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Want to beat FGM? Donate your wedding dress

Writer Emily Phillips was appalled to learn the realities of female genital mutilation. So when her friend, economist Kirsten Edwards-Warren suggested they start a charity? She jumped straight on board<p>Eight months ago, I was just days away from my wedding, when I had a call from my friend Kirsten …

Eclectic Mint & Gold Outdoor Wedding

When it came time to pick a wedding location, these two California sweethearts chose to venture back to where it all began - San Luis Obispo. Opting …

10 Minutes with Maggie Sottero's Creative Director Kelly Midgley

Maggie Sottero is a wildly popular bridal brand, and we sat down with Kelly Midgley, the brand's creative director, to learn about how she handles designing huge collections (85 to 100 wedding dress styles per season!), her favorite silhouettes, and the brand's recent collaboration with newly …

DIY Weddings: See This Blogger’s Ethereal Beach Wedding

A beach is the quintessential backdrop for a jaw-dropping wedding. Coreen Murphy, my sis and founder of The Food Click, knew this well when she decided to hold her nuptial fete at the gorgeous Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, CA. Her day was nothing short of fabulous, thanks to all the DIY details, gold …

Weddings

8 of the strangest places on planet Earth

EARTH IS A MIGHTY BIG PLACE, and if you’re willing to strap on some snowshoes or trek through barren deserts there’s a whole lot of strangeness left …

9 of the best Airbnbs in Barcelona

Around the world, Airbnb has properties ranging from treehouses and small huts in Indonesia to mansions in England. As the company grows, it’s likely …

Cliff Ford, Toronto dad, posed as preteen daughter to bust online predator

Like so many parents, Toronto dad Cliff Ford just wanted to keep his children safe online.<p>He had no idea that his efforts would eventually help U.S. …

Crime

Scarecrow People Are Slowly Taking Over A Japanese Village

There is a Japanese village, deep in the mountains, where residents are slowly being replaced by life-sized scarecrows. Only 35 people remain in the small town of Nagoro, and they are now outnumbered three-to-one by scarecrows.<p>Hundreds of families once called Nagoro home, but over time, people …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Self-improvement

The 55 Essential Movies Your Child Must See (Before Turning 13)

20th Century Fox[/caption]<p>There are people out there who have never seen <i>The Princess Bride</i>. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to …

Wedding Music DJ Kiss Tips for Playlist Songs

DJ KISS has lent her musical talents to some of the most chic events around the world, having spun for the likes of Prince, Naomi Campbell, Alexander Wang, and others. This means that she definitely knows how to get the party started (and what more memorable party will you have in your life than …

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dresses, Monique Lhuillier Bliss Wedding Gowns

If a white wedding dress doesn't feel quite right but you don't want to walk down the aisle in a brightly colored gown, consider one of these seven dresses from Monique Lhuillier's Bliss line, all of which have just a hint of color.<p><b>Wedding Dress 1</b><p><b>Wedding Dress 2</b><p><b>Wedding Dress 3</b><p><b>Wedding Dress 4</b><p><b>Wedding</b> …

The Swiss train tourists don’t take

The Rhäetian Railway provides an awe-inspiring, adrenaline-inducing ride past therapeutic springs and mountain-perched castles, crossing 84 tunnels and 383 bridges along the way.<p>I floated in a steamy, 38C rooftop pool, watching glints of the sinking copper sun reflect off the Rhäetian Alps. Located …

European Travel

Pretty Wedding Dress Sashes: Sparkly Sashes for Wedding Dresses

If your everyday wardrobe is unfussy, there's nothing wrong with opting for a simple wedding dress too. {<i>Not every bride wants to look like a cupcake!</i> } Plus, you'll probably save a bundle if you're not paying for two miles of lace and tulle. And if you want to take a simple wedding dress's "fancy" …

Sexual violence in war: Jolie opens summit in London

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/entertainment/1083000/1083363_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522547405_53ecc642d992bafaa07744fc21df62ed<p><b>The actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie has said a four-day summit on ending sexual violence during war must send a message that there</b> …

Africa

File Under: Actually I Might Use That

<i>A man and his bucket</i><p>Sometimes when you love two things very much it's easy to delude yourself into imagining an ideal pairing where you can enjoy …

New Jersey

25 American Classics Everyone Should Read At Least Once

And maybe it's finally time to enjoy "The Grapes of Wrath" and other classics, instead of just the CliffsNotes version.<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us create a list of 25 American classics everyone should read.<p>From John …

Literature

Amal Alamuddin's Wedding Dress Pictures, George Clooney Wedding Pictures

Amal Alamuddin is pretty much every wedding dress designer's dream bride. She's got the gorgeous looks and the handsome groom—and all eyes the world over are going to be on this wedding. Here, 10 top designers dreamed up 11 over-the-top amazing wedding dresses for the future Mrs. George</b> …

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

Austria

15 Truly Breathtaking Pools From Around The World

Forget the world's most crowded swimming pool. If you're planning a vacation in the future, why not treat yourself to a dash of luxury and check into …

23 foods worth traveling for [pics]

Recent years have seen a rise in food tours, but I’ve never needed an excuse to travel based on food alone.<p>One of my personal “travel rules” is that …

South America

5 badass New Zealand itineraries for surf, snow, and flow

NEW ZEALAND’S exceptional geography — mountains in close proximity to the ocean and rivers flowing out to enormous, wave-filled bays — creates all …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You can read a version of this story in …

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Underground Farm That Delivers Rare Herbs to New York’s Top ChefsBespoke greens and flowers are grown-to-order in Manhattan.by John …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

FEATURE-EMPTY<p>Energy Kinder Morgan readies for legal action in Trans Mountain pipeline feud Subscriber content<p>Morning Business Briefing How the loonie fares when the VIX spikes. (Well, there’s a reason it’s called the ‘fear index’) Subscriber content<p>Streetwise Flurry of deals in cannabis industry …

The Loveliest Short Story You Will Read Today Was Published on Craigslist

"Missed Connection" stays with you.<p>Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Chris Heller<p>Craigslist: that scourge of the newspaper industry, that den of lust, that middleman responsible for an untold number of bedbug crises.<p>Or, Craigslist: the Internet's simplest and most ingenious disruptor, a digital equivalent of …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …