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My Mom Sold My Virginity

Inside Cambodia's highly secretive upmarket virgin trade.<p>Dara Keo and her mother, Rotana, were both in tears when it was time for her to leave. A motorized rickshaw had arrived to transport 12-year-old Keo from her one-room shack in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, to an unknown location. Keo was …

5 Ways Journaling Makes You a Better Writer

Want to become a better writer? Try journaling. By the way, you don’t have to call writing for yourself “journaling.” You can call your journal your …

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Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Public Places Into Alien Landscapes

Stepping inside one of Penique Productions' massive balloon installations is like walking into the ghostly remains of an alien palace. The walls of the giant, inflatable structures press up against the balconies, alcoves, fountains and ceilings of public spaces, transforming otherwise familiar …

From skulls to sewers: the darker side of Paris

Paris basks in its reputation as a glittering capital of fashion, art and culture – but it also has the power to bewitch visitors with more macabre sights.<p>Peer behind the glamour of the French capital to discover the best of its underground wonders and grisly history.<p>Les Catacombes<p>Beneath Paris’ …

Christmas Crackers DIY

These crackers are traditionally for Christmas but I love making them for dinner parties or birthday parties. When pulled on each side the crackers …

Handmade Gift # 2!

I am so jazzed to share with you my 2nd homemade gift today! I've been working on it for about a week now here and there. It was so fun to make, that …

India’s Mysterious Skeleton Lake

For decades, experts puzzled over hundreds of ancient dead bodies found at a remote lake. Were they victims of disease? Mass suicide? War? The answer …

Scientist Related to Killers Learns He Has a Psychopath's Brain

James Fallon admits he has a lot in common with serial killer Ted Bundy and Columbine assassin Eric Harris. He is aggressive, lacks empathy and is a …

The Nine Hundred Dollar iPhone Photo

I’m not going to say that we flew down to Florida to get a picture, because we didn’t. We flew down to Florida to see my grandfather, who is …

Lostprophets Singer Admits to Being a ‘Determined and Committed Pedophile’

After months of denying accusations of pedophilia, Welsh rock singer Ian Watkins has pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offenses, including the …

How To Rock 4 Awesome Vintage 'Dos

Whenever we're blasting our hair with turbo-powered blowdryers or yanking at our locks with technologically savvy flat irons, we can't help but think …

Hair

Portraits of Costume Owners at Home

For the past couple of years, photographer Klaus Pichler has been interested in the subject of costumes. The subject has traditions in many of the …

Beauty: Hollywood red lipstick

I have countless red lipsticks, but a classic Hollywood red, the colour of Welsh Guard uniforms and fairytale toadstools, is a makeup staple. It's sexy and glamorous but smart, powerful and age-appropriate on everyone except the very young. It's an instant cheerer-upper. I know the moment I put on …

Canada’s Sweetest Secret

Ask a Canadian about his favorite dessert and “<b>Nanaimo bar</b>” (pronounced nuh-NYE-mo) is the likely reply. Named for the harbor town on Vancouver Island, the no-bake treat has sweetened the collective Canadian memory for decades.<p>The three-layer dessert — a textured crust (chocolate, coconut, almonds, …

Photographer Photoshops His Pet Pug Shopping in Markets Around the World

The pug is belongs to the category of toy dogs, and it has a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. Pugs are quite funny animals. Their unusual …

Pugs

13 Staircases Worth the Climb (Photos)

Looking at any major city today, it's hard to imagine a time without staircases. A new book takes a look at the winding history of getting from one …

An Antidote To The '90s Revival (If You're Not Into That Sort Of Thing)

Photo: Courtesy of Merle Norman.<p>We've been putting a lot of pressure on ourselves to wear this season's bold, dark lip flawlessly. And, while many …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

Silicon Valley

What to Pack to Look Chic While Travelling

Aureta Thomollari, entrepreneur, blogger and luxury consultant, makes me want to be more glamorous; more put together; more elegant. She makes me want to dress up every day. She is a visual expression of my belief in how dressing up is about how you present yourself to the world, and hence how you …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

Literature

11 Fashion Essentials Every 20-Something Should Own

Your twenties is a time when you're getting your life together. You are finishing school, moving out of your parents' house and really starting to stand on your own two feet. But a career and financial stability aren't the only things you're building -- you're also building your wardrobe. While it …

8 Must-Haves According to Event Designer Jesi Haack

Jesi Haack is known in the weddings industry for her incredibly creative and innovative wedding decoration ideas. She's put together life-sized …

9 Ways To Light Your Reception

Not only can lighting totally set the mood (for example candlelight creates an intimate vibe), but it can also double a stunning part of your wedding …

3 Gorgeous Wedding Decor Ideas from Details Details

The wedding planners behind Details Details shared with us gorgeous ways to personalize a wedding from the invites to the event space. Read their …

7 Ways Fashion Shows Were Different In The 1950s

Though for us it's a bit like imagining what life was like before indoor plumbing, Fashion Week was once a relatively simple affair, free from paparazzi, street style bloggers and the overall chaos of runway presentations. But unlike the marvel that is running water, these olden days weren't quite …

ELLE Culture Guide: Our Ultimate Must-See, Must-Do List for Fall

Our annual manual of the essential TV-shows, theater, books, movies, art, fashion momentsand everything elseyou need to know about this season<p>How to be the smartest girl at the cocktail party? Behold, our annual manual of the essential TV-shows, theater, books, movies, art, fashion moments—and …

Cinderella Stories: How Courtney Love, Michelle Williams and Rooney Mara Embraced Their Beauty Transformations

Cinderella through the lens of Vogue; Brooke Lockett of The Australian Ballet models my Cinderella look<p>Inspired by my partnership with The Australian Ballet, this month I am unveiling my Cinderella Collection. Based on the ultimate story of transformation, the limited-edition collection is designed …