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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
When we were kids, we ate spoonfuls of peanut butter between meals. And by “when we were kids,” we mean yesterday.
Here to make shoveling heaps of spread into your face socially acceptable is Thiago Silva, executive pastry chef at Catch. In today’s video, he creates his renowned frozen peanut butter pops.
The dessert is easy to make (it requires no heat, and Silva actually prefers to use Skippy) and great for adult and kid parties alike. Plus, it keeps for a month in the freezer (or leave it unfrozen and use as cake filler).
If you’re not the DIY type, he serves it every night at Catch alongside the peanut butter cup souffle. (While you’re there, the s’mores pizza is also the shiz.)
It’ll bring out your not-so inner child.
Catch, 21 Ninth Avenue, at West 13th Street (212-392-5978 or catchnewyorkcity.com). Think you missed something in the video? Here’s the full recipe. For more sweet treats, watch how to make a mojito sundae and Manhattan float with Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
You know you’ve made it when your autobiography is so hotly anticipated there’s a drink named after it. In this video, Red Rooster Harlem’s mixologist Lonn Coupel-Coward shows us how to shake up the cocktail in honor of his boss Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef. Full credit goes to Ginny’s Supper Club’s head bartender David Powell for inventing the cocktail.
Yes, Chef is available at amazon.com, $16.
We love a good rags-to-riches story, especially when it’s true, well deserved, and recounted by the convivial and talented Marcus Samuelsson.
His autobiography, Yes, Chef (out yesterday), starts with the journey to live with adoptive parents in Sweden after losing his birth mother to tuberculosis in Ethiopia and ends with the opening of Red Rooster Harlem, the restaurant where Obama digs the cornbread.
In honor of the moving tale, we asked Samuelsson to make his favorite childhood dish: the tastiest gravlax (cured salmon) sandwich this side of Scandinavia, just like his adoptive grandma used to make.
It’s a lunchtime treat.
And ensures your afternoon has a happily ever after.
Yes, Chef is available at amazon.com, $16.
Contrary to popular belief, the greatest part of working at DailyCandy isn’t brainstorming Michael Fassbender puns, weird cubicle decor, or morning Scotch tastings.
It’s getting the word out about fledgling businesses — and watching them take off. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our third annual Start Small, Go Big Contest.
Through August 3, enter your small biz idea for the chance to win a trip to New York City, website and email write-ups, callouts on our social networks, and a spot at the DailyCandy Academy, where you’ll get advice from big shots like Spanx founder Sara Blakely and designer Jonathan Adler.
We’ll choose a winner in the categories of food and drink, fashion, health and beauty, home, and digital and tech. We can’t wait to spend hours going through the entries.
You might even call it a (Fass)bender.
Enter now at dailycandy.com/startsmallgobig.
It’s just a matter of time before Apple and Google spy planes make maps so high-tech we can zoom in to see what our pets do when no one’s watching (fingers crossed).
For now, there’s Inside Story, our video series in which cool people invite us into their personal living spaces. In today’s installment, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff opens the door to her Manhattan loft.
Included in the tour: her ginormous closet, a massive collection of taupe booties, a close-up of her wedding invitation, and an introduction to her sweet baby, Luca (by far our favorite part).
Her hot-as-he-is-talented husband, Gavin Bellour, shot the video.
Now that’s what we call insider access. For more information, go to rebeccaminkoff.com. For more Inside Story videos, check out dermatologist Sherry Shieh’s home beauty cabinet and designer Kaelen Haworth’s ridiculous apartment.
Big hair. Rock gods. Parties and vinyl.
The ’80s were nothin’ but a good time, so tease your mane and relive the music and memories with Rock of Ages, the movie.
Get ready for a rock ’n’ roll romance told through heart-pounding hits by Def Leppard, Poison, Journey, and Twisted Sister, performed by stars so dazzling (Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx), you’ll need to don your shades.
Catch a trailer, tweet @RockofAgesMovie, and like the movie on Facebook.
You can’t fight the feeling.
See Rock of Ages in theaters Friday. Order your tickets to the June 15 premiere now at fandango.com.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a dermatologist as a best friend? Think of the free samples and late-night phone calls every time you get a blemish.
Instead of sneaking into a med school graduation, consider watching today’s Inside Story video. We swing by Dr. Sherry Shieh’s Manhattan apartment and invade her beauty cabinet.
From face wash to body moisturizer, she shows us what she uses to keep her skin flawless (and it is flawless). The best part: Almost everything she recommends is available at the drugstore.
Four of our editors have been seeing Shieh for years (and adore her).
Fortunately for her, that’s the extent of the relationship.
For more information on Dr. Shieh, go to sherryshiehmd.com. For more tips, check out our videos on how to conceal under-eye circles, make a messy side bun, and find your correct bra size.
You single-handedly solved the case of the missing keys and ferreted out the elusive lipgloss “borrower” through a combination of interrogation and cunning.
