Stay on top of your 9-to-5 grind with working-girl essentials inspired by the new ShopStyle campaign. With a busy schedule in mind, we chose the best pieces to wear to the office and straight to drinks afterward, from top brands like Tory Burch, Club Monaco, and J.Crew for a look that's all your own. Try out DKNY's leather-sleeved trench for a little edge, or show you mean business in Theory's sharp separates. From crisp blouses to pencil skirts, see them all right here.
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If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
A week after tackling the Nike Women's Half Marathon, I was invited to run a Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run. Still on a runner's high, I said yes — while also dragging my half-marathon group (seen above) with me. While there are a lot of mud runs to choose from, they all challenge participants to run from muddy obstacle to muddy obstacle until the sweet victory of the finish line. A great gateway run to a more serious race or just a fun way to hang with friends, here's what to know before playing in the mud!
Go With a Group
This isn't the sort of thing that people show up at alone or try to set personal bests. Unless you're putting yourself through a grueling Tough Mudder, you'll find that most mud runs are fun runs — including the Dirty Girl 5K. Expect to see a lot of matching outfits and groups of friends tackling the course together. Believe me, it's a lot more enjoyable to have someone with you when you land in that first mud pit!
Train . . . Well, Sort Of
While it's always a good thing to train for something new, you'll still be OK if you show up to the starting line having never run a day in your life. There are a lot of walkers — and that's OK. The Dirty Girl 5K is a fun run that welcomes all levels of fitness. The lanes are wide enough to handle both runners and walkers, and while some of the obstacles require a bit of climbing, everything is manageable. It's also OK to walk around any of the obstacles you don't feel comfortable with; no one will be there to judge, disqualify, or heckle you if you do. If you do want this to be your gateway into running, start with our eight-week walker-to-runner plan.
If you are worried about ruining your clothes, don't be — the mud does wash out. That being said, you are going to get really muddy and really wet. Avoid materials like cotton that will soak up all the water and mud, resulting in an extra five pounds on your frame. Workout gear made from synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, and spandex are great choices. If you usually go commando during your workouts, today is not the day for that. The mud gets everywhere — yes, even there. Wear your most protective pair of undies or compression shorts, and you should be fine. Since cleaning mud-soaked shoes can be a little more difficult, use an old pair of running shoes. Or, if you see a lot more mud runs in your future, it might be time to designate a pair just for these types of races.
The Shower Scene
There aren't any Kiehl's toiletries awaiting you at the finish line, but there is a tented area where you can rinse off and change. While most people don't, I was incredibly thankful that I thought to pack a small bar of soap and washcloth. Bring plenty of plastic bags to store your muddy outfit, and don't forget a towel and change of clothes!
You entered a mud run, embrace it — now is not the time be squeamish. Enjoy yourself and the mud.
With all the feasting and festivities that go along with the holidays, it's easy to throw up your hands and put off any healthy habits until the new year hits — but why put off the positive changes that you could be making now?
Don't use the cool weather, the parties, and the holiday buffets as an excuse to ignore your health. Instead, end the year on a positive note by following these five simple tips for a healthy, no-excuses November!
After a jam-packed day of eating right, staying active, and other healthy choices, the last thing you want to do is undo all your hard work just minutes before bedtime. Make sure you stay on the right track by avoiding these late-night eating mistakes.
Mistake #1: Going to Sleep Too Full
Going to sleep on a full stomach can cause discomfort and disrupted sleep, which can wreak havoc on your waistline by causing you to hold on to belly fat and eat more. Make sure you eat dinner at least a few hours before bedtime; if you need a snack later on, keep it under 200 calories.
Mistake #2: Eating the Wrong Thing
It's not just when you eat, but what. Eating the wrong foods late at night can also leave you wishing you could just drift off to slumber. Avoid greasy, high-fat, heavy-protein foods if you want to catch more weight-regulating Z's; a small amount of lean protein and a little carb should be your go-to option. Find out other types of foods you should avoid late at night here.
Mistake #3: Going to Bed Hungry
You may think that going to bed with a grumbling stomach will help your body burn off more fat while you sleep, but studies have shown this isn't the case. In fact, going to bed hungry may actually cause you to lose muscle instead — which, in turn, slows down your fat-burning potential. Keep your metabolism soaring by having a small, 150-calorie snack before you climb into bed.
