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The Sexiest Victoria's Secret Angels since 1995

FASHION INSPIRATION<p>As this year's Victoria's Secret show takes place in Shanghai, we look back at two decades of lingerie, sparkle and angel wings. …

10 Luxurious Cabins That Are Well Worth the Trip

These far-flung resorts bring new meaning to getting away.<p>When you <i>need</i> to get away, a trip outside town isn't going to cut it. You need remote, you need relaxation, and you need luxury. We've picked out the world's most luxurious cabins, all of which are a flight and a bumpy Jeep ride away.

Interior/Exterior, Camera Obscura Dreams - Photographs and text by Marja Pirilä | LensCulture

The <i>camera obscura</i> phenomenon, at once simple and magical, never ceases to fascinate me. I have worked with it intensely since 1996. C<i>amera obscura</i> is a method by which to survey the living environment and mental landscapes, summoning unconscious feelings into the light of day.<p>In <i>camera obscura</i> …

Solar road opens in the Netherlands

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first road capable of turning sunlight into energy officially opened for traffic Wednesday in the Netherlands.<p>It's actually a 230-foot-long bike path in the town of Krommenie.<p>The road is a test route developed by the company SolaRoad.<p>"SolaRoad is a world first that will put the …

The DekaVita is a seven-inch 'handheld' with a Vita TV slid into the back

When the not-exactly-small five-inch PlayStation Vita just isn't enough handheld for your... hands, it's time for the DekaVita 7 -- literally "huge Vita 7". Gametech has managed to make the Vita TV portable, by attaching HDMI and AC connectors, buttons and a seven-inch IPS screen to the …

Why Tourists Shouldn't Pay or Tip More Than They Need To

I always feel uncomfortable about how much I tip in impoverished countries. Should it be more, just because? That person was nice and attentive.<p>Tourists can sometimes be put in a weird position when it comes to tipping and even just paying for goods or services abroad, especially when their …

Local Economies

Abandoned

The Boy on The Bus Who Changed My Perspective

This might be the most important picture I took on my trip to Brazil and yet it's the one with the worst quality. I blame the bumpy ride, both literally and figuratively, that led me to take this picture. I suppose let me start at the beginning.<p>After spending the day touring the <i>favelas</i> of Rio, my …

19 Things You Only Know If You've Been Backpacking

1) However many photos you think you can take of a waterfall, you are not even close.<p>2) Wherever you go you are never far from a pizza, an Irish bar or a strike.<p>3) Canadians lead the world in stitching small national flags to the rear of backpacks.<p>4) Only taxi drivers truly appreciate the subtle …

50 Recipe Projects to Tackle This Weekend

Epic moussaka, layers of lasagna, tamales, soup dumplings, and more recipes that are worth the work.<p>Are you counting down to the weekend and/or a nice long break from work? You're probably planning on going to a museum, cleaning your house, or catching up on your favorite TV shows. But why not …

Cooking

Best in Bridal: Fall 2015

Consider this vital prep for fall brides, and eye candy for white gown lovers everywhere. See what top designers have in store for the next wave of betrothed.<p>Consider this vital prep for fall brides, and eye candy for white gown lovers everywhere. See what top designers have in store for the next …

Quaint Fishing Village Reine Will Make You Want To Run Off To Norway Immediately

Have you ever felt the urge to escape it all, run off to Norway and hole up in a converted red fisherman's cottage?<p>No, you have not? Perhaps that's because you haven't seen Reine, the Norwegian fishing village with an estimated population of just about 300. The village is nestled in the Lofoten …

3 Fresh Ways to Tie a Scarf

Donni Charm's founder Alyssa Wasko takes a step by step approach for tying a scarf like never before.<p>Donni Charm's founder Alyssa Wasko had been working at Chanel when she began designing her own scarves. Often while in the elevator, fellow employees would compliment her on her neck-wear and …

The Most Memorable Ads of the 2014 Campaign

Political advertising is a mainstay of American politics. And no political season is complete without instances of the outrageous, offensive, poignant, and funny images that flash across the television screen trying to elect politicians.<p>This year is no exception. While hundreds of thousands of …

7 Hacks To Affording Your Next Vacation

The tips and tricks to traveling on any budget.<p><b>1) Try hidden city ticketing with FlyShortcut.com.</b><br>Hidden city ticketing is a hack in itself for finding the lowest possible airfare on FlyShortcut.com. It essentially finds a cheaper flight that has your destination as a layover. That way, you can …

18 Bad Sleeping Habits To Break Now

From the editors of Cosmpolitan.com, correct these common sleeping mistakes for a better night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale and exercise and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function …

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Foodie Hotels: Where to Stay for a Foodcation in North America

For true foodies, a vacation that doesn't involve mouth-watering cuisine is hardly worthy of the title. In fact, food can often be a major focus of a trip; it's hardly uncommon for the taste connoisseurs among us to plan a foodcation. And in our opinion, it should all start with your hotel. If you …

Farm-to-table

Printer Turns Photos Into 3-D Objects So Blind People Can Hold Onto Treasured Memories

Glance at an old photograph, and all of a sudden the memories come rushing back: The ski trip you took with your family as a child; the first time you rode a bike without training wheels; a beloved grandparent, perhaps.<p>Simple, right? Not for the blind, who are unable to "see" the photo in question. …

The Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

By: Matt Meltzer<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it's hard to define the word "cool." And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast …

Stephen King

Hey, Harry Potter Fans -- Turns Out You Can Stay at Hogwarts... Kind Of

<i>Merlin's beard!</i> This hotel room gives a whole new meaning to "magical getaway." If you're hoping to channel Harry Potter on your next trip, the Wizard Chamber at London's Georgian House is full of wizardly goodness: from a "cauldron" by the fireplace, to an owl figurine by the bed, from …

Harry Potter

Hotel Suite In An Airplane Soars Over The Costa Rican Jungle

This is just plane awesome.<p>If a typical room at Costa Rica's luxurious Hotel Costa Verde isn't enough, allow us to offer the 727 Fuselage Home as an option.<p>The retired Boeing plane -- at one of our longtime favorite offbeat hotels -- is nestled high above the jungle, on a coastal bluff near the …

Is the banh mi the world’s best sandwich?

A product of Vietnam’s colonial past, the beloved concoction combines a crunchy French baguette with pork, pate and an ever-changing array of fresh vegetables.<p>The cab driver stopped on the bustling boulevard Pho Hue and pointed at a mishmash of incongruent four and five-story buildings across the …

Vietnam

This Slow-Motion Video Of Tattooing Is Painfully Beautiful

They say "beauty is pain," and a new video shows that's definitely true when it comes to tattooing.<p>The video, part of the YouTube series Smarter Every Day, uses incredible slow-motion visuals to show the science behind inking.<p>As the video shows, the tip of a tattoo machine consists not of a single …

Photographer Recreates Iconic Portraits Using John Malkovich as His Model

When established photographer Sandro Miller decided to do a project to honor the photographers who had inspired him and shaped his career, he called on his longtime friend and frequent collaborator John Malkovich to help him. The Hollywood legend instantly agreed, and consequently helped bring to …

In The Genes: The Celebrity Kids Taking the Spotlight

Get to know the talented celebrity offspring upholding the family name.<p>Get to know the talented celebrity offspring upholding the family name.<p>Getty Images

Garage magazine: best in show - in pictures

It’s difficult to know what takes precedence in <i>Garage</i> magazine – art or fashion? In the very first issue of the glossy biannual publication created by Dasha Zhukova, the Russian socialite and girlfriend of Roman Abramovich, Nick Knight shot Lily Donaldson in a doll’s house created by Dinos Chapman. …