Goodbye, Gingham. Hello, Billows.

Was it only a couple of years ago that Gwyneth Paltrow sauntered up the grand staircase at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual costume extravaganza, swaths of skin on show, curves encased in a slick one-shoulder gown? On her return visit to the Met gala last month, Ms. Paltrow ditched that patently steamy look for…

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Uncommon Goat Cheeses From Vermont

Here are a couple of goat cheeses from Barn First Creamery, a small farm in Westfield, Vt., that have uncommon depth and flavor. The farm’s owners — Merlin Backus, who is originally from Westfield, and Rebecca Velasquez, the cheesemaker — started the project in 2013 and now have 30 goats. Most of their cheeses are…

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Beers Made for Summer Sipping

Don’t call them women’s beers, but Talea, the fledgling New York brewing company, is founded by women: two former home brewers and business executives, Tara Hankinson and LeAnn Darland, a Navy veteran. They saw space in the market for easy-drinking beers, perhaps to replace that glass of rosé. Their first is Sun Up — a…

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Come for the Cardamom Bun

The Cronut may have competition. As soon as Fabrique, a Swedish bakery chain, opened its first American branch, in the meatpacking district late last month, there were lines of people wanting traditional cardamom buns, similar to a cinnamon bun but with a more floral fragrance. “It was the best opening we ever had,” said Charlotta…

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