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40licious Money: Working Moms Have Fatter Kids

How fat do you think Rosie’s kids were? There’s this new study in the journal Child Development that shows a correlation between how long a mother works and her children’s body mass index (BMI). Apparently the more a mother works, the fatter her children will be. They’re not really sure why this is. The study spanned many socio-economic and ethnic …

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40licious Money: Women Aren’t Putting Enough Away for Retirement

Every little bit counts. I bet she’s got about $40 in here. Ladies. Ladies! We need to talk. But that is why you’re here, yes? Wells Fargo did a study on how well women prepare for retirement and found that we are sorely lacking in the financial fitness department. A key finding: “Almost 30% of women between the ages of …

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40licious Body: Agony of Defeat. The Feet. Whatever.

I started waitressing when I was about 17. That, and bartending, got me through college. And then through between reporting gigs, and as a way to pull in a couple quarters living in a small town, combined with my fledgling dating service and PR jobs. I am a great waitress. I can sweep through a packed section and remember who …

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40licious Work: Why Aren’t We at the Table?

Great takeaways from Facebook Chief Operating Officer’s Sheryl Sandberg’s TED talk on why women hold only a fraction of leadership positions men do. Sit down with a crisp chenin blanc, an earthy cabernet, steaming mug of cocoa or your morning tea and listen to this 15 minutes of truly inspired insight: 1. Sit at the table. 7 percent of women …

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40licious Style: Dressing the Part

From Tahari There is a lot to love about style strategist Audrey Beaulac. First, there’s her career trajectory – she’s been on staff at Yale School of Drama costuming department, and has directed the look of a $700 million Hyatt resort in Hawaii, from desk to top-ranking staff. She’s been trusted by politicians, executives and other VIPs to help define …

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Wines from Spain

My story on Bazaar by Jose Andres is in Wines from Spain magazine. It’s a magical place and has informed my design sensibility going forward. I love it there. Need to go back!!!

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Is it still self promotion if someone else has done it?

I don’t do a lot of things right. I speak too soon. I fall in love too quickly, often with the wrong person — frequently many times over until I’ve learned my lesson about that one. I am not a patient painter, or sewer, or organizer. And I am not sure I choose flattering eyewear for myself. But what I …

Vanessa McGradyIs it still self promotion if someone else has done it?