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  • 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

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    2015 Lexus RC F

    Lexus recently introduced the new RC sports coupe, and the RC F is the most powerful Lexus 5.0-L performance car they have ever developed. The... Read more

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    2015 Subaru Legacy: Solid Advancement

    Despite hints of futuristic styling with the Legacy Concept last year, Subaru took a more conservative approach with the design of the new-for-2015 Legacy mid-sized... 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

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    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

  • This is an undated handout photo issued by Doncaster Rovers FC via PA of Louis Tomlinson of One Direction who has signed with the English soccer team. (AP Photo/ Steve Uttley/PA)

    Stop to Control Larry / Larry Shippers: What is it? #StopToControlLarry, Related to Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson

    A confusing hashtag on Twitter has been a top trend on the site for a while: #StopToControlLarry. The grammatically poor trend has to do with... Read more

  • A viral Facebook scam is claiming one can sign up for a $200 free Macy’s gift card, but it should be avoided. (Screenshot)

    Macy’s Scam: Free $200 Gift Card is Facebook is Fake, Don’t Click it

    A viral Facebook scam is claiming one can sign up for a $200 free Macy’s gift card, but it should be avoided. The scam, which... 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

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    Meet Five of the UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

    Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was... Read more

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    How to Make Teaching Great

    An article we wrote last week for The Conversation on Seven “great” teaching methods not backed up by evidence prompted a large amount of comment... 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

  • 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

  • This undated photo provided by the Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University, shows a male Calliope Hummingbird. The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on hummingbirds' legs in the last decade has led researchers to discover the birds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely. (AP Photo/Intermountain Bird Observatory, Boise State University, Liz Urban)

    Insights on Hummingbird Travel, Life Span Revealed

    BOISE, Idaho—Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets. The perfecting of placing tiny numbered bands on their legs in the last decade has led researchers... Read more

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    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

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    UFO ‘Abducts’ Car in North Dakota; Another ‘Huge Triangle UFO’ Apparently Filmed in NJ (Video)

    A video purports to show a UFO abducting a car in North Dakota, but it appears pretty sketchy. The video, uploaded to YouTube, was apparently... Read more

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    Family Thankfulness Activities for Fall

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the changing temperatures and the brighter mornings and earlier nights. I love the smells of... Read more

  • Eva Radke, founder of Film Biz Recycling, in her prop shop and drop-off center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. The non-profit has reduced hundreds of tons of waste in New York City since 2008. Props, furniture, and wardrobe items donated from local film, television, and theater sets are given to charities, recycled, and sold for discount at Film Biz Recycling in Gowanus. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Social Entrepreneurs Push Business Boundaries to Create Change

    NEW YORK—Three years ago, Erin Dinan realized even one sandwich could make a difference in someone’s life. Dinan had moved to New York City after... 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

  • 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

  • People visit a memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Forgiveness of Charleston Church Shooter Prompts Discussion

    CHARLESTON, S.C.— Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night’s... Read more

  • The famed topiary gardens at the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum are a masterwork of French formal topiary design. (Barbara Angelakis)

    The Other South of France

    We were invited to visit friends in the south of France (Sud de France), conjuring visions of trendy beach resorts, film festivals, and visiting celebrities... Read more

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    Don’t Freak If You Can’t Solve a Math Problem That’s Gone Viral

    It’s been quite a year for mathematics problems on the internet. In the last few months, three questions have been online everywhere, causing consternation and... Read more

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    It Feels Instantaneous, but How Long Does It Really Take to Think a Thought?

    As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things. With a fair degree of accuracy, scientists have quantified the speed... Read more

  • What proportion of the seven intelligences does your child possess? (Fotolia)

    Multiple Intelligences

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • Winners of the Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest are Diane Rogers of Doo Doo’s Bakery in Balieborough (L), who won in the professional division with her pumpkin butter tart, and Hisako Niimi of Ottawa who took first place in the home division with her banana-bacon-peanut butter entry. (Parm Parmar)

    Butter Tart Fever Hits Midland, Ontario

    Butter tarts have long been considered a quintessential Canadian phenomenon, inspiring discussions and debates as to what makes the perfect butter tart. Should it be... Read more

  • What does the contents of this bowl have in common with math? (Clipp2nd/CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Mathematics, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and You

    I’ve come to believe that mathematics, as an investigative science, as a practical discipline and as a creative art, shares many characteristics with cookery. It’s... Read more

