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 Set a colorful table with this simple napkin DIY Whether you have a full set of matching place settings or a hodgepodge of thrift store dishware, reusable napkins are an easy way to tie your table together and give your dinner party all kinds of personality. (Plus, they spare the planet a bunch of paper waste.) This basic DIY bucks the season’s expected hues with bright colors and bold patterns using little more than some fabric paint. So jazz up your next brunch, or make a...

  Regretting motherhood is a dark secret many women hide. But pretending it doesn’t happen, or passing judgment when it does, are insidious ways of diminishing the truth about women’s lives.  So many of us already know that being a mother might not be easy. But it’s also generally accepted that parenthood is worth it. Women who don’t want to be mothers are often pelted with opinions about how much they will regret missing out. Yet what about the women on the other side of this childbearing...

Sadly, we’ve all been there: someone wants your number, and won’t leave you alone until they get it. Blame it on male entitlement, general creepiness, or some kind of bizarre belief that persistence is sexy and romantic, but too many men just hear “keep trying” when you tell them “no, thanks.” Sometimes, giving a number — any number — is the only way to get out of the situation, and that’s where this rejection hotline comes in. The Mary Sue Rejection Hotline (646-926-6614), created by and...
  Take your jewelry from scummy to sparkly with DIY cleaning solutions Jewelry can get grimy fast. Moisturizing, washing dishes, and even shampooing your hair will make your fave pieces lose their luster. It’s best to leave antique heirloom upkeep to the professionals, but you can clean the rest of your rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets at home with some basic kitchen supplies and no creepy chemicals.Most jewelry (except for pieces with pearls, opals, or other soft stones like turquoise or amber) can be cleaned using 1...
  Deck out your ’do with this simple sewing DIY I’m the first to agree with Joan Crawford (played by Faye Dunaway) when she growls, “No...wire...hangers!” in the now infamous Mommie Dearest. But let’s be real: wire really does the trick when it comes to making this malleable headband. Be prepared to wear it everywhere—it’s easy to craft (under an hour!), it works with every style, and it’ll keep your hair out of the way if you decide to douse your face in ice water, unhinged-Hollywood-icon style....
Recently, while researching Victorian pleasure gardens, I came across a listing of acts scheduled to appear at Cremorne Gardens in 1857. Among the humourists, contortionists, and tight-rope walkers were various animal attractions. Most notable of these was a little English spaniel billed as “The Learned Dog, Lily.” According to the 17 July edition of the Morning Chronicle, Lily’s “whist playing, arithmetical calculations, and general shrewdness” formed one of “the great attractions” of the gardens. Lily first came to public notice at Cremorne Gardens during the Easter...

  Sedona, Arizona: Go for the great views, stay for the good vibes in this desert oasis Turns out, the most beautiful city in the world is actually a teeny tiny Arizona desert town—population 10,000—nestled at the foot (literally) of awesome rock formations. Think Joshua Tree on steroids; the topography is mind blowing, the spas are some of the best in the Southwest, and the woo-woo hippie vibes are unrivaled. (Aura photo? Psychic reading? Yoga in an energy vortex? Take your pick!) If you’re looking for a place...
  Now more than ever, our newsfeeds are awash with political happenings and global news — most of which is absolutely disheartening. In the flurry of news about mass shootings, natural disasters, political farces, and nuclear weapons, it’s hard to figure out what personal actions to take to contribute to fixing these issues. Breaking through the confusion, one teenager girl is leading a news network specifically aimed to inform young adult activists of specific actions individuals can take to make a difference.  In June 2016, 17-year-old Jesse...

    Julie D'Aubigny's life is an absolute bonkbuster! It’s got duels, sexy nuns, opera, fires and murder. Julie D’Aubigny was born in 1673 to a family who was in the service of King Louis XIV of France. Her dad had a position training pages, so Julie got quite the education learning to read, write, draw and fence. Don’t piss off a gal with a sword!  She was married off to some bloke with a bit of cash with the du Maupin surname, which she picked up and used throughout...
  If you felt a serendipitous moment of peace Thursday evening at around 7 p.m., you weren’t the only one: for just 11 minutes, @realDonaldTrump did not exist. Trump’s Twitter account, which has over 40 million followers and 35,000 Tweets, is pretty notorious at this point. Whether he’s lobbing sexist insults at female news presenters or vague threats at North Korea, his feed teeters between upsetting, infuriating and terrifying. The account returned shortly after its deactivation, and Twitter representatives were quick to address the issue. “Earlier today @realdonaldtrump’s...
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