10 Gifts to Buy for Yourself

Traditionally, the holiday season focuses a lot on shopping for other people. You research, budget, and try to figure out exactly what will delight someone else when they get through ripping off your aesthetically pleasing wrapping paper. But, ask yourself: Why aren’t you on your own list? If the purpose of a holiday gift is…

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Not Home for the Holidays

Megan Vice’s family lives on Long Island and wants her to come home for the holidays, but for the past few years, spending Christmas there has been a bummer. “My parents don’t even have a tree anymore,” said Ms. Vice, a 31-year-old musician who lives in Los Angeles. “I need to be doing things that…

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Finding the Musical Spirit of Notre Dame

The singers were unseen, filling the grand darkened space of Paris’s Saint-Eustache Church with song, like disembodied angels. They moved slowly in procession, up the aisles to a makeshift stage, where they revealed themselves: the men, women and children of the Notre-Dame Cathedral choir. It has been more than two-and-a-half years since fire tore through…

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A New Look for a New World

This is what the new way to wear makeup is all about. After years of romanticizing “no-makeup makeup,” a catchall for the products to give the illusion of a “bare” (yet perfect) face, people are opting for self-expression as they weigh their appearance in a largely post-lockdown world. Many are back to socializing, eating out,…

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Guido Palau’s Good Hair Days

Among cognoscenti, Guido Palau is one of the select few in fashion to have achieved mononym status. Mention the first name of the British hairstylist to insiders and they can readily reel off a litany of his memorable style “moments.” Think blowzy glam supermodels in the George Michael “Freedom! ’90” video; grunge-era Calvin Klein campaigns…

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Black Women Make Waves in Hair Care

Ms. Donaldson, a Harvard-educated lawyer, developed her brand after writing her first book, “Thank God I’m Natural.” Almost 20 years ago, after she stopped relaxing her hair and learned to embrace her kinks and curls, she had an “aha” moment. “It was like, ‘Thank God, I’m natural,’” she said. “Thank God, I can go swimming,…

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