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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Celebrates 2014's Huge Hits (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:23:33 -0500)

The 88th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ran through New York City on Thursday, bringing Snoopy, Hello Kitty and Spider-Man along with it. Hosted by "The Today Show's" Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker, the legendary parade featured marching bands, Broadway casts, Quvenzhané Wallis and some of the biggest names in pop music. From Idina Menzel to Lucy Hale, Sting to Nick Jonas, here's a look at this year's highlights.

KISS was typical KISS.
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...And then hung out with Idina Menzel.

Just hanging with some buddies before #macysparade @paulstanleylive @tommy_thayer

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Meghan Trainor sang her new single, "Lips Are Movin."
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Lucy Hale goes from "Pretty Little Liars" to country star.

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The Madden brothers had some family time atop a float.
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Allison Williams supported her "Peter Pan Live" co-stars.

Our cast KILLED it just now in the parade! I watched with so much pride and happiness after introducing them. I love you guys. And we love all our supporters who are as excited as we are about next Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving everybody! #PeterPanLive #1WeekAway

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Tony Danza's got a voice! The "Honeymoon In Vegas!" star took the stage.
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Nick Jonas proved again why "Jealous" is actually a pretty good song.

PARADE TIME!

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Becky G performed "Can't Stop Dancing" with Dora The Explorer and Diego.
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Quvenzhané Wallis and her "Annie" co-stars sang "It's A Hard Knocked Life."
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Sting riles the crowd with the cast of "The Last Ship."
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Best Tweets: What Women Said On Twitter This Week (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:06:20 -0500)

This week was full of preparations for the national eating contest -- or what some call the Thanksgiving holiday. It's a day filled with dodging awkward questions from relatives, throwing elbows at the dinner table and, of course, eating. Maggie Mull is excited for Thanksgiving, but for reasons other than the food: "Thanksgiving is the only day of year when my grandma yelling 'I dropped a breast on the floor and the dogs eating it!' isn't a 911 emergency."

In other news this week, the non-indictment of police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown got a lot of people on Twitter (and in real life) really riled up. "*Cracks knuckles* time to unfriend some racists on Facebook," Twitter user PeachCoffin tweeted. Truth.

Shari Vanderwerf summed up the week perfectly when she tweeted, "Why not announce the grand jury decision on Thanksgiving when we're too bloated to riot?" Maybe not riot, but protest peacefully? Definitely.

For more great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.

Holiday goals:

Be that family member that drinks wine out of the bottle and ruins Thanksgiving dinner for everyone.

— Goddess of Mischief (@ShanaRose21) November 24, 2014



*cracks knuckles* time to unfriend some racists on Facebook

— Paige (@PeachCoffin) November 25, 2014



When my family asks about my life on Thanksgiving break pic.twitter.com/VQqcDrwWVt

— Tweet Like A Girl (@TweetLikeAGirI) November 24, 2014



Thanksgiving list:
-buy yams
-switch all local manger baby Jesuses to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
-steal neighbor's turkey
-give thanks

— bourgeois beth (@bourgeoisalien) November 25, 2014



I just licked a door frame to win a family argument and there are still three days until Thanksgiving.

— Elizabeth Hackett (@LizHackett) November 25, 2014



"I ain't even pregnant, I just eat good" -me after Thanksgiving

— PayDay (@HaydenHueburger) November 25, 2014



When ya mom say "come eat" on Thanksgiving https://t.co/uIJOEWikYA

— ♏️ (@__PYTT) November 24, 2014



Why does autocorrect capitalize Kardashian but not thanksgiving? What happened to us

— Adrienne Airhart (@craydrienne) November 25, 2014



The positive side to my kids being on Thanksgiving break is now my day drinking is totally justified.

— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) November 25, 2014



Why not announce the grand jury decision on Thanksgiving when we're too bloated to riot?

— Shari VanderWerf (@shariv67) November 25, 2014



at thanksgiving dinner take a shot everytime a family member asks how school is going or why you're still single

— liz (@lizzy_israel) November 25, 2014



This Thanksgiving make sure to engage in a political discussion with your uncle who calls it The Facebook

— Randi Lawson (@RandiLawson) November 25, 2014



In lieu of spending 5 bucks (in quarters) to do my laundry, I drove it 300 miles to my parents house because happy thanksgiving I'm 23.

