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Veni, Vidi, Vici Salad SUNFLOWER-POWERED CAESAR DRESSING JAZZES UP A BEVY OF SPRING VEGETABLES Winter is almost over, but the urge to carb load isn’t. Meet the onslaught of spring veggies in the middle by digging into a salad of hearty potatoes and chickpeas, spiked with capers, olives, and sugar snap peas and paired with your favorite fresh greens. Layer salad dressings for maximum flavor: dress the greens with a simple vinaigrette, then garnish everything else with a creamy, sunflower-seed based Caesar dressing. Snap Peas and Potatoes Spring...
Natural disasters—fires, hurricanes, earthquakes—seem to be coming fast and furious these days. I was living in the British Virgin Islands in 2017, when Hurricanes Irma and Maria steamrolled us, destroying animal shelters along with 85 percent of housing. Residents had to evacuate in a hurry, and many pets got left behind. In California, where I live now, during the record-breaking wildfires of 2018, there were dogs, cats, horses, and even llamas needing rescue. When disaster strikes, things move quickly. Include your pets in your emergency...

I've been lucky enough to work with NY-based Hypnotist Shauna Cummins privately; her sessions are incredibly relaxing and recharging, almost psychedelic. She practices here in Brooklyn (Maha Rose) as well as her private office in Manhattan,  or you may have taken her class at one of our School for Creative Living events. Shauna recently released an audio track which allows you to experience deep, positive suggestions in the privacy of your own home, or anywhere. Better Everyday is a self-hypnosis binaural track created by Shauna...

It's one of those days. Eyeliner resembling Rocky Raccoon's sister, despite redoing it three times. A forgotten umbrella leading to a damp suit and ruined hair. A day of minor unfortunate events resulting in the drowning of sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's. Everyone has days when they feel horrible about themselves, and guess what? That's OK. At the start of the new millennium, women around the world embraced the body positivity movement. Women across social media posted selfies in gym attire with hashtags of...

Vietnamese coffee—with its dark, espresso-like brew tempered by sweetened condensed milk—is probably not something you ever thought you could easily make at home, let alone at your office, in a hotel, or while camping. But now, thanks to the woman-owned Copper Cow Coffee, you can. This ain’t your bà nội’s instant-coffee; each five-serving set includes ingenious single-serve pour-over filters filled with sustainably sourced organic coffee, plus packets of sweetened condensed milk. All you need is hot water, a mug, and a spoon to mix it...
Stealing a horse during the 19th century was a serious crime. Those convicted could be heavily fined, sent to prison, sentenced to hard labor, or even executed. But what if the horse thief in question was only a child? Unsurprisingly, there were many incidents of child horse thieves in Victorian England. Not all were hardened street criminals. Some were simply immature youths tempted by the opportunity of an open stable door and the chance to make an easy few pounds. An 1886 issue of the...
Spring is here, which means it’s time to flaunt florals. This detailed, easier-than-it-looks design by nail artist extraordinaire Miss Pop is made using real (!) dried flowers, perfect for sprucing up your hand sitch while keeping a little plant magic at your fingertips. You’ll need a few specialized items, including a bonding top coat, a wax pencil for petal placement, and, of course, teeny-tiny dried flowers specifically purposed for nail art, which can be found on Amazon (just search “nail art dried flowers”) or at...
The ink was still drying on my divorce papers when I traded in the family SUV for a 2016 Shadow Black EcoBoost Mustang. And what’s the first thing a new muscle-car owner wants to do when she finally has the horsepower she’s dreamed of since she was 16? Drag race. I’ve always loved driving, and driving fast. It’s a freedom thing. And that rush is real when you realize your speedometer is reading over 100 MPH. I knew I’d have to find a way to...
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is issuing new guidelines under which singling out individuals based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination, The New York Times reports. Individuals who have been harassed, punished, demoted, fired or threatened because of their hair are given legal recourse through these guidelines. Those found in violation can be fined up to $250,000. Businesses that infringe on the new protocol can also be forced, by the...
In Mexico, a mostly female team of researchers have potentially made an important discovery in eradicating HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus. HPV is a sexually transmitted infection “that can lead to some cancers, particularly cervical cancer, and warts” according to Brit + Co. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, which is the second-leading cause of death of women in Mexico. Eva Ramón Gallegos, who led the team, “was able to completely eradicate the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in 29 patients” reports El Universal. The...