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We’re all fans of plopping a gift into a bag with tissue paper and calling it a day. But sometimes you want to do something truly special. In this video, designer Geren Lockhart wraps a boxed gift and gives us all something to aspire to.
For more information on Lockhart, go to gerenford.com. For more gift-wrapping ideas, check out how we jazzed up packages nine ways using brown craft paper.
We know a girl whose best friend’s cousin’s dog’s previous owner’s sister is a backup dancer for Beyoncé. So, basically, it’s like we know Beyoncé.
A better way to feel the connection? Try the queen’s favorite hairstyle: a glammed-up deep side part with curls (which she wore at the inauguration and halftime show press conference).
Stylist Jennipher Van Bogart at Woodley & Bunny showed our editor how to do it in just a few easy steps; all you need is root lift product, a curling iron, clips, and hair spray.
It’s your destiny, child.
For more information or to buy any of the products used in the video, go to woodleyandbunny.com.
Photo: Stephania Stanley / DailyCandy
You know in Center Stage when Jody likes Cooper, but Cooper’s all, “Ew, girl, get away,” and Charlie’s like, “Hey, I’m here, and I’m hot, too”?
We wouldn’t mind being part of a love triangle like that. The first step: looking the part. We asked Andie Hecker, former professional dancer with NYC Ballet and founder of Ballet Bodies in L.A., to demo the moves.
In today’s three videos, she shows (rhythmically challenged) editor Lauren Lumsden how to get svelte arms (above), tone her butt and thighs with high kicks, and do a full-body cardio workout — your calves will hurt for days.
And you’ll surely be riding a motorcycle on stage in no time.
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com. Want to keep working out? Here are dozens of ways to show the lingering holiday blub who’s boss.
We like everything to have a little kick to it. So why not our fitness routine? In this video, Andie Hecker of Ballet Bodies in L.A. shows our editor how to tone her thighs and butt with a series of high kicks. Feel free to laugh at her kicks compared to Hecker’s.
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com.
There’s a reason dancers have calves of steel: frequent and constant jumping. In this video, Andie Hecker, founder of Ballet Bodies in L.A., gives our editor the workout of her life — seriously, she had trouble going up and down steps for a week — with petit allegro (the proper term for tiny jumps).
For more information on Ballet Bodies, go to balletbodies.com.
Old Man Winter doesn’t care about popularity; he prefers to sit alone at the lunch table.
Aesthetician Joanna Vargas isn’t fazed by his cold shoulder (pun intended). In today’s Pretty Smart video, she provides five crucial tips for getting rid of and preventing dry, flaky skin.
Use her tried-and-true methods to repair perpetually chapped lips and keep hands from looking twenty years older than the rest of you. She even shares a recipe for an exfoliating sugar scrub you can make in one minute flat.
She’s our nominee for prom queen.
For more information on Vargas, go to joannavargas.com.
If your skin could talk, it’d ask you to skip the month of December and head straight to January resolutions. (Grinch.)
Introduce your epidermis to Mimi Dakar Berry of the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic in Beverly Hills (yes, they’re daughter/mother). In today’s Pretty Smart videos, she shares three DIY concoctions to erase the damage of seven eggnogs in one night.
Start with a clarifying probiotic scrub, follow with a brightening daisy-infused face mask (above), and end with a two-minute depuffing massage. Alone or altogether, these steps make your skin look ten times fresher.
And the best part? They’re as easy as (five slices of pecan) pie.
For more information on the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, go to sonyadakarskinclinic.com.
Most of us know about taking a daily probiotic for digestion. But how about applying it topically for glowing skin? In this video, Mimi Dakar Berry of Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic shows how to make her tried-and-true face scrub, which rejuvenates your face in less than twenty minutes.
It’s not hard to make the mental leap from hot rollers to Golden Girl Sophia Petrillo running around in a purple bathrobe.
Heed her age-acquired wisdom: They’re better for your hair, simpler to use than a curling iron, and yield just-as-great-if-not-better results when used correctly.
For proof, watch our tutorial with Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of Fox & Boy salon in New York City. Dickson’s easy steps require only two things: rollers (here are the ones we like best) and hair spray.
You’ll be so amazed by the volume (easily adjustable with a brush) you may want to call Dickson.
And thank her for being a friend.
