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15 Ways to Work Plaid Into Your Fall Wardrobe

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This is it for Eli Manning: 1-5 Giants must part ways with QB

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Chrissy Teigen Shows 4 Ways to Layer Dresses in the Fall

ESC: Fall Boots, Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen revealed epic looks this week and we couldn’t help but notice her mastery of fall layers.
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Chrissy Teigen Shows 4 Ways to Layer Dresses in the Fall

ESC: Fall Boots, Chrissy TeigenChrissy Teigen revealed epic looks this week and we couldn’t help but notice her mastery of fall layers.
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15 ways you could become a cyber crime victim

Europol has warned of 15 ways in which people can fall prey to cyber criminals as it launched a report on the dangers of the web.
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16 Ways to Pull Off Celebs’ Current Fave Color: Neon Green

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NFL Network to part ways with Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans, Ike Taylor after scandal

USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell on what players are saying about Terrell Owens' decision to skip the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The NFL Network's game-day broadcast team will look considerably different this season, as a sexual harassment scandal will result in the departure of Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and two other analysts. Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor all were suspended last year after a female employee claimed they were among five people at the network who groped and harassed her. The three former players aren’t expected to return to their jobs at NFL Network once the regular season commences, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person

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Candace Cameron Bure Shares 3 Ways to Become a Fit Mom

ESC: Candace Cameron BureThere’s no doubt, being a parent is hard work. Yet, being a parent that’s also in incredible shape is even harder.
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Brioni, Nina-Maria Nitsche Part Ways

MILAN — Brioni and its creative director Nina-Maria Nitsche have parted ways.
The men’s luxury company sent a brief statement on Friday announcing the exit of Nitsche, who presented her latest collection for the brand in June in Paris. A successor hasn’t been named yet.
Nitsche joined Brioni in June 2017, succeeding former creative director Justin O’Shea, a women’s retail executive who had no design experience, who left the company in October 2016. Previously, British designer Brendan Mullane held the role of Brioni creative director from July 2012 to February 2016.
A Maison Martin Margela veteran, Nitsche joined the French company in 1989 and, after Margiela’s resignation in 2009, took over the creative direction of the brand. She joined Vetements in September 2016 but left when the company relocated to Zurich from Paris in 2017.

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Nonfiction: America Has Gone Off the Rails. Steven Brill Sees Ways to Get It Back on Track.

In “Tailspin,” Brill looks at many problems plaguing the country, and the people who are offering solutions.
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Cheryl and Liam Payne ‘go separate ways’

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10 Ways to Live Your Best Life on National Rosé Day 2018

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10 Ways to Live Your Best Life on National Rosé Day 2018

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5 Ways Justice League #1 Changes the DC Universe

Justice League #1 hit stores this week (check out our review here), and the new series makes it abundantly clear that big changes are brewing in the DC Universe. From the death of a major villain to a grim vision of things to come, here are five major developments in DC’s epic Justice League relaunch.

Warning: this article contains full spoilers for Justice League #1!

The Totality

The recent Dark Nights: Metal crossover ended with the Source Wall surrounding the DC Universe being breached and energy from the unknown realms beyond bursting through. That plot point is still very much at the forefront of this new series. Issue #1 opens with the Totality, a comet-like burst of energy from deep inside the Source, rocketing across the universe and being witnessed across multiple points in the DC timeline. The opening page showcases the futuristic Justice League of DC One Million, The Monitor from Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kamandi and Dr. Canus and a group of immortals (including Highfather, Hera, Ganthet and Phantom Stranger) all watching the Totality’s journey.

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Cleveland knows what Golden State can do. Here are four lineups the Cavs might use to slow down the Warriors.
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All the Ways Kate Middleton Can Help Ensure Meghan Markle Has the Perfect Royal Wedding

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14 Ways to Upgrade Your Coachella Look Under $30

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3 Ways to Wear the New Kendall + Kylie Swimwear All Day

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3 Ways to Wear the New Kendall + Kylie Swimwear All Day

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5 Ways Andy Cohen Is Redefining Late-Night TV

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Andy Cohen, Andy Cohen's Then and NowAndy Cohen isn’t just the host of Watch What Happens Live. He’s also a pioneer in late-night television.
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Snooki & JWoww Defend Their "Jersey Shore" Partying Ways

Nicole Polizzi and Jenni Farley have choice words for moms who criticize them for spending time away from their kids. See why they decided to do "Jersey Shore Family Vacation."
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Three Centuries of Valentines Offer 12,000 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

Look inside a vast collection of cards, from as early as the 1680s, featuring pop-ups, cutouts and Civil War soldiers.
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Five ways to make the All-Star Game even more fun

Our writers have some radical ideas on how to improve the NHL’s midseason classic, such as turning it into a four-team international tourney, pitting the defending Cup champs against the world, restoring the fantasy draft and reuniting Team North America.
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Mularkey, Titans mutually agree to part ways

The Titans and head coach Mike Mularkey mutually agreed to part ways Monday morning, two days after Tennessee was eliminated by New England in the AFC divisional round.
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The Rockets and Warriors run historic offenses in wildly different ways

They put up huge numbers with unmatched shooting, but the two best offenses in the NBA — while historically potent — are actually nothing alike.
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Source: Cowboys to part ways with McFadden

The Dallas Cowboys are parting ways with running back Darren McFadden, who has barely been used this season, a source told ESPN’s Todd Archer.
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Super-Cute Ways Celebrities Are Layering Clothes for Winter

ESC: Layering, Priyanka ChopraLay it on…thick.
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Why Grey’s Anatomy’s 300th Episode Was Record-Breaking in More Ways Than One

Grey's Anatomy 300th Episode, Ellen PompeoGrey’s Anatomy made history last night.
The long-running ABC drama, now in its 14th season, aired its 300th episode, making the Shonda Rhimes-created medical soap the first series in…

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Kendall Jenner’s $10K Metallic Boots, 3 Celeb-Inspired Ways

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Kendall Jenner’s $10K Metallic Boots, 3 Celeb-Inspired Ways

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Kendall Jenner’s $10K Metallic Boots, 3 Celeb-Inspired Ways

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Flared Jeans: 3 Celeb-Inspired Ways to Wear Them in 2017

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High-Waisted Jeans: 3 Ways to Wear Denim Like Kendall Jenner

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High-Waisted Jeans: 3 Ways to Wear Denim Like Kendall Jenner

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The Best Ways to Tell the Hard Truth at Work

Companies need candor from their employees, but bosses must take real steps to make clear they’re open to bad news and contrary opinions.
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Katy Perry Wears Daytime Metallics in all the Right Ways

ESC: Katy PerryKaty Perry is the brightest star on the streets with her two-toned Christopher Kane ensemble.
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Google Searches for Ways to Boost News Subscriptions

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John Oliver Shows All The Ways Trump’s Border Patrol Surge Could Go Wrong

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Three Ways to Dive the Great Barrier Reef, From Affordable to Epic

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Victoria’s Secret Model Vita Sidorkina Wore The Same Gorgeous Wedding Dress Two Ways

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2 Ways to Style Savannah Chrisley’s New Moto Jacket

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Fay, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi Part Ways

MILAN — Fay and creative duo Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi have parted ways.
The designers joined the Italian label controlled by Tod’s Group in 2011, succeeding Giles Deacon, who collaborated on Fay from the women’s fall 2008 collection until the spring 2011 season. Previously, the brand’s collections were designed by an internal creative team.
“On behalf of the entire company I wish to thank Tommaso and Roberto for their most valuable contribution to the evolution of the brand,” said Tod’s Group vice president Andrea Della Valle. “I personally think that this collaboration has proven to be extremely fruitful for both sides.”
“This was really a great experience, which naturally came to an end after six years,” said Aquilano, who was reached by phone on Friday afternoon. “This partnership definitely ended on a happy note with satisfying feedbacks in terms of visibility and commercial results.”
In 2016, Fay benefited from its expansion around the world and showed a 5.3 percent increase in sales to 62.6 million euros, with a sharp acceleration in the fourth quarter.
At the group level, in the 12 months ended Dec. 31, sales totaled one billion euros.
The duo, who ended the collaboration with Fay with the spring 2018 pre-collection hitting stores in

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Maison Ullens and Kim Laursen to Part Ways

FINAL ACT: Maison Ullens is parting ways with its creative director Kim Laursen after six seasons of collaboration, the house said Wednesday, citing an evolution in brand strategy as the reason behind the decision. Laursen’s final collection for the house will be presented in October in Paris. From then on, collections will be designed in-house.
Laursen, who is Danish, previously worked for Christian Lacroix, Azzaro, Elie Saab and Kenzo. Among her career highlights at Maison Ullens, America’s First Lady Melania Trump wore a custom-made belted leather jacket and skirt by the Belgian label for a visit to the Magritte Museum in Brussels in May, accompanied by wives of other national leaders who were attending a summit of the NATO military alliance across town. Other high-profile clients of the house include IMF’s Christine Lagarde, Catherine Deneuve and Kelly Rutherford.
Founded by Baroness Myriam Ullens de Schooten in 2009, the brand specializes in luxury travelwear, with a focus on knitwear, leather and cashmere pieces.

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Gingham Is Making a Comeback–Here’s 15 Ways to Wear It

Branded: Gingham CollageSummer is in full swing and the only thing you’re in need of is a new casual statement piece that makes you look more together than you feel (#goals).
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Paris Men’s Sizzles — In More Ways Than One

PARIS — Call it the Macron effect. With Paris men’s fashion week in full swing since Wednesday, retailers and brands say there’s a positive global energy that is helping propel business, boosted by the recent election of President Emmanuel Macron — a man well-connected with the nation’s luxury conglomerates and also contributing to the goodwill toward France.
“I moved to Paris three months ago, and I have to say that, especially since the elections, there is a high level of confidence, trust and energy. I am hearing that from all over the world,” said Balmain’s new chief executive officer Massimo Piombini.
“It’s a global energy that is spreading. There is a global drive,” agreed Pascal Morand, executive president of the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode.
That’s despite Paris being further rattled by an attack on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées on Monday, marking the fifth time in four months that security forces were targeted in the city. Morand said the federation and its members are working with state services and police to ensure safety during the men’s season and the women’s couture shows, which begin July 2.
“The measures might generate some constraints for guests attending

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All the ways Kirk Cousins could hit the jackpot — and what comes next

All the ways Kirk Cousins could hit the jackpot — and what comes next
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5 Days, 5 Ways: You Need Victoria Beckham-Like Trousers in Your Life ASAP

ESC: 5 Days, Victoria BeckhamShowing a little shoulder will never get old.
Kate Bosworth has the perfect solution to wearing sleeves in the summertime and it starts and ends with this top. The off-the-shoulder look,…

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Pal Zileri and Mauro Ravizza Krieger Part Ways

MILAN — Pal Zileri owner Forall SpA and creative director Mauro Ravizza Krieger have agreed to part ways.
“This is amicable,” Giovanni Mannucci, chief executive officer of Pal Zileri, told WWD. “We have talked about the development of the brand and a change made sense for both of us.”
Mannucci said he is focused on a new strategy that will be presented in January 2018 and declined to provide details about a possible successor at press time.
Ravizza Krieger joined Pal Zileri in July 2014 and played “a key role” in the repositioning of the brand, said Mannucci.
Ravizza Krieger’s last collection for Pal Zileri is for spring-summer 2018 and will be presented on June 18 in Milan at the Rotonda della Besana. It is understood he will not be at the event. Ravizza Krieger has worked with Caruso, Loro Piana, Herno and Luciano Barbera, and his first collection for Pal Zileri bowed in January 2015.
The group’s Pal Zileri LAB collection will be showcased in Florence during Pitti Uomo running June 13 to 16.
The late Baroque Rotonda della Besana was also the set for Pal Zileri’s fall 2017 presentation, where Ravizza Krieger asked the company’s seamstresses to show 12 of the 180 steps needed

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5 Days, 5 Ways: You’ll Want to Pay Attention to Olivia Palermo’s Boots

ESC: 5 Days, Olivia PalermoOff-the-shoulder tops aren’t going anywhere, as told by Lucy Hale’s striped Rails stunner.
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17 ways to pass the time before the NBA Finals (Yahoo Sports)

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6 Ways To Use Your Lunch Hour to the Fullest

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Chrissy Teigen’s Stylist Shares 6 Affordable Ways to Look Hollywood

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4 Ways Researchers Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Making Babies

Infertility treatment is more common than ever, thanks to technology. 

