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  • Marina Shemesh*

    10 Noteworthy Words to Add to Your Vocabulary

    You know that tip-of-the tongue feeling, where you’re trying to remember the correct word to use for something? There’s a word for that. Here are... Read more

  • To create this understated living room, interior designer Burnham, of Burnham Design in Los Angeles, balanced a subtle palette of neutral colors with a mix of rich textures and unique shapes. The effect is powerful, but the room has a soothing elegance. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Grey Crawford)

    Ask a Designer: Finding Beauty in Subtlety

    Paint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art... Read more

  • A California family made a startling discovery in their backyard Monday when they spotted a hungry mama bear and her cubs helping themselves to some trashed Cocoa Krispies on their patio. (AOL Screenshot)

    Bears Caught Eating Stolen Cocoa Krispies (Video)

    A hungry mama bear and her cubs have been making themselves at home in this Monrovia neighborhood, especially on trash day. Resident Michael Kunch captured... Read more

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    Tick Talk: Enjoy Summer Outings and Prevent Lyme Infection

    Lyme disease – named after the village it was first diagnosed in- takes about 300,000 new victims annually in the United States alone. The epidemic... Read more

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    Frontier Airlines Pilot Buys Pizza for Passengers

      A Frontier Airlines pilot is being hailed as a hero, and not for anything he did in the air (via NBC). Few things are... Read more

  • Talk to me, Dad. (*Shutterstock)

    Talking to Your Babies Could Help Them Do Better at School

    The rate at which children learn language varies substantially from child to child. Some children show rapid vocabulary growth before they go to school, while... Read more

  • This image provided by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine shows a chest x-ray of a cat with lung carcinoma indicated by white arrows. Researchers have found cancers of this and other types are more likely in cats and dogs who have had repeated exposure to secondhand smoke. (AP Photo/Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine)

    Secondhand Smoke Hurts Pets as Much as People

    LOS ANGELES—Ten years ago, Shirley Worthington rushed Tigger to the vet when the dog’s mouth started bleeding. When she was told he had cancer, she... Read more

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    6 Strange (But Easy) Ways to Be More Productive

    Until cloning yourself or the 50-hour day become possibilities, there are things you can do right now to get more done. The best part? These... Read more

  • A Florida couple had to call 911 to be rescued from their pet cat who attacked, causing them to lock themselves in their bedroom. (AOL Screenshot)

    Crazed Cat Forces Couple to Lock Themselves in Room (Video)

    A Florida couple was forced to call 911 when their cat, Kush, ​continually attacked them, forcing them to barricade themselves in their bedroom. “She tore... Read more

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    7 Tips For Surviving Your Day

    You’re not alone when you experience boredom or lose the willingness to work at some point during your busy day. According to 2013 Employee Motivation... Read more

  • Cute for now. (Flickr/Ell Brown, CC BY)

    Webcam Bird Rescue Shows How Quickly Our Attraction to Nature Can Turn Sour

    The proliferation of webcams streaming live feeds has brought wild animals directly onto our screens, sometimes from thousands of miles away. Watching on the web... Read more

  • It’s Govephobia. (Shutterstock*)

    The Seven Excuses Teachers Give for Not Being Able to Teach

    As another teachers’ strike looms on July 10 it is worth setting out the reasons that teachers are unhappy with their profession. It’s not just... Read more

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    Things You’re Missing While Living in the City Life

    You may think that the city life has everything. Its true, it has more than a small town by having a lot of people’s favorite... Read more

  • 100-year-old German Turns Tables on Trickster

    BERLIN— This 100-year-old German woman was too sharp for a would-be trickster. Police in Berlin said Tuesday they have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion... Read more

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-L EcoBoost (Photo by Benjamin Yong)

    2014 Ford Fiesta 1.0-L EcoBoost

    From a company that once valued big power from big engines, Ford has been changing with the times by focusing development on compact, turbocharged engines... Read more

  • 2015 Kia Sorento (Courtesy of Kia)

    2015 Kia Sorento Limited

    The Sorento has two engines to choose from. The 2.4-L 4-cylinder engine puts down 191 horsepower (3,000 rpm) and 181 lb.-ft. torque (6,300 rpm), while... Read more

  • A treeplanter walks along a logging road, lined by cut-blocks waiting to be re-planted with pine seedlings in British Columbia, Canada. Keeping in good spirits can be hard in this line of work, but it pays off. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    15 Lessons Learned by a Canadian Treeplanter to Help Face Challenges in Everyday Life

