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  • Visiting the Snuggery, Where You Get Cuddled for Cash


    Jacqueline Samuels has two tiny arms and she wants to hold you. She became a professional cuddler in 2012, after years of boyfriends and lovers complimenting her superlative spooning skills. They often joked she should start her own cuddling business, she says. And when she first opened the Snuggery last year, up in Rochester, New York, she was booked solid within three weeks. She had to hire another cuddler, Colleen, to take on more appointments.

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    Here at the Snuggery, clothes stay on. There are strict boundaries and no genital touch is allowed. "Jacqueline established the Snuggery because she believes in the healing power of touch," the website for her business explains. "She aims to make the world a gentler place, one snuggle at a time." As a graduate student in social work, she just sees her latest venture as a different way to help people.
    Still, nearly 50 percent of her

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  • A Woman’s Guide: How to Get "Satisfication" in a Relationship

    Finding a boyfriend (partner, special friend, whatever) whom you actually like involves a lot of hard work and some advanced algorthims a little serendipity. But what happens when your significant other isn't in the mood to have sex with you? And it does happen, GQ's Siobhan Rosen reports, even to women. In fact, Rosen explains, a man's rebuff stings extra hard because we've been conditioned to believe that "all men are Wile E. Coyote-level schemers trying to get laid." That makes modern woman the Road Runner of this metaphor, but she's way slower, because these fuck-me boots render her immobile, and instead of saying "meep meep," she tells you she'd like to have sex with you. And Wile E. doesn't implode under the weight of his own gratitude? You can imagine what this does to the self-esteem.

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    CLASSICSTOCK/Everett CollectionNo one likes rejection. But men have had millennia of sexual entitlement during which to invent the tools to brush it off, like porn and

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  • Kim Kardashian: World’s Least Comfortable Pregnant Woman, by Choice


    "The great thing about being pregnant," Heidi Klum said in 2009, "is that I don't have to suck my stomach in. ... I can let it all out." Two years later, Spanx introduced a maternity shapewear line. Three years later, Beyoncé managed to hide a second-trimester belly behind a sequined leotard. Four years later, Kim Kardashian's maternitywear includes leather leggings, high-waisted brocade peplum pants, a cut-out dress with boning, and structured pantsuits. Is bump-denial the hot new thing in maternity clothing? And if so, how can we stop it? If a pregnant woman can't "let it all out," then who can?

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    Corbis Though I have never been pregnant, I am a great fan of "letting it all out." I once purchased a loose, swingy tee that I found on the clearance rack at Target, not realizing until I was in my bedroom later that night with a torn-off tag in my hand, that the label said "maternity." It became a wardrobe go-to

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  • How to Create 3 New Chic Looks for Spring


    We can hardly wait to start dressing for Spring. The word itself sounds great on the tongue and the idea - of swapping out grim outerwear for lighter pieces - seems even better. We've already started planning our outfits, earmarking key items that our wardrobes will be rotating around for months to come. We love the idea of dressing down a bit of sequins with sneakers, or throwing on Lucite heels to shake up the usual trench look. And then, of course, there are styling staples that will have mileage for seasons to come, like Marni's mint leather skirt that we can look forward to wearing this spring all the way through fall. Click ahead and see the many ways that we'll be putting together looks as the seasons change.

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  • America’s Fashion’s Night Out Epidemic Finally Over


    The Vogue, CFDA, and NYC & Co.-sponsored shopping event (not to be confused with a sale) is going "on hiatus in the United States in 2013, in order to enable retailers to channel their resources towards strategies more in keeping with their current priorities," according to a statement on Fashion's Night Out's website. The "big party" or "street festival," as WWD refers to it (still not a sale) started in 2009, and expanded from pockets of activity in New York to 4,500 happenings in 500 cities across the country last September. From the trade:

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    Photo: Gary Gershoff/2011 Getty Images[Steven] Kolb [CEO of the CFDA] explained that after every FNO, they always paused and reflected on the past year, and made a collective decision whether to continue. "You look at the event from many different angles, and we would always return to what was our original mission and purpose and that was to reinvigorate the shopping experience and the consumers'

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  • How to Feel when Your Ex is Nominated for an Oscar


    Watching major sporting events, I always wonder what happens to the losers' hats. By the end of the Super Bowl, the winning coach is covered in ice, his quarterback is grinning in a "World Champions" cap, and somewhere, I imagine, a team of waterboys are scrambling to hide the unused hats designed in case the other guys won.

