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Don’t walk backward into the ocean. Tone your derriere with help from Anna Rahe, founder of GST Body in Los Angeles. In this video, she demonstrates some moves you can get behind. (Get it?)For more information and exercises or to order the Kinetic Traction Strap ($50), go to gstbody.com.
If artisanal ice cream is the new cupcake, what to do with all those cute cupcake wrappers?
We’ve found six ways to turn the humble, pleated paper cup into your party’s main attraction. From ice cream bowls and name card holders to garlands and flowers — it’s a cupcake wrapper celebration you’ll eat up.
Without a smidge of frosting.
Cupcake wrappers available at bakeitpretty.com.
Los Angeles is full of secrets, from who’s gone under the knife (everyone) to what really happened that fateful night (which one? Exactly.).
Tinseltown designer Heidi Merrick has nothing to hide. For today’s Inside Story, she lets our cameras into her idyllic home, anchored deep in the Silver Lake hills.
What did we discover? Her cherublike daughter, Hiver, jumping on her canopy bed; an Ikea piece she transformed with bright blue paint; and enough light to make sunglasses an indoor necessity.
The place is as much outdoors as in, which is one reason people live in L.A. anyway.
That’s public knowledge.
Shop Merrick’s fall collection (and the pillows you see in her house) at heidimerrick.com. To ogle more homes, check out Lela Rose’s dog elevator, Rebecca Minkoff’s Zen den, and Kaelen Haworth’s DJ booth.
Forget sexting. We’re big on Mexting (i.e., sending your friends random shots of Mexican food).
For a picture worth a thousand characters, whip up the best guacamole this side of the border with help from Alex Stupak, mastermind chef behind Empellón Taqueria and Empellón Cocina.
In addition to divulging his easy recipe (hint: It calls for pistachios), Stupak dishes on what to look for when you cut into an avocado and how much to mash.
Pair the green goodness with chips, sliced veggies, or a spoon — and call it a Labor Day party.
Just Instagram us the invite.
Try it straight from the master at Empellón Cocina, 105 First Avenue, between East 6th and 7th Streets (212-780-0999 or empellon.com). For more foodie fun, learn to make Thiago Silva’s frozen peanut butter pops, Daniel Boulud’s stove-top burger, and Daniel Holzman’s squash salad.
A ponytail-related vocabulary list:
shark n. A finlike bump that refuses to stay down.
peach fuzz n. Tiny, persistent flyaways.
rattail n. Hair near the neck that escapes the elastic.
Get more meaningful definition at John Barrett Salon’s new Ponytail Bar, the go-to for sleek, effortless versions of the updo.
There’s a big difference between what we throw together pregym and Gwyneth Paltrow’s flawless coiffure. Stylist Halli Bivona proves it by showing us how to master the classic pony. Her steps are easy to follow and require few tools.
Words can’t express our happiness.
John Barrett Salon, at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, at 58th Street, ninth floor (212-872-2700 or johnbarrett.com). Want to keep watching? Learn to cut your own bangs, get just-out-of-the-ocean curls, or nail an easy updo for short hair.
For most of our New York-based staffers, a dishwasher is a source of pride.
For designer Lela Rose, it’s an elevator in the shape of a Monopoly house for her dog, Stitch.
The gracious Texan-turned-Tribeca resident shows us around her unlike-anything-we’ve-seen apartment for today’s Inside Story video.
Her home, which she’s lived in for three years with her two children and husband, has tables that come out of the floor and ceiling (to accommodate 66-person dinners she hosts for Edible Schoolyard NYC), a room lined entirely in gray felt, and a closet that, well, you have to see to believe.
Rose even has a cavernous space in her basement dedicated to tasting tequila (we hear Mario Batali’s gotten comfortable there a time or two). Alas, it was too dark for us to shoot.
Which is, perhaps, for the best. Because someone might’ve ended up in the dog elevator.
Channel Rose’s elegance at lelarose.com. To learn more about Edible Schoolyard NYC, go to esynyc.org. For more home porn, check out designer Kaelen Haworth’s downtown dream loft and designer Hillary Taymour’s DIY decor-flanked pad.
