For better smoothies: Want bananas that are easy to blend? Peel and slice into two-inch chunks, then arrange the fruit in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined cookie sheet to freeze. Once rock solid, portion them into grab-and-go freezer bags.

For kitchen burns: So you poured boiling water on yourself or touched a scalding pan. Soothe the impending blister with Greek yogurt (its probiotics help reduce inflammation). Leave it on skin for about ten minutes, then rinse off.

For frozen locks: When temperatures dip, frozen locks plague cars and front doors alike. Next time you can’t wiggle the key inside, warm it up with a lighter first.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 9, 2015

According to Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.” Need we say more? Here are three starlets who favored the LBD recently.

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1. Mila Kunis wore a Dolce & Gabbana number featuring a bustier top and full skirt to the Jupiter Ascending premiere. The sultry look was punctuated by T-strap Christian Louboutin pumps.

2. Rosamund Pike opted for a a more demure style, wearing this floor-length lace Erdem dress at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

3. Julianne Moore stepped out in a halter-neck Balenciaga dress at the Seventh Son screening in New York. Swept-back hair and a rouge lip make this a perfect minimalist look.

By Nicole Andrew, Fashion Editor

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February 6, 2015

After months of rumors, it’s official: Men’s Fashion Week is coming to New York on July 13.  Yep, it’s time to show off our manly style the American way.

Why the hop across the pond? Steven Kolb, head honcho of the CFDA and the fashion week calendar, explained that the success of London’s menswear collections inspired New York, adding that “American menswear has never been stronger or more creative.”

So, what can we expect? Oh, just a few of the industry’s brightest (think: Michael Kors, rag & bone, and Calvin Klein Collection). And maybe even a gorgeous male model or two.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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February 6, 2015

Never heard of NY NOW? Then you’d best put it on your radar. Every January and August in New York City, the design world (as in 2,800 exhibiting companies) comes together to showcase the latest colors, trends, and innovations for the home. We went. We saw. We conquered. And now, we want to share what we’re currently obsessing over.

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February 5, 2015

This time of year, it’s easy to lose that get-fit motivation. Super Bowl snacks? Check. Valentine’s Day candy? Coming right up. But have no fear: we’ve got you (and more specifically, your skinny jeans) covered. Just pair our go-to workout tunes with bright leggings, and soon you’ll be off and running.

Workout Playlist

1. Beastie Boys – So What’Cha Want
2. Chromeo – Jealous (I Ain’t With It)
3. Alesso – Heroes (We Could Be)
4. Ariana Grande – Break Free
5. Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up
6. Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin
7. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
8. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
9. Sia – Chandelier
10. Beyoncé – XO

For fresh new gear, check out our lucy Boutique, which opened Thursday, February 5, at 11AM ET.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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February 5, 2015

The latest ad for Miss Dior fragrance is here – and it is stunning. Natalie Portman, the longtime face of this chic scent, stars as a runaway bride out for a little fun on the French Riviera.

The short film bounces between black-and-white shots of Natalie as a dutiful bride-to-be and colorful scenes of her romp toward free-spirited adventure. At one point, a bellhop drops off a bouquet and says, “Your flowers, madame.” To which the actress replies,”It’s Miss, actually.”

Oh, and the fashion? It’s perfection. From a handcrafted white gown with floral embellishments to a daring LBD, the film’s looks are truly iconic. Bravo, Dior.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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February 4, 2015

This week, The Tonight Show temporarily relocated from its New York studio to Los Angeles, and to mark the move, host Jimmy Fallon channeled another beloved westward-traveling TV icon. Perhaps you recall Will Smith on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

Jimmy leaned on his buddies from The Roots to parody the show’s opening segment, even enlisting the help of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Alfonso Ribeiro (who you may know as Carlton) from the 90s sitcom. So next time you’re “chillin’ out maxin’, relaxin’ all cool,” make sure to take five and watch this on-point clip.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 4, 2015

All the vegan ladies, put your hands up! Clean-eating advocate Beyoncé has partnered with her personal trainer, Marco Borges, to launch a vegan food delivery service.

Beyonce's Vegan Meal Delivery Service

Image via People.com

What’s in it for us? Gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and 100% plant-based meals for 22 days. According to the program, it takes 21 days to make or break a habit. By the next day, we’re well on our way to making those changes second nature.

Three weeks without bread or Brie? Like Bey, we better wake up flawless once those deliveries end.

By Kim Watson, Staff Writer

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February 3, 2015

Welcome to February. January’s resolutions have come, and let’s face it, some have already gone. But if a décor refresh remains an unchecked box on your to-do list, our Living Editorial Director Nancy offers a few themes to incorporate. From rosy hues to canine designs – a nod to the annual Westminster Dog Show – here are the accents we’re loving this month.

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Heart Motifs
For hearts that aren’t overly saccharine, try hanging a pop art–inspired print. A bold, two-tone graphic like this one is a surefire way to add visual interest to your walls.

All Things Dog
While you can’t snuggle with them, these adorable silver-plated salt and pepper shakers are looking for a home. We’ll gladly adopt them for our tabletop.

Red and Pink
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, shades of crimson and magenta are bound to appear at every corner. These hot pink and gold Moroccan tea glasses are a romantic touch for your at-home bar.

Find more of our favorites in our Hello, February: This Month’s Top Home Picks Boutique, which opened Monday, February 2, at 3PM ET.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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February 2, 2015

Raf Simons, the creative genius behind Dior, channeled David Bowie’s “chameleon quality” for last week’s couture show. Just like Mr. Bowie (and the color-changing reptiles), we can all benefit from a new look every now and then. Take a cue from these high-voltage brights and prepare to make a statement.

Most Coveted

  1. Elizabeth McKay Gumball Shift Dress. Wondering how to pull off neon at the office? Opt for a demure style like this feminine scalloped pattern.
  2. Amrita Singh “Rock Princess” Drop Earrings. Pump up your favorite T-shirt with a statement earring. On-trend, colorful gems really do the trick.
  3. Cinzia Rocca White Cocoon Raincoat. White coats are instant attention-grabbers. Use one to top off a head-to-toe monochrome ensemble.
  4. Dior Addict Lip Color in Baby Rose. A natural, rosy-hued lipstick is all it takes to balance a vibrant outfit.
  5. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Clip” Leather Sneaker. Slip-ons have never been more versatile. Try them with sleek dresses, flirty skirts, and boyfriend jeans.


By Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Fashion Editor

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February 2, 2015