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Fill Out Your Jeans and Sculpt Your Booty With This 4-Move Bodyweight Workout

Some people seem genetically blessed to naturally have a round, full butt, and others have to work for it. Whether your goal is to fill out your favorite dress, completely transform your butt, or just tone it up, you're going to have to change your workout routine, focusing on building more muscle …

Workouts

Short Haircuts That’ll Freshen Up Your Look At Any Age

Just wait, #7 is calling your name.<p>There are few things that can revamp and revitalize your look like a fresh short haircut. Why feel stuck in your …

Hairstyling

10 No-Lettuce Salads That You Need to Know — Recipes from The KItchn

While we love a good green salad, sometimes the same old routine can get tiresome. Luckily there are countless other veggies that are perfect salad …

Cast Iron Skillet

20 Creative Gifts for the Mom Who Already Has Everything

Don't panic—we're here to help!<p>One holiday woe we can all agree on? There is no one harder to shop for than mom, especially when she's the kind of woman who seems to have it all. If she loves to work out, there's no doubt a pile of leggings are sitting in her closet. Always cooking? You know she …

Lifestyle

How to get out of a mental rut, according to a psychologist

Ruts happen to all of us. One day, life is amazing and everything is peachy—and the next, it’s a struggle to just get through the day. It’s not a …

I Consumed Fresh Ginger Every Day For 1 Week, and These Were the Results

I've always loved the flavor of ginger. Spicy and pungent, it is delicious in tea form and almost completely cuts the bitterness of vegetables in fresh juices and smoothies (adding ginger is basically the <i>only</i> way I can stomach beets in my juices). And while I've always known it's frequently used to …

Workouts

The 31 Best Fragrances of All Time, According to Allure Editors

Every day here at Allure, our editors receive the newest perfumes from the largest fragrance houses and the smallest indie brands all before they make it to market, so we can get an exclusive look — or, sniff — at what the upcoming season’s biggest launches will be. If you think walking by a …

Fragrance

What Is Successful Aging?

<b>By Alan D. Castel, Next Avenue Contributor</b><p>(<i>This article is excerpted from the new</i> book Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging <i>by Alan D. Castel PhD. Copyright © 2019 by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.)</i><p>The phrase “successful aging” has grown in popularity over the past few …

Aging

7 crystals for manifesting calm and channeling chill vibes

The conversation about crystals is so loaded with words like energy and high-vibe that you might not think to reach for one when you need to unwind …

Crystals

Make Healthy Sweet Potato Skins (in Time for Your NFL Draft) — Delicious Links

<i>Kitchn's Delicious Links column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our …

Food

10 Budget Lunches That Aren't Salad — Recipes from The Kitchn

If you're looking for cheap lunch recipes that will keep you full through the afternoon, well, you came to the right spot. These budget-friendly …

Food

How to Meal Prep for the Week in Less Than an Hour

<i>Nicole Loher is a triathlete, Adidas ambassador, and all-around fitness guru all while balancing a badass day job in the fashion industry (and</i> …

Fitness

7 Mental Health Tips Therapists Give To Their Patients That Are Incredibly Unique

When it comes to self-care, many of us already know that activities like meditation, yoga, and exercise can benefit our mental health. But not …

Mental Health

Slovenia: The Last, Best-Kept Secret In European Travel

Gorgeous lakes, luxury hotels and one of the coolest capitals on the continent: there's a reason more and more travellers are discovering the delights of Slovenia<p>If he’s very lucky, an Englishman will reach his 30s with the great cities of Europe conquered.<p>He’ll have stood in the Colosseum of Rome …

European Travel

17 Growth Mindset Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Happiness

"Picture your brain forming new connections as you meet the challenge and learn. Keep on going." -- Carol Dweck<p>According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, when we have a "growth mindset," we believe that our intelligence, creative abilities, and character are things that we can improve in …

Motivation

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Classical Music

I posed a deceptively simple question to our writers and editors, as well as some artists we admire: What are the five minutes or so — longer than a moment, shorter than a symphony — that you’d play for a friend to convince them to fall in love with classical music?<p>A bit of agonizing later, here …

Classical Music

Well Read: The 5 Books You Won't Be Able To Put Down This September

Reading is undeniably a key wellness practice—and one that many of us have ignored for far too long. It’s proven to build empathy, reduce stress, and …

Books

9 Gross But Necessary Things To Do Before Bed To Get A Better Sleep

You probably already have a set nighttime routine that you follow in order to get ready for bed. And it may even include a few out-there habits that …

Sleep

Anne-Sophie Mutter's Hommage à Penderecki

No violinist is more equipped to perform the music of Krzysztof Penderecki than Anne-Sophie Mutter. The composer dedicated his Concerto for Violin …

Violin

5 of the best holidays in Norway – chosen by locals

<b>Valldal: by author Mah-Rukh Ali</b><p>Spectacular scenery surrounds this little valley: fertile fields, green forests and wild rivers that flow into fjords from high peaks. Summer visitors can gorge on strawberries whose like are not found anywhere else: pick your own or buy from farms or shops. This area …

Northern Lights

Nine Yoga Stretches to Relieve Lower Back Pain

Lower-back pain plagues just about everyone at some point. A widely cited Canadian survey from the late 1990s found that nearly 85 percent of adults will experience some kind of lower-back pain in their life. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or just deskbound and stiff, gentle stretching …

Yoga

6 Foods to Eat When You're Stressed

These energizing ingredients will make you feel better fast, especially when you're feeling stressed out by wedding planning.

Nutrition

5 Meditation Apps to Help You Find Your Peace

Stressed at work? Feeling like you can't appreciate the little things in life? Meditation could help.<p>In January 2018, more people Googled the term “meditation app” than any other recorded month. Although it’s no longer time for New Year’s resolutions, it’s never too late to invest in feeling cool, …

Meditation

Northern Lights Viewing Season Is Back: Here Are the Best Places to See Them

It’s not easy to feel small in a world determined to keep us all connected all the time. But spend an evening staring slack-jawed at the Northern …

Northern Lights

Meet "The King of Essential Oils" That Eases Anxiety, Boosts Immunity, and More

Essential oils have been a growing area of interest in the wellness world as of late. Whether they're used in cosmetics products or aromatherapy …

Essential Oils

Are you actually healthy? A doctor explains how to know for sure

<i>You probably know that you should have an annual physical exam, but does that mean you’re healthy? It depends, says Robin Berzin, MD, the CEO of the</i> …

Wellness

The 3 Workouts You Should Do If You Sit All Day, According To A Fitness Trainer

Sitting all day long doesn't feel good for anyone who does it. Unfortunately, though, it's an unspoken prerequisite of many office jobs and school …

A makeup artist reveals the time-saving trick to doing your lashes and eyeliner at the same time

In the age of lash extensions and lash lifts, finding time-saving ways to do your eye makeup and get out the door in under 10 is a <i>must.</i> But you don’t …

A beginner’s guide to enjoying classical music. No snobs allowed

Classical music aficionados: Go away. This article is not for you. Instead, it is for everyone who sees classical music as a private club and who feels they’re standing outside the clubhouse. It’s for those who have been to one or two orchestral concerts but are still not quite sure what they’re …

Classical Music

Why you should learn how to breathe

There's a very good chance you're doing it wrong.<p>Breathing is essential for life. It's at the heart of most bodily functions — and key to maintaining …