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Kids

Tracy Anderson Gets to the Core of the Issue

Put an End to Your Postpartum Paunch

Exercises That Re-engage Your Abs

Your rallying cry from May through September: “Long live the maxidress.”

But sooner or later, you’re going to have a midriff reveal (the beach, swimming lessons, bra fitting, sex). And though a little jiggle in the middle is a well-deserved badge of honor, the truth is you’d be prouder of rock-hard abs.

So we asked fitness guru Tracy Anderson for her tips on re-engaging the core after having a baby. With her help, you’ll be on your way to a bikini faster than you can say crop top.

Want to keep going? Check out all our exercise videos with Anderson (including combating love handles, batwings, and saddlebags). To buy her Metamorphosis DVD collection, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.

this week in kids!

woon idolls!Woon iDoll
One sleepyhead’s lullaby (crashing waves from a sound machine) is another child’s nightmare. Tune into something more musically inclined with a Woon iDoll. The plush bedtime companions are what happens when a Sleep Sheep meets an Uglydoll meets your iPod.

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Kids

Reap What You Sow, Then Paint It

Reap What You Sow, Then Paint It

A fall harvest art project

Your little’s relationship with produce is less than fruitful. If it’s not juiced, pouched, or rolled up, she’s not interested.

But we have a way to stamp out the problem once and for all.

It just takes a little creativity — and a lot of paint. Turn apples into lunchtime art, celery into floral masterpieces, and potatoes into just about anything at all. Slice, dip, stamp, and play.

We’re sure they’ll fall for it.

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Kids

The Secret Lives of Cupcake Wrappers

The Secret Lives of Cupcake Wrappers

DIY party ideas that take the cake

If artisanal ice cream is the new cupcake, what to do with all those cute cupcake wrappers?

We’ve found six ways to turn the humble, pleated paper cup into your party’s main attraction. From ice cream bowls and name card holders to garlands and flowers — it’s a cupcake wrapper celebration you’ll eat up.

Without a smidge of frosting.

Cupcake wrappers available at bakeitpretty.com.

Next Video: Let's Get Creative
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Kids

Let's Get Creative

Let's Get Creative

How to get crafty with a bookcase

Glitter and glue sticks go together like Lewis and Clark — it’s always an adventure.

But as much as we love a good art project, we’re also a bit crazy about an orderly play space. That’s why we’re building a case for the bookcase craft center.

It’s simple enough that even the most artistically challenged parent can pull it together, small enough that it fits into a kid-size bedroom, and organized enough that a 4-year-old can manage the cleanup.

Don’t believe us? Just watch.

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Kids

The Coolest Father’s Day Ever

The Coolest Father’s Day Ever

A scavenger hunt on ice

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.

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Kids

A New Holiday Role Model

A New Holiday Role Model

Dedicated Video: Barbie "A Perfect Christmas" DVD

You may think perfect Christmas is the most underrated oxymoron out there. Whether it’s the wonky tree lights, the overdone ham, or the aunties who spat, something always manages to wrinkle the plan, right?

Once your daughter has watched the all-new BarbieTM DVD (and displayed her free-with-purchase BarbieTM merch from select retailers), she’ll be the first to tell you otherwise.

A snowstorm diverts the New York-bound holiday flight of BarbieTM and her three sisters, stranding the girls in a remote town called Tannenbaum. Needless to say, their initial reaction is glum.

But the clan opts to make the best of it, embracing new friends and experiences and holding to what’s really important at Christmas: the joy of being together.

Your daughter clearly gets her rosy outlook on life from you.

Learn more about A Perfect Christmas online at barbie.com/perfectchristmas and purchase the DVD at select retailers to receive free BarbieTM merchandise.

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Kids

Put an End to Your Postpartum Paunch

Put an End to Your Postpartum Paunch

Exercises That Re-engage Your Abs

Your rallying cry from May through September: “Long live the maxidress.”

But sooner or later, you’re going to have a midriff reveal (the beach, swimming lessons, bra fitting, sex). And though a little jiggle in the middle is a well-deserved badge of honor, the truth is you’d be prouder of rock-hard abs.

So we asked fitness guru Tracy Anderson for her tips on re-engaging the core after having a baby. With her help, you’ll be on your way to a bikini faster than you can say crop top.