More than 70,000 babies were born through in-vitro fertilization in 2014, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. That’s an increase of nearly 10,000 babies, compared with five years earlier.

Men and women are increasingly likely to seek medical help for reasons that include reduced stigma and more employers offering coverage for IVF. But one big reason for the trend is clear: Fertility doctors are getting better at making babies.

“Science is moving at a pace that’s very different than any of us could have ever imagined,” said Dr. Eli Adashi, a Brown University professor of reproductive medical science who specializes in ovarian biology.

Researchers have fine-tuned the best ways to stimulate a woman’s ovaries, grow embryos in the lab and pick the best ones to transfer to her uterus. Improved success rates have made IVF ― once considered an experimental procedure ― the gold standard of fertility treatment.

Here are some of the most inspiring breakthroughs that promise to rock fertility treatment further over the next decade:

1. Babies Made From Three People

For the estimated 12,000 women in the U.S. who risk passing down devastating mitochondrial diseases, including neurological disorders, and heart and kidney problems, a new procedure can be the difference in deciding to have children or not. 

Scientists have found a way to remove the DNA nucleus from an egg with bad mitochondria (the energy-generating part of our cells), and place it into a donor’s healthy egg, from which the nucleus has been removed. The egg is then fertilized in the lab with sperm from a third person. 

”It’s a huge breakthrough because we’re able to separate out the part of the egg that’s causing the problems,” said Susan Solomon, CEO of the New York Stem Cell Foundation.

The controversial procedure has already been approved in the United Kingdom, and it’s under review at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Supporters say it doesn’t really mix the genes of two women, since there’s not much DNA contained in mitochondria. In the future, it might be possible to use the technology to help rehabilitate less robust eggs from older women or women who prematurely went through menopause.

2. Fewer Twins From Better Embryo Freezing

For the last decade, the buzz about freezing eggs has been focused on women stashing away eggs to prolong fertility. But about five years ago, fertility doctors adopted a flash-freezing technology called vitrification to preserve embryos of women undergoing IVF.

It’s trickier to freeze five-day-old blastocyst embryos of about 80 to 100 cells than it is to freeze a single-cell egg. But the vitrified embryos have a better chance of surviving the warming process and resulting in a pregnancy than embryos frozen the old way.

The big payoff: Fertility doctors can convince patients who want twins to aim for a single pregnancy, and to save their remaining frozen embryos to try for a sibling later. 

“By transferring a single embryo at a time, we can achieve safer pregnancies and healthier moms and babies,” said Dr. Alan Penzias, fertility doctor at Boston IVF and professor at Harvard Medical School.

3. Cheaper Genetic Testing

Couples worried they could pass on genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, to their offspring have long agonized whether to add thousands more to their IVF bill to have an embryo biopsied and tested for defects.

New technology known as next-generation sequencing allows scientists to study an embryo’s DNA with better accuracy, and to identify a much longer list of potential disorders. And, instead of studying a handful of embryos at a time, technicians can put a barcode on each embryo and test 200 at once.

“It can bring down the cost from thousands of dollars to hundreds,” said Penzias. “If you had told me in medical school that someday we could see an IVF couple, test their embryos and routinely help them avoid passing on a lethal disease, I would have never believed it.”

4. Making Eggs And Sperm From Skin Cells

For years, we’ve heard about “potential” applications of stem-cell science.

The future is finally getting close. The tantalizing idea of creating eggs from skin cells that have been programmed into embryonic-like stem cells was realized in mice by Japanese scientists a couple years ago. And here’s the kicker: Those mice gave birth to pups that also reproduced. The ability to make artificial eggs and sperm would be a “revolution” for reproductive science, said Adashi.

“It would eliminate IVF as we know it,” Adashi said. “You wouldn’t need to stimulate ovaries or retrieve eggs. You’d simply donate a cheek swab. It’s still a long way off, but people are working on it.”

In the meantime, doctors agree that the next revolution should focus on making fertility medicine accessible to more patients. Insurance plans are still not required to cover fertility treatment in most states. 

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5 Days, 5 Ways: Sara Sampaio Is Giving Us Major Sneaker Envy

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Mint the miraculous herb, and more than 30 Ways to use it, is an introduction to the numerous uses of Mint, one of the most famous herbs around the world! Mint has multiple properties and benefits, and has been used since the ancient times. Over the centuries, Mint has often been called as the “oldest medicine in the world” or “the miraculous herb”. Today, it still remains one of the most beloved herbs worldwide. The ancient Greeks believed that mint refreshes the mind, cures headaches and cools the blood. The admiration of mint was common in ancient Rome as well. The Romans used it to flavour their food, and washed their bodies with mint scented water. In the Middle Ages it was used by the monks both in cooking and for its healing properties. Mint is so greatly beloved and widespread in the Arab world, that people use to swear in the name of it. Its Arabic name means “gift of Allah”The Chinese used the wild mint of fields since the ancient timesIn Europe, the cultivation of mint was developed after the 18th century, when the English began to grow it in the outskirts of London. Mint is used widely in cooking, wine and pharmaceutical products. Yet today, due to the mass production of the industrial products, synthetic fragrance is often used instead of the original mint essential oil. So, in this short Mint Usage Guide, you will find some of the most known and useful applications of mint. It might also stimulate your mind to invent more ways to apply and use it, but most of all you will learn how this wonderful herb can benefit and serve you!

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Ten Simple and Unexpected Ways to Boost Happiness

What are some small ways to boost happiness in everyday life? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Raj Raghunathan, Professor of marketing and happiness expert at UT Austin, on Quora:

I once surveyed my students to make a list of three small things that make them feel happy after watching this video. Here’s the Top Ten list from that survey:

Note that not all of them will work equally well for you, so you need to figure out which ones work best:

1. Engage in vigorous physical activity.

The next time you need a mood-boost, try this out: go for a long run or play a game of basketball. Now, what counts as a long run for you may be a mere walk in the park for me (it’s more likely to be the reverse), but the point is that the activity needs to be vigorous enough get your heart pumping and your mind distracted from your negative ruminations. If you are like most people, you are unlikely to want to get off your butt if you are feeling down. But, as the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It!” Here’s a fact to get you going: you are guaranteed to feel better after a workout than you felt before it.

2. Hang out with friends.

When we feel down, we typically don’t want to interact with others. This is partly because we don’t want others to see our negative side, but it’s mostly because we don’t think that hanging out with others is really going to help us feel better. I’m not sure where this intuition comes from, but I can tell you that it is wrong: our mood reliably improves after we socialize, especially if the people with whom we socialize are happy and likeable. Similar to how it’s important to overcome the reluctance to exercise, it’s important to overcome the pessimism we feel about the effectiveness of socializing when feeling down.

If you are wondering where and with whom to socialize, just call one of the “favorites” on your smart phone and make a plan to meet. Tell them about what is troubling you to get you started–even a short chat with a close-friend can significantly improve your mood.

3. Consume a moderate amount of alcohol.

I know, I know, I shouldn’t be encouraging people to drink, but what to do? It turns out that when we desperately need a happiness quick-fix, consuming a moderate amount of alcohol can be effective. The key here is to consume just enough to feel a little relaxed. The very process by which alcohol lowers inhibitions can also lower the tendency to worry. In other words, alcohol can temporarily take your mind off things that are causing you to feel negative and thus, can be useful in situations in which our mind is on a “negativity overdrive.” Needless to say, it is important to consume only a moderate amount of alcohol. If you are one of those who can’t stop after two, don’t try this at home or elsewhere!

4. Dress to kill.

As I mentioned in an earlier article, human beings are highly social creatures, which means that we worry a lot about what others think of us. When we believe that others view us positively, we feel good, and when we believe that they view us negatively, we feel bad. So, one way to make yourself feel good is to wear your best clothes and perfume (or cologne, as the case may be) and venture out to your local park or mall. We you look and smell good, or think that you do, you are likely to believe that others view you positively and this will make you feel good.

5. Revisit old (and positive) memories.

Reliving the “good old times” can be a surprisingly effective mood-booster. I say “surprising” because many of us, especially the young among us, rarely engage in reliving fond memories. Curiously, it seems that the more our life has become virtual, the less we are likely to revisit the past. My parents, for example, regularly spend time recalling pleasant past memories, and also routinely pore over the “family album” to relive past memories. Our existence in the virtual world, e.g., on social media websites, should, if anything, allow us to revisit our past even more effectively, given that many of our cherished memories and experiences are merely a “click away”.

A note of caution, however, if you are looking to the Internet to revisit the past: stay away from those who make you feel inferior. That is, stay away from people who are into the game of “keeping up with the joneses”–you know, the ones who frequently post pictures from their vacation in Spain, or engage in name-dropping. Findings show that such “friends” bring you down.

6. Watch a funny or touching video.

Some people prefer funny videos and others prefer heart-warming ones. Regardless, findings show is that even a short exposure to a positive video can significantly boost happiness. (There’s a reason why one of the most popular ways to manipulate mood in experiments is to have participants watch a video.) Here are links to two funny and two touching videos. (Note: the last one is relatively long, at about 15 minutes, but it is well worth it!)

Funny videos:

Dog playing piano: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…

The Duck Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…

Heart-warming videos:

Love Language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…

Validation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…

7. Talk to an older relative.

It’s a bit of a pity that, in many “new” cultures (like the US), the elderly aren’t as respected as they are older cultures (like China or India). Think about it: as you grow older, you get physically weak and mentally less nimble. The one saving grace could have been that you gain in respect. Without it, growing old seems to have no positives. No wonder the US is so “youth crazy”!

As findings on hyperopia show, the elderly do deserve our respect because they have “been there, done that.” They thus have many valuable lessons to share. In particular, no one can put things in perspective like the elderly can. Talking to them will help you discern the important from the merely urgent and will also help you not sweat the small stuff.

8. Tick something off your “to do” list.

Have you ever written down something on your things to do list just so that you can have the pleasure of scratching it out? Well, turns out you are not alone. Findings show that people derive an “efficacy boost” by accomplishing goals and this can, in turn, make them feel good. If you don’t have a things to do list or can’t think of something to write on it to scratch off, don’t worry. Just do something simple and easy, like depositing a check or washing a cup, and you’ll be on your way to feeling good.

9. Do a small act of kindness.

Perhaps the most powerful determinant of how we feel is the story we tell ourselves about who we are. The more we believe that we are efficacious and successful, the better we feel–which is why tip #8 (ticking something off your list) works. Another story you can tell yourself is that a large-hearted, generous person. One way to convince yourself of this story is to act like a large-hearted and generous person. This doesn’t mean that you break your bank to serve someone; all you need to do is to perform a small act of kindness such as, rescuing a kitten from a tree, or giving left-over food to a homeless person. Even merely smiling or saying “good morning!” to someone can pick your mood up.

10. Venture into nature.

Most urbanites don’t recognize it, but human beings are biophiles, that is, we love being out in nature. I take my MBA students on a two day retreat each year to a place out in the boonies. We hike up a hill and swim in the river and do various other “nature-oriented” things. Before going on the trip, most of my students are skeptical that being out in nature is going to do anything good, but many come away making a pledge that they will get out more in nature in the future. (I’m not sure if they actually make good on their pledge, but the pledge is good enough for me.) Turns out you don’t need to go on a two day retreat to reap the benefits of being out in nature: even a short hike or a picnic in a park can help you feel good.

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What Happens When You Step Away

What happens when you’ve slowed down on social media to truly reflect where you’re heading with your business?

What happens when you lose the flow of your posting schedule and you don’t even know where to start?

What happens when you think your voice won’t matter anymore?

What happens when you feel stuck?

You haven’t spoken up in over 2 months and we all know that is forever in the online world. You’ve not posted on all your social media platforms, You haven’t recorded a video, You’ve not showed up in your own FB group! What happens to your self-esteem and your confidence when these actions take place. Well, I should really ask what happens to your self-esteem and confidence when nothing has taken place or when you are sucked into this idea that you have to be online 24-7 in order to make a dollar? Well, it can be pretty depressing to know or should I rather say “think” that you have to start all over.