  • "While parents are usually not too proud when their kids lie, they can at least be pleased to discover that when their children are lying well, it means their children are becoming better at thinking and have good memory skills," says Elena Hoicka. (Stephen Kallao/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Kids Who Remember Words Are Better Liars

    Kids who perform better on verbal memory tests are better at covering up lies, a hidden-camera experiment shows. Researchers gave six- and seven-year-olds the opportunity... Read more

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    The Way We Tell Stories Is Evolving Along With Our Smartphones

    Phones are all around us. When we look up from our own, we see that everyone else is looking down at theirs. Our phones are... Read more

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    No-Kill Middletown Shelter Can’t Correct Human Behavior

    MIDDLETOWN, New York—Animals communicate in their own ways, but if they could talk to us in our language, they would no doubt tell us about... Read more

  • "These dads are purchasing a relationship with their children," says Kathryn Edin. "They want their kids to look down at their feet and say, 'My dad cares about me because he bought me these shoes.'" (iStock)

    Why ‘Deadbeat’ Dads May Deserve More Credit

    The results of a new study on “deadbeat dads” suggest that the stereotype might be more myth than reality. Low-income fathers who don’t pay cash... Read more

  • Afghans and foreigners perform ypga during the first International Yoga Day, at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts took part in mass yoga programs to mark the first International Yoga Day throughout the world. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Millions of People Bend and Twist Their Bodies for Yoga Day

    NEW DELHI— Millions of yoga enthusiasts bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Read more

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    Incredible Nearly Mile-Long Pizza Breaks World Record in Milan (Video)

    ROME— The wait was on the long side for the pizza—18 hours—but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long. Eighty... Read more

  • "You can influence to an extent how trustworthy others perceive you to be in a facial photo," says Jonathan Freeman, "but perceptions of your competence or ability are considerably less able to be changed." (iStock)

    To Look Trustworthy, Put on a Happy Face

    We can alter our facial features to make us look more trustworthy, but not more competent. A new study points to both the limits and potential... Read more

  • Residents stand along the President Barack Obama's motorcade route, Friday, June 19, 2015, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Anageles, Calif., hoping to see the president as he drives past en route to an interview with comedian Marc Maron near by. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama Spending Father’s Day Weekend in Golf Destination

    SAN FRANCISCO— With his wife and daughters away in Europe, President Barack Obama is spending Father’s Day weekend in one of his favorite golf vacation... Read more

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    Children’s Learning Styles

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • Halva Kingdom at Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem sports 100 different flavours of halva. (Photo by Bill Strubbe)

    Culinary Adventures in Israel

    When pondering the Holy Land, images of the ancient walls of Jerusalem, catching rays on a Tel Aviv beach, the Sea of Galilee where Jesus... Read more

  • Jeff Martz pushes his four-year-old granddaughter, Aria Flanigan (L) on a swing at a park in Anchorage, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, as other local children play in unusually warm temperatures.

    Baked Alaska: Hot, Dry Weather Hangs Over Far-North State

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska—Anyone visiting Alaska this week would be wise to pack plenty of shorts and T-shirts. The far-north state is sweltering under unusually hot, dry... Read more

  • "Guilt is often defined as an internal conversation between you and your own conscience, whereas shame is the threat of social exposure—it affects your interpersonal relationships," says Jennifer Jacquet. (Rob Chandanais/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    Is Shame Too Mean or a Tool for Change?

    A whopping two-thirds of human conversation is gossip about others—a rate that holds true, anthropologists say, for radically different cultures around the world. Something like 90... Read more

  • In the study, 92 percent of people claimed at least some familiarity with the nonexistent biological topics of meta-toxins, bio-sexual, and retroplex. (Chris Marchant/CC BY 2.0)

    Why People Say They Know Made-Up Things

    People who think they know a little something about a topic—confident though they may be—commonly and easily claim knowledge they couldn’t possibly have. The researchers... Read more

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    The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

    In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama.  The Dalai Lama said: ‘You’ve been using the tools of modern neuroscience to... Read more

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    One Way Is the Wrong Way: Avoid Running Injuries

    We have been seeing, addressing and treating this problem for years, far too many years. There are few things that frustrate us more than coaches... Read more

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    Why a Professor Asks Students to Exercise in Class

    When Professor Wendy Suzuki turned 40, she realized that her social life didn’t match up to her professional life. Though she’d devoted her career to... Read more