Mistake #4: Not Factoring In Your Snack
You've powered down for the day and put your food journal away, but don't think that those late-night nibbles don't add up. If you're sticking to a weight-loss plan, make sure you keep track of any postdinner calories, so you're not left wondering why the number on the scale doesn't budge. If you know you like to have a snack before going to bed, making sure you've "saved" a few calories from the day can help you stick to your limits.
Mistake #5: Starving All Day, Feasting All Night
There's nothing you like more than relaxing on the couch with a bowl of ice cream, so you pick at your dinner just so you can indulge before bedtime. This is a recipe for disaster; not only are you almost guaranteeing an uncomfortable night with a full stomach, saving your "cheats" for after dinner and beyond can lead to an unhealthy cycle of junk food and regret. Try to disassociate your late-night snack with unhealthy foods, and focus on eating regularly throughout the day and having a healthy snack after dinner only if you're hungry.
This fat-blasting workout video, created for POPSUGAR Fitness by Andrea Orbeck, will work your entire body in 10 minutes. Andrea has trained many Victoria's Secret models — who will film the annual fashion show tomorrow that will air Dec. 10 — and now she'll train you in the comfort of your living room, no props needed. So no excuses!
Press play, and follow along as Andrea leads you through this short but intense workout.
After a bone-chilling morning run, you need a hearty breakfast that warms you up. This fast polenta, from The Runner's World Cookbook is easy to make and provides you with the protein, carbs, and comfort you need after a dark morning workout. Since it's ready in about 10 minutes, you can whisk this breakfast up on busy post-workout weekday mornings. It's a great gluten-free and vegetarian option for runners who need a quick recovery meal.
Dear inner-thigh fluff, so sorry to see you go. Love, yoga. If your inner thighs could use some attention, here are nine yoga poses that'll fire up this area. Be prepared — you'll instantly feel the burn that lets you know your thighs are getting slimmer.
- Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Step your right foot forward, rising up into Warrior 1. Open your hips, arms, and chest into Warrior 2.
- Inhale to lower your left hand to your left thigh or calf and raise your right arm overhead, arching toward the back end of your mat. Continue pressing the right knee forward, with the front thigh parallel to the floor. Hold Reverse Warrior for five breaths.
- Rise up, and switch sides.
Open Extended Triangle
- Work your way into Warrior 2 with the right knee bent. Straighten your front leg, extend your right arm away from you, and lower it to the floor.
- Bring the upper arm parallel to the floor. Gaze at your left palm, holding for five breaths.
- Rise up, and switch sides.
- Stand with both feet together. Bring your palms together, rotate your torso to the right, squat down, and cross your left elbow over your right outer thigh.
- Press your palms together, and actively push your bottom elbow against your thigh to lift and rotate your chest up, increasing the twist.
- Keep weight in the heels, gazing over the right shoulder for five deep breaths.
- Stay in the low squat as you rise back to center and rotate the torso over to the left side for another five.
- Stand with both feet together. Shift weight into your left foot, and bend your right knee. Lift it off the floor, and wrap your leg around your left thigh, tucking the right toes around your lower left leg.
- Cross the left elbow over the right, then bring your palms together.
- Hold like this for five breaths, lifting the elbows as high as you can, gazing at the hands.
- Release, and switch sides.
- Stand at the front of your mat. Step open to the right, opening your legs about three feet apart. Turn your heels in.
- Bend your knees coming into a sumo wide squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground. Your knees should be directly over your ankles, so adjust your feet if you need to.
- Lift your arms up, bending your elbows at 90-degree angles, opening the palms away from you.
- Enjoy this pose for five deep breaths.
- From Down Dog, step both feet together. Move your right hand to the center of your mat, and roll the body to the right, balancing on the outer edge of your flexed right foot.
- Raise the left arm overhead, gazing at the fingertips.
- After five breaths, release the left hand to the center of the mat, and roll open to the left for another five breaths.
- Begin sitting on the floor with your legs extended in front of you. Place your palms behind your hips about six to eight inches away, with your fingers pointing toward your toes.
- As you inhale, press into your hands and feet firmly, lifting your hips into the air. Slowly release your head back, looking behind you.
- Stay here for five deep breaths, and then release.
- Begin lying flat on your back with your arms along the sides of your body, palms facing down. Bend your knees, and place your feet flat on the floor. Walk your heels as close as you can to your tush.
- With your palms and feet pressing firmly into the ground, lift your hips up. Try to keep your thighs parallel. Bring the hands to the lower back for support or interlace the palms together.
- Stay here for five deep breaths, actively pressing your feet into the floor.