Meet the Designers from Project Runway Season 18

Melanie Trygg Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington Currently: Orcas Island, Washington Competitive advantage: Because I live in such a remote area, I think my relatively grounded energy and lack of exposure to current trends will help me to keep my unique point of view. Biggest influences: The untouched beauty of nature in the Pacific Northwest, paired…

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The Year’s Best Pastry Cookbooks

Good morning. My friend Kurt makes the cornbread dressing we eat every year on Thanksgiving, has done so for 20 years, and for each and every one of them he’s made enough to feed an army. Leftover dressing is a highlight of my post-Thanksgiving nights, well into this week. Maybe that’s the case for you…

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Dior Collaborates with Air Jordan on Air Dior Sneakers

The past few weeks have been particularly busy for the sneaker world, as collaborations between legacy sports brands and luxury labels have been popping up left and right. First, Prada and Adidas unveiled its much-hyped about sneaker. Now, Air Jordan and Dior are entering the fray with its upcoming Air Dior shoe. The Air Dior…

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Trends in Alcohol at Weddings

When it comes to weddings, a lot goes into planning to make sure the guests have the time of their lives. From decorations to the details of the menu, there’s a lot of decisions that the bride and groom must make to make their happily ever after a reality. The menu may seem like one…

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How to Travel Car-Free With a Family

When I moved to New York and started a car-free travel blog in 2007, I was a recovering Los Angeles transplant, keen to ditch driving and atone for my environmental sins. I hiked the Appalachian Trail off the Metro-North train, surfed via the Queens-bound A subway and biked into the Hudson Valley from the Bronx’s…

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Bats Play Key Pollinating Role for Durians

Known as the world’s smelliest fruit, durians are also essential to the farming economy of Indonesia. Although repulsive to many Western noses — some compare the smell to rotting trash — durians command the highest unit price of any fruit in Indonesia, with an export value of more than $250 million in 2013. Hoping to…

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25 Again? How Exercise May Fight Aging

Regular exercise throughout adulthood may protect our muscles against age-related loss and damage later, according to an interesting new study of lifelong athletes and their thighs. The study finds that active older men’s muscles resemble, at a cellular level, those of 25-year-olds and weather inflammatory damage much better than the muscles of sedentary older people.…

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In Italy, Art Becomes Reality

PIETRASANTA, Italy — Franco Cervietti carved his first full-size copy of Michelangelo’s “David” when he was 29. He would sculpt the 17-foot-tall masterpiece five more times over 60 years in his family’s Pietrasanta workshop, chiseling it in the same cloud-colored Carrara marble that Michelangelo selected from the quarries of this area, a stone first excavated…

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Craftsmanship Times Three

A pair of glasses. Comfortable loafers. A white shirt. Many of us have smart wardrobe staples for a reason — practical multipurpose pieces that save time and energy when considering what to wear every day. What these pieces never need to be, however, is ordinary. Nor should they come at the sacrifice of individual style.…

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The French Fries Are Doing Just Fine

A potato paucity is upon us, and French fry aficionados are worried. Multiple news headlines this week have warned of a “possible French fry shortage” this year after a weaker harvest for many potato farmers in the United States and Canada. But experts say French fry consumers probably shouldn’t worry too much, because producers of…

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