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20 Best American Made Father’s Day Gifts For Dad

Rudy’s Grooming Products<p>Don’t let their spartan designs fool you, Rudy’s makes some of the absolute best grooming products available on the market. …

Los Angeles

You'll Never Make Lemonade Any Other Way After This Method

Sipping icy-cold sweet lemonade on a blazing-hot summer day is one of life's finest pleasures, which is why we think making lemonade from scratch …

Recipes

What It's REALLY Like to Sleep on a Murphy Bed Every Night

I know Murphy beds have a reputation for being a smart choice when space is limited. But are they comfy? Are they hard to fold up and down?

Greenwich Village

A thread of pain ties two brothers in Rigoberto González's 'What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth'

<i>The child of Mexican farmworkers, Critic at Large Rigoberto González grew up in a California household of 19 people. He became a writer and moved to New York; his brother Alex returned to Mexico. Both were diagnosed with a similar neurological disorder around the same time, as he recounts in his</i> …

Los Angeles

Survivor Who Inspired 'Adrift' Has Something to Say to Critics

And why critics are totally missing the point.<p><b>Warning: The following post contains spoilers for the movie Adrift</b><i>, and the real-life story on which it</i> …

San Diego

The fraught lives of Angelenos and their real estate are the focus of Lydia Millet's superb 'Fight No More'

It’s no surprise that HGTV now rivals CNN for the most cable viewers, catering to our every anxiety while providing happy endings. The network masterfully reinforces the home as the simulacra of personal identity, one in need of continual renovation and updates, of adding “pops of color” to convey …

Books

This One Design Decision Made My Tiny Room Feel Twice As Big

Plus, my favorite low-profile picks for sofas, rugs, coffee tables, and more.<p>Last fall, I experienced the joy and challenge of moving into my first …

Small Spaces

How to Negotiate Your Salary: Managers’ 13 Top Tips

“Does anyone know how to negotiate salary?” my friend asks at one of our semiregular wine nights. Our conversations usually run the gamut from what’s …

Employment

Smashed Cucumbers

Smashed cucumbers, or <i>pai huang gua</i>, is a Sichuan dish that is typically served with rich, spicy food. We started with English cucumbers, which are …

Recipes

12 Exercises to Get Rid of Lower Belly Fat

Ridding stubborn belly fat is a high priority on many of our lists, so what exactly does it take to zap an undesirable midsection? The "secret" is actually to strengthen both your upper <i>and</i> lower body, because there's no such thing as spot reduction. But there are specific exercises you can do to …

Workouts

13 etiquette rules you probably never realized you're breaking

You write thank you notes, keep your elbows off the table and would never think of eating until everyone at your table had been served. Your etiquette would make Miss Manners proud, right? Not so quick. As it turns out, there are several lesser-known etiquette rules you may be unknowingly breaking. …

Etiquette

Sweet Potato Salad With Black Beans and Avocado

In a large pot, boil sweet potatoes in salted water until fork-tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool sightly.<p>In a bowl, stir together yogurt, …

Food

Recipe: Salt and Vinegar Cucumbers — Recipes from The Kitchn

When you're in need of something crisp and refreshing alongside whatever you're serving — be it grilled shrimp or a roast chicken — let this be your …

Recipes

Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas Under $100 to Create Instant Privacy

Instant privacy is the greatest luxury we can imagine in a world where Facebook sells us out to advertisers, hackers know our credit scores, and our …

7 awkward questions you should ask on a first date — and 3 you really shouldn't

There's plenty of debate about what you can and cannot ask on a first date. Some people say you shouldn't go in too hard with the interrogation because it'll make your date think you're desperate. Others say the probing questions help you really learn about each other.<p>Ultimately, it's hard to know …

9 Future Menswear Classics To Try This Spring/Summer

The 9 pieces that all style-conscious men should be looking to add to their spring/summer wardrobe. From field jackets and straight-leg chinos to …

How to Wear Black Pants with Brown Shoes

The combination of black pants with brown shoes is no longer considered a fashion faux pas. Here, discover how to rock the pair with style and …

Herbst Architects' winning formula reflects simple, pared-back design

The Home of the Year 2018 is the Kawakawa House at Piha, designed by Lance and Nicola Herbst.<p>Award judges get to view the crème de la crème of New …

I didn’t understand male privilege until I became a stay-at-home dad

When my wife returned to work after parental leave, I took my first trip to the grocery with two kids, not knowing I would return home feeling like a hero. On a Monday morning, I pushed the green cart with flame decals through the second set of sliding doors and toward the deli. My 3-year-old son …

Parenting

How to build bigger arms in 10 minutes

How to build bigger arms in 10 minutes<p>This 10-minute arms workout without weights was developed for <i>SELF</i> by FitFusion trainer Kenta Seki and is our …

Workouts

How To Reset Your Body To Burn More Fat

Did you know that our bodies are natural fat-burning machines? It's true. But unfortunately, because of clever marketing and an abundance of …

Nutrition

12 things I wish I knew before visiting Paris

Paris draws over 80 million visitors every year. In order to be able to enjoy and experience Paris to the fullest, without becoming overwhelmed by …

France

Ape’s Ten Commandments of Menswear - 10 Tips for Stylish Men

An Introduction to Menswear Rules<p>Ape’s goal has always been to educate and assist men with making better informed decisions when buying across …

Men's Fashion

Does the Illuminati control the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea

The world is confusing and complex. When we dig for the truth, we flirt with madness<p>If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It’s so bad at keeping itself hidden that its existence is proclaimed all over the internet by people whose investigative …

Conspiracies

20 Super Cute Things We're Dying to Buy—from WALMART

The superstore really does have everything<p>When you duck into Walmart for toilet paper and laundry detergent, we bet you fly right by the home decor department without a second glance. <i>Turn that cart around.</i> (Alternatively, <i>get yourself to walmart.com.</i>) It took us incredibly little time to find …

10 Budget Weddings Under $10,000

Planning a wedding can bring about conflicting emotions. On the one hand, your romantic side finds warmth in the idea of being surrounded by the …

Tom Ford speaks frankly about going vegan and using fur in fashion

Fur in fashion has always been a hot topic of conversation.<p>Which designers have vowed never to feature it again, which couldn’t care less… everyone, …

Plant-Based Diet

I Just Made Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts, and I Might Never Order Takeout Again

Though I’ll eat pretty much any vegetable tossed in oil, seasoned with salt and pepper, and roasted in a hot oven, adding a little something extra …

Recipes

Andrea Waters’s sweetcorn and red pepper pancakes with guacamole

<b>I wanted to put sweetcorn pancakes on our menu because they remind me of the happy Sundays of my 1970s childhood in New Zealand.</b><p><b>As the decade of fondues and flares dawned, stuffy dinners at the table disappeared. We were now permitted to eat supper in front of the TV, my parents in their La-Z-Boy</b> …

Recipes