Your past is fraught with hair experiments gone wrong. (Three words: bowl. cut. perm.)
For one that’ll go right, head to De Berardinis Salon for Baci di Sole highlights.
First, a hairdresser teases tresses into a wannabe ’fro. Then he applies dye, mimicking the way hair picks up natural highlights (no striping!).
Yeah, we knew you were way too smart to be a natural blonde.
De Berardinis Salon, 155 West 21st Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (212-967-0927).
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.
If we had a penny for every time we purchased makeup and used it just twice, we’d be rich enough to hoard more junk.
To help simplify our needs, we enlist eco-conscious makeup artist Kristen Arnett. In today’s Inside Story video, she shows us her personal beauty closet, including the five daily essentials you need in your cosmetics bag (and nothing else). Not only are they effective, they’re free of harsh (to you and the earth) chemicals.
Arnett knows her stuff: She’s been powdering famous faces — from Jude Law to basically every model you can think of — for years, using the most natural items on the market.
Instead of every item on the market.
For more information on Arnett, go to greenbeautyteam.com. Want to keep watching? Check out designer Chrissie Miller’s collection of rock ’n’ roll tees, nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s fridge contents, and designer Kaelen Haworth’s New York apartment.
Do you like fun? Enjoy smiling? Take pleasure in things that are universally wonderful? (And have the ability to digest lactose?)
If so, watch as we make boozy ice cream creations — a mojito sundae (above) and a Manhattan float — with Jeni Britton Bauer, the deity behind Columbus, Ohio-based gourmet pint-maker Jeni’s. (If you don’t know Jeni’s, you don’t know jack.)
Aside from the fact they involve dessert, we’re excited about today’s videos because Bauer’s cookbook, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, won a James Beard Foundation Award a few weeks ago. So you know the recipes are going to be good.
Plus, both require only a few easy-to-find ingredients and minimal kitchen know-how. And they’re ideal for Memorial Day barbecues.
That is, if you value success.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home is available at amazon.com, $13. For more information or to order pints, go to jenis.com. To keep cooking, check out our video recipes for a stove-top burger with Daniel Boulud, ginger cookies with Michael Chernow, and breakfast tacos with Elizabeth Karmel.
If a little bourbon and ice cream go a long way, imagine what a lot of each can do. In today’s In the Kitchen video, Jeni Britton Bauer from Ohio-based pint phenomenon Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has a recipe for a cherry-filled Manhattan float that makes dreams come true.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home cookbook is available at amazon.com, $13. For more information or to order pints, go to jenis.com. To keep cooking, check out our video recipes for a mojito sundae with Bauer, ginger cookies with Michael Chernow, and breakfast tacos with Elizabeth Karmel.
At 16, our prized possessions included a crush’s Drakkar-soaked scarf, “going out” pants from Express, and Antonio Sabato Jr.’s autograph.
Chrissie Miller, designer of downtown-based clothing line Sophomore, however, had good taste from the start. In today’s Inside Story, we peek through her rock ’n’ roll-inspired wardrobe, from a jean jacket she bought in high school (and still wears) to a vintage tee collection she’s been accruing since she attended a Madonna/Beastie Boys concert at age 8.
Miller also shows us a few of her favorite mementos — Woody Allen’s autograph, for one — and the first records she ever owned. You’ll feel cooler just by watching.
Enough to cancel out years of silk camisole tops.
For more information on Sophomore, go to sophomorenyc.com. Want more Inside Stories? Check out a jewelry maven’s personal stash, fashion designer’s NYC apartment, and nutritionist’s refrigerator contents.
After a quick poll of family traditions, we found that every Christmas one editor’s mom tops Jell-O with birdseed to honor her grandma, who did it by accident years ago.
On the less weird (but just as charming?) side: Kentshire’s Carrie Imberman, whose grandfather started the NYC-based antique jewelry and furniture powerhouse in 1940.
In today’s Inside Story, in which we peek inside our favorite people’s homes, Imberman shows us some of her collection of artwork and gems — from a secret society’s symbol-filled drawing to faux diamond earrings from the 1840s.
If you’ve ever perused Kentshire, you know it’s something special; if you haven’t, it’s like an online museum, and you should check it out.
It’s not just for the birds.
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.
Sometimes you wake up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. Other times you open your eyes just wide enough to watch Game of Thrones in bed for seven hours.
Either way, breakfast tacos fuel your daily goals. In today’s In the Kitchen video, Hill Country’s Elizabeth Karmel shows us how to make them.
Using ingredients like avocado, pimiento cheese (which we also have the recipe for), and hot sauce, it’s obvious Karmel is in the right business. If you’ve never been to her Texas-inspired restaurants in NYC, they are, in a word, amazebrilldelishawesome.
Karmel’s taking a brisket version of her masterpiece on the road this Saturday night as part of the Austin Food & Wine Festival’s Rock Your Taco Celebrity Chef Showdown. If you’re in ATX, you. must. go.
Just don’t brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack beforehand.
For more information on Karmel, go to hillcountryny.com. Hungry for more? Check out our videos on fish tacos with Sam Talbot, burgers with Daniel Boulud, and ginger cookies with Michael Chernow. Learn more about the fest online at austinfoodandwinefestival.com.
Chips and salsa are overrated. (Yes, we said it.) Switch up your snack routine with Hill Country chef Elizabeth Karmel’s pimiento cheese recipe. The Southern classic tastes great on almost everything (like breakfast tacos), and all you need are four simple ingredients. An empty stomach and serious cheese addiction help, too.
For more information on Karmel, go to hillcountryny.com.
Plans this Friday? If not, make a date for romance.
What: The Lucky One, the new movie based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook; Dear John) about a U.S. Marine (Zac Efron) in pursuit of the unknown woman (Taylor Schilling) from a photo he finds while abroad. When he returns home and shows up at her door, a steamy relationship develops against the odds.
Why: Destined love that endures well past the credits.
When: In theaters Friday.
Where: Find locations and showtimes online at theluckyone.warnerbros.com.
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to a fake band who lip-synched about Twitter trends while playing video game controllers and cowbells.
To make up for our April Fools’ shenanigans, we bring you a truly special (and real) On the Couch performance by Amadou & Mariam, a blind husband-and-wife duo from Mali.
In the back of our office, they play “Cherie” from their new album, Folila, out yesterday. We are moved by their sound in person, and the album, featuring collaborations with Santigold, TV on the Radio, and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is just as incredible.
This is the first time the French-speaking pair, who now resides half the time in Paris and the rest in Mali, have performed the song in the United States.
And unlike “I’m Trending,” by @#, we hope it’s not the last.
They came (to The Viceroy Hotel). They saw (the Fashion Star screening). They were styled (compliments of Suave Professionals®, the premium line of salon-inspired products and official hair care sponsor of the new hit show).
For DailyCandy readers of all hair types and ages, an evening in The Style Suite surpassed expectations.
Want more details? Watch the event recap to see the terrific hair transformations performed by Suave’s expert team.
And stay tuned for The Style Suite’s return. Fingers crossed you’ll be among the lucky ones to experience it next.
Learn more about Suave Professionals® products online at suave.com.
Video: Carla Cherry / carlacherryvideo.com
We know it’s not healthy to feel jealous of other people’s good fortune.
Line up your shrink for when you see clothing designer Kaelen Haworth’s ridiculous East Village apartment. For this edition of Behind Closed Doors (in which we take a peek in our favorite people’s home, closets, cabinets, etc.), the cool 27-year-old gave us a drool-inducing tour.
We’re green with envy over her in-house turntables and vintage record collection, her bohemian-inspired bedroom (the Love, Adorned dream catcher is a nice touch), and — most of all — her little lump-on-a-log French bulldog, Lola.
The mismatched chairs, bunting of antique photos, and overall eclectic taste can easily be emulated, regardless of your pad’s square footage.
Since we all know size doesn’t matter. (Right.)
For more information on Haworth’s collection, go to kaelennyc.com. For more Inside Story videos, check out designer Hilary Taymour’s DIY treasures, Mindy Kaling’s swoon-worthy closet, and nutritionist Kim Snyder’s fridge.
How many indie bands does it take to change a lightbulb? It’s too obscure. You wouldn’t get it.
Here’s an under-the-radar group you should get: @# (pronounced “at hashtag”), whose futuristic beats and melodies have us dancing. The Brooklyn-based foursome’s been generating buzz for their hit single, “I’m Trending,” and we dig it.
Lucky us: The band agreed to come to our office and perform the song, armed with nothing but their iPhones, an iPad, a tiny synth, a glockenspiel, video game controllers, a cowbell, and really tight jeans. Their delightful snobbery made us love them even more.
Do you even understand? Whatever.
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
Here’s what we’re not looking for: shark-filled tanks, drop-top Mercedes collections, and people who say “This is where the magic happens” when you enter their bedrooms.
What we are seeking: character. Introducing our new video feature, Behind Closed Doors, in which we go inside our favorite people’s abodes and snoop around — from a nutritionist’s refrigerator to a starlet’s closet.
In today’s edition, we tour Collina Strada designer Hillary Taymour’s curiosity-filled Brooklyn apartment. Her DIY creations are inspiring, and we expect nothing less from the creative whose just-launched clothing collection — comprising machine-washable suede pieces — makes us swoon.
Did we mention her 4-month-old puppy, PowWow?
Now that is where the magic happens.
To see (and buy) Collina Strada’s new collection, go to collinastrada.com.
According to Stefon, New York’s hottest club has Sherpas, kittens, fat Steve Urkels, Gummi Bear kisses, and Germfs (German Smurfs).
If we’re going to wait in line, we’d rather there be good food, drinks, and atmosphere at the end of it. That’s why we’re crazy about Super Linda, the new two-level, South America-inspired hotspot in Tribeca from guys whose joint resume includes The Beatrice Inn, Cafe Habana, and La Esquina.
For today’s video, we asked chef John Martinez (Tiny’s) for something we can whip up in our kitchen in the meantime. He suggested his never-before-shared, surprisingly simple recipe for shrimp balls with spicy salsa de Arbol. In a word: perfection.
We ate five in one sitting, even though the serving size is generally three.
It really answers the question, “Whaaaaaaat?”
Super Linda, 109 West Broadway, between Duane and Reade Streets, Tribeca (212-227-8998). Think you missed something in the video? Here’s the full recipe.