Stories by Melissa Muller

Wanna Lose Weight? Head To The Equator

Wanna lose some weight? We've got a simple trick. Just get on a plane and head for the equator. You'll find that you've dropped a small bit of weight by the time you step on a scale.   read more

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April 16, 2014  |   6:04 AM  |  COMMENT
Does Kate Upton Not-So-Secretly Hate Her Boobs?

• In a quote that sounds suspiciously un-Kate Upton-like, the Sports Illustrated model supposedly said that she wishes she had smaller boobs. "I wish I had smaller boobs every day of my life as I would love to wear spaghetti top braless or go for the smallest bikini design," she allegedly told The Sun. "I'm like, 'Oh, man, it would be so much easier,' especially if people didn't constantly bring them up." [Marie Claire]   read more

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April 16, 2014  |   5:04 AM  |  COMMENT
How Your Brain Tricks Your Hormones Into Feeling Full

It's not just what we eat, but what we think we're eating that matters. At least according to new anecdotal research from Alia Crum, a clinical psychologist at Columbia Business School in New York.   read more

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April 15, 2014  |   6:04 AM  |  1 COMMENT
Bindis Are The Cultural Appropriation Du Jour At Coachella

• Oh geez. First there was the ubiquitous Coachella native headdress. And now the cultural appropriation du jour is apparently the bindi. Vanessa Hudgens, Sarah Hyland, and a slew of other celebs were spotted wearing them at the music festival over the weekend. Why is the bindi bad (to wear to a music festival if you're not an Indian person)? "The bindi on the forehead is an ancient tradition in Hinduism and has religious significance. It is also sometimes referred to as the third eye and the flame, and it is an auspicious religious and spiritual symbol ... It is not meant to be thrown around loosely for seductive effects or as a fashion accessory aiming at mercantile greed." Got it? [The Gloss]   read more

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April 15, 2014  |   5:04 AM  |  COMMENT
This Is What Real Natural Beauty Looks Like

Are there boundaries to how we like our "natural beauty"? It seems everywhere you go, there are ads touting the idea that women should embrace their natural charms. But is there a limit to all that naturalness? What about armpit hair? Photographer Ben Hopper's photo series "Natural Beauty" attempts to find out.   read more

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April 14, 2014  |   6:04 AM  |  COMMENT
Alexander Wang Announces Collaboration With H&M

• Set your Swatches: Alexander Wang is launching a collaboration with H&M. The Balenciaga designer's collection is set to drop November 6. We. Can't. Wait. [WWD]   read more

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April 14, 2014  |   5:04 AM  |  COMMENT
Artisanal Fitness: Cringeworthy or Cool?

The latest ridiculous fitness trend? Artisanal Fitness. And yes, of course it's out of San Francisco.   read more

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April 11, 2014  |   7:04 AM  |  COMMENT
Men Want Kim, Women Want Gwyneth

As the old song by the Waitresses goes, "I know what guys like, I know what guys want," and these days, what guys want is a woman that looks like Kim Kardashian, at least according to a new survey from British lingerie company BlueBella.com.   read more

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April 11, 2014  |   6:04 AM  |  4 COMMENTS
Does Your Makeup Own You?

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski sat on a panel at the Women of the World conference over the weekend and was so moved by the discussion over makeup that she decided to do something rather unprecedented -- take it all off.   read more

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April 10, 2014  |   8:04 AM  |  COMMENT
Would You Buy a Patch That Makes You More Beautiful?

Dove launched its latest Real Beauty campaign on Wednesday. The video, titled "Patches," follows a group of women as they submit to a unique experiment: live for several weeks with a mysterious RB-X patch, which is supposed to help chemically enhance their natural beauty.   read more

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April 10, 2014  |   7:04 AM  |  COMMENT
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