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Color Me Happy at Holi

Color Me Happy at Holi

Jenni Jane Hellstern June 21, 2012 6

People often ask me what my favorite place in the world is, and having been to 24 countries in the last 17 months alone, that’s a big inquiry.  I often respond by telling them

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Sack Your Bag at Unpackaged

Sack Your Bag at Unpackaged

Jenni Jane Hellstern April 18, 2012 2

I’m sitting in a cyber cafe in Pune, India. My two friends and I are probably the only non-Indian people in town. Pune is a world all of its own, where doing it the

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Grace and elegance never went away, it simply stayed below the radar

Grace and elegance never went away, it simply stayed below the radar

Melissa Hellstern March 28, 2012 2

The word elegant illuminates everything from fashion to mathematics, architecture to handwriting. Yet few are able to define it completely. Audrey Hepburn enchanted with a European grace and inspired warmth. Grace Kelly captivated as

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Impossible Excellence of Exactness.

Impossible Excellence of Exactness.

Great Design March 5, 2012 1

In its newest form, perfect has evolved into a less stringent, more relaxed version of how we approach and define the impossible excellence of exactness. The idealized, unattainable righteousness of the old perfect was

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Not broken. Don’t fix.

Not broken. Don’t fix.

Great Design February 23, 2012 1

Why are parents so quick to “correct” this dental beauty mark called diastema? It may have something to do with a Palladian sense of order, an issue of symmetry more than visual interest.  

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Mix It Up: The Manhattan Project

Mix It Up: The Manhattan Project

Melissa Hellstern February 20, 2012 2

Dale Degroff, called the grandfather of the cocktail revolution, says the cocktail is America’s first culinary art form: “We took the European traditions of punch and everything, and we extrapolated back into a single glass, a

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Meryl Streep…More Than a Mimic?

Meryl Streep…More Than a Mimic?

Emily S. Finn February 19, 2012 0

The year is 1947; the place, Brooklyn. The blonde glides through English words in her characteristic Slavic lilt, saying dat for that and skeert for skirt. She pushes vowels out through her nose, and

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Ballet in Sneakers

Ballet in Sneakers

Dan Murphy February 17, 2012 1

The three-point shot in college basketball is egalitarian.The rule, added to the college game 25 seasons ago, helps level the playing field. It lets short guards shine in a game frequently dominated by giants,

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5 Key Guidelines on Meeting a Celebrity

5 Key Guidelines on Meeting a Celebrity

Great Design February 14, 2012 1

1. First and foremost, think about how you (should) behave when you encounter a new dog for the first time…ignore it for the first 2-3 minutes. Although this doesn’t really create a level playing

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Lomography Rule #1: Don’t Worry About Any Rules

Lomography Rule #1: Don’t Worry About Any Rules

Amelia Sellers February 13, 2012 1

When I first encountered (and owned) my first Lomography camera (A ‘Holga 120’ to be exact), I wondered how this little black, plastic, box weighing far less than a pound, could possibly produce any

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