Sunday Firesides: Out From Under the Skin

When smartphones first started taking off, which, strange to recall given their current ubiquity, was only a decade and a half ago, the subsequent years were filled with a fair amount of concern and contemplation as to how these devices were affecting our minds, behaviors, relationships, and culture. Many a thought piece, and a bestselling thought book, questioned the place of this new tech in our lives. Blogs turned out thousands of articles with recommendations for managing the increasingly d...
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The Return of the Repressed Almond for Me and Serge

“I’ve noticed that I’ve been going through an ‘almond thing’ lately,” I told my mom on the phone a couple of weeks ago. We only talk sporadically, and even the most casual conversations are often marked with our vastly different recollections of the years in which I grew up. So when she answered, “Oh, you’ve always had that ‘almond thing,’” it was oddly, comfortingly harmon... Read full article: The Return of the Repressed Almond for Me and Serge from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magazin...
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Finding Brave Podcast Appearance

Recently, I had the privilege of being a guest on the Finding Brave podcast hosted by Kathy Caprino. A therapist, career coach, and author, Kathy is on a mission to help listeners – particularly professional women – access the courage they need to honor their true passions, talents, and values in life and work.  Our conversation focused on the challenges of loneliness and rising stress sparked by the pandemic. We talked about what leaders can do to help support their team members during this c...
Tags: Apple, Wellness, Leadership, Careers, Career Advice, Kathy, Media Appearances, Connection Culture, Kathy Caprino

Apartment Decorating on a Budget: 4 Fun Ideas

Apartment Decorating on a Budget: 4 Fun Ideas Apartment decorating is both exciting and overwhelming. When I move into a new place, I’m always compelled to “make it my own” — as quickly as possible. I rearrange furniture … more at Apartment Decorating on a Budget: 4 Fun Ideas. This is an original post from Budget Fashionista.
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Essence Rare Houbigant: Long Echo Of The Twentieth Century

Essence Rare Houbigant was first released in 1928, presumably as Houbigant's answer to the successful launch of Chanel №5. This story could be supported by the aldehyde-floral character of the fragrance, created by Paul Schwing from Roure (now Givaudan.) Almost half a century later in 1976, Houbigant returned to this name and perfume. The original 1926 version, housed in a Baccarat crystal ico... Read full article: Essence Rare Houbigant: Long Echo Of The Twentieth Century from Fragrantica Pe...
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How to Clean Sex Toys: Definitive Guide

One thing that people tend to forget in their thirst for pleasure is that the tools they use to orgasm can lead to infections. There are dozens of cases where people have ended up in emergency rooms because of sex toys. The main problem emanates from the sex toys’ cleanliness, and that is what we will be addressing in this article. Why You Should Keep Your Sex Toys Clean There are dozens of reasons why a dirty sex toy is dangerous to you and your sexual partners. Sex toys are a source of pleas...
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Lancôme Rose Peonia and Jasmin D'Eau

To the luxurious line MAISON LANCÔME the French house Lancôme adds two new floral creations, which focus on roses, peonies and jasmine flowers, interpreted to emphasize the delicacy, freshness and fluttering shades of each of these blooms. The glass bottles of the new creations are decorated with gold-colored metal tiles, laser cut to illustrate the key ingredients of the creations. "Lancô... Read full article: Lancôme Rose Peonia and Jasmin D'Eau from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Maga...
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Rihanna to launch Fenty brand Black haircare product line

Fenty Hair follows Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin, both of which were seen as democratising the beauty industryRihanna appears to be looking to launch a new brand – Fenty Hair – to capitalise on the growing Black haircare market in the US.On Thursday, her company Roraj Trade LLC filed an application for “Fenty Hair”. According to the document filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the brand would produce shampoo, hair straightening items, hair waving preparation products, bleachi...
Tags: Fashion, Rihanna, Race, US, Beauty, Women's Hair, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Fenty, Fenty Beauty, Fenty Hair, Roraj Trade LLC

