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You know what was truly a fright last Halloween? Seeing a sexy Sarah Palin on every block.
This year, opt for something a little more original and a little less hockey MILF (but perhaps equally as creepy). And no, Balloon Boy isn’t what we’re getting at.
In today’s video, we show you five easy DIY costumes that you can make in less than ten minutes: a cereal killer, little white lies, swine flu (sorry, couldn’t resist), a chick in a box, and — get this — a Kraft single (you know we’d never pass up a chance to be cheesy).
The best part: You won’t need to stand in line at a Halloween superstore (which can be a scary sight on its own) for any of the above.
You’re a maverick in disguise.
For more detailed descriptions on how to make each costume, check out our photo gallery.
Think fast: Your income just increased by $100 every month. What do you do, hotshot? What do you do? LearnVest’s founder Alexa von Tobel knows where you should put that cash and explains it here. (Sadly, the answer isn’t in a new Marc Jacobs bag.)
For more solid financial advice, go to learnvest.com.
Yes, we know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, it’s what’s inside that counts, and so on and so forth.
But like the body of Arnold with a Denzel face, a beautifully presented gift never hurt anybody.
In today’s video, we asked Geren Ford designer/founder Geren Lockhart to show us a few of her favorite wrapping techniques from her Los Angeles home. Lockhart, who’s been renowned by friends for her pretty packages for years, showed us two methods: one for a soft package (above) and the other for a boxed gift.
While we were in the zone, a few DailyCandy editors came up with nine neat ways to wrap a present in brown craft paper. (Faux bois stamps? Felt acorns? Check.)
Appearance is all that matters.
For more information on Lockhart, go to gerenford.com.
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.
’Tis the season for fug sweaters, awkward hometown encounters with high school chums, and office-party faux pas.
When all else fails, we can at least make sure our makeup looks good.
Done. In today’s video, Birchbox’s brilliant Mollie Chen shows us a few ways to touch up and brighten our face postwork, preparty — all in less than five minutes. From her favorite eyeliners and gloss to why it’s better to wear a brightening powder than a translucent one, Chen knows her stuff.
While we had the Birchbox ladies in our office, we also asked co-founder Katia Beauchamp (whose hair always looks amazing) to show us how to create a cool cocktail party-ready updo. All it takes is a few minutes, dry shampoo, some pins, and elastic.
You know, the same thing we’ll need around our waistline after tomorrow.
To subscribe to Birchbox or purchase any of the products mentioned in the video, go to birchbox.com. For more beauty tips, watch our videos on how to do the perfect cat eye and the right way to tweeze your brows.
You know those people in the world who seem to never have bad hair days? Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp is one of them. In this video, she shows us how to do a cool twist-around side-bun updo using just dry shampoo, a teasing brush, elastic, and some pins.
To subscribe to Birchbox or buy any of the products mentioned in the video, go to birchbox.com.
We’re fighting the urge to say “meow” right now. The cat eye, as demonstrated by makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, just looks that good. In this video, she reveals her method, including her preferred liner and brush.
For more beauty tips or information on Tendler, go to her Tumblr or amtendler.com.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if full-coverage wet suits were this summer’s go-to beach style?
Maybe not. But it’s that kind of logic that led us to film three exercise videos with Will Torres, the handsome, muscled trainer behind the new private gym Willspace, in the West Village.
We asked Torres for moves that would give us immediate results (as in, how to make biceps look tank top-ready in five minutes or less). He gave us nine: three each for abs (above), legs, and arms.
We’ll tell you right now: They’re pretty tough (our out-of-shape editor had to lie down between takes).
But they’re easier than trying to figure out how to wear Spanx under a bathing suit.
Willspace (201-780-0351 or willspace.com). Want to keep exercising in front of your computer? Check out the videos we did with Tracy Anderson.
Music: “Test Drive,” by Zapac
You’ve got your sunscreen, towel, and bathing suit. But are you fully armed for the beach? In this video, trainer Will Torres demos three exercises that’ll make your biceps appear more toned immediately.
For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.
Music: “Test Drive” by Zapac
One of our editor’s first concerts was ZZ Top. A vivid memory? When they performed “Legs,” the crowd went wild. It’s with that same enthusiasm we present trainer Will Torres’s three exercises to get your gams in shape. No out-of-control beard required: All you need is a towel.
For more information on Torres and his new West Village personal training gym, go to willspace.com.
Normally, we scoff at fruit as dessert, but chef Sam Talbot’s dish made us reconsider. In this video, he whips up papaya, pineapple, and crenshaw melon with just a little honey, oil, and sea salt.
Hungry for more? Watch Talbot grill fish tacos, Daniel Boulud cook the perfect stove-top burger, and Tamara Reynolds whip up four delicious picnic recipes. And check out Talbot’s quick list of must-have grilling tools.
Thanks for a great week, weather. We especially appreciate the frizzy hair, inside-out umbrella, and near-constant inability to catch a cab.
