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Beauty

Exercises with Immediate Results: Legs

Exercises with Immediate Results: Legs

Personal Trainer Will Torres Shows Us His Moves

One of our editor’s first concerts was ZZ Top. A vivid memory? When they performed “Legs,” the crowd went wild. It’s with that same enthusiasm we present trainer Will Torres’s three exercises to get your gams in shape. No out-of-control beard required: All you need is a towel.

For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.

Music: “Test Drive” by Zapac

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Call It Quits After Seven Years and No Proposal?

Should I Call It Quits After Seven Years and No Proposal?

Ask the Office Guy No. 45

According to a wise woman named Beyoncé, if you like it, then you should’ve put a ring on it. But does Dan agree? In this Ask the Office Guy, one reader wonders if she should call it quits after seven years in a relationship. 

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

Photo: Daniel Laflor / Getty Images

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Food & Drink

The Perfect Fish Taco Recipe

The Perfect Fish Taco Recipe

Chef Sam Talbot Shows Us How It’s Done

Thanks for a great week, weather. We especially appreciate the frizzy hair, inside-out umbrella, and near-constant inability to catch a cab.

But we have something to make it all better: a fish taco tutorial with handsome chef Sam Talbot. (And, yes, he really is as much of a feast for the eyes as his food is for the belly.)

Talbot, who was a Top Chef semifinalist, is now head chef at Imperial No. Nine. He spent years perfecting his recipe — from cooking the halibut just right to making sure it doesn’t fall out of the tortilla. (“My friends would give me a really hard time for that.”) He even gave us the recipe for the relish he uses.

In today’s video, he cooks on a flattop grill, or plancha, but the instructions carry over to an outdoor charcoal or gas grill, should you have a Memorial Day cookout.

Or cook-in, as the case may be.

Hungry for more? Watch Daniel Boulud cook the perfect stove-top burger and Tamara Reynolds whip up four delicious picnic recipes. And check out Talbot’s quick list of must-have grilling tools.

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Entertainment

Eliza Doolittle Performs in the DailyCandy Office

Eliza Doolittle Performs in the DailyCandy Office

The British Musician Sings Moneybox

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain. But here in our office, it’s nothing but sunshine on the second floor.

That’s because British singer/songwriter Eliza Doolittle — who took the name from Audrey Hepburn’s My Fair Lady character of yore — performed her cheerful new song, “Moneybox,” on our couch for today’s video. Her unbelievable voice, accompanied by only a guitarist, had even our tech guys swaying.

Doolittle just released her eponymous album in the U.S. and was the talk of Coachella. She also has a fashion sense we can appreciate (as soon as she walked in, she zeroed in on the picture of Suno x Loeffler Randall sandals we’d pasted on the wall).

Isn’t she loverly?

Buy Doolittle’s latest album online at amazon.com. To keep listening, go to her Myspace page. For more music, check out our videos with Christina Courtin, Regina Spektor, and Freelance Whales.

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Entertainment

Pretty in Paint

Pretty in Paint

Pretty in Paint

In a recent dream, you were drinking tea on a cloud with NeNe Leakes when half unicorn/half David Schwimmer came over to ask for your digits.

We can’t make this glorious dream come true, but Brooklyn-based artist Aurora Andrews can immortalize it — or anything else — in one of her ink/watercolor illustrations.

The charming Andrews, who never goes anywhere without pen and paper, is now accepting commissions. Describe a vivid dream (as mentioned), submit a picture of a favorite thing, or pose for her, as some DailyCandy staffers did in today’s video.

Illustrations start at around $200 and increase in price based on difficulty and size. But your lasting keepsake will stand out in a way 487 Facebook pics never could.

And that’s what dreams are made of.

To see more artwork, go to auroraandrews.com. To contact Andrews, email auroraandrews@gmail.com.

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Food & Drink

Royal Wedding Biscuit Cake Recipe

Royal Wedding Biscuit Cake Recipe

Tea & Sympathy’s Easy Directions

Snail mail should be ashamed: It seems millions of invites to the royal wedding were lost (ours included).

