29 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas, All Under $20

Ah, Valentine's Day. It can be easy to hate on the holiday, but no matter what your romantic relationship status is this V-Day, it's still a great time to show your appreciation for the awesome people in your life. You know that co-worker who makes the workday bearable? Or your roommate who recently saved your life when you forgot your keys and she was able to let you in? Or your bestie who may live far away but you text more with her than any other human in the world? Show them a wink of love ...
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Sunday Firesides: Tidying Up Our Gilded Cages

“Minimalism” has been a popular trend over the last decade or so, and has only reached a fever pitch of late. People are downsizing their possessions, decluttering their homes, throwing away anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” It’s possible to see something positive in this trend, to believe it bespeaks a greater desire for discipline and a lessening attachment to material possessions. Would it be that modernity’s drive towards minimalism truly grew out of some deep, well-considered philosophic...
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Mount Rainier National Park slowly reopens with temporary funding deal

Snowshoers may soon have access again to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park as the federal government slowly returns to full operations after the partial shutdown. After the enactment of a short-term funding deal to end the  shutdown, the National Park Service said Saturday significant snow removal would take many days to restore the […]
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This Is the Coolest Haircut Trend of the Year, and It's Way More Wearable Than You Think

Welcome to the rebirth of the shag. It's not enough that nearly every model on the Victoria's Secret roster is sporting the choppy, layered look - now strangers walking down the street are, too. But this is not your mother's haircut. Think of it more as a modern twist on a completely different classic. "The hottest haircut for the last couple of years has been the lob," said NYC hairstylist Devin Toth. "It's cool. It's geometric. It's fresh, but it can get boring after a while because there's no...
Tags: Beauty, Hair, Stevie Nicks, Beauty Trends, Beauty Interview, Hair Trends, Haircuts, Devin Toth, Best of 2019

Ortho Tricyclen Lo pregnancy risk?

Hello all,After having been on Nuvaring for a couple of years I'm tired of the side effects, so I'm switching back to the pill. Before Nuvaring I was on Ortho Tricyclen, but this time they've given me Tricyclen Lo.My boyfriend and I have been relying on the Nuvaring alone (i.e., no condoms or pull-out). But I have one friend, and I think a second mutual friend, who got pregnant on Tricyclen Lo. This is anecdotal, I know, but it's enough to give me pause.Neither my boyfriend nor I are eager to st...
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Wade Robson & James Safechuck Spoke Out About Abuse At The Hands Of Michael Jackson — & Here Are Their Stories

The controversial Michael Jackson documentary series Leaving Neverland premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. In the series, two adult men allege they were the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Jackson when they were children.The subjects of the two-part series are Wade Robson and James Safechuck. When the late screenwriter and dentist Evan Chandler accused Jackson of sexually abusing his son Jordan “Jordy” Chandler in 1993, according to the Telegraph, both Robson and Safechuck t...
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Bohemian Rhapsody Is No Longer A Contender For GLAAD’s Best Picture Award

Bohemian Rhapsody has been removed as a contender for Best Picture at the GLAAD Media Awards following allegations of sexual misconduct against director Bryan Singer.The film has been an all-around box office and awards show hit, racking up over $800 million and winning Best Motion Picture - Drama at the Golden Globes. It was also nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.In any other year, its track record might make it an Oscars frontrunner. But Bohemian Rhapsody has also been...
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Philosopher Alan Watts on the difference between money and wealth

Philosopher, Alan Watts believed we too easily mistake the symbolic for the real. If money was no object, we'd seek what we truly desire.Watts believed we can only have so much ostentatious consumption. In a thought-provoking lecture Alan Watts once posed this great question: "What would you do if money was no object?" This pointed and hyperbolic question asks us to dig into the deeper truth of what it is we really want and desire in life and also question the symbolic importance we place on...
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Rami Malek Has A Twin Brother Whose Life Couldn’t Be More Different

Rami Malek has a twin brother - and he's awesome!
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Thailand yoga retreat in sexual assault scandal reopens

Teacher accused of misconduct has returned and report into school has not been publishedThe world’s biggest tantric yoga school, which closed after multiple women alleged rape and sexual assault, has reopened with the accused leader back in charge and amid accusations that management suppressed an investigation into the abuse.Agama Yoga, which is located on the Thai island of Koh Phangan, shut down for “restructuring” in September after the Guardian published allegations by 14 women accusing the...
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A Week In Washington, D.C. On A $52,800 Income

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: a contractor working at an international organization who makes $52,800 per year and spends some of her money this week on White Claw hard seltzer.Occupation: ContractorIndustry: International OrganizationAge: 27Location: Washington, D.C.Salary: $52,8...
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Trans ‘Dark Money’ director Kimberly Reed on how Citizens United is hurting the equality fight

"There are lots of connections between a lot of Russian operators, and the NRA."
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The New Dusita Perfume Got Its Name!

