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  • 10 Fad Diets to Avoid

    By Meghan Blalock, StyleCaster

    10 fad diets to avoid'Tis the resolution-making season, which means that everyone you know is probably swearing up and down that they're going to do X, Y, and Z when it comes to their diet this year: cut out carbs, up the kale intake, and generally take on the task of eating healthier overall. These intentions are well and good, but sometimes weight-loss resolutions turn into a quest for fast results, leading dieters to fall victim to the ever-iffy fad diet.

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    This time of year is so heavily focused on dieting that the U.S. News and World Report just released their annual list of the best and worst diets currently out there. On the lower end of the spectrum, you may not be surprised to learn, is no shortage of fly-by-night nutritional plans that don't offer any real long-term effects. Check out the list of 10 fad diets you should probably be avoiding this new year-and beyond.

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  • How to Handle Romantic Rejection like a Pro: 4 Tips Every Girl Should Know

    By Julie Gerstein, StyleCaster

    How to handle rejection like a proMaybe you've had an unrequited crush on a guy who doesn't like you back, or had a fling fizzle out into nothingness. Or maybe the guy you've been dating gave you the slow fade, and just kind of disappeared. Whatever the case, it totally sucks to get rejected, especially when you see a relationship as having a lot of potential. Why doesn't he like me the way I like him, you wonder? How come he doesn't see how great we'd be together?

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    It's easy to feel pretty let down when someone you like doesn't like you back, but it's not the end of the world, we promise. And there are little things you can do to make it a bit easier on yourself.

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    Don't take it personally: As crazy as that might sound, remember that getting rejection often has very little to do with you and much more to do with where the other person is in their life. Maybe your crush isn't over their ex, or is legitimately

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  • Miley Cyrus is the New Face of Marc Jacobs! See the Spring 2014 Campaign Now

    By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster

    Miley Cyrus for Marc JacobsWell, well, well, what do we have here? It looks like everyone's favorite twerking, tongue-thrusting, creepers-wearing pop star is officially making the move to high fashion. Yes, people: Miley Cyrus is the new face of Marc Jacobs.

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    To be fair, this news isn't bowling us over with shock, as we kinda had an inkling that some sort of partnership was a-brewing between these two, starting with a Mickey Mouse-wearing Miley sitting front-row at Jacobs' Spring 2014 show last February, followed by the pop star wearing the designer to the punk-themed Met Gala in May (and going as his date), which led to Miley showing off her naked pilates-toned body for Jacobs' 'Love the Skin Your In' T-shirt in July.

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    Plus, earlier this week, Miley posted a pic to Instagram that showed off a Marc by Marc Jacobs

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  • 7 ‘Healthy’ Relationship Myths that Need to Be Busted Immediately

    By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster

    7 'Healthy' Relationship Myths That Need To Be Busted ImmediatelyThe concept of a healthy relationship can definitely be subjective-some couples believe heavily in the traditional trajectory of dating, engagement, marriage, and kids, while others find that so-called "norms" don't necessarily suit them. Whatever the case, there are certain ideologies that all happy couples share-regardless of how they approach life's Big Stuff-that includes mutual respect, a sense of fun, and shared values.

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    However, there are also plenty of false notions about what makes a healthy relationship that aren't even remotely true, and can create unrealistic expectations. Here, we've broken down 7 healthy relationship myths that need to be busted, stat.

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    Myth #1: People in a healthy relationship never fight.
    False! Everyone in happy relationships find themselves embroiled in spats now and again, which is normal and healthy because it means you're

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  • A Beginner’s Guide to Cutting Carbs: 7 Realistic Tips to Get You Started

    By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster

    How to cut back on carbsIt's a sad fact of life that not all carbs are created equal. There are good carbs (whole grains, certain veggies and fruits, legumes) and there are bad carbs (white flour, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white rice.) The big difference between them is that bad carbs don't offer any real nutritional value and tend to be digested so quickly that they can cause our blood sugar to spike, leading weight gain and other health troubles

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    However, while good carbs are excellent for your overall health, it's a known fact that if you're looking to slim down, making some adjustments to your carb intake can be extremely effective. That's not to say you shouldn't ever eat a piece of fruit or a bowl of brown rice, but making smart swaps can result in weight loss and overall improved health. Below, we've mapped out 7 easy tips to cut carbs from your diet this year, and still be healthy and

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  • How to Ex-Boyfriend-Proof Your Apartment After a Breakup: A Complete Guide

    By Julie Gerstein, StyleCaster

    'Ex-boyfriend proof your apartment You've broken up, you're trying to move on, but everywhere you turn, you're reminded of your ex-even in what's supposed to be the safe space of your apartment. Especially in the safe space of your apartment.

