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Beauty

SuChin Pak's Currently Coveting v. 3

SuChin Pak's Currently Coveting v. 3

Our chief correspondent's obsessions right now

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

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Ask the Office Guy

Is It Weird My BF's So into "Harry Potter"?

Is It Weird My BF's So into "Harry Potter"?

Ask the Office Guy No. 22

There’s no denying the goings-on at Hogwarts are irresistible (and if loving the books and movies is wrong, we don’t want to be right). But at what point does the affinity for adolescent wizards get weird/creepy? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan works his advice magic.

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

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Fashion

A Peek Inside the Swirl Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop

A Peek Inside the Swirl Fashion Week Pop-Up Shop

5 Designers You Must Buy

Like what you see in DailyCandy’s Fashion Week coverage? Visit the Swirl pop-up shop. Starting September 8, the site will be selling the F/W 2010 ready-to-wear pieces (everything you see in this video) from designers Ann Yee, Bodkin, Samantha Pleet, Tom Scott, and Whit. Our editors are already drooling over the merch. Still not a Swirl member? Join here.

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Ask the Office Guy

Why Are Guys Flirty One Day and Mean the Next?

Why Are Guys Flirty One Day and Mean the Next?

Ask the Office Guy No. 21

We’ve all witnessed the Jekyll and Hyde phenomenon: He won’t leave your side one night and pretends you don’t exist the next. What gives? Dan takes a stab at it in today’s Ask the Office Guy.

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

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Entertainment

Keep This on Repeat

Keep This on Repeat

School of Seven Bells Performs "Windstorm"

Songs you want to keep on repeat are easy to find. Entire albums you can’t stop listening to are another matter altogether.

Disconnect from Desire, the sophomore LP from indie electronic band School of Seven Bells, falls into category B. Twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and bandmate Benjamin Curtis have amazing pipes and lyrics that hypnotize.

In today’s video, we hang out with the trio at a peacefully deserted urban escape (a dock along the East River in Brooklyn) as they perform a stripped-down version of our favorite song, “Windstorm.”

Their acoustic set is so mesmerizing, we start to see double (oh, wait).

For more information and national tour dates, go to sviib.com. Download Disconnect from Desire online at itunes.com. For more great music, watch our video with supermodel songstress Karen Elson.

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American Apparel singlehandedly made lowly basics into cool-kid must-haves. This time, we’ve got hoodies, polos, and tees for ladies and gents. One for him, two for you — at up to 55% off on Swirl.

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How-To

How to Create a Wedding-Day Chignon

How to Create a Wedding-Day Chignon

An Easy DIY Updo with Stylist Michael Angelo

There are things you don’t want on your wedding day (rain, red wine stains). And things you really don’t want (bad shellfish, terrible hair).

Safeguard against the latter by doing your hair yourself. (Yes, we’re serious.)

In today’s video, Michael Angelo, founder/owner of Wonderland Beauty Parlor in NYC, creates an elegant chignon that you (or your mom) can easily DIY. All you need are bobby pins, a rubber band, a curling iron, and some sculpting product. Add a special touch with clips or flowers.

What’s the appeal? You’ll look more natural — and the hairstylist is with you the entire reception should any strands fall. Not to mention, more money for the things you do want (expensive booze).

Want more great wedding advice? Be sure to watch our videos on dress shopping dos and don’ts, finding the right gown for your body type, and selecting a veil.

hair accessories!
Don’t forget to adorn your do with one of these stylish hair accessories.

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With a model for a mom and a past as a Hollywood stylist, Alisha Levine is fashion royalty. Her thoughtful silk pieces (think flowy jewel-tone tanks and rompers with ruffles) fit any wardrobe — especially at up to 65% off on Swirl.

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Ask the Office Guy

How Many Postdate Texts Make Me Seem Crazy?

How Many Postdate Texts Make Me Seem Crazy?

Ask the Office Guy No. 20

When a date goes well, it’s hard to resist sending a follow-up “That was great. See you soon!?” text immediately afterward. And another the next morning, afternoon, and night. But at what point are you going to freak someone out? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan’s got the 411 on postdate texting.

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

Photo: kiwanja / Flickr

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Food & Drink

Daniel Boulud Makes the Perfect Stove-Top Burger

Daniel Boulud Makes the Perfect Stove-Top Burger

Chef Daniel Boulud Shares His Hamburger Recipe

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.

recipes!
Hungry for more? Check out recipes from other famous chefs, four picnic-perfect dishes, and Sophie Dahl’s to-die-for asparagus soup.

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When it comes to edgy-glam jewelry, Noir is anything but in the dark. A celeb favorite, the line is chockful of must-own statement pieces at up to 65% off today on Swirl.

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Holiday

How to Apply Fake Eyelashes

How to Apply Fake Eyelashes

A Quick Fake Eyelash Tutorial

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 easydoesit@dailycandy.com.

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Ask the Office Guy

How Long Should I Wait to Have "the Talk"?

How Long Should I Wait to Have "the Talk"?

Ask the Office Guy No. 19

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 theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.
 
Photo: Saturn_art / Flickr

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Holiday

How to Do a Salon-Quality Blowout at Home

How to Do a Salon-Quality Blowout at Home

Hairstylist Julie Dickson Shares a Secret

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 easydoesit@dailycandy.com. For more information about Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.

hair product gallery!
Check out our gallery of thirteen potions, serums, and powders for flawless hair.

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Up to 50% off Mercedes Salazar
Mercedes Salazar claims her jewelry will “connect you to the universe.” Even if it doesn’t, the beaded pieces, crafted with ancestral techniques and finished with angel, star, and hamsa charms, are heavenly at up to 50% off on Swirl.

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Friend My Bosses on Facebook?

Should I Friend My Bosses on Facebook?

Ask the Office Guy No. 18

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 theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.


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How-To

Tips for Growing Plants in an NYC Apartment

Tips for Growing Plants in an NYC Apartment

Advice from the Experts at Verdant Gardens Design

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.

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Ask the Office Guy

How Do I Make My BF and BFF Get Along?

How Do I Make My BF and BFF Get Along?

Ask the Office Guy No. 17

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.

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

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Beauty

The Perfect Way to Put Your Hair Up

The Perfect Way to Put Your Hair Up

The Heidi look, updated

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 easydoesit@dailycandy.com.

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Fashion

Designers Behind the Scenes: Dear Creatures

Designers Behind the Scenes: Dear Creatures

Swirl Sale Begins July 19, 2010

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.

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Ask the Office Guy

Where's the Best Place to Meet Guys?

Where's the Best Place to Meet Guys?

Ask the Office Guy No. 16

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.


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

Photo: Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

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Entertainment

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice Give Us a Sneak Peek

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice Give Us a Sneak Peek

Jenny and Johnny's Debut Album

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.

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Remember 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.

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Ask the Office Guy

What's the Hottest Dance Move?

What's the Hottest Dance Move?

Ask the Office Guy No. 15

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.

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

Photo: Fuyoh! / Flickr

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Food & Drink

The Easiest Fish Recipe Ever, No Stove Required

The Easiest Fish Recipe Ever, No Stove Required

Nuela South American Restaurant Opens in the Flatiron District

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).

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