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Elisabeth Moss on Queen of Earth, Her Over-Privileged Cats, and Her Big Weekend Plans

In the waning years of <i>Mad Men,</i> which went off the air this May, the actress <b>Elisabeth Moss</b> has distanced herself from her longtime alter ego, Peggy Olson, by taking on 21st-century characters battling fierce inner demons or facing emotional trials-by-fire. First there was heroic Detective Robin …

TV

Hot Looks: Prolong Summer Looks with These Sultry Makeup Sets

Some brands just get us. We couldn’t just highlight one product from each line, so we’re giving special shot outs to the brands that gave us some of our favorite summer hits for fun days and nights!<p><b>Giorgio Armani</b>: The <b>Crema Nuda</b> is the answer to all your skin problems. A magnificent multi-tasker, …

Makeup

The More You Eat Bacon, The More Expensive It Gets

Nice work, everyone.<p>So you think you love bacon? It might be time to brace yourself for a heartbreaking blow—that is, if the trend keeps raging on.<p>Since April, pork belly (the cut from which bacon originates) has reached an all-time high. Today, the average cost of bacon hovers at around $6 per …

Food

The Secret to a Not-Bland Cucumber Salad

<i>Alexandra Stafford shows us how to help cucumber salad live its best life.</i><p>A few weeks ago, a cucumber salad I brought to a neighborhood gathering threw me into a tizzy: <b>It tasted bland. It looked tired. I couldn’t handle it.</b><p>I asked myself what went wrong again and again as I periodically made my way …

Food Preservation

6 Delicious & Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I'm sure you agree, time saving recipes are lifesavers for busy families! That's why I try to streamline dinner as much as possible. Try one of my slow cooker recipes for summer and keep from heating up the whole house tonight!<p><b>Shredded Chicken Tacos</b><p>The best part about this dish? The longer it sits …

This Is How The Rest Of The World Eats Bread

Warning: this is going to make you crave carbs in a bad way.<p>Baltic Travel Company has created a pretty infographic highlighting one of our favorite foods: bread. In it, 37 of the world's most iconic bread styles are depicted and explained. This selection of breads shows just how differently flour …

Food

6 Home & Design Links We Love This Week

<i>The easist way to spiff up your cords, ingenious fixes for small spaces, and a lesson in the art of the shelfie.</i><p>A mashup of the shelf and a selfie, the art of the shelfie is demystified by interior designer Windsor Smith, who sees bookshelves as "curiosity cabinets, a window into what you are …

Small Spaces

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Root Beer Float Ice Cream

Sometimes referred to as a "black cow,"root beer floats are one of the quintessential drinks of summer. Creamy vanilla ice cream surrounded by aromatic and effervescent root beer, this combination is hard to beat. Satisfyingly sweet and refreshingly smooth, root beer floats offer a brief and …

8 Tips to Make Your Stir-Fry More Exciting

<i>With a little creativity and a little planning, Catherine Lamb shows us how to make the most of a tight budget—without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: Stir-fry—the broke kitchener's weeknight standby—just got a little more interesting.</i><p>You get home and you open your fridge. Your crisper holds …

If I Can Make Fried Chicken, So Can You

<i>A girl, a bird, and a big bubbling vat of hot oil.</i><p>You can take the girl out of the south, but then how can you be sure she's southern? Despite growing up in East Tennessee, where people <i>do</i> say y'all and drink sweet tea and monogram everything, I've never made fried chicken. I can't even remember …

Cooking

Can You Handle It? Timbuk2 Is Going Femme

This just in: Timbuk2, creator of San Francisco's iconic go-to messenger bag, is taking a turn for the girlie, with FEMME. The soon-to-launch women's bag line is full-on luxe. We're talking all-leather designs, elevated interiors and seriously cool hardware. Trust us, all four styles are off the …

How to Copy Kim Kardashian’s $1,200 Makeup Routine With ALL Drugstore Products

<i>Redbook</i> recently posted an article that outlined Every. Single. Product. from Kim Kardashian’s daytime makeup routine and it’s bananas for a couple reasons. 1) It’s crazy that her *daytime* makeup look consists of a casual 50 products. 2) Her whole contouring routine, tools included, costs over …

Gina Rodriguez Shares Her Best Beauty Secrets for Looking Polished

There are certain undeniable truths in life, and the fact that <i>Jane the Virgin</i> star Gina Rodriguez always looks flawless, even mid-coffee run, is one …

The Smoothie Bowl Phenomenon: It’s What's for Breakfast

Browse the Instagram feed of any committed health blogger and, alongside the buckwheat porridges and chia pudding shots, you’ll now find one slightly easier-to-make morning cousin: Combining all the fruit-enriched goodness of a smoothie and the heartier dig-into-it appeal of the breakfast bowl, the …

The 27 Sales You Need to Shop Right Now

Just when you think the summer sales couldn't get any better, the discounts reach a whole new level. Quite literally, there's no better time to shop …

7 Steps to Prep for Your Next Big Night Out

If you have a really special event coming up soon, you’ll be want to be looking your very best. We’re here to help you knock your look out of the park. All you have to worry about is the outfit and killer heels you will be slinging on — we’ve got the rest. So gather your trusty glam squad and get …

7 Ways Petites Can Rock Horizontal Stripes

Somewhere along the line (pun intended), horizontal stripes got a bad rap. Some say they make you appear wider, and especially if you're not a …

Your Guide to Fall's Freshest White Blouses

Nothing like fall to get us revved up for fashion. The season just might be our favorite in terms of showing off taste, texture and style. But to …

Work/Life Pods Finally Hit America

Remember Archipod? Well, Judy Bernier instantly fell in love with them (just like us) when she spotted them online. The sad fact was that they were …

The Week in Review: Value of Sleep

We blame it on laziness, too much socializing or a late bedtime, but there is also some science involved in why teens just can’t wake up in the …

National Geographic Travel

5 Packing Tips for a Cold Weather Getaway

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us will be packing suitcases and driving or flying to visit family. But let's face it: packing for cold winter weather is no easy task. Here are five packing tips to maximize space when headed for cooler temps.<p>1. Invest in quality clothing<p>Functional …

How To Organize Your Fridge Like An Adult

<i>By Maria Janowiak</i><p>Tip: Your fridge isn't just a closet for food — it’s a high-tech device that helps you store all of your favorite snacks, …

The Super-Smart Way to Get the Leftover Smell and Taste Out of Food Containers

Whether you use Tupperware or its numerous brethren, these sturdy, lightweight containers are ideal for storing food in the fridge and for takeaway lunches, but they can also be a headache to store and clean. So we've investigated the best ways to keep your plastic containers clean, odor-free, and …

Remembering Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta was a great man, and a great American designer. Over five decades he made fashion that was elegant, based on the tools of the trade that he learned in Spain at Balenciaga, and in Paris, at Lanvin under Antonio Castillo. I also considered him one of my close, best friends. He truly …

Oscar de la Renta

Fashion Cues: Learn Style Tricks From TV's Most Powerful Female Characters

Behind every addictive TV show is a strong, inspirational female character. She's a leader, makes tough decisions and holds the secret to power …

How to Cook Flat Bacon

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: A trick for making pretty, flat bacon -- no big wrinkles of fat in sight -- from our test kitchen manager Derek Laughren.</i><p>You can't cook bad bacon. Well, …

Kitchens