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’Tis the season for fug sweaters, awkward hometown encounters with high school chums, and office-party faux pas.
When all else fails, we can at least make sure our makeup looks good.
Done. In today’s video, Birchbox’s brilliant Mollie Chen shows us a few ways to touch up and brighten our face postwork, preparty — all in less than five minutes. From her favorite eyeliners and gloss to why it’s better to wear a brightening powder than a translucent one, Chen knows her stuff.
While we had the Birchbox ladies in our office, we also asked co-founder Katia Beauchamp (whose hair always looks amazing) to show us how to create a cool cocktail party-ready updo. All it takes is a few minutes, dry shampoo, some pins, and elastic.
You know, the same thing we’ll need around our waistline after tomorrow.
To subscribe to Birchbox or purchase any of the products mentioned in the video, go to birchbox.com. For more beauty tips, watch our videos on how to do the perfect cat eye and the right way to tweeze your brows.
Looking for signs of spring? Then bird is the word.
Attract a flock to your backyard with a tree full of cookie cutter bird feeders. This simple, kid-friendly DIY uses water, gelatin, and birdseed to make a welcome-home feast for our winged friends.
Once the feeders are dry, gather your chickadees and hang your creation from your porch, deck, or tree with string.
And then look to the sky.
Heading outdoors? Find creative inspiration with DIY stamp art and a scavenger hunt on the rocks.
In today’s video, SuChin Pak shares three of her favorite wardrobe items that go the distance from late winter through spring. She’s picked a dress that isn’t too girly despite its ruffles, a classic maroon leather jacket, and a mixed-media necklace.
For more of SuChin’s obsessions, check out her favorite videos on our YouTube channel. To purchase the items for this week, go to barneys.com, unitedbamboo.com, and ofakind.com.
We like to fashion our lives after the characters on Downton Abbey (minus getting jilted at the altar, going to war, death during childbirth, and that weird Mr. Pamuk scenario).
The first step: baking a rhubarb fool (a dessert resembling a trifle) like a Brit. In today’s video, chef Karen Hatfield (from L.A.’s The Sycamore Kitchen and Hatfield’s) shows us how to make a version with ginger sabayon.
Not only is it bloody simple, you can substitute any kind of berry if rhubarb isn’t your thing.
Just send Daisy to pick some up.
For more information on Hatfield’s restaurants, go to hatfieldsrestaurant.com or thesycamorekitchen.com. Still hungry? Check out Daniel Boulud’s burger, Sam Talbot’s fish tacos, and Eddie Huang’s pork bao.
Sorry, wallets everywhere. You’re about to get a lot thinner.
SuChin Pak’s latest Currently Coveting video is money: three gadgets that usher in spring-cleaning and organization. (Who doesn’t want a robot that mops the floor?)
The video’s part of our weekly series in which SuChin highlights a trio of goods she — and probably you — can’t live without. In case you missed the others, check out her favorite green beauty products, items that keep life cheerful through the winter, and gifts for significant others.
We launch a new installment every Tuesday. Next up: spring’s best outfit.
Good buy, Benjamins.
Want more? Check out SuChin’s YouTube playlist for her top videos across the Web.
Taylor Swift makes snow globes. Ryan Gosling knits.
We love when well-heeled people embrace their idiosyncrasies.
So we can’t get enough of Lindsay Segal, co-owner of Luxury Garage Sale (a Chicago-based upscale consignment service) and avid collector of robots, vintage plates, porcelain animals, and costume jewelry. In today’s Inside Story, she gives us a peek into her light-filled West Loop apartment.
It’s no surprise she’s accrued so many treasures — combing antique stores and estate sales is literally her job. The fact that most of her jewelry costs less than $100 is a testament to her keen eye for design.
This Segal’s a rare bird.
To shop Luxury Garage Sale, go to luxurygaragesale.com. For more Inside Stories, check out designer Lela Rose’s dream loft, actress/writer Mindy Kaling’s closet, and designer Heidi Merrick’s Silver Lake bungalow.
In this installment, SuChin Pak shares three items that’ll get you through the final days of winter: a sweater that’s half party/half relaxing at home, a dress so bright you have to wear shades, and bath melts you can make in your kitchen.
For more of Pak’s obsessions, check out her favorite videos on our YouTube channel. To get the items for this week, go to rachelcomey.com, facebook.com/jillaikoyeedesigns, and tibi.com.
The only problem with family movie night? Not enough room for everyone on the couch.
Think outside the cardboard box and turn cast-off packaging into kiddie seats perfectly sized for a living room drive-in.
Customize their rides using paper plates for tires, ribbon-wrapped steering wheels, and a favorite pillow for a plush and cozy interior. Add racing stripes with markers and make a license plate out of stickers.
Just before you press play, deliver popcorn to their cars. Then sit back and enjoy the show.
Hiding from winter weather? Go undercover with a DIY mask bar.
In our latest installment, SuChin Pak shares three beauty must-haves: the world’s best exfoliator (seriously, no one at the shoot could believe it), a cream blush that does double duty, and a foundation that matches any skin tone.
For more of Pak’s obsessions, check out her favorite videos on our YouTube channel. To purchase the items for this week, go to orgskincare.com, josiemaran.com, and rmsbeauty.com.
In the second installment of our new weekly series, SuChin Pak dishes about three gifts you should buy for yourself (or someone else, if that’s your thing) on Valentine’s Day.
For more of Pak’s obsessions, check out her favorite videos on our YouTube channel. To purchase the items for this week, go to estatejewelsbygr.com, printstagr.am, and macaronparlour.com.
