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

For breakfast on the go: Put mini mason jars to good use with a make-ahead frittata that travels safely to work. Bake a mixture of ground sausage, red pepper, kale, egg, and yogurt right in the glass jar.

For your 5K training: NYU researchers claim that focusing on a specific target – say, a tree or a lamp post – makes outdoor running easier. Since you can see yourself progressing toward that point, the fixed gaze motivates your body to keep moving.

For your pumpkin haul: Skip the carving mess and decorate your seasonal gourds instead. Try metallic or puff paint, glue on flowers and leaves, or press on pyramid studs.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 20, 2014

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

For last year’s down coat: Your puffer is out of summer storage and looks flat as a board. Hang it in the bathroom during a steamy shower to let it reinflate. Or briefly toss it in the dryer with a few clean tennis balls.

For DIY leg warmers: We all have at least one chunky cable-knit sweater that we’ve outgrown. Cut the sleeves off the body and voilà! Homemade leg warmers for your boots.

For your morning coffee: Put butter in it. The pioneer of this “bulletproof” style of coffee claims it offers a daylong buzz (sans dreaded afternoon crash).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 13, 2014

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

For fishtail braids: Forgo a hair elastic next time you sport a relaxed braid. Instead, tie the ends of your plaited hair together and slide a bobby pin upward into the knot.

For your photo ID: Renewing your license or passport? Angle your face directly toward the lens – and skip lip gloss, which can catch the light in a strange way.

For makeup removal: Be sure to pre-cleanse before using an actual cleanser. Wipes, water, or cleansing oils will do, preventing the day’s cosmetics and dirt from seeping into open pores.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 6, 2014

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

For peaceful sleep: Take a steamy 15-minute bath before bedtime to raise your body temperature. When it drops, you’ll coast into dreamland.

For bright lips: Fall hues may be moody, but don’t hesitate to perk them up with a neon lip color. Consider it a statement accessory for your neutral pieces.

For blemishes: Use a safety pin to pop a gel capsule pain reliever like Advil – instead of popping the pimple – and squeeze it onto skin.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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September 29, 2014

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

For stiff muscles: A simple stretch can relieve tight hip flexors after sitting all day. Just hold a modified lunge on a sturdy office chair.

For better productivity: The ammo you need to take another break? A recent study suggests a work cycle of 52 minutes on, 17 minutes off is the most effective.

For a light dessert: Perfect this healthy brownie recipe – substituting black beans for flour – for a guilt-free treat.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 22, 2014

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

For fragrances: Perfume wearing off too quickly? Moisturize before applying and spray onto heat-activating pulse points (wrist, neck, behind the knee).

For eyeshadow: Foundation might act as a base layer on your face, but on eyelids, it may crease. Equip yourself with eyeshadow primer for a smooth surface.

For your skin: Create a DIY microdermabrasion mask using baking soda and your favorite face wash. Combine and massage into congested skin, then rinse and follow with a swipe of toner.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 15, 2014

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

For clean jewelry: Booze to clean your baubles? Yep, it works. For 14-karat gold, use a light- or amber-colored beer. For glass, crystal, and diamond, break out the vodka.

For scuffed leather: Your soft-skin secret is your bag’s secret, too. Buff face oil into leather scuffs, scratches, and slight discolorations – but make sure to spot test first.

For old denim: Breathe life into old jeans (or impulse-purchased blues) with a baroque pattern stencil and fabric paint. Here’s how.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor 

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September 8, 2014

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

For new boots: Need a shortcut to break in boots? Fill two large plastic bags halfway with water, zip them shut, and slide into your shoes. Then freeze them overnight – the ice should stretch stiff leather ever-so-slightly.

For your bikini: Your swimsuit might have had its last summer hurrah. While hand-washing is generally best for an itsy-bitsy bikini, you can run it through the washing machine (in a laundry bag) before storing away for the winter.

For sunburns: Got a little too much sun this weekend? Sip on and soak in green tea, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredient. Make a compress with cold green tea and apply to skin to fight redness and ease your burn.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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September 2, 2014

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

For unwinding: Draw a relaxing bath. Just add dry lavender, epsom salt,  lavender essential oil, and eucalyptus essential oil to the tub.

For your bottom half: The best thing to scoop up at a thrift store, sample sale, or can’t-miss Rue La La Boutique? Skirts. They are one of the easiest items to tailor.

For aching feet: Rumor has it, you can alleviate stiletto pain by taping together your third and fourth toes.

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August 25, 2014

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

For pristine sneaks: You tried the normcore trend and now you have white canvas sneakers to keep clean. Common sense might suggest throwing them in the wash, but don’t – it leads to yellow-tinged rubber.

For blondes: In between highlight sessions? Camouflage creeping roots with a tinted dry shampoo in your hair color.

For your next party: Don’t serve watered-down drinks these last days of summer. Make hibiscus ice cubes for a floral-infused beverage that is seriously pretty.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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August 18, 2014