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Beauty

The Right Way to Do a Sit-Up

The Right Way to Do a Sit-Up

Anna Rahe from GST Body Demonstrates

Oh, to have the confidence of Angie’s right leg.

We’re working our way to full exposure (not J.Lo’s kind, mind you) with help from GST Body, an L.A.-based studio that’s stretched and strengthened us in ways we didn’t think possible.

In today’s videos, GST Body founder Anna Rahe, whom we’ll call “The Body,” shows editor Lauren Lumsden a few simple exercises: the correct way to do a sit-up (above); deceptively hard arm raises to tone shoulders, back, and abs; and leg lifts that’ll whip your butt into shape.

Rahe — excuse us, The Body — uses a Kinetic Traction Strap, but you can easily substitute a dog leash or jump rope.

Just don’t be an exhibitionist about it.

For more information and exercises or to order the Kinetic Traction Strap ($50), go to gstbody.com.

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Entertainment

DIY: a Florist-Worthy Deli Bouquet

DIY: a Florist-Worthy Deli Bouquet

Tips from Florisity’s Katsuya Nishimori

Your guests are due in ten, and you’re shoving a fistful of wilty deli flowers into a vase.

Those bodega blooms have more potential than you might think. In today’s video, renowned artist/floral designer Katsuya Nishimori — formerly of Takashimaya Floral and cofounder of the recently opened Florisity in the Flatiron — has tips for making a beautiful French-inspired arrangement for less than $25. Really, you’ll be amazed how good a deli bouquet can look.

Of course, we can’t discount the pros of going to a florist (more variety, bigger blooms, longer flower life, and the magic touch). But if you can fool one or two people in the meantime, consider it a success.

Florisity, 1 West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-366-0891 or florisity.com). If this puts a bloom in your bonnet, go to one of Florisity’s beginner’s classes on November 3 or 10, 6-8 p.m., $225.

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cosabella! Cosabella Pop-Up Shop
Don’t miss Cosabella’s line of luxuriously soft leggings in faux denim and basic solids. While you’re at it, snag lacy underthings and sleepwear from the iconic label for up to 50% off on Swirl.

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Fashion

5 Ways to Wear Cosabella Jeans Leggings

5 Ways to Wear Cosabella Jeans Leggings

Behind the Scenes at the Swirl Photo Shoot

No matter where you stand on the “Are leggings pants?” debate, you can’t deny their appeal: They’re supremely comfortable, stylish, and flattering (when worn correctly).

Here to ensure the latter is Swirl stylist Brian Primeaux, who put together five great looks for today’s video, featuring Cosabella Jeans leggings. All the leggings you see will be for sale on Swirl starting October 12 at 11 a.m. EST.

Further incentive to stock up: You’ll get free shipping on your order when you enter COSALEGS at checkout.

Shop online at swirl.com. Sale ends Saturday, October 16, 11 a.m. EST. 

 

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Ask the Office Guy

How Many Dates Should I Wait to Friend a Guy on Facebook?

How Many Dates Should I Wait to Friend a Guy on Facebook?

Ask the Office Guy No. 26

Since you’ve probably already seen The Social Network, you’re well along in the “is Mark Zuckerberg an A-hole or just a really socially awkward freshman?” debate.

But the by-all-accounts brilliant film did raise some good Facebook protocol questions for this week’s episode of Ask the Office Guy. So we set Dan, our only male editor and on-staff sage, loose on these hard-hitting quandaries: How long should I wait to friend the guy I’m newly dating (above)? What’s the proper procedure for poking someone? And should I friend my parents and bosses

Like his advice? Come back every Thursday, at 4 p.m., for his next lesson. And during the week, you can brush up on past questions like how many postdate texts make me seem crazy? When should I tell a guy I own six cats? And, of course, the ever popular: Is it weird my BF’s so into Harry Potter?

We give all of his advice a resounding C++ (that one’s for the code geeks).

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com. And by all means, friend us on Facebook.

kitchen gadgets!Tonight’s episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts is full of masterful ice cream creations and stunning architectural showpieces. Wield these handy kitchen gadgets, handpicked by editor-at-large and TCJD judge Dannielle Kyrillos, to work your own magic at home.

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charlie my love!
Up to 65% off Charlie My Love
Finding inspiration in street fashion and music, Sarah Gurt and Yael Salomon deliver edgy fringe bags and au courant gladiators, platforms, and oxfords. Perfect for anywhere from Paris to Peoria, they’re up to 65% off on Swirl.

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Ask the Office Guy

Ask the Office Guy Roundup

Ask the Office Guy Roundup

Ask the Office Guy No. 25

Perception: being the only man in an office of women is a dude’s dream come true.
Reality: it means listening to 10,387 relationship crises and being asked for the male perspective.

