The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usSat, 25 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKSat, 25 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400The $175,000 punching bag<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Louis Vuitton has just added some serious pop to its signature luggage line. When the fashion house asked six celebrity collaborators to help celebrate its iconic brown-and-gold monogram print, "heavyweight designer" Karl Lagerfeld got feisty, said Brooke Bobb at <em>The New York Times</em>. His $175,000 Boxing Trunk is fitted with a punching bag and stand, while a separate case carries a matching mat and boxing gloves. Only 25 of the collector's pieces are being produced, but Lagerfeld also came up with a series of boxing-inspired handbags that start at $3,400 and feature the same cowhide leather trim...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 25 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0400House hunting: 7 homes bordered by beautiful, preserved land<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> St. Louis, Missouri.</strong> This six-bedroom house was built in 1912 for George Baumhoff, an innovative transportation businessman. Details include original wood floors and millwork, custom millwork, a guesthouse, and a saltwater pool.</p><p ><br /> <br />The home sits on 4.6 acres between two city parks with access to walking trails, fishing, and docks. $819,000. Maya Kefalov, Coldwell Banker Gundaker, (314) 660-4040.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Livingston, Montana.</strong> Old Stonewall Homestead was settled in 1871. The main residence is a three-story custom log home built in 2005. The four-bedroom house includes rough-sawed hardwood floors, a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 25 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0400Everything you need to master Indian cooking at home<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Diwali is here, and the best way to celebrate the Indian Festival of Lights is with an epic meal. Before you start cooking up a kaleidoscopic spread of curries, biryanis and masalas, here's what you need to stock your kitchen with.</p><p><strong>① Basmati Rice</strong><br />Rice is the biggest staple of any South Asian meal, and the go-to variety is basmati. The thin long grain, which originates in India, has a uniquely nutty aroma. The rice can be prepared plain or dressed up with meats and vegetables, like in biryanis and pulaos.</p><p>(<strong>More from <em>Tasting Table</em>:</strong> Pumpkin and pecan pancakes)<em><br /></em></p><p><strong>② Ghee</strong><br />Ghee is clarified butter...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Nadia ChaudhurySat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:00 -040010 soldiers welcomed home by very happy dogs<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In recent years years, YouTube's collection of doggy welcome home videos has exploded. Before we begin, you might want to grab some tissues.</p><p><strong>1. PRINCESS<br /></strong>This soldier gets a face-lickingly warm welcome home from Princess, the tiniest dog in our collection.</p><p><iframe width="565" height="318" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>2. EMITT THUNDERPAWS<br /></strong>At the other end of the size spectrum is Emitt Thunderpaws, a Great Dane, who displays uncharacteristic behaviors as he welcomes home his soldier.</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>3. JADE<br /></strong>When her soldier walks through the door, Jade begins to cry.</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p><strong>4. SAM<br /></strong>All poodle Sam wants is hugs when soldier Brian returns home. (Check out the cat's reaction in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Andréa FernandesThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:05:00 -0400'Having it all' has officially jumped the shark<img src="" /></P><p dir="ltr">In the latest "short film" for the perfume Chanel No. 5, model Gisele Bundchen stars as a modern woman struggling to balance work and life. The long commercial begins with Bundchen surfing, while a man &mdash; presumably her husband and the father of her daughter &mdash; waits forlorn at their palatial beach house. He places a love letter on a glass table and then leaves in his chauffeured Range Rover, right before Bundchen returns.</p><p dir="ltr">Once back at the house Bundchen quickly embraces her daughter before sending her to the nanny, discovers the letter, makes a sad face, rushes off to do a photo-shoot...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:19:00 -040010 breakfast dishes fit for a crowd<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Having a breakfast with eight or more of your nearest and dearest always seems like a good idea. You get to eat, socialize, and maybe even enjoy a delicious cocktail. The logistics, however, are tricky &mdash; no matter how delicious your breakfast burritos are, it won't be easy to make them for a large group. And do you really expect that many people to wait in line for waffles? In order to help you avoid a disastrous hunger riot, <strong>here are 10 recipes that will satisfy the hungry horde.</strong></p><p>Orange scented olive oil sticky buns by fiveandspice</p><center><br /></center><p> </p><p>Breakfast fried rice by Kathleen @HapaNom</p><center><br /></center><p> ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Charlotte GreenbaumWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:43:00 -0400How 3D-printed makeup is changing the fashion industry<img src="" /></P><p>For many people of varying skin tones, finding the perfect shade of makeup is a near-impossible task. That's why Grace Choi wants to give people the tools to create a customized line of makeup at home, using 3D printing technology.<br /><br />Choi is the founder of Mink, a desktop 3D printer capable of creating any color of eye shadow, lipstick, lip gloss, and nail polish. Instead of using standard ink, Choi's product uses FDA-compliant ingredients. Future iterations will be able to process foundations and face powder, too.</p><p>"Beauty is defined by the colors [big] companies choose to manufacture, which are...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michelle-castillo" ><span class="byline">Michelle Castillo</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:45:00 -0400How to slash your winter bill, according to utilities experts<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Sunday afternoon football. The smell of pumpkin pie wafting through the house. Stringing up holiday lights.</p><p>Now that the leaves have started to change and crisp nights have set in, there are all sorts of seasonal highlights to look forward to &mdash; but are you also envisioning the extra cash you'll be shelling out to keep those lights twinkling and the heat cranked up?</p><p>Of course you're not.</p><p>That's because, while we're well aware of the conventional advice for cutting high monthly expenses &mdash; <em>ditch the costly cable and pick up Netflix!</em> &mdash; we rarely focus on the other sundry utility...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Meghan RabbittWed, 22 Oct 2014 11:35:00 -0400The simple trick to making better decisions in every aspect of life<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><strong>Do you make bad decisions due to lack of info &mdash; or too much?</strong></p><p>In the past 20 years we went from a world where information was difficult to come by to a world where we can't get away from the stuff.</p><p>Data is now like sand at the beach. Or maybe <em>quicksand</em> is a better metaphor. The phrase "TMI" is now more true than ever.</p><p>Just as we always love options &mdash; even when they aren't good for us &mdash; we seem to love more information.</p><p>And that may not be so good for us either.</p><p><strong>You don't need more information. You need the right information.</strong></p><p>We think that more info will paint a more accurate...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerWed, 22 Oct 2014 09:34:00 -0400How to make corn dogs<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Correct me if I'm wrong, but the corn dog needs no introduction. He's classic, he's fun, he's always excited. There's nothing to be taken too seriously here, folks, and luckily the process of making your own isn't too serious either. It's simply a matter of whipping up a basic cornmeal batter, using it to coat your wiener of choice, and then deep-frying it. The oil's gotta be deep &mdash; really deep. And listen, I've never been the hugest fan of getting a deep fry setup going because things tend to get kind of sloppy, so when I do, you know it's worth it.</p><p>This is a recipe for a basic and delicious...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Molly YehTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:37:00 -0400