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  • Society’s aggressive marketing of pink as a color for girls (which often starts when girls are still in the womb with pink gifts galore at the baby shower) has been endlessly railed against. But while pink has been slowly but steadily finding its way back into male wardrobes and onto male runways over the past few decades, it remains stubbornly fixed in the “daring fashion” category. Which is strange, considering that, in the early 1900s, pink was actually the prescribed color for boys, while baby blue, seen as more “delicate and dainty,” was pushed on girls. There’s also plenty of evidence from earlier in history, particularly in the 18th century, that males of all ages wore various striking shades of pink. But at some point, certainly by the 1950s, the switch had been codified, a move that’s been partly blamed on retail decisions. “Think Pink,” a new exhibit currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, explores the social history of the color, through portrait paintings, clothing, and photography. Take a look at the most telling images from the show, along with many others of guys in pink, for a delicious romp through hues from salmon to fuchsia.—Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
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  • The change of seasons and the stack of new, fresh catalogs that it brings into my mailbox never fails to inspire me. At holiday time I'm always clamoring to see how the prop stylists at places like Pottery Barn and Sur La Table will deck the halls and tables, and this spring I've been agog at all the seriously cute décor ideas (not to mention gorgeous clothes, furniture, and more) on the pages of Dwell Studio, Serena & Lily and Tea Collection's lookbooks.

    Who needs magazines when you can flip through pages like these, chock full of gorgeous, artful images? Lest you need convincing, we've rounded up a bunch of our favorites for your browsing pleasure-Click through the slideshow above and just try not to be inspired. We dare you.

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  • By Justin Sedor, Refinery29

    Diet fads come and go every day, each one more extreme than the next. No carbs, no fat, high fat, no meat, high meat, no gluten - we don't know about you, but we can hardly keep up. The one piece of conventional wisdom that we just can't seem to shake, though, is the idea that cutting calories will help us lose weight. Okay, yes, there is definitely truth to the concept that a net calorie deficit will result in body-weight reduction. But, obsessing over those little numbers on the back of your groceries often means ignoring basic tenets of nutrition. All calories are definitely not created equal; while a scoop of ice cream and an avocado contain the same number of calories, one choice is fundamentally healthier than the other. The important thing, of course, is to focus on giving your body what it really needs. But, it's almost impossible to ensure you're getting the right balance of nutrients when you're busy tallying calories.

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    With the help of some star nutritionists, we show you what 100 calories looks like in terms of your favorite foods. We're also breaking down the nutritional pros and cons of each, so you can make decisions based on what's actually good for your body - not just on some arbitrary number.

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  • By Martha Sorren 'Tis the season for sweet treats, and these nine DIY designs offer the perfect excuse to stock up on Easter candy this year. Make them with the kids and, if you feel like sharing, eat them together once the Easter bunny's left town.

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  • At long last, the wait is almost over: Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres on Sunday, April 6! Based on the bestselling series by George R.R. Martin, this fantasy epic follows the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in their quest for realm domination.

    In anticipation of Joffrey and Margaery's impending Purple Wedding - we still haven't recovered from the Red Wedding - we've pulled together some of our favorite details inspired by the spellbinding visuals on the show.

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  • By Louis DeNicola,

    For those who haven't heard, the classic incandescent light bulb -- a staple for more than a century -- has officially been phased out. It fails to meet new efficiency standards put in place over the past couple of years, first for 100-watt bulbs and culminating with 40- and 60-watt bulbs at the start of 2014. Now U.S. companies cannot manufacture or import any traditional incandescent light bulbs. Consumers are left with a choice of energy-efficient alternatives, all of which cost more up front. In some corners, this has engendered outrage (and an impulse to stockpile remaining inventory). Others have cheered the move as a small step toward reducing the country's energy consumption.

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    There are some exceptions to the new rules, such as three-way bulbs. Modernized halogen incandescents meet the requirements but have higher price tags than their predecessors. Meanwhile, two more efficient types of light bulbs are taking the place of incandescents: compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs). Although some consumers object to the prices -- a single 60-watt LED generally costs at least $10 -- these light bulbs use less energy and last much longer, so they eventually pay for themselves.

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    A CFL bulb has about 10 times the lifespan of an incandescent and an LED lasts about 25 times longer. As for efficiency, CFLs and LEDs trounce traditional bulbs, which transform only 10 percent of the energy they consume into light and emit the rest as heat. A 19-watt LED generates roughly the same amount of light as a greedy 100-watt incandescent. As a result, wattage no longer serves as a proxy for brightness. Instead the industry has adopted lumens as a measure of light emitted and a way to compare equivalent types of bulbs.

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    The cheapest CFLs cost less than $2, and each bulb saves $40 or more on electricity over its lifetime, according to government estimates. LEDs save even more energy and can go more than two decades without replacement, but again, they cost far more up front. has taken a shine to four energy-efficient light bulbs -- three CFLs and one LED -- that keep the initial outlay to a minimum. Each one can capably replace a 60-watt incandescent.

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  • If you had to guess what kind of pet the average heavy metal musician would own, chances are a big, tough dog would come to mind. But a new book, "Metal Cats," features something quite opposite – men of the hardcore metal music world with their cute cats. The guys and their kitties apparently make for perfect (or, rather, “purrfect”) pairs, as shown by the pictures of the pets cuddled up in the muscular, tattooed arms of their rocker counterparts. "I saw a natural connection between metalheads and cats that seemed to be particularly dichotomous with the look and attitude of men in the scene," the author, Alexandra Crockett, tells Shine. "After having the suggestion that I should make a book of some of my photos of this dynamic, I kind of just jumped in full force into making it happen." And the book’s synopsis says it all: “Metal isn't all dark and disturbing, violent and misanthropic. Metal Cats is proof that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like you and me ...” –– Erika Ostroff, Shine Staff

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  • By: Ivy Jacobson for Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have been a cute couple for a long time, y'all. The actors started dating in 2000, got married in 2002 and have had the same Bel Air mansion since then - until now. Sarah Michelle and Freddie put their LA home on the market for $5.499 million since they bought a new home in Brentwood, California.

    Their starter home is immaculately decorated and charming with seriously amazing perks, so we can see why Sarah Michelle and Freddie decided to stay put for so long. If you're a newlywed moving into this home, you've got a ton of important choices to make - like choosing between lounging in the spa or the sunroom after a hard day.

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  • by Sarah Ferguson

    Whether you're heading off to Coachella later this month or to Chicago for Lollapalooza come August, it's crucial to stock your beauty bag with products that will keep both your skin protected and hydrated and your face looking selfie-ready from morning to night.

    Above, we've rounded up music festival-appropriate face, eye and lip makeup that will endure long days, high temperatures and sweaty dance parties.

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