I have never been a huge hot dog fan. Years of seeing boiled hot dogs served up by lunch ladies left me with a sad impression of the traditional wiener. In recent years, the hot dog food trucks of New York City have opened my eyes to the possibilities. I may not jump at the chance to eat a hot dog, but when topped with some of these savory combinations even I can’t resist.
The “proper way” to store wine — butt up — originated out of a need to keep natural corks moist. Natural corks can dry and shrink over time allowing air into the bottle, oxidizing and spoiling the wine. Many wineries use screw tops and synthetic corks to minimize the risk, and let’s be honest, wine never lasts that long around me anyway. The real advantage to a wine rack is saving space. Check out these 11 wine racks for $50 or less.
Growing up with hippie parents in Oregon, I thought I’d had more than my fair share of tie dye, but alas, this season’s tie dye trend has thoroughly renewed my fondness for the look. I love some of the more subtle tie dye styles that are cropping up in stores right now (it’s less “my dad at a Grateful Dead concert” and more “impossibly chic young woman on holiday in St. Barths”). The best part? There’s no need to go out and buy new tie dye stuff — just give some of your existing pieces the DIY tie dye treatment! Here are 10 fun projects to get you started. Some are actual tie dye (jeans! shoes! scarves! pillows!) and some just give the illusion of tie dye (cupcakes! manicures!) but they’re all very on trend and very, very cool.
For years, I have dreamed of making homemade ice cream, but I have never risen to the challenge. Apparently you need a machine?!? A friend suggested I try ice cream’s simpler cousin sorbet. No equipment required! Try one of these surprisingly easy and refreshing summer treats…
The clothes at last night’s fancy-pants Met Ball soiree were pretty and all, but I’m never going to be able to afford a custom-made, one-of-a-kind Lanvin dress. Not like I would have anywhere to wear it, so whatever. I — and you! — can, however, take some cues from some of the daring and stunning makeup looks worn by fabulous ladies like Beyonce, Emma Stone, and Marion Cotillard. Here are seven of my favorite made-up faces, plus the exact products used to achieve such flawlessness…
That isn’t a typo! I did not mean to type “skirts” or “shorts.” The skirt/short hybrid of our middle school days is BACK, y’all! When I saw this photo of Reese Witherspoon rocking a skort with a silky cami, I was like, Wait, is this a thing or is just one lonely designer trying to bring the skort back? But a quick search confirmed it: SKORTS ARE EVERYWHERE and I, for one, am thrilled. All the femininity of a shirt, without having to worry about showing your chocha! What’s not to love?! So for this edition of Fashion Math, I took a cue from Reese and paired 10 skorts with 10 silky spaghetti strap camis, creating 10 spring-ready looks. Put on something nostalgic — Paula Abdul, perhaps? — and click through to check ‘em out!
The conclusion I reached after downloading, cropping, uploading and naming the 110 images in this gallery of all the stars on the 2014 Met Ball red carpet: If you didn’t get an invite, you aren’t one. A STAR, I mean. Because anyone who’s anyone, who’s been anyone in the last, oh, five years, was seemingly on the red carpet at Vogue‘s biggest party of the year. Sure, some people who weren’t there — ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow, ahem — probably just declined, but if you’re an actress in Hollywood and you’re flippin’ through this gallery being like, “Dang, why didn’t I get an invite?” I suggest you call up your agent, publicist and manager for an emergency powwow, because that’s a damn sign your career is flatlining. Anyhoo, let’s click through to see what everyone wore. Which looks did you love? Which failed to impress? Share in the comments!
My favorite thing about traveling is eating, and my favorite thing to eat is cheese. If I won the lottery tomorrow, my next big trip would be a cheese-themed world tour, stopping off in every country to sample their best fromage, sip expertly paired wines, and go to bed every night bloated and blissfully happy. Care to join me? To get started, let’s drool over six of the finest cheese shops in the U.S. and Europe, shall we?
As you probably know, today is May 4, which means it’s “Star Wars” Day (“May the 4th be with you!”)! I love a nerdy holiday as much as I relish an opportunity to encourage and support pet adoption, so I jumped at the chance to share these photos of dogs and cats with their “Star Wars” doppelgangers — and they’re ALL available for adoption through the ASPCA. Writes the ASPCA: “We think these dogs and cats are out of this world. Some of them came to us ‘a long time ago’ and need to find a home ‘in a galaxy far far away’ from the shelter (or just around the block, we aren’t picky as long as they are loved).” The force is strong in these sweet furry babies! Click through to see them all and, if you see one that melts your heart, check out the corresponding link for their adoption page.
April showers may bring may flowers, but let’s be honest — Mother Nature is doing whatever the hell she wants lately. So, this spring, be prepared for rain or shine with a light trench coat that’s as unique as you are. Say goodbye to black, beige and plain white coats and give your seasonal staple an upgrade. Check out these 10 trenches we love that are sure to make you stand out from the crowd (and don’t forget a stylish umbrella)!