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Crowdsourcing Couture

My wife Jen and I aren’t fancy ladies. We can do many things: throw perfect spirals, build activity learning towers, complete crossword puzzles, cook meals, save lives and educate others. But one thing we routinely struggle with is getting dolled up. Perhaps it’s the fact that neither of us owns …

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Golden City

As my wife Nataliya and I flew into Dubai, and later when we looked from the observation decks of the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab, it was easy to see we were in the middle of a desert — sand as far as the eye could see in all …

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On the Run

No matter how much you enjoy having children, it’s inevitable that you’ll look back enviously at your pre-parenthood life. Maybe not all the time, but there are moments. It’s okay, you can admit it. We all do it. Being prodded by a toddler at 6 a.m. will make you long …

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Super Stores

Tabitha Challis’s list of go-to grocery stores is like a little map of Baltimore: Cooking for three and spending about $125 a week, she hits Graul’s in Ruxton for its high quality fresh meat, Whole Foods in Mount Washington for its fresh and healthy products and her nearby Giant for its proximity …

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Home Team

“People call me ‘the mayor of Pikesville,’” says Jessica Normington with a laugh. As executive director of the Pikesville Chamber of  Commerce for the past seven years, the purple-haired mother of two has become a sort of face for the town and counts herself among its biggest cheerleaders. Though she grew …

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Rock On

There’s just something about “School of Rock.” When the Jack Black film came out in 2003, it took the world by storm with its hilarious, heartfelt story and catchy songs. Even now, chances are that if you ask someone if they’ve seen it, they’ll say yes—and if you’re flipping channels …

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State of the Union

Walking through the under-construction Union Collective on 41st Street in Hampden, it’s hard to get past the sheer enormity of the space. The former warehouse is thousands upon thousands of square feet, with ultra-high ceilings and oodles of modern-industrial charm. Where better, then, to set up a commerce collective? (Well, …

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Saving Face

Ironically, as I became known as a beauty expert with sometimes rather long routines for my clients, my own consisted of trimming my beard while checking email. If that didn’t work out,  I tossed some hair dye over the beard and hoped for selfie filters. My excuse usually involved too …

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Bright Idea

Candid moment: Odds are your light fixtures are pretty boring. Don’t worry, ours are too. But now that we’ve fully settled into 2018, it’s time to do something about it. Enter David Iatesta Studio, an Eastern Shore-based design company that has been featured everywhere from “Traditional Home” to “Architectural Digest.” …

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Ticket to Thrive

You may remember Baltimore-based fitness professional Katie Sampayo from STYLE’s 2017 feature on natural beauty. But while she still stands by her food-as-fuel “Eat to Thrive” ideology, Sampayo is trading B-more for Brazil…and Belize, Bolivia and the rest of Central and South America. “When I finished traveling through Thailand and …

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Irish Eyes

Baltimore must be one lucky city. Of the multi-month, multi-city “Homecoming” tour from Irish musical group Celtic Woman, we just so happened to have the show that lands directly on St. Patrick’s Day. In advance of that fortuitous day, we chatted Tara McNeill, an Irish native and Celtic Woman violinist, …

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Savvy Shopper: March

Whole Hog  If you hear the phrase The Fine Swine and are immediately besieged with a mental image of a pig in a top hat and monocle, congratulations. John H. Hickman IV’s brainchild is not a Southern-style BBQ joint, but instead a haberdashery specializing in the intersection of “New England …

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On Pins and Needles

When it comes to acupuncture, most people fall into two groups — the avid fans and the absolutely-nots. But as Dr. Neri Cohen of Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and Sarah O’Leary of Mend Acupuncture see it, the practice is more than just a nightmare for the needle-shy: It’s a …

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Weekend Plans: What to Do 3/8-3/11

THURSDAY 8 Lecture: Museum Displays and Power Dynamics The annual Ted Low lecture, given by cultural strategist/educator Keonna Hendrick, “tackles issues of cultural appropriation in museum displays, and strategies for combating it in institutional settings.” Free. 7-8:30 at the Walters Art Museum.  Music: From Vienna to Broadway Pop quiz: Do …

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Reach Out

We know the stats are grim: Between 1999 and 2010, the quantity of prescription opioids sold to U.S. pharmacies, hospitals and doctors’ offices nearly quadrupled, according to the Atlanta- based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That includes drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone. Patients who have used prescription …

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