Best Tongue Vibrators

A little tongue goes a long way, and this holds true for toys as well as people. Since normal vibes can get a little boring after a while, we thought it was time to switch things up with a post on the best tongue vibrators. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most important things to keep in mind when searching for a tongue vibrator. We’ll also get into some of the best tongue vibrators currently available on the market, as well as what their best features are. So, without further ado, let’s d...
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Christopher Kane: ‘The fashion world needs to change’

The designer, 38, on his Catholic guilt, dark Scottish sense of humour and why we need to find more joy in lifeI stopped reading reviews years ago. They are so reductive. I do what I do for myself. I don’t care about anyone else. No one else put me through art college, no one else built my business. It was always just me and my sister Tammy – and that’s how we like it.Growing up, my aunties were like other mothers. My happiest memories are of us all together. There would be 10 in our house, plus...
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‘Will you wear it 30 times? If not, don’t buy’: the experts’ guide to online shopping

It has rocketed during the pandemic. But how do you make sure you like what you order online? From measuring up to editing down, we’re here to helpWe haven’t just been doomscrolling, homeschooling and working through our screens these past 12 months. We have also been shopping.Online shopping has rocketed: UK sales were up 61.4% in December compared with the same time last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Last month, when Asos and Boohoo bought high street stalwarts Debenha...
Tags: Topshop, Business, Fashion, UK, Money, Ebay, Life and style, Consumer affairs, Retail industry, Online Shopping, Kate Moss, Debenhams, Luxury goods sector, Asos, Office for National Statistics Last

Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: Why Reformed Evangelicalism Has Splintered: Four Approaches to Race, Politics, and Gender Why is it that by knowing what someone thinks about, say, mask wearing that you probably have a pretty good idea what they think about Christian Nationalism and systemic racism? How to Be More Than a Gospel Spammer Gospel spam isn’t much more effective than the other spam that we receive. How can you be more than a gospel spammer? An Elephant in the Roo...
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Lawn growers throw in the trowel as meadows replace perfect stripes

Traditional mowing regimes being ditched as aesthetics and morality come under scrutinyThey were once a status symbol for the rich, and later the pride and joy of suburbia. But the immaculately striped, tightly mown lawn is becoming an endangered species.Monty Don this week called time on the predominantly male, British “obsession” with a tidy lawn, arguing that fossil-fuel-powered mowing was noisy and “about the most injurious thing you can do to wildlife”. Continue reading...
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Me and my neurodiverse family: ‘It’s chaotic, frenetic and hilarious’

I’m a neurotypical, type-A rule follower – my husband and sons are anything but. How do we make it work? By embracing a funny, creative world of ADHD and differenceA typical weeknight evening in my house might go something like this. I help my nine-year-old son prepare for a spelling test. I sit on the floor and say “territory”, and watch as he lies on his back with his legs in the air and writes it down on a whiteboard next to him, eyes closed, with his left hand. He is right-handed. My seven-y...
Tags: Health, Family, Robin Williams, Life and style, Society, Dyslexia, Parents and parenting, Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Dizzee Rascal

Blind date: ‘We seem to be nerdy about the same things’

Matt, 32, export administrator, and Holly, 33, executive assistantWhat were you hoping for?An evening of good conversation. Continue reading...
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Tim Dowling: the middle child’s back from the US. Must. Act. Normal

I want to show that we haven’t gone insane in his absence. It doesn’t help that he arrived so close to pickling dayI am in my office shed, rushing to get some work done in order to clear my morning. An hour will do it, I think. Plenty of time.I send my wife a message that says, “Text me when you’ve got him.” A few seconds later she replies with the words: “Nearly home.” Continue reading...
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Hermès’ H24 – A Possible Modern Classic?

The newest masculine from Hermès has all the makings of a modern classic, just like its predecessor Terre d’Hermès – H24 is easy-going but highly interesting at the same time; unlikely to ever offend anyone, but also with the capacity to give great joy to those who appreciate it; unique without the audacity to stick out like a sore thumb.  I would describe it as a green foggy chypre – gr... Read full article: Hermès’ H24 – A Possible Modern Classic? from Fragrantica Perfumes and Colognes Magaz...
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