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At 16, our prized possessions included a crush’s Drakkar-soaked scarf, “going out” pants from Express, and Antonio Sabato Jr.’s autograph.
Chrissie Miller, designer of downtown-based clothing line Sophomore, however, had good taste from the start. In today’s Inside Story, we peek through her rock ’n’ roll-inspired wardrobe, from a jean jacket she bought in high school (and still wears) to a vintage tee collection she’s been accruing since she attended a Madonna/Beastie Boys concert at age 8.
Miller also shows us a few of her favorite mementos — Woody Allen’s autograph, for one — and the first records she ever owned. You’ll feel cooler just by watching.
Enough to cancel out years of silk camisole tops.
For more information on Sophomore, go to sophomorenyc.com. Want more Inside Stories? Check out a jewelry maven’s personal stash, fashion designer’s NYC apartment, and nutritionist’s refrigerator contents.
If you didn’t get emotional during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, you were probably watching True Detective.
We’d take Lupita Nyong’o over Rust Cohle any day. Which is why the actress is the object of our affection in today’s Care Package video, the new series in which we select gifts we think our favorite celebs would like.
From our favorite bright lipsticks to a little pendant of her homeland, we’re sure she’ll like our surprises/belated birthday gifts (she turned 31 on March 1).
Does anyone know the shipping address for cloud nine?
Want more? Check out what we sent supermodel Karlie Kloss.
What do Leonardo DiCaprio and our ring finger have in common? Unfortunately, it’s not a diamond.
Using easy-to-find graphic paper and a little know-how, we put his face — and the rest of the Best Actor/Actress Oscar nominees’ — on our phalanges. In this Pretty Smart video, we show you the trick.
Not so keen on having Hollywood’s who’s who at your fingertips? Don’t worry: The how-to works for any photo. One of our editors did memes (Grumpy Cat got a thumbs-up); another did emojis. The possibilities are endless.
Just like our love for Leo.
Want to keep nailing it? Learn to do donut sprinkles (low-brow) and Richard Diebenkorn-inspired (high-brow) nail art.
Photo: Samantha Teich / DailyCandy
We love giving gifts. Especially if finding them requires us to “research” gossip mags at work.
Introducing DailyCandy Care Package, our new video series in which we compile items for our favorite famous folks based on what we think they might like. First up is Karlie Kloss, who surely needs a picker-upper right now while jaunting from catwalk to catwalk (okay, so her life isn’t too shabby, but whatever).
From a sweatshirt showing off her Midwestern roots to a cookbook that’ll satisfy her documented affinity for breakfast, we box up a bevy of objects she’s sure to love. And nothing costs more than $60.
Which means we might end up getting a few things for ourselves in the process.
Playing with marbles over other toys seems like choosing rice over filet mignon. Or easy listening over Jay Z. Or snow angels over slopestyle.
Today’s video restores our interest in the simple spheres. We’ve got a trio of ways to use them that you’ve probably never considered: a game, an art project, and a maze. All are easy to construct and keep kids entertained for hours.
We know this because our young model, Scarlet, kept on rolling long after the camera stopped.
She could have chosen anything else.
For more fun ways to spend time with your children, check out our easy instructions for making a family tree or crafting stamps from produce.
Sure, Corrections Officer Bennett gets his secret inmate girlfriend pregnant on Orange Is the New Black, but he’s still the show’s hot guy.
The actor behind the handsome lothario is Matt McGorry, and it’s not every day we get to talk to such a charming fellow. Instead of doing a standard interview, we thought (selfishly), Why not make it a date? So we did.
In today’s first (and, we hope, not last) First Date with … video, we go to one of New York’s best date spots, Commerce, and ask McGorry an array of questions that might make a lesser gentleman flee: Do you have tattoos? How much do you bench? And, of course, what’s your shoe size?
We did not, however, ask him how he feels about handcuffs.
Rumor has it Orange Is the New Black returns for a second season on Netflix in June. For more interviews with familiar faces, check out our sit-downs with gymnast Nastia Liukin, actress Zoey Deutch, and model Coco Rocha.
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Most women have at some point in their lives (whether for fifteen minutes or fifteen years) dreamed of being an Olympic gymnast.