But that doesn’t mean we can’t indulge like royalty on Friday. Thanks to the recipe given to us in today’s video by the lovely/crazy Brits at NYC’s Tea & Sympathy restaurant, we’ll be devouring Prince Will’s beloved no-bake chocolate biscuit cake.

The directions are so easy it’s no wonder Will’s taken heat for the dessert being a little lowbrow for the occasion. But one bite and you’ll get it: Imagine a souped-up Rice Krispies treat made with graham crackers (a suitable substitute for the traditional digestives the Brits use), condensed milk, and good chocolate.

Which we cordially invite you to get all over your face.

Want something else to serve at your wedding-watching party? Try Marmite soldiers (sure to polarize guests). You’ll also need to wear a fancy DIY headpiece. For more information on Tea & Sympathy, go to teaandsympathynewyork.com.

kate and william's visit!The royal couple decided to surprise us at our NYC office. Check out our Facebook album documenting their visit.
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Food & Drink

How to Make Marmite Soldiers

How to Make Marmite Soldiers

Tea & Sympathy's Easy Directions

The mere mention of Marmite sends people into a tizzy (whether it’s one of love or disgust is up to the individual). In this video, Tea & Sympathy’s charming British owner, Nicky Perry, shows how she likes to eat the salty goo.

For more information on Tea & Sympathy, go to teaandsympathynewyork.com.

Next Video: Pretty in Paint
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Fashion

Royal Wedding Headpiece DIY

Royal Wedding Headpiece DIY

Eugenia Kim Shows Us How

Hey, have you heard? Prince Will and Kate Middleton are getting married! It’s crazy how no one is talking about it.

Clearly, we jest. We’re as obsessed with the royals as the next palatial interloper. In today’s video, we team up with NYC-based milliner and all-around cool lady Eugenia Kim to craft a beautiful headpiece (perfect for 5 a.m. viewing parties).

You can buy all the supplies at any craft store for about $20. Feel free to use your favorite colors, fake flowers, and feathers — or even sub a headband for the clip.

We also asked Kim for her take on a Kentucky Derby hat. All you need is your favorite silk scarf, scissors, and a wide-brim straw hat. Don’t have the latter? We just bought one on the street in Soho for $15.

No joke.

Too scared to DIY? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.

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Fashion

Kentucky Derby Hat DIY

Kentucky Derby Hat DIY

Eugenia Kim Shows Us How

You need just four things for a successful Kentucky Derby party: a TV, paper to write down all the bets, mint juleps, and a big hat. In this video, NYC-based milliner Eugenia Kim helps out with the proper topper.

Find DIY intimidating? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.

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How-To

Exercise No. 5: Outer Thighs

Exercise No. 5: Outer Thighs

Get Beach Ready with Tracy Anderson

Bat wings, saddlebags, muffin tops, and banana rolls. 

We love the names but hate the flab. In today’s videos, fitness queen Tracy Anderson whips us into shape. 

Outer thighs (above), saggy bottoms, and upper arms (specifically, that area that sticks out when you wear a tight strapless dress), watch out. Anderson makes the moves look easy, but, seriously, 40 reps and you’ll be hurting the next day. 

To keep the workout going — and really see results — get down with Anderson’s awesome new Metamorphosis DVDs. They’re incredibly effective, because you choose the program based on your biggest problem area, be it thighs, butt, or midsection.

Think you can (love) handle it? 

Check out all of our exercise videos with Anderson. To buy Metamorphosis, go to tracyandersonmethod.com. And by all means, start picking out your bathing suit

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How-To

Exercise No. 7: Upper Arms

Exercise No. 7: Upper Arms

Get Beach Ready with Tracy Anderson

You thought you had it covered. But that mini armpit muffin top emerged victorious from your strapless dress yet again. In this video, Tracy Anderson shows it who’s boss.

Check out all of our exercise videos with Anderson. To buy her Metamorphosis workout DVD, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.

