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In your attempts at art, sunsets look like gateways to hell and dogs are confused for dinosaurs.
For something more aesthetically appealing, defer to Caitlin McGauley, an adorable NYC-based watercolor artist now taking commissions.
McGauley, profiled in today’s video, can paint anything, from you in your fave ensemble (or wedding dress, perhaps) to a special dinner party spread (food is a specialty) — in her bright, cheerful style.
Just send her a picture, and she’ll take it from there. In a few weeks, you’ll get your masterpiece.
And not another portrait of a flesh-eating zombie.
To purchase custom artwork, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to caitlinmcgauley.com.
We know it’s not healthy to feel jealous of other people’s good fortune.
Line up your shrink for when you see clothing designer Kaelen Haworth’s ridiculous East Village apartment. For this edition of Behind Closed Doors (in which we take a peek in our favorite people’s home, closets, cabinets, etc.), the cool 27-year-old gave us a drool-inducing tour.
We’re green with envy over her in-house turntables and vintage record collection, her bohemian-inspired bedroom (the Love, Adorned dream catcher is a nice touch), and — most of all — her little lump-on-a-log French bulldog, Lola.
The mismatched chairs, bunting of antique photos, and overall eclectic taste can easily be emulated, regardless of your pad’s square footage.
Since we all know size doesn’t matter. (Right.) For more information on Haworth’s collection, go to kaelennyc.com. For more Inside Story videos, check out designer Hilary Taymour’s DIY treasures, Mindy Kaling’s swoon-worthy closet, and nutritionist Kim Snyder’s fridge.
How many indie bands does it take to change a lightbulb? It’s too obscure. You wouldn’t get it.
Here’s an under-the-radar group you should get: @# (pronounced “at hashtag”), whose futuristic beats and melodies have us dancing. The Brooklyn-based foursome’s been generating buzz for their hit single, “I’m Trending,” and we dig it.
Lucky us: The band agreed to come to our office and perform the song, armed with nothing but their iPhones, an iPad, a tiny synth, a glockenspiel, video game controllers, a cowbell, and really tight jeans. Their delightful snobbery made us love them even more.
They’ve already booked dates for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, CMJ, Pitchfork, and SXSW 2013.
Do you even understand? Whatever.
For more information, go to the band’s Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Pinterest, Tumblr, Draw Something, Instagram, Foursquare, Highlight, Spotify, Kickstarter, and VYou pages.
Here’s what we’re not looking for: shark-filled tanks, drop-top Mercedes collections, and people who say “This is where the magic happens” when you enter their bedrooms.
What we are seeking: character. Introducing our new video feature, Behind Closed Doors, in which we go inside our favorite people’s abodes and snoop around — from a nutritionist’s refrigerator to a starlet’s closet.
In today’s edition, we tour Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour’s curiosity-filled Brooklyn apartment. Her DIY creations are inspiring, and we expect nothing less from the creative whose just-launched clothing collection — comprising machine-washable suede pieces — makes us swoon.
Did we mention her 4-month-old puppy, PowWow?
Now that is where the magic happens.
To see (and buy) Collina Strada’s new collection, go to collinastrada.com.
Oh, to have the confidence of Angie’s right leg.
We’re working our way to full exposure (not J.Lo’s kind, mind you) with help from GST Body, an L.A.-based studio that’s stretched and strengthened us in ways we didn’t think possible.
In today’s videos, GST Body founder Anna Rahe, whom we’ll call “The Body,” shows editor Lauren Lumsden a few simple exercises: the correct way to do a sit-up (above); deceptively hard arm raises to tone shoulders, back, and abs; and leg lifts that’ll whip your butt into shape.
Rahe — excuse us, The Body — uses a Kinetic Traction Strap, but you can easily substitute a dog leash or jump rope.
Just don’t be an exhibitionist about it.
For more information and exercises or to order the Kinetic Traction Strap ($50), go to gstbody.com.
You think it’s easy dozing most of the day, begging for biscuits, nipping at your heels, and barking at squirrels?
Okay, it is. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want a massage, like the one certified animal masseuse Pam Holt gives to our L.A. editor’s best friend, Agnes, in today’s video.
All it takes is a little kneading and gentle stretching on your part to give me improved flexibility, energy, and overall happiness. Plus, it’ll help my anxiety. (I know I sometimes get a little cray cray when you leave.)
Also, can I have a treat? Please and thanks.
Spartacus Brownie Von Lickety Jones Jr.
P.S. I accidentally humped the cat yesterday. For more information about Pam Holt and dog massage, go to buddhadog.com.
