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Fashion

Albertus Swanepoel Custom Hats

Albertus Swanepoel Custom Hats

Ya Shoulda Put a Hat on It

Attention all pea heads, pumpkins, and thunder domes.

There’s really no good excuse for going hatless. Especially now that Albertus Swanepoel is offering bespoke toppers from his charming Midtown studio.

In today’s video, the South African milliner-to-the-designers gives us the rundown (in his immeasurably sexy voice), taking measurements, picking fabric, and choosing a style that best suits your face. We’re talking old-school fedoras and cloches, modern turbans, straw hats, and even headgear for weddings.

His wares start at about $300, but we bet you’ll feel inspired just being in his presence (it’s no wonder Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Alexander Wang call him a fave). And you’ll field compliments as soon as you walk outside.

Just don’t get a big head about it.


To make an appointment for a custom hat, e-mail a@albertusswanepoel.com or call 212-629-1090. For more information, go to albertusswanepoel.com. To buy a ready-made hat, go to net-a-porter.com.

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Holiday

How to Pose for a Picture

How to Pose for a Picture

Expert Tips for Looking Good in Photos

Shiny forehead, freak grimace, bulging eyes — you’ve got an uncanny ability to ruin a photo. And thanks to Facebook tagging, the entire world can witness your awkward mugging until the end of time.

You could avoid cameras altogether. Or you could just watch today’s video, with its simple tips for looking great in pictures.

Our expert, Sardi Klein, longtime NYC photographer and professor at The School of Visual Arts and Pratt, has seen it all, from mothers of the bride who peer skyward to avoid double chins to businessmen whose phony smiles turn head shots into mug shots.

Follow her advice, and the next time someone tags you in a photo, you might just share instead of hide.


Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to easydoesit@dailycandy.com.

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Holiday

How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun

How to Create the Perfect Messy Side Bun

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Tonight will probably be filled with bad decisions (that last glass of champers, for starters).

Ring in 2011 with at least a little dignity by avoiding the drunken late-night ponytail. You can stay classy all night long with the perfect messy bun, courtesy of NYC’s Fox & Boy salon (and one of our favorite how-to videos of the year).

Because even if you want to be a hot mess, your hair doesn’t have to be.

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Food & Drink

Throw a Successful Dinner Party

Throw a Successful Dinner Party

Dinner Smarties

At your last mealtime gathering, you did everything right: big, pricey steaks; fancy-schmancy china; stimulating conversation cards (what’s your animal soul mate?!).

No wonder the whole thing was so awkward.

Next time, take a cue from Tamara Reynolds and Zora O’Neill, the hilarious Astoria-based hostesses with the mostest behind Forking Fantastic: Put the Party Back in Dinner Party.

In today’s video, the gals, who’ve been hosting wildly popular Sunday night shindigs for six years, walk us through dinner party faux pas — and they’re not what you’d expect (the tips or the ladies).

You’ll feel so inspired, you’ll start planning another soiree immediately.

Just don’t bring your sexy panda friend.


Available online at amazon.com. For more information, go to forkingfantastic.com.