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How To Throw A Kick-Ass Party

Over the weekend I threw a big birthday bash for my husband’s 40th. It was the third party we’ve thrown in the last year — not counting small dinner parties — and about the tenth or so since I moved in almost three years ago, so I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about being a good hostess. It’s a lot of work, but I like entertaining and with all of us getting older, starting families, and watching our budgets in this economy, parties are often the only time we all have a chance to get together and catch up these days. Plus, people seem to have a great time at our place and that always makes the effort worth it. After the jump, check out my top tips for throwing a kick-ass party. Keep reading »

DIY Cartier-Esque Bracelet

We’re fans of this cheap-y, cute take on Cartier’s Charity Love bracelets. So when we saw these copycat bracelets over at P.S. I Made This, we planned a trip to the hardware store. The supplies for each bracelet cost less than a couple bucks, so make a bunch, stack them together and get a bright bangle look going. [P.S. I Made This] Keep reading »

Style 911: How Do I Accessorize Summer Clothes For Spring?

It’s pretty warm out these days and I kind of want to wear my summer wardrobe. Is it too early? Every time I see girls dressed head to toe for summer in early April I can’t help but think it looks a little dumb.–Nina

The weather in New York right now is frickin’ gorgeous. It’s sunny, warm, birds are out, people are falling in love, etc. That said, if we see one more girl in a tank top, bootie shorts and flips-flops, we will rage out. The desire to take a spot of warm weather and act like it’s full-on summer is understandable — we all want to go there. But please, ladies, a little self-control. Instead of going all-out beach-ready, dress your summer wardrobe up the right way for spring. Take the jump and we’ll show you how to accessorize last summer’s floral frocks and the cute little sundresses you can’t wait to wear without looking seasonally confused. Keep reading »

Style 911: How Do I Buy A First Suit?

I bought this gray pinstriped suit jacket the other day, and I really like it, but it was being sold in the separates section so I couldn’t find the pants that were supposed to go with it in my size. So … what CAN I wear it with? Are black pants acceptable? Navy? Should I cut my losses and return it?

Alternately, have you ever considered doing a post about suit rules? Two of my suitemates are about to graduate and last week we were all sitting in the kitchen trying to help one of them decide what to wear to an interview. I’m sure a lot of first time suit-buyers could use a guideline on what’s acceptable and what’s not. – Karen

Suits can suck pretty hard if done wrong. Take the jump for some tips on doing it right. Keep reading »

How To Curl Un-Curlable Hair

I’m a self-loathing, straight-haired girl. I tried to hide it for years, but having recently found a hairspray that allows me to maintain some curl, I’ve come out of the closet. For the rest of you straight-haired ladies suffering in silence, take the jump for tips on how to curl your relentlessly flat locks. You won’t have ringlets all night, but there should be a definite sense of body and shape, even at the end of a long evening. Keep reading »

How To Organize Your Gross Old Beauty Products

Nothing will cause you to reevaluate your beauty product stash more than attempting to organize the usually prodigious, crummy mess. Even the most meticulous chick will admit to hiding a hot mess of broken eye shadows, four-year-old hot pink lipsticks and almost empty hairspray somewhere under her cupboard. Once you make the decision to get it together down there, you will see that you should make a new commitment to minimalism, and never again will you buy a sixth lip gloss willy-nilly. Well, for a few weeks anyway. After the jump, a few tips for getting it together. Keep reading »

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