Food + Drinks

Wine Swirling: Snobby Affectation or Necessary Ritual?

For some oenophiles, opening a bottle of wine is one swift pull of the corkscrew, followed by a quick pour and an immediate flooding of the senses. For others, there are rituals, beginning with the slow, careful extraction of the cork, gently inspected for durability, followed by the deliberate, steady pour. The swirling—which is ultimately an act of aerating and oxygenating—starts slowly at first, builds momentum, and then stops suddenly to allow for that moment of aroma intake, followed perhaps by an exhale and a re-swirl. Then, and only then, does the glass engage with lips to sip. In other see more

Dear God, Please Don't Dress Up for Halloween

As a child, I occasionally peed in my pool. see more
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The 10 Worst Halloween Costumes of 2014

You know how it is—every Halloween, when you show up to a party and it seems like a dozen people are all wearing the same very topical costume. One year it's Borat, the next it's Sarah Palin, or the rednecks from Honey Boo Boo. Don't be that guy (or girl). You're better than that. Halloween is a time to have fun, experiment, and do something creative. Don't half-ass it by going for the easy idea, buying a costume in a bag, or leaving it to the last minute so you have to get inventive with what's already in your closet. see more
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15 Years Later, How The Blair Witch Project Tricked the World, Changed a Genre

In 1896, in Paris, Auguste and Louis Lumiere introduced the world to L'Arrivee d'un train en gare de La Ciotat, a fifty-second silent film in which a steam locomotive speeds toward the camera. Over the next century of cinema history, a pernicious myth settled in: the wide-eyed Parisians present for L'Arrivee's premiere were so alarmed by the illusion of the train's movement that, convinced it was about to leap out of the screen and into the auditorium, they fled the room. Today, thanks to a lot of scrupulous academic research, you'd be hard pressed to find a serious film scholar see more
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Objects of Desire: Building the Perfect Desk With Daily Rituals Author Mason Currey

Fifteen perfect accessories for the well-curated life. Item credits below. Let's just get this out of the way: I work in a closet. Granted, it's a pretty generously sized closet—about five feet by six feet—with a built-in dresser and vanity and enough room left over to accommodate a small desk and a bookcase. The space isn't any smaller than your typical cubicle, albeit one with no natural light and no ventilation—and in which my wife and I also store all of our luggage. Preparing to move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles last summer, I had entertained fantasies of something a see more

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief: A Suit (Literally) Fit For a King

I spend a lot of time with my tailor. It's rare, in fact, when he doesn't alter most of my clothes at least once. Not T-shirts, socks, ties, and underwear, if you must know, but just about everything else. I'll have jeans tapered a little bit or the seat of a pair of khakis adjusted or shirts taken in just enough so that they're not too boxy. The main focus of my tailoring obsession, however, is suits. Are the shoulders right? Is the break just a touch too full? And don't get me started on sleeve length. It's safe see more
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Foreign Correspondent: FashionBean's Matt Allinson on London Style Trends and Where to Go in Balham, the City's Coolest New 'Hood

This week's international style report comes to us from London fashion writer, Matt Allinson. Occupation: Resident fashion writer at Fashion Beans (pictured top right). Location: London. I'm from a town called Reading, but since I was 16 I've been catching trains to London and trying my best to live there. Now I'm based in the South East of London in an area called Balham, which I love. There's a great mixture of people all wanting to have a good time, and there are plenty of great places to go and have them, too. How he got his start: I see more
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And the Details Network June Contest Winner Is...

Back in early June we invited our international community of style writers and photographers to tackle the theme of Father's Day for our very first Details Network contest. We noticed that plenty of posts took a traditional approach to gifting (the grilling sets, the shaving gear, the booze). But some surprised us, like the one dedicated to "Father's Day Gifts You'll Want to Steal Back" and, for the shoe-obsessed, "Sick Kicks." see more

Foreign Correspondent: Street-Style Photographer Giuseppe Santamaria on the Sydney Menswear and Food Scene

This week's style report comes to us from Sydney art director and menswear photographer Giuseppe Santamaria. Name, occupation: Giuseppe Santamaria, art director and photographer for Sunday Life Magazine Location: Sydney, Australia How he got his start: I attended Humber College in Toronto for advertising and graphic design, and after graduating I did an internship at V Magazine in New York. I took a gap year with some friends in Australia, which turned into seven years. Before moving on to The Sun Herald Sunday Life Magazine, I worked for various publications here in Sydney, such as Russh and Virgin Australia see more
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Foreign Correspondent: Savile Row Stylist Daniel Johnson on London Style Trends and Nightlife

Name, occupation: Daniel Johnson, personal stylist and bespoke shirtmaker Location: London How he got his start: Before moving to London to train as a tailor on Savile Row, I had pretty much every job under the sun: a ski and snowboard technician, interior decorator, graphic designer—I even dabbled in the legal business. None of it was for me. see more
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