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  • 6 Cool Coats that Are Actually Warm

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    It's January, which means you step outside and immediately can't feel your, well, anything. Yep, Mother Nature sure seems to hate us this month. But, since your primary goal is to keep your body from turning to ice, the last thing you probably want to do in this frigid weather is worry about looking cute. So, we've done the thinking for you. Because, believe it or not, staying stylish and keeping warm don't have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, all you need is the perfect jacket.

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    And, we scoured the web to cull those super-toasty (think shearling, down, and wool) yet totally cute coveralls to beat this unbearable chill in style. Ahead, scope out the 21 adorable toppers that are guaranteed to give winter the cold shoulder - and keep yours warm, too.

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  • 5 Energy-Boosting Lunch Recipes to Keep You Going All Day

    By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    If you're anything like us, lunch is a constant struggle - especially during the week. It seems like there are only two options and both are equally terrible. One involves buying overpriced, often deceptively caloric salads, wraps, and sandwiches that aren't even particularly tasty to begin with. The other? Spending your evenings on your feet, cooking boring pastas and dull salads and packing them into Tupperware for the next day. In our experience, both choices leave us with that all-too-familiar crash right around 3 p.m. So, we decided to team up with Food52 to come up with a series of simple healthy lunch recipes that are all about keeping you going all the way through five o'clock. Even better, you can make all of these in big batches - enough for the whole week. Read on for all five scrumptious, nutritious options. Go on, we dare you.

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  • My Life (So Far) Without a Date

    By Katie Heaney


    Twenty-five years old. No relationship. No dates. Fine. Change the number in that equation, and we've probably all been there, right? But, what if we were talking about no dates (at least no second dates) or relationships, ever? That's a little bit tougher. Not entirely uncommon, but definitely something that makes brunch with friends, girls' gossip weekends, and the like, a little bit frustrating at times. That's not to suggest that any of those occasions revolve entirely around talking about dating, but we have yet to spend a weekend with girlfriends when the topic hasn't been discussed fairly extensively. So, what do you do? If you're Katie Heaney, you write a book.

    Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without A Date is her true account of the dating near misses and almosts that brought her to this point. And, of the kick-ass friends who've been there with her through it all. Ultimately, her stories are relatable and pretty damn funny - she brings you along on

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  • The Anti-Diet Project: How to Do Breakfast Right

    By Kelsey Miller, Refinery29

    .Before I started The Anti-Diet Project, breakfast was a very simple matter: a cup of dry, fiber-based cereal, and a cup of coffee. The important thing was to start the day right - and by right, I mean spartan, "healthy," and portioned to the approximate size of a cat bowl. That way I'd be setting a standard for the rest of the day. "Today, I will be good. Look at how wonderful I am with my mini-bowl! Perhaps I'll Instagram it and then everyone will know how wonderful I am." Cereal, coffee, and I was done, and also wonderful. Until about 20 minutes later, when I wasn't done anymore.

    I write a lot of the food stories on Refinery29 and because of that companies send me a lot of food hoping I will do an expose on, say, Pasta Chips. While it all gets shared with my hungry office mates, most of it piles up under my desk until I'm virtually sitting atop a pyramid of snacks all day. And, after that initial high of wonderfulness wears off, the pyramid begins to

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  • Could a Skin-Care Product Prevent Sugar from Wrecking Your Skin?

    By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    .In case you hadn't heard yet, it's a proven fact that a diet high in sugar is pretty terrible for your skin - so, it was only a matter of time before the skin-care industry caught on. While we weren't necessarily surprised when we caught wind of the new A.G.E. Control by AminoGenesis line, we were impressed that it seemed to be more than a half-assed attempt at "anti-sugar-damage skin care." CEO Ron Cummings is well-versed in the science of skin care and went through a serious research, development, and testing process to create products that manage and counteract the effect of sugar on skin cells.

    We caught up with Cummings to get the real deal on what's referred to as "anti-glycation skin care" - read on for the 411.

