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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.
Don’t forget to adorn your do with one of these stylish hair accessories.
When Stephen Antonson, co-author of Home from the Hardware Store, told us we’d need a saw to make modern tube shelves, we thought two things: (1) There goes a finger and (2) Who has a saw? The good news: The production was incredibly easy (no ER visits to report), and a handsaw is around $15 at your local hardware store.
To buy a copy of Home from the Hardware Store, go to amazon.com.
“Did you just get back from vacation?”
Nope (we wish). Instead, we had a lesson in DIY spray tanning from bronzing expert Meredith Fish, founder of Brownberry in Manhattan. In today’s videos, she has tips for doing your face (above) and body — including how to avoid dreaded streaks on hands and feet.
Fish recommends using an alcohol-free tanner — and always starting with a lighter shade and testing it on a small patch of unseen skin beforehand. Make a mistake? Don’t worry: She also shows us her tried-and-true method for getting rid of unwanted splotches.
Follow her instructions and you’ll go from pasty to bronzed in just a few hours.
Much faster and cheaper than a trip to Brazil.
For more information on Brownberry, go to brownberrynyc.com.
We’ve all seen it: Perfectly tan people wearing abnormally long sleeves — even in summer — to cover up streaky, orange hands. Thankfully, there’s a better way. In this video, bronzing expert Meredith Fish reveals her tried-and-true method for getting rid of self-tanner mistakes.
Want more tips? Check out our videos on DIY spray tanning for your face and body. For more information on Meredith Fish, go to brownberrynyc.com.
If you’ve been through a rough winter, it’s likely your legs, arms, stomach, and back haven’t seen the light of day for ages. Don’t be self-conscious to show skin again: Banish the pale with a DIY spray tan. In this video, bronzing expert Meredith Fish explains the best way to give yourself a glow.
Want more tips? Check out our videos on DIY spray tanning your face and how to remove it if you make a mistake. For more information on Meredith Fish, go to brownberrynyc.com.
When we told our assistant editor Emily she’d be modeling in a video showcasing hair feathers, she was reluctant. “I don’t want to look like David Cassidy circa 1973,” she said.
We’re not talking about hair feathering: These are extensions made of rooster plumes, a bohemian-inspired trend that’s taking flight this season.
Accessories designer Wendy Nichol offers the service at her Soho shop using ethically sourced feathers from a small farm. In ten minutes, she’ll help you decide where they should go and attach them using a silicone-lined clamp that won’t rip your hair. Once in, they last up to six weeks — and you can wash, dry, and curl them as you please.
The extensions come in an array of colors, from bright blue to natural-looking brown. Nichol warns, however, that people who opt for subtler hues often come back requesting bolder ones.
It’s a surefire way to, c’mon, get happy.
Available at Wendy Nichol, 147 Sullivan Street, between Houston and Prince Streets (212-431-4171 or wendynicholnyc.com), $45. An appointment is recommended.
Usually, we’re content not knowing what goes on behind closed doors (they’re shut for a reason).
Except when it comes to New York Fashion Week. The backstage madness is half the appeal, especially since the manicurists, hairstylists, and makeup artists are the best in the biz.
So we elbowed our way back — amid slews of photogs, models, and publicists — to see what beauty trends might emerge next season. We talked nails at Alexander Wang (above), hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and makeup and hair at Marc Jacobs.
Though the product and stylist recommendations are indispensable, we admit the dominatrix-inspired hair at Marc might be more on the conceptual side.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t try it in private. Want to know what else is in? Check out our spring trends video (starring designers and store owners) and visit The Dossier for ongoing show coverage.
Pretty, natural-looking curls — not ringlets — were the look at Behnaz Sarafpour’s fall/winter 2011 show. In this video, Bumble and Bumble stylist Laurent Philippon demonstrates his technique for getting the hairstyle just right.
For more beauty tips, watch our backstage videos on hair and makeup at Marc Jacobs and nails at Alexander Wang.
Nana, who’s been wearing the same Avon blush since 1963, may not seem like the most fashion-forward lady. But designer Marc Jacobs and makeup artist François Nars beg to differ. In this video, Nars talks us through Jacobs’s granny-inspired fall/winter 2011 look.
For more beauty tips, watch our backstage videos on hair at Marc Jacobs, hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and nails at Alexander Wang.
Man, this hairstyle is tight. No, literally: Mononymous Redken stylist Guido slicked models’ locks back into taut, dominatrix-inspired ponytails for the fall/winter Marc Jacobs show on Monday. In this video, he describes the process and why he likes the look.
For more beauty tips, watch our backstage videos on makeup at Marc Jacobs, hair at Behnaz Sarafpour, and nails at Alexander Wang.
A wall of 20-degree days and sidewalk perma-sludge make it hard to imagine life without galoshes and sleeping bag-style overcoats.
Which makes dreaming of spring fashion all the more irresistible. So, in today’s video, we asked nine designers and store owners to tell us their must-haves for the coming season — from head-to-toe white to bold prints.
