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.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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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

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

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