17 holiday blunders (and how to avoid them)

Don’t bring an uninvited pet to a holiday function.


From picking the wrong line at the store to overspending, it’s easy to self-destruct during the holidays.

favorite thing

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Bobby Garnett fell for Bat Girl the moment he spied her across a crowded Salvation Army 40 years ago.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Beach_Adult_Exclusive_Lifestyle_4239.jpg Give the gift of travel (at a discount)

Black Friday is out and Cyber Monday is in, offering a plethora of deals you can take advantage of from the comfort of your own computer.

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We asked Boston’s Gracenote Coffee founder and director Patrick Barter for his five tips on how to turn a cup of joe into something extraordinary.

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Pineapple: The fruit you always imagine will taste better than it does. Still, for all its shortcomings, it remains a favorite symbol of welcome and hospitality.

hot ticket

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/28uglysweater.jpg The good, the bad, and the ugly

Longing to escape the disapproving glare of your visiting Aunt Mildred? Who isn’t?

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The “Tonight Show” host and J.Crew partnered up to launch a collection of tech cases for the holidays.

Holiday Entertaining

What to wear to holiday parties

Get ready for the social whirl in festive looks for every type of gathering.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/LR_PierrePaulin_2A.jpg Lounge love

Part bench, part bed, all style.

Stretch out this holiday?

On the eve of the holiday season, fashionistas are once again faced with their most important seasonal style decision: whether to wear elastic-waist pants.

Holiday Entertaining

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Dos and don’ts for hosts and their guests as the festive season gets in gear.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/11/23/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/turner111715LIVcoworkspaces27b.jpg Co-working spaces are the office without the politics

As technology has freed people to work almost anywhere, community work spaces have grown and become like offices themselves.

Party Lines

South Cove Manor 30th anniversary celebration

The nursing and rehab center is dedicated to the needs of the Asian community.


A motorcycle at Osteria Nino

The 1953 MV 175cc Agusta Disco Volante Italian motorcycle is mounted inside a carved-out perch in the Burlington restaurant’s dining room.

Stylish Bostonians

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From fashionistas to legal scholars, these tastemakers reveal how they set the city’s trends.


The Weddings Issue

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The doctors-in-training made their vows in a Harvard Square ceremony.

Past coverage

My Instagram: Pam Hetlinger

The Girl from Panama style blogger Pam Hetlinger made a pitstop in San Francisco before relocating to Boston last February.

House and home

Small changes make big difference

These days, with the trove of HGTV shows, magazines, and home décor bloggers out there, it’s easy to find yourself dreaming of a home makeover.