WHY DECORATING YOUR HOME IS GOOD FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

I was knee-deep in a bin of organized socks when I realized I was doing it again. Rage cleaning. When I can’t control my worries with meditation or a good SSRI (praise be), I will indulge in a night of rage cleaning—wherein I feverishly tidy every corner of my home hoping to uncover some sort […]

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I STARTED INTUITIVE EATING

I turned to my husband in the kitchen this morning and said, “Huh, I think I’m going to have a piece of cake”… It was 6 a.m. and we’d been up for five hours already, wildly jet lagged from our recent honeymoon. (The cake was a mini version of the one from our wedding, which […]

WHAT ARE YOUR SIMPLE PLEASURES?

On this rainy Thursday, let’s talk about something fun. Artist Moose Allain was feeling out of sorts, so he decided to write a list of small joys on Twitter. A few were “a lovely little puppy” and “the smell of snow” and “finding finally the lost thing.” Other people then piped up and theirs included […]

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?

No one else notices the pimple. Trust your intuition. Leave the party whenever you want. These are some of the things I would tell baby Caroline, if given the opportunity. Here, 11 women share the warm and funny advice they would offer their younger selves, and I’d love to hear yours…  “Don’t sweat the jobs […]

THREE THINGS I ALWAYS PACK FOR TRIPS

Are you going on vacation this summer? Every two years, we go to Cornwall to visit my grandmother. All the aunts, uncles and cousins pile in, and we eat our weight in fried fish and salt-and-vinegar potato chips. Luckily, we’re heading there in a couple weeks and are always pulling out the suitcases. Here are […]

This Apartment Is a Plant Lover’s Dream

Hilton Carter is an interior designer and the author of Wild at Home: How to Style and Care for Beautiful Plants. He is also the proud (and slightly overwhelmed) owner of about 300 stunning house plants, which he and his wife, Fiona, reside among in their Baltimore apartment. Here, he shares his tips on starting […]

THE PERFECT MEAL FOR EATING ALONE

For our series on cooking for one, we spoke to the lovely Klancy Miller, author of Cooking Solo. “I cook alone three or four nights a week, and I like that I can make exactly what I’m craving,” she says. “I always sit at my table, instead of standing up. I use nice plates, put […]

THE ONE THING I DO WHEN GUESTS COME OVER

Whenever friends stop by, I always do the same thing… Scent is so important. When it comes to my home, I try my best to make it smell nice. But I have a dog and a next-door neighbor whose lone hobby seems to be perpetually cooking spaghetti bolognese. No matter how many candles or eucalyptus […]

THE HIDDEN BENEFITS OF BEING INCREDIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE

Women do a lot of incredibly uncomfortable things: have periods, give birth, cry, try to get promotions, endure seventh grade with big boobs while each male counterpart discovers their first perverted side effects of puberty…the list goes on. I looked up “uncomfortable” in the thesaurus and it gave: annoying, bitter, difficult, agonizing, hard, troublesome, thorny, […]

THE CASE FOR CURIOSITY (AND 20 WAYS TO BUILD IT INTO YOUR LIFE)

Curiosity. It’s my jam. I love learning, researching, asking why, trying, testing, building, failing, making, moving and growing. Chances are if you’re reading this article, you, too, are a curious person. YAY. Like minds. True to form, I got to thinking about curiosity as a trait. Is it good, or bad? Is it helpful in […]