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If moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, then it only makes sense we’d ask people to do their best Blue Steel faces outside Lincoln Center over the weekend. This one’s for you, Derek.
Ah, fall: the return of hot coffee, big knits, and college football — not to mention the disappearance of upper lip sweat.
Before we conduct our annual cold weather wardrobe switch, we consulted nine of our favorite NYC-based designers/store owners (including Rachel Antonoff, Whitney Pozgay of Whit, and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland) to find out which trends they’re most excited about this season. From Chelsea boots to metallic fabrics, the expert picks sparked our desire to shop.
While you’re in the zone, check out a few of our own must-wears: winter whites, polka dots, lace, and animal silhouette prints.
We predict you’ll fall hard.
Want even more? Follow us on Tumblr for New York Fashion Week coverage. We’ll be sharing our favorite looks, runway playlists, and best quotes overheard in the tents.
In the immortal words of Dolly Parton, “I’m not offended by blonde jokes, because I know I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not blond.”
It’s with that mentality we felt okay asking our brunette senior editor, Karen Palmer, to go lighter — strawberry blond to be exact — for today’s video. (She’s wanted to take the plunge for a while.)
The purpose: Find out what’s really involved in making the drastic color change, from the stylist consultation to how long the process takes.
Brilliant colorist Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House salon in New York guided us through the process. Yes, it took four hours, but the results were well worth it.
If you don’t agree, just apply Wite-Out to your screen.
For more information on Whittemore House, go to whittemorehousesalon.com.
Lyrics to “Thank You for Being a Friend” (Slightly revised.)
Thank you (Big Gay Ice Cream) for being a friend.
Traveled down the road and back again (in your beloved little ice cream truck).
Your heart is true (why else would you open a store in early August so we could enjoy you anytime without stalking your Twitter feed to find out the truck’s whereabouts?).
You’re a pal and a confidant (we could hang out with your charming owners, featured in today’s video, all day).
And if you threw a party (your crazy toppings, like wasabi dust, pumpkin butter, spicy pistachios, and toasted coconut make every day a fiesta),
Invited everyone you knew (after all, you’re going to be selling treats from your pals, like Danny Macaroons, Treats Truck, and La Newyorkina),
You would see the biggest gift would be from us (nah, the mural on your wall of a unicorn wearing a Bea Arthur pendant is the best gift of all. That, and your homemade sauces and milk shakes.)
And the card attached would say, “Thank you for being a friend.” (Enough said.)
Big Gay Ice Cream, 125 East 7th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A (212-533-9333 or biggayicecream.com). For the exact opening date, follow @biggayicecream on Twitter.
We’ve all been sucked into marathon YouTube cat video sessions once or twice (watching a fat fur ball play in a shoe box never gets old).
A better way to mesmerize yourself on the Net without depleting brain cells? Introducing Mason Jar Music, a group of NYC-based musicians and filmmakers who take a song by a solo artist, create an original orchestral arrangement for it, and perform it with the artist and backing instrumentalists in an industrial space. All in front of a camera.
The result: beautiful videos with Josh Garrels, Abigail Washburn, and — premiering today on DailyCandy — Portland singer/songwriter Laura Gibson. The unreleased song, “Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed,” was recorded in New York’s Metropolitan Building with clarinetist Aleksandr Karjaka.
Top that, Keyboard Cat.
For more information and to watch more videos, go to vimeo.com/masonjarmusic or the group’s recently funded Kickstarter page.
If you saw Midnight in Paris (or even if you didn’t), you can’t help but want to be Marion Cotillard, the captivating muse who wooed every 1920s expatriate in the City of Light. Le sigh.
Channel your inner Francophile on Bastille Day (next Thursday) by whipping up simple, classic recipes from French Revolution blogger/Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Kerry Saretsky.
In today’s videos, Saretsky shows us how to make flawless profiteroles (above), a croque monsieur, and an updated frozen Kir Royale. The first two were inspired by Saretsky’s Gallic mother, who made them throughout the writer’s childhood.
We recommend throwing a party and serving all three.
The only way it can get better is if Owen Wilson magically appears.
For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.
No Bastille Day fete would be complete without an adult beverage (or three). French Revolution blogger Kerry Saretsky’s take on a Kir Royale mixes sorbet, pink champagne, and vodka.
