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    Relationships
    Spend The Holidays Together Before You Say ‘I Do’

    During my senior year of college, I somehow ended up on an extended road trip with my girlfriend’s father. I don’t remember where we were going—a rafting trip maybe—but we were the only two people in the car, so I decided to use the ride to do a little investigative

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    Home & Entertainment
    7 Ways to Host Your Most Stress-Free Party Yet

    Confession: I love throwing parties. But no matter how many I host, I end up feeling like I got hit by a ton of bricks—the planning! The cleanup! Well, fellow party-throwers, stress no more. Rebecca Gallop, founder of A Daily Gathering, hosts lovely gatherings on the regular and she’s sharing her best tips with us. With

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    Commentary
    Why Are We So Obsessed With the Serial Podcast?

    Confession: I am obsessed with the Serial podcast. I’ve never been one for public radio. I always struggled with those pesky listening exams in high school. And audio books are about as appealing to me as hemp milk. I am a visual learner. I prefer to read stories right in

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    Outfit Ideas
    Head Over Heels with Melanie on Embracing Your Unique Style

    When it comes to style, I’m somewhat of a low-maintenance gal. I know what you’re thinking: a stylist who is low maintenance? Yep. It’s true. I don’t believe that having style means you have to be fancy. In fact, I don’t think that has anything to do with it. Instead,

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    Commentary
    Coping With the Commercialization of Christmas

    In his buzzed-about return to host Saturday Night Live, comedian Chris Rock opened the show with the kind of edgy riffing that audiences have come to expect. He found humor in the awful irony of the Boston Marathon bombings, where, after 26 miles of jogging, victims were told at the

  • holiday-party-healthy-eating
    Healthy Living
    Eat and Be Merry: Tips for Healthy Holiday Indulging

    The holiday season is notoriously bad for any health-conscientious woman. Greasy hors d’oeuvres, cookies with mountains of frosting, festive cocktails—it’s delicious, but tough to make good choices! With a few mindful eating (and drinking) practices and awareness of seasonal decadence, we can come out of the holiday season as healthy as we

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    Relationships
    Don’t Let Perfectionism Get in the Way of a Great Relationship

    I recently entered into my first relationship in what feels like eons but was actually only a couple years. Despite having known this man since high school, I was alarmed by how much I resisted the committing process. In the past I was always willing to jump into a romance with

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    Family
    Embrace New Traditions and Make the Most of Your First Christmas With the In-Laws

    If you’re newly married—or even not-so-newly married—holidays present a particular bit of inter-family gymnastics. You and your spouse have to make decisions on what traditions you want to have, and few are as fraught as the “where will we spend the holidays” question. And once you do that, there is the inevitable

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    Commentary
    While You Were Out: The Royals Hit NYC, J.Crew’s 4-Year-Old Designer, Golden Globe Nominations, and More

    “While You Were Out,” is a Friday feature of short notes and commentary from the week. Whether it’s something you’d discuss at the water cooler or at happy hour, you’ll find it on our grid, together with our opinion as to whether it’s praiseworthy or cringeworthy. We’re pleased to bring

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    Healthy Living
    6 Foods That Will Give You a Natural Energy Boost Without the Caffeine

    For many of us, coffee and energy drinks have a strong presence in our daily lives—so much that we might as well add “caffeine” to our schedule. While it has its perks, research shows caffeine can cause daytime drowsiness and irregular sleeping habits. Dependency can even form at small doses.