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How-To

What Should Be in Your Wallet?

What Should Be in Your Wallet?

LearnVest’s Alexa von Tobel Has the Answer

You can infer a lot about a person from her wallet. Pictures of 28 kids? G-ma. Big wad of ones? Stripper. A dozen Red Lobster receipts? Someone we want to be friends with.

But, if you’re like us, there’s a big difference between what’s in your wallet and what should be in it, according to Alexa von Tobel, founder of women’s go-to finance site LearnVest.

In today’s video, von Tobel goes through editor Lauren Lumsden’s wallet and explains what she is doing right ($45 in cash) and wrong (a million gift cards). We especially love her tip on the one thing that significantly increases the chances of your wallet being returned if you lose it.

Von Tobel also advises us on her preferred way to divide finances after you get married and what to do with an extra $100 (two of LearnVest’s most frequently asked questions).

To us, that’s worth a lot of (Cheddar Bay biscuit) dough.

For more tips, go to learnvest.com. For 25 percent off LearnVest’s personalized financial planning services, enter DAILYCANDY25 at checkout.

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Entertainment

Thanks for Everything

Thanks for Everything

Thanks for Everything

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and our brains are stuffing. And turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, candied yams, honey baked ham … well, you get the point.

But we know this holiday’s not just about food but also about gratitude. So on a beautiful day last week, we walked around New York and asked people what they’ll be thankful for tomorrow. We were incredibly touched by everyone’s answers — and hope you will be, too.

And while we’re at it: Thank you so, so much, readers, for another wonderful year. Happy holidays.

Music: Pilot Touhill

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Entertainment

Congrats to Our Grads

Congrats to Our Grads

Our Start Small, Go Big Contest Winners Took Home the Gold

Modestly speaking, you were a big shot in high school: Latin club president, lacrosse captain, mathlete, and, oh, prom queen.

Yet none of it could’ve fully prepared you for owning a small business.

But the DailyCandy Academy can — and did for the winners of our inaugural Start Small, Go Big Contest, sponsored by InkSM from Chase.

In today’s video, see what the one-day crash course in entrepreneurship entailed (including mentoring from industry titans like designer Isaac Mizrahi and chef Marcus Samuelsson) and meet the three fledgling business owners (narrowed from 3,000+ entries with 40,000 votes).

We hope it inspires you to enter next summer for a chance to attend. Did we mention each winner received a check for $10,000?

That gets an A+ in our book.

For more information, go to dailycandy.com/startsmallgobig. Want to keep watching? Check out footage from our star-studded 10th Anniversary party.

Music: Fum Fum Fyes

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Ask the Office Guy

Is It Creepy to Hang Mistletoe in Every Doorway?

Is It Creepy to Hang Mistletoe in Every Doorway?

Ask the Office Guy No. 32

You’re throwing a party, and your crush is coming. The only logical plan: Cover the entire house in mistletoe. Or … don’t? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan shares his good tidings on the matter.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Steve.willis / Flickr

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Entertainment

Oh, What a Night

Oh, What a Night

DailyCandy's 10th Anniversary Party Footage

It’s no secret. We like to party. A lot.

So to celebrate our 10th Anniversary (yay!) in October, we decided to throw one of the biggest shindigs in DailyCandy history. The venue: Gansevoort Park in New York. The attendees: our smartest and most innovative friends from fashion, food, media, and tech industries.

Thank you for an amazing decade.

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Holiday

How to Cover a Blemish

How to Cover a Blemish

Makeup Lessons with Merrell Smith

It’s inevitable: You’re going to a holiday party and a zit as big as a tree ornament pops up. Oh, an ex you haven’t seen in five years will be there? Naturally.

We’ve got you covered. In today’s video, makeup artist Merrell Smith of Space NK shows you her simple technique for concealing blemishes. As a bonus she also demonstrates how to get rid of pesky dark areas around the eyes.

Smith’s tips are now an indispensable part of our daily routine. Our only regret is that we didn’t have these videos fifteen years ago.

For more information on Smith, go to merrellsmith.com. Products used in the video include Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (concealer) and a concealer brush. For store locations, go to spacenk.com.

Tune in tonight for the thrilling finale of Top Chef: Just Desserts as editor-at-large Dannielle Kyrillos and fellow judges proclaim a winner. And check out these holiday recipes from dessert masters like TCJD contestants Eric Wolitzky and Zac Young.

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How-To

How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles

How to Conceal Under-Eye Circles

Makeup Lessons with Merrell Smith

We’re not sure why people think it’s okay to say, “Aw, you look tired.” They may as well say, “Wow, you look like crap.” Gee, thanks.

Keep awkward comments at bay by learning to cover up those sleep-deprived dead ringers: dark under-eye circles. Makeup artist Merrell Smith shows you her technique in this video.

