Whether you revel in it or loathe it, spring cleaning is most likely on your to-do list. To tackle everything from icky grime to those sources of suspicious scents, we’ve scouted all-natural DIY solutions that will get your home in tip-top shape for the season. First up: a glass cleaner that leaves windows and mirrors sparkling (sans chemicals).

DIY Glass Cleaner

Ingredients
2 cups water
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
1 – 2 drops of orange essential oil

Directions
Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on a paper towel or a soft, clean cloth, then apply to glass. Take note: the solution may dry too quickly on a warm, sunny day, leaving behind streaks.

Crystal-clear windows? Just a spritz away.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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March 29, 2015

Orange has become the color of the moment, perhaps due to the heavy 70s influence this season. It’s popped up both on and off the runways for spring – and these three starlets worked the hue with ease.

Best Dressed

1. Effortlessly cool, Dree Hemingway paired an earthy orange clutch with her high-waisted Chloé trousers for an undone nautical vibe.

2. Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel showed off a winning color combo with a bright, figure-flattering midi skirt and an athletic-cut, light blue top, both from Mugler. The metallic accents and fresh makeup finished off her modern look.

3. Orange floral embroidery stole the show on January Jones’s navy Preen dress. The Mad Men actress tied the ensemble together from tip to toe, debuting a fiery new hair color for the occasion.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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March 27, 2015

Haven’t kept those get-fit resolutions from January? Me neither. Fortunately, with a little help from our friends (in this case, SPANX®), a smoother silhouette is just an undergarment away. Whichever style you choose, these three shaping all-stars will be there to back you up.

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Continue reading “SPANX®, Explained: Which Pair to Wear with Your Outfit” »

March 26, 2015

When it comes to motherhood, it’s hard to know which goods are right for you and your baby. Enter: bluum’s monthly shipments of four to six expert-picked, life-simplifying products. Peek into one of bluum’s recent shipments to see the latest parenting must-haves.

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  1. Moff
    This snap-on silicon bracelet syncs to your smartphone and delivers a host of kid-friendly sound effects. A ruler becomes a samurai sword, a whisk is now a magic wand, and so on. Goodbye video games, hello imaginative play.
  2. Mama’s Milk Warmer by nutto
    Forget the microwave. Just fill up this nonelectric, FDA-approved container with warm tap water. You’ll heat up your breast milk and help keep its nutritional value intact. Added bonus? It’s BPA-, phthalates-, lead-, and PVC-free.
  3. Toymail
    Make communication personal and (drumroll, please) screenless by sending voice messages to your tykes via these quirky toy mailboxes. Just download the free app and say hello – your little one can even respond with a soundbite of their own.

 

Want to try innovative items like these? Our bluum Boutique opened Monday, March 23, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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March 26, 2015

It’s been 25 years since Richard Gere courted Julia Roberts on the big screen. And finally, the rom-com adaptation of your dreams is being realized. Pretty Woman is being made into a musical.

Just this week, the film’s director announced he’d secured rights to bring it to the stage. Right now, details are limited. But you can bet I’ll wear thigh-high boots (à la Hollywood Boulevard) to see the scripted act in NYC.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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March 26, 2015

Good news for fans of the cutest bow-wearing cartoon around: high fashion is about to take your favorite character to new heights. Designer Yohji Yamamoto has teamed up with Hello Kitty parent company Sanrio. The result of this unlikely collaboration? A line of clothing and accessories starring the kawaii (a.k.a. adorable) phenomenon.

Hello Kitty Goes High Fashion

Image via nymag.com

The new brand, dubbed Kitty’s, will feature items ranging from $72 to $330. The collection will launch with polo shirts, sweatshirts, and T-shirts, followed by accessories including backpacks, iPhone cases, and baseball caps. With Yohji’s avant-garde styling and Hello Kitty’s twee charm, we’re sure that this pairing will result in whimsical couture.

Not since the news that Hello Kitty isn’t an actual kitty has the franchise been rocked so hard. Whatever she is, we’ll welcome her Yamamotofication into our wardrobes with open arms.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2015

We like to go by the old adage, “If you dress for it, spring will come.” But since the weather hasn’t quite caught up with us yet, our maxi dresses need a little help to make them seasonally appropriate. Keep reading for tips on making the transition completely seamless.

Maxi Dresses

Looks via Vogue Thailand, stylecarrot.com, and WGSN.com

Continue reading “Maxis in March: How to Make It Happen” »

March 25, 2015

Go ahead and thank the Instagram gods. Designer Marc Jacobs finally opened a personal account on the photo-loving platform (despite his reported distaste for it). And in the past few days he’s amassed a following over 40K strong with a single #nofilter shot. So why the change of heart? It’s likely tied to the overhaul of his namesake brand and a possible IPO bid.

Whatever the reason, I’m sure Miley Cyrus, the label’s face and a very creative Instagrammer herself, can’t wait to tag @themarcjacobs.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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March 25, 2015

Achieving two beauty looks using just one product? Let us show you how it’s done. Our resident hair and makeup artist, Rachael B., illustrates two of spring’s most coveted eye looks in just a few simple steps. All you need to get started: a pot of gel liner.

The Fine Line How-To

Continue reading “Beauty School: Master the Fine Line & Smoky Eye” »

March 24, 2015

As if the titles of musician, producer, and designer weren’t impressive enough, Pharrell can now add Fashion Icon Award winner to his accolades. The mogul will be honored for his contributions to style at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards on June 1.

From co-founding luxury sportswear brand Billionaire Boys Club to collaborating with Chanel, Pharrell has spent the past decade securing his spot as a trendsetter. Here’s to hoping for another larger-than-life accessory debut at the ceremony.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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March 24, 2015