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A Japanese Tinting Technique That’ll Perk Up Your Linens The fabric-dye trend is everywhere right now; people are going crazy for tie-dyeing, immersion dyeing, natural dyeing, and of course, shibori. The last one is often mistaken as tie-dye, but it’s actually in a category of its own. Shibori is a Japanese method in which fabric is made into a three-dimensional form via binding, folding, twisting, stitching, plucking, and plaiting; then it’s dipped into ... Read More
The Parasitic Plant With Viking Roots I’d always figured mistletoe for a benign holiday decoration at best, and at worst, an invitation for office-party antics in movies set in the 1980s. Aside from being a tiny bundle of green leaves and white berries under which creeps occasionally try to mouth-assault you, what exactly is mistletoe and why did people start kissing under it? Mistletoe, or Viscum album, is a parasitic plant. There are several varieties of ... Read More
YA? Why Not? This past summer, my plan to read Sarah Dessen novels while dangling my bare feet over a lakeside dock was rudely interrupted by a scowling article in Slate insisting adults should feel embarrassed reading YA novels, because they’re “books for children.” I felt a twinge of shame. After all, I often make a point of doing grown-up things, like drinking bourbon, listening to NPR, and transferring my credit-card balances. But ... Read More
Pack Like a Champ This Holiday Season Travel can be a real pain, but being a skilled packer definitely simplifies things. As a hardcore globe-trekker, I’ve developed a knack for packing on the fly, tucking away essentials into my lightweight, durable suitcase during trips to East Africa, New Zealand, and in-between. Whether you’re hopping a train or stuffing yourself into a plane’s economy class, these tips will maximize your packing options when ... Read More
This Simple, Healthy Dessert is Like an Explosion of Autumn Goodness Total Time: 1½ hours Active Time: 30 mins Makes 16 pieces Cost per serving: $1.30 Baked apples are the perfect fall sweet treat, but here, they're paired with what you might not normally think of as a dessert ingredient: the equally autumnal sweet potato. Ingredients: 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes,  washed whole 8 red apples 2 Tbsp. refined coconut oil 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 2 tsp. ... Read More
Fresh linens, minus the chemicals Tips and Recipes For a Cleaner, Greener Wash Walk the laundry aisle of your local supermarket, and you’ll see images of snow-capped mountains, vibrant lavender fields, and serene rivers. That’s way more appealing than what they’re concealing: toxic chemicals and dyed animal fats. Fortunately, we’ve got choices when we wash our clothes, and it’s damn easy to whip up homemade alternatives that clean ... Read More
It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that stress-eating Doritos at your computer probably isn’t going to help you finish your to-do list. But we’ve all been there, reaching for the quickest comfort food we can get our hands on when times get tough. Still, processed foods aren’t going to give your body the boost it needs to deal with day-to-day anxiety. Luckily, Gill Paul and Karen Sullivan, authors of Eat Yourself Calm, have some ideas for foods to nosh ... Read More
Plus Size Clothing Swaps Make Secondhand Sexy Clothing swaps are the best. Reducing, reusing, and recycling all in the name of a brand-new-to-you pair of glitter pants? Yes, please! However, if you’re not the same size as your buddies, it’s easy to get left on the sidelines, with nothing but a printed scarf to dry your tears. Thankfully, that’s changing—large and most definitely in-charge ladies across the country are joining forces to host fashion swaps ... Read More
From riot grrrl trailblazer in the band Sleater-Kinney to sketch comedy genius on Portlandia, Carrie Brownstein has been cranking out pop culture gems since 1994. Here, the Jill-of-all-trades opens up about fame, Fred, and driving traffic to her fave feminist bookstore. By Lisa Butterworth    Navy silk top by Wren, wrenstudio.com; Perspex necklace by The Way We Wore, thewaywewore.com The last time I was in the same room with Carrie Brownstein it was 2006, ... Read More
Moving on from a gig, a romance, or a roommate? Here’s some handy advice! There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but some are clearly more productive and compassionate than others. Whether you want to make a career change, say goodbye to a failing friendship, or leave a romantic partner behind, there are some common fundamentals to remember. Try these tips for making a graceful exit: Take the high road Let the other party know that things aren’t ... Read More
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