Chanel Will No Longer Use Exotic Skins In Its Future Collections

Getty ImagesChristian Vierig This year alone, a slew of major fashion labels have adopted a sustainable approach to fashion by completely forgoing fur in its future collections, including Burberry, Donna Karan/ DKNY, Donatella Versace, and most recently, Jean Paul Gaultier. Today, Chanel is getting on board with fashion’s shift toward ethical sourcing, as the brand…

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Medical News Today: Undetectable viral load: Everything you need to know

Advances in medicine have made it possible for a person living with HIV to have an undetectable viral load with traditional blood testing methods. If HIV is undetectable over an extended period, it is also untransmittable. An undetectable viral load is when a person has so little of the virus in their blood that a…

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Front Burner: Chocolate With a Mulled Wine Center

It’s truffle season, a confluence of sumptuous chocolate and the fragrant black and white fungi, all worthy of the holidays. On the chocolate front, there’s a new contender from Fritz Knipschildt, a Connecticut chocolatier. A spicy mulled wine filling is covered with a coating of dark chocolate festively traced with red and white and packed…

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Front Burner: A California Cab for Someone Special

There are many commendable California cabs, but my favorite is Ridge Monte Bello, a Bordeaux blend from a vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains that’s predominantly cabernet sauvignon. This fall, the winery — which is best known for its zinfandels and is extremely selective when it comes to making its signature Monte Bello available —…

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Front Burner: Celebrating the Menorahs That Hold the Hanukkah Lights

There are countless menorahs, the candelabras designed for Hanukkah, when the eight candles are lit, night by night, with blessings and the shamash, or “helper candle.” Starting Dec. 6, the museum in the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue will give you some idea of the variety. Scores of menorahs from the private collection of Aharon Ben…

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Front Burner: Shelsky’s Branches Into Bagels

For Shelsky’s latest venture, it’s all about the bagels. At their new Park Slope location, the owners Peter Shelsky and Lewis Spada have brought on Matthew Tilden, who was at Scratchbread in Bedford-Stuyvesant, to bake bagels that, while quite plump, are denser, chewier and crisper than the usual examples of the genre. The partners are…

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An Ancient Corner of Italy Finds the World on Its Doorstep

A mayor really isn’t supposed to say something like this. “We don’t want tourists.” I waited for the punch line. None came. “We don’t want to be occupied by tourists,” he continued. Tourism, he explained, will deplete a city of its soul — and this city has a prehistoric soul. I was in Matera, an…

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Developing an Alter Ego Is the Power Move You’re Forgetting About

As far as alter egos go, pop culture has commandeered the term a bit. We’re used to seeing celebrities share theirs with the world as a way to express another side of the artist, but it’s more than a marketing ploy. An alter ego—a variation of oneself—is something anyone, anywhere, can utilize to step more…

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Personal Health: The Secret to Good Health May Be a Walk in the Park

Even though I was heading to a highly coveted job at The New York Times in 1965, I was heartbroken to leave Minneapolis, where I had begun my journalistic career two years earlier. Minneapolis was then, and still is, a slice of heaven for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. According to an ambitious project…

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Resurrecting a New Orleans Bar and Its Dramatic Drink

New Orleans has a good track record for celebrating its native cocktails. The drinks are so beloved by locals that there may as well be huge statues of the Sazerac and Ramos Gin Fizz in Jackson Square. One classic New Orleans cocktail, however, has suffered from neglect. The brandy crusta is a Cognac drink supported…

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