Now you have until tonight at 9/8c (and every Tuesday for the rest of the summer) to prep your sleuthing skills for more dangerous offenses.
Tune in to TNT’s third season of Rizzoli & Isles and join police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) as they track down Boston’s most-wanted criminals. The duo’s offbeat chemistry spices up new story lines (bullet recovery, unexpected family members, and murder), while the question of a certain serial killer’s fate lingers in the background.
No shtick, Sherlock.
Get in on the action and catch Rizzoli & Isles tonight at 9/8c on TNT. Watch the trailer now.
When it comes to being the fun parent, there’s no contest — Dad always wins.
On Father’s Day, help him keep his cool cred with a scavenger hunt on ice. In today’s video (our first-ever Kids production), we show you how your chips off the old block can have a chilled-out time with dear old Dad.
All you need is distilled water, a few toys that can get wet, a freezer, and the foresight to prep the activity in advance.
But that shouldn’t be a problem. Moms are cool like that.
If the saying “the camera adds ten pounds” is true, then we have a new one: A webcam adds fifteen, plus about 50 shades of creepiness.
To find out how to look more like ourselves (and less like an online predator) over Google video chat and Skype, we ask L.A.-based photographer/director Matthew Rolston for tips. In today’s video, he tells us how to sit, position the camera, and light our face for maximum attractiveness.
We’re in good hands with Rolston, who was discovered by Andy Warhol in the early ’80s. He’s photographed everyone you can think of, from Angelina for the cover of Rolling Stone to Alexander Skarsgård in the buff, covered in fake blood.
That’s the kind of creepiness we can get down with.
For more information on Rolston, go to matthewrolston.com. Then watch our video on how to pose for a still photograph.
If we had a penny for every time we purchased makeup and used it just twice, we’d be rich enough to hoard more junk.
To help simplify our needs, we enlist eco-conscious makeup artist Kristen Arnett. In today’s Inside Story video, she shows us her personal beauty closet, including the five daily essentials you need in your cosmetics bag (and nothing else). Not only are they effective, they’re free of harsh (to you and the earth) chemicals.
Arnett knows her stuff: She’s been powdering famous faces — from Jude Law to basically every model you can think of — for years, using the most natural items on the market.
Instead of every item on the market.
For more information on Arnett, go to greenbeautyteam.com. Want to keep watching? Check out designer Chrissie Miller’s collection of rock ’n’ roll tees, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s fridge contents, and designer Kaelen Haworth’s New York apartment.
Do you like fun? Enjoy smiling? Take pleasure in things that are universally wonderful? (And have the ability to digest lactose?)
If so, watch as we make boozy ice cream creations — a mojito sundae (above) and a Manhattan float — with Jeni Britton Bauer, the deity behind Columbus, Ohio-based gourmet pint-maker Jeni’s. (If you don’t know Jeni’s, you don’t know jack.)
Aside from the fact they involve dessert, we’re excited about today’s videos because Bauer’s cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, won a James Beard Foundation Award a few weeks ago. So you know the recipes are going to be good.
Plus, both require only a few easy-to-find ingredients and minimal kitchen know-how. And they’re ideal for Memorial Day barbecues.
That is, if you value success.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home is available at amazon.com, $13. For more information or to order pints, go to jenis.com. To keep cooking, check out our video recipes for a stove-top burger with Daniel Boulud, ginger cookies with Michael Chernow, and breakfast tacos with Elizabeth Karmel.
If a little bourbon and ice cream go a long way, imagine what a lot of each can do. In today’s In the Kitchen video, Jeni Britton Bauer from Ohio-based pint phenomenon Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has a recipe for a cherry-filled Manhattan float that makes dreams come true.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home cookbook is available at amazon.com, $13. For more information or to order pints, go to jenis.com. To keep cooking, check out our video recipes for a mojito sundae with Bauer, ginger cookies with Michael Chernow, and breakfast tacos with Elizabeth Karmel.
At 16, our prized possessions included a crush’s Drakkar-soaked scarf, “going out” pants from Express, and Antonio Sabato Jr.’s autograph.
Chrissie Miller, designer of downtown-based clothing line Sophomore, however, had good taste from the start. In today’s Inside Story, we peek through her rock ’n’ roll-inspired wardrobe, from a jean jacket she bought in high school (and still wears) to a vintage tee collection she’s been accruing since she attended a Madonna/Beastie Boys concert at age 8.
Miller also shows us a few of her favorite mementos — Woody Allen’s autograph, for one — and the first records she ever owned. You’ll feel cooler just by watching.
Enough to cancel out years of silk camisole tops.
For more information on Sophomore, go to sophomorenyc.com. Want more Inside Stories? Check out a jewelry maven’s personal stash, fashion designer’s NYC apartment, and nutritionist’s refrigerator contents.
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.