Hoping to cook up some chemistry in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day? Plated, an innovative company that ships fresh ingredients and chef-designed recipes to your door, has just the couple-approved recipe for you. So grab a sous-chef and a few ingredients, then follow the steps below. Within an hour, the two of you will share an inevitable Lady-and-the-Tramp moment over a plate of Spaghetti with Ricotta Beef Meatballs and Marinara Sauce.

February 12, 2015

For better smoothies: Want bananas that are easy to blend? Peel and slice into two-inch chunks, then arrange the fruit in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined cookie sheet to freeze. Once rock solid, portion them into grab-and-go freezer bags.

For kitchen burns: So you poured boiling water on yourself or touched a scalding pan. Soothe the impending blister with Greek yogurt (its probiotics help reduce inflammation). Leave it on skin for about ten minutes, then rinse off.

For frozen locks: When temperatures dip, frozen locks plague cars and front doors alike. Next time you can’t wiggle the key inside, warm it up with a lighter first.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 9, 2015

Never heard of NY NOW? Then you’d best put it on your radar. Every January and August in New York City, the design world (as in 2,800 exhibiting companies) comes together to showcase the latest colors, trends, and innovations for the home. We went. We saw. We conquered. And now, we want to share what we’re currently obsessing over.

NY NOW Blue & White

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February 5, 2015

Welcome to February. January’s resolutions have come, and let’s face it, some have already gone. But if a décor refresh remains an unchecked box on your to-do list, our Living Editorial Director Nancy offers a few themes to incorporate. From rosy hues to canine designs – a nod to the annual Westminster Dog Show – here are the accents we’re loving this month.

Hello, February

Heart Motifs
For hearts that aren’t overly saccharine, try hanging a pop art–inspired print. A bold, two-tone graphic like this one is a surefire way to add visual interest to your walls.

All Things Dog
While you can’t snuggle with them, these adorable silver-plated salt and pepper shakers are looking for a home. We’ll gladly adopt them for our tabletop.

Red and Pink
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, shades of crimson and magenta are bound to appear at every corner. These hot pink and gold Moroccan tea glasses are a romantic touch for your at-home bar.

Find more of our favorites in our Hello, February: This Month’s Top Home Picks Boutique, which opened Monday, February 2, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 2, 2015

Ah, luxury hotel living. There’s the big cushy bed. Unlimited fluffy white towels. Service at the touch of a button. But a stay at any of the W’s 46 worldwide locations (like the just-opened W Bogota Hotel and W Beijing – Chang’an) goes beyond all that. Here’s what’s in store.

W Hotel Dallas Bed

10AM: Wake up wrapped in silky-soft cotton sheets and a down blanket in your plush W Hotels bed.

10:15AM: Sink a little deeper into the pillows and revel in utter comfort before you take on the day.

11AM: Shower. The scent of Bliss Lemon + Sage products is eye-opening. Slip on a W robe when you’re done.

W Hotels Yoga

12PM: Head to yoga. You’re going to want to keep this whole Zen vibe going. Hoping for something more intense? Get your sweat on at FIT – the W’s solution to making the gym more fun, it’ll be the chicest workout space you’ve ever seen.

3PM: Put that energy to good use. Dress to the nines and claim a seat at a fashion show.

W Hotels DJ

8PM: Kick off the evening with dinner. Indulge in room service while you freshen up or hit the hotel’s eatery to see and be seen.

11PM: It’s time for drinks and dancing – music will be flowing all night at the W Hotels & Burn Studios DJ Lab.

2AM: Snuggle into your W Hotels bed and pull the down duvet over your head. You’ve earned some shut-eye.

10AM: Wake up refreshed. Repeat.

Bring that luxe W Hotels lifestyle home. Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opened Friday, January 30, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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January 30, 2015

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Ghostbusters”? For me, it’s four infamous male comedians, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Hi-C Ecto-Cooler. But come next summer, that’s all about to change.

Paul Feig (you may know him as the director of Bridesmaids) tweeted confirmation that his new version of the 1984 classic is on the way. What’s the big deal? He’ll be switching it up with an all-female cast featuring none other than Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. But the laughs won’t stop there. Expect to also see Saturday Night Live standouts Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon rounding out the foursome.

Just one question remains: who you gonna call? Your girlfriends. Catch the flick with them on July 22, 2016.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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January 29, 2015

Beanbag chairs: the stuff our tween dreams were made of. And now, Alexander Wang has single-handedly made us yearn for the slouchy furniture once again. How? With a high-end leather version for a cool $8,800.

The designer – always chic with a bit of edge – teamed up with Poltrona Frau for a capsule collection boasting two styles of his black leather and brass beanbag chair, as well as a matte leather trunk bar.

It’s official: I’m adding these buttery-soft beauties to my already extensive Alexander Wang wish list.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 28, 2015

The one space we all want, yet often overlook? A magazine-worthy closet. No matter the size, from walk-in to hole-in-the-wall, a few clever tweaks can make yours rival that of Sex and the City‘s Carrie Bradshaw. Our Living Editorial Director Nancy shared her top tips with Style Me Pretty, and lucky for you, we have three of them right here. So read up and get to work – that dream closet is just a couple upgrades away.

Editor-Approved Closet Upgrades

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January 27, 2015
Emma Watson starring in a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast? Yes, please. Just yesterday, Disney confirmed that the former wizard and diplomatic warrior will play Belle in the film to be directed by Bill Condon (of Dreamgirls and Chicago fame).While a release date is yet to be announced, production will begin this year. And our magic mirror tells us that Emma in a golden gown is a definite go.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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January 27, 2015

For bedroom décor: Put a spin on the traditional headboard. Try framed wallpaper, a texture-rich woven curtain, or repurposed vintage windows as a design-savvy alternative.

For your sheet storage: The chore of bed-making just got a bit easier. Neatly fold pillowcases and sheets, then wrap sets together with eye-catching fabric (or even an old fitted sheet). Grab from the closet and go.

For a quick clean: Guests on the way? Give your bathroom a five-minute refresh. Wipe off toothpaste stains, drain the soap dish, and flush a bit of toilet cleaner. But skip the shower: mildew is easily concealed with a pull of the curtain.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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January 26, 2015