At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For breakfast on the go: Put mini mason jars to good use with a make-ahead frittata that travels safely to work. Bake a mixture of ground sausage, red pepper, kale, egg, and yogurt right in the glass jar.

For your 5K training: NYU researchers claim that focusing on a specific target – say, a tree or a lamp post – makes outdoor running easier. Since you can see yourself progressing toward that point, the fixed gaze motivates your body to keep moving.

For your pumpkin haul: Skip the carving mess and decorate your seasonal gourds instead. Try metallic or puff paint, glue on flowers and leaves, or press on pyramid studs.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 20, 2014

At-Home Know-How: 3 Things to Try, Stat

For last year’s down coat: Your puffer is out of summer storage and looks flat as a board. Hang it in the bathroom during a steamy shower to let it reinflate. Or briefly toss it in the dryer with a few clean tennis balls.

For DIY leg warmers: We all have at least one chunky cable-knit sweater that we’ve outgrown. Cut the sleeves off the body and voilà! Homemade leg warmers for your boots.

For your morning coffee: Put butter in it. The pioneer of this “bulletproof” style of coffee claims it offers a daylong buzz (sans dreaded afternoon crash).

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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October 13, 2014

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 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

A Novice’s Guide to a Foolproof Centerpiece

An every-table how-to, as told by guest blogger Annie Dean

 
Foodies, party throwers, DIY lovers – rejoice. Annie Dean is back. And this time, she’s wearing her hostess hat. Quick, easy, and made for all things elegant, here are her secrets to a failsafe centerpiece.

Some of the summer’s most celebrated buds are peonies and hydrangeas. Both varietals are long-stemmed, but the expert hostess will want a centerpiece that is lush and low so as not to stifle across-the-table conversations. Here’s an easy fix for a gorgeous, table-friendly arrangement that is simple and summery.

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Photos by Annie Dean

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August 9, 2013

Rue How-To: Friendship Bracelet Headphones

Headphones are my mode of survival on crowded T commutes – if I can ever find them in my oversized tote, that is. But this DIY is a game changer. Bright, easy to find, and tangle-free, this boho-chic headphone upgrade actually has me looking forward to that subway ride. Well… kind of.

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August 7, 2013

Instant Inspiration: 5 Pinterest Boards We Can’t Get Enough Of

A roundup of our recent Pinterest obsessions: DIY Edition

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1. These DIY bracelet how-tos are enough to keep us busy (and stylish) for months.

2. We can’t wait to try out these nail-art looks. It’s high time we stocked up on some polish…

3. Because a homemade card always takes the cake.

4. Now we have (many) reasons to use all those bottles and mason jars we’ve been saving.

5. Next day off? We’re attempting a whole bunch of these DIYs.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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March 19, 2013

Case Study: Suitcases As Furniture

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This spring, I’m all about repurposing what I have lying around my apartment. My current obsession? Suitcases that act as more than just travel accessories. Vintage or antique luggage can double as eye-catching coffee tables (and more). Here are some of the best ways to incorporate these pieces into your design scheme:

Front and center: With only a beginner-level know-how when it comes to using a power drill, a suitcase can be easily transformed into a statement-making piece of furniture. Check out this stylish DIY and put the finished product somewhere where guests can ooh and ahh over it (in the living room or at the foot of your bed).

Shelf it: Smaller pieces of luggage can act as mounted wall shelves, simultaneously livening up an entryway or home office and creating extra storage space (an added bonus when you can walk the length of your apartment in 30 seconds or less).

Dress(er) it up: I adore the mix-and-match look of these dresser drawers, though it definitely qualifies as a weekend project and then some. Actually, I might need some vacation days for this one. (Worth it.)

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2013

It’s a Blogger’s World (We Just Live In It)

1. Things Organized Neatly
This is one way to get us motivated to clean up.

2. deliciously organized
Part organizational tips and part lifestyle, this blog has us admiring all the pretty things.

3. IHeart Organizing
Our goal for the new year? To put these DIY tips to good use.

4. Thrifty Decor Chick
Décor ideas that won’t break the budget? Sign us up.

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December 20, 2012