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Capsule wardrobe: How to declutter your life and closet

It's time to let you in on a secret style bloggers and fashion designers have known for years: A capsule wardrobe will help you cut clutter, save money and create more outfit options than ever.<p>So, what <i>is</i> a capsule wardrobe?<p>Put simply, it's a way of minimizing your clothes into a small collection …

Clothing

The Fastest Way to Clean Your Bathroom

Follow this routine to make your fixtures sparkle in minutes.<p>One of the busiest spots in your house, the bathroom is also the place almost every guest visits. So if you start sweating whenever someone asks, "Do you mind if I freshen up/use the toilet/secretly judge your cleaning skills?" just …

Yoga power: why it's time for us to 'woman up'

Power yoga, hot yoga… Our current love affair with the more intense branches of the practice are the last thing we need, says the celebrated yogi Jane Kersel<p><i>This article was first published on 4th January, 2015 and has been republished ahead of International Yoga Day</i>.<p>It is hard to reconcile the …

Yoga

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Tiny Life Changes That'll Bring You Major Bliss

11 Tiny Life Changes That'll Bring You Major Bliss<p>You don't need to go on a tropical getaway to feel happier ASAP<p>Yes, pulling a Seth Cohen and sailing off to Tahiti on a yacht would <i>probably</i> bring you major bliss. But you don't have to go big to score big happiness—the smaller stuff actually works …

Are you a heavy drinker? You'd be surprised

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sheldon Shiraki sits at the bar in the trendy Fritti restaurant in Atlanta, happily sipping an ice cold cocktail.<p>Asked how many drinks it would take for the government to consider him a "heavy drinker," he laughs.<p>"I don't know -- maybe 25 to 30 drinks," Shiraki says.<p>"A month?" I ask.<p>"A …

The Only Way to Improve Your Situation is to Improve Yourself

Self-improvement is multifaceted. To improve yourself, you must consider every aspect of the word self. This means improving your mind, your body, …

Self-improvement

Lose Your Belly with Just Two Exercise Moves

<i>(Looking for a program that will help you get a flat tummy—and keep it that way? With our Lose Belly Fat—For Good routines, you can see results in as little as two weeks.)</i><p>Cosgrove's response: "Running is just one exercise, but no one questions that when it comes to burning fat." (Another great way …

15 Tactics That Will Double Your Productivity In No Time | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Want to learn how to double your productivity right away? This is going to be the right place, so stay with me and learn these 15 tactics that will …

11 Beauty Uses for Lemons

<b>Clarifying moisturizer:</b> Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.<p><b>Elbow and knee bleacher:</b> "If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon," says Patrice Coleman, owner of …

Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …

Germany

The Katikies Hotels in Santorini – A Place Of Divide Beauty And Magnificent Views

Nestled on the rocky peaks of the Santorini island, the Katikies Hotels form a beautiful collection of some of the most stunning luxury boutique …

Stylish Storage: 10 Ways To Organize Under Your Sink

• <b>Suspend Spray Bottles</b> Since my goal is to have every possible cleaning product in a pretty spray bottle, this tip from Martha Stewart is</b> …

Martha Stewart

Fitwall Workout Videos

<b>Loaded Beast Step</b><br>10 reps on each side<br>Begin on the balls of your feet with your knees bent, hips lifted over your heels and arms straight in front of you with palms on the ground (called "loaded beast" position). Use your arms to pull your body forward into a lunge position replacing your left hand …

Stressed About Money? 6 Ways to Combat It

<i>by Jane Bianchi</i><p>Whether you’re pulling your hair out because you can’t seem to save enough money for your emergency fund or you’re having a hard time dealing with your significant other’s spending habits, various types of money anxiety can be triggered by what one expert labels as “thinking …

The Relationship Between Interior Design, Color and Mood

We at Decoist love a good dose of color. Do you ever notice how a powerful color can change your mood? There are clear relationships between colors …

Why Not You?

“Oh, I could never do that, be that, win that…”<p>That is what you say. You watch people on the X-factor, the Voice or game shows and say how amazing, …

The 20 People Skills You Need To Succeed At Work

Do you think you’re qualified for a particular job, fit to lead a team, or entitled to a promotion because you have extensive experience and highly developed technical skills? Well, it turns out that while those things <i>are</i> crucial to your professional success, it’s imperative that you <i>also</i> have great …

Ten wedding dresses, whatever you size, style or budget

Buying a wedding dress is a big decision, which is why it can be difficult to know where to start. Should you go for a full-length gown or a short dress? Is a sequined jumpsuit ever OK? And where can you find something special for your wedding at an affordable price? Guardian and Observer stylist …

How to Live Life to the Fullest (28 Plans) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Life is made to be explored and it’s content, be reached to the utmost. Limits are no limits when you don’t recognize them. With a burning-desire to …

Profit

How to Get Soft Lips

7 Tips for Super-Soft Lips—Even in Cold Weather<p>Cold-proof your pout with these expert tricks<p>Love crisp fall weather but hate how it dries out your lips? Don’t worry, we’ve got the fix. We consulted <i>Women’s Health</i> beauty editor Jill Percia for her best tricks to keep your pout super kissable all …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

What Every Contact Lens Wearer Needs To Know (But Is Afraid To Ask)

If you're one of the 36 million contact lens wearers in the U.S., chances are you went through a mini-course in hygiene when you first got your prescription. You know the drill: First wash your hands with soap and water before drying them with a clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel. Then, …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

Martha Beck: How to Stop Taking Out Your Anger on Others

Anger

These 27 Napkin Sketches Will Teach You Everything You Need To Know About Money

Richards knows a thing or two about the subject.<p>Within a few years of purchasing his dream home in 2003, the housing crisis threw him into a downward spiral of debt. He lost his home and found himself living in his in-laws' basement while he and his wife scrambled to stabilize their finances.<p>"The …

Personal Finance

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

The Brain

The shape we’re in

The bodies we covet, and the techniques that create them, have changed dramatically in recent years. Charlotte Sinclair investigates the 21st-century fitness revolution<p>I’m 10 minutes into a work-out at Bodyism, the hottest gym in London, and, frankly, it’s not what I expected.<p>Founded by James …