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Seems simple enough: Buy a curling iron, twist hair around the blistering cylinder, and voila, ringlets.
So why does it so often turn into Toddlers & Tiaras and — to magnify the insult — fall flat five minutes later?
Find out what the experts are doing (and you’re not). Today’s Easy Does It video is How to Curl Your Hair the Right Way — and make it stay.
We consulted the geniuses at NYC’s Whittemore House, who showed us everything from how to hold the iron (who knew?) to which products to use (crucial).
And brace yourselves: Mousse is back.
Is there something you wanna learn how to do? Submit ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Products used in today’s video include Sachajuan Hair Mousse, Sachajuan Shine Serum, and Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray.
Special thanks to: Jamie Cook, today’s featured stylist
After a quick poll of family traditions, we found that every Christmas one editor’s mom tops Jell-O with birdseed to honor her grandma, who did it by accident years ago.
On the less weird (but just as charming?) side: Kentshire’s Carrie Imberman, whose grandfather started the NYC-based antique jewelry and furniture powerhouse in 1940.
In today’s Inside Story, in which we peek inside our favorite people’s homes, Imberman shows us some of her collection of artwork and gems — from a secret society’s symbol-filled drawing to faux diamond earrings from the 1840s.
If you’ve ever perused Kentshire, you know it’s something special; if you haven’t, it’s like an online museum, and you should check it out.
It’s not just for the birds.
For more information, go to kentshire.com. Want to keep snooping? Check out designer Kaelen Haworth’s NYC apartment, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s fridge, and actress/writer Mindy Kaling’s closet.
DIY footwear conjures images of postpedicure paper flip-flops and plastic bags taped over shoes in the rain.
Here to elevate the idea is I Spy DIY’s Jenni Radosevich. For today’s Easy Does It video, we gave her a pair of $17 H&M sandals and told her to make them special for less than $20.
The result: seriously cute, tribal-inspired kicks that took about 45 minutes, start to finish, to doll up. All you need is colorful string, glue, scissors, and a can-do attitude. Just kidding — you don’t even need a can-do attitude (it’s that easy).
Her trick can also be applied — literally — to belts, bracelets, hair bands, you name it.
If you want more (you will), check out her new book, I Spy DIY Style, for enough ideas to keep you busy all summer.
No fake flower hair clips as shoe adornments in sight.
I Spy DIY Style is available online at amazon.com, $15. To see Radosevich’s inspiration, go to ispydiy.com. Want to learn to do more cool stuff? Watch our videos on getting Madonna-worthy hair, making a Kentucky Derby hat, or constructing a candelabra from stuff at the hardware store.
Sometimes you wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. Other times you open your eyes just wide enough to watch Game of Thrones in bed for seven hours.
Either way, breakfast tacos fuel your daily goals. In today’s In the Kitchen video, Hill Country’s Elizabeth Karmel shows us how to make them.
Using ingredients like avocado, pimiento cheese (which we also have the recipe for), and hot sauce, it’s obvious Karmel is in the right business. If you’ve never been to her Texas-inspired restaurants in NYC, they are, in a word, amazebrilldelishawesome.
Karmel’s taking a brisket version of her masterpiece on the road this Saturday night as part of the Austin Food & Wine Festival’s Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown. If you’re in ATX, you. must. go.
Just don’t brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack beforehand.
For more information on Karmel, go to hillcountryny.com. Hungry for more? Check out our videos on fish tacos with Sam Talbot, burgers with Daniel Boulud, and ginger cookies with Michael Chernow. Learn more about the fest online at austinfoodandwinefestival.com.
Chips and salsa are overrated. (Yes, we said it.) Switch up your snack routine with Hill Country chef Elizabeth Karmel’s pimiento cheese recipe. The Southern classic tastes great on almost everything (like breakfast tacos), and all you need are four simple ingredients. An empty stomach and serious cheese addiction help, too.
For more information on Karmel, go to hillcountryny.com.
Plans this Friday? If not, make a date for romance.
What: The Lucky One, the new movie based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook; Dear John) about a U.S. Marine (Zac Efron) in pursuit of the unknown woman (Taylor Schilling) from a photo he finds while abroad. When he returns home and shows up at her door, a steamy relationship develops against the odds.
Why: Destined love that endures well past the credits.
When: In theaters Friday.
Where: Find locations and showtimes online at theluckyone.warnerbros.com.
