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12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've compiled a list of books that can …

Books

15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

Photo source: Bubble<p>For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate …

Tattoos

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Time Management

Ellen DeGeneres's Powerful Speech at the Teen Choice Awards: "Be Proud of Being Different"

"Embrace who you are because being unique is very, very important and fitting in is not all that matters."<p>Ellen DeGeneres delivered a moving speech at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, which also happened to be the same day as the seven-year anniversary of her marriage to Portia de Rossi.<p>Ellen was …

11 YA novels not just for kids

<i>Throughout the summer, EW has been rolling out lists of some of our favorite books of all time. So far, we’ve suggested celebrity memoirs,</i> …

The Secret, Deadly Life of Seashells

Think seashells are just pretty ocean ornaments? Think again. Shells, and the mollusks that live in them, can be deadly.<p>Their geometry captivated Sir …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

Celebrate Your Inner Artist With 16 Watercolor DIYs

Looking for weekend or staycation plans? We’re big fans of a stellar DIY, and one of our favorite decor trends at the moment is dreamy, ethereal watercolor. The technique can be applied to pretty much every and any project. Case in point? The 16 we’ve just brought your way. So strap on a smock and …

How to take better holiday photos through science

How much care do you take when composing your holiday snaps? One scientist dares to suggest that with the right methods, your results might easily be improved<p>I am not being altogether serious but my goal here is to dismantle C.P. Snow’s separation of the sciences and the humanities into ‘two …

Landscape Photography

Morocco's Best-Kept Secret Is This All-Blue Village

Morocco

Let's throw the dice: what video games can learn from board games

The current table-gaming renaissance boasts some of the best designers in the world. Digital games can’t let these inventions slip them by<p>Two years ago, when I left video games criticism to work full-time in table top games, a lot of people, my mum chief among them, were startled.<p>These days, it’s …

Board Games

The Best Breakfasts for Every Back to School Occasion

Getting back into the school routine doesn’t have to mean returning to a breakfast rut. You’ve got your weeknight meal routine on lockdown and nobody can rival your portable lunches. Now it’s time to up your morning game. We’ve put together a list of our favorite breakfasts for every occasion and …

Breakfast