— Shelby (@smelbz) November 24, 2014



In-laws are both gone. It's FINALLY my turn to make Thanksgiving dinner the way I want to!

*Researches which Chinese restaurants deliver*

— Bianca LaVagina (@AnitaHelmet) November 24, 2014



Thanksgiving is the only day of year when my grandma yelling "I dropped a breast on the floor and the dogs eating it!" isn't a 911 emergency

— Maggie Mull (@IAmMaggieMull) November 24, 2014



If you can't spend this Thanksgiving with your family, it's comforting to know they're only one phone call away from ruining it

— Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) November 24, 2014



My dad claims he's making a "Pumpkin Brûlée" pie for Thanksgiving but I'm pretty sure he just wants an excuse to buy a blowtorch

— Annie Stamell (@stamos) November 24, 2014



thanksgiving snuck up so quickly this year. then it's christmas then new years then we all die

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 25, 2014



Extended family Thanksgiving gatherings are like sitting around with living, breathing forwarded emails.

— Erica (@SCbchbum) November 25, 2014



My definition of “perfect Thanksgiving guest” is more like “Show up friendly and not smashed. Bring a food or a playlist. Be kind.”

— Erin Kissane (@kissane) November 26, 2014



So Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is what I will be doing:

I will be learning how to do this, instead of taking part in Thanksgiving dinner #Beysgiving #Beyonce711 pic.twitter.com/Md7IRsnhYx

— Alanna Vagianos (@lannadelgrey) November 24, 2014




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Gift Ideas For Husbands And Wives Married A Long, Long Time (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:07:46 -0500)

It may be better to give than to receive, but it sure can be hard to give sometimes when it comes to a spouse you've been married to for a long, long time. And that's exactly why we've come up with a list of unusual gift ideas to help you surprise your partner with something extra special this holiday season. Have any gift ideas of your own? Feel free to mention them in the comments section below. Happy shopping!


The HuffPost Style Editors Share What We're Thankful For In 2014 (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:00:17 -0500)

Time flies when you're having fun -- and we've had plenty of fun this year!

Over the past 11 months we've celebrated tons of style news including the presence of more curvy models, awesome new designers to covet and who can forget Solange's stunning wedding! We've had a number of personal moments we're grateful like landing our dream jobs, giving birth to beautiful babies and having the opportunity to share special farewells with loved ones we've lost.

So, in the spirit of giving thanks the HuffPost Style team has listed a few things we're thankful for in 2014. Check it out -- and make sure to let us know what you're thankful for in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!

Julee Wilson, Fashion & Beauty Editor

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my natural hair. However, I'm thankful that this year I've truly dropped the hate and have learned to fully embrace my mane. Plus, I got the opportunity of having Johnny Wright, aka Michelle Obama's hairstylist, transform my tresses (see below)!

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I’m thankful for Solange Knowles’ EPIC wedding. I can’t stop staring at the photos! I truly hope rocking a jumpsuit and an Afro at the altar becomes more common.

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Most importantly -- I’m thankful for my baby boy Orion. Giving birth to this little angel in July has been a life affirming and truly magical experience. #Wombfire

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Jamie Feldman, Associate Style Editor

As an only child and an only grandchild, I am extremely close to my tiny family. This year, my Nana had a pretty serious health scare and had to undergo major surgery. I am so thankful to the doctors and nurses who were patient with us and took such great care of her. I’m also thankful and proud to say that after 60 years, she finally quit smoking.

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I am also thankful that more gorgeous, curvy women are making waves in the fashion industry. This year we saw IMG sign five new models to their regular roster, a slew of fashionable options in a range of sizes and more and more instances of body love and acceptance. I am so happy to say that through this progress, I have become more in tune and comfortable with my own body, as well.

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Finally, I am so thankful for the incredible opportunities I have had over the past year working at HuffPost. I never imagined three years ago when I started my little fashion blog that I would work my way up & actually have a career doing something I love to do. As someone who has long been fashion-obsessed, I can confidently say I feel like the luckiest person in the world coming to work everyday.

