Shannon Kelly

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Shannon Kelly

<p>An American by birth, I live in Toronto, where I'm a copy editor, editor, proofreader, and writer. I'm also a home- and food-magazine junkie, bookstore- and library loiterer, travel addict, Brazilophile, adventurous spirit who will try almost anything once, unpretentious foodie, bleeding heart, latent activist, and music lover who can carry a tune. I cycle everywhere, I use baking as therapy, and I can whistle really, really loudly.<br /> &nbsp;</p>

Stories by Shannon Kelly

Diamonds may be forever, but they’re not for everyone. I’ve never wanted an engagement ring, and especially not a diamond, but I quickly...
When the first cold wind blows, so does my temptation to buy new coats, boots, gloves, and hats. A good coat—or two, or three—is...
Magazines shout to us from the stands, “Five Fall Fashion Trends You Must Have!” and “What’s Hot, Right Now!” Add to...
In my previous job as a travel editor, I was invited on a number of press trips. The only downside to this admittedly cool perk was agonizing over...
Sometimes summer get-togethers just wouldn’t cut the mustard without hot dogs, hamburgers, and Grandma’s macaroni salad. But once in a...
When I first heard of organic clothing, I thought it was a crock. I may have rolled my eyes. I mean, I understand eating organic produce and drinking...
Going gray is something that one expects with age. I just wasn’t expecting it at age seventeen. When I got my first gray hair, I was in study...
Summer’s here, and for many of us that means facing one of the most dreaded clothing items after the swimsuit—shorts.
When it comes to style, I’m a blatant plagiarizer. I used to be a lot more original, I swear. When I worked in an office in Manhattan, where...
A year ago, I’d never thought about centerpieces in my life. But now, in the midst of planning an August wedding, I’ve got centerpieces...
I could have killed him. My fiancé went ahead, without asking me, and gave away our Xbox. His reasoning was that now the newer Xbox 360...
I’ve always felt that maybe, if I decorate every bit of my place so that it looks like a page from House Beautiful, I will suddenly be happy,...
You imagine that, as an adult, you will start out in a crappy apartment with a couple of roommates, then progressively move to bigger and better...
When I was a kid, summer meant ripe tomatoes, peas straight from the pod, and just-shucked corn-on-the-cob. Dad used to put my younger sister and me...
Until this month, I was one of the 45.6 million Americans—that’s 15.9 percent—without health insurance. For those without an...

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