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Getting it On

In sixth grade, I often joined my friend Jenny and her parents at family group therapy. It was fascinating stuff: A group of 20 sat in a circle and shared their feelings. There was anger, resentment, frustration, and often one adult or another voiced her or his concern about their …

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A Stroke of Luxe

Want to sex up your setup? Time to add a little touchable texture. According to the experts at Urban Threads, building a deliciously decadent boudoir is as easy as gathering the right ingredients. To create this oh-so-inviting, cozy-chic love nest, UT interior designer Jane O’Donoghue says, her team used several …

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Forget-Me-Nots

Can we talk about the word panties for a minute? Definition: “Diminutive of pants; legless underpants worn by women and girls.” It’s kind of a cloying, old-fashioned word, no? And in our view, the same thing that’s too cutesy and quaint about the name of this undergarment is also what’s …

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Get Your Groove Back

The tide is moving in—splashing black sea urchins cleaved to gray rocks—as I lounge on Hermosa Beach in a hammock strung between palms. I am at Pranamar Villas, an eco-friendly resort in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. World-class surfing and yoga, lush waterfalls and a monkey-canopied forest are some of the …

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Field Trip: The Kinky Collection

Established in 2002, New York City’s Museum of Sex offers a stimulating peek into the evolution of human sexuality by tracing our collective provocative history with a whimsical eye. Ongoing exhibitions include “HARDCORE,” which features hand-drawn cartoons, how-to manuals and the first stag film—the salacious, silent A Free Ride (circa …

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Red Carpet

My sister, who runs Little M, styles me for everything—she understands my curves and has a good eye. She knows I like to dress according to what I’m performing. Something like this would be perfect for singing “Can’t Wait” from my new album, Brave Williams. (It’s all about telling my …

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Home Away From Home

Even now, so many years later—I don’t want to say exactly how many—if I close my eyes and concentrate, I can still smell my summer camp. The rich, loamy scent of dirt and pine needles. The woodsy aroma of the bunkhouses after the rain. The sweet morning incense of French …

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Reality Star: 9 Questions for Ryan Dorsey & Erin Fostel

In classic Smalltimore fashion, newly elected City Councilman Ryan Dorsey and his girlfriend, the artist Erin Fostel, were both born at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital in November 1981. Their unacquainted mothers even shared a recovery room. The kids later crossed paths at St. Francis of Assisi in grade school, but wouldn’t …

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Body Heat

“Erotic art to me is never the act,” explains seasoned painter/draftsman Cornel Rubino, who resides in Charles Village with his artist wife, Linda Gravina Ridings. “It’s the small suggestion accompanying it. The tightly gripped handkerchief between the teeth of a figure in a work by Utamaro; the baroque excess in …

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Fine Dining: The Sequel

Brian Boston is celebrating 20 years as chef/owner of the Milton Inn, which in turn is marking 70 years in business. Boston started his career as a teenager at Peerce’s Plantation, attended the Culinary Institute of America and was sous chef at the Brass Elephant in the 1980s. He worked …

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Viva La Argentina

When the Foreman Wolf team opened Pazo back in 2004, it seemed a big step for Baltimore. The soaring space, elegant nightclub vibe and on-trend small-plates menu conjured more glamorous cities. Charm City’s restaurant options have expanded since then, and Pazo’s owners decided it was time for a facelift. Their …

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Cool Beans

When Donna’s Coffee Bar opened in Mount Vernon’s elegant, old Park Plaza building in November 1992, it sent the neighborhood (and the city) crashing into a wholly unexplored coffee universe, a culture that had been quietly brewing in Seattle and San Francisco. In fairness, the coffee revolution established its local …

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