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Guidelines to Keep You Traveling Safely in a World of Terrorist Threats

Even intrepid travelers are starting to think: Do we stay or do we go?<p>Just in the last few weeks tragedies included the hotel massacre in Mali, 11/13 ISIS attacks in Paris, a deadly suicide-bombing in Beiruit Lebanon, and a Russian plane suspiciously downed in Egypt with hundreds of lives lost. …

Where to Have Thanksgiving Dinner Around the World

One of the hardest parts about being an American expat abroad is finding a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Luckily, many embassies host Thanksgiving dinners or events, and several hotels and restaurants cater to homesick (and hungry) Americans. Here’s a guide to finding a roast turkey …

5 Rules Every Woman Must Follow When Buying a New Coat

When it comes to winter apparel shopping, coats rank as one of the bigger-ticket investment purchases that shouldn’t be taken lightly. But, the …

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5 Direct-Sale Sites That Will Save You Serious Money

<i>For</i> <i>InStyle</i><i>'s November issue, on newsstands now, we teamed up with Google to uncover your most-searched questions and problems. Then, we found the</i> …

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Yes, You Can Avocado That

As you can with an egg, you can add avocado to a dish and often turn it into dinner. Here, 8 recipes that could (and maybe even should) call for …

#TheLIST: What to Wear Where

The quintessential clothes and shoes to channel your inner New Yorker this fall.<p>Every urbanite knows that when the temperature cools, city life is just heating up. And while you juggle that busier-than-ever social calendar, you need a wardrobe that can keep up. Wherever your nights and weekends may …

8 Power Pieces Every Assistant Should Own

You've landed the job, congratulations! Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to amp up your work wardrobe with some key pieces. We adhere to the …

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Dressing Room Etiquette: The Do's and Don'ts of Trying on Clothes

When faced with a long line, other equally impatient patrons, and a hostile attendant, trying on clothes can be one of the most dreaded aspects of …

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The Scent of Summer: 12 Candles for a Dream Staycation

If your ideal holiday involves camping—glamorously—in Big Sur, California, or lounging in a luxury tree hotel in Lapland, Finland, you’re in luck. This summer’s most ingeniously designed candles transport you to the vacation destination of your dreams, even if you’re city bound.<p>With notes of …

Understanding Your Skin Type

Throughout our 20's our skin is able to renew and maintain itself quite easily. However, as we get older we need more help to maintain the health and appearance of our skin. Between not drinking enough water, the stress of daily life, poor diet and the effects of the environment, including the sun …

8 Brilliant Ways To Use Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine

As if you needed another excuse to buy some.<p>When it comes to trendy foods, coconut oil reigns supreme.<p>With good reason, too. After all, it's easy to cook with, is a natural substitute for many beauty products <i>and</i> it smells amazing. In other words, coconut oil is pretty darn miraculous.<p>The idea of …

15 airports you'll actually want to have a long layover in

These airports have everything from IMAX movie theaters to golf courses and rooftop pools.<p>From an on-site brewery with live music at the Munich Airport to over 1,000 slot machines in Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport, here are 15 airports where you won't mind having a long layover.

46 Chic Travel Accessories with Dream Destinations to Match

True story: I was walking down the Avenue Montaigne in Paris late one night a few years ago, when I ran into a friend. “What are you doing tomorrow, Lynn?” he asked me. “Want to come to a luncheon with the Friends of Versailles?” Even though I am a lifelong, ferociously committed leftist, fiercely …

Articles about these-simply-stunning-acoustic-panels-have-neat-lighting-and-audio-add-ons on Dwell.com - Dwell

Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.<p>A stunning office pendant lighting display comprised of Crystal glass brightens a Swedish brand's workspace.<p>This Canadian home features vibrant details that bring beauty to every …

Here’s a Breathtaking 4K, 360° Video That Takes You Around the World

There are times when videographers capture views of our world that inspire a sense of awe and wonder. Immersive Media succeeds in doing that with …

3 Handbag Designers' Secrets to Keeping Your Purse Organized at All Times

It seems as though no matter how hard we try, our handbag is always a mess. Even if we pare our items down to the bare minimum (read: wallet, keys, …

