Strangers With Vacancy

Sharon Rosenblatt wanted a fresh start. So when she graduated from the University of Maryland in 2010, she opted not to live with a fellow classmate. Instead, she searched places like Craigslist for a sublet in a rental house. She found one very close to her paid internship in Silver Spring ­— in a house […]

The View From Inside

Unless you’re Donald Trump, you’re probably not negotiating real-estate deals on a daily basis. Most people buy or sell a home only a handful of times in their lives, and it’s a process that leaves many mystified. Hans and Steve Wydler, founders of local residential real-estate company Wydler Brothers, hope to change that with their […]

Stacy London

As co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” Stacy London isn’t afraid to call out an ill-fitting pair of pants or some god-awful shoes. Her tell-it-like-it-is approach is all about helping people look and feel their best. In her new book, “The Truth About Style” ($33, Viking), London helps nine real women struggling with common […]

Yard Work

It used to be that customizing your nest with fabric — upholstery, curtains and bedding — meant shelling out for an interior designer or trawling Craigslist until the ideal, mint-green, mid-century modern sofa showed up. But an explosion of DIY tools (online tutorials, more readily available textiles) and easier and cheaper ways to hire pros mean […]

Job Whisperer

When it comes to gutsy career moves, Kate White knows of what she speaks. After 14 years at the helm of Cosmopolitan magazine, she’s stepping down to focus on her speaking engagements and book-writing career. In her latest book, “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know” (Harper Business, $24.99), […]

Ahead of the Pack

When packing for their recent move, Cecily Cutshall and her husband, Jason, found they had slightly different strategies. “I like to label everything and label very specifically what’s inside the boxes,” says Cutshall, 29. She’s labeled one box “kitchen breakables,” with bullet points detailing its contents: Glass Pyrex dishes, wine glasses from her wedding and […]

Face Time: Andrew McCarthy

If you were a teenage girl in the ’80s, actor Andrew McCarthy was probably your dream prom date. But the yin to Molly Ringwald’s yang in “Pretty in Pink” and the star of other Reagan-era fare (“St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mannequin”) isn’t resting on his pop-culture laurels. He’s still acting (2008’s “Lipstick Jungle”), directing (episodes of […]

Do You Need Renters Insurance?

It took a fire in a nearby apartment building to convince Cecilia Garza that she needed renters insurance. “I realized that I could lose everything,” she says. That was about seven years ago, and she’s had a policy ever since. Last April, she was glad she did when another fire, this one in a neighboring […]

Tips for First-Time Renters

When Elizabeth Bolton searched for her first apartment, she had a strategy — and a spreadsheet. She compiled a list of must-haves for her perfect apartment, as well as a list of negotiable features. As she checked out different units, she entered their vital stats into a chart to help her make her final decision. […]

Number Crunchers

Marcelo Paiva doesn’t want to just write public policy. He wants to understand the research and analysis that helps policymakers decide to address a particular problem or fund a certain program. So while getting his master’s in public policy at American University, Paiva loaded up on quantitative analysis courses, including classes in micro and macro […]