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How to Mince Garlic Without it Sticking

Mincing garlic without a special kitchen tool can get messy—and sticky. Those tiny bits of garlic can stick to your knife, chopping board, your fingers and even your hair (don’t ask, it’s a long story). But there is an easier way to get the consistency you want without having to constantly un-stick garlic from you knife. First, take a bulb […]

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A Better Way to Tie Your Shoes (Seriously!)

It sounds silly, but it’s true: You’re probably tying your shoes the wrong way. Your parents or kindergarten teacher most likely taught you the easiest version of the classic knot, and we’re willing to bet that you’ve been tying your shoes the same way ever since. Enter Terry Moore, the director of the Radius Foundation, and this three-minute TED Talks […]

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Help Guests Keep Track of Their Drinks

Instead of jamming another thing in the junk drawer (I’m looking at you, glass tags) or washing wine glasses all night, use this simple trick to keep track of party-goers glasses.

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Top 11 Beauty Products I’d Take to a Desert Island

This weekend, as I was spring cleaning, I did a fun experiment (well, fun by beauty editor standards, anyway). I tried to pare my cosmetics down to 10 items. I did it to clear clutter, of course, but also because I think it’s a good way to determine which products are really working for me. Hopefully the 11 (in the end, […]

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How to Make Old Bay Seasoning

If you’re set on making a seafood dinner, like the Sheet-Pan Clambake from our May issue, but you’re out of seafood seasoning, leave your keys where they are. You can avoid a last-minute trip to the grocery store by quickly making an easy spice blend similar to Old Bay.

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Cheap Ways to Make an Outfit Look Expensive

The biggest fashion trends need not drain your budget—in fact, subtle touches like zippers, small sequins, and beating with a matte finish usually pass for good quality even when made inexpensively. “A button covered in fabric looks more couture,” says Phillip Bloch, a Los Angeles–based stylist and the author of The Shopping Diet. Another embellishment that looks fancy, not tacky: […]

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A Super Simple Tip For Tailoring Jeans

Bringing your new boot-cuts (or skinnies, or wide-legs…) to the tailor for a hem job? Make sure you toss those jeans into the laundry first. Denim shrinks a bit when you wash it, which can cause the length of the inseam to shorten slightly. Putting your new jeans through two wash-and-dry cycles before you get them hemmed will spare you the grief […]

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Need More Willpower? Eat a Turkey Sandwich

Let’s say your day started with trying to remain calm despite rush hour traffic. When you finally arrive at work, you dutifully start responding to e-mails (without signing into Facebook). Then, when it’s time to head out to lunch, you walk right past a window display featuring those must-have sandals. That means that you’ve resisted losing your temper, procrastinating, and […]

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Try This Now: Baby Kale

Looking for a great way to sneak more greens into your diet? Clamshell containers of baby kale are widely available in the produce aisle, helping you to get this healthy green into your meals by the handful without any prep.

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An Easy Way to Make the Most of Your Job References

According to a recent Career Builder study, one in five Americans plan on leaving their jobs for new ones this year. If you too are on the hunt for your dream job—or, at least, less of a nightmare job—a great resume and fantastic interview may not be enough to secure the position. It could come down to the references you […]

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