12 “Uplifting” Quotes To Float You Down The Frozen River Of Denial This Winter

By: Claire Hannum / February 19, 2015
I've detested winter my whole life, but since it's inevitable whether I like it or not, I made a little project last year of trying to at least appreciate the season's finer points. (Sledding! Hot chocolate! Pine trees!) To really commit myself to this (ultimately fruitless) task, I tried to get hyped up by talking to the people in my… More »

Beauty Test Drive: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2015
I've never been into gel manicures, not only because they cost more than my lazy at-home DIY nail routine, but because the effort it takes to remove them kind of freaks me out. Gels aren't known to be great for your health either, so I was mystified by Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel nail polish. It promises two weeks of gel-like… More »

Beauty IRL: How To Feel (And Look) Nice When It’s Shitty Out

By: Megan Reynolds / February 18, 2015
Some parts of this great country are experiencing pleasant, mild weather, but the rest of us are under an oppressive blanket of snow, ice and subzero temperatures, dreaming of warmer climates and trading in our snow boots for sandals. This time of year is the nadir of winter. Everyone wants the snow to end and… More »

Melt Your Stress Away With This Enchanting Little Film

By: Claire Hannum / February 18, 2015
Designer Shunsuke Umiyama's latest creation is the bamboo copTer, a mobile made from a classic toy. These tiny helicopters, also known as taketambo or bamboo copters, lift into the air when spun. In Umiyama's mobile, they spin gently in the breeze, lulling the viewer's mind into forgetting the world for just a moment. If you're feeling… More »

Now We Can Bake Girl Scout Cookies At Home!

By: Claire Hannum / February 17, 2015
My fervent mission to build up a Girl Scout cookie stockpile just got a lot easier, because soon we can make them at home! Starting this fall, Wicked Cool Toys' Girl Scout Cookie Oven can be yours for $60, which may seem hefty for what's being marketed as a toy (puh-lease, this was definitely made for the… More »

6 Things I Learned From Deleting All Of My Facebook Activity One By One

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 17, 2015
Over the last five months, I’ve been going the Nick Briz Facebook escape route and, instead of “deleting” my profile with the possibility of coming back to it later, I’ve been deleting all of my activity on Facebook so that there’s just nothing there. Briz’s web site offers codes that you can plug i… More »

Compassionate Fashion: 10 Cozy Must-Haves From Appalatch

By: Claire Hannum / February 15, 2015
Appalatch is a North Carolina-based apparel company "with a rebellious spirit to upend the clothing industry for good," and it embodies every "practical Americana" cliche of my dreams, so I'm obsessed. The company is so committed to ethics that it eschews sustainability programs altogether. Instead, Appalatch's website reads: "Sustainability shouldn’t be a buzz word that i… More »

Frisky Eats: 10 Beer-Based Recipes To Warm Up The Heart Of Winter

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 13, 2015
I don’t know about where you are, but here in Chicago, it’s 17˚ Fahrenheit. At this point in the winter, all I want to do is shroud myself in soft blankets and drink beer. Which brings us to this collection of recipes! Who knew beer was so versatile? Of course, beer tastes the way that… More »

“Visible Belly Outline” And Me: A Reluctant Love Story

By: Megan Reynolds / February 13, 2015
I am of the mind that people should wear whatever they want, when they want to. Dress for yourself, dance like nobody’s watching, be free to be you and me. I don’t care if you leave the house in a giant sheet belted with an extension cord, anchored by a fake fur you found… More »

12 Good Things About Being Stuck In A Rut

By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015
I'm in a strange emotional rut these days. The past few months have been some of the most eventful I've ever had. They've been full of revelations, confusions, major changes, and new conclusions about what life means to me -- but instead of making me wiser, all these new thoughts and the baggage surrounding them have… More »

Beauty IRL: On Finding Your Beauty “Holy Grail”

By: Megan Reynolds / February 11, 2015
Beauty bloggers are eternally on the hunt for their "holy grail" product, the one that will finally put an end to late-night Target runs and endless Ulta orders. You know, the one product that feels like it's just perfectly formulated for your individual needs, in the color that makes you look 10 years younger and that… More »

Here Are The Weird Ways We Cope With Stress

By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2015
A recent stress study by the American Psychological Association put together a profile of the most stressed-out person in America: she's a mom in her late 20s or early 30s who makes less than $50,000 a year, and she probably needs a hug. The study found that women are more stressed than men in general, and… More »

Please Give Me A Reason Not To Be Skeeved Out By Trendy IV Treatments

By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2015
Hangovers can take us to the depths of physical despair, but no matter how I spin it in my mind, I just can't imagine having a pounding head and then begging someone to stick a needle in my arm on top of it -- yet thousands are regularly clamoring for elective IV drips that promise to improve their lives i… More »

Flu Going Around? Here’s How To Avoid It Like A Pro

By: Ask Men / February 10, 2015
All it takes is one sneeze. That’s usually followed by the sniffling, coughing and fever. Next, we start looking for answers through traditional medicine.  Sure, you can take the over-the-counter concoction of chemicals or stronger antibiotics, and hope the long list of side effects that are rapidly read through in their TV commercials don’t haunt… More »

Here’s The Exact Date This Month That You’ll Give Up On The Gym

By: Claire Hannum / February 10, 2015
We're told repeatedly that our New Year's resolutions are doomed to implode sooner rather than later, but naysayers always keep it vague. "Oh, you'll quit the second life gets stressful again," they'll say, but what the hell does that mean? Sometimes it's better to know exactly when to expect our own failure to steel ourselves for a grim… More »

Frisky Eats: 16 Candy-Colored Valentine’s Day Cocktails

By: Claire Hannum / February 9, 2015
Want to add a little romance to your drink this Valentine's Day? Bring the sizzle with these 16 colorful cocktails... More »

What Are We Feeling When We’re Feeling “Fat”?

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 9, 2015
Remember the “fat is not a feeling” hashtag? The phrase has been around for a long time, but it trended as a hashtag last October, when Facebook added “fat” to their “feeling” statuses, complete with a smiling face with implied double-chin and rosy, cherubic cheeks. I mean, it’s a cute little emoticon, but it… More »

Wanderlust: A Pit Stop At The ER & Why You Should Travel With Health Insurance

By: Tiffanie Drayton / February 9, 2015
The only thing I didn't consider when planning this solo traveling adventure is that I might end up in hospital. Sadly, I did. I woke up in a pool of my own blood a few nights ago and was faced with a difficult choice: Do I go to the ER (which would be ridiculously expensive… More »

14 Valentine’s Day Crafts For Grown-Ups

By: Claire Hannum / February 9, 2015

I Understand, ComCast: 5 Rude Nicknames I Gave Customers While Working In Retail

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 9, 2015
It came out today that ComCast has a really, really big problem with nickname leaks. As in, they nicknamed a customer “Super Bitch,” and then sent her a bill with “Super Bitch” printed as her first name. So, first of all, who’s the ComCast fuck-up who went ahead and actually wrote “Super Bitch” literally… More »

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