The ultimate fashion hack for comfort lovers? Breaking in a brand-new t-shirt without endless years of wash and wear. Try this simple trick and catch that new tee up to speed in just three days.

Woman Wearing Vintage-Soft T-ShirtIngredients:

  • 1 quart water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • New t-shirt

 
Instructions:

  1. Mix water and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Place your t-shirt in the bowl.
  3. Let it soak in the solution for 3 days.
  4. Put the tee through a normal wash cycle.
  5. Warm it up in the dryer and pop it on.

 
Fair warning – you’re never going to want to take it off.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer

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August 27, 2015

Our latest designer crushes? Hint: Four of them are below. From a whole collection made to feel like your favorite T-shirt to chic urban kicks, you’ll see why we can’t get enough.

ATM Anthony Melillo DressATM Anthony Thomas Melillo
The feeling of your favorite tee? This entire collection of casual-cool pieces embodies it. Continue reading “New Kids on the Block: 4 Need-to-Know Brands” »

August 27, 2015

Summer is synonymous with ice cream. But what happens when you’ve overdosed on your go-to cookie dough flavor? Enter the gooey, hazelnutty goodness of Banana Nutella Ice Cream to carry us through Labor Day.

Bowl of Banana Nutella Ice Cream

Ingredients:

  • 5 bananas
  • 3/4 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 
Instructions:

  1. Cut the bananas into 1-inch slices.
  2. Put the slices on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for  20 – 30 minutes or until completely frozen.
  3. Pop the banana pieces into a food processor and mix them together, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds. (You’ll know it’s finished when the blend is completely smooth.)
  4. Add Nutella and vanilla and pulse until combined.
  5. Grab a spoon and eat immediately!

 
Serves 2

Toppings? Optional. But a little sprinkle of something extra never hurts.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 26, 2015

Long gone are the days of pets serving as accessories. Cats and dogs now take center stage with a style all their own. And like any modern fashion icon, they embrace fame with a dedicated Instagram presence. Here’s a look at 5 of the most fabulous felines around.

Stylish Instagram Cats1. @my_furry_babies
If you peruse his plaid shirt–filled feed, you’ll clearly see Joey has a paw in all things trendy. Even better, this tabby has a look for every occasion (#catswhobrunch, anyone?) and isn’t afraid to accessorize.

Stylish Instagram Cats2. @albertbabycat
Turns out Munchkin cats are a real thing – and they’re absurdly cute. Meet Albert, an L.A.-based fluff ball with piercing blue eyes on the fast track to a feline modeling career.

Stylish Instagram Cats3. @sunglasscat
This rescued cat was born without eyelids, but she rocks fabulous gem-encrusted shades to protect her orbs. Talk about a signature look.

Stylish Instagram Cats4. @snoopybabe
Stuffed animal or amazingly chic kitty? Unclear. All we know is Snoopy has a celebrity attitude and impeccable style to match.

Stylish Instagram Cats5. @hautecaturefashioncats
Stunning fur? Check. Untouchable sense of elegance? Check. If Grace Kelly were reincarnated as a cat, she’d probably be Usul.

By Rima Butto, Staff Writer

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August 25, 2015

Zoë Kravitz was born into fame – hellooooo, her parents are Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. But it’s Zoë’s style on-screen (and off-) that has earned her the spotlight. Want to snag her rocker-chic look? Grab these three key pieces.

Zoe Kravitz's Edgy StyleRound Shades
There’s no escaping those L.A. rays, so the actress tops off her daytime ensembles with retro-inspired sunnies. Switch out your aviators to recreate her 60s vibe.

Cutout Details
Zoë isn’t afraid to show a bit of skin. Translate her look to everyday wear by balancing crop tops with longer hemlines.

Edgy Jewelry
For an eclectic vibe, the starlet piles on layers of accessories. Take her lead by mixing a variety of textures and shapes, but stick to one metal.

Even if your parents aren’t rock stars, you can pretend. Our Style Rookie: Edgy Looks Inspired by Zoe Kravtiz Boutique opened Sunday, August 23, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer, and Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 23, 2015

It’s hazy. It’s hot. And it’s humid. Now try stepping up to a sweltering stove. (No, thank you.) Late-summer days call for a refreshing breakfast, so put away the frying pan and bust out the blender. Packed with antioxidants, an ice-cold açai bowl is this season’s BFF.

Acai Bowl Recipe
Ingredients:

Base:

  • 4 packs frozen açai berry purée
  • 2 cups plant milk of choice or coconut water
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder

 
Topping:

  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 handfuls fresh berries
  • 4 tablespoons hemp seeds

 
Instructions:

  1. Place all base ingredients in a blender and pulse until thick.
  2. Add more milk if you prefer a creamier texture.
  3. Pour the blend into two bowls and sprinkle on the toppings.
  4. Serve immediately!

