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  • Do You Need a Dating Rotation?

    Refinery29By Caitlin Thornton, Refinery29

    They're all in the Notes section of my phone: the 26-year-old graphic designer from Baltimore. The surfboard shaper with a motorcycle. A couple of actor/bartenders who live within a five-mile radius of my place in Central Los Angeles. The 37-year-old who works at an ad agency, has a sweet pit-bull, and an enviable vinyl collection - but is so obviously not over his ex-fiancée.

    I was fresh out of a relationship, breakup wounds still searing. But, rather than stay single, I figured out what the hell I wanted from my next long-term partner, dove straight into dating, and found myself in the middle of a rotation - that is, seeing a multitude of men, all noncommittally.

    My many relationships have fallen somewhere between a string of not-so-great first dates and being in love. I've enjoyed the fun aspects of being with a partner without being tied down to one person emotionally. And, since I don't have a top-notch memory, it also requires keeping a handy Read More »from Do You Need a Dating Rotation?
  • 5 Winter Health Horrors — & Their All-Natural Solutions

    By Maggie Puniewska, Refinery29

    For those who haven't spent much time in colder climes, winter may have taken on a few misleading qualities. The cute, chunky, wool sweaters and evenings spent sipping hot chocolate following an afternoon sled ride only exist in films like A Christmas Story. Winter (at least for this writer) is more like a hell-frozen-over death trap, involving virus particles and the fact that even four layers of the most thermal leggings won't produce a warming effect in the frozen tundra that is the outdoors.

    Yes, a wee bitter over here. Because even if you're super careful about maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle, winter is bound to grace you with some sort of ailment, whether it's picking up a runny nose from a cube mate or packing on a few extra pounds through some post holiday boozing and bingeing. Fortunately, staying healthy and treating the most common cold weather inconveniences doesn't have to involve a shopping spree at the pharmacy - some of

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  • The Only Supermodel Selfie Tip that Actually Works

    By Gina Marinelli, Refinery29

    After two minutes of watching models take selfies, we think we've figured out the secret to snapping the best one: Be a model. And, if you're one of W magazine's new guard of supermodels, that doesn't hurt either. The publication has named 10 ladies who are not the modern-day Christys, Naomis, and Lindas. Instead, they are the Karlies, Jourdans, and Candices of this generation - after all, we're sure you're already on a first-name basis.

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    But, even though the feature is recognizing these women as the model powerhouses they are, the real golden nuggets of wisdom lie within the DIY photo shoot. As in, the one that occurs on your cell phone. We won't sugarcoat: Taking selfie advice from models is like taking batting advice from a World Series slugger. The tips are solid, the examples are helpful, but when it comes down to it, we're still playing in the minor leagues.

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  • 9 Under-$100 Pencil Skirts that Are so Boss

    By Michaela D'Artois, Refinery29

    The joy of skirt weather coming to San Francisco is like discovering there's no line at our neighborhood third-wave coffee shop on a Saturday. We wonder if the stars have aligned, just for us. So, in hopes that spring will be generous to our bare gams, we've tapped some very hot, stem-hugging hems that will give your work-to-weekend wardrobe an A+ moment.

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    Yep, the pencil is no longer resigned to mere office wear - they could very well be the polished piece that your closet has been missing out on. Go on then, jump into our knee-grazing slideshow and get your fix (or that promotion), pronto.

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  • 7 Food Chemicals You Should Know About

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

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    There was some real shock value behind the whole azodicarbonamide-in-Subway's-bread thing. In case you missed it, that chemical's also used in the manufacturing of yoga mats and sneaker soles. Turns out, it's also available in Hearty Italian. Yum. Now that Subway has agreed to remove the chemical from its breads, we're wondering what other chemicals could be lurking in foods we eat every day.

    A cursory glance at Subway's other bread ingredients, for example, reveals a wealth of words we straight up cannot pronounce. You'll see things like ammonium sulfate, DATEM, sodium stearoyl lactylate, potassium iodate, and calcium sulfate. Okay, we can pronounce that last one, but it still seems kind of ominous. So, are these chemicals as strange as they sound?

