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  • 4 Money Points Every Woman Needs to Know

    by: Jean Chatzky

    I had the pleasure of being a last-minute pinch hitter on the Women and Finance Panel at the 92nd Street Y this past Wednesday, joining Alexandra Lebenthal, Karen Finerman and moderator Julie Menin. (Suze Orman's emergency appendectomy pulled her away - get well, Suze!) The idea for the evening grew out of informal salons that longtime friends, now business partners Finerman and Silda Wall Spitzer, have been holding to give women a chance to ask their questions - all their questions - about money. Over coffee, Spitzer and Menin (another friend) decided to try to bring the salons to a bigger forum. Later that day Spitzer ran into the head of the 92nd Street Y and - voila.

    3 Keys to Successful Career Change

    One of the nice things about this grouping was the very different skills of the women on the panel. Finerman, the president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, runs a hedge fund and is a noted value investor. You've seen her on CNBC's Fast Money (where they call her

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  • Working It ... Through the Decades

    Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo, closet whisperers and authors of Work It! shared with wowOwow a retrospective of the working woman's wardrobe over the last century

    "Looking at women's work clothes over the past century, it's amazing that these gals got anything done," celebrated stylists Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo write in their latest fashion tome Work It!: Visual Therapy's Guide to Your Ultimate Career Wardrobe (Chronicle Books). "All the corsets, girdles and stockings must've made it hard to think straight! Whenever you find yourself complaining about having to wear closed-toe shoes, just remember those who came before you."

    How Old Are You Really? - 21 Men Who Do Not Look Their Age

    1910s: Progressive ladies practiced their shorthand in menswear-inspired dark wool suits called "tailor-mades."

    1920s: Style-setting Coco Chanel dressed Jazz Age career girls in boxy, boyish suits made of soft jersey.

    1930s: Working dames of the '30s patterned themselves after silver-screen career girls, like

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  • How Old Are You, Really? 8 Men Who Don't Look Their Age

    Boys will be boys. Men will be boys, too. And sometimes? Some boys will be men. From Billy Bob Thornton to Keith Richards and Sam Champion, many gents look far different than their actual ages. Whether it's the results of stress-free livin', good genes or Botox injections, many gentlemen from Hollywood and business are looking far younger than their real age. On the contrary, we're also seeing men - be it from too many late nights at the club or in the boardroom - aging far too quickly. Not to be sexist, it isn't just men who are deceiving their time clocks; many well-known women are looking far from their real age, too, making us wonder: Does "age" really matter? Or is it just a number?

    Billy Bob Thornton, with his leather coat and black shades, is not convincing us that he's a young hipster. Thornton, at 54 years old, looks at least his age … plus a decade.

    The blockbuster actor, Will Smith, at 41 still has that "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" smile and swagger.

    To see the ladies who

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  • Can't Decide? 4 Ways to Help Make Up Your Mind

    by: Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff
    When wowOwow asked us to write an article on how to be the Queen of Decision Making, we said "piece of cake" and raced to our desks. Seven false starts and a blank page later, we Skyped each other and just laughed at the irony. We could not decide how to begin a piece on decision making.
    The irony of our writer's block is that in the span of one day we make hundreds of decisions quickly and easily: snooze button or get up; white blouse or blue blouse; salad or French fries. Why is it that every so often when trying to make a decision we second guess ourselves?

    Recent research involving brain scans shows that women take into account thousands of facts and emotions every time they make a decision. (No wonder we're tired.) We mentally scan our own human database of past experiences to help us with our next decision. Even for everyday activities, we're mulling through our brain files, and we've gotten so accustomed to these choices that we can do it

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  • The Perfect Faux Glow - 5 of The Best Sunless Tanners

    Wondering how to get that sun-kissed look this summer - minus the havoc that too much sun might wreak on your gorgeous skin? Meet your new best friend - the sunless tanner! Sure, you may recoil as you're suddenly brought back to the streaky, artificial-looking mishaps of days gone by, but science and beauty have come together once again, making all our lives just a teeny bit easier.

    With the right sunless tanner, you'll look healthy, feel confident, conceal complexion inconsistencies and may even soak up skin-conditioning and antioxidant benefits if the formula is smart. A bonus of achieving a head-to-toe tan is cursorily camouflaging cellulite (not that you have any, but you know, just in case). After scouring the self-tanning universe for something that meets their lofty criteria, our in-the-know friends at have settled on five products to represent the very best in the category, based on formula, fragrance and performance.

