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These incredible wedding dresses are entirely made of toilet paper

Sure, the thought of the “toilet paper wedding dress game” might still trigger some PTSD from attending a raunchy hen’s do and having to drink “Orgasms” from a plastic penis straw next to your colleague’s nan, but allow the incredible designs (made entirely from loo roll), created as part of an annual competition hosted by the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! museum in New York and sponsored by Cheap Chic Weddings (and a toilet paper brand called Quilted Northern toilet paper), to change your mind. They might even change one’s opinions…

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Alex, We’ll Take ‘To Have and to Hold’ for $1,000

The category is: “North Meets South.” And here’s the answer: The Canadian high school teacher and the middle school teacher from South Carolina who met as fellow contestants on “Jeopardy” and went on to be married. And the correct question is: Who are Maryanne Lewell and Michael Townes? Ms. Lewell, now 41, and Mr. Townes, 37, came buzzing into each other’s lives in October 2013, among those gathering before Alex Trebek to compete in the game show’s annual Teachers Tournament. Each had scored very well in an online test for…

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The advice to keep in mind when trying to find your 'signature scent'

According to science, we are able to recognise an astonishing trillion odours both good and bad. In the process of fine-tuning the good, I am always on the prowl for my next “signature” scent to add to a burgeoning fragrance wardrobe. When trialling any new contenders I always think of this quote from Helen Keller: “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived.” Fragrance can elicit pure emotion, so often because it triggers a memory, be it a just-baked cake (this never…

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On the Runway: The Duchess of Cambridge and Family Refine the Art of Pantone Politics

Vanessa Friedman ON THE RUNWAY The second European outreach tour by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which took place this week in Poland and Germany, was notable for a number of reasons. First was the trip’s success as what German newspapers called “die royale Charme-Offensive,” a.k.a. the use of the “New Gen” royals as envoys to reassure Europeans that just because Britain is leaving the European Union, it doesn’t mean everyone can’t be friends. Second was the fact that — unlike the first tour, to France — the young…

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Splendour in the Grass 2017: How brands steal the show at Australia's leading music festival

Australia’s Splendour in the Grass, a festival of music, ideas, denim cut-offs and the odd flower crown, will take over Byron Bay, the spiritual home of hipsters and green juice, this weekend. Since its inception in 2001, the three-day event has grown in popularity and is now compared to Coachella in the United States and, this weekend at least, a less muddy version of the UK’s Glastonbury. Festival goers arrive in Byron Bay for Splendour in the Grass 2017 on Friday. Photo: Mark Metcalfe The coastal oasis in northern NSW, the home of Chris Hemsworth, will play host to thousands…

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Future Tense: Thanks to Venmo, We Now All Know How Cheap Our Friends Are

Future Tense By TEDDY WAYNE Margaret Pennoyer, an elementary school teacher in Manhattan, had just returned from a bachelorette party in Napa Valley when she received an email that had been sent to all the guests. The two organizers had itemized each woman’s individual expenses, which they had covered, and requested reimbursement through Venmo, an app that transfers money between users who have linked their bank accounts to their phones. Ms. Pennoyer owed $ 31.98 to one woman and $ 20.62 to the other. In a previous time, the organizers…

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Modern Love: The 12-Hour Goodbye That Started Everything

Modern Love By MIRIAM JOHNSON The first time he slept over was an accident. He came to watch a movie, which for me became an exercise in remaining perfectly still while I focused on the proximity of his legs. After the credits rolled, we talked until dawn. Then he began listing his hesitations about “us,” even though we had never touched. “I’m working through a breakup,” he said. “Well, it ended a year ago. I’m leaving the city soon. But I’ll be back in a month. I’m not sure I’m…

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