12 Crossbody Bags to Buy Before Your Self-Imposed No-Shop January

Your holiday shopping list may be long, but convince yourself it’s ok to indulge in something practical (for yourself of course) like a Prada bag. Loads of crossbodies, the workhorse of your wardrobe are on sale, so check out this roundup of our favorite picks ahead.

Browsing: Gifts for the Person Who’s Cooler Than You Are

Consider this our present to you, dear reader: a stress-free gift guide with plenty of special treats for all of the special women on your list — mother, sister, BFF or just that girl you keep seeing in the mirror. Image 1. A black purse that’s far from boring, this cross-body shearling pouch adds unexpected…

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Dior Taps Women Artists to Create Exclusive Lady Bags

This spring, Dior made shirts that blared «Why are there no great women artists?» The question was a quote from feminist art theorist Linda Nochlin, and though it may not be true (Frida! Georgia! Alma Thomas! Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun!), it was provocative enough to spur both Instagram snaps and clothing sales. This week as…

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Six to 8 Hours a Night May Be the Sweet Spot for Sleep

Image Getting enough sleep is healthful, but getting too much might not be. Researchers gathered health and lifestyle information, including self-reported sleep data, on 116,632 people in 21 countries. Over eight years of follow-up, they recorded 4,381 deaths and 4,365 major cardiovascular events. The study, in the European Heart Journal, found that compared with people…

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NO Regrets: Strutting the Red Carpet and Worrying About Climate Change

Michael R. Bloomberg stood on the red carpet Monday night, smiling his tight smile and rebuffing questions about whether he planned to run for president. His hearing also seemed to fail when asked if he would wed his longtime partner, Diana Taylor. “I didn’t hear that question,” he said, all three times it was asked.…

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Phys Ed: Nike Vaporfly 4% Shoe May Make Some Run Faster

The distinctive and controversial Nike Vaporfly 4% running shoe is supposed to improve running ease and speed by as much as 4 percent, as its name suggests. Two new laboratory studies of the shoes suggest that those claims are credible. The new studies, which were not funded by Nike, find that wearing the shoes makes…

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James Duke, 88, Globe-Trotting Authority on Healing Plants, Is Dead

The life-changing experience for James A. Duke came as he roamed the lush jungles of Panama in the mid-1960s, munching on the plants indigenous peoples used for food and medicine and learning firsthand about them. At the time, he was two years into his job as a botanist for the Department of Agriculture and working…

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Why Are Scientists So Upset About the First Crispr Babies?

A Chinese scientist recently claimed he had produced the world’s first gene-edited babies, setting off a global firestorm. If true — the scientist has not yet published data that would confirm it — his actions would be a sensational breach of international scientific conventions. Although gene editing holds promise to potentially correct dangerous disease-causing mutations…

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Tech Fix: I Tried to Make My Dog an Instagram Celebrity. I Failed.

Last spring, I started an Instagram account that featured my dog, Max, trying to eat my home-cooked meals. I was confident it would be an overnight sensation. Foodies and corgi lovers, after all, are two of the biggest audiences on the photo-sharing site. Combining the two, I jokingly told my colleagues, would be my ticket…

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