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10 Kinds of First Dates—from Scary to Nearly Perfect

Maybe you have a tried-and-true routine before a first date: a lucky outfit, a go-to spot, painstaking preparation. Practice winks in the mirror (just me?). see more
Movies + TV

How Our Favorite TV Shows Went Off the Rails

It's a sad but seemingly inescapable milestone in the lifespan of nearly every popular TV series, no matter how critically acclaimed or commercially successful—that moment when the show suddenly, irrevocably makes some unexpected error in narrative judgment that leaves loyal fans feeling betrayed, disappointed, and doubtful about their loyalty to their favorite program. Yes, we're talking about what happens when TV shows jump the shark: Ever since Fonzie's infamous waterskiing stunt (and even long before), the forces behind once bulletproof series have been making the same creative missteps, apparently blind to similar offenses committed by Ghosts of TV Shows Past. see more

#PharrellWatch: A Shoe Collaboration and Two Happy Videos From Unexpected Places

Footwear-focused fans of our good friend Pharrell Williams will be happy to know he's releasing a shoe collaboration with famed bootmaker Timberland. They'll be even happier to see the videos some of the musicians other devotees made this week. see more

This Week in Fashion: Michael Bastian Designs a Smartwatch While Fendi Builds Condos in Miami

The week's top stories in fashion news. Watch out, Apple. This fall, designer Michael Bastian will present his answer to the current vogue for wearable technology: a smartwatch created with HP and Gilt. While the name (the Michael Bastian Smartwatch) isn't super imaginative, the timepiece will give you the weather forecast, stock updates, calendar reminders, and notify you about emails and text messages. The only thing better than the three interchangeable wristbands it comes with is that it's compatible with both Android and iOS devices. (WWD) see more

Trading Music for Meds

Last spring, Jason Sebastian Russo (pictured above), of the bands Common Prayer and Hopewell, was stricken by a stabbing pain on the left side of his mouth every time he tried to eat. It was a cavity. But the 40-year-old musician—who hadn't been to a dentist since he was a kid, and last saw a regular doctor when he was in his early 20s—couldn't afford proper healthcare. Free clinics in Brooklyn could help with urgent medical needs, but not a bad tooth. see more

The Splurge: Steven Alan on the Difficulty of Finding a Really Good Couch

In The Splurge, we ask tastemakers to tell us about their most recent—and most extravagant—purchases. see more

Anna Kendrick Has an Oscar Nomination, 10 Movies in the Pipeline, and One Hell of a Pick-Up Line

If it seems you're seeing Anna Kendrick everywhere these days, that's because you are. Which is a good thing. Since making her big-screen debut in 2003's Camp, the 28-year-old Portland, Maine, native has taken Hollywood by storm, amassing nearly 30 film credits—a third of them in the past year alone. This would explain why she currently has two films to promote: Joe Swanberg's improv-heavy indie Happy Christmas, which came out in early July, and Jeff Baena's zombie comedy Life After Beth, in theaters Aug. 15th. see more

Dior Homme Creative Director Kris Van Assche's Parents Have Never Missed a Single One of His Shows

Mr. Van Assche, as the creative director for Dior Homme you deal with beauty all the time. Do you remember the first time you recognized beauty? No, but I do know that as a child beauty was a big part of my upbringing because my grandmother was a real aesthete and I used to be really close to her. When I was a kid she was making her own clothes and at one point started making clothes for me, so it was already a big part of it when I was like 10 or 12 years old. see more

Why Long Hair Is Perfect for Summer

Last August Rakesh Baruah had turned 30, finished grad school for the year, and broke up with his girlfriend—as good a time as any to have an epiphany about his hair. "With my Mad Men high-and-tight, I'd been spending so much energy trying to be this person I saw walking through the streets," the New York filmmaker says. "It came from wanting to be a good kid that looked the part of an Ivy-educated, white-collar one-percenter." With every inch of curls he adds (eight and growing), his Don Draper phase is more distant, and he looks forward to this summer's see more

Which Rest is Best: Active or Static?

If you've wondered what circumstances call for "active rest" (taking it easy while still moving) versus "static rest" (stopping completely) between sets, let us clear something up right now; static rest is never the ideal choice. see more
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