Learn more about The Lucky One online at theluckyone.warnerbros.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to a fake band who lip-synched about Twitter trends while playing video game controllers and cowbells.
To make up for our April Fools’ shenanigans, we bring you a truly special (and real) On the Couch performance by Amadou & Mariam, a blind husband-and-wife duo from Mali.
In the back of our office, they play “Cherie” from their new album, Folila, out yesterday. We are moved by their sound in person, and the album, featuring collaborations with Santigold, TV on the Radio, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is just as incredible.
This is the first time the French-speaking pair, who now resides half the time in Paris and the rest in Mali, have performed the song in the United States.
And unlike “I’m Trending,” by @#, we hope it’s not the last.
Folila is available online at amazon.com, $12. Want to keep listening? Check out our videos with Freelance Whales, Lily & the Parlour Tricks, Karen Elson, and Christina Courtin.
They came (to The Viceroy Hotel). They saw (the Fashion Star screening). They were styled (compliments of Suave Professionals®, the premium line of salon-inspired products and official hair care sponsor of the new hit show).
For DailyCandy readers of all hair types and ages, an evening in The Style Suite surpassed expectations.
Want more details? Watch the event recap to see the terrific hair transformations performed by Suave’s expert team.
And stay tuned for The Style Suite’s return. Fingers crossed you’ll be among the lucky ones to experience it next.
Learn more about Suave Professionals® products online at suave.com.
Video: Carla Cherry / carlacherryvideo.com
We know it’s not healthy to feel jealous of other people’s good fortune.
Line up your shrink for when you see clothing designer Kaelen Haworth’s ridiculous East Village apartment. For this edition of Behind Closed Doors (in which we take a peek in our favorite people’s home, closets, cabinets, etc.), the cool 27-year-old gave us a drool-inducing tour.
We’re green with envy over her in-house turntables and vintage record collection, her bohemian-inspired bedroom (the Love, Adorned dream catcher is a nice touch), and — most of all — her little lump-on-a-log French bulldog, Lola.
The mismatched chairs, bunting of antique photos, and overall eclectic taste can easily be emulated, regardless of your pad’s square footage.
Since we all know size doesn’t matter. (Right.) For more information on Haworth’s collection, go to kaelennyc.com. For more Inside Story videos, check out designer Hilary Taymour’s DIY treasures, Mindy Kaling’s swoon-worthy closet, and nutritionist Kim Snyder’s fridge.
How many indie bands does it take to change a lightbulb? It’s too obscure. You wouldn’t get it.
Here’s an under-the-radar group you should get: @# (pronounced “at hashtag”), whose futuristic beats and melodies have us dancing. The Brooklyn-based foursome’s been generating buzz for their hit single, “I’m Trending,” and we dig it.
Lucky us: The band agreed to come to our office and perform the song, armed with nothing but their iPhones, an iPad, a tiny synth, a glockenspiel, video game controllers, a cowbell, and really tight jeans. Their delightful snobbery made us love them even more.
They’ve already booked dates for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, CMJ, Pitchfork, and SXSW 2013.
Do you even understand? Whatever.
For more information, go to the band’s Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Pinterest, Tumblr, Draw Something, Instagram, Foursquare, Highlight, Spotify, Kickstarter, and VYou pages.
Whether you loved or loathed Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl, you have to admit one thing: The red-haired tightrope guy was awesome, right? (Yes.)
Also the Material Girl’s still got it — as the promo pics from her soon-to-drop album, Mdna, prove. Her strategically messed-up locks are provocative and downright hot — and not something we’d ever try at home. Until now.
In today’s Easy Does It video, Michael Angelo, the founder and lead stylist at Wonderland Beauty Parlor in NYC, gives us three simple steps to getting the look. And, no joke, they really work.
All you need is mousse, a curling iron, texturizing spray, and attitude.
Beefcake dancers wouldn’t hurt either.
For more great hair ideas, see how to do a bride-worthy chignon, an around-the-head French braid, and a messy side bun. Or cover it all up with a cool head scarf. For more information on Angelo or Wonderland Beauty Parlor, go to wonderlandbeautyparlor.com.
Photo: Mert and Marcus / Courtesy of Universal
Here’s what we’re not looking for: shark-filled tanks, drop-top Mercedes collections, and people who say “This is where the magic happens” when you enter their bedrooms.
