In honor of New Year’s Eve, it’s about to go down.

1. This is the absolute epitome of what we want our night to look like.

2. So many fancy drinks. So little time. Cue the coconut Bellinis.

3. Glittering food to match the décor. We can’t get enough.

4. All of these optimistic 2014 sayings are making us a little sentimental (and very excited).

5. Sparklers. Need we say more?

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December 31, 2013


The tree is up and the shopping is (almost) done – so let’s talk parties. Wardrobe-wise, the holidays are when I pull out all the stops and never fear overdressing. But playing hostess brings a whole new set of rules: you don’t have to worry about being weather-appropriate, but you do need to be ready to jump into action (whether it’s whipping up more apps or sopping up that spilled cocktail). Look no further than these pieces to assemble the hostess-friendly outfit of your party dreams.

The dress: As the hostess, you’re lucky enough to never have to brave the elements. Take advantage and rock something without sleeves – you may not get that chance again for quite a few months. This one-shoulder beauty keeps things seasonally appropriate with a rich, deep purple.

The tights: Okay, so you don’t have to venture outdoors – still, bare legs throw off a winter-friendly ensemble. These sparkly tights are totally festive and fitting for a holiday soiree. And if there’s need for a last-minute trip to the corner store, you’ll be ready.

The shoes: In general, I tend to avoid heels at all costs. But if there’s one occasion to break from the norm, it’s a holiday party. That doesn’t mean forsaking comfort, though – opt for something basic, and make sure you’re ready to take on a night of making the rounds before you commit to heels.

The finishing touches: I love this ponytail for an at-home party – it’s glamorous, yet functional when hostess duties call. To complement your ‘do, go for simpler earrings with lots of drop. As for bracelets, I love bangles. They won’t get in the way, and are the most customizable kind of bling – wear them stacked or solo.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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December 10, 2012


It’s better to give than to receive – sage advice we should all be following, especially during the holiday season. This nugget is doubly important to bear in mind when shopping for your next Yankee Swap soiree.

I know I can’t be the only one who suffers from severe shopping anxiety when it comes to finding the perfect communal gift. Your purchase is bound to change hands multiple times throughout the night, so it needs appeal to everyone.

Whether you’re shopping for family or friends, men or women, or a mixed bag of the aforementioned, show up with any of the following and your gift will be the envy of the evening.

Wine. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to gifting a bottle of vino. Stick to classics like Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Riesling to accommodate even the most discerning of taste buds. Dress it up by pairing your bottle of choice with a set of new wine glasses or wine charms to adorn the neck. Voilà! Instagift.

Gift cards. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone at a party who won’t appreciate saving a few bucks on their everyday staples. Coffee, music, and book purchases all fall under this umbrella, but feel free to get creative – try filling a decorative coffee mug with eye-catching tissue paper and resting the gift cards on top.

Think cozy. Pair winter-friendly items together to create an irresistibly comfy gift set. A fleece throw and a lightly scented candle will make the weather outside seem not-so-frightful.

Gourmet touches. The holiday shelves are stocked with plenty of tasty, pre-packaged gift packs. From hot cocoa to pastry mixes, there are more than enough appetizing options out there for aspiring chefs (or anyone with a sweet tooth). Find a unique bowl or platter to jazz up your presentation.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2012

Fall Entertaining: Throw A Pumpkin Party


Our copy team gathered last night to celebrate autumn with an all-too-seasonal pumpkin party. From sinfully sweet treats to hearty, savory delights (emphasis on the former), the writers brought some serious culinary competitors to the well-adorned table. Here are some quick tips to help you throw a gourd-themed bash of your own:

Start your décor off right with these beautiful DIY Pumpkin Planters that are so easy to make (plus you have seeds left over for a quick-baked snack). Add themed serving platters and – of course – more pumpkins, and the mood will pretty much set itself.

Pumpkin carving, while the ultimate October activity, is logistically tricky. Instead, pick up some medium-sized pumpkins and set out paint pens, mod podge (equal parts glue and water), tissue paper, stick-on moustaches, and whatever else appeals to you, then let your guests decorate to their hearts’ content. No messy goop to clean up, and everyone gets to create their own take-home favor.

A variety of dishes is the key to hosting a successful meal, so decide on a theme and ask guests to bring a favorite to share. Our spread included baked brie with pumpkin butter, salad topped with pumpkin seeds, pumpkin-stuffed ravioli, and enough delicious, pumpkin-infused baked goods to cover a tabletop. Offer mulled cider, red wine, or pumpkin spice martinis, and you’ll be glad that, by the time your guests say good night, you’re already at home.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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October 10, 2012

Reem Acra

I’ve been invited to several parties hosted by designer Reem Acra over the years, but was never able to attend until last week. And holy crow, had I been missing out! Reem, who was raised in Lebanon and studied fashion design at FIT in New York and the ESMOD Ecole de Mode in Paris, is the consummate hostess with the mostest.

This became immediately apparent as my husband and I entered her Chelsea apartment – which was lit with twinkling votives and glowing purple trees for the occasion – and were offered glasses of champagne and red wine by handsome young waiters. The glass-topped tables were lit from below and adorned with small vases of roses and tall silver bowls overflowing with tasty snacks, while other waiters passed tuna tartare and foie gras hors d’oeuvres.

“Eclectic,” Reem said when asked to describe her décor. “I think it has my whole personality. I love coming home at night and enjoying the atmosphere I’ve created. It has a little bit of all my trips; wherever I travel I’ve collected things since I was a little girl. Things I love and adore – from the dishes to the candles. Everything I have, I have to love!”
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June 29, 2011

Stella McCartney

Most designers take a low-key approach to the Resort season by presenting their collection in a showroom setting to an intimate, by-appointment-only group of editors and buyers. Not so for Stella McCartney, who always hosts a big party to debut her Resort offerings. And this year was no different.

Stella & co. took over St. Luke’s in the Field in New York’s West Village last week to host a seriously fun beer garden party. Guests entered the garden – which adjoins a school – through a brick archway festooned with balloons. Inside, leggy young models wearing Stella McCartney Resort looks mingled with a crowd that included Bono, Estelle, Liv Tyler, and Naomi Watts, along with editors from every major fashion mag and department store in town.
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June 24, 2011


We sat down with makeup artist Samantha Michelle for three looks that will take your through the season in flawless style. Whether bundled up in a chunky knit sweater or strutting through parties in your holiday finest, these makeup must-tries are the perfect finishing touches to this season’s festive fashion.

 Holiday Makeup

December 4, 2010