That’s how it goes for our sole male editor, Dan, whose dating advice proved so useful (or at least hilarious) we decided to share it with our readers in our Ask the Office Guy video series.

Favorites include Should I mention my six-figure salary in my online dating profile (above)? How many dates should I wait to friend a guy on Facebook? How many postdate texts make me seem crazy? And, of course, why didn’t he call me back?

Dan knows all. Or at least that’s what we tell him.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Next Video: Homemade Hot Cocoa
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Food & Drink

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Homemade Hot Cocoa

Easy Instructions from Tribeca Treats

You don’t realize how good hot chocolate can be until you make it yourself (no offense, Swiss Miss). Make a big batch and package it as a gift, or be kind to yourself and spike it with bourbon.

Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for devil’s food cake, marshmallow icing, and chocolate fondue. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26).  

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Food & Drink

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Easy Instructions from Tribeca Treats

Nothing warms the soul — and impresses friends — like a melty pot o’ fondue (preferably served with strawberries). Best part: You need only a few ingredients and ten minutes.

Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for devil’s food cake, marshmallow icing, and hot cocoa. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26). 

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Food & Drink

Devil's Food Cake Recipe

Devil's Food Cake Recipe

Easy Instructions from Tribeca Treats

Rachel Thebault, founder and head confectioner of Tribeca Treats, swears this dessert is so easy you won’t reserve it just for birthdays. Perfectly rich and moist, it takes less than an hour from start to finish. Don’t forget to make some marshmallow icing while it’s baking.

Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for chocolate fondue and hot cocoa. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26). 

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Food & Drink

Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Marshmallow Icing Recipe

Easy Instructions from Tribeca Treats

Obviously, you can’t serve your devil’s food cake and cupcakes without icing. Whip up this simple recipe, top with graham cracker crumbs, and you’ve got yourself a s’mores-type situation.

Need more to satisfy your sweet tooth? Check out our video recipes for chocolate fondue and hot cocoa. For other great ideas from Rachel Thebault, preorder her book (out October 26). 

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Fashion

An Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Minkoff

An Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Minkoff

The Designer Tells Us Her Story

We’ve been in love with Rebecca Minkoff for ages, from her early days as a T-shirt designer to her just-launched shoe line. And, of course, the in between: a stunning ready-to-wear collection and, most notably, her drool-worthy leather handbags.

So it only makes sense that we’ve partnered with Minkoff to sell — starting today — a curated collection of her bags at 50 percent off. We’re talking five-zip clutches, studded satchels, and even witty pouches (a Swirl exclusive).

In this video, Minkoff shares how she got her start (it wasn’t always easy), her inspirations, and some of the items she’s selling on Swirl. We’ll take one of everything, please.

Shop online at swirl.com. Get $20 off when you spend $50 or more on any Swirl sale (excluding wine) through Friday, October 1, with code SEPTSAVE at checkout. Rebecca Minkoff sale and pouch offer end Thursday, September 30, 11 a.m. EST.

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Ask the Office Guy

How Does Dan Know So Much About Girls?

How Does Dan Know So Much About Girls?

Ask the Office Guy No. 24

Dan’s given advice about postdate texting, great places to meet guys, and even upper-lip sweat. Clearly, he’s been studying females for a long time — or, more than likely, he’s great at BSing. In today’s Ask the Office Guy, Dan reveals his qualifications.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

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Fashion

Two DIY Accessories for Less than $5

Two DIY Accessories for Less than $5

An Easy DIY from P.S. -- I Made This

Put the puffy paints and fleur-de-lis-shaped stencils down. This isn’t that kind of craft.

P.S. — I Made This genius Erica Domesek (who has an amazing new book out) makes DIY fashion that is as much a statement as anything from the runways — and a lot less expensive.

In today’s videos, she shows you how to make a fringe scarf from an old T-shirt (above) and a statement necklace from scraps of fabric. They both cost next to nothing to make and require little more than a good pair of scissors.

For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. Like how our editor Lauren’s hair is braided? Learn to do it.

cake gallery!On tonight’s episode of Top Chef: Just Desserts, contestants create sweets from cocktails. Yes, booze brings the party, but cake is crucial. Check out our gallery of favorite gateaux, curated by editor-at-large (and TCJD judge) Dannielle Kyrillos.

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fluxus!
Up to 55% off Fluxus
Believing art and life should freely mingle, former Project Runway star Jeffrey Sebelia offers avant-garde designs made with comfy fabrics. Let your clothes reflect your good taste and street smarts while they’re up to 55% off on Swirl.

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Fashion

How to Make a Statement Fabric Necklace

How to Make a Statement Fabric Necklace

Great Ideas from P.S. -- I Made This

For this video, Erica Domesek, the clever crafter behind website P.S. — I Made This, creates a simple-yet-elegant statement necklace. All you need are scissors, scraps, and ribbon.

