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Best Hotels in Florence

It's not hard to find a gorgeous place to stay in Florence—it seems like every cobblestoned street has an elegant villa or centuries-old palace to …

What to See and Do in Malta

Fifty miles south of the Sicilian coast, the under-the-radar island of Malta promises sun, sugar sand beaches, authentic seafood restaurants and …

Italy

Best Restaurants in Florence, Italy

Italy will forever be a foodie’s fairytale. Between the meats, cheeses, pastas, and wine (oh yes, the <i>vino</i>), it really has it all. And Florence is at …

Guide to the Amalfi Coast

Sure, you go to Rome to understand the glory of the ancient empire, Florence to comprehend the Renaissance, and Milan to see contemporary fashion and …

Italy

A 15-Minute, Chef-Approved Meal You'll Never Be Too Tired to Make

This stir-fried rice isn't based on authentic Asian recipes—although those that I have followed in the past all share the same spirit of improvisation. Rather, this is what I have come to rely on in my own home kitchen when I want a delicious dinner with very little effort.<p>At least once—and …

Recipes

There's a Right Way to Burn a Candle: Here's Everything You Need to Know

'Tis the season for hibernation. No matter what’s driving you indoors—the recent snow flurries, dipping temperatures, early night falls, or disheartening headlines—few things will help you dodge the winter blues like the warm glow of a candle. But whether you crave the inviting fragrance of a …

Decorations

The Cool Girl's Guide to Tuscany

It's not all epic vineyards and villas (but they've got those, too).<p>"My family summers in Tuscany," and "Oh, this wine? It's from our vineyard in Tuscany," are phrases I'd like to utter at some point in my life. Until that becomes a reality, I have to settle for shorter visits.<p>This fall I got my …

Italy

Far-Flung Hotels That Make You Feel Like You’ve Stepped Back in Time

Amidst the holiday frenzy, who can help but look back on more soothing, glamorous times, when palm trees swayed, lounge singers crooned, and your biggest struggle of the day was deciding between a Side Car and a Singapore Sling? If you’re craving an escape from the madness of the season (and the …

Grand Central Station

The Best Bakeries in Paris

While Mayson Kayser and Ladurée may have made their way Stateside, it’s still worth heading to the French capital for its famous fresh-baked goods. …

The Eternal Problem of Fur-Lined Shoes

Fur-lined shoes are warm, cozy, and smelly.<p><i>Out, Damned Spot</i> <i>has long provided general tips to keep your fashions looking amazing, but now, twice a month, I'll also be answering questions about the very specific problems your new (or old!) purchases may present. Do you have questions for me?</i> <i>Ask</b> …

Matted

11 Best Restaurants in Singapore That Do Not Have Michelin Stars

The recent launch of the Singapore Michelin Guide has seen 27 restaurants being bestowed the honourable star(s).Sure, we are extremely happy for the …

Marina Bay Sands

50 places in Europe you need to visit in your lifetime

We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in Europe.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam to laying out on the beaches of Lagos, Portugal, here are 50 things you need to do in Europe in your lifetime.

European Travel

11 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Cuba

One writer discovers a country of dizzying contradictions.<p>In the words of a local artist and friendly guide I met on a recent trip to Cuba, “The only way to understand Cuba is to be irrational.” The island nation is a place of paradoxes: one where you're at once in awe of Havana's history and …

12 Time-Saving Beauty Products to Get You Through Daylight Saving Time

We have a love/hate relationship with daylight saving time. After months of a dark winter with sub-zero temperatures, we can’t wait to soak in the …

It’s Time to KonMari Your Makeup Bag: The Life-Changing Magic of a 5-Product Regimen

“Keep things because you love them—not ‘just because.’ ” There lies the simple guiding philosophy of Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant whose book, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i>, has sold millions of copies around the world and made Kondo an unlikely household name. Her art of …

Minimalism

Florence: An Itinerary for a Timeless City

Florence: hub of the arts, birthplace of the Renaissance, popular tourist destination, and heart of Tuscany. She is a city of history, with seemingly endless surprises to be discovered within her mazes of streets. Here are some must see sites for any visitor's itinerary!<p><b>1. The Academia</b><p>The Academia …

This Country Has A Style That's All Its Own

After five months of travel, we finally got to see some familiar faces again. Our dear friends from home had planned to take a vacation in December …

Does Thread Count Really Matter? 4 Things You Need to Know Before Buying Sheets

Investing in your sheets marks a new stage in adulthood: You have your first job, your first apartment, your first “real” bed—and now you’re ready for the next stage. It’s time to do away with those leopard-print sheets from college in favor of a more sophisticated aesthetic. “You spend a third of …

Sewing

The 10 Best Books of 2015

In a year that saw books at the center of the conversation, here are the 10 that for us defined 2015.<p>With the return of the big novel, Hanya Yanagihara’s <i>A Little Life</i> (Doubleday) is the one that truly earned its weight in paper: Her saga of four friends in New York pinned us to the sofa until the …

Books

How to Bake Traditional Christmas Treats From Across Europe

No holiday travel plans this year? Take a culinary journey instead, by way of a smorgasbord of festive treats from across Europe.<p>We reached out to …

How to Ski Utah Like a Local

Deputy editor Candice Rainey, who grew up in Utah's powder-drenched mountains, shows us around this unsung ski mecca.

Skiing

Artist Illustrates Unusual and Romantic Holiday Traditions from Around the World

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a series of illustrations that are both whimsical and culturally enlightening? In collaboration with illustrator Marie Muravski, jewelry designer Vashi once again commissioned drawings of a romantic nature, except this time they asked for 20 …

Decorations

Perfect Pumpkin Pie: One Woman's Quest For Custard, Crust — And Glory

It was the best of pies, it was the worst of pies. I have baked many, many, many pies.<p>And when I first began making pumpkin pies this autumn, my results were at best inconsistent and, at worst, disastrous.<p>"One of the problems is most people make it once, maybe twice a year, right around the …

Baking

A Bright Winter Soup to Make Celery Root Less Scary

When I consider what to cook for dinner, <b>I often begin by choosing a single ingredient that either inspires me or intimidates me.</b> And then I cook with the ultimate goal of making that ingredient taste like the best possible version of itself.<p>Most will agree that celery root is more intimidating than …

Recipes

The Victoria’s Secret Angel Workout Playlist: 13 Songs to Take Your Body to the Next Level

Victoria’s Secret Angels are the stuff of bombshell legend—not only for their supernatural DNA, but also for the sheer willpower it takes to train like one. As proof, see the Instagram hashtag #TrainLikeAnAngel, under which you can find Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Sara Sampaio, and Jasmine …

Candice Swanepoel

18 Things All Women With Great Eyelashes Do

Turns out having lush lashes is a lot of work, but being able to bat them is worth it.<p>If you wake up with Bambi-like lashes, then more power to you. But if you're like the rest of the general population and need a little help in the lash department, these tips from Courtney Akai, owner of Courtney …

The Cheater's Guide to Good Skin: How To Hide Dark Circles (and Everything Else)

Last spring, during the final stretch of a Paris Fashion Week filled with late nights, early mornings, one too many champagne flurries, and the kind of all-around intense sleep deprivation that could take down a fourth-generation championship horse, I met a friend for a very early breakfast.<p>“What’s …

Beauty

The Stream diamond bracelet by Fernando Jorge

A bracelet like an artful moving sculpture, with diamonds of all shapes and sizes resonating throughout the piece.

Jewelry

50 Summer Salads You'll Actually Enjoy Eating