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The Biggest Souvenir You Buy On Vacation Could Be Your Whole Hotel Room
Some people can look at an empty room and visualize where every furniture item will go, what fabric will work for the curtains, and what planter they should buy for the corner by the window. Others need real, tangible inspiration—spaces they can shop like you might buy clothes off of a mannequin. And while there are showrooms for that, they can feel cold and uninviting—it’s hard to picture living in a showroom. Enter: the shoppable stay.
Mar 28, 2019
A Home Without Women Is Almost Unrecognizable
Imagine a realtor showing a modern home in 2019 with no dishwasher, no refrigerator, no infrastructure for a home security system. Imagine waking up in your apartment on a Saturday morning and having no easy way to brew a cup of coffee. That would be a home without women. It makes sense that women made such significant contributions to improving the efficiency, safety, and productivity of the home—that’s where they spent most of their time, given that other work options were limited.
Mar 28, 2019
4 Bestselling Books Getting the Hollywood Treatment in 2019
Yes, we know: Everyone says you have to read “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” before its adaptation arrives in theaters this August. But in case you’re looking for others, here are a few more to get through before they hit big (and small) screens near you. West’s hilarious and intelligent essay-collection-slash-memoir is being turned into a Hulu series starring SNL’s Aidy Bryant, coming out on March 15.
Feb 21, 2019
5 Brand New Books to Read in February
When the temperatures drop below zero (in some cases, way below), there’s no other option than to grab five blankets and a fantastic read. Thomas’s first novel, “The Hate U Give,” was a bestseller-turned-blockbuster, so all eyes are on the author’s follow-up. Thomas crafts another story around a strong teenager named Bri whose ambition to be a world-famous rapper despite the limitations put on her by her community and her family.
Feb 1, 2019
Mindy Kaling’s Closet Looks Nicer Than Any Apartment I’ve Ever Been In
Anyone who has seen “Sex and the City”has coveted Carrie Bradshaw’s overflowing closet, but at least it was fake—no one could have such a perfect room in real life! Except, apparently, Mindy Kaling. When prepping with her team for this year’s Producer’s Guild Awards, Kaling took a few getting-ready photos in her dreamy closet.
Jan 30, 2019
Meghan Markle’s Favorite Hobby Is Trending on Pinterest
Still looking for a new hobby to pick up in 2019? How about one that’s fun to learn and gives you something in common with everybody’s favorite real-life “Princess Diaries” heroine, Meghan Markle? In a 2013 interview with Esquire, Markle revealed that she did a little calligraphy on the side early in her career—she penned wedding invites for Robin Thicke, and managed “celebrity correspondence” for Dolce & Gabbana during the holiday season.
Jan 17, 2019
Almost Half of Millennial Renters Aren’t Saving for This Important Purchase
A new year is a great time to set resolutions (obviously), and if you’ve resolved to graduate from rental life to owner life, you’re going to want to set some savings goals ASAP. A new study from Apartment List found that many millennials want to buy a home, but don’t see that happening in the next five years. What’s more: A large portion of the generation isn’t even saving for a down payment yet.
Jan 6, 2019
5 Books Celebs Couldn’t Put Down in 2018
Need help deciding what to read next? Take a cue from these famous bookworms. Field is also a fan of the dispatches from the Dublin Murder Squad, and although French’s latest novel doesn’t involve the usual crew, it remains thrilling and addictive. Told instead from the perspective of a victim, Toby, instead of an investigator, “The Witch Elm” is a “mindboggling, page-turning, who-done-it where the crime keeps changing,” says Field.
Dec 31, 2018
January Is Going to Be a Great Book Month—Here’s What I’m Preordering
January is looking to be a great month for books—so much so that I’m preordering six novels right now. Here’s a little mystery, a little family drama, and a little dystopia to keep you occupied during your winter hibernation. There is a solar eclipse in Iran in 1979 and in France in 2012, and those two timelines run through the novel.
Dec 26, 2018
The Best Coffee Table Books for Tiny House Lovers
If your friend can’t get enough of the tiny house trend on Instagram (and IRL), gift them one of these curated collections of small spaces, from school bus homes to super-chic Airstreams. Born from the popular tumblr by the same name, this collection showcases some of the most beautiful, secluded cabins all over the world. The gorgeous photos and peek at the quaint interiors will make city dwellers head for the forest.