For more great DIY ideas, visit Domesek’s blog online at psimadethis.com. To buy her book, go to amazon.com. And if you haven’t already, check out our other video with Domesek: How to Make a Fringe Scarf from an Old T-shirt.

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Ask the Office Guy

How Can I Tell If He's Cheating?

How Can I Tell If He's Cheating?

Ask the Office Guy No. 23

In this edition of Ask the Office Guy, Dan has advice for finding out if your S.O.’s an SOB (Remember to take it with a grain of salt, because this tactic is as downright evil as it is effective.)

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

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Fashion

Tips for Wearing a Longer Skirt

Tips for Wearing a Longer Skirt

How to Make It Flattering, Not Frumpy

Microminis are great for their leg-lengthening sex appeal, but they make everyday tasks (exiting the subway, tying your shoes, sneezing) downright risqué.

That’s why we’re so glad below-the-knee skirts are back. We’re not alone in digging the look: We spotted versions in the fall 2010 collections of Charlotte Ronson, Rachel Roy, Marc Jacobs, Prada, and Madewell by Alexa Chung, to name a few. But how do you wear them without looking like a homely Anne of Green Gables extra?

In today’s video, NYC-based stylist Peju Famojure has brand recommendations, styling suggestions, and advice for wearing them with socks and heels.

Even those in the leggings-are-pants camp will have no reason to skirt this trend.

For more below-the-waist fashion advice, check out our gallery of legwear for fall

new york fashion week spring 2011!
ann yee!
Want to know what it takes to be a model? How clothes make it from the designer’s mind to the runway? Check out Chris Benz’s casting session and Ann Yee’s magical workplace, part of our inimitable Fashion Week coverage.

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tom scott!Tom Scott Pop-Up Shop
Score Tom Scott’s clever knits until 11 a.m. EST, then head to the grand finale of the week when we restock goods from the fall collections of our featured designers. Hurry to Swirl, before it pops down!

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How-To

How to Go from Kinky to Curly Hair

How to Go from Kinky to Curly Hair

Georgia Salon Gives Us Some Tips

As the adage goes, a lot of work goes into looking effortless. And for African-American women, getting kinky hair curly — without harsh chemicals — is no small feat. So we’ll be the first to tell you this how-to is particularly ambitious.

Nevertheless, Sharntai Harris at the hip Georgia salon in downtown Manhattan has great tips for doing just that, including must-have products and step-by-steps to make styling easier. We’ll be honest: It takes practice and time — but once you’re finished, it’ll last for days.

If you’re truly feeling intimidated, we suggest trying it out with a friend. If nothing else, she can make you a cocktail while you’re drying and twisting.

If you’re in New York City, visit Georgia at 89a East Houston Street, between Elizabeth Street and Bowery ( or georgiany.com). Want more? Check out our video on going from kinky to straight hair and our gallery of the top ten hair trends for fall.

new york fashion week spring 2011!
new york fashion week!
Come spring, will you be wearing a python pillbox or a miniature cowboy? Hard to know unless you’re following our Fashion Week coverage. Check out our exclusive sneak peeks at spring 2011 styles.

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dolce vita!

Up to 60% off Dolce Vita
Italian designer Gastone Lucioli knows the young and the restless are all about the good life. His aptly named line delivers sexy prints (snake and leopard) with trendy twists — and it’s up to 60% off on Swirl.

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How-To

How to Go from Kinky to Straight Hair

How to Go from Kinky to Straight Hair

Georgia Salon Gives Us Some Tips

You’ve mastered au naturel and curly hair. Another style for your bag of tricks: the straight look.

In this video, stylist Liz Owusu shows her method for going from kinky to straight — using all-natural products. It takes awhile, so we suggest watching a movie while you’re straightening. The bonus: It’s a major arm workout.

If you’re in New York City, visit Georgia at 89a East Houston Street, between Elizabeth Street and Bowery (646-827-2428 or georgiany.com).

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Fashion

Victor-John Villanueva Paints Lynn Yaeger

Victor-John Villanueva Paints Lynn Yaeger

T-Shirts Available at Debut on Fashion's Night Out

When we heard artist Victor-John Villanueva was painting T-shirts with the likes of renowned fashion writers (Simon Doonan, Lynn Yaeger, André Leon Talley, and more) for Début’s Fashion’s Night Out celebration, we had to see him in action. So we ventured to his upper-Manhattan studio with our Flip — and the rest is history.

Available September 10, 8-10 p.m., at Début, 298 Mulberry Street, between Houston and Bleecker Streets (212-343-2717). All shirts are $200, and proceeds go to SCAD.

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Ask the Office Guy

Is Friends with Benefits Ever a Good Thing?

Is Friends with Benefits Ever a Good Thing?

Ask the Office Guy No. 22

When two people like each other (but not like that), can they do the you-know-what without things getting ugly? Dan provides insight in this Ask the Office Guy.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

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