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  • Barbie gets a makeover from 13 fashion designers
    Barbie gets a makeover from 13 fashion designers

    Mattel's iconic doll will be the star of an exhibit in a private mansion, Le Molière, in Paris on September 26 and 27. Thirteen dolls will have been given makeovers by fashion designers and ten others immortalized by Studio Harcourt Paris will also be presented. A model for young girls around the world, but also a fashion icon, Barbie transcends generations by adapting to the evolutions of the world that surrounds her. …

  • Taylor Swift creating fashion line for Chinese market
    Taylor Swift creating fashion line for Chinese market

    Chinese online sales company JD.com has announced that it will soon be offering a new fashion line that US singer Taylor Swift has designed especially for the Chinese market. …

  • Clowns are the hottest new beauty inspiration according to new viral makeup trend
    Clowns are the hottest new beauty inspiration according to new viral makeup trend

    "Clown contouring" is the latest trend to take off in the beauty world, and though it might sound like a joke, it is a pretty effective makeup technique. The phenomenon started earlier in the summer when beauty blogger BellaDeLune posted a video to YouTube showing how an extreme-looking theatrical clown base of makeup could be blended into a subtly contoured look. Beauty lovers everywhere have since pounced on the idea and women all over the world are now testing it out and showing off the …

  • New York's fifth Diner en blanc draws 5,000 riverside
    New York's fifth Diner en blanc draws 5,000 riverside

    Originality is encouraged as long as it stays stylish and denotes taste," the New York event's website says. In 2013, white chairs and tables were set at Bryant Park, a year after the event took place at the Lincoln Center. …

  • EU moves toward protecting Cyprus's halloumi cheese
    EU moves toward protecting Cyprus's halloumi cheese

    A Cypriot cheese, known as halloumi in Greek and hellim in Turkish, moved closer to winning EU legal protection Tuesday when the European Commission published an application to register the names. The salty white cheese, usually made from goat and sheep milk and popular hot off the grill, is made on both sides of the island, and the move was said to symbolise efforts to end Cyprus's 41-year division. It would mean that only cheese made in Cyprus under specified conditions can be called …

  • Anne-Sophie Pic's New York restaurant plans on hold
    Anne-Sophie Pic's New York restaurant plans on hold

    The only French female chef with three stars in the Michelin guide was supposed to open two restaurants in midtown Manhattan this fall. Last fall, Anne-Sophie Pic and David Sinapian confirmed their plan to expand to New York. On the next floor, the daughter of the famous chef Jacques Pic had planned to set up "La Dame de Pic," a concept initiated in Paris where gastronomes select their dishes by smelling different flavors. …

  • Pre-marriage weddingmoons trend among stressed out couples
    Pre-marriage weddingmoons trend among stressed out couples

    The caterer has just made local news because they sickened dozens with food poisoning. A pre-wedding vacation trend that more and more couples are taking to break away from wedding-related stress. It’s the latest trend after babymoons and minimoons, in which couples set off on their last hoorah before the birth of baby, or newlyweds eschew the big Hawaii honeymoon for a weekend getaway or staycation. …

  • Tourist captures Eiffel Tower engagement and launches search for mystery couple
    Tourist captures Eiffel Tower engagement and launches search for mystery couple

    As California tourist Jen Hurd Bohn stood waiting in line at the Eiffel Tower, she spotted an intimate moment unfold between a couple and knew she was witnessing an unmistakable proposal. Enter, the power of the internet, and Facebook. …

  • Teens make sex safer with STD-detecting condom
    Teens make sex safer with STD-detecting condom

    At the pubescent age of 14, three boys have demonstrated remarkable intuition when it comes to sex, conceiving a condom that changes color to indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). "We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors," says 14-year-old team member Daanyaal Ali. The team of boys from Isaac Newton …

  • Year after tour, Beyonce back for husband's festival
    Year after tour, Beyonce back for husband's festival

    Beyonce will play her first full show in a year as the pop superstar headlines a festival in Philadelphia founded by her husband, rap mogul Jay-Z. R&B singer The Weeknd and alternative rock bands Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse will also play the Budweiser Made in America festival on September 5-6. Jay-Z founded the festival in 2012 with the support of Budweiser -- the popular American beer whose parent company is now Belgian -- and last year expanded to a second venue in Los Angeles on …

  • Scientists identify the taste of fat as sixth taste
    Scientists identify the taste of fat as sixth taste

    After sweet, sour, salty and bitter, as well as the most recently acknowledged flavor profile on the palate, umami, scientists from Purdue University in Indiana have published a paper showing that the tongue can also ‘taste’ fat. When concentrations of fatty acids are high in a food it is typically rejected, as would be the case when a food is rancid. In this instance, the fat taste sensation is a warning to not eat the item,” explained lead author Richard D. Mattes in a statement. …

  • Soybean oil worse for your health than coconut oil
    Soybean oil worse for your health than coconut oil

    According to scientists from the University of California, Riverside, a diet high in soybean oil may cause more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose. Specialists in the matter are focusing more than ever on fat, naturally, but also on fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods. Also commonly found in processed foods, margarines, vinaigrettes and snacks is soybean oil. …

  • Are you raising a healthy child?
    Are you raising a healthy child?

    Are you raising a healthy child? …

  • Scientists identify the taste of fat as sixth taste
    Scientists identify the taste of fat as sixth taste

    After sweet, sour, salty and bitter, as well as the most recently acknowledged flavor profile on the palate, umami, scientists from Purdue University in Indiana have published a paper showing that the tongue can also ‘taste’ fat. When concentrations of fatty acids are high in a food it is typically rejected, as would be the case when a food is rancid. In this instance, the fat taste sensation is a warning to not eat the item,” explained lead author Richard D. Mattes in a statement. …