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Detox Your Home With Christine Dimmick's Insights: The Good Home Company founder and author on elevating wellness in your personal sanctuary

Since 1995 Christine Dimmick has been delivering on her mission of creating a healthier home. Today the founder and CEO of The Good Home Company offer a range of cleaning, scents, gifts and more—including her latest book—has a mission that's two-fold with her new book "Detox Your Home"— she want to …

Detox

Discover Places with Photo-Oriented Oatmeal App: Let imagery determine where you dine or drink, or simply where you head next

Whether you're near your home or traveling abroad, location-based recommendation services continue to offer vetted drinking and dining options—and some even help with decision-making. These discovery apps and sites are plentiful, but their various approaches—from peer recommendations to expert …

Apps

ListenUp: Kimbra + DAWN: Version of Me

For the collaborative rework of a standout track on her last album <i>Primal Heart</i>, Kimbra and DAWN (aka Dawn Richard) display extraordinary, intertwined vocal work in "Version of Me." Eerie, almost Wendy Carlos-like synth work sets a darker tone than the original. And the accompanying music video …

Music Videos

Moxy Times Square Hotel's Queer Contemporary Dance Commission : To celebrate Pride, the design-forward hotel taps the Madboots Dance company

Less than a year ago the Moxy Times Square Hotel opened with design and attention to detail as two primary areas of focus—in a neighborhood (technically, just below a neighborhood) that isn't known for either. There's a human touch to the 612-bedroom destination, something we've observed from other …

Dance

Buy: "Parallel Movements" Print

LA-based bfgf has joined several other artists and collectives for Debbie Carlos Shop's series Democracy Prints. All proceeds from the collection's sales will go to RAICES Texas Family Unification Bond Fund—whose mission is to reunite families separated at the US border. This particular print …

Link About It: Archaeologists Dig at Woodstock '69 Festival Field

When digging at the famed Woodstock '69 festival field (located in Bethel, New York—actually about 50 miles from Woodstock itself) archaeologists weren't looking for love beads, a tassel from Jimi Hendrix's jacket, or some of the Grateful Dead's left-over acid tabs. Project director Josh Anderson …

Archaeology

ListenUp: Hatchie: Bad Guy

From her debut EP <i>Sugar & Spice</i>, Hatchie's "Bad Guy" is a hazy, shimmery piece of shoegaze-meets-dream-pop. The closing track from the Australian singer/songwriter's record, it's lush but perhaps more importantly feels honest thanks to stripped-back lyrics: "I’m backwards / And I feel stupid / …

Lyrics

Link About It: Art Show Inspired by Philando Castile

Open now at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (and free to the public), "Art and Healing: In the Moment" is a show inspired by Philando Castile—a man whose brutal death at the hands of police after being pulled over for what should have been just a traffic stop was not only heinous, but also filmed …

Philando Castile

Link About It: Nina Simone's Childhood Home Saved and Made National Treasure

Beloved singer, pianist and activist Nina Simone grew up in a small house in Tryon, North Carolina—and over the years it's been bought and sold several times, with some owners investing in its restoration. But recently the home was falling into disrepair, until last year several artists—Ellen …

National Trust

Sir Terence Conran's (RED) Suite at the ANDAZ Hotel, London: We speak with the famed designer about his new project supporting the AIDs organization

The first time Sir Terence Conran set foot into what was then The Great Eastern Hotel in London, decades ago, it wasn’t exactly a boutique experience. "I went to book a room, and the girl behind the reception desk asked me, ‘How many hours do you want?’" He tells us the story at the opening of his …

Hospitality

Link About It: Instagram's New Long-Form Video App, IGTV

For anyone who's opened an Instagram story (and found themselves watching every single one that follows) comes IGTV—Instagram's new standalone app and in-app feature. It displays long-form vertical video content from everyone you already follow (and some personal recommendations). The independent …

Apps

The Rosé Project Dinner at Landmarc Tribeca Events: Proper pairings of the popular wine over a Franco-Italian meal with Chef Marc Murphy + The Select 7

For a wine category experiencing continued explosive growth, information about rosé has not been pouring forth as rapidly as the pink liquid itself. Grabbing a bottle of rosé has come to mean quite a few things: relaxation, celebration, summertime, and even a chilled session drinking all year …

Rosé

ListenUp: Georgia Anne Muldrow: Overload

The talented Georgia Anne Muldrow has returned with her soothing blend of jazz, hip-hop and soul in "Overload," her first track since she signed to Brainfeeder—aka Flying Lotus' record label. The track is a little hazy and a little glittery—all balanced out with Muldrow's sublime vocals. Laid-back, …

Record Labels

Link About It: Carlos Cruz-Diez Expresses Color Through Time and Space

For decades, the work of Venezuela-born, Paris-based artist Carlos Cruz-Diez has tantalized and transfixed—illusion-like but incisive. The 94-year-old artist's pieces catch eyes at exhibitions and art fairs the world over for their participatory take on color through space and time. To celebrate …

Art

Pride Style 2018: From socks to T-shirts and shorts, products with proceeds going to LGBTQ+ organizations

One way to show support and celebrate Pride and the community as a whole is by wearing your rainbow-colored heart on your sleeve, but it's also important not to let Pride be reduced to said rainbows and vague concepts about love. The LGBTQ+ community should be respected and supported all year and …

