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In our latest installment, SuChin Pak shares three beauty must-haves: the world’s best exfoliator (seriously, no one at the shoot could believe it), a cream blush that does double duty, and a foundation that matches any skin tone.
For more of Pak’s obsessions, check out her favorite videos on our YouTube channel. To purchase the items for this week, go to orgskincare.com, josiemaran.com, and rmsbeauty.com.
The French have a way with the classics. Case in point: Daniel Boulud’s simple, perfect burger.
In this video, renowned chef and owner of DBGB proffers his tips for an amazing stove-top burger, whether your stove is electric or gas (grills being not so common in New York). Besides a heat source and a good cast-iron pan, all you really need are fresh ingredients and a little know-how — and some Dijon mustard, bien sur.
We tried it at home, and let us say, this is one good burger. Start now, and you’ll be a pro by Labor Day.
Hungry for more? Check out recipes from other famous chefs, four picnic-perfect dishes, and Sophie Dahl’s to-die-for asparagus soup.
In this video, makeup artist Ashley Kucich (whose work has graced the faces of Swirl) gives us useful pointers for applying faux lashes. We’ve also got a handy list of the items she uses: Shu Uemura eyelash curler ($19), DuraLash by Ardell black flare mini eyelashes ($4), and eyelash glue ($3).
Something you’re dying to DIY? Send your video suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone dreads DTR (defining the relationship, duh) — but we all know it has to be done. So when’s the best time? Dan’s got the answer in today’s Ask the Office Guy.
Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at email@example.com. Photo: Saturn_art / Flickr
The perfect blowout — one that leaves your hair silky, shiny, immune to humidity, and lasts, if you’re careful, three days — is magic. And the stylists in salons are magicians, guarding their secrets like the cure to baldness itself.
Until now. Here, Julie Dickson, owner of New York’s Fox & Boy salon (and star of other great hair how-tos, including the perfect messy side bun and cutting your own bangs) demystifies the whole process, from which brushes and hair dryers yield the best results to the all-important “how to make the back of my head look good when I can’t see it” dilemma. We did what she told us, and the results are pretty enchanting. If we do say so ourselves.
Something you’re dying to DIY? Send your video suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.
Check out our gallery of thirteen potions, serums, and powders for flawless hair.
On one hand, Facebook friending your managers might make them see you as a person, not just a number. Then again, they might find out you got so iced last Saturday you peed in the sink. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan weighs in.
Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at email@example.com.
In Craigslistspeak, a “garden apartment” can refer to a lush, grassy enclave or a sad Charlie Brown pine visible from your window. (Brokers have a creative way with language.)
But those who’ve been cheated of a true garden should consider houseplants — an easy, affordable way to see green every day. (That’s right, black-thumbed naysayers, we said easy.)
In today’s video, Peter Couchman of Verdant Gardens Design offers tips on getting plants to flourish, including advice for lazy gardeners and steering clear of lethal mistakes.
Couchman also helped us assemble a gallery of flora conducive to different degrees of sun exposure. Sadly, if you’ve got zero natural light, it’ll be tough to grow anything.
But take that up with your broker.
For more information about Verdant Gardens Design, go to verdantgardens.com.
Your best friend feels like you’ve deserted her for your new guy. Your boyfriend thinks ol’ bestie is a controlling meddler. How can you make them be pals? In this edition of Ask the Office Guy, Dan’s got the answer — and it doesn’t involve a threesome.
Wearing your hair down in this humidity guarantees you’ll look like a frazzled poodle by midmorning.
This pretty wraparound braid, on the other hand, stays put even after absorbing drips from every AC unit in a twenty-block radius. In today’s video, hairstylist Jamie Cook of Whittemore House provides a step-by-step tutorial.
It may not be the easiest, and you might need an assistant to hand you bobby pins and stray locks the first time you do it. But we’re proof that anybody can DIY. (Even some of our shorter-haired coworkers have pulled it off.)
A little unruliness actually complements this style. But if you’re really all thumbs, there are the messy side bun and asymmetrical ponytail options. And if you’re still worried about frizz, check out our gallery of summer-proof hair products.
Or put your locks in expert hands: Whittemore House is offering 20 percent off all salon services through August 11. Mention DailyCandy when booking and make an appointment for no later than August 11 to receive the deal.
Something you’re dying to DIY? Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living together is one thing. Living and working together all day, every day (yikes), is something else entirely.
Yet cutest couple ever, designers Bianca Benitez and Rob Sinclair, pull it off beautifully. The result: their amazing line, Dear Creatures.
In our video, hear about their inspiration — and get a sneak peek of everything that’s going to be up for grabs on our sample sale site, Swirl, starting July 19. We’re talking sailor-inspired tanks, jean shorts with removable suspender-style straps, and patterned rompers (our favorite), created exclusively for us.
