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What happens when you mix absinthe, vermouth, rye, and bitters? Trouble, that’s what. But also the 1920s cocktail created by bartenders at The Flatiron Room, the new music lounge and bar stocked with more than 500 types of whiskey. See how to make it in this video starring bartender Nick Patton.
The Flatiron Room, 37 West 26th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-725-3860 or theflatironroom.com).
What happens when two designers and fashion blogger get their hands on Motorola’s latest smartphone?
In this Influence Your Style video, fashion designer Lauren Moffatt, jewelry designer Julie Rofman, and blogger Karen Blanchard of Where Did U Get That dish on their favorite Moto X features and how they gave their phones a signature touch.
Check out the Influence Your Style series to see what else is inspiring Moffatt, Rofman, and Blanchard this season, and go to motorola.com to buy and design your own Moto X. Want a chance to win a free one? Enter the StyleYourX Sweepstakes.
Sun-kissed skin, laid-back style, and down-to-earth energy are proof that Julie Rofman is in tune with nature.
As part of the Influence Your Style series, presented by Moto X, the California-based jewelry designer shares what inspired her current collection of beaded bracelets and cuffs (hint: There may be sand and surf involved), as well as a pro tip for sparking creativity.
Click here to see what else is inspiring Rofman right now, and go to julierofmanjewelry.com to shop her collection.
Fun fact: Lauren Moffatt produced her first collection on the boat she lived on, which was docked in the Hudson River.
Since then, she has moved her operation ashore, but her classic yet spunky aesthetic still sets her apart from the crowd. In this video installment of Influence Your Style, presented by Moto X, she lets you behind the scenes of her Chelsea design studio and discusses what inspired her fall collection.
Check out Moffatt’s inspiration board mainstays here, and shop her collections at laurenmoffatt.net.
You can just look at some people and know they never had a scrunchie phase. Chriselle Lim is one of these rarities. (We want everything she’s ever put on.)
So when our chief correspondent SuChin Pak got the chance to sit down with the blogger/stylist in her downtown L.A. studio and talk accessories, it was a no-brainer. In today’s video, they discuss everything from sunglasses to leopard-print shoes.
While we had Lim on the line, we also asked her to show us her favorite outfit right now: a fuzzy sweater/miniskirt combo we can’t wait to emulate for holiday parties. The Lanvin boots are perfect.
We’re sure she’s never worn them with flared Mudd jeans.
For more information, go to thechrisellefactor.com or youtube.com.
When what you wear and how you wear it are your livelihood, fancying one look above all others is like Sophie’s choice.
But that’s exactly what we asked of stylist/blogger Chriselle Lim in today’s video. She braved the question with a fuzzy sweater, textured miniskirt, and Lanvin boots from L.A.’s Satine.
We can’t decide which piece we like best.
For more information on Lim, go to thechrisellefactor.com or youtube.com.
Tomorrow, it will be inappropriate if you don’t stuff your face with piles of food, wear elastic-waist pants, take a nap, and pick at leftovers around midnight.
Ensure you look good doing it with this metallic eye DIY, as taught to us by Pixi Beauty international makeup artist Amanda Bell.
We like it because it’s not as in your face as a smoky eye (it gives just a subtle glow) and takes only about five minutes. We use Pixi Beauty products in the video, but you can use whatever metallic shades you have at home.
Anything to draw attention away from your pumpkin pie baby.
Photo: Stephania Stanley for DailyCandy
It’s easy for littles to lose track of what’s important when Monster High and Ugglys dolls are in their sights.
Restore their sense of gratitude this holiday by assembling a care package for those less fortunate. In today’s video, we show you what to include (we called a bunch of homeless shelters to find out what they needed most), how to put it together, and where to take it in major U.S. cities.
Of course, we also urge you to remember those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Right now, monetary donations to American Red Cross, Oxfam, and ShelterBox are still the best way to help.
By teaching your kids the value of giving now, you ensure they keep doing it as they grow.
And that’s something to behold.
If the Pillsbury Doughboy were a real person, we’d date him. (We’re suckers for a chef’s hat.)
In today’s video, we honor him with help from actress/writer Haylie Duff and her apple pie crescent rolls. All you need is a sliced-up Red Delicious, brown sugar, and those twelve-minutes-to-perfection Pillsbury pop-and-bake miracles. If making things easy is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Duff, who lives in L.A., gave us the recipe from her new cookbook, The Real Girl’s Kitchen. While we had her to ourselves, she also showed us how to make sweet and spicy butternut squash.
