Wedding season is in full bloom, which means you’re probably an expert at catching bouquets by now. Next time around, consider saving – and drying – those flowers to put on display for more than one day.

How to Dry Flowers with Hairspray
What you’ll need:

  • Twine
  • Bottle of aerosol hairspray

 
How to do it:

  1. Tie twine around the stems to keep them together.
  2. Lightly mist each blossom with hairspray.
  3. Hang them upside down in a cool, dark place (like your basement or closet) for two to five days.
  4. Arrange them in a vase. If you’re careful not to break the petals (this can be tricky), the colors and shapes of the flowers will last.

 
The best part about this centerpiece? It’s an easy upcycle. And, well, free.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer

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August 8, 2015

Enamored with the shabby-chic aesthetic? We get it. Coined by designer Rachel Ashwell in the 80s, the style brings comfy elegance to a whole new level. Let us show you how to recreate the look.

Shabby-Chic Decor

Mute the Hues. For this decorating scheme, white paint and light colors are essential. Refinish old furniture with these shades, then sand them gently for a worn appearance.

Hit the Antique Store. Shop for crystal fixtures and gold accents. If the perfect old-school treasure isn’t within reach, consider a reproduction with worn patina.

Keep It Feminine. Let a curvy-edged, French-inspired mirror sit pretty above a tufted headboard. Oh, and don’t be afraid of a skirted bed – think simple cotton or linens with pleats.

Bring the Outside In. That white outdoor furniture? It will look just as good indoors. Try a garden table as a desk or a wrought-iron chair at the dining-room table.

Our Shabby Chic: Artfully Distressed Décor Boutique opened Friday, August 7, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 7, 2015

It’s no secret mules are making a major comeback. After being spotted on nearly every fashion influencer last spring, they’ve officially shed their “grandma shoe” label. Here are three street-style-approved ways to wear them.

How to Style MulesWith Cropped Denim
Pair a chunky-heeled mule with dark, cropped skinny jeans for an effortlessly cool look. Feeling a little too dressy? Try light, distressed denim instead.

How to Style MulesWith a Midi Dress
Not sure how to take your mid-length dress from desk to dinner? Mules will do the trick. No outfit switch necessary.

How to Style MulesWith a Miniskirt
A shorter hemline will show off this style with ease. Try mules in black paired with a leather mini for the ultimate girls’-night look.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer

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August 6, 2015

It’s the height of summer, and we’ve definitely caught the travel bug. Sure, we’re stuck deskside, but that’s not stopping us from daydreaming of destinations worthy of jet-setting. Here are four W Hotels hot spots currently topping our list.

W-Hotel_MaldivesFirst stop, an overwater bungalow at the W Retreat & Spa – Maldives. There are white-sand beaches. Turquoise lagoons. Breathtaking reefs. And did we mention it’s on its own private island? Enough said.

W-Hotel_SeoulPerched on the slope of Mount Acha with views of the Han river, W Seoul – Walkerhill fuses the city’s energy with a cool, laid-back vibe. Exhibit A: the color-splashed WET deck where relaxation meets pop art.

W Hotel AmsterdamW Amsterdam may not be opening until September 21, but we’re beyond excited. Partygoers (and human chess pieces) around the globe have already started celebrating. Plus, we can’t wait for signature cocktails with views of Dam Square.

W-Hotel_LALast stop, W Los Angeles – West Beverly Hills. We’ll leave the passports at home and check in to this newly renovated hotel to unwind. Daytime agenda = a private cabana, poolside (with a selfie or two to commemorate). Nighttime agenda = DJ beats and the Sunset Strip.

Can’t make it to one of these locations but want a piece of the lifestyle? Our W Hotels The Store Boutique opens Thursday, August 6, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas Waters, Associate Content Editor

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August 6, 2015

If you’re anything like us, then your favorite TV shows probably feature some serious style. Dying to incorporate the looks into your closet? Just pick a character below, and we’ll teach you how.

TV Characters' ClosetsFor the Modern Career Woman: Abby McCarthy
Whether she’s off to a school pickup or a book pitch, Abby is always put together. Her lineup includes an artillery of blazers, power pumps, and of course, her #GirlBoss Birkin. So grab your sleekest silhouettes and your investment bag, and start climbing the career ladder.

TV Characters' ClosetsFor the Preppy Socialite: Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke
When there’s downtime from calculated retribution, Emily is always polished and ready for her next charity function. To walk in her vengeful shoes, choose classic shapes and stick with solid colors (besides the occasional floral print for truly special occasions).

