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  “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.” Though it might surprise those without pets, that’s what I’ve heard from some who’ve lost an animal. If you’re grieving a pet and feeling awful, you’re not an oddball—as a vet and social worker at Brooklyn’s Hope Veterinary, I can tell you that this reaction is perfectly common. Animals have lived with humans for thousands of years, but over the ... Read More
Women, pants, and power have been mixed up together since suffragist Amelia Bloomer paraded around in “Turkishtrousers” in the 1850s. Bloomer’s goal was to reform women’s clothing, with its restrictive corsets and heavy skirts, but her outfit brought mostly ridicule from a public that largely believed trousers, along with the vote, were men’s prerogatives. The bicycle craze of the 1890s helped open women’s minds to the idea of ... Read More
Get down with a delicious and super-easy festive shindig that revolves around our favorite C-word Want to host a holiday gathering but don’t want to stress over constructing tiny quiches, cutting up pounds of crudités, or buying a crap-ton of gifts? Here’s a party that involves minimal effort, costs hardly anything, and lets everybody go home with goodies: a cookie swap. All you have to do is make a couple dozen cookies and tell each guest to do ... Read More
  STYLE PICKS INSPIRED BY GIRLS’ WELL-TRAVELED FREE SPIRIT, JESSA JOHANSSONFeather Printed Drapey Pants With Velvet, $119, scotch-soda.com      Gold Cuff Bangle Bracelet, $20, taneesijewelry.etsy.com      Jené DeSpain Heir Nouveau Earrings, $98, jenedespain.com      Nine West Say Bella, $89, zappos.com      Bib Necklace, $24, udazzle.etsy.com      NYX ... Read More
Fierce and feminist, Hayley Williams—the frontwoman of the pop-punk band Paramore—is a rock star for an enlightened generation.Dress: Nicole Miller; Bodysuit: OYE By some measures, Hayley Williams, the lead singer of the pop-punk band Paramore, seems like a fairly regular 25-year-old. She crafts her ass off, shops at thrift stores, and loves to experiment with hair dye. In fact, despite her hordes of Twitter followers (around 3.5 million at last ... Read More
  We die for fashion design student Hanh Nhu's adorably retro fashion sense. The fashion design student, based in Rueil-Malmaison, France, gave us the rundown on her personal style and picked some key pieces she's coveting. Tell me about what you’re wearing. My mum and I made my red velvet dress, so it didn’t cost me much. There’s a random white shirt underneath, but I can’t remember the brand. I got my hat and jacket from the H&M ... Read More
We've got a couple more months of chilly days ahead, so why not look fierce while you brave the cold? Check out this roundup of high-performance winter outerwear that'll keep you feeling cozy and looking good.This waterproof-yet-breathable jacket has major twee-ness, thanks to its polka dots. Pwdrroom Gilly Dot, $119, pwdrroom.com  Waterproof and fully synthetic-insulated—Little Red Riding Hood wished she had it this good. Ride Thunder ... Read More
   Unlike woven potholders, moisturizing and healing skin salves are pretty much universally appreciated handmade presents. They’re useful, they smell great, and in the right packaging, they can be downright pretty. Herbal salves deliver natural medicine to the skin, and they can be used to soothe a variety of maladies. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to whip up a big batch all at once, making it a perfect DIY project. The recipe below is for a ... Read More
It was a simple question posed by an article on clutchmagonline.com that spurred 28-year-old actor/writer/director Issa Rae into action: “Where’s the black version of Liz Lemon?” Rae realized she needed to bring a character she’d been forming in her mind to life before someone else did, so in 2011, she launched a Web series she both wrote and starred in, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. During its two super popular seasons, Rae’s character J ... Read More
  Though you probably don’t give ‘em much thought, one of the humblest parts of women’s clothing has a complicated history: pockets. These small nooks originally took the form of cloth satchels, which Western women wore under their dresses during the 18th century. Such pouches allowed ladies to stash items like needles and thread by day, or handkerchiefs and gloves by night. The pocket increased a woman’s mobility, and helped to ... Read More
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