Since it’s almost V-Day, we have a confession: We’ve had a crush on model Coco Rocha ever since she did an Irish jig down the catwalk at John Paul Gaultier in 2007.
Now that the 24-year-old is a mentor (alongside Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova) on Oxygen’s new model competition show, The Face, we thought it time to act. She’s the subject of our first-ever Five Questions with SuChin Pak video series.
From her first kiss (the answer to which will shock you) to what she’d be doing if she weren’t modeling, Rocha gets deep for our chief correspondent. And, yes, she’s as pretty and porcelain looking in person as on TV.
Our feelings only grow stronger.
The Face premieres tomorrow night at 9 p.m. EST. For more information, go to the-face.oxygen.com. Want more Pak? Here are her current obsessions.
Love: You can take it or leave it.
But a good pie? Consider it taken. Which is why today’s In the Kitchen video will tug on even the blackest heartstrings: a Valentine’s Day recipe from Bang Bang Pie Shop.
Inside the cozy Logan Square storefront, head baker Megan Miller whips up the kinds of delicacies dreams are made of. Her chocolate-raspberry pie is easy enough to replicate at home.
With just seven ingredients — most of which you have in your pantry — it’s nearly foolproof. We suggest picking up a ball of Bang Bang’s butter-flecked dough for top-notch results (it’s for sale at the shop).
Serve it to someone special. Then eat your heart out.
Bang Bang Pie Shop, 2051 North California Avenue, at McLean Avenue (773-276-8888 or bangbangpies.com).
We know a girl whose best friend’s cousin’s dog’s previous owner’s sister is a backup dancer for Beyoncé. So, basically, it’s like we know Beyoncé.
A better way to feel the connection? Try the queen’s favorite hairstyle: a glammed-up deep side part with curls (which she wore at the inauguration and halftime show press conference).
Stylist Jennipher Van Bogart at Woodley & Bunny showed our editor how to do it in just a few easy steps; all you need is root lift product, a curling iron, clips, and hair spray.
It’s your destiny, child.
For more information or to buy any of the products used in the video, go to woodleyandbunny.com.
Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy
Our woman about town, SuChin Pak, likes things. Lots of things. And in this new series, she’s showcasing three of them each week. They could range from a YouTube video on foot massage (that’s right) to her favorite outfit at that moment. Check back every Tuesday for a new video.
To check out Pak’s picks, go to the-gypsy-wagon.com, coyuchi.com, and youtube.com.
Usually, when we film an In the Kitchen video, the purpose is to teach viewers to re-create a recipe.
But during our shoot with Eddie Huang, chef at Baohaus in Manhattan, five minutes into making his pork bao he said, “Honestly, people can’t do this. If you want to do that, try Momofuku.”
Which sums up what drew us to Huang in the first place: His memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, out now. Huang, whose parents are Taiwanese, grew up in Orlando, moved to NYC, and became a lawyer, a hustler, a stand-up, and a restaurateur.
The book’s appeal is Huang’s honest, funny description of his experience growing up Asian-American, and finding both solace and strife in his Chinese heritage. We promise it’s like nothing you’ve ever read.
Like his baos, he’s inimitable.
Fresh Off the Boat is available at amazon.com, $14.
Ahoy, little buccaneers. It’s time again to scour Pinterest for a DIY Valentine’s Day idea your whole crew will treasure.
Or ye could just steal ours.
’Tis simple enough to make. Scissors, felt, elastic, card stock, and an adult-assisted hot glue gun are all you need.
A snip here. A snip there. In a blink of your one eye, ye’ll have love patches to deliver to all your (class)mateys.
Find more ways to say “I heart you” with cupcake wrappers and a frozen scavenger hunt.
In this video, GlossyBox CEO Susan Naci highlights her favorite things from our special, limited-edition box — from black eyeliner that doesn’t pull your lid off when you put it on to a silky bronzer from France.
To buy the GlossyBox, go to dailycandy.com/collaborations.
Without further ado, we present DailyCandy Collaborations, a collection of limited-edition must-haves created by some of the designers and artists we love most. In this video, chief correspondent SuChin Pak shows off the goods.
For more information and to buy what you saw, go to dailycandy.com/collaborations.
We like it when people are literal — as in “She literally took the cake.” That’s why we love the earrings that California-based Melissa Joy Manning made for our Designer Collaborations: She took our very own swirl and turned it into jewelry. In this video, DailyCandy correspondent SuChin Pak talks with Manning about her process.
To buy the earrings, go to dailycandy.com/collaborations.
You know in Center Stage when Jody likes Cooper, but Cooper’s all, “Ew, girl, get away,” and Charlie’s like, “Hey, I’m here, and I’m hot, too”?
We wouldn’t mind being part of a love triangle like that. The first step: looking the part. We asked Andie Hecker, former professional dancer with NYC Ballet and founder of Ballet Bodies in L.A., to demo the moves.
In today’s three videos, she shows (rhythmically challenged) editor Lauren Lumsden how to get svelte arms (above), tone her butt and thighs with high kicks, and do a full-body cardio workout — your calves will hurt for days.
And you’ll surely be riding a motorcycle on stage in no time.
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com. Want to keep working out? Here are dozens of ways to show the lingering holiday blub who’s boss.
We like everything to have a little kick to it. So why not our fitness routine? In this video, Andie Hecker of Ballet Bodies in L.A. shows our editor how to tone her thighs and butt with a series of high kicks. Feel free to laugh at her kicks compared to Hecker’s.
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com.