    Treeplanting is a job that brings extreme mental and physical challenges, and thus great personal growth. I spent seven summers planting trees in northern Canada,... Read more

  • Sticklers beware. (*Shutterstock)

    What the Grammar Gurus Don’t Get About How We Learn

    The British Library is hosting it’s English Grammar Day, a day to finely split hairs over split infinitives, apostrophe’s (sic, sic, sic), and Oxford commas... Read more

  • This book cover image released by Ballantine Books shows "Jennifer, Gwyneth & Me: The Pursuit of Happiness, One Celebrity at a Time," by Rachel Bertsche. (AP Photo/Ballantine Books)

    Can Living Like a Star Produce a Happy Ending?

    Author and celebrity-watcher Rachel Bertsche spent nearly a year emulating the lifestyles of several famous female stars, seeking contentment, productivity and better arms. Her new... Read more

  • This undated product image provided by Audi shows the 2015 Audi A3. The car is revamped with new styling and technology. (AP Photo/Audi, Jim Fets)

    Google Maps, Street View-Connected Audi Can Read Tweets, Facebook Posts

    After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi’s new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable... Read more

  • A Forever candle is hand made by Prosperity’s corps of women artisans, who are able to earn a living wage through the work. When the candle burns low it can be returned to Prosperity for a complimentary refill. (AP Photo/Prosperity Candle)

    What to Give This Holiday Season

    The holiday catalogs and gift guides are starting to pour in, full of wonderful stuff to wrap for friends and family. But what about those... Read more

  • Jonah Pournazarian (L) and Dylan Siegel (R) in an undated family photo. (Courtesy David Siegel)

    8-Year-Old Raises Almost $1M to Save His Friend’s Life

    LOS ANGELES—Eight-year-old Dylan Siegel’s best friend since preschool is Jonah Pournazarian. A few years ago, Dylan found out that Jonah had a rare liver condition... Read more

  • Dmitry Shchitov, 56: “It was like a test drive of my new approach to medicine.” (Vera Salnitskaya)

    One Man’s Ultimate Cure for Stress, Siberian-Style

    Surgeon who suffered health issues turns to daredevil ski action on “impossible” mountain slopes—to relax. From The Siberian Times: It is one of the world’s... Read more

  • Tourists listen to a tour guide speak in the Rotunda of the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. ( Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tour-Guide Licensing Case Headed for Supreme Court

    ARLINGTON, Va.—Should tour guides in Washington have to prove they know James Madison from James Monroe? Should those in New Orleans take tests on the... Read more

  • A letter by Josephine Empress, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, is part of a collection of letters written by women throughout history auctioned in Paris on Nov. 17. The letter (1761–1814) was edited by Napoleon and is displayed next to a portrait of the Empress. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Rocky Love: Letters by Great Women Are Auctioned

    PARIS—An unprecedented collection of 1,500 documents from some of history’s greatest women was auctioned on Monday in Paris, including everything from Catherine the Great’s imperious... Read more

  • District Court Judge Doug Herdon during a hearing Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 to determine whether ride-sharing company Uber  can operate in Clark County. The judge scolded the state attorney general's office for jumping around to different legal jurisdictions seeking a ruling. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid)

    Uber, Nevada Taxi Legal Battle Gets Complicated

    LAS VEGAS— A legal battle between Nevada’s highly regulated taxi industry and ride-sharing company Uber has gotten complicated as two state judges laid claim to... Read more

  • A poster by Welcome to Tulip, a comedy team competing in the CBC ComedyCoup contest. (Welcome to Tulip)

    CBC’s ComedyCoup Contest Coming Down To the Wire

    For the past seven weeks, CBC—in conjunction with CineCoup Media and Just for Laughs Television Programming—has been eliminating and advancing the most creative comedy talent... Read more

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    Online Courses, Diets, and Going to the Gym. The Science of Why We Give Up

    One of the characteristic features of Massive Open Online Courses is the observation that no matter how many students enroll in a course, only between... Read more

  • Mary Goode sits by her the body of her father, Frank M. Goode, during a three-day visitation in her home. (Courtesy of the Family)

    Home Funeral: An Unusual Gift of Time and Space

    IRISH HILLS, Mich.—When my mother said my grandfather’s unembalmed body would lie in the guest bed for three days before burial, I wasn’t sure what... Read more

