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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

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“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

A barista at Baby’s on Fire serves up a latte with love.

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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Savvy Shopper: January


Urban Legend You may remember Urban Pearl from its days on the road as one of Baltimore’s famous fashion trucks. But these days, the mobile boutique has put it in park—owner Lyn Boone recently opened a permanent store on Bel Air’s Main Street. Savvy was a little skeptical at first …

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A New Lease on Life


$5,495,000 Dark Temptation Bedroom: 6, Bath: 7/1, Square feet: 23,140 This stately yet sexy Maryland mansion boasts plenty of dignified details, from the arched, almost haughty, entrance to the tall, bright windows and clever light vs. dark design. It’s the Christian Grey of homes, with bold, alluring architectural touches—a night …

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Patch Work


My dark eyes are my favorite feature, so as I’ve aged I’ve babied them with every new miracle cream I can get my hands on. When I heard about dEp Eye Patch Technology, a new noninvasive method of delivering highly potent Liquid Gold Vitamin C+ infusing serum into the skin surrounding the …

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Rub It In


I consider myself a bit of a massage aficionado, so when I heard that app-driven “massage-on-demand” service Zeel had launched in Baltimore, I knew I had to try it. Same-day spa-quality rubdowns in the comfort of my apartment? My inner lazy girl rejoiced. As excited as I was, though, I …

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On the Agenda


Is there anything better than cracking open a brand-new planner on Jan. 1, its crisp blank pages just begging to be written in and the promise of “2017” starkly emblazoned on the cover? Short answer: Yes, and that’s cracking open a Day Designer. This thing is the mother of all …

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Yoga for Introverts

Beautiful Young Woman Performing Perfect Plank in Yoga

Recently I was reading Mary Adelle’s “A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Care” on the STYLE website. She recommended Yoga with Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga. The tip arrived at the right moment. Like a rubber band that dries out over time, losing elasticity, my body was becoming less strong and pliable. …

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Red Carpet


When shopping for the perfect holiday dress, I always look for something that’s glamorous and unique … but comfortable, too. I need to be able to walk, sit and, most importantly, eat! Thankfully, with so many fabulous retailers to choose from in Baltimore, finding an on-trend holiday outfit doesn’t have …

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