Want to keep going? Check out all our exercise videos with Anderson (including combating love handles, batwings, and saddlebags). To buy her Metamorphosis DVD collection, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.

this week in kids!

woon idolls!Woon iDoll
One sleepyhead’s lullaby (crashing waves from a sound machine) is another child’s nightmare. Tune into something more musically inclined with a Woon iDoll. The plush bedtime companions are what happens when a Sleep Sheep meets an Uglydoll meets your iPod.

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Food & Drink

ChefStack Pancake Maker

ChefStack Pancake Maker

Man vs. Machine

Around here, we like a little friendly competition. Especially when it comes to food.

So when we got word of a brilliant new creation called the ChefStack, an awe-inspiring machine that can churn out 200 perfect pancakes an hour, three words came to mind:

Pancake. Eating. Showdown.

In today’s video, three carefully selected DailyCandy gluttons go head-to-head to see who can finish his or her plate of hot-off-the-conveyor flapjacks the fastest.

We’ll warn you right now: Things get pretty messy (especially in the case of one very special contestant) as the hotcakes get pounded.

Right alongside our dignity.


For more information on purchasing a ChefStack, go to chefstack.com.

Next Video: Dye'r Maker
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Fashion

Dye'r Maker

Dye'r Maker

Audrey Louise Reynolds Dyed Goods

For us, life’s a game of do or dye. (Really, have you ever known us to resist a good pun?)

And now that we’ve met Audrey Louise Reynolds, the crafty Carolina-turned-Brooklyn girl who’s name-dropped by colorphiles far and wide, it’s mostly the latter.

In our latest video, Reynolds, who just started selling her hand-dyed shoes, dresses, and scarves at No. 6, shows you how to color your own threads using strawberries. If you’re feeling creative, you can use other fruits and veggies, too. (It’s easy! And it smells good.)

You’re probably already familiar with her handiwork: She dyes for Wendy Nichol and ecofriendly clothing line Bodkin — and does tons of custom orders.

After all, it’s get busy livin’ or get busy dyein’.


Available at No. 6 Store, 6 Centre Market Place, between Broome and Grand Streets (212-226-5759). For custom orders and more information, go to alrdyeing.com.

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Food & Drink

Aqualis Grill Opens

Aqualis Grill Opens

Fish Out of Water

Deep in the heart of the Bronx, during the wee hours of the morning, there exists a place so smelly, so slimy, only the heartiest of men dare walk its cavernous halls.

Naturally, we had to go there, too.

It’s the Fulton Fish Market at Hunts Point, where we recently accompanied Ani Papa, owner of Fort Greene’s new Mediterranean-inspired seafood resto Aqualis Grill.

Papa goes there two or three times a week to hand-select what’ll be served at Aqualis, from gigantic swordfish to tiny squid (calamari, yum) and downright perfect sea bass.

If you don’t like the sight of a fresh catch, this could make you a little squeamish.

Though we’re pretty sure you’ll be hooked.


Aqualis Grill, 773 Fulton Street, between South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street, Fort Greene (718-797-3494). For more information on Hunts Point, go to huntspoint.com.

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Fashion

The Uniform Project

The Uniform Project

Same As It Ever Was

If wearing the same outfit three — okay, five — days in a row is wrong, we don’t want to be right.

But 365 days in a row? There isn’t a European shower strong enough for that.

Fortunately, Sheena Matheiken, the genius behind The Uniform Project, has seven copies of the cotton black dress she’s wearing every single day for a year — all in an effort to raise money for Indian school children living in slums.

We recently caught up with her to find out what it’s like slipping into the same thing every day, how she lands her amazing accessories, and if things ever get, um, smelly (turns out they don’t).

Matheiken left us feeling pretty inspired, and we hope you’ll feel the same after watching the video.

Over and over and over again.


For more information or to make a donation, go to theuniformproject.com.

Music by Theresa Andersson.

Next Video: Brooklyn Bowl
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Food & Drink

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl

BK Broiler

You have to admit, there was always something a little sexy about The Big Lebowski’s número uno bowler: his knack for sass, that weird ponytail thing, the way he, um, licked the ball.

On second thought, he was gross. But there’s nothing unattractive about Brooklyn Bowl, the amazing-beyond-amazing new bowling alley/Blue Ribbon resto/rock venue in Williamsburg.

We don’t wanna give the whole video away (this is one of our favorites so far), but we’re pretty sure this place is gonna be the new in-spot when it opens next week after months of preparation.

