Over the last several years, New York–based artist Carlton Scott Sturgill has built an unusual collection of discarded Ralph Lauren shirts. But rather than dropping them at the nearest thrift store, he turned the haul into an eco-friendly project, creating realistic rose bushes at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

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Designed in collaboration with Arts Gowanus and the NY Department of Transportation, Carlton’s “faux garden” features pinstriped and brightly colored roses. The floral sculpture is a bit of a contrast with its surroundings at the canalwhich is famously known as an illegal garbage dumping ground. 

Now, I thought I was crafty when I turned a pair of old jeans into “jorts” last summer. After seeing this talented artist turn castoffs into works of art, I found some serious inspiration for my next DIY project. Watch out, Pinterest.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 20, 2014

As if we didn’t already love Clueless enough, director Amy Heckerling recently divulged to Vulture that she is bringing her cult-favorite 90s film to Broadway. Working as hard as Cher did to make over Tai, Amy is debating who should tackle the leading role of the movie’s beloved Beverly Hills princess.

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Amy told Vulture, “Katy Perry has expressed interest, and I love her to death.” While I’d love to see the doe-eyed singer on stage, the director also threw another rising star’s name in the ring, adding: “Maybe Iggy [Azalea] wants to do it!” After all, Iggy did pull inspiration from Cher and the gang in the music video for her chart-topping hit, “Fancy.” While the cast gets sorted out, I’ll be anxiously awaiting the dance routines that accompany my favorite scenes.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 11, 2014

Last Sunday, instead of my usual afternoon of brunch and Bloody Marys, I headed down to the Seaport Boston Hotel and World Trade Center for the 23rd-annual Boston Wine Expo. Oenophiles from Oregon, Italy, and beyond gathered to promote their best-selling bottles, while local chefs from hot spots like The Tip Tap Room, towne, and Tavern Road gave cooking demonstrations to eager foodies.

First up on my must-see list? Chef Jody Adams, a James Beard Award winner (it’s kind of a big deal in the biz), author, and founding force behind two acclaimed area restaurants, Rialto and Trade. In addition to serving up her tasty Tomato and Farro Soup – a recipe we just happened to find on her blog, The Garum Factory – Adams spilled a few priceless kitchen tips for aspiring cooks.

Jody Adams Tips

Images by Marisa DiSarno

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February 18, 2014

So you scored some “B MINE” candy hearts. Now what? Read this guide for nine romance-ready date ideas that feel movie-perfect.

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February 7, 2014

As wonderful as the holiday season is with its merrymaking, feasting, and socializing, it’s also exhausting. And come January, there’s no place I’d rather be than on a beach halfway through a piña colada or shopping oceanside. But how does one pack for all these fun-filled activities (without bringing along three super-sized suitcases)? Well, it’s all about items that work overtime.

Resort Packing Tips

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December 27, 2013

Once temps dip below 30 degrees, it’s a mad dash for all things wool, down, and puffy (and if there was such a thing as a portable space heater, that too). But rather than opting for the same overly padded, linebacker-style look whenever you walk out the door, it’s better to tailor your layers to your activity. Here’s how:

Winter Activity Outfits

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December 16, 2013

Pardon us. We – like the rest of Us Weekly–reading humankind – have gotten so wrapped up in baby George‘s public debut and the Duchess’s incredible post-baby body that we’ve lost track of some of the other things that make London tick. Like these five quick and completely non-Royal facts.

Travel Trends - London

  1. Covent Garden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
  2. The street-style label seen most during London Fashion Week was Zara, hands down.
  3. Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
  4. The Underground doesn’t always travel underground, and the Overground doesn’t always travel – you guessed it – above ground.
  5. There are more than 300 languages spoken in London – more than in any other city in the world.

 
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By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 5, 2013

 
Fashion, art, and culture intersected Monday, October 21, at the 4th-annual Project Art charity event in a lofty factory space in New York’s SoHo. Organized by Project Paz, a volunteer-based nonprofit focused on promoting peace in Juarez, Mexico, the designer- and editor-studded silent auction and cocktail party was a sight to see (and be seen).

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October 30, 2013

The world’s biggest competition is back. And in Sochi, the altitudes are almost as high as the stakes. To prep yourself for the games, here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll be watching come February.

Ski School

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By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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October 24, 2013

That feel-good, confident vibe you get from working out – what would it look like if you could see it? Answer: Over 10,000 twinkling LED lights illuminating Boston’s Esplanade trail – a hot spot for the city’s joggers.

Okay, so maybe not exactly like that, but that’s what we saw as we walked through this solar-powered scene to the lucy Light Forest opening celebrations last night.

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October 4, 2013