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12 of the Best Beauty Products to Buy on Etsy Right Now

Skin Care

Here’s What It Looks Like Inside the Handmade Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary. By illustrating his daily experiences, observations, ideas, and memories, Naranja considers his ongoing project as “a love letter to notebooks, a flight of fancy and also a part of [him].” …

Art

20 Healthiest Foods on Earth

Some foods pack more nutritional punch than others, and these 20 offer the most health benefits pound for pound of all food on the planet. They not …

Whiskey, Cashmere, and Castles: A Guide to Speyside, Scotland

The Craigellachie Hotel is a charming 26-room inn located where the Rivers Fiddich and Spey come together in the Scottish Highlands. It’s in the heart of Speyside, Scotland’s famous single malt whiskey region: Guests staying at the hotel can see the Macallan distillery from their windows; the hotel …

Illustrator Shows What Love Looks Like, Whether You’re in a Relationship or Not

Love is not one-size-fits-all. Despite what books and movies might show, it's about more than just grand gestures; this certain fondness doesn't even have to involve another person. More often, a demonstration of love is a collection of the mundane moments of everyday life where tenderness often …

Taraji P. Henson and Her French Bulldog Puppy From Big Boi's Kennel Just Won Christmas

Christmas isn't for another two weeks but consider it already conquered by Taraji P. Henson. The holiday came early for the actress, who showed off her most prized gift, an adorable French Bulldog, on Instagram. Named "K-Ball," or perhaps nicknamed that, the tiny bundle of love comes from Big Boi's …

Pets

This Nashville Couple Showed Us How to Downsize in Style

They spent years planning before they broke ground.<p>As Michelle and Nick Spiva’s three boys left home and headed off to college, the Nashville couple …

Ballerina-Turned-Pastry Chef Bakes Cakes with Incredibly Realistic Flowers Made of Sugar

Baking has transcended its roots as a practical activity into a conduit for artistic expression. And like art itself, baked creations can be done in a variety of styles. From cartoon character cakes to design-focused cookies, edible art takes many delicious forms. Ballerina-turned-pastry chef …

The White House

Island Time: Ulla Johnson Shares Her Travel Diary From Greece

Designer Ulla Johnson makes the kinds of pieces that beg to be taken on an idyllic, light-dappled escape. Her signature floral patchwork hippie dresses with the ruffled hems that sway so easily in the breeze: Perfect for hiding out in a quaint Connecticut estate. Or, for a week spent wandering the …

50 Things You Need to Eat by the End of Summer

There are many iterations of the summer bucket list. Some include going to the beach, hiking, or watching the fireflies outside on the back porch. …

Food

A Rome Dining Guide From the City’s Only Female Michelin-Starred Chef

Cristina Bowerman is a force to be reckoned with. The renowned chef spends most days commuting between her restaurants, Glass Hostaria in Trastevere and Romeo Chef & Baker and Giulietta Pizzeria in Testaccio. Originally from Puglia, Bowerman found her culinary calling later in life, first studying …

Making Soufflé Is Simple, If You Know Its Secrets

A soufflé sums up French cuisine, a bravura display of timing and skill. When you follow the rules, with just a few minutes' work the soufflé puffs in the oven to impressive heights, perhaps doubling its original volume. It's all a matter of folding whisked egg whites into a basic flavoring …

The 7 Best Climbing Roses for Your Garden

The best climbing roses have a wild side. Consider the one in my backyard. It covers a large crab apple tree that I disdain but for one attribute: it …

Realistically Printed Socks Transform Your Feet into Furry Animal Paws

Clothing does more than just cover you up or keep you warm—it’s a form of expression. And sometimes, it’s also a way to live out a fantasy. Whether you want to be the mother of dragons or a mermaid, by wearing one of their tokens, you can pretend that you are. (Even if it's just for a little …

Pets

Getty Museum and Yale Art Center Are Offering Easy Access to Thousands of Images Online

Today, more and more museums, archives, and other arts-related institutions have opted to digitize their collections. Once reproduced, many offer these images to the public by publishing them on their websites. While having accessibility to countless collections is impressive enough, the …

Los Angeles

Follow These 2 Steps to Achieve "Pasta Perfection"

Here's how I typically cook pasta (don't scream at me): Bring a pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt (I know this is wrong, but what am I, made of salt?), add noodles, set a timer for whatever the box says, drain, plop into a bowl, dollop some barely-warm sauce over top and mix it up <i>as</i> I …