TV Characters' ClosetsFor the Quirky Extrovert: Mindy Lahiri
After office hours, Mindy trades the white coat for even brighter options. Get her look by starting with graphic prints and bold colors, and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Finish it off with fun extras like chunky jewelry.

TV Characters' ClosetsFor the Urban Trendsetter: Zoe Hart
Like any city transplant in a small town, Zoe definitely sticks out. Channel her sleek and trendy style by choosing dark colors and going big in the accessory department. We’re talking oversized earrings, studded clutches, and vibrant pumps.

Now we just need a button on our remote to deliver us every item.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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August 5, 2015

Finding the just-right pair of jeans can do wonders for your backside. The secret? It’s all in the pockets.

Jean Pockets by ShapePlain Wide Pockets
Best for: The well-endowed
Why: Unembellished wide pockets that sit lower on your backside help to balance out a bootylicious rear. Avoid intricate stitching details and smaller pockets, since they can exaggerate size.

Jean Pockets by ShapeFlap Pockets
Best for: Flat-bottomed girls
Why: Detailed flap pockets (think: buttons, contrast stitching, or embroidery) give the illusion of a rounder backside. Those that taper to a point help emphasize the top half of your booty – a.k.a. where you need the most added volume.

Pocket-Shape_blog_3Close-Sitting Vertical Pockets
Best for: Wide behinds
Why: Midsized back pockets that sit closer together (and don’t splay diagonally outward) work well with the scale of wider behinds, drawing attention toward the middle of the rear and creating the illusion of a narrower backside.

It’s time to flaunt your best asset. Our Denim All-Stars: Shop the Labels You Love Boutique opened Tuesday, August 4, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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August 4, 2015

Ever fallen for a blouse that’s just slightly too flowy for your liking? Cue the half-tuck. A little less formal than the full-tuck, this simple style trick adds instant polish and gives the illusion of longer, leaner legs. Here’s how.

Half-Tuck

  1. Start with your top draped naturally over your jeans.
  2. Then, tuck in the front about an inch, letting the sides and back hang loose.
  3. Gently fluff some of the tucked material out over your waistband to achieve a relaxed, effortless look.
  4. Not feeling quite right? Play with the angle of your tuck, either pulling fabric back into the waistband or letting more hang out. Repeat until satisfied.

 
Ta-da! You just gave “business in the front, party in the back” a whole new meaning.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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August 1, 2015

Ever wonder why some people are obsessed with red, while others can’t stop wearing blue? It could be based on their countries of origin. Read on for six colors and their meanings.

Color Meanings Chart

Now put your newfound knowledge to use and get hue happy. Our Spin the Color Wheel: Style in Every Shade Boutique opens Friday, July 31, at 3PM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 31, 2015


Taylor Swift NYC ApartmentWhen she’s not performing sold-out concerts or defining #SquadGoals in hit music videos, Taylor Swift can be found at her $19.9 million Tribeca penthouse. And since we haven’t found our way into the pop star’s It circle (yet), we’re sending major props to InStyle for giving us an insider look.

Taylor Swift NYC Apartment

The 7 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom apartment is a maze of exposed brick, ceiling beams, and warm hues. But its best feature is most definitely the visitors. According to T. Swift’s Instagram, Lena Dunham, Gigi Hadid, and Lorde are constant fixtures. Oh, and did we mention Karlie Kloss has her own guest bedroom? Those felines of Tay’s don’t know how lucky they are.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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July 29, 2015

Sure, you’ve seen pastels and metallics before – but not like this. Gone are the sugary-sweet colors and overly opulent shine. These days, pastels are tastefully muted and metallics are refreshingly toned down. Work these five picks into your space to make an on-trend statement.Metallics Pastel Home Decorating

  1. Shimmery Pillows
    A super-quick and easy update. All it takes is a slew of sparkling, iridescent mother-of-pearl seashells to jazz up a pair of pillows – and any spot they come to rest on.
  2. Chic Armchair
    The icy tones of this chair bring a modern vibe to any space (did you see those acrylic legs?!). It’s a total statement piece, so one is enough. But we won’t blame you if you pick up a pair.
  3. Starburst Mirror
    An interior-design classic, this gold-leaf mirror complements just about every color combination there is. Hang it over a bed or seating area to instantly elevate your space.
  4. Aluminum Baskets
    Whether you stack them like an art piece or line them up to serve as storage, these recycled-aluminum baskets are sure to catch the eye.
  5. Pastel Bench
    Is the end of your bed looking lonely? Place this bench right up against it. Accent with pillows and a snuggly throw to get a look that’s right out of the glossies.

Freshen up your space. Our Now Trending: Modern Pastels & Metallics at Home Boutique opened Wednesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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July 29, 2015