    The Next Wave of Summer Hair

    1. Famous

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  • 9 'Bad' Habits That Are Actually Good

    These little habits aren't so terrible after all.

    Guilt be gone! Science has once again come to our rescue. It turns out lots of those little habits we thought were so bad aren't that terrible after all.

    While hurling the f-bomb at work or snacking on pounds of chocolate may not be the best thing for you, giving yourself permission to express your feelings or nibbling on a Kit-Kat bar actually are. So instead of bashing yourself for indulging in a little fun, consider these so-called bad habits that are actually healthy for you.

    1. Sunlight: While too much of Mr. Golden Sun can lead to melanoma and other serious types of skin cancers, catching a few UVB rays each day offers healthy benefits, in addition to a glow. Dermatologist say 10 to 15 minutes of sun exposure - without sunscreen - can generate a day's worth of vitamin D, which our bodies need. Vitamin D has been found to help us absorb calcium, maintain strong bones and also ward off osteoporosis and high blood pressure. If you

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  • 5 Things You See Before You Die

    by David Kessler

    Throughout my years working with the dying, I have noticed commonly shared experiences that remain beyond our ability to explain and fully understand. In the tapestry of life and death, we may begin to see connections to the past that we missed in life. While death may look like a loss to the living, the last hours of a dying person may be filled not with emptiness, but rather with fullness. Here are some of the most common visions and experiences that the dying have:

    What Happens to Us After We Die?

    1. Our Mother Comes for Us. It shouldn't be too surprising that the person who is actually present as we cross the threshold of life and take our first breath once again appears at the threshold as we take our last breath. The one who cared for us in life seems to also care just as much in death. If you find the concept of your loved one's deceased mother greeting the dying to be impossible or ridiculous, consider this. As a parent, you protect your child from household

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  • The Next Wave of Summer Hair - 5 Must Have Products

    April showers may be bringing May windstorms instead of flowers, but that won't keep us from getting ahead on sexy summer hair. Hair-care makers are more sophisticated than ever and have made strides far beyond the simple, humble styling spray. Easy to use, efficient and often bringing bonus vitamins and antioxidants, these new products will give you beach-y waves, crisp curls, in-between-shampoo pick-ups - and can even protect your locks from the sun's damaging effects. During the easy, laid-back days of summer, we can all use a little help getting that just-back-from-the-beach, carefree look.

    5 Easy Summer Hairstyles

    1. Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves ($23.00)
    Sun and saltwater can give you surf-sexy hair, but will also wreak havoc on the condition of your tresses. If you want to protect your waves or even - for us urban prisoners - fake them, you will be well-tressed with Frederic Fekkai Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves. Fekkai's product is sprayed on wet hair before

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  • Is the Act of Penning a Letter Extinct? 5 Templates to Help You Revitalize the Handwritten Message

    By: Sandra E. Lamb

    I met a friend last week I hadn't seen in almost two years. We share a very special bond, even though we don't see each other often. Just an hour into our afternoon together, after a shared memory we were recounting of how she'd completely forgotten to start the rice for Christmas dinner - remembering only when her husband came into the kitchen announcing that the turkey was ready for the table - she suddenly stopped laughing.

    She hesitated a moment, then said, "Sandy, did I ever tell you how precious the note you sent me after Mom died was? It meant a great deal to me." (The Christmas we were recounting was the first without her mother.) Yes, she had told me, several times, actually, and had indicated that she'd re-read the note many times, and would keep it always.

    Will 'Bright Star' Revive the Love Letter?

    I remember that my note to her focused on what a wonderful daughter she had been, and how happy she had made her mother. She'd not only nursed her mother

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  • 5 Places Guaranteed to Restore Your Soul

    by: Barbara Weibel

    Whether you yearn for the ultimate in pampering at one of the most luxurious resort spas in the country or hanker for a remote getaway in an exotic paradise, the following five places are guaranteed to restore your soul.

    1. Ha Roi Rai Floating Bungalows at the Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Thailand
    Wake up before sunrise in a bungalow floating on a lake. This remote wildlife sanctuary on Thailand's southern peninsula is home to one of the world's most unique Yoga venues: Ha Roi Rai Floating Bungalows. After an early-morning practice, the rest of the day is free to explore. Grab a kayak and paddle into caves that pocket the sheer cliffs, hike to nearby waterfalls or just kick back and enjoy the hoots, whoops and chuckles of gibbon families who vocalize to define their territory. Retreats offer a variety of yoga styles and meditation courses. A certified traditional Thai masseuse is also on hand to relax, rejuvenate and re-energize. For more information,

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