Does decanting vino really make that big of a difference? The answer is a resounding yes (and it doesn’t have to be a $100 bottle of Bordeaux). Exposing a young red or full-bodied white to oxygen will amp up flavor. And that 10-year-old bottle you’ve been saving for a big occasion definitely has some sediment it could do without. So transform your wines with these need-to-know basics.

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November 10, 2014

For small spaces: Make your tiny apartment feel bigger with a unified color palette or aesthetic – that way rooms flow together and create the illusion of a larger environment.

For leftover vino: Freeze any remaining wine in an ice cube tray. Next time you make a sauce, glaze, or stew, pop in a cube for an extra hit of flavor.

For a no-cost craft project: Inject a bit of nature into your home with a DIY doorstop. Grab a sizable stone and cover it with your choice of paint (think a matte black or neon hue).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 10, 2014

From Los Angeles to Brazil, these celebs caught our eye in floor-grazing dresses that flattered in all the right ways.

Best-Dressed Celebs

  1. Amy Adams stunned in a Gucci number with a plunging neckline, antique beading, and glass embroidery at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala.
  2. Olivia Palermo channeled a modern 70s vibe in a dress from Mango and her signature skinny belt to support jewelry designer Emar Batalha in São Paulo, Brazil.
  3. Selena Gomez stepped up her game in a sophisticated, figure-hugging Gucci gown at the 2014 LACMA Art+Film Gala, keeping accessories to a minimum so this one-of-a-kind dress could shine.

 

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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November 7, 2014

Cady Heron. Regina George. Gretchen Wieners. Karen Smith. If these four names ring a bell, you’re clearly a Mean Girls fan.

To celebrate the film’s tenth birthday, Entertainment Weekly caught up with five of the cast members – Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried – for a look back at the movie. Important takeaways: Glenn Cocco isn’t just the kid with four candy-cane-grams, he’s actually a real person. And almost all of the cast members auditioned to play the part of Regina.

Thought you knew everything about the most quotable movie ever? Dive into the full interview to find out how big of a fan you are.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 7, 2014

Pop art sculpture. The desirable Hermès Birkin bag. What happens when these two icons unite? One hot-ticket auction item comes up for grabs.

Jeff Koons Birkin Sculpture

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Artist Jeff Koons customized Birkins and worked them into one-of-a-kind sculptures, which will sell to the highest bidders over the weekend in New York City. But these aren’t your average Birkins (as if such a thing even exists). Notable personalities donated the bags for this project, including Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs, and Diane von Furstenberg.

The winners of these covetable pieces won’t just have new décor for their living rooms – they’ll also be benefiting Project Perpetual, an art philanthropy that supports the United Nations Foundation.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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November 6, 2014

On Monday night, the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue magazine finally announced their latest Fashion Fund winner (drumroll please): Paul Andrew. The British-born shoe and accessories designer has worked at major labels, including Donna Karan and Alexander McQueen, and notably outfitted Lupita Nyong’o with red pumps at this year’s Golden Globes.

Paul Andrew CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner

Image via Style.com.

Impressed yet? This big honor puts him in the same league as past winners Alexander Wang, Joseph Altuzarra, and Proenza Schouler. Along with bragging rights, Andrew took home $300,000 and a yearlong mentorship with a fashion power player of his choice. His pick? Nike CEO Mark Parker. Andrew told Style.com, “The core of my business is great design with added comfort, and that is very much what Nike is about, too. I would love to be able to pick his brain and, ultimately, collaborate with him.”

With the prize money, Andrew plans to design the most-comfortable shoes on the market. Heels that look good and feel good? Sign me up ASAP.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

Let’s hear it for the Girls. On Monday, HBO announced the January return of Hannah Horvath and friends with a juicy two-minute trailer.

The clip hints at tensions between Hannah and her beau Adam and even teases a peek at Shoshanna’s familial background. (Yes, she came from somewhere.) Fans can also be assured that Marnie’s controversial singing voice will make another appearance.

Good thing I have Lena Dunham’s new book to tide me over until the season’s debut.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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November 5, 2014

The goes-with-everything cable-knit sweater: it either lives in your closet or sits on your wish list. And while it looks great with skinnies and knee-high boots, we’re always on the hunt for new ways to style one. Here, Rue Stylist Emma L. offers up three ensembles that highlight this seasonal superstar.

Cable-Knit Style Tips

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November 4, 2014

That’s right. Rihanna has returned to Instagram after a six-month ban from the platform (punishment for a few NSFW pics).

Her first celebratory images included a peek at her cowabunga-worthy Halloween costume. Yep, RiRi and her friends painted themselves green as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Welcome back, @badgalriri. And keep those snaps coming.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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November 4, 2014

You’ve spotted that MK logo everywhere. And now, you’ll probably see it even more. Michael Kors is taking on tech with a stylish twist, launching a collection of gadget-friendly accessories including phone-charging cases, earbuds, and more – crafted to resemble lipstick tubes and cosmetic compacts, of course.

Michael Kors Tech Accessories

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The label has already dabbled with a few swoon-worthy phone covers, but this new collection will cater to on-the-go customers in need of a travel-friendly power source. Which means more battery juice for your phone, even without an outlet nearby.

So, how much will these on-trend extras cost you? The lipstick charger rings in at $58 while the Powermat kit is $140 – an investment worth making to avoid awkwardly charging your phone at the bar.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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November 3, 2014