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Grimshaw completes St Petersburg airport with folded golden ceilings

Shimmering golden panels clad the monumental folded ceilings of this new airport terminal in St Petersburg designed by London studio Grimshaw (+ …

March 2014

How to dress: ruffle a few feathers

Adding a ruffle to an outfit is like tying a ribbon around a box: it transforms your perception of what lies beneath. Effort has been invested into making this package appealing. To create a ruffle, you need to use more fabric than is strictly necessary, and that's the whole point. A ruffle is …

5 Tips for Impressing Everyone You Meet

An expert's tips for mastering the first impression<p>Quick poll: Have you ever walked into a party, realized that you basically knew no one, and felt totally awkward? We're guessing you answered in the affirmative (we've all been there). Get-togethers—whether it's a business-networking event or your …

Self-help

20-minute Fiorentina pizzas

Try these cheat's pizzas for a midweek supper. Middle Eastern flatbreads make a great instant base - top with spinach, ham, eggs and cheese<p>Ingredients<p>…

Hearst Magazines

Food Network<br>Magazine<p>SAVE 73%<p>O, The Oprah<br>Magazine<p>SAVE 72%<p>The Pioneer<br>Woman Magazine<p>NEW<p>Good Housekeeping<p>SAVE 82%<p>Popular Mechanics<p>SAVE 80%

Six Ways To Spot An Opportunity That Could Improve Your Business--Or Your Life

How to spot an opportunity may be the key entrepreneurial trait, but you can’t do it on an island. You can’t simply wait for inspiration to strike you out of the blue and for you to suddenly realize “what the world truly needs is…”<p>That is not how it works.<p>So, what do you do?<p>You begin, in what you …

7 Unconventional Behaviors Of Inspiring Leaders

There are very few great managers. And even fewer great leaders. Making your team happy by displaying behaviors that are expected from you as a manager is hard. But it is even harder to inspire people to follow you, especially if you don’t have direct authority over them.<p>Leaders are not always …

Colourful high heels: key fashion trends of the season – in pictures

Punctuate your spring look with a colour pop shoe. Take the simplest black look and give your outfit an instant zing by adding a tangerine, mustard, neon yellow, colbalt blue or aqua shoe – there are a multitude of delicious colours to choose from. The Observer fashion team picks the best shoes for …

Everything But the Kitchen Sink

I always manage to over-stuff my handbags, so I love how much can comfortably fit inside the sleek frame of this gorgeous crocodile bag by Tyler Alexandra.

Full skirts: seven different looks – in pictures

Spring's full skirts can add elegance to your wardrobe, but they can also be overpowering. The trick is to keep your silhouette simple on top and let your skirt do all the work. Choose from a bold orange satin or a flamingo feather-print in silk organza, then slip on a neat sweater or biker jacket …

Brutalist Architecture

Solid, linear, concrete blocks are the prime characteristics of <b>brutalist architecture</b>, a style which thrived between the 1950s and 1970s. The term …

Olympus' E-M10 mirrorless camera shrinks the size and price of premium

Olympus has had as big a hand as any in kicking off the compact-but-capable mirrorless camera movement; it co-created the Micro Four Thirds format with Panasonic, and its PEN cameras set the blueprint for the retro, rangefinder-style bodies commonly seen today. But in recent years, its OM-D line …

Olympus Debuts 50x Superzoom with Very Useful Dot-Sight and Tougher Tough Cam

The E-M10 wasn’t the only announcement to come out of Olympus tonight. Also arriving (and also noteworthy) is the longest superzoom Olympus has ever …

David Lynch’s Photos Of Abandoned Factories Are Just As Haunting As His Films

The director of surreal masterpieces like Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive has released his first book of photography, The Factory Photographs, and it’s every bit as unsettling as you’d expect.<p>Avant-garde film director David Lynch is known for his singular ability to turn the seemingly banal into …

Desa Mahkota School / Eleena Jamil Architect

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Desa Mahkota is a national secondary school designed to accommodate up to 1200 students and up to 60 …

3 Surprising Benefits To Staying In A Job You Hate

A job is something you have to do, not something you have to love. At least, that’s what my dad taught me growing up.<p>I don’t believe it for a second (he also taught me to be an independent thinker), but the truth is that while loving your job is something we all strive for, only a few of us really …

6 flawed rules of personal finance

Thomas Edison reportedly once noted that rules stand in the way of accomplishment.<p>That may mean that a lot of people are falling short of their …

5 Career Blunders You Didn't Realize You Were Making

<i>By Libby Kane</i><p>Whatever your chosen profession, we all have something in common: We’re trying to do the best we can in our careers.<p>Of course we aren’t going to gossip about our boss, fail to meet our deadlines or do anything else to jeopardize our jobs or careers … knowingly.<p>It’s that “knowingly” …

The Disappointing Effect Entrepreneurship Has On Your Sex Life

If creativity and eroticism aren’t all that different, why do so many people with satisfying creative careers not feel like their sex lives are improving?<p>People don’t talk about sex enough.<p>It’s a problem, says relationship psychologist Esther Perel, particularly among creative types who are prone …

The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock

<i>Originally appearing in Metropolis Magazine as "</i>Hitchcock and the Architecture of Suspense," <i>this article by Samuel Medina reviews Steven Jacobs' book</i> …

Bright idea. http://ow.ly/sFmQ1 Photo by Le 21ème.

Paris #streetstyle—is there anything better? See more: http://ow.ly/sHKNe Photo by Le 21ème.

How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014

<i>This is the first in a two-part story on how to manage your mental energy to do your best work. Click here for the second article, “7 Types of Experience Your Brain Needs To Function At Its Best.”</i><p>It’s a common scenario for many of us.<p>You start the day with an idea of what you want to work on and …

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)

<b>The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)</b> <br>These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret. Beware!<p><b>1)</b> <b>Availability</b><p>We often settle for what’s available, and …

Ecork Hotel / José Carlos Cruz

<i>From the Architects:</i> Ecork is a Hotel in Évora , Portugal , with a spa , health club , gym, restaurant , bar , conference rooms , outdoor pool and 56 …