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November 29, 2013

Eat Up: How Thanksgiving Dinner Gives You Great Skin

As we prepare for tomorrow’s feast, temps are dropping – and your beauty routine may be having a tough time. Frizzy hair. Dry skin and cuticles. Sound familiar? If so, here’s the good news. Before you feel guilty about having that whole turkey leg or second glass of red wine, know that both could actually help with your impending-winter woes.

How Cranberries Help Your Skin

According to Dr. David E. Bank, director and founder of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, and Scott-Vincent Borba, celebrity esthetician and author of Cooking Your Way to Gorgeous, dark-meat turkey contains zinc, which helps your body stave off wrinkles. Red wine boasts polyphenols, “an anti-aging superhero.” And cranberries can prevent dental problems and clear up acne and eczema.

Want to know more about sweet potatoes, green beans, and more? Check out the details on huffingtonpost.com. Then go enjoy that second piece of Vitamin A–packed pumpkin pie. Your skin will thank you. And your waistline? It’ll forgive and forget.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 27, 2013

5 Style Bytes You May Have Missed: #Thanksgiving Edition

‪@chrisrockoz: The five stages of waking up:
1. Denial
2. Bargaining
3. Anger
4. Depression
5. Coffee
We’re thankful for Thanksgiving, and the break from this routine – minus the coffee. We never take a break from coffee.

‪@CollegeCandy: You won’t believe how many calories there are in #Thanksgiving Dinner (or how far you have to walk to burn it off.) ‪http://bit.ly/19LJBAF 
Say it with us: who cares? (Okay, okay – we’ll go for a walk after.) #eating #alltheturkey 

@Allrecipes: When Thanksgiving leads straight into Hanukkah, you get the greatest food holiday of all time! http://ow.ly/qMFa8 #Thanksgivukkah
Hello, eight days of light, liberty, and latkes. Our dream come true.

‪@BravoTopChef: What’s on your #Thanksgiving menu? Might we suggest this bacon mac & cheese? ‪http://bravo.ly/1cI9xQQ  ‪#TopChef
Uh… yes. Yes, you may. While you’re at it, what else would you like to suggest? We’re all ears.

‪@HuffingtonPost: Stuffing cookies are the new pumpkin pie ‪http://huff.to/1bMO8rn  ‪#Thanksgiving
We have a hard time believing this is a thing that tastes good, but it has “cookies” in its name. So we have to try it. It’s in the rules.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 27, 2013

Grab Your Remote: The Greatest Thanksgiving TV Episodes of All Time

You’re in the homestretch. Just another day left at the office and then – Thanksgiving. The one day of the year when it’s completely acceptable to do nothing but eat and watch TV all day (at least, that’s how it goes down in my house).

To prepare for this much-needed lazy day, Refinery29 has put together a list of the best Thanksgiving-themed sitcom episodes. All you have to do is find a cushy spot on the couch, pour yourself a glass of wine, and find out which channels are smart enough to air their comedic genius (I’m looking at you, TV Land).

Check out the full list of Thanksgiving-themed episodes on Refinery29.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Editor

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November 26, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A Tuesday roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions

The fact that Thanksgiving is this week is reason enough to celebrate. But throwing Hanukkah into the mix? Things are about to get wild.

1. What comes first? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course.

2. A scarf for the chilly drive and an empire-waist dress for an impending full stomach.

3. Setting the table can be tedious. But it’s not often the dining room gets a chance to be the center of attention.

4. Forget the turkey. We want to skip right to the dessert.

5. After this year, Thanksgivukkah might not happen for another for 79,000. So we’re going all out.

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November 26, 2013

Truffle Your Turkey (And Other Ways to Update Thanksgiving)

We’re all about Thanksgiving tradition. I mean, what’s not to love? There’s family, oven-roasted bird, and football. That said – doing and eating the exact same thing can get a little old. So, this year, breathe new life into the most American of holidays with these tips.

SLIDESHOW: 25 Tips for Updating Thanksgiving

1. Make Your Turkey with Truffle Butter
What makes everything better? (If you said “truffles,” you’re so, so right.) Roast your turkey with black-truffle butter and white-wine gravy for a luxe take on this annual main dish.

2. Try Baked Apples Instead of Apple Pie 
Apple pie is a classic… that is far less healthy than it sounds. Skip the crust – but not your fix of brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon – with a more fruit-focused treat.

