Her Lifestyle Brands Include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga

Up Next: Nicole Quinn Age: 34 Hometown: Surrey, England Now Lives: In a four-bedroom house in Burlingame, Calif. Claim to Fame: Ms. Quinn is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, Calif., with high-profile clients including Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. Nicknamed the “celebrity whisperer,” Ms. Quinn often commutes…

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Neiman Marcus’ Fantasy Gifts Are Everything I’ve Ever Wanted

If the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book isn’t the peak of holiday season, I don’t know what is. The luxury department chain’s annual catalog of top-tier holiday gifts are well worth getting on Santa’s nice list for—a $35,000 Moët and Chandon vending machine, anyone?—and past Fantasy Gifts include everything from a $150,000 Arch motorcycle designed by…

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The Best Roast Potatoes Manage to Get Even Better

There are thoughts that roll around inside a professional recipe writer’s head on a seasonal cycle: “How many more words can one write about hamburgers?” “Can we just agree that spatchcocking is the best way to roast a turkey?” “Doesn’t everyone in the world know how to boil an egg by now?” (The responses, in…

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What to Cook Tonight (Nothing!)

Good morning. No cooking tonight. I want you to order a pizza from your favorite source for ordered pizza; or call in to the Chinese restaurant that’s pretty good; or pick up Indian food from the spot near the highway. You could get a rotisserie chicken. I suppose you could heat water for some blue-ribbon…

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If You Love ‘The Crown,’ You’ll Love These Books

Good news for viewers ready to take a break from the drama in D.C.: The third season of “The Crown” has landed on Netflix. In the recently released trailer, as Queen Elizabeth (played by Olivia Colman) is getting ready for her Silver Jubilee, she says, “On days like today, ask yourself, ‘In the time I’ve…

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Samoa Closes Schools as Measles Epidemic Kills at Least 6

Schools in the Pacific island nation of Samoa were closed indefinitely on Monday and children have been barred from public gatherings amid a measles epidemic that has killed at least six people, most of them younger than age 2. As Samoa, a country of about 200,000 people that is part of the same island chain…

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Shopping for Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are the workhorses of the kitchen. But they’re equally at home in the dining room or living room, as casual serving platters. “Boards are just so beautiful and easy,” said Shelly Westerhausen, the author of the cutting-board-focused cookbook Platters and Boards (Chronicle Books) and the founder of the blog Vegetarian Ventures. “I’ve always…

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Bricks-and-Mortar Is Dead. Let’s Open a Store.

When is quirky a savvy career move? It is when you are a young designer who once made a raincoat of quilted see-through plastic and inserted vintage copper pennies into every panel. It is when that same designer — Emily Bode — turned a love of vintage textiles like African country cloth, ticking torn from…

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A Mother’s Love, Knitted Up in a Flock of Turkey Hats

Last year, my daughter asked if I would knit her a turkey hat for the five-mile Turkey Trot run in Prospect Park on Thanksgiving morning. For almost a decade, she and her former college roommate have run this race together, getting up early to start the day with a little healthy exercise. My contribution generally…

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