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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Guacamole

In the Kitchen: Guacamole

Empellon chef Alex Stupak’s easy recipe

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.

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Fashion

Watch Sartorial Magic Happen

Watch Sartorial Magic Happen

“The Great Gatsby” costume setup in 45 seconds

Not to brag, but we touched clothing that Leonardo DiCaprio wore. How? For our recent Fashion in Film event, The Great Gatsby’s wardrobe/production designer Catherine Martin let us borrow and display three costumes from the film.

The setup, which took about eight hours, is condensed to less than a minute in this time-lapse video. The costumes, from left to right, were worn by Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and DiCaprio in the scene where Gatsby greets Daisy at Nick’s home.

If you look closely you can see our interview with the Oscar-winning designer (you can’t miss her blond hair) toward the end.

To see more of Martin, check out our retrospective of her work.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Entertainment

All Ears on Her

All Ears on Her

She performs “Renaissance Girls” at our office

Whether we’ve recently been dumped, had a long day at work, or are just in a crappy mood, we all need an emergency empowerment jam.

The givens: “Single Ladies,” by Bey; “Girl on Fire,” by Alicia; and now — tuning into the indie station — “Renaissance Girls,” by Oh Land.

Get familiar with the song in today’s video. The Denmark-born, Brooklyn-based musician, whose real name is Nanna Øland Fabricius, performed the soon-to-be hit on our back couches with only her pipes and a toy piano.

If you like what you hear (you will), get her new album, Wish Bone (out September 24), and hit up her concerts tonight or next Tuesday. Why?

Because you’re a rock star.

See Oh Land tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, between Kent and Wythe Avenues, Williamsburg (musichallofwilliamsburg.com); doors, 8 p.m.; tickets ($20) at ticketmaster.com; and Tuesday at Gramercy Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues (212-614-6932 or thegramercytheatre.com); doors, 7 p.m.; tickets ($20) at livenation.com. Download Wish Bone at itunes.com, $10. To get to know Oh Land, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Fashion

Fashion Meets Dysfunction in “Ivy Holland: By My Selfie”

Fashion Meets Dysfunction in “Ivy Holland: By My Selfie”

A DailyCandy and Tribeca Enterprises special presentation

Where does top NYC stylist Ivy Holland see herself in ten years? Trick question: She doesn’t want to — and she’ll smash every mirror in her house if it comes to that.

Sound like someone you want to know (or pretend to know)? Watch our new short film Ivy Holland: By My Selfie, by writer/director Matt Lenski.

Sadly, or maybe happily, it’s a work of fiction. But we can guarantee actress Alex Butler (co-writer) gets the obsessive selfie-taking type just right.

But please don’t say it takes one to know one.

Don’t move a muscle. Okay, except for the finger you need to move your mouse to watch our short documentary Chasing Tommy Ton.

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Fashion

Meet the Man Who Inspired “Chasing Tommy Ton”

Meet the Man Who Inspired “Chasing Tommy Ton”

A DailyCandy and Tribeca Enterprises special presentation

If you don’t know Jak & Jil (the blog, not the nursery rhyme), you’ve probably been hiding under an unfashionable rock since 2005. Tommy Ton, the site’s founder, is one of the original street style photographers.

His taste and pictures are instantly recognizable. But here’s the weird thing: Until we partnered with Tribeca Enterprises to make this documentary, we couldn’t have picked him out of a lineup. That’s why we’re thrilled to present our first short documentary, Chasing Tommy Ton.

In the film, we turn the camera around on Ton to reveal his day-to-day life, from what he looks for in a subject to why he loves his job. The craziest part? Director Christina Voros and her team shot it entirely in the last month, mostly during Fashion Week.

Like Tommy Ton, we like gratification in a flash. 

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Food & Drink

Break Us Off a Piece

Break Us Off a Piece

Balaboosta’s Einat Admony demos a tried-and-true recipe

This is going to be a bold claim, but we found the Harry Potter of cookbooks.

It’s called Balaboosta, and its Israeli-inspired recipes are universal crowd-pleasers. What’s even better: They’re almost all YA-level easy.

In today’s videos, we got the resident Rowling, Einat Admony (behind NYC’s Balaboosta and Taim restaurants), to show us how to make two of her recipes: homemade Kit Kat (above, and better than the real thing) and chilled eggplant salad.

One bite of either and you won’t put the book down until you’ve made everything in it.

We just hope there are at least six (seven?) sequels.

Balaboosta is available at amazon.com, $18. For more kitchen goodness, check out our videos on donuts, ginger cookies, and frozen peanut butter pops.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Food & Drink

Einat Admony’s favorite childhood dish

Einat Admony’s favorite childhood dish

Balaboosta’s Einat Admony’s childhood recipe

If you think you don’t like eggplant, you will now (our editor is living proof). And if you already sing its praises, get ready to freak out over chef Einat Admony’s simple recipe. 

