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The Truth Behind Rodan + Fields (and Its Takeover of Your Facebook Feed)

The Rodan + Fields Skincare consultant is the highly educated, digitaly savvy, 21st-Century update of the cosmetics saleslady who used to ring your mom's suburban doorbell bearing frosted lip gloss and soap-on-a-rope. But she has something to sell you besides $200 worth of face cream. October 2015

Town & Country

The Thrilla in the Villa: Inside the World of Luxury Vacation Rentals

What's your desire? A rose-strewn driveway? A soccer star to coach your little darlings? Your very own domed observatory? Welcome to the wild, money-run-amok world of luxury vacation rentals. March 2015

The Wall Street Journal 

"Barn Drama" Puts Riders On Their High Horses

At horse stables, interpersonal unpleasantness tends to revolve around the use of shared amenities (such as grooming areas and riding arenas), the "borrowing" of other people's stuff and animal welfare. It can quickly escalate from petty bickering to screaming matches to vandalism. April 14, 2014


Posh Haircutters Push the $1,000 Envelope

Just when you'd gotten over shelling out hundreds of dollars at the salon, elite stylists like Sally Hershberger, Ted Gibson and Julien Farel are breaching the four-figure barrier. January 30, 201

The Great Search for a Luxury Good

Book review: Bringing Home the Birkin by Michael Tonello. April 25, 2008


The New Backyard Boom

Homeowners bring in the pros for private fireworks shows; $3,000—for five minutes. July 2, 2004

The Copycat Wedding

 More couples are finding that the most special day of their lives isn't so special, because friends and acquaintances are stealing their ideas. May 21, 2004 


Condé Nast Traveler

Adult Entertainment

Why would any grown-up choose to squander his or her time off in a place associated with screeching toddlers, brutal lines, mediocre food, and a preponderance of twee? Lauren Lipton travels to Walt Disney World to find out what would possess 20 million people to go there each year without a kid in tow. June, 2013

 How to Vacation Like a Billionaire

For two days, I’ve slept in my own wing of an echoing estate on a billionaire’s private island, just off the south coast of Grenada. The Caribbean vacation paradise includes a 19,000-square-foot main house, two pools, five outdoor hot tubs, four boats, and permanent staff of 30—and it's all available for rent at $165,000 a night. March, 2013 

The New York Times

Seeking Stardom of their Own

Fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin polish their brand. January 2, 2014


Vows: A Creative Partnership, in Life and in Art

The wedding of composer Yotam Haber and visual artist Anna Schuleit. May 10, 2013


Up Close: Cecilia Dean

The fashion- and art-world icon publishes Visionaire, a conceptual "magazine" that may or may not be printed on paper. One issue featured 21 vials of fragrance, including buttery bread and garbage. The latest issue is etched onto metal.  May 8, 2013

Skin Deep: Her Crowning Glory in a Box

Socialites, celebrities and everyday women are wearing wigs not to disguise poor-quality hair, but for fashion and convenience. The best wigs, made from human hair, cost four and five figures, plus $10,000 a year or more to maintain. February 28, 2013


Field Notes: Something Borrowed, But Not Something Blue

Up to 40 percent of people of marrying age have at least one tattoo, and some go to great lengths to hide their body art on their wedding day. December 13, 2012


Skin Deep: I'll have Hot Toddy Hair and Tyra Brows

Quick-service salons such as Drybar, Blushington, Vênsette and Nailporn offer a limited number of pre-chosen looks. The trend is affordable, convenient and fun—until we all show up at the party in the same hair, makeup and manicure. June 19, 2012


The Return of Tinsley Mortimer

Dethroned in 2010 after a series of missteps, New York's former reigning social queen has quietly enlisted agents, a manager and a publicist to advise her on her career, shore up her image and engineer her comeback. March 15, 2012


The Many Faces of Coco

Was Coco Chanel a Nazi agent during World War II? The  answer depends on which new biography you read. The Coco catfight brewing between three respected authors. December 2, 2011


 Only Palin's Stylist Knows For Sure

An interview with Lisa Kline, the New York stylist who bought Sarah Palin and her family their notorious $150,000 wardrobes. November, 19 2009


Get Bobbed, but Don't Get Clipped

Underground hair parties combine the pursuit of beauty with the irresistible appeal of an insider bargain. December 10, 2008

Benefit Season: What Goes On Behind a Scene

To produce a few hours of gaiety, five chairwomen and a brigade of behind-the-scenes workers spent months vetting every detail. October 5, 2008

 When Old Money Marries New Media

Melissa C. Morris offers a rare perspective of New York society on her blog. June 15, 2008 


Not On Our Blog You Won't

Jezebel's readers and editors are learning a lesson right out of high school: popularity has its pitfalls, and mean-girl behavior is hard to quash.  May 4, 2008

Ladies' Home Journal

How to Look Great For Your Age

Whether you're in your 30s, 40s, 50s or beyond, your best weapon against aging isn't cosmetic surgery—it's a healthy attitude. Decade-by-decade health, mind and beauty tips. May, 2014 


What It Takes to Look Like a Celebrity

We asked pros who push, poke, and prod the rich and famous: What do you really have to do to get a red-carpet-worthy body, a perfect smile and hair to die for? The bad news: Achieving perfection is a full time job that takes time and money. April, 2013


Lost and Found: How a Whole Neighborhood Helped Get My Dog Back

On Tuesday we brought home our new dog. On Thursday I lost him. I was taking him for a walk when he slipped out of his collar, bolted down the sidewalk and disappeared.  May, 2012

Killer Heels

What your favorite shoes are doing to your feet. *Merit Award Winner, National Health Information Awards. March, 2012 



Red Carpet Beauty: Get Cate Blanchett's Hairstyle

Stylist Robert Vetica explains how to recreate the Blue Jasmine star's side parted look. September, 2013


Red Carpet Beauty: Get Vera Farmiga's Makeup

Makeup artist Dawn Broussard reveals the techniques behind the Bates Motel actress's polished face. September, 2013

Three Awesome Retreats Where You Can Learn How to Meditate

Meditation is a lifelong pursuit, but, hey, you've got to start somewhere. These resorts offer intensives designed to launch you down the path to enlightenment in a few days. September, 2013


CBS MoneyWatch/Yahoo Finance 

 Most Expensive Holiday Gifts

A $75,000 Camaro from the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. A $25,000 foosball table at FAO Schwarz. An $8 million iPhone from Does anyone buy this stuff? December 14, 2010



Hot Pink Success in Intimate Apparel

Women-owned small businesses are redefining undergarments, from shapewear to nipple concealers. But are women's bodies really just a bundle of problems that need solving? December 22, 2009

The Perfect Haircut

Frédéric Fekkai stylist Mark DeVincenzo gives our model a chic, professional, universally flattering bob. December 22, 2009





Five Minutes to Flawless

Streamline your morning with this elegant and easy makeup routine from New York makeup artist Fabiola. September 26, 2009

Liz Claman, Camera-Ready

The Fox Business Network anchor says her style is "to attract, not distract." September 26, 2009

Grin and Bare It

As summer approaches, the debate over bare legs in the workplace heats up. April 30, 2009

Jon & Kate R Us

Why have I been consumed with this sad, sordid cliche? The truth is: There but for the grace of God goes my own marriage. June 26, 2009


The Hair Book

Holiday 2012

Taylor Swift, the year in hair, medium-length cuts.