Want more of Dickson’s tricks? Learn to cut your own bangs, give yourself a salon-quality blowout, or do a messy side bun. For more information on Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.
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.
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.
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.
DIY footwear conjures images of postpedicure paper flip-flops and plastic bags taped over shoes in the rain.
Here to elevate the idea is I Spy DIY’s Jenni Radosevich. For today’s Easy Does It video, we gave her a pair of $17 H&M sandals and told her to make them special for less than $20.
The result: seriously cute, tribal-inspired kicks that took about 45 minutes, start to finish, to doll up. All you need is colorful string, glue, scissors, and a can-do attitude. Just kidding — you don’t even need a can-do attitude (it’s that easy).
Her trick can also be applied — literally — to belts, bracelets, hair bands, you name it.
If you want more (you will), check out her new book, I Spy DIY Style, for enough ideas to keep you busy all summer.
No fake flower hair clips as shoe adornments in sight.
I Spy DIY Style is available online at amazon.com, $15. To see Radosevich’s inspiration, go to ispydiy.com. Want to learn to do more cool stuff? Watch our videos on getting Madonna-worthy hair, making a Kentucky Derby hat, or constructing a candelabra from stuff at the hardware store.
Whether you loved or loathed Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl, you have to admit one thing: The red-haired tightrope guy was awesome, right? (Yes.)
Also the Material Girl’s still got it — as the promo pics from her soon-to-drop album, Mdna, prove. Her strategically messed-up locks are provocative and downright hot — and not something we’d ever try at home. Until now.
In today’s Easy Does It video, Michael Angelo, the founder and lead stylist at Wonderland Beauty Parlor in NYC, gives us three simple steps to getting the look. And, no joke, they really work.
All you need is mousse, a curling iron, texturizing spray, and attitude.
Beefcake dancers wouldn’t hurt either.
For more great hair ideas, see how to do a bride-worthy chignon, an around-the-head French braid, and a messy side bun. Or cover it all up with a cool head scarf. For more information on Angelo or Wonderland Beauty Parlor, go to wonderlandbeautyparlor.com.
Photo: Mert and Marcus / Courtesy of Universal
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.
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 lifting your shoulders up and down can help chisel your abs, sign us up. Alas, this exercise from GST Body founder Anna Rahe isn’t as easy as it looks (which is probably why it works).
“A bottle of Boone’s Farm followed by a Zima flavored with Skittles.” — Us, 1997
“Single-malt Scotch, please.” — Us, 2012
Responsible for this personal growth: Ricky Crawford, a former Glenlivet brand ambassador who throws the funniest and most informative single-malt Scotch tastings this side of Glasgow.
In today’s video, he gives us a miniature lesson on how to order — and actually enjoy — a glass of the good Scottish spirit. Do as he says and you’ll be surprised how many heads turn at the bar.
Crawford’s as charming as he is Scottish. (Yes, the man wears a kilt.) And now you can book his services for all your soirees (birthdays, bachelorette parties, etc.).
Just don’t take any cheap shots.
To book Crawford for a tasting, go to rickyshopscotch.com.
You can infer a lot about a person from her wallet. Pictures of 28 kids? G-ma. Big wad of ones? Stripper. A dozen Red Lobster receipts? Someone we want to be friends with.
But, if you’re like us, there’s a big difference between what’s in your wallet and what should be in it, according to Alexa von Tobel, founder of women’s go-to finance site LearnVest.
In today’s video, von Tobel goes through editor Lauren Lumsden’s wallet and explains what she is doing right ($45 in cash) and wrong (a million gift cards). We especially love her tip on the one thing that significantly increases the chances of your wallet being returned if you lose it.
Von Tobel also advises us on her preferred way to divide finances after you get married and what to do with an extra $100 (two of LearnVest’s most frequently asked questions).
To us, that’s worth a lot of (Cheddar Bay biscuit) dough.
For more tips, go to learnvest.com. For 25 percent off LearnVest’s personalized financial planning services, enter DAILYCANDY25 at checkout.
It’s an uncomfortable question but a necessary one: What’s the best way to combine bank accounts with your partner after you get married? In this video, LearnVest’s founder Alexa von Tobel has pragmatic advice for doing just that.
For more solid financial guidance, go to learnvest.com.