Admony grew up on the dish and swears it tastes as good (and maybe even better) after a few days in the fridge. 

To buy Admony’s new cookbook, Balaboosta, go to amazon.com, $18. Then watch how she prepares a homemade Kit Kat

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Fashion

My Favorite Outfit: Smith Sinrod

My Favorite Outfit: Smith Sinrod

The designer has a classically pretty look

With pearl earrings, a pencil skirt, her grandmother’s ring, and a Southern drawl that slips out every so often, Smith Sinrod is a girl you’d happily take home to your parents.

In this video, the creator of By Smith explains her tried-and-true look. For those of you in New York, we filmed in one of our favorite spots, the alley leading to Freemans.

For more information, go to bysmithcollection.com.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Fashion

My Favorite Outfit: Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato

My Favorite Outfit: Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato

The twins show us their most-loved looks

What would you wear every day if you could? (And you can’t say pajamas, because that’s a given.)

That’s the question we’re asking in our new series, My Favorite Outfit. In each video, the most stylish designers/boutique owners/cool people we know show us the clothing they currently dig head to toe.

In our first videos, we have three NYC-based heavy hitters: jewelry wunderkinds Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato (above), Owen boutique owner Phillip Salem, and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff. Tomorrow, we’ll have Smith Sinrod of By Smith clothing.

Since it’s Fashion Week, we asked them to show us what they’re wearing for the shows.

We didn’t even have to tell them no sleepwear.

To see what our own editors are wearing this week, plus show coverage and giveaways, check out our Fashion Week Dossier.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Fashion

My Favorite Outfit: Rachel Antonoff

My Favorite Outfit: Rachel Antonoff

The designer makes us want seersucker pants

We knew and loved Rachel Antonoff way back when she had brown hair. Now, nearly 50 years later, we feel the same.

Kidding. It’s been only seven years, and her artificially gray/blue locks are — how do the kids say it? — mad dope. That’s why we turned to her for the second video in our new series, My Favorite Outfit, in which our fashionable friends and idols show us their preferred getups.

For more information on Antonoff, go to rachelantonoff.com.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Fashion

My Favorite Outfit: Phillip Salem

My Favorite Outfit: Phillip Salem

The Owen owner shows his true colors

Spend one minute in Phillip Salem’s Meatpacking store, Owen, and your wallet will happily surrender (every item blurs the line between want and need, especially a certain Wayne leather tank).

Salem, who does all the buying, has impeccable taste. That’s why we chose him to kick off our latest video series, My Favorite Outfit. From Acne leather pants to Super sunglasses, he presents the ensemble he’d like to wear every day of Fashion Week.

For more information on Owen, go to owennyc.com.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Beauty

Pretty Smart: A Workout Hairstyle

Pretty Smart: A Workout Hairstyle

A sporty braid tutorial from the official U.S. Open hairstylist

How is it that Rafa can play a grueling three-and-a-half-hour match on Monday and walk directly out of it looking like someone we’d like to marry?

We’ll skip to the short answer: his hair. Which is why, for today’s video, we went to the stylist who gave him those locks, Julien Farel, to see if he could bestow the same sweat-proof allure on our beauty editor, Jennifer Jackson.

Farel, who has been the official U.S. Open stylist for seven years (his pop-up salon is next to the player’s gym at Arthur Ashe), opts for a braided ponytail with minimal product. We adore the guaranteed-to-stay-put look.

You might even call it love.

For more information on Farel, go to julienfarel.com.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Food & Drink

In the Kitchen: Cake Donuts

In the Kitchen: Cake Donuts

Pastry chef Stephen Collucci gives us a gift

In recent months, donuts and their fans have gone a little bit crazy. See: cronuts.

Bypass three-hour waits and pay homage to the original by making your own old-fashioned cake donuts (no special tools required). In today’s video, Colicchio & Sons pastry chef Stephen Collucci — whose donut bible Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped came out yesterday — teaches you how.

The best part of this recipe is that it’s customizable. We covered our creations in pistachio- and lavender-infused sugars, but Nutella was a thought (it always is).

Go wild.

Glazed, Filled, Sugared & Dipped is available at amazon.com, $13.50. To stay sweet, check out our videos on making peanut butter pops, ginger cookies, and profiteroles.

Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy

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Kids

The Fun’s Packed In

The Fun’s Packed In

Lunchtime inspiration for back-to-school

Here’s the thing about lunch: It’s not breakfast (the most important meal of the day), it’s not dinner (the most important family time of the day), and five out of seven times it arrives in a brown paper bag. Bo-ring.

Make the midday meal fresh (and healthy) with a few simple tricks.

