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  • How to Upgrade Your Career like a Boss

    Refinery29By Erin Donnelly, Refinery29

    You dutifully visit the doctor for your yearly physical. You never miss your twice-a-year teeth cleanings. Even your sleep cycles and exercise habits get a daily progress report thanks to the countless apps on your phone. But, when's the last time you really evaluated your career?

    Sure, there's the annual performance review your boss conducts. After it gets put off for days on end, you finally get some vague feedback, and then it's back to your desk to tackle a pile of paperwork. When you're working long hours, it's hard to find the time to reflect on your overall progress. Are you where you want to be? Do you have the title and salary you deserve? Are your skills up to par? And, just what exactly is your boss trying to tell you with all that corporate mumbo-jumbo?

    It's important to have a healthy professional life, but it can be tough to keep everything in perspective. So, we turned to four experts for stellar tips on how to do a thorough career

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  • 5 Comfy Outfits — All Found at the Mall

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    Your suitcase might be organized, itemized, and systemized to the max, but if you're still traveling in pajama pants and that high school sweatshirt, we need to have a talk. We know that jet-setting isn't as much of a luxury pastime as it used to be, but there's no reason for your first outfit in a new locale to be something you also wore the last time you battled a stomach flu. Flying, taking a long bus ride, or hopping onto a train might not have the same glamour associated with them as they did in our grandparents' time, but that's no excuse to bust out the fleece onesies.

    That said, you also shouldn't be submitting yourself to discomfort. Just say no to pinching pants that cut off circulation, itchy collars that grow pricklier with each hour, and stiff fabrics that won't let you curl up. Flying the cozy and stylish way is totally possible - and you don't have to shell out a million dollars to do it. As proof, we sent five of our editors to five

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  • 5 Painless Ways to Save Your Paycheck

    Refinery29By Olivia Phillips, Refinery29

    London may be one of the greatest cities in the world, but it can be a crazy expensive place to live. We can't really forgo our Oyster card and walk the seven miles to work. And, we don't want to only shop at Primark or take boring packed lunches to the office every day. We want to get out there and live it up. We want to pop in to every pop-up and hang out at every hip hot spot.

    Thankfully, there are ways to live in London and not go totally broke. Conserving money across the board means you'll have the extra funds to try the hottest new password-only speakeasy. We spoke with experts to get their advice for saving money across five categories, from fashion and finance. Their tips so easy and painless, you won't even feel the pinch. And, don't forget: more pennies = more fun. Are we right or are we right?

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  • 12 Rad Swimsuits at Skimpy Prices

    By Ellen Hoffman, Refinery29

    Okay, okay - we know it's only March, but warmer, sunnier, beachier days are on the horizon. And, when that time comes, we'll be more than prepared after all the hours we spent "researching" swimwear at work. Thanks to our very scholarly analysis, you will be, too. But, wait, you haven't even heard the best part! Every bikini top, bottom, and one-piece we rounded up rings in at under $50.

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    Go ahead and kick it old school in retro, high-waisted two-pieces and ruffled, skirted bottoms. Or, show off your sportier side in a short-sleeve swim tee or an athletic, bandeau bikini with neon trim. Maybe we're overly anxious for winter's imminent end, but you have to admit these prices are pretty awesome in their own right.

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  • How to Cheat Your Way to Perfect Hair

    By Jeannine Morris, Refinery29

    There's nothing better than a great hair day. And, when it comes to perfecting your 'do, we know it can take an arsenal of products and a lot of time - not to mention perhaps a professional or two. But, what if we told you that you could cheat your way to not just decent, but perfect hair?

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    We turned to none other than celebrity stylist Ted Gibson for advice since understanding hair, no matter what type, is in his DNA. Known for perfecting the red-carpet locks of actresses Ashley Greene, Minka Kelly, and Zoe Saldana, he gave us the 411 on how to make your hair look great with minimal effort.

