• The seemingly innocent habits that throw your body for a loop
    By Esther Crain, Women's Health

    Admit it: any time you feel off or out of whack and have no idea why, you probably chalk it up to hormones, right? The crazy thing is, you're probably right. These chemical messengers buzzing around inside you pretty much rule your entire system, influencing your appetite, weight, sex drive, cycle, and more. But hormonal weirdness isn't just a random occurrence over which you have no control. Certain behaviors can cause them to surge or sink--and do a number on your body in the process. Check out these nine habits that can screw them up and alter your mental and physical health.

    Your Candy Bar Addiction
    Eating foods with too much added sugar is directly linked to weight gain--and excess pounds can lead your body to become resistant to insulin, the hormone that moves sugar into your bloodstream so your cells can get the energy they need, says Holly Phillips, M.D., a women's health specialist in

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  • Katie Hopkins: Women are delusional if they think they can fool the scales

    Katie Hopkins can't understand why women try and delude themselves by pretending they weigh less than they do - just eat less

    What on earth is wrong with women? Sometimes I feel like a visitor at a zoo - observing a strange species and wondering why it behaves so strangely.

    Watching a woman weigh herself in her bedroom would leave even David Attenborough speechless.

    Katie Hopkins thinks women are delusional for trying to fool the scales [Rex] Weighing in is an art form for many women. Many admit blow drying their hair before they hop on the scales in the morning hoping it will make them lighter.

    If you are worried that your hair is making you heavy you have probably got things a little bit out of perspective. I mean when was the last time you asked your boyfriend 'does my hair look big in this?'

    Over 50% of women go to the toilet before they weigh. I can see the logic in this. But do we really think having a wee will make up for the curry and the family sized bar of Dairy Milk we scoffed whilst watching The Voice?

    Unable to deal with the real issue at hand - they need to eat less and move more - women will go to extreme lengths to shave off an extra pound or two, even if it means lying

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  • Hen don’t: Hen dos are out of control and I’m out

    Yahoo’s reluctant bride-to-be has made it clear she doesn’t want a hen do, but it’s not gone down well

    I’m not a big fan of the hen do. I’d rather not have one. So I announced this early on to my good friends expecting some sighs of relief.  To my surprise, they were not impressed.

    Why does everyone want me to have a hen do? Why does anyone want anyone to have a hen do?Bunny ears? Really?

    The average spend on a hen party in 2012 was £175, and from anecdotal experience I can tell you, that figure has gone up. Forget the recession, hen dos are big business. Gone are the days of a nice meal with a few close friends at your local. Instead, say hello to the American-style ‘Bachelorette’ atrocities involving plastic willies and sashes.

    I just want to say no.

    It’s not that I don’t enjoy them – I’ve had great fun on many hen dos (except one*). But I’m not big into all the traditions that surround weddings anyway, so I’m happy to forsake my ‘last night of freedom’ and save all my mates a load of cash. If they like, they can spend this on a nice pressie for us for the wedding. Wink wink.

     (*Actually I had a great

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  • Paris Fashion Week AW14: What we’ve learnt from PFW

    From the Chanel supermarket to Cara Delevingne skipping down the Stella McCartney catwalk

    It’s the last of the four major fashion weeks after New York, London and Milan.

    But it’s by no means least as Chanel, Saint Laurent, Balmain and Elie Saab all present their AW14 collections at Paris Fashion Week this season.

    Here are the bits you missed so far…

    It's not only Chanel that uses the supermarket as inspiration.

    The Iris Van Herpen show at PFW (Getty)

    Chanel outdo themselves EVERY time.


    [Karl Lagerfeld created a custom-built Chanel supermarket for his AW14 presentation. Of course… - Rex]

    Grunge is back.


    [Models at Saint Laurent had dip-dyed hair, studded skirts and kohl-rimmed eyes - Rex] Fashion can be FUN.


    [Cara skipped down the runway after the Stella McCartney show - Rex] A little TOO fun sometimes.

