How a Salon Host Spends Her Sundays

“There’s a huge hunger among people to connect in real time and to look in people’s eyes,” said Susan MacTavish Best, the founder of Posthoc, a salon series with notable speakers, home-cooked meals and music presented in the SoHo loft where she also lives. “The city can be lonely,” she said. “There’s such a sense…

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A Muffin to Top Them All

When was the last time you saw a plain corn muffin out in the wild? Not a blueberry corn muffin. Not cornbread. Not fancy Italian polenta cake. I mean a simple, golden-domed corn muffin, like the ones my grandmother used to bake from a Jiffy box mix, except preferably made from scratch. You may not…

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‘Our Love Is Built to Last’

On Easter Sunday in 2014, Anthony Hemingway, a director and producer, was mingling with fellow congregants after a service at the Potter’s House at One LA in Los Angeles. Through the crowd gathered outside on La Brea Avenue, he noticed a friend chatting up a handsome stranger in a black suit, bow tie and round-frame…

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A Positive Outlook May Be Good for Your Heart

Having an optimistic mind-set may reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and early death, a review of studies has found. In previous studies, optimism has been shown to be associated with a range of favorable physical health outcomes and with greater success in work, school and relationships. This new meta-analysis, published in JAMA Network Open,…

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This Outrageous Chicken Should Be Dinner Tonight

Good morning. I love these fall mornings, not really cold where I stay but not summer-warm either, the air crisper than it was a few weeks ago, before the equinox. On weekends, in particular, more than at any other time of the year, I just want to get outside and cook: barbecued lamb for afternoon…

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Inside the Fashion Bubble

PARIS — When a parade of black-robed figures files solemnly by, each wielding a long, narrow black scepter, or spear (it was hard to tell), and then carefully mounts the walls of a giant reflecting pool and begins to dip the sticks into the water — and all this happens on the same day that…

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The Best Looks from Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week is in full swing and it is fashion’s raison d’être. As one of the top style capitals in the world it boasts all the chicest brands like Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, and ELLE.com is on the ground reporting from all of them. Click through to see our favorite looks, and make…

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A 19th-Century Home in Brooklyn Gets a 21st-Century Makeover

When Bobby Johnston and Ruth Mandl found the townhouse they wanted to buy in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, it had just one glaringly obvious problem: It was too nice. “We were originally looking for something that was pretty dilapidated,” Ms. Mandl said. “And this one looked a lot more pristine than we thought we wanted.” Mr. Johnston,…

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The Gift of the Missing Men

I am the daughter of a “holiday man,” a term my grandmother used to describe three generations of our family’s absentee fathers who, like clockwork, would return around Christmas before disappearing again to whereabouts unknown. Back when I was coming-of-age and grappling with the absence of my own father, my grandfather, a former holiday man,…

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How Yandy Creates Their Crazy—and Controversial—Halloween Costumes

Costume company Yandy is notorious for turning objectively un-hot people, ideas and things into sexy Halloween outfits. They’ve also been known to ruffle a few feathers in the process—last year, social media backlash led to the recall of their horned up take on Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale. Past Yandy costumes have included a Sexy Freddy Kreuger…

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