Prepare to fall in love.
The Real Girl’s Kitchen is available at amazon.com, $14.50. For more recipes and tips, go to realgirlskitchen.com.
We won’t say what the shape of butternut squash reminds us of, but you can probably guess. (It’s a giant pear, you perv.)
Helping us be less intimidated by the golden gourd is actress/cookbook author Haylie Duff, who shows us how to cut and cook one up with delicious results in today’s video.
Want to see more? Duff makes apple pie crescent rolls, too. Her new cookbook, The Real Girl’s Kitchen, is available at amazon.com, $14.50. For more recipes and tips, go to realgirlskitchen.com.
Trips to the farmers market usually go like this: Buy some apples. Feign interest in beeswax candles to chat with hot honey guy. Get a loaf of sourdough and eat half of it on the subway.
In today’s video, learn how Gramercy Tavern’s renowned chef, Mike Anthony, tackles the stands. He has tips for choosing kale, determining if a beet is healthy, and which strangely colored cauliflower you need to buy.
If you like what you see, check out Anthony’s just-published The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook. Not only is it loaded with suggestions, but it’s also way more accessible (read: easy without insane ingredients) than you might expect from a guy whose restaurant has a Michelin Star.
We should note that we just filmed this video, so everything’s still in season. And if you don’t know, the Union Square Greenmarket is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays year-round.
You’ll be chewing the fat with Zade the farmer in no time.
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook is available at amazon.com, $32. Union Square Greenmarket, north and west sides of Union Square Park, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, between 14th and 17th Streets (grownyc.org). Gramercy Tavern, 42 East 20th Street, at Broadway (212-477-0777 or gramercytavern.com).
It’s not your average rags-to-riches tale: Painting contractor has a knack for cooking Thai food, starts selling it from a shack, hits it big with Vietnamese fish sauce wings.
But Andy Ricker’s not your average guy. Eight years after opening his first restaurant, Pok Pok, in Portland, Oregon, he’s earned a James Beard Award and written his first cookbook. (Did we mention his recipes command two-hour waits at the New York outpost?)
In today’s video, get to know Ricker — why he started cooking, what it’s like running seven successful restaurants (hint: not easy), and the best compliment he’s ever received.
He’s not what you’d expect.
Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand is available at amazon.com, $22. For more information about Pok Pok restaurants, go to pokpokny.com.
Photo: Stephanie Stanely for DailyCandy
When I moved to Chicago last August, my husband was a first-year med student (a.k.a. see you once a week, pal) and I was an unemployed former magazine editor. We’d been married one week.
The transition wasn’t easy, but as I slowly got to know the city, I found happiness in the discovery of new places. I browsed one-of-a-kind boutiques, ate my weight in interesting food, and — most importantly — took time to have real conversations.
In today’s video, I show you three spots that made a difference to me: a pie place that serves sweets so good they should be illegal, a flower shop I want to live in, and a clothing store where I can hang out with the designer.
I’m happy to report we’re now settled enough to have welcomed an addition to the family: a little rescue pup named Louis. Like me, he’s a Kentucky transplant.
And, like me, he loves the Windy City.
Want more? Check out our editors’ go-to spots around New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Photo: Lauren Lumsden / DailyCandy
Many moons ago, I moved to SF with just two suitcases. I had zero housing prospects, I didn’t know a soul, and the iconic bridge seemed to be permanently immersed in fog.
Then the skies opened up: I found a Lower Haight apartment, 415 numbers slowly filled my phone, and I was hired to write about everything from comic book tarot card readers to seaweed foragers.
In today’s video, I introduce you to three Bay Area places I visit almost weekly: a veritable Sesame Street for artisans, a glamorous Pacific Heights flower shop, and a wine bar where you’ll want to become a regular.
I hope the video inspires you to venture outside your hood and try something new.
No bravery required.
Want more? Check out our senior editor’s favorite NYC businesses and our L.A. editor’s preferred hangouts. Our Chicago editor’s picks are coming soon.
It’s a familiar tale: I came to Los Angeles for one love (a boy) and found another (a city).
Five years in, the city — and the boy — still makes my heart skip a beat.
In today’s video, I give you a tour of my beloved local spots that starts with a design-centric treasure hunt Downtown and ends at a Hollywood gallery/boutique in the storied Howard Hughes headquarters (hello, $55,000 backpacks).
I also stop for a twenty-layer crepe cake at a bakery which, like me, is a New York transplant that’s pretty sweet on the City of Angels.
