Meenakshi Iyer

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style: ‘Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek’

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt …

Why Being Ladylike Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

I’ve written about what being a “lady” means in today’s day and age before. I’ve talked about gender. People went nuts. In this article, I wanted to …

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Searching for an easy and kid-friendly Valentine’s Day project? Download, print and decorate these cards with any art supplies you have on hand. My daughter and I decided to test run crayons, markers, watercolors and bits of yarn, but you could also use fabric scraps, torn paper, sequins, glitter …

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

How to Glaze a Cake with Glossy Chocolate

A glossy chocolate glaze is one of the simplest ways to dress up a cake. For a pourable consistency and photo-worthy results, follow these tips<p>A glossy chocolate glaze is one of the simplest ways to dress up a cake. For a pourable consistency and photo-worthy results, follow these tips.<p>Get the …

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Origins of Common UI Symbols

They are road signs for your daily rituals—the instantly recognized symbols and icons you press, click and ogle countless times a day when you …

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10 of the most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Photos EVER

By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com<p>Here at the HotelsCombined office, we've all gotten pretty used to staring at stunning hotel images -- with over 400,000 hotels in our database, sorting through scenic pics of luxury villas and infinity-edge pools has become standard daily fare.<p>However, there …

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, founded in 1964, is an annual international showcase of the very best in nature photography. Owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide, the contest includes 18 individual categories, ranging from birds and mammals to "Creative Visions" …

Traditional Pinup Photos with Splashes of Milk as Clothes Captured with High-Speed Photography

Inspired by the classic pin-ups of the 1940’s and 1950’s, photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz came up with a current version of those iconic …

Simple Things: Spreading Her Wings

I had the pleasure of listening to the lovely Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks fame last weekend at Blog Elevated. She keynoted with a piece on …