Kimberly Velasquez

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A look around one of Tokyo’s vanishing geisha districts

Tokyo

15 Things My Wife Does That Make Me Fall In Love With Her Again

My wife and I dated for nearly eight years before deciding to tie the knot three years ago. I've had lots of time to reflect on what works for us, and what I can tell you about love is that (to use one of my wife's least favorite phrases) it's a process, one that's aided considerably by the …

13 House Cleaner Habits You Should Totally Steal

Anda Tanaka is a pro (literally) at mopping, dusting, and stain-removing. Here are her secrets.<p>Tanaka is actually an artist (check out her work here), but she needed a day job to keep the lights on. When her friends saw a job posting from the green house cleaning company Two Bettys in Minneapolis, …

This Woman Read 500 Self-Help Books So You Don't Have To

All the lessons of a bookshelf's worth of reading boiled down to five simple lessons.<p>These days, no one suffers from a shortage of reading material. From great online content to endless book recommendations and must-read lists, most of us struggle to fit in all the reading we want to do rather than …

Books

8 Damn Good Beauty Products You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

We've tried, we've tested, and we've fully converted.

5 Ways Incredibly Productive People Master Their Time

Napoleon Bonaparte said, "Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."<p>This is a great lesson to remember when we're at war with ourselves; when we know what we should be doing but can't seem to help putting it off.<p>Maybe we put if off for an hour. Maybe …

Napoleon Bonaparte

98 Best Motivational Quotes to Make You More Successful

Need a boost of inspiration? These quotes will give you the spark you need--and motivate you to reach even greater heights.<p>Motivational quotes can make a surprisingly big difference, lifting your spirits when you're down and encouraging you to even greater heights when you've hit a plateau.<p>That's …

Motivation

11 houseplants it is almost impossible for even the laziest gardener to kill

Fancy having a little piece of the outdoors on your windowsill, or some gorgeous plants on the centre of your coffee table?<p>Some of us don't really have green fingers - it's easy to forget to water and seeing your proudly purchased plant turn to crumbly brown fronds can be very depressing.<p>Here's a …

Plants

Here's Exactly How to Work Out if You Want to Lose Weight

No more guess work at the gym.<p>If you're trying to drop a few pounds, it can be totally overwhelming to figure out how to make sure your sweat sessions are helping you shed. On a basic level, losing weight and lowering your body fat percentage is a numbers game, says Ippolita Di Paola, a personal …

Exercise

4 Meditation Tips For the First Timer

From a guy who trained as a Buddhist monk for 10 years.<p>Life can be incredibly stressful. If the tried-and-true methods for dealing with it—whiskey, some exercise, moving to another country and changing your name—aren't working, you might want to consider meditation.<p>Andy Puddicombe knows that you …

Meditation

7 Hair and Makeup Looks to Get You Through This Week

This week on the lineup: a cool French braid, superlong lashes, and a lesson in highlighting.<p>Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic<p>Monday<p><b>Dramatic Eyeliner</b><p>There's something about Kristen Bell's eyeliner that's almost mesmerizing. In other words, it's the ideal look to start your week with. Blending is important …

Why kids should use their fingers in math class (commentary by Jo Boaler)

A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to …

11 Can't-Miss Beauty Tips From the May Issue of Allure

This May, we're showing you how to take your beauty game up a few notches with easy tips, tricks, and tweaks. No longer does your winged liner have to be slightly crooked. Say good-bye to sad eyelashes, and bid sunburns adieu—even if you have sensitive skin.<p><b>Embrace Your Natural Beauty Like Fka Twigs</b><p>…

I Stopped Eating Sugar And Barely Survived

Quitting sugar isn't so bad. JK it's hard!!!! But doable.<p>I logged everything I ate for a week so I could confront the horrible truth of how much sugar I was eating normally. I knew it would probably be a lot, and boy oh boy, it was.<p>On average, a woman should have no more than 25 grams of added …

Columbia News ::: Estrogen Is the Most Ancient of Hormones, Columbia Study Concludes

By reconstructing a DNA sequence that existed more than 450 million years ago, Joe Thornton, a research scientist and evolutionary biologist at …

10 simple behavior patterns of the most successful people

I spent a good part of last year interviewing the most successful people I know. These were ordinary people who've achieved extraordinary success. I eventually turned those interviews into a book.<p>What I discovered is that these people are just like you. They work at their craft. They push to …

Self-improvement