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A Simple Tip for Slimmer-Looking Arms

    If you feel self-conscious about your arms, try on a top with three-quarter length sleeves. The sleeve should hit at the narrowest part of your forearm, which will draw visual attention there and help create longer, leaner looking limbs — no free-weights required. By contrast, cap-sleeves tend to have the opposite effect, making arms look thicker and shorter than they […]

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A DIY Hack for Small Bathrooms

Need a space to hang dripping-wet swimsuits, lingerie, and other dryer-adverse delicates? While a drying rack ($40, bedbathandbeyond.com) is great if you have the space for it, not all of us are blessed with square footage. If your bathroom space is limited, try this clever reader new use from Olga B. on Twitter: Simply add a second shower rod! 2nd […]

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How to Store Fresh Herbs

Most bunches of herbs sold at the supermarket yield much more than the average recipe will call for.

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How to Complain Using Social Media

The days of sitting on hold waiting or a company’s customer service rep to assist you are over. Nowadays, the best way to get a company’s attention when trying to remedy a problem is to take to social media. But shooting off an angry tweet or writing an emotional Facebook post won’t guarantee you’ll get the help you need—or that […]

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A Site That Simplifies Your Travel Planning

Love travelling, but hate the puzzle that is itinerary planning? Look no further than JoGuru.com. Why it’s great: Because it’s an easy-to-use travel site that lets you create free custom itineraries, whether you want to go park hopping in Orlando, back-packing through Bangkok, or church gazing in Rome. Who’s behind it: Travel junkies Praveen Kumar, Saket Newaskar, and Karthik Ramachandra, […]

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What to Wear to an Interview

We can’t stop by and pluck the perfect outfit for your interview out of your closet, but we can offer a few pointers.

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How to Raise Safe, Self-Confident Kids

Any parent will tell you that the safety of their children is always a top priority—hence the collection of knee pads, shin guards, and helmets littering closet and garage floors. But is there such a thing as too much safety? There is and, contradictory as it sounds, it can even be dangerous. Child psychologist Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., author of The […]

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How to Dry Nails Faster

Those dry-oil body sprays (now ubiquitous at drugstores) are great for more than softening skin, says New York City-based celebrity manicurist Elle.

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How to Cut Your Kid’s Bangs

I once colored my son’s hair green and my daughter’s hair blue. They wanted “fun streaks,” and I thought the color was more temporary than it was. (My son was 3 at the time and my daughter was 8; I’m not vying for mother of the year anytime soon.) Oddly, when it comes to haircuts, I’m not so free wheeling. So I […]

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How to Unwind Before Bed

Counting sheep isn’t nearly as adorable as it sounds, especially when you’re actually, you know, tired. If the stress of the day is keeping you up at night, try using aromatherapy to relax before you hit the pillow. Massage a dab of aromatherapeutic balm or oil into your shoulder and the back of your neck just before bed—and be sure […]

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