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  1. Do you ever feel as if you aren’t anything like your sign? Maybe you’re a docile Aries or a lighthearted Scorpio – either way, something about you just doesn’t seem to add up to your signs’ classic traits? You see, it’s not just your Sun sign (more on that in a bit) that matters in astrology – …

  2. Finally! It’s fall! We used our fireplace for the first time a couple weeks ago and I couldn’t have been more pleased. Most importantly, I’ve been waiting impatiently to bring out my boots and jackets. Who doesn’t love cozying into an over-sized sweater and knee-high boots? Or a jacket with a little faux fur collar? I know I …

  3. I miss college. I’d spend my morning watching foreign Pepsi commercials in a language class and the afternoon talking about things like what Freud would think of Murakami’s latest book. Your job is basically just to learn stuff. Sure it doesn’t pay—er, it puts you deep into debt. But it is an eye-opening time. The good …

  4. After the initial stage of daydreaming and planning, accessorizing a room is by far my favorite part of the process. It’s like a puzzle that needs to be solved– one throw pillow or rug at a time. The decor is what really adds life and personality to a room. It’s what turns a house into a …

  5. In second grade, I got really into journaling. I’m not sure if it came from my obsession with Harriet the Spy or just a desire to add meaning to my comfy suburban upbringing, but I made a promise to myself. I, Allie Arends, would fill an entire journal for each year of my life. For the …

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  7. Once upon a time, I had an addiction to busyness. The instant gratification of striking through lines on mile-long to-do lists, the sense of accomplishment after sifting through an overflowing inbox of emails, the feeling of combating a day packed to the brim with back-to-back meetings — these were the things that kept my adrenaline pumping. …

  8. That Christmas song got it all wrong: the most wonderful time of year is fall. Everyone knows that. But beyond hitting the pumpkin patches and apple orchards, wrapping yourself in blanket-like sweaters and eating your fair share of root vegetables, what else should you do during the fleeting fall? Here, some slightly-less-cliché autumn-time ideas for you. …

  9. WOOOOOOOOOOOO, BAAA-BY. So, I put off any and all writing of this article until I was all the way finished with Sweet Valley High: Double Love (dun dun dunnnnn) and, oh my God ya’ll, that place is twenty-seven flavors of messed up. I haven’t read this book since I was twelve, which, thank GOD I read …

  10. I can hardly believe that a little over a year ago, I was just getting settled into my new studio. I had one W&D employee, one intern and one freelance photographer sharing the studio space with us. I had recently given birth to August and moved right from labor with the baby into a different kind …

  11. The plan sounded a little whacked the first time she shared it with me—but whacked in a charming, “oh, you crazy kids” kind of way. A few months ago, my endlessly energetic, free-spirited hairstylist Alyssa told me how she and her husband planned to pack their four daughters—all under the age of nine (including a four-month-old …

  12. written for Architectural Digest

    Sometimes small living room spaces or corners provide you with just the right amount of room to work with to make it feel truly unique. And although my current home isn’t quite as spacious as I’d like it to be, over the past couple of years I’ve found ways to make it feel cozy, inviting and …

  13. I got really into “clean eating” last year. A few things happened that accelerated this process. First, I got married. It turns out, a wedding is an even better weight loss incentive than a middle school frenemy making a snide comment about my butt. Then, my family was hit with a series of health problems. I …