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How-To

Exercise No. 6: Butt, Part 2

Exercise No. 6: Butt, Part 2

Get Beach Ready with Tracy Anderson

Last year Tracy Anderson taught us one exercise to get our rears in gear. This year she has another — and it’s even harder. All you need is a floor mat and a light weight.

Check out all of our exercise videos with Anderson. To buy her Metamorphosis workout DVD, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.

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Food & Drink

How to Make Soy Milk

How to Make Soy Milk

A Demo by the Geniuses at En Japanese Brasserie

We’ve heard that food is the new indie music: Cool points for the obscure, experimental, and ability to incorporate at least one person with a thick beard.

So, to impress our hirsute hipster pals, we’re whipping up our own vegan basics.

In today’s videos, En Japanese Brasserie executive chef Abe Hiroki and co-owner Jesse Alexander show us how to execute both soy milk (above) and silken tofu. The processes are surprisingly simple but do require precision and technique (don’t beat yourself up if it’s not perfect the first time).

If you’ve been to En, you know the tofu rules. But we also feel good supporting a restaurant that’s already raised more than $100,000 for Japanese earthquake relief.

And that’s a universal crowd-pleaser.

En Japanese Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street, at Leroy Street (212-647-9196 or enjb.com). Want to make your own donation to the efforts in Japan? We recommend The Salvation Army, Mercy Corps, and ShelterBox.

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Food & Drink

How to Make Silken Tofu

How to Make Silken Tofu

A Demo by the Geniuses at En Japanese Brasserie

You haven’t had tofu until you’ve had it at En Japanese Brasserie in the West Village. (It’s smooth, delicious, and needs no accompaniment.) In this video, executive chef Abe Hiroki shares his method for making the vegan delight. And though it’s simple, it does require precision and practice. Also important: The recipe requires unpasteurized soy milk. We recommend making your own.

En Japanese Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street, at Leroy Street (212-647-9196 or enjb.com). Want to make your own donation to the efforts in Japan? We suggest The Salvation Army, Mercy Corps, and ShelterBox.

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How-To

Makeup for Men

Makeup for Men

Tips from Y Chrome Founder Antonio McDuffle

James Franco. Colin Firth. Will Ferrell. Maybe they’re born with it?

Or maybe it’s makeup. Yes, we’re serious: The men in our lives could be just one touch-up away (specifically, around the eyes, brows, and chin line) from movie star good looks.

To show them how, we enlisted beauty genius and Y Chrome Makeup for Gents founder Antonio McDuffle. In today’s video, he dispenses his tried-and-true tips — from where to apply his patented MascuLiner to why men should wear a light lipgloss.

The results are so stunning, we predict it’ll soon become routine for all our other halves.

For more great makeup tips, check out our videos on covering up blemishes, applying fake lashes, and concealing under-eye circles.

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Ask the Office Guy

What Are Dan's Tips for Flirting?

What Are Dan's Tips for Flirting?

Ask the Office Guy No. 39

Things not to say when flirting: “My six cats would adore you.” “You’re a dead ringer for my dad.” And “Did you see me on Hoarders?”

To perfect our technique, we enlisted token male editor Dan. In today’s Ask the Office Guy roundup, he answers four reader-submitted dating questions: What are your flirting tips (above)? If you’re not initially attracted to someone, should you call it quits? How do guys feel about a girl who hangs out with all guys? And, lastly, what if you hate your date’s shoes?

We apologize to readers whose questions he hasn’t yet addressed (he receives hundreds). In the meantime, his thoughts on what to wear on a first date and when to friend a guy on Facebook should keep you occupied.

And hopefully deter nonstop poking.

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

Photo: PhotoAlto / Laurence Mouton / Getty Images

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Ask the Office Guy

What If I Hate My Date's Shoes? (They're Ugly.)

What If I Hate My Date's Shoes? (They're Ugly.)

Ask the Office Guy No. 41

We’re not sure what the shoes looked like that inspired this reader from Pound Ridge, N.Y., to write in, but we’re imagining neon yellow lace-up Crocs. Deal breaker? Dan talks through the issue in this Ask the Office Guy.

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

Photo: delayed gratification / Flickr

Next Video: Makeup for Men
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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.