But we have something to make it all better: a fish taco tutorial with handsome chef Sam Talbot. (And, yes, he really is as much of a feast for the eyes as his food is for the belly.)
Talbot, who was a Top Chef semifinalist, is now head chef at Imperial No. Nine. He spent years perfecting his recipe — from cooking the halibut just right to making sure it doesn’t fall out of the tortilla. (“My friends would give me a really hard time for that.”) He even gave us the recipe for the relish he uses.
In today’s video, he cooks on a flattop grill, or plancha, but the instructions carry over to an outdoor charcoal or gas grill, should you have a Memorial Day cookout.
Or cook-in, as the case may be.
Hungry for more? Watch Daniel Boulud cook the perfect stove-top burger and Tamara Reynolds whip up four delicious picnic recipes. And check out Talbot’s quick list of must-have grilling tools.
Hey, have you heard? Prince Will and Kate Middleton are getting married! It’s crazy how no one is talking about it.
Clearly, we jest. We’re as obsessed with the royals as the next palatial interloper. In today’s video, we team up with NYC-based milliner and all-around cool lady Eugenia Kim to craft a beautiful headpiece (perfect for 5 a.m. viewing parties).
You can buy all the supplies at any craft store for about $20. Feel free to use your favorite colors, fake flowers, and feathers — or even sub a headband for the clip.
We also asked Kim for her take on a Kentucky Derby hat. All you need is your favorite silk scarf, scissors, and a wide-brim straw hat. Don’t have the latter? We just bought one on the street in Soho for $15.
Too scared to DIY? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.
You need just four things for a successful Kentucky Derby party: a TV, paper to write down all the bets, mint juleps, and a big hat. In this video, NYC-based milliner Eugenia Kim helps out with the proper topper.
Find DIY intimidating? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.
Bat wings, saddlebags, muffin tops, and banana rolls.
We love the names but hate the flab. In today’s videos, fitness queen Tracy Anderson whips us into shape.
Outer thighs (above), saggy bottoms, and upper arms (specifically, that area that sticks out when you wear a tight strapless dress), watch out. Anderson makes the moves look easy, but, seriously, 40 reps and you’ll be hurting the next day.
To keep the workout going — and really see results — get down with Anderson’s awesome new Metamorphosis DVDs. They’re incredibly effective, because you choose the program based on your biggest problem area, be it thighs, butt, or midsection.
Think you can (love) handle it?
Check out all of our exercise videos with Anderson. To buy Metamorphosis, go to tracyandersonmethod.com. And by all means, start picking out your bathing suit.
You thought you had it covered. But that mini armpit muffin top emerged victorious from your strapless dress yet again. In this video, Tracy Anderson shows it who’s boss.
Check out all of our exercise videos with Anderson. To buy her Metamorphosis workout DVD, go to tracyandersonmethod.com.
Last year Tracy Anderson taught us one exercise to get our rears in gear. This year she has another — and it’s even harder. All you need is a floor mat and a light weight.
We’ve heard that food is the new indie music: Cool points for the obscure, experimental, and ability to incorporate at least one person with a thick beard.
So, to impress our hirsute hipster pals, we’re whipping up our own vegan basics.
In today’s videos, En Japanese Brasserie executive chef Abe Hiroki and co-owner Jesse Alexander show us how to execute both soy milk (above) and silken tofu. The processes are surprisingly simple but do require precision and technique (don’t beat yourself up if it’s not perfect the first time).
If you’ve been to En, you know the tofu rules. But we also feel good supporting a restaurant that’s already raised more than $100,000 for Japanese earthquake relief.
And that’s a universal crowd-pleaser. En Japanese Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street, at Leroy Street (212-647-9196 or enjb.com). Want to make your own donation to the efforts in Japan? We recommend The Salvation Army, Mercy Corps, and ShelterBox.
You haven’t had tofu until you’ve had it at En Japanese Brasserie in the West Village. (It’s smooth, delicious, and needs no accompaniment.) In this video, executive chef Abe Hiroki shares his method for making the vegan delight. And though it’s simple, it does require precision and practice. Also important: The recipe requires unpasteurized soy milk. We recommend making your own.
En Japanese Brasserie, 435 Hudson Street, at Leroy Street (212-647-9196 or enjb.com). Want to make your own donation to the efforts in Japan? We suggest The Salvation Army, Mercy Corps, and ShelterBox.
James Franco. Colin Firth. Will Ferrell. Maybe they’re born with it?
Or maybe it’s makeup. Yes, we’re serious: The men in our lives could be just one touch-up away (specifically, around the eyes, brows, and chin line) from movie star good looks.
To show them how, we enlisted beauty genius and Y Chrome Makeup for Gents founder Antonio McDuffle. In today’s video, he dispenses his tried-and-true tips — from where to apply his patented MascuLiner to why men should wear a light lipgloss.
The results are so stunning, we predict it’ll soon become routine for all our other halves.
For more great makeup tips, check out our videos on covering up blemishes, applying fake lashes, and concealing under-eye circles.