I’m Replacing My Hoops With These Pearl Earrings I Saw on Instagram

I’ve been wearing the same gold hoop earrings for months on end. They’ve become my «signature,» but almost in a bad way. They’re like a safety net that lull me to sleep, sometimes literally because I wear them to bed every night. On special occasions I’ll try swapping them out for a beaded statement pair,…

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36 Hours: 36 Hours in Chicago

Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods — including Lincoln Park, home to the new Wrightwood 659 gallery — offer myriad reasons to stray from the beaten path. But lately the Loop, as the downtown district is called for the elevated train tracks that encircle it, is fighting for your attention with a new architecture center, writers’ museum, river…

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Living With Cancer: Flat Out: Rejecting Breast Reconstruction

In the recently published memoir “Flat: Reclaiming My Body From Breast Cancer,” Catherine Guthrie tells the story of grievous medical mistakes that she managed to record without sugarcoating their consequences or flailing against the injustice of it all. A women’s health reporter, Ms. Guthrie approached the cancer experience guided and guarded by her previous investigations.…

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Rites of Passage: How I Quit the Bottle (the Hair Dye Bottle)

As I sat in the colorist’s chair in a high-end salon, I could not help but admire how young I looked. My gray roots had just been obliterated with a $300 Chernobyl of Deep Chocolate Mocha and Buttery Caramel lowlights. But I knew my hair high would be, as usual, a short-lived buzz. Within days,…

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The Graduates

On a Tuesday afternoon in September at Public School 42 on Hester Street, there were drinks spilled on the floor of the cafeteria and wadded-up notebook paper littered here and there. Tiny chairs for tiny students were arranged in loose lines, barely at knee height, but P.S. 42’s students weren’t coming. The chairs were awaiting…

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Unbuttoned: The Season of Peak Sneaker Silliness

Image Escada, spring 2019.CreditBebeto Matthews/Associated Press Way back in the wild days of fashion yore, in January, 2014, Karl Lagerfeld held a couture show set in a fictional Cambon Club (like the Cotton Club, but not), complete with a full orchestra and grand, sweeping staircase, down which his models tripped in gossamer, bejeweled creations, each…

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Where Has All the Tab Gone? A Shortage Panics Fans

The plea for Tab came across in a message on Facebook. It was Sept. 27, and Anne White saw a post from a neighbor telling her their local grocery store in Cincinnati had been stripped of the diet soda, last popular in the 1980s and now a cult favorite. “I drank my last one a…

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Omega-3s in Fish Oils Tied to Healthy Aging

Image Higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, the fats found in fish, are linked to a healthier old age, according to a new study. Researchers tracked 2,622 adults, average age 74 and healthy at the start of the study, from 1992 to 2006, looking to see if they continued to live without chronic diseases…

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High Blood Pressure of Pregnancy Tied to Dementia Later in Life

Image Having pre-eclampsia — dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy — is linked to an increased risk for dementia later in life, according to a new study. Up to 5 percent of pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia, usually after the 20th week. In addition to hypertension, the condition can include signs of diminished kidney or liver…

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