sports stars, are so open about their own. Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher admitted in a 2009 New York Daily News interview that he keeps a small gnome in his locker for good luck. Hockey players and fans grow "playoff

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  • Spring 2012’s Best Beauty Buys

    Revamping your makeup wardrobe and getting your look ready for spring doesn't take a genius. It doesn't take a million dollars, either. Whether you shop at the department store or the drugstore, there are hot spring makeup items at every price point. From the boldest, brightest colors to the softest, smoothest skin, here are six ways to stay on-trend and on budget.

    Trend #1: Statement Lips

    Statement Lips

    "Currently, the trend is all about amping up one element of the face at a time," says Nicole Bryl, a celeb makeup artist who's worked with stars like Naomi Watts, Molly Sims, and Sandra Bullock. Whether you choose hot pink, racy red or punchy tangerine (this season's hottest shade), the trick to not looking like a rodeo clown is keeping the rest of the look simple and fresh. "Keep the emphasis on just the lip by playing down all the other features of your face with subtle shimmery accents," Bryl recommends. (Try NYX Matte Lipstick in Indie Flick, $5.99 at ULTA, or YSL Rouge Pur

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