LGBTQI

Buy: Pride Jogger Colorblock Swim Short

Even just a rainbow trim speaks volumes. Such is the case on 2(X)IST's Pride Jogger Colorblock Swim Short—all-white poly-microtwill with a colorful, celebratory accent. As for function, there's a quick-dry mesh interior and deep side pockets, too. It's the style that truly impresses, with retro …

Buy: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Graphic novelist Pénélope Bagieu grew up idolizing mostly men, but it was—as she found out—not because there were few women role models for her, but just less visibility. Through plenty of wit, charm and inspiration, Bagieu's "Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World" shows young people (and those …

Buy: Wild Feminist Pride T-Shirt

Founded and run by women, Wildfang supports the LGBTQ community all year—in 2017 they donated some $75K to various women- and LGBTQ-focused organizations including the ACLU and the Tegan and Sara Foundation. Right now, they're sending a portion of the profits from the sale of the Pride iteration of …

Buy: Pride 2018 Rainbow Tote Bag

This mesh tote bag—complete with rainbow strap—is made by UO in collaboration with GLSEN, an organization that's aiming to create more LGBTQ-inclusive schools. With a mission that benefits both children and teens, the group was founded by a small team of teachers 25 years ago. UO will be donating …

Buy: GLAAD& Oversized Sweatshirt

With the message of "Unity &" embroidered in an array of colors on the front, ASOS's GLAAD-partnered oversized sweatshirt reads loud and clear. The unisex item offers a roomy, active fit. Further, 25% of the proceeds from every shirt sold go to GLAAD—an organization protecting love equality.

Link About It: Yayoi Kusama at MoMA PS1's "Rockaway!"

Yes, Yayoi Kusama's "Narcissus Garden" at MoMA PS1's "Rockaway! 2018" installation will be a social media sensation, as is everything the artist does these days. The work, which debuted back in 1966, will feature 1,500 mirrored stainless steel spheres—this time placed in the former train garage …

Art

Poolside: "Feel Alright Nashville" Premiere: Professional skater Braydon Szafranski zooms down a midwest highway in one effortless take

When Poolside released <i>Heat</i> last year, the duo's knack for crafting super-catchy, sunny disco-pop was (once again) confirmed. That "daytime disco" vibe is perhaps most reflected in the gloriously infectious and breezy "Feel Alright," which has just been reworked for a new version and video—both of …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Link About It: David Adjaye’s First New York Skyscraper: 130 William

Every once in a while NYC gets a skyline addition that contributes to the city in almost untold ways. 130 William is just that. Architect David Adjaye's in-development masterwork happens to be his first skyscraper ever, and it stretches up 800 feet, comprising 66 stories and 244 residences. Rather …

Architecture

Test Drive: 2019 Jaguar I-PACE: How the British automaker simultaneously leveraged heritage and embraced the future

Its haunches may be distinctively Jaguar, but the I-PACE is unlike anything the brand has delivered before. The all-electric vehicle provides Jaguar not only with bona fide green credentials, but new design inspiration too. The first of the British sports-car maker’s models to go fully …

Automotive Industry

Buy: Shave With Pride Set

The fact that no two handles are exactly alike—thanks to a truly unique, celebratory and mystifying iridescent finish—is only a sliver of the allure emanating from the razor in Harry's new Shave With Pride set. The handles are a clever take on the rainbow association, of course, but it's really the …

Wearable X Expands Their Smart Yoga Gear Collection: Four new designs and a men's range now funding on Kickstarter

After a successful launch last year, NYC-based start-up Wearable X is expanding its collection of smart yoga apparel—debuting a men's line and four new designs on Kickstarter today. With woven-in technology, Wearable X's washable apparel styles (including the original Nadi X leggings) identify the …

Wearable Tech

Link About It: Winemakers Tap Scientists for Better Bubbles

Funded by the Wine Australia organization, with additional support from several winemakers, a new scientific study is underway to improve Tasmanian wine quality and bubbles—as well as increase cost efficiency during the maturation process. Led by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, the study …

Scientific Research

Link About It: Elvis Presley's Drummer D.J. Fontana Defined Rock'n'Roll Rhythm

When D.J. Fontana joined the roster of talented musicians supporting Elvis Presley, drummers in touring bands were a luxury. Playing off Presley's sound, rather than disrupting it, Fontana laid the groundwork for the same rhythms employed by pop and rock stars today. As the Los Angeles Times notes, …

Music

ListenUp: Chaka Khan: Like Sugar

The Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan has returned with "Like Sugar," her first new music since 2007's <i>Funk This</i>. Produced by Major Lazer's Switch (who also put out a remix of the track), the super-funky tune builds off a classic dance beat. This undeniable bop proves that Khan (who is touring this summer) …

Chaka Khan

Word of Mouth: Greenville, South Carolina: Exploring the food-lover's paradise, from gourmet popcorn to handcrafted cocktails

by Leora Novick<p>At the northern tip of South Carolina, just south of Asheville, lies Greenville—a place that's been quietly making a name for itself as a culinary destination in the south. Starting in 2007 with the opening of American Grocery, the farm-to-table movement began in Greenville. Today, …

Travel