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What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Time Management

‘Latte Motion’, A Stop-Motion Animated Love Story Featuring 1,000 Cups of Coffee

“Latte Motion” is a touching stop-motion animated short created by Japanese company Ajinomoto General Foods using 1,000 cups of coffee to promote its …

Coffee

What Famous Authors Really Thought About Oxford

<i>Every university, and university town, is subject to never-ending debate among loyal alumni and sneering rivals as to its relative merits. Few universities, however, have drawn comment from such illustrious personages as Oxford, one of the most prestigious and storied institutions in the world.</i> …

The world's best places to get a 'yes'

Once you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with that special someone, you’re faced with what can feel like an even greater decision. Where do I pop the question?<p>1. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)<p>Sunrises are inherently romantic, but those in Bagan are truly surreal. The capital of the Kingdom of …

Arches National Park

Old Factory Transformed Into A Hospitable House With Lots Of DIY Ingenuity

It took the owner a total of 12 years to completely transform this space into the inviting home it is today but, once everything was complete, the …

Interior Design

30 Most Colorful Ways to Paint Your Dining Room

We're seeing red ... and blue and yellow and white.<p>The entertaining hub of your home deserves an equally lively paint job. Get these designer-approved paint colors and palettes, and don't miss even more decorating ideas from over 85 favorite dining rooms.

13 Enviable Closets From Pinterest

While you may not have the real estate yet, there's no harm in taking wardrobe organization inspiration from these 14 enviable walk-insall spotted on Pinterest.<p>A perfectly-organized, designer-filled walk-in closet: the universal object of desire for every fashionable woman. While you may not have …

15 Things Never to Say to a Chicagoan

<i>By Joel Reese for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p><b>1) Michael Jordan? Overrated.</b><p>You didn't just say that. Now you'll have to brace yourself as the Chicagoans in the room inundate you with a staggering list of accomplishments (10-time NBA scoring leader, 6-time NBA champion, 5-time MVP) that prove His Royal …

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Wildlife Encounters<p>As a wildlife buff, I’ve had countless of encounters with animals in the wild. These are some of my best wildlife …

"Geirangerfjord is one of my all time favorite places on earth. Now that I live 2 hours from here, I love to experience all seasons in this place. This shot was taken in early October just as the fall colors were at peak season in the fjord. Geirangerfjord was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 2005." -- photographer @kaylapotterbaum (michaelanichole.com). That's it for our week-end take-over from Michaela. For more of her work check out her handle or her website: michaelanichole.com. For further information on Norway, see lonelyplanet.com

Recipe: Pumpkin Swiss Cake Roll with Hazelnut Buttercream

Pumpkin Swiss Cake Roll with Hazelnut Buttercream<p>Serves 8 to 12, depending on size of slices<p><i>For the cake:</i> <br>4 1/2 ounces (1 cup) cake flour <br>1 …

Dessert

Breathtaking Photos of Wild Foxes in Russia's Snowy Landscape

In the cold depths of Russia's northeastern Chukotka region, Magadan-based photographer Ivan Kislov captures colorful signs of life in the snow through his breathtaking images of foxes in the wild. Kislov, who enjoys hiking to distant spots and photographing wildlife in between his long shifts as a …

Wildlife
Blogging
Industrial Design

A Pregnancy Calendar That Grows With A Mother’s Belly

For expectant mothers, there can be a disconnect between what is happening to their pregnant bodies on the outside, and what is happening with the baby on the inside. To help these mothers learn about what’s happening to them inside and out comes the Mother Book, a beautiful pregnancy calendar that …

Pregnancy

Enormous Horse Head Sculptures Illuminate the Scottish Skyline at Night

Towering 30 meters (nearly 100 feet) above the ground, <i>The Kelpies</i> consists of a pair of enormous horse head sculptures installed by artist Andy Scott in Falkirk, Scotland. Scott spent a total of nine years designing and then assembling the sculptures on-site, crafting steel parts into intricate …

Sculpture

The Science Of Politely Ending A Conversation

Research-based tips on finding a delicate way to part ways.<p>In business, finding a polite way to break off a conversation is as tricky as it is critical. Time is money, so you don’t want to chit-chat with a client or a colleague longer than necessary, but respect buys time, so you don’t want to …

Psychology
Coffee

Reader Recs: World’s Best Markets

I’m a sucker for a good market. The noise, the food, the smells, and best of all, the shopping. There’s nothing quite like it.<p>To celebrate these dynamic cultural hubs, we asked our <b>Nat Geo Travel Facebook</b> fans to share with us their picks for the best markets to visit all over the world.<p><b>Their</b> …

Examining the Very Best Coat Moments From The Devil Wears Prada

<i>The Devil Wears Prada</i> has a place in many a girl's heart—it's the kind of movie you watch every single time you randomly catch it while channel-surfing. We love the cast, the...

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 …

'Stop Trying to Be Perfect' and Other Lessons for Winning at Work

Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered some truly head-scratching advice for women: Don't ask for a raise, instead trust that karma will take care of you. Okay, it's more than just <i>confusing</i>: It's downright crazy.<p>Not only do women make less than men, but they also get a bad rap when they <i>do</i> …

You See Yourself as a Caricature and Don't Even Realize It

<i>Portrait commissioned from Bloodyman88 on ArtCorgi.com</i><p>Through my company, ArtCorgi.com, I help people have portraits made. As the site's client and artist liaison, I have learned some fascinating things about the way we perceive ourselves and those around us.<p>In an age in which we have immense …

Consciousness

2014 Women Who Dare: Kirsten Gillibrand

The senator who takes no prisoners.<p>New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is right on time for her <i>Harper's Bazaar</i> photo shoot, a diminutive figure striding down the sidewalk near Times Square. For a woman consistently described as "petite," Gillibrand has a massive presence, even as she thrusts out …

Is Self-Control Good for You?

Would you eat it? Or could you wait? Decades after the landmark Marshmallow Test, the debate over impulse control—and how much of it is really a good thing—is raging again.<p>In the early '80s, while sitting in his office in the psychology department at Stanford, Walter Mischel realized he had a big—a</i> …

4 rules for wearing all black

Black on black is one of my all time favorite ways to dress. The look is sleek, elegant, and easy to style. To help you style an all black outfit I …

Clothing

131 Times Chanel Owned the Red Carpet

131 years ago today, Gabrielle Chanel was born.<p>131 years ago today, Gabrielle Chanel was born, marking a major moment in fashion history. If she were alive today, she'd undoubtedly be proud of her eponymous brand and the strong, talented women that wear Chanel. So in honor of the day, we bring you …

Cannes Film Festival

'Dress Normal' With Zosia Mamet, Anjelica Huston And More For Gap's Fall Campaign

Gap is once again going back to basics.<p>Their recently-launched fall campaign features famous faces, of course; this time it's "Girls" star Zosia Mamet, "Mad Men" actress Elisabeth Moss and style icon/actress Anjelica Huston.<p>These ads are the first installment of the "Dress Normal" series, which …

Carnival Inspired Wedding full of Color

From Shannon Leahy Events...<i>For Kassandra & Michael, St. Vincent's in San Rafael was the perfect location for their fun-filled carnival-themed</i> …