“Truth is being on social media all the time does not equate to running a business or conducting business activity”

You didn’t always feel this way…You actually had some rhyme or reason to what you were doing months before but somehow you’ve experienced something called burnout. That’s what it is. I hate this term burnout. It feels so cliche, it feels like I crashed and burned and there’s no return. There’s no getting back up. But really with all these emotions and thoughts there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is a lesson to be learned and taught to others.

So…let me revisit those questions and share with you my answer.

What can happen when you’ve slowed down on social media?

For starters you get to reflect where you were/are heading with your business… So in my book, amazing things can happen! You begin to have a new sense of confidence and clarity. You can find a new sense of commitment to your goals and what you stand for in your business. You can begin to find your own voice again. You know what when you are constantly online being bombarded by everyone else’s messages you can begin to sound like or imitate someone you really admire. But guess what? You aren’t that person so this time away can bring about a uniqueness in you, and difference in you where you begin to stand out more in your own niche in this sea of online businesses.

What can happen when you lose your flow of your posting schedule and you don’t even know where to start?

Realistically you haven’t lost your flow…you had it scheduled once before. If you scheduled it before I’m sure you can refer back to your old schedule but this time with a breath of fresh ideas and opinions. You can find it on a piece of paper a word document, one of your planners. Start looking back and re-evaluating what you were doing before the burnout. You may just be in a bit of a funk…YOU personally and internally may not be in a flow but that’s ok. Begin to reconnect with your creator first, with the God who created you and listen in to your spirit and where He would have you begin. He’s given you a message for others and you know you gotta get it out to the masses. Start small. Start with an inspirational photo, feel free to reintroduce yourself. Do whatever feels right to you but whatever you do never give up because you lost your flow or feel like you don’t know where to start. I can help with that…I hope this blog post is helping with that now.

What happens when you think your voice won’t matter?

Well honey, this is more of an internal thing. If you are feeling like your voice won’t matter then guess what…it won’t. It’s not for you to determine how your story will connect with others. It’s not for you to give a consensus on the wonderful message imparted within you. Nope you don’t get to judge your message before sharing with others.

When I stepped outside of my own comfort zone and began to share my story and share what I stood for, guess what. I got an astounding…”That was powerful”. This was a mindset shift that I was sharing with other women in my group.

Did you know that I re-edited and re-edited and stressed over this message for days before I put it out. Your voice is your message and when you share it just know if you’ve touched one person you’ve done your job!!!

Conclusion

Whether you are recovering from “Burn Out” or currently experiencing it as you read this post, it’s important to remember that business is a journey and there is no race to the finish line. Brands continually evolve and grow just like we do as people. Sometimes that growth may feel stunted and other times you may experience a growth spurt. But most importantly, building a business is a journey through personal development.

Learning more about yourself and allowing your commitment to shine through regardless of where you think you should be in business are important steps to showing up and serving others through your business.

About the Author: Justina Ford is a Mindset and Success Coach for Multi-Passionate Business Minded Women of Faith. Check out her free workbook on 4 Simple steps to visualizing your Business with God. You can find her in her Facebook Group The Purposeful Pursuit to a Beautiful You.

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Four Uncommon Ways to Clear Your Mind and Make Big Decisions

What are some tips for battling decision-fatigue? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Jenny Blake, Author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One, on Quora.

Decision-fatigue refers to the phenomenon that, like willpower, our ability to make decisions throughout the day diminishes without proper recharging. When mid-Pivot and asking life’s biggest questions, we are often overwhelmed by smaller decisions and things that might not have registered on our radar in the past. Or conversely, we’re so bogged down by small day-to-day decisions that we don’t have the space to ask bigger Pivot questions about what we really want and what next steps would resonate most.

To refresh your mind, I recommend the following:

  • Don’t ask the same giant questions every day (ie: Should I quit my job?). Give yourself a period of time where you don’t have to decide at all, perhaps while you’re researching options. Revisit the decision at specific intervals of your choosing, but not on a daily monkey-mind basis.
  • Create routines for as much as you can in your life – morning routines, scheduling exercise for the same recurring days/times, evening wind down rituals. What recharges you? The more you can create routines around these things, the less you will find yourself debating what to do when throughout the day (gobbling up precious mental bandwidth).
  • Write your questions down.
  • Go with your gut! We actually do know the answer to more than we think – on decisions large and small. If you find yourself debating unproductively, ask: what does my gut say?

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Many Ways for Artists to Find New Sources of Inspiration

The mythical view of artists has placed them in their studios or garrets, waiting for the Muse to inspire some great new idea or image. Were that the case, the wait could be a long one, leaving artists with little to do between brainstorms. In fact, most artists rely on good work habits to solve technical, aesthetic or intellectual problems. These include maintaining a regimen of drawing or painting for a certain amount of time every day as well as pursuing certain ideas to their completion in the hope that they might lead to other, new and interesting concepts. In the mostly hands-on profession of art, inspiration comes from doing.
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No artist is free from dry periods or mental blocks, when the old ideas seem to lead nowhere and new ones are hard to find. There are really two aspects to this problem: The first is the feeling of having run out of ideas, which tends to be a very temporary condition; the second is a general lack of enthusiasm about creating art itself and losing a sense of what makes art exciting, which can be far more troubling. For artists who have established a market for their work, fear of negative criticism or turning off past collectors may also enter their thinking. “When I’m at an impasse,” photographer Sandy Skoglund said, “I try to do whatever feels good. The internal satisfaction has to be the focus.” That may be more easily said than done, as some methods work, others don’t. Jackson Pollock, who was stung by criticism of his later work, largely gave up painting in the last few years of his life. Italian comic opera composer Gioacchino Antonio Rossini’s mental block lasted for the better part of three decades, as he wrote almost nothing of any length or importance for the last half of his life.
Different artists have approached the problem in various ways. Pablo Picasso, for instance, periodically looked for rejuvenation in various media (ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, stage design) and subject matter (copying Old Masters, ancient Greek mythology). Painter Janet Fish “started doing watercolors as a way of loosening up my use of color. I had begun to find that subject matter had come to dominate my painting.” Ben Shahn, who by 1950 felt trapped in the socially conscious work he had done in the 1930s and ’40s, took a teaching position at Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which proved stimulating to him. “Black Mountain was a very argumentative place. A lot of the abstract expressionists were there,” said Shahn’s widow, Bernarda Bryson Shahn. “It helped clarify his ideas, and his work also went in a variety of directions after that. He moved from just continuing on with the same subjects that had come out of the Depression–the poor, hungry and homeless people–to more universal themes.”
The search for a way out of a dry period may also lead to new ideas for artwork as well as energy for the task. Edward Hopper, who is best known for his paintings of urban life, lived most of the year in New York City but he frequently became restless there, unable to paint. His restlessness led him to travel around the country and to Mexico, subsequently yielding a sizable body of paintings devoted to people on trains and highways, at gas stations and hotels.
Some artists delve into art’s past for a source of ideas, although others feel a bit more detached or want to get away from the art of the past altogether. Photographer Mary Frey noted that she gets “solace and sustenence from looking at the work of artists of the past but, after all, I’m a contemporary artist and I need to find the work of contemporary artists. I think that my work has become part of a dialogue with contemporary art, and so it is more important to me to see what similar or not-so-similar things other artists are doing currently.” Noting that a mental block indicates “something that you are trying to avoid,” Janet Fish said that a dry period “can lead you to stop working entirely. As they say, when you fall off a horse, you have to get right back on the horse because, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to get back on the horse. You just have to keep painting. Going to museums can easily become another way to avoid working. It certainly is that way for me.”
For many artists, the act of creating a work of art is analogous to following a train of thought, developing and reworking ideas that may or may not come together to form a successful piece. A dry period may arise when artists have not pushed their ideas far enough or when a particular problem has already been solved–leaving artists only to repeat themselves. Janet Fish has found that her response to a problem in her work is to open herself to new ideas and experiences, and to keep working. “Sometimes, I work small when I’m not sure about what I’m doing,” she said. “Better a little bad painting than a big bad painting.” Fish noted that it is important to distinguish between a dry period, when problems in one’s work need to be confronted, and just having a bad day, when nothing seems to go quite right. A particularly rough dry period can lead an artist to “do anything to avoid dealing with the painting.” To her mind, the worst thing to do is “indulge in a dry period and let yourself quit working altogether. That way, you lock yourself into a mental block. If you get too polemical, or overly embroiled in a certain narrow idea, you can’t go anywhere.”

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Happiness comes in so many different forms that it can be hard to grasp. Unhappiness, on the other hand, is easy to identify; you know it when you see it, and you definitely know when it’s taken ahold of you.

And let’s face it, happiness and work do not always go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.”

Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36% more motivated, six times more energized, and twice as productive as their unhappy counterparts.

Happiness actually has less to do with your circumstances than you might think. A University of Illinois study found that people who earn the most (more than $ 10 million annually) are only a smidge happier than the average Joes and Janes who work for them, and psychologists from the University of California found that genetics and life circumstances only account for about 50% of a person’s happiness. The rest is up to you.

Life circumstances have little to do with happiness because much happiness is under your control–the product of your habits and your outlook on life. Happiness is synthetic–you either create it, or you don’t.

When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn’t just improve your performance; it’s also good for your health.

A critical skill set that happy people tend to have in common is emotional intelligence (EQ). At TalentSmart, we’ve tested the EQs of more than a million people and know what makes high EQ people tick. So, we went digging until we found some great ways that emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness.

1. They don’t obsess over things they can’t control. It’s good to know how the Brexit might affect your country’s markets or that your company could merge with its largest competitor, but there’s a big difference between understanding these larger forces and worrying about them. Happy people are ready and informed, but they don’t allow themselves to fret over things that are beyond their control.

2. They choose their battles wisely.
Emotionally intelligent people know how important it is to live to fight another day. In conflict, unchecked emotion makes you dig your heels in and fight the kind of battle that can leave you severely damaged and unhappy for some time to come. When you read and respond to your emotions, you’re able to choose your battles wisely and only stand your ground when the time is right.

3. They get enough sleep. I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to improving your mood, focus, and self-control. When you sleep, your brain literally recharges, removing toxic proteins that accumulate during the day as byproducts of normal neuronal activity. This ensures that you wake up alert and clear-headed. Your energy, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough quality sleep. Sleep deprivation also raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present. Happy people make sleep a priority, because it makes them feel great and they know how lousy they feel when they’re sleep deprived.

4. They heed their moral compass. Crossing moral boundaries in the name of success is a sure-fire path to unhappiness. Violating your personal standards creates feelings of regret, dissatisfaction, and demotivation. Know when to stand your ground and express dissent when someone wants you to do something that you know you shouldn’t. When you’re feeling confused, take some time to review your values and write them down. This will help you to locate your moral compass.

5. They exercise during the week.
Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes releases GABA, a soothing neurotransmitter that also limits impulsivity. A University of Bristol study showed that people who exercised on workdays reported improvements in time management, mood, and performance. The benefits of exercise always outweigh the time lost in its pursuit.

6. They have a growth mindset.
People’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged, because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed. People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. This makes them happier because they are better at handling difficulties. They also outperform those with a fixed mindset because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new.

7. They clear the clutter.
I don’t need to remind you of how much time you spend at work. Take a good look at your workspace. You should create a space that’s soothing and uplifting. Whether it’s a picture of your family, a plant, or an award that you’re proud of, display them prominently to keep them on your mind. Get rid of the junk and clutter that hold no significance and do nothing positive for your mental state.

8. They lend a hand.
Taking the time to help your colleagues not only makes them happy, but it also makes you happy. Helping other people gives you a surge of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which create good feelings. In a Harvard study, employees who helped others were 10 times more likely to be focused at work and 40% more likely to get a promotion. The same study showed that people who consistently provided social support were the most likely to be happy during times of high stress. As long as you make certain that you aren’t overcommitting yourself, helping others is sure to have a positive influence on your happiness.

9. They let their strengths flow.
A University of Chicago study of peak performance found that people who were able to reach an intense state of focus, called flow, reaped massive benefits. Flow is the state of mind in which you find yourself completely engrossed in a project or task, and you lose awareness of the passage of time and other external distractions. Flow is often described as an exhilarating state in which you feel euphoria and mastery simultaneously. The result is not just happiness and productivity but also the development of new skills through a heightened state of learning. The key to reaching flow lies in organizing your tasks such that you have immediate and clear goals to pursue that play to your strengths. As you begin working on these tasks, your focus increases along with your feelings of adequacy. In time, you reach a flow state, in which productivity and happiness flourish. Set clear goals each day and experiment with task order until you find the secret formula that gets you flowing.