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    Never, Ever Give Up

    This is one of the most inspirational videos I have seen!! Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and... Read more

  • The Inn and Spa at Loretto is located near the Palace of the Governors and the historic Santa Fe Plaza in the heart of the city. (Richard C. Murray/RCM IMAGES, INC)

    Discovering Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Trail is a shopper’s nirvana for Southwestern art and native handicrafts. A stroll down the roadway will bring you to the plaza... Read more

  • Centre for Intellectual Property 2014 – Spanish Parliament, October 28, 2014. (Flickr.com)

    Copyright Act Finally Passed in Spain

    MADRID—The Spanish Congress passed the ‘Act to the revised text of the Copyright Act to be Amended‘ , as well as the Senate Amendments which... Read more

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    For a Lasting Marriage, Marry Someone Your Own Age

    There are many predictors of the success of a marriage, among them the having of money, the having of children, and the length of time... Read more

  • A group prepares to embark on a 16-day journey down the Colorado River on rafts through the Grand Canyon on July 14, 2014 at Lee's Ferry, Arizona. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

    Government to Flood Grand Canyon to Spread Sediment

    PAGE, Ariz.—Campsites along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon will be in shorter supply as federal officials flood the waterway. The high-flow release from... Read more

  • Iconic. (André Zehetbauer, CC BY-SA)

    Why Disused London Tube Stations Should Not Just Be Sold to the Highest Bidder

    London has more than 40 “ghost” underground stations that are awaiting a new function. Now, Transport for London is inviting companies to submit bids to... Read more

  • New additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame include little green army men, the Rubik’s Cube, and bubbles. The toys enter the Rochester museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists. (AP Photo/National Toy Hall of Fame)

    Green Army Men Conquer Toy Hall of Fame

    ROCHESTER, N.Y.—It’s mission accomplished for little green army men. The molded plastic pretend soldiers were must-haves for generations, and on Nov. 6 were inducted into... Read more

  • Models wait backstage to take the catwalk for the presentation of Teca by Helo Rocha Winter collection, during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Leather, Wool Big Hits at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

    SAO PAULO— The tropically incompatible materials of leather and wool emerged as big winners during Thursday’s fall-winter catwalks at Sao Paulo fashion week. Veteran Rio... Read more

  • The Joshua Wilton House Restaurant and Inn, Harrisonburg, VA. (The Joshua Wilton House)

    Shenandoah Valley Dining Hospitality

    On a recent visit to the Shenandoah Valley, I took the opportunity to visit the Joshua Wilton House Restaurant and Inn for an evening meal... Read more

  • No need to say goodbye to the print book.(*Shutterstock)

    From Electric Ink to Aromapoetry – the Physical Book Is Not Dead, It’s About to Be Reborn

    “Analogue” and “digital” are the two polar opposites of our modern world. The word “analogue” has become our catch-all term for what we see as... Read more

  • Here they come… (johndal via Flickr, CC BY)

    Rivers and Swarms: How Metaphor Fuels Anti-Immigrant Feeling

    In a recent interview with Sky News, the UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, described British towns and communities as “swamped” by migrants, a controversial phrase... Read more

  • A woman sends mail to file taxes, at the James A. Farley post office in Manhattan, New York City, on April 15, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    A Year-End To-Do List for Investors

    Video Transcription Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningstar.com. As the year winds down, investors should have a few key items at the top... Read more

  • Pumpkin is a native of the Americas, and was revered by tribes throughout the region as a valuable food and medicine.  (Shutterstock/mguttman)

    Pumpkin Seeds Do a Body Good

    In a 2010 study, the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation of Chicago wanted to know what aroma men found most arousing. Out of... Read more

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    Turkey Bowl Football Games Cause Spike in Injuries

    Every year around this time, Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine surgeon Dr. Pietro Tonino sees a spike in sprains, contusions, broken bones and other... Read more

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    Anti-Cancer Cranberry Juice Recipe

    Recipe for DIY (do-it-yourself) whole food cranberry cocktail with 25 times fewer calories and at least 8 times the phytonutrient content. This video was originally... Read more

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    Warm Up Your Heart

    Most people know that you have to warm up skeletal muscles to help protect them from injury, but many do not know that warming up... Read more

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    What Texting Does to the Spine

    Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old. It is also,... Read more

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    The Best Way to Help Your Body Protect Itself Against Any Virus or Bacteria (Including Ebola)

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body With the threat of various viruses and bacteria spreading, including Ebola, there is a need... Read more

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    New Study: Jogging Keeps You Young

    A new study by researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder is shedding light on an unexpected benefit of jogging in... Read more

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    What Can You Let Go Of?