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    They sure are. And, Subway isn't the only food chain carrying 'em. In fact, there's an entire collection of chemicals in many restaurants' food that

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  • 12 Pairs of Badass Fashion Week Shoes to Obsess Over

    By Connie Wang, Refinery29

    You win, cold snap. For the past several days, we've dealt with snow flurries, slush lakes, and icy winds so cold, we were running to Fashion Week shows because we were freezing - not because we were late. So, of course, the shoes we chose to slip into this time around had to fulfill a few more requirements than just "fab."

    With sneakers, heavy-duty booties, and shearling-lined stunners dominating the concrete, there were a few intrepid souls soles out there who decided to flash a little toe, some ankle, and, in a few cases, a full-on summery, bare leg. Ahead, we're showcasing the steppers that carried NYFW attendees through the snow drifts, over the ice, and around the puddles. From the pretty-yet-practical to the delightfully impractical, these were the shoes that turned the pavement into the real runway this season. Walk. It. Out.

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    Editor's Note: We get it. You see something, and you want it, like,

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  • Bad Beauty Habits to STOP Right Now

    By Vanessa Golembewski, Refinery29

    We know you're busy. And, on more than one occasion, you've probably joked that your job keeps you chained to your desk. Even as you read this, you're likely at the office pretending to work being incredibly productive. But, just because you've gotta hustle from 9-to-5 doesn't mean you should ruin your skin in the process.

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    We're willing to bet that, as you sit, you're doing a number of small things that'll wreak major havoc on your beauty game. So, we spoke to dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel about what your desk habits do to your skin. Plus, Dr. Andrew Hecht, chief of spine surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at NYC's Mount Sinai, clued us in to the damage you could be inflicting on your spine and neck. Ahead, seven bad beauty habits and how to fix 'em. Consider yourself cured.

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  • 3 Must-Make Treats — in Time for V-Day

    Refinery29By Joanna Riedl, Refinery29

    Still thinking of that something extra special to do for your S.O. on Friday? Or, for all those fab single ladies, planning to treat yourself to a colossal, heart-shaped box of candy? Well, for V-Day this year, we recommend switching things up a bit. We paid Wholesome Bakery's Mandy Harper a visit at her new Mission spot, where she showed us how to wow our sweetheart (or ourselves!) by whipping up some healthy, vegan, and oh-so-tasty treats.

    This year, surprise your lover with rich, lavender-chocolate truffles, or plan to start the day swooning over gluten-free, orange-zest morning buns. An added incentive: If or when sexy time rolls around, you'll be super glad you stayed away from other heavy desserts. Plus, everyone knows the surefire way to the heart is through the stomach, right?


    Meet our baking babe Mandy Harper, who's about to show us that the way to our love's heart really is through the stomach. Throw on your apron, and let's get to it!

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  • What to Buy Your Guy This Valentine's Day

    By Bobby Schuessler, Refinery29

    That Saint Valentine Hallmark sure knows how to stress us out. And, not just with the flood of sappy cards, heart-shaped treats, and pink-colored teddy bears. Rather, if your other half happens to be a dude, the gift pool tends to shrink significantly - really, those V-Day go-tos like roses and chocolates (despite their appropriate cheesiness) just won't cut it here. You have to step out of the box and be more creative than that. And, no, this does not mean a novelty tie or random tools.

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    So, to avoid a "What do I get him?" freak-out, we rounded up 30 fantastic gifts he will actually want and totally love. And, since it's probably best not to get your recent Tinder fling the same gift as your lover of 20 years, the presents ahead are categorized according to every type of romantic stage. Give any one of these to your S.O. (or pretty much any guy in your life), and we guarantee your relationship will last

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  • Is This Sex Taboo Such a Big Deal?

    Refinery29By Abigail Fox, Refinery29

    I don't even remember how old I was when I had my first threesome - though it was sometime in college. I was definitely naive enough that I didn't really have any idea what was going on when an attractive couple at a camping festival sidled up to me. Eventually they made their intentions known and instead of wrestling with my feelings or asking what they specifically had in mind, I just said, "Sure, why not?" After less than an hour of cramped and sweaty rolling around in a dome tent where we all fell asleep in flagrante delicto more than once, we called it a night and went our separate ways, never to speak again.

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    Since then, I've had a variety of threesomes - all two women, one man (FFM, for short). I had one, golden opportunity to have an MMF (two men, one woman) threesome when I was diving in Honduras, which was scuppered by lack of condoms. I've been part of a couple pulling in a

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