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The New Way to Throw a Hanukkah Party

Winter has arrived—and it’s that magical time of year where on every corner there seems to be a towering wall of pine trees and in every store, a playlist spouting ’NSync’s “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on a never-ending loop. Amidst …

Team Trump is already filled with Washington insiders

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> To shape his administration, President-elect Donald Trump is drawing squarely from the "swamp" he has pledged to drain.<p>Trump's transition team is staffed with long-time Washington experts and lobbyists from K Street, think tanks and political offices.<p>It's a far cry from Trump's …

Donald Trump

For Some Seniors Without Housing, A Parking Lot Is Home

Marge Giaimo makes her way to a picnic table under the shadow of an oak tree. Santa Barbara's trees, like its oceans and mountains, are one thing she says she never tires of here. After losing her senior housing three years ago, this table is where she does her painting these days.<p>"I feel very …

Homelessness

7 New Dark Nail Colors To Try This Fall

<i>By Sue Williamson, W Magazine.</i><p>Explore your dark side this fall with a gothic manicure. Here, W editors reveal their favorite hues to try right now.<p>"To me, this perfect blue is just as classic as nude or red." - Sue Williamson, Digital Editor<p>Jin Soon nail polish in Blue Iris, $18, jinsoon.com.<p>"This …

Dolce & Gabbana

When (And Why) To Toss Your Eyelash Curler, Sponges, And More

<i>By Lisa DeSantis</i><p>Have you had the exact same eyelash curler since oh, maybe high school? We hate to break it to you, but it is time for an upgrade. Thing is, like your mascara and other go-to products, the beauty gadgets you use also collect a lot of gunk and bacteria over time. This is not only …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in others (like attentional control).<p>Now, provocative new research from Oxford University …

The Brain

8 Things You're Doing Wrong to Your Curls

<i>Co-authored by Elena Nicolau, writing intern at Avelist</i><p>My school yearbook photos show the evolution of a girl learning to harness her crazy curls. After years of donning a pyramid of frizz, I learned some basic tips and turned that mess into something quite unique and beautiful. Curly-haired girls …

Hair

Sharing Your Goal Will Reduce Your Chance of Reaching It

Are you the type of person who shares their goal with friends and family? If so, you might be making it hard on yourself.

The world's most colorful cities have no need for an Instagram filter

Most cities are colorful: They have different districts, interesting people, and unique stories. But let's drop the metaphor and focus on real …

Travel

Lululemon is insanely popular — and that's terrible news for the brand

The brand's pricey yoga pants are frequently sited as one of the top trends for teens. Celebrities from Jennifer Aniston to Kylie Jenner have been spotted wearing the gear.<p>And with 300 stores, Lululemon is just getting started. Analysts at Morgan Stanley write that they expect the brand to become …

Lululemon Athletica

10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.

16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home

These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, …

13 New IKEA Hacks to Try for Fall

As summer ends, we start finding ourselves indoors more often, preferably with something pumpkin-spice related and a good craft project. Summer was all about perking up our outdoor spaces, but fall has us back inside and scrutinizing every IKEA object we own. Whether you’re swapping out your …

Decorations

How To Decorate Your Home, According To Science

Fun fact: if you move your couch, it might make you happier. Don't believe us? Just ask science.<p>Or rather, consult the study that is known as neuroscience-architecture, which investigates how the mind interacts with design. Who. Knew.<p>Wimdu, a Europe-based vacation home rental company and travel …

Science

Weekend Projects No One Will Know You DIYed

Upgrade your home with these easy (and impressive) DIY ideas.<p>Weekends were made for R and R, but they're also the perfect time to take on some easy home upgrades. From adding a few new decorative touches to remaking your counters, there are countless ways to give your space a fresh new look.<p>These …

Chemicals

8 Things I Learned at a Museum Exhibit About Internet Cats

There are some videos you generally watch alone. You know, on your laptop with your headphones on. You don’t feel guilty about watching them, not …

Pets

5 African food bloggers you need to start following | CNN Travel

Travel

The ultimate cold and flu survival guide

Each year, the typical adult can expect to contract two or three colds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skip the annual flu vaccine and you set yourself up for a bout of that as well. But it doesn't have to be this way! Aside from good hand washing (with soap, for at …

Alternative Medicine

The USA’s top historical sights

A lot of people think of the United States as a young country with little in the way of history. Sure, the country’s only been a country since 1776, but before that there was the colonial period and before <i>that</i> there were centuries of Native American cultures. And, of course, there's its more modern …

History

Tough Words From Pope Francis: 8 Great Quotes From His U.N. Speech

Pope Francis, addressing the U.N. General Assembly today, urged international cooperation not only to solve humanity's largest problems but to save humanity itself.<p>Quoting a speech to the U.N. by his predecessor Pope Paul VI in 1965, Francis said of the world today: "The real danger comes from …

Sustainable Development Goals

Daily Meditation: Only Breath

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a poem by 13th century mystic Jalal al-Din Rumi. "Only Breath" reminds us …

Meditation

8 Genius Hacks From Kylie Jenner's Birthday Beauty Video Tutorial

Take notes, girls, you're about to learn some valuable makeup tricks.<p>Kylie and her makeup artist Hrush Achemyan (who looks and sounds just like Kim, ironically enough) share tips for getting Kylie's birthday beauty look in a new video from Kylie's website/app that was also posted on YouTube for all …

In retail, Amazon wins while everyone else loses

Americans spent more in July than they did in June.<p>They bought a lot of furniture and cars and spent money in bars and restaurants, according to the latest government report. That's the good news.<p>But many well-known retailers are struggling.<p>Macy's and Kohl's both reported sales and earnings this …

eCommerce

Grocer Haggen closing 27 stores, including 16 California supermarkets

Haggen Inc., the grocery chain that has struggled since rapidly expanding this year, is closing 27 stores, including 16 supermarkets in California.<p>The Pacific Northwest company said most of the locations slated for closure or sale are among the 146 Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway stores it …

Starbucks Has a Plan For Evenings: Wine, Beer, and Small Plates

Starbucks is a beverage giant mostly known for selling that morning cup of coffee. The chain has spent years working on a plan to give customers a …

Coffee

Wal-Mart Misses, Cuts Full-Year Outlook

Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) reported weaker-than-expected quarterly earnings and lowered its full-year forecast, citing higher costs from adding worker hours as well as weaker margins in its U.S. pharmacy business.<p>Shares of the world's largest retailer fell 2.2 percent to $70.30 in heavy premarket …

Netflix, AMC, and Lionsgate are the fastest-growing companies in entertainment

At first glance Netflix, AMC Networks, and Lions Gate Entertainment may appear to be very different companies. One is a streaming service, one a …

TV

Photographer Captures Grand Canyon Filling with Clouds

Photographer Harun Mehmedinovic captured a rare weather phenomenon this year when the Grand Canyon was filled with a stunning sea of clouds. Though it happened last year, as well, a total cloud inversion is still difficult to witness as it's only suppose to happen a few times in a decade.<p>“Given how …

Grand Canyon