Dec 12, 2018
The $18 Anthropologie Hostess Gift I’m Obsessed With
While a bottle of wine is a great hostess gift, I think holiday parties are the time to go the extra mile. I love everything Anthropologie—maybe one day, my home will look like their stunning window displays—but the holiday season really brings out the best in their decor. That’s how I landed on the perfect, affordable present for any host: their too-cute printed tea towels.
Dec 11, 2018
5 Fast Reads That Will Get You To Your 2018 Reading Goal
Are you one or two books short of your reading goal? These shorter page-turners will get you there with mere weeks to go before the New Year. Don’t be fooled by its length—this smart, dark novel packs a punch with each of its brief chapters. If you thought your sister was a serial killer, would you turn her in, or continue to clean up her mess?
Dec 10, 2018
5 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Gift Cards This Holiday
While it would be nice to gift our friends and family personalized presents that fit their personalities like horoscopes, sometimes, it’s easiest to just go with a gift card. This is especially true for those we don’t know as well—you can’t go wrong with a Starbucks gift card for the office Secret Santa! Can we let you in on a secret?
Dec 4, 2018
Here’s How Women Are Changing the Most Important Workspace in America
Many homeowners know the experience of moving into an outdated space and planning some much-needed renovations. For the 102 women elected to Congress during the 2018 midterm elections (a record, by the way), they may not be able to gut the place but they could influence some major building changes. Now that nearly one in five legislators on Capitol Hill will be a woman, the building needs to prepare for these leaders and their teams.
Dec 4, 2018
These Are the Best Picks of Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club This Year
My unscientific rule is that a worthwhile novel will have more than 3.5 stars on Goodreads. Of course, Reese Witherspoon’s reads all check that box. Here are my favorites from her club this year—along with the Goodreads’ rating. “I’m not even sure I can express in words how much I love this book,” Witherspoon said in her announcement—and 22,000 Goodreads readers agree.
Nov 19, 2018
The Books We’re Buying for Everyone This Year
Everyone needs an eye-catching accent for their coffee table—so we selected a few beautiful compendiums your friend can page through while watching Netflix. We’ve also selected a few good reads (both fiction and non-fiction), some stellar cookbooks, and the best organizing and style books from some famous faces. Take a look at our favorite books to wrap up for the holidays below. Dope Queen Phoebe Robinson (have you seen her gorgeous apartment?
Nov 13, 2018
I Thought I Was A Big Reader—Until Nicole Richie Posted Her Summer Book Stack
I fancy myself a big reader—if you ask my opinion on a book, chances are I’ve read it or heard about it or read something else by that author. I’ve set an ambitious goal of 100 books read by the end of the year (and I’m continuously shamed by Goodreads for falling behind). But leave it to Nicole Richie to knock me down a few pegs with a single Instagram post.
Oct 8, 2018
Here’s What Celebrities Are Reading This Fall
Ready for a new read to cozy up with as the temperatures drop? Grab your favorite fall drink (I will never be convinced pumpkin spice lattes are better than black coffee) and choose one of these novels that the stars can’t put down. Reese Witherspoon’s pick: This Is How It Always Is Reese just announced her October pick, and she warns readers that “as a mother, this story absolutely tore at my heartstrings.
Oct 5, 2018
The One Thing You’re Throwing Away, But Definitely Shouldn’t
When it comes time to move, you will be grateful you have these.
Oct 3, 2018
The Best New Books To Read This Fall
It’s almost fall, and so begins the perfect season for cuddling up with a good book. And just in time, too, because these are the new must read titles everyone will be talking about. Amazon Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling) | $ 17.40 Buy now If you haven’t started the mystery series starring Detective Cormoran Strike, now is the perfect time (and not just because you’d be the lucky reader who didn’t have to wait months for the next book to come out).
Sep 20, 2018
Your Favorite Women Are Publishing Memoirs This Fall
The biggest memoirs this fall are all by women. From Busy Philipps to Michelle Obama, here are the must-haves to snag for your home library. Amazon This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps 17.70 Buy now One of Instagram’s realest, funniest moms-slash-humans brings that humor and honesty to a memoir that anyone will love, regardless of whether or not you were obsessed with Freaks and Geeks.
Sep 18, 2018
5 Lazy Person-Approved Ways to Declutter Your Space
With a move on the horizon, chances are you have a massive closet clean out on your schedule or the vision of redecorating your living room (and finally discarding that sofa from college) is in your head. But when moving day gets closer (and you realize how much stuff you really have), all you want to do is lie down. Well, there are actually easy ways to make sure your discarded items and furniture go to worthy causes—and in many cases, you don’t even have to take off your slippers!