Keep an apple from turning brown by cutting it up and putting it back together with a rubber band (yes, it really works). Flatten a regular sandwich to roll and slice like sushi. Employ cookie cutters on the main course. And finish the meal with a special parent-approved treat.

Delicious.

We’ve got more parenting tricks of the trade. Learn to master the morning routine and turn a bored-nothing-to-do afternoon into a backyard wonderland.

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Interior Motives

Interior Motives

We get a tour of the Vena Cava co-designer’s digs

We never expected to be envious about a life-size porcelain monkey hanging from someone’s ceiling. (Those teeth!) 

Yet the moment we stepped into Vena Cava co-designer Lisa Mayock’s inimitable Williamsburg apartment, we wanted everything in sight — primate included.

In today’s Inside Story video, Mayock gives us a tour of the space she shares with her husband, Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos, from ceramic-hand displays to the surplus of space agey triangles.

After watching, if you’re like us, you’ll want to scour eBay for awesomely weird collections to call your own.

We’re not monkeying around.

For information about Mayock’s company, go to venacava.com. To see how more fashion heavy hitters live, check out Lela Rose’s urban mansion in Tribeca, Kaelen Haworth’s East Village loft, and Hillary Taymour’s Brooklyn pad.

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SuChin Pak’s Currently Coveting: Emerging Artists

SuChin Pak’s Currently Coveting: Emerging Artists

Our chief correspondent’s obsessions right now

In today’s installment of Currently Coveting, chief correspondent Suchin Pak shows three of her favorite works of art, all by under-the-radar creatives. From a kitschy cat and mouse to a literal interpretation of “I heart you,” your walls are set.

This week’s picks are available at stillhousenyc.com, etsy.com, and thetappancollective.com.

Next Video: The Eyes Have It
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Beauty

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Makeup artist Amanda Bell gives us a quick tutorial

In an informal editors’ poll on which one type of makeup they’d take to a deserted island, concealer, bronzer, and mascara topped the list. Eyeliner/shadow was nowhere to be found.

Until now. Ever since Pixi makeup artist Amanda Bell showed us how to do a subdued, bronzed smoky eye, we feel naked without it.

The look doesn’t scream “I’m going to da club”; it’s versatile enough for pretty much anything (we like it for summer, but we’ll definitely wear it into winter). Even better, it takes only a thin pencil, a thick one, a blending brush, mascara, and about two minutes.

We think you’ll find it indispensable.

Endless Silky Eye pen in Cafe Gold, available at pixibeauty.com, $15; Lid Last Shadow pen in Bronze Brilliance, available at pixibeauty.com, $18; Large Lash mascara in Bold Black, available at pixibeauty.com, $18; Natural Brow Duo, available at pixibeauty.com, $18.

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Fashion

SuChin Pak’s Currently Coveting: Summer Accessories

SuChin Pak’s Currently Coveting: Summer Accessories

Our chief correspondent’s obsessions right now

We’re at that point in summer when we don’t want to buy new clothes, because fall isn’t far off. But we’re sick of everything we’ve worn the past four months. Here’s a solution: accessories. In today’s Currently Coveting, SuChin Pak has kanga-inspired brooches, statement necklaces, and dainty headbands that make the rest of your outfit feel new.

This week’s picks are available at winkandflip.com, camcicamca.com, and etsy.com.

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Beauty

Quick Fix: Metallic Eye Makeover

Quick Fix: Metallic Eye Makeover

Three ways to master the trend

Leave your makeup bag at home: In this Be Ready in a Flash video, our advertising and commerce editor, Larkin Clark, proves that one product — metallic liquid eyeliner — can be your new after-work staple (whether you loved the ’80s or not).

Try it out and tweet a photo of your new look with #PowerShotBeReady. Learn more about Canon PowerShot at usa.canon.com.

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Food & Drink

Quick Fix: Coconut Water Cocktail

Quick Fix: Coconut Water Cocktail

A refreshing cooler you just shake and serve

Who’s the hostess with the mostest? You, when you serve this easy-to-prep cocktail round after round. In this Be Ready in a Flash video, our advertising and commerce editor, Larkin Clark, shows you how to shake it up.

Tweet your favorite cocktail that’s ready in a flash with #PowerShotBeReady. Learn about Canon PowerShot at usa.canon.com.

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Beauty

Quick Fix: Vintage-Inspired Hair

Quick Fix: Vintage-Inspired Hair

An elegant updo you can accomplish in less than five minutes

Wouldn’t it be nice to look like a silver-screen goddess all day every day? In this Be Ready in a Flash video, our advertising and commerce editor, Larkin Clark, shows you how to channel old-school glamour with pins, a hair band, and a magical product that fits in your purse.

Try it out and tweet a photo of your new do with #PowerShotBeReady. Learn more about Canon PowerShot at usa.canon.com.