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Jack Daniel's Taste Taster, Lynne Tolley, Has A Whiskey Lover's Dream Job

(22) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 7:00 AM

As the great grandniece of Jack Daniel, Lynne Tolley's veins are practically brimming with whiskey.

"My mother always took a little Jack Daniel's and rubbed it on my gums when I was teething," Tolley said in her unmistakable Tennessee drawl. "So I've had that taste for whiskey for a...

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Thinking Of Getting A Pedicure? Beware The Health Risks First

(102) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:27 AM

Spring has finally sprung, which means one thing: Pedicure season is upon us.

But all of that foot-centric primping and preening can quickly turn hazardous for your health. Before booking our first pedicures of the season, we talked to Dr. Jackie Sutera, a New York-based podiatrist,

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Godiva Chocolate's Taste-Tester Is The Real-Life Willy Wonka

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Meet the real-life Willy Wonka. His name is Wayne Puglia and he's the Senior Vice President of Global Research and Quality at Godiva. And yes, he realizes just how lucky he is.

"Let's put it this way," he tells me. "When I started working for Godiva, I lost my personal...

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7 Amazing Things You Gain When You Don't Have A 'Best Friend' In Your 20s

(11) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 8:34 AM

There's a scene in "Francis Ha" that perfectly captures what happens to female best friends as they venture deeper into their 20s. Francis is talking to Sophie, her "best friend" who has recently been wrapped up in a committed relationship with a man named Patch, and she says...

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We Tried It: Intensati

(2) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 11:18 AM

What We Tried: Intensati -- It's a combination of two words: intention and sati, the Pali word for mindfulness.

Where: This was a class at a New York City Equinox taught by Patricia Moreno, the founder of Intensati. You can find all of the national, non-Equinox class locations...

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Need A Blowout At Home Within The Hour? There's An App For That, And It's Called Glamsquad

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 7:57 AM

Though it took me a while to appreciate the joys of a nice blowout, I eventually grew to embrace a little primping. The only problem was: With 24/7 work hours and hectic social schedules, who has the time to book an appointment, go to the salon and then...

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7 Foods I Would Never Touch If I Wasn't Jewish

(95) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Inviting gentile friends over to a traditional Jewish meal at my house is an embarrassing prospect, at best. I usually spend the entire time saying, "Just try it" before watching my guests figure out how to execute a tactful spit-it-out-in-a-napkin.

Which is why I've stopped the whole coaxing act...

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Que se passe-t-il exactement quand on avale de travers?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 8:55 AM

Nous sommes tous passés par là: vous êtes en train de manger un délicieux repas quand tout à coup, sans prévenir, un aliment passe par le "mauvais tuyau". C'est à la fois gênant, désagréable et effrayant. C'est ce qu'il y a de pire.

Mais pourquoi cela arrive-t-il? À...

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6 Things Small-Chested Women Need To Know About Bras

(181) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:51 AM

Time and again, I come across articles offering bra tips. And time and again, I find myself saying, "Well, those rules only apply to ladies with at least a C cup. What about those who are a bit more ... petite?"

So, I decided to find out for myself. For...

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6 Reasons Learning An Instrument As An Adult Is Easier Than You Think

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Learning how to play an instrument seems like an oddly daunting task for an adult. If you missed out on weekly piano lessons as a kid, is it too late to pick it up when you're on the other side of 30?

The short answer is: no. Turns out,...

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What Happens When Your Food Goes 'Down The Wrong Pipe'

(40) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Welcome to Ask Healthy Living -- in which you submit your most burning health questions and we do our best to ask the experts and get back to you. Have a question? Get in touch here and you could appear on Healthy Living!

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7 Ridiculous Things People Say To You When You're Gluten-Free

(453) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 7:52 AM

To some people, the discovery that you're gluten-free might as well be a challenge to come up with the most annoying, invasive comments of all time.

Or at least that's how it sometimes feels for the approximately 2 million Americans with celiac disease, not to mention the...

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8 Foods No Self-Respecting Jew Should Ever Eat

(420) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:00 AM

The first time I asked my mother if she'd top our Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with marshmallows as a kid, she just looked at me and said, "Jews don't cook with marshmallows." And that was that.

It wasn't a matter of kashrut -- the gelatin-filled ingredient was simply not in our...

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7 Crazy Reasons You Should Be Intimidated To Eat With Queen Elizabeth II

(61) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:00 AM

The idea of eating with Queen Elizabeth II sounds pretty great -- who wouldn't want to receive an invite to a dinner at Buckingham Palace? But Darren McGrady, the Queen's former personal chef of 11 years, describes a dining scene that sounds even more intense than we thought.

McGrady himself...

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Princess Diana Had A Vogue Makeover Before She Became A Style Icon, Says Bruce Oldfield

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 10:11 AM

It's like a scene out of "Funny Face" or "The Devil Wears Prada" -- a simple girl gets a full-on Vogue makeover, complete with racks of high-fashion clothing hand-picked by the magazine's top stylists. But it wasn't a movie at all, and it certainly wasn't just any girl. It was...

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Hayley Hasselhoff: 'Plus-Size' Doesn't Mean What People Think It Means

(38) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 7:07 AM

Calling out a model for being "plus-size" has the ability to instantly polarize people: Some think the label is offensive ("She's not plus-size"), while others are proud of the distinction. Hayley Hasselhoff falls into the latter category.

We caught up with the 21-year-old model (and, yes, daughter...

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Tim Gunn On Transgender Models, His Sexuality & Finding Role Models

(88) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:40 AM

As snobby as the fashion world may seem, as an industry, it's widely embraced the LGBT community. Or as Tim Gunn puts it, "Men in the fashion industry, I assume that they're gay until proven otherwise."

This is perhaps why, after his troubled youth, Gunn has seemed to find...

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7 Ways To Tell If You're Actually A Princess

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 7:08 AM

Think you can't spot a princess from a mile away? Think again.

There are plenty of ways to pick out a royal, whether she be a princess, queen or duchess, simply by taking one look at her outfit. Yup, there's an unofficial criteria to getting dressed each morning that separates...

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Princess Madeleine's Baby Girl Gives Sweden A New Royal!

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 7:52 AM

Grattis, Princess Madeleine!

The Swedish royal has just given birth to a baby girl, according to the Swedish royal court. The announcement read:

Thursday February 20 2014 at 10.41 pm local time, Princess Madeleine and Mr Christopher O’Neill had a daughter at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical...
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Why Use Microbeads When The Alternatives Are Better?

(14) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 7:03 AM

Until recently, most people didn't even know what microbeads were, let alone how ubiquitous they've become in many of our exfoliators. These tiny rounds of plastic, which are 5 millimeters or smaller in diameter, are put into mass-market skincare products to exfoliate skin. Yes, they're cheap and, yes, they work...

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