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  • How to Have a Better Orgasm Tonight!

    By Rachel Zar, Refinery29

    All orgasms aren't created equal. While some involve life-changing, earthquake-inducing vibrations, others provide only a tiny and forgettable blip of excitement. But, no woman should settle for an orgasm that's less than, well, orgasmic. Ahead, six strategies to take your climax to an out-of-this-world level.


    Be A Little Selfish
    "Having a good orgasm is directly related to the art of receiving - a difficult concept for many women," says sex and relationship therapist Kimberly Sharky, LMFT, CST. "Whether it's directly accepting pleasure or just allowing yourself to not be a giver for a second, the goal is to make your pleasure just as important as your partner's."

    Sharky recommends blindfolding yourself during sex. "If you take away your sense of sight, it gives you permission to pay more attention to what's going on inside your body," she says. And when something happens that you like, speak up. This doesn't necessarily mean handing your partner an

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  • What I Learned when My Boyfriend Made Porn

    Refinery29By Emily Southwood, Refinery29

    Emily Southwood thought she was sexually liberal. That is, until her boyfriend landed a job filming on porn sets. She was forced to combat fears and insecurities she didn't even know she had. What happens when your partner's job requires him to view even the most taboo sex act as a standard day at the office? Ahead, an excerpt from Southwood's Prude: Lessons I Learned When My Fiancé Filmed Porn, where she has a very, ahem, honest conversation about the ubiquity of anal in modern porn. Southwood's book is available from Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright 2013.


    We join a line for the concession stand. It's time for a beverage to go with this conversation. "Porn gets so repetitive that they just have to keep penetrating different holes to make a whole film," I say. "Cha cha, ass, eyes, ears . . ."

    "Some women like anal more than you do. Rylie Spence says it's her favorite sexual position. It gives her the most

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  • Does Your Vagina Look "Normal"?

    Refinery29By Rachel Zar, Refinery29

    Women have a bad habit of comparing themselves to other women. Whether it's Heidi Klum's long legs or that co-worker's toned butt, there's always an asset we'd rather have than our own. But, recently, women have gotten increasingly concerned with one body part that's not so easy to compare: the vulva, or the visible part of the vagina. "When I first went into practice in the '90s, I can't think of anyone who came in and said, 'I'm concerned about my labia,'" says Dr. Lauren Streicher, associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University's medical school. "But, now, a week doesn't go by that a woman doesn't ask me if she looks normal."

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    So, how can a worried woman tell if her vulva measures up? After all, pornography hardly presents a varied demographic, and staring at other women's crotches in the locker room is frowned upon at most gyms. But, according to the experts, if all

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  • 15 Boots (We Love!) All Under $100

    By Marissa Rosenblum, Refinery29

    Just when you thought you'd have to spend a lot of money to get a decent pair of boots this winter, we're tromping on over in our newly found, thrillingly cheap pair of stompers to prove you wrong. Of course, we'd never argue that these $1,200, hand-crafted, colorblocked Pierre Hardy booties aren't a gorgeous, splurge-worthy purchase, but there's always more than enough room in our closets to add some killer under-$100 buys as well.

    So, set in our mission to seek out the best budget-friendly options for you, we spent hours searching high - but mostly low - and put together not 10, not 20, but 33 pairs of buy-me-right-now boots. Shop fast, and you may just have a brand-new set of guilt-free tappers you can show off at every holiday shindig.

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  • 6 Holiday Palettes so Pretty, You'll Fall in Love with Them

    By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    No matter what your current level of holiday excitement is (on a scale of dread to delight), there's one aspect of this oh-so-festive season that consistently wins our hearts: all the pretty palettes, of course. They're sparkly, shimmery, smoky, and vibrant - not to mention professionally and lovingly arranged to satisfy both our eyes and our hearts. What's not to love?

    In our humble opinion, the point of a perfect holiday palette isn't that you're going to wear every single shade at once. Rather, we look for our palettes to inspire us with color pairings we've never thought of and textures we've never tried. And, of course, we want the whole thing to look gorgeous in its case, duh.

    Click through to join us as we ogle the most gorgeous palettes this season has to offer. We're not sure if we want to use them or just rub our faces on them like cats. That's normal, right?

