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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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Power Up

As a cardiologist and researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Erin Michos is busy—so she wakes up extra early to fit in her 5 a.m. jog. As a cardiologist and researcher at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Erin Michos is busy—so she wakes up …

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Peerless Chic

Rec Pier Chop House pays homage to Baltimore at every turn—it is, after all, in the building that once welcomed immigrants seeking the American dream. The soaring entry hall later hosted pickup youth basketball and social dances, and finally the iconic 1914 building played a police station on TV in …

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Brittle and Buzz

Natasha Brown Wainwright and Ginny Marks each credit some kind of divine intervention for their launch into sweet start-ups. For Wainwright, it was a call out of the blue from a QVC broker with an invitation to showcase her Natasha’s Just Brittle on the home shopping station. “It was a …

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Water Works

Even if you only dip a single toe in this beckoning pool, it quickly becomes clear that aesthetics governed every decision that went into creating this relaxing oasis. The pool overlooks Harness Creek, a tributary of Annapolis’ South River. It’s hard to deny the beauty and serenity in that backdrop. …

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Heating Up: July and August

WATER PARK The 30,000-square-foot Sandlot is designed to feel like a mid-century national park, complete with a vintage Airstream trailer serving up ice cream treats and frosty beverages. But the sand-filled space, jutting into the harbor from the new Harbor Point development, has decidedly modern touches. The site, developed by …

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Soft Spot

What do you think of when you hear the words “outdoor furniture”? At best, the phrase conjures weathered wooden rockers or white wicker loveseats—and at worst, cracked plastic lawn chairs or rain-stained cushions. Whatever you’re working with, you can pretty up your patio with these fun printed pillows from Crate …

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Savvy Shopper: July and August

Dome Sweet Dome Mixed-use properties are on the rise in Baltimore (see: Harbor Point, McHenry Row, the contentious Port Covington), but Savvy must admit that The Rotunda 
near Hampden transcends her distaste for hyper-commercial real estate. The space, a little more than a half-mile from the Avenue, is an amalgam …

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