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Beauty

The Right Way to Do a Sit-Up

The Right Way to Do a Sit-Up

Anna Rahe from GST Body Demonstrates

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.

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Go Out with a Guy Who Didn't Call for Two Months?

Should I Go Out with a Guy Who Didn't Call for Two Months?

Ask the Office Guy No. 38

You went out with a guy, hit it off … and then radio silence. Two months later, out of the blue, he calls and asks you on another date. What’s the deal? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan offers frank advice through an ingenious comparison of your situation to 127 Hours.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: jypsygen / Flickr

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Ask the Office Guy

What Should I Order to Eat on a First Date?

What Should I Order to Eat on a First Date?

Ask the Office Guy No. 37

Our mom always said, “Order the lobster.” Our stomach always says, “Order the chili cheese fries.” But what does Dan say? Find out in this episode of Ask the Office Guy.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Scaredy_kat / Flickr

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Fashion

How to Wash a Sweater

How to Wash a Sweater

Tips from The Laundress

We’re not going to name names, but we know someone — definitely not one of our editors — who doesn’t wash her sweaters. (“Why dry clean when you can Febreze?”)

Don’t be That Girl. Clean knits yourself (even cashmere!) with help from Lindsey Wieber Boyd, co-founder of The Laundress. In today’s video, she demystifies the sweater-washing process, from removing pills and stains to proper drying.

Want to keep washing? Check out our video on cleaning a coat in the washing machine. Seriously. To prove how doable it is, Wieber Boyd demonstrated on her vintage Chanel jacket. (It’s wool, but the procedure also works for down.)

Now a certain someone — no one you know — won’t have to keep her arms down on the subway.

For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the videos, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.

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Fashion

How to Wash Jackets and Coats

How to Wash Jackets and Coats

Tips from The Laundress

You wear your coat every day during winter. Why not wash it once in a while? In this video, The Laundress co-founder Lindsey Wieber Boyd demonstrates the simple way to clean outerwear at home using her gorgeous, vintage Chanel coat.

For more information or to buy the products mentioned in the video, go to thelaundress.com. Enter DCVIDEO11 at checkout for 15 percent off (good through January 19). For more laundry tricks, watch our tutorials on cleaning silk in the machine and washing delicates.

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Ask the Office Guy

What's Dan's New Year's Resolution?

What's Dan's New Year's Resolution?

Ask the Office Guy No. 35

This may shock you: Our office guy, Dan, for all his amazing wisdom, isn’t perfect — and does have things he’d like to improve about himself in 2011. Find out what’s on his list in today’s video.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Nordea Riga Marathon / Flickr

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Food & Drink

Grocery Shopping Tips

Grocery Shopping Tips

An Expert Shows You How to Eat Healthier

Somehow, in just five days, your New Year’s resolution devolved from work out every day to do leg lifts during Hoarders commercials.

Don’t give up. Dr. Frank Lipman, the integrative doc behind NYC’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, showed us how easy it is to get back — and stay — on track in these exclusive new how-to videos.

1. Go healthy at the grocery store (above).
2. Restore overall balance with a tennis ball foot massage.
3. Banish the blues with a restorative yoga pose.
4. De-stress with guided meditation.

And if you really want to get a leg up, try Lipman’s two-week detox program, Remove. No, seriously. Even our staff’s resident “cleanses are for crazy people” skeptic is a believer, mainly because you can have two meals a day of your choosing — plus the provided shakes and vitamins.

Which you can ingest from the convenience of your sofa.

Remove, available online at elevenelevenwellness.com, $199. Want more? Check out the amazing playlist Lipman made us for optimum relaxation.

Special thanks: Jefferson Market, NYC

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How-To

Restorative Yoga Pose

Restorative Yoga Pose

Feel Better Already

When we were told a simple yoga pose could give us an instant happiness/energy boost, we signed up immediately (heck, why not?). Now it’s our go-to when we need a little lift (especially when we get home from work). All it takes is a few towels and a flat surface.

Want more? Check out our videos involving a DIY tennis ball foot massage, guided meditation, and healthy grocery shopping tips. For information about Dr. Frank Lipman, go to elevenelevenwellness.com.