The best part: Everything’s 65 percent off the retail price. And that’s something we can live with.
Sale begins July 19 exclusively at swirl.com.
When it comes to meeting guys you wouldn’t mind introducing to Mom, bars don’t exactly have the best track record. So where’s a girl to go? In this edition of Ask the Office Guy, Dan’s got the answer.
Photo: Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr
It’s not every day you find yourself in the backseat of a glittery blue 1979 station wagon with a former child star-turned-amazing singer/songwriter at the wheel.
Lucky for us, Jenny Lewis is a good driver — even with a camera in her face while being asked about her new record with boyfriend/musician Johnathan Rice.
In today’s video (one of the duo’s first media appearances together), Jenny and Johnny — as they’re calling the act — tell us all about their album, I’m Having Fun Now (out August 31), from the front of their $900 ride. Even better, they agreed to give our readers (that means you!) an exclusive free download of their unreleased song “Big Wave.”
As you’ll see and hear, their chemistry is palpable. And we’re not just saying that because they manage to pull off jackets that have their names painted on the backs.
To preorder the album or buy tickets to their sure-to-be-sold-out nationwide tour, go to jennyandjohnnymusic.com. If you’re still craving more, check out our gallery of their five favorite things.
Up to 55% off WrenRemember Wren? Our editors sure do. Join them in loading up on designer (and DailyCandy Sweetest Things winner) Melissa Coker’s patterned dresses, silky camis, and preppy blazers — available now at up to 55% off on our sample sale site.
It’s okay to dance like Elaine Benes — if you’re imitating her. But what moves should you bust? Is there one that guys find more attractive than others? Dan’s got the lowdown on getting down in this edition of Ask the Office Guy.
Photo: Fuyoh! / Flickr
Shockingly, South America is out of the World Cup. But it’s not out of the limelight.
Nuela, a South American restaurant and cevicheria, is soft opening next Monday in the Flatiron District after almost a year of delays — and we think it’s been well worth the wait.
For proof, check out today’s video featuring a simple and refreshing salmon ceviche recipe from chef Adam Schop. All you really need are a handful of Key limes, salt, apples, and onions (all the celery-based ingredients are optional). And, perhaps, the magical touch of a chef schooled in the cuisines of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela.
Or you could just visit the restaurant, a 200-seat space dreamed up by fashion designer Angel Sanchez, where you can find dishes like smoked brisket arepas with plantains and black beans and pork and rock shrimp empanadas. With more than fifteen types of ceviche — mackeral, hamachi, tuna — it’s a great place to share.
So everyone comes out a winner.
Nuela, 43 West 24th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Flatiron District (212-929-1200 or nuelany.com).
Up to 50% off GusttoGraced with sophisticated hardware, designer Agathe Planchon’s lush leather bags are the perfect accessories for seizing the day (or night). Go for the Gustto — at up to 50% off — on our sample sale site.
If you get poked, should you poke back? If someone pokes you, does it mean he or she has a crush? Should you poke more often — or never? Dan gives his take on the mysterious Facebook function in today’s Ask the Office Guy.
Photo: Noodle93 / Flickr
It may not be the prettiest finger food, but it’s a universal picnic-pleaser. We like to think of it as nonfried French fries that won’t get soggy in the sun.
For more easy-as-pie ideas, buy Reynolds’s book online at amazon.com or check out her blog.
What would an alfresco fete be without sweet, juicy melon? Adding tangy feta proves our theory that cheese makes even the best things better.
Nothing cools the senses like crisp cukes. We made this recipe with low-fat sour cream, and it still tasted like something unhealthily delicious. Bingo.
Who says you can’t drink in the park? Immerse figs and peaches in rum, and you’ll be, in Reynolds’s words, “all the wiser.” We like her style.
Shiny forehead, freak grimace, bulging eyes — you’ve got an uncanny ability to ruin a photo. And thanks to Facebook tagging, the entire world can witness your awkward mugging until the end of time.
You could avoid cameras altogether. Or you could just watch today’s video, with its simple tips for looking great in pictures.
Our expert, Sardi Klein, longtime NYC photographer and professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt, has seen it all, from mothers of the bride who peer skyward to avoid double chins to businessmen whose phony smiles turn head shots into mug shots.
Follow her advice, and the next time someone tags you in a photo, you might just share instead of hide.
Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to email@example.com.
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Up to 55% off Coralia LeetsJewelry designer Coralia Leets knows about staying power. Made of chunky stones and hammered metal, her necklaces and earrings are modern heirlooms. And since they’re up to 55% off on our sample site (with free shipping through July 5), they’re pretty and practical.
We love cats (especially when they ask, “I can has cheezburger?”). But not everyone feels the same way. So how many dates should you wait before you tell a guy you own, ahem, six purring fluff balls? Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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