Find out more about Smith online at merrellsmith.com. Products used in the video include By Terry Touche Veloutee (under-eye concealer) and Laura Mercier Eye Basics (eye primer). For store locations, go to spacenk.com.

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Ask the Office Guy

What's Your Favorite Holiday Song?

What's Your Favorite Holiday Song?

Ask the Office Guy No. 30

When a reader asks a question that might embarrass our office guy, Dan, we move it to the top of the pile. In this case, a woman from Austin, Texas, wants him to sing his favorite carol. Done and done. Without further ado, here’s our token male editor’s foray into song.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Kevindooley / Flickr

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How-To

How to Create a Modern Beehive Hairstyle

How to Create a Modern Beehive Hairstyle

How to Create a Modern Beehive Hairstyle

We know what you’re thinking: Couldn’t we have taught you to do a beehive hairstyle before Halloween?

Sorry, Amy Winehouse wannabes, our version isn’t that extreme — it’s actually cute enough to wear every day (without worrying there might be critters living inside). To show us how, we enlisted the brilliant Michael Angelo from Wonderland Beauty Parlor in Manhattan.

Still think we’re crazy? Then you’re calling bee fans Miuccia Prada, Vera Wang, Scarlett Johansson, and Beyoncé loco, too. Let’s just say we’re proud to be part of that hive mentality.

Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor, 418 West 13th Street, between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street (212-524-2800 or wonderlandbeautyparlor.com).

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Invite My New BF Home for Turkey Day?

Should I Invite My New BF Home for Turkey Day?

Ask the Office Guy No. 29

Thanksgiving is a time to eat delicious food (gain seven pounds), embrace family (dodge creepy uncles), and toast the previous year’s accomplishments (get drunk). Do new boyfriends have a place in the madness?

In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan shares yet another metaphorical gourd from his cornucopia of relationship wisdom.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Nicole Lee / Flickr

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Food & Drink

Dannielle's Pumpkin Pudding

Dannielle's Pumpkin Pudding

Our Editor Shares an Old Family Recipe

Sometimes in life there are desserts so wonderful and decadent we dream and talk about them constantly. Friends, this is one of those moments.

In today’s video, our own editor-at-large and Top Chef: Just Desserts judge Dannielle Kyrillos shares her mom Patti’s tried-and-true recipe for pumpkin pudding — or, as we affectionately call it, pumpkin fluff. Her family ate it every Thanksgiving when Kyrillos was growing up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The best part: It’s inexpensive (no fancy ingredients) and really easy. The total cooking time is about ten minutes if you have everything prepped. Even our editors who can’t boil water aced it.

You can thank us later.

For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out our other editors’ recipes for champagne fruit salad, stuffed artichokes, and mac ’n’ cheese.

To see Kyrillos in action, watch tonight’s Top Chef: Just Desserts as the five remaining chefs do things with sugar you won’t believe. In the meantime, tide yourself over with sweets from our favorite mom-and-pop candy shops.

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Food & Drink

Jeralyn's Stuffed Artichokes

Jeralyn's Stuffed Artichokes

Our Editor Shares an Old Family Recipe

We won’t lie: Artichokes are intimidating. Forget about how to cook them; how do you even eat them?

To help answer both questions, senior features editor Jeralyn Gerba offers her big Italian family’s treasured stuffed artichokes recipe. The prickly veggies are a mainstay at the Gerba Thanksgiving — and, after we saw how easy and tasty they are, we predict they’ll be at our table, too.

For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out our other editors’ recipes for champagne fruit salad, mac ’n’ cheese, and pumpkin pudding.

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Food & Drink

Jordan’s Champagne Fruit Salad

Jordan’s Champagne Fruit Salad

Our Editor Shares an Old Family Recipe

You do realize women of a certain age can’t have kids, yes? Wow, you’re eating a lot for a lady. BTW, your childhood friend, Jane, just got a job that pays one billion dollars.

If you’re going home for the holidays, chances are you’re going to want an adult beverage or two. Keep it classy with assistant editor Jordan Blumberg’s recipe for champagne fruit salad. All it takes is a little bubbly, fruit, sugar, and minimal cooking skills.

Should take the edge off.

For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out other editors’ recipes for pumpkin pudding, stuffed artichokes, and mac ’n’ cheese.

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Food & Drink

Aja's Mac 'n' Cheese

Aja's Mac 'n' Cheese

Our Editor Shares an Old Family Recipe

We’ll be the first to tell you our market editor Aja Mangum’s mac ’n’ cheese could be a dieter’s downfall. We even thought about not publishing it, so as not to tempt the virtuous.

But for years, Mangum’s family’s been whipping it up for naysayers — from college roommates to Thanksgiving dinner attendees — who’ve all promptly asked for seconds with their tails between their legs. Us included.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

For a printable version of the recipe, click here. Then check out our other editors’ recipes for pumpkin pudding, champagne fruit salad, and stuffed artichokes.