    The Autumn season and Metal element in the body is governed by our Lung and Colon meridians. They have a reciprocal relationship of receiving (or... Read more

  • Left: Head of the Nazi S.S. Heinrich Himmler. (German Federal Archive via Wikimedia Commons) Right: A depiction of the legendary creature, the Yeti. (Wanida.W/Wikimedia Commons)

    Nazis Thought Yeti Could Be Progenitor of Aryan Race: History of Yeti Legends

    As icy temperatures blast much of the northern hemisphere and winter approaches with chilling speed, a mysterious creature from the Himalayas reminds us that the... Read more

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    5 Ways to Make Space in Your Life

    In a culture that extols achievement and equates being busy with being important, dialing down and prioritizing “life” as opposed to “work” is not always... Read more

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    Great American Smokeout: Smoking Is Major Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of dementia, affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans, according to 2013 statistics. Approximately 7.7 million new cases of dementia are... Read more

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    When to Say No to Your Doctor

    Every time you walk into a physician’s office, you run the risk of overtreatment: Tests you don’t need, medications that are ineffective (or dangerous), procedures... Read more

  • (Lisa F. Young/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Ebola Cure: WATER! Drinking a Gallon of Fluid Daily Recognized as Key to Survival

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News One of the primary lessons being learned from the Ebola crisis is that fancy meds and... Read more

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    When It Comes to Aging Well, It’s Mind Over Matter

    For many, “aging” is synonymous with aches and pains, forgetfulness, loneliness, and ultimately death. Aging is inevitable, but research actually shows that how you think... Read more

  • Warm herbs stoke our internal fire. Shutterstock

    Deconstructing Pumpkin Spice

    Before “pumpkin spice” became a flavor synonymous with seasonal lattes, cinnamon, cloves, and other warming herbs were valuable medicines used to keep out the cold... Read more

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    Lose Your Love Handles in This 10-Minute Workout

    Love handles, like most types of abdominal fat, can be quite challenging to get rid of, and for many may hold even after you’ve lost... Read more

  • Artist depiction of Pocahontas saving the life of Capt. John Smith. (Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons)

    The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT Told by Disney

    Most people are familiar with the Disney version of the Pocahontas story—a Native American princess fell in love with the Englishman John Smith during the height... Read more

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    Stress Makes You Fat

    So many clients come to me because they just can’t lose those last 5-10 pounds. As I work with clients in my 6-month program, we... Read more

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    ‘Clear Association’ That Xanax, Valium, and Other Benzodiazepines Can Cause Dementia: Study

    Research papers published this week suggest that dementia may be delayed or prevented by lifestyle choices earlier in life to avoid or treat heart attacks,... Read more

  • Add memorabilia from past vacations, gifts from loved ones, and other keepsake items to personalize your space. (Courtesy of BoConcept)

    Condo Design Q&A

    Q: I’m moving into a condo and I find that everything looks very “cookie cutter.” With the holidays just around the corner, I plan to... Read more

  • A young woman being watched on her webcam (scrnshot from buzzpatrol.com)

    Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide

    LONDON—A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries... Read more

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    10 Insanely Easy Ways to Make Your Entryway More Inviting for the Holidays

    Holiday season is almost upon us, which means guests will be arriving soon! Whether you’re having new visitors or familiar friends and family, your home... Read more

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    Banishing Dishcloth Stink (and Bacteria), Simplified

    I splashed a little coffee on the counter when I topped up my cup this morning, so I grabbed the dishcloth out of the sink... Read more

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    Behmor’s Brazen Plus Is Built for Big Time Coffee Tweakers

    Love coffee? Got $229 dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Want an extremely customizable brewing experience? Well Behmor’s Brazen Plus coffee maker maybe just... Read more

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    How to DIY a Home Office That Will Make Working a Breeze

    If you’re looking for a way to fit some calm and quiet workspace into your home, these 7 steps will get you the home office... Read more

  • Blue, green, and turquoise continues to find favor with many home decorators for the holidays. (AP Photo/Pier 1 Imports)

    From Vintage to City Chic

    For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something... Read more

  • Combining both light and dark cabinets in a kitchen creates a modern, elegant style. (Courtesy of Sutcliffe Kitchens)