Thanks for tagging along, and please wave hello if you see me around town.
I’m the girl in the Mini Cooper, desperately attempting to parallel park.
Want more? Check out our editor’s go-to spots around New York. And stay tuned for editor favorites in San Francisco and Chicago, coming soon.
When I first moved to New York from Virginia eight years ago, I thought Times Square was the cool place to live and Brother Jimmy’s BBQ was where I was going to find a husband.
Many (many) apartments and PBRs later, I like to think I’m a bit more discerning. For one, I have a job that exposes me to new things every day. For two, the frat party moved to Tinder.
In today’s video, I introduce you to three of my favorite Big Apple establishments: the best ramen in the city (I will gladly debate you on this if you think it’s Ippudo NY), Brooklyn-made dog treats for my little guy, and a Chelsea-based workout that isn’t completely horrific.
I hope the video encourages you to try my picks if you haven’t already. You might even see me there.
Hopefully I won’t be wearing my “going out” camisole.
Stay tuned for our San Fran, Los Angeles, and Chicago editors’ videos of local favorites, coming soon.
When it comes to being festive on October 31, we’ve all stretched out a cotton ball and called it a cobweb.
This Halloween, do something more inspired but just as kid friendly and simple: In today’s video, we show you how to make black roses out of crepe paper, felt bats, and shimmery spiderwebs. Your little ones can help with all three (anything to take their minds off the candy pile).
You might need to hit up the craft store for a few items; otherwise, no one project takes more than fifteen or twenty minutes from start to finish.
And they all beat lollipop ghosts every time.
For more fun, make costumes from makeup you already own.
When we throw a party, there’s a Paperless Post sent weeks in advance, five grocery store runs, and at least seven freak-outs about who’s going to come.
When blogger/woman about town Susan MacTavish Best hosts a shindig, she sends a casual email the day before, gets a few oysters, and the who’s who of San Fran digerati show up.
In today’s video, which we shot an hour before one of her legendary throwdowns, we tour Best’s Pacific Heights home. From her antiques and art collections to her out-of-a-dream spaniel, the place is envy inducing. Her kitchen alone is worth the watch.
Consider this your invitation.
For more information about Best, go to livingmactavish.com. For more home porn, check out Vena Cava co-designer Lisa Mayock’s Williamsburg apartment, Lela Rose’s Tribeca mansion, and Heidi Merrick’s Silver Lake bungalow.
Technology has given us, among other things, the ability to know everything about the people we want to date before we even meet them. (He took shots on a trip to Cancun in 2006 with that girl?!)
So it’s no shocker that it complicates the relationships that ensue. In today’s Ask the Office Guy video, we enlisted Yahoo’s Primetime in No Time host and former Road Rules contestant Theo Von to break down a few digi issues.
From an NYC boyfriend who checks his Instagram compulsively to a guy in Chicago who wants to exchange email passwords, tricky situations are Von’s specialty.
We guarantee you’ll do an Internet search for him afterward.
To see Von on a regular basis (almost like you’re going steady), go to tv.yahoo.com. Follow Von on Twitter at @theovon. Got a question for the next Office Guy? Email email@example.com.
Every time our kids put ink to paper, it’s hard to resist framing it. (“Yes, it’s a squiggle, but it kind of looks like an L, and she’ll never be a year and eight months again.”)
In today’s video, we have an art project you and your littles can do together — and loving the result won’t make you seem the least bit crazy.
You draw the outline of a tree; they supply the fingerprints (fall colors work best). You can stop there or you can write in family names to emphasize your sprout’s roots.
You know, if you’re the sentimental type.
Want more parenting tricks of the trade? Learn to get out of a PB&J rut or use cupcake wrappers in six unexpected ways.
If we won an Academy Award, we’d put it on a chain and wear it as a necklace (back problems, be damned).
Want to know where costume/production designer Catherine Martin and her husband, director Baz Luhrmann, keep their awards? Watch today’s installment of 5 Questions with SuChin Pak.
Pak sat down with Martin (who does the costumes for Luhrmann’s films) at our Fashion in Film event in New York last week. She talked about her process, working with her husband, and her biggest indulgence.
In the background, you can see outfits that Martin (who’s wearing Prada, BTW) put together for Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan for The Great Gatsby.
Talk about something to show off.
To know more about your favorite stars, check out our 5 Questions with actors Miles Teller, Greta Gerwig, and Anna Chlumsky (who looked beautiful at the Emmys Sunday night).
Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy