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Yves Saint Laurent Squared: Fashion Flicks Hit Runway in Pairs

Most definitions of the word <i>house</i> include the idea of shelter and protection, but stick the word fashion in front of it and that refuge becomes a …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Cherry Blossom

This Old Town In Morocco Is Covered In Blue Paint

Chefchaouen, a small town in northern Morocco, has a rich history, beautiful natural surroundings and wonderful architecture, but what it’s most …

French Artist Turns Everyday Objects Into Playful Characters

With a creative eye, the casual observer can espy characters or faces in the everyday objects all around us. French artist Gilbert Legrand takes this …

Art

10 Rules to Live By

<b>RULE 1: FOLLOW YOUR HEART</b><p>Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to …

Happiness

15 Reasons Cape Town Should Be No. 1 On Your Travel Agenda

Summer is <i>finally</i> on the horizon and all we can think about is where we’re going to spend our vacations. From lounging on one of Greece’s pristine beaches to sleeping beneath the stars above the Great Barrier Reef, our options for adventure this season are infinite. However, one destination …

World’s Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story

James Patterson’s books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States. The wildly prolific author talks to Co.Create about how to tell a story that will hook people in.<p>They call it beach reading–the kind of ultra-accessible mass market paperback that nestles inside …

Boiling Down That French Sense of Je Ne Sais Quoi

Of all the beauty ideals in the world, this one continues to inspire. Is it something in the water?<p>I'M A FRENCH WOMAN. This can be an intimidating idea—to me. You know, so many things are said about us: that we're stylish, beautiful, skinny, and great mothers. There is a whole category of books …

Natural Beauty

Mapping More Than a Century of Major Earthquakes

A Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez: How Magical Realism Changed My Life

I didn't expect my life to change when I entered the sparsely-furnished, literature classroom at the <i>Universidad de Veracruz</i> in Xalapa, Mexico. The long-haired, political-activist professor who arrived late was a bit of a surprise, but that would soon pale in comparison to the stories and novels he …

Literature

In tune with Vienna

Discover the Austrian capital’s majestic symphony of Rococo palaces, coffee houses and wine gardens.<p>The Austrian capital punches above its weight with its wealth of imperial monuments and array of cultural attractions including its Rococo palaces, coffee houses and wine gardens.<p><b>Palace lives</b><br>Vienna’s …

European Travel

8 Ways to Decorate with Stripes

This pattern never goes out of style.<p>Stripes never go out of style. How to incorporate this classic and popular pattern into your decor.

Gabriel García Márquez dies at 87: Reading the Colombian author in his native Spanish.

At the age of 14, I pulled <i>Cien años de soledad</i> out of my family’s typical Colombian middle-class family library. It was a battered old copy of the …

The Real Grand Budapest Hotels

<i>Credit: 20th Century Fox</i><p>Wes Anderson's newest, <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>, follows the story of a 1930s concierge of a glorious, pink hotel with Budapest, Hungary as its namesake -- a European city that is more than deserving of the attention the film affords it (think top-notch Euro luxury at …

BBC Radio 3 - In Tune Highlights - Downloads

Tue 20 Mar 2018<p>Picks from across the week on In Tune, including Soraya Mafi and the Linos Piano Trio.<p>Download<p>Fri 9 Mar 2018<p>Picks from across the week on In Tune, including Sir Willard White and Charles Hazlewood.<p>Thu 1 Mar 2018<p>Katie Derham is joined by journalist and broadcaster Sir Trevor …

Extreme Sports

The Best Non-Toxic Cleaners That You Already Have at Home

• Soy sauce is an excellent degreaser. Try using it to clean stove grease off your range hood, tea kettle, and backsplash.<br>• Ketchup and soy sauce both …

Dry Skin

Following in the Bard’s footsteps – literally

Discover the 146-mile route that Shakespeare took to travel to the London playhouses – and experience the same scenery that may have inspired Macbeth, Richard II and King Lear.<p>When he wasn’t writing, William Shakespeare was walking. In particular, he was often found trekking from his home in …

England

Siri Hustvedt: 'I was interested in a woman hiding behind male masks as an experiment'

The author of What I Loved on her latest novel and her longing to be a writer at the age of 13<p><b>Siri Hustvedt is the internationally bestselling author of</b> <b>What I Loved</b><b>, The Summer Without Men and The Enchantment of Lily Dahl. Her latest novel,</b> <b>The Blazing World</b><b>, is a brilliant, provocative novel about</b> …

Before & After: A Rustic Michigan House Gets a Lighter Look

The dying world of “Grand Budapest Hotel”

How hotels like the one in Wes Anderson’s new film became a charming but outmoded relic of the past<p>Gabriel Dan, the protagonist in Joseph Roth’s 1924 novel "Hotel Savoy," is on his way home to Vienna after spending several years in Russian POW camps. He arrives in a Polish town and takes a room in …

Classic paintings of world cities meet Google Street View – in pictures

Following on from his amazing series last week, here are Halley Docherty’s latest collages for us – well known historical paintings of city scenes around the world, from Istanbul to Saint Petersburg and Tokyo to New York, superimposed on to Google Street View<p>• Classic London paintings meet Google …

The Secret Auden

1.<p>W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He kept it …

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

This list has been expanded into the new book, "Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind," by Carolyn Gregoire and Scott Barry Kaufman.<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but …

Paris Breakfasts: Carol Gillott Pens a Blog in Paris

Photo Credit: Carol Gillott<p>There is only one blog I subscribe to and it's Paris Breakfasts by watercolor artist Carol Gillott. Gillott, a Francophile at heart, moved to Paris over a year ago, where she opens the door to her daily quintessential Parisian experience. Each photo-laden post instantly …

France

Ultimate Cleaning Tips & Tricks Guide: 31 Ideas For A Sparkling Home

Although cleaning the house is not my favorite activity, I always love the results. That feeling of accomplishment when you see the whole place …

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 20, 2014 : NPR

Isabel Toledo’s Jazz Couture

On a recent night, the fashion designer Isabel Toledo and her husband, the illustrator and set designer Ruben Toledo, moved elegantly down the street in the brisk cold toward the Brooks Atkinson theatre, on West Forty-Seventh Street. They’ve gone there nearly every night for the past three months …

Did You Know? 18 of Our Smartest, Most Surprising Kitchen Tips

We're major fans of anything that makes life better in the kitchen, be it a smart organizing trick or, as is the case here, a few genius cooking tips …

Ice Cream

The House that Cleans Itself, Part 2: Once-a-Month Cleaning Chores

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)<p>In the weekly cleaning schedule dubbed "The House That Cleans Itself" that we shared about a month ago, I specified …

Vacuums