    How to Create the Perfect Kitchen

    Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Not sure where to start? Here are six things to consider before renovating your kitchen. 1. Invest Time in... Read more

  • Colour was a key design element in the light-filled living room.(CHT Media)

    Stylish Condo Redesign

    After moving out of the house she had lived in for the last 48 years, a retiree found ease and elegance in a well-established North... Read more

  • Freshly painted kitchen cabinets with upgraded hardware. (varandah/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Give Your Kitchen a New Look

    If you’re looking for a way to transform an outdated kitchen, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets can go a long way without... Read more

  • Lupin the 3rd, the creation of Japanese manga artist Monkey Punch, inspires a tile series from Italian ceramics the firm Del Conca. (AP Photo/Del Conca)

    Right at Home: Artistry and Artifice in New Tiles

    Tile has a rich and varied history in decor, from Roman floor mosaics to majolica to Delft ceramics to Mexican terracotta. These styles and more... Read more

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    Add Flair to Your Stairs With These Amazing Makeovers

    You can liven up a basement or living room and completely change your home decor, without moving a single piece of furniture. How? Give your... Read more

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    It Wouldn’t Be Fall Without One of These Fabulous Centerpieces

    Fall is naturally the most decorative season – colorful gourds, vibrant bursts of foliage, blue skies and dark pine cones. Nature is taking care of... Read more

  • To take advantage of the gorgeous autumn weather at his mountain house, designer Brian Patrick Flynn added a modern fireplace. To enhance fall style, Flynn changes up throw pillows in October by swapping summer-tones pillowcases with those more suited for autumn. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/Hayneedle, Rustic White Photography)

    Ask a Designer: Outdoor Decorating for Fall

    Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the... Read more

  • The "Acorn House" built by B.C. company Nelson Tiny Houses. Prices for these tiny homes start at $35,000 for a 120 square foot house. (Courtesy Nelson Tiny Houses)

    Tiny Homes, Big Dreams

    As Canada’s overpriced housing market continues to skyrocket out of reach for many families, increasing to an average house price of nearly $410,000 last week,... Read more

  • A customer shops at the newly opened IKEA store near Zagreb on August 21, 2014. Swedish furniture giant IKEA opened its first store in the territory of the former Yugoslavia near Croatia's capital Zagreb, the first step towards expanding on the Balkans market. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ikea Makes Push for Growth

    NEW YORK—Ikea, whose stadium-sized furniture stores draw shoppers from miles around, is making an online push. The CEO of Ikea Group, the world’s largest furniture... Read more

  • A single family home in Toronto, one of the three cities, along with Calgary and Vancouver, that make it seem as though Canada's housing market is overvalued. (Epoch Times)

    Canada’s Housing ‘Dual Market’ Poses Difficult Policymaker Challenge

    Canada’s housing market has cooled off slightly from this summer, but regional disparities make one-size-fits-all approaches to controlling it difficult. The Canadian Real Estate Association... Read more

  • Highway support center and salt deposit. Image courtesy of Boris Zeisser from 24H-architecture.

    Dutch Architects Are Using Wood in Amazing, Innovative Ways (+Photos)

    A wide range of constructions were nominated for the Dutch Wood Prize, a prize installed in 1999 to advance the use of wood in modern architecture. The... Read more

  • Furniture is arranged around a double-sided fireplace in this custom-designed living room. (Paul Chmielowiec)

    Downsizing to a Custom Condo

    Frank and Sylvia Wiley decided to leave their large Oakville, Ont., residence to downsize into a beautiful waterfront condo. Designed with a timeless neutral palette,... Read more

  • Tulipa tarda, a stellar repeat bloomer when planted in full sun and well-drained soil, in Atlantic Beach, New York, on April 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Colorblends)

    Go Wild: Plant Species Tulips for Early Color

    Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we landscape using tulips. True, the familiar, large, goblet-shaped blooms make a colorful springtime splash grouped in beds... Read more

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    Garbo to Gaga

    The fame of Lady Gaga is the stand-out phenomenon of 21st-century celebrity—the go-to example for any commentator. But in a recent interview for 60 Minutes... Read more

  • Jean Cassegrain, CEO of the French luxury goods company Longchamp, at the company’s Madison Avenue store in New York on Nov. 5. (Epoch Times International/Samira Bouaou)

    From the Pipe to the Tote: The Story of Longchamp

    “So that’s the beginning of the company in 1948,” said Jean Cassegrain, CEO of the French luxury goods company Longchamp, referring to an old horse-leather... Read more