5 Between-Season Dinners Starring Onions, Old Faithful

I bet 90% of us have an onion sitting on our kitchen counter right now. And I bet 90% of the time we pick that onion up and, without even thinking, peel away its crackling skin and chop or slice it into a hundred little pieces. Then we swipe all those little pieces into a slick of oil so they can …

Top 25 Art Blogs to Jump Start Your Creativity

Working in a creative field and looking for a little inspiration? Or just love art and looking to see what's trending? In addition to My Modern Met, there are tons of websites that can help you get over the creative hump and keep you abreast of what's happening in the art world.<p>Whether you want to …

Art

Lifelike ‘Succulent Cakes’ Turn Prickly Plants into Delicious Desserts

Just last month, we developed a sweet tooth for the spring-themed buttercream creations of Instagram’s best bakers, like Jakarta-based Ivenoven. In addition to her floral treats, Ivenoeven also celebrates nature with her lush and lifelike succulent cakes.<p>Much like her flower cakes, Ivenoven’s …

Dessert

“Unadoptable” Dark Dogs are Given Bright Sweaters to Help Them Find Forever Homes

Finding a forever home can be difficult for any shelter dog, but some have it even harder than others simply due to the color of their coats. According to the SPCA, darker dogs tend to be adopted less frequently than those with lighter fur. This may be because it’s harder to see their expressions, …

Sweaters

11 Cutting-Edge Origami Artists Who Are Masters of Paper Folding

Origami is a years-old practice that many of us did as children—learning how to create folded paper boxes and cranes. But there’s much more to this craft than a child’s past time. This artistic tradition is being used by contemporary artists who are continually pushing the boundaries of what’s …

Crafting

10 Colorful Desserts to Remind Us It's Spring

It may not feel like spring in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere (definitely not here in New York), but we are past the official start date of March 20. In Greek mythology, this means Persephone, the kidnapped daughter of Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, comes back to spend time with her …

50 Dressings for Every Salad, Pantry & Whim

<i>Acid is one of the essential elements of cooking, so we partnered with Maille to share tips on how to use it in your everyday cooking—like in pantry and clean-out-the-fridge salads.</i><p>The difference between a pile of greens and a super, dare-we-say mighty salad is the dressing. Or is it a vinaigrette? …

10 Little Changes That Will Give Your Bathroom a Fresh Look

Bathrooms—perhaps the most pointedly shall-we-say "<i>functional</i>" room in any given house—beg for assistance in the design department. They are frequently visited! The good news is this is one of those "a little goes a long way" situations, as the small square footage (either in reality, or in …

What to Cook First from The Outlander Kitchen by Theresa Carle-Sanders

Behind every beloved show is a fan blog or 20—and chef Theresa Carle-Sanders' Outlander Kitchen is just that: featuring recipes that bring the food in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander novels and TV adaptation to life.<p>The novels are based mostly in Scotland, though the characters travel through France, …

It's Time to Replace the Bag of Beans in Your Pantry: Here's Why

Dried beans: When the world ends, they will still be in your pantry, ready to become soup at a moment's notice. Right?<p>Sadly, it is not so. Just because you <i>can</i> keep dried beans forever does not necessarily mean it will be helpful. <b>Old beans will take longer to cook, and the oldest beans will stay</b> …

The Obvious but Brilliant Tool for Simpler Stock-Making

Homemade stock is one of the backbones of cooking—one of the first things you learn in cooking school—but there are plenty of hoops to jump through in the process: time, hassle, lots of ingredients, a big old pile of wet bones at the end. Thanks to this smart tip from the revered cooking teacher …

How I Like to Spend $100 at Trader Joe's

I willingly make grocery shopping harder on myself by visiting at least four different places every week: the farmers market (for local, seasonal produce), Zingerman's (for cheese and bread and coffee), a higher-end grocery store (for any non-seasonal produce needs or specialty ingredients), and …

The Milky-Sweet Rice Pudding That Transports Me to Karachi

Growing up in Karachi, a city that knows no autumn, where the blazing sun lights the sky relentlessly, few treats I longed for were warm.<p>The one exception was my maternal grandmother’s, my <i>Nani</i>’s, "firni" rice pudding. I remember her compact airy kitchen well—always vividly scented with the …

25+ Creative Pie Crusts that Turn the Dessert into a Delicious Work of Art

The best holidays revolve around food, and the <i>very</i> best feature dessert as the centerpiece of the day. On March 14—also known as 3.14—there’s a celebration for Pi, the mathematical constant that just happens to be approximated as 3.14. Since “Pi” is pronounced like “pie,” people honor the homophone …

Baking