In Motion: Instagram’s Time-Lapse App Is Perfect for NYFW

Yesterday, Instagram launched a standalone app that will put your existing video uploads to shame. Called Hyperlapse, it lets users record time-lapse video from their iPhone®, accelerating footage anywhere from two to twelve times the normal speed. And it didn’t take long for the fashion set to realize it’ll be a handy New York Fashion Week Tool.

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August 27, 2014

A Closet Obsession: America’s Biggest Walk-In

A walk-in closet? These days, it’s only a figment of my imagination. But Theresa Roemer, a former beauty queen in Houston, has hit the jackpot — her fabulous wardrobe calls this 3,000-square-foot closet home. Affectionately nicknamed the “she-cave,” the three-story space is as tidy as it is impressive. How ever does she keep those Birkins, Louboutins, and H-clad belts so orderly? Theresa shared her organizing secrets with FabSugar, and whether your storage is minimal or endless, we think these three tips are worth trying.

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July 30, 2014

Good as Gold: Temporary Tattoos for Grown-Ups

What combines the nostalgia of temporary tattoos with must-try jewelry trends? Flash tattoos – luminous silver and gold press-on designs ranging from geometric patterns to henna motifs and even palm trees. The trend confidently goes where your jewelry collection can’t, at least not safely: beachside, pool parties, festivals, and wherever showing skin is encouraged.

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Spotted on Coachella-goers (including supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio) and Miami Swim Week runways, this metallic “ink” begs to be experimented with before bronzed summer skin gets covered up by fall’s cozy sweaters. While a metallic feather might grace your bicep or hip, jewelry-inspired designs reminiscent of knuckle rings, dainty anklets, or bib necklaces layer beautifully with your own baubles. Vogue.com Senior Fashion Editor Jorden Bickham says: “It becomes an illusion – the kind of thing where people have to ask, ‘Is that your jewelry or is that a tattoo?’”

Part of the appeal (particularly for commitment-phones) is that the gilded look is gone in a flash. The tats only last four to six days, but if you flaunt them while soaking up rays, don’t be surprised when the tan lines hang around. Just think of them as a memento from your sun-filled adventures.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

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July 29, 2014

Guests Are Coming: Take Your Hosting Skills Pro

Whether cousins are crashing or a college friend is coming to town, summertime is sure to be jam-packed with visitors. From fresh flowers to thank-you-for-coming gifts, these expert tips will have overnighters begging for an invite back.

How to Prepare for Guests

  1. Declutter the entryway so friends know right where to drop shoes and purses.
  2. Place a list of must-see sites on the bedside table (next to bottled water and fresh flowers).
  3. As a thank-you-for-coming, leave a small gift – like a scented candle or hand-painted tray – on the bed.
  4. Tape labels on the back of each remote with how-to-use instructions.
  5. Keep towels, toilet paper, and soaps in plain sight so guests don’t have to search.
  6. Preset the coffeemaker so overnighters wake up to a fresh brew.

 
Don’t be stressed by spontaneous visits. The Guest-Ready Home: Inviting Furnishings Boutique opened Thursday, June 5, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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June 5, 2014

Wrinkle Remedy: Smooth Your Bedsheets (Sans Iron)

Pure cotton linens are crisp, breathable, and durable. But without woven-in synthetics or an afternoon of ironing to keep them smooth, they’ll likely turn into a wrinkly mess post-wash. Our advice?

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  1. Remove your sheets from the dryer while they’re still slightly damp.
  2. Tuck them in tightly on the bed.
  3. Smooth them out with your hands.

 

The combination of moisture and tension will remove wrinkles.

Our Sunday Sleep-In Featuring COCOCOZY Boutique opened Sunday, June 1, at 11AM ET.

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June 1, 2014

Bring On the Heat: Summer Grooming Tips for Men

Sure, you could keep up your winter routine. But with the rising temps comes a whole new set of challenges. So this summer, instead of simply putting an iron to that dress shirt, tossing some water on your face, and heading out the door, try these quick tips to freshen up your morning regimen.

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May 27, 2014

Not All Pillows Are Created Equal: Find Your Just-Right Match

Size, materials, density levels – all these things impact your sound (or not-so-sound) sleep. If you’re waking up tired or achy, you might want to take another look at that headrest. Scroll down and find your sleep style. Then decide if it’s time for an upgrade.

Pillow types for back, stomach, and side sleepers

Back Sleepers
Go for a medium density that will cradle your head. Overstuffed pillows guarantee a stiff neck in the morning.

Stomach Sleepers
Opt for a thinner pillow with low to medium density. Look for a high thread count that feels smooth on your face.

Side Sleepers
Light, natural down lets you bury your head without sinking straight to the mattress. Choose a medium to firm density to align the spine.

Our Sunday Sleep-In Featuring Cuddledown Boutique opened Sunday, May 11, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 11, 2014

Over-Snoozers, Rejoice: The No-Makeup Look Is In

Think back to when you were 14. At my junior high, heading to the bathroom sans lip gloss (or you know, roll-on face glitter) was a pointless journey. And if you wanted to be part of the so-called popular crowd, blotting, smearing, and dabbing in front of the mirror was a must.

Today? If I’m caught in the office bathroom with mascara in hand, I blush with embarrassment. It seems that a rigorous makeup routine has fallen out of style. And over-primping has become superficial rather than expected. The concern? “Makeup equals groomed and presentable, no makeup equals unprofessional and unkempt, and too much makeup means you can’t be taken seriously,” writes Refinery29. So where do we find middle ground?

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May 9, 2014

Rue How-To: The Ergobaby Wrap

Baby books, check. Crib, got it. Dozens of itty-bitty outfits, but of course. All that’s missing? This go-anywhere, flexible, baby-toting essential. Stretchy and crazy comfortable (for you and Baby), the Ergobaby wrap tucks your newborn snugly to your person, leaving your hands free for strolling, brunching, and latte drinking. Now, check out this step-by-step tutorial. Quick – the caffeine awaits.

Our Ergobaby Carriers, Wraps, & More Boutique opens Wednesday, April 23, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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April 23, 2014

Beyond Entertaining: 3 Creative Ways to Use Crystal

Serving with these clink-ready pieces at a dinner party is just about as classy as it gets. But that doesn’t mean they should hide away in cabinets between special soirees. Here, three ways to work them into everyday living.

Creative Ways to Use Crystal in Entertaining

1. Citrus Centerpiece
Fill an ice bucket with lemons or oranges for a piece that will awe any dinner or buffet table.

2. Vanity Tray
In the kitchen or bedroom, store perfume, earrings, or bobby pins in crystal coasters.

3. Dip Dish
Glam up casual get-togethers by spooning store-bought dips into crystal candy dishes.

Get your creative juices flowing in The World of Waterford & Wedgwood Boutique on Friday, March 14, at 3PM ET.

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March 14, 2014