This past Friday the workday disappeared before our eyes. One second it was 4 p.m.; the next, closing time.
The man behind the miracle: magician Jeff Grow, whose awe-inspiring office performance made the weekend arrive early. Hoping for time to fly on repeat, we captured it on video.
Limes inexplicably transported between cups, roses appeared out of nowhere, and insane card tricks kept us captivated. Even when we watched the footage in slo-mo, we were puzzled.
Grow, who looks like the lovechild of Michael Bublé and John Mayer, first learned magic from his grandfather in Upstate New York. Since then, he’s performed for audiences of four to 1,000. He even showcased his insane juggling skills in a Progressive commercial.
And that’s no hocus pocus.
For more information, go to jeffgrow.net. For more videos filmed on our office couch, check out music videos with Lily & the Parlour Tricks and Eliza Doolittle.
It’s nothing to laugh about: Doritos addictions are real. One whiff of nacho cheesiness and, suddenly, you’re at four (snack) packs a day.
Time for an intervention. In today’s video, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder gives us something to aspire to by showing us what’s in her home fridge — and why. Since she specializes in beautifying foods, each item she stocks (from kale to almonds) has qualities that improve hair and/or skin.
Plus, she reveals her recipes for a Greek-inspired millet salad and her favorite protein smoothie, as well as instructions for what she calls “energy in a spoon.”
We’re thanking our lucky stars for Snyder, who works with too many celebs to name, because the how-tos and advice in her book, The Beauty Detox Solution, have done more for our skin than pricey face creams.
She’s way cooler than Cool Ranch.
The Beauty Detox Solution is available online at amazon.com, $11. For more nutrition tips, recipes, and information on Snyder, go to kimberlysnyder.net.
There’s just no question: Elizabeth Taylor was the most glamorous person to ever grace the face of the Earth — period. That’s why, when DC correspondent SuChin Pak was at Christie’s this past Monday for a Women at NBCU event, we had no choice but to ask for a private tour of the treasures currently up for auction. We’ll take one of everything, please. For more information about the auction, go to christies.com.
Yes, we know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s what’s inside that counts, and so on and so forth.
But like the body of Arnold with a Denzel face, a beautifully presented gift never hurt anybody.
In today’s video, we asked Geren Ford designer/founder Geren Lockhart to show us a few of her favorite wrapping techniques from her Los Angeles home. Lockhart, who’s been renowned by friends for her pretty packages for years, showed us two methods: one for a soft package (above) and the other for a boxed gift.
While we were in the zone, a few DailyCandy editors came up with nine neat ways to wrap a present in brown craft paper. (Faux bois stamps? Felt acorns? Check.)
Appearance is all that matters.
For more information on Lockhart, go to gerenford.com.
We’re all fans of plopping a gift into a bag with tissue paper and calling it a day. But sometimes you want to do something truly special. In this video, designer Geren Lockhart wraps a boxed gift and gives us all something to aspire to.
For more information on Lockhart, go to gerenford.com. For more gift-wrapping ideas, check out how we jazzed up packages nine ways using brown craft paper.
By the Wednesday after Thanksgiving — already 30-plus hours into the workweek — it’s hard to retain that holiday spirit.
Get it back by watching today’s video, in which we asked a bunch of the cutest kids you’ve ever seen what they like to eat during the holidays, what they want for Christmas, and what they’re thankful for.
We captured the footage during an event with Nourishing NYC, a nonprofit that provides healthy meals and nutrition education to low-income residents. On this particular day, children (ages 5 to 13) were learning to make a good-for-you Thanksgiving feast.
The kids’ answers to our questions were equal parts touching and hilarious, especially when they told us how their parents would react if they made the turkey all by themselves (“My mom would faint”).
It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
To donate, volunteer, or get more information on Nourishing NYC, go to nourishingnyc.org. For more cute kids, watch our video in which we asked munchkins about love.
Romance. Excitement. Celebrities. Celebration. Anything is possible.
Enter for the chance to have an Ultimate Date Night from the film New Year’s Eve. The winner receives two tickets to the movie and a dinner on the town, plus a Tory Burch clutch to complete your date night outfit.
Watch Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, and the rest of the all-star cast in a film about the holiday’s unlimited possibilities.
Tip: You don’t want to spend such an extraordinary evening with just anyone, so choose your plus-one wisely.In theaters December 9. Watch the trailer and visit The Sweet Shop to enter for the chance to win the Ultimate Date Night Sweeps.
A good test of a band’s worth? Bring its members to your office, get them to play an acoustic set next to your boss’s desk without proper notice, and see if you get fired.
