What Pops in a Sea of Shrill Color? Hint: It’s Not Pink

Image Gabrielle Homola has rediscovered black. “I’ve noticed a lot of other people have rediscovered it, too,” she said.CreditMarcy Swingle for The New York Times It was hot. So what. Gabrielle Homola ventured out last week on one of summer’s sultriest days dressed from shoulder to shin in densest black. “I’ve rediscovered the color,” Ms.…

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How Medicine Became the Stealth Family-Friendly Profession

Britni Hebert was chief resident, on track for a career in the highly demanding field of oncology, when she found out she was having twins. “Everything kind of just tilted on its head,” she said. She couldn’t imagine 80-hour workweeks with two newborns at home, while her husband was doing an equally intensive radiology fellowship.…

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How to Host a Summer Barbecue Like a Professional

“We’re becoming nesting lesbians,” Erika Nakamura half-joked, smiling at her wife, Jocelyn Guest, across the kitchen counter of a friend’s weekend home in Hudson, N.Y. “We prefer to socialize at home, so we’re like, ‘Come to the country!’” It’s not exactly a hard sell: Nakamura and Guest, 39 and 35 respectively, are a team of…

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Through my eyes: Breast implant illness

«I feel like I’m being poisoned.» I will never forget the night I told my parents that I thought my breast implants were the cause of a decade’s worth of unexplained medical phenomena. The toxic effects of this unexplained condition affected my whole life. What started as a sudden onset of panic attacks 7 years…

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Cook for Others

Hello again! Still here, still trying to fill Sam’s sneakers. (Or tennis shoes? This map of regional terms resurfaced last week, and I’m still processing.) Neither of us likes food writing that burbles on about how cooking is love, but here’s a fact: There are some things you do for people in the kitchen that…

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Exercise May Boost Mood for Women With Depression. Having a Coach May Help.

For women with serious depression, a single session of exercise can change the body and mind in ways that might help to combat depression over time, according to a new study of workouts and moods. Interestingly, though, the beneficial effects of exercise may depend to a surprising extent on whether someone exercises at her own…

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Where Did North West Learn How to Sew? At Camp, of Course.

LOS ANGELES — It’s never too early to start working on your brand. This dictum, at the heart of so much young entrepreneurship, is the guiding principle of the Unincorporated Life, a high-end fashion camp for kids, in Hollywood. Over the course of a week, students aged 6 to 18 learn how to build and…

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Is My Millennial Co-Worker a Narcissist, or Am I a Jealous Jerk?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Millennials’ Revolt My co-worker seems to work more for their (I don’t want to specify gender) personal brand than for the company. This team member posts their whereabouts…

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Ann Demeulemeester Doesn’t Miss Fashion at All. She Has Other Plans.

There are chickens, a garden and a whole new line of products. Image Of her life after fashion, Ann Demeulemeester feels “free,” she said.CreditJulien Mignot for The New York Times By Lou Stoppard KESSEL, Belgium — Six years ago, when Ann Demeulemeester walked away from the fashion label she founded in 1985 — a house…

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A Chance to Bond on a Perilous Hiking Trail in Iceland

It was the promise of danger that enticed my 11-year-old son. Sebastian, my oldest child, has grown up reading fantasy novels and watching “Lord of the Rings,” so he knows every inch of Frodo and Sam’s journey, from the Dead Marshes to Mount Doom. So this is how I sold it: We were going to…

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