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Dana Oliver, Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor

I’m thankful that Queen Bey gives me LIFE through her many, many hairstyles. #BringBackThePixie

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Thank the soul music gods that Jhene Aiko blessed us with her “Souled Out” album. I keep records like “Lyin King,” “It’s Cool” and “Blue Dream” in heavy rotation. Jhene be knowin’ my heart!

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And while losing my grandmother Annie Ruth was one of the hardest things I experienced this year, I was blessed to do her final manicure in OPI Samoan Sand.

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Michelle Persad, Fashion Editor

I’m thankful that slides made a major comeback this year. As a tall girl who loves flat, comfortable footwear, the fashion gods were really smiling down on me with this trend.

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While I’m not thankful that George Clooney is now taken, I am thankful for his stylish Mrs. If you look up the definition of “the perfect outfit,” I’m pretty sure you’ll see a picture of Amal’s white two-piece Stella McCartney suit.

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I’m thankful that fashion is embracing new, emerging talent and giving them the space to create new trends and visions. From Ji Oh to Rosie Assoulin to Louisa and Pookie Burch of Trademark -- there is so much to be excited about for 2015!

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Megan Mayer, Associate Style Editor

Surprisingly enough, I’m thankful for this winter weather! My coat hoarding is in beast-mode.

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I’m thankful for learning my TRUE bra size, after 6 years of wearing undergarments that were too small.

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And of course, thankful for my #bawse of a manager (aka Dana Oliver -- seen here as Janelle Monae on Halloween).

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Chanel Parks, Associate Style Editor

I am thankful for taking another big chop in life for the sake of healthy hair. And a huge thanks to Anthony Dickey at Hair Rules!

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This year I took another big step in realizing I could wear whatever I want, which helped me wear one of my best outfits in 2K14. Praise sunshine-yellow and tight silhouettes!

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Finally, I’m thankful that Hollywood and the small screen have integrated beauties like Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Dascha Polanco and Laverne Cox into the mainstream game, because it shows that beauty isn’t a standard, but a spectrum.

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How Thanksgiving Tables And Traditions Got That Way (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:16 -0500)

When it comes to setting our Thanksgiving table, most of us know very little about the history of the elements that decorate our tables. We spoke to Jim Baker, the author of "Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday," Richard Pickering, the Plimoth Plantation's deputy director and Amy Traverso, the senior lifestyle editor of Yankee Magazine for a mini-crash course in how our tables got this way -- and some myths about the first Thanksgiving.

The First Celebrations Were Held At Multiple Tables.

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The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, oil on canvas by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1914).
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"If you Google pilgrim paintings... there are these gorgeous 1930s paintings of Pilgrims sitting at a very long table and these beautiful Pilgrim women walking along the table with steaming turkeys, and there are a couple Native people sitting on the ground at the end of the table," says Pickering. "Actually, you’ve got 48 people surviving the first winter in Plymouth, and at a minimum there are 95 Native men accompanying [them.]" Pickering says that at that feast, since there were so many more Native Americans there than we have imagined, they would most likely be dining in small groups, rather than one large table.

The Cornucopia Is Older Than You Think.

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Those horns filled with fruits and vegetables you see on many Thanksgiving tables are actually a symbol from Greek mythology, displaying a magical goat's horn, which could be filled with whatever the owner wished. The word cornucopia originated from cornu copiae, meaning "horn of plenty" in Latin, and its first known use was in 1508.

Baker estimates that the cornucopia first appeared in glass, pottery and silver in the late 19th century, while basket versions arrived in the 20th century.

Corn Might Mean More Than The Turkey, Symbolically-Speaking.

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Traverso says that corn saved the lives of the first settlers during their first harsh year in the country. Since many of their other crops essentially failed (including bean crops), corn became a saving grace, mostly because they were taught how to properly grow it. "The symbol of the corn is so significant because the corn is what saved the pilgrims from starvation," says Traverso. "They really didn’t know how to farm in this climate. It was Indian corn, as they called it, which was taught to them by the Native Americans living at the time... that kept them alive."

Even At The First Thanksgiving, Sports Were Entertainment.

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"In the one eyewitness description that we have of this event, there is just as much emphasis on the sports and just as much emphasis on the military practices as the dining," Pickering says. "It was an opportunity for the English men -- now that their agricultural labors were put aside -- to be able to muster and practice, because they were also soldiers now. There's no one else to defend them but themselves." Pickering says games such as running races and pitching the bar were played during the first celebration.