On days when nothing’s going right (food baby in the belly, hovering boss, ex posting a million pics of his new GF on Facebook), nail art still has an uncanny ability to make us smile.
We ventured to Wassaic, New York, a friendly hamlet two hours from NYC, where artist and certified nail technician Breanne Trammell churns out designs we love from her studio in an old barn.
In today’s Pretty Smart videos, she shows us a lowbrow/highbrow duo: donut sprinkles that’ll make you hungry (above) and geometric, summer-inspired shapes reminiscent of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park paintings.
Both tutorials are easy enough for amateurs, though Trammell did help our editor with her left hand.
She really nailed it.
Check out Trammell’s newly funded Kickstarter. For more information, go to breannetrammell.com. To watch more Pretty Smart videos, learn to shape eyebrows, style just-out-of-the-ocean hair, and conceal a blemish.
Nail art has come a long way since sparkles and daisies. In this video, artist and nail tech Breanne Trammell shows us how to paint designs inspired by the late California-based artist Richard Diebenkorn and his soothing Ocean Park series of abstract paintings.
Check out Trammell’s newly funded Kickstarter. For more information, go to breannetrammell.com.
Glitter and glue sticks go together like Lewis and Clark — it’s always an adventure.
But as much as we love a good art project, we’re also a bit crazy about an orderly play space. That’s why we’re building a case for the bookcase craft center.
It’s simple enough that even the most artistically challenged parent can pull it together, small enough that it fits into a kid-size bedroom, and organized enough that a 4-year-old can manage the cleanup.
Don’t believe us? Just watch.
When we were kids, we ate spoonfuls of peanut butter between meals. And by “when we were kids,” we mean yesterday.
Here to make shoveling heaps of spread into your face socially acceptable is Thiago Silva, executive pastry chef at Catch. In today’s video, he creates his renowned frozen peanut butter pops.
The dessert is easy to make (it requires no heat, and Silva actually prefers to use Skippy) and great for adult and kid parties alike. Plus, it keeps for a month in the freezer (or leave it unfrozen and use as cake filler).
If you’re not the DIY type, he serves it every night at Catch alongside the peanut butter cup souffle. (While you’re there, the s’mores pizza is also the shiz.)
It’ll bring out your not-so inner child.
Catch, 21 Ninth Avenue, at West 13th Street (212-392-5978 or catchnewyorkcity.com). Think you missed something in the video? Here’s the full recipe. For more sweet treats, watch how to make a mojito sundae and Manhattan float with Jeni Britton Bauer from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
You know you’ve made it when your autobiography is so hotly anticipated there’s a drink named after it. In this video, Red Rooster Harlem’s mixologist Lonn Coupel-Coward shows us how to shake up the cocktail in honor of his boss Marcus Samuelsson’s Yes, Chef. Full credit goes to Ginny’s Supper Club’s head bartender David Powell for inventing the cocktail.
Yes, Chef is available at amazon.com, $16.
We love a good rags-to-riches story, especially when it’s true, well deserved, and recounted by the convivial and talented Marcus Samuelsson.
His autobiography, Yes, Chef (out yesterday), starts with the journey to live with adoptive parents in Sweden after losing his birth mother to tuberculosis in Ethiopia and ends with the opening of Red Rooster Harlem, the restaurant where Obama digs the cornbread.
In honor of the moving tale, we asked Samuelsson to make his favorite childhood dish: the tastiest gravlax (cured salmon) sandwich this side of Scandinavia, just like his adoptive grandma used to make.
It’s a lunchtime treat.
And ensures your afternoon has a happily ever after.
Yes, Chef is available at amazon.com, $16.
Contrary to popular belief, the greatest part of working at DailyCandy isn’t brainstorming Michael Fassbender puns, weird cubicle decor, or morning Scotch tastings.
It’s getting the word out about fledgling businesses — and watching them take off. We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our third annual Start Small, Go Big Contest.
Through August 3, enter your small biz idea for the chance to win a trip to New York City, website and email write-ups, callouts on our social networks, and a spot at the DailyCandy Academy, where you’ll get advice from big shots like Spanx founder Sara Blakely and designer Jonathan Adler.