Our panel: Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato, Erin Beatty at Suno, Isaac Mizrahi, Jen Mankins at Bird, Kyung Lee at Albertine, Neil Blumenthal at Warby Parker Eyewear, Nicholas Kunz of Nicholas K, Mara Hoffman, and Morgan Yakus and Karin Bereson at No. 6.
A fine group, indeed. And despite the variation in taste, we found there are a few core looks that will be ubiquitous this spring.
A scarf that covers the whole face is not one of them.
For more spring trend reports, bloggers’ personal obsessions, and show coverage, check out our Fall 2011 Fashion Week site, launching today. Want to see the catwalk in person? Enter to win two tickets to designer Rebecca Minkoff’s fall/winter 2011 show this Friday at Lincoln Center.
Love: Ain’t it grand? Except when it’s not — and you have to stay in bed, because small things (minivan commercials, the store being out of Cool Ranch Doritos, happy couples) make you sob.
To help us remember when it was all cupids and hearts, we enlisted the help of some children, all 5 to 8 years old. We asked them about everything from whom they love (and if they have boyfriends/girlfriends) to how to mend a broken heart.
One little girl, who was initially shy, boldly proclaimed she’d recently seen her parents kissing — on the lips. Another said she doesn’t want to get married unless it’s to her little brother.
Which should be enough to get us through Valentine’s Day, with or without chips. Want another feel-good video? Here’s one in which we asked people about what makes them happy.
If Old Man Winter were a real person, we’d have to defriend and unfollow him. Dude needs to chill with the snow and ice.
His one redeeming quality: Giving us an excuse to eat tomato soup and grilled cheese all the time (got to get warm somehow).
To help us retain body heat, we asked home chef Sarah Simmons for her best tomato soup recipe. Instead, she gave us five — all starting with the same mirepoix base, and ranging from a Thai coconut version (demo’ed in the video above) to a spicy, fire-roasted bisque. Visit our gallery for pictures, full recipes, and more videos.
The recipes are so easy and good we’re almost sad to think about winter ending. Almost.
For more recipes and information on Simmons, go to sarahmcsimmons.com.
Special thanks: The Brooklyn Kitchen
If you’re sick (or just tired of being cold), this hearty, filling soup will provide some comfort. Though chef Sarah Simmons uses sweet potato and turnip in the video, feel free to substitute your favorite root veggies. And visit our gallery for the full recipe and more drool-inducing video demos.
For more recipes and information on Simmons, go to sarahmcsimmons.com.
Special thanks: The Brooklyn Kitchen
When the wind chill is five below, any recipe with the word “fire” in it sounds like a plan. This spicy, smoky soup lives up to its name by warming you up (plus, it’ll clear your sinuses right out). Visit our gallery for the full recipe and more video demos.
According to the always-reliable Internet, rum fustians were the go-to drink for thirsty pirates. Strangely enough, there’s actually no rum in the warm, frothy cocktail. But don’t worry: There’s enough sherry, dark ale, and gin to help channel your inner swashbuckler.
Thirsty for more? Watch Michael Cirino make an absinthe cocktail and some perfect winter nogs. For more information about A Razor, a Shiny Knife, go to arazorashinyknife.com.
This one goes out to all the single ladies.
Over the past few weeks, our token advice-giving office guy, Dan, has been hounded with reader-submitted dating questions, especially regarding do’s and don’ts when making a first impression.
In today’s video roundup he tackles queries aplenty: What should I wear on a first date (above)? What should I order from the menu? And if I go out with a guy and don’t hear from him for two months, should I go out with him again? (In short, heck no, but Dan says it more eloquently.)
And we’ll put our hands up for that.
Want more? Hear Dan’s perspective on postdate texting, the best place to meet guys, the ideal time to have the talk, and when to tell a new guy you’re really into cats. Or submit your own question by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Cade Buchanan / Flickr
Our mom always said, “Order the lobster.” Our stomach always says, “Order the chili cheese fries.” But what does Dan say? Find out in this episode of Ask the Office Guy.
Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at email@example.com.
Photo: Scaredy_kat / Flickr
You went out with a guy, hit it off … and then radio silence. Two months later, out of the blue, he calls and asks you on another date. What’s the deal? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan offers frank advice through an ingenious comparison of your situation to 127 Hours.
Photo: jypsygen / Flickr
We’re not going to name names, but we know someone — definitely not one of our editors — who doesn’t wash her sweaters. (“Why dry clean when you can Febreze?”)
Don’t be That Girl. Clean knits yourself (even cashmere!) with help from Lindsey Wieber Boyd, co-founder of The Laundress. In today’s video, she demystifies the sweater-washing process, from removing pills and stains to proper drying.
Want to keep washing? Check out our video on cleaning a coat in the washing machine. Seriously. To prove how doable it is, Wieber Boyd demonstrated on her vintage Chanel jacket. (It’s wool, but the procedure also works for down.)
Now a certain someone — no one you know — won’t have to keep her arms down on the subway.
For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the videos, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.