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Book Holiday Travel Now to Avoid Price Increases

Still haven’t booked your flight home for the December holiday season? It’s time to decide where you’ll spend each holiday and figure out your travel plans—now.

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A Simple Tip For More Comfortable Heels

Love the height of heels but hate all the attendant discomfort? Look for well-made heels with at least a one-inch platform. The heel will still be as high, but the platform means your foot won’t be at as steep of an angle, making them easier (and more comfortable) to wear. Check out these exercises to strengthen your feet.

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Can You Eat Cheese Rinds?

I love cheese. I love to eat it, and I love to serve it when people come over to my house. In fact, I go out of my way to find unfamiliar, unique, delicious cheeses all the time. But one thing that drives me a little bit crazy when I’m serving cheese is when guests cut around the rind, leaving […]

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Outfit Ideas for Velvet Jeans

Velvet jeans are a fun and versatile fashion choice for fall and winter. Anu Narayanan, Old Navy’s vice president and general manager of women’s and non-apparel, suggests combining a pair with a chunky sweater and booties for a “winter lodge type” day look. As for an evening or party ensemble: Narayanan’s personal choice is to compliment velvet jeans with a […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Boil Pasta in a Pot That’s Too Small

Ever feel tempted to cram a box of pasta into a questionably small pot in order to save both boiling time and space in the dishwasher? Here’s a good reason to not to, beyond just broken noodles. By overwhelming the pot, there’s a good chance your pasta will end up sticky and gummy. “When you add pasta to a small […]

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It’s Time to Buy Pajamas!

Get ready to slip into some nice new cozies. These popular Christmas gift items go on sale in November as retailers try to appeal to shoppers with well-priced packaged sets.

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A Simple Way to Enhance Your Moisturizer

Looking for a way to give your moisturizer a little more oomph? Try a drop of oil. Adding drop or two of grapeseed or coconut oil into your daily moisturizer will help boost hydration without clogging pores, says Jasmina Aganovic, an MIT-trained chemist and the CEO of Bona Clara, an all natural skincare and wellness company based in Boston. If […]

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A Tip for Making Great Holiday Videos

Looking for a way to make your holiday videos really come alive? Take this advice from Adam Cosco, a video expert at CyberLink: Quirky is way more interesting than pristine. That’s right; it’s the imperfect moments that make for great holiday videos. Says Cosco: “Be on the lookout for the not-so-perfect moments—the dishes piled up in the sink after a […]

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How to Recycle Your Halloween Costume

After a long weekend of Halloween festivities, you probably have a slew of candy (er, candy wrappers) and discarded disguises on your hands. It’s easy to figure out what to do with all those sweets (hint: make some delicious desserts), but finding a place for worn costumes may present more of a challenge. Instead of tossing the get-up you spent […]

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A Quick Way to Test the Quality of a Fabric

Here’s a trick to use before buying a silk or knit item—and it won’t cost you a thing. Simply pull your potential purchase across width and lengthwise, testing the resilience. Lesser-quality material tends to sag, while higher quality will stay firmer. According to Beth Amason, a fabric coordinator for New York City clothing manufacturer Vandale Industries who has sourced materials […]

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