In November 2018, Fragrantica together with Dusita Paris, launched a contest among our readers to name the new fragrance created by Pissara Umavijani. Today it is time to announce its winners! There were 957 participants from all over the world who took part in the competition - much more than originally planned, and this made the choice more complicated. The announcement of winning name and its... Read full article: The New Dusita Perfume Got Its Name! from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes ...
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12 years after woman gave birth to daughter by donor, DNA test led to love in Seattle

In Seattle's Belltown is an unusual family: Aaron Long, a formerly anonymous sperm donor who estimates he might have fathered 67 children; his girlfriend, formerly in a same-sex marriage, who gave birth to a now-13-year-old daughter using Long's sperm; and a 21-year-old who also is one of his children.
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The Prettiest Pink Nail Polishes Ever Created, According To The Pros

Like a Chanel quilted crossbody bag, there's something inherently classic about pink nail polish. The tiny glass bottle of paint for your fingernails might sound like a laughable investment when compared to $3,000 leather, but if you find your perfect pink, it'll stay with you forever.Seeing as the rapidly-approaching holiday of love — you know it as Valentine's Day — has us shifting our mood boards towards all things rose-tinted, from accessories to fingernails, we thought it the perfect time ...
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Could the Future of Skincare Shopping Eliminate the Need For In-Store Beauty Consultants?

If you're invested in skin care - and if you buy skincare products, you know it's often an investment - there's a few shopping options we've all grown accustomed to: purchasing online after reading or watching reviews, deciding to buy after seeing a post (or more likely, #ad) on Instagram, or taking a chance in a store. The latter has been somewhat of an alleged ghost town for consumers; in 2019, we have everything we need at our fingertips. I say "alleged" because many publications like to cove...
Tags: Instagram, Singapore, Los Angeles, Tech, Ces, Beauty, Shanghai, Tokyo, Skin Care, Sephora, Sunset Boulevard, Ulta, Beauty News, Jouer, SK-II, Facial Treatment Essence

25 Photos That Document Meghan Markle's Royal Beauty Transformation

As much as we adore Kate Middleton, we are thrilled to have another member of the royal family to obsess over: Meghan Markle. The actress has always been a beauty enthusiast, with a documented love for Shu Uemura lash curlers, YSL concealers, NARS blush, and countless other products. Because she was a public figure before she ever met Prince Harry, we've been blessed with a vault of photos documenting her entire beauty evolution. Markle has always embraced her natural beauty and seems to go by ...
Tags: Makeup, Beauty, NARS, Kate Middleton, Harry, Royal Family, Black Women, Markle, Shu Uemura, MEGHAN MARKLE, Celebrity Beauty, Celebrity Makeup

Rant & Rave: Bravo to Island Volunteer Caregivers

Readers rant about nighttime lectures for seniors, rave about Island Volunteer Caregivers
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Dealing with a ‘Debbie Upper’ friend

A teaching moment for both parents and children.
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"Over the past few years, many women’s social media feeds have morphed from photos of kids and pets into endless posts by friends peddling everything under the sun..."

"... makeup, skin care, candles, essential oils, hormone gel patches, leggings, tote bags, juice powders, nontoxic cleaning products, whitening toothpaste, vitamins, nail decals, nutritional shakes and gardening towers. Women and multilevel marketing (MLM) companies have gone together since Tupperware and Mary Kay launched in the middle of the 20th century as ways for housewives to make money and get products to women in rural areas. Now, with social media, women who sell for MLMs have a whole n...
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Mugler Angel Eau Croisère

For the 2019 season, Mugler fragrances has prepared a new summer edition of the iconic gourmand perfume Angel - Angel Eau Croisère. The new limited edition is inspired by the leisure atmosphere of summer cruises and flavours of fruity cocktails. "Embodying refined yet care-free evasion, Angel Eau Croisière gives a fresh take on cruise spirit...The perfect scent to wrap yourself in for a future ... Read full article: Mugler Angel Eau Croisère from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine. ...
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Mugler Angel Eau Croisière

For the 2019 season, Mugler fragrances has prepared a new summer edition of the iconic gourmand perfume Angel - Angel Eau Croisière. The new limited edition is inspired by the leisure atmosphere of summer cruises and flavours of fruity cocktails. "Embodying refined yet care-free evasion, Angel Eau Croisière gives a fresh take on cruise spirit...The perfect scent to wrap yourself in for a future... Read full article: Mugler Angel Eau Croisière from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazine. ...
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Euphorium Brooklyn Event: An Evening of Fragrance, Chocolate, Film Burlesque

  Join Euphorium Brooklyn, Elements Truffles, Cara Antoinette, Tal Shpantzer for a decandent celebration. Featuring CHOCOLATL, FLOCKED GILDED, and CILICE Eau de Parfums. Hosted by the fantastic MAISON10 team in their brand new space around the corner from the Ace Hotel at 5th Ave. 29th Street, Brooklyn, New York. Voluptuaries will take over the space for a night to celebrate transcendent... Read full article: Euphorium Brooklyn Event: An Evening of Fragrance, Chocolate, Film Burlesque fro...
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Saturday Links

Links for your weekend reading: We Don’t Sing for Fun Many churches consider singing the funnest part of the service. Yet singing is not prescribed for Christian worship for the purpose of fun. Faithful with the Few “If you can’t be faithful with a few, don’t ask the Lord to give you many.” Why We Need to Think About Ecclesiology and Polity More Than We Care to Admit The overwhelming majority of issues in our churches stem from a lack of thinking on ecclesiology. How Do Churches End Up with Domi...
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