Toss The Traditional Red For Bold Pink Lipstick (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:16 -0500)

Not unlike the perfect rhinestone-studded clutch, a bold lipstick never fails to be the perfect complement to any holiday ensemble, not to mention, ties the overall look together in five seconds flat. Though a sexy crimson tone is usually our go-to hue, a rich magenta packs just as much punch, and gives the effect an unexpected, yet elegant, twist.

How You Can Donate To Charity This Season Without Even Opening Your Wallet (Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:00:16 -0500)

There's no easier time to donate to charity than around the holiday season.

During this time of year, many stores make it so simple to donate by giving part of their profits to charitable organizations -- so while you're buying the things that you need, you can also feel good about giving back. But not all retailers require you to spend money to help a good cause.

Enter Aritzia. The Canadian retailer, which opened stores stateside a few years ago, is starting a new campaign where you can help those in need without opening your wallet. The fashion brand has launched a charitable initiative starting now until the end of the holiday season for the Cause We Care Foundation, a charity founded by women to assist disadvantaged single mothers and their children. All you have to do to participate is post a photo on social media of someone (a friend, sister, mother) who you love, with the hashtag #FullofHeart, and Aritzia will donate a brick to help build a subsidized housing complex in Vancouver to aid mothers and children in need.

That's right, there is no purchase necessary -- all you have to do is post a photo with the caption "I am #FullofHeart for X (person)" and you will be giving back.

Now if that's not effortless style, we don't know what is.


Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping Tips (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:05:16 -0500)

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It's the biggest shopping season of them all, but Santa isn't the only one who should be checking his list twice. If you were planning on shopping for an amazing holiday outfit or thoughtful gifts for friends and family? This is a great time to do it. However, a successful weekend of shopping is all about planning. It can mean the difference between the satisfaction of getting all your holiday shopping done a month in advance and waking up on Tuesday with a shopping hangover or buyer's remorse. Here are 10 things to consider as you move into the weekend.

  1. What is Black Friday?
    It's the day after Thanksgiving. This year, that's November 28th. The day is marked by major sales and discounts. It's called Black Friday because the day puts retailers "in the black" e.g. making a profit.


  2. What is Cyber Monday? Before the internet, we only had Black Friday. People would wake up extra early to go shopping for deals. There was coffee involved. That still happens but Cyber Monday started as a day of online deals for people who don't want to brave the crowds or cold on Friday. However, most shops have Black Friday sales online now too, so it's worth checking out online deals early Friday morning.


  3. Which one should I shop, Friday or Monday? Here's my advice. Some discounts go live Friday and some items will sell out. If you have your heart set on something and it goes on crazy sale Friday? Buy! If you are shopping in general, are flexible, and want the deepest discounts? Wait until Monday!


  4. What is this Small Business Saturday I heard about? It's a day to support local businesses. Is there a small shop in your town you love? They might have great after-Thanksgiving sales too. Check them out because small businesses keep communities thriving.


  5. What makes a good discount? Because I'm a fashion blogger, I've had a sneak peak at many of the best deals in fashion during this year's shopping weekend. Many of the discounts I've seen are 30-50 percent off. I personally wouldn't accept less than this range. Like many others, I will be posting my favorite deals on my blog at the stroke of midnight on Friday.


  6. I am against the commercialization of holidays and this post offends me. I totally understand, however it still stands that this is a great time for deals. If you were going to shop anyway, this is a way to stretch your dollar. I personally don't like the idea of shopping on Thanksgiving and think it's perfectly fine to avoid stores that make their workers miss the holiday. Thanksgiving should be spent with loved ones, not fighting with a stranger over a BluRay player. Friday, Saturday, and Monday are more than enough, and you can do much of it from your home in your pajamas.


  7. I'm definitely shopping, what can I do in the meantime? Plan ahead. Who are you shopping for? Yourself? Friends? Family? First, decide on an overall budget and stick to it. Remember, the weekend should be about shopping smart.


