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30 Jun

When You Have To Begin Again, Clothing Can Help You Heal

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Patricia shares a room that’s just big enough for a twin-sized bunk bed; a small wardrobe; and a long, narrow vanity. She and her roommate need to be mercilessly tidy if they want to stay sane in the tiny space — beds are made as soon as the women get up, and clothes are folded as soon as they come off. They’ve developed ingenious ways to store their shoes (under the bed), jewelry (in cookie tins inside the drawers), and winter clothes (inside their suitcases). While her roommate isn't that into fashion, Patricia keeps her side of the small closet organized, with the care and eye of a clotheshorse. The only collection that feels like it might get a red...
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22 Jun

Why Black Women In a Predominately Black Culture Are Still Bleaching Their Skin

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Outside her ground-floor apartment in Kingston, hairstylist Jody Cooper sits on the bright blue bench that serves as her makeshift salon. The 22-year-old native Jamaican is flipping through photographs of herself—there she is a few years ago in a studded monokini, with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyeshadow, her skin several shades lighter than it is now.

Marlon James
Marlon James

Jody Cooper bleached her skin regularly for nine years—above, she's pictured at the peak of becoming what's referred to as a browning; below, Cooper today, with her natural tone.

Cooper doesn't remember making a conscious choice to bleach her skin. Growing up, everyone around her was doing it—her school friends, her mom, her aunt. So she did it too. For...
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15 Jun

Sofia Coppola’s Colour Palettes

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To watch a Sofia Coppola film is to be transported to an alternate universe, defined by her fondness for soft, natural lighting, meandering, drawn-out shots, and, most notably of all, sumptuous pastel hues. But while there’s no denying that her films look good enough to eat, there’s more to the American director’s distinct aesthetic than first meets the eye, her films’ visual codes serving to reflect the emotional journeys of her protagonists. As video essayist Jacob T. Swinney points out, “Coppola’s atmosphere seems to mirror the inner workings of her characters. [She] crafts these dreamscapes to show us not only who her characters are, but who they want to be.” Next week marks the UK release of her anticipated sixth...
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9 Jun

‘Playboy’ Playmates Recreate Their Iconic Covers And Prove Everything Gets Better With Age

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Playboy brought back seven former playmates, and asked them to recreate their iconic covers. The end result is proof that sexiness and sassiness is real at any age.
Check out Collins Jordan, who told Playboy she was “very, very lucky to be in such a unique sorority” as a Playmate.

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Playboy / Ryan Lowry

Lisa Miller was Playmate of the Year in 1991, and is equally stunning today:

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Playboy / Ben Miller
And here's Renee Tenison, the magazine’s first African-American Playmate of the Year in 1990, and a real fox! “When I did Playboy, there was a little bit of controversy because I was the first African-American Playmate of the Year and some women were saying I was being objectified,” she told the...
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8 Jun

3 Ways to Outfit Your Outdoor Kitchen for Summer

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When you think “outdoor kitchen,” think beyond a massive grill. By placing well-appointed accessories within arm’s reach, you can prepare meals out in the open without having to run back inside. This week’s edition of Decor Resolutions will show you everything you need to take your backyard kitchen way beyond the usual BBQ setup. Scroll on to see how we’d stock the space for a boho-chic, minimalist, and preppy home.

HOW TO DECORATE A BOHO-CHIC OUTDOOR KITCHEN

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DENY Designs Emanuela Carratoni Pale Pink Agate Print Cutting Board ($35), H&M Wooden Bowl ($25), Target Gold Titanium Coated Pairing and Utility Knife Set ($4), H&M Textured Pitcher ($15), American Atelier Jane Stemless Wine Glasses ($40, set of four)

HOW TO DECORATE A MINIMALIST OUTDOOR KITCHEN

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31 May

ABT’s Whimsical, Psychedilic New Ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ By The Numbers

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If you adore The Nutcracker in the wintertime, there's a new show sure to fulfill your taste for the fantastical this summer: the American Ballet Theatre's Whipped Cream. The Alexei Ratmansky-choreographed ballet, which just premiered in New York City and runs through July, is a true feast for the eyes. The set and costumes created by pop-surrealist Mark Ryden are layered with color, sparkle, and whimsy fitting of the nutty tale it tells: A young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirious, sugar-fueled dream about being rescued from seeing a doctor by Princess Praline, Princess Tea Flower, Prince Coffee, Marzipan, and more fun characters. ELLE.com went backstage to get a close-up look at just what it...
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19 May

3 Ways to Build Your Very Own Coffee Bar Command Center

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One of the top Pinterest trends of 2017 is a coffee bar command center — and it’s prob because no one wants to face their to-do list without a massive mug of coffee in hand. If you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks on your daily lattes, or just need to corral your mug collection, building a fab coffee bar can be a real lifesaver. This week’s edition of Decor Resolutions will show you everything you need to make your morning cuppa joe look as yummy as it tastes. So mix yourself up a minty Topo Chico iced coffee and scroll down to see how we’d style a coffee cart for a boho-chic, minimalist, and preppy home.

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17 May

A Beautiful Instagram Feed Is Just a Few Taps Away!

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All you need to do is learn the best smartphone editing secrets from photographer and social media darling, Nanette Wong, to cultivate a stunning Instagram feed. In our NEWEST online class, HOW TO USE PHOTO EDITING APPS LIKE A PRO, you’ll learn how a pro photographer enhances photos using five popular apps: VSCO Cam, Snapseed, Polarr, A Color Story, and Priime.
In just under an hour, you’ll get insider details into why Nanette uses certain apps over others and how to navigate each app to get the best results. The outcome will be awesome photos you’ll be SO excited to share!

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The image above is an example of a photo that Nanette edits during the class. You’ll learn how...
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15 May

5 Post-Pregnancy Birth Control Options

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After nine months of showing off your growing baby bump, you finally made it to that big ol’ birthday. Yay! Whether you got there by natural birth or C-section, you’re enjoying being a new mama. But as long as you’re not anywhere near ready to start thinking about baby spacing, it’s time to talk BC. Understanding your birth control options is the first step in making sure that your adorable angel won’t think their little sibling’s name is “Oops.” 1. An IUD: An intrauterine device? Hmm, sounds painful. Well, it’s not! An IUD is a tiny T-shaped implant that your physician inserts into your uterus through the opening of your cervix. After that, it works its magic for years — without you feeling or having...
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