What we are seeking: character. Introducing our new video feature, Behind Closed Doors, in which we go inside our favorite people’s abodes and snoop around — from a nutritionist’s refrigerator to a starlet’s closet.
In today’s edition, we tour Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour’s curiosity-filled Brooklyn apartment. Her DIY creations are inspiring, and we expect nothing less from the creative whose just-launched clothing collection — comprising machine-washable suede pieces — makes us swoon.
Did we mention her 4-month-old puppy, PowWow?
Now that is where the magic happens.
To see (and buy) Collina Strada’s new collection, go to collinastrada.com.
According to Stefon, New York’s hottest club has Sherpas, kittens, fat Steve Urkels, Gummi Bear kisses, and Germfs (German Smurfs).
If we’re going to wait in line, we’d rather there be good food, drinks, and atmosphere at the end of it. That’s why we’re crazy about Super Linda, the new two-level, South America-inspired hotspot in Tribeca from guys whose joint resume includes The Beatrice Inn, Cafe Habana, and La Esquina.
For today’s video, we asked chef John Martinez (Tiny’s) for something we can whip up in our kitchen in the meantime. He suggested his never-before-shared, surprisingly simple recipe for shrimp balls with spicy salsa de Arbol. In a word: perfection.
We ate five in one sitting, even though the serving size is generally three.
It really answers the question, “Whaaaaaaat?”
Super Linda, 109 West Broadway, between Duane and Reade Streets, Tribeca (212-227-8998). Think you missed something in the video? Here’s the full recipe.
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.
Don’t walk backward into the ocean. Tone your derriere with help from Anna Rahe, founder of GST Body in Los Angeles. In this video, she demonstrates some moves you can get behind. (Get it?)For more information and exercises or to order the Kinetic Traction Strap ($50), go to gstbody.com.
If lifting your shoulders up and down can help chisel your abs, sign us up. Alas, this exercise from GST Body founder Anna Rahe isn’t as easy as it looks (which is probably why it works).
“A bottle of Boone’s Farm followed by a Zima flavored with Skittles.” — Us, 1997
“Single-malt Scotch, please.” — Us, 2012
Responsible for this personal growth: Ricky Crawford, a former Glenlivet brand ambassador who throws the funniest and most informative single-malt Scotch tastings this side of Glasgow.
In today’s video, he gives us a miniature lesson on how to order — and actually enjoy — a glass of the good Scottish spirit. Do as he says and you’ll be surprised how many heads turn at the bar.
Crawford’s as charming as he is Scottish. (Yes, the man wears a kilt.) And now you can book his services for all your soirees (birthdays, bachelorette parties, etc.).
Just don’t take any cheap shots.
To book Crawford for a tasting, go to rickyshopscotch.com.
We’d be lying if we said unlimited coconut water and granola bars weren’t huge incentives for going backstage during New York Fashion Week.
But it’s also pretty freaking cool to be surrounded by beauty’s greatest talents as they do their thing.
In today’s videos, we venture into the chaos and ask the experts to give us the inside track on the looks at some of our favorite shows. We get a floral nail-art tutorial at Rachel Antonoff (above) and explanations/inspirations for the asymmetrical chignons at Suno, avant-garde braids at Creatures of the Wind, and loose ponytails at Tracy Reese.
As always, some are more wearable than others.
But at least they won’t take up any room in your purse.
Want to keep watching? Check out our backstage beauty videos for the spring/summer 2012 shows at Timo Weiland, Erin Fetherston, and Rebecca Minkoff. And by all means, read up on current Fashion Week shows on our Tumblr.
If you can whip up a covetable do using butterfly clips, matted braids, and glitter, then you must be a miracle worker. Or you’re Kérastase stylist Odile Gilbert, who did exactly that at Creatures of the Wind last Thursday. In this video, Gilbert (the master behind the hair for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette) explains her look.
Want more? Check out our backstage videos at Rachel Antonoff, Tracy Reese, and Suno.
You know when you pull your hair back to wash your face and somehow it looks so good you wish you were going out? Okay, so maybe that’s happened only once. But it’s the same accidental elegance Kérastase’s Odile Gilbert channeled for Suno last Friday night. In this video, she discusses the hairstyle and her inspiration.
Want to keep watching? Check out our backstage videos at Rachel Antonoff, Tracy Reese, and Creatures of the Wind.