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    So, first things first: How exactly does sugar affect skin, both on the cellular level, and on a topical (visible) level?
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  • Want to Change Your Life? This Three-Minute Video Diary Will Help

    By Meghan Kelly, Refinery29

    What do you do when you really, truly want to turn your life around? For LaKeisha Shurn, it was making an online video diary.

    Shurn, a Bay Area native, weighed over 300 pounds only a year ago. After literally working her ass off at the gym, she's come out reinvigorated, over 50 pounds lighter, and a social media sensation. Her time-lapse video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times after she posted it to her Giveit100 page - a website that challenges people to do something (anything) in 100 days. Karen Cheng, the founder of Giveit100, told R29 that LaKeisha's video has seduced tons of new users to join the project.

    "Literally, overnight, our number of users doubled," Cheng explained, "We got more users in 24 hours, than in the last two months combined. We were scrambling just to keep the site up!"

    Rarely do you get to pick the brains of these viral video peeps, so we were excited to chat one-on-one with Shurn to find out who the

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  • Your Long-Distance Relationship Isn't Doomed

    Refinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    It takes a very brave and mature (possibly delusional?) person to attempt a long-distance relationship, even in the age of FaceTime and Snapchat. Call us cynical, but we think the idea of any sort of relationship functioning purely over the Internet is enough to turn even the most hopeless of hopeless romantics into a jaded pessimist. After all, communication and commitment - and finding the time to cuddle - are hard enough when we live in the same geographic proximity of our significant other. How could anyone expect anything but disaster when face-to-face is not an option?

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    So, imagine our surprise at the results of a recent study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, which found that those in LDRs are no less satisfied with their relationships than their friends with boyfriends within walking distance. The study drew data from a large sample, including 717 subjects in LDRs and 425 in

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  • Fertility: 5 Things You NEED to Know

    Refinery29By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29

    Tanya Selvaratnam's new book, The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock, is both highly illuminating and deeply personal. She explores delayed motherhood and the reality of a woman's limited fertility window while detailing her own struggles with repeated miscarriages.

    The questions young women face aren't easy. How do we deal with our declining fertility and staying competitive with our male colleagues during our 20s and 30s? Selvaratnam takes a meted, reasonable approach to the material; she's not encouraging anyone to run out and get pregnant before they're fully ready. But, what she does emphasize is how quiet the conversation remains on women's fertility. We need to be talking about this stuff - even if the idea of having kids seems far, far away. We need to take control of our health destinies, understand the reality of IVF, and acknowledge the unbending biological clock.
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  • Globe Glamour: The Best Beauty Looks

    By Gabrielle Korn & Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    Well, friends, awards season is here, and our expectations for dazzling beauty looks are set pretty high. After all, our favorite celebs have kept us so entertained with hair changes and bold lips recently that it would just be cruel to go back to boring red carpet classics.

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    We're thrilled to report that not only were we not disappointed, we were thoroughly impressed. Between Laura Carmichael's metallic blue eyeshadow, Lupita Nyongo's fabulously styled short hair, and Kate Mara's, well, everything, this was truly the evening for out-of-the-box beauty. Which, in case you haven't noticed, is our favorite kind.

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    Click through to see our favorite looks from the evening.

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  • 8 Slick Coats to Keep You Dry — the Stylish Way

    By Michaela D'Artois, Refinery29

    We have to admit, we're starting to get a little worried about where our yearly downpours have been hiding out. While our suede shoes and hair are happy, it's time to call on the rain gods for some much-needed showers. Although, summoning a change of forecast may need to be left to Mother Nature, we say having the perfect raincoat on hand is all a girl can do at this point.

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    As the drops will inevitably come, your go-to hooded, and albeit repellent jacket will save the day. From classic and feminine shapes that never go out of style, to masculine parkas that will surely keep you dry head-to-toe, click through and find yourself wishing for those dark clouds to settle in overhead. Are you singing yet?

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