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  • 3 Delish Appetizers, No Cooking Required

    By Erin Phraner, Refinery29

    Now that the turkey coma has worn off, we're about ready to get our holiday-cocktail party on. Too soon? Well, whether you're planning to play hostess or not, it's smart to keep a few quickie appetizer ideas in mind this time of year - you never know when the mood will strike. All three of our easy, no-cook dishes are ready in five minutes and require only five (or fewer) ingredients. So, dust off your sparkly skirt, and pop open some bubbly - you've got a party to throw!

    ..Apple and Blue-Cheese-Butter Crostini
    Give cheese and crackers a party-worthy twist by mixing crumbled blue cheese into salty butter and spreading it on crostini and topping it with apples and honey. Lots of grocery stores sell premade crostini rounds this time of year. Can't find any? Un-toasted baguette slices work just as well.
    .Apple and Blue-Cheese-Butter Crostini
    Give cheese and crackers a party-worthy twist by mixing crumbled blue cheese into salty butter and spreading it on

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  • The 10-Minute Workout is REAL

    By Kristin Booker, Refinery29

    .We have a million excuses for cutting a workout off the calendar: too much work, too far from home, holiday travel, and a marathon Scandal binge before the season cliffhanger.

    Well, lo and behold, we've decided to stop the insanity and get our daily workouts in, even if it's just 10 minutes to focus on building up a sweat. We issued a challenge to the insanely talented (and quite handsome) Will Torres, personal trainer and founder of the private training gym WillSpace, to create a simple, safe, and butt-burning workout that you can do anywhere. The only thing you'll need? A file box with handles that weighs about eight to 10 pounds, some floor space and some sweat-wicking workout gear, because you WILL break a sweat with this workout.

    Ready to stop the excuses? Yeah, so are we. Let's get to work, people, and demonstrate a workout that builds crazy heat, tightens and tones, and torches some serious calories, all in just under 10 minutes flat. The

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  • Shop Cyber Monday at Work — & Keep Your Job, Too

    By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29

    .There are some things we'll sacrifice for landing an amazing shopping deal. But, no, our job is not one of them. And, unless you'd like to cash in on a vacation day this Cyber Monday to scour the interwebs for all of your holiday gifts, you may need an alternate plan of action that won't lead to missed deadlines and a chat with the big boss.

    So, in the sneaky spirit of the season, Mashable has come up with a few clever tricks to cyber shop to your heart's content while on the job. One of our favorite tricks includes camouflaging your desktop - a simple screenshot trick - that's perfect for switching Net-A-Porter to the annual corporate performance spreadsheet in a snap. Of course, other bits of advice are more sensible, like waking up earlier and shopping before work begins. We also suggest skipping your lunchtime errands in exchange for a midday gift-buying spree. All in all, we don't really condone shopping on the job. But, if you really can't miss

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  • 5 Low-Lying Heels That'll Take Your Style Sky-High

    By Amanda Keiser, Refinery29

    Ladies, it's time to step into party season. And, though we know you're going to do it in style, why not add a little comfort and practicality to the mix? Enter the kitten heel.

    A far cry from your great-aunt's favorite orthopedic pair, this season's low heels are just as chic as their towering counterparts. Sound like something worthy of a night filled with cocktailing, mingling, and dancing? We thought so. Click through for the lineup - trust, your tootsies will thank you.

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  • Buy, Wear Once, & Return: We Talk to One Guilty Shopper

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    .We've all been tempted. You've found the perfect thing to wear to tonight's big shindig - it's just too bad that it's way out of your budget, and you can't figure out where you could wear it again. But, if you tuck the tag underneath the zipper and make sure you're extra careful about that Merlot, you think you could get away with bringing it back the day after...

    That's when the crippling anxiety sets in, and a slew of scenarios - What if they find you out? What if the sales associate notices the bent tags? What if she can smell my perfume? - prevents you from going any further. However, there are communities of women who've managed to beat the system by treating shopping like a rental service. We spoke to one of these buyers-and-returners about her secrets, her motivations, her guilt, and how she's going to return the $600 dress she wore to her prom seven years ago.

    So, when did this all start? Have you always been a buyer-and-returner, or is this a

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