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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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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
What would an alfresco fete be without sweet, juicy melon? Adding tangy feta proves our theory that cheese makes even the best things better.
For more easy-as-pie ideas, buy Reynolds’s book online at amazon.com or check out her blog.
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.
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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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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You’ve heard of triple-threat talents, but what do you call a supermodel mom who’s married to a rock god, co-owns a vintage store, and has a standout set of pipes? That’d be Karen Elson.
The impossibly porcelain-skinned, flame-haired cover girl released her debut album, The Ghost Who Walks, in late May. Naturally we wondered, Is she worth all the hype?
So when we found out she was in New York for a concert with Band of Horses and Grizzly Bear last weekend, we set out with camera in tow to see how she sounded without fancy audio equipment, backing vocals, and musical accompaniment.
The result is today’s video, in which Elson performs an acoustic version of her song “Cruel Summer” in a room at Ace Hotel. Ignore the sound of our jaw hitting the floor as her dark and mesmerizing Nashville-inspired voice fills the room.
For more information and to buy the album, go to karenelson.com. If you want to keep listening, check out our videos with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Josh Ritter, and Freelance Whales.
There’s a well-known positive correlation between number of hours worked and level of attraction among coworkers (the longer you type, the hotter they get). But should you act on the urge to take the relationship outside the office? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan weighs in.
Photo: Sfdavidz/ Flickr
Tonight will probably be filled with bad decisions (that last glass of champers, for starters).
Ring in 2011 with at least a little dignity by avoiding the drunken late-night ponytail. You can stay classy all night long with the perfect messy bun, courtesy of NYC’s Fox & Boy salon (and one of our favorite how-to videos of the year).
Because even if you want to be a hot mess, your hair doesn’t have to be.
Not feeling the messy bun? Try out the around-the-head French braid, modern beehive, or pinned-up curls (for shorter hair).
If you’re like us, you left side ponytails the same place you left The Baby-Sitters Club and Debbie Gibson: the ’80s. Modernize the asymmetrical style in seven steps, with help from Heather Olexa of Fox & Boy in Manhattan.
Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to email@example.com.
In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan dissects the common belief that men prefer Bettys over Veronicas.
It sounds like the beginning of a bad Jeff Foxworthy bit: What do you get when you put three handsome Southern boys in an old trailer home on a dirty corner lot?
But Goods, a Williamsburg restaurant where all the food is prepared in a shiny, refurbished 1946 Spartan trailer, is no joke (and the 3rd Ward guys behind it are mighty clever). Chef Alex McCrery, the star of our video, turns out tasty, south of the M-D line fare that’s almost all locally sourced or made in-house.
Starting today, he’s serving breakfast (egg, bacon, and cheese biscuits; beignets) and lunch/dinner (hot dogs, burgers, fish and chips) from the window. Ten days from now, you’ll be able to eat in the adjacent garden, a complete overhaul of the lot that’s been vacant for years.
And with everything priced at less than $11, we predict it will become your go-to in B’burg. That is, if you’re smarter than a fifth grader.
Goods, 571 Lorimer Street, at Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg (347-763-1622 or goodsfood.com).
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It’s the ultimate temptation: You open up Gmail and see that your significant other forgot to sign out of his account. So you give in. But should you confess? In this video, Dan gives his two cents.
Photo: Guillermo Esteves / Flickr
One look at Ronaldo, Donovan, Kaká, or Drogba, and it’s easy to see why you should follow soccer. (If you don’t get it, do some Google image searches immediately.)
Hot guys aside, soccer is the most popular sport on Earth (except here, for some puzzling reason), and the World Cup starts June 11, meaning the sports bars will be filled with people shouting “Ole!” To help you understand that, and other soccer-specific things, we asked three fútbol nerd friends to give us a quick but comprehensive overview (emphasis on quick).
If this whets your appetite, visit FIFA’s website for player interviews, game schedules, and news. You’ll be saying things like “Maradona should’ve kept Zanetti on the roster” in no time.
Want to take these facts on the road? We made you a handy cheat sheet. If you’re in New York, check out our gallery of the best places to watch the games.
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Before you take off for the long weekend, get inspired by this photo-album-turned-music-video Band of Horses made for their song “Laredo.” They’re playing on Memorial Day at the Sasquatch Music Festival right outside of Seattle (we’ll have coverage of that next week).
For more information and tour dates, go to bandofhorses.com. To download “Laredo,” click here.