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  • 20 Discounted Swimsuits that Won't Burn Your Budget

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Swimsuit season has hardly begun, but many people are already shopping for those balmy beach days ahead - this vacation-bound editor included. And, maybe you, too, are soon heading to a tropical destination with a dress code that's about 90% bikini and 10% cover-up. Calls for new swimwear, right? Yet, when you've already doled out a hefty sum for your trip's many incidentals, spending big bucks on a bathing suit can feel like rubbing salt in a wound.

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    Fortunately, you don't have to exhaust all your funds to snag a suit that catches your eye. The surplus of swimwear already in stores means sales are spiking in mid-April to make room for the next wave. So, we scoured our favorite sites and gathered up 20 discounted bandeaus, tankinis, and more that will bring out the beach bunny in you. And, with prices like these, you won't have to think twice before ordering that second oceanside Margarita.


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  • The Absolute Best Petite Skinny Jean, Says the Internet

    By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29

    Isn't it the norm that every pair of skinny jeans you buy fits you like a glove? It's like each pair was made just for you: It flatters your bum and the hem hits perfectly at your ankle. We don't even have to try. We hate to burst your bubble, but that's not exactly reality. In fact, while skinny jeans have become a serious denim staple, the hunt for the perfect pair hasn't exactly gotten much easier. Just ask anyone who shops in the petites department and finds several inches of extra fabric at the bottom of nearly every pair of pants they try on.

    More often then not, if you're a lady on the shorter side, jeans shopping can feel more like settling for the lesser of two evils too-long pants. And, because you've probably already tried on more pairs than you could possibly ever wear, we turned to Rank & Style to help us make the search a bit smoother. The site, which curates the best-of-the-best shopping buys based on reviews and editorial mentions, has

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  • Comfy Flats You’ll Wear All Spring

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    If you've ever tried walking an entire day in towering heels, you know that teetering from point A to point B to points C, D, E, F, and G just isn't practical. Sure, those staggering stilettos may work for extra-special occasions, but it's basically impossible to sport them throughout your day-to-day without an emergency call to your podiatrist or, you know, a car service. The (easy) solution? Flats.

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    After all, pounding the pavement in style should be pain-free, so we're helping you swap out your pumps for these no-heeled steppers. And, we've got every type of fashionable flat ahead: sweet ballet skimmers, glam d'orsays, work-perfect oxfords, and even some adorable slippers. So, click through to see our 21 favorite picks. These are total closet shoe-ins.

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  • Hate Your Job? Read This Now

    Refinery29By Stephanie Taylor Christensen, Refinery29

    If you're like the more than 12,000 millennials - the population who are currently between 18 and 30 years old - surveyed as part of Telefonica's Global Millennial Survey, you may have a peachy outlook regarding the amount of potential power you hold in the world. When asked about their ability to make a difference, 83% of the millennials surveyed believe they can incite change, more than 75% said they have opportunities to bring a new product or idea to market, and 66% strive to make it to the top "rung" of their career ladder.

    But, what if the jobs you've found so far have left you feeling disenchanted, perhaps even wondering if you picked the right career? Fear not. We asked some career experts for their take on how to deal when you don't love your job. As it turns out, you can learn plenty from the experience.

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    It's just one tiny step on a long path. You know that sick feeling of dread

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  • Stock Up! 12 Life-Changing Beauty Buys

    By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    Feeling meh about your makeup bag? Lacking inspiration every time you open your medicine cabinet? Well, it's the season for head-to-toe makeovers, and we're dying to finally chuck all of our so-so primpers for the newest, prettiest goods out there.

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    In honor of a good seasonal restock, we talked to the founders of our favorite indie beauty boutiques to find the new spring buys they're loving right now. Shopaholics, beware. These products are the best of the best, and they're pretty much irresistible. (Don't even ask how long our personal must-have lists are.) Click through for all of the eye candy - your new spring beauty wardrobe is right this way!

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  • This is What 100 Calories Looks Like

    By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten - we don't know about you, but we can hardly keep up. The one piece of conventional wisdom that we just can't seem to shake, though, is the idea that cutting calories will help us lose weight. Okay, yes, there is definitely truth to the concept that a net calorie deficit will result in body-weight reduction. But, obsessing over those little numbers on the back of your groceries often means ignoring basic tenets of nutrition. All calories are definitely not created equal; while a scoop of ice cream and an avocado contain the same number of calories, one choice is fundamentally healthier than the other. The important thing, of course, is to focus on giving your body what it really needs. But, it's almost impossible to ensure you're getting the right balance of nutrients when you're busy tallying calories.

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  • The Best Mascara for YOUR Lashes

    By Dianna Mazzone, Refinery29

    It seems everyone we meet has a different mascara they swear by. Yes, some cult favorites pop up time and time again, but we're always intrigued by the multitude of mascaras mentioned by makeup artists, models, and celebs alike. So, why are some lash enhancers cast aside by one person, yet totally beloved by another? It's because, just like hair texture or skin type, the state of your lashes is unique to you.

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    Unfortunately, mascara marketers don't use a problem-based approach to pedaling their products. So, it's not easy to tell which lash enhancer would best benefit your particular lash needs. To get to the bottom of it, we called in makeup artist Elisa Flowers. She's coated the lashes of many a top model and A-list celeb in her day, so we knew she'd have some insight into how to find the right mascara for every type of lash - from short to straight.

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  • Point A-To-B Commuting Essentials

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    No matter your mode of transportation, we can probably all agree that commuting to work is one big pain in the you-know-what. Whether you're a brisk, five-minute walk to an express-service subway or a half-hour car ride away from your destination, making the trek each day (no matter how long or far) is a task in and of itself. But, the little things we do each morning - like chatting on the phone with Grandma or making a pit stop for your morning coffee - help make the journey a little bit easier.

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    Additionally, preparing for our trip with a few handy commuter essentials - be it an umbrella for April's rain showers or headphones to drown out noisy chatter - is absolutely key. Let's face it: Traffic jams happen, trains get delayed, and the weather is just plain unpredictable some days. So, we compiled a list of 15 must-have items - for bikers, subway riders, walkers, drivers, and so forth.

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  • Cash in on Your Clothes — Here's How

    By Rebecca Brown, Refinery29

    Finding it increasingly difficult to open your closet door? Don't blame your landlord for this one - your hoarding tendencies are most likely the cause. (Sorry, we're just being honest here). Take heed, there's hope for you.

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    With the help of some very sophisticated - and enticing - apps and websites, you can purge your possessions and make a few bucks while you're at it. Whether you want to set up a digital store to barter your goods one by one, or would rather shove your old frocks into a bag and send them off for cash, we found 12 ultra-helpful programs that will give you all the motivation you need to address your wardrobe woes.

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow's Must-Know Beauty Tips

    Refinery29By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    Is there one person on the planet who does not feel feelings when Oscar-winner and lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow is brought up? Whether they're superfans that study her cookbooks cover to cover (um...guilty) or haters that roll their eyes at her every mention of nightshades and zucchini flowers, the woman stirs up passionate emotions in almost every person that comes her way. Despite the negativity, GP always manages to keep on doing her thing - and for that, we give her major props.

    So, when we got the chance to interview Ms. Paltrow in honor of her partnership with Restorsea, you best bet that we were on that. We chatted Gwyn up about everything from her tried-and-true skin-care tips (Epsom salts, anyone?) to exactly how one can detox from caffeine without getting a wicked headache, and you better believe that the superstar was totally open and game to tell us everything. Click through to get all of Gwyneth's best (and cheapest!) tips - we have a

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