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    ucas Tange/Corbis I imagine something similar happens to famous people's exes, the woman next to the man - until she wasn't. And somewhere, languishing in a closet full of unknown hats, there's a pile of women discarded by ambitious men. (And vice versa.) They're the unknown Mia Farrows, Jennifer Anistons, and Taylor Swift dumpees. But because Taylor Swift won't write a song about them, they will simply be forgotten.

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    No one expects to be this woman (or man). I thought I'd be the ambitious one. I'd

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  • Tom Ford on the Runway: London’s Sexiest Fashion Week Event


    After several seasons of being frustratingly coy about his womenswear collections, then showing them only to an elite few and releasing images days or months later, last night Tom Ford finally gave the press what we wanted all along: the sexiest, most extravagant event of London Fashion Week.

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    Samir Hussein/Getty Images Picture the most Tom Fordian scene you can conjure. Add 30 more male models (for, surely, you already had a few?) wearing black suits and side parts. Now put them all in a palace. There it is - Tom Ford in all his ostentatious Gucci-heyday form, with a properly flashy collection featuring sleek gowns and sequins.

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    It was clear from a first glance at Lancaster House, a nineteenth-century mansion attached to St James's Palace, that guests had arrived at the right address. The entrance was carpeted in black and flanked by flaming black

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  • How to Tweet like a Girl


    NBCMen and women tweet differently, finds another groundbreaking study from the University of Duh. More interesting, according to a BuzzFeed report, is that the study of 9,212,118 tweets from more than 14,464 users reveals a set of markers that can predict a tweeter's gender. Those markers might come in handy if, for some reason, you needed to convince your followers that you were female. Or, um, if your friend did.

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    1. Tweet your feelings. Emotion-related terms terms like sad, love, glad, sick, proud, happy, scared, annoyed, excited, and jealous are all female markers, says BuzzFeed. Try, "I'm sad that I'm going to die from Leukemia before my boyfriend can make me proud in the big game."

    2. Emote with punctuation. Yes, emoticons are a female marker. :/ But so are ellipses (a.k.a. textual side-eye), as well as exclamation marks and question marks, both at the same time ("?!" a.k.a. raised eyebrows)

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  • Kate Upton’s Trainer Defends Her ‘Porky’ Body

    Celebrity trainer David Kirsch is known for lifting, firming, and toning some of the best bodies that appear on the runway, silver screen, and glossy magazine covers. Heidi Klum's flat stomach? Kirsch-ed. Karolina Kurkova's lifted tush? Kirsch-ed. Liv Tyler's everything? Kirsch-ed. The latest addition to the Manhattan-based, nutrition-obsessed trainer's collection of toned clients is none other than Kate Upton, two-time cover girl of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and owner of the most enviable set of boobs we've seen, ever.

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    The two first started working together in August out of Kirsch's Madison Square Club when she wanted some basic body maintenance, and things went into overdrive once it started to get closer to the arctic photo shoot. "I made it very clear to her, I love her curves and I wasn't going to do anything to [make her] skinnier," said the body-conscious Kirsch. "It was about toning her

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  • Oscars Liposuction: ‘I Could Give You Angelina Jolie Arms’

    "I would get about a quarter of a gallon of fat out of you," Dr. Aaron Rollins says to me while pinching my arm fat in his Beverly Hills office. The man in front of me - the answer to Hollywood's greatest body-image issues - looks like an extra-tall Ken Doll and says this with jaunty enthusiasm. He's the founder of Elite Body Sculpting, the provider of new-age liposuction for the stars, but he explains his job more simply: "I only do one thing. All I do is take people's fat, but I call it body sculpting."

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    Elite Body Sculpting Most celebrities spend a good deal of time maintaining their bodies through rigorous workouts and diet plans, but Rollins says that stars often discover that they have to be in front of a camera at a moment's notice and often feel like they need something their trainer can't give them. "People have to be naked, or in a swimsuit for a shoot, or get into a dress for Cannes, and

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