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24 Jul

How to Drink Tea Like a Royal: Dos and Don’ts From the Queen’s Favorite Hotel

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge drinks tea at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. September, 2012
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Do you put the milk in the tea first or second? Cornish- or Devonshire-style cream? Do you actually eat finger sandwiches with your fingers? Afternoon tea service is a great British tradition that’s laced with rules. For those of us who didn’t grow up with a spot of as part of their regular schedule, it can certainly get confusing. Luckily, few know their tea etiquette better than Jeremy Goring, owner of London’s The Goring hotel near Buckingham Palace, and the hotel’s manager, Stuart Geddes. The Goring is not only a favorite of Her Majesty’s for tea and cucumber sandwiches, but also holder of the Tea Guild’s Top London Afternoon Tea award. First: Learn the proper terminology. Not all teas are created equal. “Afternoon tea” is typically...
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24 Jul

Why It Matters That Melania Wore Dior in Paris Last Week

Brigitte Macron and Melania Trump. Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images
To an American in Paris, Bastille Day feels joyously familiar — a holiday so like our own Fourth of July, commemorating an 18th-century revolution with summer picnics, parades, and fireworks at twilight. To take part in this celebration with the French is to feel our countries’ centuries-old friendship, our shared commitment to democratic values, our mutual casting off of despotism, our common modernity. Not this time, however. The Trumps’ Bastille Day visit distinctly dimmed that warm recognition of shared values. And as it so often does, fashion can help us understand politics. For her visit to France, Melania Trump wore a striking red Christian Diorsuit, with a big skirt and tightly buttoned waist. It was lovely, and also telling. Dior (along with the...
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24 Jul

The Contouring Craze: Is It Finally Dead?

ILLUSTRATED BY JIHYANG LIM

We turn to the experts

Whether you’re a contouring believer or hater, there’s no denying that there may have been no other beauty trend as popular in the last couple of years. (Well, if you ignore all things “unicorn” and “mermaid,” that is.) While it has certainly earned its right as a pop culture phenomenon (along with the fame of the reality TV stars that wear it), a lot of us feel that it can be, well, a lot and that the act of over-contouring has become something of an epidemic. But will it end? Who would know better than industry vets themselves? We were dying to know whether the trend is here to stay or if it’s finally on its way out, so we chatted with...
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24 Jul

People are mad at Kim for fully exposing her nipples in this outfit, but I think it’s a major look

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Shocker! They’re perfect!

Life is meaningless without progress. I think I read that on the side of a Chipotle bag one time. In the 1800s, women were regulated to gut-disfiguring corsets to suck in our stomachs and push our boobs up to make them look like weird, fleshy muffin tops. Throughout the 1900s, we had to wear ugly, thick-strapped bras with like, pointy-ass padding. If you think about it, it’s only been the past few years that’ve allowed us the freedom to really nip it up and go braless. So we’ve more or less conquered the battle of allowing them to poke out through our tops. The next fight? FULL NIPPLE EXPOSURE. In the workplace, in church, everywhere. I won’t rest...
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24 Jul

The Nude Pedicure Is This Summer’s Most Unexpected Beauty Staple

Photographed by Angelo Pennetta, Vogue, June 2015

Throughout the modern mani-pedi movement, the mandate on nail-color theory has always been fairly straightforward: business on the tips, party on the toes. While ballet-slipper pinks and sheer ivories make for a neat and tidy manicure, pedicures are meant to be wild, painted in shades of crimson, oxblood, and black—even more so when the weather gets warmer and bright neons and cool pastels get the spotlight, thanks to an uptick in strappy sandals.

For many summers, I complied with this unspoken rule, hoarding fluoro-oranges and shimmering minty green varnishes for my toes while keeping my nails coated in barely there shades of bisque, ochre, and caramel. But a few years ago, fatigued by the craze for nail art and gel tips,...
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24 Jul

Sad Desk Lunch No More: How to Have a Better Meal at Work

Photo: Christina Pérez
Weekday lunches can be pretty bleak: limp salad, mushy sandwiches, take-out soup served so tongue-scaldingly hot you can’t even taste how truly mediocre it is. And of course, most of us are choking down these overpriced excuses for meals basked in the sterile glow of our office computer screens just in an effort to save time. “It is still hard for people to eat delicious food that’s affordable, easily accessible and good for you—especially in this ever-increasing pace of life,” says Phil Winser, founder of downtown New York’s venerable veg-centric boîte, The Fat Radish. This lack of quick-and-healthy food options—even in a city as culinarily open-minded and entrepreneurial as New York—is a problem that’s plagued Winser for quite some time, and it’s one...
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21 Jul

The Mean Girls makeup brushes are here & they are SO fetch

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"Oh my god, I love your brushes, where did you get them?”

Regina George would LIVE for Spectrum's new Mean Girls beauty collection - hell, she probably wouldn't let her fellow Plastics touch them in case they ruined them.

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If you love makeup brushes and you're a fan of the movie, you'll love these tools even more when you find out that each brush is engraved with favourite quotes from the hit film. Fetch, right?

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Product details: 💗10 Piece Mean Girls set is £49.99 and comes with official Spectrum x Mean Girls pouch bag. 💗10 Piece Mean Girls set with mini Burn Book bag (you can use as a cute handbag) is £79.99 for the set & bag....
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21 Jul

Can you help Emma Watson find her missing rings?

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Our Belle has made a heartfelt appeal for her beloved jewellery

Emma Watson had an absolute 'mare when she went for a massage at the weekend – she ended up losing some of her most precious jewellery, including a very special ring given to her on her 18th birthday by her mother.

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Emma left three rings in a locker at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Knightsbridge, and forgot to pick them up after her treatment. "When I got home I realised the rings were not on my hands and I called the spa, but at this time the spa was closed," she said. "Security checked the safe and said there was nothing in it but that the spa would be...
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