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  • If, like me, you’d rather not spend an exorbitant amount of money on an absurd prepackaged sexy cat costume, you really, really don’t have to.

    Rather, opt for a stylish costume and invest in great pieces of clothing that you can easily wear again after Nov. 1 — and not just to a costume fete. 

    Because wouldn’t you rather own a great vintage 1920s dress rather than a pop-up costume store’s sad attempt to turn you into a flapper girl for $39.99?

    Thought so. And with that, here are a few stylish costume ideas that may just justify buying a few new wardrobe staples. 

    Janelle Monae

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    This stylish singer has such a distinctive look, anyone who has a clue will know who you’re dressed as, especially if you get her signature pompadour right. Monae’s look involves two key pieces: well-tailored black tuxedo pants and a great blazer to match. Add a tie, a little sparkly brooch and some menswear-inspired brogues to complete the look. And guess what? We guarantee you’ll wear everything again.


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  • Keep your jack-o'-lantern looking fresh with a few simple tips. (Thinkstock)Keep your jack-o'-lantern looking fresh with a few simple tips. (Thinkstock)

    Worried that your freshly carved pumpkin won’t last until Halloween? We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and tricks to keep those jack-o’-lanterns from rotting before the big night. 

    Bleach it. 

    The top tested-and-recommended tip online involves bleach. 

    Before carving, fully submerge the pumpkin in a bleach-water mixture — 1 tsp of bleach per gallon of water — for about eight hours. 

    Pat dry with paper towels before carving your pumpkin. 

    Once you’ve carved the pumpkin, spray the outside and inside with the bleach solution, then, to prevent mould from growing in any moist spots, soak up any excess moisture. 

    Repeat the bleach-spray method every day. 

    Lifehacker suggests using a bleach-based spray like Clorox Cleanup with Bleach if you don’t want to mix your own mild bleach mixture. 

    What if that pumpkin starts to look wilted? Rehydrate it the same way. 

    "Pumpkins put out for less than a week, especially in a cool climate, generally don’t need to be rehydrated. If your pumpkins are

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  • Losing weight isn’t easy, but it can be done if you are consistent with following a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise and smart food choices.

    As the adage goes, “abs are made in the kitchen” – which is why proper nutrition (and lifestyle) habits are key for successful long-term weight loss.

    Chef Corbin Tomaszeski.Chef Corbin Tomaszeski.Chef Corbin Tomaszeski knows all about the importance of healthy eating habits, not only in his work as a chef but as an ambassador and successful follower of the Weight Watchers program.

    Through his work and by sharing his own personal success through Weight Watchers, Tomaszeski aims to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying the foods they love (like the brownie recipe below!)

    Here are his top 10 tips for healthier eating:

    1. Be strategic with your grocery shopping schedule. A helpful hint is that Tuesday is often the best day of the week to buy fresh protein.

    2. Use a resealable freezer bag to prep smoothie ingredients in advance. This cuts down time in the

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