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Modern Love: Getting Married Is Better Than Dying, Right?

Advertisement “Should we just get married?” Chris asked. “O.K.,” I said, then passed out from exhaustion. I didn’t know what was wrong with me; my body felt like it was shutting down. I needed to go to the hospital, but as a struggling actor who took on part-time jobs to pay the bills, I had no health insurance. Chris and I had been happy together for three years living in our separate New York City apartments. Neither of us was eager to get married. He was divorced and not ready…

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Critical Shopper: Why You Should Love Secondhand Fashion Now

Advertisement The following is a real story about the RealReal, a luxury consignment start-up that now has a brick-and-mortar store in SoHo. A few months ago, a friend walked into an intimate gathering wearing a daisy print Céline skirt. One of our mutual friends said to her, “I saw that on the RealReal.” Another said, “Oh, I’m so happy you were the one who got it.” This is perhaps how billionaires chat after a Sotheby’s auction, which is not the camaraderie and pride one would expect to hear about secondhand…

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Love rekindled: flatlining fashion label finds a white knight

Embattled Australian label Lover has found a white knight buyer in the form of fashion financiers Wassim and Ziad Gazal. On Wednesday, administrators Ferrier Hodgson announced the Gazals’ Hot Springs company had rescued Lover, which grew a cult celebrity following for its signature lace dresses and luxe-boho style, from potential collapse. Designers Nic Briand and Susien Chong (centre) have found a savior for their Lover brand in the Gazal brothers’ Hot Springs fashion business. Photo: Lee Besford Hot Springs has backed several successful Australian fashion houses, including Rebecca Vallance and athleisure…

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DNA Tattoos Are the Final Frontier of Love

It all began with a floating leg. Or, more specifically, an idea came tattooed on the leg of a woman kicking through the water in Key Largo, Fla., seen clear as day through Patrick Duffy’s diving goggles. Mr. Duffy, who ran a scuba diving therapeutic program for military veterans with his father, was inspired by the tattoo; it was her dedication to her late husband, a Navy SEAL killed in combat. “In that moment, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to turn that tattoo into a reliquary?’” Mr. Duffy said….

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Modern Love: He Showed Me His Tiles, So I Showed Him Mine

Modern Love By CHRISTIE TATE “I bet you’re good at Scrabble,” I said to my therapist. For almost a decade I had watched him synthesize our group’s emotional themes, quote ancient Hebrew law and do complex math in his head. He had undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale. This guy could definitely play Scrabble. He smiled, but the group conversation moved on before he could address it. I had started playing Scrabble with my new husband, and, to my surprise, he was trouncing me by dozens of points. As an…

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The Sweet Spot: Love the Club, Hate the Cocaine (and the Lies)

Advertisement The “Dear Sugars” podcast is an advice program hosted by Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed. The audio contains more letters; submissions are welcome at If you’re reading this on desktop, click the play button below to listen. Mobile readers can find “Dear Sugars” on the Podcasts app (iPhone and iPad) or Radio Public (Android and tablet). Dear Sugars, My husband and I have been together for 10 years and married for two. Early in our relationship, he used cocaine casually, and I told him I didn’t want him…

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