  8. What's a good Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping strategy? Pull up your favorite shops and compare the deals. The internet is always open so Black Friday starts at midnight. If you find something you absolutely love, buy or risk it selling out. If you're just window shopping, keep looking so you make the best choices. Keep notes of all purchases and expected packages. Don't make impulse purchases. If you're shopping in-store, bundle up and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Be kind to others; you're not going into battle. At the end of the day, it's just shopping.


  9. Help, I'm scared to shop for clothes online! Know your measurements and use the size charts. If you are like me, you'll be grabbing that extra serving of stuffing (my favorite) the evening before - and the morning after. So know your size before then so you can ensure a perfect fit.


  10. Stay Connected Follow me Instagram @pinklip or visit my blog, jaymiranda.com to get updated about the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday fashion deals of the year. Ready? Set. Shop!


My Favorite Things List Even Though I'm Not Oprah (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:09:58 -0500)

I'm not Oprah but who says she's the only one who can have a favorite things list!! Now I don't have an audience that I'm going to hand these gifts out to but this is MY list of favorite things for this holiday season!

1. Keds sequin gyms by Kate Spade sparkly comfy and they go with sooooo much they are a no brainer to add to your wish lists. Available at Kate Spade
2. The Charity Pot this moisturizing lotion has a light floral smell and is packed with cocoa butter but the best part of this is that LUSH donates 100 % of the sales (minus taxes) to organizations that work in environmental conservation , Animal welfare and human rights. Available at Lush
3. Cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company . I just recently tried these cookies while in a Tommy Bahama store and OMG I have not stopped thinking of them since ! You can buy in Tommy Bahama locations or order online at www.honolulucookie.com
4. I am definitely a purseaholic, so of course no list is complete without one. I could at anytime come up with 20 purses I long for but right now the Kate Spade Street Floral Maise Satchel at Von Maur is definitely a beauty that I wouldn't mind seeing under the tree (well that and the large pink Balienciaga at Neimans. )
5. Dolce by Dolce and Gabanna is on my list as favorite fragrance right now Available at Sephora, Nordies, Von Maur and more.
6. The Glambox makeup organizer and display. This should really be at top of my list because I adore it so .With its acrylic body and roomy drawers it makes finding all your beauty supplies a snap. Can't wait to add one to my bathroom vanity. There are several brands that make these and they are all pricy but keeping your makeup in order will be worth the splurge.
7. Rose Champagne and/or Prosecco. Our family loves to indulge in these two drinks instead of typical wines on the holidays. You can also add a little cranberry juice or pomegranate juice to either to make a festive cocktail.
8. Buon Natale dinnerware from Sur La Table. I wait all year to pull out these festive dishes and serving ware. The fun holiday Italian scene makes me smile and is a tradition in my house. Sur La Table has carried this line for several years but when I need a piece to match any of my existing sets and can't find I head to www.replacements.com They have endless patterns and you will be able to add to any collection.
9. Mac brush set Every year at the holidays I add to my Mac brush collections by picking up one of the holiday sets. It's an affordable way to update your brushes because you can grab a set for the price of normally one brush ! You can't beat these holiday set deals. This year I'm eyeing Keepsakes/M•A•C Studio Brush Kit It gives you near-endless options and includes Powder Blush Brush,Foundation Brush,Tapered Blending Brush, Fluff Brush and Eye Liner Brush. All come packaged inside a limited-edition cream glitter makeup bag with pearl beaded trim and a cameo-encrusted zipper pull. Available at Nordstrom, Macy's or Mac stores.
10. Dipytique candles. Yes you can buy candles much cheaper than these but you will never find a candle with the intoxicating scent these fill your home with. They come in a variety of gorgeous scents and I find it hard to narrow down my fav. Available at Neiman Marcus or www.dipytique.com

Crush Cyber Monday With These 3 Tricks (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:31:15 -0500)

If you plan to go online on Cyber Monday to score some deals for your holiday shopping, you're not alone. Last year, 131 million people shopped online during the Monday following Thanksgiving, according to USA Today, spending nearly $2.29 billion.

For this year, we tested out some of the best online tools to make Cyber Monday a little less hectic for you. We also spoke to consumer expert Andrea Woroch to get some tips on how to optimize your online shopping.

1. Prepare Sunday Night

Do some research over the weekend before you go online on Monday. You can start your search with our partners at DealNews, a site that spends all year researching the best sales.

