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Fat White Family – ‘Songs For Our Mothers’ Review

Score<p>South London hooligans Fat White Family’s second album is a dark, groovy and occasionally unlistenable thrill<p>The Fat White Family like to get …

A Tiny House With Plenty of Room for Its Six-Foot Owner

With a little ingenuity, this couple embraced small-space living without giving up modern comforts (and, you know, ceiling height).<p>Typically, downsizing requires certain sacrifices. In joining the tiny house movement, many people forgo amenities like bathtubs, ovens, and washing machines. Tiny …

WATCH: Our Editor in Chief Is Excited About Fall Colors

The September cover is all about orange — in this video message, Sophie Donelson reminisces about growing up a redhead.<p>Sophie reveals her favorite "neutral" color (it goes great with her red hair) — and talks about the new House Beautiful book all about pink<i>.</i> She's dying to know what your favorite …

Menswear: the front row power list

The words “power front row” conjure images of an inscrutable Anna Wintour, but in 2014 there are a lot of globally important front rows she doesn’t sit on. This is the age of the menswear-FROW. Kanye West grabs headlines for Givenchy; Lenny Kravitz gets flashbulbs popping for Saint Laurent; Tinie …

How Smule’s Jeff Smith Got A Ph.D. While Running A Startup

You hear about graduate students who drop out to found startups, but I guess that would be too easy for Jeff Smith. He co-founded and serves as CEO at Smule, the startup behind social music apps like Ocarina and Magic Piano. At the same time, he recently received a Ph.D. in computer-based music …

The fabulous lives of venture capital kingmakers Ken and Ben Lerer

Ken Lerer and son Ben are the kings of New York City's venture capital scene, says a new profile in <i>New York Magazine.</i> "The Lerers are a little Mafia-esque," writes author Jessica Pressler, as she listens to them reflect on past successes between drinks at the back of a West Village restaurant where …

Are You a Boss or a Leader?

The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you.<p>Being the boss does not necessarily mean you are leading. Here is a list of 10 characteristics that will help you determine if you are having a positive impact on your …

True Leaders Have True Grit

How determined are you? Use this 12-question quiz to find out.<p>It’s not every day that distinguished Ivy League professors quote Hollywood actors in their epigraphs. But that’s exactly what Angela Duckworth, associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, did in a recent article …

Self-improvement

Belle : A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women

It's not often that audiences are exposed to a portrayal of racism that is viewed through the lens of black women. Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race woman in 1700s England, was the daughter of an admiral and an enslaved African woman. The film <i>Belle</i>, which was released nationwide this weekend, …

Feminism

What I see in the mirror: Jamelia

'In my 20s I was constantly beating myself up about my appearance. But now, at 33, I've come to a place of acceptance'<p>I'm not a vain person, so I don't study myself in the mirror. I make sure my hair is in place and my eyeliner is straight, and that's about it.<p>In my 20s I was constantly beating …

Beauty: facial sunblocks

Iam asked about facial sunblocks so often, I believe they're most women's beauty bugbear. Inevitably, this reaches critical mass in spring, when it's time to up the ante from our usual SPF15 and seek out a sunblock that isn't a nuisance.<p>The fear seems to be of breakouts (chemical sunscreens …

Liya Kebede's Roberto Cavalli look was one of our favorites from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. See them all here: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/12egd

Go big or go home. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/12bhx Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Alex White Edits; W Magazine March 2010.

Tea time. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/12ar0 Photo by Patrick Demarchelier, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine May 2013.

You kip if you want to – but only one party can offer real change

The Tories will give people the vote they are crying out for, and lead reform of the EU<p>There is an awful lot of resentful talk these days about the baby-boomer generation – people who became adults in the Sixties and Seventies – and how jammy their lives are compared with those of the younger …

Opinion

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Singer Alison Moyet tells how Elvis Costello blunder led to agoraphobia

Alison Moyet, one of the biggest pop stars of the 1980s, has described how being accidentally rude to fellow singer Elvis Costello was the trigger that led to her being housebound for years with agoraphobia.<p>The former Yazoo and solo singer has sold more than 20m records, including Only You, Don't …