That’s why we flipped/aerialed/back-handspringed at the opportunity to sit down with Nastia Liukin, five-time medalist, now reporting for NBC Sports in Sochi, Russia. In today’s 5 Questions video, we ask her what it’s like to wear a leotard in front of millions, if she prefers Lochte or Phelps, and what song she would like to compete to.
Liukin, who lives in NYC and attends NYU, is tied with greats Shannon Miller and Mary Lou Retton for most medals won by a U.S. gymnast at the games.
We give her an all-around perfect score.
For more from Liukin, follower her on Instagram and Twitter. For more 5 Questions videos, check out our talks with Vampire Academy star Zoey Deutch, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, and actress Greta Gerwig.
If the words strigoi and moroi mean anything to you, we’d probably be friends. You’re also probably 16.
Whatever. If loving YA vampire books is wrong, we don’t want to be right. Which is why we were excited to sit down with 19-year-old Zoey Deutch, star of Vampire Academy, the new movie based on the best-selling books by Richelle Mead.
In this video, the actress teaches us to pronounce difficult words from the book; dishes on her pet, Stinky Pete (real name); and tells us about the best Valentine’s Day she ever had — when she was 14.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got to go read War and Peace.
To watch the trailer and find showtimes for Vampire Academy (out Friday), go to va-movie.com.
A couple of ground rules for February 14: Don’t get a man a tie (unless he specifically requests it) and don’t get a woman a gym membership (even if she specifically requests it).
SuChin Pak and Mike Bender, who’ve been married two years, learned this lesson the hard way. That’s why, in today’s Currently Coveting video, they reveal their Valentine’s Day wishes ahead of time.
SuChin’s picks are conventional compared with Mike’s, whose choices (a water purifier?) suggest a fondness for Bear Grylls. It’s no surprise he’s the founder of website Awkward Family Photos.
Let’s hope his advice doesn’t result in a bunch of new submissions.
Want more ideas? Check out what our editors are asking for from their loved ones.
On Instagram, the sky is blue, we always have fresh flowers, and every meal is a masterpiece. In reality, we’re eating burritos (plural) in bed, watching Pretty Little Liars.
And then there’s the world of our guest editor, Glitter Guide editorial director Caitlin Moran, whose picturesque online life isn’t just show. For proof, we got a tour of the one-story casa where she lives with her fiance.
From the perfectly arranged bar cart to her bright and cheerful office, nothing is staged — but nothing is intimidating, either. Maybe that’s because she’s an expert at blending vintage finds with stuff she gets at — no joke — Target.
No filter needed.
For more about Moran, check out our interview, her beauty essentials, and her ten favorite things. And, of course, go to theglitterguide.com.
Even with fancy apps and filters, it can take up to 30 attempts to get one Instagram-worthy shot of the kids. (There just isn’t a shutter speed fast enough for some wiggle worms.)
The point-and-shoot advice in today’s video will save you time and gigabytes. From incorporating props to opting for less posed moments, these tips get you so many good photos you’ll be dizzy when it’s time to send holiday cards again. They even tell you the best time of day to start clicking.
That’s something to like.
For lots more tips, go to clickinmoms.com. Want more Kodak moments? Learn to make mornings more fun, get out of a PB&J rut, and create a family tree.
Photo: Courtesy of Clickin Moms
Feels like just a minute ago it was 2011.
Time flies when you’re having babies, er, fun. In today’s video, we show you how to make the beginning of 2014 a standout good time with three kid-friendly party ideas: a festive hat, a confetti launcher, and a fizzy cranberry-lemonade punch.
All are easy (you probably have most of what you need around the house), and none takes more than ten minutes to make.
Since time is always ticking.
If New Year’s Eve hype matched the reality, we’d all be making out with Gosling front row at a Beyoncé concert as the ball dropped.
Alas. We can at least make the truth easier to bear with four holiday party staples picked by our team. In today’s video, fashion editor Jordan Blumberg shares her favorite sparkly dress, beauty editor Jennifer Jackson shows off which lipstick and nail polish she plans to wear, and senior editor Lauren Lumsden imbibes her champagne of choice.
All can be purchased online (or in person if you’re in NYC) in plenty of time for the big party.
