Everything I Know About Love

February not only marks the first day of the official ‘love month’ but, today, one of our favourite writers, columnists and podcasters — Dolly Alderton — launches her debut book, “Everything I Know About Love.”

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Making Natural Beauty Products Has Never Been Easier

The new book, Hello Glow, offers quick DIY recipes that don’t require days of distillation or advanced training in a lab — and yet, still work magic on your pores and more.

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Blogger Diary: The Wisdom Of Insecurity

I did something last week that I rarely do.  I took a vacation — a whole week off, with no plans.  Well, the only plans were to drive to my beach house, where I would spend the week relaxing, taking long beach strolls, reading, writing, and just being.  Life is funny…it always has other plans. Read More

Book vs. Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I’m one of those people who, when a book I’ve read is made into a movie, either doesn’t see the movie or is disappointed by it. It’s mostly due to the fact that I’m not really a movie person – it’s hard for me to sit still for such a long period of time. With books, I can carry it around with me, reading when I have time, dogearing pages and coming back to it later.  Read More

Book Love: Pilgrimage by Annie Leibovitz

An outtake from the iconic shoot with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which took place hours before he was killed.

When it comes to role models, one of mine has always been Annie Leibovitz. She inspired me from a young age to study photography, and to this day her work sets a standard that few others can live up to. From her role as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s, to touring photographer with the Rolling Stones, to her more recent fashion editorials, she has a gift for capturing people and history through her lens – some of the most iconic moments in music have been brought before our eyes because of her talent.

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Pilgrimage is a book of photos that are unlike her other work – they contain no people.  It began with a trip to Niagara falls with her daughters, and plans she had made with partner Susan Sontag, who has since passed. They had talked about making a book of all the places they wanted to go, and years later Leibovitz returned to the idea, and thus came Pilgrimage. The photos are of spaces, places, things – heavy with the ghosts of the legends who lived in and used them, like Virginia Woolf, Thoreau, Elvis, Georgia O’Keefe, and so on.

“I NEEDED to save myself,” she says of the work contained in the book. “I needed to remind myself of what I like to do, what I can do.”

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Niagara Falls

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Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress

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Virginia Woolf’s Bedroom

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Elvis’s Television, in storage at Graceland (he shot it).

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Georgia O’Keefe’s handmade pastels

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Annie Oakley’s heart target.

You can also see the photos on exhibit right now at the Smithsonian Museum in DC!