 
Serves 2

If you’re feeling inventive, try transforming the base with different fruit flavors. Your summer looks cooler already.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 22, 2015

Stressed? It happens. But an hour spent zoning out in Downward Dog isn’t always doable. Next time you need a quick breather, try these easy calming tricks at home or on the go.

Relaxation Meditation CandleCandle Meditation
First, prepare a comfy meditation space. Light a candle and position it about 20 inches from eye level while maintaining a proper upright posture. Then, simply focus all your attention on the candle. This technique works particularly well for people who find it easier to concentrate on a physical thing rather than a mantra.

Aromatherapy LavenderAromatherapy
Lavender is known for its ability to release nervous tension and aid in sleep. Next time you’re feeling anxious, grab a bottle of this popular oil and rub a drop or two on the base of your neck and inner wrists. The relaxing scent will lower your pulse rate and help you naturally wind down.

Meditation AppsMeditation Apps
Whether your thing is listening to ocean waves or flowing through a guided meditation, there’s a (free) app for that. The best part? You can choose where and when to chill out. Try it on your lunch break during especially crazy workweeks. Your sanity will thank you.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 21, 2015

The Birkin. The Kelly. The… Evelyne? That’s right, there’s another Hermès sister in town. Designed in 1978, the bag has been around for decades. But it wasn’t until recently that it began cropping up on style blogs and celebs’ shoulders. Read on for five must-know facts about our latest obsession.

Hermes Evelyne Bag

  1. Évelyne Bertrand, then the head of the Hermès riding department, was the inspiration behind the bag.
  2. Originally, the design was marketed as a carryall for equestrian accessories, but it has since been repositioned as a chic crossbody.
  3. The bag’s trademark H was purposely perforated to allow horse-grooming tools to dry.
  4. It has gone through three generational transformations:
    • Evelyne I: It was first created without an external pocket.
    • Evelyne II: Next time around, an outer pocket was added (hello, lipstick storage).
    • Evelyne III: Today’s version has the best of all worlds – the pocket and an adjustable canvas strap.
  5. Though the logo was originally intended to be worn facing in, it is almost always worn facing out.

 
Feeling fashionably informed? Get acquainted with the It bag herself in our Hermès: Featuring the Evelyne Bag Boutique, which opened Thursday, August 20, at 11AM ET.

By Kelly Hamilton, Blog Editor

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August 20, 2015

Forget Bravo. The first housewives made headlines in 1959, when LIFE magazine began documenting the first ladies of the Space Race. Intrigued? Us too. Between the history and the OMG-worthy fashion, we can’t stop watching ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club.

The original Astronaut Wives posed around rocket, The TV Astronaut Wives in same pose

As the conservative style of the 1950s gave way to the looser designs of the swinging 1960s, so did the wives’ fashion. America took note as they pushed aside more structured, ladylike silhouettes for boxy shapes, standout patterns, and even… pants! With all eyes on them, it was important to stay as trendy as possible.

Created by former Gossip Girl costume designer Eric Daman, the ensembles on this show are as original as they are chic. Daman spent hours scouring Etsy and 1stdibs for original pieces. Further inspiration came in the form of old issues of Vogue, Better Homes and Gardens, and Betty Crocker cookbooks.

Love the look but don’t have time to hunt down vintage treasures? Our Retro Style Inspired by The Astronaut Wives Club Boutique opens Thursday, August 20at 11AM ET.

By Kasey Rowe, Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 20, 2015

Coco Chanel’s legendary vision forever redefined how women dress. And though her name is often used synonymously with femininity, many of her genius designs were actually sparked by menswear. Here’s a peek at some of Mademoiselle Chanel’s most memorable borrowed-from-the-boys looks.

Coco Chanel with piled-on pearl necklace

Styling with Jersey
Knowing it was inexpensive and figure-flattering, Coco purchased a surplus of jersey to use in her first collection. Until then, the fabric had only been used for men’s underwear – très scandalous!

Creating the Jacket
We can thank the staff at the Baron Pantz hotel in Austria for the classic Chanel jacket. Why? The elevator operator’s uniform jacket, with four pockets and braided trim, was the inspiration behind the now-famous 1954 design.

Reimagining Tweed
In the 1920s, Coco took up with the Duke of Westminster, one of the richest men in Britain. After raiding his closet, she was motivated to experiment with tweed, which turned into one of her signatures.

Inventing the Chain-Strap Bag
In 1929, tired of constantly holding her clutch, the on-the-go designer took note of the straps soldiers used to carry their bags. She then added thin metal chains to her own handbag and voilà! – the first Chanel purse was born.

Our Style Icon: Classic Looks Inspired by Coco Chanel Boutique opened Wednesday, August 19, at 11 AM ET.

By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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August 19, 2015