     [Joan Smalls had a nip-slip on the Stella runway as she boogied alongside Cara - Rex] It features some of the world’s BIGGEST models.

    [Rosie Huntington-Whiteley strutted her stuff in the new Balmain collection - Rex] Rihanna doesn’t stick to the formal dress code.

    [RiRi ditched couture for a stripper look at Dior AW14 - Rex] It pulls in the BEST stars.[Jessica Alba and Miranda Kerr were spotted on the H&M FROW - Rex]

     

    [London Fashion Week AW14: Things we’ve learnt at LFW]

     

     

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  • Oscars 2014 dresses: Brits lead the way at the Vanity Fair after party

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Rita Ora and Emilia Clark were just some of the British beauties to steal the show on the other red carpet last night

    It's the time to let your hair down, have a celebratory drink or a commiserating cry.

    Yes people, we're talking about the Vanity Fair Oscars after party - the hottest ticket in town last night.

    While the rest of us were tucked up in bed in our Primark pyjamas, young hot Hollywood partied the night away in some of the prettiest Oscar looks we've seen in a while.

    For stars like Jennifer Lawrence it was a chance to ditch the couture (and their undies!) in favour of a younger, sexier mini dress, which we reckon was way more age appropriate for the 23-year-old actress.



    [Oscars 2014: the trends]

    [Oscars 2014: the best dressed stars on the red carpet]



    For unsuccessful nominees like Amy Adams is was a chance to change into something with a little more room for dancing the night away.

    Here at Yahoo Lifestyle we were over the moon to see so many British beauties absolutely rocking it at the VF party last night.

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley might just have nabbed the coveted Best Dressed award for us last night. The Devon-born beauty absolutely glowed in lilac, cut-out Cushnie et Ochs with a seriously sleek 'do. Wow.Supermodel and all round stunner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley nailed the lilac trend in a

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  • Oscars 2014 dresses: The 9 times we got red carpet déjà vu

    Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie were just some of the repeat fashion offenders on the Academy Awards 2014 red carpet

    It’s the biggest night of the fashion calendar with the red carpet fashion often overshadowing the awards themselves.

    But if you’ve had a look at the Oscars dresses and thought ‘have I seen this somewhere before?’, it was a case of red carpet déjà vu for us too.

    Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie were just some of the stars to stick to their fail-safe fashion formula and not take a style risk at the Academy Awards.

    Here are the key looks that got us thinking that they’ve worn their Oscars dress somewhere before…
     
    1.    Jennifer Lawrence

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire actress stunned in a pillar block dress Christian Dior gown but it’s almost the exact same shade as the Calvin Klein dress she wore to the Oscars three years earlier. We prefer the hair last time, though.

    [Jennifer Lawrence: Left - Christian Dior at the Oscars 2014, right - Calvin Klein at the Oscars 2011] 2.    Anne Hathaway


    The Les Miserables star opted for a sleek Gucci gown with metallic detailing for last night’s Oscars – but it’s not that dissimilar to the studded Burberry gown that she wore to last

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  • Oscars 2014: Lupita Nyong'o's Prada princess dress is best on red carpet

    The 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress steals the show in custom-made Prada gown

    Not only did she walk away with the award for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars 2014, but Lupita Nyong'o also bagged the award for most striking outfit of the night.

    The 31-year-old star of 12 Years a Slave made waves when she stepped out of her car into the damp Hollywood night in a beautiful sky blue gown, in stark contrast to many of the other, rather safer, Oscar dresses chosen by the stars.Lupita in her custom-made blue Prada gown

    Lupita explained on the red carpet that the dress was a custom-made Prada number, which she helped create with the help of her stylist Micaela Erlanger.

    [Oscars 2014: Cringe, Anna Kendrick does the Angelina leg thing]
    [Oscars 2014: Jennifer Lawrence falls over AGAIN]

    The dress featured an incredible plunging neckline, which few could pull off, and a pleated full skirt, which she held like a ballerina as she headed up onto the stage to accept her award.#Nairobi blue, the colour of the year?

