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  • How to Pull Off a Perfect Holiday Dinner — Sans Stress

    Refinery29By Colleen Kelly, Refinery29

    If the thought of cooking a turkey - much less an entire holiday feast - is one of those seemingly unattainable adult skills, right up there with "change your own oil" and "understand the stock market," we hear you. The only skill we showcase on Thanksgiving Day is wrangling plastic wrap around a casserole dish before crashing into an epic nap.

    This year, we're determined to upgrade from the cleanup crew and tackle the whole affair. But, we know that, like all daunting tasks, this one is all about the research and prep. We sought out some local pros, including chefs and culinary school instructors, to give us the inside scoop on how the uninitiated can pull off a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Click through to learn how to plan, organize, and prepare a legendary feat - er, feast. We guarantee you'll want to try it yourself, so maybe it's time to get those invites out?

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  • Paleo Diet Diaries: We Give Up Bread

    By Kelly Bourdet, Refinery29

    The paleo diet. Many of us have heard about this primal-diet trend, and though it promises better energy, better health, better skin, and other benefits galore, it seems just a little intimidating for those of use who consider cereal a major food group. Practitioners have differing interpretations of the restrictions - it's often thought of as a high protein/fat, low-to-zero carbs diet. Typically, dairy is excluded as well. For those interested in investigating the specifics of the primal and paleo diet, there are many online resources.

    Considering our typical bread-and-sugar-laden eating habits, the thought of renouncing carbs (breads, pasta, rice, and some root veggies), legumes (like beans and peanuts), and sweets for two whole weeks seems like quite a feat. And, while this strict food regimen might not be right for everyone forever, it's worth checking out. Three R29 staffers - some bread addicts, some not-so-much - committed to living the paleo

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  • 5 Totally Bonkers Beauty Tricks

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    We'll admit to having tried some freaky things in our day - who could forget the curling contraption of doom or the infamous wine wipes. But, when it comes to the truly wacky beauty treatments out there, turns out we've barely even scratched the surface.

    The world of at-home beauty remedies have brought us many valuable things, like the aspirin mask and the apple-cider vinegar hair rinse. But, it's also brought us some pretty cray-cray things, too. We wanted to see if these slightly more out-of-the-box beauty remedies would have the same success rate, so we decided to go guinea pig and test them out.

    Five brave staffers were coerced - erm, we mean volunteered - to try out these treatments, all in the name of science. From a salt-water rinse to get rid of acne, to one of the most insane uses for dairy we've ever seen, get the scoop on the weirdest of the weird ways to get your pretty on.

    Refinery29The Treatment: The Salt-Water Dunk
    The Victim: Lexi

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  • 8 Gorgeous Winter Coats — ALL on Sale!

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Here at R29 HQ, we love a good coat sale. In our books, a get-it-before-it's-gone deal simply can't be beat. And, fortunately, this season is one of the most wonderful times of the year for savings. So, to help weather the chill, we've culled 8 gorgeous toppers - and they're all on sale. If that's not a li'l pre-holiday magic, we don't know what is.

    From puffers and patterns to trenches and chic, woolly statement pieces, these coats are just begging for opportunities to get off their hangers. And, that's where you come in. Snag these babies before someone else does - because we have a feeling they won't be in stock much longer. Besides, just think of all the compliments you'll receive when you visit with the relatives next Thursday. For us, that's motivation enough. The sales? Well, they're just icing on the cake whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.

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  • Can't Wait Until Naked 3? Check Out the Latest from Urban Decay

    By Dianna Mazzone, Refinery29

    Even though we want to make your wait for Naked 3 as painless as possible, we're not going to pretend that there's anything comparable on the market that can completely relieve the anticipation - we're all just going to have to lean on each other for a little more support, okay?

    That being said, consider our latest coping mechanism your good fortune: In an effort to tide ourselves over until the big day (rumor around the beauty world is that it will be released in January 2014), we combed through the latest and greatest from Urban Decay.

    From heavy-duty glitter liner to face-in-a-case palettes perfect for on-the-go girls, the folks over at UD have outdone themselves - they created all this and the most buzzed about palette since, well...Naked 2?

    Click through for a complete look at the best new makeup from Urban Decay - all (beauty) athletes have to warm-up before the big game, right?

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  • 8 of the Coolest Hats Around, Whatever the Weather

    By Natalie Hughes, Refinery29

    Whether you're lamenting the loss of summer, trying to tame your mane in frizz-inducing drizzle, or simply looking to jazz up your trans-seasonal style, there's never been a better time to invest in a stylish hat.

    Whether you're a pork pie kinda girl or prefer the mysterious allure of a wider-brimmed fedora, gravitate towards a disco turban or possess a fierce loyalty to the classic beanie, you're sure to find The One in amongst our definitive roundup. That's right, we've scoured the web for the coolest caps around, guaranteed to keep you stylish, warm, and frizz-free from now until May. Thank us later.

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  • Is Blue Light the New Caffeine?

    Refinery29By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Ask most people about their favorite drug of choice and you'll hear the same answer: coffee. It gets us up and at 'em every morning, and keeps our minds (relatively) sharp through that excruciating late-afternoon stretch. For many of us, it is the difference between functional and narcoleptic. In sum: We love our coffee.

    But, what if there was an alternative that provided all the cognitive benefits without the jitters and that expensive Starbucks habit? What if it was as easy as picking up a lightbulb?

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    For years, scientists have known that blue light inhibits the secretion of melatonin, which calms our minds and dulls cognitive function. For this reason, experts recommend turning off the computer before bed, since the illumination from our LED-backlit devices prevents our brains from shutting down properly. But, according to a wide variety of studies, that same property

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  • How to Break Up — Dignity Intact

    Refinery29By Lexi Nisita, Refinery29

    Breaking up is hard to do. But, it doesn't have to be a hot mess. Yes, there will be hard feelings, but if you can just refrain from throwing things, you might just come out of this a better person. There's usually no need to act like a screaming toddler (except when there is). We're firm believers that an amicable, calm breakup is a sign of both true maturity and, in a funny way, love and respect for your former partner.

    We dug deep into our own collective experience, pulling from both the best breakups and the really, really bad ones. You know, the ones that pull your heart out, drag it around a dirty floor, and then try to haphazardly stick it back into your chest with some old masking tape that definitely isn't sticky anymore. All our suffering was not in vain, though. The result? An easy-access, eight-step guide to ending it, the classy way. If you feel a split coming on, you might just want to print this one out.

    *R29 is not liable for any bad

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  • The Winter Accessory Shopping Guide

    By Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29

    Now that we're totally over complaining about the cold weather (mostly), we can actually wrap our heads (and necks and hands) around the necessary and adorable accessory options that the chill brings. Indeed, any good winter look is only finished if it's topped off with a nonchalant beanie, colorful scarf, or sophisticated glove option. So, we've put in the window-shopping man hours necessary to pull together the ultimate flip book of seasonal must-haves - from wide-brimmed fedoras to pick-me-up mittens. Let it snow! We're ready for it.

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  • 8 Under-$100 Dresses to Wear to 8 Parties

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    It's not even Thanksgiving (we know), but if you take a quick moment to tally up all the parties you've already RSVP'd yes to…wow, right? Get ready for nonstop party, party, party until the New Year (when you'll have to nurse a month-long hangover).

    The hard part is matching the frock to the festivity. You're not going to show up at grandma's house in a body-con goddess dress (at least, if you don't want a serious side of passive-aggression served up with dinner). There's the perfect dress for each occasion, and we've done the grunt work for you. Ahead, find the 50 different parties you'll likely find on your social calendar, and the 50 dresses we recommend you add to your collection.

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