I Never Promised You an Herb Garden: 6 Green Scents for Summer

Sometime near the dawn of the 12th century, the German Benedictine abbess and all-around mystical soothsayer Hildegard of Bingen became obsessed with the concept of viriditas, a word she stole from the Latin root for greenery but twisted into her own ecstatic definition. For Hildegard, who was also, as of 2012, anointed by the pope…

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Noted Rogue Oleg Cassini’s Estate Finally on the Block

Oleg Cassini seduced me. It wasn’t his thatch of thick white hair, trim frame or silky continental drawl that sent my imagination into overdrive, but his outsize gift for spinning tales. Cassini was 91 when we spoke in 2005: best known then as Jacqueline Kennedy’s designer, the silver-tongued bon vivant who helped shape her image…

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Americans’ Shifting Attitude on Gay Rights

You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now O.K. to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly…

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Our Best Fourth of July Recipes: Hamburgers, Coleslaw, Homemade Ice Cream and More

Independence Day, or the Fourth of July as most of us call it, commemorates the date in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, a written resolution announcing the United States’ freedom from British rule. (The legal separation actually happened two days before, on July 2.) In our founding fathers’ honor, let’s…

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Will Cool Clothes Make Young People Love Golf?

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Last Tuesday, as men in penny loafers descended on this golfers’ paradise, Stephen Malbon surveyed the backyard of a Spanish Colonial mansion and lit up a fat blunt. A hundred or so people had come to celebrate a collaboration between his apparel brand, Malbon Golf, and Beats, the headphone maker. “There’s…

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Net-a-Porter Launches New Sustainable Brand Vertical

As the apparel industry has woken up to threats of climate change (and their part in the issue) several brands have taken major steps to reduce their impact on the environment. Today, luxury retailer Net-a-Porter has announced that they are joining the effort launching Net Sustain, a new vertical on the site that’s a one-stop…

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When Only a Superyacht Will Do

Most vacation home buyers gravitate to beach destinations, mountain locales or golf and ski communities. But for some in the very deep-pocketed-set, only a superyacht will do. Defined as boats that are at least 90 feet long, these yachts are floating mansions that travel wherever their owners want them to go. The Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts…

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Room for Horses and Guitars and Dogs and Trumpets, in the Bay Area

Like many people who build a home for themselves, Ed and Julie Divita wanted to make sure theirs catered to their passions. Mr. Divita, 57, dreamed of a stand-alone music studio filled with the guitars, drums and keyboards he plays in jam sessions with his grown children. Ms. Divita, also 57, is an equestrian vaulting…

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Shut Out by Shoe Giants, ‘Mom and Pop’ Stores Feel Pinched

BELFAST, Me. — Colburn Shoe Store, established in 1832, advertises itself as the oldest shoe store in the country. It has occupied the same small storefront on Belfast’s Main Street since 1905. It’s a place where the owner, Colby Horne, and his father, Brian, remember the brand and size their customers like, and those of…

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Letter of Recommendation: Stick-and-Poke Tattoos

A few years ago, a friend of mine who teaches at a college in upstate New York went to the doctor for a checkup. He’s a big guy, and he removed his blazer and XXL oxford shirt to reveal his torso, which is festooned with homemade tattoos. On his forearm is one I gave him…

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