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Singer asked whites to move to back of audience, people of color to move to front. Then it got ugly.

Lido Pimienta, a Colombian-Canadian singer, asked white audience members to move to the back of the concert hall and people of color to move to the front during her Halifax Pop Explosion gig at the Marquee Ballroom in Nova Scotia’s capital last month, Billboard reported.<p>While Pimienta’s request was …

The 13 Best Countries for Americans Who Want to Live Abroad

America's classic shut-down line is "Love it or leave it," which, strictly speaking, is a false choice. You can love your country and leave it. Now …

Scone Baking Guide

<i>...scones are surprisingly simple to make — and irresistible...</i><p><b>When you're checking out the breakfast options at your local bakery or coffee shop,</b> …

Baking

10 favorite online shops for vintage finds

Happy Friday loves! Today, I'm sharing another Friday <i>Where to Shop</i>. This week, I am featuring my <b>10 Favorite Online Shops for Vintage Finds</b>.<p>The thrill of the hunt! Don't you love it?! You enter the jungle of dust and the discarded and come out on the other side hauling out the treasure. Pretty darn …

AOL

Six Simple Oil-Free Salad Dressings

Make your salads better than ever, with these 6 delicious and easy-to-make salad dressings.<p>So you've heard that a whole food plant-based diet doesn't …

Chinese Roast Chicken Recipe

<i>This Chinese roast chicken recipe takes its intoxicating aroma from its fragrant spice rub of star anise, cinnamon, fennel, cardamom, and ginger.</i> …

Spices

This Brownie Cookie Is Topped With A Ball Of Happiness

Creamy PB? Check. Decadent brownie? Check. Crispy cookie? Check. Pure bliss? CHECK.<p>Servings: 24<p>1 box brownie mix<p>1 egg<p>¼ cup butter, melted<p>4 oz cream cheese, softened<p>3/4 cup creamy peanut butter<p>3/4 cup powdered sugar<p>6 oz chocolate, melted<p>1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F/175˚C.<p>2. In a large bowl, combine …

Get Into These Macchiato Macarons Because They're So Cute

...AND EAT THEM UP!<p>Servings: 16-18 macarons<p><b>For the cookie:</b><br>3 large egg whites (100g), room temperature<p>¼ cup granulated sugar (50g)<p>1 ¾ cup powdered sugar (200g)<p>1 cup superfine almond flour (110g) (if unable to find "superfine" it is recommended that you pulse the almond flour in a food processor …

8 things to know about building a design portfolio

Bloc's Emelyn Baker on creating a design portfolio that lets your passion shine.The post 8 things to know about building a design portfolio appeared …

UX Design
Jamie Vardy

Chocolate glazed doughnuts and a syrup-soaked babka

During my book tour of the US last autumn, my assistant and I joked about an alternate Instagram universe – would-be posts from less-savoury things behind the scenes ...<p><i>Post one</i>: I’m flying alone, London to New York whilst six months’ pregnant. Got an extremely heavy carry-on suitcase full of …

Baking

DIY Floors that Look Like a Million Bucks

Flooring is one of the things that has the biggest impact on the look of a room — but beautiful floors can also be really expensive. But the good …

Rental Housing

Does Rhubarb Deserve Its Killer Reputation?

Rhubarb is next to impossible to kill.<p>Here in northern Vermont, rhubarb is about the first thing that pops up in our garden in the spring—and that’s not due to us; over the years, we’ve inadvertently squashed it, stepped on it, weed-whacked it, and even mowed it down with the tractor. And still it …

Build This Sexy Modern Bench Using Nothing But 2 x 4s

This lovely bench seat only looks expensive.<p>"Less is more" definitely applies to modern furniture. But despite its simple lines, modern style furniture can be expensive. This well-designed bench, on the other hand, looks great and only takes a few hours to build while costing less than $50 in …

Woodworking

18 Easy Desserts That Only Look Impossible

Intimate Portraits of Gypsies Recreated in the Style of the Old Masters

In his series <i>The Dream Goes Over Time,</i> Madrid-based photographer Pierre Gonnord recreates the Old Master painting style in this timeless portrait series featuring Portuguese Alentejo gypsies. Gonnord, who seeks to use art to give voices to marginalized people, frames his subjects as royal figures, …

Photography

20 Award-Winning Wedding Photographs of 2014

Four times a year, the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographer (or ISPWP) holds a members-only contest to pick out the best wedding photographs of the year. The ISPWP is an organization, created by professional photographers, that brings together the top wedding photographers in …

Framing

Here's What Donuts Look Like All Around The World

Photo Credit: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez via Getty Images<p>Let's be honest: Is there anything better than biting into a warm, airy, fresh donut?<p>Though it's tough to get most countries to agree on anything, the need for fried dough seems to be universal -- but <i>how</i> it's prepared is another story. …

Baking

7 things to do with your money when you get your first real job

With the second one, though, you have a prime opportunity to start setting yourself up for success.<p>"I think it's a big transition," says financial planner Michael Solari. "Especially coming from college, not making any money, to coming home with a paycheck. People's heads spin about what they …

Personal Finance

The Non-Judgmental Guide to Getting Seriously Into Tea

My friend Laura is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to a tiny tea shop in a Queens strip mall, where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over China and Taiwan.<p>"I want you to see the amazing teas I keep …

Tea

How Do You Know What Love Is?

What is it — I struggle to know it as I desperately attempt to dig its remains out of my memory. I scour the surface of old photographs, fraying love …

Beauty Lighting Comparison Tests: Broncolor Parabolic vs Beauty Dish vs Octabox by Karl Taylor

In this video ( "go to minute five" ) Karl Taylor tests and compares some of his favourite lighting modifiers for fashion and beauty photography.<p>Via …

How to Take Photos in Low Light

Images of night scenes never fail to impress. Night-time images have great ambiance, something which is often absent in flat, bright, daylight …

Landscape Photography

The craziest OkCupid date ever

Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes. It sure beat meeting for coffee<p>We’re standing on the side of a highway in Budapest, trying to hitch a ride. I’m elegantly dressed for a proper afternoon at the National Gallery in a green embroidered dress and a knotted …