10. They believe the best is yet to come.
Don’t just tell yourself that the best is yet to come–believe it. Having a positive, optimistic outlook on the future doesn’t just make you happier; it also improves your performance by increasing your sense of self-efficacy. The mind has a tendency to magnify past pleasure to such a great degree that the present pales in comparison. This phenomenon can make you lose faith in the power of the future to outdo what you’ve already experienced. Don’t be fooled. Believe in the great things the future has in store.

Bringing It All Together

Applying these strategies won’t just improve your happiness at work; most of them will also improve your emotional intelligence. Pick those that resonate with you and have fun with them.

What makes you happy? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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By Sharon Naylor for Bridal Guide

Take a bite out of your food and drink budget with these clever ideas.

1. Hand pass pricier appetizers, like shrimp, scallops or other seafood items, rather than setting them out for guests to serve themselves. Caterers say guests consume 40 percent fewer pieces this way.

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2. “Put out big bowls of colorful, lush salads with grilled vegetables, which allows you to show generosity without spending a whole lot,” says Shai Tertner, award-winning chef at Shiraz in New York City. Tertner suggests adding punch to your presentation by using colorful bowls, giant woks and other unusual platters.

3. Comparison shop for seafood. For example, calamari and mussels are often half the price of shrimp cocktail and scampi. Ask your wedding caterer for a list of less costly seafood appetizers.

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4. Skip the big cubed-cheese platter. It’s often the least popular item at a wedding cocktail hour, because most guests have had cheese platters at office parties and family get-togethers. No one will miss it.

5. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean your crudités have to show it. Instead of carrot sticks and cucumber rounds, choose artichoke hearts, broccoli flowers, radishes cut in heart shapes or other creative choices, with flavored dipping sauces.

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6. Use unique plates. Leila Miller, award-winning event planner at Feastivities Catering in Philadelphia, says, “People eat with their eyes first, so focus on the presentation. Serving trays that are a bit different, like small tapas-style plates, can add a twist to the fare without adding to your bill.”

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7. Serve macaroni and cheese in martini glasses, mini grilled cheese bites made in sandwich presses and tiny crab cakes with tartar sauce. These perennial crowd-pleasers come at about one-third the cost of traditional cocktail party fare.

8. Offer theme stations, such as a fajita station or Thai station. “The Asian station, where it’s more about the display, is very popular now,” Tertner says. “We set out large woks or serve food in take-out containers that coordinate with the wedding’s theme or colors. We also create pyramids of basmati and jasmine rice, lots of egg noodles and a range of condiments. These ingredients are not costly, but it looks as though you’ve invested a lot.”

9. Skip the raw bar — though trendy, it’s one of the most exorbitant kinds of stations. Instead, Miller suggests a hand-passed hors d’oeuvre, like tequila-cured salmon served in martini glasses.

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10. You don’t need to have a carving station. Prime rib, ham and pork loin are too heavy and filling, not to mention quite pricey, for the cocktail hour, says Bill Chriswell, catering director at The Park Savoy in Florham Park, New Jersey.

11. In cool weather, serve mini cups of clam chowder (again, you’re serving seafood at a minimal price), lobster bisque, acorn squash, or any other flavors that are easy on the wallet.

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12. No one will need a five-course feast after cocktails — three will do just fine. If you offered salads at the cocktail party, eliminate the salad at dinner (double savings!).

13. Keep the salad and combine it with an appetizer. A salad with two grilled shrimp is a budget success because the chef can buy less for both courses.

14. Use a great sauce on less expensive chicken or pasta dishes. Tertner suggests doing something unusual — an espresso sauce over chicken, for example.

15. Miller says, “Forget a top-dollar filet! Less costly braised boneless short ribs are a wonderful choice, served plated or at food stations.” Ask your wedding caterer to show you price options for different cuts of lamb and pork as well as beef.

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16. Make pasta more interesting by choosing pumpkin ravioli, or spinach and goat-cheese manicotti.

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17. Instead of offering a choice of three entrées, design a platter with beef medallions and grilled shrimp or crab cakes. You’ll use far less food than if you had to plan for a large quantity of all three entrées to have on hand should guests change their minds.

18. For savings of up to 20 percent, consider family-style dishes. Try platters of sliced meat or pasta that guests can pass around.

19. If you plan to have children at the reception, choose a wedding caterer who offers free or half-priced meals for children up to age 16.

Related: 10 Ways to Make Your Wedding More Kid-Friendly

20. If you design a tasting menu of seven or eight small courses instead of four big ones, you’ll save about 15 percent.

21. Go bite-size with desserts, like tiny chocolate-covered cheesecakes. By controlling portions, you’re saving one-third the price of a full dessert buffet.

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22. Instead of a full bar, serve beer and wine with one or two signature cocktails that you’ve personalized with a clever name and your wedding colors.

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23. Dress up your signature drinks with fun garnishes, suggests Miller. Ask the bar manager to provide curled lemon and lime peels, orange slices or mini fruit kebabs on toothpicks to coordinate with your wedding colors. These garnishes are often free, and because they add to the festive look, everyone thinks you’ve spent more than you really have.

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24. If you can’t negotiate the corkage fee out of your contract entirely, at least discuss lowering it. At up to $ 2 per bottle, it’s worth a try. If you’re stocking your own bar, research less expensive wine vintages on winespectator.com.

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25. Skip the champagne for your wedding toast. Guests can toast you with the drinks they have in hand. Or look into serving easily available sparkling wines from France (cremant), Spain (cava) or Italy (prosecco) instead.

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This is the second article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out last week’s piece to learn about the ways you can hack your environment to help you channel your creativity more effectively.

We’d enjoy nothing new without creativity. For extroverts, new ideas can come from external stimulation: collaborating with cross-disciplinary teams within the workplace, jamming with artistic friends, or attending group classes or meetups. Introverts, though, usually hit their creative peak in lower-stimulation environments.

In today’s over-stimulated world, this means introverts often have to work to carve out time for themselves. Sure, many on the quieter end of the spectrum also gain inspiration from the outside world, but then they need time for the ideas they’ve collected to incubate.

Whether you have 20 minutes a day or an entire weekend, use the four strategies below to make space in your brain so you can be open to anything.

1. Julia Cameron’s morning pages

In her internationally bestselling book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron shares her number one tool for creativity—an activity she calls morning pages.

They “are three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness.

‘Oh god, another morning. I have NOTHING to say. I need to wash the curtains. Did I get my laundry yesterday? Blah, blah, blah…’”

The important thing is to do them every day. By writing out everything that’s on your mind, everything that you’re worried about or distracted by, you’re actually performing an act of creative recovery. Morning pages allow you to get out of your own way, release the pressures and negativity of daily demands out of your brain, and move past your internal critic, or “Censor” as Cameron names it.

Creative thinkers, including filmmaker Brian Koppelman, journalist Maria Shriver, illustrator Francesca Chessa, and life-hacker Tim Ferriss, have all used morning pages with great success.

Try this theory in your life: Write by hand three pages every morning for eight weeks. See if they help you feed the artist within you.

2. Stephen Kosslyn’s psychology of ideas

What color is the Mona Lisa’s hair? Is your front doorknob on the right side or the left? To answer these questions, you most likely used visual mental imagery, also known as “seeing in the mind’s eye.”

Harvard professor Stephen Kosslyn has studied the psychology of the ways the brain uses mental imagery to generate ideas. Once we understand how the brain generates imagery, it’s easier to act upon this imagery and turn it into new ideas.

Essentially, in this process, the brain receives visual imagery straight from your memory, from things you’ve previously seen that stuck in your brain. When you answered the question above about the doorknob, your brain probably created a mental image of your door and then zoomed in on the door knob area.

Visual imagery is incredibly powerful, Kosslyn says, because “we can transform at will objects in visual mental images, for example by imagining them rotating, shrinking, or growing.” Kosslyn believes that we can use this visual imagery to come up with new ideas—but only if we’re paying attention.

According to Kosslyn, the brain uses four steps to transform mental imagery into new ideas:

a. Generate the image. Images usually come when we’re open to them but slightly distracted (i.e., in the shower). These images can be thought of as half-formed ideas.

b. Retain the image. If you get out of the shower and don’t write the image down, you may forget it as soon as you start making breakfast for your kids.

c. Inspect the image. Look at it from different angles.

d. Transform the image. Modify it to fit your own creative goals. By transforming it into something useful for your own life, you’ve turned it into a fully-formed idea.

At which step do you falter??

For introverts, ideas tend to come from reading, observing the world, spending time in nature, traveling, or taking in the creative arts (movies, art exhibits, concerts). But often, we don’t leave enough white space in our lives to follow up on creative inspiration.

If you leave the time, your first bit of inspiration will lead you to your next bit of inspiration, which can lead to transforming ideas. Twyla Tharp, successful dance choreographer, calls this “scratching.” In her book The Creative Habit, she writes,

“You know how you scratch away at a lottery ticket to see if you’ve won? That’s what I’m doing when I begin a dance piece. I’m digging through everything to find something… Scratching can look like borrowing or appropriating, but it’s an essential part of creativity. It’s primal and very private.”

Try this theory in your life: Schedule time to read a new piece of fiction or watch a movie, and also schedule some unstructured idea-generation time after you’re done to play mentally with the visual images you created from your viewing or reading. Or, if you already have many ideas, schedule time to follow up on the steps three and four: inspecting and transforming those ideas.

3. Ray Bradbury’s diet for your subconscious

In the world of creativity, people often talk about waiting for their muse to appear. Novelist Ray Bradbury wrote in his book Zen in The Art of Writing that your muse is your entire complete being. In other words, your muse is simply yourself.

“When people ask me where I get my ideas, I laugh. How strange—we’re so busy looking out, to find ways and means, we forget to look in.” – Ray Bradbury

Bradbury suggests we curate our own inspiration. “If we are going to diet for our subconscious, how prepare the menu?”

He suggests daily consumption of poetry first, followed by essays, and then short stories and novels. He recommends reading “those who do not think as you think.” Bradbury fed his muse by continually searching for excellence and differences in creativity in others’ work.

Try this theory in your life: Buy a book of poetry and a selection of essays (perhaps some from a previous decade). Read a few every day to help your mind foster a state of creativity.

4. Anne Lamott’s bird-by-bird mantra

The first steps of creativity are often the hardest. Once we have ideas, it’s challenging to act on them. We’re afraid of failure, so we get locked in inertia. In her book Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, best-selling writer Anne Lamott shares a story from her childhood about how her father helped her brother overcome his fear of the first step.

Lamott’s brother was working on a school report about birds, but he procrastinated too long and didn’t start until the night before the due date.

“He was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.’”

Try this theory in your life: When you’re working on a creative project, ask yourself: what is the quickest way I can get started? How can I start making a bit of progress towards my larger goal? What’s the first step I can get done right now?

Author Elizabeth Gilbert gave a TED talk in 2009 called “Your Elusive Creative Genius” about searching for a way to distance herself from her work in order to protect her creative spirit. Her search led her back to ancient Greece and ancient Rome. She found that

“people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then. People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. The Greeks . . . called these divine attendant spirits of creativity ‘daemons.’ Socrates, famously, believed that he had a daemon who spoke wisdom to him from afar.”

Gilbert realized she had found a psychological construct to protect her from the results of her work. “If your work was brilliant, you couldn’t take all the credit for it, everybody knew that you had this disembodied genius who had helped you. If your work bombed, not entirely your fault, you know? Everyone knew your genius was kind of lame.”

Although Gilbert believes her creative effort comes from her hard work, she said, “That’s not at all what my creative process is. I’m a mule, and the way that I have to work is I have to get up at the same time every day, and sweat and labor and barrel through it really awkwardly. But even I, in my mulishness, even I have brushed up against that thing [a muse], at times. And I would imagine that a lot of you have too. You know, even I have had work or ideas come through me from a source that I honestly cannot identify.”

What is Gilbert’s advice to herself?

“Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be.”

In other words, find a routine for your creativity, and stick with it.

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This is the first article in Quiet Revolution’s two-part series on seeking creativity. Check out this space next week to learn about different techniques that make your mind more likely to generate creative thoughts.

Much of our creativity is tied up in our intrinsic natures as introverts or extroverts, and the ways we interact with our environment is uniquely dependent upon our temperaments.

According to The Atlantic, the great film director Ingmar Bergman spent the last 25 years of his life living on a small island in Sweden to eliminate chaos from his life. There, “…he would plan his films, write the scripts, [and] make the screenboards… He limited his activities: Besides working and thinking, he might go for a stroll. … In the late afternoon or evening, he would have visitors over to go and look at a movie in his cinema. And that was his routine, every day. He didn’t try to do more.”

Bergman wrote in a journal every day, and one day he wrote, “Here, in my solitude, I have the feeling that I contain too much humanity.”

Dorthe Nors reflected that “it is the job of the artist to sit with our feelings, to be receptive to them, to examine them, turn them into narrative or paint or film.” The act of creation is often synonymous with making opportunities for solitude, generating this overwhelming sense of humanity, and pouring it out on the page or the canvas.

The act of creation can be difficult. It requires good routines, inspiration, and surroundings. It’s especially important for introverts to pay attention to their environments and carefully cultivate creative spaces.

We’ve rounded up three of the best strategies for blocking out external demands and distractions to create time for inner stimulation.

1. Twyla Tharp’s bubble

In her book The Creative Habit, the world-renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp writes that the ideal creative state—she calls “The Bubble”—is constructed and controlled. It’s “one where creativity becomes a self-perpetuating habit.” 

Tharp details the ways many other creatives construct bubbles, including novelist Philip Roth, who “lives alone in the country and works seven days a week, waking early and walking to a two-room studio fifty yards from his house… Near his desk he keeps two small signs, one reading ‘Stay Put,’ the other ‘No Optional Striving.’ [These are] reminders to avoid the temptation of anything other than the five essentials: food, writing, exercise, sleep, and solitude.”

Creating a bubble for yourself doesn’t have to be as extreme as Tharp’s or Roth’s—a bubble can also be a state of mind. Take stock of what you could subtract from your life. How can you adopt a more monastic mental state? Even when you’re amid chaos or traveling, you can still create a bubble for yourself and your creative work.

Try this theory in your life: How can you pare your life down to the minimum number of moving parts? What isn’t adding to your creativity? What can you say no to?

2. IDEO and Intel’s restorative time

IDEO designers frequently work on 10-12-week projects requiring intense teamwork. After a project wraps, the team is often wiped. But introverts can be especially burned out since they’ve most likely been working in a small project space with several other team members for weeks on end—not an optimal introvert environment.

But IDEO realizes that its success as a creative firm comes from its employees remaining inspired, so if the project calendar allows for it, designers are encouraged to take a few hours or a day off between projects. IDEOers use this time as a chance to rest. Once they’ve restored their energy, they use the time to get re-inspired.

Some IDEO teams actually build time for inspiration into their weekly work. One project team in New York used every Friday morning to get inspired together by taking trips to a museum or working outdoors.

Other offices structure this downtime into every working week. According to the New York Times, Intel “experimented in 2007 with conferring four uninterrupted hours of quiet time every Tuesday morning on 300 engineers and managers.” This pilot group loved it so much that the practice was extended to the rest of the company.

Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of Basecamp (formerly known as 37Signals) is an introvert, and he’s structured his entire company around quiet time. In his bookRework, he urges creatives to remember that “every minute you avoid spending in a meeting is a minute you can get real work done instead.”

Try this theory in your life: Make a case at your office for days off after projects, quiet time, or no-meeting zones. Even if you can’t work remotely, you can build an argument for solitude at work.

3. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi’s theory on creativity and flow

It’s easy to forget that we have an innate capacity to know what being creative feels like. When we’re in an optimal state for creativity, we’re in a state of flow—we’re completely absorbed in an activity.

Positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi describes flow as a state when “we feel totally involved, lost in a seemingly effortless performance. Paradoxically, we feel 100% perfectly alive when we are so committed to the task at hand that we lose track of time, of our interests—even our own existence.”

So, why is it so hard to remember that doing excellent, creative work should feel good? Perhaps because it is increasingly hard to find moments of flow within our modern work environments. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi writes, “Few things in life are as enjoyable as when we concentrate on a difficult task, using all our skills, knowing what has to be done.”

Studies show that for most of us, flow occurs more often when we are engaging in work activities, not in leisure activities. But how can we ensure that we actually have the capacity to enter flow at work?

First, Csíkszentmihályi says we need jobs that provide “clear goals, immediate feedback, and a level of challenges matching our skill.” We also need an environment that will allow us to become wholly engaged in activities. This means having a sense of control with few distractions. For us introverts, this means longer stretches of interrupted work time, a quiet environment, and a community around us we know and trust. The thirdkey to finding flow is to work on something that you have intrinsic motivation for.

As Harvard Business Review reports, one CEO started using Csíkszentmihályi’s theories to help his employees find flow. His techniques included “allowing people to switch off email, fewer meetings, and focusing on smaller chunks of work.” This was particularly effective because the whole organization made the change.

Try this theory in your life: As you go through your day, notice the moments when you enter periods of flow. Identify what types of work and environments let this flow flourish. Try to maximize your time spent on these types of activities and in these environments.

As Kurt Vonnegut wrote,

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”

The product of solitude—namely the humanity that’s put on paper—can inspire, delight, and provide great comfort. And anyone who has created or been moved by art would agree that the challenge and pain of seeking solitude and translating to the page is well worth it.

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LEG WARMERS
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HOODED CABLE KNIT DRESS
Thinner yarns perfectly suit early fall dressing and layer well with other pieces and under jackets.

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DUSTER
How low can you go? Well, to the length of a sweater duster of course! Look for flat-pockets or seamless collars that flatter, built-in bonuses like a scarf and knits that run vertically to maximize visually lengthening.

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MUSTARD CABLE KNIT
Mustard anyone? A favorite condiment to some, mustard is a favorite hue for fall and will complement any number of colors in your wardrobe such as navy, cream, brown and black. For thicker sweaters on top, pair with a streamlined silhouette below like a pencil skirt, fitted pants or jeans.

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CAPLET
Part scarf, part cape, this knitted caplet with its two-toned yarns hits another styling high note with the fringe. Throw this over your shoulders and head to a bonfire.

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CAP WITH POM POM
I adore when it gets cold enough to grab a knitted cap and pull it over my ears (namely to control my wild mane!). A pom pom adds just the right level of sweet chic.

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SWEATER DRESS
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ARM WARMERS
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HI-LOW DRESS
Playing against symmetry, a hi-low dress isn’t just for summer: here in a flowy, marbled knit. Pair with leggings and riding boots and you’re ready for a day of fall foliage viewing.

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INFINITY SCARF
I’m actually not too huge a fan of the thinner infinity scarf that you have to manipulate and figure out how to twist to get to look good. A thick, braided variety allows for an easy, over-the-head look that you can throw on and dash out the door: more my speed.

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The supermodel tops a basic black top and trousers with a spotted coat and matching belt. Easy!

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She makes black jeans look more put-together with a fine-striped T-shirt, a black blazer and a mini scarf.

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Here she rocks a striped T-shirt again, this time it’s with black trousers, thigh-high boots and a peacoat.

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We love a good utility jumpsuit and here, Moss cinches her’s with a black belt and tops it with a black jacket, giving it a bit more edge.

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For another un-boring black jeans outfit, pair a white or blue button-down shirt and top with a bomber jacket in army green, black, or navy.

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Moss tones down a pair of leopard-print pants with a gray T-shirt and a black blazer.

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A printed skinny scarf adds some dimension to an all-black look. Be sure to choose accessories with texture or embellishment, like these fringed booties.

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Capes can be a bit dramatic, so by pairing her fringed black cape with skinny black trousers, she makes the look less runway, more real.

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If you love wearing head-to-toe black, consider investing in a statement coat to make every single one of your outfits pop. Leopard may seem like a busy print, but it takes on a neutral vibe when paired with black.

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Pair your leather trousers with a subtly-printed silk blouse and a faux fur jacket.

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When in doubt, choose one item in your outfit to focus on and keep the rest to black. Moss makes her high-waisted army green trousers more tame with a black top and shoes.

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How many times have you walked into your closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear” all while you’re staring at a closet that is overflowing with clothes? You then frantically search for an outfit that ends up being the same old thing you always wear, but because you’re running low on time, you just deal with it and go on with your day.

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Detox Your Closet

Every morning you pick out an outfit and get dressed, regardless of how much time and effort you put into it. With an activity that happens so frequently in your life, it’s important to make sure that it’s not creating a negative impact on your day. The fastest way to add more joy and positivity into your day is by identifying the parts of your daily routine that are chaotic and stressful and eliminating or adjusting them so that they better serve you. By eliminating the frustrations that you have with your wardrobe, you will feel excited about what’s inside your closet door.

The best way to detox your closet is to start with baby steps. Give yourself small challenges either daily or weekly. If you’re planning to do a major closet cleanout, only do this when you know you have the time to do it. A closet cleanout always looks scarier halfway through the process, so you want to make sure you have time to complete it because if not, you’re going to have a giant pile of clothes haunting you for the rest of the weekend.

One of my favorite detox tips is to wear a pair of shoes that you haven’t worn in a while. At the end of the day, ask yourself this, “did you fall in love with them all over again?” If so, by all means keep them! However, if you realized you haven’t been wearing them because they’re uncomfortable or don’t go with any of your outfits, it’s time to get rid of them TODAY. If you plan on donating or reselling clothes or shoes, never put them back in your closet. Set them aside so that you make it a priority to get them out the door!

Define Your Signature Style

When you define your signature style, you know exactly what to wear because you know what pieces of clothing represent your best self. When you are dressed as the best version of yourself, you radiate confidence.

Defining your signature style is not about incorporating the latest trends into your outfit. It’s about identifying what colors and silhouettes you feel best in. When you look and feel your best, the rest of the world sees this.

A great way to identify what colors and silhouettes look best on you without hiring a personal stylist is simple. Here’s something you can do today: head over to your Facebook profile pictures. These pictures were chosen by you as representation of how you want the world to see you, so it’s a good indicator on what outfits you feel confident in. Take a look at each picture and ask yourself which colors and style of clothes suit you best. Hint: it’s important to look past the trends. Just because something isn’t in style anymore doesn’t mean that the color doesn’t look amazing on you!

Open Room for Clarity and Positivity

By eliminating your wardrobe frustrations and curating your closet so that you only have pieces that best represent you, you’ve opened up space that was once taken up by negative thoughts. You’ve saved yourself from a frantic and chaotic morning! This is going to open room in your life for those moments of clarity. The less you are focused on the things that aren’t going right, the more you can focus on all that you can achieve. And when you live this mindset everyday, you know that your goals are achievable. When you have a positive and clear mindset, asking for a raise or moving to a brand new city is no longer as scary as it once was. You see the outcome in the most positive way, knowing that you are acting on this decision because it’s what serves you best, instead of focusing on all of the things that could go wrong.

In the time that you used to spend searching for something in your closet, take this newfound time for a positive thought or think about what you’re grateful for that morning. By regaining control over your morning through your closet, you are bringing in positivity, allowing yourself to focus your energy on achieving your desires.

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Fall 2015’s Most Versatile Trend Is the Suede Skirt: 17 Ways to Style It

The suede skirt might be our favorite part of the ’70s trend that’s swinging in for fall 2015. Whether done as a mini or midi, the luxe material (real or faux) has the ability to make any outfit instantly more fashionable. Style it with absolutely everything in your wardrobe from now until next summer, and plan frequent wears. Whether you’re headed to the office, out on a date, or hanging out on a Saturday, it’s a wardrobe winner.

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For crisp fall days, pair a midlength fringe skirt with a cream cable knit sweater.

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Dress an A-line mini down with a striped T-shirt; add some flair with lace-up heels.

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For the office, pair suede with a bright blazer and flats. If your workplace is more formal, do classic stilettos.

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Tuck a navy sweater into a belted midi skirt for fall.

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Should Indian summer days hit your area, balance the heavier suede with a lightweight tank.

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Go full-on retro with a ringer tee and lowtop sneakers.

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Mix textures by tucking a thin silk blouse into a button-front mini.

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Style a bold fringe style with a simple black sweater and basic accessories.

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Channel your inner Parisienne with a striped sailor tee atop a suede mini.

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The Northern Light

For colder days, style a gray midi with a chunky turtleneck sweater, leather jacket, and ankle boots.

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The Blonde Salad

Jump head-first into the fringe trend by doubling up; top your skirt with a fringed jacket in a contrasting color.

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Suede makes colors appear their absolute richest—take advantage with a multicolor patchwork style this season.

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Make a neutral suede skirt weekend-casual by tucking in a slouchy cotton tee and slipping on sneakers.

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For a polished look, pair a high-waisted A-line style with a fitted top and heels.

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For a girly twist, counter the suede’s earthy tone with sweet pastels.

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On casual days, style a mini with a denim jacket and a bright oversize scarf.

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Collage Vintage

Our favorite throw-on-and-go styling tip? Tuck a chunky knit into the waistband of the skirt as you would a basic T-shirt.

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18 Really Simple Ways To Make Today Better

On days when things seem a little dark, a change of perspective, a mantra or a loving reminder is sometimes all it takes to see a little light. Chocolate cake is helpful, too.

The hashtag #MakeLifeBetterIn3Words has been trending on Twitter lately, highlighting the fact that simple actions, thoughts and reframing can be all it takes to pull yourself out of a rut. We scoured a bunch of tweets and selected 18 inspirational three-word phrases that help those figurative rainclouds dissipate. Check out the words that make life better below, then share your own on Twitter or in the comments section. 

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You don’t have to be rich to live well; now you can outfox the high cost of living the old-fashioned five-and-dime way. Don’t be tempted by all of those “new” products on the shelves; instead, rediscover the power of those time- honored, thrifty household items your grandparents and parents used. You’ll save a bundle with over 1,300 of these clever hints and tips: A Frisbee is a handy item to keep around the house and can be used as a portable pet dish, paint palette, and paper plate holder Hair spray is an inexpensive way to preserve flowers, remove pet hair from a couch, kill bugs, and stop static cling Cedar chips will drive fleas from a pet bed, keep snails at bay in your garden, and repel moths from your wool sweaters Furniture polish will spiff up hubcaps and bicycles, add shine to shower doors, and stop squeaky door hinges Glass cleaner will make your jewelry sparkle, relieve bee sting pain, dry out pimples, and shine patent leather shoes Aluminum foil makes a stunning wrap for a wedding gift, works effectively as a substitute for hair curlers in a pinch, and when placed under your ironing board cover will increase the efficiency of your iron An ice cream scoop can be used to measure the perfect amount of potting soil, shape butter into fancy shapes for a holiday dinner, and form perfect meatballs and cookies A pillowcase will dry lettuce in seconds, makes a cute summer dress for a child, covers a baby’s changing pad, and functions as a travel laundry bag Knitting needles make stylish hair accessories, can serve as kebab holders for a fun fruit snack, function in place of toothpicks to test a cake’s doneness, and can be used to protect your garden from invading critters

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5 Ways to Show Your Appreciation to Your Partner (and Save Your Relationship in the Process)

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Appreciating your partner on a daily basis is a great way to protect your long-term relationship from any number of bummers: cooling off, infidelity, breakups, etc. There are no guarantees, of course: that’s just not the way life and love work. But doing your best to be good to the one you love — and to make them feel good, at least once a day — is a pretty good way to bolster long-term fidelity (however you define “fidelity” in your own personal relationship). Because, let’s face it, fidelity could use a little help these days.

Here are five ways to demonstrate your appreciation to your partner — in other words, this is how to remind your partner that you still notice them. Trust us, noticing goes a long way in a relationship.

1) Notice the Little Things
In the division of household labor, perhaps you always load and unload the dishwasher and your partner always does the laundry. Perhaps you mow the lawn and your partner cleans the bathrooms. But just because you have established a fair breakdown of chores that demonstrates the admirable equality in your relationship, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be grateful. So say thank you for these things. You can say, “Thank you for folding my clothes better than a Gap salesperson,” or you can say, “Thank you for always doing more than your share around the house,” or you can say, “Wow! The lawn looks amazing!” You get the idea. Those chores can become, well, a chore over the years, and everyone assumes that their partner doesn’t notice the jobs they do that are solely their responsibility. Make a point to notice this stuff.

2) Notice the Big Things
Sure, you can say, “Thank you for driving the kids to the bus today,” or “Wow, you must be tired after working all those extra hours this week.” But it’s also nice to go bigger picture sometimes, too. Think: “When I fell in love with you, I believed you’d make an amazing mom/dad. But I didn’t know quite how much you’d rock this role.” Or, “I know you’d rather be writing a screenplay/trying out for a reality TV show/doing CrossFit full-time, but I really appreciate you working for a sucky boss so we can, you know, eat and stuff.” Or, “You have no idea how it improves my mood each morning when you make that awesome pour-over coffee.” Or, “I don’t know how you attend so many kids’ birthday parties, you must be some kind of saint.”

3) Support Your Partner’s Passions
Speaking of that screenplay or that reality TV show or that CrossFit obsession: make time in your relationship to support your partner’s true passions. Many of us — most of us? — aren’t lucky enough to get paid to do what we really love, so do this for each other, instead.  Tell your partner, “Why don’t [fill in the blank: I take the kids/we skip church/you bag your house chores] on Sunday morning, so you can work on your novel/paint/scrapbook/paddle-board/ballroom-dance.” Giving your partner time to pursue these beloved hobbies shows that you still care about their happiness and satisfaction, and that you respect their talents and passions.

4) Compliment Your Partner
It’s simple, basic and old-school, but that doesn’t mean that anyone tires of being complimented on their looks, especially when they’re in a long-term relationship and are not getting that regular flirtatious feedback via the pickup scene. Try, “You look so beautiful this morning.” Or, “You’re hotter than when I met you.” Or, “I love the way your ass looks in those jeans.” And yes, this is a gender-neutral recommendation — men need to hear this stuff just as much as the ladies.

5) Date Your Partner
Life is hard, and life keeps you busy, especially when you’re married with kids. But life was hard and busy in its own way back when you were dating, and you still found time to do stuff and plan stuff then. Make a dinner reservation somewhere. Bring, yes, flowers. (It’s not a cliche if you never do it, right?) Dress up a bit when you go out together (that includes the dudes, too). Come up with new ideas/positions/toys to try out in bed. Send sexy texts. Send romantic texts. Read out loud to each other in bed (not necessarily erotica, though that’s cool, too). Discuss culture, politics and your hopes and dreams as well as day-to-day logistics. Make a five-year plan together, and a ten-year plan and a twenty-year plan. And make sure that these plans include big dreams and life goals as well as the practical stuff like saving for kids’ college educations. Most of all, though: ask your partner questions, and really listen to their answers. It’s called conversation. Remember it?

Want more appreciation tips?

10 Things to Say to Your Partner Instead of “I Love You”

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4 Ways to Cuff Your Sleeves (in GIF Form!)

In this four part series, we’ll show you how to up the cool factor of everyday pieces with easy styling hacks. This week, we’re focusing on how to cuff the sleeves of a basic button-down shirt.

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The Basic Cuff: Unbutton both buttons, roll cuff once to the wrist. Roll cuff again to the forearm. Repeat on other arm.

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The Stylish Cuff: Unbutton all cuff buttons. Fold the sleeve up, right above your elbow. Fold the sleeve up again, allowing some of the cuff to peek through. Repeat on other arm.

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The Let’s Get-to-Work Cuff: Fold up the sleeve so that it’s just below the crux of your arm. Push the rest of the sleeve up to your preferred height on the arm. Repeat on other arm.

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The Off-Duty Cuff: Unbutton both cuffs and loosely roll your sleeves a few times to the desired height on the forearm. Repeat on other arm.

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5 Easy Ways to Elevate Your “Mom Style”

Being a mom is hard work! We have a million and one things to worry about and honestly our style is often at the bottom of that list. Here are five ways to easily keep up with your style as an on-the-go mom!

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I’ll admit I hate the term “mom style,” but there are definitely go-to outfits in my closet for certain occasions. This post covers my must have looks for moms.
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Boots For Summer
I love wearing boots but summertime isn’t the best weather for them. That is until until you find the perfect peep-toe bootie for all seasons!
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Bathing Suits For Moms
If you’re a mom you know there’s a difference between the bathing suit you wear frolicking on the beach with your main squeeze, and the one you wear headed to the water park with a brood of children.
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I love almost anything vintage! Here’s how I style my favorite vintage scarves I’ve collected over the years.
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Want to know a secret? I don’t wash my hair every day and neither should you! Try some of my tricks to styling between washes.
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These Photos Show The Beautifully Unique Ways These People Express Their Gender

The world is certainly changing for queer people.

From more and more people being able to live as their authentic selves to ensuring rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community via legislation, the last few years have seen especially overwhelming progress in terms of the growing cultural awareness surrounding this community.

A new photography book from Bernd Ott and Emily Besa aims to capture this reality through photos and stories of over 36 individuals who identify at different points along the spectrum of gender identity. Called All The People, the book features individuals from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States who all uniquely transcend traditional notions of gender.

“We hope that some will see that your identity is not defined by socially introduced categorizations,” Ott told The Huffington Post. “Once we can see categories as being arbitrary and meaningless, some may realize that we all share very similar fears and emotions and the same worries and feelings determine our existence. We actually share the same human experience despite what we look like, who we love, or how we love.”

Check out photos from All The People below, as well as an interview with Ott and Besa. All The People is also engaged in a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund its publication — head here for more information.

Head here to visit the All The People Kickstarter page. 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Ways Gratitude Makes Your Life Better

It’s no accident that all of the major world religions employ some form of gratitude in their rituals. It’s simply because it makes our daily life better, even if you’re not religious nor spiritual.

Gratitude is the feeling of being thankful and showing appreciation for what is in our lives. And thankfulness and appreciation are a pathway to a life of happiness and well-being. When you pause and recognize all of the wonderful things in your life, you feel happier. Appreciation keeps us focused on what is already good in our lives, and opens up the doorway to more goodness to flow into our lives. Gratitude also equips us to handle setbacks and failures in a more resilient way. Science is producing mounting research that our lives are much better when we practice gratitude.

And indeed, gratitude does make your life better in the following ways…

1. You Feel More Satisfied
Not completely happy with your life? Gratitude is a lasting feeling that sustains you longer than other fleeting sensations. Grateful people are more satisfied with their lives because they focus more on what they do appreciate in their life. When you practice gratitude, you take time to appreciate the things that you’re thankful for in your life. And this means that you won’t be longing as much for what’s missing in your life, because you won’t pay as much attention to it.

2. You Motivate Others
When you say “thank you” to someone, they feel that you appreciate what you did for them, even if just a little bit. Saying “thank you” is therefore a powerful motivator for others to keep helping you again, because you are rewarding them with your appreciation. Have you ever noticed how it feels when someone doesn’t appreciate what you did for them? It makes you not want to help them again in the future because they don’t appreciate it. Small thank you’s go a long way, whether it’s a simple text message or a thoughtful email, you can never show someone enough gratitude.

3. You’re Happier
Grateful people are happier. They’re more in tune with what’s going well in their lives and focus more on the positive. When you actually count your blessings (I’m grateful for today’s beautiful weather, for my new shoes, for my close friends, etc) it puts you in a positive and uplifting mood. It’s very enjoyable to recognize the things that you might have been taking for granted, and to feel joy for having them in your life.

4. You’re More Resilient
Throughout your life you’ll experience many setbacks and failures. So having good coping skills is vital for us to have a thriving and successful life. When life knocks you down yet you still practice gratitude, you can humbly appreciate the temporary defeat as a learning lesson. When you’re faced with challenges, you can thank God or the Universe for giving you an opportunity to practice your patience and strength. When you’re grateful you focus more on the opportunities that failures give you, rather than its negative consequences.

5. You Deepen Your Social Ties
Gratitude has the power to deepen your social bonds and connections with others. When you live in a state of gratitude, you have better relationships with your peers. It also enhances your ability to form and nurture relationships, as your friends and family members experience the positive vibes of your appreciation for them and for life. Your energy changes when you’re grateful, and you go from being a “downer” to being a positive person. And this is very attractive to everyone else around and strengthens your relationships.

