• As much as I love Sex and the City--and believe me, I've seen every episode at least thrice--I am not an "opening weekend" type movie-goer. I'm more of a "wait, is it still playing?" type gal. But the SATC2 fervor has got me wanting to drink pink champagne in the comfort of my own living room among my favorite ladies, and nothing but the finest film moments will do.

    There are "chick flicks" where the oddball girl gets the dreamy guy (Pretty In Pink, we love you), and we all end up in tears and believing in the power of love again. And then there are the movies, first and foremost, about female friendship. There are still sexy men and whiffs of romance floating in the air, but both take a back seat to the starring relationships among women. Round up your dearest lady friends this weekend, pop the champers, and toast to all the times you've plotted to take the world by storm together with one of our favorite gal pal flicks.

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  • Ever since I first saw this video on Monday, I have watched it approximately 47 times. In it, a tow-haired toddler psychs herself up for the day and all that she's got going on. And she's happy about a lot. "I like my pajamas, I like my stuff, I like anything!" she tells the mirror. She's like Tom Cruise's creepy motivational speaker in Magnolia, gone very, very right.

    And so Jessica's sink-side dance got me pumping my fists and adopting her mantra of, "I can do anything good! Yeah, yeah, yeah." Remember when you were this excited about, well, everything? When you were stoked just because you woke up, and it was a new day and you were you? I know, it's a little corny to take a toddler as your guru. She doesn't have the pressures of work and bills and Big Girl Responsibilities. She doesn't even have a cell phone. But let this video serve as a much-needed feel-good reminder. Sometimes all you need for a Real-Life Makeover is a little attitude adjustment. All that wacky enthusiasm?

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  • If you like basic, trend-proof clothes that show off that slammin' bod of yours, you know what it's like to get dressed only to feel like there is something missing. Audrey Hepburn's little black dress is divine, but what makes hers a look we all are after is the way she wears what she wears. A devil-may-care attitude and an impish grin, coupled with those little touches of personality--the pearls, the updo with a sparkly gemstone, those crazy-chic gloves--make for a singular look.

    Style isn't what other people tell you to wear, and these accessories are only examples; find the bangles that work for you, the sunglasses that suit your face, the chandelier earrings that fit your budget. (Our style crush, Isaac Mizrahi says splurge on a great haircut and fabulous shoes, but fake the rest.) The point here is that even the most glamorous girl in the world sometimes needs a few little extra baubles to bring her look to life. Here, nine ideas for accessories that can elevate your basics

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  • Yesterday I stood on a lushly green college campus and watched as 500 fresh-faced twenty-somethings threw their caps into the air. It was an event appropriately filled with pomp, circumstance, and century-old traditions still firmly rooted in place. But as my husband and I drove out of the bucolic small town and back to the big bad city, we got to talking about the importance of ritual and tradition, and how they both seem to vanish in adulthood.

    Our early lives are filled with ceremonial doors to pass through, with the beginning and end of each school year (not to mention semesters and midterms) providing structure and a feeling of progression for the first eighteen years of our lives. Then, without warning, we are thrust into a world with its seemingly never-ending progression of days, commuting, working, and paying bills until the next big punctuations of marriage, childbirth, and death. Fun, right?

    This is why bringing rituals into our everyday lives is such an important--and

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  • I wouldn't mind my own personal Oprah: someone I could sit down with who could help me identify my goals, live my life's purpose, and become self-actualized and Zen-like. And in our own way, that's what Real-Life Makeover is all about: helping you to transform your life in the way that works for you (we're still working on the Zen part).

    Enter Coaching Sanctuary, a new online community life coaching site that brings the coaching experience to those of us on a budget. Here, co-creator Bettina Jetter gets us started on questions to ask ourselves, how to form a game plan, and some Real Talk about how change really happens (hint: there's no magic pill).


    1. What gives me joy and energy?

    "Women are outstanding supporters of their family and friends, and they're great team players. But when it comes to focusing on themselves, taking some time for themselves, and identifying what they like doing, women don't always serve themselves as well," says Jetter. Get

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  • The aging process sometimes seems like nature's cruelest joke, but a new study shows there might actually be an upside to growing older. On average, survey respondents reported being less worried after 50, with people in their 70s and 80s the least likely to report negative emotions.

    The findings shocked Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Riverside who studies happiness. "That's really surprising that people in their 80s are happier than in their 70s and 60s. That's almost shocking, and not consistent with everything I've seen."

    Less ground-breaking results of the study, perhaps, regard the emotions of ages on the younger end of the spectrum, in which respondents reported being less stressed and angry in the years after their 20s. Those who have lived through their 20s would likely say that it wasn't the buffet of free-wheeling fun we see on TV. Reality check: twenty-somethings are at the beginning of their careers with lower-paying jobs

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  • Who isn't seduced by the idea of possibility? And when it comes to our wardrobes, the idea of one purchase yielding numerous results is pretty appealing, especially when you've got a clothing budget the size of Rachel Zoe's wrist. We rounded up some of the cutest wardrobe multitaskers in the form of dresses that become skirts, tops that become dresses, and reversible pieces that go from pretty to professional. How's that for options?

  • Dara Brown, mom to five, brings new meaning to the word busy. She wants to outfit her family in clothes that will stand up to the wear and tear of their active life, but she wants to do it all in one fell swoop and without breaking the bank. We sent over style and fashion expert Shannon Wollack to get the entire family suited up.

    The last thing most moms get to focus on is themselves, so Shannon starts by showing Dara some great spring looks from Faded Glory. Cuffed denim capris are rugged enough for playing in the sandbox with the kids but still polished for running errands, and a loose smocked top will keep Dara comfortable and cool as the weather continues to heat up.

    Accessories are what can really pull together a look of basics. Shannon upgrades this casual look with a long necklace and a bright, summery purse giant enough to tote around all the kids' stuff.

    Simple sundresses are perfect way to look effortlessly feminine. All you have to do is throw on one piece and you're good

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  • When I was little, I used to ride around the neighborhood on my Huffy 8-speed pretending I was 90210's Kelly Taylor in my red BMW convertible. The wind would whip through my hair, and I practiced my haughty smile at intersections. Even childhood play isn't always as innocent as it looks.

    Later, when I was the picture of an awkward preteen, my bike stood for freedom. My parents were freshly and bitterly divorced, but if I could get on my bike and ride to the library to check out Go Ask Alice for the third time or climb the hill nearby with a grassy overlook, I could coast away from all of that.

    A lot of us have that attachment to our bicycles when we're young. We're small and beholden to our parents decisions about bedtime, what's for dinner, and pretty much everything else. But if we have a bike, we can steer the way ourselves. It's a pretty powerful taste of freedom, and why, even though I never ride it, I have a red vintage Motobecane leaning against the living room wall.

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  • When a book not only turns on a light bulb but shines a spotlight onto the way you feel about food, it's hard to begin to write about it in the usual pithy blog ways. The internet isn't all that well-suited to dramatic proclamations, but with a book with a title as heavy as Women Food and God, it seems we have no choice. So here goes: If you've ever been on a diet, hated your thighs, zoned out with a bag of potato chips, or felt that you could get your life clicking along if you could only lose 5, 50, or 100 pounds, you have to read this book. And given those parameters, that should pretty much mean all of you.

    I first read an excerpt of Women Food and God in a magazine. And for as many times as you've heard that your issues with food aren't really about food, this was the first time that someone could articulate these ideas in a way that made me go whoa. It's not just because you had a crappy childhood or because you have low self-esteem (all those things usually play a part, too).

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