Praise Jesús.


Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, between North 11th and North 12th Streets (718-963-3369 or brooklynbowl.com).

The song in today’s video is “Golden Phone,” by Micachu & the Shapes, on loan from Rough Trade Records.

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Food & Drink

Coffee Cake Cookies

Coffee Cake Cookies

Gimme Some Sugar

First came the muffin top (thanks, tight jeans). Then came the muffin top (sheer genius).

And now, for the first time ever, we bring you — drumroll, please — the coffee cake top, in cookie form, as created by Milton Point Sweets in Rye, New York.

In today’s video, we get to know adorable Larraine Nathanson, the ad exec-turned-baker behind the treats, and see the kitchen where the magic began.

Whether you have a hankering for the original CrumbDaddies, CrumbMamas (with chocolate and caramel), or any of the bakery’s other offerings, you won’t be disappointed.

Except for the fact they don’t offer elastic-waist pants.


Available online at miltonpointsweets.com.

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Fashion

Albertine Workspace Opens

Albertine Workspace Opens

Kyung and the Dressless

Sure, you could commission a custom designer dress — and risk being homeless once you get the bill.

Or you could go to Albertine Workspace, where charming owner/genius Kyung Lee is churning out beautiful bespoke pieces at off-the-rack prices.

In our latest video, Lee takes us through the whole process — from picking out styles and fabrics to trying on (and loving) the final product.

She knows what looks good and won’t lead you astray (seriously, you’ll want her to be your best friend). Plus, she’s been known to break out prosecco from time to time.

And you won’t have to drink it from a brown paper bag.


Albertine Workspace, 19 Christopher Street, between Greenwich Avenue and Waverly Place (212-924-8515).

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Food & Drink

Mayahuel Restaurant and Bar Opens

Mayahuel Restaurant and Bar Opens

Let the Spirits Move You

Some of our best memories — or lack thereof — stem from tequila.

In keeping with the trend, we’re amped for Mayahuel, the new Mexican bar and restaurant from the East 6th Street gang (Death & Co, The Bourgeois Pig).

We got the scoop from co-owner Phil Ward — and maybe a little too much free high-end mezcal.

No body shots made the cut (it’s tequila way too nice for that kind of behavior).


Mayahuel, 304 East 6th Street, between First and Second Avenues.

Music: Mariachi Vargas

Thirsty for more?
Everyone from lonesome cowpokes to the local sheriff will be saddling up to the bar at Dutch Kills, a 19th-century-style saloon in the hinterlands of Long Island City. It’s finally opening tonight (9 p.m.!) with spirits, cocktails over hand-cut ice, and cold brews on tap — served from a large oak bar and totaled on a 1913 model cash register. Neighborhood fave Sage General Store provides the organic pub fare. Go on and mosey along. Dutch Kills, 27-24 Jackson Avenue, at Dutch Kills Street, Long Island City (718-383-2724).

Next Video: In the Raw
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Food & Drink

In the Raw

In the Raw

Fine & Raw Chocolate

Warning: The video you are about to see contains subject matter that may cause uncontrollable cravings and drooling.

We blame — and credit — Daniel Sklaar, the charming South African-turned-Brooklynite behind Fine & Raw Chocolate, who kindly agreed to take us behind the scenes as he makes his legendary bonbons.

It’s what we like to call raw footage.


Available online at fineandraw.com.

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Fashion

Cushnie et Ochs Spring Collection

Cushnie et Ochs Spring Collection

Psycho Therapy

They’re smart; they’re talented; they’ve got refined edge. Quite honestly: They’re foxy.

Okay, that’s a lot of gushing, but we’ve got a serious double girl crush. Watch our video interview with Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of NYC label Cushnie et Ochs, and we’re pretty sure you’ll feel the same.

Please, ladies, just try to control yourselves.


Available at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, between 57th and 58th Streets, third floor (212-753-7300). For more information, go to cushnieetochs.com.

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Fashion

Alison Lewis Spring Collection

Alison Lewis Spring Collection

Pretty as a Picture Show

Video may have killed the radio star, but let’s hope it doesn’t do the same for the daily online newsletter (fingers seriously crossed).

Without further ado, we present our first DailyCandy Video: a look at one of our favorite new designers, Alison Lewis, and her adorable spring collection.


Available online at
lewisnyc.com and iloveshop.com.