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18 Places To Visit In Europe That Aren't The Usual Suspects

Forget Paris, Barcelona, Rome or London. H/T Quora.

35 Black And White Decor Ideas For A Super Chic Space

Monochromatic rooms are, simply put, ridiculously fab.<p>Even if you're obsessed with color, you're guaranteed to fall for these gorgeous black and white rooms.

Interior Design

7 Surprising Secrets About the Real Mona Lisa

"You are going to hate what I have to tell you about the Mona Lisa," the distinguished art historian Rab Hatfield declared when we met several years ago in Florence. "I am 99.9 percent certain that the woman we see in the Louvre is not who you think she is."<p>Immersed in research on Mona (Madame) …

Colorful Paintings Capture the Endless Freedom of the Open Road

East Hampton, Long Island-based artist Grant Haffner paints vivid landscapes inspired by the beautiful country roads and bodies of water of his hometown. Using acrylic, marker, and pencil on wood panel, the painter deconstructs the road scene into a striking series of graphic lines and eye-catching …


Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War

Photographer Lalage Snow, who is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan, embarked on an 8-month-long project titled <i>We Are The Not Dead</i> featuring portraits of British soldiers before, during, and after their deployment in Afghanistan. Similar to Claire Felicie's series of monochromatic triptychs, …


Paris Fashion Week: 9 Must-Pack Beauty Essentials

Our French-inspired beauty guide for Paris Fashion Week.

Happiness at Work: The Proven Science of How to Enjoy Your Job

In True Grit, Grace, and Gratitude, I used the term "happy hour" as a constructive and necessary analogy, but I do have a good bit of aversion toward the expression. Why does an hour we reserve to be happy have to be after work? I also have tepid excitement for the sayings "Work hard, play hard," …

Britain's quickest body transformation? Junk food addict looks completely different just 7 months after ditching snacks

An overweight man has ditched his £140-a-week junk food habit to transform his body in just seven months.<p>Sebastian David, 28, used to get through …

10 Ways to Squeeze Furniture Into Small Spaces

These crafty homeowners made the most of what they had.<p>These crafty homeowners made the most of what they had.

Small Spaces

The 7 Gifts of Adopting a Personal-Development Mindset

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There is no greater path to success than through your own self-development. Those who are radically successful are immersed in themselves. They are endlessly curious and passionate about self-education. To rank among them, you must invest …


A complete guide to designing your morning routine to double your productivity

On average, each of us wake up to 25,000 mornings in our adult life, which means we have 25,000 days to maximize how we spend it.<p><b>Your morning defines the rest of your day.</b><p>If you can optimize your morning routines, you’ve set yourself up to have a productive day ahead of you.<p>The good news is, we all …

Time Management

10 Habits That Can Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness

Here's a list of 10 habits that could take your life into the stratosphere of greatness.<p><i>What habits have changed people’s lives? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of, on Quora:</b><p>When I was 17, I was fired from my job as a …


5 strategies for conquering fear and anxiety, from one of the most successful self-help authors in history

His 1948 book, "How to Stop Worrying and Start Living," deals with tactics for liberating yourself from nagging anxieties that make you less happy and less productive.<p>The book grew out of Carnegie's experiences teaching adult education courses at the YMCA in New York City. Carnegie realized that …

10 changes to make in your 30s that will set you up for lifelong success

But your 30s are an ideal time to cement the habits that will help you achieve personal and professional fulfillment for the rest of your life.<p>To give you a head start, we sifted through recent Quora threads on this critical life transition and highlighted the most compelling responses.<p>Here are 10 …

A New Approach to Finding Happiness

<b>By: Kayleigh Pleas</b><p><i>"Ultimately, happiness comes down to choosing between the discomfort of becoming aware of your mental afflictions and the discomfort of being ruled by them." -- Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche</i><p>Never before in history have so many believed that they "should" be happy. Our Western, …

Chef Raymond Blanc on his favourite home town places: Besançon, France

As a child, the famous chef used to catch and sell frogs to make enough money to be able to afford to eat out at one of his home town’s excellent restaurants, triggering an enduring love affair with Besançon and its cuisine<p>Paris’s hottest new micro-quartier near Gare du Nord Top 10 new restaurants, …


Bye bye bacon butties: London’s out-of-the-ordinary breakfasts – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 10:15 am, March 14, 2015 in Food & Drink<p>Forget a bog-standard fry-up. Get your chops round one of these morning delights instead.<p><b>NORTH</b> …


Models of the Month: September 2014

With Natalia Vodianova, Mica Arganaraz, Grace Hartzel, Raquel Zimmermann, Ronja Furrer and Karlina Caune all on our call list this month, meet the …


Happy Birthday, Riccardo Tisci! Photo by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W Magazine March 2014.

Diane von Furstenberg: 'I danced at Studio 54. Now I work with Google'

It's 40 years since the designer invented the wrap dress that made her a fashion legend. She discusses Oprah's influence, working with Warhol and what Anna Wintour once confided over breakfast<p>It is completely impossible to interview Diane von Furstenberg. It is almost as impossible to meet her …