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Down-Under Delectable

Native Australian James Saftich quit a career in advertising to train at New York’s French Culinary Institute. He worked at a few high-end restaurants in Manhattan before following his wife to San Antonio, Texas, where he worked as a private chef. The couple came back east in 2013 and Saftich …

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A People’s Journey

This past September, the Smithsonian opened the National Museum of African American History and 
Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., to immediate and immense acclaim. Now, nearly a year later, the long lines of eager visitors have diminished a bit, making it the perfect time to visit this vibrant, visceral record …

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Rock the Tote

Make waves this summer with a beyond-chic beach bag from Mar y Sol (that means sea and sun, for those who don’t habla español). The spacious “Collins” carryall, named for Collins Avenue in Miami’s South Beach, is handcrafted from sustainable sisal and raffia, with luxe leather handles and seagrass lining. …

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4 Questions for Joanne Martin

With the recent openings of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center on the Eastern Shore, the contributions of black Americans are finally getting their own stars on the map. Add to this list Baltimore’s own 34-year-old …

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Uncontained

  “I try to think year-round.” That’s what Fran Scully says when talking about the au courant container design that lends artistic punctuation and a bright, modern twist to the estate of the late Harvey S. Ladew. The design horticulturalist, who has a master’s degree in historic preservation, has worked …

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Street Smart

$189,400 Dark and Digital Bedroom: 2, Bath: 1/1, Sq. feet: 936 The consummate home for the consummate digital entertainer. This minimalist, modern home pops with dark woods and light walls, but the digital upgrades really put it over the edge. USB outlets and a Sonos audio system are impressive, to …

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Role Play

“It’s safe, not sexy.” That’s how I lured a friend of mine to Arthur Murray’s Rodgers Forge studio, where I’d been taking classes. It wasn’t my first foray into dance instruction but 
Arthur Murray had surprised me. The men had surprised me. I had surprised me. In each class, there …

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Dressed for Success

Like a greatest hits album, or a “Where Are They Now?” column, I sometimes tally up the best and worst outfits I’ve ever worn. I still feel shame about the patchwork-plaid maternity romper that a man at a bowling alley mistook as a costume. And my high school social life …

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Toeing the Line

After a prolonged period of flashing me serious side-eye about my distressed, alien-like toenails (Fu Manchu-long, thickened, growing in varying directions, the right big one a sickly purple), my wife finally told me, “You need professional help.” Given that repeated attempts to trim the nails with conventional clippers had failed …

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Summer Sophisticate

  A former model, Toni 
Robinson was happy to 
try her hand at styling—
particularly since it gave her chance to check out Quiet Storm Surf Shop, which opened at The Shops at 
Kenilworth this spring. Robinson, who says this 
pin-tucked dress is an ideal summer outfit, will spend the warm …

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Home and Dry

As much as I love expensive beauty products, I’m equally (if not more) drawn to homeopathic remedies. There’s something both grounding and gratifying about their heal-thyself promises, often coming at a fraction of the price of store-bought treatments. Needless to say, when a few of my favorite wellness writers started …

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Larger than Life

At first glance, Baltimore native Alice Pritchard’s lush creations seem quite straightforward—a blooming peony meticulously rendered, a geometric barn with lines so crisp it’s nearly photographic, a lifelike bold bouquet—each of them inspired by a lifetime of living in nature. A closer look, however, yields a more immersive experience. “When …

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