6. You Have Better Health
Gratitude has been linked to better physical health, as well as better sleep and reduced stress levels. You can live a much better life when you’re grateful because as you improve your relationship to the world, you feel better within your body. Grateful people take better care of themselves as they appreciate their health more.

7. You Increase Your Self-control
As David DeSteno says, “When you’re faced with a chal­lenging temptation in the moment, rather than solely trying to exert willpower, simply stop­ping and thinking of some­thing you’re grateful for should enhance your ability to make a wiser decision.” As life coach Peter Lambert says, gratitude gives you more patience and makes you less selfish.

8. Your Relationships Improves
When you’re more grateful and generous to the people who you care most about, your relationships improve. Not only will they feel more appreciated by you, but when they feel more appreciated and cared for, they’ll reflect positive feelings back towards you. As opposed to taking each other for granted, when you truly appreciate your significant other, your relationship becomes more magical again.

9. You’re Less Materialistic
When you appreciate what you already have, you realize that a bigger house or a new car are not the things that will really make you happier deep down. In fact, material things can actually feel sort of empty and meaningless. But when you’re thankful that you have a roof over your head and plenty of food to eat — something not everyone around the world has — you won’t be as tied to physical things anymore.

10. You Enrich Your Children
Research has shown that when you encourage gratitude in children, it has some remarkable effects. It turns out that kids who are grateful are happier, experience less volatile emotions, and feel that life has more meaning to them.

Gratitude is an emotion that’s worth cultivating as it will make your life better. You can start simply, by thinking of five things in your day today that you’re grateful for. There’s no doubt that we all want to be happy, have good relationships, and good health. The only thing you need to do to create more of these good things in your life, is to cultivate the gratitude within you.

Do you want to feel more grateful and happier in your life? A life coach will teach you how to practice gratitude and be happier. Click here to learn more about life coaching and how it can change your life. With an online personal life coach you can find your path in life, reach your goals, and be happier.

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Play It Cool: 13 Easy Ways to Keep Your Wedding Guests From Over-Heating When It’s Sweltering Outside

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18 Easy Ways to Wear Your Favorite Summer Prints

Wearing prints doesn’t have to be daunting. With a little bit of outfit inspiration, gingham, floral, and graphics prints can be just as easy to style as any solid colors you have in rotation this summer. Here are 18 ways to wear them, so now you have no excuse not to give them a try.

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Go for ’50s flair and pair a gingham midi skirt with a button-down shirt knotted at the waist, like Hannah Bronfman.

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A Pair & a Spare

A retro print is a whimsical way to make tailored shorts feel youthful. Team it up with a simple tank top and some neutral brown or tan accessories, like a fedora and cork heels.

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Tyler Joe

For the more daring dressers, reach for a bold, graphic print. With prints of this nature, seek a dress silhouette that is elegant in shape, like this waist-defining sundress. Try it with metallic shoes and a sleek black clutch to modernize the look.

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Dress Up for Armageddon

Why not go for a matching set, like this culotte-and-camisole number? The length and cut of these culottes makes the printed look seem more ladylike than a shorter matching bottom. Feel free to mix prints with a contrasting accessory, like this striped bag.

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Whether you’re headed to the office or drinks with friends, a micro print is just the thing your tailored shirtdress needs to pack a bit more punch. Grab a leather jacket and chunky sandals and you’re good to go!

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Corporate Catwalk

For the office, opt for a more monotone, abstract print. This midi skirt pairs perfectly with a white camisole and classic pumps. Not to mention that with a black-and-white look, it leaves room to mix in some brighter accessories.

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Luella & June

Date night may call for a sexier number, but that doesn’t have to mean a micro-mini! The cutout detail and waist-defining silhouette of this printed dress is certainly after-hours-approved. Style with simple accessories to keep all the attention on that cutout!

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What the Chung

When hitting the beach, grab a printed caftan or cover-up to allow yourself to feel a little bit more festive. This polka-dot maxi is an easy poolside pairing for your favorite summer suit. Belt it or wear it loose and add some scrappy flats to finish off the look.

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Something Navy

Sure, we love a pair of blue jeans and a white tee, but sometimes we yearn for a little bit more pizzazz. Opting for a bright, printed blouse is an easy way to make an otherwise simple look more eye-catching.

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Every girl should have a printed dress to throw on and go for summer. For a piece that will take you from morning to night, we suggest a micro print in neutral tones.

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Merrick’s Art

Try a blousy printed silk T-shirt with a midi skirt for work. The proportions are perfection.

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Atlantic Pacific

A rule of thumb when mixing prints (or shopping for a piece with two prints, like this dress) is to make sure the prints are of similar color families, but different scales. Try a micro print with an oversize print to maximize the effect.

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The Blonde Salad

Try a sophisticated romper in printed silk. It has the ease of a sundress and the functionality of shorts. Pair with espadrilles.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere

Anchor a matching set with a denim jacket. It helps to prevent your print of choice from feeling too overwhelming.

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Damsel in Dior

With simple silhouettes, like a flowy silk midlength dress, look for a large yet understated pattern. With this much surface area, graphic prints in pretty pastels flatter best. Wear with neutral suede sandals, nothing too aggressive.

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Pursuit of Shoes

A sweet patterned top softens up edgier pieces. Try a half-tuck of your top and style with a black mini and ankle boots (it’s also a great look to transition to fall).

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Hello Fashion

A fun way to play with pattern this summer is to look for a dress with both a print and a texture. The design gives a colorful print interesting dimension.

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If you’re itching for a way to wear a large, bold pattern but still feel ladylike, look no further than the silk pencil-skirt-and-cami combo. Reach for a large-scale print with a neutral base color and tuck in a coordinating top.

For more summer outfit ideas:
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5 Ways to Have More Pleasurable Sex

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When we get sex ed as young people, we almost never get information about pleasure. Much of the early messaging we get is shame-based and only highlights the dangers of sex. We might be taught to avoid sexually transmissible infections and pregnancy, but we’re rarely taught how to discover and negotiate our pleasure.

As the pursuit of pleasure is the primary reason most of us have sex, here are five ways to have more of it in your sex life.

1. Use lube with condoms.

I have a public health background, so I’ve seen my fair share of condom demonstrations. It’s amazing to me that condom use is so often taught without mentioning lube.

Using lube with condoms makes them feel so much better. It’s night and day. A drop in the tip before it’s rolled on, plus a bit on the outside once it’s unfurled, can do wonders.

The lubricant that the condom comes with is just enough to keep the condom from drying out in transport — not enough for it to stay lubricated during intercourse. Add other variables like a wider penis, longer-than-average sex play, or medication that reduces vaginal lubrication, and lube becomes an even greater need.

Do yourself (and your genitals) a favor: if you’re using barriers of any sort, get a high-quality, latex-friendly lubricant.

2. Give the vagina time to tent.

When a vagina is getting aroused, the area around the cervix lengthens and widens creating a “tenting” effect. This allows the vagina to accommodate a penis or toy with more comfort and ease.

Key thing: It takes at least 10 minutes of foreplay for tenting to occur. You can’t rush it. For most women, this means clitoral stimulation happening in a context that is sexually exciting.

In my workshops, I’ve had many women ask me what to do when their male partners get immediately aroused but it takes for them longer to get there.

My answer? Communicate that foreplay is key for your enjoyment and make the foreplay mutual. Do things to each other that turn you both on, either in turns or at the same time. It’ll be so fun that no one will be looking at the clock.

3. Strengthen (and relax!) your pelvic floor.

Most of us know it’s important to do our Kegels — the exercises that strengthen our pelvic floor. A strong pelvic floor increases bladder control as we age, supports our posture, and – here comes the pleasure part – helps us have stronger orgasms. You can even get vaginal weights to upgrade your Kegel workout.

But here’s what often missing from how-to-do-your-Kegels articles: Relaxation is just as important as strengthening your pelvic floor. Muscles only build when they are at rest. It’s like how you can’t fix a car while it’s running.

If you’re practicing your Kegels, make sure to take deep breaths and fully relax those muscles after your workout.

Note: If you have pelvic pain, you should ask your healthcare provider before starting a pelvic floor workout regime.

4. Want to find the G-spot? Don’t give up on it after one go.

A lot of mainstream adult sex ed talks about the G-spot as though it’s a magic button that when pressed, transmits immediate waves of bliss. It doesn’t work this way for many folks. It may take a couple weeks of regular massage to wake up the area. And some people never find the G-spot super erotic (also totally normal).

Often, when people first go about finding the G-spot, they just felt like they have to pee. It makes sense — the G-spot is a nexus of tissues right in front of the bladder.

But some folks are determined and push past those initial need-to-pee feelings. Many of them empty their bladders beforehand and with time, they find that the area wakes up to pleasurable feelings.

Lesson: Take your time. Some things don’t happen over night.

5. People vary in what they like. Ask, “What would delight you?”

So many sex articles and books frame good sex as a combination lock; just get the right moves and it will magically unlock. But the reality is that humans vary widely in what they enjoy in bed.

What one person goes crazy for will feel weird and unpleasant to someone else.

If you want to upgrade your sex life, ask questions like, “What would delight you?” and “What would totally turn you on?” These questions can open lots of pleasurable possibilities.

Know your own answers to these questions, too. Part of what makes one a good lover is knowing what one likes and having the communication skills to articulate that to partners.

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The Incredible Ways Art Is Helping Charleston Unite After Church Massacre

Early last week, a few artists painted murals on the walls of a warehouse around a vacant lot in Charleston, South Carolina, preparing for a celebration intended to fill the neglected space with sunlight, art and joy.

Then they learned about the racist attack at Emanuel AME Church, a historic black institution, that killed nine residents of their city.

Reeling from shock and sorrow, leaders of the community arts nonprofit organizing the event had to decide whether to cancel festivities planned for the solstice. It was a clear choice, Enough Pie executive director Cathryn Zommer told The Huffington Post.

“We felt that more than ever, the community needed to come together,” Zommer said. They added a vigil with candle lighting, songs and prayer. Artists made changes to their pieces. On Saturday, people gathered for an experience that mixed joy with sorrow, surrounded by art.

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In the week since the shootings, many other Charleston residents have expressed their emotions in powerful and creative ways, from thousands of people joining hands in a unity chain to making handmade signs honoring the victims.

“People use creativity to make sense of all of this. They use the arts to express these deep emotions of sorrow and pain and loss,” Zommer said. “The arts can do that. They can help us heal.”

From designers and dancers in Charleston’s tight-knit creative community to musicians who live hundreds of miles away, artists have addressed the killings. Their work, below, shows how art helps us survive and strengthen amid tragedy.

Artists used their craft to honor victims, and to grieve.

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Jia Sung

Jia Sung, a recent graduate of Rhode Island Institute of Design, said painting watercolors of each victim was her way of mourning.

It is primarily a process of grieving, trying to externalize the hurt. I didn’t know what else to do, really. Taking the time to do those portraits, and spend those moments of intimacy with each person was my own laying flowers. It was my own small gesture of tenderness in the face of violence.

They illustrated the muddied pain that follows tragedy, in the flood of grief, anger and glimmers of hope.

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HuffPost created this artistic take to remind Charleston and beyond that #BlackLivesMatter.

Their work helped spread the victims’ names and stories far and wide.

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Scott “Panhandle Slim” Stanton has painted each of the nine victims, sharing snippets of their rich lives.

I started this series with Rev. Sen. Clementa Pinckney and ended with Ethel Lance. One preached the word from the pulpit of Emanuel AME church and he worked hard to keep his congregation’s soul clean. One worked in the Emanuel AME and she worked hard to keep the entire sanctuary clean and she preached the word too. What an amazing group of people these 9 people are.

Some turned to the past to find insight into the present.

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Mario Andres Robinson

Painter Mario Robinson is represented by a Charleston gallery and visits the city often. In 2010, he painted “Sixteen Broad Street,” a portrait of a boy he met in Charleston.

I told him I’d buy a rose if he would be kind enough to pose for a quick sketch. He agreed and after a few minutes, his eyes began to wander as potential patrons walked by us. I realized that he was counting the sales he was losing by posing for me. I reluctantly aborted the sketch and opted for a photograph. His demeanor sums up the entire experience. When I look at this portrait today, I wonder what his life is like as a young man. We are living in tumultuous times and there’s no guarantee that he will be treated as a harmless preteen, in search of a few extra dollars.

Children too young to understand the killings use art to help cope.

