Grab Your Phone & Take an Hermès Tie Break

To all of you out there who dream in orange boxes, whose hearts go thud-thud with the sight of that signature H, lend me your ear: There’s an app for that. For men and women alike, it’s deliciously fun to play with. Introducing Tie Break, Hermès’s recently launched smartphone app designed “to help you take a break from the harsh realities of office, airport, or public transport…or even a dull date” with “a random dose of Hermès.” Tie break

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In essence, it’s a quippy little exercise in Hermès tie knowledge-building, made fun through GIFs, games, and comics. Each time you open the app, a new one of these “surprises” will be waiting for you. Use it as a way to wean off of 2048 and CandyCrush, or to read up on the differences between Hermès’s collection of luxe silk neckties – so you can make an educated decision on your next purchase. Download the Tie Break app here. P.S. Be patient with the download. It’s far more turtle than hare. But we all know who wins that race. By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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August 11, 2014

Kids These Days: Teens Watch Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell saved my before-school mornings. The infamous 90s sitcom turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, The Fine Brothers invited a group of teens onto their YouTube series, filming reactions as the teen guests watched the Bayside High gang for the first time. Included in the bunch is outspoken Maisie Williams, who you may recognize as Arya Stark from Games of Thrones.

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August 11, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For your hair: Forks aren’t just for pasta anymore. Twirl one through your strands (à la Disney’s The Little Mermaid) and dry with a diffuser nozzle for the ideal wave.

For your tabletop: Want to inject a little industrial Zen into your home? Pour concrete into paper cups, stick in a tall tapered candle, peel away the cup, and voilà! New centerpieces.

For your ankles: Your Achilles’ heel? Stilettos. Strengthen your ankles for that new pair by tracing letters in the air with your foot.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 11, 2014

Charles James: One of the Costume Institute’s Most Popular Exhibits

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recently remodeled (and renamed) Anna Wintour Costume Center has received a burst of foot traffic over the past four months. Why? American couturier Charles James and his inaugural exhibit Charles James: Beyond Fashion. According to a museum spokesperson, the show beat out last year’s Punk: Chaos to Couture and Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations from 2012. More impressively, the ball-gown exhibit is the fifth most popular in the Costume Institute’s 25-year history, ranking behind the Alexander McQueen, Jacqueline Kennedy, Superhero-themed, and Chanel shows.

Oh, and if you haven’t planned a weekend trip to New York City to see the exhibit yet, you have until 5:30PM this Sunday. Since Charles James is not a household name, I recommend reading up in advance.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 8, 2014

Glimpse: The New Kid on the Dating-App Scene

Ever wish those awkward Tinder convos weren’t part of the whole modern dating thing? Well, you’re not alone. Meet Glimpse, a just-launched app that connects people on Instagram by using shared hashtags, locations, and events.

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You probably never thought that a #YOLO obsession could find you a soul mate, but Glimpse begs to differ, pairing prospective couples that share the same mantrasUnlike other social dating apps, this one helps you find partners with common interests, not just those in the same location.

The best part? Minimal creep factor involved. If anyone wants to strike up a conversation, they’ll need your approval. Once you give the go-ahead, chat away about important things, like the hilarity of that #TBT you posted last week.

If you ask me, this has “newest mobile phenomenon” written all over it. And those #FBF baby pics get the whole embarrassing-photos issue over with right away.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2014

Disconnect to Reconnect: The Digital-Detox Vacation Trend

Think about it: days on end without a single email notification or text message. Nothing but you, your travel buddy, and clear-blue skies. Sounds peaceful, right? Well, you’re in luck. Zero-technology getaways – or “digital detoxes” as they’ve been dubbed by some – are on the rise. And we’re all for them.

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Digital-detox retreats come in a range of intensities and locations. Below, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of your options.

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August 5, 2014

Flash of Genius: Our Latest Travel-Photo Obsession

Have a serious case of wanderlust? Do yourself a favor this AM and head over to Grandpa’s Photos. The website archives a collection of personal travel images taken by “Grandpa” Stephen Clarke, a WWII Air Force navigator and jewelry buyer from Australia. Family members discovered the slides in a cupboard while moving him into a nursing home and, lucky for us, decided to share them. Between the sepia tints, blurred figures, and surreal settings, these nostalgic snapshots are sure to sate those take-me-there Tuesday daydreams. (And spark new ones.)

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2014

3 Things You Need to Try, Stat

For your walls: Skip the art gallery and swing by a newsstand instead. Rip out your favorite magazine pages and frame them with brightly hued electrical or washi tape.

For stained nails: Your nails have seen the entire spectrum of polish hues – with discoloration left behind as evidence. Squeeze some whitening toothpaste on an extra toothbrush and scrub away to lift stains.

For a digital detox: You’re in a relationship with your phone. Learn to put it down during a very tempting moment – dining solo! Don’t worry, no one will think you were stood up. Just play it cool and people-watch.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 4, 2014

Scarlett Johansson’s New Cropped Cut Makes Its NYC Debut

On Tuesday, a pregnant Scarlett Johansson stepped out in New York City, and her baby bump wasn’t the only new thing she was sporting. The 29-year-old Lucy star premiered her freshly cropped (not to mention bright blonde) hairstyle while strolling the streets of the Big Apple with her fiancé Romain Dauriac.

Although short locks have been spotted all over Hollywood lately, I can’t help but wonder if she’s just getting ready for her next big on-screen project.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 1, 2014

From Girls to Peter Pan, Allison Williams Just Doesn’t Want to Grow Up

Here’s a bit of pixie dust to sweeten your morning coffee: actress Allison Williams has been cast as Peter Pan in an NBC live musical production set to premiere on December 4. Sure, Neverland is a far cry from the Girls set in New York, but Allison has eagerly awaited this opportunity since childhood. She even donned a Peter Pan costume as a kid, and posted the proof on Instagram.

Of her upcoming role, she joked: “What could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?” On the other end of Allison’s sword, viewers will see the always charming (and sometimes wicked) Christopher Walken in the role of Captain Hook. While it will be tough to rival Walt Disney’s version of the imaginative story, I’ll definitely be tuning in to this star-studded update.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 31, 2014