When a reindeer-adorned bag just won’t cut it, we’ve got a few simple hacks to help. Best Dressed Gift might not be an actual award, but we can pretend, can’t we?

Wrapping DIYs

For the Pinterest Queen
Dip a pencil eraser in white paint and dot it across brown postal paper. Just like that, you have one-of-a-kind packaging. Don’t be surprised if a photo of your handiwork ends up on her next inspiration board.

For the Wordsmith
Does she always drop obscure vocab in everyday conversation? Pull out the crossword section of your nearest newspaper and use it as wrapping paper. Tie on a pen with festive twine so she can show off her puzzle skills.

For Everyone Else
Add a last-minute wow factor to any gift in under five minutes. Grab an evergreen sprig for the traditionalist, a strip of lace from an old dress for the romantic, or a monogram letter for your preppiest friend.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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December 17, 2014

You’ve got the gifts – or at least, you’re on your way to checking off that shopping list. Now, grab the scissors, a roll of tape, and maybe a colorful pen for good measure. We’ve designed exclusive printable wrapping paper and smile-inducing gift tags, all easily downloadable below.

Downloadable Wrapping Paper

Print out our Otomi pattern and our Sprig pattern, then cut out tags to top off packages of every shape and size.

Like these monochromatic designs? Stay tuned for even more wrapping tips as the week goes on.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 15, 2014

For your holiday décor: Create a festive glow at home. Simply stuff holiday lights into a tall bell jar. For a more dramatic look, cluster several together in a nonfunctional fireplace.

For DIY tea lights: Running errands for a party? Add satsumas (or clementines) and olive oil to your shopping list. In a few simple steps, you can use the fruit’s skin and pith for mini tabletop candles.

For fresh flowers: Everyone loves a bouquet of blooms, but caring for one can prove challenging for anyone with a black thumb. Just pour a small amount of 7UP into a vase to preserve them.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor

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December 15, 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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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

Continue reading for a step-by-step guide and expert tips from Annie >>

August 9, 2013