Check out 23 more ideas at The Vivant.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 10, 2013

Once-in-a-Lifetime Cuisine: Recipes to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah

The year was 1888. When what? you may ask. When Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah last landed on the same calendar day. Now, 125 years later, the great crossover is happening again. Thanks to the Twittersphere and the brilliant nine-year-old who created the Menurkey, Thanksgivukkah is officially an unofficial holiday.

Happy Thanksgivukkah! Chef-Approved Recipes For Your Mashup Holiday

Ever in search of another reason to throw a party, we’ve scoured the web for a few Thanksgivukkah dishes to share – and landed on four chef-approved recipes from Refinery29. “Luckily, there’s some crossover between traditional Hanukkah fare and the stuff usually found on the Thanksgiving table,” Refinery29 says. “Looking for latkes? Swap out the spuds for sweet potatoes. What about apple pie? Try Concord-grape-jelly-filled doughnuts instead.”

Grab these recipes and read the full article at refinery29.com.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 6, 2013

Holiday Entertaining: Thanksgiving Buffet Tips

Turning Thanksgiving dinner into a buffet-style extravaganza is a surefire way to ease tension when you’re home (and hosting) for the holidays, especially when the meal itself takes days to prepare. Spend less time cleaning and more time eating – and let guests fill up on as many waistband-stretching helpings as they please – with these self-serve tips.

Location, location, location.
Be creative with your table placement. If you have both a kitchen and dining room, it’s easy to create separate zones for serving and eating. If not, you can host the buffet on a wooden sideboard, a dresser, a desk – or even a door propped up on sawhorses and covered with a floor-length tablecloth. Just try to keep the table away from the wall so guests can access it from all sides, and set up the décor and serving dishes the night before.

Define your color palette and style it seasonally.
Floral arrangements need not apply. Instead, take cues from seasonal bounty and style the table with gourds, grapevines, or crab apple branches. You can also place clustered vignettes (try any combination of rose hips, artichokes, beets, eggplants, mini pumpkins, and sweet peppers) between your serving dishes for a dazzling, colorful spread. If you’re craving candles, choose the flameless variety – no one wants a side of smoking sleeves with their sweet potatoes.

To create additional serving space, stack vintage wooden cheese boxes or bricks wrapped in cloth napkins, then place your platters and décor on different heights to spur visual interest and increase functionality. Just keep it classy, not cluttered, and make sure everything is stable. You can even move décor to baskets on the floor, mantel, or side tables to make more room for the all-important food.

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November 21, 2012

Instant Inspiration: Five Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited for a tryptophan-induced, post-dinner nap. Here, a gold mine of Pinterest resources for cooking the turkey, baking your favorite pie, and decorating the table.

1. We’re taking a break from traditional pumpkin pie with these mouthwatering pumpkin desserts.

2. But, if you really love pie, this Pinboard has plenty to keep your Thanksgiving guests satisfied.

3. Food & Wine has all the Thanksgiving side dishes you could ever possibly want.

4. Wondering how to properly season a bird? Here’s a whole Pinboard of savory turkey recipes.

5. And when it’s (finally) time to set the table, this is all the inspirational décor we’ll need.

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November 20, 2012

The Feast is Coming! (So Dress Accordingly)

Let’s face it: no one wants to be in anything but sweats when it comes to gorging on a huge meal (namely, the hugest meal of the year) – which means dressing for Thanksgiving, killer style retained, takes a little strategy.

Follow these tips and nothing will stand in the way of you and that (much-deserved) plate of seconds.

Stick to dark colors.
Red wine, gravy, corn – the list of Thanksgiving stain offenders goes on. That said, if you stay away from anything light-colored, chance spillage will be totally camouflaged.

Nothing constricting!
This one goes without saying. Who wants to be reminded that, while eating that second slice of pecan pie, one’s body is expanding to fit that second slice of pecan pie? Go for a super-oversized top plus leggings, then dress them up with boots and a scarf – and enjoy those multiple helpings. (That’s what Thanksgiving’s about, after all.)

Make sure sitting (for a long period of time) isn’t a struggle.
That too-tight waistband? Save it for Day 3 of a juice cleanse.

Transferability from dinner table to couch is key.
Tryptophan isn’t just a legend – it’s real. Keep things loose and comfy and, if a nap just so happens to strike while lounging on the couch post-dinner, you’re dressed for it.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 19, 2012