It’s Back — the Pack, That Is, as a Trend This Fall

Backpacks seem to grow on students, but I didn’t buy my first one until I was 28. I made up for the delay by splurging on the then-überhip black nylon version from Prada, which became a cult accessory of sorts  and put the company on the global fashion map. Now the backpack as fashion accessory is back in a big way. And why shouldn’t it be? As fashion and beauty editor Jacqui Stafford put it, “They are ideal to carry everything you need, but conveniently …

Death by Dye: How I Tamed Blondzilla

It was death by dye: Six years ago, I innocently added a few caramel streaks to my brunette locks and got hooked on hair color. Before long, I was a double-process blonde. About a year ago, however, my hair began to look like a groomed haystack on good hair days and yellow cotton candy on bad ones. In other words, it had become super-damaged. Last month in Paris came the final straw: My blond mane simply snapped off in chunks, …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Brits are reviving an unusual hobby – stuffing mice and arranging them in human-like poses. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Men’s faces evolved in a way that maximizes protection during fistfights. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A wool fitness mat with embedded sensors and LED lights can help you perfect yoga poses and record progress. (Learn more at Wired) >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. Bulletproof blankets have been developed to …

Food Talks

Ah, the language barrier. No matter how much you’re looking forward to your trip abroad, you can’t ignore that nagging worry about interacting with people who speak a different language – and potential situations ranging from difficult to ego-crushing. Rest assured, however, that no one expects you to speak in full sentences or be able to conjugate verbs. What you should know, even before you even arrive in another country, is how to be polite. “Hello,” “please” and “thank you” …

Las 10 ciudades más caras y las 10 más baratas del mundo

La unidad de Inteligencia de The Economist (EIU, en inglés) dio a conocer su más reciente encuesta sobre las ciudades más y menos costosas del mundo y en la que Singapur destronó a Tokio como la urbe más cara del planeta en 2014. En el ranking titulado Costo de vida mundial 2014 aparecen 131 ciudades internacionales, entre las que sobresale Caracas, la capital venezolana, por su deshonrosa sexta posición entre las más caras, junto a la capital japonesa. El informe, …

City of Light Reading

Why is the publishing industry so vulnerable to trends? I don’t really care – I’m having too much fun pointing them out! To capture the recent explosion of books with Paris in their title, for example, I concocted this Mad-Lib: If you go to 1) Paris because someone told you 2) Paris Was the Place, you might see 3) The Woman from Paris standing in the 4) Paris Twilight. Unless you’ve had some 5) Lessons in French, however, you may …