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25 Apr

How To Find Love—And Maby a New Life—In Italy

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As the saying goes, "if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere." But what happens when you're bored of the city that has it all? After a decade in the Big Apple, personal stylist and journalist, Natalie Decleve, knew it was time to move on—the question was, to where…? Embarking on a search to find her next home, Decleve set out on a cross country road trip that forced her to compare her own hectic life with a much simpler one; and traversed the Caribbean for lusher pastures. Here, she gives Italy a go, before finally getting a taste of life in California with a tour along the west coast. Check back here each week...
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24 Apr

The Best Place To Live In America Is a City You’ve Never Heard Of

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The 86,000 residents of the city of Carmel, Indiana have a reason to celebrate today. Their suburban community just north of Indianapolis was just named the best place to live in the entire United States. It's not the first time the city has received such an honor, though. CNN Money magazine dubbed it the best place to live in America back in 2012, but that ranking was specifically focused on cities ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 in population. Data company Niche, which recently released its own ranking of the best places to live, says its new numbers take "into account several key factors of a location, including the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities...
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21 Apr

What It’s Like Riding a Motorcycle Through The Desert—And Why You Should Do It Too

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y first bike was a Harley. It was shiny, with classic red and black details that shone in the light. It was a breeze to drive—easy to turn, with the engine roaring every time I gave it some juice. I felt free riding it down the pavement, wind blowing past me. I was four. My Harley was a Power Wheels toy. I have to be honest, it was not my first choice of vehicle. I wanted a car (a pink one, preferably Barbie), but my parents were all about practicality. With its relatively cheap price tag and the fact that I would be able to ride it for a couple of years without long legs/growth spurts being an issue, it found itself...
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19 Apr

How To Escape Birthday Anxiety With A Solo Vacation

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The first day of the month my birthday falls in always plays out the same way. First, I drink a bunch of Bloody Marys because I was born in January. Then, I suddenly remember that I'll want to organize some sort of birthday celebration. My initial reaction is one of unfettered excitement. I love birthdays—the creativity that goes into planning a party, the chance to see people who bring you joy, the opportunity to let your loved ones totally spoil you, when, as women, and humans, it can feel like we spend a lot of time looking after other people's needs. Not to mention: Presents! Music! Cake! That part of me—the part that genuinely enjoys wearing pastel party hats—gets the mic...
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18 Apr

Finland Is Officially The World’s Safest Country

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Looking for a destination for your next solo adventure? You might want to start searching for flights to Finland, which was just named the safest country in the world by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The Scandinavian country beat out its neighbors Sweden and Norway, as well as New Zealand and Canada, to take the top spot in the WEF's "safety and security" section of their biennial Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.

See the full top 10 here:

The World's 10 Safest Countries, According to the WEF

Finland – score: 6.7
United Arab Emirates – 6.6
Iceland – 6.6
Oman — 6.5
Hong Kong SAR – 6.5
Singapore – 6.5
Norway – 6.4
Switzerland – 6.4
Rwanda – 6.4

Qatar – 6.3

Two reasons we love Finland: It's safe and you can see the Northern Lights there.
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Two reasons we love Finland: It's safe and you can see the Northern Lights there. / Getty
The WEF's safety and security rankings were measured...
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14 Apr

Inside The Kitchen At Ladurée

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While nothing quite rivals the gift of a Tiffany blue box, a light pistachio green one from Ladurée Paris, promising an assortment of divine pastel pastries, comes pretty close. Desperate to discover how one of our favorite patisseries makes the macaron based treats we cannot get enough of, we visited the shop's NYC flagship for a behind-the-scenes look at how their sugary sensations take shape. Their iconic macarons are flown in fresh every day from Paris, so you won't see them made here, but their best-known, irresistible pastries and tarts all come together in-house—and are almost too pretty to eat. Here, watch how they make their famed Saint Honoré Rose, Tarte Citron and Ispahan, that taste just as perfect (and...
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13 Apr

How Puffy Tacos Became The Unofficial Food Mascot Of San Antonio

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If you haven’t been to San Antonio, you may not be familiar with the puffy taco. I’m from Dallas—a mere five-hour car ride away—and had never heard even the name until someone informed me that it was the unofficial food mascot of San Antonio. I hopped in my car to investigate. At first, I was skeptical. The puffy taco, for the uninitiated, is a member of the filled tortilla family that’s distinguished by its bubbly, fried shell. It’s not the same thing as a crispy taco, whose exterior is more like a tortilla chip; nor is it as pliable as a regular soft taco. The puffy taco occupies an ideal middle ground between the two. The outside is delicate and crispy,...
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11 Apr

The Moon Is Turning #MillennialPink This Week

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An entire generation is currently obsessed with the color pink, but the story behind this week's "Pink Moon" dates back hundreds of years. Look up into the sky this week, and you'll catch a glimpse of this historic lunar event.
April's full moon is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon, Space.com reports. The trendiest nickname, however, doesn't refer to the orb's actual color.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the term "Pink Moon" alludes to pink phlox, the moss-like wildflowers that bloom this time of year. Native Americans used the name, among others, to denote seasonal changes. For example, the "Fish Moon" marks when certain fish swim upstream to spawn, Bustle reports.

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10 Apr

How To Do Las Vegas The Low-Key Way

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Las Vegas is known for five things: casinos, clubs, the Strip, all-you-can-eat buffets, and the fact that nothing that happens there should be communicated to anyone who wasn't there with you. And while partying 'til all hours of the night/morning is fun and all, there's a chill side of the city that's well worth exploring. Here, your guide to doing Vegas the laid-back way. (Don't worry, there are still plenty of drinks.)

Where to Stay If you're not into the Strip scene, you can try staying in Old Town/Downtown, where some of the original casinos are. If you want to be closer to the action (but still away from it all), your ideal spot is really the Mandarin Oriental, which is so...
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5 Apr

Here Are The Best And Worst States To Live If You’re a Woman

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What factors into a woman's choice of where to live? Proximity to family, friends, and a good job, perhaps, or visions of perfect weather and wide open spaces—any or all of these traits might lead a woman to unpack her bags and settle into a place. New research from MoveHub.com ranks the best places for women to live based on a state's policies and statistics, because hey, maybe one's future wage potential is a pretty good aspect of lifestyle! MoveHub compared info from the National Partnership for Women and Families, Violence Policy Center, Kaiser Family Foundation, and more to examine the status of women in each state. They considered items like a state's wage gap, women's access to healthcare, number of...
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