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Fashion

Alison Lewis Spring Collection

Alison Lewis Spring Collection

Pretty as a Picture Show

Video may have killed the radio star, but let’s hope it doesn’t do the same for the daily online newsletter (fingers seriously crossed).

Without further ado, we present our first DailyCandy Video: a look at one of our favorite new designers, Alison Lewis, and her adorable spring collection.


Available online at
lewisnyc.com and iloveshop.com.

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Entertainment

Inside Story: Mindy Kaling's Closet

Inside Story: Mindy Kaling's Closet

The Actress and Writer Shows Us a Few of Her Favorite Things

Of the many perks of being a celebrity, a closet that’s bigger than most of our bedrooms is pretty high up there. So when Mindy Kaling offered to show us hers, we twirled at the chance.

In this video, the talented Kaling pulls out a few of her favorite pieces — from glittery Miu Mius to the hoodie she likes to write in — and tells us a little bit about each.

Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is available online at amazon.com, $16.

Music: Danielle Duval

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Entertainment

Patti Stanger's Online Dating Tips

Patti Stanger's Online Dating Tips

The Millionaire Matchmaker Whips Our Editor's Match.com Profile into Shape

When it comes to online dating, we’ve heard some doozies: He lied about his height — by five inches. He wore Velcro shoes and transition lenses. When he arrived he said, “Which one are you again?”

But one success would make it all worthwhile. So for today’s video, we enlisted the help of Patti Stanger, a.k.a. the Millionaire Matchmaker, to critique our editor Karen’s Match.com profile and answer a few common questions.

Stanger’s known for her tough love, so her advice wasn’t always pretty (at one point, she told Karen her profile sounded like Lindsay Lohan). But her assertion that a guy who “says he has three jobs — actor/author/waiter — is actually unemployed” might just prove useful down the road.

Unlike the guy who accidentally texted a photo of his man business after the date. (True story.)

Want more? In our Ask the Office Guy videos, our token male editor has flirting tips, thoughts on what to order on the first date, and an opinion on how many postdate texts make you seem crazy. The Millionaire Matchmaker airs Thursdays, at 9 p.m., on Bravo.

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Entertainment

Taxi Driver Confessions

Taxi Driver Confessions

We Pick the Brains of NYC Cabbies

Dance Moms alone is proof that fact beats fiction. But for real, unedited tales of weird behavior, just ask an NYC cab driver about his average shift.

For today’s video, we did exactly that — and beyond the usual “People have had sex where you’re sitting” anecdotes, the stories were delightful. Among other insights, we found out what grates on their nerves, who leaves the best tips (including one celeb), and why they like their work.

The video is part of our new, ongoing NYC series “On the Job,” in which we ask local service professionals to sound off about the interesting things they experience. The idea came after we asked bartenders for dating advice and realized those guys were troves of info.

Which is way more than we can say about Bachelor Pad.

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Entertainment

DailyCandy's New Spokesperson

DailyCandy's New Spokesperson

Welcome to the Team, SuChin Pak

Sometimes you don’t need to put a face with a name. Cases in point: Charlie Townsend, Dr. Claw, and Wilson from Home Improvement. 

But when it comes to the DailyCandy staff, we’re not always content being blocked by a tall fence. Which is why we’re proud to announce the hiring of our new on-air correspondent, SuChin Pak.

She was a natural choice: In addition to being a news reporter at MTV since 2001, she’s the founder of New York’s beloved alfresco small biz bazaar, Hester Street Fair. Her duties? Be our woman about town and on TV. 

In today’s video, we captured Pak’s grueling interview process. Hard-hitting topics included who she’d be on Mad Men and if she likes clowns. We also closely examined her head shots. 

We’re sure you’ll agree she puts the best face forward. 

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Entertainment

Show Us Your Best Blue Steel

Show Us Your Best Blue Steel

Lincoln Center Bystanders Imitate Derek Zoolander

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.

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Entertainment

Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

Designers' and Store Owners' Must-Haves for the Season

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.

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Entertainment

Karen Goes from Brown to Blond

Karen Goes from Brown to Blond

Our Editor Gets Dyed

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.

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Entertainment

What's Big and Gay and Delicious All Over?

What's Big and Gay and Delicious All Over?

The Beloved Truckers Go Brick and Mortar

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.

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Entertainment

Laura Gibson Performs "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed"

Laura Gibson Performs "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed"

Mason Jar Music World Premiere

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.

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Entertainment

Easy-as-Pie Profiterole Recipe

Easy-as-Pie Profiterole Recipe

French Food Blogger Kerry Saretsky's Simple Instructions

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.

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Entertainment

Croque Monsieur Recipe

Croque Monsieur Recipe

French Food Blogger Kerry Saretsky's Easy Instructions

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.

For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.

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Entertainment

Frozen Kir Royale Recipe

Frozen Kir Royale Recipe

French Food Blogger Kerry Saretsky's Easy Instructions

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.

For more French-inspired recipes and information on Saretsky, go to frenchrevolutionfood.com.

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Entertainment

Exercises with Immediate Results: Arms

Exercises with Immediate Results: Arms

Personal Trainer Will Torres Shows Us His Moves

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

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Entertainment

Bartenders Share Their Dating Tips

Bartenders Share Their Dating Tips

How to Approach Someone, What to Order, and Common Mistakes

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.

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Entertainment

Eliza Doolittle Performs in the DailyCandy Office

Eliza Doolittle Performs in the DailyCandy Office

The British Musician Sings Moneybox

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.

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Entertainment

Pretty in Paint

Pretty in Paint

Pretty in Paint

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 auroraandrews@gmail.com.