What could be better than a ham and cheese sandwich? A ham and cheese sandwich made with bechamel sauce and mustard, that’s what. In this video, French Revolution blogger Kerry Saretsky shows us how it’s done.
You’ve got your sunscreen, towel, and bathing suit. But are you fully armed for the beach? In this video, trainer Will Torres demos three exercises that’ll make your biceps appear more toned immediately.
For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.
Music: “Test Drive” by Zapac
The prevalence of short shorts, upper lip sweat, and ghostly white legs can mean only one thing: Summer has arrived. (Hooray!)
And with it a renewed vigor to go out and — if you’re single — meet new people. It’s easier said than done.
In today’s video, DailyCandy staffers solicit advice from bartenders at a few of our favorite Manhattan watering holes. What do people do right and wrong when introducing themselves? Should girls send guys drinks? What’s the sexiest thing to order? And, of course, how should you hit on the bartender?
As we suspected, they’ve seen a lot — from men talking about themselves too much on a first date to a wife confronting her cheating husband.
It’s gettin’ hot in here.
Want more dating advice? Get it from some precocious 5-year-olds or, as always, our Office Guy.
The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. But here in our office, it’s nothing but sunshine on the second floor.
That’s because British singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle — who took the name from Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady character of yore — performed her cheerful new song, “Moneybox,” on our couch for today’s video. Her unbelievable voice, accompanied by only a guitarist, had even our tech guys swaying.
Doolittle just released her eponymous album in the U.S. and was the talk of Coachella. She also has a fashion sense we can appreciate (as soon as she walked in, she zeroed in on the picture of Suno x Loeffler Randall sandals we’d pasted on the wall).
Isn’t she loverly?
Buy Doolittle’s latest album online at amazon.com. To keep listening, go to her Myspace page. For more music, check out our videos with Christina Courtin, Regina Spektor, and Freelance Whales.
In a recent dream, you were drinking tea on a cloud with NeNe Leakes when half unicorn/half David Schwimmer came over to ask for your digits.
We can’t make this glorious dream come true, but Brooklyn-based artist Aurora Andrews can immortalize it — or anything else — in one of her ink/watercolor illustrations.
The charming Andrews, who never goes anywhere without pen and paper, is now accepting commissions. Describe a vivid dream (as mentioned), submit a picture of a favorite thing, or pose for her, as some DailyCandy staffers did in today’s video.
Illustrations start at around $200 and increase in price based on difficulty and size. But your lasting keepsake will stand out in a way 487 Facebook pics never could.
And that’s what dreams are made of.
To see more artwork, go to auroraandrews.com. To contact Andrews, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love: Ain’t it grand? Except when it’s not — and you have to stay in bed, because small things (minivan commercials, the store being out of Cool Ranch Doritos, happy couples) make you sob.
To help us remember when it was all cupids and hearts, we enlisted the help of some children, all 5 to 8 years old. We asked them about everything from whom they love (and if they have boyfriends/girlfriends) to how to mend a broken heart.
One little girl, who was initially shy, boldly proclaimed she’d recently seen her parents kissing — on the lips. Another said she doesn’t want to get married unless it’s to her little brother.
Which should be enough to get us through Valentine’s Day, with or without chips. Want another feel-good video? Here’s one in which we asked people about what makes them happy.
In life, there are a few things everyone can agree are awesome: Harry Potter. Mac ’n’ cheese. Puppies. And Regina Spektor.
So the release of the latter’s amazing new CD/DVD Live in London was the perfect excuse to meet her — and find out what she’s really like. With video camera in tow, we asked her about everything from karaoke to movies she’s embarrassed she hasn’t seen.
As for the album, we’ll go ahead and say if you’ve never been to one of her concerts (and seen her perform songs like “Fidelity,” “Us,” and “Eet”), it’s almost just as great.
We’re sure your holiday gift recipients will feel the same.
To buy Live in London, go to reginaspektor.com. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch our exclusive video of Spektor performing her hit song “On the Radio” (filmed at The Greene Space at WNYC).
Still on the fence about buying Regina Spektor’s new CD/DVD, Live in London? To get a taste of what she’s like in concert, check out this exclusive performance of “On the Radio” she did for us at The Greene Space at WNYC. Even if you’ve heard the song a hundred times, our video’s still pretty mesmerizing.
To buy Live in London, go to reginaspektor.com. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch our interview with the artist herself.