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    How the New 5-Day ‘Fasting’ Diet Works

    A new study from the University of Southern California shows that restricting calories just five days a month for three months: helped people lose weight,... Read more

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    90 Minutes In Nature Really Change The Brain

    A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Specifically, the study finds that people who... Read more

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    You’ll Lose Muscle If You Sit for 2 Weeks

    How long does it take a young person to lose muscle strength if they go from being moderately active to being a couch potato? It... Read more

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    Heal Your Gut to Heal Depression

    For most of the 20th century, bacteria was the enemy. Once scientists identified microorganisms as the cause of infectious disease, every effort was made to... Read more

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    After You Drink Juice, Slather on Sunscreen

    White people who drink orange juice or eat a lot of grapefruit should be sure to put on extra sunscreen for a few days. A... Read more

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    15 Health Foods That Taste Better Than Junk Foods

    Some people believe that healthy foods are tasteless and boring. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Here are 15 health foods that taste even... Read more

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    Happiness Is an Illusion, Here’s Why You Should Seek Contentment Instead

    I want to share a personal view of what it is to be happy and how it differs from feeling content. Let me begin with... Read more

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    US Breast Milk Has Fewer Key Compounds

    Breast milk of women in the United States contains fewer health-promoting compounds called carotenoids than that of women in China or Mexico. The reason? Women in... Read more

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    5 Simple Rules for a Healthy Life

    Being healthy often seems incredibly complicated. There are advertisements everywhere and various experts giving conflicting advice. However… being healthy does not need to be complicated. ... Read more

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    Is Depression a Mental or Physical Illness? Unravelling the Inflammation Hypothesis

    Most people feel down, tired and inactive when they’re injured or ill. This “sickness behaviour” is caused by the activation of the body’s immune response... Read more

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    10 Hidden Sources of Endocrine Disruptors – And How to Avoid Them

    One sobering fact of modern life: endocrine (hormone) disruptors are everywhere. Occasional contact wouldn’t be a major concern but the trouble is, most of us... Read more

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    4 Common Misconceptions About Quantum Physics

    Quantum physics is so fascinating that it appeals to a broader lay audience than a lot of other topics in science. It’s also so difficult... Read more

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    Is Your Perfume Poison?

    Spritzing on perfume or cologne is a daily ritual for many, not to mention that the vast majority of personal care products – shampoo, lotion,... Read more

  • Medical technical assistant preparing scan of patient's head with MRI. (Ikonoklast_Fotografie/iStock)

    Brain MRI Shows Acupuncture Relieves Migraines

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) reveals that acupuncture prevents and relieves migraines by restoring normal brain functions. MRI results demonstrate that acupuncture decreases the frequency and... Read more

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    6 Ways Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight

    There are many different ways to lose weight. One that has become popular in recent years is called intermittent fasting. This is a way of... Read more

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    13 Amazing, Evidence-Based Benefits of Turmeric

    Turmeric is one of the most well-researched natural substances that we have access to. It’s effects are unparalleled in nearly all domains to do with... Read more

  • Fish oil has been used to treat inflammatory diseases for centuries, but today’s supplements are swimming with toxins. (B_Shearer/iStock)

    Toxins in Your Fish Oil

    Fish oil is one of the most popular supplements in America, with sales totaling about $1 billion per year. The prized component of fish oil... Read more

  • This photo provided by The Monacelli Press shows "House T," designed by Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects/Tokyo, in Tokyo. (The Monacelli Press via AP)

    Book Explores Innovations of Modern Japanese Home Design

    Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space, and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have... Read more

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    Children’s Learning Styles

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • Bold colours bring a room to life. (HomeSense)

    Design Lessons to Transform Your Space

    The Camera Doesn’t Lie: A smart way to begin is to take a photo of your space to help evaluate what’s currently working and what’s... Read more

  • A rooftop patio is decorated to maximize its functionality for entertaining. (To the Point Media)

    Walking on Sunshine

    Tessa Moul and her partner Chris, both financial services professionals, wanted an updated design for their loft’s penthouse rooftop patio. “The rooftop patio was outdated... Read more

  • One of the most common mistakes in lawn care is over-fertilizing which can burn the plant roots and contaminate area water supplies. A good time to fertilize is just ahead of a soaking rain. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

    Lawn-Care Basics: How Much to Cut, Irrigate, Fertilize

    Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawnmower and buzzing around the yard. There’s cutting at the right height, irrigating with the... Read more