    She said: "I wanted to wear blue because blue reminds me of Nairobi." And added that the skirt's glittering details were to represent

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  • Oscars 2014 Best Dressed: The top dresses and hottest trends from the red carpet

    Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong'o stood out in colourful dresses amid a sea of nude, glittering gowns on Cate Blanchett, Jessica Biel and Kristen Bell to name a few

    Forget all the beautiful dresses you've seen so far this awards season, they were all just a dry run.

    The Oscars is where the real red carpet looks are made and the A-Listers were keen to make a good impression, with plenty of subtle tones and classy silhouettes on show.

    Jennifer Lawrence went for a stunning red Dior gown with a strapless neckline and peplum details. She paired this with a statement necklace and swept back hair. Harking back to her stunning Calvin Klein red dress a few Oscars back, she may have taken a tumble on the red carpet, but she looked every inch the movie star.Jennifer Lawrence went for a similar red shade to her famous Calvin Klein Oscars gown.

    Lupita Nyong'o also stood out in a pale blue gown with a plunging neckline by Prada. It looked stunning against her skintone and she explained that it reminds her of Nairobi.

    The vast majority of the A-Listers went for pale and even nude tones. Embellishment, beads and sequins were big this year with lots of glints winking from the photographers' flashbulbs.Nude dresses definitely a theme for 2014

    Anglina and Kate Hudson also opted for the

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  • Oscars 2014 fashion: How celebs spend HOURS on their outfit, hair and make-up for the red carpet

    Behind-the-scenes celebrity beauty: Backstage at the Savoy Hotel in London, Yahoo Lifestyle’s beauty guru Sophia Moir found out that it takes more time and effort to get the stars red carpet ready for the BAFTAs and Oscars than it looks…

    It’s a hard job being a celebrity on an awards season promo trail.

    Endless red-carpet appearances, wearing the most beautiful dresses hot off the runway and getting your make-up professionally done – it must be tiresome.

    For most of us, the Oscars are just a distant dream but I was lucky enough to get that one step closer as I went backstage at the Savoy Hotel in London to get red-carpet ready like the celebs do for the BAFTA Awards.

    Arriving at the plush Strand hotel, I was preened and pampered to within an inch of my life in exactly the same way that stars including Sarah Jessica Parker and Alice Eve have done in the past for the annual British Academy Film and Television Awards.

    If I learnt anything from my day at the Savoy, it’s that it takes a LOT more effort than it looks to get a celeb red carpet ready for the BAFTAs or Oscars.

    But hey, I’m not complaining…

    A flawless, nude make-up look

    Getting pampered by Lancome make-up artist Shehla Sheikh at the Savoy in London [BAFTA/Freud]Firstly, I was under the impression that the stars are taken into one of the bedrooms in the hotel

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  • Love in the movies vs. love in real life: seven dating situations that only happen in films

    How morning breath, the perils of the iPod shuffle and mid-sex snot are overlooked by Hollywood

    Films are set to be big news next week thanks to that little award ceremony going on. And what happens a lot in films? Love: lots of big ol’ cuddly love. But after watching lots of films and living 24 years of real life I have come to notice a slight discrepancy between the big screen and actual real living that I would like to share…

    Things that only happen in films point one:

    In films, people can hear each other in nightclubs. Leaning casually on the bar (which they obviously found a space at) the two share a real ‘connection’ in excellent lighting.

    You know the look i mean, Taylor. Copyright: [Giphy]


    She chucks him a wry smile as he entertains her with his subtle witticisms – they are having a right hoot! They will almost definitely delete their Tinder profiles by morning.

    Actual life?

    Squashed in a corner after queuing for a drink for twenty minutes she spends her time shouting ‘Whaaat?’, living by the rule of three: If she still hasn’t heard on the third ‘Whaaaat?’ then just laugh in his face.
    If in doubt: DO THIS. Copyright: [Giphy]


    Laughing covers most bases.

    Failing this,

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