At least that’s what accidentally happened with NY-based rock and rollers Lily & the Parlour Tricks last week at DailyCandy. And as soon as they started playing, even our most serious computer-starers ditched the Internet and ran over to bop along.
For proof of the band’s draw, watch today’s video, in which they play “The Poison Song” from their eponymous EP. As a bonus, they gave us their rendition of “White Christmas” to get us in the holiday spirit.
The six-person group channels an old-timey vibe that makes us want to dance in a billowing skirt while slinging back the hard stuff.
Which might’ve accidentally happened after the performance.
To buy Lily & the Parlour Tricks’s debut EP, go to itunes.com. Hear them live December 14 at The Bowery Electric. For more ear candy, check out our videos with Freelance Whales, Eliza Doolittle, Karen Elson, and Regina Spektor.
If you live in New York (like a lot of our staffers do), you know a “white Christmas” really means a “dark gray slush Christmas.” But that won’t stop us from dreaming, especially when NYC-based band Lily & the Parlour Tricks plays the old Bing Crosby song on our office couch.
To buy Lily & the Parlour Tricks’s debut EP, go to itunes.com.
It’s a simple truth: If you were always the cool, popular kid (especially in middle school), you’re probably a boring adult.
So though we’re not exactly glad Mindy Kaling, a.k.a. The Office’s Kelly Kapoor, was chubby, deathly afraid of bicycles, and preferred her parents to children her own age for most of her youth, for the sake of her LOL-inducing new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (out Tuesday), we wouldn’t have it any other way.
In today’s video, editor Lauren Lumsden sat down with Kaling at her L.A. home to talk about the book, from why she wrote it to who would play her in the movie version. While there, we also got a tour of her awe-inspiring closet (Cinderella Miu Mius, anyone?).
All the cool kids will be jealous.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is available for preorder online at amazon.com, $16.
Of the many perks of being a celebrity, a closet that’s bigger than most of our bedrooms is pretty high up there. So when Mindy Kaling offered to show us hers, we twirled at the chance.
In this video, the talented Kaling pulls out a few of her favorite pieces — from glittery Miu Mius to the hoodie she likes to write in — and tells us a little bit about each.
Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is available online at amazon.com, $16.
Music: Danielle Duval
When it comes to online dating, we’ve heard some doozies: He lied about his height — by five inches. He wore Velcro shoes and transition lenses. When he arrived he said, “Which one are you again?”
But one success would make it all worthwhile. So for today’s video, we enlisted the help of Patti Stanger, a.k.a. the Millionaire Matchmaker, to critique our editor Karen’s Match.com profile and answer a few common questions.
Stanger’s known for her tough love, so her advice wasn’t always pretty (at one point, she told Karen her profile sounded like Lindsay Lohan). But her assertion that a guy who “says he has three jobs — actor/author/waiter — is actually unemployed” might just prove useful down the road.
Unlike the guy who accidentally texted a photo of his man business after the date. (True story.)
Want more? In our Ask the Office Guy videos, our token male editor has flirting tips, thoughts on what to order on the first date, and an opinion on how many postdate texts make you seem crazy. The Millionaire Matchmaker airs Thursdays, at 9 p.m., on Bravo.
Dance Moms alone is proof that fact beats fiction. But for real, unedited tales of weird behavior, just ask an NYC cab driver about his average shift.
For today’s video, we did exactly that — and beyond the usual “People have had sex where you’re sitting” anecdotes, the stories were delightful. Among other insights, we found out what grates on their nerves, who leaves the best tips (including one celeb), and why they like their work.
The video is part of our new, ongoing NYC series “On the Job,” in which we ask local service professionals to sound off about the interesting things they experience. The idea came after we asked bartenders for dating advice and realized those guys were troves of info.
Which is way more than we can say about Bachelor Pad.
Sometimes you don’t need to put a face with a name. Cases in point: Charlie Townsend, Dr. Claw, and Wilson from Home Improvement.
But when it comes to the DailyCandy staff, we’re not always content being blocked by a tall fence. Which is why we’re proud to announce the hiring of our new on-air correspondent, SuChin Pak.
She was a natural choice: In addition to being a news reporter at MTV since 2001, she’s the founder of New York’s beloved alfresco small biz bazaar, Hester Street Fair. Her duties? Be our woman about town and on TV.
In today’s video, we captured Pak’s grueling interview process. Hard-hitting topics included who she’d be on Mad Men and if she likes clowns. We also closely examined her head shots.
We’re sure you’ll agree she puts the best face forward.
If moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, then it only makes sense we’d ask people to do their best Blue Steel faces outside Lincoln Center over the weekend. This one’s for you, Derek.