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    7 Trash-Bound Things You Never Thought of Keeping but Should

    Did you know that there are plenty of things we toss out every day that are actually completely reusable? Of course, a burnt out lightbulb... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, this living room by the designer Flynn demonstrates his use of scale and proportion to create a successful space plan. (Rustic White Photography/Brian Patrick Flynn via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Coming Up With a Furniture Plan That Works

    Sometimes the way to improve a room isn’t to buy new furniture: It’s to rearrange pieces you already own. Interior designers can spend hours creating... Read more

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    Homeownership Losing Role as Lynchpin of the American Dream

    June is National Homeownership Month. Realtors, home builders, lenders and governmental officials have celebrated it since 2003, when former President George W Bush designated June... Read more

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    10 Home-Made Thank-You Gifts for Teachers

    With the school year ending, it’s time to appreciate our co-parents. By that, I of course mean our children’s teachers. Aside from you, no one... Read more

  • A growing number of homeowners have begun throwing parties in converted sheds and outbuildings constructed specifically for entertaining. (Morgaine Ford-Workman via AP)

    Backyard Hangouts: Sheds are Used as Pubs, Studios, Retreats, and More

    When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools. The... Read more

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    7 Tips to Summer Cottage Perfection

    Your summer cottage should serve two main purposes: relaxation and family time. No formal decor allowed—you want furniture and fixings that make it feel like... Read more

  • The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm. (Berg | C.F. møller Architects)

    The Skyscrapers of the Future Will Be Made of Wood

    Vancouver-based architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that... Read more

  • This photo provided by Spoonflower shows U.K.-based artist Alex Morgan’s Chair Pod that does a kicky repeat of a 70s-esque lounge chair in hot orange, black and gray. The prints come in an array of fabrics including cotton, silk crepe and even faux suede. (Spoonflower via AP)

    Right at Home: Textiles Bring Midcentury Modern-Style Home

    Have you discovered midcentury modern-style and gone hunting for a great piece of furniture from the era? Vintage pieces are pricey and even well-made reproductions... Read more

  • This photo provided by Naples Botanical Garden shows kokedama in the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Fla. Outdoors, kokedama shouldn't be in direct sun where they will dry out, and if you live in a cold climate they'll need to come indoors for the winter.  (Renee Waller/Naples Botanical Garden via AP)

    Kokedama: Japanese Moss Balls an Easy Alternative to Bonsai

    Kokedama is sometimes called “poor man’s bonsai,” and the two do share some features: They’re both small displays of plants and moss. But “lazy person’s... Read more

  • A trip to the hardware store's paint department can save you time and money when it comes to dressing and clothes shopping. (leaf/iStockphoto)

    Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe? How Paint Swatches Can Help

    We can all recite the mantra of closet-cleaning by now: Toss unrepairable items, give away or sell wearable items that don’t fit your style, and... Read more

  • This Thursday, April 23, 2015 photo provided by The New York Botanical Garden shows antiques from More and More Antiques on display at the Antique Garden Furniture Fair at The New York Botanical Garden held on April 24 - 26, 2015, in Bronx, New York. (Ivo M. Vermeulen/The New York Botanical Garden via AP)

    Garden Antiques Can Add Depth, Flair to Any Garden

    NEW YORK—In a leafy corner of the Bronx, water bubbles gently in an enormous, cornflower-blue ceramic fish pond from China, home to meandering goldfish. A... Read more

  • The easiest way to have a low-maintenance backyard is to put a stone patio from fence to fence. (eieihome.com)

    Pro Landscaping Secrets to a Low-Maintenance Backyard

    Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your landscaping. The weather is nice, summer BBQs are right around the corner, and your property... Read more

  • One of the most exciting aspects of building an outdoor kitchen is actually designing and furnishing it. (eieihome.com)

    Your Backyard Isn’t Complete Without an Outdoor Kitchen

    Your backyard is finally ready to be used. With the warm weather and get-togethers to be enjoyed, who wants to be cooped up in the... Read more

  • Pick out colours from your garden or patio stone and buy throw pillows in similar colours to go with your patio furniture. (eieihome.com)

    Transform Your Backyard With These Fun Ideas

    Now that the warmer weather has arrived, there’s no reason to stay cooped up inside the house. That is, unless your backyard isn’t ready for... Read more