Sep 9, 2018
The $10 Buy That Will Refresh Your Shower
If you moved in a rush, you probably just tossed everything in a box. But while you’re setting up the bathroom in a shiny new apartment, one look at your shower curtain liner sends you into a panic: You suddenly notice the bottom of the liner is brown or gray or cloudy. When was the last time you cleaned this curtain? If you have to ask, then it’s time to treat yourself and your new space to a fresh curtain liner.
Sep 2, 2018
How Much You Should Save Each Month for a Down Payment, By State
When it comes to buying a house, the financials can be overwhelming. That’s why a little bit of preparation or saving goes a long way—and a lot of preparation and saving goes even further. If you’re thinking about buying a home, one of the biggest costs you’ll be hit with is the down payment.
Aug 28, 2018
Check Out These Other Books By 2018’s Most Buzzed About Authors
Whether you’re on an eternal library waitlist for this year’s hottest novels, or you’re already through 2018’s most popular books, the reading doesn’t stop there. In fact, if you liked what you read this year, you’ll be happy to know that many of this year’s buzziest authors have written before! I’ve rounded up a few favorites.
Aug 27, 2018
The 1 Thing You Shouldn’t Pack When Moving
When I moved into my studio apartment in New York, I was lucky enough to have my mom with me to help facilitate the move. And she did facilitate everything—from how to efficiently pack a box to how furniture should be oriented; she was a one-woman moving machine. But the most important lesson I took from her was this: Never pack your cleaning supplies! Why?
Aug 26, 2018
Buying a Home Can Really Make You Cry, Says New Study
How many times did you burst into tears when buying your first home? Tears are apparently very normal—a new survey from found that one in three Americans ended up crying during the home buying process. In fact, of the 2,000 home buyers surveyed, 13 percent of respondents cried “a lot.” Why is the process so difficult? The survey points to a few key reasons that adults may be overwhelmed by the search.
Aug 25, 2018
Finished “Crazy Rich Asians”? Constance Wu Has Some Book Recommendations for You
“Crazy Rich Asians” had a big opening weekend, earning more than $25 million at the box office. With such impressive turnout (and reviews), it’s no surprise the film’s stars have also caught the public’s eye. So, like a productive millennial, I spent my weekend stalking Constance Wu on Instagram. But, since I did it in the name of gauging book recommendations from her feed, it’s educational, right?
Aug 24, 2018
Barack Obama’s Favorite Book of the Summer Is Mine, Too
Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama revealed the books he’d read over the summer. His diverse reading list caught my eye, because the first book mentioned is one I recently completed, and one that just might be my favorite book of summer.
Aug 23, 2018
The 5 Books You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer
September is fast approaching—don’t let Labor Day pass without catching these great beach reads. Amazon MEM by Bethany C. Morrow 18 Buy now Let’s start with a book that showed up around Memorial Day weekend, and now you can read it over Labor Day. In this inventive dystopian story, a scientific breakthrough means humans can have memories removed from their brains. These extracted memories, also known as Mems, experience that memory on loop until they expire.
Aug 21, 2018
How Gross Is It to Bring Your Phone into the Bathroom?
You might not want to know.
Aug 14, 2018
The 3 Books Sarah Jessica Parker Is Obsessed With This Summer
It’s almost August, which means your time for reading leisurely by pools or on beaches is almost over. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but on the plus side, one of our favorite celebrity bookworms just posted on Instagram about three new female-authored books that look like the perfect vacation reads. Sarah Jessica Parker offered a glowing recommendation for all three books in her stack.
Jul 25, 2018
7 Things Super Healthy People Do at Home That You Don’t
Being healthy can feel like a chore—you think that you have to cook special food or try trendy fitness classes to achieve any healthy goals. However, when I talked to some really healthy individuals—from the founder of Whole30 to a sleep doctor—none of them brought up any scary superfoods or crazy workout routines. Turns out, being healthy is just about making a few very simple, but very good, choices.
Jul 24, 2018
This is Why Your Curtain Liner Likes to Stick to You in the Shower — And How to Stop It
And how to stop it from happening ever again.
Jul 19, 2018
These Are the Books You Should Buy On Prime Day
Christmas in July, A.K.A. Amazon’s Prime Day, has finally arrived. While tech junkies get excited about the electronics deals, and we’ve found some amazing discounts on home items we love, bookworms can also get a piece of the Prime pie today. In addition to discounting some bestselling books, Amazon is offering a blanket discount on book orders of $20 or more.