If only they could be delivered by a Hemsworth.
Hard Rock. Absolut. Abercrombie. Life Is Good. G.R.I.T.S. [Insert Greek letters here.]
Jewelry designer/DIY phenom Kate Albrecht, a.k.a. Mr. Kate, knows exactly what to do with all those old T-shirts taking up drawer space: In today’s video, she shows senior editor Lauren Lumsden how to make a statement scarf (okay, it toes the necklace line).
We used red and white in the video for a candy cane look (also great for Valentine’s Day), but feel free to use any colors you want. Besides the tees, all you need are scissors and ten minutes.
Have No Fear.
For more craft ideas and to see her jewelry collection, go to mrkate.com.
Wearing a purple fedora and revamped vintage dress, with a wool blazer perched on her shoulders, Karen Blanchard looks every bit the style maven she is.
In this video — part of the Influence Your Style series, presented by Moto X — she dishes on what inspires her massively popular blog, Where Did U Get That, and breaks down her favorite fall look.
Follow Blanchard at wheredidugetthat.com and check out more things that inspire her style here.
Sun-kissed skin, laid-back style, and down-to-earth energy are proof that Julie Rofman is in tune with nature.
As part of the Influence Your Style series, presented by Moto X, the California-based jewelry designer shares what inspired her current collection of beaded bracelets and cuffs (hint: There may be sand and surf involved), as well as a pro tip for sparking creativity.
Click here to see what else is inspiring Rofman right now, and go to julierofmanjewelry.com to shop her collection.
What happens when two designers and fashion blogger get their hands on Motorola’s latest smartphone?
In this Influence Your Style video, fashion designer Lauren Moffatt, jewelry designer Julie Rofman, and blogger Karen Blanchard of Where Did U Get That dish on their favorite Moto X features and how they gave their phones a signature touch.
Check out the Influence Your Style series to see what else is inspiring Moffatt, Rofman, and Blanchard this season, and go to motorola.com to buy and design your own Moto X. Want a chance to win a free one? Enter the StyleYourX Sweepstakes.
Fun fact: Lauren Moffatt produced her first collection on the boat she lived on, which was docked in the Hudson River.
Since then, she has moved her operation ashore, but her classic yet spunky aesthetic still sets her apart from the crowd. In this video installment of Influence Your Style, presented by Moto X, she lets you behind the scenes of her Chelsea design studio and discusses what inspired her fall collection.
Check out Moffatt’s inspiration board mainstays here, and shop her collections at laurenmoffatt.net.
You can just look at some people and know they never had a scrunchie phase. Chriselle Lim is one of these rarities. (We want everything she’s ever put on.)
So when our chief correspondent SuChin Pak got the chance to sit down with the blogger/stylist in her downtown L.A. studio and talk accessories, it was a no-brainer. In today’s video, they discuss everything from sunglasses to leopard-print shoes.
While we had Lim on the line, we also asked her to show us her favorite outfit right now: a fuzzy sweater/miniskirt combo we can’t wait to emulate for holiday parties. The Lanvin boots are perfect.
We’re sure she’s never worn them with flared Mudd jeans.
For more information, go to thechrisellefactor.com or youtube.com.
When what you wear and how you wear it are your livelihood, fancying one look above all others is like Sophie’s choice.
But that’s exactly what we asked of stylist/blogger Chriselle Lim in today’s video. She braved the question with a fuzzy sweater, textured miniskirt, and Lanvin boots from L.A.’s Satine.
We can’t decide which piece we like best.
For more information on Lim, go to thechrisellefactor.com or youtube.com.
Tomorrow, it will be inappropriate if you don’t stuff your face with piles of food, wear elastic-waist pants, take a nap, and pick at leftovers around midnight.
Ensure you look good doing it with this metallic eye DIY, as taught to us by Pixi Beauty international makeup artist Amanda Bell.
We like it because it’s not as in your face as a smoky eye (it gives just a subtle glow) and takes only about five minutes. We use Pixi Beauty products in the video, but you can use whatever metallic shades you have at home.
Anything to draw attention away from your pumpkin pie baby.
Photo: Stephania Stanley for DailyCandy