  • Python ankle bootie in a festive poppy red designed by Paul Andrew who walked away the winner on Nov. 4 for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. (AP Photo/Paul Andrew)

    Shop the Top Finalists

    NEW YORK—Luxury shoe designer Paul Andrew walked away the winner Nov. 4 of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, but there... Read more

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    At the Frick

    If you have any interest in art, you must visit the Frick Collection in Manhattan where they are showing some marvelous El Grecos and a... Read more

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    The Will and the Way of Max Mara

    A look at the jacket from the Max Mara Pop collection of Fall/Winter 1965–66 and you know right away why the label has been so... Read more

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    How to Wear Makeup With Glasses

    If you are wearing glasses, one of the most common questions you have to deal with is how to do your makeup. That’s why Isabel, a pro... Read more

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    4 Different Ways to Tie a Scarf

    There are way more fun ways to do up your muffler than to simply toss it around your neck. Two Real Simple fashion editors show how... Read more

  • Victoria Tenant's new book "Irena Baronova and the Ballets Russes De Monte Carlo." Ms. Tenant was the guest of honor at a Nov. 7 charity event held at MaxMara in Beverly Hills. (Robin Kemker/Epoch Times)

    Fashion and Performing Arts United at MaxMara in Beverly Hills to Support Charity

    Despite the nearly full moon, stars were out on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills Nov. 7 as luxury Italian fashion house Max Mara hosted an... Read more

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    Intersection: Hip Helsinki, Finland

    In the Kallio neighborhood of Helsinki, Finland, Sonja Sorvola, an actress who embraces tooth jewelry, likes to be more adventurous than the typical structured Scandinavian... Read more

  • In this July 7, 2014 file photo, a fashionista holding  white rose walks in the gardens of the Palais Royal after the presentation of On Aura Tout Vu's Fall-Winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris. Fashion, history and gardens. It’s an only-in-Paris experience at the Palais Royal, where luxury shops line the columned arcades of a 17th century palace. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    Paris: Chic Shopping in a 17th-Century Palace

    PARIS—Fashion, history and gardens. It’s an only-in-Paris experience at the Palais Royal, where luxury shops line the columned arcades of a 17th century palace. It’s... Read more

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    I Can Wear That Color

    I have a friend who is always talking about color, as in, “I can’t wear that color. You can, but I can’t.” A number of... Read more

  • Fashion fesigner Victoria Beckham attends news conference as she is named an United Nation's Goodwill Ambassador during the 69th U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Four Things Posh Spice Can Teach Budding Entrepreneurs

    Victoria Beckham has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Management Today. She topped their list of 100 successful entrepreneurs thanks to her fashion company’s... Read more

  • Installation view of Dance & Fashion, featuring costumes by Barbara Karinska for New York City Ballet’s “Jewels.” (Photograph © The Museum at FIT, New York).

    Where Dance, Drama, and Fashion Collide

    From a world where we see only the dazzling show on stage, comes an exhibition that throws light on the freedoms and restraints of designing... Read more

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    Fall Trend Alert: Felt Hats (Video)

    Switch out that beanie for a felt fedora, the must have accessory for fall. Felt hats are a must have accessory for fall, which is... Read more

  • Models wait backstage to take the catwalk for the presentation of Teca by Helo Rocha Winter collection, during the Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)

    Leather, Wool Big Hits at Sao Paulo Fashion Week

    SAO PAULO— The tropically incompatible materials of leather and wool emerged as big winners during Thursday’s fall-winter catwalks at Sao Paulo fashion week. Veteran Rio... Read more

  • Models Gigi Hadid (L) and Bella Hadid attend Sportmax And Teen Vogue Celebrate The Fall/Winter 2014 Collection on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)

    Sportmax’s Modern Amazon

    NEW YORK—The Sportmax woman has changed considerably since the label was launched in 1969. As one of the offshoots of the Max Mara group, Sportmax... Read more

  • Demi Moore arrives at the LACMA Art + Film Gala at LACMA on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Best Dressed Celebs at the LACMA Gala (Video)

    Stars hung up their Halloween costumes, and went glam for the LACMA Art + Film Gala. The LACMA Gala, which stands for Los Angeles County... Read more

  • Barbara Walters arrives at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola before a private funeral for fashion designer Oscar de la Renta in New York on Nov. 3. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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