We’ll choose a winner in the categories of food and drink, fashion, health and beauty, home, and digital and tech. We can’t wait to spend hours going through the entries.
You might even call it a (Fass)bender.
Enter now at dailycandy.com/startsmallgobig.
It’s just a matter of time before Apple and Google spy planes make maps so high-tech we can zoom in to see what our pets do when no one’s watching (fingers crossed).
For now, there’s Inside Story, our video series in which cool people invite us into their personal living spaces. In today’s installment, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff opens the door to her Manhattan loft.
Included in the tour: her ginormous closet, a massive collection of taupe booties, a close-up of her wedding invitation, and an introduction to her sweet baby, Luca (by far our favorite part).
Her hot-as-he-is-talented husband, Gavin Bellour, shot the video.
Now that’s what we call insider access. For more information, go to rebeccaminkoff.com. For more Inside Story videos, check out dermatologist Sherry Shieh’s home beauty cabinet and designer Kaelen Haworth’s ridiculous apartment.
Big hair. Rock gods. Parties and vinyl.
The ’80s were nothin’ but a good time, so tease your mane and relive the music and memories with Rock of Ages, the movie.
Get ready for a rock ’n’ roll romance told through heart-pounding hits by Def Leppard, Poison, Journey, and Twisted Sister, performed by stars so dazzling (Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, and Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx), you’ll need to don your shades.
Catch a trailer, tweet @RockofAgesMovie, and like the movie on Facebook.
You can’t fight the feeling.
See Rock of Ages in theaters Friday. Order your tickets to the June 15 premiere now at fandango.com.
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a dermatologist as a best friend? Think of the free samples and late-night phone calls every time you get a blemish.
Instead of sneaking into a med school graduation, consider watching today’s Inside Story video. We swing by Dr. Sherry Shieh’s Manhattan apartment and invade her beauty cabinet.
From face wash to body moisturizer, she shows us what she uses to keep her skin flawless (and it is flawless). The best part: Almost everything she recommends is available at the drugstore.
Four of our editors have been seeing Shieh for years (and adore her).
Fortunately for her, that’s the extent of the relationship.
For more information on Dr. Shieh, go to sherryshiehmd.com. For more tips, check out our videos on how to conceal under-eye circles, make a messy side bun, and find your correct bra size.
You single-handedly solved the case of the missing keys and ferreted out the elusive lipgloss “borrower” through a combination of interrogation and cunning.
Now you have until tonight at 9/8c (and every Tuesday for the rest of the summer) to prep your sleuthing skills for more dangerous offenses.
Tune in to TNT’s third season of Rizzoli & Isles and join police detective Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) as they track down Boston’s most-wanted criminals. The duo’s offbeat chemistry spices up new story lines (bullet recovery, unexpected family members, and murder), while the question of a certain serial killer’s fate lingers in the background.
No shtick, Sherlock.
Get in on the action and catch Rizzoli & Isles tonight at 9/8c on TNT. Watch the trailer now.
When it comes to being the fun parent, there’s no contest — Dad always wins.
On Father’s Day, help him keep his cool cred with a scavenger hunt on ice. In today’s video (our first-ever Kids production), we show you how your chips off the old block can have a chilled-out time with dear old Dad.
All you need is distilled water, a few toys that can get wet, a freezer, and the foresight to prep the activity in advance.
But that shouldn’t be a problem. Moms are cool like that.
If the saying “the camera adds ten pounds” is true, then we have a new one: A webcam adds fifteen, plus about 50 shades of creepiness.
To find out how to look more like ourselves (and less like an online predator) over Google video chat and Skype, we ask L.A.-based photographer/director Matthew Rolston for tips. In today’s video, he tells us how to sit, position the camera, and light our face for maximum attractiveness.
We’re in good hands with Rolston, who was discovered by Andy Warhol in the early ’80s. He’s photographed everyone you can think of, from Angelina for the cover of Rolling Stone to Alexander Skarsgård in the buff, covered in fake blood.
That’s the kind of creepiness we can get down with.
For more information on Rolston, go to matthewrolston.com. Then watch our video on how to pose for a still photograph.