Make a list of what you want in a draft in your email or as a Google Doc. Woroch recommends bookmarking pages and saving your payment information on sites you’ll know you’ll be using.

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Visit a site like Gift Card Granny if you plan to spend a lot at one store for Cyber Monday.


If you know you'll be shopping at a certain site, one way to save money is to buy a discounted gift card ahead of time. Sites like Gift Card Granny sell people's unwanted gift cards, and you can save anywhere from 3 to 70 percent.

2. Download A Price Comparison Tool

Even with a bunch of research into the best deals on Cyber Monday, you may still be spending too much. Make sure you’re truly getting the best price by downloading a price comparison browser extension. One of the best free ones out there is PriceBlink -- not only because it browses the most number of trusted online merchants, but also because it combines many functions of other sites into one single tool.

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PriceBlink automatically checks prices on an item you're viewing.


Whenever you are on a product page, a yellow bar will pop up and notify you if your item is listed for less on over 11,000 stores across the web. Where PriceBlink stands out from other price comparison extensions is that it also shows a chart of price trends, so you can see if it’s truly the right time to buy.

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PriceBlink lets you click directly to cheaper retailers and view price history.


If you add an item to your Wish List (another button in the browser), PriceBlink will notify you if the item's price drops in the future -- something PoachIt.com, an app and browser extension, is also well-recognized for. PriceBlink also gives you coupon codes. It's available for Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

3. Look For Automatic Coupon Codes

A lot of sites offer discount codes in the lead up to Cyber Monday. You can find some of them using PriceBlink, but other extensions are helpful in this department as well. Honey for Google Chrome or Coupons Helper for Firefox are two we recommend. Both browser extensions will automatically apply coupons to items in your cart.

Woroch said her favorite coupon site is Coupon Sherpa because it allows you to search by store and product categories. While many sites have outdated codes that don't work anymore, Coupon Sherpa is backed by a team that curates and categorizes sales, she said.

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Coupon Sherpa offers in-store and online discount codes.


If you're going to be buying a lot and often, you might want to sign up for a service like Freeshipping.com. The subscription service is similar to Amazon Prime, and offers free shipping from retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Sears and cash back for a monthly fee of $13.

And if you need to meet a minimum order to get free shipping from a major retailer, Woroch suggests checking whether the company offers in-store pickup for free.

Happy shopping!

This Is What A 400-Pound Wedding Dress Looks Like (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:05:45 -0500)

Here's a wedding dress for the bride that has everything.

Minnesota artist Gail Be spent the last three-plus years creating a 400-pound wedding dress made entirely of beads -- over 1 million of them. The dress features a 20.5-foot train that was constructed with seven miles of beading wire, 500,000 glass pearls and over 400,000 crystals.

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The design, which the 57-year-old beading pro hopes will be featured in a movie and ultimately a museum, took over 833 days to complete.

“I kept going and going,” Be, who worked with 23 other women on the project, told ABC News. “It’s in my warehouse and when it finally got to the back I stopped and said, ‘It’s done,’ and everyone got up and clapped.”

As you might expect, the gown -- which Be named "Fantasy" -- is impossible to walk in.

“It hurt and I couldn’t move, but I felt like a fairy-tale princess. It’s truly like a fantasy,” Jessica Collette, a model who tried on the dress, told the Star Tribune.

Hey, anything to feel like a princess on your wedding day, right? (We kid, we kid.) Check out more photos of the dress below.



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'Troop Beverly Hills' Is Coming To Netflix, What A Thrill (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:47:55 -0500)

Good news for all you Wilderness Girls -- "Troop Beverly Hills" is available to stream on Netflix starting Dec. 1.

What a thrill, right?

The film celebrated its 25th anniversary this past May, and we still can't get enough of Phyllis Nefler's (Shelley Long) amazing outfits, nor is there such a thing as listening to "Cookie Time" too many times.

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Give the Gift of Sleep: Ten Dream Inspiring Presents by Rank & Style (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:38:43 -0500)

You snooze, you win...with these ten dream-inducing gifts for the sleep lovers in your life! From friends who swear by their daily 8 hrs to family members who love spending weekends sleeping, we've got just the gifts for every category of 'sleepyhead' in your life. Browse through our top ten list of the best PJs, slippers, lotions and potions and give the gift of sleep this holiday season!

