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  • 11 Dresses for Every Holiday Function — ALL on Sale!

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Thanksgiving came and went in less time than it took for our Cyber Monday wish lists to sell out online. And, now that the official holiday season is in full swing, our schedules are jam-packed with the endless party invites, family get-togethers, and celebratory cocktail hours that are quickly coming around the bend. Yes, December means business - but in the best way possible. After all, every event that we've RSVP'd "yes" to is another justifiable swipe of the plastic (or at least that's what we'll tell ourselves). And, those indulgent "me" buys feel even sweeter when we know we've scored a killer deal.

    So, we've culled 25 gorgeous, discounted dresses - in sequins, metallics, plaids, jewel tones, and everything in between - that'll wow at each and every holiday function on your crowded calendar. Got dinner with the grandparents? Opt for a sleeved, lace frock to strike that perfectly demure note. Hitting up SantaCon sans Santa suit? Break out a

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  • Tracy Anderson's Holiday Health Tips

    By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29

    The holidays are a time when we all go into overdrive (many kinds of overdrive). We're busy eating, drinking, gift giving, traveling - and we've still got to work, workout, and eat well on top of it. What's a busy lady on-the-go to do? We sat down with the always-upfront Tracy Anderson to get some straightforward dos and don'ts to keep your holiday season running smoothly.

    Ahead, the healthy way to entertain, why you should let yourself eat what you want at parties, and exactly how Tracy feels about all those trendy juice cleanses.

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  • Do You Really Need a Credit Card?

    By Alden Wicker, Refinery29

    We know you're not a conformist - and that applies to everything from your style to the way you live your life and spend your money. So, who says you have to use a credit card?

    Sure, these cards have their advantages. They help you shop online, lend you money in a crunch, and - if you use them responsibly - improve your credit score. But, they also have their drawbacks. They tempt you into high debt compounded by a raised interest rate, can ruin your credit score, and your number could be stolen from a store's website and used by hackers.

    It's no wonder, then, that some people refuse to touch credit cards. Others don't qualify for the plastic because of a bad credit history (or a lack of credit history altogether). If you fall into either of these camps - or just want to explore your options - there are some interesting alternatives available to you. A surprising number of them, actually, will serve all of the functions of a typical credit card, from Read More »from Do You Really Need a Credit Card?
  • 15 Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Space

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    You've gotten a huge head start on your holiday shopping (go you!), but your pad is looking a bit ho-hum these days. So, before you deck the halls with lights and ornaments aplenty, check out the 25 under-$100, season-less, expert-curated buys that'll instantly spruce up your abode. After all, redecorating doesn't have to be a pricy affair.

    And, thanks to the styling geniuses of Gunnar Larson, Homepolish, Hommemaker, and ACRE, we've got the tips, tricks, and shoppable home goods that will instantly elevate your space from blah to tada! Yes, you can have party-ready digs - complete with decorative wall hooks, colorful end tables, poufs, and more - without those staggering price tags. Expert styling advice and wallet-friendly purchases are just a click of the mouse away.

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  • 12 Women Reveal Their Sex Number

    By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29

    Maybe you can count all of your sexual partners on one hand, maybe you lost count years ago - or maybe, you fall somewhere in the middle. But no matter, that number can often inform how you feel about sex. It can be complicated or simple - or, again, something between the two, often because our relationships with ourselves and our partners change over time, and from partner to partner. Sex can make us feel powerful, but there are also times when it can take away our power. It can be a statement of commitment or a totally no-strings-attached adventure.

    That wealth and range of experience and feeling is a tremendous thing. And, although in the past, women's sexual histories have been used to shame or silence them, things are beginning to change. In many places around the world, women are claiming the expression of their sexuality in big and small ways.

    But, there's still an element of mystery around sex partners - many of us feel uncomfortable with

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  • Porn for Women: A Tasteful Guide to Sexy Time

    Refinery29By Rachel Zar, Refinery29

    Let's face it: Not all porn is created equal. As women, we like it hot, passionate, and even kinky. And, sometimes we also like to watch sex with a little extra attention to female pleasure, perhaps a touch of class, and for sure, approachable actors. If you think there aren't options out there that satisfy your needs, think again. For a few years now, Refinery29 has been listing the best of porn made especially for women (or that we just think women will love!). Whether you're a porn newbie or you've already exhausted our previous lists, you'll want to check out these sites, books, and toys. Enjoy!

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    Websites: is dedicated to celebrating the female orgasm. The site is full of tasteful videos focusing on women pleasuring themselves - and each other. The videos are artsy, and they feature natural women (you'd be hard pressed to find oversized fake boobs here). For the very

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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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