Jul 17, 2018
One Simple Way to Reduce Visual Clutter All Over Your Space
You may have only heard of decanting when it comes to wine, but this technique is a game-changer for organizing your home. By moving everyday products into containers, you’re eliminating the visual clutter created by clunky shelf packaging—which was never meant to fit neatly on your shelves. This is also great for those who buy—or want to buy—in bulk. No need to store the extra-large box on your shelves, instead, decant into a usable jar and refill as needed.
Jul 16, 2018
Does Mouthwash Deserve a Spot in Your Medicine Cabinet? A Dentist Weighs In
You’re just getting home after a long night, or you’re rushing to work in the morning, and you think: A quick rinse with mouthwash will be the same as brushing my teeth. Sound familiar? Unfortunately for you, that logic isn’t quite right. While mouthwash can be a helpful addition to your oral hygiene routine, it should never be a replacement for proper dental care, says Dr.
Jul 15, 2018
7 Powerful Things You Can Do with Just an Ice Cube
Dare we say these hacks are… really cool?
Jul 8, 2018
Americans Are Spending Less Time Reading, Survey Says
Reading is my all-time favorite activity—I average about two books per week, and am working toward 100 books read this year. But according to a new survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of my peers don’t operate the same way. Every year since 2003, the Bureau surveys thousands of individuals to see how they’re spending their time, and compiles the results in the annual American Time Use Survey.
Jul 5, 2018
A Veterinarian Reveals 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pets Calm During Fireworks
You know the drill: The fireworks start, and your pup starts pacing and barking and panicking. How can you make him feel safe?
Jul 1, 2018
These 7 Things Made My New Apartment Feel So Much Bigger
I needed clever storage solutions or the spacious apartment I dreamed about would turn into a cluttered reality. Luckily, I found random solutions that helped me store everything.
Jun 12, 2018
6 Instagram Book Clubs To Help Fill Your Summer Reading List
Need help deciding what to read next? These Instagram-led book clubs will pick the book for you, and offer opportunities to discuss it with fellow online bibliophiles. Some groups even have in-person meet-ups in cities across the country where you can share your thoughts or listen to the author speak live. If you’re a big reader, you may want to “join” a few of these clubs, whose June selections are a mix of recent releases and older bestsellers.
Jun 6, 2018
Moving? This Book Purging Method Is Bibliophile-Approved
I’d like to start by saying: I hate moving. I am known to be extremely dramatic when it comes to getting organized, packing up my belongings, and essentially living in a real-life obstacle course (dodging suitcases, stepping over boxes) while I await my move. But there was one aspect of my recent relocation—only 20 blocks, but in New York City that still feels like an undertaking—that was justifiably overwhelming: The Purging Of The Bookshelf. Sounds like a horror movie, right?
Jun 5, 2018
Michelle Obama Shares Heartwarming Photo from Her Childhood Apartment
Though Michelle Obama spent eight years in one of the biggest houses in the country, she didn’t always live such a spacious lifestyle. In promoting her new book, Becoming (out November 13), Michelle shared a sweet photo of her with her parents on Instagram, reminiscing about her “cramped apartment on the South Side of Chicago.
May 22, 2018
These Are The Books Everyone Will Be Talking About This Summer
Memorial Day is around the corner, so we’re officially allowed to start planning our summers, wearing white jeans… and updating our TBR lists. One of our favorite bookworm communities, Goodreads, used their 75 million members to compile the most anticipated books of summer.
May 22, 2018
The One Book You Should Read This May Might Be The Funniest Book of 2018
Look, I’m all about a complicated, deep, character-driven novel that makes you feel a range of emotions, most of them kind of dark, but that’s not what May is about. May is about finally being able to be outside (provided you’ve taken your allergy medicine) and enjoying long walks in the park, drinks in backyards, and light, fun books you can bring to the beach or the pool. And the book you should bring with you this month is Hey Ladies!
May 11, 2018
Loved Gone Girl? Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects Is Coming to HBO
Author Gillian Flynn is most famous for her twisted novel, Gone Girl, but that wasn’t her first foray into the world of dark storytelling—in fact, her debut novel Sharp Objects is arguably even darker. The book is headed for the small screen this July as a limited series for HBO.
Apr 25, 2018
12 Instagram Artists Created Inspiring T-Shirts for Earth Day
Earth Day is this Sunday (well, we should celebrate Earth every day, but you know what I mean), and whether you’re doing your part by composting meal scraps, recycling, or practicing other planet-friendly habits, we’ve found one more thing that you should do to honor your planet. And it involves a group of really talented artists.
Apr 20, 2018