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Brooklyn Brew Shop's DIY Kits

Brooklyn Brew Shop's DIY Kits

What's All the Brew Ha Ha?

Nothing kills the holiday spirit like catching up with friends biatches you knew in high school. (“So, what are you doing these days?”)

Just say you own a brewery — and no one needs to know it’s only a gallon big.

We’re talking about Brooklyn Brew Shop’s amazingly easy DIY beer kits. In today’s video, founders Stephen Valand and Erica Shea show you how it all works (seriously, it’s as simple as making oatmeal).

Choose from flavors like chocolate maple porter, gingerbread ale using Gramercy Tavern’s famous recipe, and a Belgian triple that’ll make you and your cronies crunk (it’s a whopping 9.9 percent alcohol).

Then challenge the mean girls to a game of beer pong.


Available at Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted holiday market, November 27-December 24, 20 East 4th Street, at Lafayette Street; online at brooklynbrewshop.com. (Added incentive to hit the flea: They’ll be giving out free cups of beer.)

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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.


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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.

Not feeling the messy bun? Try out the around-the-head French braid, modern beehive, or pinned-up curls (for shorter hair).

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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.


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