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A 12-Month "I Am Strong" Challenge Better Than Any New Year's Resolution

While New Year's resolutions are often well-intentioned, the sad truth is that they usually fall out of focus. Have you been there before? We certainly have. So what's a more actionable way to meet your goals every month? Mix it up and have a clear objective month by month, rather than for the year …

Nili Lotan, Queen of Tribeca, Still Attracts New Customers Like Gigi and Kendall

Despite The Odeon restaurant in Tribeca now teeming with fashion editors and neighborhood scions like Lena Dunham, it is still easy to spot the 59-year-old designer Nili Lotan on any given night wearing a black silk top and jeans in her favorite booth.<p>This is Lotan's spot, as it has been since the …

Ralph Lauren

10 Things to Never Say to an Independent Woman

If almost every Destiny's Child song is your life anthem, throw your hands up at me. Independent women are often perceived as man-hating feminists who are intimidating and cold. It's easy to misunderstand us, but the truth of the matter's that we're a no-bullsh*t breed. We're strong willed, …

Relationships

6 Personality Tests That Will Actually Help You Learn About Yourself

<i>For many of us, 2016 was a doozy, but we here at Brit + Co are ready to hit refresh in 2017! Follow our Hit Refresh series through January for new ideas, hacks and skills that will help you achieve (and maintain!) those New Year’s resolutions.</i><p>Humans have a weird desire for self-awareness, even …

The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life

The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz’s work is not just very beautiful – it is useful too. Hafiz can teach us how to get the most out of our lives, writes Daniel Ladinsky.<p>Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389) is one of the most beloved poets of the Persians, and is considered by many – from …

Spirituality

4 Aggressive Moves in Your 40s to Achieve Long-Term Financial Goals

The kids are old enough to drive themselves to band practice, and you're planning an anniversary getaway with your spouse. Life is good. But college …

Retirement

Vacation Habits Lead to Sustainable Happiness Year-Round

When you are on vacation, you're transported out of your normal habits and patterns. You feel free and alive and renewed. Everything is new.<p>And the focus is on fun, pleasure, discovery, and exploration -- no guilt required.<p>There's nothing you <i>have</i> to be doing during this time. And it's fantastic!<p><b>But</b> …

Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls …

The Highest Ranked Self-Tanner Right Now

Our seasonal cosmetics stock-up has already begun. We're making sure we've got our sunscreens, spring palettes, and beach-ready hair products. But, …

Skin Care

The 3 Love Types: How To Identify Your Love Type And Find The Right Partner

I often talk about what I call the 4 pillars of the good life. Those are wealth, health, love, and happiness. Getting these things right, I believe, …

The Best Netflix Original Series To Watch Right Now

We all love Netflix. It’s always there for us after a stressful day at work or a bored weekend at home. But, we can all agree settling on one …

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Women authors dominate shortlist for Miles Franklin book prize

Six authors have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award for books exploring topics as diverse as Indigenous culture and heritage, Japanese internment in the second world war and Australia’s ageing population.<p>Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest, Cory Taylor’s My Beautiful Enemy and Alexis …

10 Unmissable Apps for Ipad and Iphone Photographers

When Apple launched the iPhone, most people realized there was about to be a revolution in mobile telecommunications, what perhaps, was not …

17 Power Snacks For Studying

Snack smart and study hard. That exam will be a piece of cake.

Oscars 2014: Peter Travers Picks Who Should (And Will) Win

Best Picture: Upsets and Snubs<p><b>Upsets:</b> I suppose it's possible that one of the other nominees could sneak in. Maybe the Weinstein Company's campaign …

Wall Street

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5 great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t

Apple’s mobile platform is quite capable, especially with the additions Apple has made recently in iOS 6 and iOS 7. Developers now have more access …

Decorating Ideas, Home Improvement, Cleaning & Organization Tips

The popular mandoline was sold under two different brand names.<p>Doctors and experts tell us exactly how to get rid of allergens for good!<p>Chefs and …

How Simple Mini Habits Can Change Your Life

<b>“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts</b><p>It was late 2012, just after Christmas, …

Federal parties struggle to stay on top of offensive Facebook comments

The recent terror attacks in Paris have unleashed a barrage of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant comments on the Facebook pages of federal politicians and their parties in Canada — much of it plainly visible to the public.<p>Managing racist, sexist, homophobic and harassing material is just one of the …

Our theatre critic's 10 favourite stage productions of 2013

Tis the season to lazily start articles with "tis the season" and make lists. I'm not immune to either of these impulses.<p>Here is a list of my 10 favourite productions of 2013 drawn strictly from my theatregoing in Canada (mostly in Toronto, it is true), with one New York show that had a strong …

The Weirdest Photo Research of 2013

As a photo editor for newyorker.com, I do daily research that largely consists of sifting through images to accompany our news and culture stories. Additionally, typically once a day, I am presented with a more conceptual article—one on, say, the threat of artificial intelligence, which may not …

The best long reads of 2013

10 of our most thought-provoking features — as chosen by you<p>Looking for some quality reading this holiday season? We’ve crunched the numbers and …

10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2013

It's usually easy to keep up with your favorite artists. You can follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook and check them out when they come to your town.<p>Falling in love with unfamiliar bands? That's not quite as simple. There are so many aspiring musicians out there, you can't possibly listen …

The Best Books of 2013, Part 1

<i>We asked some of our contributors for their favorite books they read this year. (Most listed new books, but a few picked older favorites.) Here’s the first installment.</i><p>This was the year Seamus Heaney died, so the best book of poems to read in 2013 was “<b>Seeing Things</b>,” my favorite of Heaney’s many …

The Globe’s top 10 books of 2013

<b>It will be remembered as the year of Alice Munro, of course, but 2013 also brought a bounty of exceptional new books. Here, we present excerpts of the Top 10 of the year – the works that asked important questions, garnered prizes and nominations, surprised and inspired us and, most simply, were</b> …

What books the best are reading: The authors of The Globe’s 2013 favourites tell us theirs

<i>We asked the authors of our favourite books of the year a simple question: Which books did you love most in 2013?</i><p><b>Malcolm Gladwell</b><p>I had an inspired stretch this fall when I read three great books in a row. First, Jonathan Dee's <i>A Thousand Pardons</i>, followed by Charles Belfoure's <i>The Paris Architect</i> – …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …