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Beauty

Curl Your Hair

Curl Your Hair

Teach Your Old Do New Tricks

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 easydoesit@dailycandy.com. 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

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Travel

Put Vegas Violators in Their Place

Put Vegas Violators in Their Place

Dedicated Video: LVCVA

For those who have done Las Vegas right, this should be a no-brainer.

What-happens-here-stays-here moments belong:

a) on Facebook
b) on Twitter
c) on Tumblr
d) none of the above

Of course you picked the correct answer: d(uh). But it should come as no surprise that a new breed of oversharers consistently gets it wrong.

They must be stopped.

After all, though it’s A-okay for your newest friend, Grandma, to sneak a peek at your lovely five-course dinner, you don’t want her to catch you BLEEPing, do you?

That’s where the Know the Code oath comes in: Acknowledge your willingness to protect those top-tier Vegas moments from the Internet (i.e., no posting, tagging, tweeting, or blabbering) and commit to reporting its violators, whom you’ll be able to label as such via social media.

They’ll thank you someday.

Sign the oath and learn more online at visitlasvegas.com/knowthecode.

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Entertainment

Patti Stanger's Online Dating Tips

Patti Stanger's Online Dating Tips

The Millionaire Matchmaker Whips Our Editor's Match.com Profile into Shape

When it comes to online dating, we’ve heard some doozies: He lied about his height — by five inches. He wore Velcro shoes and transition lenses. When he arrived he said, “Which one are you again?”

But one success would make it all worthwhile. So for today’s video, we enlisted the help of Patti Stanger, a.k.a. the Millionaire Matchmaker, to critique our editor Karen’s Match.com profile and answer a few common questions.

Stanger’s known for her tough love, so her advice wasn’t always pretty (at one point, she told Karen her profile sounded like Lindsay Lohan). But her assertion that a guy who “says he has three jobs — actor/author/waiter — is actually unemployed” might just prove useful down the road.

Unlike the guy who accidentally texted a photo of his man business after the date. (True story.)

Want more? In our Ask the Office Guy videos, our token male editor has flirting tips, thoughts on what to order on the first date, and an opinion on how many postdate texts make you seem crazy. The Millionaire Matchmaker airs Thursdays, at 9 p.m., on Bravo.

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Entertainment

Taxi Driver Confessions

Taxi Driver Confessions

We Pick the Brains of NYC Cabbies

Dance Moms alone is proof that fact beats fiction. But for real, unedited tales of weird behavior, just ask an NYC cab driver about his average shift.

For today’s video, we did exactly that — and beyond the usual “People have had sex where you’re sitting” anecdotes, the stories were delightful. Among other insights, we found out what grates on their nerves, who leaves the best tips (including one celeb), and why they like their work.

The video is part of our new, ongoing NYC series “On the Job,” in which we ask local service professionals to sound off about the interesting things they experience. The idea came after we asked bartenders for dating advice and realized those guys were troves of info.

Which is way more than we can say about Bachelor Pad.

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Entertainment

DailyCandy's New Spokesperson

DailyCandy's New Spokesperson

Welcome to the Team, SuChin Pak

Sometimes you don’t need to put a face with a name. Cases in point: Charlie Townsend, Dr. Claw, and Wilson from Home Improvement. 

But when it comes to the DailyCandy staff, we’re not always content being blocked by a tall fence. Which is why we’re proud to announce the hiring of our new on-air correspondent, SuChin Pak.

She was a natural choice: In addition to being a news reporter at MTV since 2001, she’s the founder of New York’s beloved alfresco small biz bazaar, Hester Street Fair. Her duties? Be our woman about town and on TV. 

In today’s video, we captured Pak’s grueling interview process. Hard-hitting topics included who she’d be on Mad Men and if she likes clowns. We also closely examined her head shots. 

We’re sure you’ll agree she puts the best face forward. 

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Beauty

More to a Body Wash than Moisturization

More to a Body Wash than Moisturization

Dedicated Email: Dove®

Singing. Brainstorming. Luxuriating.

And now, another shower-time activity to add to your list: cleansing with a body wash that does more than just moisturize.

Only Dove® Body Wash contains NutriumMoisture™ technology the brand’s secret weapon that goes beyond moisturization to nourish skin deep down. While other body washes contain moisturizers that sit on top of the skin, the ingredients in NutriumMoisture™ actually absorb into the skin’s surface layer to replenish essential nutrients lost during cleansing.

The result? Skin that feels soft and smooth. Now that’s something to sing about (in the shower!).

Luckily for you — and your skin — NutriumMoisture™ is available across the entire Dove® Body Wash collection. Click here to learn more.

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Fashion

Hair at Erin Fetherston

Hair at Erin Fetherston

An Elegant French Twist

At this point, New York Fashion Week’s a blur of bright colors, front-row CW stars, and FiberOne bars (they’re being given out by the dozens).

Since it’ll be months until the styles show up in stores, we decided to focus on something we can have right now: the beauty trends originating backstage.

For today’s videos, we went behind the scenes to get tips and inspiration for a few of our favorite looks: ’60s era hair (above) and nails at Erin Fetherston, suntan-inspired makeup at Timo Weiland, and the return of big hair at Rebecca Minkoff.

While there, we had a little fun and asked Lincoln Center bystanders to show us their best Blue Steel. (We questioned the models, too, but they were too young to know Zoolander.)

After all, there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Want to know what to wear now? Check out some of our favorite fall trends: polka dots, animal silhouettes, and winter white.

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Beauty

Makeup at Timo Weiland

Makeup at Timo Weiland

Here Comes the Sun

We don’t encourage anyone to get a sunburn (in fact, we are SPF junkies). But if anyone could make a case for faking one, it’d be makeup artist James Boehmer. After he was done with them, the models at Timo Weiland’s s/s 2012 show looked like they had just hopped off surfboards.

To get this look at home, use Nars loose powder in Beach and blush in Zen.

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Fashion

Hair at Rebecca Minkoff

Hair at Rebecca Minkoff

The Return of Natural

Our favorite thing about Grace Coddington (besides everything)? Her hair, obviously. The models at Rebecca Minkoff’s s/s 2012 show Monday rocked a similar look, created by Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. Though the look isn’t easy to re-create, it left us wondering if perms might make a comeback.

The products used for this look are 24 Hour Body root-boosting spray and 24 Hour Body finishing spray.

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Fashion

Nails at Erin Fetherston

Nails at Erin Fetherston

Neutrals Take Center Stage

In this age of color-blocked suits and oversize neon dresses, it’s nice to see a detail that stands out by being subtle. Which is exactly why we loved the pale pink nail polish custom made by Butter London creative director Nonie Creme for designer Erin Fetherston’s s/s 2012 show.

To make this shade yourself, mix half a bottle of Tea with the Queen with half a bottle of Pink Ribbon.

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Entertainment

Show Us Your Best Blue Steel

Show Us Your Best Blue Steel

Lincoln Center Bystanders Imitate Derek Zoolander

If moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, then it only makes sense we’d ask people to do their best Blue Steel faces outside Lincoln Center over the weekend. This one’s for you, Derek.

Party Attire Preferred

Party Attire Preferred

Dedicated Video Email: BHLDN

Just in time for the opening of its first brick-and-mortar store in Houston, BHLDN veers off the aisle and pumps celebratory wears and decor into its Anthropologie-inspired stock.

Expect a mad dash to rival the one for the bridal bouquet when word spreads about the boutique’s latest additions: a separates line of festive pieces, a vintage tropic coat for elegant layering, and fairy-tale headwear.

Stay in the loop about BHLDN news and private events by joining the email list now, and then let the dressing up begin.

Who said brides should have all the fun?

Sign up for BHLDN emails and shop online at bhldn.com.

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Entertainment

Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

Designers' and Store Owners' Must-Haves for the Season

Ah, fall: the return of hot coffee, big knits, and college football — not to mention the disappearance of upper lip sweat.

Before we conduct our annual cold weather wardrobe switch, we consulted nine of our favorite NYC-based designers/store owners (including Rachel Antonoff, Whitney Pozgay of Whit, and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland) to find out which trends they’re most excited about this season. From Chelsea boots to metallic fabrics, the expert picks sparked our desire to shop.

While you’re in the zone, check out a few of our own must-wears: winter whites, polka dots, lace, and animal silhouette prints.

We predict you’ll fall hard.

Want even more? Follow us on Tumblr for New York Fashion Week coverage. We’ll be sharing our favorite looks, runway playlists, and best quotes overheard in the tents.

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Date a Guy with a Rattail?

Should I Date a Guy with a Rattail?

Ask the Office Guy No. 46

Looks aren’t everything. Tell that to the girl who just went on a first date with a great guy who has a rattail straight off the NKOTB Summer Magic Tour 1990.

This sounds like a dilemma for our token male editor and advice giver, Dan. In today’s Ask the Office Guy video, he decides whether she should cut it off (literally and figuratively) or learn to love the long, hairy tuft.

While Dan was at it, we got him to answer more whipsawed reader-submitted questions: What should I do if a guy I went out with tweeted “can’t wait to tap this broad” while we were on the date? How do I get my BF to stop talking incessantly while he drives? And, finally, would you, Dan, like to be five times larger to please her (a vague one submitted anonymously)?

As always, his answers are poignant and ridiculous. What can we say?

He’s got the right stuff.

Have a dating question for our fella? Email theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: woodsm / Flickr

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Ask the Office Guy

Why Can't My BF Shut Up While He's Driving?

Why Can't My BF Shut Up While He's Driving?

Ask the Office Guy No. 48

We occasionally talk to ourselves while behind the wheel — but only when we’re alone. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan answers a query from a reader whose boyfriend talks to himself incessantly while she’s in the car. Seems it’s driving her mad (pun intended). 

Got a question for our office guy? Email theofficeguy@dailycandy.com

Photo: travisbell / Flickr

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Ask the Office Guy

A Guy Tweeted About Me While We Were on a Date. Weird?

A Guy Tweeted About Me While We Were on a Date. Weird?

Ask the Office Guy No. 47

In the age of social media, it’s always interesting to see new, technology-driven ways in which people can be a-holes. Here’s one: Our reader’s date tweeted “can’t wait to tap this” while they were still out together. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan shares his take on this WTF? situation.

Got a question for our office guy? Email theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: giant mice kill rabbits / Flickr

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Ask the Office Guy

Would You Like to Be Five Times Larger to Please Her?

Would You Like to Be Five Times Larger to Please Her?

Ask the Office Guy No. 49

It’s a serious question: Would you like to be five times larger in order to please her, Dan? In this Ask the Office Guy, our male editor fields a vague, personal question from an anonymous reader.

Got a question for our office guy? Email theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: net_efekt / Flickr

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Food & Drink

A Gourmetified Ramen Recipe

A Gourmetified Ramen Recipe

Chuko Opens in Prospect Heights

Any reality TV junkie knows that the test of a good chef is what he can create using only ingredients from a convenience store. (Krispy Kreme bread pudding, anyone?)

With that in mind, we asked the chefs at Chuko, the new ramen restaurant opening tonight in Prospect Heights, to show us what they could do with the 99-cent version you ate in college. We also threw in a Pathmark-prepared rotisserie chicken for fun.

Once you watch (and make it for yourself in the five minutes immediately afterward), imagine what the Morimoto-trained chef/owners — Jamison Blankenship, James Sato, and David Koon — do with real ramen on their small but perfect menu.

Then dream about the gyoza with ponzu dipping sauce, fried green tomato buns with pickled onion and tofu dressing, and homemade ice cream sandwiches.

They win the challenge.

Chuko, 552 Vanderbilt Avenue, at Dean Street, Prospect Heights (718-576-6701 or barchuko.com).

fish taco recipe!Still hungry? Watch Sam Talbot grill fish tacos or Daniel Boulud make the perfect burger.

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Entertainment

Karen Goes from Brown to Blond

Karen Goes from Brown to Blond

Our Editor Gets Dyed

In the immortal words of Dolly Parton, “I’m not offended by blonde jokes, because I know I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not blond.”

It’s with that mentality we felt okay asking our brunette senior editor, Karen Palmer, to go lighter — strawberry blond to be exact — for today’s video. (She’s wanted to take the plunge for a while.)

The purpose: Find out what’s really involved in making the drastic color change, from the stylist consultation to how long the process takes.

Brilliant colorist Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House salon in New York guided us through the process. Yes, it took four hours, but the results were well worth it.

If you don’t agree, just apply Wite-Out to your screen.

For more information on Whittemore House, go to whittemorehousesalon.com.

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Fashion

How to Wear a Head Scarf

How to Wear a Head Scarf

The Ban.do Ladies Break It Down

Forget blue blood, obscure nobility titles, and monikers like Muffy. The mark of a real lady is knowing how to wear a silk head scarf.

So for today’s video, the cuties at Ban.do in Los Angeles show our deputy editor, Crystal Meers, the best ways to do it: the Jackie O., urban turban, and topknot bow.

All are easy and quick (about 30 seconds each) and great for when you’re not in the mood to wash your hair.

Even after a particularly grueling tennis match against hubby No. 4.

The heart-adorned scarf we use is available online at shopbando.com, $95. Still not sure what do with your hair? Check out our videos on how to do a messy side bun, an around-the-head braid, or just-off-the-beach waves.