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    We so feel you.

    But luckily there are things you can do to ex-boyfriend-proof your apartment to make it easier to move on. Because you deserve to be happy and healthy-especially in your own abode. We've come up with 7 steps you can take to make your living space an ex-boyfriend-free zone.

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    1. Delete, delete, delete: Your phone and computer are extensions of your space. Remove your exes' texts, emails, and other digital ephemera. You don't have to permanently delete stuff, but you should make it difficult to access. Save the phone number in your email, but take it off your phone. Move his old emails onto an external hard drive and delete from your inbox.

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  • 6 Reasons Why You Should Try a Social Media Cleanse

    By Julie Gerstein, StyleCaster

    Why we should all consider a social media cleanse

    We're addicted to our smart phones and our iPads. We check our email approximately 5 million times a day, and can't sit through a movie without surreptitiously looking at our text messages at least ten times. We Instagram every meal, and Facebook status every stray thought that pops into our heads. We're more connected than ever before, but is it a good thing? Considering all the points we raised above-and considering what Science has to say about it-maybe not.

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    According to science (thanks, science), all this social media means we're more lonely, narcissistic, and depressed than ever before. Which is why, in the new year, we think it might be time to take a break from social media. We're not suggesting anything too drastic, but limiting your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest intake could be just what you need to start your new year with a fresh mindset, and below are 6

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  • The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Going Green(er)

    By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster

    The lazy girl's guide to going greenWhen it comes to general sustainability, odds are you're guilty of a few infractions. Maybe you keep the water running while brushing your teeth, or maybe you're addicted to shopping at fast-fashion stores for things you don't really want or need. Whatever the case, you're not alone-we all do it.

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    The good news is that-even if your New Years resolution was to try and be a little more environmentally friendly-there are plenty of easy, practical habits you can adopt that'll make a serious impact on the planet without drastically changing your lifestyle.

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    Here, we've compiled 30 simple, clever, and just plain useful tips that any lazy activist can use to do their part!

    1. Take a fast fashion break. As difficult as it may be, try taking a hiatus from fast fashion for a few months and consider investing in organic and/or sustainable garments. Elizabeth L. Cline, the author of

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  • 6 Easy Tips to Drop Holiday Weight (No Cleanse Required!)

    By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster

    A woman weighs herself on the scaleA woman weighs herself on the scaleAh, January. The time of year when we all solemnly swear we'll clean up our act by eating better ("no carbs EVER again!") and working out every single day (at 6 a.m.!") in order to combat the past month's shameless overindulging. While goals of this nature are certainly healthy, they also can get overwhelming-not to mention unrealistic-without some semblance of a plan or a regimen. That's why we've enlisted fitness expert and go-to celebrity trainer David Kirsch to hook you up with six simple steps to seamlessly, realistically get back on track in 2014.

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    Keep in mind, these tips aren't for those looking to drop mega-weight, but rather for those of us who used the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's to eat and drink more than we typically might, and want to jumpstart our systems in an easy way, while keeping our expectations in check. Read on for a healthier you!

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    1. Follow

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  • 30 Brilliant Fashion Uses for Common Household Products

    By Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster

    30 Brilliant Fashion Uses For Household ProductsLet's be honest: Between paying rent and bills, socializing, eating, dressing, downloading, and pretty much everything else we do, it often seems like hanging onto money isn't exactly an easy feat for most young women. That's why we're fans of occasionally using some clever tricks to get around shelling out cash for small fashion and beauty-related things that could be done using stuff we already have in our linen closets, our kitchens, or our bathrooms.

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    For example, did you know that using the inside of a banana peel can whiten your teeth as well as an at-home kit, or a dash of olive oil can often fix a jammed zipper? It's these small hacks that can often save a little money, a lot of time, and overall keep your stuff (and yourself!) looking fabulous.

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    Whether your New Year's resolution was to start saving, or

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