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Lessons from Parenthood: 10 Strange Truths About Newborn Babies and the People Raising Them

1. There is nothing sweeter than your baby falling asleep in your arms. Thus, in order not to wake him or her, you become incredibly talented at using your left (or whichever is not your normal) hand to complete basic tasks (writing, stirring, typing, opening doors, etc.). The feet also take on the new invaluable roles of claw… Read More

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My Favourite Blog: Humans of New York

“What happened to your arm?”“I was walking down the stairs and looking at the stars.”(Amman, Jordan) Have you ever looked at a complete stranger and wondered “what’s their story?” I do. All the time. Luckily Humans of New York is there to satisfy our craving for answers… Brandon Stanton, the photographer and mastermind behind HONY, began taking pictures in 2010 after… Read More

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Weekend Diary: Power of Summer Outdoor Cinema

A few weeks ago, MF and I went to the Power of Summer outdoor cinema at Battersea Power station to see The Full Monty. I know, I know….somehow I’ve managed to let 28 years go by without actually seeing it. And so we did, and yes it was fantastic. Not just the movie, but the whole… Read More

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UNHCR Video: Angelina Jolie Tells Refugee Story of Love and Loss

This video is both powerful and beautifully produced. On her fourth visit to refugee camps in northern Thailand, Angelina Jolie meets Baw Meh, a 75 year old Karenni refugee who fled Myanmar’s Kayah state in 1997. Her husband passed away last year while they were still living at Ban Mai Nai Soi camp, waiting hopefully and patiently to… Read More

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Olivia Wilde Breastfeeding for Glamour Magazine

Olivia Wilde brings her new momma sexiness to the cover of US Glamour’s September issue…and inside it’s pages, proves that women “can be someone who is at once maternal and professional and sexy and self-possessed.” I’m a huge fan of hers. Not only because she derived her “stage name” from writer Oscar Wilde, but because her inner beauty… Read More

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Quirky Music Videos for Chet Faker

I first learned about Australian musician Chet Faker in reference to his soulful remake of Blackstreet’s “No Diggity.” The original is one of my favourite songs of all time (I knew all the lyrics in 6th grade) and thus the thought of anyone trying to come out with a better rendition seemed as promising as my karaoke performance of… Read More

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Our Pregnancy Photos in SW9

When I entered my third trimester, I knew I wanted to have pregnancy photos taken. Up until then, my bump was quite small. Most people struggled to differentiate it’s appearance from just another English beer belly (…totally understandable – I’ve hesitated myself in the past). Unfortunately, unless I was simultaneously carrying around a jar of pickles and complaining… Read More

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SMOOCH Films: Simon + Georgina Wedding Highlight Trailer

This wedding had me inspired. The giant light bulb “Love” sign. The waterfront warehouse setting. The funky flower pattern on the inside of the groom’s jacket. I knew instantly what soundtrack I wanted to use for their highlight trailer, a mix of old Hollywood glamour in the form of Duke Ellington with the edginess of 7Horse’s… Read More

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Liquid Gold: The Beauty Benefits of Argan Oil

I first learned about this beauty must-have while studying abroad in Morocco during college.  I remember visiting an argan oil shop in the Atlas mountains and noticing how every local woman there had the most incredible, plump, wrinkle-free skin. Now this is out in the middle of nowhere where SPF50 is hard to find…the sun is… Read More

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Movie Review: Chef

Tonight I saw Chef at the Ritzy. Written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, I would classify this film as the ultimate summer feel good movie. It had me leaving the theatre with that warm and fuzzy American feeling that anything is possible, and so despite the predictable bow of an ending, I humbly give it two… Read More