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Gifts

Save Yourself from Your Cell

Save Yourself from Your Cell

Video Dedicated E-mail: Windows Phone

You spent a month waiting for your reservation at the latest farm-to-table spot, then proceeded to feast only upon your phone. Needless to say, it was an unsatisfying meal for everyone.

Before suffering through one more course of CrackBerry, whet your appetite on the new Windows Phone. A liberating alternative to life-napping tech, its smartly designed interface contains Live Tiles that deliver everything you need (Facebook, e-mail, appointments, music, etc.) up front, sans frantic scrolling and searching.

Visit The Sweet Shop to win one, along with other quick fixers, including ballet flats, fashion tape, a scarf, and simple cookbook. Or order it between November 8 and December 31 for a free entertainment pack (a game, 30-day Zune trial with ten free song downloads, and 30-day trial of U-verse Mobile Video), perfect for those rare times when distraction is exactly what you crave.*

Available in New York at 3 Times Square, 31 East 17th Street, 209 West 34th Street, 200 East 86th Street, and 532 Broadway; in Los Angeles at 8471 Beverly Boulevard, 3764 Wilshire Boulevard, 5323 West Centinela Boulevard, 2333 South Sepulveda Boulevard, and 1002 Westwood Boulevard; in San Francisco at 701 Market Street, 3521 20th Avenue, 3555 Geary Boulevard, 2410 Mission Street, and 2135 Union Street; in Atlanta at 50 Barrett Parkway, Marietta; 3431 Lenox Road; 136 Perimeter Center West; 3380 Buford Drive, Buford; 2980 Cobb Parkway; in Seattle at 180 Bellevue Square, Bellevue; 16425 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila; 7537 166th Avenue Northeast, Redmond; 600 Pine Street; 1402 Southeast Everett Mall Way, Everett; online at microsoft.com/windowsphone.

*Entertainment pack offer must be activated by 12/31.

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Ask the Office Guy

What's a Great Third Date Scenario?

What's a Great Third Date Scenario?

Ask the Office Guy No. 28

First and second dates are easy: drinks, dinner, getting to know you, getting to know me. By the third, you’ve used up your one-liners and year-abroad stories — it’s time to get creative. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan reveals his optimum scenario.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Just.Luc / Flickr

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Entertainment

Halloween, I DIY You

Halloween, I DIY You

16 Costume Ideas in 90 Seconds

We all know how enticing Ricky’s is this time of year, with the werewolf guy handing out flyers and people walking around wearing hot pink Elvis wigs.

But why buy when you can DIY? Here are sixteen great last-minute costume ideas — all presented in less than 90 seconds in today’s video — that won’t require you to elbow through a crowded shop.

We’ve got so many memes and utter randomness, you might think we’re crazy. But if fully embracing October 31 is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

Hope we don’t scare you too much.

For more detailed instructions, check out our gallery. Still not sure what you want to be? Here’s last year’s Halloween video. And if you’ve got little ones, check out our favorite children’s costumes.

DailyCandy's Got Talent?

DailyCandy's Got Talent?

Our Staff Tries to Make a Viral Video

We asked Lauren Lumsden, our chief of Internet sensations, to create a viral video promoting the impending launch of DailyCandy’s latest innovation. We’re not at liberty to share exactly what it is yet, but if you keep checking your DailyCandy e-mail, you’ll find out soon enough.

Not a DailyCandy subscriber? You can join for free right over there. (We’re looking at the sign-up box in the upper right.)


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How-To

Every Inch Counts

Every Inch Counts

Every Inch Counts

There’s a reason we all love the makeover episode of ANTM: Dramatic hair transformations are so damn fun to watch (tears and all).

So when the clip-in extension pros at Sunny’s Hair promised their strands were simple enough to attach in only a few minutes (no stylist required), we had to investigate. Will the hair look real? And, more importantly, will it really be DIY?

To find out, we asked three DailyCandy staffers to put in the extensions by themselves (after watching the how-tos on Sunny’s site) and captured their trial runs in today’s video.

It’s important to note the extensions aren’t for everyone (if your hair’s Mia Farrow ca. Rosemary’s Baby, there’s not enough to hide the clips). Sunny’s PR also said some customers might have to get their faux locks trimmed first, so they match existing layers (luckily, we didn’t).

But if you ask us, it’s well worth the drama.

Available online at sunnyshair.com. For free shipping, enter dailycandy1010 at checkout (expires November 20).

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Ask the Office Guy

Do You Carry a Man Purse?

Do You Carry a Man Purse?

Ask the Office Guy No. 27

Dan manages to keep his personal life very, well, personal. But every so often he gives us a revealing glimpse into his world. In this Ask the Office Guy, he tells us whether or not he wears a man purse or, more familiarly, murse.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Redyamflan / Flickr