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High Definition: Beach Bombshell

ColumnWant to have an iconic summer look beachside? Follow these tips. Sun-bleached blondes with beach tousled hair, smoldering black eyes and pouty nude lips captured a time in the ’60s when curvy women in bikinis lit up movie screens. Over the decades, Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Schiffer have been inspirational […]

MAC Attack

I am not what you would call adventurous when it comes to makeup. I wear lipstick, a little tinted moisturizer, some mascara and nothing more. This is not because of any God-given beauty that renders me naturally stunning – it’s just that I am supremely clumsy and untalented when it […]

Week 4: My Designer Life by Gretchen Jones of Project Runway

Take off the blind fold will you. I mean, will I, can I? Tunnel vision, oh god, I have had such a serious case! After hours spent alone in the house, after sewing non stop for days (insert Project Runway flashbacks) and after vision skewed physically and mentally, the arduous process […]

Shade Grown Hollywood: 8 Pointless Female Characters in Movies

ColumnWhere celebrity becomes conscious. Like the hair standing up on the back on your neck just before a thunderstorm, you can feel it coming. You’re sitting in a movie theater, temporarily blinded by the pyrotechnics on-screen. The Earth is being saved by some strapping Everyman. Evil has been defeated. Everyman […]

On Trend: Oxfords & Plaid

Embrace life as an uncomplicated tomboy in classic oxfords and feminine button downs. As the leaves and temperatures start falling across the country, it’s time for us to get comfy and cozy. Good news for us ladies is that flat shoes, especially oxfords and brogues, are all the rage right […]

heARTbeat: Nina Katchadourian’s Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style

ColumnHow did you pass the time on your last intercontinental flight? Improvisation is the hallmark of a creative mind. It is the practice of creating in the moment, and in response to one’s immediate environment and inner expression. In comedian Tina Fey’s memoire, Bossy Pants, Fey’s rules for improvisation are […]

HeARTbeat: #walkingtoworktoday Project by Michael Surtees

Stop and take a snapshot of the roses the next time you #walktowork. Perhaps, dear reader, you’re wondering what the deal is with that # in the title. A late night writing mishap that slipped past the editors? Hardly. It’s part of the curious language of  Twitter, like a compound […]

heARTbeat: Derek Weisberg Uses Clay to Sculpt Emotions

Column“With clay there is no separation between the artist and the material.” -Derek Weisberg Derek Weisberg is a sculptor who uses clay to create works of art that are emotional and psychological self-portraits. When his mother passed away, Weisberg began to include themes of death, afterlife, spirituality and the metaphysical […]

heARTbeat: Rankin’s Eyescapes Dizzy & Dazzle Us

Column“There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.” – G.K. Chesterton Something happens when we look into one another’s eyes. We all experience it. Sometimes it’s a sense of connection, perhaps even aversion, but usually we recognize ourselves in someone else’s eyes. Rankin, […]

Change We Can Believe In

I hate to admit it, but I’m an instant gratification kind of gal. On the rare occasions that I rouse myself to do something positive, I like to be rewarded with the immediate and obvious results of my efforts. When I clean, I want to see a sparkling and orderly house […]

Sex by Numbers: Hot German Men in Cold Northern Climes

ColumnFour Northern European men offer insight into their culture’s subtle approach to love and loyalty. Stereotypes, however coarse and insensitive, can nonetheless serve as useful indicators about a culture’s biases and predilections. For instance, it’s not exactly going out on a limb to generalize that Mediterranean men are exhibitionists of […]

Foodie Underground: All Things Pork at Cochon 555

As you’re planning your foodie calendar for 2011, you might want to take a moment and pencil in Cochon 555. We all know that pork is often the favored meat of underground foodies (think about how many things wrapped in bacon you’ve been offered over the last couple of months), […]

The Lazy Woman’s Top 10 Tips for Saving the Planet

In the earth-friendly circles in which I travel, I meet a lot of extremely dedicated eco-activists. They are all outrageously well meaning, if a bit overly caffeinated. The fact is I tend to keep my distance from the true zealots – those endlessly earnest composting vegans, the ones who wear […]

From an Ex-Pat…with Love

ColumnJane Austen’s tomes on relationships are revisited with 21st century reading glasses. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in good fortune must be in want of a wife.” These words mark the opening passage of British author Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, Pride & Prejudice. Although the conclusions […]

The Goldberg Variations: Wildlife in Suburbia

This is not the greenest sentiment I’ve ever expressed, but the fact is, I kind of hate nature. Not all of nature, of course. I’m extremely fond of puppies and sunsets. I also like butterflies and broccoli rabe, but I have a really hard time with some of nature’s wilder […]

Foodie Underground: The Secret Diary of a Foodie

ColumnInside the intriguing world of a foodie. Monday February 27, 2012, 8:55 p.m. Dear Diary, A serendipitous afternoon today. Having left my kale slaw with Meyer lemon vinaigrette at home, I was forced to buy lunch, so I went over to the food carts. Why the pickle cart is still in business […]

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Sugar Addiction and Nutrition Labels: Foodie Underground

Would a revamped nutrition label help us deal with our sugar addiction? When you grab a food product off the shelf, do you look at the nutrition label? Chances are you do, but statistically more people look at the general nutrition facts than they do the ingredients. Our misunderstanding of […]

4 Years of a Column About Good Food: Foodie Underground

Four years of Foodie Underground means a lot of column writing. Here’s a look back. Something last week made me go and search for the first Foodie Underground ever written. I remembered that it was around springtime, but couldn’t remembered the month. As it turned out, my first column devoted […]

Foodie Underground: Is Technology Killing Our Relationship to Real Food?

ColumnIn our modern, technology filled world, we’re busy, and so we cut corners, but food shouldn’t be one of them. Checking your iPhone during dinner is rude (well, unless you’re food porning it up… and even then, there are limits). But what’s worse? Making your iPhone your dinner partner. That’s right […]

Foodie Underground: Everything in Moderation

ColumnHow does a foodie decide what to eat and what not to eat? It was early in the morning, NPR was on, and my mother and I were sitting at my kitchen table drinking tea. An interview came on the radio with an executive of a certain well known specialty […]

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