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You Have to See This Extreme Korean Beauty Ad to Believe It

Korean skincare and makeup is light years ahead of what we’ve got in the States — at least we think so. Maybe it’s more like a couple years ahead. Or just way more fun. Either way, it’s no secret that it’s deeply engrained into some cultures for Asian women to take extremely good care of their …

3 Makeup Artists Reveal Their Favorite Beauty Hacks

<b>By LILI GÖKSENIN</b><p><i>Main Photo: Roger Prigent</i><p>With barbecues, beach houses, and seaside escapes beckoning each weekend, chances are you could stand to shave a few extra minutes off your beauty routine this summer. These are the moments when a pot of multitasking peach blush or a Kool-Aid-bright lip can …

Holy Hemingway! There's an Actual Moleskine Store in SF

You know those little black notebooks with the hidden back pocket and iconic elastic band and bookmark? Now, they have their very own store, located on Market between Second and Third Streets. Moleskine®, welcome to San Francisco.<p>The just-opened shop is sleek and clean, and, yes, filled with a lot …

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Awesome Amenity Kits to Snag on Your Next Flight

This post originally appeared on POPSUGAR. For more stories like this, visit popsugar.com.<p>Getting a break from the daily grind is reason enough alone …

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The Ultimate French Girl—Caudalie’s Mathilde Thomas on The French Beauty Solution

Before taking off to Hong Kong to launch her beloved brand, I got a chance to have a proper <i>tête-à-tête</i> on good wine and amazing face cream, and why pleasure is just plain prettier with Caudalie’s founder, <b>Mathilde Thomas</b>. Here’s what she had to say about French beauties and their beauty …

30 Summer Work Outfits That Withstand the Heat Without Cramping Your Style

Getting dressed during the hottest days of the year is hard enough; to then have to worry about looking presentable in the office? It's a lot to juggle. This summer we're turning...

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See the Graduation Dress This Awesome Teen Made Out of Her Homework

While most high schoolers head to the mall to pick out their graduation dress, Erinne Paisley headed to math class. The Canadian student DIYed her outfit entirely out of her old math homework.<p>The high school senior transformed her pre-calculus notes into this adorable cocktail dress as a way to …

7 Secrets Of Shoppers Who Never Pay Full Price

<i>By Leah Melby, Glamour</i><p><i>(Photo: Kyle Ericksen)</i><p>A shopping addiction doesn't have to be wallet-crippling -- so long as you're working it right and avoiding paying full price whenever possible. Immediate gratification -- that gotta-have-that-now rush -- is behind a lot of retail action, but if you're …

You Can Totally Wear Bright Makeup This Summer -- Here's How!

After being cooped up all winter (not to mention the gray skies and cold weather), it's no surprise really that we all seem gravitate toward bright things come summer. Eye candy takes on a whole new level when all you've been looking at are bare trees and monotone colors for an entire six months. …

Here’s Everything You Need for the Ultimate Vacation Makeup Makeover

Summertime is here, and hopefully that means lots of time off to take a vacation to a beautiful island or at the very least an ample staycation to soak up the sunshine from the comfort of your patio! I’m not sure about you, but I have always struggled with the stigma around wearing makeup when I’m …

20 Ways to Rock Summer’s Hottest Sandal Trends

Sorry, boots, but we are kicking you to the curb. Summer is here, and we can’t wait to show our freshly painted pedi to all of our gal pals in a spiffy new pair (or four) of sandals. We’ve been eyeing six sandal styles that will be summer’s biggest trends, and we’re hunting down pairs for every …

How To Tell If You Need New Shoes, In One Handy Chart

<i>There's a simple way to tell if you could use a new pair of shoes:</i><p><i>Photos courtesy of Getty Images</i><p><b>Who are you kidding? You can always use a new pair of shoes.</b>

This New Mini Makeup Is Just What Busy Girls Need

Makeup just seems to be getting more and more convenient for girls on the go. From smaller, more totable sizing to innovative packaging and design, new beauty brands seem to get that modern women have about five minutes to spare on getting a flawless face before tackling their fully booked days — …