    You can thank us later.

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  • Amazingly Affordable Flats to Welcome Spring

    By Vanessa Golenbewski, Refinery29

    At this point, we're pretty much forcing spring to come out of hiding. Yes, we know Punxsutawney Phil said winter was going to truck on for another six weeks. But, we're simply not having it. Slowly but surely, we're starting to pack away our hats, boots, and other winter peripherals. And, we're pulling out our spring favorites and trying to integrate key pieces back into our wardrobe. Up first? Our shoes!

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    Ahead, 21 flats that will help you forget the cold. Because when it comes to our shoe collection, we don't really care what that dang groundhog said.

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  • New Study Shows You Can Be Brainwashed into Liking Certain Foods

    .By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    For anyone trying to eat well, the grocery store is a source of endless frustration. Yes, we know where the apples and the kale are kept - right in the front of the store. But, somehow - don't ask us how! - we always find ourselves making a big, fat beeline for the chocolate aisle. Then, the potato chip aisle. And, then the ice cream aisle.

    To be fair, it's not all our fault. The all-powerful junk food industry is masterful at getting us hooked on their sugar-laced gutbombs at an early age, manipulating us into craving things we wish we didn't. But, what if there were a way to trick our brains into preferring the healthier choice?

    A new study published over the weekend in the journal Nature Neuroscience claims to shed light on just how easy it is to brainwash humans to eat Snickers over squash - and, potentially, vice versa. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin polled 200 undergrads on their preferred munchies using a mock auction, asking

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  • Why Your Hair Needs Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

    By Gabrielle Korn, Refinery29

    We are pretty much year-round devotees of beachy, texturizing sprays, especially in the months before it's warm enough to set foot on an actual beach. It's also one of the reasons we're so addicted to dry shampoo: instant texture. So, when we noticed an influx of shampoo and conditioner that promise the same effect of our favorite post-shower products, we were intrigued - and admittedly skeptical. Surely something can't be texturizing while also cleansing and conditioning, right? Isn't that sort of counterintuitive?

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    The root of our suspicions is that the best hair textures are often the result of hair that's really dirty. But, according to celebrity stylist Ben Skervin from Vidal Sassoon, texturizing shampoo and conditioner actually work to enhance your hair's waviness to create texture without dirtying it up. He says, "Hair with a wave and curl can help give you a bit

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  • 6 Top Style Tips to Help You Get Noticed at Work

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    It's no surprise that you want to stand out at work. And, while a fresh idea or killer presentation will certainly earn you that extra smile from your boss, a statement-making wardrobe can get you noticed, too. But, in order to have all eyes on you for the right reasons, you need a work wardrobe that inspires conversation but is also appropriate.

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    And, because we would never make you actually work on your day off, we dreamed up a slew of 9-to-5-ready picks that'll not only impress, but may just score you that impending promotion. From eye-popping jackets to striking shifts, the HR-approved must-buys ahead are those special finds that are sure to be the talk of your office's water cooler (in a good way). Go on - work it out.

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  • Do You Drink Too Much?

    Refinery29By Maggie Puniewska, Refinery29

    Peek into the life of a young adult, and it's easy to see that there's probably a lot of alcohol around. In addition to after-work happy hours, we like boozy brunches, day drinking, holiday-themed bar crawls, Oscars drinking games, and perhaps a glass of wine or two after a long day. "We're in a culture that associates drinking with relaxation, reward, and sophistication," says Ann Dowsett Johnston, journalist and author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.

    This isn't necessarily a bad thing - is there a human that doesn't like margs with pals? - but, all those drinking occasions can mean boozy beverages are adding up fast, and it's possible you're losing count of all the alcohol that's consumed on a weekly basis (more on safe limits later). Most experts agree that moderation is key and cutting back on the booze doesn't mean succumbing to a fun-free kind of life. Here's how to enjoy your favorite fermented beverage safely,

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