  • Top of the list to freshen up your home is to clean the windows. (eieihome.com)

    Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze With This Handy Guide

    With longer days and warmer temperatures comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. In addition to stowing away snow shovels and winter gear, homeowners can... Read more

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    Heartbreaking Video Shows What Can Happen When Women Skip Makeup

    As you see in the above video from London-based beauty blogger Em Ford, a woman with acne is a prime target for disparaging comments. Hundreds... Read more

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    5 DIY Organic Shampoo Recipes

    By Soni R Medhi, Organic Lifestyle Magazine The harsh chemical compounds present in commercial shampoos may make our tresses dull, dry, and unhealthy. Going organic can... Read more

  • Models walk the runway during the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 27, 2015. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

    Flowers, Color at Paris Menswear, as Balmain Makes Debuts

    PARIS—Summer was in the air in Paris menswear collections with white roses and lashings of colors. Meanwhile, fashion-conscious NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire spoke to The... Read more

  • Tiffany Tang poses for a picture on the red carpet at The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 13, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

    Chinese Actress Tiffany Tang Wears Counterfeit Elie Saab Dress on Red Carpet

    NEW YORK—Chinese actress Tiffany Tang, also known as Tang Yan, was left feeling embarrassed after it was discovered that she had worn a counterfeit high-end... Read more

  • Princes Beatrice, 2nd right, with her father Prince Andrew, right, share the same carriage as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as they arrive in the parade ring on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet at Ascot, England, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Hats, Heels, Haute Couture Feature at Royal Ascot

    LONDON—Feathers. Flowers. Frippery. Hats with all sorts of trimmings were on display Thursday at Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, a five-day festival of horse racing... Read more

  • Giorgio Armani (Front) and actor Tim Robbins greets the audience after presenting the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 men's fashion collection, in Milan on June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

    Tim Robbins Takes in Emporio Armani as Fashion Week Opens

    MILAN—Italy’s fashion capital is getting a little more traffic than usual as Milan Fashion Week kicks off, thanks to the Expo 2015 world’s fair at... Read more

  • Models wear creations part of the Bottega Veneta fashion house Spring/Summer 2016 men's fashion collection, presented in Milan, Italy, Sunday, June 21, 2015 (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

    Elegant Comfort on Trend During Milan Fashion Week

    MILAN— Silky comfort is emerging as a trend on the second day of menswear previews for next spring and summer during Milan Fashion Week. Bottega... Read more

  • A man walks past a showroom exhibition by French luxury brand Louis Vuitton in Beijing on April 9, 2015.  China is widely considered the world's biggest luxury market as a rising middle class and corrupt officials drive a shopping frenzy, but domestic prices are high due to hefty import taxes and huge retail mark-ups. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    Newly Discerning Chinese Are Driving Luxury Sales Declines

    NEW YORK—While the anti-corruption campaign in China has been blamed for stalling luxury brands’ expansion plans, the political climate is not entirely to blame. The... Read more

  • A shoe detail is seen as a model walks the runway during the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    The History of Shoes Has Been Frivolous, Ridiculous and Extreme

    Shoes long ago eclipsed their primary function – to protect feet. For thousands of years shoes have elicited extremes of both pain and pleasure. It is... Read more

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    Microscopic Sculptures Are Hidden in These Luxury Watches

    A beautifully crafted time piece is a work of art in its own right, but there’s more to what meets the eye when it comes... Read more

  • Models walk the runway during the Chanel show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 in Paris, France, on January 27, 2015.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    Chanel’s Latest Fragrance Ad Features Cute Tutus and Bowling (Video)

    The advertisement for Chanel’s latest fragrance Chance Eau Vive combines the glamor of Chanel’s spring couture collection with, um, bowling. The models in the advertisement... Read more

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    Lady Gaga in London for a ‘Cheek to Cheek’ with Tony Bennett

    Pop star Lady Gaga and jazz icon Tony Bennett performed cheek to cheek in aid of WellChild at The Royal Albert Hall on June 8th... Read more

  • Theresa Campbell McKee, vintage connoisseur and owner of online boutique Blue Velvet Vintage. (Courtesy of Theresa Campbell McKee)

    Advice From a Vintage Connoisseur: Why Your Wardrobe Should Take a Dip Into the Past

    Part 1 of 2 In an era where fast fashion dominates, where can one find unique, high-quality garments? The answer is: in the past. Whether... Read more

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