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10. COSABELLA BELLA PJ SET AND ROBE
Price: Robe $98 / PJ Set $130, Buy at Nordstrom and Shopbop

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9. EBERJEY GISELE PJ SET
Price: $97, Buy at Nordstrom

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8. MADEWELL SILK BEDTIME TOP IN PENGUIN PLAY
Price: $88, Buy at Madewell

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7. C. WONDER BUFFALO CHECK DOG TRAVEL SET
Price: $58, Buy at C. Wonder

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6. BAREFOOT DREAMS BAMBOO CHIC DRAPE FRONT CARDIGAN
Price: $90, Buy at Nordstrom

Find out what tops our list of the best sleepy time gifts and while you're at it, consult our lists of the best monogrammed gifts, accessories for city girls, and fitness gadgets for everyone on *your* list!

Laci Green On Her New MTV Series And Dealing With Backlash As A Feminist On The Internet (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:52:00 -0500)

What does it take to get to the top -- without losing your center? Our “Making It Work” series profiles successful, dynamic women who are standouts in their fields, peeling back the "hows" of their work and their life, taking away lessons we can all apply to our own.

Laci Green is only 25 years old, but she has a YouTube channel with over 1 million subscribers, a partnership with Planned Parenthood and a new MTV web series.

The sex-positive video blogger, peer sex educator and YouTube celebrity is based in the San Francisco Bay area, where she created her YouTube channel Sex+ during her first year at UC Berkeley in 2008. The channel, which Green started as a hobby, now reaches over 5 million people in 100 countries each month who watch the watch the Sex+ host discuss topics like sexuality, feminism, pop-culture and body image.

Green was born in Utah but moved to Portland, Oregon and, later, to California. She grew up in a Mormon household and after moving to California became very involved in the church. As she got older however, she started questioning the faith and the traditions it endorsed.

“While I was learning how to sew and do crafts and babysit, my male friends were becoming leaders in the church,” Green explained in an April 2013 video. When she asked one of her teachers why she couldn’t be a leader, Green said her teacher told her that God wanted her to have a different, "special" job: "Having lots of babies.”

“It started to feel like the church was actually not what I used to think it was and I left. And I felt free," she said.

During college, Green partnered with Planned Parenthood in 2012 as a sex educator giving lectures at colleges across the U.S. And on Nov. 4, she debuted her new MTV web series "Braless," which, as Green described it over the phone, brings "an academic take on pop-culture issues" to its viewers.

Green spoke to The Huffington Post about how she defines success, why she does the work she does and how she keeps the haters at bay as a feminist on the Internet.

I’ve seen the first episode of “Braless” and it's awesome. What's the overall goal of the project and what sort of topics are you planning to talk about?

The main overarching theme is that we’re doing a pop-culture analysis through the lens of gender and sexuality studies. It’s more of an academic take on pop-culture issues. I’m not sure what all of the topics will be yet but we’re kind of playing around with it to see what works. It’s really exciting. MTV is very cool about it, they really want to start these conversations and engage their audience.

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Green on the set of MTV's "Braless," via Facebook



Why do you do the work that you do?

Well, because I think that it’s really important. I think that these kinds of issues affect everyone in society in any number of ways. For some people it’s really overt and some people have trouble facing it. "The issue of equality affects everyone’s quality of life." You don’t really realize it until someone points it out to you. The issue of equality affects everyone’s quality of life. My long-term philosophy about it is that by working together -- and not just me, but lots of other people who are voices in this space -- we can make a positive change so that the world’s a little bit better when we leave it.

Green reminding us why we all need to be feminists in one of her Sex+ episodes.



How do you define success?

Success would be any number of things. From starting a conversation at a university who has a campus rape problem, to just starting a conversation on someone’s Facebook wall. I think that anytime people are talking, that is success. And the more people that are talking, the more successful it is.

So by that definition, I would assume you consider yourself successful?

Yeah, I do think that I’ve been successful in trying to accomplish that goal.

Sorry I just tricked you into a humblebrag, but you’re doing great so you should be able to say so.

You gotta own it, right?

Most definitely. You discuss feminism a lot on your YouTube channel Sex+. I'm wondering how you deal with the seemingly inevitable backlash. Do you deal with a lot of trolls and hate mail?