Before 7-year-old Madeleine made this drawing, she kept asking her mother questions, WCIV reported. “Why is the world full of broken people?” asked the girl, who lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Art gives solace to those who need it because they are old enough to understand.

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Kris Manning

In Kris Manning’s “Our Unified Heart,” a bunch of nondescript white umbrellas become a silvery, sunlit heart. Manning created her public sculpture at the Unity Music and Arts festival, which she organized last weekend to support her music education nonprofit. They instead will donate funds to the victims’ fund.

“When the tears of our community are falling, we unite and together we create shelter from the storm with love,” Manning said.

Some illustrated the history of hatred that fed the killings.

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Mark Avery

Charleston artist Mark Avery’s illustration of protesters in Marion Square was infused with his city’s legacy of racial oppression.

Last night as I walked with my black brothers and sisters, we took over the streets that our ancestors built. Rattling the houses that our people built, our voices spoke power on the forever, “Holy City.” Activists from around the country came together at Marion Square to get our black people to unify and stand up for the black community in Charleston, and spoke nothing but facts about the psychological and systematic downfall of black people not only in Charleston, but around the nation. We are tired of forgiving these animals that kill our brothers, sisters, uncles, grandmas, aunts, grandpas, and even children. Here in Charleston, black people are the roots of the roots, so tell me who is, has, and still to the day, “taking over our land”? We need to really wake up and recondition our daily lives, until we do, our people will continue to perish on the land that we built, from the ground up.

Others took a closer look at the historic church, where the killings occurred.

In a moment when there is too much to feel and no words that seem right, poets have done justice to the unspeakable.

“Because I would rather hang a black cloth on a flag pole / than give the Confederate flag another glimpse of the sun,” Charleston poet Marcus Amaker writes in “Black Cloth.”

South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth wrote “Holy City” for Charleston’s Post and Courier. She reads it in a video for the BBC: “As bells in the spires call across the wounded Charleston sky, we close our eyes and listen to the same stillness ringing in our hearts, holding on to one another, like brothers, like sisters, because we know that wherever there is love, there is God.”

A dance performance demonstrates emotion, strength and collaboration.

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Charleston Characters Dance Co. member Megan Joanna Pue danced at Enough Pie’s solstice event with other women in her troupe.

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Adam Chandler

Some designers made simple graphics that resonated widely on social media, putting Charleston into the thoughts and timelines of people all over.

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Y’allsome

The night Craig Evans found out about the shooting, he couldn’t sleep. Feeling helpless, he created the “Charlestrong” image, posted it to social media and finally went to bed. He woke up to an onslaught of messages.

I have been contacted by so many people saying how much they loved it and even thanking me for capturing a certain sentiment. The craziest moment was when I received an email from one of the track teammates of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (one of the victims) telling me how much it meant to her and said it had touched her. That blew me away and made me happy beyond belief. I truly can’t believe my little design had such a huge impact on people.

Evan’s company, Y’allsome, is selling shirts and posters with the design. Profit will go to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund.

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Buff Ross

When Charleston designer Buff Ross saw that his image had begun to spread on Facebook, he made a poster-sized version that included a link to donate to the victims and the church, free for anyone to use.

Our streets here famously flood as our alluvial geographic nature continually pulls us back into the swampy miasma of our history. The flooding is something we all share and contend with here in Charleston. However on this brutally hot and dry morning the city felt flooded with tears. At least that was how I processed it and envisioned the image. … I truly believe that one of the unintended but beautiful consequences of social media is its power for collective grieving.

Others around the country called for change with songs and symbols.

Milwaukee musician Peter Mulvey wrote a song pleading for South Carolina to remove its Confederate flag and asked friends to make their own version. Dozens have since recorded it, including Ani DeFranco, who pays tribute to victim Tywanza Sanders.

Many local artists, struggling with the same grief as fellow Charleston residents, are making work specifically for their city.

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Charleston artist Tim Hussey’s mural-turned-memorial is vibrant and colorful, but intended to address “hidden class and race struggle in the city.”

“We all know there is a huge gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ here, but have no idea how to address it without having to move out of our comfort zone and leave the ‘celebration’ of everyday Charleston,” Hussey said. “Well, it’s not a celebration for everyone.”

After the killings, Hussey added the silhouette of a man with nine tears to the piece, entitled “Oh No Not Us.” He collaged notes from a nearby church’s old ledger to emphasize “the personal and humanness of this tragedy.”

Musicians and artists are using their work to inspire generosity in others.

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Gallery Robert Lange Studios is organizing a silent auction that has received 100 donations so far, including Anne Darby Parker’s “Unity of Nine.”

Earlier this week, a few thousand people attended a sold-out music benefit put on by Charleston’s Pour House. The 25 bands that played helped raise more than $ 30,000 for Emanuel AME and the victims.

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On makeshift canvases, people in Charleston have revealed hopeful visions of the future.

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Artistic offerings are just one way Charleston has rejected the hate that spurred a man to kill nine churchgoers who had been kind to him.

The actions of many in Charleston echo the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s call in April to “resurrect and revive love, compassion and tenderness.” Pinckney was among those slain.

Enough Pie’s Zommer knew Pinckney through the interfaith group Contemplative Alliance. She choked up as she called Pinckney a “sacred activist of the highest order.”

“We’re trying to move forward with the recognition that love is really what does unite us, and we find that creativity is an incredible way of showing love for this world and for life,” Zommer said. “Reverend Pinckney says it best when he says, ‘Only love can conquer hate.'”

#holycityheartproject #charlestonstrong

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The Hidden Ways Dior and Chanel Inspired Minnie Mouse

Minnie Mouse has been having a major fashion moment as of late, but when you look back through Disney‘s history you realize…she’s pretty much always been having a moment. Vans is the latest to immortalize her as a fashion icon, including the fabulous little rodent in its special Disney capsule collection, released earlier this summer. But long before the world had ever heard of a fashion collaboration, Minnie was brushing elbows with some of the style world’s biggest names.

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Minnie and friends in 1937

The iconic polka-dot skirt? It was inspired by Coco Chanel‘s designs from the 1920s. Twenty years later, her original outfit became a touch more voluminous due to Christian Dior‘s infamous New Look (the same postwar runway styling that influenced women’s wardrobes around the globe). And while you’d be forgiven for identifying the pillbox hat exclusively with Jackie Kennedy., Minnie can lay some claim to it too.

“She’s always evolved through the decades. Like in the ’30s, her pillbox hat with the daisy was such an icon that women’s hats started to reduce in size significantly,” Soo Koo, a vice president within Disney’s Consumer Products division, told Glamour. “The character has really aligned itself with fashion.”

Shoppers and fashion-observers might have noticed the recent spate of Minnie-connected offerings (like Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s and Dazed‘s high-fashion photo shoot), but don’t be confused: =The character has been in this game for a long time.

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A look at the process from Vans’ recent collaboration with Disney.

“She’s one of our most universally recognized characters,” Koo said. “We’ve been collaborating with designers for the past 10 years, from Comme des Garçons to a high-end Italian furniture designer. Lanvin even did a dress for Minnie to celebrate her 20th anniversary in the parks in Paris.”

The Vans connection itself might have fresh stock to offer, but it’s a relationship that’s familiar to Minnie and friends.

“We have a relationship that dates back to the [Vans founder] Van Doren days, which began in the late ’60s, early ’70s,” explained Vans’ head designer Rian Pozzebon. “Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Winnie the Pooh were actually featured on Vans footwear back in the ’80s, so when we worked with the Disney group [this time], it felt right to blend their classics with our classics.”

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The Vans team deconstructing Minnie’s signature shoes.

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6 Ways to Get More Love in Your Life

The Beatles said it best: “Love is all you need.” But do you feel you have enough love in your personal life? According to a 2010 survey by the Fetzer Institute, 68 percent of Americans say they need more meaningful love in their lives and 95 percent believe that we need more love in the world.

Since love is one of the most basic human emotions, how can it be that so many of us find it lacking in our lives? We see the word “love” used everywhere these days in advertising for material goods like hamburgers, cars, shoes, eyeglasses and cosmetics. But the genuine love that so many of us long for in our lives involves so much more than the excitement we feel over our favorite footwear.

True love is a powerful, creative force that can inspire humans to write symphonies, trek for months on foot, build a massive mausoleum, and make superhuman sacrifices. But love also leaves us feeling vulnerable and opens us up to possible rejection. Love requires courage, patience and effort, which are difficult to maintain in our fast-paced, superficial society.

While many of us are searching for romantic love, remember that true love comes in many different forms and circumstances. Getting more love in your life requires more than dating tips; you’ll have to work at it and make some inner changes to find love that has deeper meaning. Here are some steps you can take to help you cultivate true love:

# 1. Love Yourself First

Before you can share love with others you have to feel it within yourself. That means you need to find practices and routines that help you genuinely love who you are, just as you are right now.

Try taking yourself on a “date” once a week and spend time alone, doing something you thoroughly enjoy. For example:

  • Linger with a latte and a good book at your favorite coffee shop

  • Take a walk in nature

  • Visit an art gallery or museum that inspires you

  • Attend a concert

  • Watch a video about love

As you spend this time with yourself, focus your intention on truly loving YOU and filling yourself up with positive feelings and energy. The more you concentrate on loving yourself the more you will radiate positive feelings of love toward others and attract their love in return.

#2. Recognize Your Barriers to Love

The Sufi poet and philosopher Rumi wrote: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Whether you realize it or not, you may have barriers hidden within you that prevent you from giving and receiving love. Perhaps you have been hurt or betrayed by a past relationship or you fear being vulnerable to other people.

Spend some time in contemplation and write in your journal about your past experiences with love and how you feel about giving yourself over to love. Once you identify your own internal barriers to love you will be able to heal your wounds from the past and rise above them. This is an important step if you want to deepen your ability to genuinely love others.

#3 Practice the Lovingkindness Blessing

This Buddhist blessing (also called “Metta”) can be a powerful reminder to love yourself and others if you use it as a daily practice. Here are the five phrases of the blessing:

  • May I be at peace.

  • May my heart remain open.

  • May I realize the beauty of my own true nature.

  • May I be healed.

  • May I be a source of healing for this world.

Repeat this blessing every day as part of your daily practice and you will begin to feel your heart expanding with compassion for yourself and others. Next change the “I” in each phrase to “you” and use the blessing to send love to someone else.

#4. Give For the Sake of Giving

One of the best ways to bring more love into your life is to give your time and energy to others who need your help. Volunteer at an animal shelter, Head Start program, homeless shelter, or nursing home and you will find ample opportunities to share your love with others who need to be loved.

When you give of yourself with no expectation of return, you will find that you are blessed in many ways and love will begin flowing through you freely. You will begin to attract others into your life who can appreciate your loving and generous behavior.

#5. Open Your Heart

The HeartMath Institute teaches a simple method for opening your heart to love called the Inner Ease Technique. Use this practice as part of your daily routine (along with the Lovingkindness Blessing) and you will soon be able to overcome the barriers to love you have identified. Here are the steps:

  • Place your hand on your heart area and imagine you are breathing in and out through your heart.

  • Breathe slowly and gently until your breathing feels smooth and balanced, not forced.

  • With each breath draw in a feeling of inner-ease, balance and self-love into your heart.

You can do this practice in any place at any time to reduce anxiety and open yourself up to others.

#6. Find Love In Every Situation

As you open your heart to love and expand your capacity to express love for yourself and others, you will begin to see love everywhere you go. Then love can become your “default mechanism” so that you will choose love whenever you are in a situation of doubt or uncertainty.

For example, if a conflict arises with coworkers or a friend, choose the solution that contains the most love. If you face a crisis and must decide on your next steps, let love be your guide. When you need to give feedback to another person, be motivated by love rather than anger.

As you practice embodying love in your life in various ways, you will discover that you have always had all the love you need — you just couldn’t see it before. When you become a walking, talking vision of love you will become irresistible to other people who will be drawn to you by your beautiful presence.

The entire world will benefit from the love you put into practice, as you radiate love out to others and create more happiness and joy wherever you go. The love the world needs is right there inside you — now, go find it!

About the Author: Dr. Karen Wyatt is a hospice and family physician and the author of the award-winning book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.” She is a frequent keynote speaker and radio show guest whose profound teachings have helped many find their way through the difficult times of life. Learn more about her work at karenwyattmd.com.

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