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Fashion

How to Wash a Coat

How to Wash Jackets and Coats

Tips from The Laundress

You wear your coat every day during winter. Why not wash it once in a while? In this video, The Laundress co-founder Lindsey Wieber Boyd demonstrates the simple way to clean outerwear at home using her gorgeous, vintage Chanel coat.

For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the video, 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.

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Go on Another Date if There's No Initial Attraction?

Should I Go on Another Date if There's No Initial Attraction?

Ask the Office Guy No. 40

He was clever over email and had a sexy phone voice. A Google image search revealed a brown-eyed, handsome man. So when he showed up looking like Jon Gosselin, you were caught off guard. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan decides whether you should go on a second date or call it quits.

Have a dating question you want answered? Email Dan at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

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Fashion

How to Find a Signature Scent

How to Find a Signature Scent

Fragrance Tips from Lucky Scent

High school prom: CK One. Trip to Italy: au naturel. Major lapse in judgment: Axe.

Since a smell can bring back memories more vividly than pictures, why leave it to chance? In today’s video, Steven Gontarski of Los Angeles-based perfume store Lucky Scent, has tips for finding your perfect fragrance — from where and how to spray it to how to decide what’s you.

If you’re like us, you’ll want to start spritzing away. Nose around Lucky Scent’s site — which carries tons of hard-to-find brands — and choose a few to try (samples are just $3-$5).

It’s about more than just common scents.

To shop and order samples, go to luckyscent.com. Since Gontarski talks about perfumes so eloquently, we asked him to tell us about his favorite seven fragrances (we’re now hooked on the Peau de Peche and At the Beach 1966).

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How-To

An Easy DIY Candelabra

An Easy DIY Candelabra

The Author of "Home from the Hardware Store" Shows Us How to Do It

On a scale of handyman aptitude, we’re closer to Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor (Super Gluing his fingers together) than Bob Vila.

But we still know our way around nuts and bolts, thanks to Home from the Hardware Store, a new book with foolproof instructions for DIY home decor — from chandeliers to table runners — made with items you can find at your local Home Depot or Ace.

In today’s videos, Brooklyn-based co-author Stephen Antonson showed us two projects: a ridiculously simple candelabra made of inexpensive plumbing parts (above) and how to turn tubes into modern, round shelving units. The former takes literally five minutes; the latter, maybe an hour.

No Al Borland required.

To buy a copy of Home from the Hardware Store, go to amazon.com.

Next Video: DIY Tube Shelves
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How-To

DIY Tube Shelves

DIY Tube Shelves

The Author of “Home from the Hardware Store” Shows Us How to Do It

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.

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How-To

How to Apply Self-Tanner (Face)

How to Apply Self-Tanner (Face)

An Expert Shows Us Her Method

“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.

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How-To

How to Remove Self-Tanner

How to Remove Self-Tanner

An Expert Shows Us Her Method

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.

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How-To

How to Apply Self-Tanner (Body)

How to Apply Self-Tanner (Body)

An Expert Shows Us Her Method

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.

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Fashion

Designer Wendy Nichol Shows Us the Trend

Designer Wendy Nichol Shows Us the Trend

Designer Wendy Nichol Shows Us the Trend

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.

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Beauty

Nails at Alexander Wang

Nails at Alexander Wang

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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.

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Beauty

Hair at Marc Jacobs

Hair at Marc Jacobs

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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.

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Beauty

Makeup at Marc Jacobs

Makeup at Marc Jacobs

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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.

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Beauty

Hair at Behnaz Sarafpour

Hair at Behnaz Sarafpour

Backstage at New York Fashion Week

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.

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Fashion

This Season's Must-Have Items

This Season's Must-Have Items

Designers and Store Owners Share Their Must-Haves for the Coming Season

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. 

Next Video: Love Is Elementary
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Entertainment

Love Is Elementary

Love Is Elementary

Little Ones' Takes on the Mushy Stuff

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.

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Food & Drink

How to Make Thai Coconut Soup

How to Make Thai Coconut Soup

Delicious Soups from Sarah Simmons

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

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Food & Drink

How to Make Root Vegetable Soup

How to Make Root Vegetable Soup

A Soup Recipe from Sarah Simmons

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

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Food & Drink

How to Make Fire-Roasted Tomato Bisque

How to Make Fire-Roasted Tomato Bisque

A Soup Recipe from Sarah Simmons

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.

For more recipes and information on Simmons, go to sarahmcsimmons.com.

Special thanks: The Brooklyn Kitchen

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Food & Drink

Rum Fustian Cocktail Recipe

Rum Fustian Cocktail Recipe

Michael Cirino's Easy Instructions

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.

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Ask the Office Guy

What Should I Wear on a First Date?

What Should I Wear on a First Date?

Ask the Office Guy No. 36

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 theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Cade Buchanan / Flickr