Blog Posts by Refinery29

  • In Defense of Kim Kardashian

    By Seija Rankin, Refinery29

    .There's something I have to get off my chest. While most of the world is watching the spectacle that is Kimye, thinking awful thoughts and poking pins into their Kim and Kanye voodoo dolls, I am eating it up. And, it's not because I'm a sucker for grandeur or have some sort of fantasy about a baseball-stadium proposal where I'm presented with an engagement ring worth the GDP of Bhutan. It's because I, Seija Rankin, love Kim Kardashian. In fact, I love the whole Kardashian klan, but my true affection belongs to Kim. It's shameful. It's dishonorable. My family probably wants to disown me (not my dad, though, because unless it's on NPR, he hasn't heard of it), but it's the truth.

    Let me start out by addressing the obvious. I completely understand why a person would dislike Kardashian, and why you're probably all crafting angry comments now and maybe even starting a petition to have me fired. So, I should mention that I totally get it. Kim, and the rest of

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  • A 3-Step Chicken Dish to Get You Out of Your Poultry Rut, Once & for All

    By Erin Phraner, Refinery29

    .We're always looking for a quick and tasty improvement on the everyday chicken dinner - we all know how easy it is to get stuck in that poultry rut. And, that's exactly why we're excited for this super-savory recipe, which jazzes up a simply prepared chicken cutlet with a delicious tomato-caper dressing.

    Chicken With Tomato-Caper Dressing
    Mix up the tomato-caper dressing when you have a free minute, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. We spooned it over chicken tenders, which we lightly dusted with flour before pan cooking for a little crust. But, feel free to get creative! This simple condiment (grape tomatoes, capers, shallot, olives, and parsley) is also tasty over steak, pork chops, salmon, and even scrambled eggs.

    Serves: Four

    1 small shallot, minced
    1 small clove garlic, pressed or grated
    2 cups halved grape tomatoes
    1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
    4 tablespoons

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  • The 7 Hot Trends Perfect for the Curvy Girls

    By Liz Black, Refinery29

    The weather has gotten chilly, stores are hawking pumpkin-flavored everythang, and we're pretty sure we saw Christmas decorations at Target already. And, since summer is starting to feel like a distant, warm memory, our hearts and wardrobes (happily) belong to fall now.

    Whether you're rabidly awaiting the crisper temps to finally buy a new eye-catching coat or scanning the racks for the perfect, plaid piece, we've rounded up the top trends for this season in sizes up to 36.

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  • 16 Under-$50 Holiday Beauty Gifts to Buy Now

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    We realize it's not even Halloween yet and the concept of holiday shopping seems about as alien as Miley Cyrus suddenly deciding she wants to be a nun. But, there are some sanity-saving benefits to starting this annual rigmarole early, mainly, preventing you from having a grade-A holiday meltdown on December 15 when you realize you have bought exactly zero presents. Not to mention the fact that the early bird gets the best beauty loot.

    Holiday beauty gifts have started arriving in stores earlier, so instead of fighting it, why not embrace it? We're in no hurry to speed up the arrival of frigid winter temps either, but if starting now means we can avoid panic shopping in mid-December, then count us in. Plus, it's a whole lot easier to find time to shop when you're not also juggling an insane holiday-party schedule.

    Starting to see the benefits of avoiding present-buying procrastination? Welcome to the club. Ahead, we've gathered the coolest,

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  • The Vampire Cleanse is Real — & I Lived Through It

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    .Earlier this month, I met Connie Britton. She was kind enough to let me interview her, so I went in armed with need-to-ask questions. What's your secret for glowing skin? Any Nashville spoilers you can offer? But, admittedly, I snuck in a totally selfish one, too: "What advice would you give someone going on a juice cleanse for the first time?" Sure, this is something our readers care about, but mainly I was interested because a) Britton's a champion juice cleanser come awards season and b) I was about to embark on one myself - called the Blood Cleanse. (Yes, that's a real thing.) Her counseling turned out to be invaluable.

    The Blood Cleanse is a collaboration between Joulebody Cleanse, Gilt City, and the new CW show The Originals, which follows the trials and tribulations of a vampire-werewolf hybrid clan every Tuesday at 8 p.m. It lasts three days, with five juices per day (Five! Five juices! Ah, ah, ah, ahhh!).