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How-To

Tennis Ball Foot Massage

Tennis Ball Foot Massage

Aim for the Ball

So the Play Tennis Every Week Resolution of 2010 didn’t pan out. Put those lonely balls to good use with a DIY foot massage that will improve your flexibility and balance in just two minutes. It’s so discreet you can do it under your desk at work. No one will be the wiser.

Want more? Check out our videos involving a restorative yoga pose, guided meditation, and healthy grocery shopping tips. For information about Dr. Frank Lipman, go to elevenelevenwellness.com.

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How-To

Simple Guided Meditation

Simple Guided Meditation

Take a Breathing Break

Sometimes you just need a breather. Get the most out of it through guided meditation, as directed by Dr. Frank Lipman (even his accent is soothing). We recommend you watch our video through once to get the idea, and then play it again with your eyes closed. Just listen to get the full benefit.

Want more? Check out our videos involving a DIY tennis ball foot massage, an energizing yoga pose, and healthy grocery shopping tips. For information about Dr. Frank Lipman, go to elevenelevenwellness.com.

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Food & Drink

Two Easy Holiday Nogs

Two Easy Holiday Nogs

Easy Holiday Cocktail Recipes from A Razor, a Shiny Knife

Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit like spiked eggnog (enough down the hatch and we’ll believe in Santa again).

So, our gift to you: recipes for two simple-as-they-are-delicious nogs. Helping us out is Michael Cirino, handsome co-founder of NYC-based dinner party extraordinaires A Razor, a Shiny Knife.

The drinks are easily made in individual servings — which Cirino demos in the video — or big batches for a party. Just keep the ratios the same and your guests will be ho-ho-hoing in no time.

Though if you see an overweight bearded man come down your chimney, we still suggest calling 911.

Thirsty for more? Watch Cirino make an absinthe cocktail that’ll get the party started. For more information about A Razor, a Shiny Knife, go to arazorashinyknife.com.

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Food & Drink

The Green Beast Recipe

The Green Beast Recipe

An Easy Absinthe Cocktail

If you want to start a party — fast — an absinthe cocktail is just the ticket. (Who knew it was even legal, much less so tasty?)

In this video, Michael Cirino, co-founder of NYC-based dinner partiers A Razor, a Shiny Knife, walks us through the recipe for a Green Beast (as coined by the Pernod mixologist who invented it). All it takes is a tiny bit of the green liquor, simple syrup, lime juice, and water.

Just be careful: It’s dangerously delicious.

For more information on A Razor, a Shiny Knife, go to arazorashinyknife.com.

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Fashion

A Very Luxurious Holiday Season

A Very Luxurious Holiday Season

Dedicated Video: NET-A-PORTER.COM

Dashing through the snow,
In a sparkly designer dress,
And sky-high Christian Louboutins.
From where? Take one guess.
NET-A-PORTER.COM.

Shop the latest trends from more than 300 of the hottest designers, including Chloé, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Stella McCartney and many more. With an abundance of divine dresses, sensational shoes, exquisite jewelry, fabulous bags and gift cards, NET-A-PORTER.COM’s holiday gift finder is a style maven’s Christmas wish list come true.

NET-A-PORTER provides around-the-clock advice from expert fashion advisors, same-day delivery throughout Manhattan and express delivery worldwide, along with a hassle-free return-and-exchange policy. Plus, your gifts arrive perfectly presented in its signature packaging, so the gift wrapping is done for you.

Welcome to a wardrobe wonderland.

Shop the holiday gift finder online at net-a-porter.com/gifts.

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Ask the Office Guy

How Do I Repair My Rep After a Crazy Office Holiday Party?

How Do I Repair My Rep After a Crazy Office Holiday Party?

Ask the Office Guy No. 34

How were you supposed to know the handsome man standing by the punch all night was the CEO’s son — and a senior in college? Great. In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan has tips for saving face after a particularly messy holiday party. 

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: x-ray delta one / Flickr

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Holiday

An Easy Updo for Shorter Hair

An Easy Updo for Shorter Hair

A Quick Tutorial from The Drawing Room New York

You perfected messy side buns, around-the-head braids, and sleek chignons. Then you got a haircut and could barely muster a ponytail.

Don’t fret. In today’s video, hair genius Adrienne Saczko of The Drawing Room New York demos a beautiful, easy updo for chin-to-shoulder-length locks. All you need is a curling iron (or hot rollers, if that’s easier), hairspray, bobby pins, and your own two hands.

Once you get the style down, feel free to tighten with more pins (or loosen with fewer) and adorn it with your own accessories.

Preferably not mistletoe.

Want more ideas? Check out our gallery of nine easy holiday hairdos. For more information on The Drawing Room New York, go to thedrawingroomny.com.

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Ask the Office Guy

Holiday Relationship Advice from Our Token Male Editor

Holiday Relationship Advice from Our Token Male Editor

Ask the Office Guy No. 34

We know it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but between handsy co-workers at the office party and your sister’s new BF slurping gravy at dinner, it’s also the most awkward.

Our token male editor/advice dispenser, Dan, is here to help. This year, he’s tackled holiday-related situations aplenty: Is it a turnoff to have seven gifts under your tree for your dog (above)? Is it creepy to hang mistletoe in every doorway? Should you buy a present for the guy you just started dating? And what do you do if you hate the gift from your boyfriend?

If none of these apply, Dan’s got evergreen words of wisdom on everything from great third-date scenarios to Spanx. His advice on postdate texting proved especially useful.

We expect the demand for WWDD bracelets to soar.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com. For more great advice, check out our gallery of quick fixes for party fouls.

Photo: pensacolawinterfest / Flickr

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Ask the Office Guy

What Do I Do if I Hate the Gift from My BF?

What Do I Do if I Hate the Gift from My BF?

Ask the Office Guy No. 35

It’s sweet that he got you something. But a DustBuster and some refrigerator magnets? Really? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan explains the protocol for receiving a gift you hate from your significant other.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

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Ask the Office Guy

Should I Buy a Gift for the Guy I Just Started Dating?

Should I Buy a Gift for the Guy I Just Started Dating?

Ask the Office Guy No. 33

If you start dating a guy around the holidays, the question is bound to arise: Do you buy him a present — or is that weird? In this Ask the Office Guy, Dan gives you his own invaluable gift: advice on the matter at hand.

Got a question for our office guy? E-mail him at theofficeguy@dailycandy.com.

Photo: Aaron Jacobs / Flickr

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Food & Drink

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

How to Open Champagne

You know what could really spoil your NYE celebration? Accidentally hitting someone in the face with the cork as you open a bottle of bubbly.

Don’t spend your first hours of 2011 in an ER. Instead, watch our video tutorial starring Patrick Watson, owner of Brooklyn Wine Exchange in New York. We estimate he’s popped at least 10,000 corks in his lifetime.

And we’ll drink to that. Happy New Year!

For more imbibing tips and tricks, watch our videos on drinking wine like a pro, decanting it, and opening it without getting cork in the bottle.

Photo: E_calamar / Flickr

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Entertainment

Our Interview with Regina Spektor

Our Interview with Regina Spektor

Show Some Respekt

In life, there are a few things everyone can agree are awesome: Harry Potter. Mac ’n’ cheese. Puppies. And Regina Spektor.

So the release of the latter’s amazing new CD/DVD Live in London was the perfect excuse to meet her — and find out what she’s really like. With video camera in tow, we asked her about everything from karaoke to movies she’s embarrassed she hasn’t seen.

As for the album, we’ll go ahead and say if you’ve never been to one of her concerts (and seen her perform songs like “Fidelity,” “Us,” and “Eet”), it’s almost just as great.

We’re sure your holiday gift recipients will feel the same.

To buy Live in London, go to reginaspektor.com. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch our exclusive video of Spektor performing her hit song “On the Radio” (filmed at The Greene Space at WNYC).

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Entertainment

Regina Spektor Performs "On the Radio"

Regina Spektor Performs "On the Radio"

Hey, DJ, Keep Playin' That Song

Still on the fence about buying Regina Spektor’s new CD/DVD, Live in London? To get a taste of what she’s like in concert, check out this exclusive performance of “On the Radio” she did for us at The Greene Space at WNYC. Even if you’ve heard the song a hundred times, our video’s still pretty mesmerizing.

To buy Live in London, go to reginaspektor.com. While you’re waiting for it to arrive, watch our interview with the artist herself.