The Best Costumes Are Handmade, Right?

Some of us costume ourselves exactly once a year, on or around Oct. 31. But for cosplayers — people who dress up as a characters from movies, books, TV shows and video games — taking on other visual identities is a year-round lifestyle. The vast majority are hobbyists who spend anywhere from a few weeks…

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Skin Deep: Diane Lane Doesn’t Use the ‘A’ Word

Diane Lane has been acting since she was a teenager, first in films like “A Little Romance” and “The Outsiders,” and later in ones like “Unfaithful” and “Under the Tuscan Sun.” This fall, you can see her in the final season of “House of Cards” and in the debut season of “The Romanoffs.” With all…

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Baroo Has Closed, but Leaves a Rare Culinary Legacy in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — In a Hollywood strip mall, with a cramped kitchen and a shoestring budget, the tiny restaurant Baroo brought a singular, experimental spirit to this city’s food scene. Shortly after Kwang Uh and Matthew Kim opened it in 2015, the restaurant critic Jonathan Gold endorsed Mr. Uh’s cooking in a review, praising his…

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Cardi B Wants You to Feel ‘Poppin’ in Her Fashion Nova Collection

Cardi B is quickly achieving fashion icon status. Now she’s collaborating with one of her favorite brands (and a favorite of influencers everywhere)–Fashion Nova. But we’ll have to wait until November 15 for Cardi B x Fashion Nova’s massive collaboration, a first for the e-commerce brand, to officially drop. The collection will include 80 pieces…

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On the Runway: Making Fun of Fashion, Onstage and in Song

Fashion — that big, amorphous blob of style pronouncements and product that occupies an outsize space in the psychographic map of the world — is good at many things, but laughing at itself is not necessarily one of them. Remember how unamused YSL (the brand) was at the satirical “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” T-shirt in…

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The New Health Care: A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing

Hospitals are often thought of as the hubs of our health care system. But hospital closings are rising, particularly in some communities. “Options are dwindling for many rural families, and remote communities are hardest hit,” said Katy Kozhimannil, an associate professor and health researcher at the University of Minnesota. Beyond the potential health consequences for…

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Medical News Today: Mental health conditions on the rise among US students

As more and more people discuss mental health issues in public forums, it seems to be lifting some of the stigma surrounding the topic. New research reveals that the number of students seeking help for mental health problems has risen considerably between 2009 and 2015. Anxiety, depression, and panic attacks are on the rise among…

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Personal Health: Confused by Nutrition Research? Sloppy Science May Be to Blame

Confused about what to eat and drink to protect your health? I’m not surprised. For example, after decades of research-supported dietary advice to reduce saturated fats to minimize the risk of heart disease and stroke, along comes a new observational study of 136,384 people in 21 countries linking consumption of full-fat (read saturated) dairy foods…

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