Sophia Samdani

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Sipping tea and making friends on an 85-hour Indian train odyssey

If all journeys are teachers, a journey to India may well be the greatest of them all. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God.” It was in search of a new dance that I purchased a one-way ticket for the longest train trip in India.<p>Indian Railways train #15906—the …

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*AD'*s Guide to Cartagena, Colombia

The Colombian city of Cartagena works its magic with enchanting Spanish Colonial architecture, cultural riches, and a sophisticated international crowd<p>To walk the sultry streets of Cartagena de Indias, the vibrant Caribbean port on Colombia’s northern coast, is to feel a Gabriel García Márquez …

Beyond Barcelona: A hiking, biking and ballooning adventure in Catalonia

Short breaks in Spain<p>There's more to Catalonia than its capital city, says Jane Last, who hikes and bikes her way through the region.<p>Set the mood<p>Up, …

12 Reasons to Visit Abu Dhabi Now

Abu Dhabi is one of the most well-organized and charming cities in the Middle East. With its impressive cultural sights, vibrant social scene, and …

Best Beaches in Jamaica

This Montego Bay beach may be on the small side, but it’s got a lively atmosphere, drawing locals and tourists to its white sandy shores. The …

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An Alternative Travel Guide to Tulum, Mexico

Even Goths can enjoy a Mexican beach vacation, now and again.<p>My friend Yukiro and I were excited to indulge in a week of lounging, at Karisma's ocean-front resort. However, we didn't want to miss out on the mysterious Mayan pyramids and art, in nearby Tulum.<p>Our trip ended up being a perfect blend …

These Are the Best Places to Travel in January

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai Is a Healthy Twist on Takeout

Whisk together the tamarind paste, fish sauce, and palm sugar for the sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of water, to thin out the sauce. Microwave on high …

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Can This Weird Fungus Give You Perfect Skin?

Add this to your skin-care vocabulary: Tremella fuciformis, also known as snow mushroom.<p>Add this to your skin-care vocabulary: Tremella fuciformis, also known as snow mushroom. It sounds like something Queen Elsa would order on her pizza, and yes, it is a fungus, but it looks more like a white …

Buzzfeed's best beauty products of 2015

If you're trying step up your beauty game in the new year, you won't have to look far for the best products.<p>Augusta Falletta, BuzzFeed’s health and beauty editor, stopped by TODAY Tuesday to share the site’s best beauty products of 2015.<p>And don't forget to check out the best drugstore products of …

Bazaar's 50 Best Anti-Aging Tips of All Time

15 Secrets to Great Skin

The best buys for total complexion perfection.<p>The best buys for total complexion perfection. Plus, the top wipes, foams, and oils to remove makeup.

Need Something To Smooth Lumps and Bumps (Or Support Your Boobs!) Under Your Wedding Dress? Here Are 9 Wedding Undergarments To Consider!

Save the Date reader Kat is in desperate need of some wedding day shapewear, so I thought I'd do a roundup of all sorts of wedding undergarments!<p><b>Writes Kat:</b><p>My wedding day is just a month away! I need to find some good (and preferably pretty!) shapewear to wear under my wedding dress. My dress is a …

These Are the 19 Products I Put on My Face in One Day

As a beauty editor, I admit, I don’t exactly have a streamlined beauty routine. I’m often testing out products as part of my job. Plus, I'm obsessive …

The 5 Most Popular Wedding DJs in Chicago

<i>To help you find the best wedding vendors for your big day, we've teamed up with Wedding Wire to bring you hundreds of florists, venues, cake bakers and other vendors across the country! Not only that, but we've got photos, booking info and real brides' reviews of florists, venues, cake bakers and</i> …

The 5 Best LA Locations for Snapping Engagement Photos

Between its verdant allure, coastal panoramas, and cultural landmarks, Los Angeles is an excllent locale for any sort of artistic endeavor. From Hollywood to Venice Beach, the region offers some of the world's most vivid vistas for a theatrical photo shoot. Couples searching for the ultimate …

12 Etsy Shops Every Bride Should Know About

1<p>Flapper Doodle<p><b>The seller:</b> After an image of one of Kate Gabrielle’s casual doodles got lots of attention on Flickr, the self-taught illustrator and …

How to Erase the Beauty Sins of Summer: A Derm’s Guide to Better Skin

It’s been a wonderful summer. You swam in lakes and seas, ran through fields, finished books, and felt the sun on your face in far-flung destinations. The sillage of sunscreen, salt, and spilt rosé is still heavy on your straw bags and eyelet sundresses. But no matter how low-key or carefree your …

Sephora's 10 Best Face Masks, Vetted by Pro Makeup Artists

2015 is shaping up to be the year of the face mask. The options — clay, mud, charcoal, sweet avocado — are endless, as are the promises to fight blemishes and hydrate; wipe out dead skin cells and improve texture; and get rid of blackheads and tighten pores.<p>Below, Sephora makeup artists share their …

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How to Apply Blush for Your Wedding

Chasing that wedding-day glow? We asked makeup artist Mally for the rules every blushing bride should follow, from choosing the right shade to keeping it subtle. Try her tips before you go rosy!<p><b>1. When it comes to cheek color, more is not more.</b><p>The reason some people's blush can look clownish, Mally …

What to Expect After the Honeymoon

Watching the honeymoon tan fade can be brutal for some brides. After you've been the center of attention for so many months, it can feel anticlimactic to unpack your bags and return to the humdrum of everyday life. (With a mountain of thank-you notes to crank out, to boot.) Some newlyweds go …

30 Bridal Shower Game Ideas

Looking for bridal shower game ideas? We’ve got tons, including games from our favorite wedding experts who’ve played them all. Here are some bridal shower game ideas that are sure to provide creative, quirky diversions that attendees can get excited about. See which bridal shower games you and …

Perfect Fragrances for Your Honeymoon

One way to guarantee you'll remember your honeymoon forever? (Aside from, you know, documenting the whole thing on Instagram.) Choose a perfume that's just for the occasion! Since scent and memory are so closely linked, whatever fragrance you wear will always remind you of that blissful vacation. …

How to Pull Off an Engagement Party Turned Surprise Wedding

Time constraints. Family drama. A limited budget. There are so many reasons real couples decide to say to heck with tradition and shock their friends and family with a surprise wedding. One of the easiest ways to make it happen? Disguise your big day as an engagement party! To ensure everything …

6 Pro Pre-Wedding Fitness Tips

No one knows more what it means to get in shape for your wedding day better than FlyBarre instructor Alyse Zwick (her class blends Flywheel's popular cycling regimen with the total body toning benefits of Barre), who also happens to be a bride-to-be! Whether you want to lose a bit of weight or just …

The Most Popular Wedding Cake Bakers in Chicago

<i>To help you find the best wedding vendors for your big day, we've teamed up with Wedding Wire to bring you hundreds of florists, venues, cake bakers and other vendors across the country! Not only that, but we've got photos, booking info and real brides' reviews of florists, venues, cake bakers and</i> …