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Your guests are due in ten, and you’re shoving a fistful of wilty deli flowers into a vase.
Those bodega blooms have more potential than you might think. In today’s video, renowned artist/floral designer Katsuya Nishimori — formerly of Takashimaya Floral and cofounder of the recently opened Florisity in the Flatiron — has tips for making a beautiful French-inspired arrangement for less than $25. Really, you’ll be amazed how good a deli bouquet can look.
Of course, we can’t discount the pros of going to a florist (more variety, bigger blooms, longer flower life, and the magic touch). But if you can fool one or two people in the meantime, consider it a success.
Florisity, 1 West 19th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues (212-366-0891 or florisity.com). If this puts a bloom in your bonnet, go to one of Florisity’s beginner’s classes on November 3 or 10, 6-8 p.m., $225.
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.
Is there something you want to learn to do? Submit ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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).
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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