    I have high expectations

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  • Rad or Bad: The Robot Manicure

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    .Have you ever looked at a metallic nail polish and wished it was just a bit more...metallic? Don't get us wrong, we love gilded gold and silver sparkle lacquer as much as the next girl, but our ultimate mani would be one that had the luxe, gorgeous gleam of our favorite gold cuff. We've tried a menagerie of metallic polishes over the years and none were able to provide the super-shiny, reflective hues we craved. Until now, that is.

    Jewelry designer Odile Tull has taken her metal craft into the land of nail accents with a collection of press-on nails made of 18K gold, sterling silver, and gold-plated brass. She even created gemstone nails studded with cubic zirconia or (baller!) diamonds. This is quite literally nail jewelry, and we think we're in love.

    While we clearly dig the effect, we can't say we're equally as smitten with the prices: Each nail (singular, people) ranges from $55 to $70 for the base metals, $400 for the CZ, and the

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  • Why is Everyone Drinking Collagen?

    By Megan McIntyre, Refinery29

    Refinery29As any mildly intelligent human being knows, what you eat can have a direct impact on the way you look. So, it makes sense that we would want to do everything in our power to ingest the things that will make our skin look its glowiest, smoothest, and healthiest. This, at least is the thinking behind the latest skin-care craze, drinkable collagen.

    Originating in Asia, liquid collagen first started popping up on our shores all the way back in 2012. Since then, the hype around these supplements has exploded, with tons of products hitting shelves everywhere from your local drugstore to VitaminWorld. Some women, eager to share their newfound "miracle" product, are now throwing collagen-drinking parties. Botox parties are so 2008, you guys.

    The theory behind these beauty elixirs is that by drinking the collagen-and-vitamin cocktails on the daily, you'll help boost collagen production in your skin, which will in turn lead to a healthier, younger

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  • BRCA Positive: Do You Even Want to Know?

    By Erika Stalder, Refinery29

    Refinery29You pretty much had to have been in a coma to miss Angelina Jolie's New York Times May op-ed about her BRCA-mutation diagnosis, and the public discourse that followed. Now, Quest diagnostics, the country's biggest medical-lab testing company, has announced it will offer breast cancer-gene tests at its centers, which serve about half of the doctors' offices in the U.S.

    But, with all the excitement about the testing and the false idea that a positive BRCA-mutation diagnosis allows women to preemptively strike against - and avoid - cancer, it becomes increasingly important to slow down and take a sober look at what this relatively new technology can and can't do. The test may be trendy, but not every woman needs it.

    First, a little primer on the genes themselves: There are two BRCA genes - BRCA1 and BRCA2. When these genes are properly formed, they produce proteins that repair damaged DNA. But, when either genes mutate, its protein production dwindles

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  • The 10 WORST Reasons to Turn Down a Second Date

    By Anna Davies, Refinery29

    Refinery29You hearted him on Tinder, winked at her on Match, or engaged in an exhilarating five-minute flirt-session at a party…and it was awesome. But, you can't really gauge chemistry until you go on a date, can you? And, while the first date is great for sussing out compatibility, it's also a setting in which it's all too easy to make split-second judgments about a person who could be a great significant other (according to relationship experts, not just us).

    Meaning, if you make all your judgements on a first date, you could easily end something great before it even begins. "First dates are often filled with nervous energy and don't show you the full potential of who a person might be. I tell women that they should pick four attributes that are non-negotiables in a partner, and none can be superficial," explains Rachel DeAlto, a relationship expert based in New York City. "If he (or she) has those and you're moderately attracted, you have to go on at least

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  • Fall Beauty Harvest: 11 Delish Primpers

    By Tara Rasmus, Refinery29

    Dear fans of a certain seasonal latte: Why drink the creamy concoctions when you can slather it all over your body? In fact, some of fall's most festive ingredients - ginger, fig, and, yes, pumpkin - are actually as beneficial for your skin as they are for your senses.

    Click through to peep the yummiest ways to pamper yourself this season, from cinnamon-spiked hand cream to the coziest-smelling candle of all time. Take your pick from our fall beauty harvest, and celebrate, already - your wish to be covered in spicy seasonal goodness has been granted.

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