Anyone who talks about these issues online -- especially in spaces where nobody is held accountable for what they say or do -- faces a number of different issues, from being trolled (even though I really don’t use "I think the fact that when people attack [feminists], it’s a sign of our own power. We are obviously threatening them in some way and threatening that ideology." that term) to being harassed all the time. I’ve had to move, I’ve had restraining orders -- there’s been a lot of messed up stuff that’s happened behind the scenes. And my perspective is that I just have to do what I can to stay safe, because otherwise they succeed at exactly what they’re trying to do, which is to silence me and keep me from talking about these things. I think that when people attack [feminists], it’s a sign of our own power. We are obviously threatening them in some way and threatening that ideology. I just try to stay positive about it.

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Green shrugging off the haters, via Facebook



On HuffPost Women we closely followed the Sam Pepper controversy back in September, when he "pranked" unsuspecting women by grabbing their butts and filmed their reactions. As a feminist and a sex-positive vlogger who’s also in the YouTube world, what was it like to watch that all go down, and what made you decide to respond to him directly in a video blog?

The whole thing started out as horrifying, with tons of confusion and stress about what to do. And then when I realized what needed to be done it was a terrible pain in the ass, honestly. The problem with the Sam Pepper thing was that no one was really willing to say anything about it. It was about to be brushed under the rug. And I started getting these really heartfelt emails and having these conversations with women about how deep this problem really went. It’s one of those moments where you’re like, “This really sucks, but I have to do it. I have to handle it.” So it was really stressful and it’s still stressful, but I’m glad to be helping the people who are involved in it. And I just hope that it’s made some difference for them and that it’s going to change the way that people think about people like Sam Pepper. Hopefully it helps people attract a more critical eye toward their actions, especially in person.

Who is your role model?

I don’t think I have any one particular person. I think that I see traits in lots of different people that I like from bloggers to TV personalities. I’ve never been one to idolize, I guess. Just a head down, get it done type of mentality.

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Green at Vidcon in June 2014, via Facebook



What would you say to people who choose not to identify as feminists?

I think it depends on their reasons. I think that anyone who understands what feminism is, if they’re a decent human being, there’s really no reason not to identify as a feminist. But I do understand that it comes with baggage for people; that it can be alienating for some people who live in communities where the word feminist is still viewed as a bad word. I think it’s OK to identify however you want. I would, however, urge them to be critical about why they don’t identify as feminists. If they agree with the causes of feminism, but they don’t necessarily call themselves a feminist then I’m OK with that too.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

I don’t know who this quote is from, I’ve seen it attributed to Jesus which is funny because I’m not Christian or anything but it’s something that comes up again and again in my work. The quote is “I never said it was going to be easy, I only said that it would be worth it.” When I’m feeling kind of down, that’s a really good way to keep things in perspective. It’s a really great way to keep your eye on the big picture and try not to get too involved in the little challenges that happen along the way.

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Green "sharing the secrets of perfect condom application," via Facebook



What’s next for you in your career and what are you most excited to do?

There’s definitely going to be some branching out to other forms of media. That’s about the extent of what I can say about it right now. I think that YouTube will always be a part of my work and a part of my life, but I hope that I can get onto other platforms where these messages and conversations haven’t been started yet.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

19 Dogs And Cats Who Look Like You Feel After Thanksgiving (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:24:19 -0500)

You're not the only one who's headed toward a food coma.

Dogs and cats do practically nothing but sleep and eat all day, so they've got the Thanksgiving routine down pat. Get some inspiration for your post-Turkey lounging sesh from the 19 totally satisfied pets below.

Too. Much. Turkey.

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That last helping was a mistake.

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Man down.

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I repeat, MAN DOWN.

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Time to let it all hang out.

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HHHNNNNNGGG.

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HHRRRRMMMMPH.

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I don't think I can move from this spot.

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No use in trying to sit up.

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Nap time is coming.

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Just leave me here.

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This chair is my home now.

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Chill mode: engaged.

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Wait, there's MORE?!

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That can't be possible.

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No no no no no.

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That's it, I surrender.

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Okay, maybe just a little bit more.

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Now, if only I could get out of here.

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